NAMES & FACES

The senior senator from Massachusetts is celebrating his 75th birthday.
The senior senator from Massachusetts is celebrating his 75th birthday. (By Kevin Clark -- The Washington Post)
Saturday, February 24, 2007

Scooter Libby's defense team received a last-minute boost from a new addition to the crew yesterday: Frances Somerville O'Brien, 7 pounds 9 ounces.

Alexandra Walsh, part of Libby's legal posse, headed to the hospital yesterday with her husband Brendan O'Brien, The Post's Carol Leonnig reports. Walsh was experiencing contractions a day after she was due to give birth, but hospital workers told her it wasn't time and sent her home.

The couple stopped at O'Brien's mother's house on the way back from the hospital and the contractions started all over again. Walsh realized she was too far along -- and O'Brien delivered his new daughter. At his mother's house.

Walsh is "feeling great and happy," Libby lawyer K.C. Maxwell told us yesterday. "She's Supermom." Baby Frances is the family's third child, after a 5-year-old and a 20-month-old.

Maxwell said the members of Team Libby planned to visit the new baby at George Washington University Hospital yesterday (once court adjourned, of course).

Don't expect Walsh, one of Washingtonian magazine's 2006 "40 Top Lawyers Under 40," to go off the case: She was already e-mailing about work matters a little more than an hour after giving birth.

Kennedy: 75 and Doing Fine

Here's hoping Ted Kennedy is ready to get his party on.

The eight-term senator has big plans to ring in his 75th birthday over and over and over again during the next week.

Festivities began quietly Thursday night (his real birthday), when the senator was treated to a romantic dinner a deux by his wife, Vicki, at the Inn at Little Washington. Sources say the couple spent the night at the inn before heading back to Washington yesterday.

Next up: A private party tonight. We're told it's a Kennedy tradition to do a costume-themed bash with family and close friends. This year's motif is movie stars.

The senator can take a breather tomorrow and Monday (no events are planned -- that we know of), before gearing up for his next party on Tuesday. Vicki plans to host another fete with her hubby's work colleagues, Washington friends and a members of the media.

But they're not stopping there: The birthday boy is then heading to Boston to witness the aircraft carrier USS JFK's last port call. Kennedy and his niece Caroline plan to receive the ship and host a celebration.


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