Crowe ready for fatherhood

Los Angeles -- Oscar-winner Russell Crowe can't wait to take on his next role -- as a father.

Crowe, 39, and his wife, Danielle Spencer, are expecting their first child in January.

Crowe, who won an Academy Award for "Gladiator," said he didn't expect fatherhood would crimp his career, at least not in the beginning.

"He's going to travel with me," said Crowe, who also was nominated for an Oscar in "A Beautiful Mind."

"I mean that's the plan at this point in time. I think prior to him going to school I think the best thing to do is to make sure that he is wherever I am," Crowe said.

This fall, Crowe appears as a Napoleonic-era naval captain in the film "Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World."

A charitable idea

Charleston, W. Va. -- Former POW Jessica Lynch is working to establish a foundation that will be intended to help children of active-duty soldiers, her lawyer says.

Lynch, 20, is still recovering from injuries suffered in Iraq when her convoy was ambushed March 23.

Her lawyer, Stephen Goodwin, said Lynch wanted to set up the foundation in memory of her best friend, Spc. Lori Piestewa, of Tuba City, Ariz., who was killed in the attack. Piestewa left behind two children, Brandon, 5, and Carla, 3.

"This is because of Lori more than anything," Goodwin said Friday. "Jessi loves little kids and wanted to give something back."

Dismissal of breath tests pleaded in Ross DUI case

Tuscson, Ariz.-- A lawyer for Diana Ross is asking that a new judge hear his request to toss out the breath test results expected to be used in the pop diva's drunken-driving trial.

Ross was stopped on Dec. 30 and faces three DUI-related charges in Tucson City Court. She has pleaded not guilty.

Lawyer Stephen Paul Barnard filed a petition requesting that another judge consider the motion to dismiss the breath tests.

Tucson City Magistrate T. Jay Cranshaw had previously dismissed Barnard's contentions that Ross had felt intimidated and coerced to take several breath tests, and allowed the results to be used at trial.

The trial, originally set for Sept. 9 and then Dec. 9, is now scheduled for January.


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