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July 11, 2009|By From Sun news services

Michael Jackson's drug history to be probed

Detectives investigating the death of Michael Jackson are looking at his prescription drug history and trying to talk with his numerous former doctors, the Los Angeles police chief said. Jackson's father, Joe Jackson, told ABC News in an interview that he believed "foul play" was involved in his son's death. But in the interview aired Friday on Good Morning America, Jackson did not elaborate. Los Angeles Police Chief William Bratton told CNN that police are waiting for the coroner's report before ruling out any possibilities in their "comprehensive" investigation into the sudden death of the 50-year-old pop star two weeks ago. The coroner's report will determine the cause of death and hinges on time-consuming toxicology tests.

Jason Priestley and wife welcome a baby boy

It's a boy for Jason Priestley and his wife, Naomi. The actor's representative, Marla Farrell, says the Priestleys welcomed a healthy baby boy in Los Angeles on Thursday. Farrell says the couple refused to offer further details, including the baby's name and weight. This is the second child for the pair, who have a 2-year-old daughter, Ava. Priestley, who turns 40 next month, played Brandon Walsh on the long-running '90s teen drama Beverly Hills, 90210. His wife is a makeup artist.

Comedian Jim Carrey to be a grandfather

Jim Carrey is going to be a grandfather. Carrey's spokeswoman, Marleah Leslie, says his 21-year-old daughter, Jane Carrey, is expecting her first child. The father is her fiance, rock musician Alex Santana. Leslie had no details on when the Los Angeles-based singer - who fronts the Jane Carrey Band - is expected to give birth. In a statement issued by Leslie, Jim Carrey says he's "very excited" and "Jane is going to be a great mom." She is the 47-year-old actor's daughter with his first wife, Melissa. Carrey's longtime partner is Jenny McCarthy, who has a son, Evan, from a previous marriage.

Timothy Wright's son to take over New York City church

The son of the late gospel singer Timothy Wright will be installed as pastor of his father's Brooklyn church. A family spokesman says 30-year-old David Wright will become leader of the Grace Tabernacle Christian Center Church of God in Christ on Sunday. The Rev. Timothy Wright died in April. He was paralyzed from the neck down after a July 2008 car crash in Pennsylvania that killed his wife and grandson. The Grammy-nominated 61-year-old was known as the "Godfather of Gospel." He started the church nearly 20 years ago.

Robert Plant a Commander of the British Empire

Robert Plant received a royal honor from Prince Charles at Buckingham Palace on Friday, putting the former Led Zeppelin front man one notch above his old band mate Jimmy Page. But, Plant joked he and Page would not be fighting over rank, even though Plant's new Commander of the British Empire is a higher honor than Page's Order of the British Empire. "If we can remember each other's phone number at this time in life it's a miracle," he joked. "We're still good friends, we both enjoy a rather dark sense of humor that comes, I think, from being from rather the wrong side of the tracks for all those wild years." Plant opted not to take part in a Led Zeppelin reunion tour last year, choosing instead to concentrate on his collaboration with American bluegrass singer Alison Krauss.

Swedish papers plan photo boycott of Spears show

Four major Swedish newspapers have threatened to boycott a Britney Spears concert in Stockholm because of restrictions imposed on their photographers. Spears is scheduled to perform in the Swedish capital on July 13. Dagens Nyheter, Svenska Dagbladet, Expressen and Aftonbladet say they won't send photographers to the show unless Spears agrees to scrap certain conditions on how the images can be used. The contract bars the papers from reselling the pictures and from publishing them more than 30 days after the concert. Dagens Nyheter photo editor Roger Turesson said Friday "the next step would be to tell critics they can't write anything critical." Local representatives of Spears' record label Sony BMG did not immediately answer phone calls seeking comment.

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