Katherine Heigl's adoption, Larry Gelbart's death, and ''The Vampire Diaries'' cast's arrest were in the news the week of September 18

By John Young
September 18, 2009 at 04:00 AM EDT

Nicole Richie, 27, and boyfriend, Good Charlotte singer Joel Madden, 30, welcomed son Sparrow on Sept. 9.

Maura Tierney, 44, has exited NBC’s midseason drama Parenthood due to her treatment for breast cancer. Tierney’s spokesperson said, ”Her doctors remain confident that the outcome of her treatments will be positive.”… On Sept. 14, a Ukrainian family minister reportedly said Elton John, 62, and partner David Furnish, 46, would not be able to adopt a 14-month-old HIV-positive boy. Ukrainian law bans same-sex couples from adopting and decrees adoptive parents be no more than 45 years older than the child.

Desperate HousewivesKathryn Joosten, 69, revealed Sept. 14 that she has lung cancer; Joosten previously beat the cancer in 2001.

Katherine Heigl, 30, and husband Josh Kelley, 29, are adopting a 10-month-old girl from Korea, the Grey’s Anatomy star announced Sept. 10.

The Ellen DeGeneres Show, hosted by Ellen DeGeneres, 51, is being sued by several record companies for playing more than 1,000 songs on the program without permission, according to papers filed Sept. 9 in Nashville. A spokesperson for Ellen said, ”We hope to have a resolution quickly and look forward to continuing to work with all the labels in a mutually beneficial manner.”… A federal judge ruled Sept. 10 in NYC that Deceptively Delicious cookbook author Jessica Seinfeld, 38, did not plagiarize Missy Chase Lapine’s The Sneaky Chef.

Basketball Diaries author Jim Carroll, 60, died Sept. 11 of a heart attack in NYC…. Writer Larry Gelbart, 81, who developed the TV series M*A*S*H, died Sept. 11 of cancer in L.A.
Additional reporting by Stewart Allen

Vampire Diaries Stars Sucked Into Trouble
On Sept. 10, The Vampire Diaries bowed to The CW’s highest debut ratings ever, with 4.9 million viewers. But instead of celebrating, four cast members spent the next day doing damage control. Shortly after Vampire‘s debut, mug shots of stars Nina Dobrev, Kayla Ewell, Candice Accola, and Sara Canning began circulating on the Web, along with the story that the actresses and two friends had been flashing motorists and taking photos while hanging off a bridge in Forsyth, Ga., on Aug. 22. The cast, however, claim the situation was far more innocent. Ewell told EW that the group stopped to take pictures on a bridge during a road trip, and were surprised when local cops rushed them. ”They were like, ‘We’re getting calls that people are flashing,”’ Ewell says. ”And we’re like, ‘Whoa, whoa, whoa — the only thing that’s flashing is our camera.”’ According to a Monroe County sheriff’s spokesperson, the group were charged with disorderly conduct and were required to pay a fine of $500 each. So why did onlookers tell cops that the actresses were exposing themselves? ”I have no idea,” Ewell says. ”We are not the type of girls who flash our breasts. In all honesty, the size of my breasts isn’t necessarily something people would be interested in.”
Kate Ward