Plus Christian Slater, Arnold Schwarzenegger, and more celebrities making news the week of Oct. 5, 2001
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BIRTHS On Wednesday, Sept. 19, actor Simon Baker (The Guardian), 32, and his Aussie actress wife, Rebecca Rigg (Jerry Maguire), 33, said ”G’day!” to 7-pound 10-ounce Harry Friday Baker, in L.A. He joins a sister, Stella, 8, and brother, Claude, 2…. Christian Slater (Windtalkers), 31, and TV-producer wife Ryan Haddon, 30, welcomed 8-pound 9-ounce Eliana Sophia, Aug. 15, in L.A. They have a son, Jaden, 2.

ENGAGED Shots for everybody, on the house! On the Sept. 20 finale of Big Brother 2, Louisiana waitress Krista Stegall, 28, accepted a proposal from L.A. bar owner and fellow contestant Mike Malin, 30. This will be his first marriage, her second.

COURTS Survive this: On Sept. 24, a Newport, R.I., judge found reality-TV champ Richard Hatch, 40, guilty of pushing ex-boyfriend Glenn Boyanowski, 39, down a flight of stairs in August. Sentenced to a year’s probation, Hatch has appealed the domestic-assault conviction…. Fuhgeddaboudit! On Sept. 19, a Chicago judge threw out a suit the American Italian Defense Association filed in April against HBO parent Time Warner Entertainment that claimed the net’s Mob hit The Sopranos offends the ”individual dignity” of Italian Americans. ”The aria may be offensive,” reads the ruling, ”but The Sopranos have the constitutional right to sing.” The plaintiff’s lawyer says it may appeal…. On Sept. 17, Deborah Holcombe sued Sony Pictures Entertainment and equipment manufacturer Ingersoll-Rand, claiming their negligence led to the March 6 death of her welder husband, Tim, 45, killed by a falling forklift on the set of Sony’s Spider-Man. She seeks unspecified damages. Neither Ingersoll-Rand nor Sony would comment…. Arnold Schwarzenegger, 54, flexed his muscles Sept. 7 in L.A., suing International Game Technology for at least $20 million. He claims the firm marketed electronic gambling products that feature his voice and likeness as the Terminator without permission. IGT says the machines were created but never made publicly available.

DEPARTURES After more than 25 years with Penguin Putnam, top publishing exec Phyllis Grann, 62, says she’ll turn a page and leave the company by year’s end. In a statement, Grann said she’s ready for life’s ”second act.” Tom Clancy, Robin Cook, and Amy Tan are among the top-selling authors Penguin Putnam published during her tenure…. On Sept. 24, after nearly 20 years, CNN’s Larry King, 67, penned the last of his oft-lampooned, ellipses-heavy opinion columns for USA Today. A spokesman says the paper’s new design doesn’t accommodate the column. King has no plans to retire from TV.

DEATHS Self-described ”televisionary” Solomon Sagall, 101, the forefather of pay-per-view TV who first broadcast sporting events to paying theater audiences in 1930s London, of heart failure, Sept. 6, in Manhattan…. MC Carl Crack, 30, who fronted the hardcore techno group Atari Teenage Riot, apparently of a drug overdose, Sept. 6, in Berlin.

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