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Celine Dion's pregnancy and Candice Bergen's engagement made news the week of June 23, 2000

EXPECTING
After struggling for years to have a child, Celine Dion, 32, and manager husband Rene Angelil, 58, announced June 9 they await the birth of their first in March.

ENGAGEMENTS
Ex-Murphy Brown star Candice Bergen, 54, and New York City real-estate tycoon Marshall Rose, 63, plan to tie the knot. She was previously wed to director Louis Malle (Atlantic City), who died in 1995. No date's been set.

ANNOUNCEMENTS
Pope basher! Priest! Lesbian! Celibate! In the July/August issue of the mag Curve, Irish provocatrix Sinead O'Connor, 33, revealed ''I've gone out with blokes because I haven't necessarily been terribly comfortable about being a lesbian. But I actually am a lesbian.'' Then, in EW sister publication TIME, O'Connor — who goes by the name Mother Bernadette Mary as an ordained cleric in a renegade Catholic sect — states, ''I have a huge calling toward celibacy, which will probably ultimately be the way I'll go.'' The pop star has a son, Jake, 13, and a daughter, Roisin, 4.... Oscar-nominated actress Elisabeth Shue, 36, collected a Harvard diploma June 8. She left the Ivy League school 15 years ago to pursue acting — one semester shy of her degree. Returning to campus this spring, she earned a B.A. in government, cum laude.

CONTROVERSY
''American Skin (41 Shots),'' a new song by politically charged rocker Bruce Springsteen, 50, has New York City cops up in arms. The song, an apparent tribute to Amadou Diallo — the unarmed West African immigrant killed by 19 police bullets in February 1999 — includes lyrics like ''It ain't no secret...my friend that you can be killed just for living in your American skin.'' Police groups called for a boycott of the Boss' 10 sold-out shows at Madison Square Garden. New York State Fraternal Order of Police president Robert Lucente told a music website, ''He's turned into some type of f---ing dirtbag.... Now he's a floating fag.'' Lucente later apologized; Springsteen's publicist had no comment.

AILING
TV legend Andy Griffith, 74, is recovering at home in Manteo, N.C., after undergoing a quadruple bypass May 9. Griffith, who appears this fall in Billy Bob Thornton's Daddy and Them, should fully recover.

SPLITS
Pop-Up Video cocreators Tad Low, 33, and Woody Thompson, 33, burst a bubble June 11. The longtime pals plan to break up, with Thompson continuing to produce the VH1 show while Low keeps their website, www.spinthebottle.com. Low believes he was ousted from the show for his rant against Carson Daly of MTV, VH1's sister network, at the March TV Guide Awards — a claim Thompson denies.

COURTS
R&B bad boy Bobby Brown, 31, was sentenced June 12 by a Fort Lauderdale judge to 75 days in jail for violating probation on his 1996 drunk-driving conviction. Whitney Houston's hubby pleaded guilty to refusing to take a drug test and failing to return from a trip to L.A. on time; another charge was dropped.... Hearing-impaired teacher Peter Liberti Jr., 30, of Tonawanda, N.Y., filed a lawsuit June 7, alleging that Regis Philbin's Who Wants to Be a Millionaire violates the Americans With Disabilities Act by auditioning contestants by phone, thus discriminating against the deaf. Liberti seeks no monetary damages. ABC responded in a statement: ''In several instances, we have made appropriate accommodations for...disabled contestants...and we'll continue to do so.''

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