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From Star 93 to Mike FM; Leo eats lobster at Logan

CHANGES ON THE DIAL ''Star 93" is no more. Yesterday, in the middle of the afternoon, the Entercom-owned WQSX-FM (93.7) switched formats from R&B and disco to what it is calling ''Mike FM." This new format resembles one known as ''Jack," which has been growing in popularity across the country and features a larger playlist, more styles of music, and no DJs. The style began in Canada and has caught on in recent months in Los Angeles, Dallas, and Philadelphia. ''Most radio station playlists consist of 200 to 300 songs," said a statement from station GM Amy Caplan. ''Our listeners will be surprised and delighted when they hear songs they haven't heard for a long time."

LEGALLY TESTED Wednesday was a busy day for the Legal Test Kitchen, the new Legal Sea Foods eatery at the new Terminal A at Logan Airport. Leonardo DiCaprio stopped by the takeout counter for lobster wraps to go. (DiCaprio is slated to return to town soon for the filming of Martin Scorsese's ''The Departed," in which he stars with Matt Damon and Jack Nicholson.) . . . Also stopping by was celeb chef Mario Batali, who said the Legal Test Kitchen concept was ''killer." He, too, tried the lobster wrap. . . . Last but not least, former Democratic vice presidential candidate John Edwards came in for a glass of wine and some ahi tuna. When he was finished, he went into the kitchen and shook hands with the staff.

SOLD! Red Sox vice chairman David Ginsberg was an active bidder at the recent MassArt Auction. The Winthrop native and Trilene Capital Partners CEO walked away with a black-and-white photo by Frank Gohlke valued at $6,000. . . . And some enthusiastic art collector at the auction paid $1,500 for one of the tiny Somerville Gates created by Geoff Hargadon as a tribute to Christo.

YOU'RE HIRED! Boston magazine has chosen a new food editor to succeed Alexandra Hall, who left to take a job at dailycandy.com. Tufts grad Jane Black, a writer who once trained as a professional chef, is the mag's new resident foodie.

WAIT, WAIT, THERE'S MORE . . . The official program was over at a meeting of former African heads of state at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library on Wednesday night, but the party wouldn't quit. Zambia's former president Kenneth Kaunda grabbed the microphone and a guitar and began singing. Then former Ghana president Jerry Rawlings took over and told jokes. Phylicia Rashad MC'd the African Presidential Roundtable 2005, presented by the African Presidential Archives and Research Center at Boston University.

David Beard of the Globe staff and Globe correspondent Clea Simon contributed. Names can be reached at names@globe.com or at 617-929-8253.

Lifestyles of the rich and hairy

Like most of the castles featured on ''Cribs," Johnny Damon's Orlando, Fla., estate is overkill, and the place looks about as lived in as a hotel room. (What's in the fridge? Barely anything except Sam Adams.) But for a good glimpse of Damon's off-season digs, fans of the Sox center fielder will want to tune in to Tuesday's episode of MTV's celebrity home show. Damon has a small fleet of vehicles, of course, but to his credit, he does not own an Escalade or a Hummer. (Raking in $8.5 million this year, Johnny certainly could swing an extravagant ride but opts instead for a '71 Ford Bronco, a '99 Porsche Cabrera convertible, and a motorcycle.) Inside the sprawling stone manse, Damon and wife Michelle Mangan show off a clothes closet that may be bigger than their apartment at the Ritz-Carlton and a screening room with eight leather recliners. Admiring the four-poster bed that dominates the couple's bedroom, Mangan says to her hirsute hubby, ''If I'm bad, you can tie me to it." Hmm. Finally, Damon introduces us to his adorable twins, Madelyn and Jackson, and the whole family walks out to the boat docked on a private lake. As the pleasure craft sputters away from shore, Damon yells, ''Sox rule!"

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