Dan Gross | Alycia has hired a lawyer in a bid to keep her job at CBS 3

Posted: January 07, 2008

AFTER a meeting with

CBS 3 management last week, Alycia Lane hired a lawyer to help secure her future at the station. We're told Lane has enlisted Center City lawyer Paul Rosen, who has been in ongoing discussions with CBS 3 management since last week regarding the embattled anchorbabe's employment status.

Rosen did not return an e-mail or phone call since Friday, but sources say that his involvement is the reason that an expected announcement last week by the station, widely believed to have mentioned her departure, has not been made.

Station spokeswoman Joanne Calabria had "no comment" Friday when asked whether the station would announce anything about Lane's future today, or whether Lane would be on-air tonight. Insiders say she will not be on-air tonight, and some have gone so far as to suggest that she not be seen on-air until her criminal case in New York is resolved one way or another.

Lane is listed for a hearing April 3, related to being charged with assault for allegedly striking a female NYPD officer during a dispute on Dec. 16 between passengers of a cab in which she was riding and a car that contained three plainclothes NYPD officers. Legal sources have suggested it would be unlikely for her case to not be settled in some fashion before the April court date.

Lane was previously scheduled to return tonight following a three-week vacation, which the station announced Dec. 17. She has been off since Dec. 17, the day after the Daily News reported on PhillyGossip.com that she had been arrested. Through her attorney, David Smith, Lane has denied striking the officer or calling her a "f---ing dyke," as the police report alleges she did.

Jenna misses Philly, loves 'Today'

With her new gig on NBC's "Today" show, maybe people will start asking Jenna Wolfe for her own autograph instead of stopping her for Hilary Swank's.

Wolfe, a former WB17 sportscaster, is often compared to the Oscar-winning actress, confusing a handful of Swank fans on the streets of New York, where she spent a few years at WABC before joining "Today" in August.

She calls the past five months "the most fulfilling I've ever worked," and has thrown herself, quite literally, into the job. Viewers Friday morning saw Wolfe wrestling with a tough "American Gladiators" warrior woman.

She's also been in a centrifuge with Sir Richard Branson and 6.3 Gs of pressure, flown a blimp, eaten duck feet and frog intestines, and raced a car on a track. Her humorous feature pieces run during the week, and she anchors news updates Saturdays and co-hosts Sundays with Lester Holt.

"Philly was the town in which I most enjoyed covering sports," Wolfe says. "The fans are so passionate and have no inner editing system, and are thus the best in the world at expresssing themselves."

Besides missing our sports fans, Wolfe e-mailed that she misses "610 WIP, Jim's Steaks, not being able to spell Schuykill, and the King of Prussia Mall."

Lawyer Mums in honor of mom

It was hard to recognize Wolf Block partner Brian Preski as he strutted with the Polish American String Band in Tuesday's Mummers Parade because he was dressed as a giant Frankenstein. Preski, longtime chief of staff for ex-state House speaker John Perzel, mummed in honor of his late mother, Dolores.

When Preski, 42, was a child growing up as Brian Przybyse-

zewski in the Northeast, everything stopped in mom's kitchen when the Polish American String Band performed in the parade. The family name was shortened to Preski when he was a child. The lifelong resident of the Northeast plans to march in next year's parade too.

Donovan, Dawkins bro down

A casually dressed Donovan McNabb and Brian Dawkins shot some pool at Dave & Buster's (325 N. Columbus) the other day, spending some quality time together before the off-season.

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