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DEPARTURES

Hollywood publicist Leslee Dart, 50, was fired Nov. 17 after 23 years of running the New York office of influential PR firm PMK/HBH, where her clients included A-listers Nicole Kidman, Martin Scorsese, and Sigourney Weaver. ''The fact of the matter is, Leslee wanted to be CEO of the company, and I wasn't ready to give up my job,'' says PMK CEO Pat Kingsley. Dart, who had no comment on the firing or her future plans, says, ''I'm just starting to settle down from the roller-coaster ride of all this.''

HIRED

Mel Karmazin, 61, former president and chief executive officer of Viacom, will take over as CEO of Sirius Satellite Radio, where he begins work Nov. 29. Karmazin, who resigned from Viacom in May, said in a statement, ''This is a perfect opportunity for me because I want to lead a growth company that can reshape the landscape of the radio business.'' He will soon be joined by former employee Howard Stern, who moves to Sirius in early 2006.

HONORS

All bow to Miramax honcho Harvey Weinstein, 52, who received the honorary title of Commander of the Order of the British Empire for his contribution to British film on Nov. 22 in NYC.

ARRESTS

Rapper Young Buck (né David Darnell Brown), 23, surrendered to authorities on Nov. 19 at Santa Monica police headquarters and was charged with attempted murder and assault with a deadly weapon in connection with the Nov. 15 fracas at the Vibe awards in L.A. Brown's lawyer says, ''Pictures may be deceiving,'' in response to a videotape of the brawl that police say appears to depict Brown wielding a knife. Brown is scheduled to appear in L.A. Superior Court on Dec. 20.

BURGLARIES

Two men broke into the home of Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne in Chalfont St Peter, Buckinghamshire, England, on the morning of Nov. 22, using a ladder to climb into a first-floor room and steal a ''large amount of jewelry,'' according to police. Reps for the couple say, ''Sharon and Ozzy were both home at the time and are shaken but doing fine.''

COURTS

Dethroned King of Pop Michael Jackson, 46, is being sued by former producer F. Marc Schaffel for more than $3 million in loans and fees. The suit, filed Nov. 16 in L.A., alleges that Jackson failed to pay Schaffel $500,000 for a series of documentaries produced in 2003 (which aired on Fox in response to a British docu that portrayed Jackson negatively) and failed to reimburse him for, among other things, shopping sprees and paying for Marlon Brando to appear at a 2001 Jackson concert.... In other Jackson news, Kamand Enterprise filed suit against the singer Nov. 18 in L.A. for failure to pay $178,875 of a $378,875 bill for antiques and furniture (including a $30,000 clock) purchased at its L.A. store Mayfair Gallery in May. Reps for the singer did not return calls for comment.... Tori Spelling, 31, has settled with Alcira Boone, the woman she accidentally hit with her Cadillac Escalade in September 2002, for an undisclosed amount.... An assault case against Craig Nicholls, 27, lead singer of rock group the Vines, was dropped after Nicholls was diagnosed with Asperger's syndrome, a form of autism that sometimes results in rude and antisocial behavior. Nicholls allegedly kicked a photographer and smashed her camera in Sydney this past May. In a statement on the band's website, reps say, ''The band has not broken up and Craig looks forward to doing what he loves and lives for — getting back to writing and recording music with the Vines.''... Perhaps the Donald should stick to TV. Trump Hotels & Casino Resorts Inc. announced Nov. 21 that it has begun reorganizing its business as part of Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings to resolve its billion-dollar debt. Scott Butera, president of THCR, says, ''We're completely redoing our financial structure in a very positive way.''

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