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January 13, 2006


'Sabrina' actress has baby boy

New York - Melissa Joan Hart, former star of TV series "Sabrina, the Teenage Witch," has given birth to a baby boy.

Mason Walter Wilkerson was born Wednesday afternoon and weighs 9 pounds, People magazine reported. It is the first child for Hart, 29, and husband, Mark Wilkerson, 28, lead singer and guitarist for rock band Course of Nature.

"He was a little stubborn, but all is well," Hart told People. "Everyone is well and we are all relieved."

Hart and Wilkerson met in May 2002 when she introduced his band at a Kentucky Derby event in Louisville, Ky., according to the magazine.

The new parents tied the knot in Florence, Italy, in July 2003, three months after "Sabrina, the Teenage Witch," a popular sitcom about a high school student with magic powers, ended its seven-year run.

Chesney, Zellweger spotted together in restaurant

Franklin, Tenn. - Kenny Chesney and his ex-wife, Renee Zellweger, were seen together recently in a sandwich shop near Nashville.

Chesney's publicist, Holly Gleason, however, says not to read too much into the sighting and that they have no plans to remarry.

"They're friends," Gleason said. "The media made so much more out of everything that the public has no clarity about any of it. And that's the tragedy. They're two nice people who don't choose to live in public."

Zellweger, 36, and Chesney, 37, wed in May in a small ceremony on the Caribbean island of St. John in the U.S. Virgin Islands. It was the first marriage for both of them, and it lasted about four months. The union was annulled in December by the Los Angeles Superior Court .

Stewart's daughter seeks ban on horse-drawn carriages

New York - Martha Stewart's daughter and "Apprentice" co-star, Alexis Stewart, has written Mayor Michael Bloomberg a letter urging him to support a citywide ban on horse-drawn carriages.

In a letter written on behalf of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, Stewart said she was upset by a recent accident involving a horse that ran into vehicular traffic while pulling a carriage home from Central Park.

The carriage driver was seriously injured. The horse, which hit a car, was euthanized.

"As evidenced by this catastrophe," Stewart wrote in the letter, dated Tuesday, "horse-drawn carriages aren't just cruel to the horses who are forced to work long hours in extreme weather conditions while walking on hard pavement and inhaling exhaust fumes all day long; they are equally dangerous to riders, drivers, pedestrians and motorists."

Bloomberg's office did not immediately respond to an inquiry about the letter Wednesday.

Operators of Central Park's horse-drawn carriages have vehemently denied that the animals are mistreated and say accidents like the Jan. 2 crash are rare.


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