Births

With fiancé Michael Douglas, 55, by her side, actress Catherine Zeta-Jones, 30, gave birth in Los Angeles on Aug. 8 to a 7-lb. 7-oz., 21½-inch son, Dylan Michael Douglas....

Retired hockey hero Wayne Gretzky, 39, and his wife, actress Janet Jones (The Flamingo Kid), also 39, welcomed their fourth child, Tristan Wayne Gretzky (7 lbs. 8 oz.), on Aug. 2 in L.A. Tristan joins brothers Ty and Trevor, who are 10 and 7, respectively. Big sis Paulina is 11.

Hospitalized

After completely recovering from a recent mild stroke, former President Gerald Ford, 87, had surgery to drain an abscess in his mouth on Aug. 5 in the Philadelphia hospital where he was already a patient....

On Aug. 7, surgeons at New York City's Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center removed a tumor from New York Yankees slugger Darryl Strawberry, 38. The apparently malignant growth was near his left kidney, close to where a cancerous section of his colon was removed two years ago. The doctors are "optimistic for an uneventful recovery."

Expecting
NYPD Blue star Rick Schroder, 30, announced on Aug. 1 in a speech at the GOP Convention that he and his wife, Andrea, 28, are expecting their fourth child early next year. The couple's other kiddies are 3, 7 and 8.

Deaths

Guitarist Jerome Smith, who was a founding member of the 1970s disco group KC and the Sunshine Band, died on July 28 in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., when the asphalt roller he was operating accidentally turned over and crushed him. He was 47 and employed by a local draining and paving outfit....

Tony Maffatone, a former Navy SEAL who is credited with inspiring Sylvester Stallone's Rambo character, died in a scuba-diving accident on Aug. 2 off New York's Fire Island. He was 56.

Touchdown
A minor electrical problem forced the private plane in which actor Paul Newman was a passenger to make an emergency landing on July 31. Newman, 75, was on the way to the camp he cofounded for seriously ill children in Upstate New York. The plane landed unharmed at Albany Airport.

Suing
The family of Olympic triple gold medalist Florence Griffith Joyner, who died in bed of asphyxiation almost two years ago at age 38, is suing a hospital in St. Louis, according to the Los Angeles Times. The lawsuit, which was secretly filed last year in Missouri using pseudonyms, accuses Washington University's Barnes-Jewish Hospital, where FloJo was a patient in 1996 after suffering a seizure on a flight to St. Louis, of failing to properly diagnose a brain abnormality with an MRI. The hospital has declined to comment.

Legal Matters
Songbird Carly Simon, 55, recently posted bail for one of her backup singers in the amount of $250,000. On July 13 authorities arrested John Forte, 25, at New Jersey's Newark International Airport on charges of conspiring to distribute cocaine.

Back Home
On Aug. 3 in Beverly Hills, funnyman Louie Anderson, 47, left the hospital where he underwent successful surgery on July 28 to have his gallbladder removed. The comic hosts the syndicated game show Family Feud.