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Posted at 05:35 PM ET, 03/03/2011

In other news: Musicians rush to dispose of Gaddafi-tainted money; Rahm Emanuel meets twitter doppelganger; Fred Grandy quits radio show

Rahm Emanuel meets Twitter impersonator Dan Sinker on a Chicago radio show. (Richard A. Chapman/Chicago Sun-Times via AP)
• Oh, wait, you mean that Moammar Gaddafi??? Music stars are professing regret over concerts for hosts whom they say they didn’t realize at the time are part of the Libyan leader’s clan. Nelly Furtado announced she’s giving to charity her $1 million fee for a 2007 Gaddafi party; Beyonce said she donated her check for a 2009 gig as soon as she learned of the connection. Mariah Carey, meanwhile, told the Associated Press Thursday she was “naive and unaware” of her 2008 hosts’ identities, and called on her fellow artists to take “responsibility regardless of who books our shows.”

• Rahm Emanuel, meet Faux Rahm. Chicago’s mayor-elect on Wednesday made a $5,000 charitable donation in the name of Dan Sinker, a Columbia College professor who confessed to being the anonymous wit behind @MayorEmanuel, a Twitter account as hilariously and unquotably vulgar as the man himself. Emanuel joked that while reining in his rich vocabulary during the campaign, he found an outlet in reading Sinker’s tweets, so “now that he ends this, the ‘Calm Rahm’ may have to go away.” Sinker’s gift will go to an after-school writing program, the Sun-Times reports.

• Fred Grandy — the “Love Boat” star turned Iowa congressman turned morning drive-time talk-radio star — is leaving his gig as star of WMAL’s “The Grandy Group.” Grandy’s ratings have lagged behind the station’s other conservative hosts, and he has clashed with management for months over how to boost them.

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