Growing Pains alum Kirk Cameron, 30, and wife Chelsea Noble, 36, an actress, are expecting their first biological child this summer. The couple, who wed in 1991, have four adopted kids.
On April 25 in L.A., comedy great and TV pioneer Milton Berle, 92, disclosed that he has a cancerous tumor in his colon, but doctors have decided against surgery, saying it will be 10 years before it affects him in any significant way.
Aaron Sorkin, 39, the Emmy-winning creator and coproducer of NBC’s The West Wing, was charged on April 30 in Burbank with two felony counts for possession of rock cocaine and hallucinogenic mushrooms. Sorkin, who was arrested on April 15 at Burbank Airport, remains free on $10,000 bail.
Pianist Isaac Cole, 77, the brother of singer Nat King Cole, who worked on the Grammy-winning 1991 album of niece Natalie Cole, died of cancer on April 22 in Sun Lakes, Ariz….
Jazz singer Al Hibbler, 85, famous for such hits as “Unchained Melody” and “After the Lights Go Down Low,” died of undisclosed causes on April 24 in Chicago….
Director and writer Ken Hughes, 79, whose films include Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and Casino Royale, died from Alzheimer’s disease on April 28 in L.A. County.
One of President George W. Bush‘s twin daughters, Jenn, 19, a freshman at the University of Texas at Austin, received a citation for alcohol possession by a minor on April 27 in Austin after plainclothes cops saw her drinking beer at a bar. The two Secret Service agents who had accompanied Bush remained outside. The misdemeanor could lead to a fine of up to $200 or community service….
On April 25 in San Francisco, O.J. Simpson, 53, lost a major legal battle when the California supreme court declined to review a civil jury’s $33.5 million judgment against him for the 1994 deaths of his ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ron Goldman.
Citing the importance of his family and career, Arnold Schwarzenegger said on April 24 he will not run in the 2002 race for California governor. “I have to be selfless…and take care of those things,” the actor, 53, told the Los Angeles Times. Schwarzenegger and his wife, TV news correspondent Maria Shriver, have four children, ages 3 to 11….
Karin Stanford, 39, the mother of the Rev. Jesse Jackson‘s out-of-wedlock daughter, Ashley, 2, filed a suit in L.A. for child-support payments and visitation arrangements after negotiations with Jackson, 59, broke down.
On May 1 a jury in Birmingham, Ala., convicted Thomas E. Blanton Jr., 62, a former Ku Klux Klansman, of murder in the 1963 church bombing that killed four black girls (PEOPLE, June 5, 2000). Blanton was sentenced to life in prison….
Christophe Rocancourt, 33, who posed as a member of the Rockefeller family to scam money (PEOPLE, Dec. 4, 2000), and his common-law wife, Maria Pia Reyes, 36, were arrested on April 26 in Victoria, B.C., and charged with fraud.