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Names in the News - May 10, 2007

Staff Report • May 10, 2007 at 12:00 PM

LEXINGTON, Ky. - Ashley Judd is now a graduate of the University of Kentucky.

The 39-year-old actress received a bachelor's degree in French, but it wasn't clear whether she attended any of Sunday's graduation ceremonies, UK spokesman Jay Blanton told the Lexington Herald-Leader.

Judd attended the university from 1986 to 1990, but left one course shy of graduation.

Blanton said student confidentiality laws prevented him from saying how she finally received her degree.

In an interview last year, Judd told the newspaper that she would probably take a correspondence course to finish the one class necessary to get a degree. When she left in 1990, online and correspondence courses weren't allowed to count toward graduation.

Her screen credits include "Kiss the Girls" and "De-Lovely."

Judd has a home in the Nashville suburb of Williamson County, where her mother and sister, Naomi and Wynonna Judd, also live.

NEW YORK - Jay-Z stopped by City Hall to watch his mother, Gloria Carter, receive a proclamation from the City Council for her "outstanding contributions to the community."

Carter oversees the Shawn Carter Scholarship Fund, a college-focused charity created in 2003 to help people who might otherwise not have the opportunity for higher education, such as disadvantaged youth and nontraditional high school graduates. The charity also offers mentoring programs and other services.

In 2005, she and others from the fund went to Houston to help distribute clothing, food and toiletries to displaced victims of Hurricane Katrina.

Queens Councilman Thomas White Jr. sponsored the ceremonial recognition of Carter, which was given to her at the start of Wednesday's meeting in the Council Chambers at City Hall.

Standing next to her, White said: "It is truly an honor and a blessing. You've done wonderful things."

Jay-Z looked on as his mother received the framed proclamation. Afterward, they embraced in the City Hall rotunda.

"Very proud of her," the 37-year-old rapper said as they left the building.

Hits by Jay-Z include "Show Me What You Got."

NASHVILLE - Country star Martina McBride has received an order of protection against a man charged with stalking her.

Ricky D. Fissel, 42, is charged with stalking McBride after he came to her home twice in early April.

The singer's husband, John McBride, said in court papers that Fissel came to the door and asked if the singer was home around 10 p.m. on April 1.

John McBride told the man to get off the property, but Fissel returned a week later around 9:15 p.m. to ask him "who lives here?" before speeding off.

After John McBride identified Fissel in a photo lineup, a search at Fissel's home revealed a newspaper article with Martina McBride's photo circled with hearts drawn around it, the legal statement said.

The singer was in court Tuesday seeking the protection order. Fissel is to appear in general sessions court on the mental health docket May 11, court officials said.

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