Ricky and the haunted mansion

The bonbon shaker's got a ghost of a roomie; Eminem's shooting blanks; and Puffy's guilty -- of extreme romance!

Published February 14, 2001 5:50PM (EST)

Forget all that talk about whether or not Ricky Martin prefers men or women. According to one former Miami homeowner, everyone's favorite bonbon shaker may soon be shacked up with a gh-gh-ghost!

A ghost of the female persuasion.

The erstwhile owner of a seven-bedroom mansion Martin has just snapped up for $6.5 million tells the Miami Herald the home is haunted by an "old maidish" specter -- and not a very happy one. In fact, the man claims, life with the ghost got so loca, he felt compelled to call in an exorcist three times to induce the spirit to behave, but to no avail.

Not only did she bang ... she also moaned and rattled her chains?

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He'll be here for four years, folks ...

"George W. Bush is like a bad comic working the crowd, a moron, if you'll pardon the expression."

-- Martin Sheen on the West Wing's current occupant.

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On to other Mathers?

Will Eminem soon have a new family member to feud with?

According to the U.K. Sun, the rapper and his on-again wife, Kim, are doing their best to make a little brother or sister for their 5-year-old daughter, Hailie. But Eminem claims that they may not have a slim, shady chance of actually conceiving a baby thanks to years of drug use on his part.

"Yes, me and Kim have been trying for another child," he reportedly told the tabloid. "But it looks like I'm firing blanks."

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Speaking of Eminem's tool trouble

"Our product market is not Eminem's 18-year-old fans. We make chainsaws for mature people who have genuine forestry work to do."

-- Olga Scott, marketing manager for Swedish chainsaw manufacturer Husqvarna, expressing dismay after Eminem brandished one of her company's tools onstage at a concert.

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Her Puffy valentine

Neither his trial, nor his fashion show, nor a rent dispute, nor the outrage of PETA over his use of fur in his fall line of clothing could keep Sean "Puffy" Combs from flashing the romantic within.

Jennifer Lopez, who refuses to discuss the status of her relationship with Puffy, says he sent her a very special early Valentine's Day present this year, something to rival the rose petals and the doves he's sent her way in the past.

He sent her ... Luther Vandross.

J.Lo tells the Toronto Sun that Vandross visited her while she was on the "Saturday Night Live" set, preparing for last weekend's show.

"It's the most amazing thing that ever happened to me," she said. "Luther said, 'I have a present for you.' He put in his DAT recording, and sat down and took my mic and sang 'House Is Not a Home.'"

Knowing Puffy, Vandross is probably still waiting for his tip.

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Anna's lament

"I didn't want to be called a gold digger, but that kind of backfired."

-- Anna Nicole Smith on her reservations about marrying her late, loaded husband, J. Howard Marshall.

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Four's the charm?

It seems like only yesterday that William Shatner was tearfully discussing the death of his third wife, Nerine Kidd. But it looks like, less than two years later, he's fixing to tie the knot one more time.

According to the Associated Press, the former Priceline shill and his girlfriend, Elizabeth J. Martin, applied for a marriage license in Lebanon, Ind., on Monday. The license application cost them $62 -- and no, I don't think they bid on it.

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By Amy Reiter

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