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MOURNED: Country singer Buck Owens, who crooned more than 20 number-one hits, including Act Naturally, died Saturday in Bakersfield, California; he was 76. Owens also hosted TV?s long-running hit, Hee Haw, a mix of comedy, music, and girls, in the pre-Daisy Dukes era.

INSIDE JOB AT BOX OFFICE: Spike Lee?s Inside Man debuting atop the box office, grossing an estimated $29 million in its opening weekend, and becoming the highest opening for star Denzel Washington.

FREE SPEECH: Super Size Me director Morgan Spurlock angering parents and teachers at Philadelphia high school after poking fun of special needs teenagers during his talk at the school. Most of the 700 students who heard him, however, gave him a standing ovation.

LATEST BATTLE: Richie Sambora asking that a prenup signed with Heather Locklear the night before they wed be enforced and that the couple share custody of their daughter, Ava.

BROOKE'S BACK! Brooke Burns is "back to her old self" and ready for her comeback in new TV show Pepper Dennis after breaking her neck last November, the actress told People magazine.

HEY BABY: Chris O'Donnell and wife, Caroline Fentress, welcoming their fourth child together, a baby boy. O'Donnell will start an eight-episode stint on Grey's Anatomy April 2.

NOT IDOLIZED: American Idol fans on message boards accusing contestant Chris Daughtry of copying his version of "I Walk the Line" from the band Live. "This guy is a rip off. Judges are plain dumb," one fan wrote.

ASPEN VICE: A lending company asking a court for permission to sell Don Johnson's 17-acre ranch in Colorado, claiming the actor hasn't made good on a $10.6 million note, per the Aspen Daily News.

SEX AND THE HOUSEWIFE: Kyle MacLachlan joining the cast of Desperate Housewives for several episodes as a love interest for Susan (Teri Hatcher), TV Guide reports.

BROKEBACK BREAKDOWN: Randy Quaid suing the producers of Brokeback Mountain for allegedly misrepresenting the film as a low-budget art-house film and paying him accordingly. Quaid is seeking $10 million in punitive damages.

BE THERE: A judge ordering Suge Knight to appear at a hearing to discuss his assets next month, or risk having Death Row Records seized by the court.

DARK SIDE: David Hasselhoff's estranged wife, Pamela, alleging that the actor shoved her into a car, broke her nose and verbally abused her in front of their children.

DADDY DUTY: Drew Lachey and wife, Lea, welcoming a baby girl Thursday in Los Angeles, People reports.

LIFE IN SHAMBLES: Pete Doherty pleading guilty to seven drug charges Thursday, then later kicking a reporter in the arm.

SO LONG, CHILDREN: Isaac Hayes voicing Chef one last time in Wednesday's South Park premiere, thanks to a vocal track assembled from past episodes. The character met his demise in the episode after he fell off a bridge onto rocks, was burned, impaled and mauled by a mountain lion and a grizzly bear.

BIG NUMBERS: Some 3.5 million viewers tuning into Comedy Central to watch Chef get skewered in the animated series' most-watched season premiere since 2002.