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COURTS

Foul! Lisa Brescher, a hairstylist for Fox Sports network's The Best Damn Sports Show Period, filed a suit against the net, hosts Tom Arnold, 44, and John Salley, 39, and others, for sexual harassment and retaliation. Brescher claims that when she complained that Salley, a former NBA player, made unwelcome sexual advances, Arnold banished her from the set. The net said it conducted an investigation and ''none of [Brescher's]allegations...were corroborated.'' Reps for both Arnold and Salley say the claims have ''no merit.''... On April 30, litigious lovebirds Catherine Zeta-Jones, 33, and Michael Douglas, 58, threatened legal action against Clear Channel Worldwide, claiming the company published Internet pictures of the actress ''heavily pregnant and topless'' (and smoking). Clear Channel says it has removed all offending photos.... The Recording Industry Association of America settled a suit against four college students, claiming they were operating illegal file-trading websites. The students agreed to cease and to pay fines, though they admitted no wrongdoing.... Chuck Lorre, 49, creator and exec producer of the '90s sitcom Grace Under Fire, is suing producers Carsey-Werner-Mandabach for $3.4 million he claims he lost in part because his profits were paid out to cast and crew who were sexually and verbally harassed by the show's star, Brett Butler. The producers had no comment. Butler has denied the charges.

CHANGES

Here's something John McCain could get behind. On April 29, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced the formation of the Campaign Reform Committee to enforce stricter regulations for Oscar campaigning, which AMPAS president Frank Piersen believes ''has gotten so strident and out of hand'' that it ''damages the Oscars' credibility as a symbol of excellence.''

ENGAGED

Sounds like a tough gig for the wedding band: Elvis Costello, 48, and jazz star Diana Krall, 38, announced they will tie the knot. No date has been set.... Law & Order's Elisabeth Rohm, 30, and landscape photographer Robert Knight, 33, got engaged in Carmel, Calif., on May 1.

WEDDING

He'll be there for her! On May 3, Friends star Matt LeBlanc, 35, wed longtime fiancee, Melissa McKnight, 35, on the Hawaiian island of Kauai. It is his first marriage, her second. Friendly guests included Lisa Kudrow, Jennifer Aniston, and Courteney Cox Arquette.

DEATHS

1950s model and actress Suzy Parker, 70 (left), once the highest-paid model, at $200 an hour, after a long illness, May 3 in Montecito, Calif.... Songwriter George Wyle, 87, who helped pen the ''tale of a fateful trip'' that was the Gilligan's Island theme, as well as Christmas classic ''The Most Wonderful Time of the Year,'' of leukemia, May 2 in Tarzana, Calif.... Sound engineer Charles Douglass, 93, who invented the Laff Box, which provided canned laughter to countless sitcoms, including I Love Lucy, April 8, of pneumonia in Templeton, Calif.... Jesse Nilsson, 25, star of the syndicated series Adventure Inc., of heart failure on April 26 at his parents' home in North York, Ontario. Missy Schwartz, Evan Serpick, and Gregory Kirschling

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