By Stephen M. Silverman And Tracy Scott
Updated October 28, 2002 01:10 PM

FETED: Backstreet Boy Howie Dorough, 29, was honored Saturday for his efforts to educate the public about Lupus, the disease that claimed the life of his sister Caroline four years ago. The United Catholic Music and Video Association presented Howie and his family with the Inspiration Award. “It feels good to be acknowledged,” he said after accepting the award at the Hartke Theater on the campus of Catholic University in Washington, D.C. Dorough and his sister Pollyanna, who hosted the awards ceremony, wrote and produced “Fly to Heaven,” which Howie refers to as the “theme song for the foundation.” Their performance of the duet on Saturday left some audience members in tears.

MOURNED: Minnesota Democratic Sen. Paul Wellstone, 58, was killed in a plane crash Friday in northern Minnesota along with his wife, daughter and five others, the Associated Press reports. The cause of the crash is being blamed on technical failure, news reports said Monday. Wellstone, a former college professor, had been locked in a key election battle for Democratic control of the Senate. Former Vice President Walter Mondale is being talked up as his likely replacement in the race.

INJURED: Ten people at a Minneapolis concert by 15-year-old rapper Bow Wow were hospitalized with minor injuries Saturday after a floor railing gave way, AP reports. The guardrail reportedly snapped when the crowd of fans surged forward as the rapper came to the floor near the end of his show. Bow Wow (born Shade Moss) was not hurt and resumed his show from the stage.

DESIRED: Duchess of York and Weight Watchers spokeswoman Sarah Ferguson, 43, says she wants another baby, even if she never remarries. “If I’m past the age of having another baby, I’ll adopt. Either way, I will have another baby,” Fergie told London’s Observer. She has two daughters with ex-husband Prince Andrew: Beatrice, 14, and Eugenie, 12.

DESTROYED: An $800,000 house in Michigan owned by Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin, 60, burned down in an early morning blaze Friday, reports AP. No one was home at the time of the fire, authorities said, and the house was mainly used for storage.

PROTESTED: Hildur Runa Hauksdottir, 56, the mother of pop singer Bjork, said in Iceland Sunday that she was frail but determined to continue her now three-week-old hunger strike in order to persuade Alcoa, the world’s largest aluminum producer, to abandon a $3 billion project in the Icelandic highlands, AP reports. “I’m not sure I could go on for another 40 days,” Hauksdottir said. “But it is incredible how much support I am getting and this helps a great deal. Alcoa is based in Pittsburgh. The company insists that the project offers Iceland an opportunity to diversify its industries.