On the July 2, Olympic gymnast Dominique Moceanu, 23, a member of the U.S.A.'s 1996 gold-medal-winning gymnastics team, got engaged to surgical resident Michael Canales, 27. Canales, a former gymnast, popped the question at a dinner with pals, including Olympians Paul and Morgan Hamm. Moceanu and Canales, who began dating in 2001, will wed in 2006.
runner-up Bo Bice, 29, and Caroline Fisher, 24, a former waitress, tied the knot June 15 at a ceremony in suburban Birmingham, Ala. The groom wore a three-piece suit and flip-flops. It was the first marriage for both. The couple met a few years ago at a Hoover, Ala., cafe where she waited tables. "She's very nice. They deserve each other," says Idol
judge Paula Abdul
alum Ivana Ma, 29, wed Brian Kirkbride, 30, a Harvard Business School student, July 3 in Great Exuma, Bahamas. Kelly Perdew, the winner of The Apprentice
's second season, attended the nuptials.
Backstreet Boy Nick Carter, 25, pleaded guilty in Orange County, Calif., to a misdemeanor drinking and driving charge stemming from a March incident. Carter was sentenced to three years' probation and a fine. The singer must also attend a three-month alcohol education program, which he'll complete after the Backstreet Boys' world tour in the fall. "Nick regrets his mistake," a rep said in a statement.... On July 5 in Dublin a judge ordered Lola Cashman, a former stylist for U2, to return clothes and accessories to lead singer Bono, 45, after she tried to auction the items off at Christie's in 2002. Cashman alleged that the Irish singer gave her the products—including a Stetson cowboy hat and some 200 photographs—after their 1987 world tour ended; Bono denied permitting her to take the items. "We are relieved this matter has now concluded," the group said in a statement.
Musician Renaldo "Obie" Benson, 69, an original member of the legendary group the Four Tops, died of lung cancer July 1 in Detroit. Benson helped produce many of the quartet's hits, including 1964's "Baby I Need Your Loving" and also cowrote Marvin Gaye's 1971 hit song "What's Going On."
THE HOLLOWAY CASE
On July 4 in Oranjestad, Aruba, a judge ordered the immediate release of Deepak Kalpoe, 21, and Satish Kalpoe, 18, the Surinamese brothers who have been held since June 9 as suspects in the disappearance of Alabama teen Natalee Holloway, 18. The judge noted that there wasn't enough evidence to detain them. However, a third suspect, Joran van der Sloot, 17, can remain in jail for up to another 60 days as police continue to investigate. The Kalpoe brothers and van der Sloot were seen with Holloway, who had been on vacation in Aruba with 124 other teens, the morning of May 30. "They are going back to their lives," says a lawyer for the Kalpoes. An attorney for van der Sloot says, "My client maintains his innocence in this case, and we are convinced that the truth will come out."