Passages

UPDATED 12/04/2006 at 01:00 AM EST Originally published 12/04/2006 at 01:00 AM EST

EXPECTING
My Name Is Earl's Jaime Pressly, 29, is expecting a boy with her deejay fiancé, Eric Cubiche, 32. The actress, who is four months pregnant, said she and Cubiche plan to name their son Dezi James—a nod to Desi Arnaz and her father, James.

BIRTHS
Former X-Files star Gillian Anderson, 38, and her boyfriend, businessman Mark Griffiths, welcomed a baby boy, Oscar Griffiths, Nov. 1 in London. The actress also has a 12-year-old daughter, Piper, from her first marriage.

DIVORCING
After announcing their split in October, tennis great Chris Evert, 51, filed for divorce from former Olympic skier Andy Mill, 53, Nov. 13 in Broward County, Fla. The 18-year marriage was the second for each; they have three kids together.

RECUPERATING
Michael Flatley, 48, the Irish-American star of Riverdance and Lord of the Dance, was released from a London hospital Nov. 18 after a two-week stay due to a "severe viral illness and exhaustion." During his treatment, the dancer canceled his Celtic Tiger European tour. "He's on the mend," says Flatley's rep. "He's a fighter."

CONTROVERSY
Seinfeld's Michael Richards apologized on Late Show with David Letterman Nov. 20 via satellite for yelling racial slurs during a stand-up gig at L.A.'s Laugh Factory. "I was trying to do my act, and I got heckled," Richards, 57, explained on air. "I took it badly and went into a rage and said some really nasty things to some Afro-Americans.... I'm really, really sorry." Pal Jerry Seinfeld, who was on Letterman that night, said in an earlier statement, "I feel terrible for all the people who have been hurt."

DEATHS
Nobel-prize-winning economist Milton Friedman, who helped shape 20th-century economics, died at 94 of heart failure Nov. 16 in San Francisco. The onetime University of Chicago professor championed free markets and individual responsibility, influencing policy, Presidents and other countries with his pioneering theories.... Bo Schembechler, the legendary former University of Michigan football coach, died at 77 of congestive heart failure Nov. 17 in Southfield, Mich., while taping a local-sports TV show. During his tenure in the '70s and '80s, Schembechler won 13 Big Ten Championships and helped fuel the decades-long rivalry between Michigan and Ohio State.... Florence "Rusty" Tullis, the tenacious biker mom played by Cher in the 1985 movie Mask about Tullis's son Rocky's battle with craniodiaphyseal dysplasia, a rare deformative disease, died at the age of 70 Nov. 11 in Montebello, Calif. Tullis succumbed to an infection and serious injuries following a motorcycle accident in October.

DAVID'S DAD WEDS
Yohane Banda—the biological father of David, the 14-month-old Malawian boy Madonna is trying to adopt—wed his girlfriend Flora Kamanga (left) Nov. 17 in Lipunga, Malawi. Kamanga, 22, and Banda, 32, are expecting a child. A Malawian court has scheduled a hearing for late November to determine if human-rights activists can challenge the legality of Madonna's adoption.

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