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Mount Everest gets the Bambino; Mount Auburn gets a powerful lineup

GOING THE DISTANCEThere are Sox fans, and there are Sox fans. Paul Giorgio is a Sox fan. Two years ago, the 39-year-old Auburn real estate investor scaled Mount Everest and, on the advice of a Tibetan Buddhist holy man, took a Bosox hat with him. "I talked to the head lama, and he basically told me if I wanted to break the Curse of the Bambino, I should leave the hat at the summit," Giorgio said. Alas, the Sox didn't win the World Series. On a return trip to Everest last spring, Giorgio tried again. "The lama said I didn't explain myself thoroughly. . . . He said what I needed to bring was the Babe himself," Giorgio said yesterday. "So I got a picture of Babe Ruth from 1918 -- the last time he was on top of the world -- and took that with me." Now amid the flags and prayer cloths fluttering at 29,028 feet there's Babe Ruth's mug in black and white. Giorgio, for one, thinks things will be different this time. "The lama's usually right on the money," he said. Incidentally, HBO's "The Curse of the Bambino," narrated by Ben Affleck, premieres next month and includes Giorgio.

HONORING GALBRAITH Here's a lineup worthy of the man being honored. On Sept. 24, a who's who of the political and social world will gather at the Royal Sonesta Hotel when Mount Auburn Hospital honors economist and Harvard professor emeritus John Kenneth Galbraith, who is a longtime supporter of the hospital. The committee organizing the event includes William F. Buckley Jr. and his wife, Pat; professor Jill Ker Conway; Mount Auburn CEO Jeanette Clough; Joan Bennett Kennedy; professor Robert Reich; Pulitizer Prize-winning author Arthur Schlesinger Jr., who served as a special assistant to President Kennedy, and his wife, Alexandra; and Pulitzer Prize-winner Samantha Power. Former president Bill Clinton and Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton have agreed to be the honorary chairs of the event, although it looks as if their schedules won't allow them to attend. But former special counsel to Kennedy, Theodore Sorensen, has said he'll be there to honor his friend and former colleague. Tickets to the dinner are still available at $250, with the proceeds going to Mount Auburn's cardiac services, including the construction of a new Electrophysiology Treatment Center.

LEGAL EAGLES Among the more than 50,000 lawyers practicing in Massachusetts, there are plenty of ambulance chasers. But there are some great litigators, too. The folks at Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly have released a list of today's "rising legal stars," lawyers who've been members of the bar for less than a decade but have already distinguished themselves. They include Jennifer Adreani, 31, an assistant attorney general in Lawrence who's locked up more than a few offenders; Inga Bernstein, 41, who helped win a $7.6 million verdict against the MBTA in 2001; Donald Brisson, 42, who recently was cuffed along with a client for questioning New Bedford cops; Edward Naughton, 35, who's taken three cases to the state's highest court in the past two years and won each time; and Malcolm Medley, 39, co-counsel for OneUnited Bank, one of the nation's largest black-owned banks. "The public's perception of our profession is unfortunate but not unexpected," Medley said yesterday. "Fifty percent of litigants lose, so they're not inclined to like us."

SOMETHING FISHY Not together, mind you, but the Mother of All Disco Donna Summer and rapper Funkmaster Flex dined at Legal Sea Foods Park Square over the weekend. Flex was in town for his celebrity car show at the Bayside Expo Center. Summer was visiting family. Names can be reached at names@globe.com or at 617-929-8253.

It's a Legal win for Bush in Florida

It was time to pay the piper yesterday. Or, more specifically, Florida governor Jeb Bush.

Massachusetts CEO Mitt Romney made a gentleman's bet with Bush last week on the outcome of the Little League World Series game between the Saugus Little Leaguers and the Boynton Beach, Fla., team.

The diamond heroes from Saugus fought their way back more than once in the tournament to face Florida in the US finals but couldn't beat the team twice in the tournament. That meant instead of Bush sending Romney and a chunk of Saugus some fresh-squeezed Florida orange juice, Romney & Co. enlisted the help of Legal Sea Foods to pay up.

Yesterday morning, a box was packed to send to Bush that included two lobsters, some littleneck clams, a pint of clam chowder with oyster crackers, corn on the cob, linguica sausage, bibs, lobster claw crackers, and a lobster pot. We're told the State House threw in a batch of tollhouse cookies for dessert.

Stargazing

* Fox News dropped its lawsuit against Al Franken yesterday, three days after a federal judge refused to block the liberal humorist from using the Fox slogan "Fair and Balanced" on the cover of his latest book. Fox said it had filed papers in federal court to withdraw the suit, which sought unspecified damages from Franken and Penguin Group, publisher of "Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them: A Fair and Balanced Look at the Right." "It's time to return Al Franken to the obscurity that he's normally accustomed to," Fox News spokeswoman Irena Steffen said. Fox trademarked "Fair and Balanced" in 1998.

* O.J. Simpson says that without the money to pay for his "dream team" of lawyers, he wouldn't have been acquitted of murder charges. In an interview with Playboy magazine nine years after his trial, Simpson repeatedly vowed that he did not kill his ex-wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, or Ronald Goldman. "I didn't commit the crime. That is why I got off," Simpson said. "I feel in my heart that I got off because I was innocent. But I don't know if I could have proven my innocence if I didn't have the money. And that's a shame. Yes, it is a shame that in this country it costs so much to get good representation."

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