Names in the news, March 15

Posted March 14, 2012, at 4:39 p.m.

Actress Charlize Theron is a mother: The actress has adopted a child. In a statement to The Associated Press on Wednesday, Theron’s publicist said the actress is a “proud mom of a healthy baby boy named Jackson.” Theron, 36, of South Africa won an Academy Award for her role as serial killer Aileen Wuornos in 2003’s “Monster.” She was also nominated for an Oscar for 2005’s “North Country.” She next stars as an evil queen in “Snow White and the Huntsman.” … JonBenet Ramsey’s father, John Ramsey, has finally acknowledged what many Americans have long wanted to hear: He regrets showcasing his daughter in beauty pageants and parades. He also suggests that putting the girl front-and-center in the public eye might have contributed to the 6-year-old’s killing. “We were so naive,” he told ABC. “I now believe with all my heart that it’s not a good idea to put your child on public display.” Ramsey is currently promoting his new book, out Wednesday, about his struggle to recover from the death of his daughter, who would now be 21. John and Patsy Ramsey have been officially cleared of any wrongdoing in their daughter’s death all those years ago. The couple learned their daughter was missing when Patsy Ramsey woke up on Dec. 26, 1996, to find a ransom note demanding a quizzical sum: $118,000. She ran to her daughter’s bedroom, only to find it empty. The child’s lifeless body would be found hours later in the basement of the family’s elegant Boulder, Colo., home. Authorities determined that the child had been taken from her bed in the middle of the night, struck on the head, and strangled. The case instantly became tabloid fodder, riveting the nation. The death remains unsolved.

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