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Puck removes foie gras from menus

Puck removes foie gras from menus
Celebrity chef Wolfgang Puck (below) is cooking up kinder, gentler menus. As part of a new initiative to fight animal cruelty, Puck said yesterday he will no longer serve foie gras, the fatty liver produced by overfeeding ducks and geese. His 14 fine-dining restaurants, more than 80 fast-casual eateries , and 43 catering venues will use only eggs from hens that have lived cage-free; veal from roaming calves; and lobsters that have been removed from their ocean traps quickly to avoid crowded holding tanks. Puck said guests at his restaurants want to know their food is made with fresh, organic ingredients and that the animals were treated well. "We want a better standard for living creatures. It's as simple as that," Puck said. The move came after three years of protests by Farm Sanctuary, an animal-rights group that launched wolfgangpuckcruelty.org -- relabeled Wolfgang Puck Victory as of yesterday -- and organized a leaflet ing campaign outside Puck's restaurants. Puck worked with the Humane Society of the United States on the new initiative. He said he wasn't responding to pressure from animal welfare advocates, but instead believes the best-tasting food comes from animals that have been treated humanely. (AP)

Spears's lawyers gag British publications
Lawyers for Britney Spears won a British court injunction yesterday designed to prevent publication of stories about her recent stay in rehab. The injunction bars unidentified "person or persons . . . who has/have been leaking information about Ms. Spears' time in a rehabilitation clinic from further disclosures invading her privacy," said Schillings, the 25-year-old pop star's London law firm. Spears left Promises Malibu Alcohol and Drug Rehab Treatment Facility in California "after successfully completing their program," said her manager, Larry Rudolph. He asked that Spears's privacy be respected. She entered the facility Feb. 22 after a bout of bizarre behavior that included shaving her head, getting tiny lips tattooed on her wrist, and beating a car with an umbrella. (AP)

Madonna, H&M unveil new line
Material girl, indeed. A line of clothing co designed by pop queen Madonna went on sale around the world yesterday in branches of Swedish fashion retailer Hennes & Mauritz. Pieces in the M by Madonna collection, co designed by H&M design chief Margareta van den Bosch, include a leather trench coat, sequined shift dresses, cream-colored calf-length pants, and matching cropped jackets. (AP)

Smith's autopsy report set for release
Anna Nicole Smith's autopsy report will be released Monday, more than six weeks after the former Playboy Playmate died in Florida, authorities said yesterday. The medical examiner for Broward County, Dr. Joshua Perper, and Seminole Police Chief Charlie Tiger said they will hold a joint news conference to discuss the cause of death. Smith was found Feb. 8 in her hotel room at a tribal casino in Hollywood, Fla. An initial autopsy report showed no immediate indication of a drug overdose and no sign of major external injuries on the 39-year-old reality TV star. (AP)

'Stella' author sues ex-husband
Terry McMillan (inset) is suing her former husband for $40 million, alleging that he tried to smear her reputation during their highly publicized 2005 divorce. McMillan, 55, filed the complaint Wednesday in Contra Costa County, Calif., Superior Court against Jonathan Plummer, 32, who inspired her best-selling 1996 novel, "How Stella Got Her Groove Back." The book, later adapted into a movie, starring Angela Bassett and Taye Diggs, chronicled the adventures of a 40-something woman who falls for a guy half her age. The lawsuit claims Plummer, a Jamaica native, married McMillan in 1998 only to become a US citizen. He later announced that he's gay. The couple eventually settled their divorce for an undisclosed amount. Plummer's lawyer, Dolores Sargent, also is named in the lawsuit. Plummer, now a hairstylist, declined to discuss the legal action. Sargent could not be reached for comment. One of McMillan's attorneys, Daniel Horowitz, declined to comment. (AP)

Dina Lohan: 'I'm not the party mom!'
Dina Lohan ( right) says her daughter Lindsay (left) isn't an alcoholic and that people are wrong to assume that she's a club-hopping "party mom." "Oh, the party mom, the party mom, the party mom!" Lohan says. "Whoever said that, my ex-husband or whatever, I'm not the party mom!" Lohan, 44, made her remarks in an interview for the April issue of Harper's Bazaar. "Listen to me: Lindsay would drag me, literally drag my loser butt [to a club] and say, 'I need you to know who these people are.' Yeah, she trusts my judgment. She's in such a whirlwind; she's in a tornado. I mean, we're talking serious earthquake, you know?" The 20-year-old actress checked into the Wonderland Center in Los Angeles in January. Her publicist, Leslie Sloane, confirmed in December that Lohan was attending Alcoholics Anonymous meetings. Lohan says her daughter isn't an alcoholic. "Noooo! She's just a 20-year-old who had to reel it in. And she's from an addictive personality genetically. Lindsay had to fall and get up," she tells the magazine. (AP)

Gossip writer sues billionaire Burkle
For months, former New York Post scribe Jared Paul Stern was at the center of unseemly accusations that he tried to shake down billionaire Ronald Burkle in exchange for good press in the newspaper's gossip pages. Now Stern has fired back in a lawsuit filed yesterday against Burkle, the Post's archrival Daily News -- even former President Bill Clinton and Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton, whom Stern accuses of attacking him in an effort to suppress negative stories about themselves. Represented by a longtime critic of the Clintons, Stern alleges the defendants defamed and inflicted emotional distress on him and wrecked his job as a contributor to the Post's hugely popular Page Six gossip column. He seeks unspecified damages. Burkle spokesman Michael Sitrick called the lawsuit "preposterous." (AP)

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