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Friday, December 20, 2002

It's destiny: Pepsi spikes Spears

The poor girl's barely had time to get over her breakup with dreamboat Justin Timberlake, and now Britney Spears is getting the heave-ho from Pepsi.

After two years as the company's spokeswoman, 21-year-old Spears is being replaced by Destiny's Child R&B diva Beyonce Knowles.

The company didn't have much to say about Spears, except that it won't renew her contract -- estimated at $10 million -- when it expires at the end of the month.

Age can't be the issue -- Knowles is also 21. But according to the New York Post, the reasons may be pragmatic: Spears has suffered major public-relations setbacks with the flop of her movie, "Crossroads," and the disastrous reviews that followed the opening of her Manhattan restaurant Nyla.

Sorkin's drug charges dropped

Drug-possession charges against "The West Wing" creator Aaron Sorkin were dismissed Wednesday after his completion of a rehab program.

Sorkin's attorney, Steve Sitkoff, said his client continued to work on the award-winning NBC drama from his office while receiving outpatient treatment.

"He's trying to win another Emmy for his show," Sitkoff said.

Sorkin, 41, has acknowledged past treatment for a cocaine addiction. He was bound for Las Vegas when he was arrested in April 2001 at Burbank Airport after rock cocaine, marijuana and hallucinogenic mushrooms were allegedly found in his bag.

Hamilton takes spin down aisle

Los Angeles -- Olympic figure skater Scott Hamilton married former nutrition coordinator Tracie Robinson over the weekend at a private ceremony in Malibu, a publicist said.

Hamilton, 44, and Robinson wed Saturday at Stone Manor Estate overlooking the Pacific Ocean, publicist Michael Sterling said. The couple met two years ago and were engaged in 2001.

A four-time U.S. National Champion, four-time World Champion and 1984 Olympic gold medalist, Hamilton is now a television commentator and skating show producer. He was diagnosed with testicular cancer five years ago and underwent chemotherapy and surgery.

J.Lo can keep her Glow -- for now

Los Angeles -- Jennifer Lopez can keep the name of her signature scent until a federal judge rules whether the perfume "Glow by J.Lo" has the odor of trademark infringement, court documents said.

Glow Industries, which sells scented products, alleged in a lawsuit that Lopez' new line will be confused with its own Glow perfume.

The company filed a trademark infringement lawsuit against the singer-actress and partner Coty Inc. in August, several weeks before the new perfume's debut. Glow Industries also asked for a preliminary injunction to immediately stop them from using the name.

In a ruling issued Tuesday, U.S. District Judge Margaret Morrow denied that request.