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Updated: August 26, 2012 6:14AM



A Rose is a Rose . . .

Oh, boy! Sneed hears an informed whisper: Chicago Bulls basketball star Derrick Rose and pregnant girlfriend, Mieka Blackman Reese, are expecting a future member of a men’s basketball team. Get the drift?

The Peterson file . . .

Dateline — The Pantsline: The only glitch in accused wife murderer Drew Peterson’s day in court Tuesday was a scramble before jury proceedings began to swap out the “floodwater” slacks mistakenly handed to him, which were four inches too short.

◆ The upshot: “Surprisingly, Drew — who always seems to have a quip — was quipless about the mishap,” said his attorney Joel Brodsky. “All Drew wanted to do after court was get back to his cell and sleep. He’s used to sleeping during the day . . . just like when he was a cop on the nightshift,” said Brodsky. “He’s exhausted getting used to a court schedule.”

Ring time . . .

Former Gov. Rod Blagojevich will miss the wedding.

◆ Translation: Sneed has learned City Council veteran Ald. Richard Mell, father of Blagojevich’s wife, Patti, just got engaged.

◆ To wit: “The whole family — Patti, Deborah, and Richard (Mell’s children)­ — are very happy,” said a close friend of Ald. Mell, who is providing financial support to Blago’s brood while Blagojevich serves a 14-year prison sentence on corruption charges.

◆ Upshot: Mell, a widower who lost his beloved wife, Marge, to a degenerative disease called progressive supranuclear palsy, just got engaged to Yomaira Herrera, who works at the Water Reclamation district.

◆ Snapshot: “Ald. Mell took Yomaira and her two daughters to France and Monaco recently and that is where he proposed,” a source said. “Yomaira is now in the process of having the engagement ring sized.”

◆ Backshot: Mell and Blago once had such a contentious relationship it almost severed family ties; but the feud was patched up shortly before Blago was sentenced to serve time in a federal prison in Colorado.

The baby beat . . .

Mama Miaa! The latest tweet from reality TV star Kristin Cavallari, the uber pregnant fiancee of Bears QB Jay Cutler:

“Jay is making me lasagna . . . he takes such good care of me [insert smiley face emoticon] good thing because I can barely move.”

Isn’t that special.

The movie massacre . . .

Fact: Lutheran pastor Jerry Borgie, who heads the San Diego church the family of Colorado shooter James Holmes has attended for the last 14 years, has the following recording on his home phone:

“This is the day the Lord which has made. We will rejoice and be glad in it. Hope you are rejoicing, too. Call the Borgies. Please leave a message.”

How very sad.

The Pritzker prize . . .

Pitching for Pennies? Penny Pritzker, who was once President Barack Obama’s campaign finance chairwoman/mega fund-raiser, was spotted snagging a ride from San Franciso to Portland on Air Force One Tuesday, according to a Politico report.

◆ Hmmm: Imagine the on-board chitchat between POTUS and Pritzker, whose financial commitment to the Obama campaign has been questioned lately.

A royal bit . . .

Blimey! Kate & Wills, a ka Prince William and the duchess of Cambridge — plus royal brother Prince Harry — are expected to attend at least 30 Olympic events.

The Burke beat . . .

The strike zone: Illinois Supreme Court Justice Anne Burke, who tossed the ceremonial first pitch before the Twins-White Sox game Monday at U.S. Cellular Field — practiced pitching the ball with her physical therapist earlier that day due to rotator cuff surgery on her right shoulder a year ago.

◆ Explanation: “I didn’t want to leave the pitcher’s mound when I threw the ball, so I asked the catcher to move in closer,” chirped Burke, who is convinced she threw a strike.

“It’s nice to know even catchers follow a judge’s orders.”

Sneedlings . . .

Congrats to Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart for receiving the American Legion’s Employer of Veterans Award . . . Wednesday’s birthdays: Iman, 57, and Matt LeBlanc, 45.



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