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December 30, 2008|By From Sun news services

Palin's daughter gives birth to boy named Tripp

The teenage daughter of former Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin has given birth to a son, People magazine reported yesterday.

Bristol Palin, 18, gave birth to Tripp Easton Mitchell Johnston on Saturday, the magazine reported online. He weighed 7 pounds, 4 ounces. Colleen Jones, Bristol's great-aunt, told the magazine that "the baby is fine and Bristol is doing well."

The Alaska governor's office said it would not release information because it considers the baby's birth a private, family matter.

The father is Levi Johnston, a former hockey player at Alaska's Wasilla High School.

Palin announced Sept. 1, the first day of the Republican National Convention, that her unwed daughter was pregnant. The campaign issued a statement saying Bristol "and the young man" would get married.

Sherry Johnston said in October that Bristol and her son were considering a summer wedding.

A hit in Warsaw

An audience of almost 3,000 clapped and cheered as Woody Allen and his jazz band gave their first concert in Warsaw, Poland, on Sunday.

The filmmaker, playing the clarinet, was accompanied by his New Orleans Jazz Band for a performance of traditional jazz.

"We will do our best to entertain you," Allen told the audience at Warsaw's biggest concert hall, Sala Kongresowa, at the start of the two-hour concert.

Allen's solo parts, as well as those of other band members, were welcomed with applause. He received a standing ovation at the end.

The 73-year-old Academy Award winner rarely performs in large venues or outside New York City, where he lives.

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Lucy and Ethel lose their struggle with a chocolate assembly line. Joe Friday demands "just the facts" with a penetrating gaze. A secret word brings Groucho a visit from a duck. Folks who grew up as television came of age will delight in a 20-stamp set recalling early memories of the medium.

Besides commemorating black-and-white TV, the 2009 postage stamp program will feature President Abraham Lincoln, the Thanksgiving Day parade, civil rights pioneers and Edgar Allan Poe - to mark the 200th anniversary of his birth.

Most of the commemorative stamps are priced at 42 cents, the current first-class rate. But a rate increase is scheduled in May.

The Early TV Memories stamp set is scheduled for release Aug. 11 in Los Angeles.

A dozen pioneers of the civil rights movement - including Daisy Gatson Bates, who mentored nine black students enrolled at all-white Central High School in Little Rock, Ark., in 1957 - will be honored with stamps scheduled for release Feb. 21 in New York.

From Sun news services

today's birthdays

Singer Patti Smith, 62

Today Show co-host Meredith Vieira, 55

Today Show co-host Matt Lauer, 51

Comedian Tracey Ullman, 49

TV commentator Sean Hannity, 47

Golfer Tiger Woods, 33

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