Elizabeth Smart To Speak Thursday In Birmingham

Elizabeth Smart To Speak Thursday In Birmingham: The young woman at the center of an infamous child abduction case — Elizabeth Smart — will tell her story Thursday in Birmingham to raise money for a nonprofit group that serves the needs of Oakland County’s abused and neglected children.

Smart, who was 14 when she was abducted in 2002 from her Salt Lake City, Utah, bedroom, will speak during the Oakland County CARE House’s annual Circle of Friends benefit, held this year at the Townsend Hotel. The event will benefit CARE House’s advocacy and child abuse prevention programs.

“Circle of Friends is more than just an annual benefit,” Cathy Weissenborn, CARE House’s interim executive director and Board of Trustees president, said in a press release. “It also brings a continued awareness to the needs of so many children in our community who cannot stand up for themselves.

“Elizabeth Smart survived a traumatic childhood experience and has gone on to lend her voice nationally,” Weissenborn said. “We can draw from her strength as we move forward as an organization in our fight to give every child a voice.” Continue Reading…

Joe Paterno In Serious Condition

Joe Paterno In Serious Condition: Joe Paterno’s doctors say the former Penn State coach’s condition has become “serious” after he experienced complications from lung cancer in recent days.

The winningest major college football coach of all time, Paterno was diagnosed shortly after Penn State’s Board of Trustees ousted him Nov. 9 in the aftermath of the child sex abuse charges against former assistant Jerry Sandusky. Paterno’s been getting treatment since, and his health problems were worsened when he broke his pelvis — an injury that first cropped up when he was accidentally hit in preseason practice last year.

“Over the last few days Joe Paterno has experienced further health complications,” family spokesman Dan McGinn said in a brief statement Saturday to The Associated Press. “His doctors have now characterized his status as serious.

“His family will have no comment on the situation and asks that their privacy be respected during this difficult time,” he said.

Paterno’s sons Scott and Jay both took to Twitter Saturday night to refute reports that their father had died. Continue Reading…

Kidnap Victim Elizabeth Smart Engaged ‘I’m So Excited

Kidnap Victim Elizabeth Smart Engaged ‘I’m So Excited: Wedding bells are ringing for Elizabeth Smart, the young Utah woman who was kidnapped at age 14 and survived nine months of captivity.

“I’m so excited,” Smart told ABC News exclusively. ”We are looking forward to a bright future together.”

A paid contributor for “Good Morning America,” reporting and providing analysis on issues related to missing and exploited children, and a music student at Brigham Young University, Smart, 24, got engaged last weekend and is planning a wedding for ”later this year.”

“She is in seventh heaven,” said her publicist Chris Thomas of Intrepid Communications. “She’s excited, she’s enjoying life. It’s been an adventure.”

Thomas would not reveal anything related to the proposal, groom or upcoming wedding. He only said that Smart and her family were “still working to finalize some details.” Continue Reading…

Rescued Kidnapping Victim Elizabeth Smart Engaged

Rescued Kidnapping Victim Elizabeth Smart Engaged: A woman at knifepoint 14-year-old kidnapped and held captive for nine months is getting married.

A spokesman for the 24-year-old Elizabeth Smart says he got engaged last weekend and likely to be married in the summer.

The groom was revealing any information about planning your private life private. Spokesman smart says keep.

Smart’s father, Ed smart, the associated press reports that his future son-in-law “a young man.” Ed Smart she is happy for his daughter and hopefully he is a happy life.

Onetime itinerant street preacher is Brian David Mitchell and smart 2002 abduction was found guilty in sexual assault 2010. He is a life prison sentence.

Stephen Colbert’s Super PAC Starts Buying Up South Carolina Airtime

Stephen Colbert’s Super PAC Starts Buying Up South Carolina Airtime: Stephen Colbert is putting his money where his mockery is — or, at least, his super PAC is.

On his Comedy Central show Thursday night Colbert announced “an exploratory committee to lay the groundwork” for his “possible candidacy for president of the United States of South Carolina.” He also handed control of his super PAC, Citizens for a Better Tomorrow, Tomorrow, over to his colleague, Jon Stewart, host of “The Daily Show.”

ABC News has learned that the group is already buying up television air time in South Carolina. A source tracking ad buys in early primary states told ABC that the super PAC has purchased nearly $10,000 worth of time on a broadcast station in the Charleston, S.C. area between Jan. 15 and Jan. 19.

And according to a South Carolina news web site, the Palmetto Public Record, the super PAC is also reportedly “negotiating a substantial media buy in the Columbia market.”