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WEDDINGS

Beck, 33, tied the knot with actress-screenwriter (and Giovanni's sister) Marissa Ribisi, 29, April 4 in Santa Monica. It is the first marriage for both; the couple's first child is due this summer.... Satanic Verses author Salman Rushdie, 56, wed Indian model-actress Padma Lakshmi, 30, April 17 in NYC. It is his fourth marriage, her first.

BIRTHS

ER's Sherry Stringfield, 36, and her husband, Larry Joseph, welcomed son Milo April 12. The tot joins 3-year-old sister Phoebe.

MILESTONES

Following in P. Diddy's footsteps, Grounded for Life's Donal Logue, 38, ran April 19's Boston Marathon in 4:55:11 to raise funds for Peace Games, a school-violence awareness group. JAG's David James Elliott, 43, came in at 4:57:23.

DEPARTURES

After two years as president of ABC Entertainment, Susan Lyne resigned April 20. She'll be replaced by Touchstone Television prez Stephen McPherson, who is credited with developing Alias and Hope & Faith, among other shows. ABC Entertainment exec VP Mark Pedowitz replaces McPherson. Lyne's departure is part of a shake-up that included the exit of ABC Entertainment chairman Lloyd Braun.

SHUTDOWNS

More than 30 adult-movie companies voluntarily ceased production until June 8, after a mid-April announcement that Darren James and a female costar tested positive for HIV. The moratorium is likely to result in tens of millions of dollars in lost revenue.

COURTS

On April 19, Air America Radio settled a suit with Multicultural Radio Broadcasting, Inc., that temporarily silenced the liberal start-up network in Chicago and Los Angeles. Terms of the settlement were not disclosed, but the court ordered the Al Franken soapbox returned to the air in Chicago until it finds a new home in May (L.A. remains temporarily off the air).... Lil' Kim (nee Kimberly Jones, left), 29, was charged on April 14 in NYC with conspiracy to commit perjury, making false statements, and obstructing justice. The petite rapper allegedly lied to the grand jury about witnessing a 2001 shoot-out in NYC involving her entourage. Her lawyer claims she ''is being unfairly targeted.''... On April 5, a New Jersey judge dismissed a $110 million breach-of-contract suit against Whitney Houston, 40, by John Houston Entertainment, a company founded by the singer's father, who died in 2003. The 2002 suit alleged that Houston failed to pay the company for representation services dating from 2000.... He's the marrying man: On April 15, a South Carolina judge dissolved the marriage between James Brown's wife, Tommie Rae, 33, and her husband Javed Ahmed on the grounds that it was never consummated. Rae was married to Ahmed when she wed Brown, 70, in 2001. Brown, who seeks an annulment from Rae, has denied charges he abused her in January and hopes they will remarry.... L.A. police are investigating new allegations of child abuse against Michael Jackson, 45, dating to the 1980s. No charges have been filed. Jackson's lawyer called the allegations ''a shakedown.''... A legal prostitute is suing Motley Crue's Vince Neil, 43, for allegedly assaulting her during a July 2003 tryst at Nevada's Moonlight BunnyRanch. Neil was unavailable for comment.

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