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NAMES & FACES

· Former senator Fred Thompson (R-Tenn.), an actor who played a senator until he actually became one (and is now an actor again), has lined up a new gig: radio personality. ABC Radio will announce next week that Thompson has signed on as a senior analyst and vacation replacement for the legendary Paul Harvey , 87. Thompson isn't quitting his day job as the district attorney on "Law & Order." He'll be heard twice in the morning (8:30 and 11:45 am) on WMAL (630 AM) when Harvey's out.

· The forthcoming station WTWP (107.7 FM and 1500 AM) has hired NBC White House correspondent Bob Kur as its afternoon-drive host. Kur, who has anchored on MSNBC, will run the 3 to 7 p.m. shift. WTWP begins airing March 30, featuring reporters from The Post. It's owned by Bonneville International, which also owns WTOP (103.5 FM), WGMS (104.1 and 103.9 FM) and WFED (1050 AM) locally.

End Notes

· A crowd of Danish-loving demonstrators gathered outside the Embassy of Denmark yesterday to show support for the Nordic country in the wake of controversy over cartoons featuring the Muslim prophet Muhammad that were first published in a Danish newspaper. Attendees brandished signs with Dane-friendly slogans such as "Kierkegaard Rules" and "Submit to Havarti."

"It was a relaxed and happy event, and of course we're happy there are people who like Danish products," said embassy official Soren Jensen .

· Aging rockers Bono and Bob Geldof were nominated for the 2006 Nobel Peace Prize along with the president of Indonesia, a former Finnish president and former U.S. secretary of state Colin Powell . According to the Associated Press, 191 people were nominated.

· Singer-songwriter Sheryl Crow is recovering from breast cancer surgery earlier this week and "her doctors think her prognosis is excellent," her publicist said yesterday. The 44-year-old Crow has postponed a concert tour set to begin next month.

-- Korin Miller


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