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Celebrity news for the week of June 14

Arrested White men can’t jump — bail. Woody Harrelson, 34, was arrested on June 1 for planting four marijuana seeds at a well-publicized hemp legalization rally in Lexington, Ky. The actor’s act of civil disobedience was in protest of the state’s rigid anti-drug laws. Harrelson, who has a house in the state, advocates legalizing industrial hemp (as opposed to the smokable variety). ”People can be cynical when actors take stands,” he says, ”but the hemp movement’s something I’m very passionate about.”

Weddings Folk-rocker Stephen Stills, 51, of Crosby, Stills & Nash, has tied the knot for the third time. The twice-divorced Stills married Kristen Hathoway, 29, his children’s former nanny, on May 27 in Palm Beach, Fla. It was her first marriage….

Seinfeld star Wayne Knight, 40, better known as Newman to the show’s fans, is no longer the master of his domain. The portly actor married his longtime girlfriend, makeup artist Paula Sutor, 43, on May 26; it was the first marriage for both. The ceremony took place at the Pacific Palisades home of Michael ”Kramer” Richards.

Deaths Game-show host Ray Combs, 40, by suicide, June 2, in a Glendale, Calif., hospital. Combs was best known as the emcee, from 1988 to 1994, of The New Family Feud. Reportedly despondent over an impending divorce, he had attempted suicide several times in preceding weeks and had been taken to the hospital by paramedics. The father of six, Combs used bedsheets to hang himself in a closet….

Songwriter-pianist Don Grolnick, 48, of complications from non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, June 1, in New York City. A versatile and highly regarded session musician of the ’70s and ’80s, Grolnick backed stars like James Taylor and Paul Simon and was also a Grammy-winning producer….

Film producer Jennings Lang, 81, of pneumonia, May 29, in Palm Desert, Calif. Lang made several all-star disaster extravaganzas in the ’70s, including 1974’s Earthquake, for which he created the Oscar-winning Sensurround sound system….

Western actor Lash LaRue, believed to be 78, of natural causes, May 21, in Burbank, Calif. Born Alfred LaRue, the cowboy star was known to ’40s matinee audiences as the King of the Bullwhip, cracking his way through rough-and-tumble oaters like Law of the Lash and Song of Old Wyoming.