updated 10/21/1996 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 10/21/1996 AT 01:00 AM EDT

Rufus W. Youngblood, 72, the Secret Service agent who used his body to shield Vice President Lyndon B. Johnson during the 1963 assassination of President John F. Kennedy in Dallas, died of lung cancer on Oct. 2 in Savannah. Youngblood, who was assigned to guard Johnson in 1961, received the Treasury Department's Exceptional Service Award for his heroism....

Supercomputer developer Seymour Cray, 71, died on Oct. 5 from head and neck injuries suffered in a Sept. 22 car accident near his home in Colorado Springs. At the start of his career in the late '50s, Cray created one of the first computers to use radio transistors rather than vacuum tubes, and in 1976 he unveiled the Cray-1 supercomputer, 10 times more powerful than any computer then on the market.

Country stars Tim McGraw, 29, and Faith Hill, 29, who have been performing together on their Spontaneous Combustion tour since March, wed on Oct. 6 in Rayville, La., near McGraw's hometown of Start. It is McGraw's first marriage and Hill's second.

Country singer Tracy Lawrence, 28, is engaged to marry Dallas Cowboys cheerleader Stacie Drew, 27. Lawrence and his first wife, former rodeo rider Frances Weatherford, divorced in February.

A New York state court has ruled that actor Roy Scheider, 63, must pay his ex-wife, film editor Cynthia Bebout, $494,859.65 in back alimony and upkeep for their spread in Putnam Valley, N.Y. The couple divorced in 1989 after 27 years of marriage....

On Oct. 2 a New York state judge sentenced paparazzo Carlos Arriazu Sanchez, 24, and private eye Carlos Fernandez, 42, to six months in jail for wiretapping the Manhattan telephone last year of ex-model Gigi Howard, 26, the reputed former girlfriend of Prince Felipe of Spain....

Lifestyles guru Martha Stewart, 55, is being sued by her former gardener Renaldo Abreu, who claims she owes him $16,000 in overtime pay for grounds care, car washing and pet grooming at her Westport, Conn., farm. Stewart's lawyer contends that, as an agricultural worker, Abreu is not eligible for overtime.

Mandy Allwood, 32, the British woman who became pregnant with octuplets last spring (PEOPLE, Oct. 7) after taking fertility drugs, hopes to get pregnant again after miscarrying her last five fetuses, three boys and two girls, on Oct. 2 in London. Allwood, who was determined to bear all eight babies despite doctors' warnings that they would not survive or would be born severely handicapped, had already lost three boys on Sept. 30. The London tabloid News of the World had agreed to pay Allwood a reported $487,000 if she succeeded in bearing all eight babies....

Pope John Paul II, 76, was in good condition after undergoing an appendectomy on Oct. 8 in Rome. During the operation, the Pope's doctors say, they found no recurrence of the tumor that was removed from his colon in 1992 and no sign of serious illness....

Atlanta Olympian Lance Armstrong, 25, America's foremost bicycle racer, announced on Oct. 8 that he has testicular cancer and that it has spread to his abdomen and lungs. Armstrong began 12 weeks of chemotherapy on Oct. 7 in Austin, Texas, and his doctor there estimates his chances of recovery at between 65 and 85 percent.

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