Fox News snatches reporter Brit Hume away...


Fox News snatches reporter Brit Hume away from ABC

News Corp.'s fledgling Fox News cable-television channel hired ABC White House correspondent Brit Hume, according to a Fox official.

The 54-year-old Hume, whose contract with ABC expires this month, has reported on the Bush and Clinton administrations since 1988. Hume also writes a weekly syndicated newspaper column on personal computing.

At Fox, Hume will be managing director of the Washington bureau and will appear on air, the Fox official said.

Hume also will write a column for Weekly Standard, a News Corp. publication.

Sinatra ready to turn 81 as ill-health rumors die off

Start spreadin' the news -- Frank Sinatra is turning 81.

Ol' Blue Eyes plans to celebrate his birthday tomorrow with family and friends at a party at his Beverly Hills home, publicist Susan Reynolds said Monday.

New York City also will mark the day: The top of the Empire State Building will be lighted blue in Sinatra's honor.

Sinatra was born Dec. 12, 1915, in Hoboken, N.J., across the Hudson River from Manhattan. A plaque marking his birthplace was dedicated there last month.

Pamela Anderson Lee puts son ahead of her marriage

The marriage of Tommy and Pamela Anderson Lee is still on rocky ground, despite an attempt at reconciliation.

The star of television's "Baywatch" said Monday that she didn't know if the marriage would work out.

"I wish him the best, but I'm more concerned about our son living in a positive, wonderful, loving environment and that's the most important thing," Ms. Lee said on "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno."

Ms. Lee's publicist said last week that the couple had moved back into their Malibu home, but the actress told Leno that it wasn't true.

D.C. duo Simpson, Reich prepare television talk show

Labor Secretary Robert Reich said yesterday he would team up with Sen. Alan Simpson at the end of January for an issue-oriented television show they hope to call "The Long and the Short of It."

Reich is under five feet tall while Simpson is 6-foot-7.

The talk show, which will include guests to discuss issues of the day, will initially be broadcast on WGBH-TV, the PBS station in Boston. Reich said he hoped the show would eventually go national.

Simpson, a Wyoming Republican, is leaving the Senate and will teach a semester at the Kennedy School.

Reich told reporters he would be returning to Boston, where he has several offers in academia.

Today's birthdays

Producer Carlo Ponti is 83. Nobel Prize-winning author Alexander Solzhenitsyn is 78. Actress Betsy Blair is 73. Actor Jean-Louis Trintignant is 66. Actress Rita Moreno is 65. Actor Ron Carey is 61. Pop singer David Gates (Bread) is 56. Actress Donna Mills is 53. Singer Brenda Lee is 52. Actress Lynda Day George is 50. Actress Teri Garr is 48. Actress Bess Armstrong is 43. Singer Jermaine Jackson is 42. Rock musician Nikki Sixx (Motley Crue) is 38. Actor Rider Strong ("Boy Meets World") is 17.

Fuzzy handful

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