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Cooking up a 'South Park' stunt?

Contrary to popular assumption, ''South Park" fans have not seen the Chef sling his final serving of hash. The character, who until last week was voiced by Isaac Hayes, is back tonight in the first of several new episodes of Comedy Central's top-rated show. Work on the episode began last week, after news broke of Hayes's decision to quit the show because it skewered the Church of Scientology, of which he's a member. Hayes didn't return to voice the new episode, but there's widespread speculation that the show's Matt Stone and Trey Parker used creative editing of past shows to fashion new dialogue.

Anderson buys Vegas condo
Pamela Anderson has bought a condo at a $1 billion luxury high-rise under construction just west of the Las Vegas Strip, its developer said. The former ''Baywatch" star purchased a two-bedroom penthouse unit with more than 2,000 square feet and views of the Strip facing north, south, and east, said Laurence Hallier, chairman of Hallier Properties. ''Spider-man" actor Tobey Maguire and ''The Aviator" star Leonardo DiCaprio are also reported to have bought into the development.

Rapper awaits retrial on murder charge
The rapper who once went by the stage name of C-Murder has been put in a house arrest program to await a retrial on a second-degree murder charge. Corey Miller was freed from jail after posting $500,000 bond on that charge and meeting a $500,000 bond on two unrelated charges of attempted murder. Miller, 35, is charged with a fatal shooting at a Louisiana nightclub. A jury convicted Miller, who faced a life prison sentence without parole, but a judge tossed out the conviction after ruling that prosecutors hid the criminal backgrounds of some state witnesses from the defense.

From fake anchor to fake author
First ''Fake News," now ''Truthiness." The publisher of Jon Stewart's million-selling ''America (The Book)" is releasing a book by Stephen Colbert. ''This book will have the same noble goal as my television show: to change the world one factual error at a time," Colbert said yesterday in a statement. The untitled book is scheduled to come out in 2007. Colbert, a longtime fixture on Stewart's ''Daily Show," now hosts ''The Colbert Report" on Comedy Central.

Inhospitable climate
'I got so stressed out and so freaked out about it. Initially when it came up I tried to be pragmatic. But Blair has no environmental credentials as far as I'm concerned.' Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke, explaining why he turned down the chance to discuss climate change with Prime Minister Tony Blair of Britain


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