December 12, 2005 12:00 PM

BIRTHS

Rod Stewart, 60, and his fiancée, model Penny Lancaster, 34, welcomed their first child, a son, Nov. 27 in London. Stewart has five children from three previous relationships. The couple hope to wed in the spring of 2006.

EXPECTING

White Stripes frontman Jack White, 30, and his wife, model Karen Elson, are expecting a child this spring. They married in June.

I DO!

Former Apprentice contestant Jennifer Crisafulli, 33, and businessman Gary Oberting, 37, tied the knot Nov. 25 in Albany, N.Y. Crisafulli, who now does speaking engagements, gained notoriety after remarks that she made on season two of the reality show were perceived as offensive and lost her regular job at a Manhattan realty firm. The couple met a year ago at a charity event in Albany.

RESIGNED

After pleading guilty to conspiracy and tax evasion, California Rep. Randy “Duke” Cunningham, 64 resigned from the U.S. Congress on Nov. 28. The Republican, a former Navy pilot in the Vietnam War, was reportedly an inspiration for Tom Cruise‘s ace flier in Top Gun. Cunningham was accused of accepting bribes from friends. He is scheduled to be sentenced next February and faces up to 10 years in prison. “I misled my family, staff, friends,” he said.

LEGAL MATTERS

On Nov. 23 Desperate Housewives’ Teri Hatcher, 41, announced she is filing a libel lawsuit against the British tabloid Daily Sport, which according to Hatcher’s lawyers reported that she had “sex romps” with a series of men in a Volkswagen van parked outside her L.A. home. The publication also allegedly stated that the actress resorted to using a van to avoid being caught by her daughter Emerson, 8. “Ms. Hatcher is a single mother who takes pride in bringing up her daughter in a caring way,” says Hatcher’s lawyer. “[She] bitterly refutes these offensive allegations.”… On Nov. 29 in L.A., Kevin Costner, 50, filed a lawsuit against Ascendant Pictures, claiming that the company reneged on a movie deal. The actor is seeking more than $8 million. A rep for Ascendant Pictures had no comment.

DEATHS

Chris Whitley, 45, a versatile singer-songwriter who was as comfortable belting out the blues as he was playing electronica, died Nov. 20 in Houston of lung cancer. Whitley, who was a smoker, recorded more than 10 albums and his 1991 song “Kick the Stones” was featured on the Thelma & Louise soundtrack.

TRIBUTE

Author Stan Berenstain, 82, the co-creator, co-writer and co-illustrator of the popular Berenstain Bears children’s books, died Nov. 26 in Bucks County, Pa., of complications from cancer. In 1962 Berenstain and his wife, Jan, 82, released the first Berenstain Bears book, The Big Honey Hunt, which was edited by Theodor Geisel, a.k.a. Dr. Seuss, and then began publishing a series of books about Papa Bear, Mama Bear, Sister Bear and Brother Bear in the mid-’70s. Berenstain, who served in the U.S. Army as a medical artist in World War II, also coproduced the Berenstain Bears animated PBS series, which premiered in 2003.

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