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    Little shoes, big mouthpiece: Howard Kurtz is all a-gaggle over Dana Perino, 34, who is filling in for Tony Snow as the White House spokesperson. She is the first woman to do so since Dee Dee Myers held the position during the Clinton administration. Also noted: the fact Perino powders her face, wears two-inch heels, and was encouraged to put on her "big girl panties". What, no mention of her hair? [WaPo]

  • So long, Sorrell: The WPP Group CEO Sir Martin Sorrell, who has been the talk of the British media world since bringing libel charges against two bloggers for essentially calling him names has abruptly dropped charges after accepting a 120,000 pound payout. Nothing like taking the money and running to clear your own name.[Guardian]

  • New day, new Tribune headline: Now Burkle and Broad may be back in the game. Watch out Zell! Yes, we're all on the edge of our seats. [NYT]

  • Public Editor dream team: The NYT needs a new public editor and Jack Shafer's got a few suggestions. (All good.) He'll still keep 'em honest from afar though. [Slate]

  • They should have just brought back the Wikis: Grazer-Gaze forced the LAT Current staffers to come up with a whole section in two days. Earlier this week, we joked that they did it via the slush pile; now, Daniel Radosh reveals that it's actually not too far from the truth.Oh, Grazer-Gate, what hast thou wrought?[]

  • Five million - love: Andre Agassi's memoir sold yesterday to Knopf for $5million. In other words, according to one bidder, "White House money". Also, arguably, the largest sum a sports figure has ever been paid for a book. There is no title or release date yet, but we're hoping at least one chapter will be devoted to hairstyles.[GalleyCat]

  • A strong finish: If you've made it this far, you're supporting a recent study that says online readers finish reading more stories than print readers. We admit, it does helps that there is no bending, folding, or annoying black ink involved. [E&P]

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