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Lesson learned in drug care

The case against a former Miss Russia charged with forging prescriptions to get painkillers in New York has been dismissed after she spent two sometimes rocky years in drug treatment.

Anna Malova said she’s learned her lesson as she left a Manhattan court Tuesday.

The special narcotics prosecutor’s office wanted Malova’s treatment extended another three months. But the judge said Malova had met the requirements to get the charges dropped by going through rehabilitation.

Malova went into treatment in June 2011. Authorities said she sometimes hoarded pills and caused trouble in the program. She was jailed for a month in the middle of her treatment. Defense lawyer Robert Gottlieb has said those problems stemmed from Malova’s addiction.

Malova finished in the top 10 in the 1998 Miss Universe pageant.

City Opera shutting down

New York City Opera says the company will file for bankruptcy protection and wind down operations after failing to raise enough money to stage the rest of its season.

The company announced Sept. 12 that it needed $7 million by the end of September.

Spokeswoman Risa Heller said Tuesday that City Opera “did not achieve the goal of its emergency appeal. Today, the board and management will begin the necessary financial and operational steps to wind down the company, including initiating the Chapter 11 process.”

As of last Thursday, the company said just $1.5 million had been pledged. It hoped to raise $1 million on Kickstarter.com, but a total of $301,019 from 2,108 donors was pledged on the website.

Death on ‘The Simpsons’

“The Simpsons” may be going strong in its 25th season, but a major character from the long-running animated series will soon meet his or her maker.

In a conference call with reporters last week, executive producer Al Jean revealed plans to kill off a character in the season ahead.

“We’re actually working on a script where a character will pass away,” Jean said. “I’ll give a clue that the actor playing the character won an Emmy for playing that character, but I won’t say who it is.”

“Simpsons” fanatics will know that this hint doesn’t exactly narrow things down: Nearly every member of the core ensemble of voice-over performers has won an Emmy, including Dan Castellaneta (Homer, Barney, Krusty), Julie Kavner (Marge, Patty, Selma), Hank Azaria (Apu, practically everyone else on the show), Nancy Cartwright (Bart) and Yeardley Smith (Lisa).

Even a few guest stars have picked up Emmys for “Simpsons” appearances, including Anne Hathaway for voicing Princess Penelope and Kelsey Grammer for Sideshow Bob.

In other words, pretty much anyone could go. Death has come to Springfield in the past, most recently with the untimely passing of Maude Flanders, wife of the Simpsons’ preternaturally cheerful next-door neighbor Ned, who bit the dust after falling off a grandstand at the racetrack.

The 25th season of “The Simpsons” premiered Sunday night with a “Homeland” spoof guest starring Kristen Wiig.