PEOPLE's Week in Photos
BIGGEST DRAMA MAGNET
Lindsay Lohan, 18, split from her boyfriend of four months, That '70s Show's Wilmer Valderrama, just two weeks after she was hospitalized for exhaustion and amid a feud with her father in the press. No reason was given for the breakup, but Valderrama's rep says, "They're still friends." On Nov. 8 the Mean Girls star lashed out at her father, Michael, after he suggested publicly that her illness was drug-related. "It angers me to see that my own father would stoop to such a level," she said in a statement.
MOST OVEREXPOSED STAR
Diddy who? Tara Reid stole the show at P. Diddy's 35th birthday party in New York City on Nov. 4 when her dress strap fell, leaving her left breast exposed. Reid, unaware of the red-carpet slippage, posed for several seconds before a rep covered her up – but by then the image was already Internet fodder. "I just can't get a break," the 29-year-old told PEOPLE. "It's like people expect this to happen to me."
SEXIEST ACT OF GOODWILL
Globe-trotter Brad Pitt – who, after filming Ocean's 12 in Europe, also campaigned for John Kerry and stem-cell research – landed in Ethiopia on Nov. 5 "for a listening and learning visit" on Africa's AIDS epidemic. Earlier in the week the actor, 40, began his trip in South Africa with an honor: Wearing Nelson Mandela's prison number, he met the 86-year-old former president and Nobel Peace Prize winner in Johannesburg (left).
"From the minute this happened, not a whimper," former vice presidential candidate John Edwards told PEOPLE this week of his wife, Elizabeth Edwards, who kept secret her discovery of a lump in her breast just days before the election. On Nov. 4, after her husband's defeat, Elizabeth, 55, shared the diagnosis with the nation: cancer. Now the mom to Cate, 22; Emma Claire, 6; and Jack, 4, will undergo treatment. "I have to be there for them. I promised," she said of her family.
MOST OVERDUE WIN
Road warrior Kenny Chesney (left) took home the big haul Nov. 9 at the Country Music Association Awards, winning his first trophies after 12 years in the business for album of the year (When the Sun Goes Down), entertainer of the year and a producing credit. Chesney, 36, beat out half of country's first couple, Tim McGraw (right, with wife Faith Hill), for the entertainer award, but McGraw still took song and single of the year for "Live Like You Were Dying," dedicated to his late dad, baseball's Tug McGraw.
MOST REGRETTABLE MOMENTS
Olympic gold medal-winning swimmer Michael Phelps, 19, entered troubled waters last week when he was charged with drunken driving in Salisbury, Md., where the legal drinking age is 21. "I made a mistake," Phelps told The Washington Post on Nov. 8. Meanwhile, 24's Kiefer Sutherland, 37, pleaded no contest to a DUI charge in L.A. and received 60 months' probation and 293 hours of community service.
MOST CONTROVERSIAL PASSING
Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat was laid to rest Nov. 12 at his Ramallah compound a day after his death in Paris, where he had sought treatment for an unknown illness and had slipped into a coma. As Mideast leaders gathered in Cairo to mourn the controversial Arafat, who is survived by wife Suha Tawil and daughter Zahwa, 9, President Bush pledged support for peace, adding: "I intend to use the next four years to spend the capital of the United States" on creating a Palestinian state.
BEST USE OF STUNT TRAINING
Elton John moment of the week: Justin Timberlake and Charlie's Angels star Cameron Diaz confiscated a paparazzo's camera Nov. 6 outside L.A.'s Chateau Marmont and turned it over to police after they were "ambushed by two men, who jumped out of a concealed hiding place on a dark, deserted street late at night," according to their reps. Officers say one of the photographers, Saul Lazo, filed a complaint, accusing the couple of battery and grand theft, but no charges are being pursued.
MOST OPINIONATED POPSTER
"Can we all just get out?" U.S. expat Madonna, 46, asked on BBC Radio, saying she didn't want American troops in Iraq, "period." The Londoner and Kabbalah practitoner's controversial comments kicked off a busy week; the singer also split with longtime manager Caresse Henry, released a children's book and was inducted into the UK Music Hall of Fame.
Before ex-girlfriend Pamela Seals could file a palimony lawsuit Nov. 9 in L.A., Burt Reynolds sued the Tampa barmaid claiming she had attempted blackmail. Reynolds, 68, says Seals, 48, threatened to falsely accuse him of mental and physical abuse (including stomping on her toes) in their 10-year relationship if he didn't share his estate, while Seals says he reneged on a promise to buy her a $500,000 condo after they broke up earlier this year.
MOST PAINFUL COVERUP
Paris is history: Former Backstreet Boy Nick Carter covered up his tattoo of the Hilton heiress's moniker with a skull and crossbones last week at a Marathon, Fla., parlor. The two broke up in July after seven months together – and just three weeks after Carter got inked. But at the time of the split, Carter had said Paris left a permanent mark: "She'll have a place in my heart always."