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Ex-New York Times managing editor gets post at Columbia

Former New York Times managing editor Gerald Boyd, a casualty of last year's Jayson Blair scandal, will join Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism in a nonteaching position this spring.

Boyd has "a one-semester staff appointment to develop case-study curriculum materials," university spokeswoman Caroline Ladhani said.

Boyd also is working on his memoirs, due to be published in 2005.

Blair, a New York Times reporter, resigned last spring after editors learned he'd embellished and plagiarized dozens of reports. Boyd and executive editor Howell Raines left soon after.

Victoria Gotti to get her own reality show

Victoria Gotti is going to be busy.

American Media Inc., publisher of Star magazine, has named Gotti editor in chief of its new publication, Red Carpet.

She'll also star in her own reality show for the A&E network, which will chronicle her personal and private life.

"Red Carpet will present a smart, refreshing look at the world of celebrities," Gotti said in a statement last week.

Both Red Carpet and her new TV show, not yet titled, will launch in April.

Gotti, executive editor at large at Star, is the author of the novels The Senator's Daughter, I'll Be Watching You and Superstar. She's also the daughter of the late mobster John Gotti, who died of cancer in prison in 2002.

Garfunkel charged with marijuana possession

HURLEY, N.Y. _ Art Garfunkel of the folk music duo Simon and Garfunkel was charged with marijuana possession after police pulled his limousine over for speeding in New York.

Garfunkel, 62, had a small amount of marijuana in his jacket pocket when a state trooper stopped the limo Saturday afternoon in Hurley, 55 miles southwest of Albany, the Daily Freeman of Kingston reported.

The trooper smelled marijuana after approaching the vehicle, in which Garfunkel was the lone passenger.

Garfunkel, of Manhattan, is scheduled to appear in court Wednesday on the charge, which carries a possible $100 fine, or he could respond by mail.

A representative for Legacy Recording, Garfunkel's record label, did not immediately return a phone call.

Louisiana to use Mr. Bill to help save wetlands

Mr. Bill, the oft-squished 1970s Saturday Night Live figure, has been pressed into service to save Louisiana's disappearing swamps and marshes.

In a campaign beginning next summer, the clay character whose misadventures frequently left him flattened, dismembered or howling in shock, is expected to recite his signature line.

"Maybe Mr. Bill says, "Ohh, nooo!!! _ the coastal erosion,' " said his creator, Walter Williams, a New Orleans native. Since retiring from SNL, Mr. Bill has enjoyed a lucrative career working for Pizza Hut, Ramada Inn, Lexus and Burger King.

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