In her hit song “Need You Now,” Lady Antebellum’s Hillary Scott, 25, sings of the yearnings of love. Her boyfriend, drummer Chris Tyrell, 24, whom she met last year while they toured with Tim McGraw, 44, obviously feels the same way. As the sun was setting over an East Tennessee lake during the July 4 weekend, Tyrell dropped to his knee and popped the question, and Scott said yes. “We are so looking forward to forever together,” she says.
Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver and DWTS champion Hines Ward, 35, was arrested in DeKalb County, Ga., on July 9, and charged with driving under the influence. Ward was released on $1,000 bail, and his manager Andrew Ree, 50, insists that he “was not impaired by alcohol.”
Medium star Patricia Arquette, 43, and Hung star Thomas Jane, 42, are no longer married. An L.A. judge dissolved their union on July 1. Arquette and Jane have one daughter, Harlow Olivia Calliope, 8. • Talk show host George Lopez, 50, and his wife Ann, 50-who gave him one of her kidneys in ’05-officially divorced on July 1. The couple, who separated last year, have a daughter Mayan, 15, together.
What’s in a name? L.A. Laker Ron Artest, 31, hopes everything, and on June 24 he asked the L.A. County Superior Court to change his to “Metta World Peace.” Metta is a Buddhist term that means “strong wish for the welfare and happiness of others.” Artest, who supports mental health organizations, will have to wait until the end of August to see if the court agrees with the change.
Buena Vista Social Club guitarist Manuel Galban died in Cuba on July 7 at age 80. Galban won a Best Pop Instrumental Album Grammy in 2004 for Mambo Sinuendo. Guitarist Ry Cooder, who called Galban a guitar wizard, performed with him in the 1999 documentary Buena Vista Social Club. • To some, the paintings of Cy Twombly appear as scribbles. Yet Twombly’s work holds a world of complexity, and with his death in Rome on July 5 at age 83, America lost one of its great artists.
THE FINAL LIFTOFF
On July 8 the space shuttle Atlantis blasted off from Florida’s Cape Canaveral for the last time with (from right) Cmdr. Christopher Ferguson, 49, Douglas Hurley, 44, Sandra Magnus, 46, and Rex Walheim, 48, on board. The now-outdated shuttle was the first reusable space vehicle, and since missions started in 1981, Atlantis and the four other orbiters-Columbia, Challenger, Discovery and Endeavour-took more than 130 trips, with more than 350 astronauts, and traveled nearly half a billion miles.