Elizabeth Vargas, 43, who coanchors World News Tonight, and her singer-songwriter husband, Marc Cohn, 46, are expecting their second child this summer. They have a 3-year-old son, Zachary. Vargas, whose coanchor Bob Woodruff was injured in Iraq Jan. 29, will anchor the show through late summer.
On Feb. 13 in Malibu, actress Shannen Doherty, 34, allegedly collided with a car driven by James Warren Paul, 41, when she turned onto California's Pacific Coast Highway. According to L.A. County Sheriff's Lt. Crystal Miranda, Doherty will be cited for the accident. Paul was taken to a nearby hospital and released. Doherty, who suffered scrapes and bruises, "is doing fine," says her rep.
On Feb. 8 in London, Babyshambles frontman Pete Doherty, the ex-boyfriend of model Kate Moss, 32, was ordered to enter a rehab program for a year after pleading guilty to seven charges of possessing illegal substances. Doherty must appear in court March 8 for a sentence review and risks jail if he fails monthly drug tests.... Christian Slater, 36, refiled divorce papers Feb. 9 in L.A., seeking to divide property with his estranged wife, Ryan Haddon, 35, under conditions of a written agreement. The actor originally filed for divorce last February.... On Feb. 8 Lucyna Turyk-Wawrynowicz pleaded guilty to larceny for snagging a $95,500 pair of earrings from Robert De Niro's wife, Grace Hightower, in 2005 when she worked as a maid for the couple. Turyk-Wawrynowicz, who was also accused of stealing from other clients, including Candice Bergen, faces one to three years in jail.
On Feb. 13 the L.A. County coroner's office ruled the death of actor Chris Penn accidental, due to an enlarged heart and the intake of prescription medications. According to the coroner's office, the brother of Sean Penn had taken codeine and the antihistamine promethazine before his death in January.
Actor Franklin Cover, 77, who played Tom Willis, George and Louise Jefferson's white neighbor on The Jeffersons, which ran from 1975-85, died of pneumonia Feb. 5 in Englewood, N.J. Cover and TV wife Helen, played by Roxie Roker on the series, were one of TV's first interracial couples.... Peter Benchley, 65, author of the 1974 bestselling book Jaws—which inspired Steven Spielberg's blockbuster thriller the following year—died in Princeton, N.J., of pulmonary fibrosis.
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Former Incredible Hulk star Lou Ferrigno, 54, became an L.A. County Sheriff's Department reserve deputy Feb. 13, receiving a badge and gun. Ferrigno, who has guest-starred as himself on the series The King of Queens several times in recent years, will spend about 20 hours a month helping the department recruit new deputies and will work as a motivational speaker for the county's Youth Activities League and Special Victims Bureau.