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Here's an oddity, some good magazine news! New York Publisher Alan Katz reports ad pages year to date are 10.7% ahead. Alan is so giddy about it, he promoted Ginger Sutton to associate publisher and Betsy Cronen to business director.

Hachette Filipacchi Magazines launched Elle Canada in Toronto in partnership with Transcontinental Publishing and Jack Kliger reports it's off to a strong start with 130 ad pages. A Hungarian edition bows later this year, and this month a Russian version of Elle Decor debuts.

Richie Brew died. Wonderful guy whose family ran Brew's, a popular Manhattan restaurant/bar and hangout for agency and media folks.

AARP Publications hired as a sales rep Yi Shun Lai. She not only sells advertising but is a published writer-Self and other national mags.

Undeterred by the slump, Ladies' Home Journal launches its redesigned Web site, with a promotional bash April 11 at Reebok Sports Club in New York.

Powerful editorial in The New York Observer, "Two Tawdry Con Men; Jesse Jackson, (Sen.) Robert Torricelli." Shame on both and all hail the Observer.

Veteran New York press agent Joe Goldstein (he still wears a bowler) returned from visiting 26 Major League training camps plugging, "Total Baseball: The Official Encyclopedia of Baseball," a brand new tome weighing in at 6 3/4 pounds. Need lifetime stats on "Hondo" Hartung? They're in there.

Publisher Lynn Heiler says Bon Appetit is now the official food and entertaining mag of the Cannes Film Festival. I'll be arriving any hour now at Nice airport in ascot and shades.

All hail Bob Costas on HBO. This guy rates a long-form talk show and does it as well as any in the biz.

Gemstar-TV Guide International named Jeffrey Mahl president of its Media Sales Group. He'd been at Ask Jeeves.

Gruner & Jahr USA Publishing launches its new Rosie mag tonight at The Lighthouse at Chelsea Piers in Manhattan. Marc Anthony's the entertainment.

L'Oreal promoted Andrea Robinson to president of Ralph Lauren Fragrances Worldwide. And just think, she used to be a junior editor at Seventeen.

New director of marketing & sales for the Waldorf-Astoria is industry veteran Mark Lauer.

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