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NEWSMAKERS: Weeding Out Whitney?

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Mar 19, 2001 | 11:50am EST

So, what is Whitney Houston's "Greatest Love of All"?

Far be it for us to speculate, but it's worth noting that a Hawaiian newspaper reports that security guards at an island airport seized pot from the diva's carry-on bag last week.

Hilo's Tribune-Herald says guards found the weed (all 15.2 reputed grams of it) last Tuesday during a search of the Grammy-winning singer/actress' luggage. The bag was seized, but Houston went on to board a United Airlines flight for San Francisco anyway, escaping about 45 minutes before police arrived at Kahole-Kona International Airport, the paper said.

Hawaii police will refer the case to the local district attorney for possible prosecution, a process that could take up to a month, The Associated Press says. Possession of 15 grams of marijuana is a misdemeanor, punishable by up to 30 days in jail or a $1,000 fine.

Houston's reps and her record label, Arista, have declined comment.

CONSOLING KEANU: Looks like Keanu Reeves won't be a daddy after all.

Reeves' girlfriend, Jennifer Syme, has "lost" the couple's baby, which was due this month, USA Today reports. The 35-year-old actor' s camp could not be reached for comment.

The pregnancy -- as well as Reeves' intentions not to marry Syme -- were announced in July.

ADIOS, MUCHACHA: Teen actress Jena Malone ("Stepmom") has won legal emancipation from her mother.

The 15-year-old had accused her mom of squandering her money through "excessive spending and mismanagement," Malone's attorney told The Associated Press. California law allows minors as young as 14 to seek freedom from their folks, and Malone has been living on her own for some time, with pads in New York and Los Angeles, the attorney said. Malone recently won a court order preventing her mother from interfering with her career.

NORMAL BARBRA: After her New Year's Eve concert pulled in more than $14 million, Barbra Streisand says she won't take the stage to sing again. The concert, held at Las Vegas' MGM Grand Hotel, set an all-time single concert box-office record, but, big money or no, Streisand tells TV Guide that she's had it with performing because it makes her feel like she's in a beauty pageant. Says La Streisand: "They're making me into a diva, and I'm like this normal person. I do my own makeup."

RIDING INTO THE SUNSET: The Lone Ranger may be gone, but the things he stood for -- heroism and justice, silver bullets and cowboy hats, Silver and Tonto -- remain.

More than 200 admirers and friends of actor Clayton Moore, who died Dec. 28 at age 85, attended a memorial service Sunday in Los Angeles.

Moore donned the Ranger's signature black mask in 1949 and seemingly never removed it, even long after the "Lone Ranger" TV series ended. "Some people, some actors will complain about typecasting," movie reviewer Leonard Maltin told the audience. "That never worried [Moore], in part because he loved the role so much."

GOING SOLO? After 14 years of marriage and seven kids (four adopted), TV talker Marie Osmond is reportedly separating from husband Brian Blosil.

In today's USA Today, Larry King reports that Osmond "has asked me to announce" the split from Blosil, her second husband. "She asked me because I'm a friend of the family," King writes. An announcement on the official Osmond family Web site (www.osmond.com) neither confirms nor denies the report and asks fans to refrain from spreading rumors. "Obviously, this is a very private matter, and we have received no official announcement regarding a separation," the site says. " ... We ask and remind all those who choose to share their views on such a private matter that respect and consideration for Marie and her family be given the utmost priority in any [Internet] posting." ")

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