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No shortage of newsy topics on this Wednesday, as a handful of stories have left heads shaking, and jaws scraping the floor on this Wedneday, June 26, 2013 –
Whether your prefer pop culture, tech, sports, or missing dead mob bosses, it's been an interesting start to the work week. Here now, a handful of stories that have us scratching – and nodding – our heads on this Monday, June 17, 2013 –
Tiger Woods is back in the news this week in a big way – thanks to success on the golf course, but also due to a new book out today. Hank Haney is Woods' former coach, and today, his book "The Big Miss: My Years Coaching Tiger Woods" will bring to light some parts of the Woods story Woods would rather not discuss.
Tonight, Haney talks to Piers Morgan in a live, prime time exclusive interview at 9pmET. FULL POST
Mitchell Johnson, one half of the duo convicted of committing the "Westside Middle School massacre" near near Jonesboro, AR, is currently incarcerated in Florida, serving time on unrelated charges. In 1988, the then 13-year-old Johnson teamed with 11-year-old Andrew Golden, shooting in an ambush style from the woods in camouflaged clothes, killing four students and one teacher, and wounding ten others.
Originally released in 2005, Johnson landed back in jail after additional legal trouble in both 2007 and 2008. In the wake of Monday's Chardon (OH) High School shooting, Johnson spoke exclusively with "Piers Morgan Tonight" on the phone from prison, and emailed this blog post offering his reactions to this week's tragedy: FULL POST
New York investment banker Alison Fournier filed suit against Starwood Hotels over a sexual assault she says happened in last January in Helsinki, Finland in the Hotel Kamp. Fournier, then age 30, was asleep in her locked hotel room when an intoxicated man told the front desk he was her husband, got a key to her room and climbed into her bed. She awoke to find him "groping at her naked body" and "she was certain she was about to be raped." Fournier managed to jump out of the bed, grab a bathrobe and escape.
The assailant received the key without any “basic security protocols, such as asking for identification, searching hotel records to see whether Ms. Fournier was registered alone or with a traveling companion, or calling her room to check the man’s story, the desk clerk simply handed the man Ms. Fournier’s room key allowing him to gain access to her room,” according to the lawsuit. The lawsuit was filed by Fournier's attorney Gloria Allred.
Allred has represented many clients in high profile situations including Tiger Woods' alleged mistress Rachel Uchitel, Herman Cain's first accuser to come forward Sharon Bialek and many more. Fournier is Allred's latest client. Allred will be on "Piers Morgan Tonight" this month for a full hour to discuss how she decides which clients to represent and the high profile cases that have made her famous in both the legal community and popular culture.
Fournier has sued the hotel chain for “negligence and negligent infliction of emotional distress” and is “seeking compensatory and punitive damages, claiming that her “life has been turned upside down as a result”. Before the incident, Fournier, a Princeton University graduate and Harvard Business School MBA, was a Vice President at a prestigious New York investment banking firm. Since the assault Fournier has quit her job and has relocated to Florida.
In January 2011, Fournier traveled to Helsinki, Finland on her first overseas business trip and specifically registered at Hotel Kamp because of its affiliation with the Starwood hotel chain. “Ms. Fournier checked on-line to confirm that she would be staying at a Starwood Hotel because she believed that the Starwood name would insure that the hotel was both safe and top tier,” said Allred at a press conference Monday afternoon.
Fournier spoke out publicly in hopes to warn other women who may be traveling alone of the danger that they may face: “I don’t want this to happen again to any woman traveling for her career," she said. "Business travel is often a critical part of a successful career and women should not have to fear traveling or wonder if they will be targets of violence when they are staying alone in a hotel.”
We reached out to Starwood Hotels for a comment. Their full statement is below:
The safety and security of our guests is our first and foremost priority. It is company-wide policy to ensure proper identification is shown and verified before distributing a key to a registered guest’s room. We are taking this allegation seriously and are working with the hotel in question to understand the facts and any breach of security that may have contributed to this very unfortunate event.
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Over the past 30 years, no four letters have been as polarizing or as resonant as AIDS. 30 years have passed since the first AIDS case and currently 1.1 million people in the United States and an estimated 33.3 million people worldwide live with the disease. In its relatively short period of existence, AIDS has caused some of the most dramatic and heart wrenching moments collected and has been a controversial force in societal mores from its initial recognition.
Today, Thursday, December 1, 2011 is World AIDS Day. As we reflect on how far we have come in battling the disease medically and how we perceive the disease socially, how far do we need to go? FULL POST
(The NBA lock out is winding down, and Piers Morgan interviews two basketball legends tonight, 9pmET/PT: Shaquille O'Neal and Magic Johnson. "Piers Morgan Tonight" intern Andrea Apuy highlights one storyline from the lockout this year.)
On October 28th 1998, at the height of the 1998 NBA lockout, Michael Jordan confronted Wizards franchise owner Abe Pollin. Jordan said to Pollin in front of a full meeting of owners and players, “If you can’t make a profit, you should sell your team.” Jordan’s reprimand reverberated through the sports media outlets and implanted in the minds of his peers including Indiana Pacers legend and TNT sports analyst Reggie Miller. Miller referenced the event during a roundtable discussion about the current NBA lockout, which has just come to an end. FULL POST
John King looked at all of Herman Cain's recent statements on abortion, including the ones he made to Piers Morgan during their hour-long interview.
"Mr. Cain is entitled to his own opinion, but not his facts," said King. Check out the segment above.
["Piers Morgan Tonight" will have the latest news and reaction to Moammer Gadhafi's death, live tonight at 9pmET. Intern Morkeh Blay-Tofey looks at the life and death of the leader.]
As celebrations erupt from Moammer Gadhafi’s hometown of Sirte, Libya's tyrannical leader is now on his way to the historical archives. From his spring to power in a bloodless coup against King Idris in 1969, Gadhafi initially resembled a Fidel Castro or Che Guevara figure: a young, charismatic 27-year-old who wanted to change the world. The story became much more than that simplistic goal. It was a world far from the cell-phone pictures captured of the 69-year-old breathing his last gasps of air. FULL POST
By "Piers Morgan Tonight" associate producer Samantha Hillstrom:
On May 5th, 1993, I was almost 8 years old – the same age Stevie Branch, Christopher Byers and Michael Moore were when they were brutally murdered in West Memphis, AR. It’s been over 18 years since that day, and six weeks ago, the three men that were convicted of their murders were released from prison.
Damien Echols, Jason Baldwin and Jessie Misskelley were charged with murdering the three boys and spent their entire adulthood behind bars, and for Damien, on death row. Last week, Piers Morgan interviewed Damien and Jason in an emotional and powerful interview – and the response on our Twitter, Facebook and blog has been incredible. FULL POST