Army Wives star Catherine Bell, 42, and her husband, Adam Beason, 41, welcomed their first son, Ronan, on Aug. 21 in Charleston, S.C. The new arrival joins big sister Gemma, 7.
Singer Faith Evans, 37, was arrested on suspicion of drunk driving on Aug. 21 at a checkpoint near Marina del Rey, Calif. After her car was impounded, the Grammy winner was held for a few hours and released on bail the next morning. • On Aug. 23 a North Carolina jury convicted former Marine Cesar Laurean, 23, of first-degree murder in the December 2007 death of eight-months-pregnant Lance Cpl. Maria Lauterbach, 20, who had accused him of rape, a charge officials could not prove (PEOPLE Jan. 28, 2008). Sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole, Laurean plans to appeal.
Paris Hilton, 29 (inset), got the fright of her life on Aug. 24 when a stranger tried to enter her Sherman Oaks, Calif., home. “Just got woken up to a guy trying to break into my house holding two big knives,” the heiress tweeted. According to her publicist, “Police immediately came to the house and arrested the intruder, who was attempting to break a window when they arrived. Paris is naturally shaken by the events but is unharmed and well.”
Longtime CBS News correspondent Harold Dow, 62, who worked on 48 Hours for over 20 years, died suddenly on Aug. 21 in New Jersey. The Emmy-winning journalist scored the first network interview with O.J. Simpson after the murder of his ex-wife Nicole and her friend Ron Goldman, and Dow barely escaped being killed by one of the falling Twin Towers on Sept. 11, 2001.
A TREE FALLS IN AMSTERDAM
The majestic Chestnut tree Anne Frank refers to in her diary was toppled in a storm on Aug. 23. Looking from the attic window of what is now the Anne Frank House Museum in Amsterdam, the teenager wrote in 1944, “I look up at the blue sky and the bare chestnut tree…While this lasts I cannot be unhappy.” The 150-year-old tree, ravaged by disease and rot, was considered a living symbol of the Jewish girl, who hid with her family during the Nazi invasion. Despite the tree’s condition, the Support Anne Frank Tree group successfully lobbied in 2007 to save it from being chopped. For now, there are no plans to replant or save the existing branches, many of which are appearing on auction websites in the Netherlands.
MATERIAL GIRL HIT WITH LAWSUIT
On Aug. 19 in Los Angeles, Madonna, 52, was sued over the Material Girl junior fashion line she designs with her daughter Lourdes, 13. Clothing company L.A. Triumph claims it has been selling similar apparel under the same name since 1997 and says Madonna‘s use of the Material Girl moniker “is likely to confuse the public and cause deception.” The firm wants the singer to stop using the disputed name immediately and hand over any profits from the 1980s-inspired line, which went on sale at Macy’s a few weeks ago. Madonna could not be reached for comment.