October 29, 2004 03:00 PM

JULIA ROBERTS HOSPITALIZED: A pregnant Julia Roberts was admitted last Saturday to a Los Angeles hospital after experiencing a series of contractions, PEOPLE reported. Roberts, who is expecting twins – a boy and a girl – in January, was hooked up to a fetal monitor and held under observation. She was accompanied by husband Danny Moder. Roberts’s condition was not considered serious, although doctors are recommending bed rest for the remainder or her pregnancy. The actress turned 37 on Thursday.

LINDSAY LOHAN FALLS ILL: In the midst of a hectic work schedule, Lindsay Lohan spent the early part of the week in the hospital after suffering from a 103-degree fever. The 18-year-old singer-actress was filming Herbie: Fully Loaded during the day and recording tracks for an album at night when she became ill and was hospitalized Oct. 21, PEOPLE reported. Lohan was released from L.A.’s Cedars-Sinai Medical Center Tuesday, recovering in time to tape a guest spot on That ’70s Show. She is expected to return to work on Herbie Monday.

ASHLEE SAYS ‘READ MY LIPS’: A routine performance on Saturday Night Live last weekend went horribly wrong for pop star Ashlee Simpson. The sister of Jessica Simpson was caught stunned when, during her second performance of the night, her band began playing the wrong song and a prerecorded vocal track was clearly playing. Simpson then did a short “hoedown” and walked offstage. The error was chalked up to a band member who pushed the wrong button, but Simpson’s father said the taped tracks were used because his daughter was suffering from acid reflux. “You’ve got to do what you’ve got to do,” he said. Ashlee later performed live at the Radio Music Awards on Monday.

STERN VS. POWELLS: Howard Stern caught Federal Communications Commission chairman Michael Powell with a surprise phone call during a radio interview Tuesday morning. Powell has been instrumental in leveling fines against shows like Stern’s, leading the shock jock to jump to satellite radio in 2006. Stern claimed the only reason the FCC chair held his job was due to the influence of his father, Secretary of State Colin Powell. Michael Powell denied the charge, and on Wednesday the secretary of state stood up for his son, calling him an “enormously qualified individual” during an interview with CNBC.

BOSOX WIN FINALLY: “Babe who?” read the sign from one Boston Red Sox fan, after the team beat the St. Louis Cardinals Wednesday night and win the 2004 World Series in a 4-0 sweep. The victory was 86 years in the making, since the last time the Red Sox won the World Series was 1918. They soon traded Babe Ruth to the New York Yankees, which many fans believe helped build a New York dynasty that lasted until well, about a week ago.

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