Passages

updated 05/03/2004 at 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 05/03/2004 01:00AM

BIRTHS
E.R. star Sherry Stringfield, 36, and her husband, writer Larry Joseph, 50, welcomed their second child, son Milo, April 12 in L.A. The tot joins sister Phoebe, 3.

I Do!
In front of 275 guests, including actor Steve Martin, author Salman Rushdie (The Satanic Verses), 56, wed model-actress Padma Lakshmi, 33. The traditional Hindu ceremony took place in Manhattan April 17. It is the fourth marriage for Rushdie and the first for Lakshmi.

ENGAGED
Actor Omar Epps (Against the Ropes), 30, and Keisha Spivey, 32, singer for the girl group Total, plan to wed. The couple are expecting their first child, a girl, this summer.

LAW & ORDER
Rapper Lil' Kim, 29, pleaded not guilty to perjury April 14 in Manhattan. The performer (born Kimberly Jones) is accused of witnessing a 2001 gunfight outside a New York City radio station and lying to investigators about it. A lawyer for Kim said he believes the case will be dismissed.

AILING
Cindy McCain, 50, the wife of Arizona senator John McCain, 67, left a Phoenix hospital April 16, four days after suffering a minor stroke. According to her doctor, the former high school teacher should make a rapid recovery.

SUED
On April 7 Minnesota college student Anthony Fitzgerald, 20, sued Prince, 45, and the singer's bodyguard for assault. Fitzgerald, who is seeking $50,000 in damages, claims that the bodyguard "lunged" at him and took his digital camera after he took a photo of the musician at a Minnesota airport last December. A rep for Prince could not be reached for comment.

UPDATE
On April 16 in Grand Junction, Colo., businessman Michael Blagg, 41, was convicted of first-degree murder for killing his wife. Blagg had reported his wife, Jennifer, 34, and their daughter Abby, then 6, missing in November 2001 (PEOPLE, Dec. 10, 2001). Abby was never found and is presumed dead. Blagg, who was sentenced to life in prison without parole, continues to maintain his innocence.

DEATHS

Bollywood star Soundarya, 32, who appeared in more than 85 Indian movies, died in a plane crash outside Bangalore April 18. Several other people were killed in the accident....

McDonald's chairman and CEO Jim Cantalupo, 60, died after suffering a heart attack April 19 in Orlando, Fla. Cantalupo, who was attending a company meeting at the time of his death, recently helped revitalize McDonald's by offering healthier food choices, including more salads, and an increased emphasis on faster service.

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