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Baltimore chef Jill Snyder to compete on 'Top Chef'

Baltimore's Jill Snyder, executive chef at the Red Maple tapas lounge in Mount Vernon, will be one of the 17 chefs fighting for top honors on the new season of Bravo's Top Chef series.

Snyder, 28, has studied under local legend Spike Gjerde. Among her favorite ingredients are semi-sweet chocolate, sushi rice, micro-herbs and champagne, according to a statement from Bravo.

Top Chef, which begins its fifth season Nov. 12, pits chefs from around the country against one another in contests that test their culinary skills, their inventiveness and their determination. The competition will take place in New York; the top prize includes $100,000 for the winner to put toward opening a restaurant.

Chris Kaltenbach

Go, Phish

Four years after breaking up, Phish, the Vermont-bred jam band, is getting back together.

A notice on the band's Web site says Phish will play March 6, 7 and 8 at the Hampton Coliseum in Virginia. More 2009 dates will be announced later.

Phish was among the nation's top touring acts when it called it quits in 2004.

Oasis goes online

Joining the music rush to the Internet, British band Oasis will premiere all its new album, Dig Out Your Soul, on MySpace starting Wednesday. The album will be available at or

The album will be released in stores next week.

Bow Wow urges voting

Bow Wow once thought that politics was only for "old folks," but the 21-year-old platinum-selling rapper said he's had a change of heart and wants other young people to vote.

Yesterday, Bow Wow, whose real name is Shad Moss, kicked off a 15-city tour urging people to register for the Nov. 4 general election. He'll be in Baltimore on Oct. 12 and in Washington the day before.

Several other hip-hop artists are also pushing for fans to vote, including moguls Russell Simmons and P. Diddy.


Oprah Winfrey's mother says she shouldn't have to pay her debt to a high-end fashion store because its officials shouldn't have extended credit to her.

Valentina Inc. sued Vernita Lee of Milwaukee for the $155,547 in purchases and interest she had built up as of July 1 saying Lee had fallen behind in minimum monthly payments of $2,000.

Lee filed a counterclaim Friday saying that Valentina took advantage of her "lack of knowledge, ability, and-or capacity" when creating her credit account.

Court papers show that when Lee resolved a 2002 case with the company over a $175,000 bill, Valentina was prohibited from extending further credit to her.

No singing, no dancing

The shining lights of Bollywood went dark yesterday as actors, technicians and cameramen struck to demand better pay and overtime, halting production on dozens of movies and television shows.

A coalition of 22 unions representing more than 100,000 technicians, dancers and other film workers ordered their members not to show up for work, indefinitely shuttering one of the world's most prolific movie industries.

More than 200 Hindi-language films are produced every year in Mumbai, home of India's film industry known as Bollywood.

The strike comes on the eve of Hindu festival season, when the industry launches its biggest films in hopes of capturing large audiences.


Former Dodgers shortstop Maury Wills, 76.

Movie critic Rex Reed, 70.

Actor Avery Brooks, 60.

Rhythm-and-blues singer Freddie Jackson, 50.

Retro-soul singer James Hunter, 46.

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