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Reynolds: T. for Me? Aww, Fangs

By Amy Argetsinger and Roxanne Roberts
Friday, July 6, 2007

D.C.-based philanthropist Catherine B. Reynolds has received plenty of honors, but she's only got one dinosaur named after her: a 68-million-year-old Tyrannosaurus rex, one of the first females ever discovered. "I don't know whether to be flattered or offended," she said yesterday with a laugh.

Seven years ago, her eponymous foundation gave $50,000 to famed paleontologist Jack Horner, a MacArthur "genius grant" winner and inspiration for the scientist in "Jurassic Park." That money allowed him to unearth a large T. rex in eastern Montana; further research found intact blood vessels and soft tissue that proved the dinosaur had been an ovulating female, with DNA similar to female birds -- which made the find far more significant than if it had been just a pile of fossilized bones. Horner originally called it B. Rex, then changed the name to Catherine.

Reynolds, along with donors such as Ted Turner, got the first look at her namesake last month at the grand opening of the Hall of Giants at the Museum of the Rockies in Bozeman, Mont. "This is what I love about her," she said. "After 68 million years, she refused to be just a fossil. You've got to love that."

LOVE, ETC.

ยท Engaged: Multimillionaire businessman Joe Robert, 55, and model Ashley Taylor, 24. The international real estate investor and Washington native is best known for his philanthropic work -- Robert founded the testosterone-laden Fight Night smoker, which has raised millions for local children's charities. Taylor, a graduate of the University of California, is the granddaughter of former chief of protocol Lloyd Hand and jewelry designer Ann Hand; the blond beauty moved to Washington two years ago to manage the Ann Hand boutique in Georgetown and appears in ads for the jewelry line.

The couple were introduced by her grandmother and have been dating a year. Robert popped the question Sunday -- at sunset, with Bellinis, on the bow of a chartered yacht in Capri. (No ring yet -- bet it's going to be blinding.) Plans call for a wedding next spring or summer; this will be Robert's third marriage, Taylor's first.

UPDATE

No, Adrian Fenty still doesn't have one of the coveted iPhones. After city staffers were ordered to return three of the new tech-toys amid accusations of pulling rank, Hizzoner was spotted at Wednesday's Fourth of July parade in Palisades with what looked like the almighty gizmo at his waist.

Nah -- it was just one of his three BlackBerrys: "He was armed with his telephone devices," said spokeswoman Mafara Hobson. One was his BlackBerry Pearl -- black, slimmer than the box-shaped original, and easily mistaken for an iPhone. (Practically twins, if you ask us.) How long will our gadget-crazed mayor hold out? We're guessing days, not weeks.

Son's Woes Dampen Al Gore's PR Plan

Al Gore's promotional blitz for this weekend's Live Earth concerts downshifted yesterday after the arrest Wednesday of his 24-year-old son, Al Gore III, on charges of illegal possession of marijuana and prescription drugs. The former veep canceled a number of interviews with local TV stations and was tight-lipped about the incident in the few appearances he did make. "We love him very much and we are just happy that no one was hurt, that he is safe and getting treatment," Gore told MSNBC, referring to the arrest as a "private family matter."

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