Friday, August 08, 2008

Grandma Arrested For Driving With Child On Roof

Authorities say a grandmother was arrested for driving around the parking lot of a Marathon grocery store with her 3-year-old child sitting on the roof of the car.

Monroe County Sheriff's Office deputies were called to the Publix store Tuesday and arrested a 54-year-old woman after she was driving around with her three-year-old granddaughter on the roof of her car.

The grandmother was released from jail 15 hours later.

The woman said Thursday she would never let anything hurt her granddaughter. She says she was driving at "snail-speed" and holding the child's leg.

Authorities say the woman told police she was giving the child some air and letting her have fun.

She faces charges of child abuse. The child is back with her mother.


Thursday, August 07, 2008

Men more likely than women to adopt children

American men ages 18 to 44 are more than twice as likely as women in the same age group to have adopted a child, a new federal report says.

The report uses data from the 2002 National Survey of Family Growth, which showed that more than 1.2 million men and 613,000 women had adopted children.

The exact reasons why more men adopt than women aren't outlined in the report, but it may be partly due to men getting married and adopting their spouse's children from a previous relationship, the report said.

The report found that:
  • Among people who've ever been married, men were more than 2.5 times as likely as women to have adopted -- 3.8 percent vs. 1.4 percent. Overall, 2.3 percent of all men had adopted a child.
  • More than one in four women ages 40 to 44 who had ever used infertility services had adopted a child.
  • Never-married adults ages 18 to 44 were significantly less likely to have adopted a child compared to those who were currently married. About 100,000 never-married women and 73,000 never-married men had adopted a child.
  • Compared with non-Hispanic white women, Hispanic and non-Hispanic black women were more likely to be currently seeking to adopt a child.
The report was released Thursday by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's National Center on Health Statistics.


Wednesday, August 06, 2008

Lisa Marie Presley's Having Twins

ET Online breaks the news that Lisa Marie Presley is expecting twins with hubby Michael Lockwood! And Lisa Marie tells ET they're due in the fall! Twins run in the Presley family. Lisa Marie's dad, Elvis, was a twin, and her mother, Priscilla, has younger brothers who are twins.

Priscilla Presley tells ET, "She wanted it really to be kept a secret for a long time, you know, and I think women should, because they should be able to announce what they're having and when it's time to make the announcement."

Lisa Marie has two children with ex-husband Danny Keough.

Watch Wednesday's ET for Priscilla's full interview.

Tuesday, August 05, 2008

Miley Cyrus to Pete Wentz: "I'll Babysit!"

At a Friday taping of F'N MTV, Miley Cyrus couldn't keep her cool when she came face to face with Ashlee Simpson.

"I just met your beautiful wife backstage," the 15-year-old Disney star — who performed "7 Things" and "Fly on a Wall" — gushed to show creator Pete Wentz.

"I worship her," Cyrus went on. "I'll baby sit!"


Monday, August 04, 2008

Meet Vivienne & Knox Jolie-Pitt

They are just 3 weeks old, but twins Knox Léon and Vivienne Marcheline are about to take the world by storm.

In an exclusive interview and photos, Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie offer People magazine an intimate look at their growing family.

"It is chaos, but we are managing it and having a wonderful time," Jolie tells People of daily life at the Château Miraval in Provence, France, where the couple's four older children – Maddox, 6, Pax, 4, Zahara, 3, and Shiloh, 2 – have been enjoying a summer of outdoor play (hide-and-seek is a favorite) on the château's sprawling grounds.

Adds Pitt: "[It's] still a cuckoo's nest."

Fortunately, they already have some household helpers. "[Shiloh] and Z pick out [the twins'] clothes and help change and hold them," says Jolie. "It's sweet – they are little mommies."


Man Leads Chase, Leaves Pregnant Girlfriend Behind

A motorist led police on a chase that ended when his vehicle hit a tree and he fled, leaving his pregnant girlfriend behind, authorities said. A police officer who suspected the man of speeding tried to pull him over early Monday.

Lt. Robin Hollwedel said the man then lead officers on a short chase in which his vehicle clipped a house and rammed a tree. "He hit the corner of it. The tree stopped him more than the house did," Hollwedel said.

The man then got out and fled on foot, leaving his girlfriend - who is 8 months pregnant - in the car, according to Hollwedel. The woman, whose name wasn't released, was unhurt but was taken to a hospital as a precaution.

Read the full story here.