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Byline: >DAVID KRONKE

Organ considerations

"New Study Shows Pervasive Inaccuracies in Television Story Lines Cost Lives" reads a recent headline

Well, the mind reels.

One wonders how seeing a fat lout with a hot wife on "According to Jim" actually leads to innocents dying, or how the fact that no one can really bend the time-space continuum like they do on "Heroes" takes a toll on precious human beings, or how the mismatched-buddy comedy "Hannity & Colmes" turns Hillary Clinton into a flesh-eating chupacabra results in mass graves in remote desert regions.

But you know what? It's even stranger than that:

"Organ donation appeared as a primary story line on entertainment television in more than 80 television episodes. ... None of these appearances presented organ donation in an accurate or positive light. The most commonly portrayed inaccuracies are black markets for organs, doctors not saving a potential donor's life, organs being stolen from people and people with money receive higher priority on waiting lists. ... Inaccurate story lines about organ and tissue donation stop people from registering as organ donors. ... Thousands of people are waiting for a life-saving organ and we have to assure they are not waiting longer and dying at higher rates because of inaccuracies on television."

Here are the shows included in the study: "ER," "Law & Order," "Grey's Anatomy," "House," "CSI," "Crossing Jordan," "Lost," "Medium," "As the World Turns," "All My Children," "One Life to Live," "Malcolm in the Middle," "The Simpsons," "Yes Dear," "Will & Grace," and "Just Shoot Me."

All of which, coincidentally, are personal sources for consultation when making my own organ-donor decisions.

Trying to explain Marilyn Manson

Your Mayor was chatting recently with Dita Von Teese -- what? You don't think I'm cool enough to spend my days hanging with burlesque queens? -- and was kind of wondering how Marilyn Manson, aka Brian Hugh Warner, manages to pull such babes.

Let's face it, he's not a stud. He's a rock star, sure, but he doesn't even have as good a pickup line as his former collaborator Trent Reznor, who managed such a piquant line as "I want to @#%$ you like an animal" in his ditty "Closer." Yet Marilyn Manson has dated Rose McGowan in the past and Evan Rachel Wood today, and he actually managed to marry Von Teese, who's now filing for divorce.

So what accounts for his magic, anyway?

"It's kind of hard for me to answer that question at this point, since I'm asking myself, 'What was I thinking,' too," Von Teese told me. "It's hard to say why (he's so magnetic); I'm trying to forget."

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