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Monday, December 11, 2006

Glass Jaw Is Half Empty

In this corner, from on the air to on the ropes, it's J.P. "The Latin Donkey" Flaim! In his professional boxing debut Saturday night at the Patriot Center against "fresh out of prison" pro middleweight Jay "the American Dream" Watts, the co-host of WJFK-FM's "The Junkies" lost in a technical knockout.

Flaim had his entourage, led by local rapper Aaron "Schwarzy" Schwartz. He had his musical introduction -- songs by Redman, Eminem and House of Pain. He had the always sexy Junkettes as round-card girls. And the confetti and the cannon were ready to blow before 5,437 fans.

"The hard part was going from that to throwing punches," Flaim said yesterday. When the match began, the DJ's seven weeks of training blurred, and the seasoned Watts's haymakers proved too formidable.

Just over two minutes into the first round, after Flaim was knocked down a fourth time, the referee called the fight: "It was so quick that I forgot my fundamentals -- my balance, keeping my hands up. . . . I reverted back to before I started training.

"I felt like I disappointed a lot of listeners," Flaim said. "But the thing is, they had my back going in and they have my back coming out."

Now about that left hook . . .

Mr. Baldwin Goes to Jersey

Alec Baldwin waded into New Jersey politics Friday to lend his star power to a debate over nuclear power.

Baldwin, who plays Jack Donaghy on the NBC comedy "30 Rock," was at Rutgers University Law School in Newark for a debate on the Oyster Creek nuclear power plant, joining activists opposed to a 20-year renewal of its operating license.

"The people who are in favor of the license renewal are looking to line their pockets," Baldwin told the Asbury Park Press. "We don't stand to make any money. Our goal is purely public health and safety."

As to whether his participation might alienate the locals, Baldwin told the paper on Friday, "Their mother could fall through the ice and I could save her and they're still going to think that I'm a no-good, commie [bleep]."

Hey, Alec. If the acting doesn't work out, there's always that career in diplomacy.

Gold Record

Forty years after it was made, the Velvet Underground's first recording has become a financial hit -- in cyberspace.


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