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BIRTHS

Dancing With the Stars season 2 winner Drew Lachey and wife Lea, both 29, welcomed their first child, daughter Isabella Claire, on March 23 in L.A. No word on whether the prancing papa was so excited he grabbed a nurse and performed a mambo.... Chris O'Donnell, 35, and wife Caroline greeted their fourth child, a son, on March 24 in L.A. Note to the new parents: Studies have shown that kids subjected to viewings of Head Cases will experience nightmares.

HIRED

We asked 100 EW readers and found they had no idea Lachey's Stars cohort and Seinfeld alum John O'Hurley, 51, was tapped March 28 to host a revamped Family Feud, premiering this fall. Survey says: At least it ain't Louie Anderson again.

RETURN

The MTV Video Music Awards will return to New York City on Aug. 31, after two years in Miami. Not to worry, kids: The show will still feature plenty of minimally clothed starlets.

COURTS

Let the fruit fight begin: Apple Computer and Apple Corps (the Beatles' record company co-owned by Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr) began another round of legal sparring on March 29. Apple Corps contends the computer giant violated a 1991 agreement by using the titular fruit to promote a music business, in this case, the iTunes store. In a statement, Apple Computer said, ''Apple and Apple Corps now have differing interpretations of this agreement and will need to ask a court to resolve this dispute.''... Actor Keith Carradine, 56, and fiancée Hayley Dumond sued PI Anthony Pellicano and Carradine's ex-wife, Sandra Will Carradine, on March 24 in L.A. The couple claims Pellicano and Will Carradine illegally wiretapped their phone conversations after they met in 1997, and are seeking unspecified damages.

AILING

Aerosmith have canceled the remainder of their North American Rockin' the Joint tour after lead singer Steven Tyler, 58, underwent surgery for an undisclosed condition. Details of Tyler's illness are not being released, but according to the band's publicist, doctors have instructed Tyler to rest his voice.

DEATHS

Dan Curtis, 78, creator of the cult soap Dark Shadows, of cancer, March 27, in L.A.... Richard Fleischer, 89, director of 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea and Soylent Green, of natural causes, March 25, in L.A.... Popular sci-fi writer Stanislaw Lem, 84, whose novel Solaris was twice adapted for the big screen, of unknown causes, March 27, in Krakow, Poland.... Country-music songwriter Cindy Walker, 87, who is the subject of a recent Willie Nelson tribute CD and whose tunes were recorded by Bing Crosby and Elvis Presley, of unknown causes, March 23, in Mexia, Tex.... Former lead singer of rock band Swell Maps, Nikki Sudden, 49, of unknown causes, March 26, in New York City.... Pio Leyva, 88, renowned Cuban musician and member of the Buena Vista Social Club, of a heart attack, March 23, in Havana, Cuba.

LEGACY

BUCK OWENS
1929-2006
Owens' yowling drawl made his mouth form an O shape, echoing his round face and his last name. His signature sound, whether singing ''Together Again'' or delivering cornpone comedy on TV's Hee Haw, was underrated. Owens, who picked cotton as a kid, went on to help create the uniquely raw Bakersfield, Calif., honky-tonk sound. The Beatles cut his ''Act Naturally''; the title was how he lived his life.

(Additional reporting by Ken Tucker and Abby West)

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