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Madonna Starts Malawian Girls School

Star breaks ground on $15M project in children's homeland

(Newser) - Construction on a Malawian school for girls founded by Madonna began today. The singer has put up $15 million for the creation of the Raising Malawi Academy for Girls, which is expected to be finished in 2 years, the BBC reports. "Growing up in a privileged life, I took... More »

Britney, Ellen Alive but Hacked

Also: Is Megan Fox dating co-star?

(Newser) - Never fear: Britney Spears is alive. A post from her Twitter account claiming she had died is false, the AP reports, a result of the hacking of her Twitpic account.  Ellen DeGeneres’ account with Twitpic—a program not owned by Twitter—was also hacked. Elsewhere:
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McConaughey Preggers Again

Plus, Matthew McConaughey is expecting again, and more

(Newser) - Baby No. 2 is on the way for Matthew McConaughey and girlfriend Camila Alves, Us reports. “Yeah, we pulled off the greatest miracle in the world one more time, Camila and I are expecting our second child, bringing more life into the world, making more to live for,”... More »

Madonna's Adoption Only Hurts Malawi

'Misguided' Material Mom should use international adoption as a 'last resort'

(Newser) - By adopting Mercy James, Madonna has actually endangered other Malawian orphans, writes Anna Feuchtwang in the Daily Mail. “Corrupt adoption agencies and child traffickers, newly alerted to the ease with which Malawian laws can be circumvented, are even now planning to target the country,” writes Feuchtwang, chief executive... More »

Voicemail Leak Left Me Suicidal: Baldwin

Plus, Rihanna and Chris Brown prepare for court, more

(Newser) - After his infamous 2007 voicemail for his daughter went public, Alec Baldwin had “very serious” suicidal thoughts, he tells Playboy in an interview, People reports. “I spoke to a lot of professionals, who helped me,” he said, adding that Harvey Levin of TMZ, who released the voicemail,... More »

Madonna Introducing New Addition Mercy to Luxe Life

Orphan could jet to New York as early as this week

(Newser) - Mercy James is living the high life starting today. As Madonna’s lawyer prepares the adoption paperwork, the 4-year-old orphan will move into the singer’s luxury lodge in Malawi to be cared for by a nanny and nurse flown in from the US, the Mirror reports. She could leave... More »

Malawi Court Allows Madonna to Adopt Girl

Highest court grants permission to adopt

(Newser) - Malawi’s highest court ruled today that Madonna can adopt orphan Mercy James, the AP reports. The court, overturning a lower court’s rejection of the adoption bid, stated “every child has the right to love” and made the case that though the singer does not live in Malawi,... More »

Madonna Gets OK to Adopt Mercy

Convinces three judges to see things her way

(Newser) - Madonna is finally getting her Malawian daughter. The Material Girl will be allowed to adopt orphan Mercy James after convincing three appeals judges to recommend it, the Sun reports. “All recommendations are in favor of the adoption taking place,” a source said. “Mercy should start packing her... More »

Family of Madge's Would-Be Kid 'Laughs Off' Alleged Dad

Appeal begins, sans Madonna

(Newser) - As Madonna’s adoption appeal got under way today in Malawi, the family of orphan Mercy James dismissed attempts by her alleged biological father to interject himself, the AP reports. “How can he claim he is the father when he hasn’t been around all this time?” Mercy’s... More »

Mercy's Dad to Madonna: 'I Want to Take Care of Her'

Would-be dad ups his rhetoric on eve of Material Mom's adoption appeal

(Newser) - Just days after slamming the Material Mom's loose morals, the father of Mercy James is upping his rhetoric on the eve of Madonna's appeal to adopt the 4-year-old Malawian girl, reports the BBC. James Kambewa argues his daughter should remain in Malawi, despite the fact that he has never met... More »

Madonna Devastated by Denial

(Newser) - Madonna returned to Britain “devastated and shaking” over being denied her bid to adopt another Malawian orphan, sources tell the Daily Mail. Madge reportedly told her lawyer—who called the court’s decision “incomprehensible”—“Do whatever you can to get me my Mercy.” She is... More »

Madonna Arrives in Malawi to Begin Adoption

Pop star tours village amid criticism of plans for Mercy James

(Newser) - Madonna is now in Malawi to get her adoption of a young girl named Mercy James rolling, the BBC reports. Spotted in the village of Chinkhota, Madge said it was “amazing” to be back in Malawi, where she adopted her son David Banda three years ago. Mercy James is... More »

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