PHOTO; CAPTION:1. AP PHOTO / MUD COUPLE -- Kevin Cole, 10, pulls a worm out of the hair of Sarah King, 11, at yesterday's annual Mud Day in Westland, Mich. The two were named Mr. and Mrs. Mud 1994. 2. AP PHOTO / EIGHT FOR SEVENTEEN -- The eight finalists for the annual Seventeen Magazine Cover Girl Contest gathered yesterday in New York. The winner, to be chosen in the next two days, will be featured on the November issue. Pictured from left are: Kelly Dugan, of San Diego; Kay Hargett, of Kingwood, Texas; Leslie Leiva, of Fairfax, Va.; Jody Remsa, of Coral Springs, Fla.; Melissa Brown, of Friendswood, Texas; Claudia Jordan, of East Providence, R.I.; Elizabeth Sperier, of Sarasota, Fla., and Natasha Johnson, of Omaha. 3. [Andrew Lloyd Webber] 4. [Zoe Baird]
Maureen Sullivan Stemberg, the Back Bay socialite and decorator, has lost a bid to overturn her 1988 divorce settlement from Staples founder Thomas Stemberg. Probate court judge David Kopelman ruled Monday that the settlement was "fair and reasonable." He dismissed Stemberg's assertions that her former husband deceived her about his assets during the negotiations, and that he coerced her into signing the document. The settlement left Maureen Stemberg with the equity in the couple's $700,000 Dedham house, some $100,000 in mutually owned furnishings, 500,000 shares of Staples stock (worth nearly $14 million), $32,000 a year in alimony, $24,000 in annual child support for their 10-year-old son, and assorted other benefits. The legal challenge to this deal consumed six years, including a 52-day trial. Were there any winners? Guess who? The legal fees, which the parties must now absorb, are said reliably to be in seven figures. The losing side was represented by Joseph Walsh, while Tom Stemberg was represented by Enid M. Starr and Bernard A. Dwork of Barron & Stadfeld.
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