Sunday, January 7, 2007

Custody agreement

Britney Spears and Kevin Federline have come to an agreement over custody of their two young children — at least for the rest of the month.

The two will share custody through January, but first the pop star will take the tots with her to Miami for a week, according to court papers filed Friday.

Miss Spears, 25, was permitted to have 16-month-old Sean Preston Federline and 4-month-old Jayden James Federline with her in Florida through Thursday.

After that, Mr. Federline will be allowed to visit the children at Miss Spears’ home from noon to 4 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

The estranged couple signed the custody agreement, which runs out Jan. 31. It stipulates that Miss Spears will use her “best efforts to ensure that no third party visiting the home” interferes with Mr. Federline’s time with the children.

The Superior Court document said Mr. Federline wants only Miss Spears, her assistant, the children’s nanny and other household staff to be allowed in the home during his visits, but the couple had not reached agreement on that request.

Miss Spears filed for divorce from Mr. Federline in November after two years of marriage, citing irreconcilable differences.

Mr. Federline, a 28-year-old former backup dancer and aspiring rapper, counter-filed, seeking spousal support and custody of the children.

Sad ending

Nikki Bacharach, daughter of Burt Bacharach and Angie Dickinson, committed suicide, the songwriter and actress said in a statement Friday.

Nikki Bacharach, 40, suffered from Asperger’s Disorder, a milder variant of autism. She killed herself Thursday night at her condo in Thousand Oaks, Calif., said Linda Dozoretz, a spokeswoman for the family.

“She quietly and peacefully committed suicide to escape the ravages to her brain brought on by Asperger’s,” the statement said.

The statement gave no details of the manner of death.

Born prematurely in 1966, Nikki Bacharach studied geology at Cal Lutheran University, but could not pursue a career in the field because of poor eyesight.

“She loved kitties, and earthquakes, glacial calving, meteor showers, science, blue skies and sunsets and Tahiti,” her parents’ statement said.

Fight over estate

A Newark, N.J., judge next month will consider whether to remove one of the executors handling the affairs of the late Celia Cruz, a singer known as the “Queen of Salsa.”

The hearing is to be held in response to charges by the executor that co-executor Luis Falcon has been spending money intended for Miss Cruz’s husband, ailing trumpeter Pedro Knight.

Mr. Falcon has drained funds from accounts for Mr. Knight, made “extravagant expenditures” and failed to account for transfers of more than $1 million from Miss Cruz’s estate, according to a lawsuit filed by co-executor Omer Pardillo.

In addition, Mr. Falcon is exercising improper influence over Mr. Knight, who is 85 and suffering from dementia. After Miss Cruz died in 2003, Mr. Knight moved to California with Mr. Falcon, the lawsuit said.

Miss Cruz died July 16, 2003, of a brain tumor at age 77. She named Mr. Knight her sole beneficiary in her will, the lawsuit said.

Miss Cruz rose to fame in the 1950s with Afro-Cuban group La Sonora Matancera, but left Cuba after the 1959 revolution. The Grammy-winning performer recorded more than 70 albums.

• Compiled by Kevin Chaffee from wire reports.

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