Friday, July 4, 2003
Stone's marriage fizzles out
Los Angeles -- Five years after their Valentine's Day wedding, Sharon Stone and her husband Phil Bronstein, editor-in-chief of the San Francisco Chronicle, have split.
Bronstein cited irreconcilable differences in his petition for divorce, filed Thursday in San Francisco County Superior Court.
Since they wed in 1998, the pair's time has been marked by a number of high and lows. Two years after they tied the knot, the couple were "simply elated" to adopt a little boy, Roan.
The pair made headlines in June 2001, after Bronstein was attacked by a 7-foot Komodo dragon during a zoo visit, severing a tendon in his foot. Months later, Stone had emergency surgery after suffering a near-fatal brain hemorrhage.
They reportedly decided to end their marriage after Stone returned from London, where she was shooting her upcoming film, "A Different Loyalty."
Chicago show honors Landers
Chicago -- The city of Chicago is dedicating its annual Fourth of July holiday fireworks show to longtime advice columnist Esther "Eppie" Lederer.
Known to readers across the country as Ann Landers, Lederer died of bone marrow cancer June 22, 2002. She was 83.
To commemorate her life and work, Mayor Richard M. Daley declared Thursday "Eppie Lederer Day" and dedicated to her the lakefront fireworks show and Grant Park Orchestra concert.
Maggie Daley, the mayor's wife, said she came up with the idea for the tribute after remembering that Lederer and her twin sister, Pauline Phillips, were born July 4. Phillips, also known as Abigail Van Buren, followed Lederer into the profession as writer of the Dear Abby column.
J.Lo has issues with ex-manager
Los Angeles -- Jennifer Lopez has filed a petition with California's labor commission that accuses her former representative, Benny Medina, of failing to have a valid talent agent's license while managing her career.
The singer-actress fired Medina in June after five years of service.
While the state has different rules governing the activities of managers and talent agents, Lopez's attorney, Barry Hirsch, said Medina -- who worked as her manager -- inappropriately performed talent agent functions, such as negotiating deals for her upcoming film "Shall We Dance?" and a sponsorship agreement with L'Oreal cosmetics.
The document filed Wednesday seeks to invalidate all remaining partnerships between Medina and Lopez. It also said Lopez, 32, wants Medina to repay everything he earned while working for her, plus 10 percent interest.