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NEWS LITE : JUDGE BACKS JURY IN SPELLING CASE.

A judge Wednesday refused to throw out a $4.9 million judgment against two companies headed by television producer Aaron television producer Aaron Spelling for firing ``Melrose Place'' actress Hunter Tylo when she became pregnant.

The judge also ordered the defendants to pay Tylo's attorney fees of nearly $1 million.

Spelling's defense argued March 24 that the December award in the pregnancy discrimination case was excessive and the product of ``a runaway jury swayed by passion and prejudice.''

Superior Court Judge Fumiko Wasserman, in a two-page decision released Wednesday, denied a reduction in the judgment as well as a motion for a new trial. He also granted Tylo's motion for $901,839.70 in attorney fees.

``She's very happy that the jury found in her favor and that the judge has reaffirmed the jury's decision,'' said Tylo's attorney, Gloria Allred.

Rocker Lee wants swastika forgotten

Tommy Lee doesn't want jurors to know about his swastika tattoo when he goes on trial for allegedly roughing up a Jewish paparazzo, according to court documents obtained Wednesday.

``The evidence has no bearing upon the disputed issues in this case,'' the rocker's attorney, E. Todd Trumper, wrote in a motion to exclude information on the tattoo.

Superior Court Judge Frances Rothschild will consider the request during an April 9 hearing.

``The swastika was not a reflection of Mr. Lee's views. Instead it was simply a stupid tattoo obtained several years ago,'' the motion read, noting, ``The tattoo was insignificant to Mr. Lee, and he eventually removed it.

The tattoo was visible on the Motley Crue drummer's arm when he roughed up the cameraman outside a nightclub in 1996.

Lee pleaded no contest to criminal battery in the attack on Henry Trappler but faces a civil trial for allegedly throwing him to the ground.

Times Square lacks for `Seinfeld'

It seems the show about nothing would create too much confusion for New York City's Times Square.

The city has turned down a request from a ``Seinfeld'' sponsor to host a private bash in the heart of the theater district the night of the last episode in May.

``It would have created traffic problems of monumental proportions at the height of rush hour in one of the heaviest traveled areas of the city,'' said Colleen Roche, a spokeswoman for Mayor Rudolph Giuliani.

Fuji Photo Film wanted to stage a star-studded bash and a massive private viewing of the May 14 show on the giant video screen overlooking Times Square.

Incomplete `Monty' next for movie cast

The popularity of Britain's biggest box office smash ever, ``The Full Monty,'' has spawned an offer Hollywood can't refuse: a sequel. The stars will keep their clothes on this time, said Rod Hall, agent for the film's scriptwriter. Hall said his client, Simon Beaufoy, is negotiating for the project. You can bet 20th Century Fox is keen to repeat the success of the male-stripping movie that cost a measly $3 million to make but has grossed about $270 million worldwide so far. The film will be a boon for most of the actors who, apart from star Robert Carlyle, got paid less than $25,000 for shaking their booty on screen.

Stern and regulars to take aim at `SNL'

Howard Stern says he wants to bring some laughter back to Saturday nights. Laughter and strippers and lesbians and angry drunken dwarfs.

Stern, whose syndicated radio show has more listeners than any other and whose existing television show is the highest-rated on E! Entertainment Television, is ready to make his assault on network TV.

Twelve CBS-owned and -operated stations, including KCBS-TV (Channel 2) in Los Angeles, will carry Stern's new television show beginning in August. Westinghouse owns both Infinity Broadcasting, Stern's radio company, and CBS.

The one-hour show will air at 11:30 p.m., opposite ``Saturday Night Live,'' which Stern attacked during a Wednesday morning news conference from New York. ``The Howard Stern Show'' will include highlights from Stern's radio show, as well as other taped comedy bits.

About eight years ago, Stern had a local television show in New York that beat ``SNL'' head-to-head.

``CBS is the Tiffany Network,'' Stern said Wednesday during his show. ``But I sat and I thought about it. Tiffany is a stripper's name, so we'll pack the show with strippers and all kinds of things.''

Passing the prize

Oscar goes to . . . school

Lil' Dalton Hamilton brought in something special for show-and-tell at his Malibu school last week: one of the three Oscars won by his stepfather, ``Titanic'' director James Cameron. Dalton's mom is actress Linda Hamilton.

Second-grade teacher Cindy Johnson's class at Point Dume Elementary was most impressed, USA Today reported Wednesday. Johnson said the girls are ``in love with Leo (DiCaprio) and have seen the flick many times. The Oscar surprise was supervised by a nanny, and everybody got to hold it.

So, how did it feel? Well, it's darn heavy, and Cameron's name wasn't even on the little guy yet, said school chum Henry Carradine, the 7-year-old nephew of David and Keith Carradine. ``Most kids just bring in rocks or shells,'' he noted.

News Lite is compiled by Karen Duffy from Daily News staff and wire reports

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Buddy, a cocker spaniel, undergoes a freeze-drying procedure by taxidermist Ray Roos in Pontiac, Mich. Roos has found a new market in the preservation of pets through freeze-drying.

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