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Maybe they’ll put him under home alone arrest

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FORMER CHILD STAR Macaulay Culkin pleaded guilty Wednesday to misdemeanor charges of possession of medication without a prescription and marijuana and was given a deferred sentence. Culkin, star of the 1990 movie “Home Alone,” was arrested Sept. 17 after Oklahoma City police stopped a car in which he was a passenger.

Officers found over a half-ounce of marijuana and several tablets of Xanax, a prescription medication used to treat depression and panic disorders, court records show.

Culkin, 24, received a 1-year deferred sentence on each of the charges and was assessed a total of $940 in fees.

Prosecutors said Culkin completed all requirements of his probation before he came to court, including a drug and alcohol assessment. The assessment concluded that he does not have a drug problem.

Culkin recently testified in the Michael Jackson child molestation case, saying he spent time with Jackson as a boy but was never molested.

We’d say he’s pretty lucky

Model Tyson Beckford, known for his ads for Ralph Lauren Polo, was injured after his truck crashed into a utility pole and burst into flames.

Beckford, 34, lost control of his 2004 red Dodge Ram shortly before 5 a.m. Monday and skidded into the pole, New Jersey police said.

The truck caught fire, but Beckford was able to pull himself out before it became fully engulfed in flames, police said.

He was treated at a hospital for head trauma and cuts and was released.

Beckford was named one of People magazine’s “50 Most Beautiful People” in 1995.

The wonder of it all

Stevie Wonder received quite a present for his 55th birthday present – the birth of his seventh child.

Wonder and his fashion-designer wife, Kai Millard Morris, announced Monday that they are the parents of a son, born on May 13. He is the couple’s first child.

Mandla Kadjaly Carl Stevland Morris weighed 7 pounds, 8 ounces and was 20 inches long. Mandla means “powerful/defiant” in Zulu and Kadjaly is Swahili for “born from God.”

Oh, it’s conceivable, all right

Former “ER” star Ming-Na is expecting another bundle of joy this fall – just in time for her new TV series, “Inconceivable.”

The Chinese-born actress and her husband, Eric Michael Zee, also have a 4-year-old daughter, Michaela.

Ming-Na, 41, next stars as the co-founder of a fertility clinic in “Inconceivable,” which will air on Fridays on NBC in the fall.

Madonna keeps coming up roses

Madonna has released her fifth children’s books, “Lotsa de Casha,” the story of the richest man in the world who loses everything but gains a friend.

Tthe 46-year-old pop star tells Ladies’ Home Journal that she’s written a sequel to her first children’s book, “The English Roses.”

“I’m going to keep writing sequels and start an ‘English Roses’ thing – my ultimate goal is to have a TV series, in episodes, each one having to do with girls finding themselves in challenging situations,” she says.

The birthday bunch

Guitarist-inventor Les Paul is 90. Actor Michael J. Fox is 44. Actor Johnny Depp is 42. Actress Gloria Reuben (“The Agency,” “ER”) is 41. Actress Natalie Portman is 24. Actress Mae Whitman (“Arrested Development”) is 17.

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