Red Sox Win World Series, End Curse
DE-CURSED: Ben Affleck, rejoice. After an 86-year drought, the Boston Red Sox won the fourth game of the 2004 World Series against the outmatched St. Louis Cardinals to sweep the series 4-0 and become world champions for the first time since 1918. The win finally ends "The Curse of the Bambino," which has plagued the team ever since it sent Babe Ruth to the Yankees. Shaggy-haired Johnny Damon hit a lead-off home run to take an early lead Wednesday at Busch Stadium in St. Louis, and Derek Lowe pitched seven scoreless innings against the Cardinals. "This is for Boston. I love you guys," series MVP Manny Ramirez said. "We're just a bunch of idiots who go out there and have fun. I'm going to Disney World."
AWARDED: Atlanta hip-hop duo OutKast was getting down … loaded Wednesday night. The group's popular song "Hey Ya!" earned the top honor as the recording industry bestowed awards for songs sold through Internet services such as Apple Computer's iTunes, Reuters reports. Other winners for the evening included Maroon 5, Hoobastank and Beyonce Knowles.
SILENCED: An assault lawsuit against Liza Minnelli won't be played out in open court – at least not for now, a Manhattan judge ruled Wednesday. Longtime chauffeur M'Hammed Soumayah, who worked for her for more than 10 years, is suing Minnelli, the New York Post reports. Soumayah's suit, which was filed under seal, seeks "money damages arising from personal injuries." The judge said she would issue a ruling on the seal soon.
DISCUSSED: Producer Lee Daniels (Monster's Ball) may have an all-star cast on hand for a new feature, tentatively titled Ladies Night, PEOPLE reports. Mariah Carey, Patti LaBelle, Missy Elliott, Alicia Keys, Macy Gray and Mo'Nique are all in discussion to join the independent film that follows a group of Philadelphia women who spend an evening discussing topics such as sex, weight, work and love.
ENGAGED: Kimberly Stewart and Cisco Adler are making it official, if secretive. Stewart, daughter of rocker Rod Stewart, told PEOPLE that she has spent her life preparing for their engagement. "I've known him since I was little. Our moms were best friends so we've known each other since we were born," she said of Adler, who plays in the band White Starr. While Stewart says no wedding plans have been finalized, she is still plenty excited about the news. "I'm ecstatic," she said.
NOMINATED: British film bestowed a particular honor on U.S. President George W. Bush, nominating him for "Movie Villain of the Year," Reuters reports. In a poll taken for Total Film magazine, Bush beat out baddies such as Spider-Man nemesis Doc Ock and the machine-wielding Leatherface of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, for the president's role in Michael Moore's Fahrenheit 9/11. "(Bush) was absolutely terrifying in that film," one fan said.
BORN: Scooby-Doo star Matthew Lillard and his wife, Heather, are parents of a second daughter, Macey Lyn, born Oct. 19 in Los Angeles, PEOPLE reports. … Country star Sara Evans and her husband, Craig Schelske, are also new parents – for the third time. Their daughter was born Oct. 6 in Nashville. … And finally, musician Stephen Stills and his wife, Kristen, are parents of a new son, born Monday in L.A., AP reports.