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BIRTHS

Good Morning American babies! on June 10, ex -- morning-show host Joan Lunden, 52, and husband Jeff Konigsberg, 42, became the parents of twins, Kate Elizabeth and Max Aaron, delivered by a surrogate mother in Cincinnati.... radio host-cum-rapper Angie Martinez, 31, and Dru Hill's Nokio, 25, welcomed their first child, son Niko Ruffin, June 12, in New York City.

ENGAGEMENT

On June 16, British actress Kate Beckinsale, 29, announced her engagement to Len Wiseman, who directs her in Sony's upcoming vampire flick Underworld.

WEDDING

Did he do his own blood test? CSI: Crime Scene Investigation's William Petersen, 50, and longtime girlfriend Gina Cirrone got hitched over the June 13 weekend in Petrignano, Italy. It is his second marriage.

COURTS

On June 10, a California judge rejected Pee-Wee Herman alter ego Paul Reubens' (below) second attempt to dismiss the child pornography case against him stemming from a 2001 search of his home. Reubens has claimed that the pictures were part of an art collection of ''kitsch memorabilia'' and has pleaded innocent to the charges. His lawyer says ''the decision will be appealed.''... on June 12, Spike Lee won a preliminary victory against Viacom when a manhattan judge ordered the media conglomerate to suspend using Spike TV as the new name for its TNN network, pending trial. Lee claims the channel is trying to capitalize on his name. The net will retain the name TNN ''until this matter is resolved.''

RECOVERING

French actor Guillaume Depardieu (A Loving Father) had his right leg amputated in early June. The 32-year-old son of Gerard had suffered years of pain following a 1996 motorcycle accident.... on June 12, Luther Vandross was released from a New York City hospital's ICU, where he had been recovering since his April 16 stroke. A rep for the R&B master said he ''is more and more responsive each day.''

LOST & FOUND

On June 15, a bloody impatient Muggle nicked a truck carrying more than 7,000 copies of J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix from outside a warehouse in northern England. At press time, U.K. police had no suspects but issued a warning to the public that any handling of the books before the official June 21 publication date could result in criminal charges.

ARRESTS

British rocker Adam Ant (ne Stuart Goddard, BELOW), 49, best known for the 1982 hit ''Goody Two Shoes,'' was busted June 11 in London on suspicion of criminal damage to residential property. Police reportedly picked him up in a local cafe, where he had removed his trousers. A statement on his website says he ''has been battling mental illness for many years'' and is undergoing a psychiatric evaluation. Missy Schwartz

Originally posted Jun 27, 2003 Published in issue #716-717 Jun 27, 2003 Order article reprints