A New Little Fox, A Big Boss Win
BORN: Michael J. Fox, 40, and his wife, Tracy Pollan, 41, welcomed their fourth child on Monday, Esme Annabelle Fox, weighing in at 7 pounds, 6 ounces, say reports. Mother, daughter and the rest of the family are said to be fine . . . WON: Bruce Springsteen, 52, on Tuesday warded off a last-ditch challenge to a 3-year-old London court victory in respect of unauthorized use of his music. In a complex case watched closely by the international music community, the High Court in 1998 blocked British company Masquerade Music from releasing an album of the star's earlier work, called "Before the Fame" . . . ACQUITTED: Actor C. Thomas Howell, 35, was found not guilty on all five misdemeanor counts against him that arose from a confrontation with a 20-year-old skateboarder last year. A Los Angeles jury deliberated about six hours before returning a verdict Tuesday. The most serious charges against the "Soul Man" star were brandishing a weapon, making a terrorist threat and hit-and-run. If convicted, Howell could have faced more than four years in jail . . . EXPLAINED: "Life With Judy Garland: Me and My Shadows" Emmy winner Tammy Blanchard, 25, missed her chance to collect her award in L.A. Sunday night when film work in Canada kept her from attending Sunday's ceremony, reports USA Today. "I was jumping around my hotel room, laughing and being hysterical," she said, describing how she heard the news in Winnipeg, Canada . . . CLAIMED: Gregory Grant, an aspiring screenwriter, is charging that Steven Spielberg stole his idea for DreamWorks' 1998 picture "Small Soldiers." The federal copyright case is headed for trial early next year. "DreamWorks claims that it used a script by Gavin Scott in 1992 to fashion its movie about toy soldiers coming to life. It contends Grant's suit amounts to an attempt to claim ownership of the generic theme of toy soldiers coming to life . . . ELECTED: Media mogul Michael Bloomberg, a Republican endorsed by Rudolph Giuliani, won Tuesday's New York mayoral race against career politician Mark Green, a Democrat in a largely Democratic metropolis. Bloomberg, 59, was said to have spent $50 million of his own money on his campaign . . . DIED: British playwright ANTHONY SHAFFER, 75, whose thriller "Sleuth" was a worldwide hit on stage and screen, died at his London home of a heart attack. He was the twin brother of Peter Shaffer who also won international acclaim with his plays "Equus" and "Amadeus." In addition, British film director ROY BOULTING, 87, celebrated for his many films and notorious for his 1966 affair with the young star Hayley Mills. He was 54 and she was 20. The two married in 1971 and later divorced. All told, Boulting was married five times.
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