The Daily News reports disgraced former CBS3 anchor Larry Mendte is returning to the airwaves in New York. "Mendte - who has been off the air since his highly publicized firing from the station in June 2008 after an FBI investigation found he had hacked into former co-worker Alycia Lane's e-mail account - has been working on commentary pieces for WPIX-TV for the last month, WPIX news director Bill Carey said last night. Carey expects Mendte to become a full-time WPIX employee in the "next couple of weeks," he said. The station is in "the process of putting together a deal that would put him on the air five nights a week," he said. Mendte, 53, and his family will remain in Philadelphia, his wife, Dawn Stensland, said last night. Mendte has at least six commentaries in the can and a list of ideas that the station expects to air, said Carey, who worked with Mendte in New York and Chicago. "They will be topically driven on current events," Carey said. "It will feature centerpieces based on Larry's unique take on topics that Larry chooses." First up? Tiger Woods."
PA2010.com reports that disgraced former news anchor Larry Mendte is angry about suggestions his legal problems from the Alycia Lane scandal could adversely affect his wife's prospective political career. In a blog post last week, Mendte wrote angrily about a PA2010.com posting suggesting that Dawn Stensland's inability to "keep her husband interested" would undercut her political ambitions. Mendte wrote: "Let's deal with the inherent political sexism in the comment. He seems to be saying that if a wife is not sexually interesting to her husband, she can't be a good candidate for office. Forget everything else about her substance and being, according to Mr. Livingston, it is a woman's ability to serve her husband's needs that is the scale by which we should judge her ability to seek public office. ... It does seem ridiculous when you apply that standard to a man, doesn't it?"
Also: The Phillies make history with their comeback win. And an anti-Islam politician speaks tonight at Temple.
The Daily News reports that Larry Mendte is suing that paper and the Inquirer for -- get this -- defamation. Uh, Larry: You've publicly admitted that you had a relationship with Alycia Lane was "improper," given your status as a married man. You've pleaded guilty to a federal count of computer tampering because you were spying on Lane's e-mails. How on earth could you be defamed beyond what you've already done to yourself?
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