Playing Hard to Get?

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By Amy Argetsinger and Roxanne Roberts
Wednesday, January 10, 2007

You're think it would be pretty easy to find Ana Marie Cox. The red-haired pundit makes appearances on cable and radio, and she's the online face of a little magazine -- maybe you've heard of it? -- called Time.

But her alleged elusiveness has triggered yet another delay in the juicy Washingtonienne court case. Former Hill staffer Robert Steinbuch, who is suing ex-girlfriend Jessica Cutler in federal court for describing their liaisons on her notorious sex blog, got permission from a judge last fall to add Cox -- whose former employer, the snarky political blog Wonkette, first publicized Cutler's online diary -- as defendant. In a filing last week, Steinbuch's lawyer complained that he was having trouble finding Cox to serve her papers: First he had the wrong address, then she ignored the notices a process server left at her house. On one visit, the server "observed that someone was in Cox's house and refused to answer the door."

The judge yesterday agreed to Steinbuch's request to hold off on the Jan. 29 deadline he had set for wrapping up discovery -- but also told Steinbuch to send Cox the papers in the mail.

For Kornheiser, A Host of Offers

Such a popular guy, our colleague Tony Kornheiser! Fresh off his first season as a color man on ESPN's "Monday Night Football," the veteran Post columnist is juggling multiple offers to return to the local radio airwaves.

Kornheiser had a hit show on WTEM (980 AM) before leaving last year for "MNF" -- but his return to either gig isn't a given. Right now, reports another of our colleagues, Paul Farhi, he's considering offers from WTEM owner Clear Channel and from Bonneville International, which owns Washington Post Radio -- WTWP (107.7 FM, 1500 AM) -- where Kornheiser is being eyed as a morning host, possibly even for the competitive drive-time slot.

No word yet on where he'll sign, and Kornheiser yesterday declined to comment. . . Also interested: Dan Snyder's Red Zebra Broadcasting, which owns three local stations. But going with Snyder would complicate Kornheiser's long relationship with The Post -- the paper is unlikely to permit the columnist to remain a columnist while working for one of the city's most prominent sports figures.

THIS JUST IN . . .

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Suzanne Somers's home was ravaged by fire.(David McNew - Getty Images)
The wildfire that ripped through Malibu Monday destroyed four multimillion-dollar homes, including one belonging to Suzanne Somers. The former "Three's Company" star, 60, and her husband were not home at the time. "My nature is to look at the glass half-full," she said in a statement. "I don't have a son or daughter in Iraq. I haven't lost a loved one. We will rebuild, and I truly believe we will learn something great from this experience."

LOVE, ETC.

Engaged: Man-about-town lobbyist and former Capital Club president Jeff Kimbell, 36, to Jessica Clement, 26, of DCI Group, after a New Year's proposal in Cabo San Lucas. Both were on The Hill newspaper's "Most Beautiful" list of 2005 -- but met the year before, at the Gold Cup races.

Wed: Cosmetics entrepreneur Gale Hayman to NYC doc Richard Bockman. The co-creator of scent-of-the-'80s Giorgio perfume -- who cut a swath through D.C. society when married to biotech millionaire William Haseltine -- tied the knot with the bone specialist before the holidays.

HEY, ISN'T THAT . . . ?

Washington Caps Bryan Muir and John Erskine working out fractured limbs in the pools at Vida Fitness at Verizon Center -- Erskine in beige and green swim trunks, Muir in Under Armour trunks. The defensemen recently broke bones in their feet.

The Reliable Source's Web chat is at noon Wednesdays. On Washington Post Radio: On weekdays, listen to Roxanne Roberts on weekdays in the 7 a.m. hour and Amy Argetsinger in the 5 p.m. hour. Got a tip? Send it to reliablesource@washpost.com.


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