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ENGAGEMENTS

Makeup artist and Bachelorette Meredith Phillips (left), 30, said ''yes'' to her chosen suitor, investment banker Ian McKee, 29. It is the first marriage for both.

WEDDINGS

Rosie O'Donnell, 41, married girlfriend Kelli O'Donnell, 36, Feb. 26 in San Francisco. The O'Donnells have four children.... Solange Knowles, 17, singer and little sister to Beyonce, wed college football player Daniel Smith the weekend of Feb. 29 in the Bahamas.

EXPECTING

CNN's American Morning coanchor Soledad O'Brien, 37, and her husband, Brad Raymond, 38, will welcome twins in August. The couple has two daughters.

ARRESTS

American Idol semifinalist Donnie Williams, 20, was dropped from the show following his arrest Feb. 23 on suspicion of DUI in San Ramon, Calif. Since the wannabe star is under California's legal drinking age, he was released to a family member and his case was forwarded to the district attorney. His AI spot was taken by George Huff. Williams could not be reached for comment.

COURTS

Comedian Martin Lawrence, 38, was accused of assaulting a woman at a party in mid-January. In a lawsuit filed Feb. 23 in L.A., she claims Lawrence spat on and slapped her after refusing her invitation to a Playboy/VH1 party. The suit asks for unspecified damages. A statement from Lawrence's reps maintains that the actor was defending himself.... Ted Nugent, 55, rocker and star of VH1's Surviving Nugent, admitted in court papers filed Jan. 6 that he is the father of an 8-year-old New Hampshire boy. The boy's mother filed suit last August, seeking sole legal custody and child support. Neither party's representatives returned calls for comment.... A federal judge cleared Michael Jackson in a seven-year-old copyright infringement case brought by the group Ripples & Waves. The group claimed an album of Jackson 5 recordings contained two songs incorrectly credited to the Jacksons. The court agreed, but ruled that Michael Jackson had had nothing to do with the album's release. Jackson's lawyer said that he is ''pleased with the results.''... Goth rocker Marilyn Manson, 35, settled a suit with a Detroit security guard who said Manson sexually assaulted him at a July 30, 2001, concert. The settlement's terms were undisclosed.

DEATHS

Carole Eastman, 69, writer of Five Easy Pieces, after a long illness, Feb. 13, in L.A.... Alvino Rey, 95, big-band leader and steel guitar virtuoso who married one of the famed King Sisters, Feb. 24, in Salt Lake City.... Les Gray, 57, lead singer of the '70s band Mud, of a heart attack, Feb. 21, in Portugal.... Big-band singer Don Cornell (''It Isn't Fair''), 84, who sold 50 million records, of emphysema, Feb. 23, in Aventura, Fla.... Blues saxophonist, singer, and songwriter A.C. Reed, 77, of complications from cancer, Feb. 25, in Chicago.... John Randolph (You've Got Mail, below), 88, Tony award-winning actor who was blacklisted in the 1950s, Feb. 24, in Hollywood.... Songwriter Bart Howard (''Fly Me to the Moon''), 88, of complications from a stroke, Feb. 21, in Carmel, N.Y.... Jerome Lawrence, 88, author of 39 plays and musicals including Inherit the Wind and Tony nominee Mame, of complications from a stroke, Feb. 29, in Malibu, Calif.

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