DE-PEACOCKED -- Dubbing their attempt to merge television and the Internet in a cable channel they called MSNBC a "noble experiment," Microsoft and NBC have decided to part ways, renaming the channel NBCNews.com. Staffers are so sad that they will no longer get pay checks signed by Bill Gates, Al Sharpton is wearing his bow tie at half-mast and Rachel Maddow went back in the closet.
PETER PRINCIPLE -- Best known for his starring roles in the desert classic "Lawrence of Arabia" and "My favorite Year," Peter O'Toole is calling a wrap on a career that saw him close some of the most popular watering holes in England and Wales with fellow pub-crawlers like Richard Burton and Robert Shaw. Lawrence told reporters he wants to spend more time with his liver.
THANK HEAVEN -- Almost as ubiquitous as Starbucks, the 7-Eleven mini-market chain is eighty-five years old. Company-sponsored celebrations are underway nationwide, culminating at the corporate HQ with the unveiling on Saturday of a life-sized statue of franchise-founder Hyram P. Seven in beef jerky.