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FCC's Sponsorship Of Gilliland Ride
Draws Ire From Watchdog Group
FCC Chair KEVIN MARTIN was named "October Porker of the Month" by Citizens Against Government Waste for "using FCC funds to sponsor a NASCAR driver from his home state." The FCC is placing messages about the digital TV transfer on DAVID GILLILAND's No. 38 Sprint Cup car for three races. The group said that it "seems 'absurd' to spend taxpayer money 4 months before the switch following months of alternative advertising" (CABLEFAX DAILY, 10/24).

MANHATTAN TRANSIT: NASCAR driver BRIAN VICKERS' Manhattan penthouse apartment in SoHo is featured in the N.Y. TIMES' "Great Homes And Destinations" feature. Vickers "spends most of his time" in Charlotte, where he is "sometimes stopped mid-bite during dinner at a restaurant to pose for a photo or sign an autograph." But "few people in New York know or care" who he is. Vickers: "Some people live in New York City and escape elsewhere. I live elsewhere, and escape to New York" (N.Y. TIMES, 10/24).

A NEW BREED: Celebrities expected to attend the five Breeders' Cup races Friday include Dodgers manager JOE TORRE, actors ALLISON JANNEY and RACHAEL HARRIS, chef BOBBY FLAY and CBS' "Survivor" host JEFF PROBST. Prior to the nine races Saturday, Breeders' Cup goodwill ambassador KURT RUSSELL "kicks off the opening ceremonies and California Gov. ARNOLD SCHWARZENEGGER will present the trophy to the winner" of the $5M Breeders' Cup Classic (AP, 10/24).

GET WELL SOON: Jazz Owner LARRY MILLER's health "suffered another setback this week when doctors discovered a bone infection and diabetic ulcers on his foot." Miller will undergo six weeks of therapy "on an outpatient basis" (DESERET NEWS, 10/24).

NAMES: The CBC Sports HOF next month will induct its '08 class, which includes sports radio personality FRED WALKER, former TV Producer GORDON CRAIG, cameraman TOM FISK and TV personalities DICK IRVIN and BOB MOIR (CBC)....Minneapolis-based KFAN-AM personality JEFF DUBAY was charged Wednesday with "felony drug possession, accused of tossing crack cocaine and a pipe from his vehicle" (Minneapolis STAR TRIBUNE, 10/23)....Hornets G CHRIS PAUL has teamed up with musician GARTH BROOKS and restaurant Copeland's of New Orleans to host the inaugural Chris Paul Basketball Camp, to be held Saturday at the Univ. of New Orleans. Copeland's will debut a signature Chris Paul dish as part of the partnership (Hornets)....Clearwater (FL) Mayor FRANK HIBBARD and Pinellas County (FL) Commissioner RONNIE DUNCAN "each got a Rayhawk Wednesday" and in the process raised $2,500 for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Pinellas County (ST. PETERSBURG TIMES, 10/23)....Pro Football HOFer JOHN ELWAY was scheduled to join a 10:00am MT rally for Republican Presidential candidate JOHN MCCAIN Friday at the National Western Arena in Denver (ROCKY MOUNTAIN NEWS, 10/24).

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