PASSAGES: Mariah Didn't Pinch Song

updated 09/03/2002 at 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 09/03/2002 01:00PM

RULED: A federal judge has ruled in favor of Mariah Carey, saying the pop diva and a team of songwriters did not steal the work of Seth Swirsky and Warryn Campbell when she recorded the song "Thank God I Found You," the Associated Press reports. Swirsky and Campbell sued Carey two years ago, claiming her song (from the 1999 album "Rainbow") was actually a rip-off of their tune, titled "One of Those Love Songs." But U.S. District Judge Christina Snyder ruled in Los Angeles Tuesday that there was a "lack of melodic similarity between the two songs."

SCHEDULED: Eminem's debut movie, "8 Mile," which is due to open nationwide Nov. 8, will premiere as a work in progress at the Toronto International Film Festival, which begins Thursday, the Associated Press reports. Eminem, 29, and director Curtis Hansen ("L.A. Confidential," "Wonder Boys") are expected to attend. The semi-autobiographical film stars Eminem as a rapper caught between ambition and anger.

BORN: Former Spice Girl Victoria "Posh" Adams, 28, and Manchester United soccer superstar David Beckham, 27, have welcomed a baby boy to the family. Romeo Beckham, weighing in at 7 lbs. 4 oz., was delivered by Caesarean section Sunday at London's Portland Hospital, reports Reuters. Romeo has an older sister, Brooklyn, 3. "He's gorgeous," the proud papa said of his newborn. "He's got Brooklyn's nose and Victoria's chin."

DIED: Jazz great Lionel Hampton, 94, a vibraphone virtuoso whose career spanned six decades, died of heart failure Saturday at Mount Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, the AP reports. Also, British director J. Lee Thompson, 88, whose '60s epics included the original "Cape Fear" and "Planet of the Apes," as well as "The Guns of Navarone," "What a Way to Go!" and nine Charles Bronson movies, died Friday of congestive heart failure in British Columbia, where he owned a home, his publicist tells the AP.

CAST: Newcomer Kristoffer Polaha will star as John F. Kennedy Jr. in TBS's upcoming movie "America's Prince: The John F. Kennedy Jr. Story," the network has announced. Tara Chocol will play Daryl Hannah, and "Ally McBeal" costar Portia de Rossi has been cast as Carolyn Bessette Kennedy. Based on the bestseller "The Day John Died, " the movie is expected to air in December or January. Jacqueline Bisset will play Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis. (TBS, like PEOPLE, is part of AOL Time Warner.)

DONATED: New York-based handbag and accessories designer Kate Spade, a native of Kansas City, will be selling her products and donating a portion of her proceeds to the Brain Injury Association of Kansas City, in honor of a late schoolmate of hers, a spokeswoman for Spade tells PEOPLE.com. The sale will take place Wednesday in Kansas City and will honor the memory of Amy Thompson, who died after a traumatic brain injury. This is the fourth year Spade (who also designed an "Amy T." bag in her friend's memory) has held this special sale.

SWIPED: Emerson Lake & Palmer keyboardist Keith Emerson's custom $60,000 motorcycle, hand-painted with cover art from his band's 1973 album "Brain Salad Surgery," was stolen last week from his Santa Monica, Calif., home, reports AP. "With things like this, I might as well move to Alaska," Emerson, 57, who reportedly had heavy anti-theft chains attached to his bike, complained to the news service.

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