Brothers Tom, 74, and Ray Magliozzi, 63, known as Click and Clack on NPR’s Car Talk, announced their retirement after 25 years on the station. The mechanics-slash-comedians hosted the high-spirited hour-long radio show filled with their jokes and call-in questions from guests about their ailing vehicles. The brothers, who are syndicated on 660 radio stations and heard by 3.3 million listeners weekly, will sign off, but the show will go on using material from more than 1,200 of their previously broadcast programs.
American Idol’s 2011 winner, Scotty McCreery, 18, graduated high school on June 7, hours after winning the breakthrough video of the year trophy at the CMT Awards on June 6 in Nashville. McCreery juggled the taping of Idol during his junior year, recording new music in Nashville and completing his high school requirements so he could graduate alongside 400 of his North Carolina Garner Magnet High School classmates. McCreery is touring with Brad Paisley and The Band Perry this summer, then plans to attend North Carolina State.
MasterChef’s Graham Elliot, 35, and his wife, Allie, 26, will welcome baby No. 3 in September. The couple have already settled on the name Jedediah Pope. Jed will join the couple’s son Conrad, 20 months, and Mylo, 5, Elliot’s son from a previous marriage.
Atlanta-area megachurch pastor and televangelist Creflo A. Dollar (inset), defended himself to his 8,500 World Changers Church International members in College Park, Ga., after his June 8 arrest. Dollar’s 15-year-old daughter told police her father choked and punched her after an argument. He now faces misdemeanor charges of simple battery and cruelty to children. After posting a $5,000 bond, he took to his pulpit on June 10 with his wife of 27 years, Taffi, to defend himself: “I want you all to hear personally from me that all is well in the Dollar household.”
On June 4 former Wonder Years actress Danica McKellar, 37, filed for divorce from her husband of three years, composer Mike Verta, 40, citing irreconcilable differences. The couple will seek joint custody of their 21-month-old son Draco Verta. • Eleven days after Miley Cyrus, 19, announced her engagement to Liam Hemsworth, 22, her big brother, musician Trace Cyrus, 23, and actress Brenda Song, 24, announced on June 11 that they are ending theirs. Trace, who popped the question in October, said in a statement that “Brenda and I have decided to go our separate ways.”
SCIENCE-FICTION ICON DIES
Ray Bradbury, who spent more than 70 years inspiring people to dream, think and create through his work-most famously 1950’s The Martian Chronicles and 1953’s Fahrenheit 451 (inset)-died June 5 at age 91. Seen as the writer most responsible for bringing modern science fiction into the literary mainstream, he penned over 500 books and sold more than 8 million in 36 languages. His influence on the arts, science and literature is insurmountable for a writer who never once used a computer. “He was my muse for the better part of my sci-fi career,” says director Steven Spielberg, 65. “In the world of science fiction and fantasy and imagination, he is immortal.”