Baby No. 3 is on the way for actress Jennifer Garner and her husband, actor Ben Affleck, both 39. The couple, parents to daughters Violet, 5, and Seraphina, 2, told the Associated Press on Aug. 22 they are “thrilled.”
Scott MacIntyre, 26, a finalist on season 8 of American Idol who was that show’s first-ever visually impaired contestant, married Christina Teich, 22, on Aug. 18 in Scottsdale, Ariz.
David Cross, 47, and his girlfriend of three years, The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants actress Amber Tamblyn, 28, are set to walk down the aisle. The Arrested Development actor joked on Facebook that the 19-year difference between them is unimportant, noting, “Let’s be honest here, she ain’t gettin’ any younger!”
Motown songwriter Nick Ashford, 70 (inset), who along with Valerie Simpson, 65, wrote such hits as “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” and “I’m Every Woman” for performers ranging from Diana Ross, 67, to Marvin Gaye, died of cancer Aug. 22 in N.Y.C. • Back when a diagnosis of AIDS was not only a guaranteed death sentence but also assured social ostracism, Ruth Brinker, 89, refused to turn her back on the afflicted, bringing food to those too poor and too weak to shop or prepare meals. Brinker, who died Aug. 8 in San Francisco, founded Project Open Hand in 1985, one of the first groups to supply meals to HIV and AIDS patients in the Bay Area, and sparked similar groups across the country. •Rock legend Jerry Leiber, 78, who penned “Jailhouse Rock,” “Hound Dog” and “Yakety Yak” with songwriting partner Mike Stoller, died of heart failure in L.A. Aug. 22. The duo produced hits for Elvis Presley, Frank Sinatra and The Beatles before their induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987.
On Aug. 19 a Jonesboro, Ark., judge freed Damien Echols, 36, Jason Baldwin, 34, and Jessie Misskelley Jr., 36. Known as the West Memphis Three, the men were serving life terms for the horrific 1993 West Memphis, Ark., murders of 8-year-olds Christopher Byers, Steve Branch and Michael Moore. Persistent questions about the evidence drew attention from those proclaiming their innocence, including Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder, 46, Dixie Chicks’ Natalie Maines, 36, and actor Johnny Depp, 48.
On Aug. 20 Iran’s Revolutionary Court sentenced Shane Bauer (left), 29, and Joshua Fattal, 29, to eight years in prison for spying and entering the country illegally. Bauer and Fattal were hiking in Iraq in 2009 with Sarah Shourd, 33 (inset)-who returned to the U.S. in 2010 after being released on bail-when officials say they crossed the border. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, 63, said the U.S. is “deeply disappointed” by the verdicts, and the men’s families are asking Iranian authorities to “show compassion.”