After 14 years as the understudy, Ann Curry is in the big chair now at NBC's "Today" show.
She had her first day Thursday as co-anchor with Matt Lauer on television's top-rated morning show. Her predecessor, Meredith Vieira, had an on-air going-away party Wednesday.
Curry has been on the show since 1997 as the regular newsreader, and has filled in as co-host dozens of times.
She referred to that in her opening, saying, "I'm Ann Curry, in for I guess nobody this morning — me, myself and I. It's nice to be able to say that, isn't it?"
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Lauer welcomed her, saying she had already been on the show so long that "it's a little bit like a member of the family moving to a new seat at the table."
Alley pays the bill
Actress Kirstie Alley says she is paying $41,000 in property taxes from last year on her Tampa-area mansion after published reports noted the delinquency.
The "Cheers" star and recent "Dancing With the Stars" runner-up called it an oversight. A spokesman released a statement Thursday saying "we were not aware of the amount owed, and her accountant never received the bill."
Pinellas County tax records showed Alley owed $41,395, including fees and interest, on the $1.73 million mansion on Clearwater Harbor that she bought in 2008. The 2010 tax bill was due April 1.
Tax office spokesman Chad McLeod confirmed that one of Alley's representatives called Thursday and promised to send a certified check.
Playing in the stadium
Paul McCartney is coming to Yankee Stadium.
The team announced Wednesday that the 68-year-old Rock and Roll Hall of Famer will perform his first concert at Yankee Stadium on July 15. Tickets go on sale Monday.
McCartney has been part of several high-profile shows in New York ballparks.
The Beatles played before more than 55,000 fans at Shea Stadium to open a North American tour in 1965, one of the most memorable performances by the Fab Four. After Shea Stadium was torn down, McCartney returned in July 2009 to play three sold-out shows at its replacement, Citi Field.
Proud of his son
Oscar-winning director Ang Lee played an important role in "The Hangover Part II" — at least off-screen. He is the father of one of the actors.
The filmmaker's younger son, Mason Lee, plays Teddy, the teenager the lead characters try to rescue as they struggle to piece together what happened during a crazy night in Bangkok.
Ang Lee was clearly a proud dad speaking to reporters after catching a showing with his younger brother and mother earlier this week in Taiwan, his home country.
"My son's performance was quite good," Lee told reporters outside a Taipei theater in footage posted on the website of the Taiwanese newspaper Apple Daily. "He is quite a serious actor but this is just a comedy."
Asked by an overeager reporter whether Mason was a future Oscar winner, the elder Lee responded with a smile, "He only has a small role in the movie."
Another year older
Today's birthdays: Britain's Prince Philip, 90 ... columnist Nat Hentoff, 86 ... author Maurice Sendak, 83 ... actor Jurgen Prochnow, 70 ... actress Gina Gershon, 49 ... actress Jeanne Tripplehorn, 48 ... model-actress Elizabeth Hurley, 46 ... actor Hugh Dancy, 36 ... actor DJ Qualls, 33 ... actress Leelee Sobieski, 29 ... presidential daughter Sasha Obama, 10