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Carey now recovering at home after breakdown

Singer Mariah Carey has checked out of the clinic where she has been recovering from a nervous breakdown, the New York Daily News reported Tuesday. “MC is feeling better,” Carey’s rep Cindi Berger told the newspaper. “She’s resting under a doctor’s care at an undisclosed location with her mother.” Carey has been under treatment during the past two weeks at Silver Hill, an exclusive Connecticut hospital specializing in mental illness and addiction. “Fans have been sending their best wishes to her from all over the world,” Berger said.

The 31-year-old pop star was rushed to a hospital emergency room and then checked into the facility after a violent outburst July 25 that prompted her mother, Patricia Carey, to call 911 from her home in Westchester, N.Y. Carey is known to be both a workaholic and an insomniac and has often said she gets by on as little as three hours of sleep a night.

When in Rome, do as THE Romans DO; so when on “Jackass” : Brad Pitt was sighted on MTV’s oft-maligned show, “Jackass,” frolicking with host Johnny Knoxville and his gang of idiots recently.

Brad was hardly recognizable in his furry ape suit, running amok on the streets, toppling over fences and getting tackled by fellow monkey-clad Jackasses. Our correspondent reports the lot of ’em were acting like a bunch of primates who had imbibed one too many banana daquiris. By the end of the clip, Pitt’s ape-mask was off, revealing our simian superhero’s true identity, in all his grinning glory.

What’s next, Brad? Planning on having the contents of an outhouse dumped on you any time soon?

WELL, GAAAAWWWW-LLEEE!-: Will Jim Nabors drop the hayseed accent when he gets his promotion? The television character he played for the 1964-1969 sitcom “Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C.” is scheduled to become a lance corporal today. Gen. James Jones, commandant of the Marine Corps, will honor the character at a private ceremony at Camp H.M. Smith on Oahu.

“I told the general I don’t know if I should accept this it’s just too much power,” joked Nabors, who lives in Honolulu. “At this stage of my life, it’s almost too much to think about what it could lead to.” As for why the belated honors, Camp Smith officials said the show did a lot to present the Marines in a positive light. “Even though Gomer wasn’t the sharpest knife in the drawer, he maintained all the attributes that a Marine is supposed to have,” said Marine spokesman Chuck Little. “He was honest, trustworthy and always gave 100 percent.” Except when a sharp knife was required.

HORRIFIES SO GOOD: Well, with “Footloose” and “Saturday Night Fever” now blessed by Broadway’s bright lights, how can you quibble with a musical written by John Mellencamp and Stephen King? Besides, you can try to run away screaming, but the twosome’s tunes will find you. The show will debut sometime in February and although there’s no title, Mellencamp gave enough of a hint to call it “an American story.” Like the one about the rabid canine or the writer who suffers really bad writer’s block and tries to hack up his family? “Just a little ditty/About REDRUM! REDRUM!”

Anyhow, Mellencamp says, “I’ve written about five songs for this thing, and there’s not one rock song anywhere near it.” He adds that he has about 10 songs to write for the production. How about, “Misery?” “Come on, baby, make it hurt so good/Sometimes a hammer on the ankles don’t feel like it should/Make it hurt so good.”

Today’s People Column was compiled by Vera H-C Chan and Eric Kurhi from staff and wire reports. Comments? Write to us c/o the Times, P.O. Box 8099, Walnut Creek, CA 94596-8099. Or call 925-943-8262, fax 925-943-8362, or e-mail spin@cctimes.com.

Milestones

Pregnancy announced: By Toni Braxton and Keri Lewis. The R&B singer and keyboardist’s first child, due Christmas Day, is a boy. The two have already chosen a name, Keri Jr., so the child will be known as K.J.

Birthdays: Former Georgia Sen. Herman Talmadge (88), former baseball manager Ralph Houk (82), country singer-songwriter Merle Killer (67), R&B singer Billy Henderson of The Spinners (62), jazz musician Jack DeJohnette (59), comedian-director David Steinberg (59), actor Sam Elliott (57), boxing Hall-of-Famer Ken Norton (56), singer Barbara Mason (54), actress Melanie Griffith (44), actress Amanda Bearse (43), rapper Kurtis Blow (42), singer Aimee Mann (41), singer Whitney Houston (38), actor Pat Petersen (35), football player Deion Sanders (34), actress Gillian Anderson (33), rock musician Arion Salazar of Third Eye Blind (31), rapper Mack 10 (30), actress Liz Vassey (29), actress Jessica Capshaw (25).

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