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UPDATED 10/05/2009 at 01:00 AM EDT Originally published 10/05/2009 at 01:00 AM EDT

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Jessica Simpson

LOSING DAISY

First there was Nick, then John and recently Tony. But of all Jessica Simpson's companions, only one was constant: Daisy. "Daisy was Jessica's best friend," a friend of Simpson's tells PEOPLE of her dog, who was taken by a coyote right in front of the star, as she reported on Twitter Sept. 14. "Besides her family, Jessica loved Daisy more than anything." And how: If Simpson went out for the night, she would call home to say good night to her pup. Now Simpson is left to pick up the pieces after a tough year, from harsh body criticism to her split from Tony Romo. "She'll get through this," says a source close to her. "She's focusing on work and spending time with family and friends."

KATE & A-ROD'S FAMILY OUTING

Yankees' third baseman Alex Rodriguez, 34, and actress Kate Hudson, 30, didn't let rain showers put a damper on their Sept. 19 day out with their kids. The couple, in Seattle where the Yanks lost a three-game series against the Mariners, took a tour of the city with his daughters Natasha, 4, and Ella, 1, and her son Ryder, 5, which included lunch at the famous Pike Place Fish Market and a stop at the original Starbucks.

GEORGE & ELI: HEATING UP

George Clooney, 48, and girlfriend, model/actress Elisabetta "Eli" Canalis, 31, have taken their Italian love affair stateside. On Sept. 16 they had a snuggly dinner date at Crustacean in Beverly Hills. The following night they ate at Nobu in Malibu with Rande Gerber and Cindy Crawford. Clooney's buddy Matt Damon is a fan of Canalis's: "She is a really, really wonderful woman. It's nice to see my friend so happy."

Khloe Kardashian & Lamar Odom

WHIRLWIND WEDDING BELLS!

Slam-dunk duo Khloe Kardashian, 25, and her L.A. Lakers beau Lamar Odom, 29, began dating about a month ago after meeting at a party and plan to wed Sept. 27 at a private home in L.A. What does big sis Kim, 28, think of her future brother-in-law? "Lamar is an amazing person. He's so much fun."

HEART MONITOR

Taking the pulse of celebrity love lives

SPLIT

MICHELLE WILLIAMS & SPIKE JONZE

The actress, 29, said in the October issue of Vogue that she started dating the film director, 39, too soon after the January 2008 death of her ex Heath Ledger. "I thought falling in love again ... was going to save me from the pain. It just makes things more complicated."

BACK ON?

DEREK HOUGH & SHANNON ELIZABETH

In their tweeted split Aug. 7, Elizabeth, 36, promised to "remain friends" with her Dancing with the Stars partner. Close friends, it seems—they were pretty cozy at the Family Guy pre-Emmy party Sept. 18 in Hollywood (below).

IT'S OVER

AVRIL LAVIGNE & DERYCK WHIBLEY

The pop star, 24, and Sum 41 rocker's three-year marriage is over. "[We're] still family and moving forward in the most positive way possible," Whibley, 29, wrote on his Web site. The reason behind the split? "They married too young and drifted apart," a pal tells Scoop.

BABY BUMPS

ARE THEY OR AREN'T THEY?

Penélope Cruz, 35, and Halle Berry, 43, who've both been subjected to pregnancy rumors, recently squashed speculation they're expecting. Meanwhile Leelee Sobieski, 27, will welcome her first child in December, and baby no. 2 is on the way for Jenna Elfman, 38.

[X] Penélope Cruz

[X] HALLE BERRY

[check mark] LEELEE SOBIESKI

[check mark] JENNA ELFMAN

LINDSAY & AUDRINA

SUSPECT IN ROBBERIES: ARRESTED!

Has the case of the starlet burglar been solved? Nicholas Prugo, 18, a suspect in the break-ins at Audrina Patridge's home in February and Lindsay Lohan's house last month, was arrested Sept. 17. Prugo, who was allegedly seen on tape entering both homes (which are down the street from each other in Hollywood), has been booked on felony burglary. Lohan's mother, Dina, tells PEOPLE, "Yes, we have found [him], God is good."

JACKSON WILL UPDATE

The relatively smooth execution of Michael Jackon's estate continued Sept. 17 when a Los Angeles judge approved monthly combined payments in excess of $86K for the care of his mother, Katherine Jackson, 79, and his three children Prince Michael, 12, Paris, 11, and Blanket, 7.

$26,804

For housekeeper, driver, clothing and misc. expenses.

$60,000

Includes $13,260 a month for kids' entertainment and other expenses.

RUMOR PATROL

Kevin Federline

HEALTH SCARE?

Kevin Federline, 31, has raised eyebrows for his steady weight gain, but has he raised his blood pressure as well? A new tabloid report claims Britney Spears' ex has put his health at risk with the extra pounds, but his rep tells Scoop, "The rumor is 100% false. He's focused on taking care of the kids and is eating healthier and losing weight."

JENNIFER LOPEZ'S BIRTHDAY FETE FOR MARC ANTHONY

41 ST B-DAY BASH!

Last year, Jennifer Lopez pulled out all the stops for her husband's 40th birthday with a Havana-themed bash in New York. Her scheme to top it this year: a visit to the White House! In Washington, D.C., for the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute's awards gala, Lopez and Anthony, whose birthday is Sept. 16, toured the Oval Office and rubbed elbows with President Obama at the gala. That night, the celebration continued at the W hotel's POV lounge, where guests partied until 2 a.m.

People.com POLL

Which NFL star would you date?

Everyone is gearing up for football season, but it's not just the play-by-plays garnering attention. Scoop asked readers to pick their favorite (and sexiest!) reason to become a football fan

35% TOM BRADY

20% MARK SANCHEZ

14% HANK BASKETT

13% TONY ROMO

18% REGGIE BUSH

Insider

PRE-EMMY REVELRY

Television and film stars aligned at the ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY and Women in Film pre-Emmy bash Sept. 17 at L.A.'s Sunset Marquis Hotel. Eighties tunes rocked as Sharon Stone and Sela Ward held court outside while Jaime Pressly and her fiancé, lawyer Simran Singh, cuddled on a couch. Newly single Karina Smirnoff mingled with guests and Dexter's Jennifer Carpenter left hubby Michael C. Hall at home for a girls' night out.

FAST TAKES

• 9/17, N.Y.C.: Gossip guys Chace Crawford and Penn Badgley had some off-set fun (cocktails!) at the Renaissance NY Hotel 57 opening. • 9/16, L.A.: Ali Larter hosted TACORI's 18K925 jewelry collection launch at the Sunset Tower Hotel to benefit The Art of Elysium. • 9/18, L.A.: Seth MacFarlane and Adam Levine jumped on-stage for an impromptu duet at Night Vision Entertainment's Belvedere-sponsored Family Guy party at Avalon. • 9/18, Las Vegas: Pals Holly Madison and Mel B caught up at the grand opening of Pink's Hot Dogs at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino. • 9/19, L.A.: Olivia Wilde spent four hours getting pampered at the Kate Somerville Emmy event. • 9/17, L.A.: Jenna Dewan stopped by Kari Feinstein's Style Lounge and told Scoop that newlywed life with hubby Channing Tatum is "amazing!"

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