SMITH: When Tony takes a liking to a place, he's a real regular

You can imagine the rush that hit Costeaux French Bakery like a blast from an opened bread oven Friday when Tony Bennett strode in for breakfast.

The debonair 85-year-old musical legend would perform that night at the Wells Fargo Center, and someone had done him right by recommending that he dine at Costeaux's.

Incredibly, a few hours after breakfast, Bennett returned for lunch.

And a few hours after that, he was back at the bakery and caf?for a mid-afternoon snack.

Costeaux manager Will Seppi doesn't expect Bennett to rewrite his signature song, but he does wonder if maybe "he left his heart in Healdsburg."

PINK PANTHERS: Friday is normally Wear Your Orange-and-Black day at Santa Rosa High, but this past Friday word circulated on Facebook and in emails that it was Cheer On and Cheer Up Ms. Whyte Day.

English and drama teacher Megan Whyte arrived on campus to spy scores of students and fellow staff members decked out in pink, the rallying color in the fight against breast cancer.

Megan needs to focus all her attention and energy to defeating her diagnosis, so Friday was her last day at school for a while.

Her heart melted at the display of support. She begins her medical leave bolstered and grateful for "my little band of pink soldiers."

HEY, MURPH: From 1 p.m. until 2:30 today, former PD sportswriter Brian Murphy, now half of KNBR's morning team of Murph and Mac, will be signing books at T&B Sports on Santa Rosa's West Steele Lane.

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