Plus: Tom Brokaw bows out, $1 mil bail for Lohan's dad, and more

By Stephen M. Silverman
Updated December 03, 2004 04:00 PM

OH, PAIR: Julia Roberts’s publicist said “mother and babies are doing great,” after the Pretty Woman star gave birth to twins – a boy and a girl – in a Los Angeles hospital on Sunday, as PEOPLE first reported. Their names are Phinnaeus Walter Moder and Hazel Patricia Moder, and Roberts, 37, and husband Danny Moder, 35, welcomed them at about 3 a.m. Sunday morning, a source told PEOPLE. They are the couple’s first children, whose arrival date was not expected until early January.

BROKAW’S BOW: Tom Brokaw, 64, delivered a personal message Wednesday night as he signed off after 23 years as NBC’s Nightly News anchor. “Well, the time is here,” he said. “We’ve been through a lot together, through dark days and nights, through seasons of hope and joy.” He choked up at times, especially as he spoke of “the Greatest Generation,” those who served in World War II. As he left the studio Brokaw told his staff to continue to work hard, so that they can continue to serve the American people.

PETERSON PLEA: Laci Peterson’s mother Sharon Rocha screamed at Scott Peterson from the witness stand Tuesday for killing her pregnant daughter, painting an image of an armless mother who would “never hold her child” and leaving many in the courtroom sobbing – including several jurors. The emotional testimony kicked off the penalty phase in the double-murder case, in which jurors decide whether to give Peterson the death penalty or life in prison. Scott Peterson’s father Lee took the stand Wednesday, talking fondly about his son, and defense lawyers argued that Peterson’s was “a life worth saving.”

LOHAN LOWDOWN: Lindsay Lohan’s father, Michael Lohan, was held on $1 million bond on Wednesday, as the elder Lohan, 44, was handcuffed to his bed in a New York hospital room. He is charged with twice violating an order of protection against his estranged wife, Dina Lohan, and driving while under the influence of drugs, his attorney, Dominic Barbara, told reporters outside Long Island’s Winthrop University Hospital. Barbara said Lohan tested negative for “every single drug possible.” Of the high bail figure, Barbara said: “If it wasn’t for him having a rich movie-star daughter, it would never have been like that.”

JENNINGS JEOPARDIZED: The answer: Ken Jennings. The question: What all-time game-show champ ended his record 74-show winning streak on Jeopardy! Tuesday? The Salt Lake City software engineer, 30, handed the crown over to the evening’s new winner: Nancy Zerg, 48, a former actress turned real-estate agent from Ventura, Calif. – prompting a gasp from the TV audience and a look of amazement from host Alex Trebek. All told, Jennings, now $2.5 million richer, delivered more than 2,700 correct responses since first coming to the show last June.