Thrice-divorced sex symbol Raquel Welch, 57, is flashing a dazzling diamond ring from fiancé Richard Palmer, 43. He co-owns the L.A.-based Mulberry Street Pizza chain with his former longtime girlfriend, actress Cathy Moriarty, 37.
Actor Hugh Reilly, who played the adoptive dad of Timmy (Jon Provost) on TV's Lassie from 1958 to '64, died on July 10 in Burbank after a long bout with emphysema. He was 82....
Fast-food founding father Richard McDonald, 89, who with his brother Maurice cooked up the idea behind the golden-arched franchise bearing their surname, died on July 14 in Manchester, N.H. In 1961 the burger-frying frères sold McDonald's to Ray Kroc for $2.7 million. Its 1997 profits: $1.6 billion....
Former Vietnamese general Nguyen Ngoc Loan, 67, whose summary execution of a Viet Cong prisoner in 1968 was caught in a photograph that became an anti-Vietnam War icon, died on July 14 of cancer in Burke, Va. In 1975, Loan fled to the U.S....
Actor Robert Young, 91, a TV favorite beloved for his roles in Father Knows Best (1954-'62) and Marcus Welby, M.D., (1969-76) died of respiratory failure on July 21 at his home in Westlake Village, Calif.
Back to Work
The MSG Network announced on July 15 that it had rehired incisive sportscaster Marv Albert, 57, to host a half-hour TV show and to call radio play-by-play on about half the New York Knicks games. Last fall, Albert resigned from the same network after pleading guilty to misdemeanor assault charges lodged by his ex-lover Vanessa Perhach, who accused him of biting and attacking her.
On July 9 a Los Angeles judge issued a warrant for the arrest of Stone Temple Pilots lead singer Scott Weiland, 30. Weiland had reportedly arrived at the courthouse that day to face drug charges but skedaddled before his case was called. The musician, who has been arrested twice in the past year for narcotics possession, faces a court date on another drug charge in New York City on July 31.
Aerosmith drummer Joey Kramer, 48, suffered minor burns to his legs and left arm when his Ferrari burst into flames on July 15 at a Scituate, Mass., filling station. Investigators think it might have been a faulty gas pump.
Rocker Stevie Nicks, 50, obtained a restraining order in L.A. on July 20 to keep an obsessed fan at bay. Ronald Anacelteo, 38, a clinically diagnosed schizophrenic who left a Colorado mental hospital on July 15, told local authorities that he would kidnap the singer given the opportunity.
Law and Order
On July 20 police in Belfast charged a 23-year-old man with the July 12 firebombing triple murder of the Quinn brothers in Northern Ireland. Suspect Thomas Gilmour, a salesman, was a Ballymoney neighbor of victims Richard, 11, Mark, 10, and Jason, 9. Gilmour has denied the charges and was jailed pending an Aug. 12 court date.
Billionaire media mogul Rupert Murdoch, 67, and his wife, novelist Anna Murdoch, 54, are calling it quits on their marriage after 31 years. She filed for divorce on July 21 in L.A., citing irreconcilable differences. The couple have three grown children.