02/03/2005 AT 8:00 AM ET
SCHEDULED: Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony, who have yet to publicly confirm their June 5 wedding in Beverly Hills, will make their world debut on a public stage together at the Feb. 13 Grammy Awards, show organizers have announced. Anthony is currently up for best Latin pop album (for his Amar Sin Mentiras) and for best salsa or merengue album (Valio La Pena). Though it was not announced what they will sing, there is wide speculation that it will be “Escapemonos,” their duet from Amar Sin Mentiras (Love Without Lies).
IMPROVED: Pope John Paul II, 84, is in stable condition and working from his bed in the Italian hospital he entered on Tuesday, suffering from what was called flu-like symptoms, the International Herald Tribune reports. The pontiff also has Parkinson’s disease, and could remain hospitalized for another week, says the Vatican. Of his breathing problems, “he will recover,” said Dr. Luigi Allegra of the Polyclinic Hospital in Milan. “But this is a further insult to a body that is already ill.”
DELIVERED: Music legend Eric Clapton and his wife welcomed a new daughter into the world on Tuesday, a source close to Clapton tells PEOPLE. The 59-year-old guitarist and his wife, Melia McEnery, 28, have two other children together, Julie Rose, 3, and Ella, 2. The name of their new daughter has not been released. Clapton also has a 20-year-old daughter, Ruth, from his ex-girlfriend Yvonne Kelly. Clapton’s only son, Conor, died in 1991 from falling out the window of a New York City building.
ANNOUNCED: Tony Danza, 53, was surprised by his son Marc Iadanza, 33, on The Tony Danza Show in New York Wednesday when, during a cooking segment, Marc told his dad, “You’re going to be a grandpa!” Replied Danza: “Am I supposed to do the rest of the show now?” The phone then rang up with calls from Marc’s pregnant wife Julie, as well as from Danza’s wife, Tracy, and his 11-year-old daughter, Emily, in Los Angeles. “We’re all crying,” said Julie.
SUBBED: Veteran Face the Nation host Bob Schieffer, 67, will temporarily replace Dan Rather as CBS Evening News anchor when Rather steps down on March 9, the network says. Schieffer will serve “for a short transition period” until the broadcast gets a new format, said CBS News President Andrew Heyward.
BUSTED: Manuel Seal Jr., 44, who is up for a Grammy for co-producing Usher’s hit single “My Boo” featuring Alicia Keys, was arrested on misdemeanor theft and trespassing charges Tuesday night at a Fayetteville, Ga., tire shop, the Associated Press reports. He and another man, Wendale Paxton, 21, told police they had permission from an employee named Larry to take used tires. However, the name of the employee they gave did not check out and the president of the shop said he didn’t know Seal and Paxton, said Lt. Beverly Trainor, a police spokeswoman.
HURT: R&B singer Houston gouged out an eye after he attempted suicide while on tour overseas, reports Billboard. A statement by a Capitol Records representative said only, “Our thoughts and prayers are with Houston during this tragic time.” No details were released about his condition or whereabouts. Houston’s 2004 hit single “I Like That” was featured in McDonald’s commercials and reached No. 11 on the Hot 100 singles chart.
DIED: Vicki LaMotta, 75, ex-wife of Raging Bull boxer Jake LaMotta (the 1949-51world middleweight champ), died in Florida on Jan. 25, about six months after open heart surgery, AP reports. In the 1980 Martin Scorsese movie, Robert De Niro played Jake and Cathy Moriarity memorably played Vicki, who married as a teen and left Jake when she was 26, owing to his difficulties to adjusting to life outside the ring. Jake, 83, recently appeared alongside De Niro for a New York screening of the film.