By Amy Argetsinger and Roxanne Roberts
Mr. Contrition Skips Concord for Boston
Michael Graham, the pugnacious radio yakker fired from WMAL-AM this summer after calling Islam a "terrorist organization," has landed at a Boston talk radio station.
"All I can say is, somebody better buy Ted Kennedy a drink," the former conservative campaign consultant exulted on his Web site.
We couldn't reach Graham before he debuted his afternoon drive time show on WTKK-FM yesterday. But in an e-mail to Post columnist Marc Fisher, he bragged: "Better gig, better station, better time slot, better money."
In a July 25 WMAL show, Graham repeatedly called the world's second-largest faith a terrorist group and said "moderate Muslims are those who only want to kill Jews." The comments drew immediate complaints from the Council on American-Islamic Relations as well as advertisers; Graham was suspended, then let go after he refused to apologize. He wrote on his Web site that he got a half-dozen job offers after his firing. "FINAL SCORE: Free Speech 1; Angry Islamic Radicals and the Radio Management Weasels Who Cater To Them, 0."
Matt Mills, VP and general manager for WTKK, said in a statement: "Michael has an edge to him that is going to captivate the Boston community like no one else."
But Ibrahim Hooper, a CAIR spokesman, said the group will be keeping tabs. "The radio listeners in Boston will judge what he says, and if he repeats it I think he'll be repudiated in the same way he was repudiated by the people in Washington."
It must be love: Princess Sayako of Japan wed a commoner today, which makes her a plain old "Mrs." from now on. The only daughter of Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko tied the knot with Yoshiki Kuroda, a 40-year-old urban planner, and lost her royal status. The bride, 36, will receive a one-time government payment of $1.3 million for becoming a commoner.
The modern princess wore the most traditional getup -- a 12-layer formal court kimono -- when she visited three shrines on the palace grounds Saturday to tell the Shinto gods she was leaving the imperial family, according to wire reports. But she opted for a Western wedding gown for today's ceremony at Tokyo's Imperial Hotel, and her parents broke with tradition by attending the marriage of a commoner.
Women are prohibited from assuming the Chrysanthemum Throne -- a big problem, given that no boy has been born to the royal family since 1965. Last month a government panel proposed letting women into the line of succession -- which means Princess Aiko, the 3-year-old daughter of Crown Prince Naruhito and Princess Masako, could become the first reigning empress since the 18th century. Polls show public support for the change, but a cousin of the emperor says the crown prince should take a "concubine" -- what non-royals might call a mistress, or worse -- to produce a male heir.
"I'm all for it," Prince Tomohito wrote in an essay to palace officials. "But this might be a little difficult considering the social climate in and outside the country."
THIS JUST IN
* Prince Charles, who turned 57 yesterday, is getting great reviews from his mum the Queen, who's so pleased by his U.S. trip with Camilla that she now wants him to do more of the royal overseas tours. But (there's always a but, isn't there?) the prince needs some lessons in diplomacy: On Sunday, London's Mail printed journal entries the prince wrote in 1997 during the handover of Hong Kong to China, in which he called the communist country's leaders "appalling old waxworks." The prince is threatening to sue over the leaks, British newspapers report.
* Former senator Howard Baker turns 80 today, and he's celebrating with Vice President Cheney at the groundbreaking of the (what else?) Howard Baker Center for Public Policy, a $15 million, 53,000-square-foot building at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville.
HEY, ISN'T THAT . . . ?
* Eva Longoria, courtside at Saturday's Wizards game cheering on San Antonio Spurs sweetie Tony Parker, and gamely smooching creepy mascot G-Wiz for the Jumbotron.
* Jenna Bush, sipping mojitos at Arlington's Tallula restaurant with a gaggle of gal pals and occasionally slipping off to the back bar to smoke. She wore a cute retro-style blue jacket over black pants and a tank top.