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Sarah Palin’s daughter and Miley Cyrus’ photo controversy made news the week of February 16, 2009

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MARRIED
Salma Hayek, 42, said oui to French billionaire François-Henri Pinault, 46, on Feb. 14 in Paris.

BIRTHS
Three days after appearing live — and large — at the Grammy Awards, singer M.I.A. (née Mathangi Arulpragasam), 31, gave birth to her first child, a boy, on Feb. 11 in L.A…. Baby boy Hayes Logan was born to Swing Vote star Kevin Costner, 54, and wife Christine Baumgartner, 34, on Feb. 12 in L.A.

EXPECTING
Oscar winner Mira Sorvino, 41, and husband Christopher Backus, 27, are expecting their third child together.

ENGAGED
Actress Mandy Moore, 24, will take another walk to remember when she strolls down the aisle with musician Ryan Adams, 34.

SPLITS
Heroes stars Hayden Panettiere, 19, and Milo Ventimiglia, 31, decided to part ways. The couple began dating last year.

COURTS
On Feb. 16, South Carolina sheriff Leon Lott said that Olympian Michael Phelps, 23, will not face drug charges stemming from a photo of the swimmer holding a bong…. On Feb. 13 in L.A., Farrah Fawcett, 62, sued businessman T.N. Trikilis for $100,000 for allegedly selling unauthorized copies of the actress’ iconic 1976 red-swimsuit pinup poster. Fawcett claims that Trikilis’ right to market the image expired in the late ’70s. Trikilis could not be reached for comment…. Apprentice star and real estate mogul Donald Trump, 62, stepped down as chairman of the board of his casino group, Trump Entertainment Resorts Inc., on Feb. 13, just four days before the business filed for bankruptcy. The company, which has lost more than 95 percent of its stock-market value in the last year, has filed for bankruptcy twice before.

RECOVERING
Rap mogul Marion ”Suge” Knight, 43, was hospitalized on Feb. 16 after a fight outside a hotel in Scottsdale, Ariz. Police say Knight received two blows to the face from Robert Carnes Jr., 38, who was arrested for assault on the scene. Carnes, who said he was an associate of the singer Akon, could not be reached for comment.

ACCIDENT
On Feb. 16 in Stamford, Conn., Travis — a domesticated chimpanzee who had appeared in commercials for Old Navy and Coca-Cola — was shot and killed by an officer who was called to the chimp’s home after the animal brutally attacked a friend of its owner. The friend, Charla Nash, 55, is currently in the hospital in critical condition. ”The community’s shaken,” says Stamford police captain Richard Conklin. ”He lived like a family member, and certainly there’s never been an indication of behavior like this.”

DEATH
Big-band jazz drummer Louie Bellson, 84, died of complications from Parkinson’s disease on Feb. 14 in L.A. — With additional reporting by Stewart Allen

Sarah Palin’s Daughter Bristol Speaks Out, Goes Rogue
This week, yet another chapter in the ever-fascinating Palin saga unfolded — though this time it didn’t center on Sarah but on her 18-year-old daughter, Bristol. Ever since the girl’s pregnancy was announced three days after her mother’s surprise VP nomination in August, the race was on to see which news organization would win the right to tell Bristol’s story of teenage pregnancy firsthand. Baby Tripp Johnston arrived Dec. 27, and Fox News’ Greta Van Susteren was the first to land a post-pregnancy chat with the unwed mother, which aired Feb. 16 and 17. Locking down the Alaska interview — during which Bristol shocked viewers by saying that abstinence, which her mother is a proponent of, is ”not realistic at all” — was quite the coup for veteran Van Susteren. No doubt the anchor’s softball coffee talk with Sarah Palin last November greased the wheels for this meeting. And coincidentally (or not), it aired just one day before a new biography of Mama Palin, Trailblazer: An Intimate Biography of Sarah Palin, hit stores. The elder Palin, who acted as if Bristol had sprung the interview on her, ”unexpectedly” showed up during the chat holding topic-at-hand baby Tripp. She told Van Susteren matter-of-factly: ”She’s an amazing mom…. We’re very proud of Bristol.” Representatives for Fox News did not return calls for comment about the interview, but Palin’s press team in Juneau said, ”We did not set up the Greta interview, so we cannot comment on how it happened.” — Tanner Stransky

Miley Cyrus’ $4 Billion Photo
Photogenic? Absolutely. Picture-perfect? Not exactly. Hannah Montana star Miley Cyrus was hit with a $4 billion class-action lawsuit on Feb. 11 after the website TMZ leaked a candid picture of the 16-year-old mugging for the camera with her eyes pulled into a slanted shape. In the suit, L.A. mom Lucie J. Kim claims that the singer — who caused a stir last year with an eyebrow-raising Vanity Fair shoot — committed a civil rights violation ”in conscious disregard for the rights of her Asian Pacific Islander fans” by appearing in the picture. A rep for Cyrus didn’t return calls for comment, but the starlet posted an apology on her official fansite, MileyWorld, on Feb. 8: ”I really wanted to stress how sorry I am if the photo of me with my friends offended anyone. I have learned a valuable lesson from this….” — Adam Markovitz