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Ben Bradlee, former executive editor of The Washington Post, has died. He was 93.
At the helm of the Post from 1968-1991, he led the paper through some of its most defining moments. He oversaw coverage of the Watergate scandal, earning him a portrayal in the Oscar-winning film “All the President’s Men.” (Video via The Washington Post, Warner Bros. / "All The President's Men")
BRADLEE VIA ABC: “These guys were on a roll. They had the town by the throat. Nobody else was touching them.”
During his tenure, he also fought the Nixon administration over his decision to run a trove of leaked documents on the Vietnam War known as the Pentagon Papers.
In September, his wife, fellow Post reporter Sally Quinn, disclosed Bradlee’s Alzheimer’s had gotten worse and he was in hospice care at their home.
SALLY QUINN VIA C-SPAN: “I don’t think we’ve ever been as loving with each other as we are now. You know, we spend a lot of time together, and we hold hands, and he knows me.”
For the past 23 years, he’d carried the title “vice president at large” at the Post. He also published a memoir titled “A Good Life.”
This video includes images from Miguel Ariel Contreras Drake-McLaughlin / CC BY SA 2.0, Getty Images and Terissa Schor / CC BY NC 2.0.Wed, 22 Oct 2014 03:26:02 -0400
A Gwinnett County, Georgia, attorney filed a complaint against a federal judge after she says he reprimanded her for bringing her baby to court, according to Atlanta's WSB-TV and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
Attorney Stacy Ehrisman-Mickle said she filed a motion for a continuance and provided a doctor’s note, which recommended she stay on maternity leave for six weeks.
“Counsel for the respondents is a solo practitioner and does not have another attorney in the firm that may appear on her behalf,” Ehrisman-Mickle wrote in her motion. The opposing counsel did not oppose her motion.
Judge J. Dan Pellettier Sr. denied the motion, saying she showed “no good cause” and that the “hearing date (was) set prior to counsel accepting representation.”
Ehrisman-Mickle said she found out on a Friday that the continuance had been denied for the next Tuesday. She said she made efforts to find child care but couldn’t, and no daycare would accept her baby, who was under 6 weeks old.
Ehrisman-Mickle said she was left with no choice but to bring her baby to court with her.
She said that when she arrived, her child started to cry and the judge reprimanded her for bringing the child to court, calling it “inappropriate.”
“Not only do you slap me in the face and deny my request for maternity leave, you embarrassed me in front of a full courtroom,” Ehrisman-Mickle told WSB-TV after she said she was forced to bring the child to U.S Immigration Court in Atlanta.
Ehrisman-Mickle said Pelletier told her, “Your pediatrician must be appalled that you brought your child here and exposed her to all of these germs.”
She said that after a conversation, Pellettier ultimately gave her a continuance to Oct. 28, right after her maternity leave is over. However, she said she is upset with the way he handled the situation.
“I was shocked and embarrassed and humiliated, and even now I can’t believe it happened,” she said.
The complaint she filed is being investigated, but she said she is coming forward with a message to working mothers.
“I think the country needs to start to re-evaluate maternity leave and realize it is not just a vacation for moms to hang out and relax; it is a time for bonding, and it is really important for the child,” she said.
The judge would not comment on his decision.Wed, 22 Oct 2014 02:39:37 -0400
A mother is facing charges after police say they found her 2-year-old daughter sitting on a busy street corner alone in Waynesburg, Pennsylvania.
The woman who found the girl and called police said the toddler was filthy and eating gum off the ground.
Despite being alone, the woman said the girl was in good spirits.
“She’s just a sweetheart. She’s always smiling. I’ve never seen her unhappy,” said a neighbor.
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The woman who found her said the girl didn’t even cry.
The girl’s mother, Mary McChesney, is charged with endangering the welfare of children.
After Pittsburgh's WPXI-TV aired this story at 6 p.m. Tuesday, McChesney spoke with anchor Lisa Sylvester. She said the whole incident is a tragic misunderstanding.
McChesney said she was getting ready for work, and there were two other adults in the house, but somehow her daughter opened the door.
The mother said she’s eternally grateful for the woman who found her daughter.
“I don’t know this lady, but she is a true blessing. She may have saved my daughter’s life,” McChesney said.
McChesney’s former neighbor said McChesney is a good mom, and this was an accident.
Police said the girl was checked out by EMS workers, and she had some cuts.