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November 07, 2008

Bono to Become New York Times Staffer

Bono
Bono has a vision for the world.
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by Beata Loyfman

Now that Bono's plans for a 36-story Norman Foster-designed tower on Dublin's River Liffey have been shelved, the U2 front man has plenty of time for his other hobby: saving the world.

And it looks like he's wasted no time in finding his next outlet. Bono will pen as many as 10 opinion pieces for the New York Times throughout 2009. Topics will range from poverty to Frank Sinatra to Bono's cause célèbre, the plight of Africa. (We're hoping there's an ode to wraparound sunglasses, too.) NY Times accountants are thrilled with this news; the cost of Bono's efforts comes to exactly $0. 

Meanwhile, Bono fans can check in at The Clarence, the U2-owned hotel in Dublin that has also been in the news lately. Bono and the lads have just won a battle with the Irish government to allow for a $235 million renovation to turn The Clarence into a futuristic landmark. Luckily, there's still a chance to stay at the original, and for a steal: The Dublin Winter Retreat package includes accommodations, a full Irish breakfast, and a welcome cocktail all for $270 per night. 

Further reading:
* Celebrity Charities: Fact or fiction?
* Madonna's Malawi Efforts Are in Vogue
* Boldface: Celebrity travels

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