BRITISH RESOLVE: A series of subway and bus blasts killed at least 50 people and injured about 700 commuters during London’s morning rush hour on Thursday. As investigators search for the perpetrators of the attack, Prime Minister Tony Blair blamed “barbaric” terrorists who timed their evil deeds on 7/7 to coincide with the G-8 summit meeting. “Whatever they do, it is our determination that they will never succeed in destroying what we hold dear in this country and in other civilized nations throughout the world,” Blair said. Americans concerned about loved ones in London may call 1-888-407-4747 for information.
PITT STOP: Angelina Jolie, in Ethiopia to pick up the orphaned baby girl she is adopting, went to the African nation to complete the process with her 3-year-old son Maddox – and her Mr. and Mrs. Smith costar Brad Pitt, Tesfeye Berhu manager of the Wide Horizons adoption agency, told the AP. Earlier this week, Jolie told PEOPLE exclusively that she was adopting her second child, a newborn Ethiopian orphaned by AIDS. “Her name is Zahara,” Jolie told PEOPLE. The 30-year-old actress and U.N. activist also told PEOPLE that she and Maddox, whom she adopted from a Cambodian orphanage in 2002, are “very happy to have a new addition to our family.”
SHIELDS SUPPORT: New Jersey’s acting governor, Richard J. Codey, stepped forward to support Brooke Shields in her war of words with Tom Cruise, who in a Today show appearance lashed out at Shields’s use of prescription drugs to treat her postpartum depression. “Tom Cruise knows as much about postpartum depression as I do about acting,” said the politico, whose wife, Mary Jo Codey, has struggled with the illness. “He should stick to acting and not talk about women who need help.” Mary Jo Codey, 49, has openly discussed her struggles with postpartum depression, saying she was first diagnosed with the condition 28 years ago. In a New York Times essay, Shields responded to Cruise: “If any good can come of Mr. Cruise’s ridiculous rant, let’s hope that it gives much-needed attention to a serious disease.”
SCAPEGOAT STEWART: With her five-month house arrest period coming to an end early in August, Martha Stewart called her experiences “hideous” in a new interview. Speaking to Vanity Fair magazine, Stewart, who turns 64 on Aug. 3, said prosecutors made a legal example out of her in order “to scare other people.” “Of course that is what it’s all about. Bring ’em down a notch, to scare other people. If Martha can be sent to jail, think hard before you sell that stock.” Stewart also revealed her nickname among her fellow inmates: “M. Diddy.”
LUTHER’S FAREWELL: Patti LaBelle, Dionne Warwick, Stevie Wonder, Aretha Franklin and Cissy Houston, along with hundreds of other friends, family and fans, paid their respects to deceased R&B legend, Luther Vandross. The Grammy-winner was celebrated at a funeral Friday in Manhattan, preceded by a two-day wake where lines wound around the block outside the Frank E. Campbell Funeral Chapel. Inside, a video monitor showed Vandross and featured his distinctive singing voice – causing some mourners to break into tears. “Let it out, ladies,” LaBelle told some fans with moist eyes. “Let it out.” Vandross, who sold more than 25 million albums, died Friday, July 1 at the John F. Kennedy Medical Center in Edison, N.J. He was 54 and had been ailing ever since April 16, 2003, when he suffered a stroke in his Manhattan home.