Nation in brief: Anna Nicole’s baby arrives in U.S.
Anna Nicole Smith’s ex-boyfriend arrived in Kentucky from the Bahamas on Tuesday with their infant daughter and said he is looking forward to introducing the baby to his family.
“It just feels good to be home,” Larry Birkhead said after stepping off a private jet and walking up to a fence where more than a dozen photographers and a handful of reporters were gathered.
Birkhead said he plans to show off 7-month-old Dannielynn to his family in Louisville and “relax and horse around.”
He said his plans include attending the Barnstable Brown party on Friday, an exclusive celebrity-packed gala on the eve of the Kentucky Derby. The event is where he and Smith first met when he was working as a freelance photographer.
He said Tuesday the baby had an easy flight.
“She did great,” he said.
Birkhead, a 34-year-old photographer based in Los Angeles, said he’s unsure if he will stay in Louisville with his daughter. “This is one pit stop,” Birkhead said.
Smith, 39, collapsed and died in February from an accidental drug overdose. She was buried beside her son at a Nassau cemetery.
Birkhead was authorized by a judge last week to take Dannielynn out of the Bahamas. The ruling followed legal battles by Birkhead to prove his paternity claim and gain custody following the former Playboy playmate’s death in February.
Public school head stepping down
Less than two years after being given the helm of the city’s beleaguered school system, the state-appointed superintendent announced Tuesday she would step down to focus on her family and new job opportunities.
Robin Jarvis said her resignation effective May 31 was a relief after months under pressure to hire teachers and open safe schools in the city slowly recovering from Hurricane Katrina.
Jarvis’ departure comes as the state turns to the National Guard for help renovating hurricane-damaged schools it will need to accommodate the thousands of new students it expects in the state-run Recovery School District this fall.
“I have learned much about what it truly means to serve children, and I pray the RSD will ultimately succeed in its mission to create a better educational system for the city,” Jarvis said in a statement.