PASSAGES: B.I.G. Linked to Tupac Murder
ALLEGED: The 1996 murder of rapper Tupac Shakur, killed in an until-now unsolved drive-by shooting in Las Vegas, was allegedly masterminded by his arch-rival, Notorious B.I.G., The Los Angeles Times reports following a lengthy investigation. B.I.G., whose real name was Christopher Wallace (and who was himself gunned down in 1997), provided the murder weapon as well as a $1 million bounty to Orlando Anderson, a member of the Crips gang, according to the Times. Anderson was reputedly later killed in an unrelated shooting. The feud between Shakur and Wallace had split the rap community between east and west coast factions. Meanwhile, Wallace's slaying, which occurred while he was in L.A. for the Soul Train Music Awards, remains unsolved.
ORDERED: Albrecht Stromeyer, 34, a German man jailed in New York on charges of stalking tennis star Serena Williams, pleaded guilty on Thursday and will be sent home to Frankfurt after being given a conditional discharge and ordered to seek psychiatric care, Reuters reports. Stromeyer pursued Williams, 20, at tournaments around the world and made numerous attempts to contact her. Last Saturday, he was found peering through a fence at the U.S. Tennis Center in Queens, N.Y., while the player warmed up for a match at the U.S. Open.
ANNOUNCED: Cynthia Nixon's baby, which is due in December, will be a boy, the "Sex and the City" star, 37, disclosed Thursday on Caroline Rhea's TV talk show. The son will be her second child with boyfriend Danny Mozes. They also have a daughter, Samantha, 5.
SCHEDULED: Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Elden Fox on Thursday set a hearing for Sept. 12 in Winona Ryder's shoplifting case, with the jurist saying that he expected the actress's trial to begin within 30 days of that date, the Associated Press reports. Ryder, 30, did not appear at the courthouse. Asked whether the actress was plea bargaining, Ryder's attorney, Mark Geragos, would say only, "We have set a pretrial date and a trial date." Ryder has pleaded not guilty to trying to steal nearly $6,000 worth of merchandise from Saks Fifth Avenue in Beverly Hills.
DIED: Ted Ross, 68, who won a Tony Award for his portrayal of the Cowardly Lion in Broadway's "The Wiz," played a chauffeur in the Dudley Moore movie "Arthur" and had a recurring role on "The Cosby Show," died Tuesday, reports AP. He had a stroke in 1998. Also, Pepsi Bethel, the legendary jazz dancer, historian and choreographer (of off-Broadway and London's West End's "One Mo' Time" and other shows), died in New York last Friday, "One Mo' Time" creator Vernel Bagneris tells PEOPLE.com. Bethel was 83, and had been in failing health.