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Prince Jackson’s new flame; sister Paris’ new pain

Paris Jacksclutches chicken picture she tweeted last week. She brother Prince have argued about her visits their mother’s ranch.

Paris Jackson clutches a chicken in a picture she tweeted last week. She and brother Prince have argued about her visits to their mother’s ranch.

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Updated: August 2, 2013 6:05AM



Sources close to Paris Jackson say she is well on her way to recovery, but the London Sunday People’s release of what it calls “secret FBI files” — alleging Michael Jackson spent nearly $35 million to cover up his supposed molesting of as many as two dozen boys — is causing Paris renewed emotional pain.

“I don’t know how she found out,” said a longtime Jackson family intimate. “She wasn’t supposed to see this latest story, but you know, it’s virtually impossible to keep those stories away from her — given Twitter, the Internet and the rest of social media today. She’s beside hereself.”

In happier and more innocent news, Paris’s brother Prince Jackson is said to be quite taken with Remi Alfalah , an extremely wealthy Kuwaiti princess who attends Prince’s private California school. She was his escort Saturday to a new Cirque du Soleil show dedicated to his father’s memory and music.

THE EXIT ROW: It was wall-to-wall Chicago VIPs at the Thursday night retirement party at Gibsons on Rush for Bill Hood, the managing director for American Airlines’ government affairs for the past 19 years — and for many the “face” of the airline in Chicago and Springfield. Among those spied toasting that true Renaissance man (and his great wife, legal eagle Vicki Hood) were Jesse White, Dan Rutherford, Msgr. Ken Velo, Chicago Shakespeare’s Barbara Gaines, Sue Leonis, Stanley Paul, Joan and Bob Clifford, Terry Sullivan, Jay Doherty, Christina and Ron Gidwitz, Suzette Bulley, Andy Shaw, Jerry Roper and Neal Zucker.

THE CASH DASH: One of Illinois Treasurer Dan Rutherford’s jobs is overseeing the state’s “I-Cash” program — helping Illinoisans discover money and other assets they didn’t know about, or had forgotten in an old bank account. So imagine Rutherford’s own surprise to happily find $97.17 of his own forgotten money. “I discovered the money after checking on a regular basis, so I encourage everyone to keep heading to

Icash.illinois.gov a few times a year,” said the GOP gubernatorial candidate.

TV TALK: For those worrying about Selma Blair being summarily fired from “Anger Management” due to Charlie Sheen’s displeasure with his co-star, don’t fret too much. Word has it, Blair is being paid in full for her entire contract — most likely to avoid both litigation or tales being told about behind-the-scenes Sheen antics on the set.

Chicago’s own Craig Robinson’s NBC pilot — which wasn’t initially green-lit for the fall season — is still alive. The network has extended options on the proposed sitcom, and deadline.com reports it’s also ordered scripts for three more potential episodes — a good sign for the unnamed show starring Robinson as a musician who adjusts to life as a middle-school music teacher, a role he played for real on Our Town’s South Side, before he scored as an entertainer.

Meanwhile, another sitcom starring a Chicago comic — John Mulaney — is in line for a slot on the Fox lineup, deadline.com reports. NBC passed on the show in May.

SEEN ON THE SCENE: While in town for the Mellody Hobson-George Lucas Chicago reception, Oscar winner Robin Williams thrilled fans spying him lunching Saturday at Coco Pazzo. … Jenny McCarth y was the star attraction at the Chicago TechWeek launch party Friday at American Junkie for Yappem, the new social media platform built around people sharing their brand experiences for various rewards. … Speaking of American Junkie, DJ and music man Calvin Harri s was spotted there just as the Hawks arrived with the Stanley Cup the other night. … No Cup with him, but coach Joel Quenneville dined at Joe’s Stone Crab. … Other Cup-less Hawks sightings: Coach Q at Public House; Brent Seabrook at Ay Chiwowa, and Niklas Hjalmarsson at Café Ba-Ba-Reeba in Lincoln Park. … John Cusack was seen dining Saturday at Siena Tavern. … Hall of Fame third baseman Wade Boggs was spotted at Harry Caray’s on Kinzie. … David Schwimmer hit up Rockit Bar & Grill. … Radio man Roe Conn slipped into Bella Notte on Grand with country music superstar Vince Gill. Jimmy Buffett rode his bike from Northerly Island to RL for lunch Friday — telling the restaurant’s staff it took him nearly an hour to pedal through the throng leaving the Hawks celebration rally in Grant Park, and claiming only one Parrothead recognized him!

A FINAL NOTE: A lot has been written — and will be written (upcoming Vogue and Vanity Fair issues, etc.) about the spectacular Chicago reception Mellody Hobson and George Lucas hosted for several hundred of us lucky friends to celebrate their recent wedding.

I would just like to make a point that seems to have been largely overlooked by various media reports. While a relatively small amount of public money may have been paid, primarily to paint the underpass leading to the Promontory Point site of the party, the net result of the Hobson-Lucas fete will be a nice gain for Chicago. Not only will Promontory Point be enhanced — thanks to the permanent planting of trees, shrubs and flowers left over from the party — but two Chicago charities will be fortified by reception guests’ contributions, given in lieu of wedding presents. Gifts to either After School Matters or the Ariel Education Initiative will benefit literally thousands of Chicago young people for many years to come.

Oh yes. And that underpass painting also will long be enjoyed by anyone heading to Promontory Point.



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