It’s a boy for first-time parents Julie Bowen, 38, of ABC’s Boston Legal, and her husband of two years, real estate investor Scott Phillips. On April 10, the couple welcomed son Oliver McLanahan, who weighed in at 6 lbs. 15 oz. “He’s here and Julie is doing great,” the actress’s manager told PEOPLE.
Syndicated radio host Don Imus, 66, was sacked by CBS Corp. April 12 following the uproar over remarks he had made about members of the Rutgers University women’s basketball team on his show eight days earlier. CBS President and CEO Leslie Moonves said in a statement that network personnel were “deeply upset and repulsed” by Imus’s derogatory racial slur against the players. The day he was dismissed, Imus met with the squad and their coach, C. Vivian Stringer, who said they had accepted his apology.
Marc Anthony, 38, has agreed to pay $2.5 million in back taxes, interest and penalties after failing to file returns for 2000 through 2004 on $15.5 million in income, New York City prosecutors said April 11. The crooner, who is married to Jennifer Lopez, 37, was not prosecuted because an accountant handled his returns and Anthony thought the taxes had been paid, according to the Manhattan District Attorney. In other news, the couple’s attorney said on April 16 that they plan to sue the National Enquirer for a March 12 article in the tabloid’s British and Irish editions stating that the pair had been “caught up in a heroin scandal.” A rep for the Enquirer had no comment.
The marriage of Heather Locklear (inset) and Richie Sambora officially ended on April 11. Lawyers for the actress, 45, and the Bon Jovi guitarist, 47, who wed in 1994, met with an L.A. judge to finalize their settlement. A Locklear source tells PEOPLE, “It’s a huge relief for Heather that this part of her life has come to a close.” Reps had no further comment.
Six weeks after triple bypass surgery, Regis Philbin, 75, will rejoin cohost Kelly Ripa on April 26. Philbin made the announcement April 16 when he called into Live with Regis and Kelly, saying he’d been “through the wars” in his recovery.
Former senator and Law & Order actor Fred Thompson, 64, announced April 11 that he had been diagnosed with lymphoma in 2004 but that the cancer is in remission. Thompson said his life expectancy “should not be affected” and described the non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma as “indolent,” meaning it progresses slowly. Thompson is considering a bid for the 2008 Republican presidential nomination.
Author and 1960s counterculture hero Kurt Vonnegut died April 11, after a fall in his New York City apartment left him with severe brain injuries. He died at age 84, leaving his second wife, photographer Jill Krementz, seven children and 14 novels (including 1969’s apocalyptic masterpiece Slaughterhouse-Five). Vonnegut—a World War II vet who was captured by the Nazis and imprisoned in Dresden—remained a pacifist to the end. He was, says Norman Mailer, “our Mark Twain.” To the lucky few, he was something more: a friend. “A sweet, loving man,” childhood pal Majie Failey tells PEOPLE. “You’d have loved knowing Kurt Vonnegut.”