By Tara Fowler
Updated November 17, 2014 12:00 PM


Pilot Mike Alsbury, 39, was killed during a test flight of the prototype for Virgin Galactic’s space tourism rocket Oct. 31. “It was an incredibly sad day,” company founder Richard Branson told CBS This Morning. But he still remains committed to the project, adding to the Today show, “I don’t think anybody … would want us to abandon it at this stage.”


Jenna von Oÿ, 37, gave birth to her second child, daughter Marlowe Monroe, with husband Brad Bratcher on Nov. 1. She joins big sister Gray Audrey, 2. “We are so blessed to welcome another healthy, beautiful, profoundly enchanting baby girl into our family!” the couple told PEOPLE.

• Model Marisa Miller, 36, is expecting her second child with husband Griffin Guess, 35, the couple told PEOPLE exclusively. “Being a mother has been the biggest blessing in my life,” she said. The pair are already parents to 23- month-old son Gavin Lee.


Ricki Lake, 46, filed for divorce from her second husband, Christian Evans, 43, on Oct. 16, citing irreconcilable differences.


Former Static-X lead singer Wayne Static died in Burbank Nov. 1 at the age of 48. Cause of death was not immediately released.

• Car Talk cohost Tom Magliozzi died from complications of Alzheimer’s disease Nov. 3. He was 77. His brother Ray said in a statement, “We can be happy he lived the life he wanted to live.”

Why I Care


Donna Karan

The designer works with Haitian artists to sell their crafts—and preserve their culture

Right after the 2010 earthquake, the Haitian woman running the center for my Urban Zen Foundation said, “Donna, we really need your help.” So we supplied tents and living facilities. Then, when I went down to visit, I realized that everybody here is an artist—and their creativity is so much a part of their being. My dream was to work with them to develop products and help communicate what the soul and spirit of Haiti was all about. They’re making truly artisan products of a high quality. Now we’re looking into opening a vocational school because it’s important to be able to give people jobs. It’s not just giving money, it’s giving people education. To be able to wear the products that they make is an honor. I really believe the concept of conscious consumerism, and when you wear something that affects peoples lives, that’s the happiest you could possibly feel.

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