Passages

UPDATED 09/15/2003 at 01:00 AM EDT Originally published 09/15/2003 at 01:00 AM EDT

BIRTHS

Actor Mark Wahlberg (The Italian Job), 32, and his girlfriend, model Rhea Durham, 24, welcomed their first child, daughter Ella Rae, on Sept. 2 in L.A....

Guiding Light star Crystal Chapped, 38, and her husband, actor Michael Sabatino (NYPD Blue), 48, welcomed their second son, Dylan Michael, on Sept. 2 in New York City. He joins big brother Jacob Walker, 3.

ESPECTING
Actor Jason Lee (Dreamcatcher), 33, and his fiancée, actress Beth Riesgraf, 25, are expecting their first child, a son, in October. The couple have been dating for two years.

SETTLED
Cher, 57, and the city of Malibu recently ended a four-year dispute by agreeing that the performer could keep a 10-ft. wall around the tennis court in her yard in exchange for donating $125,000 to theater and music programs in the local schools. The wall is several feet higher than the city normally allows. Cher had argued that she needs a high wall to keep stalkers out and also to keep tennis balls from bouncing onto the nearby highway.

LEGAL MATTERS
On Sept. la United Nations panel in Geneva ruled that actor Pierce Brosnan, 50, should have control of the Internet domain name www.piercebrosnan.com. The panel ruled that the site, which had been registered to a company in Alberta, Canada, that runs a celebrity fan network, was using the name in bad faith. "I hope this sets a precedent that prevents these sorry people from being able to blackmail an individual by registering his name," said Brosnan.

SUED
On Aug. 26 the Interlochen Center for the Arts, a performing arts academy in Interlochen, Mich., sued singer Tori Amos to get back a $40,000 deposit that school officials say they paid for a proposed Aug. 19 concert. According to the lawsuit, the show was canceled after the school and the singer failed to come to an agreement over Amos's contract. Unresolved issues allegedly included the amount to be spent feeding Amos, 40, and her crew and the number of free tickets the singer could have. A rep for Amos could not be reached for comment.

RECUPERATING
On Aug. 30 country singer John Anderson, 47, had emergency heart surgery in a Charleston, W.Va., hospital. Anderson, best known for the 1983 hit "Swingin'," had suffered a heart attack earlier in the day. The singer's rep said Anderson was recovering well.

UPDATE
Jessica Lynch, 20, the former prisoner of war who was rescued from an Iraqi hospital in April after nine days in captivity (PEOPLE, April 21, 2003), was placed on temporary disability retirement from the U.S. Army on Aug. 15. Lynch, who is recovering from multiple injuries, recently signed a $1 million book deal with Knopf to tell about her ordeal.

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