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DAILY NEWS. PETA is fur-ious with designer Giorgio Armani, saying he reneged on a promise to stop using animal pelts in his clothing line. The organization has taken out a full-page ad in Variety depicting the perma-tanned Italian as Pinocchio, and urging those attending this year's Oscars to shun the designer's duds on the red carpet. (Read the article)

Bloomberg.com. Tibet’s Buddhist spiritual leader, will visit Italy and France next week to receive awards, at the same time as the United Nations reviews human rights in China. (Read the article by James Peng)

Buffalonews. Terry Ann Hayes, a graduate design student at Rochester Institute of Technology presents her proposal Wednesday for a new Little Italy identity system on Hertel Avenue to the Hertel Avenue Business Association. (Read the article by Brian Meyer)

MACWORLD. Macity, an Italian-language Mac news site, has a screenshot of a job offer from a Milan store, which seems to indicate that an opening is imminent within the coming months. (Read the article by Cyrus Farivar)

autoblog. Reports persist on the prospect of a street race in Rome, punctuated this week by news that prolific track architect Herman Tilke is in the Italian capital planning layouts. (Read the article by Noah Joseph)  

silive.com. Staten Island's State Sen. Diane Savino has been elected by her colleagues in the New York State Legislature to a one-year term as president of the New York Conference of Italian-America Legislators. (Read the article by Judy L. Randall)

Euronews. Tough new rules to crack down on illegal immigrants have been approved by the Italian Senate. The upper house of parliament has approved a law imposing a 200 euro charge for immigrants requesting residency permits. (Read the article)

Examiner.com. You can take inspiration from the 'country of romance' by learning some sexy Italian phrases to say to your sweetheart on Valentine’s Day. This will cost you nothing but a bit of time and effort and will sound sexy as all get out when whispered into your sweetie’s ear. (Read the article by Serenella Leoni)

AP. Italy has hosted talks in Rome to discuss reform at the U.N. Security Council. The ministry said the informal gathering was aimed at building consensus over guidelines and principles such as transparency and broad representation rather than at examining specific proposals (Read the article)

THE SANTA CLARA. English professor Roseanne Quinn was devastated when her good friend passed away in November. To honor his memory, Quinn started the John C. Riccio Scholarship Fund to aid students of Italian-American descent that have demonstrated financial need. (Read the article by Mary Georgevich)