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CHICAGO: Dennis Tito, who paid the Russian space program dollars 20

million to become the first 'space tourist,' is far away from ringing

phones and e-mail overload. But the opposite is true for the beleaguered

Chicago office of The Dilenschneider Group. The agency is fielding all

space-related media calls made to Tito's California company, Wilshire

Associates. A voice-mail message asks reporters to e-mail questions,

warning that phone calls will not be taken.

But Tito's beaming mug is all over the place, giving new meaning to the

phrase 'satellite media tour.'

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