Getting Behind Shields

Brooke Shields has a new ally in her media battle with Tom Cruise -- New Jersey's acting Gov. Richard J. Codey.

"Tom Cruise knows as much about postpartum depression as I do about acting," Cody said last week, according to the Associated Press, "and he should stick to acting and not talk about women who need help."

Like Shields, Cody's wife, Mary Jo, has struggled with postpartum depression and has openly discussed her ordeal, which began when she was diagnosed 28 years ago.

During an interview on the "Today" show last month, Cruise criticized Shields for taking antidepressants, saying that depression can be treated with vitamins and exercise. The "War of the Worlds" star is a follower of Scientology, which views psychiatry as a harmful pseudo-science.

Shields has called his remarks "a disservice to mothers everywhere."

Ahnold Heats Up

California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger is calling for "governments everywhere" to face the reality of global warming.

"The debate is over," Schwarzenegger wrote in Britain's Independent newspaper on Sunday. "We know the science. We see the threat posed by changes in our climate. And we know the time for action is now."

The Governator called on his home state to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases and increase use of renewable energy sources. "Global warming threatens California's water supply, public health, agriculture, coastlines and forests -- our entire economy and way of life," he wrote.

A Proposal in the Pits

Singer Pink, aka Alecia Moore, is getting married, according to US Weekly. The 25-year-old proposed to her boyfriend of four years, motocross champion Carey Hart, 29, during a June 26 race in Mammoth Lakes, Calif. She reportedly wrote "Will you marry me?" on a pit board, which Hart saw while he was competing.

Hart is scheduled to appear in the fifth season of VH1's "The Surreal Life," along with former "Apprentice" contender Omarosa Manigault-Stallworth, Sandy "Pepa" Denton (of Salt 'n Pepa) and retired baseball all-star Jose Canseco. The series premieres Sunday.

End Notes

* Elizabeth Edwards, spouse of former Democratic veep candidate John Edwards, yesterday announced plans to write a book about her life, including her successful treatment for breast cancer. Her proposal is being pitched to publishers by Washington lawyer Robert Barnett, who said he is finding "enormous interest." The book will appear at a time when John Edwards plans to test the waters for a 2008 presidential bid, according to the Associated Press.

* Rapper and TV actor Ice-T is visiting Australia for a series of concerts, but the shows are just a means to an end. "This particular tour was set up for us to travel -- point-blank," he told Australia's Associated Press yesterday. "So it was like, let's set up some gigs, we will hit some clubs and you know, get like a paid vacation." The "Law and Order" star noted that he will not climb Sydney Harbour Bridge, a popular tourist activity, saying that he doesn't want to get "blown off of some bridge in Australia. That is not where it is going to end for me."

-- Compiled by

Michael Cotterman

from staff and wire reports

The Governator has warmed to the climate change issue.N.J. acting Gov. Richard Codey had stern words for Tom Cruise.Here comes the bride: Pink is engaged to racer Carey Hart.