Buffy the Vampire Slayer costar Nicholas Brendon, 29, and actress Tressa DiFiglia, 29, plan to marry in September.
Singer Courtney Love, 36, went to court in L.A. Feb. 28 to break her seven-year contract with Vivendi Universal. She filed a counterclaim against the record company following its lawsuit against her last year seeking damages for five undelivered albums....
Cosmetics entrepreneur Nicole J. Foster, 26, sued New York Yankees outfielder David Justice, 34, charging he assaulted her while she was pregnant with their son, David Jr., 2. Justice, who was married to actress Halle Berry from 1993-96, calls the allegations "false and defamatory."
On March 2 Macy's settled a lawsuit with Kathleen Caronna, 37, who suffered a fractured skull in 1997 after a windblown balloon slammed into a lamppost that fell on her during the store's Thanksgiving Day Parade in Manhattan. No amount was disclosed.
Stan Margulies, who produced two of the most watched miniseries in television history, Roots in 1977 and The Thorn Birds in 1983, died of cancer on Feb. 27 in Los Angeles. He was 80....
Former Minnesota Gov. Harold E. Stassen, 93, a liberal Republican who unsuccessfully sought the presidential nomination nine times between 1948 and 1992, died on March 4 in Blooming-ton, Minn....
James A. Rhodes, 91, Ohio's only four-term governor, died on March 4 in Columbus. A Republican, he was best known for sending National Guard troops to Kent State University to suppress an anti-Vietnam War rally in 1970. Four students were killed....
Cartoonist Fred Lasswell, whose "Snuffy Smith" comic strip ran in syndication for nearly 60 years, died on March 4 at age 84 in Tampa.
A judge in Rhode Island dismissed a lawsuit on March 1 by Survivor winner Richard Hatch, 39, against the state child welfare agency over its charge, which was later dropped, that he abused his adopted son Christopher, 10.
Kim Mathers, 26, wife of controversial triple-Grammy winner Eminem, 28, filed for divorce on March 1 in Macomb County, Mich. Last year Eminem filed for divorce but the couple later reconciled. They have a daughter, Hailie Jade, 5.
Financier Martin Frankel,
44, involuntarily returned to New Haven on March 2 to face federal racketeering and fraud charges. The former millionaire fled to Germany in May 1999 and was arrested four months later. He is being held without bail.
Law and Order
O.J.Simpson, 53, entered a plea of not guilty on March 5 to charges he pulled off the glasses of a motorist during a traffic altercation in Miami. Simpson now faces charges of auto burglary and battery—crimes punishable by up to 15 years in prison. He is free on a $9,000 bond.
Boxer Hector "Macho" Camacho, 38, was arrested at a Manhattan nightclub on March 4 for alleged cocaine possession. Camacho, who has won seven world titles, could face at least a year in prison if convicted.