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David Cassidy has been charged with leaving the scene of an accident and driving with an expired tag after a crash in Florida last month. (AP Photo/Dan Steinberg, File)

Former teen idol David Cassidy has been charged with leaving the scene of an accident and driving with an expired tag after a crash in Florida last month.

The Sun Sentinel quotes police as saying that the 65-year-old Cassidy sideswiped a truck and then tried to cover his license plate before driving away with a flat tire. The charges were filed Wednesday. Authorities said witnesses identified Cassidy as the driver in a photo lineup.

Cassidy’s lawyer, Jason Forman, says the police report is riddled with inconsistencies. He says Cassidy gave police his driver’s license and registration before leaving the scene. A hearing has been scheduled for Oct. 27.

Cassidy, who starred in “The Partridge Family” television show, lives in Fort Lauderdale. He filed for bankruptcy earlier this year.

Hillary serves up some laughs

Set ’em up, Hillary Rodham Clinton, and lend an ear to the troubles of a presidential candidate.

The front-runner for the Democratic nomination appeared on the season opener of “Saturday Night Live” as a wise bartender named Val who pours a drink or two for, ahem, Hillary Clinton (played by “SNL” regular Kate McKinnon).

Most political candidates play themselves on “SNL,” often for just a cameo in a sketch or to declare the show’s famous tag line, “Live from New York — it’s Saturday night!” Seldom do they go all-out thespian and play a character in a sketch.

“So, Hillary,” Clinton asks McKinnon, “what brings you here tonight?”

“Well, I needed to blow off some steam,” McKinnon says. “I’ve had a hard couple of 22 years.”

Asked what she does for a living, McKinnon says in imitation of Clinton’s earnest monotone: “First, I am a grandmother. Second, I am a human, entrusted with this one green Earth.”

“Oh,” Clinton says, “you’re a politician.”

And just who is Val? Clinton deadpans, “I’m just an ordinary citizen who believes the Keystone pipeline will destroy our environment.”

From there the skit poked gentle fun at Clinton’s slow opposition to the pipeline, her late-arriving support of gay marriage, and her inability to take a vacation. Notably absent was a crack about her private email server, the source of months of criticism from Republican lawmakers and candidates.

Happy birthday

Actor Jesse Eisenberg is 32. … Actress Kate Winslet is 40. … Actor Scott Weinger (”Full House”) is 40. … Singer Colin Meloy of The Decemberists is 41. … Guitarist Dave Dederer (Presidents of the United States of America) is 51. … Singer Brian Johnson of AC/DC is 68.

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