WEEK IN REVIEW: A Real-Life Superman

09/13/2002 12:05PM

REEVE RECOVERY: Christopher Reeve's recovery since his 1995 fall from a horse that rendered him a quadriplegic is nothing short of miraculous, PEOPLE reported this week. Reeve, 49, can now move his toes and the fingers of his left hand and can feel pin pricks over most of his body. "To be able to feel just the lightest touch is really a gift," the "Superman" star told the magazine in an interview. (For more on Reeve's recovery, check out PEOPLE's special feature.)

MARTHA'S MESS: Lawmakers investigating Martha Stewart in a probe of whether or not she had inside information when she sold ImClone stock last December -- a day before the firm disclosed news that sent its stock price plummeting -- announced Tuesday that they're handing the case over to the U.S. Justice Department. Speaking at a Washington news conference, members of the House Energy and Commerce Committee said it would urge the Justice Department to look into the matter. Stewart's attorney, Robert Morvillo, told New York's Daily News that he is "confidant that the investigation will lead to Ms. Stewart's exoneration."

MOTHER'S DAY: In an effort to mend the tarnished image of his mother, Princess Diana, Britain's Prince Harry intends to mark his 18th birthday Sunday with a series of public appearances that will pay tribute to Diana's devotion to philanthropy. "This is his way of reminding people of all the good things she did in her life," a spokeswoman for the royal family told Reuters, adding: "Yes, he has been upset." What has been particularly upsetting, according to the news service, was the recent publication of a tell-all book by one of Diana's former bodyguards, Ken Wharfe. In it, the author describes the time Diana let him see her naked and how she once leapt off a balcony to escape the prying eyes of the paparazzi.

B.I.G. DENIAL: The family of late rapper Notorious B.I.G. (real name: Christopher Wallace) denied a Los Angeles Times report that he had a hand in the 1996 Las Vegas murder of his arch-rival, Tupac Shakur. "We are outraged at the false and damaging statements," Wallace's family said in a statement. "For the record, Wallace was at his home in New Jersey on the night of Tupac Shakur's murder, with friends who will continue to testify for his whereabouts since he is unable to defend himself." According to the Times story, Wallace (who was himself gunned down in 1997), provided Shakur's murder weapon as well as a $1 million bounty to a member of the Crips gang.

HARRISON HEARD: The album that George Harrison recorded in the final months of his life as he battled cancer will be released on Nov. 19, 10 days before the first anniversary of his death at age 58, Reuters reported. The CD, titled "Brainwashed" and containing 11 new Harrison compositions and one cover track, was produced by Harrison in collaboration with his son, Dhani, and longtime friend and fellow musician Jeff Lynne. It marks the first release of new solo material from Harrison since his 1987 album "Cloud Nine."
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