updated 05/29/2000 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 05/29/2000 AT 01:00 AM EDT

In a small private ceremony on May 13 in New Orleans, Emeril Lagasse, 40, the Food Network's Man with a Bam!, and Alden Lovelace, 33, a real estate broker, exchanged matrimonial vows. The next afternoon some 500 guests feasted at a fais-do-do, a Louisiana-style dance party, held at one of the chef's local eateries.

Law and Order
After warning her to stop plastering flyers to the wall of a construction site in New York City, cops busted the mother of actress Drew Barrymore for packing a loaded pistol in her handbag. Jaid Barrymore, 54, who posed nude for Playboy almost five years ago and is estranged from her 25-year-old daughter, was charged with criminal possession of a weapon, criminal mischief and illegal postering.

Change of Plans
Singer Christina Aguilera, 19, canceled a trip to Europe last week because of the flu.

Actor Craig Stevens, 81, who gave up his dentistry studies to pursue a Hollywood career and from 1958 to '61 played the title role of the jazz-loving private eye in TV's Peter Gunn, died on May 10 in L.A.

Cats, already Broadway's longest-running show at more than 7,000 performances, will pad around a little longer. Thanks to a new demand for tickets, the musical, originally scheduled to be scratched on June 25 after almost 18 years, will now end with an invitation-only performance on Sept. 10.

Stop the Presses
White House correspondent Helen Thomas, 79, who has covered every President since JFK, resigned on May 16 after her employer, the UPI wire service, came under new ownership.

Los Amigos

Early in the morning of May 14, the sextet of TV's Friends—Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox Arquette Arquette, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc, Matthew Perry and David Schwimmer—reached an agreement with NBC to remain with the hit sitcom for two more years for about $40 million each—or a very user-friendly S750,000 per episode....

Not present at the negotiations was Perry, 30, who remains hospitalized in Los Angeles, where he has been recuperating from a severe case of the flu.

Leah Rabin, 72, the widow of assassinated Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, has cancer.

Pope John Paul II announced on May 11 that Edward Michael Egan, 68, the bishop of Bridgeport, Conn., will be solemnly installed on June 19 as the ninth archbishop of New York, succeeding the late John Cardinal O'Connor.

Behind Bars
On May 11, U.S. Customs officials at Newark Airport arrested singer Bobby Brown, 33, the husband of Whitney Houston, 36, for violating probation originally stemming from a drunk-driving incident in 1996 when Brown smashed his wife's Porsche into a sign in Hollywood, Fla. He is being held in jail without bond pending a hearing on May 22.

Actress Frederique Van Der Wal, 32, and boyfriend Nicholas Klein, 43, welcomed daughter Scyler Pim (7 lbs. 5 oz.) on May 4 in New York City.

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