September 23, 2002 01:00 PM

RESOLVED: Kurt Cobain’s widow, the outspoken former Hole singer Courtney Love, announced on Friday morning’s Howard Stern radio show that she and the surviving members of Cobain’s band, Nirvana, have resolved their legal battle and the long-awaited release of rare band material could come by Christmas, reports. (Cobain committed suicide in 1994.) “We love each other,” said Love, 38. “We’re getting along. We worked it all out.” Asked by Stern what it took to get the legal issues finally resolved, Love answered, “lots and lots and lots of money.”

INJURED: Maddox Jolie, the adopted Cambodian baby son of Angelina Jolie, 27, was discharged from a Liverpool hospital Friday after three days of treatment for an undisclosed minor injury, a spokeswoman for the actress tells the Associated Press. The “Girl, Interrupted” Oscar winner, who has filed for divorce from actor Billy Bob Thornton, gave her thanks to the staff at the Alder Hey Hospital for caring for the baby, said the rep, who provided no further details.

CROWNED: Miss America 2003 is Erika Harold, 22, of Urbana, Ill., a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of Illinois who was to enroll this fall at Harvard law school but put it off so she could compete in Saturday night’s pageant in Atlantic City, AP reports. Harold said she plans to promote anti-violence and anti-bullying programs during her yearlong reign. Miss Alabama Scarlotte Deupree was the first runner-up in the competition, followed by Miss Oklahoma Casey Preslar, Miss Nevada Teresa Benitez and Miss Maryland Camille Lewis.

ANNOUNCED: Nicoletta Mantovani, the partner of opera star Luciano Pavarotti, is four months pregnant and expecting twins, his spokeswoman confirms to Reuters. The children will be the first for Mantovani, 33, but the fourth and fifth for Pavarotti, 66, who already has three daughters from his former wife.

FACED: World Wrestling Entertainment star "Stone Cold" Steve Austin, 36, will face an Oct. 9 trial on a charge of beating his wife Debra Williams, 42, on the head, back and legs in their home last June, a Texas judge ruled Friday, reports Reuters. Austin (real name: Steve Williams) has not appeared on WWE shows since a dispute with management that flared just days before the incident. He remains free on $5,000 bond.

DETERMINED: Hairy chests are back in, The New York Times reported in its Men’s Fashion supplement Sunday. Acknowledging that, according to the manufacturer of Nair, some 30 percent of the American males aged 18 to 34 regularly shave their chests, The Times nevertheless says that such smoothies as Mark Wahlberg are out, while such bears as Hugh Jackman, George Clooney and Russell Crowe are in. As for what star possesses the most iconic chest of all time: Sean Connery, who first exposed his luxuriant brush in 1962’s “Dr. No.” So let it grow, boys.

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