People And Places

PEOPLE AND PLACES

June 08, 2005

In the News

Ronan Tynan to receive medal at Hopkins today

Tenor Ronan Tynan, whose ringing voice comforted mourners at Sept. 11 memorials and Ronald Reagan's funeral last year and who has triumphed over physical disabilities, will receive the Johns Hopkins University President's Medal today.

Born with a lower limb disability in Ireland's County Kilkenny, Tynan, 44, had his legs amputated after a motorcycle accident at age 20. He went on to excel in the Paralympic Games (18 gold medals, 14 world records). He also became an M.D. and the first disabled person admitted to the National College of Physical Education.

A former member of the popular Irish Tenors, Tynan's solo career has included, at New York Yankees games, seventh-inning stretch performances of "God Bless America" (considered a good-luck charm).

Tynan will perform at a free July 4 concert at the Capitol in Washington, broadcast live on PBS.

An even happier birthday

There was quite a 55th birthday present for entertainer Stevie Wonder - the birth of his seventh child.

Wonder and his fashion-designer wife, Kai Millard Morris, announced Monday that they are the parents of a son, born on May 13. He is the couple's first child.

Mandla Kadjaly Carl Stevland Morris weighed 7 pounds, 8 ounces and was 20 inches long, said publicist Howard Bragman. Mandla means "powerful/defiant" in Zulu and Kadjaly is Swahili for "born from God," the spokesman said in a statement.

No other details were released.

"It's a perfectly healthy family," Bragman said.

Wonder is in the studio completing his A Time to Love album, his first in 10 years.

Martha, on the road again

While the Federal Bureau of Prisons said no to Jamal Lewis' request to attend a mandatory Ravens minicamp next week, domestic diva Martha Stewart was at High Point, N.C., Monday for an invitation-only event for furniture retailers.

Stewart, under house arrest and required to wear an electronic-monitoring ankle device, is routinely allowed to leave her Connecticut home for work.

Jim Blackford, deputy chief U.S. probation officer for the U.S. District Court in the Southern District of New York, said she received permission for the brief trip to High Point, where she was promoting new additions to her home furnishing collection, the Martha Stewart Signature line by Bernhardt Furniture.

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