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Updated: December 7, 2011 8:12AM


Sneed hears former political powerhouse Ed Vrdolyak is this/close to being released from federal prison in Terre Haute, Ind.

◆ The kicker: Vrdolyak, who was reportedly a popular prisoner who kept his head down, will be home for the holidays in time to watch the man who sent him to prison — super snitch Stuart Levine — head off to the clink.

P.S. Levine, who is also responsible for the Tony Rezko conviction and figured in the Bill Cellini trial, has been supporting himself by selling synthetic cigarettes in a mall. Wonder who came up with that idea?

Lucy’s wheels . . .

Singer Wayne Newton, a major car collector, bought the late legendary comedienne Lucille “I Love Lucy” Ball’s 1980 Chrysler Town & Country station wagon.

◆ The stats: With only 9,000 miles on the odometer, the car sold at a Texas auction Saturday for $5,000. The deal was brokered by concierge to the stars Chicagoan Alan Kaye.

Knox ’em out!

Former Italian prisoner Amanda Knox is reportedly taking lessons in an Israeli self-defense fighting style at a training facility in Seattle.

The women’s room . . .

◆ Hmmm: Beleagured GOP presidential hopeful Herman Cain, battling sexual harassment claims, is the only GOP contender who has yet to introduce his wife on the campaign trail.

◆ Mitt’s maven: Ann Romney, wife of Cain’s main GOP opponent, Mitt Romney, will be in town Nov. 7 to attend a fund-raiser at former House Speaker Dennis Hastert’s home in Plano hosted by U.S. Rep. Judy Biggert. (The next day Mitt Romney hits a fund-raiser in the land of big moola also known as Lake Forest.)

This and that . . .

◆ Party palette: Chicago painter Adam Scott Umbach’s art opening at Kiki’s Bistro recently attracted an eclectic set: music maestro Stanley Paul, writer Tom O’Gorman, Joe Hannon, former top cop adviser Michael Masters, social doyenne Rosie O’Neill, Ald. Ed Burke and Justice Warren Wolfson. . . . Congrats to Dr. Steven T. Rosen, director extraordinaire of the Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center at Northwestern University, on being honored at the Israel Cancer Research Fund Gala Nov. 9 at the Hyatt Regency Chicago. Mayor Rahm Emanuel also declared Nov. 9 a day in honor of Dr. Rosen, who has overseen the cancer treatment of former first lady Maggie Daley.

Say whaaa!

Actress Sarah Jessica Parker has this to say when questioned at an NBC gathering about how she uses her BlackBerry to schedule her busy career: “You’d have to ask my BlackBerry if I can talk to you about my BlackBerry.”

I think that’s called a very close relationship with your BlackBerry.

Dada dada da da . . .

. . . Dada da da dada da . . . da da da dum: To those of us who remember the music to the legendary Perry Mason TV series starring Raymond Burr, know this: Actor Robert Downey Jr., who played Sherlock Holmes in a 2009 film and will again in a sequel next month, also will become Perry Mason in an upcoming movie.

Sneedlings . . .

Congrats to Sun-Times reporter Stefano Esposito and wife, Tracy, on the birth of son Lucca Leonardo . . . Today’s birthdays: Emma Stone, 23; Thandie Newton, 39; Rebecca Romijn, 39; Ethan Hawke, 41; Maria Shriver, 56, and Sally Field, 65 . . . Monday’s birthdays: Jeremy and Jason London, 39, and Joni Mitchell, 68.

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