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Jenna & Henry's Maine Attraction
Jenna & Henry's Maine Attraction
Could the Inn at Bay Ledge in Bar Harbor, Maine, be the place where Jenna Bush's fiance, Henry Hager, popped the question?
Yesterday, Bush's name was spotted in the handwritten guest book at the romantic hideaway dubbed "the Eden of New England." Being nearly 200 miles up the coast from Kennebunkport, where the Bushes own property, Bar Harbor seems like a good place to escape prying family eyes and propose -- but for now only Bush and Hager know for sure.
Inn staff confirmed that the first twin did spend Wednesday night there (the White House says the pair became engaged at some point that day), but won't spill details about whom she was with or how she spent her time. However, Bush did leave this telling note with her signature: "Thanks so much. It's an amazingly beautiful inn and we had such a wonderful, memorable time."
Lohan Family Feud Finale
After two years of legal jousting, the feuding parents of actress Lindsay Lohan, 21, finally reached a mutually agreeable divorce and child-custody settlement yesterday in a Mineola, N.Y., family courtroom.
"You have both demonstrated to me extraordinarily good judgment in resolving this matter as you did," state Supreme Court Justice Robert A. Ross told Michael and Dina Lohan during the proceedings.
The two have been battling in court since 2005, when an initial divorce agreement collapsed as Michael Lohan was serving a prison term for drunken driving, brawling and other charges. The terms of yesterday's agreement, which will become official within 60 days, were not publicly disclosed, but outside the courthouse Michael Lohan said he was looking forward to seeing his children again.
"I wish Dina the best, and I hope we can both move forward and put our best foot forward for the kids' sake and just be good parents," he told the Associated Press.
Dina Lohan has had full custody of the pair's two minor children, Aliana, 13, and Dakota, 10. Because they are no longer minors, Lindsay Lohan and her brother, Michael, 19, are not subject to family court edicts.
When asked about Lindsay -- who has been rumored to be in a Utah drug rehab facility after her arrest last month on suspicion of DUI and cocaine possession -- Dina Lohan told the AP her daughter is "fantastic."
New Record for 'Idol' Champ
"American Idol" winner Jordin Sparks has signed a record deal with Jive Records, label reps announced yesterday. The contract was signed in conjunction with 19 Recordings, the label managed by "Idol" creator Simon Fuller.
Sparks, who at 17 became the youngest winner in the show's six seasons, is set to release her debut album in November. The disc's first single, "Tattoo," will be released to radio stations Aug. 27.
Rhames: Dogs Innocent
Actor Ving Rhames says dealing with the death of live-in caretaker and family friend Jacob Adams, 40, is "still surrealistic." Adams was found on the actor's lawn Aug. 3.
Initial reports said Rhames's dogs had mauled Adams to death, but Rhames told People magazine that authorities ruled out the dogs, as well as a heart attack, as the cause of death. Rhames said that authorities consider a brain aneurysm a possibility, and that a toxicology report is due in six to eight weeks.
"My dogs are family dogs," said Rhames, 48. (Four dogs have been mentioned in the case.) The animals, which were quarantined after the body was found, have since been released and are back at the actor's home, People reported. Rhames said he will likely send the dogs to live on a friend's 12-acre estate in Texas to prevent any future legal action based on the animals' perceived aggression.
Spotted: Nicole Richie dining yesterday afternoon with beau Joel Madden and his Good Charlotte band mates at Nathans in Georgetown. The petite, healthy-looking expectant mom wore jeans, a T-shirt and a leopard-print scarf and politely declined to be photographed while sipping root beer and munching on a prosciutto panini.
-- Marissa Newhall, from staff and wire reports