Rep. Mary Bono, 37, recently elected to finish the term of her late husband, Sonny, in the U.S. Congress, is dating drummer Brian Prout, 42, of the country band Diamond Rio. Introduced in June, the couple went to dinner in D.C. on Oct. 10, the first time Bono has been seen stepping out with a date since Sonny died last January in a skiing accident. "I'm levitating," said Prout, while the newly enamored Bono told the Washington Post, "I feel like I'm in high school."
Baseball's Joe DiMaggio, 83, has been suffering from walking pneumonia for four months, says his attorney Morris Engelberg. The Yankee Clipper finally began treatment for it on Oct. 12 at the Hollywood Memorial Regional Hospital in Hollywood, Fla. "His spirits are good," says Engelberg, who adds that DiMaggio will be watching the World Series from his hospital bed and predicts, of course, a Yankee win.
After a two-week stay following successful surgery for colon cancer, Yankee slugger Darryl Strawberry, 36, left Manhattan's Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center for his suburban New Jersey residence on Oct. 16. Noticeably lighter than his 215-lb. playing weight, he is now expected to undergo a course of chemotherapy.
Actress Kate Winslet, 23, has announced she will wed aspiring film director Jim Threapleton, 24. Secretly engaged earlier this year, the couple plan to marry "sometime next summer," the Titanic actress announced on Oct. 16, vowing, "We want to keep the details secret." They met last year in Morocco on the set of Winslet's upcoming film Hideous Kinky, where Threapleton was working as an assistant director. It will be the first plunge for both.
Editor Maynard Parker, 58, who headed Newsweek since 1982, died on Oct. 16 in New York City of complications from pneumonia after having recovered from leukemia earlier this year....
Actress Joan Hickson, 92, who played Miss Marple in the PBS series about the Agatha Christie busybody, died on Oct. 17 near London....
Inventor Jonathan Postel, 55, who was one of the masterminds of the Internet and helped create its "dot-com" address system, died on Oct. 16 in L.A. following heart surgery.
Actress Natasha Henstridge, 24, who starred in the sci-fi thrillers Species and Species II, gave birth to a son, Tristan River Waite (8 lbs. 12 ozs.), on Oct. 12 in L.A. "I'm the happiest I've ever been," says Henstridge. "People always told me I'd fall in love with my baby, and it's true." The father is Henstridge's fiancé, Liam Waite, 27, an actor....
On Oct. 17 in New York City, CNN NewsStand coanchor Judd Rose, 44, and his wife, Sarah Strum, 40, an attorney, greeted twins Jacob (6 lbs. 5 ozs.) and Rachel (3 lbs. 1 oz.).
After considering supportive statements from Muhammad Ali and Magic Johnson, the Nevada Athletic Commission reinstated the boxing license of Mike Tyson on Oct. 19 in Las Vegas. Tyson, 32, lost his right to fight there after he chomped on Evander Holyfield's ears during a heavyweight title bout in June 1997. "I warn you, this will be your last chance," the commission's chairman told the ex-champ.