People in the News
WASHINGTON (AP) _ What do you get when you cross a wisecracking GOP consultant with a ragin’ Cajun Democratic strategist? Why, the first woman president of the United States.
So claims the birth announcement for Matalin Mary Carville, born Thursday to Mary Matalin _ she’s the Republican _ and James Carville _ he’s the Democrat.
Matalin, the political director of President Bush’s failed re-election effort, is co-host of ``Equal Time″ on CNBC-TV. She and Carville, who headed President Clinton’s campaign, married in 1993.
Their daughter, already nicknamed Matty, entered the 2032 presidential race at 10:06 a.m. She weighed in at 8 pounds, 10 ounces and was 21 inches long. Her parents are listed on the announcement as campaign co-chairs.
And the newborn’s political affiliation? ``Equal Time″ producer Susan Morrison said, ``No comment.″
At the White House, presidential press secretary Mike McCurry began his daily briefing by announcing the birth. The baby, he said, is of ``a size certain to confirm that it is a Democratic child.″
WARSAW, Poland (AP) _ Former President Bush, making a two-day ``sentimental journey″ to Poland, became an honorary citizen of Krakow on Thursday.
``You are building a brighter future for yourselves,″ Bush said during a City Council session in the southern Poland city.
Krakow Mayor Jozef Lassota praised Bush as a ``courageous and righteous man, open to the problems of the surrounding world and a true architect of mutual understanding.″
Bush, accompanied by his wife Barbara, visited the Polish-U.S. children’s hospital in Krakow and joined a dance performance by some of the young patients, said the Polish news agency PAP.
He will meet with President Lech Walesa on Friday in Warsaw.
In an interview with the Rzeczpospolita newspaper, Bush said his trip was ``a sentimental journey during which I will meet a friend _ President Lech Walesa _ with whom we have done a lot together.″
Bush visited Poland in 1987 as vice-president and in 1989 and 1992 as president.
PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. (AP) _ Two bald eaglets have been named in honor of an Eagle of another kind: Don Henley.
The National Foundation to Protect America’s Eagles named the 12-week-old birds ``Desperado″ and ``Best of My Love″ _ two hits for Henley and his fellow Eagles.
Henley donated $10,000 to the foundation. The eaglets will be released into the wild in the Smoky Mountains on Aug. 18. They were hatched at the foundation’s center.
OXFORD, Miss. (AP) _ The author of ``The Client″ will not be The Juror.
John Grisham showed up for jury duty Monday and Tuesday, but he wasn’t called and was excused from further service.
The writer maintains a home in Oxford but has moved with his family to Virginia.
Deputy circuit clerk Baretta Mosely said Grisham’s appearance caused a minor stir at the Lafayette County courthouse, but people didn’t bother him.
Mosely said she resisted the temptation to ask him for his autograph.
``I didn’t think he wanted to be disturbed,″ she said.
LOS ANGELES (AP) _ Thieves drove off with Paula Abdul’s Mercedes-Benz after she briefly left it running in front of a restaurant.
Two men jumped in and took off when the singer went to get a valet parking ticket at Delmonico’s in suburban Encino, police Sgt. Dan Mastro said.
``It was certainly somewhat of a different, unusual car theft,″ Mastro said, adding that the crooks apparently had staked out the restaurant and waited for a car to steal.
``She was extremely upset, as anyone would be,″ he said. ``We’re looking for that vehicle, just like we’d be looking for any other.″
NEW YORK (AP) _ La Toya Jackson has filed for protection from creditors under federal bankruptcy laws, claiming she had less than $50,000 to her name and bills of between $500,000 and $1 million.
Her husband-agent, Jack Gordon, said the cash crunch was caused by the owners of the Moulin Rouge club in Paris, who are trying to collect $650,000 from the pop singer for cutting short a six-month engagement two years ago.
Gordon said the club owners had filed liens on everything in Jackson’s name, including royalties on her book ``The La Toya Jackson Story″ and her nude video for Playboy, as well as future performances.
The Chapter 11 petition was filed Wednesday at the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Manhattan, the court clerk’s office said Thursday
Jackson was in Madrid taping a television special and could not immediately be reached for comment.
``It really wasn’t her fault,″ Gordon said Thursday. ``It was absolutely forced.″