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Web posted on: Friday, March 05, 1999 5:14:26 PM EST

Today's buzz stories:

Soccer star David Beckham announcing his fiancee, Spice Girl Victoria Adams, has given birth to a son

Posh Spice gives birth to baby boy

LONDON (CNN) -- There's a new Spice, but this one's a baby boy. Victoria Adams, also known as Posh Spice of the pop group the Spice Girls, gave birth Thursday to a 7-pound son, Brooklyn Joseph, at Portland Hospital for Women and Children. "We are both overjoyed," said new father David Beckham, Adams' fiance and a soccer star.

Beckham said the new Spice mom was doing "fantastic" and drinking champagne and has spoken to the other girls." The new parents said the name Brooklyn Joseph was chosen because Adams learned of her pregnancy when on tour in New York. Adam's bandmate, Melanie G, known as Scary Spice, gave birth to her daughter Phoenix Chi at the same hospital last month.

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Mackenzie Phillips taking it one day at a time

NEW YORK (CNN) -- After seven attempts at drug rehabilitation, Mackenzie Phillips, who played Julie on the 1970s sitcom "One Day at a Time," says she's finally kicked her addictions. Phillips battled drug addiction since she was a teen-ager when she remembers spending $1,000 a week on cocaine.

She began a wild life style at 10 hanging out with her father, singer John Phillips, according to an interview in the March 13-19 TV Guide. "My dad taught me to roll joints for him when I was 10," she said. "Before long I was stealing drugs and trying them. I was 11 or 12."

But her father remembers it differently saying he was "quite stern with her." Now 39, she says her life is back on track. She has started acting again with a part in the Disney Channel's "So Weird." She has also repaired her friendship with "One Day at a Time" co-star Valerie Bertinelli. "We will be walking through a shoe department and (they'll) go, 'Oh my God. It's Barbara. It's Julie," Phillips said.

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Cheech Marin recognized for humanitarian work

LOS ANGELES (CNN) -- "Nash Bridges" star Cheech Marin on Thursday received the American Latino Media Arts Award for helping improve educational opportunities for Hispanic children.

Marin produced a bilingual album for children entitled "My Name is Cheech, the School Bus Driver." Marin has also earned a nomination for the National Council of La Raza's outstanding actor in a feature film award, in recognition of his work in "Paulie." The award, to be given April 11, is for the portrayal of a positive Hispanic image. Also nominated are Antonio Banderas for "The Mask of Zorro" and Chayanne for "Dance With Me."

Nominated for outstanding actress are Penelope Cruz for "The Hi-Lo Country," Salma Hayek for "54," Katy Jurado for "The Hi-Lo Country," Elizabeth Pena for "Rush Hour," Daphne Rubin-Vega for "Wild Things" and Lauren Velez for "I Think I Do."

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Artist formerly known as Prince sues Internet businesses

NEW YORK (CNN) - The artist formerly known as Prince has filed three separate federal lawsuits to stop businesses from selling his music on the Internet as well as stop the use of his identifying symbol, former name, or his image to sell products.

The artist made his biggest dent in the annals of pop history with the 1984 Grammy-winning album "Purple Rain," which sold more than 13 million copies.

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Rare Judy Garland tapes released on CD

LOS ANGELES (CNN) - Thirty years following her death, the "Wizard of Oz" star Judy Garland is making a comeback with a two-CD set now in stores. Audio and video tapes of Garland that were stored in a basement in New Jersey for over 20 years have been used to make a two-CD set of her work and are now available to the public.

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