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| Saturday, Sept. 28, 2013, 9:00 p.m.
John Kerry in 2004.
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John Kerry in late August.
Sidney Davis | Tribune-Review
City of Pittsburgh councilman and Democratic mayoral candidate Bill Peduto meets with the Trib reporters and editors at the D.L. Clark Building on Thursday April 11, 2013.

That Secretary of State John Kerry possesses a plastic personality hardly is a secret.

His facial plastic surgery appears to be another matter entirely.

The Boston Herald noticed Kerry looks significantly older in his 2004 official U.S. Senate portrait than he does now. The newspaper contacted the State Department to ask whether the 69-year-old secretary has attempted to make himself porcelain pretty by going under the knife.

A Kerry spokesman categorically denied any nip or tuck, but the newspaper found two plastic surgeons who suggested Kerry's staff should start, er, facing facts. Said one, Dr. Jeffrey Spiegel of Boston University Medical Center: “He had a ton of fat grafting into his lower face. He's been a little over-injected I would say. It gives him an expressionless lower part of his face, and nothing was done on top. To say he looks Frankenstein-ian is not inaccurate.”

Ouch.

We wonder if Kerry used the same facial reconstruction specialist as his missus, Fox Chapel's own Teresa Heinz. She has readily copped to regular Botox injections and, according to the Herald, has said this regarding plastic surgery: “When I need it, I get it.”

PEDUTO'S CALLING, BUT WHY? Bill Peduto should be the last person suffering a crisis of confidence.

The Democrat Pittsburgh City Council member is the prohibitive favorite to be elected mayor in November. His Republican opponent, Joshua Wander, isn't even in the country. Wander, a security contractor, is working in Israel.

Yet the Peduto campaign has been phoning East End residents, asking them if they've determined whom they'll vote for. The calls appear to be going to unaffiliated voters whose votes Peduto doesn't need for an overwhelming landslide.

C'mon, Billy boy — relax! Breathe easy. You're in.

RICK'S FIRST FLICK. Senator turned presidential candidate turned movie mogul Rick Santorum is preparing to release his first film.

Santorum is CEO of Echolight Studios, which will debut “The Christmas Candle” in theaters on Nov. 22. United Press International reports the movie stars Susan Boyle, who burst onto the scene in 2009 on the U.K. variety show “Britain's Got Talent.”

She since has released four studio albums, none of them featuring a duet with Santorum.

NITTANY LION LOYALTY. The U.S. government teetering on the brink of shutdown didn't stop two central Pennsylvania congressmen — both Penn State alums — from showing their true colors.

U.S. Reps. Glenn “GT” Thompson, R-Centre County, and Charlie Dent, R-Lehigh County, issued a joint press release last week regarding the NCAA deciding to gradually restore scholarships that it had taken away from the Nittany Lions football program in July 2012 as a result of the Jerry Sandusky scandal.

“Despite the NCAA's decision to gradually restore these scholarships, the initial decision to take punitive action against innocent students remains completely unjustified and only serves to harm past, present and future academic achievers,” said Thompson.

“While I am glad to see the NCAA revisit its arbitrary and capricious punishment of innocent student athletes, the remaining scholarships should be restored immediately,” Dent said.

The congressmen had previously requested that the NCAA reinstate all the scholarships, saying the NCAA should stick to its mission of promoting access to higher education.

— compiled by Tribune-Review staff

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