Voletta Wallace, the mother of rap legend Notorious B.I.G., is bringing the slain artist's murder case back into the spotlight, contending that a rogue police officer played a role in the 1997 shooting that took Biggie's life. A jury was selected yesterday to hear the family's wrongful-death suit against the Los Angeles Police Department. . . .
Singer Billy Corgan announced plans yesterday to revive the Smashing Pumpkins. His Grammy-winning band called it quits in 2000 after the better part of a decade of alternative-rock superstardom that Corgan has since failed to match. Corgan took out full-page advertisements in Chicago newspapers to declare, "I want my band back, and my songs, and my dreams." No word on whether original Pumpkins Jimmy Chamberlin, James Iha or D'Arcy have read the overblown want ad. . . .
The Canadian edition of Bob Geldof's Live 8 concerts will be held July 2 at Molson Park in Barrie, Ontario. Hosted by comedians Dan Aykroyd and Tom Green, the lineup features Canada's pop-music A-list, including Celine Dion, Bryan Adams, Our Lady Peace and Barenaked Ladies. . . .
Country singer Martina McBride gave birth Monday to a daughter. Ava Rose Kathleen McBride and her 38-year-old mother are both doing well, according to the singer's Web site.
-- Compiled by Chris Richards
from wire reports