By Caitlin O'toole
Updated December 06, 2001 12:12 PM

RELEASED: James Hetfield, lead singer and guitarist of Metallica, has been released from a rehab facility he checked himself into last June, according to the band’s Web site. “His recovery has gone exceedingly well, he is back out, about and feeling rather good about life,” the message on the site said. “My rough road has become smoother reading the (letters) from friends I’ve met through Metallica,” Hetfield wrote. “Thank you. They move me deeply” . . . OST:/b> Some 40,000 photo negatives taken by President John F. Kennedy’s personal photographer may have been destroyed in fires that ravaged a bank vault in the World Trade Center, reports New York’s “Daily News.” Jacques Lowe, who died May 12 at age 71, had kept his entire collection of Kennedy negatives in the JPMorgan Chase bank vault for years, said his daughter, Thomasina, who estimated the negatives to be worth about $2 million. Lowe’s work was said to have helped spark the public’s love affair with Camelot . . . FREED: Comedian Paula Poundstone, 41, from an alcohol treatment facility where she has been serving time since June, after pleading no contest to child endangerment charges, reports Reuters. The judge said she had served her time; Poundstone must still perform 200 hours of community service and undergo counseling… ARRESTED: Clayton Lee Waagner, 45, who allegedly sent anthrax hoax letters to abortion clinics, at a Cincinnati branch of Kinko’s … CELEBRATED: Sen. Strom Thurmond turned 99 on Wednesday and was toasted by colleagues. Following a standing ovation by fellow senators, the South Carolina Republican said: “I love all of you men, but you women even more!” the Associated Press reported.