Passages

UPDATED 04/11/2005 at 01:00 AM EDT Originally published 04/11/2005 at 01:00 AM EDT

EXPECTING
Actress Monica Potter (Boston Legal), 33, and her fiancé, Chris Allison, a doctor, are expecting their first child this fall. Potter has two sons from a previous marriage. The couple have not yet set a wedding date.

SPLIT
Citing irreconcilable differences, Christian Navarro, the husband of actress Traylor Howard (Monk), 38, filed for divorce March 15 in L.A. The couple, who have no children, married in 2003.

ANNOUNCED
Tennis siblings Venus, 24, and Serena Williams, 23, announced March 28 that they will star in a six-episode reality show on ABC Family that will begin airing in July. The as-yet-untitled show "will provide our fans with an up-close inside look at our lives away from the tennis courts," Serena said.

SENTENCED
American Idol judge Paula Abdul, 40, pleaded no contest to a hit-and-run charge March 24 in Van Nuys, Calif., and was sentenced to two years of probation and ordered to pay a $300 fine plus $775 for damages to the other vehicle. In December the singer clipped another car while on a California freeway and did not stop after the incident. "Unbeknownst to Paula, there was some minor contact between the tire of her car and another vehicle on the roadway," said Abdul's lawyer. "After learning...that her car was involved, Paula immediately took full responsibility."...On March 24 in California, actor Tom Sizemore (Saving Private Ryan), 43, was sentenced to 17 months in jail and four months in drug rehab for violating probation by repeatedly failing drug tests. The probation stems from a 2003 domestic violence conviction involving his ex-girlfriend, former Hollywood madam Heidi Fleiss, 39 (PEOPLE, Sept. 1, 2003).

LEGAL MATTERS
On March 21 in New York City, rapper Eminem, 32, applied to dismiss a copyright infringement lawsuit against the hip-hop magazine The Source. Eminem sued the publication in 2003 after it published early recordings in which he made derogatory statements about African-American women. The judge had ruled that the rapper had copyright over the songs and awarded him $131,000 in sanctions. Eminem's lawyer said, "at this point we've achieved everything." The magazine's cofounder and CEO David Mays said, "We set an example of the utmost level of editorial integrity."

DEATHS
Actor and former police detective Barney Martin, 82, known for his role as Jerry Seinfeld's father, Morty, on the hit '90s sitcom Seinfeld, died March 21 in Studio City, Calif., of cancer....Paul Hester, 46, the drummer for the pop-rock band Crowded House, was found dead March 26 near his home in Melbourne.

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