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BIRTHS

The View's Elisabeth Hasselbeck, 28, and NFL quarterback hubby Tim Hasselbeck, 27, welcomed their first child, Grace Elisabeth, April 6, in NYC.

EXPECTING

Oops, he did it again. In an April 12 post on her website, Britney Spears, 23, announced that she and husband Kevin Federline, 27, ''are expecting our first child together.'' That's baby No. 3 for Federline, who has two little ones from a previous relationship with actress Shar Jackson. Memo to Brit and Kev: Keep the cameras out of the delivery room. Memo to UPN: If the Feds ignore previous memo, don't air the footage on their reality show.

EVENT

''I love racing because it's so relaxing,'' said Grey's Anatomy doc Patrick Dempsey after the April 9 Toyota Pro/Celebrity Race in Long Beach, Calif. But Patrick. . .you wrecked. ''I need to work on it more so I can win next year.''

FRACAS

Grace Jones (A View to a Kill), 52, was escorted off a Paris-to-London Eurostar train on April 5 after an altercation with a ticket inspector, in which she refused to pay to upgrade her ticket to premium class. No charges have been filed. A rep for the model-actress-singer says, ''Ms. Jones is thankful to the British transportation police for the courteous manner in which they handled the situation.''

ARRESTS

Tobacco-chomping Apprentice contestant Chris Shelton, 22, was arrested April 10 at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Tampa for disorderly conduct. A police spokesman says Shelton's behavior was ''belligerent'' and ''inappropriate for a hotel lobby.'' The aspiring real estate mogul was released after posting $250 bail. Shelton could not be reached for comment. No charges have been filed.

COURTS

What would Tony say? An NYC judge issued a restraining order April 5 to prevent Sopranos alum Vincent Pastore, 58, from contacting Lisa Regina after allegedly assaulting her earlier that week. His lawyer did not return calls. . . .On April 11, a federal judge denied an effort by Martha Stewart, 63, to relax the rules of her house arrest and to obtain a new sentence. ''We are disappointed in the ruling,'' Stewart's lawyers said in a statement.

RECOVERING

Aimee Osbourne, 21, daughter of Ozzy, 56, and Sharon, 52, is reportedly recuperating at an undisclosed L.A. area hospital following a successful operation to remove a lump in her breast April 6. Osbourne's rep could not be reached for comment. . . .Joaquin Phoenix (Ladder 49), 30, announced April 12 that he's checked into an undisclosed rehab facility for alcohol abuse. In a statement, his rep said, ''He was uncomfortable with the way that he was living.''

DEATHS

Maverick female cartoonist and Brenda Starr creator Dale Messick, 98, of natural causes, April 5, in Sonoma County, Calif. . . .Actress Debralee Scott (Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman's Cathy), 52, of natural causes, April 5, on Amelia Island, Fla. . . .Author Frank Conroy (1967's Stop-Time), 69, who helped launch authors like Elizabeth McCracken during his tenure at the University of Iowa's Writers' Workshop, of colon cancer, April 6, in Iowa City. . . .Documentary filmmaker Al Wasserman (White Paper: The Age of Kennedy — Part II, The Presidency), 84, of lung cancer, March 31, in NYC. . . .Tony-nominated conductor Samuel Krachmalnick (1957's Candide), 79, of a heart attack, April 1, in Burbank. . . .Ballerina/choreographer Onna White, 83, who won an Oscar for the 1968 musical Oliver!, of natural causes, April 8, in West Hollywood. . . .Feminist Andrea Dworkin, 58, author of 1987's Intercourse, April 9, of undisclosed causes, in Washington, D.C.

Originally posted Apr 18, 2005 Published in issue #816 Apr 22, 2005 Order article reprints