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Comedian George Carlin puts himself in rehab

George Carlin is entering a drug rehabilitation facility "because I use too much wine and Vicodin [a painkiller]," the 67- year-old comedian said in a statement released yesterday by his publicist, Jeff Abraham.

The name and location of the facility weren't disclosed.

"I know it isn't easy, but I'm highly motivated, and will do whatever's needed," the statement said.

Easy to track

A telltale trail of wrapping paper led Columbus, Miss., police to the home of one of two boys, ages 14 and 12, who were then accused of stealing Christmas presents from a family home, police said.

After Stanley Adams discovered someone had broken into his Columbus home late Friday, police followed a trail of paper, ribbons and gift tags. The gifts - which included an E-Z Bake oven, a set of Legos and a Pac-Man video game - were returned.

The boys were charged with theft.

Ode to the Stock Market

Zarin Mehta, the New York Philharmonic's president and executive director, was accompanied by a string quartet yesterday to open the day's trading at the Nasdaq Stock Market.

The quartet - Philharmonic members Sarah O'Boyle, Lisa GiHae Kim, Dorian Rence and Brinton Smith - played an arrangement of Handel's "Hallelujah Chorus" in honor of the holiday season.

On Dec. 18, the Philharmonic performed its 14,000th concert, earning the orchestra a Guinness World Record for most concerts performed by a symphony orchestra.

Look out for the guy

Some pharmaceutical companies are telling their employees to look out for the scruffy guy in the baseball cap - otherwise known as filmmaker Michael Moore, according to the Los Angeles Times.

Moore's next documentary is on the health care industry, including insurance companies, HMOs, the Food and Drug Administration and drug companies.

"We ran a story in our online newspaper" warning employees, said Stephen Lederer, a spokesman for Pfizer Global Research and Development.

In September and October, Wyeth, AstraZeneca and GlaxoSmithKline sent out Moore alerts, telling employees that questions posed by the media or filmmakers should be handled by corporate communications.

They Said It

They Said It "I just sort of do what comes next and what I'm interested in and where I am. It's kind of Zen, actually."

Stage and film actress BEBE NEUWIRTH on what types of acting and film jobs she pursues. In addition to acting, she has sung with orchestras and done the voice of a cartoon character in the All Dogs Go to Heaven franchise.

"It was hurtful." Grammy Award winner JOHN MAYER,who landed in the headmaster's office at Connecticut's Fairfield Warde High School last week after arriving for a ceremony to be inducted into the school's hall of fame. Officials said they had not expected the singer to attend and were worried about security.

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