Looks like it is diaper duty for actor and Extra host Mario Lopez, 36. He and girlfriend Courtney Mazza, 28, welcomed daughter Gia Francesca on Sept. 11. “She’s precious,” he told Extra. “I just want to go and stare at her, check her out and just look at her.” • Actress Danica McKellar, 35, is starry-eyed over her and composer husband Mike Verta’s new baby Draco. The former Wonder Years star and math whiz, who penned Math Doesn’t Suck and Hot X: Algebra Exposed, named her son after the dragon-shaped constellation. “We are humbled, overjoyed and so grateful for this miraculous gift,” gushed McKellar of the Sept. 7 arrival.
A Los Angeles judge ruled on Sept. 8 that Rysher Entertainment owes actor Don Johnson (inset) $51 million, nearly double what a jury awarded him in July, for his work on the series Nash Bridges. A judge bestowed on Johnson, 60, the additional $28 million in interest, stating that the actor—who portrayed a police inspector in the crime show and owned half the program’s copyright—had not been paid his proper share of the profits. Rysher Entertainment has said that it would appeal the verdict. • A judge fined Jersey Shore star Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi $500 on Sept. 8 after she pleaded guilty to disturbing the peace in Seaside Heights, N.J. Judge Damian G. Murray called the reality show cast member a “Lindsay Lohan wannabe,” after which Polizzi told PEOPLE, “I do nothing that Lindsay does, so it was definitely a little overboard.” • Singer George Michael, 47, was sentenced in London Sept. 14 to eight weeks in jail for crashing his car while under the influence of cannabis on July 4. He was arrested after plowing his Range Rover into a photo shop. • Sarah Shourd, 32, one of three U.S. hikers arrested July 31, 2009, on the Iraq-Iran border, was released from a Tehran prison Sept. 14. “I’ve hoped and prayed for this moment for 410 days and I cannot wait to wrap Sarah in my arms,” said Shourd’s mother, Nora, in a statement. The other detainees, Shane Bauer, 28, who is Shourd’s fiancé, and their friend Josh Fattal, also 28, are still being held in Evin prison without a trial date. Said Nora: “I urgently appeal to Iran not to delay granting Shane and Josh’s families the same joy and relief that I now have in knowing Sarah is finally free.”
PETIT MURDER TRIAL
Steven Hayes, 47, one of two men charged with the brutal 2007 murders of Jennifer Hawke-Petit, 48, and her daughters Hayley, 17, and Michaela, 11, went on trial this week. Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty for himand his alleged accomplice, Joshua Komisarjevsky, 30. Dr. William Petit, 54, who was beaten and left for dead yet managed to escape his family’s Cheshire, Conn., home before it was torched, testified on the trial’s opening day. “Justice will prevail,” said a family member.
Singer Rich Cronin, 36, of the pop group LFO died Sept. 8 of leukemia in Boston. Cronin wrote the group’s 1999 No. 1 single “Summer Girls.”