BABY ON BOARD
CSI: Miami star Emily Procter, 41, and her partner, musician Paul Bryan, 43, are expecting their first child. The actress’ pregnancy will not be written into the crime drama. •Former Bachelor and Dancing with the Stars contestant Melissa Rycroft, 27, and her husband, insurance agent Tye Strickland, 29, will welcome their first child next February. Rycroft told Good Morning America anchor Robin Roberts, “We wanted to see how many life-changing events we could fit into one calendar year.” The couple married last December.
Citing irreconcilable differences, Heidi Montag, 23, filed for divorce from Spencer Pratt, 27 (inset), on July 30 in Los Angeles. The reality TV stars, who began dating while filming The Hills, separated on May 25, their one-year anniversary. • On Aug. 2, Charlie Sheen, 44, pleaded guilty in an Aspen court hearing to a misdemeanor assault charge and was sentenced to 30 days in rehab and three months’ probation. The case stemmed from an incident on Christmas Day last year, after which Sheen’s wife, Brooke Mueller, 32, told police the Two and a Half Men star pinned her down and threatened her with a knife. In exchange for Sheen’s guilty plea, two other charges were dropped. The actor must complete domestic-violence counseling.
Juno screenwriter Diablo Cody and her husband, Daniel Maurio, both 32, welcomed their first child, a son they named Marcello Daniel, on July 27. The Oscar winner married Maurio, a Chelsea Lately staffer, last summer.
Former NBA player Lorenzen Wright, 34, was found shot to death in a wooded area of Memphis on July 28. The death of Wright, whose 13-year career ended in 2009 after stints with five teams, has been ruled a homicide. The 6’11” father of six was last seen on July 18, when he left his ex-wife’s home with an unidentified person. • Mitch Miller, 99, a goateed, grandfatherly record producer who led the country in sing-alongs on his popular TV show in the 1960s, died on July 31 in Manhattan. The accomplished oboist was a studio innovator who, aside from his Sing Along with Mitch albums, scored big hits with artists including Tony Bennett, Rosemary Clooney and Johnny Mathis. • Morrie Yohai, 90, who invented the party staples Cheez Doodles and Dipsy Doodles, died in Kings Point, N.Y., on July 27.
AL GORE’S NAME CLEARED
After a four-week investigation, former Vice President Al Gore, 62, was cleared of allegations he groped and assaulted a masseuse during and after a massage in a Portland, Ore., hotel room in 2006. Multnomah County authorities said on July 30 that the case had numerous problems and was not appropriate for criminal prosecution. Among the factors cited were “contradictory evidence, conflicting witness statements, credibility issues, lack of forensic evidence, and denials by Mr. Gore.” Officials also said the attorneys for Gore’s accuser, Molly Hagerty, 54, were uncooperative and would not reveal whether Hagerty had been paid by a tabloid newspaper for her story.