NOD TO HERITAGE
NBC News correspondent Jenna Bush Hager and her husband have welcomed their second daughter. Former President George W. Bush says in a statement that Poppy Louise Hager was born Thursday in New York. She’s named after Jenna’s grandfather, former President George H.W. Bush, who was called Poppy as a child. Hager and her husband, Henry, also have a 2-year-old daughter, who is named Margaret Laura after her grandmothers. She is called Mila. Hager told NBC’s Savannah Guthrie that George H.W. Bush “got very emotional” at the news the baby was named after him.
Billy Joel and wife Alexis Roderick are the parents of a baby girl. A representative for the 66-year-old singer confirmed that Della Rose was born early Wednesday morning in New York. The couple married during a surprise ceremony on July 4 at Joel’s home on Long Island. This is his first child with the 33-year-old Alexis. He has another daughter, Alexa Ray, with previous wife Christie Brinkley. Last month, the Piano Man set a record for most performances by a single artist at New York’s Madison Square Garden with 65 shows.
SOUNDS OF POTUS
By day, President Barack Obama enjoys the music of such artists as Justin Timberlake, Stevie Wonder, Aretha Franklin and the Bobs —Dylan and Marley.
When the sun starts to set, his tastes shift to the mellifluous sounds of Al Green, Frank Sinatra, Beyoncé, John Coltrane, Billie Holiday and others.
Obama on Friday tweeted links to his daytime and evening summer playlists as the White House launched an official channel on Spotify, the popular music streaming service. He said he shared the lists “due to popular request.”
Royal officials on Friday urged media organizations not to publish unauthorized images of Prince George and Princess Charlotte, arguing that paparazzi are using increasingly dangerous tactics to get the valuable images. Kensington Palace, the official home of Prince William and his wife, Kate, published a letter sent to media standards organizations, detailing recent incursions on the family’s privacy. It said photographers have hidden in car trunks and obscured themselves in sand dunes, around London parks and playgrounds.
BLAST FROM THE PAST
Ancient history? Sowing his oats? Or is Gavin Rossdale just a cheetah? In an interview with In Touch, a woman says she had a steamy encounter with the Bush front man at a 2002 Playboy Mansion party while he was engaged to Gwen Stefani — and kept texting her even after the wedding. “He was beautiful and charming,” the party girl, who wishes to remain anonymous, tells the mag. “He said [he and Gwen] were having problems. I thought they were breaking up.”
TAKE A HIKE, MIKE
A lawyer representing former Jersey Shore reality show star Michael “The Situation” Sorrentino has withdrawn from a federal tax fraud case against him. A judge in Newark gave him until mid-October to get a new attorney. The Situation and his brother Marc Sorrentino were charged last year with filing bogus tax returns on nearly $9 million and claiming millions of dollars in personal expenses were business expenses. They’ve pleaded not guilty.
Six decades after Gunsmoke debuted on television, several actors who appeared in the show, including Burt Reynolds, are scheduled to reunite in Dodge City. The Wichita Eagle reports that the actors will attend Wild West Fest on Sept. 25-27. Besides Reynolds, who portrayed blacksmith Quint Asper from 1962 to 1965, also attending are Bruce Boxleitner, Buck Taylor, Jess Walton, Lane Bradbury and Merry Florene. Gunsmoke ran on CBS from 1955 through 1975 and was nominated for more than a dozen Emmys.