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ENGAGEMENTS

She'd like to buy...a ring! ''Wheel of Fortune'' letter turner Vanna White, 47, and businessman Michael Kaye, 50, plan to wed. It will be the second marriage for both.

BIRTHS

''The Daily Show'' host Jon Stewart, 41, and wife Tracey welcomed their first child, Nathan Thomas, on July 3 in NYC.

LAUNCHES

On July 12, Sirius Satellite Radio announced it has teamed with rapper Eminem (né Marshall Mathers), 31, his Shady Records label, and Interscope Records to create a ''cutting-edge hip-hop music and lifestyle channel'' to debut this fall.

PREMIERE

''I, Robot'''s Bridget Moynahan (with costar Will Smith on the red carpet July 7 in L.A.) said she'd use a personal -- and presumably not evil -- robot for housekeeping: ''I don't like cleaning, ever. I'm not good at it.''

COURTS

On July 9, socialite/reality star Paris Hilton, 23, dropped her violation of privacy rights complaint against Kahatani Ltd. Hilton had sued the Panama-based Internet company for allegedly distributing her infamous sex tape with Rick Salomon.... On July 13, NBC filed suit against Paramount Pictures and former ''Access Hollywood'' host Pat O'Brien, 56, over a media campaign for the upcoming show ''The Insider.'' The Peacock, which lost its request for an immediate restraining order, claims that O'Brien's contract forbids him to promote the competing show until September. Paramount reps say they are ''pleased with the result.'' The next hearing is set for July 23.

BAD DAY

After months of increasingly erratic behavior, Courtney Love was hospitalized July 9 -- her 40th birthday. EMTs arrived at the singer's NYC apartment amid reports she had miscarried (Love's lawyer declined to comment). She was discharged July 12. And it gets worse: Because Love missed a July 9 court date on assault charges, a California judge docked her $55,000 and issued a warrant for her arrest.

ARRESTS

R&B singer Bobby Brown, 35, turned himself in to Atlanta jail officials on July 11, hours before a court-imposed deadline on misdemeanor charges that he hit his wife, Whitney Houston, 40, in December 2003. Brown signed for a $2,000 bond and was released the same day. No court date has been set. Brown's lawyer says, ''Hopefully, the charges will be resolved short of a trial.''... On July 8, Velvet Revolver frontman Scott Weiland, 36, paid a $390 fine for driving under the influence of prescription drugs on Oct. 27, 2003. The singer is undergoing court-ordered drug treatment in connection with previous arrests.... Rapper Jadakiss (ne Jason Phillips), 29, was given two citations for misdemeanor drug and weapons charges by Fayetteville, N.C., police, who said they pulled him over for setting off firecrackers July 5. The rapper, who did not return calls for comment, is scheduled to appear in court July 28.

RESOLUTIONS

On July 12, Actors' Equity Association and the League of American Theatres and Producers reached a tentative agreement for a four-year production contract to replace the one that expired June 27, eliminating the threat of a strike that would have closed most Broadway shows.

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