Celebrity son in court ...
The son of Ryan O'Neal and the late Farrah Fawcett pleaded no contest Wednesday to heroin possession and was ordered to spend the next year in an intense inpatient rehab program.
Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Keith Schwartz also placed Redmond O'Neal on five years probation and gave him a three-year suspended prison sentence, which would only be imposed if the younger O'Neal gets into trouble again.
O'Neal, 26, also pleaded no contest to being a felon in possession of a firearm when he was arrested Aug. 2 after a traffic stop.
He entered the pleas without an agreement with prosecutors, district attorney's spokeswoman Jane Robison said.
"The defense team appreciates that Judge Schwartz gave Redmond the help that he needs to turn his life around," attorneys Richard Pintal and Michael Brewer said in a statement. "The court recognized that drug rehabilitation is the best thing for Redmond and society as a whole."
Pintal said his client will be required to remain in a lockdown rehab facility and is facing a tough fight to beat his heroin addiction.
"It's especially insidious in that it's intensely physically addictive and coming off of, or ceasing in any respect, causes incredible physical pain," Pintal said.
Burger brothers ...
Actor brothers Donnie and Mark Wahlberg have licensed the name of a hamburger from a Rochester-area chain of drive-in restaurants and plan to use the name for their new restaurant.
Executives with Tom Wahl's told the Democrat and Chronicle that the brothers from Boston have licensed the Wahlburger name from the company so they can use it when they and another sibling, Paul, open a burger joint named Wahlburgers Restaurant in their hometown. Tom Wahl's serves a cheeseburger called a Wahlburger and owns the federal trademark rights to the name.
Tom Wahl and his brother Bill opened the first Tom Wahl's restaurant in Avon, south of Rochester, in 1955. The chain now has eight restaurants.
Whoopi, Vinny together ...
A kitten tossed from a moving car on New York City's Verrazano Bridge now has a name -- and a celebrity "mom."
Whoopi Goldberg has posted a video of Vinny on her Facebook page. It shows the gray kitten grooming himself and batting a feather toy with his paw.
Vinny was rescued in July. An Animal Care & Control officer who happened to be driving on the bridge witnessed the kitten being thrown from the bridge.
Goldberg notes on her page that she met Vinny on the ABC talk show "The View," where she's a co-host.
Goldberg says her other cat, Oliver, is "not too happy" about the new family member. But she adds: "I think he'll get Oliver to come around sooner than later."