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ENGAGEMENTS

''7th Heaven'' star Barry Watson, 30, and ''Extreme Makeover: Home Edition'' designer Tracy Hutson, 28, will wed. No date has been set.

ARRESTS

Country singer and former Dean Cain fiancée Mindy McCready (''Ten Thousand Angels''), 28, was arrested Aug. 5 in Nashville and charged with prescription drug fraud after allegedly using a fake prescription to obtain OxyContin. She was released the same day on $10,000 bond. The singer could not be reached for comment.

COURTS

Claudia Jordan, a Barker's Beauty, and Sylvia Clement-Henry, a producer's assistant, filed suit Aug. 3 in L.A. against ''The Price Is Right'' and host Bob Barker, 80, claiming wrongful termination and racial discrimination. The pair is seeking unspecified damages. Barker's lawyer said the suit has ''no basis in fact.''... Paparazzo David Keeler filed suit in L.A. Aug. 10 against Christina Aguilera, 23, and a bodyguard. Keeler alleges the singer's guard punched him outside a nightclub May 21 and seeks unspecified damages. Reps for Aguilera said they had ''yet to see the complaint.''

MERGERS

On Aug. 5, Sony Music Entertainment and BMG announced the completion of their merger. Sony BMG Music Entertainment has revenues of approximately $6 billion and the ability to crush smaller companies (ha-ha) with its labels like Arista, Columbia, Epic, and RCA.

REPEALS

Cincinnati's city council lifted its ban on festival seating Aug. 4. The law resulted from a 1979 concert where 11 Who fans were killed in a stampede at what is now the U.S. Bank Arena.

RECOVERING

Mee-OW. Original Catwoman Eartha Kitt (below, left), 77, suffered minor injuries in a car accident Aug. 5 in Westport, Conn. Kitt was treated at Norwalk Hospital and released. ''We're glad to say that she's absolutely fine,'' say reps.... Ronald Isley, 63, lead singer of the Isley Brothers, suffered a minor stroke July 30 in London. He is on the mend at his home in St. Louis. Reps said Isley ''can't wait to get back on the road.''... Oak Ridge Boy William Lee Golden, 65, suffered a mild heart attack Aug. 7 near Wausau, Wis. While he recovers, his son Chris will ba-oom-bop in his place.

DEATHS

Bob Murphy, 79, New York Mets broadcaster from 1962 to 2003, of lung cancer, Aug. 3, in Palm Beach County, Fla.... Photographer Henri Cartier-Bresson (below), 95, who captured everything from the Spanish Civil War to Gandhi, of unknown causes, Aug. 3, in southern France.... Oscar-nominated film editor Geraldine Peroni (''The Player''), 51, Aug. 3, after a fall from her NYC apartment window.... Oil field fireman Red Adair, 89, the basis for John Wayne's character in ''Hellfighters,'' of unknown causes, Aug. 7, in Houston.... Actor Andre Noble (''Sugar''), 25, poisoned by a wild plant, July 30, while hiking in Newfoundland.... Oscar- nominated composer David Raksin (''Laura''), 92, of heart failure, Aug. 9, in Van Nuys, Calif.... Actor Frank Maxwell (''General Hospital''), 87, of complications from heart disease, Aug. 4, in Santa Monica.... Guitarist Tony Mottola, 86, who played with Frank Sinatra, of complications from double pneumonia and stroke, Aug. 9, in Denville, N.J.

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