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LEVI & BRISTOL: DUNZO? Radar reports that the forthcoming Palin and Johnston union has been scratched. All the deets, courtesy of Star magazine:

But in a new interview with Star Magazine, Levi’s sister Mercede Johnston says Bristol actually broke up with Levi more than a month ago, is not attending school and rarely lets her baby daddy see their young son. Mercede also says Bristol even told him that she hates him and, when she learned she was pregnant, wished the baby wasn’t his.

Mercede told Star: “Bristol’s just crazy. That’s the nicest way I can put it. She and Levi actually broke up a while ago!”

Apparently, Levi is also far from being a hands-on dad. Said Mercede: “Levi tries to visit Tripp every single day, but Bristol makes it nearly impossible for him. She tells him he can’t take the baby to our house because she doesn’t want him around ‘white trash.’ She treats him so badly!”

NEW WAYS TO KILL BEARS! Palin’s “Board of Game” (yes!) has outlined “new guidelines in a predator control program that now allows the use of paw snares to catch and kill bears, and helicopters for access. . . . Under the new guidelines, hunters can use snares to trap black bears in a specific area and can access the area via private helicopters. As for wolves, state employees are now authorized to use poison gas to kill wolf pups, orphaned after aerial hunting, in their dens.”

Orphaned wolf pups? That’s not good for publicity!

COURIC HONORED FOR PWNING PALIN: She received a Cronkite award for “Special Achievement for National Impact on the 2008 Campaign,” or: totally throwing down.

FIRST DUDE WINTER SPORTS CORNER: What do you do when the snowmachine races have ended? Throw some back with Joe Six Pack. What’s Todd’s best bet for scoring a free beer? A Wasilla joint known as the Mug Shot:

Mug Shot is the biggest pro-palin spot in the valley. People wondered why she (when she was mayor) agreed that valley bars could be open until 5:00 am. Because the owner contributed big time to her campaign. It’s weird – back in the 80’s the Mug Shot was the place to score coke. Everyone knew. But hey – campaign contributions trump everything! It’s just funny how things turn out. And Alaska is a small town (not to mention Wasilla).

OK: MORE BRISTOL AND LEVI: “The worst part, Mercede continues, is that the former vice presidential candidate supports Bristol’s treatment of Levi, 19. ‘I used to love Sarah,’ Mercede says sadly. ‘But I’ve lost lots of respect for her.'”

MORE LATER: “For more photos and details, including the hate-filled text message

Bristol sent Levi, the cheating rumors, the lies about Bristol’s schooling, the Johnston family’s plan to win back Tripp and exclusive photos of the baby boy, pick up the March 23 issue of Star, on stands now!

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