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PARIS HILTON BACK TO JAIL?

She claims she thought the cocaine was gum, but the truth is that Paris Hilton is in a sticky situation with her Aug. 30 felony drug possession charge. According to a police report, the heiress and her boyfriend Cy Waits were pulled over just before midnight on Aug. 27 on the Las Vegas Strip (cops say they smelled pot from the pair's SUV). Hilton, 29, was arrested after 0.8 oz. of cocaine allegedly fell from her purse. She denied to police the bag was hers. Hilton, who was later released without bail, "is totally freaked out," says a pal, but "she thinks her lawyer will ultimately get her out of trouble." Experts say probation and drug counseling are more likely than jail time for Hilton. Friends wonder if she's on a downward slide: Hilton, who served 23 days in jail in 2007 for a DUI case, was stopped in Corsica and South Africa in July on suspicion of marijuana possession, but in both cases no charges were filed. "She's got a good head on her shoulders, but she likes to have a good time," adds the pal. Another Hilton source sees things differently: "I think she's crying out for attention."

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THE JACKSON KIDS OFF TO SCHOOL (FOR THE FIRST TIME!)

A B C, easy as 1 2 3...Michael Jackson's two oldest children-Prince Michael I, 13, and Paris, 12-have left homeschooling behind and in late August reportedly began attending an exclusive San Fernando Valley private academy. Grandmother Katherine gave the okay, though 8-year-old Blanket was deemed too young to accompany his siblings and will continue to be homeschooled for now. "Prince and Paris have grown a lot," says a family source. "This will be good for them."

MEET THE REAL HOUSEWIVES OF BEVERLY HILLS

TAYLOR ARMSTRONG

39, ENTREPRENEUR

Founded a management consulting firm.

CAMILLE GRAMMER

41, FORMER MODEL

Filed for divorce from Kelsey Grammer in July.

LISA VANDERPUMP

49, DESIGNER

A Brit who decked out U.K. bars and owns restaurants near L.A.

KYLE RICHARDS

41, ACTRESS

Paris Hilton's aunt was on Little House on the Prairie and E.R.

KIM RICHARDS

45, CHILD ACTRESS

Kyle's sister, now working on a jewelry line.

ADRIENNE MALOOF

49, ENTREPRENEUR

Her family owns a resort in Las Vegas.

COURTNEY & FRANCES BEAN'S TWITTER WAR

Courtney Love took to Twitter to write a long rant disparaging her daughter's ties to her late husband Kurt Cobain's family, and she did it on Frances Bean's 18th birthday, Aug. 18. It's not the first time Love has spoken out about Frances-who on Dec. 14 had a court appoint her paternal grandmother her guardian-but this is the first time her daughter has fired back.

"I pitty your inability to love yourself. I hope you find your soul. stop acting like a prepubescent feral cat."

"you know what youve done what youve sold i couldn't shelter you from them i suppose its my fault."

LIL WAYNE'S U.S. OPEN PICKS

Rafael Nadal's not-so-secret admirer? Imprisoned rapper Lil Wayne, 27, who wrote an open letter to SPORTS ILLUSTRATED in August praising the Spanish tennis champ and predicting victory for him in the U.S. Open. "Nadal wins it all," he wrote. "I'm a huge fan." Wayne, who hopes Kim Clijsters will take the women's title, is serving a one-year sentence for gun possession.

HEART MONITOR

Taking the pulse of celebrity love lives

GAINING SPEED

JESSE JAMES & KAT VON D

On Aug. 29, two weeks after their Las Vegas date, tattoo artist Von D, 28, and James, 41, enjoyed a weekend getaway near his new Austin home. "They're definitely not hiding anything at this point," a source close to Von D tells Scoop. "Kat's happy."

GOING STRONG

KATE WINSLET & LOUIS DOWLER

On Aug. 30, about a week after partying till the wee hours at U.K. hotspots, Winslet, 34, and Dowler, 34, a model, upped their PDA near his London home with a big kiss. Winslet's friends are thrilled she's moved on after splitting from Sam Mendes. Says one pal: "She deserves to be happy."

TAYLOR SWIFT & TOBY HEMINGWAY

IT'S A CRUSH!

Swift, 20, "developed a little crush" on British actor Hemingway, 27, when they filmed her "Mine" video in July, a source tells Scoop. They reunited in Maine Aug. 27 to debut the clip.

"JUST FRIENDS"

SELENA GOMEZ & DAVID HENRIE

Wizards of Waverly Place costars Gomez, 18, and Henrie, 21, got close over dinner at L.A.'s Philippe Chow Aug. 27. "She had her head on his shoulder and he had his arm around her," says an onlooker. But "they are 100 percent not dating," says Gomez's rep. "They are just friends."

EMMY PARTIES YOU MISSED

Television's biggest stars couldn't let the Emmy party go for just one night-this A-list crowd celebrated for days! ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY and Women in Film kicked the weekend off Aug. 27 at the Sunset Marquis. Newlyweds Anna Paquin and Stephen Moyer were inseparable. The next night producer Lorne Michaels threw a bash for the comedic casts of 30 Rock and SNL. January Jones joined beau Jason Sudeikis. To cap it off? Emmy host Jimmy Fallon did double duty hosting an afterparty where Claire Danes danced with hubby Hugh Dancy.

CAUGHT IN THE ACT

• 8/28, L.A.: Whitney Port and Roxy Olin attend the Reality Cares Achievement Awards at the Luxe Hotel. The charity connects celebrities with nonprofits.

• 8/28, L.A.: Rose McGowan was all smiles at the Art of Elysium Genesis Event. • 8/24, New York City: Katy Perry celebrated her album release with a Candy Land-themed bash at Gansevoort Park Avenue's rooftop. • 8/29, L.A.: Glee's Amber Riley stopped into P.F. Chang's Home Menu Emmy Gift Lounge with just minutes to spare before the show. • 8/30, New York City: Alec Baldwin took in a performance by Gloria Estefan at the US Open opening night gala.

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