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EXPECTING

The Alamo's Billy Bob Thornton, 48, and his girlfriend, Connie Angland, 39, will welcome their first child in October. The tot will be his fourth, her first.

BIRTHS

Will & Grace's Debra Messing, 35, and her screenwriter hubby, Daniel Zelman, 35, greeted their first child, a son, April 7.... Former Baywatcher Kelly Packard, 29, and her husband, Darrin Privett, 31, are the proud parents of son Aubrey Lin Privett, born April 6 in NYC.

SPLITS

Former Full House star John Stamos, 40, and his wife, Rebecca Romijn-Stamos (right), 31, have called it quits after five and a half years of marriage.

COURTS

Jessica Simpson, 23, filed suit March 26 in NYC against 4 Dog Productions, claiming they failed to pay the $140,000 they promised her for wearing the Motorock logo on her shirt in her ''With You'' video. 4 Dog was unavailable for comment.... After a six-month investigation, Westchester County officials seized 92 kilos of cocaine they say had been transported in the touring vehicle of hip-hop artist Gloria Velez -- who's appeared in videos for Jay-Z, DMX, and Ja Rule -- and arrested four suspects, one of whom, Charles Gant, claimed to be Velez's ''promoter.'' Velez, who has not been charged with any crime, was unavailable for comment, as was Gant.... Entrepreneur Rick Salomon has dropped his $10 million defamation suit against Paris Hilton, 23, her parents, and her former publicist Siri Garber, over comments made following the infamous sex-tape incident. Garber says the matter was ''settled amicably.''... Singer Sophie B. Hawkins, 36, was awarded $324 by a Santa Monica court April 13 for her suit claiming a man sold pirated copies of her forthcoming CD, Wilderness, on the Internet. The songwriter said she sued ''in order to make a point.''

UPDATES

A March 26 autopsy confirmed that the March 8 death of Murphy Brown sidekick Robert Pastorelli, 49, was the result of an accidental heroin overdose.

DEATHS

Actor Victor Argo (Mean Streets, Taxi Driver), 69, of lung cancer, April 6, in NYC.... Tennis champ Marian McCargo Bell, 72, who costarred with John Wayne in 1969's The Undefeated, of pancreatic cancer, April 7, in Santa Monica.... Timi Yuro (left), 63, who sang the '60s hits ''Hurt'' and ''I Apologize,'' of cancer, March 30, in Las Vegas.... Tap dancer Leonard Reed, 97, oft credited as one of the inventors of the Shim Sham Shimmy, of congestive heart failure, April 5, in Covina, Calif.... ABC news correspondent Jack Smith, 58, who also hosted A&E's Biography, of pancreatic cancer, April 7, in Mill Valley, Calif.... Niki Sullivan, 66, guitar player for Buddy Holly and the Crickets, in his sleep, April 6, in Sugar Creek, Mo.... The parents of ''Weird Al'' Yankovic, Nick, 86, and Mary, 81, from carbon monoxide poisoning, April 9, in Fallbrook, Calif. The Grammy winner dedicated his concert the next night to their memory.

AWARDS

''It's about changing the world,'' said presenter Mariska Hargitay (with Law & Order: SVU costar Chris Meloni) of the April 12 GLAAD Awards, which honor media portrayals of gays and lesbians. ''And I can't pass up a fabulous evening with the gays!''

Originally posted Apr 23, 2004 Published in issue #761 Apr 23, 2004 Order article reprints
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