Green Bay Packers quarterback Brett Favre, 26, announced on May 14 that he had voluntarily entered the NFL’s substance-abuse program because of a dependency on painkillers. Favre speculated that his use of painkillers for numerous injuries and surgeries may have lead to his dependency. Neither he nor team executives would confirm ESPN reports that Favre, voted the NFL’s Most Valuable Player in January, is also being treated for alcohol abuse.
Mother’s Day came early for U.S. Rep. Susan Molinari, 38, from New York City, and husband Rep. Bill Paxon, 42, from Upstate New York. They welcomed daughter Susan Ruby Paxon (7 lbs.), on May 10 at a New York City hospital.
Los Angeles Laker Magic Johnson, 36, has retired again. In a statement issued May 14 by his agent, Lon Rosen, the 11-time NBA All-Star said that it was time to move on and that his health was not a factor in his decision. Johnson initially retired in November 1991 after disclosing that he was HIV-positive. He returned as a player last January….
After a decade cohosting Entertainment Tonight, John Tesh, 43, announced he will leave the show May 30 to pursue music as a full-time career. Tesh, who has released 15 New Age albums—including the gold record Live at Red Rocks (1995)—begins a four-month concert tour June 12.
Entertainer LaToya Jackson, 39, filed for divorce from her husband and agent, Jack Gordon, 57, on May 10 in Las Vegas’s Clark County District Court. The couple, who married in 1991, have no children.
In one of the worst disasters ever on the world’s highest peak, Mount Everest, eight climbers from three expeditions died over the weekend of May 11 during a severe blizzard. Thirty climbers were caught on the 29,028-foot mountain when the storm hit on May 10, dropping temperatures to 40° below and whipping winds to 75 mph. The dead include New Zealander Rob Hall, 35, who was able to radio his pregnant wife for a final conversation on May 11, Doug Hansen, 44, a United States Postal Service employee from Renton, Wash., Scott Fischer, 40, of Seattle, who was leading a commercial expedition of 11 climbers including New York socialite Sandy Pittman, Andy Harris, 31, of New Zealand and Yasuko Namba, 47, of Tokyo, the second Japanese woman to reach the summit. Three climbers from India whose names were not immediately known are also presumed dead. Everest, which straddles the border between Tibet and Nepal, has claimed the lives of more than 130 climbers over the years and was not climbed successfully until 1953….
Illustrator Garth Williams, 84, died on May 8 at his home in Marfil, Mexico. His whimsical line drawings enlivened children’s classics including E.B. White’s Charlotte’s Web and Stuart Little. His daughter Estyn Williams said that he died of “old age” following two bouts with pneumonia.
Illinois Attorney General Jim Ryan announced May 14 that his office will investigate a 1988 videotape made in Stateville Correctional Center in which convicted murderer Richard Speck uses what appears to be cocaine, has sex with another prisoner and admits he murdered eight student nurses in 1966. Existence of the tape was first made public two weeks ago. Speck, who died of a heart attack in prison in 1991 while serving a life sentence for the murders, had always claimed he blacked out and couldn’t remember killing the women.
A $1 million breach-of-contract lawsuit was filed against hip-hop/R&B singer Mary J. Blige on May 8 in a New York City court by her former managers, JDW Entertainment Inc. JDW claims that Blige, whom they discovered in 1988—four years before the release of her debut album, What’s the 411?—reneged on a 1994 deal to share profits from her next album, My Life….
On May 8, a New York State appellate court upheld a December 1994 award of damages to actor Samuel L. Jackson, 47. Jackson had sued the New York City Transit Authority after he was injured on Dec. 14, 1988, when his foot got caught in a subway train door and he was dragged some 150 feet, tearing a ligament in his knee. The actor, who recovered after surgery and physical therapy, was awarded $540,000….
A jury in Manhattan Supreme Court convicted Ricardo Rodriguez, 19, on May 8 of robbery and grand larceny in connection with the theft at gunpoint of rap star Queen Latifah‘s $67,000 BMW. The teenager and a companion, Rashien Fortune, 19, stole the luxury sedan last July after confronting Latifah, 26, and two friends outside Harlem’s Apollo Theatre. Fortune, who admitted shooting one of the friends, Sean Moon, 23, pleaded guilty to attempted murder and three lesser charges in exchange for a 7-to-21-year sentence. Rodriguez will be sentenced May 22….
Fashion emperor Giorgio Armani, 61, although he maintained his innocence, pleaded guilty in Milan on May 10 to bribery charges stemming from a 1992 investigation of widespread political corruption. Italian prosecutors said Armani had paid off tax officials and inspectors in exchange for favorable tax audits. The couturier was given a nine-month suspended jail sentence and ordered to pay a $64,000 fine.
Champion race car driver Danny Sullivan, 46, steered himself to the altar with financial consultant Brenda Bosveld, 32, on May 15 in Monte Carlo, Monaco. It is a first marriage for both.