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BIRTHS The mother ship lands. On March 2, self-diagnosed Crazy woman Anne Heche, 32, and cameraman hubby Coleman Laftoon, 27. welcomed their first child, 7-pound Homer Heche Laffoon, in Los Angeles.

SPLITS On March 1, American Family man Edward James Olmos, 55, filed for divorce from Sopranos shrink Lorraine Bracco, 46. The couple, who had no kids, wed in 1994 but separated In 1997…. Partridge Family matriarch Shirley Jones, 67, filed for divorce March 1 from her husband of 24 years, comedian Marty Ingels, 66, citing irreconcilable differences…. Also citing irreconcilable differences, heavyweight comedian Roseanne, 49, sued ex-bodyguard Benjamin Thomas, 36, for divorce March 4 after six years of marriage. The two have a son, Buck, 6.

COURTS Legal bills, bills, bills. On Feb.27, former Destiny’s Child members LeToya Luckett, 20, and LaTavia Roberson, 20, sued the group, claiming the 2001 song ”Survivor” defames and libels them. They argue that the lyric ”You thought I wouldn’t sell without you, sold 9 million” violates a 2000 settlement that precludes either party from making ”any public comment of a disparaging nature concerning one another.” Luckett and Roberson seek unspecified damages. A lawyer for Destiny’s Child calls the suit ”ridiculous,” adding that the group wishes the ex-members luck in their careers ”but in the meantime, it would be better If they didn’t sit around and think of things to file suit on.”… On Feb.28, the unfortunately named rap star C-Murder, ne Corey Miller, 31, was indicted for second-degree murder in the Jan. 12 shooting death of Steve Thomas, 16, outside a Harvey, La., nightclub. In a statement, Miller’s label said the singer ”vehemently denies all charges and will enter a plea of not guilty” at his March 6 arraignment.

DEATHS ”Mr. Songwriter” Harlan Howard, 74, who wrote such classics as Patsy Cline’s ”I Fall to Pieces” and was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1997, of heart failure, March 3, in Nashville…. Doreen Waddell, 36, a former singer in the British pop group Soul II Soul, in a car accident, March 1, in Shoreham, England. According to police, Waddell was struck by three vehicles on a busy road when she fled a nearby supermarket on foot with two others after allegedly stealing some items…. Guiding Light leading lady Mary Stuart, 75, who during her 35-year tenure at Search for Tomorrow became the first daytime actress to have a pregnancy written into a storyline, of complications from a Stroke, Feb.28, in New York City…. Comedian Spike Milligan, 83, the last surviving member of ‘5Os BBC radio hit The Goon Show, of kidney failure, Feb. 27, in Sussex, England…. Tough-guy actor Lawrence Tierney, 82, known for his gangster roles in 1940s B movies and later in Quentin Tarantino’s 1992 Reservoir Dogs, after several strokes and bouts with pneumonia, Feb.26, in L.A.

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