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Brown got help...

Chris Brown has completed a domestic violence counseling program required as part of the singer's guilty plea to assaulting then-girlfriend Rihanna nearly two years ago.

Friday, Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Patricia Schnegg congratulated the 21-year-old R&B performer for finishing the yearlong program.

As a result of completing the required counseling, Brown will no longer have to appear in court every three months for progress report hearings.

Brown is serving five years of probation after pleading guilty last year to assaulting pop star Rihanna in a rented sports car after a pre-Grammy Awards party.

City News Service reports the judge said she would consider lifting the protective order against Brown at a later date. The order requires Brown to stay at least 100 yards away from Rihanna.


TV cop sentenced...

Larry Wilcox, who won TV stardom as a motorcycle-riding highway patrolman in the prime-time show "CHiPs," was sentenced Friday to three years' probation after getting nabbed in an FBI sting on a securities fraud charge.

The actor, who played California Highway Patrol Officer Jonathan "Jon" Baker, avoided prison time after U.S. District Judge James I. Cohn found he was genuinely remorseful for having offered illegal kickbacks to an undercover FBI agent. The judge also said Wilcox had a track record of community service unparalleled by any other defendant who had come before him for sentencing.

A choked-up Wilcox told Cohn that his crime had been an act of desperation, an attempt to keep his company afloat so his friends and investors didn't lose the money they had entrusted to him. He drained $12 million of his own funds to keep UC Hub Group -- a mining business -- alive, he said.

"My actor's pride and ego led me to areas well beyond my ability to perform," Wilcox said.

Wilcox, 63, of West Hills, Calif., starred in "CHiPs" along with Erik Estrada from 1977 to 1982, leaving the show before its sixth and final season. He later did some producing and directing work.


Model behavior...

Former supermodel Cindy Crawford has teamed up with a furniture store to donate $20,000 to a Cincinnati-area children's hospital.

The Cincinnati Enquirer reports that Crawford toured cancer research labs in Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center in Corryville on Friday and met with a 6-year-old patient. The donation comes from sales of Crawford's new furniture line at Morris Home Furnishings in nearby Springdale. Crawford is in the area for the store's grand opening.

Crawford's younger brother, Jeff, died of acute lymphoblastic leukemia in 1975 just before his fourth birthday.

Crawford told those gathered that now, almost 90 percent of children with the disease are cured. She said: "We spend all this money on research and it does add up."

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