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WEDDINGS
On Dec. 2, Sony Music Entertainment Chairman-CEO Tommy Mottola, 50, wed Mexican pop singer and TV star Thalia, 30, in Manhattan’s St. Patrick’s Roman Catholic Cathedral. While tabloid reports questioned how the two-time divorcĂ© managed to marry in that venue, Mottola’s spokesman notes that neither of his two previous weddings were Catholic ceremonies (including his union to diva Mariah Carey, which ended in 1997) and that ”he went through all the proper channels.” It’s the first marriage for Thalia, who is not on the Sony label.

ATTACKED
Mop-headed Just Shoot Me star David Spade, 36, was attacked with a stun gun Nov. 29 in his Beverly Hills home, allegedly by his personal assistant of four years, David ”Skippy” Malloy, 29. Spade, who suffered minor injuries, said in a statement, ”He is a good person who is obviously mentally troubled right now.” Malloy was charged with burglary, assault with a deadly weapon, and assault with a stun gun.

BURGLED
Just weeks after saying she feels ”safer” in England, Madonna, 42, was robbed in the early hours of Dec. 1. While the Material Mama and beau Guy Ritchie, 32, were asleep in their new London home (along with her children, Lourdes, 4, and newborn Rocco), a thief or thieves broke in and stole several items, including a Range Rover that was later abandoned in West London. As of press time, there are no suspects. Her publicist declines to comment.

COURTS
Turns out there are strings attached. Sid & Marty Krofft Pictures, producer of such puppet programming as H.R. Pufnstuf, filed suit Nov. 28 against the members of ‘N Sync and its management for copyright infringement and breach of contract. The suit claims the group commissioned Krofft to create puppets of Justin Timberlake, et al., for a Jan. 18 appearance on the American Music Awards, but that the popsters then used images of the puppets without authorization for souvenir merchandise related to their recent No Strings Attached tour. Krofft seeks a 10 percent royalty from all such products. ‘N Sync’s spokesman says the band ”actually has nothing to do with the situation.”

MISSING
Loverboy bassist Scott Smith, 45, was swept off his sailboat Nov. 30 by a massive wave near the San Francisco coast. On Dec. 1, the Coast Guard suspended its search for Smith, who is presumed dead. Two pals accompanying Smith on the sail, reportedly from Vancouver to Mexico, were safely below deck when the wave hit. Loverboy’s manager declines to comment.

DEATHS
Poet Gwendolyn Brooks, 83, who with 1949’s Annie Allen became the first African American to win the Pulitzer Prize, of cancer, Dec. 3, in Chicago…. Child star Chris Rebello, 37, who played the elder of Roy Scheider’s sons in 1975’s Jaws, of a heart attack, Nov. 30, in Aquinnah, Mass.

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