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By DICK KELSEY, United Press International   |   July 22, 2002 at 3:00 AM   |   Comments

JUDGE CLEARS DOWNEY OF DRUG CHARGES

A California judge has ruled actor Robert Downey Jr. has successfully completed one year of rehab stemming from his arrest on drug charges in November 2000.

Prosecutors tried to convince Riverside County Superior Court Judge Randall White to extend Downey's probation for six more months for additional treatment. White said he was satisfied with Downey's progress and declared his probation period complete.

Downey, 37, was sentenced last July to three years probation after pleading no contest to felony cocaine possession and a misdemeanor count of being under the influence.

Downey had been out of prison just three months when he was arrested in Palm Springs in 2000, and he was charged in April 2001 in another drug case that cost him his role in Fox TV's "Ally McBeal."


JACK OSBOURNE BANGED UP IN JUMP FROM PIER

While Ozzy Osbourne's family deals with Sharon's fight with cancer, son Jack suffered minor injuries when he jumped from a pier in Malibu, Calif.

Sixteen-year-old Jack and some buddies were being followed by a MTV camera crew last Wednesday when the group decided to go for a swim. The Osbournes have a hit MTV show that centers around watching America's favorite dysfunctional family live its everyday life.

Lifeguards, noting that jumping from the pier is a no-no, saw Jack was in trouble and rescued him from the deep water along the pier. They gave him first aid for an injured arm and mild shock, and he was given additional treatment at a nearby hospital for what were described as "minor injuries."

Sharon Osbourne underwent surgery for colon cancer on July 2, and last week disclosed the cancer had spread beyond her colon. Chemotherapy sessions begin next week.


TV 'BACHELOR' AND 'BACHELORETTE' LIVING APART

The 23-year-old woman who won ABC's reality show, "The Bachelor," has taken a job as a part-time disk jockey at a Kansas City radio station.

Despite being 1,600 miles away from bachelor Alex Michel, bachelorette Amanda Marsh said she believes their love will stand up to the separation.

After 23-year-old Marsh won the competition over 24 other women, the couple took up residence together in Los Angeles.

But, after several job prospects did not materialize in L.A., Marsh accepted an offer to work as a disk jockey on Saturday nights for a rock station in Kansas City. She said they're both optimistic their relationship will work, and are "completely in love."

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