SOLIDIFIED: Justin Timberlake’s “Justified” album and Christina Aguilera’s “Stripped” album have both gone triple platinum, the Recording Industry Association of America reports. Also, Daniel Bedingfield receives his first gold record for “Gotta Get thru This”; Jason Mraz went gold for “Waiting for My Rocket to Come”; Simple Plan also earned their first platinum designation for “No Pads, No Helmets, Just Balls,” and Ashanti got her second consecutive gold and platinum awards for “Chapter Two.”
ACCEDED: South Nyack, N.Y., resident Rosie O’Donnell, 41, has complied with a village ordinance that requires her to lower the height of the fence surrounding her properties, the Associated Press reports. Village Attorney Keith Cornell said the former talk-show host was issued violations recently for extending her fence with a fabric attachment beyond the height the village allows. Cornell said the case was resolved when O’Donnell took down the fabric.
QUOTED: ” For this new movie, I tried to find the most unglamorous clothes, the most unglamorous hairstyle. I didn’t wear my hair straightened. I wanted to show myself in a different light.” — “The Fighting Temptations” star Beyonce Knowles, 22, to USA Today
DIED: “Casper the Friendly Ghost” and “Richie Rich” cartoonist Warren Kremer, 82, died on July 24, The New York Times reports. The prolific Kremer was Harvey Comics’ top artist for 35 years, says the paper … Controversial physicist and “Father of the H Bomb” Edward Teller, 95, died Tuesday at his home on the campus of California’s Stanford University, said a spokesman for the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, which Teller once headed.
RATED: For the week of Sept. 1-7, the Top 10 shows were as follows: “NFL Monday Night Football: N.Y. Jets vs. Washington,” ABC, 19.2 million viewers; “2003 NFL Showcase,” ABC, 17.3 million; “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation,” CBS, 14.5 million; “Law & Order,” NBC, 13 million; “Law & Order” special, NBC, 12.3 million; “NFL Post-Game Show,” Fox, 12.3 million; “Everybody Loves Raymond,” CBS; 11.7 million; “The King of Queens” special, CBS, 11.4 million; “Law & Order: Criminal Intent,” NBC, 11.2 million; and “CSI: Miami” special, CBS, 11.2 million.
ANNOYED: Conan O’Brien, 40, being interviewed by Matt Lauer on Wednesday morning’s “Today” show about his 10 years as host of NBC’s “Late Night,” was interrupted by half a dozen male strippers. “What is this?” asked O’Brien. “This is supposed to be a news show. You’ve stooped to my level.” O’Brien also was presented with rolls of toilet paper featuring his picture on every sheet and the words, “10 Solid Years.”