Al Roker, pictured in California in October, called out a New York cab driver for passing him up and picking up a white man. (Rich Fury/Invision/AP)

Scoop: Al Roker takes cab driver to task for discrimination

A New York cabbie out there who clearly doesn’t watch “Today” also is exemplifying the sad reality of racial discrimination these days.

Longtime “Today” weatherman Al Roker says he filed a complaint with New York’s Taxi & Limousine Commission after a Yellow cab driver drove right by him (and his 13-year-old son, Nick) to pick up a white guy on the next block.

TMZ reports that the TLC actually knows about the driver in question, who apparently was fined $200 in May for refusing to pick up a fare. This time, the driver will either pay a $500 fine or face a hearing, which may lead to his license being suspended for as many as 30 days.

The commission was pleased Roker made the report.

But, as TMZ notes, perhaps it was less amused by Roker’s tweet: that not while not all NYC taxi drivers are questionable, he wants to “weed out the bad apples” and, added: “Wonder why Uber wins?”

SIZZLING JFK LETTERS SOLD

Weeks before he married Jackie Kennedy in a lavish ceremony in 1953, John F. Kennedy embarked on a love affair with a Swedish socialite named Gunilla von Post.

People reports that in her 1997 memoir, von Post writes that the lovesick then-senator pursued her for years with calls and letters – several of which were sold at auction Monday for $15,000 in New York. (Another collection of Kennedy’s letters to von Post sold for $115,000 in 2010.)

The current letters, dated from June 1954 to August 1956 and mostly written on Senate stationery, offer a glimpse into the long-distance affair between the then-senator and the 21-year-old beauty, whom he met in Cannes in summer 1953.

In the earliest letter of the bunch, written a year after their chance encounter, Kennedy tries to persuade von Post to meet him in Stockholm.

“Is there any chance you shall be there as I would like to say hello,” he wrote, only to have his plans foiled by back surgery in 1954.

According to von Post’s memoir, the two reunited in 1955 and spent a week consummating their love. After that, Kennedy tried to end his marriage, but obstacles – including his political ambitions, his father and his “sensitivity” to his wife’s miscarriage in 1955 and pregnancy in 1956 – got in the way.

QUICK TAKES

Gobble, a San Francisco company that originated gourmet-10-minute dinner kits, says it is “making it possible for families to make their Thanksgiving dinners in just 10 minutes.” … The gingham dress Judy Garland wore in “The Wizard of Oz” sold for $1.56 million at auction in New York.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY

Actress Sarah Hyland is 25. … Actress Katherine Heigl is 37. … Actor Colin Hanks is 38. … Novelist Arundhati Roy is 54. … Actor-comedian Billy Connolly is 73.

— Wire report

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