BIRTHS U2’s Bono, 39, and wife, Ali, 38, welcomed a 7-pound, 3-ounce son, Elijah Bob, Aug. 17, in Dublin, Ireland. The couple have two daughters, Jordan, 10, and Eve, 6.
DEALS In the biggest media merger ever, Viacom Inc., corporate parent of Paramount Pictures, MTV, VH1, Nickelodeon, and Simon & Schuster, announced Sept. 7 that it was buying CBS for about $35 billion in stock. The new megaconglomerate will rival major media powers like Time Warner and News Corp.
ARRESTED Motley Crue bassist Nikki Sixx, 40, on Sept. 3, in Raleigh, N.C., on charges of inciting a riot at a 1997 concert in Greensboro, N.C. (According to the Guilford County sheriff’s department, a warrant had been out for Sixx’s arrest since the incident. Former Crue drummer Tommy Lee is wanted on similar charges.) Sixx allegedly directed racial slurs at an African-American man and urged the crowd to attack him. Sixx was charged with felony rioting and three misdemeanor charges including inciting a riot and disorderly conduct. He posted a $7,500 bond and was released Saturday. A publicist for the rocker had no comment; Lee could not be reached.
LAWSUITS Actress Carmen Electra, 27, filed a misappropriation lawsuit against Universal Management Services, Aug. 30, in L.A. In court papers, Electra claims the company used her likeness without her permission in a Tae Bo infomercial. She is seeking unspecified damages. Spokespeople for UMS were not available.
RECOVERING Actress Melanie Vesey, 20, who will be seen this fall as Andy Kaufman’s sister in the biopic Man on the Moon, was treated Aug. 30 at New York’s Bellevue Hospital for a gunshot wound. Vesey was with a friend, off-duty New York police officer Alex Perez, who accidentally fired her gun and hit Vesey in the leg. According to an NYPD spokesperson, Perez is under suspension pending an investigation. Vesey was released from the hospital Aug. 31.
DEATHS Candid Camera creator Allen Funt, 84, of complications from an earlier stroke, Sept. 5, in Pebble Beach, Calif. As creator, producer, director, and host of the reality show that caught ordinary people in odd situations, Funt spun Camera into an enduring pop-culture franchise. He launched the show as a radio program in 1947, then brought it to TV in 1948 where it’s remained on and off for 50 years. Its peak was on CBS from 1960 to ’66. It returned as the syndicated New Candid Camera (1974-78). Funt retired after suffering a stroke in 1993; his son Peter brought the show back to CBS last year … Actress Marguerite Chapman, 81, of unknown causes, Aug. 31, in Burbank. Beginning in the ’40s, Chapman appeared in films ranging from Charlie Chaplin comedies to armed-services movies to Marilyn Monroe’s The Seven Year Itch. On TV, Chapman appeared on such shows as Perry Mason and Hawaii Five-O.