About People: Madonna, Ritchie split

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The much-speculated split between Madonna and filmmaker Guy Ritchie became a "told-you-so" for tabloids when the pair announced that they will end their marriage after nearly eight years.

The couple asked the media to "maintain respect for their family at this difficult time," said a statement, e-mailed yesterday to The Associated Press by Madonna's publicist.

A financial settlement has not been agreed by the couple, who must also decide child custody issues.

Madonna and Ritchie, director of "Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels" and this year's "RockNRolla," married in December 2000 at a Scottish castle. The couple have two children: Rocco, 8, and David Banda, 3, who was adopted from Malawi in 2006. Madonna also has a 12-year-old daughter, Lourdes, from another relationship.

The couple are reportedly worth some $525 million, the bulk of that belonging to Madonna. Ritchie has an estimated $35 million fortune. They own homes in London, Los Angeles and New York, and a 1,200-acre retreat in Wiltshire, England.

Madonna is in Boston on her "Sticky and Sweet" tour continues. Ritchie has been promoting "RocknRolla," which opened recently to mixed reviews.

Lawyers said the couple would likely try to come to an agreement before heading to court.

Over the summer, Madonna was linked -- unfairly, she said -- to the breakup of New York Yankee Alex Rodriguez and his ex-wife Cynthia.

Madonna was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame last year. (Associated Press)

In all fairness ...

Talk radio isn't exactly known for its lack of bias, but during yesterday's Kevin Miller show on KDKA-AM (1020), the concept of fairness appeared to have won a skirmish.

In a segment that could have been either stunt or statement, KDKA executive producer P.J. Kumanchik read an announcement from CBS management addressing accusations that talk host Miller, whose show airs from noon to 3 p.m., is unfairly biased against Sen. Barack Obama's campaign.

Citing a number of e-mails and phone calls from listeners criticizing Miller, Kumanchik offered Democratic presidential candidate Obama a three-hour air shift, usurping Miller's air time.

"We want to apologize to listeners who have found your show offensive," Kumanchik told Miller on the air.

Kumanchik also said the complaints included the use of unapproved audio clips, including the theme from the TV series "The Jeffersons," and unobjective guests.

In the spirit of equal time, John McCain would also be able to have a three-hour solo show. (Adrian McCoy, Post-Gazette multimedia writer)



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