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Was their first dance a samba?

By Times Wires
Published August 28, 2007


Dancing With the Stars Season 3 contestant (and Anna Nicole Smith TV biopic star) Willa Ford, 26, married Dallas Stars hockey player Mike Modano, 37, over the weekend in Athens, Texas, People says. About 75 guests got to see the Ruskin native, in a gown she designed, at the ceremony on a private ranch. Ford announced her engagement last year as speculation swirled that she was seeing Maksim Chmerkovskiy, her partner on the dance competition. She and Modano were on-again, off-again for more than four years before getting engaged.

Adoption observer to visit Madonna

Remember that Malawian official who was accused of having "personalized the whole issue" of monitoring Madonna's pending adoption of a little Malawian boy and was constrained from traveling to London to check on them? Well, Reuters reports thatPenstone Kilembe is now in the clear and free to visit the singer and husband Guy Ritchie to check on the child. "There has been a change of mind by my government minister, and she has allowed me to leave for the UK on September 4, and I am expected to spend two weeks," Kilembe said.

TMZ: Spears facing child abuse allegations

Celebrity news Web site TMZ.com reported Monday that an unscheduled hearing was held in Los Angeles County Superior Court with Britney Spears' lawyer, ex Kevin Federline's lawyer and a lawyer from the Los Angeles County Counsel assigned to the dependency court to discuss allegations that the singer is abusing young sons Sean and Jayden. Specifics weren't given, but the site reported that the L.A. County Department of Children and Family Services is investigating Spears ahead of a Sept. 4 custody hearing.