By Nicholas Fonseca
June 29, 2001 at 04:00 AM EDT

BIRTHS It’s a boy for Ricki Lake, 32, and artist husband Rob Sussman, 34, who welcomed 8-pound 7-ounce Owen Tyler June 18 in New York; their son Milo is 4…. Live! With Regis and Kelly’s Kelly Ripa, 30, had 8-pound 3-ounce daughter Lola Grace June 16 in New York. Ripa and actor husband Mark Consuelos (All My Children), 30, have a 3-year-old son, Michael Joseph…. Joely Fisher, 33, and cinematographer hubby Christopher Duddy (Thirteen Days), 39, greeted 6-pound 13-ounce Skylar Grace June 14 in L.A. This is their first child; Duddy has two kids from a previous marriage.

EXPECTING On June 19, Eddie Murphy, 40, and wife Nicole, 33, announced they are expecting their fifth child…. Dirty Dancing’s Jennifer Grey, 41, and boyfriend, actor-screenwriter Clark Gregg, 36, are expecting their first child in December.

COURTS In an L.A. courtroom June 19, West Wing creator Aaron Sorkin, 40, pleaded guilty to two felonies and one misdemeanor drug-possession charge stemming from an April incident in which the Emmy winner was arrested at a California airport with marijuana, rock cocaine, and hallucinogenic mushrooms. If he completes a drug-diversion program, his record will be cleared. In a statement Sorkin said, ”I fully intend to proceed as directed by the court.”… On June 12 in L.A., Shannen Doherty, 30, was sentenced to two days in jail or six days in ”work release” and three years’ probation; ordered to attend alcohol-awareness classes; and fined $1,500 after pleading no contest to DUI charges related to a December incident near Thousand Oaks, Calif. The prosecutor says that the sentence may be modified pending a September evaluation of Doherty’s public service…. After completing a court-ordered drug program, Andy Dick, 35, was cleared of one felony and two misdemeanor drug charges by an L.A. judge June 11; he remains on probation. Dick was arrested in August 1999 for allegedly possessing cocaine and marijuana.

SPLITS Heath Ledger, 22, has parted ways with Heather Graham, 31, his honey of seven months, says her spokeswoman. His agent had no comment.

DEATHS A party at the mansion of Tommy Lee, 39, turned tragic June 16 when 4-year-old Daniel Veres was found floating facedown in the rocker’s pool. Efforts to revive the boy, who had been celebrating the fifth birthday of Lee’s son Brandon, were unsuccessful. In a statement, Lee’s publicist said the Methods of Mayhem frontman was ”devastated.”… Playwright Jerry Sterner, 62, whose Off Broadway hit Other People’s Money became a 1991 film, of a heart attack, June 11, in Brooklyn…. Trailblazing reporter and best-selling author Ruth Montgomery (Here and Hereafter), 88, of pulmonary failure, June 10, in Naples, Fla. Montgomery was the only female reporter at FDR’s 1945 funeral…. PBS’ American High producer Jonathan Mednick, 43, of a brain aneurysm, June 7, in New York City.