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Melissa Etheridge and Julie Cypher’s split and a lawsuit against Mariah Carey made news the week of September 29th, 2000

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BIRTHS
Oscar winner Marlee Matlin, 35, and hubby Kevin Grandalski, 35, welcomed their second child, Brandon Joseph Grandalski, Sept. 12, in L.A. The couple has a 4-year-old daughter, Sarah Rose.

EXPECTING
Actor Al Pacino, 60, and actress Beverly D’Angelo, 45, his girlfriend of three years, are reportedly expecting twins. D’Angelo is a first-time mom; Pacino already has a daughter, 11-year-old Julie Marie, with acting teacher Jan Tarrant … Actress Maria Bello, 33, and boyfriend Dan McDermott, 36, the head of DreamWorks Television, will welcome their first child in early March.

SPLITS
Rocker Melissa Etheridge, 39, and her partner, filmmaker Julie Cypher, 35, announced Sept. 19 they are ending their 10-year relationship. ”Though elements of our lives will change, our family will always remain intact,” the couple said in a joint statement. Cypher and Etheridge have two children — a daughter, Bailey Jean Cypher, 3, and a son, Beckett, 1 — both of whom were fathered by Woodstock-era rock legend David Crosby, 59. The two met in 1988 when Cypher was working on one of Etheridge’s videos; Cypher was then married to actor Lou Diamond Phillips, 38 … Lara Flynn Boyle, 30, and Jack Nicholson, 63, have reportedly ended their yearlong romance. Boyle’s spokeswoman didn’t return calls for comment; Nicholson’s spokesman refused to comment.

ARRESTS
Eighties rocker and soap star Rick Springfield, 51, was arrested on suspicion of domestic violence Sept. 18 in Malibu, Calif., after his sister-in-law called police upon overhearing an argument between Springfield and his wife, Barbara Springthorpe. In a statement, Springfield’s rep claims the sister-in-law ”realized the police were not necessary” and called 911 twice to cancel the complaint. He was taken into custody and, after one night in jail, was released on $50,000 bail. The L.A. district attorney’s office has not decided whether to file charges.

LAWSUITS
A copyright infringement suit was filed in L.A. against pop star Mariah Carey, 30, on Sept. 15 by songwriters Seth Swirsky and Warryn Campbell, who claim that her 1999 song ”Thank God I Found You” borrows too heavily from their own ”One of Those Love Songs,” recorded by Xscape on 1998’s Traces of My Lipstick. The lawsuit claims Carey wrongfully gave songwriting credit to herself and producers James Harris III, a.k.a. Jimmy Jam, and Terry Lewis. Swirsky and Campbell seek undisclosed damages. Carey’s publicist contends ”several musicologists have stated that there is no copyright infringement. Mariah, Jimmy Jam, Terry Lewis, and Sony did not copy the song.”

DEALS
The alliance between Survivor‘s Richard Hatch, 39, and St. Martin’s Press broke down on Sept. 11 when the publisher slithered its way out of a $450,000 book deal for a memoir. A St. Martin’s spokesman denied reports that CBS played any role in blocking the deal, insisting ”there were numerous other factors involved in our decision.”

DEATHS
British TV personality Paula Yates, 40, of undetermined causes Sept. 17 in her London home. According to a British police spokesman, Yates’ body was discovered in her bedroom by a female friend after repeated calls to Yates’ home were unanswered. While Yates’ death was described as ”suspicious” by police, officials said autopsy results will not be available for some time. British tabs speculated that Yates — who had battled alcohol and drug addiction in the mid-’90s — may have died of a drug overdose. Yates, who attempted suicide in 1998, was best known for her pairings with rockers Bob Geldof, 45, and the late Michael Hutchence. She had three daughters with Geldof — Fifi Trixibelle, 17, Peaches, 11, and Pixie, 10 — before divorcing in 1996. In 1994, she began a three-year relationship with INXS lead singer Hutchence, and in 1996 gave birth to daughter Heavenly Hiraani Tiger Lily. Hutchence committed suicide at 37 in 1997. On Sept. 18, Geldof was awarded temporary custody of Tiger Lily, but Hutchence’s half sister, Tina Hutchence, has reportedly met with lawyers to discuss becoming Tiger Lily’s guardian. ”My heart goes out to Bob Geldof and to my little granddaughter Tiger Lily,” says Hutchence’s 67-year-old father, Kell Hutchence … Tenor saxist Stanley Turrentine, 66, Sept. 12 in New York City, after a stroke … Emmy Award-winning actress Beah Richards, 80, of emphysema Sept. 14 at her home in Vicksburg, Miss. Richards was nominated for a Best Supporting Actress Oscar in 1968 for Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner. She won her second Emmy four days before her death for a guest appearance on The Practice … British actress Shelagh Fraser, 87, of undisclosed causes Aug. 29 in London. Fraser was famous Stateside for her role as Luke Skywalker’s supportive Aunt Beru in Star Wars.

With additional reporting by Dara Resnik and Katherine Tulich