Judges said yadda, yadda, yadda to the plaintiff in a dismissed lawsuit filed against sitcom superstar Jerry Seinfeld over the character of "George Costanza."
State Supreme Court judges ruled that Queens College alum Michael
According to court documents, the 43-year-old Costanza was seeking $100 million in damages claiming that "Seinfeld" producers had impeded upon his privacy rights by using his "name, likeness and persona.
Costanza contended that he met Seinfeld while attending Queens College in Flushing and that the "George" character had similar traits and even held some of the same jobs as he did.
Judges said that the creators of "Seinfeld" never used Costanzas "name, portrait or picture, except in one episode where he appeared as an actor.Xmas or Hanukkah?
Mistletoe or Mezuzah?
If youre one of the growing segment of the population whose ancestry has led to a post holiday identity crisis, a new place on the internet may be the antidote for those vexing December days of religious duality.
Halfjew.com is a website
devoted to what they
The site offers message boards where half Jews can share messages about choosing between chai or cheers, recipes and tips on how to get a handle the holidays quicker than you can say "gevalt."
A highlight of the site includes special features of including a whos who of celebrity half Jews which includes a surprising list of famous names including, John Gotti Jr., Fiorella LaGuardia, Gwyneth Paltrow, Courtney Love, Harrison Ford.NYPD Retirement Ruckus
City cops requesting paperwork to sign-off the force are being turned away from 1 Police Plaza, which is being besieged by pension-seekers.
Police in Queens who trekked to NYPD headquarters to file for retirement told QConf that employees took forms they had filled out in advance, while advising them to, "call in a few weeks" to get pension info that required any research regardless of how large or small the request.
Used to be cops seeking retirement could go to headquarters for a breakdown of pension benefits they were eligible to collect, cops told us. Not so now, the cops said. "We were told that there are so many cops filing for retirement that processing is weeks maybe a month or two backlogged.
Remember you read it first on the Confidential page back in 98 that the current cop exodus was expected and that the city and the NYPD were considering offering cops an alternative to retirement in the form of a "put your pension on hold while you collect wages" program.
Insiders told us some of the cops most of whom are "bosses" got a bit irate, storming out of the pension office.
"They can tell if were a minute late to start a tour of duty," one angry sergeant said. "But they cant tell us what our pension is? Bull."Bareable News
Do you want the daily news delivered from the Web, but bored from CNN.com? Well check out NakedNews.com. The site features ravishing women that deliver hard news in video webcasts, all while changing from their corporate suits to their birthdays suits. Youll notice that these women are articulate professionals, such as Miss Sinclair, whose background includes being a copy editor and model. Sinclair disrobed while delivering the international news on the Mideast crisis, Pinochets trial. She finished in the buff while talking about the ailing Pope.
AN IN-TUNE READER WRITES: This past December, amidst multiple performances on NPRs live radio show A Prairie Home Companion, Natalia Paruz, renowned Astoria artist (featured by QConf last week), was crowned the shows official sawyer by Garrison Keillor, the shows host since 1974.
To top it off, the Westchester Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by maestro Paul Dunkel, declared Natalia, who performed with them as the featured soloist this past December, an "acclaimed musician" and "master of the musical saw!"
Can we say: she came, she sawed, she conquered?
- Scott Munson
HONEST ABE? Multi-millionaire and Rikers Island inmate Abe Hirschfeld was spied during an interview sitting adjacent to Craig Godineaux, one of the accused in the Flushing Wendys massacre that took place last summer.
While talking to the Daily News reporter, Hirschfeld said he neither knew the nearby inmate nor what he was being jailed for.
Hirschfeld was convicted last June of hiring a hit man to murder his longtime business associate Stanley Stahl.
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