- The Washington Times - Thursday, March 5, 2009

Adoption possible

France’s first lady, Carla Bruni-Sarkozy, says she would like to have a baby, and if that does not work out, she would be happy to adopt one, Reuters news agency reports. The comments, made in an interview with the magazine Madame Figaro, were released Wednesday.

Asked whether she wanted a baby, the 41-year-old first lady said: “I would like that, but I don’t know if it will be possible at my age. If it’s not possible biologically, I will adopt one. I’m not obsessed by blood ties. I think you can form strong bonds without that.”

She has a 7-year-old son from a previous relationship. Her husband, President Nicolas Sarkozy, 54, has three children from his two previous marriages.

There has been intense speculation in the celebrity press about whether the first couple has been planning to try for a child. “I would love to have a child, but I’m not going to fight against nature,” said the former-model-turned-pop-singer. “I already have one, and my husband has three, so you can’t really say we are desperate for children.”

Alamo buff

Singer Phil Collins, 58, says he has hundreds of cannonballs, documents and other artifacts from the Alamo, so he’s at the source this week in San Antonio in conjunction with the anniversary of the March 1836 Battle of the Alamo.

The collector and history buff’s most prized item is a receipt signed by Alamo commander William Barret Travis for 32 head of cattle used to feed the Alamo defenders. “Basically, now I’ve stopped being Phil Collins the singer. This has become what I do,” he said in an online story Tuesday for the San Antonio Express-News. He is scheduled to speak to the Alamo Defenders Descendants Association on Saturday.

People choose

When Queen Latifah hosted the People’s Choice Awards in January, she invited aspiring singer-songwriters to submit tunes. She has a winner.

Ingrid Woode, 25, of Sharonville, Ohio, will join the singer-actress in the studio to record Miss Woode’s original song “Fairweather Friend” for the upcoming “Persona” album, set for release this spring. Miss Woode works at a pharmaceutical company, a spokeswoman for People’s Choice said.

The three finalist songs were posted on the People’s Choice Web site, www.pcavote.com, and fans picked Miss Woode’s work as tops.

Charges dismissed

In Atlanta Tuesday, Fulton County Superior Court Judge Michael Johnson dismissed felony drug charges against rapper Lil Wayne.

The Grammy Award-winning rapper, whose real name is Dwayne Michael Carter Jr., was arrested in August 2006 at a hotel. Atlanta police said they found unmarked bottles containing hydrocodone and a generic form of Xanax along with a small amount of marijuana.

Citing a report in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Associated Press said Judge Johnson granted the rapper’s request to suppress on the basis of an illegal search after Lil Wayne’s attorney, William Head, said his client wasn’t staying in the room where the arrest was made.

• Compiled by Richard Slusser from wire and Web reports

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