Who knows what kind of flap might be coming now that the Boston Herald, no friend of Massachusetts Gov. Michael Dukakis and his wife, Kitty, has published a "sneak preview" of Kitty's upcoming book, "Now You Know." The tabloid on Sunday printed a three-page spread with pictures, which annoyed the publisher since the book won't be in the bookstores for three weeks and the first serialization rights belong to Good Housekeeping magazine, which will publish excerpts next week. The story did steal some of the book's thunder by revealing that Kitty blamed her diet pill and drinking problems on the shock of learning her mother was born out of wedlock and adopted. The Herald story, picked up and carried by the wire services, also said that Kitty was not attempting suicide when she drank the rubbing alcohol last year, but did not know it was poisonous. There are grumblings. Kitty's attorney, Bob Barnett, said the publisher is studying its options and Herald lawyer Bob Dushman said yesterday that he has been in contact with Simon & Schuster's lawyers and Kitty's lawyer Friday, Saturday and Monday. And, he added, they were "very threatening."

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There's another dog vying for attention in the Bush administration, in which Millie and her pup Ranger have reigned supreme. This one is an English setter that Vice President Quayle's 11-year-old daughter, Corinne, brought back from summer camp in Indiana. It was a gift from her uncle Jim Quayle, an attorney in Paoli, Ind., and will be a companion for Breezy, the family's female black lab. The name, in the strange way that political dogs are named, comes from the fact that Breezy was born about the time of President Bush's inaugural address, in which he referred to a new breeze blowing. The new pup, also a female, has been named Chilly. Maybe the breeze has been blowing too hard ...

Actor Ted Lange, the cheerful, mustachioed bartender on the "Love Boat" series, will be at the American Film Institute today for the Washington premiere of "Othello," which he produced and directed and stars in, in the title role. In this production, Othello, Iago and Iago's wife, Emilia, are black in the otherwise white cast ...

Controversy is good for talk shows, so Sally Jessy Raphael was quick to rush out to Universal Studios to interview "Roseanne" star Roseanne Barr about her "Star-Spangled Banner" scream last week at the San Diego Padres double-header against the Cincinnati Reds. Undaunted by the criticism that came even from President Bush, Barr and her husband, Tom Arnold, sang the national anthem again, this time with about 300 members of the studio audience at the Monday taping of the show, to be broadcast today. This was, however, a demure version. Barr sang softly with her hand over her heart. There was no grabbing of the crotch, spitting or fingers in her ears ...

It wasn't wise to date a girlfriend of Frank Sinatra, something singer Elvis Presley learned 30 years ago. According to Earl Greenwood's forthcoming book, "The Boy Who Would Be King, Elvis Presley," Presley thought it was amusing to be dating dancer Juliet Prowse behind Sinatra's back. The fun was over, however, when, according to Greenwood, Sinatra showed up at Presley's dressing room with two "unpleasant companions" to discuss the rock singer's good health. Presley got the message and avoided Prowse from then on ...

Bonnie Bedelia, who is starring in two of the hottest films of the summer, "Die Hard 2" and "Presumed Innocent," commenting on the level of violence in movies in a New York Daily News interview: "If someone were to come from another planet and see the world through movies, they'd think the world was populated by white men in their thirties who shoot a lot" ...