PASSAGES: A Baby Boy for 'ER''s Wyle
BORN: "ER" star Noah Wyle, 31, and his wife, Tracy, a former makeup artist, welcomed their first child, a boy, Saturday at an undisclosed Los Angeles area hospital, publicist Eddie Michaels tells the Associated Press. "The three are home, healthy and very, very happy," Michaels says. The baby, named Owen Strausser Wyle, shares the same middle name as his father.
DONATED: While giving the keynote speech at Cleveland's Cuyahoga Community College scholarship luncheon, Oprah Winfrey, 48, offered to match the $600,000 the event was expected to raise for scholarships, AP reports. "All that I am or will ever become is because of my spiritual foundation and my educational foundation," Winfrey said in announcing her own $600,000 gift. A stunned college president, Jerry Sue Thornton, said afterwards: "This means so much. We had to turn away students who wanted to come in the fall because we didn't have enough scholarship money."
RELEASED: Clarence Clemons, 60, the saxophonist for Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band, has been released from a Houston hospital following eye surgery to repair a detached retina, publicist Anne McDermott tells AP. Because of the musician's surgery, Springsteen had postponed concerts in Austin, Columbus, Ohio, and Indianapolis. The band is scheduled to resume the second leg of its U.S. tour in Cincinnati Tuesday night.
NABBED: A woman, whose identity has not yet been released by police, was arrested in Los Angeles early Monday in connection with the weekend's fatal shooting of TV and movie actor Merlin Santana, AP reports. Santana, 26, who costarred on "The Steve Harvey Show" and recently appeared in the Eddie Murphy and Robert De Niro movie "Showtime," was gunned down early Saturday while sitting in the passenger seat of a parked car. "The investigation is ongoing, and no further comment will be given at this time," Lt. Horace Frank said.
COPIED: A 15-year-old boy in a Seattle suburb suffered serious burns when he set himself on fire in an effort to emulate a stunt he witnessed on MTV's controversial show "Jackass," police said Monday, according to Reuters. The teen, whose name has not been released, reportedly soaked his shirt in rubbing alcohol late Friday and ignited it while his friends stood by with a video camera shooting footage they planned to sell, police said. "The stunt obviously went very wrong," said a police statement, which went on to state that the boy could face obstruction of justice charges for initially lying about the incident, which then caused extra police work.
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