- The Washington Times - Monday, October 23, 2006

Smith kin pens book

Anna Nicole Smith can look forward to some fresh grief — courtesy of her estranged half-sister Donna Hogan.

In her forthcoming book with Stacy Brown, “Train Wreck: Anna Nicole Smith Unauthorized,” Miss Hogan holds Miss Smith responsible for the death of Miss Smith’s 20-year-old son, Daniel, whom she buried last week in the Bahamas, the New York Daily News reported in yesterday’s editions. Miss Hogan charges that Miss Smith neglected her son, knew about the drugs he was taking and didn’t do anything. (A private medical examiner has said Daniel Smith died of an accidental lethal combination of methadone and two antidepressants. Official toxicology tests are pending.)

Miss Hogan also waxes poetic over the issue of the paternity of Miss Smith’s 6-week-old daughter, Dannielynn.

According to Miss Hogan, Miss Smith “doesn’t even know who the father of her children is,” and she suggests that the newborn’s father could be Miss Smith’s late husband, millionaire J. Howard Marshall, because Miss Smith “always talked of freezing the old man’s sperm.” Last week, an attorney for Miss Smith said she would not submit Dannielynn to a DNA test demanded by ex-boyfriend Larry Birkhead, who believes he, not her attorney Howard K. Stern, is the daddy.

Miss Hogan also recalls viewing a videotape in which Mr. Marshall made a bequest to Anna. “She says to the old man, ‘Go ahead and say it, Paw Paw. … You know, what we talked about last night.’”

The book then goes on to say that Mr. Marshall recited that he was of sound mind, that he was taping his last will and testament and that he was leaving Miss Smith their ranch, town house, jewelry and Mercedes. However, Miss Hogan says the “plan” backfired because Miss Smith never got Mr. Marshall to say he left her half his estate.

Happy returns

Two paintings reported missing from Harvard University’s collections more than three decades ago have been recovered and will be returned to Harvard, Associated Press reports.

One of the paintings is a 1790 portrait of William Ponsonby, Second Earl of Bessborough, by John Singleton Copley. The portrait went missing from private university property in 1971. The second painting is a portrait of John Thornton Kirkland, a 19th-century Harvard president, by Gilbert Stuart. That was reported missing in 1968.

Both paintings were sold at an auction in Hudson, N.Y., last weekend, said Harvard University Art Museums spokesman Daron J. Manoogian.

Painful past

The boyfriend of pop star Lance Bass says he was sexually assaulted while a cadet in the Air Force Academy and contemplated suicide after the incident.

Reichen Lehmkuhl, who won $1 million on the fourth season of CBS’ “The Amazing Race” reality series, told the New York Daily News that he didn’t report the abuse in the early 1990s to his superiors for fear of repercussions.

“I think it’s the first time that I’ve said that that happened,” he told ABC News. “I’ve been ashamed of it.”

Pentagon spokesman Stewart Upton said there is little the military can do now unless Mr. Lehmkuhl requests an investigation and identifies his two alleged attackers. “There are policies in place … where [he] can be provided with the most care and respect as possible,” Mr. Upton said.

Mr. Lehmkuhl, a 32-year-old model and actor, also said he is supportive of Mr. Bass, formerly a singer with the ‘90s boy band ‘NSync, who in July revealed he was homosexual.

Compiled by Robyn-Denise Yourse from Web and wire reports.

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