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Fired radio host DePetro lands new job

John DePetro, the radio talk-show host fired from a Boston station for making a remark about gubernatorial Green-Rainbow Party candidate Grace Ross, has been hired by a Rhode Island station. DePetro was fired in November from WRKO-AM after he called Ross "a fat lesbian." WPRO-AM announced yesterday that DePetro would join the station Feb. 14 as a midmorning talk-show host in his native Rhode Island. He replaces host Dave Barber, who was with the station for less than a year. "John's a compelling, provocative talk-show host," WPRO program director Paul Giammarco told the Associated Press. "He's a slice of Rhode Island." DePetro, who lives in East Greenwich and calls himself "The Independent Man" after a statue on top of the Statehouse, said he's excited about his return. He had a show on WPRO's competitor, Providence-based WHJJ-AM, for six years before he joined WRKO in 2004.

O'Neals' attorneys now battle
The battle between Ryan O'Neal and his son Griffin that led to the actor's arrest at his Malibu, Calif., home last weekend turned into a war of words yesterday as their attorneys each charged that the other side was responsible for the fight in which a fireplace poker was swung and a gun fired. Griffin O'Neal, 42, and his pregnant girlfriend, Joanna Berry, who had bandages around a bruised and swollen left eye, appeared but did not speak at a press conference by attorney Gloria Allred. "We vigorously reject any assertion that the injuries suffered . . . were as a result of Ryan O'Neal's acting in self - defense," Allred said. The actor's attorney, Mark Werksman, countered quickly. "Ryan O'Neal is the victim and was attacked by his own son, with his own poker," Werksman said.

Garcia's widow sues to acquire tapes
The widow of the Grateful Dead guitarist Jerry Garcia is suing to gain access to unpublished tapes of her late husband's musical performances. Deborah Koons Garcia filed a civil suit Jan. 31 in a California Superior Court against a limited liability corporation, comprising the rocker's beneficiaries, including Koons Garcia, that oversees business involving his estate. Koons Garcia wants to professionally restore the so-called "Garcia Tapes," but others in the limited liability corporation have stalled the process.

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