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Tuesday, April 18, 2006

In a moment of irony, the cosmos laughs-- no, guffaws...

Perhaps one day these two will be star-crossed sorority sisters.

Note: I wonder what happens to Scientologists' babies? Do they inherit their mothers' Thetans (do Thetans cross the placenta?), or do they get their own personal set? If the mother is "clear", will the baby be as well? If the mother is not clear, will the baby get both its own personal set of Thetans and another set inherited from its mother? What's the father's part in this? Are Thetans small enough to travel inside sperm? If Scientologists procreate through in vitro methods, or with cryogenically preserved sperm, can Thetans survive the extremely low temperatures? If a baby inherits from both parents, and it also gets its own set of Thetans, will the baby be a projectile vomiter?

So much to learn.

Posted on Tue, Apr. 18, 2006

Text of statement on the birth of Cruise-Holmes baby

Associated Press

The following is the complete text of Tuesday's statement from Tom Cruise's publicist announcing the birth of the Cruise-Katie Holmes baby:

"Tom Cruise, 43, and his fiancee, Katie Holmes, 27, joyously welcomed the arrival of a baby girl, Suri, today.

"The child weighed 7 pounds, 7 ounces and was 20 inches in length. Both mother and daughter are doing well.

"This is the first child for Mr. Cruise and Ms. Holmes. Mr. Cruise also has a daughter, Isabella, 13, and a son, Connor, 11.

"The name Suri has its origins in Hebrew meaning 'princess,' or in Persian meaning 'red rose.'"


Posted on Tue, Apr. 18, 2006

Brooke Shields has baby No. 2

Associated Press

LOS ANGELES - It's a girl, again, for Brooke Shields.

The actress gave birth Tuesday to Grier Hammond Henchy, who weighed 7 pounds, according to spokeswoman Pat Kingsley.

Shields, 40, and husband Chris Henchy, a 42-year-old television writer and producer, also have a daughter, Rowan, who turns 3 next month. The couple has been married since 2001.

The birth came the same day as Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes welcomed the arrival of a baby daughter, Suri.

Shields and Cruise had a public spat last year after the "Mission: Impossible" star criticized the actress for taking antidepressants following the birth of her first child.

Appearing on the "Today" show, Cruise said there was no such thing as
chemical imbalances that need to be corrected with drugs, and that depression
could be treated with exercise and vitamins.

Shields called those remarks "a disservice to mothers everywhere," adding the drugs helped her survive feelings of hopelessness after the birth in 2003.

"I'm going to take a wild guess and say that Mr. Cruise has never
suffered from postpartum depression," she wrote in an op-ed piece published in The New York Times.

Shields said she considered swallowing a bottle of pills or jumping out the window at the lowest point of her depression. A doctor later attributed her feelings to a plunge in estrogen and progesterone levels and prescribed Paxil.

Shields chronicled her post-childbirth experiences in "Down Came the Rain: My Journey Through Postpartum Depression."