The long-anticipated Trump divorce became more than just gossip yesterday. Ivana's lawyer said she's making the move against developer Donald. "Through her attorneys, Ivana Trump announced today that with deep regret she is filing for divorce," lawyer Michael Kennedy said in a one-sentence statement.
The couple separated in February amid a flurry of publicity over Trump's relationship with model-actress Marla Maples. "It comes as no surprise that this is happening," said Trump's lawyer, Jay Goldberg. He said Ivana Trump decided to file for divorce after realizing that a previous lawsuit she filed challenging a financial agreement with her husband was "a frivolous maneuver." Under the prenuptial agreement, Ivana Trump would receive $10 million and the couple's Connecticut estate, which could now be more valuable than a percentage of Trump's holdings.
Homecoming for Flag One of the first flags of independent Panama will return home tomorrow when former Missouri representative James Symington presents it to Panamanian President Guillermo Endara during a special Flag Day ceremony in Panama City. The flag was given to Symington's great-grandfather, John Hay, President Theodore Roosevelt's secretary of state, at the signing of the Hay-Bunau-Varilla Treaty in 1903, guaranteeing sovereignty to Panama. The flag has been passed down through the generations, from Hay to his daughter, Alice, wife of Sen. James Wadsworth. She passed it on to her daughter, Evelyn Wadsworth, wife of Sen. Stuart Symington of Missouri and James Symington's mother.
Symington decided to return the flag at the conclusion of President Jimmy Carter's renegotiation of the treaty in 1977, but as he says in his prepared text for tomorrow's occasion, "Circumstances have delayed this moment of transfer, but I cannot think of a more appropriate time." In a conversation yesterday, Symington said it was an important gesture: "I'm proud to be returning this flag, one of the first two made, because it's the patrimony of the Panamanian people."
Kennedy's Passing Grade
John F. Kennedy Jr., who twice flunked the New York bar examination, passed the Connecticut bar exam yesterday, allowing him to practice law in the state. Still to come next week are the results of the third New York bar exam Kennedy has taken.
If he fails the New York bar, he will lose his job as a prosecutor in the office of Manhattan District Attorney Robert Morgenthau, who allows assistants three shots at the test.
McGrath on the Mend
Rep. Raymond McGrath (R-N.Y.) was discharged from Walter Reed Army Medical Center Thursday after a week's stay due to a blood clot in his lung. "He's under strict doctor's orders to get plenty of rest," said a spokesman for the congressman. McGrath, 48, is favored in his battle for reelection against Democrat Mark Epstein, but is hoping to ignore doctor's orders and make some last-minute campaign appearances when he returns home this weekend.
Paley's Art Bequest
The multimillion-dollar art collection assembled by CBS Inc. founder William Paley, who died last week, has been left to New York's Museum of Modern Art. The gift includes 84 paintings, sculptures, prints and drawings, including Picasso's 1906 masterpiece "Boy Leading a Horse" and works by Renoir, Gauguin and Degas.
Bob Stern, of Short Sizes Inc., thought that all those "best-dressed" lists gave short shrift to men of more diminutive proportions, so four years ago he came up with his own list: "10 Best-Dressed Shorter Men in America." The 5-foot-2 executive made 5 feet 9 inches the cutoff point, allowing both Tom Cruise and White House Chief of Staff John Sununu to make the list. Others on the list are Michael J. Fox, praised for combining sneakers with a tux; Billy Joel; Danny DeVito; author Tom Wolfe; gymnast Bart Connor; stage actor Robert Morse; Cleveland Mayor Michael White; and Bob Vila, formerly of PBS's "This Old House."
Back at the White House
Former Reagan speechwriter Peggy Noonan was back on Pennsylvania Avenue stirring up things at the White House yesterday. She was invited back by the librarians there to speak to a standing-room-only audience about her book, "What I Saw at the Revolution." According to one eyewitness, someone in the balcony shouted, "Would you come back to work for George Bush?"
"No," she replied, "because that would be a step backward."