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FILE - MARCH 08 2013: Elisabeth Hasselbeck And Joy Behar are both leaving ABC's 'The View' according reports March 8

FILE - MARCH 08, 2013: Elisabeth Hasselbeck And Joy Behar are both leaving ABC's "The View" according to reports on March 8, 2013. Behar has been with the show since it started in 1997 and Hasselbeck joined the cast in November 2003. NEW YORK - MAY 25: Media personality Elisabeth Hasselbeck poses for photos before at the Scholastic Parent & Child's "Family of the Year" event at Scholastic Flagship Store on May 25, 2010 in New York City. (Photo by Jemal Countess/Getty Images for Scholastic)

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Updated: July 9, 2014 9:23PM



The papal conclave...

Ah, Paddy Power.

Paddy Power, the Irish betting website, is weighing in on the papal race to head the Roman Catholic flock and is listing Italy’s Cardinal Angelo Scola, 71, the Archbishop of Milan, as a 9/4 winner.

◆Next on the list: North American prelates. Canadian Cardinal Marc Ouellet is listed at 10/1; Boston’s Cardinal Sean Patrick O’Malley, 68, at 14/1; and New York’s favorite former cheesehead, Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan, 63, at 20/1.

◆Begorrah! Last name on the list of potential winners: Irish singer/philanthropist/great guy, Bono, 52, at 1000/1.

◆Favored papal name: Leo, by 5/4, followed by Peter (2/1) ... which would be the first time the name was used since St. Peter, who is considered to be the first head of the Christian church. Don’t bet on Sylvester, Sergius, Victor, Sixtus or Valentine.

◆First papal visit: Brazil at 7/2, followed by the Philippines at 6/1 — and next the United States (8/1) and Argentina (8/1).

◆Finally, Chicago Cardinal Francis George’s chances of being chosen are listed as a 200 to 1 shot.

The Dolan file...

Sweet sustenance: Cardinal Timothy Dolan, who is known for his jovial mood and larger than life conviviality — as well as appetite — served as fodder for the press when he joked he might take a small candy bar into the conclave. “I hear that the food is not good,” he quipped.

The numbers game...

Former President George W. Bush, son of George H.W. Bush, the 41st President of the United States — who he affectionately calls “41” — is spending a great deal of his retirement time painting canvases.

◆Translation: So it should come as no surprise he signs his paintings “43”.

It’s one “View”...

In or out? TV talk titan Barbara Walters may have rebutted reports Elisabeth Hasselbeck, her sidekick on the hit daytime show “The View” was being fired — and that she wasn’t planning on getting rid of Hasselbeck — but Walters seemed to add more fuel to the fire by stating she would support her conservative tablemate if she chose to leave.

◆”View” Pee—ew? Could it be the show is really tired of Hasselbeck, whose contract is up next season and has been there since 2003 -- but doesn’t want to diss her because it might lose female conservative viewers? Hey, Barbara Wahwah knows how to advance the line — but it looks like Hasselbeck is toeing the line.

Harrison’s heart...

Actor Harrison “Star Wars/Raiders of the Lost Ark” Ford will take over Chicago Cut Steakhouse on Monday to celebrate his feature on the cover of Michigan Avenue magazine and to raise money for his charity of choice, Conservation International. Ford is vice chair of the organization’s board, which, quite simply, uses research to protect the earth from economic and development projects.

Vroom vroom...

While Leonardo DiCaprio fans await the theater arrival of Australian director Baz Lurhmann’s film rendition of “The Great Gatsby,” Sneed is told car lovers may have something to swoon about: Four 1920’s era cars were shipped to Australia for inclusion in the movie from the Volo Auto Museum in Volo, Ill.

Sneedlings...

A calendar date: Watch for Gordon Tech College Prep, which announced an unprecedented partnership with DePaul University last October, to hold their first Inspiration Celebration with DePaul on May 6. Awards will be given to Monsignor Ken Velo of the Big Shoulders Fund and Tom Kleinschmidt, Gordon Tech’s boys’ basketball coach, who is a Gordon Tech and DePaul grad. The schools’ partnership was engineered by Gordon Tech chair Dia Weil and former Chicago Public Library chief Mary Dempsey. Bravo, ladies! Tuesday’s birthdays: Mitt Romney, 66; Liza Minnelli, 67; and James Taylor, 65.



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