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Thursday, December 30, 2004; Page C03

For Rap Label, Some Negative Inc.

Trouble is plaguing the hip-hop music label The Inc. -- which up until last December was known as Murder Inc., but for reasons anyone can guess changed its name.

Police are investigating -- though no charges have been made -- whether founder Irv "Gotti" Lorenzo and notorious drug lord Kenneth "Supreme" McGriff laundered more than $1 million in drug money through the label. So that's one.

Rapper Ja Rule, left, hosted a party that produced a fatal shooting; the Inc.'s Irv "Gotti" Lorenzo is being checked for money laundering. (2003 Photo Jennifer Graylock -- AP)

Then Sunday night, the Inc.'s highest-selling artist, rapper Ja Rule, hosted a party at Manhattan nightclub LQ that ended in a fatal shooting. A yellow-jacketed man is said to have left the club, waited outside for partygoers Troy Moore, 37, and William Clark, 39, to leave, then opened fire. Clark died. Moore was wounded but is in stable condition.

Law enforcement officials say they're probing to see if any or all of the above are linked. So far, the only one talking is McGriff's attorney, Robert Simels. "There's no connection between this shooting and McGriff," he said.

From Simpsons to Tsunamis

What was once a Web site dedicated to Homer, Marge, Bart, Lisa and Maggie Simpson is now helping Italians find their loved ones in the tsunami disaster, thanks to a 14-year-old Italian schoolboy, Valerio Natale.

"I was paging through the newspaper and saw lots of ads from people looking for relatives," he told Reuters. "I asked myself, 'Why not make a free site that can help everybody?' So I made a free site, which used to be dedicated to the famous American cartoon family, the Simpsons."

The site -- www.tuttosimpsons.altervista.org/index.htm -- lists names, ages, photographs, e-mail and street addresses of concerned friends, and helpful phone numbers. Natale says it has received 82,000 hits in two days.

Styrofoam Is Forever

The water may be gone, but the cup's still there. Yep, WadeJones certainly is getting his money's worth (or trying to, anyway) from the Styrofoam cup and three tablespoons of water that he snagged from a 1977 Elvis Presley concert, which the King himself is said to have touched/drank from/glanced at/what have you.

Yesterday we told you how good ol' Jones of Belmont, N.C., sold the water from the-cup-that-Elvis-used for $455 over the weekend. Now, one lucky bidder will get to actually see the-cup-Elvis-used. Yes, you read that correctly: Not own, just see. Just offer the highest bid and throw in travel expenses, and the-cup-that-Elvis-used is all yours . . . to see. Preferred viewing date is: Jan. 8, Elvis's 70th birthday. Starting bid, by the way, is $300.

We're all shook up.

New Year's Eve? Bah, Humbug

CNN fave Anderson Cooper has never really caught the New Year's Eve vibe, so he's working instead.

"I never had fun going out on New Year's Eve," the Coop-meister told the New York Daily News. "Each year it gets worse and worse and then I always think it can't get any worse, and then it always does. No matter where you go, I think everyone is having a bad time on New Year's. There's so much pressure. It's like amateur night."

Noted . . .

All those whispers that CBS and Viacom bigwig Les Moonves, 55, and his "Early Show" lady love Julie Chen, 35, were getting hitched over the Christmas holidays were true. Moonves -- who got divorced earlier this month from his wife of 24 years, Nancy -- and Chen were wed Dec. 23 in a quiet ceremony in a private home in Mexico. . . . And Geraldine Chaplin, Charlie's 60-year-old actress daughter, has no problem giving away her secret to looking young. Apparently it's her footwear, which this weekend during the Capri Film Festival in Italy, happened to be bright. "Yellow tennis shoes are cheaper than a face lift," she laughs. Oh, and her advice to young actors? "Die at 30."

. . . and Quoted

"Call your mother."

-- State Department spokesman Richard Boucher's advice yesterday to Americans traveling in South Asia.

-- Compiled by Anne Schroeder

from staff and wire reports

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