September 08, 2003 12:00 PM


Today show correspondent Melissa Stark, 29, and her husband of two years, businessman Mike Lilley, 42, welcomed their first child, son Michael Jr., on Aug. 22 in New York City.


On Aug. 22, while dining with wife Whitney Houston at a restaurant in Alpharetta, Ga., R&B singer Bobby Brown, 36, was arrested for violating his probation on 1996 drunk-driving charges. Brown was being held in a local jail until a hearing scheduled for Aug. 27. According to a police spokesman, Houston, 40, “was outwardly frustrated” and “ranting and raving about how we need to lock up real criminals” during her husband’s arrest. The couple could not be reached for comment.


On Aug. 26, Everybody Loves Raymond star Brad Garrett, 43, who had been locked in a contract dispute with CBS over his salary, which was less than $180,000 per episode, reached a deal with the network for an undisclosed amount. According to sources, Garrett’s new contract significantly increases his salary and gives him a small cut of the show’s profits from syndication.


On Aug. 25 in Manhattan, Fox News Channel dropped a lawsuit that it had filed against humorist Al Franken, 52, for using the phrase “fair and balanced”—which the channel claimed it had trade-marked—in the title of his new book Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them: A Fair and Balanced Look at the Right. Three days earlier, a federal judge had refused to block the book’s publication and called the suit “wholly without merit.” Said a Fox rep: “It’s time to return Al Franken to the obscurity that he’s normally accustomed to.”


Generosa Ammon Pelosi, 46, the widow of Ted Ammon, a millionaire investment banker who was found beaten to death in his East Hampton, N.Y., mansion in 2001 (PEOPLE, Nov. 19, 2001), died on Aug. 22 in a Manhattan hospital after a long battle with breast cancer. Three months after the murder, Generosa married electrician Daniel Pelosi. The two had admitted to dating before the killing but had previously denied any involvement in the murder….

Defrocked priest John Geoghan, 68, whose conviction on child-molestation charges in February 2002 sparked the massive sex-abuse scandal that has rocked the Roman Catholic Church (PEOPLE, April 1, 2002), was allegedly strangled to death in his cell by a fellow inmate while in protective custody at a prison in Shirley, Mass., on Aug. 23. Geoghan, who had been suspected of molesting more than 130 children, was serving a 9-to 10-year prison sentence. State officials plan to charge convicted murderer Joseph Druce, 37, with the killing.

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