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Names & Faces: Scarlett Johansson and Sean Penn call it quits; Unabomber memorabilia fetches $190,000 at auction

• Just one month after they tacitly confirmed their relationship by canoodling at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner, Scarlett Johansson and Sean Penn are through, reports People, citing an undisclosed source. Reps for the couple declined to comment. The “Iron Man 2” actress, 26, and two-time Oscar-winning actor reportedly became an item in early February, shortly after ScarJo split with Ryan Reynolds, her husband of two years. Not that it was ever official. At first, Johansson and Penn denied the romance outright. Eventually, as evidence accumulated via photographs of dates and a getaway to Cabo San Lucas, “no” gave way to “no comment.” There’s no word on why they split.

• Bidding has closed on a collection of items that were formerly owned by the Unabomber — a.k.a. Ted Kaczynski, who injured 23 and killed three during a two-decade mail-bombing spree — that U.S. Marshals Service auctioned off to benefit his victims. Among the collectibles for sale: a typewriter, some tools and a box of Tide laundry detergent. How much can you make selling a terrorist’s junk? More than $190,000, it turns out. The big-ticket items were Kaczynski’s journals, which fetched $40,676, and his iconic hoodie and sunglasses, which sold for $20,025. Three items — a hand-bowed wood saw, a postal scale and Kaczynski’s passport photo — are headed to D.C. after being purchased for $1,766 by the Museum of Crime and Punishment.

• Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Tony Kushner has been awarded an honorary degree by the City University of New York, Associated Press reports. A month ago the school caused a public relations dust-up when it decided to withhold the distinction. Jeffrey Wiesenfeld, a CUNY trustee, blasted the “Angels in America” author as “a Jewish anti-Semite.” After a barage of criticism, the University backed down. Kushner accepted the degree at Friday’s John Jay College commencement ceremony.

• First Lady Michelle Obama has announced that she will travel to Capetown, South Africa, and Gaborone, Botswana, this month to promote youth leadership, education and health and wellness. The five-day jaunt — which runs June 21 -26 — will be her second solo trip out of the country on official FLOTUS business (the first was to Mexico City last year). According to her office, she’ll be accompanied by her mother and daughters Malia and Sasha.

Born: A daughter to pop-star Pink and her husband, motorcycle racer Carey Hart. “We are ecstatic to welcome our new beautiful healthy happy baby girl, Willow Sage Hart,” tweeted the “Get the Party Started” singer, 31, on Thursday. “She’s gorgeous, just like her daddy.”

Spotted: Michelle Obama lunching at the Blue Duck Tavern in D.C.’s West End on Thursday. The First Lady — wearing a brown, sleeveless dress and orange shoes — arrived around noon and had a bite with three girlfriends at a semi-private table.

— Aaron Leitko from staff, web and wire reports.

Names and Faces is the Style section’s S aturday column of personalities news.

By Aaron Leitko  |  05:57 PM ET, 06/03/2011

 
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