March 23, 2015 12:00 PM

BABY NEWS

Country singer Carrie Underwood, 32, and her husband, NHL star Mike Fisher, 34, welcomed their first child, a baby boy named Isaiah Michael, on Feb. 27. “God has blessed us with an amazing gift!” Underwood tweeted. • Actress Cate Blanchett, 45, and her husband, screenwriter Andrew Upton, 49, adopted a baby girl from Australia, her rep confirmed on March 6. Edith Vivian Patricia joins the couple’s three sons: Dashiell, 13, Roman, 10, and Ignatius, 7. • Person of Interest star Sarah Shahi, 35, gave birth to twins Violet Moon and Knox Blue on March 1, her rep told People exclusively. She and her husband – Shameless actor Steve Howey, 37 – are already parents to son William Wolf, 5.

SPLIT

Shark Tank‘s Robert Herjavec, 51, has legally separated from his wife of 25 years, Diane Plese, People confirmed on March 4. They have three children together.

CONTROVERSY

After a public outcry, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, 67, announced via Twitter on March 4 that she has asked the State Department to release e-mails she sent from a private address she used to conduct official business during her time in office. The department says the e-mails will be reviewed. • Sigma Alpha Epsilon’s national headquarters closed the fraternity’s University of Oklahoma’s chapter on March 8 after a video of frat members chanting racial slurs surfaced.

COURTS

In a report released March 4, the Department of Justice cleared Ferguson, Mo., police officer Darren Wilson, 28, of civil rights violations in the August 2014 death of unarmed teenager Michael Brown. Lawyers for Brown’s family said that they will file a civil suit against Wilson and the city of Ferguson.

DEATHS

Former Seinfeld actor Daniel von Bargen, 64, died on March 1 after a long illness. • On March 5, Albert Maysles – the documentarian behind Grey Gardens and Gimme Shelter – passed away following a cancer battle. He was 88. • Sam Simon, 59, the nine-time Emmy winner and cocreator of The Simpsons, died on March 8 after suffering from colon cancer. As a philanthropist, Simon donated millions to charity, particularly animal rights groups.

Why I Care

PERSONAL STORIES ABOUT GIVING BACK

Padma Lakshmi

The Top Chef host turned her pain into something positive

Endometriosis is an isolating disease because people don’t want to talk about it. It is something deeply private and personal. I have always displayed symptoms of endometriosis, which is when the uterine lining cannot be expelled with a woman’s period and grows outside the uterus. In high school, the symptoms – bloating, cramping, severe pain in the abdomen area – were strong enough to keep me home from school several days a month. I missed a week of my life every month for 23 years. When I was finally diagnosed at 36, I had surgery which removed the excess tissue that had taken over my womb and wrapped itself like a tourniquet around my intestines. This is one of the leading causes of infertility in women. At 38, I was told that I would never have children naturally and had only a 10- to 15-percent chance with in vitro. When you’re staring down the barrel of your 40th birthday and hear you can’t have kids because this disease went undiagnosed for so many years, it’s devastating. It galvanized me to start the Endometriosis Foundation of America. Our goal is to raise awareness so that no young girl has to wonder what is wrong with her like I did for all those years. My daughter Krishna [now 5] was a miracle. I want her and all women to know their body is theirs to take care of. We need to be proactive about our health and not accept that a disease should just be accommodated.

Inside Jill Dillard’s Baby Shower

The TLC reality star is expecting a baby boy at the end of March

19 Kids and Counting‘s Jill (Duggar) Dillard spent a Feb. 28 snowstorm being showered with love for her soon-to-be-born son. She was joined by 50 guests – including husband Derick Dillard – at A Mommy’s Butterfly Midwifery in Tontitown, Ark., for a fete thrown by her midwife teacher, Venessa Giron. Partygoers indulged in cake (and piña colada cupcakes!) and wrote words of encouragement on a “labor of love” board. Guests were encouraged to donate towards supplies for the couple’s planned home birth or give gift cards. “We are ready now,” says Jill, 23, who was also showered the next weekend at a small party at the Olive Garden. “It’s superexciting.”

For more information, go to endofound.org

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