PASSAGES: Bings Plan to Adopt a Kid

07/18/2003 at 12:37 PM EDT

PLANNED: Monica Geller and Chandler Bing (aka Courteney Cox and Matthew Perry) will attempt to have a baby during next season's "Friends," reports TV's "Extra." Series producers Marta Kaufman and David Krane say Monica and Chandler "are trying to adopt" for the show's final season. On Thursday, the NBC sitcom received 11 Emmy nominations, including those for leads Matt LeBlanc and Jennifer Aniston.

SHED: "American Idol" judge Randy Jackson, 46, underwent gastric bypass surgery last week at the Center for the Surgical Treatment of Obesity in Southern California, reports TV's "Inside Edition." The precise name of the procedure is the Fobi Pouch, which reportedly replaces the patient's original stomach with a smaller one.


QUOTED: "I'm a very faithful person. If somebody had told me, 'Ben's attracted to you,' I would have said, 'No, I wasn't raised that way.'" -- Jennifer Lopez, 32, to the Reader's Digest, on how she met Ben Affleck while she was still married to Cris Judd, and why she waited to consummate her relationship with Affleck


SPLIT: "Great Balls of Fire" rock pioneer Jerry Lee Lewis, 67, has filed for divorce from Kerrie McCarver Lewis, 40, his wife of nearly 20 years, reports the Associated Press. They have a 16-year-old son, Jerry Lee Lewis III. Kerrie Lewis is president of Lewis' JKL Enterprises Inc. fan club, though she is suing her husband, claiming that he had provided no financial support and has cut off her and her son's medical insurance. Jerry Lee Lewis could not be reached for comment.

DIED: Weight-loss guru Lucille Roberts, 58, founder and director of a chain of women's health clubs bearing her name, died of cancer in a New York hospital Thursday. Born Lucille Spindell in Russia, Roberts's first club opened in 1969 and grew into a $50 million business. She is survived by a husband and two sons, reports AP.

COMPETED: While the London Eye Ferris wheel is currently the world's largest, soaring 450 feet above the river Thames, the Singapore Tourism Board is hoping to erect the 550-ft. Singapore Flyer, to open in 2005, reports The New York Times. Meanwhile, even bigger wheels are being discussed for Las Vegas and Shanghai, while Moscow is getting ready for a 525-ft. wheel of its own, to open next year. For the record, the first Ferris wheel -- named for its builder, George Ferris -- went up in Chicago a century ago. It was a 250-footer. And that's the way the world turns.

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