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EXPECTING
You Don’t Mess With the Zohan‘s Adam Sandler, 41, and wife Jackie, 33, have a second little Zohan due this fall…. Caroline Rhea (Sabrina, the Teenage Witch), 44, is conjuring up her first child with boyfriend Costaki Economopoulos.

ENGAGED
High School Musical actress KayCee Stroh, 23, and boyfriend Ben Higginson, 24, plan to wed later this year.

COURTS
On May 23, Rob Lowe (Brothers & Sisters), 44, and his wife, Sheryl, asked a Santa Barbara court to drop their $1 million suit against their former chef Peter Clements. The couple, who were suing for breach of contract, defamation, and trespass, had alleged that the ex-employee stole prescription pills and had sex on their bed. They still have a pair of $1 million defamation lawsuits pending against two former nannies — who are suing the Lowes for alleged sexual harassment…. On May 22 in NYC, the daughter of late jazz saxophonist Joe Farrell filed a multimillion-dollar suit against Kanye West, 30, Common (né Lonnie Rashid Lynn), 36, Method Man (né Clifford Smith), 37, and Redman (né Reginald Noble), 38, alleging that they illegally sampled Farrell’s 1974 song ”Upon This Rock” for hip-hop tracks…. On May 21 in Orlando, ex-‘N Sync and Backstreet Boys manager Lou Pearlman, 53, was sentenced to 25 years in prison for conspiracy and money laundering. Pearlman, who pleaded guilty in March to defrauding investors of $300 million, may reduce his sentence by one month for every $1 million he repays…. New York’s governor gave a full and unconditional pardon to Slick Rick (né Ricky Walters), 43, on May 23. The London-born rapper, famed for trendsetting ’80s hits like ”Children’s Story,” is facing deportation after being convicted of attempted murder and weapons possession in 1991. (He served a six-year prison term.) He can now petition a federal court for permission to stay in the United States.

DEATHS
Composer Earle Hagen, 88, who wrote the themes for TV classics like The Andy Griffith Show and The Dick Van Dyke Show, after a long illness, May 26, in Rancho Mirage, Calif…. Photographer David Gahr, 85, who shot iconic cover art for albums by Bob Dylan and Bruce Springsteen, of undisclosed causes, May 25, in Brooklyn…. Actor Rob Knox, 18, who’ll be seen as Ravenclaw student Marcus Belby in the upcoming Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince film, was fatally stabbed while reportedly trying to stop a bar fight, May 24, in London. — (additional reporting by Stewart Allen)


LEGACY
Dick Martin (1922-2008)
The goofier half of Rowan & Martin — whose racy 1968-73 Laugh-In revolutionized the TV variety show — died of respiratory failure May 24 in Santa Monica. While a cadre of new talent like Goldie Hawn and Lily Tomlin embodied characters on the freewheeling series, Martin supplied the silly banter — ”You bet your sweet bippy!” — with straight man Dan Rowan. ”He was a regular guy,” recalls cast member JoAnne Worley, ”but he was randy. I just remember laughing so much.” — Tanner Stransky

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