PRIMETIME RENT WARS

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FYI: Starting in June, the local cable access channel phenom Rent Wars is going primetime–or at least borrowing from it. A finalist from CBS’s Big Brother 2, Monica Bailey, is taking over for Lora Chio as the host and anchor of Rent Wars News, which chronicles tenants fighting evictions and rent hikes. Rent Wars says New York-native Bailey “once worked as an instructor teaching women on welfare the ropes of the working world.” Chio, who anchored Rent Wars since its debut in 1999, is leaving to pursue a career in Hollywood. She will remain an occasional guest on the show, which attracts 30,000 television viewers and visitors to its web site each week. [4/30/03]