Finally, after all the speculation that the working-class rock star Bruce Springsteen and his willowy blond actress wife Julianne Phillips weren't cooing sweetly together anymore, it seems that the marriage is indeed ending. Phillips, 28, filed a one-page petition for divorce Tuesday in Los Angeles Superior Court, claiming "irreconcilable differences." There was no mention of her husband's widely reported romance with his red-haired, E Street Band backup singer Patti Scialfa, 36. Both Springsteen and Scialfa are from New Jersey.

Springsteen, 38, has been on tour this summer promoting his latest album, "Tunnel of Love." The Boss and aspiring actress-model Phillips met in October of 1984 in Los Angeles when Springsteen and the E Street Band were on his smash "Born in the U.S.A." tour. They were married the following May in Phillips' home town of Lake Oswego, Ore., during a midnight ceremony, in an effort to avoid the celebrity press. In the divorce petition there is the warning of more problems yet to come for Springsteen -- Phillips is seeking "unspecified spousal support" with property rights to be determined later.

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Talk about good luck and bad luck. The current issue of Vanity Fair has a segment called "fanfair" with an Inside Glory section dedicated to "people who are so good at what they do they impress even their most jaded peers ... Insiders seek their advice. Newcomers study their style ... They're all admired and respected by the people we admire and respect. Even heroes like to have heroes." And included on this esteemed list is actor's actor Swoosie Kurtz; dancer's dancer Suzanne Farrell; investor's investor Warren Buffet and journalist's journalist Charlie Peters, founding editor and publisher of the Washington Monthly. A pretty heady thing for anyone, but in the case of the affable, highly respected Peters, Vanity Fair readers in his home town didn't get to see the accolade. It is a page that, unfortunately for Peters, appeared only in the New York edition. Peters said yesterday he found out about his unique honor when a New York friend called to congratulate him. He admitted to being disappointed. "You do want your home-town friends to know" ...

The Miami Herald reported yesterday it had been tricked by a veteran prankster into reporting Sunday that a man named Omar Rockford was running a school for panhandlers in New York, something that is almost believable given the increasing number of panhandlers, some using clever techniques. New York Magazine and the British Broadcasting Corp. also reported the panhandler school story. After the hoax was revealed, 62-year-old Alan Abel, also known as "the Happy Hoaxer," who posed as Omar and hired actor friends to play beggar-students, said he did it to "shake up the natives. Between the latest ax murders and hostages being taken, it provides levity in the news and a social commentary on the poor." What's truly amazing is that Omar and his panhandlers missed being booked on one of Geraldo or Oprah's freak-of-the-week interviews ...