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Rapper T.I., flanked by defense attorneys, speaks to the media after his sentencing.
Rapper T.I., flanked by defense attorneys, speaks to the media after his sentencing. (By John Amis -- Associated Press)
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Saturday, March 28, 2009

Prison Term for T.I.

A year after pleading guilty to federal weapons charges, rapper T.I. was sentenced yesterday to one year and a day in prison, the Associated Press reports.

T.I., 28, had faced a maximum of 10 years. He was arrested in 2007 when he tried to buy machine guns and silencers -- for self-defense, he said -- after a close friend was killed in 2006. His sentence also includes a $100,000 fine.

The sentencing delay was part of a deal with prosecutors: a shorter sentence if T.I. performed community service by speaking to youths about the pitfalls of drugs, violence and guns. He has already completed 1,000 hours of community service, including a visit to the Oak Hill Youth Center in Laurel in January, and must do 470 more.

T.I. must report to prison sometime after May 19.

Pay Attention, Class

Ask . . . and you might actually receive! First lady Michelle Obama will deliver two commencement addresses this year -- one here in Washington, the other in California.

Obama will speak to high school graduates at Washington Mathematics Science Technology Public Charter School on June 3. The White House said yesterday that the school had invited her and that it would be an opportunity to talk about "math, science and technology that will prepare them for the jobs of the future."

As for the other address, Obama will speak on May 16 at the University of California, Merced: "Merced students actively sought out the first lady as commencement speaker by writing letters to Mrs. Obama, her office, and her friends and family," the White House said.

Madonna's Adoption Bid

Cue the controversy! Madonna is expected to arrive this weekend in the African nation of Malawi, where a court is set to review her request to adopt a second child, the Associated Press reports.

Madonna's last adoption in Malawi -- of her and ex-husband Guy Ritchie's son David, 3 -- took the better part of two years. Some accused the pop star of using her celebrity status to circumvent the country's adoption laws, which require prospective parents to undergo an 18-to-24-month assessment period in Malawi (not so for Madonna and Ritchie, who were allowed to take David back to London after meeting him in 2006).

This time, Madonna's recent divorce might be an obstacle. Malawian law disallows adoptions by single or divorced parents. A Malawi welfare official told the AP that each case is considered on its merits.

Madonna, 50, first traveled to Malawi in 2006 to film a documentary on the country's AIDS crisis. She has three children, including David; the others are her and Ritchie's son Rocco, 8, and her daughter, Lourdes, 12, from a previous relationship with personal trainer Carlos Leon.

End Notes

Reconciled: Ivana Trump, 60, and her Italian actor-model husband Rossano Rubicondi, 37. The couple married last April and separated four months later, citing incompatible schedules (Rubicondi lives and works in Miami; Trump wants to stay near friends and family in New York). But Trump's rep tells People magazine they want to make it work: "They have different work schedules and do see each other in New York, London, Paris and Rome. It was just rough for a while when trying to be in the same place at the same time."

Quoted: It's "not like a Hallmark card. It wasn't suddenly everything is just fine and pink and rosy. It's not like there are never moments of pushing buttons."

-- Patti Davis, daughter of former President Ronald Reagan, on the ups and downs of her relationship with mother Nancy Reagan. Estranged for decades, mother and daughter now talk every day, they tell CBS's Lesley Stahl in an interview that airs tomorrow on "CBS Sunday Morning."

-- Marissa Newhall, from staff, wire and Web reports


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