Arenas Went a-Courting, and the Answer Was Yes

By Amy Argetsinger and Roxanne Roberts
Tuesday, September 23, 2008

After seven years and two kids together, Gilbert Arenas and Laura Govan are making it official: They're getting married!

The Wizards' $111 million superstar turned around a week of bad news -- a third knee surgery that could keep him off the court through the end of the year -- by getting engaged over the weekend.

"Life is about growth and getting smarter about the choices we make," Arenas said in an e-mail. "Being a husband and father will require both of those!" We couldn't tease out any more details (the proposal, the date); knowing Agent Zero, he's probably waiting to break the story on his own blog.

You never really know what goes on in someone else's relationship -- but Arenas, 26, and Govan, 29, have had an interesting journey. They met in 2001, when he was a Golden State Warriors draft pick and she was doing PR for the Sacramento Kings. They split two years later but clearly stayed in touch: He was by her side when she delivered their daughter, Izela Semaya, in December 2005. And then a messy paternity dispute -- lawyers, ducked subpoenas, the whole catastrophe -- that they somehow worked through. He moved her to NoVa in '06, and in March '07, she had his son, Alijah Amani.

He blogged moodily about a breakup last Thanksgiving -- but their friends said they knew it wouldn't last. Sure enough, by February, he wrote that he was "off the market."

Ruling Class of '07: Congress's Richest Members

Hey, moneybags! Can't wait for the debate on that big Wall Street bailout, when Washington fat cats decide the fate of all those other rich folks. Members of Congress just released financial disclosure forms for 2007, and yesterday Roll Call ranked the 50 wealthiest based on minimum net worth -- while cautioning that the broad asset categories make this an inexact accounting.

Top of the list: Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) with nearly $231 million, a number no doubt boosted by billionaire wife Teresa Heinz Kerry. Rep. Jane Harman (D-Calif.) is a close second with just under $226 million, followed by Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) at more than $160 million, Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D-W.Va.) at $80 million and Rep. Robin Hayes (R-N.C.) with almost $79 million.

Sen. Ted Kennedy (D-Mass) is richer, at $47 million, than House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), at nearly $19 million, and Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-N.Y.), at $10 million. The only local Richie Rich is Sen. John Warner, ranked No. 45 with nearly $6 million. Forget all those stereotypes about wealthy Republicans: They barely inched out rich Democrats, 26-24.

And yes, the fundamentals of the economy were strong for John McCain (R-Ariz.). With more than $19 million, the presidential candidate came in at No. 13 -- thanks in part to Cindy McCain's huge beer fortune. Rival Barack Obama didn't make the list.

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"These two are 'quality hangs.' These are good guys to hang out with."

-- Brian Williams on Barack Obama and John McCain in a cover story for the November-December issue of AARP the Magazine, which must mean -- could it be? Yep: The NBC news anchor turns 50 in the spring.

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"When you say 'teenage,' how old are we talking?"

-- R. Kelly, when pointedly asked in a BET interview last week if he likes teenage girls. The R&B star, acquitted this summer on charges that he taped himself having sex with a minor, said he's done with such questions: "If you was charged with something and you were found innocent, then you can't be found guilty for being found innocent."

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