- The Washington Times - Monday, July 14, 2008

Room service 1

Christian Estrosi, mayor of Nice on the French Riviera, went to the Lenval Hospital Sunday and delivered birth certificates for the twins of Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt, born there Saturday night. Thus, Papa Pitt avoided the paparazzi by not going to City Hall himself, and the mayor posed for them instead, proudly displaying the birth certificates.

“It’s a happy day for Mrs. Angelina Jolie and all the citizens of Nice,” Mr. Estrosi said, according to Associated Press. He also said the twins will be honorary citizens if they decide not to claim French citizenship.

Knox Leon and his sister, Vivienne Marcheline, weighed about 5 pounds each. They and parents were doing well, said Dr. Michel Sussmann, the obstetrician.

Nice Matin newspaper said the parents have sold the rights to the first photos to a U.S. publication and that those proceeds will go to charity.

Room service 2

“It’s good not to call room service. I can tell you that,” said singer Jon Bon Jovi Saturday night before his band’s big concert in Manhattan. “It feels real good not to dial 9 to get a cup of coffee. For me, that was very nice this morning. But what a way to end up.”

The singer was relieved the long tour was winding down, AP reports. “We started 10 nights in New Jersey and ended up with the biggest show of the year in New York at Central Park on the Great Lawn. It’s very rarified air, you know? We know there are only a half a dozen shows that have ever been on this grass.”

Although city officials gave away 60,000 tickets for the concert, some of the free tickets reportedly were being hawked by scalpers on eBay for as much as $1,500 a pair.

Decision pending

PBS President and CEO Paula Kerger told a Television Critics Association meeting that she was impressed by a New York performance of “King Lear” starring Ian McKellen. She told the critics it has been filmed for PBS and will air next season.

When asked about Mr. McKellen’s full-frontal nudity and whether it would be acceptable for public television, Miss. Kerger said, “Let’s talk about that in January. … It’s what I think about it and what the [Federal Communications Commission] will allow.”

Compiled from wire reports

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