NAMES & FACES

Snoop Dogg sends a message.
Snoop Dogg sends a message. (By Kimberly White -- Reuters)
Monday, November 21, 2005

Heirs Not Apparent

It might seem like a big what-if, but first lady Laura Bush was game in an interview Saturday with the Yonhap news service while traveling with the president in South Korea. Would she support daughters Barbara and Jenna going into politics? "Sure, if they're interested in that," she said with a laugh. "I think that would be great. I don't think they're interested -- certainly not now -- in going into politics. But since they've been born, their grandfather was vice president and then president, and their father has been president. So they've seen politics up close and they know that it's difficult -- you're criticized a lot. And of course when you love the person that's the president, that's difficult. But they also know that there are many, many ways you can be helpful for your country as a politician."

Snoop's Plea

At a rally Saturday outside San Quentin state prison, rapper Snoop Dogg -- a former member of the Crips gang -- called for California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger to grant Crips gang co-founder Stanley "Tookie" Williams clemencyfrom his planned execution next month.

A crowd of some 1,500 people gathered outside the prison, where the convicted murderer is being held. Schwarzenegger will decide the matter in the coming weeks and told the Associated Press he is "dreading" the decision.

Snoop, the last to speak at the rally, told supporters that Williams "isn't just a regular old guy, he's an inspirator." He told the crowd, "All I want to say to the governor is, it's about keeping this man alive because his voice needs to be heard."

While in prison, Williams, 51, has gained attention for writing children's books about the dangers of gang life. He was convicted in 1981 of murdering four people during two Los Angeles robberies.

Wine & Roses for Aguilera

Singer Christina Aguilera and music executive Jordan Bratman tied the knot in an extravagant ceremony Saturday evening in California's Napa Valley. The two exchanged vows at the Staglin Family Vineyard under a tent at sunset. The bride wore Christian Lacroix, sources told Us Weekly, with bridesmaids in dresses designed by Kai Milla , wife of Stevie Wonder . Aguilera, 24, and Bratman, 28, met in 2002 when he was working at her music management company.

Noted . . .

British glam rocker Gary Glitter was taken into custody by Vietnamese police in Ho Chi Minh City on Saturday while trying to board a plane to Bangkok, the Associated Press reported. Police launched an investigation Friday into allegations that the aging rocker had participated in lewd acts with a minor. Glitter, 61, whose real name is Paul Francis Gadd, had been living in a rented house in southern Vietnam since March. He was convicted in Britain in 1999 of possessing child pornography and served half of a four-month jail sentence. The singer, who rose to fame with a glam rock act in the 1970s, is perhaps most known for "Rock and Roll (Part 2)," which is often played at sporting events.

. . . And Quoted

"I'm a smaller guy. 50's got the arms, I got the abs."

-- R&B star Usher to Time magazine, on how he feels in comparison to 50 Cent now that both stars are showing skin in their upcoming films.

-- Ashby Strassburger


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