By Beth Lipton
July 19, 2002 12:00 PM

CHARGED: Publicist Lizzie Grubman, who is charged with backing her SUV into a crowd of Hamptons revelers last summer, is likely to face a trial, the Associated Press reports. Grubman’s lawyer, Stephen Scaring, and prosecutors have been unable to negotiate a plea bargain on the 26-count indictment that includes charges for second- and third-degree assault as well as leaving the scene of an accident. Grubman, who has pleaded innocent, faces up to seven years in prison if convicted. The judge said he would set a trial date if lawyers cannot reach an agreement by Aug. 16. . . . DROPPED: Two-time Indy 500 winner Al Unser Jr., 40, will not face criminal charges in connection with a July 9 incident during which he allegedly hit his girlfriend, Jena Soto, 38, Reuters reports. He said he will seek treatment for alcoholism. “I have a problem with alcohol abuse,” Unser told reporters, according to the news service. “Nearly every poor choice I’ve made in my life occurred under the influence of alcohol. I don’t understand why I have the problem, but I know I have to straighten it out.” . . . ORGANIZED: A group of singers in Seattle is gathering support for a series of performances of Mozart’s "Requiem," to take place all over the world on Sept. 11, the AP reports. Each performance of the “Rolling Requiem” would start at 8:46 a.m. — the time the first plane hit the World Trade Center. As the day continues and each time zone reaches 8:46, new choirs will begin to sing. So far 30 choirs have signed up. . . . BOUGHT: Rapper Jay-Z and his business partner, Damon Dash, have bought Armadale Vodka, according to the music Web site Launch.com. Coincidentally, on Aug. 20 Jay-Z is scheduled to begin his Sprite Liquid Mix tour.

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