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Forward thinking

Briefs and new of note.

By COLETTE BANCROFT
Published June 5, 2006


AWWWWW

Who could push the latest American Idol off the featured spot on the cover of People magazine? Angelina Jolie and her baby girl, that's who. The gossip glossy's issue on stands Thursday is one big celebrity baby celebration, with cuddly news about not only little Shiloh Nouvel Jolie Pitt but the newborns and babes-to-be of Rachel Weisz, Britney Spears and more. Maybe they'll explain the shockingly not-shocking name that actor Mira Sorvino chose for her new son: Johnny.

BREATHE FREE? NOT YET

As the House and Senate try to hammer out a compromise on immigration reform, President Bush will take his version on the road this week, touring Texas, New Mexico and Nebraska to stump for a guest worker program for new migrants that would not lead to citizenship. His plan is the corporate dream: a huge pool of low-wage workers who can never vote. Opinion on how to retool the system is all over the map on the right and the left, so Bush will be walking a very thin tightrope.

IT'S BEEN A QUIET WEEK

Fans of Robert Altman, one of the great American directors, will welcome the opening Friday of his new film, A Prairie Home Companion. So will fans of the brilliant fellow he collaborated with, Prairie Home creator Garrison Keillor. If you're not already a fan of Keillor's radio show, which has been on public radio for almost 21 years, you can hear archived shows and find lots of lore about Lake Wobegon at this Web site: prairiehome. publicradio.org.

BRING A LOT OF APPLES

Thousands of prospective teachers will converge on the Tampa Convention Center Wednesday and Thursday for the Great Florida Teach-In, where school districts from around the state will be interviewing candidates to fill the huge number of openings created by our booming population growth. Aspiring educators can find information at www.teachinflorida.com.

TAKE A BOW

With the Tony Awards coming up Sunday, birthday wishes are in order for some theater folks. On Tuesday, actor-playwright-singer Harvey Fierstein, who has won four Tonys, will be 52. Liam Neeson, nominated twice for best actor Tonys, turns 54 on Wednesday. And Gloria Reuben, currently getting rave reviews as Condi Rice in the off-Broadway Stuff Happens, will be 42 on Friday.

- COLETTE BANCROFT, Times staff writer 727 893-8435 or bancroft@sptimes.com