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Monitor: Feb. 8 2013

Babies
Good news for anyone who's missed Shakira's abs: The singer, 36, and footballer Gerard Piqué, 26, welcomed their son, Milan Piqué Mebarak, on Jan. 22 in Spain.... Country singer Chely Wright, 42, and her wife, Sony music exec Lauren Blitzer-Wright, revealed on Jan. 23 that they are expecting identical twins.... Baby Bublé! On Jan. 24, Canadian crooner Michael Bublé, 37, announced that he and wife Luisana Lopilato, 25, have one on the way.
Splits
No fairy-tale ending here: Liberty Ross, 34, filed for divorce on Jan. 25 in L.A. from her husband, Snow White and the Huntsman director Rupert Sanders, 41, six months after his affair with the movie's star Kristen Stewart, 22, was revealed.
Close Call
On Jan. 28, rapper Rick Ross, 37, crashed his car into a building after a drive-by shooter opened fire in Fort Lauderdale. Neither Ross nor his female passenger was injured.
Deaths
Robert F. Chew, who played Proposition Joe on The Wire, passed away from an apparent heart attack on Jan. 17 in Baltimore. He was 52.... Mary O'Connor, 84, Hugh Hefner's longtime secretary, who appeared on his E! series The Girls Next Door, died on Jan. 27.... Death Wish director Michael Winner, 77, passed away at his home in London on Jan. 21.... Original Dear Abby columnist Pauline Phillips, 94, died on Jan. 16 in Minneapolis after a battle with Alzheimer's.

Birthdays
Feb. 3: Rebel Wilson, 27
Feb. 6: Axl Rose, 51
Feb. 7: Ashton Kutcher, 35
Chris Rock, 48
Feb. 8: John Grisham, 58
Originally posted Feb 01, 2013 Published in issue #1245 Feb 08, 2013 Order article reprints