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Wednesday, December 02, 1998 4:52:36 PM EST

Today's buzz stories:

DeGeneres (left) and Heche announced their coupledom last year

Heche, DeGeneres leaving Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES (CNN) -- Two days after Anne Heche and Ellen DeGeneres told the Los Angeles Times that Hollywood had turned against them ever since they came out of the closet last year, the couple says they are packing up and moving out of Tinseltown.

"We've quit our agents, let go of our publicist. We're selling our house and leaving town," DeGeneres said in Tuesday's Los Angeles Times. DeGeneres, whose sitcom was canceled earlier this year, said she has canceled development of a new TV series and an HBO comedy special.

"I know everyone is going to say that our leaving is just another bid for attention, but what we've found is that this is a very hard town to be truthful in," said DeGeneres. The couple hinted that they may relocate to San Francisco or Ojai, near Santa Barbara. DeGeneres will appear in three upcoming films, including "Goodbye Lover." Heche stars in the remake of "Psycho."

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Letterman trespasser given year's probation

NORWALK, Connecticut (CNN) -- A South Carolina woman who was arrested in September on charges she trespassed on the property of talk show host David Letterman received a year's probation from a Connecticut judge on Tuesday.

U.S. Postal Service worker Nellie Shirley, 39, was arrested on Letterman's New Canaan, Connecticut lawn just days before his best-known female stalker, Margaret Ray, was struck and killed by a coal train in an apparent suicide in October. Dean also granted a prosecution request that Shirley be banned from all contact with Letterman, including on the Internet.

Ray had made news by repeatedly breaking into Letterman's home, claiming to be his wife and being arrested for stealing his Porsche. Letterman even joked about her stalking before issuing a somber statement after her suicide.

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Steinem, who helped found Ms. in 1972, is also one of the magazine's new owners

New Ms. owners promise 'livelier' effort

NEW YORK (CNN) -- The new owners of Ms. magazine, including co-founder Gloria Steinem, hope to resume publication next spring with an approach aimed at appealing to younger women. Liberty Media for Women, which is backed by more than a dozen female investors, bought the magazine on Monday from MacDonald Communications Corp.

"We will be reaching out to younger women, and we hope to be funnier, livelier, surprising. We want to make it very clear that Ms., like feminism, is something that is moving into the future," Marcia Ann Gillespie, the editor-in-chief of Ms. since 1993 and part of the new ownership group, said Tuesday.

Ms. publication was halted after the September-October issue; the Liberty Media group said it plans to resume the magazine's publication by spring 1999. Terms of the sale were not disclosed, but The Wall Street Journal reported Tuesday that it was $3 million to $4 million. Steinem was a founding editor of the magazine in 1972.

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"A Charlie Brown Christmas"

A 'Charlie Brown Christmas' TV alert

(CNN) -- If you're not in the holiday spirit just yet, you might want to tune in to CBS Wednesday night at 8 p.m. EST for your annual dose of "A Charlie Brown Christmas." The classic tale depicts Charlie's search for the true meaning of Christmas, beyond the commercialism of aluminum trees and prizewinning doghouse Christmas lights. The half-hour animated special also includes the music of Vince Guaraldi.

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Former Mouseketeer lied about fraud, prosecutor says

LOS ANGELES (CNN) -- Darlene Gillespie, one of the original Mouseketeers, wrote hundreds of thousands of dollars in bad checks to buy stock, then tried to cover it up with an elaborate series of lies, a prosecutor said Tuesday in the opening statements for Gillespie's trial for securities fraud and obstruction of justice.

Defense attorney Charles Rondeau countered by telling jurors that Gillespie trusted others to handle her investments and wasn't aware of many of the transactions because she was too busy. Gillespie's boyfriend, Jerry Fraschilla, has already pleaded guilty to 21 counts of fraud and was sentenced last month to 18 months in prison. He was also ordered to pay $65,000 in restitution.

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