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Uchitel takes gig on TV news show

Rachel Uchitel, the VIP host whose alleged affair with Tiger Woods was the flashpoint of an epic scandal, has moved to Las Vegas to restart her career.

Sources told Vegas Confidential on Tuesday that Uchitel has moved into a Turnberry Place tower where she purchased a ground-floor unit for $820,000 in 2006.

Recent reports have Uchitel, who worked the velvet ropes for clubs in Las Vegas, New York and Southhampton, N.Y., getting involved in the entertainment television field. She reportedly has been offered a job as a nightlife reporter with "Extra," the nationally syndicated television show.

Sources at Turnberry Place say she has leased her 1,556-square-foot luxury condo and is renting a nearby unit. Uchitel recently pulled her ground-floor unit at Turnberry Place off the market. Vegas Confidential reported in December that she had listed the property at $1.35 million.

Uchitel formerly worked at Tao nightclub but had a falling out well before she was linked to Woods.

Uchitel was the first of about 20 mistresses to surface in the Woods scandal that broke during Thanksgiving weekend.

FRIENDS OF FAYNE

Members of the Las Vegas entertainment community are stepping up again to help one of their own. An all-star lineup will be donating time Saturday for a fundraiser at the Suncoast for singer/musical conductor Bill Fayne, who is recovering from major throat surgery for cancer.

"The great news now is that he is on a course to full recovery," said Clint Holmes, co-host of the afternoon show with his wife, Kelly Clinton-Holmes.

Fayne, who has lost 50 pounds from the surgery and diabetes complications, and Clint Holmes have been friends since their college days.

Fayne has been Holmes’ longtime conductor and arranger.

The event begins at 2 p.m.

Taking the stage will be Terry Fator, Frankie Scinta, Lance Burton, Louie Anderson, Robin Leach, Sandy Hackett & the Rat Pack Show, the ladies from "Menopause," Elvis Presley tribute artist Paul Casey, Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons tribute artists "Oh What a Night" and Human Nature.

Other entertainers include Domenick Allen, Leigh Zimmerman, Cayleigh Capaldi, Rick Faugno, Lena Prima, 5th Avenue, Voci Vegas, the Las Vegas Tenors, Tony Sacca, Jerry Lopez, Jeff Neiman and Vincent Falcone.

Tickets are $45, $35 and $25 inclusive and are available at the Suncoast box office and other Boyd Gaming properties.

THE SCENE AND HEARD

Gold medal figure skater Evan Lysacek came out of the Vancouver Olympics with a golden boy aura. His girlfriend, gymnast Nastia Liukin, won a gold medal, too, and he’s already booked on "Dancing With the Stars." He’s a big-picture guy. "I have a lot of other interests … movies, design, other sports, literature, photography, fashion, travel, music, et cetera. But I am the kind of person that likes to sit down and formulate a plan and a course of action before I take my first step in a new direction. I need to find something that gives me the perfect balance of discipline and creativity. I’ve always admired hotel moguls like Andre Balazs, Steve Wynn and Donald Trump." …

An exhibit covering a century of high-profile homicides and crime cases in Los Angeles opens today at the Palms. The first-time display is part of the California Homicide Investigators Association 2010 Conference put on by the Los Angeles Police Department. The items include evidence, photos and video from the murder trials of Charles Manson and O.J. Simpson as well as evidence associated with the death of Marilyn Monroe and the Black Dahlia slaying. The exhibit will be open to the public today and Thursday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. See a video about the exhibit here: normclarke.com.

THE PUNCH LINE

"At an auction in London on Friday, a 507-carat diamond — the size of a chicken egg — sold for $35 million. I hope it works, Tiger." — Jimmy Fallon

Norm Clarke can be reached at (702) 383-0244 or norm@reviewjournal.com. Find additional sightings and more online at www.normclarke.com.

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