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Published: Wednesday, January 29, 2003 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, January 28, 2003 at 10:37 p.m.

Fuentes graces swimsuit issue

The Spanish-language offshoot of People magazine plans to launch its first swimsuit issue with cover girl Daisy Fuentes in a pink polka-dot bikini.

The swimwear edition of People en Espaņol will be on newsstands Monday.

Fuentes, who was born in Cuba and grew up in Spain and New Jersey, offers health and beauty tips in the magazine.

A swimsuit edition from National Geographic magazine is set for release Saturday, chronicling the history of the bathing suit over the last 100 years.

Sajak to host Fox talk show

Pat Sajak will be taking a spin as host of a new talk show.

Sajak, the longtime host of the game show ''Wheel of Fortune,'' will add a Fox News Channel series to his schedule. ''Pat Sajak Weekend'' will air at 9 p.m. Sunday starting in the spring, Fox said.

''I enjoy exercising my interviewing muscles and I look forward to having the chance to do that every weekend,'' Sajak said in a statement.

Fox described the program as an hourlong ''celebrity- and newsmaker-driven talk show.'' A debut date was not announced.

--- The Associated Press

A rule of law

Ja Rule had no fewer than 11 bodyguards around him recently at the Source Magazine party at Sessa in Manhattan. The rapper apparently feels he needs the protection.

''(The cops) don't care about the rappers,'' Rule told us. ''(Killers think), 'We can kill the rappers, but we won't be caught. They won't even look for us.' ''

The ''I'm Real'' rapper revealed that, like Damon Dash and Eminem, he's developing an autobiographical movie. It's titled ''Back in the Day.''

''I play a college student who tries to get out of the street life,'' Rule said. He is talking with Vanessa Williams and Joy Bryant about co-starring.

''I see a lot of myself in it - a guy who came from a hard place,'' he said.

-- Tribune Media Services

Their doctor's dilemma

Winona Ryder, Courtney Love and other stars are denying, denying, denying allegations by a former doctor about their use of prescription drugs.

Jules Lusman is taking revenge after, he says, ''Winona Ryder brought my career crashing down.''

He also claims Ryder and Love wrote bad checks to pay for his services.

The Hollywood doc was fined and had his license revoked by the Medical Board of California after it decided he was too free with his prescription pad. Details of his professional relationship with Ryder emerged during her shoplifting trial.

He tells this week's National Enquirer, ''Winona was becoming very intrusive into my practice. She would constantly leave messages. ... She'd hound me day and night.''

-- Tribune Media Services

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