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Michael Jackson’s kids, Kelly Rutherford’s divorce, and Mark Wahlberg’s marriage made news the week of August 7, 2009

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ENGAGED
My Name Is Earl‘s Jaime Pressly, 32, is engaged to entertainment lawyer Simran Singh. The couple has yet to set a wedding date.

MARRIED
Heroes actress Ali Larter, 33, wed actor Hayes MacArthur, 32, on Aug. 1 in Kennebunkport, Maine…. 24 star Mary Lynn Rajskub, 38, and personal trainer Matthew Rolph, 29, said ”I do” Aug. 1 in Las Vegas. The actress marched down the aisle as an Elvis impersonator sang ”A Little Less Conversation.”… Mark Wahlberg, 38, and Rhea Durham, 31, tied the knot Aug. 1 at Good Shepherd Catholic Church in Beverly Hills. The couple, who have been together since 2001, have three children.

EXPECTING
Jude Law, 36, will be a father again this fall. The actor’s rep told EW: ”Mr. Law is no longer in a relationship with the individual concerned but he intends to be a fully supportive part of the child’s life.” The mother, model Samantha Burke, plans to name the child Sophia. Law has three children with ex-wife Sadie Frost.

BIRTH
Top Chef‘s Tom Colicchio, 46, and wife, filmmaker Lori Silverbush, 39, welcomed their first child, son Luka, Aug. 1 in NYC.

INJURED
Aubrey ”Drake” Graham, 22, collapsed July 31 during a concert in Camden, N.J. (The rapper had severely injured his right knee more than a month ago.) According to his rep, Drake, who will have knee surgery, has withdrawn from the rest of the America’s Most Wanted tour with Lil Wayne.

SETTLED
After filing for divorce last December, Gossip Girl‘s Kelly Rutherford, 40, settled her custody case with estranged husband Daniel Giersch. According to papers filed July 30 in L.A., the two will share joint custody of son Hermes, 2, and daughter Helena, born in June. Rutherford and Giersch will temporarily move to New York State while the actress shoots Gossip Girl until April 2010. Rutherford will live in NYC; Giersch will stay in the Hamptons.

RELEASED
North Korean leader Kim Jong Il pardoned and ordered the release of American journalists Laura Ling, 32, and Euna Lee, 36, on Aug. 4, after former president Bill Clinton met with Kim. Ling and Lee, who were reporting on the China-North Korea border for Current TV, were arrested in March for entering North Korea illegally and had been sentenced to 12 years of hard labor. The families of the journalists said in a statement: ”We are counting the seconds to hold Laura and Euna in our arms.”

ARRESTED
Actor Cameron Douglas, 30, the son of Michael Douglas, was reportedly arrested July 28 in NYC for allegedly possessing methamphetamine with the intent to distribute. Reps for both actors had no comment.

COURTS
Nicolas Cage, 45, allegedly owes the IRS more than $6 million, according to a tax lien filed July 14 in New Orleans. The actor’s reps did not respond to requests for comment…. Ohio police chiefs Barry Carpenter and Chad Dojack, accused of breaking into the home of Michelle Ross to allegedly steal and sell items that would have identified her as the surrogate mother of Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick‘s twins, were charged in Belmont County, Ohio, on July 31 with several felonies, including burglary. Both men pleaded not guilty.

DEATHS
Naomi Sims, 61, one of America’s first black supermodels, died of cancer Aug. 1 in Newark.

With additional reporting by Jeff Labrecque


Grandmother Gets Custody of Michael Jackson’s Kids
Weeks of speculation surrounding the future of Michael Jackson’s children have drawn to a close after an L.A. judge ruled on Aug. 3 that the late singer’s mother, Katherine Jackson, will be the permanent guardian of Prince Michael, 12, Paris-Michael Katherine, 11, and Prince Michael II (a.k.a. Blanket), 7. Katherine Jackson had already reached a deal with Jackson’s ex-wife Debbie Rowe on July 30, allowing Rowe visitation rights with the two older children. Under the judge’s ruling, Katherine and the children will receive a monthly stipend from Jackson’s estate, which is administered (for now) by attorney John Branca and music exec John McClain per Jackson’s 2002 will.

The hours-long court hearing went smoothly with the exception of an unexpected attempt by lawyers for Arnold Klein, Jackson’s longtime dermatologist, to file an objection. Klein’s lawyer said in a statement that Klein was ”acting on promises he made to Michael with respect to assuring the long-term health and stability of the children.” (Klein has been rumored to be the biological father of the two older children, though he has said that is not true ”to the best of my knowledge.”) The judge rejected the objection immediately, saying Klein had no standing in the case.
Simon Vozick-Levinson