Names & Faces: Bristol Palin, T.I., Jonas Brothers, Pink, Carrie Prejean & More
A Big Post-Baby Step
Big news for Bristol Palin: The teen mom, newly minted abstinence advocate and daughter of Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin got her high school diploma in Wasilla, Alaska, Thursday night.
Wearing a red cap and gown, white sash and a necklace made out of Blow Pops and curly gift ribbon (an accessory sported by several other graduates, People magazine reports), Palin paused before stepping onstage, mouthing "Where's my baby?" as she searched for son Tripp in the two front rows where her family sat. After finally spotting him near the back door, being fed a bottle by her aunt Heather Palin, Bristol walked onstage to get her diploma.
The graduation was a triumph for Palin, 18, whose mother once said in an interview that she had assumed Bristol's education would end with the baby's birth. But Palin cleared all her classes with a 3.497 GPA, regretting only that she was "point zero-zero-something" away from graduating with honors.
Palin told People that she hopes to get a two-year business degree at an area college and then find a job, possibly in real estate.
T.I. Takes the Rap
Free time is running short for rapper T.I., who must report to an Arkansas prison in a little more than a week, the Associated Press reports.
The 28-year-old rapper will serve his sentence of one year plus one day at Forrest City, a low-security federal prison in Little Rock. Paperwork filed in his federal court case shows he has until noon on May 26 to report for his sentence.
T.I. pleaded guilty to federal weapons charges in March after he tried to buy a stash of machine guns and silencers, which he claimed were for personal protection after his best friend was killed. His sentence also includes a $100,000 fine.
Something to Rail Against?
To prove his "regular guy-ness" over the years, Vice President Biden has been known to cite his fondness for commuting from Wilmington, Del., by Amtrak. His niece Caroline Biden, however, might not share the transportational embrace. After a "misunderstanding over a train fare," Biden, a student at Georgetown University, was briefly detained Tuesday by Amtrak police at the Wilmington station, said Amtrak, which is reviewing the incident. The vice president's office had no comment.
Reunited: Singer Pink, 29, and ex-husband Carey Hart, 33. The pair split in February 2008 after two years of marriage. In a blog post at the time, Pink wrote that she and Hart still loved each other and remained best friends; this week, Hart -- a motocross racer -- told People magazine: "We're rebuilding. . . . Sometimes you have to take a couple of steps backwards to move forward."
Spotted: A gaggle of Caps hockey players -- including forwards Nicklas Backstrom and Sergei Fedorov -- having a spirited, end-of-season dinner at Maté on Thursday night. The casually dressed group ordered lots of sushi and sipped Patrón, Grey Goose and Amstel.
Quoted: "I was watching the 'Today' show and she was sitting there continuing to lie . . . and it's obvious to everybody that the lying is still going on. I just couldn't stand behind her." -- Shanna Moakler, who resigned this week as director of the Miss California USA pageant, reacting to Miss California USA Carrie Prejean's recent media appearances. On Ryan Seacrest's radio show Thursday, Moakler said she found Prejean's claim that "the wind [was] blowing her top, when she's barely wearing a top" in a batch of semi-nude photos, "looks foolish."
-- Marissa Newhall, from staff, wire and Web reports