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Local UPN station hires new vice president

Frank DeTillio has been hired by UPN station WTOG-Ch. 44 as its new vice president and general manager, a Viacom Television Stations Group official announced Thursday. A 33-year veteran of television and radio, DeTillio returns to familiar territory. He served as vice president/general manager of WFLA-Ch. 8 from 1986 to 1991. DeTillio will oversee all operations at WTOG and succeed Mike Conway, who retires in February.

His most recent position was vice president/general manager of WBMA-TV in Birmingham, Ala. DeTillio also co-owned a Spanish language radio station, WQBN, in Tampa for several years after leaving WFLA.

"I'm extremely excited to be joining the Viacom Television Stations Group family," DeTillio said. "This group has achieved so much momentum over the last few years, and I'm especially excited about working with UPN, which is in the midst of a creative renaissance."

Police: Givens hits woman

at Miami crosswalk

MIAMI _ Actor Robin Givens struck and critically injured an 89-year-old pedestrian who was in a crosswalk, police said Thursday.

Givens, a star of the 1980s TV comedy Head of the Class and the ex-wife of boxer Mike Tyson, struck Maria Antonia Alcover with her sport utility vehicle Wednesday as the woman was crossing a busy intersection, police spokesman Delrish Moss said. Police have ruled it an accident.

After being hit, Alcover fell backward and her right foot was nearly severed, police said. Givens drove for about 10 feet before witnesses flagged her down. She walked back to the victim and stayed with her while police and fire rescue reached the scene.

Judge to Kelly: Yes

to Grammys, but no Jackson

CHICAGO _ R. Kelly won't be mingling with Michael Jackson during next month's Grammy festivities: A judge has ordered the R&B star, who is awaiting trial on child pornography charges, to stay away from the King of Pop, himself facing child molestation charges, when Kelly attends the awards.

Prosecutors and Kelly's lawyers said they never raised the issue of a meeting between Jackson and Kelly during a hearing this week about Kelly's travel. Cook County Circuit Judge Vincent Gaughan made the edict on his own, they said.

Brown released from jail,

denies domestic charges

AIKEN, S.C. _ James Brown was released from jail on a domestic violence charge Thursday and denied accusations he pushed his wife to the floor and threatened her with a chair.

The 70-year-old "Godfather of Soul" had been arrested the previous day at the couple's Beech Island home.

"The main thing is I would never hurt my wife and beat up on her like that," Brown said.

According to a sheriff's report, Brown pushed 33-year-old Tomi Rae Brown to the floor during an argument in a bedroom and threatened to kill her while holding a chair over her. She had scratches and bruises on her right arm and hip and was taken to an Augusta, Ga., hospital, Aiken County deputies said.