July 12, 2001 01:00 PM

RUNNING: Melissa Gilbert, 37, best known as Laura Ingalls on TV’s “Little House on the Prairie,” announced on Wednesday that she will run for president the 120,000-member Screen Actors Guild. “I have been a working member of this union since I was two years old,” she said. “I have seen first-hand what this wonderful union of ours can accomplish.” Williams Daniels, whose term ends in September, is currently president of the union. He has not yet decided whether or not to seek another term, said a SAG spokeswoman . . . HEALING: Oscar winner Benicio Del Toro, 34, who broke his wrist June 14 while doing his own stunt on the Portland, Ore., set of “The Hunted,” pointed to his sling on Wednesday and said to reporters, “I have to have this on at least four weeks. After that, there is rehabilitation, then I can restart filming.” The Puerto-Rican born hunk was in Cuba this week for a screening of “Traffic” . . . LANDING: A British Airways jet carrying Wimbledon champion Venus Williams, 21, and 130 other passengers to Milan, Italy, on Tuesday was forced to turn back to London after pilots detected a “funny smell” in the cockpit, say reports. The odor turned out to be oil. No one was injured . . . INDICTED: Rapper DMX (real name Earl Simmons), 30, by an Erie County, N.Y., grand jury, on charges that he failed to appear to begin serving jail time for a traffic conviction last year. He had been released in March after belatedly serving 13 days for driving without a license. Simmons also faces felony assault charges after a scuffle with corrections officers while behind bars.

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