Charlie Hebdo Massacre Raises Defense of Freedom of Speech


“An act of exceptional barbarism has been committed in Paris against a newspaper. A paper – in other words, an organ of free speech. An act against journalists who had always wanted to show that in France it was possible to defend one’s ideas, and exercise their rights that are guaranteed and protected by the Republic,” French President François Hollande said Wednesday.Teenage suspect ‘arrested after handing himself into police’ over Paris magazine massacre that left 12 dead – as anti-terror unit raids building in hunt for two brothers ‘trained in Yemen as assassins’

By Tierney Sneed


  • Gunmen identified as Said Kouachi, 34, and brother Cherif, 32, both from Paris, and Hamyd Mourad, 18, from Reims
  • Police published pictures of two brothers saying they were ‘armed and dangerous’ as Mourad handed himself in 
  • Masked gunmen stormed Paris headquarters with AK-47s shouting ‘Allahu akbar!’ and ‘Prophet has been avenged’
  • Stalked building asking for people’s names before killing the editor, three cartoonists and the deputy chief editor
  • Editor Stephane Charbonnier had famously shrugged off threats, saying: ‘I’d rather die standing than live kneeling’
  • Horrific footage shows a police officer begging for his life before being shot in the head at point-blank range
  • Cartoonist Corrine Rey told how she cowered with her young daughter as she watched two colleagues gunned down
  • Killers fled in stolen car across eastern Paris after a ‘mass shoot-out’ with police officers and remain on the loose  
  • Militants believed to be from Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula which was behind plane bomb plots in US and UK
  • US counter-terror officials

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Teresa Giudice, Real Housewives Mother and Wife Surrenders Early


By Vicki Hyman | NJ Advance Media for January 5, 2014

Teresa Giudice, the longest-serving “Real Housewives of New Jersey” castmate, is now serving her 15-month sentence for financial fraud at the Federal Correctional Institution in Danbury, Conn.

The reality show breakout, whose star plummeted amid financial scandal and criminal charges, left her Montville Township mansion shortly after midnight in the back seat of a black SUV driven by her lawyer, James J. Leonard Jr. She surrendered just before 3 a.m., seven hours ahead of her scheduled intake, at the minimum-security prison camp that once housed Lauryn Hill and Leona Helmsley, who both served time for tax evasion.

“She was ready,” Leonard said in a statement to NJ Advance Media. “Teresa is a very strong woman, she won’t have any problems in there.”

The early surrender was negotiated with prison officials during a series of phone calls on New Year’s Eve. “When we arrived at Danbury, everyone we encountered was extremely courteous and respectful,” he said.

Teresa and her husband Joe, both 42, pleaded guilty last year to multiple counts of bankruptcy fraud and conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud, the latter part of a long-running scheme to obtain millions in mortgage and construction loans using falsified tax returns and W-2 forms.

Joe and Teresa Giudice of “Real Housewives of New Jersey” leave the federal courthouse in Newark in 2013.Robert Sciarrino/The Star-Ledger

Following her 15-month sentence, Joe Giudice will serve 41 months in prison and then face deportation because the Italian-born contractor is not a United States citizen.

The couple has four daughters aged 13 to 4, and in her only sit-down interview following the sentencing (with “Real Housewives” producer and “Watch What Happens” host Andy Cohen, natch), Teresa said being separated from her girls is her greatest concern, which was echoed by Leonard in his statement.

“Her primary concern is and always has been her four daughters,” he said. “When she talks about going away, she talks about how it will effect them, not her.”


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Bye Bye Babs!!!! We Salute an Amazing Icon With an Amazing Creer!!!



Barbara Walters graduated Sarah Lawrence College in 1953 with a degree in English.  She landed her first job in journalism as the assistant to publicity director and republican activist
Tex McCary of WRCA-TV.  She then moved to CBS where she wrote material for the networks morning show.  In 1961 she was hired by NBC to work as a researcher and writer for The Today Show.  By 1964 Barbara became a staple of The Today Show starring alongside Hugh Downs and Frank McGee which earned her the nickname “Today Girl”.  She was on the show for 11 years at which time she honed her trademark probing interviewing technique.  In 1972 she established herself as a competent journalist and was chosen to be part of the press corps that accompanied President Nixon on his historical trip to China.  She won her first Daytime Entertainment Emmy award for best talk show host in 1975.  Her success is attributed to her uncanny ability to ask the questions the public would most like to hear and her ability not to alienate the people she interviews.  From 1979-2004 she worked as a cohost for ABC News Magazine 20/20 with Hugh Downs where she was a contributing anchor, reporter and correspondent. In 1997 she created and appeared as a cohost on The View and then just last week retired leaving behind an amazing legacy of a woman top in her field.  You can watch a CNN I have enclosed on her “Blessed Career  What will she go on to do? Who knows?  What do you think?  We would love to hear your thoughts.






Get In Line Please



Raising kids is one of the hardest jobs in the world to do and a gap in your resume shows that priorities are important to you.  Returners are women who at one time had a solid career and are looking to return to work. After taking time off to raise kids and focus on other projects, returning to work is not so easy.  Women are easing their way back into the workplace by volunteering or participating in internship programs just to get their foot in the door.  Actually, it makes a lot of sense, you don’t need to babysit an established woman, they know how things work and how to make themselves most useful in the workplace.  Young interns  (still in college) really need to be taught the ropes, and given direction on basic skills.  I read a really great article in the New York Post yesterday about Google and the money they pay to their summer interns…talk about taking a number and get in line…I think this is one of the most sought after intern programs out there.