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Palin on 'SNL' - really, her, not Tina Fey, you betcha

Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin is set to appear tonight on NBC's Saturday Night Live.

Whether Palin will interact with Tina Fey, who has portrayed the Alaska governor in skits since SNL's season premiere Sept. 13, was not announced. Jill Hazelbaker, a spokeswoman for GOP presidential candidate John McCain's campaign, confirmed yesterday that Palin will appear but offered no details about what she will say or do.

Palin quite possibly could run into President Bush in the person of host Josh Brolin, who has the title role in W., the Oliver Stone movie about Bush that opened yesterday.

Next, in our city

An HBO pilot for a comedy series about three young women working on Washington's Capitol Hill will be filmed in and around Baltimore in coming weeks, according to Gov. Martin O'Malley.

The pilot for the proposed series, The Washingtonienne, will be executive produced by Sarah Jessica Parker and will star Rachel Taylor (Transformers), Amanda Walsh (Disturbia) and Bitsie Tulloch (Quarterlife).

Parker was on campus yesterday at the Maryland Institute College of Art "scouting locations for the show," according to Kathleen Murray, a spokeswoman for the school.

David Zurawik

Late-night rebound

David Letterman got his biggest audience in nearly three years with Sen. John McCain's rescheduled appearance Thursday night.

McCain told Letterman that he "screwed up" by canceling a guest shot three weeks ago because of the economic crisis. Letterman has hammered him ever since, and questioned the Republican sharply Thursday on his running mate, Sarah Palin, as well as his campaign tactics.

Nielsen Media Research says 6.5 million viewers watched, nearly 3 million more than the Late Show with David Letterman typically gets. It was Letterman's biggest night since a December 2005 appearance by someone else he's had tense times with - Oprah Winfrey.

Spears jury deliberates

The jury in Britney Spears' misdemeanor driving-without-a-valid-license trial left yesterday afternoon for the weekend without reaching a verdict.

The eight women and four men deliberated for a little more than two hours in a Los Angeles courtroom after they received the case.

Prosecutors and defense attorneys made their final arguments yesterday morning.

Spears, 26, hit a parked car last year while driving in California on her Louisiana license. Her attorney says she didn't meet the state's residency requirements and was within the law.

But prosecutors say Spears had gotten married, had two children and filed for divorce in Los Angeles, and was ostensibly a California resident.

Spears did not attend any of the two-day trial.

From Sun news services

today's birthdays

Rock-and-roll performer Chuck Berry, 82.

Sportscaster Keith Jackson, 80.

Author Terry McMillan, 57.

Tennis player Martina Navratilova, 52.

Actor Jean-Claude Van Damme, 48.

Jazz musician Wynton Marsalis, 47.

Rhythm-and-blues singer Ne-Yo, 29.

Actor Zac Efron, 21.

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