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Ita€™s a boy for Nicole Richie and Joel Madden

LOS ANGELES (AP) a€" Nicole Richie and Joel Madden are parents of a newborn baby boy.

Richie says on her Web site that Sparrow James Midnight Madden was born early Wednesday. Sparrow, who weighed 7 pounds, 14 ounces, is the second child for Richie and Madden. Their daughter, Harlow, will be 2 in January.

Richie, 27, became a clothing and accessories designer after starring with Paris Hilton on a€œThe Simple Life.a€ Madden, 30, fronts the band Good Charlotte and runs the DCMA Collective clothing line with his twin brother, Benji.

Janet Jackson to open MTV Video Music Awards

LOS ANGELES (AP) a€" Janet Jackson will pay tribute to her late brother at the MTV Video Music Awards.

The network says Jackson will open the show with a musical tribute to Michael Jackson, who died on June 25.

Janet Jackson also honored her brother at the BET Awards in June, just days after his death.

The Video Music Awards will be presented Sunday at Radio City Music Hall in New York.

Teaching stint starts for Tony Danza in Philly

PHILADELPHIA (AP) a€" Class is officially in session for Tony Danza in Philadelphia.

The former a€œWhoa€™s the Boss?a€ and a€œTaxia€ star is filming an A&E reality show called a€œTeach.a€

Hea€™s co-teaching an English class of 26 sophomores at Northeast High School with a credentialed teacher.

Danza spoke to parents at the school his first day Tuesday, reassuring them that hea€™s qualified to teach because hea€™s in the process of becoming certified and has spent months preparing.

He writes on his blog that he was scared his first day. He decorated his room with motivational sayings, including one that said: a€œNo moaning, no groaning.a€

Keillor hospitalized after minor stroke

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) a€" Humorist Garrison Keillor still plans to start his new season of a€œA Prairie Home Companiona€ as scheduled in just over two weeks, despite suffering a minor stroke.

Keillor had the stroke and was admitted to Saint Marys Hospital at Mayo Clinic, said Karl Oestreich, a spokesman for the Rochester, Minn. facility. He will remain there until Friday for tests a€œand upon his release will resume his schedule as previously planned,a€ Keillor spokesman David Oa€™Neill said.

a€œHe is up and moving around, speaking sensibly, working at a laptop,a€ Oestreich said in a statement to The Associated Press.

Oa€™Neill said in an e-mail that Keillor a€œis doing well and the family appreciates the warm wishes.a€

In a statement, Keillor said he was a€œfeeling illa€ on Monday morning and drove himself to United Hospital in St. Paul, where he lives.


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