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Fired chairman sues Time Warner

Fired Warner Music chairman Doug Morris is suing Time Warner Inc. for $50-million, Bloomberg Business News reported Friday. Morris, who was fired Wednesday, claimed in the suit that his contract provided for a $50-million payment if he was terminated without cause. The suit said the lump-sum payment included salary, benefits and bonuses through the agreement's end in December 1999. The damages Morris is seeking include becoming vested in stock options the company paid him. Morris accused Time Warner of failing to "particularize or even identify the supposed "cause' " the company referred to in a letter it sent him Thursday. The company would not comment Friday.

The baby boom

Actors Natasha Richardson and Liam Neeson have produced a little Irish lad. Micheal Richard Antonio Neeson was born at a Dublin hospital Thursday.

Actor Rosie O'Donnell is now a mom, after adopting a boy born May 25 in Florida.

Christie Brinkley has settled on a name for her son, three weeks after his birth: Jack Paris Brinkley Taubman. He was born in New York on June 2. His dad is millionaire Ricky Taubman, 46.

In other news . . .

Gregory Todd Watkins, who plays Evan Walsh on the TV soap As the World Turns, was in serious but stable condition Friday at Las Vegas' University Medical Center following a boating accident Wednesday on Lake Mohave. Watkins, 30, was standing on the bow of the boat when the operator abruptly slowed down, casting the actor into the water. He was hit by the boat's propeller. Watkins broke his left arm and leg and suffered several bad cuts.

Eva Gabor, 74, star of TV's Green Acres, broke her right hip Wednesday in Mexico. She was in fair condition Friday in Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.

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