PEOPLE's Week in Photos
SEXIEST BIRTHDAY SURPRISE
What's the icing on Usher's birthday this year? That will be new girlfriend Naomi Campbell, 34, jumping out of a cake. The supermodel promised Oct. 5 to make the RampB star's 26th birthday a memorable one, exclusively telling PEOPLE her popping-out plans for the Oct. 9 bash at New York City's swank Rainbow Room.
BIGGEST LIFESTYLE CHANGE
Martha Stewart slipped past photographers Oct. 8 and entered the confines of "Camp Cupcake," the Alderson Federal Prison Camp in West Virginia. As prisoner No. 55170-54, the domestic diva will fulfill her five-month sentence in the minimum-security facility and join 1,040 other inmates in waking up at 6 a.m., working for 12 to 40 cents an hour for 7-1/2 hours daily and eating cold sandwiches. It'll be a far cry from last weekend, when she spent what she called "the nicest two days" in the Bahamas.
Lavish, luxe and private: Billy Joel and Tiger Woods each tied the knot with a big to-do. First, Joel, 55, danced to "Moon River" on Oct. 2 with new bride Katie Lee – who's 22 years his junior – at their wedding held at his Long Island, N.Y., estate. Just three days later, golf star Woods, 28, and former nanny Elin Nordegren, 24, celebrated their nuptials in a sunset ceremony in Barbados that drew big names including Michael Jordan. "They're a perfect match," says a pal, who introduced the couple three years ago.
BEST SPARRING MATCH
Vice President Dick Cheney, 63, and North Carolina Sen. John Edwards, 51, traded barbs from across a table during their face-off on Oct. 5. While Democratic nominee Edwards accused the Republican administration of refusing to "level with the American people" about the Iraq war, Cheney stuck by his "right-thing-to-do" attitude and attacked Edwards's one-term experience. Yet analysts called their Oct. 5 debate a draw, and as of Oct. 8, polls indicated a dead heat between President Bush and Sen. John Kerry.
LOUDEST DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE
Britney Spears is all grown up: The new Mrs. Federline plunked down $7 million for a 9,000-sq.-ft. Malibu pad to share with husband Kevin, complete with a spa, tennis court and outdoor kitchen. Then, on Oct. 7, the pop diva announced her split with manager Larry Rudolph, who had overseen the singer's career since she was 13. Rudolph, who said there was no ill will between the two, told PEOPLE her move was a "declaration of independence."
WORST JANET JACKSON REDUX
Dale Earnhardt Jr. might have preferred a mouthful of soap over the punishment NASCAR dealt him for saying a four-letter word. The racer, 30, lost his first-place standing Oct. 5 in the Nextel Cup, and was fined $10,000. The foul language hit the air after he told reporters that his victory "don't mean sh-- right now, Daddy's done won here 10 times." Earnhardt, whose father, Dale Earnhardt Sr., died at Daytona in 2001, also drew NBC's ire: The network placed a five-second delay on all NASCAR coverage.
MOST BIZARRE TIRADE
Elton John opened his arsenal of insults again, and this time his target was Madonna. While accepting an honor at London's Q Awards on Oct. 4, the singer – who earlier had lashed out at Taiwanese journalists, calling them "rude, vile pigs" – accused Madge of lip-synching on her recent Re-Invention tour. "Anyone who lip-synchs in public onstage when you pay 75 pounds ($134) to see them should be shot," he said. Madonna's spokeswoman denied the allegation.
BIGGEST RELIEF FOR SINGLE WOMEN
Yes, they would look good walking down the aisle, too, but British tabloids jumped the gun on proclaiming wedding plans for Orlando Bloom and Kate Bosworth and Jude Law and Sienna Miller. A publicist told PEOPLE that despite reports, Bloom, 27, did not buy a $312,000 ring for Bosworth, 21, his girlfriend of two years. And Law? The 31-year-old Alfie actor, who divorced actress-designer Sadie Frost last year, is still single and dating Miller, 22.
MOST NOTABLE PASSINGS
Emerging briefly from a coma, Rodney Dangerfield, 82, said goodbye to his family with a smile before dying on Oct. 5 in Los Angeles. The comedian, who was known for his self-effacing schtick ("I can't get no respect") and movies such as 1980's Caddyshack (left), had recently undergone heart surgery. Two days prior, Hollywood lost another legend, Janet Leigh, 77, most famous for her chillingly fatal shower scene in 1960's Psycho. Leigh, mother to actress Jamie Lee Curtis, had suffered from an inflammation of the blood vessels.