Former President Bush is a grandfather
Former President George W. Bush has become a grandfather.
His twin daughter Jenna Bush Hager gave birth to her first child, a daughter, on Saturday night in New York City. The former president announced the birth in a statement Sunday. The baby’s name is Margaret Laura “Mila” Hager.
Jenna Bush Hager is a contributing correspondent for the “Today” show. She’s married to Henry Hager.
The former president says the baby was named for her grandmothers. He says he and former first lady Laura Bush met their “beautiful granddaughter today,” adding, “Jenna and Mila are healthy. And our family is elated.”
This is a big month for the family. The George W. Bush Presidential Center will be dedicated April 25 on the campus of Southern Methodist University in Dallas.
Sentence upheld for Michael Douglas' son
A federal appeals court in New York has upheld a judge’s decision to nearly double the five-year prison sentence given to the son of actor Michael Douglas.
Cameron Douglas had been sentenced in 2010 to five years in prison in a cooperation deal after pleading guilty to narcotics distribution. But Douglas committed several drug infractions in prison, and Judge Richard Berman boosted the sentence in late 2011. The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said Monday that Berman gave adequate reasons to justify the “unusually long sentence.” The 34-year-old Douglas is scheduled for release in 2018. The appeals judges also say the nation may be better served by a medical approach to treating addiction. But they add that current laws must be enforced until then.
Alicia Keys hopes to raise HIV awareness
Alicia Keys says she wants to spark a global conversation about HIV/AIDS. The Grammy Award-winning singer says that when she traveled to Africa and India she felt connected to women with the virus because “they looked like they could be my sister, or they could be my aunt, or they could be my cousin.”
Keys is working with the Kaiser Family Foundation for “Empowered,” a campaign launched last month to educate women about AIDS and provide grants to community-based projects that will do that.
According to Kaiser, one in four of the 1.1 million people living with HIV in the United States are women. Women of color account for about two-thirds of new HIV infections among women.
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