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Imus now believes he caused Clintons inappropriate pain

Finally, somebody feels President Clinton's pain. Of course, he caused it in the first place.

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At last year's Radio-Television Correspondents' Association Dinner in Washington, radio personality Don Imus joked about the president's alleged extramarital affairs and Hillary Clinton's alleged financial peccadilloes. The Clintons were sitting just a few feet away.

Now, Imus says in the June issue of George magazine: "It wasn't whether it was funny or not; it was whether it was appropriate. Now that I've had time to think about it, it was hideously inappropriate."

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Terkel, 85, will give up his Chicago radio show

Studs Terkel is giving up the radio show he's done for 45 years.

The 85-year-old oral historian is going off the air at Chicago's VTC WFMT-FM to become a distinguished scholar at the Chicago Historical Society and develop an archive of his interviews, documentaries and other work.

Terkel has done more than 6,000 interviews, including those for 11 books of nonfiction. In 1985, he won a Pulitzer Prize for "The Good War," a collection about World War II.

Flynt gives away 'Hustler' in downtown Cincinnati

Hustler publisher Larry Flynt showed up on a downtown square in Cincinnati yesterday to give away copies of the magazine in the city where he was put on trial for obscenity 20 years ago.

Flynt, who uses a wheelchair, was mobbed by more than 500 people, some chanting "Larry, Larry" and waving money to buy the sexually explicit magazine, which hasn't been on sale in Hamilton County since his 1977 trial.

The flamboyant Flynt, portrayed in the movie "The People vs. Larry Flynt" last year, said he wants to be tried again with the hope of an acquittal and a fresh chance to persuade stores to sell Hustler.

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Babyface is named songwriter of the year

Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds has been named songwriter of the year by the performing rights organization Broadcast Music Inc.

"Nobody Knows," co-written by Dohn DeBose and Joe Rich and performed by the Tony Rich Project, was BMI's pop song of the year for 1996.

At this week's gala, Edmonds was honored for having more compositions performed than any other BMI songwriter. The songs include "Count on Me," performed by Whitney Houston and CeCe Winans, and "Take a Bow," co-written and performed by Madonna.

DeGeneres said to be angry with ABC and wants out

ABC isn't commenting officially on a soon-to-be published TV Guide report that Ellen DeGeneres, whose coming out episode of "Ellen" was the most-watched TV show of the year, is upset with the network and is hoping it'll cancel her show.

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"She hates ABC. She's done with them," a report planned for the May 24 TV Guide quotes a source as saying. "If they pick her show up, there's nothing she can do. She's under contract [for two more years]. But she doesn't want them to pick it up."

Sources at ABC discounted the report, but a TV Guide spokeswoman said the magazine "stands by" the story.

Mr. Rogers will receive lifetime achievement award

Maybe Susan Lucci should try wearing a cardigan on "All My Children."

Fred Rogers, who dons one each day for "Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood," gets a lifetime achievement award at the Daytime Emmys next Wednesday in New York City.

Since 1966, Rogers has used his PBS show to give kids his calm message of personal growth and loving kindness. Over the years, the show has received 40 Emmy nominations, three Daytime Emmy Awards and two George Foster Peabody Awards. Lucci, meanwhile, has never won despite being nominated more than a dozen times.

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Today's Birthdays

Actress Constance Cummings is 87. Singer Eddy Arnold is 79. Playwright Anthony Shaffer is 71. Playwright Peter Shaffer is 71. Playwright Paul Zindel is 61. Actress-singer Anna Maria Alberghetti is 61. Counterculture icon Wavy Gravy is 61. Singer Trini Lopez is 60. Singer Lenny Welch is 59. Actress-singer Lainie Kazan is 57. Country singer K.T. Oslin is 55. Singer-songwriter Brian Eno is 49. Actor Chazz Palminteri is 46. Baseball player George Brett is 44. Actor Lee Horsley is 42. Singer-rapper Prince Be (PM Dawn) is 27. Actor David Charvet ("Melrose Place") is 25. Olympic gold-medal gymnast Amy Chow is 19.

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