New role to play

Los Angeles -- "Friends" star Matt LeBlanc is going from newlywed to new dad.

LeBlanc, 36, and his wife, Melissa, are expecting a baby in mid-March, publicist Joe Libonati said Monday.

The couple married in May. She has two children from a previous marriage. The baby would be LeBlanc's first.

On "Friends," LeBlanc found fame as soap-opera actor Joey Tribbiani, a blockheaded ladies' man with a passion for sports, the TV show "Baywatch" and homemade jam.

His dimwitted character is getting his own "Joey" spin-off show after this season.

Jurors rule for Marilyn Manson

St. Paul, Minn. -- A jury ruled on Monday against a security guard who accused rocker Marilyn Manson of battery at a concert three years ago.

David Diaz' federal civil suit sought more than $75,000 for emotional distress and other injuries. He claimed that Manson stood at the edge of the stage, pulled the guard's head toward his crotch and gyrated.

Manson never contested the accusation, but maintained that it did not constitute battery.

Last year, Manson pleaded no contest in Michigan to being a disorderly person and assault and battery after gyrating against a security guard at a 2001 concert. He was ordered to pay fines and costs totaling $4,000. A civil case regarding the matter is pending.

Aaliyah's parents settle suit

Miami -- The parents of R&B; singer and actress Aaliyah have reached an undisclosed settlement in a negligence lawsuit over her death in a 2001 plane crash, family attorneys said.

A chartered Cessna 402B carrying Aaliyah and eight others crashed shortly after takeoff on a flight from Marsh Harbour in the Bahamas to the Miami suburb of Opa-locka. Investigators believed the plane was 700 pounds overloaded.

Aaliyah, a million-selling singer turned movie star in "Romeo Must Die" and "Queen of the Damned," was 22 when she died.

She won top female artist honors last month at the annual Billboard R&B-Hip-Hop; Awards following five nominations the year before.

Knowledge for college

Wilberforce, Ohio -- One of TV's most famous dads had some fatherly advice for incoming freshmen at Central State University.

Bill Cosby told students they won't last long in college if they waste their time and don't study.

Cosby said there's no feeling of dread quite like knowing you're unprepared for an exam or a job interview.

"Jesus can give you strength. But he can't give you a new brain the night before the exam," he said Sunday night.

The historically black university near Dayton had asked Cosby to be the commencement speaker, but he said he thought he would have more impact on incoming freshmen.


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