07/29/1996 at 01:00 AM EDT
Minnesota Twins out-fielder Kirby Puckett, 35, retired from Major League Baseball on July 12, after he was found to have suffered permanent damage to the retina of his right eye. Puckett, a 10-time All-Star with a lifetime batting average of .318, was diagnosed with glaucoma last spring, after he awoke one day with blurred vision.
Rocker John Fogerty, 51, filed a lawsuit in U.S. district court in L.A. against former Creedence Clearwater Revival bandmates Stuart Cook and Douglas Clifford, who have been touring under the name Creedence Clearwater Revisited with a sound-alike singer. Fogerty seeks damages and an order to prohibit use of the Creedence Clearwater name.
Police arrested actor Robert Downey Jr., 31, for the second time in less than a month, on July 16. Downey was taken into custody for trespassing and being under the influence of a controlled substance after police found him passed out in the home of Malibu neighbors who didn't know him. Hours earlier, Downey had been formally charged with cocaine and heroin possession, drunk driving and carrying a concealed weapon following his previous, June 23 arrest.
Actor Gregory Peck, 80, was reported in good condition following surgery for appendicitis July 14 in the Czech Republic. He was attending a film festival in the spa town of Karlovy Vary, where he received a lifetime achievement award.
Film producer Pandro S. Berman, 91, whose movies helped launch such icons as Bette Davis and Elizabeth Taylor, died at his home in Beverly Hills on July 13. Berman's some 100 films include 1939's The Hunchback of Notre Dame....
The man who in the early 1950s developed the single-handle, hot-and-cold-water faucet died of respiratory failure in Detroit on July 10. Alex Manoogian, 95, founded the Masco Corporation—a multibillion-dollar home-improvement and building-products giant—in 1929....
British musician Chas Chandler, 57, who played bass for the Animals and managed the Jimi Hendrix Experience in the '60s, died of causes related to an aortic aneurysm in Newcastle, England, on July 17....
Drummer John Panozzo, 47, a founding member of the rock group Styx, died on July 16 of a gastrointestinal hemorrhage in Chicago. Panozzo had suffered from cirrhosis of the liver due to chronic alcoholism.
Director Steven Spielberg, 48, and his wife, actress Kate Capshaw, 42, are expecting yet another addition to their brood in November. The couple has six children, including two others born to them, two they adopted and two from previous marriages.