- The Washington Times - Sunday, June 11, 2006

Custody battle

A judge wants a psychologist to evaluate Alec Baldwin to determine whether he is fit to see his 10-year-old daughter, Ireland, more often as part of an ongoing custody battle with former wife Kim Basinger.

Superior Court Commissioner Maren E. Nelson said the question is whether the actor is attempting to turn the couple’s child against Miss Basinger.

“Whether that is taking place or not, I cannot determine,” Judge Nelson said. “Someone, an evaluator, needs to spend time with Ireland and the parents to work on that issue.”

Neither actor attended Friday’s court hearing.

Mr. Baldwin was given a week to accept the court-appointed psychologist or the judge said she would select another one.

In October, Miss Basinger’s attorney said Mr. Baldwin suffered from “severe emotional problems” and that he had been accused of domestic violence in the past.

Mr. Baldwin, 48, countered in court documents that Miss Basinger, 52, “has a pathological need” to turn their daughter against him. He also sought a psychological evaluation and parenting classes for Miss Basinger.

The acting duo married Aug. 19, 1993. They separated in 2000 and divorced in 2002.

Rose returns

Sidelined since undergoing heart surgery in March, Charlie Rose returns to his nightly PBS talk show — and he’ll be answering some questions instead of just asking them.

Mr. Rose had been on his way to Syria to interview that country’s president when he felt shortness of breath during a Paris stopover. He underwent surgery to repair a heart valve, spending a month in thehospital.

Mr. Rose, 64, will spend half of today’s show talking about his surgery with a guest interviewer, who had yet to be determined on Friday. New York Times columnist Tom Friedman will pay his 40th visit to the program — more than any other guest — in the second half.

Barbara Walters, Brian Williams, Bob Schieffer, Christiane Amanpour, George Stephanopoulos and David Remnick were among the guest hosts while Mr. Rose was recuperating.

“One of the many things my time away reminded me is how privileged I am to have this job,” Mr. Rose said.

Former Vice President Al Gore is among the guests lined up for Mr. Rose’s first week back.

Taking leave

Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie left Namibia with their newborn daughter and their two older children after a two-month stay at a luxury beach resort, an official said Saturday.

Samuel Nuuyoma, the governor of the Namibian region of Erongo, confirmed the family’s departure but would not say when they left or where they went.

The couple thanked the Namibian government and Namibia’s people at a press conference Wednesday for the peace they enjoyed in the southwest African country.

“We are very proud that our daughter was born here, and we leave with fond memories and definitely hungry to return,” Mr. Pitt, 42, said.

It was the couple’s first public appearance since Miss Jolie, 31, gave birth to Shiloh Nouvel Jolie-Pitt on May 27 at a private clinic in the resort town of Walvis Bay. The baby weighed 7 pounds and was said to be in good health.

Compiled by Kevin Chaffee from wire reports.

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