BIRTHS All their children: On Feb. 24, Kelly Ripa, 32, and her soap opera costar husband, Mark Consuelos, 32, welcomed their third child, 8-pound 5-ounce Joaquin. He joins 5-year-old Michael and 1-year-old Lola.
EXPECTING Grammy-winning singer Marc Anthony, 33, and his wife, former Miss Universe Dayanara Torres, 28, will welcome their second child this fall. They have a son, Cristian, 2; Anthony has a daughter, Arianna, 8, from a previous relationship…. Matrix star Carrie-Anne Moss, 35, is expecting her first child with actor hubby Steven Roy (The Mallory Effect). Her rep declined to reveal the due date.
EXITS On Feb. 25, MSNBC fired talk-show host Phil Donahue as its liberal answer to Fox News Channel’s Bill O’Reilly; his last show was to air Feb. 28.
FIRES On Feb. 20, at least 97 people died and more than 180 were injured when a pyrotechnics display during a Great White concert sparked a blaze at the Station nightclub in West Warwick, R.I. Ty Longley, 31, the lead guitarist for the ’80s metal band, was among the dead. The band maintains it had the club’s permission to use the pyrotechnics; the club’s owners dispute that. At press time, no charges had been filed. The incident came three days after a stampede at a Chicago nightspot left 21 people dead. On Feb. 17, an unidentified person used pepper spray in a fight inside the club, E2, sending patrons scrambling for the exits. The club’s owner has been charged with criminal contempt and is out on $20,000 bail. City officials say they ordered the club closed last summer; the owner’s laywer says only a portion of the venue was ordered shut.
DEALS Gosford Park’s Michael Gambon, 62, will take over for the late Richard Harris in the role of headmaster Albus Dumbledore in the third Harry Potter film, Warner Bros. announced Feb. 21. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban is set to be released in summer 2004.
COURTS On Feb. 21, rapper Juvenile (ne Terius Gray), 27, pleaded guilty in Miami to felony battery for striking a man with a champagne bottle and grabbing a police officer. He was sentenced to 75 hours of community service and a year’s probation, and ordered to donate $5,000 to charity…. On Feb. 24, Michael Jackson, 44, asked a London court to bar British TV company Granada from releasing unused footage from the ratings-grabbing (and Gloved One-damaging) documentary Living With Michael Jackson. Granada vows to challenge his petition ”vigorously.”
DEATHS Ex-Heartbreakers bassist Howie Epstein, 47, of undisclosed causes, Feb. 23, in Santa Fe, N.M. He played with Tom Petty’s band for 20 years before being ousted last May for personal problems…. Outlaw singer Johnny Paycheck, 64, known for the 1977 blue-collar anthem ”Take This Job and Shove It” — and for his two-year prison stint for wounding a man in a 1985 bar brawl — after a battle with emphysema and asthma, Feb. 18, in Nashville.