- The Washington Times - Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Minnie Driver’s a mom

Minnie Driver has given birth to a son, Associated Press reports.

Henry Story Driver was born in Los Angeles on Friday and weighed in at a hearty 9 pounds, 12 ounces, her publicist, Jessica Kolstad, told People magazine.

Miss Driver, 38, has not revealed the name of the father but tells People that he will be involved in the baby’s life. The actress stars on the FX cable TV series “The Riches” and was nominated for an Academy Award for her performance in 1997’s “Good Will Hunting.”

Tate marks Bacon’s 100th

The Tate Britain museum in London is to mark the 100th anniversary of Francis Bacon’s birth with a major exhibition of some of the legendary British painter’s finest works, Agence France-Presse reports.

Comprising around 65 paintings and covering Mr. Bacon’s career, the exhibition brings together the most important works from each period of his life — including the rarely seen “Triptych.” Painted in 1976, it was purchased at auction in May for more than $86 million by Russian tycoon Roman Abramovich, setting a new record for a painting by the artist.

Mr. Bacon, who was born in Dublin in 1909 and died in Madrid in 1992, is widely acknowledged as one of the 20th century’s finest painters of the figure. The exhibition, which runs through Jan. 9, is divided into 10 rooms, each exploring themes in his work, such as crucifixion, portraits, apprehension and his lover, George Dyer.

Oasis attacker charged

Oasis rocker Noel Gallagher was attacked at a concert, and the suspected assailant has been charged, AP reports.

The British band was midway through its headlining set at the Virgin Festival on Toronto’s Olympic Island Sunday night when a man rushed the band from the back of the stage. He pushed Mr. Gallagher, causing him to fall on his speakers.

Security personnel quickly apprehended Daniel Sullivan, 47, from Pickering, Ontario. He was released from custody on a promise to appear in court Oct. 24.

Compiled by Robyn-Denise Yourse from Web and wire reports

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