The former MSNBC anchor has done interviews in anticipation of the relaunch of his news broadcast “Countdown,” which will premier June 20 on the Al Gore co-founded Current TV cable network. The program will broadcast at 8 p.m. ET from Olbermann’s new — and rather Spartan — offices near New York’s Chelsea district.
In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Olbermann said MSNBC did not decide until halfway through the now infamous, final January 21 broadcast that the anchor would be cut loose from his contract. His staff found out at that time as well.
On Tuesday, Olbermann told Terry Gross of NPR’s “Fresh Air” that he is an opinion journalist. As a result, he said, it was fine for him to make political contributions to three Democratic candidates in 2010. However, he said, he did not make the donations to support their politics, per se, because he doesn’t even vote.
Instead, the money was meant to help the three officials obtain personal security after they’d faced numerous death threats, Olbermann said. Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords was one of the recipients. In January, she was shot in the head while making an appearance at a grocery store parking lot.
The 50-year-old prison inmate from Virginia, who has been diagnosed with gender identity disorder, has filed a federal lawsuit in an effort to become the first person to receive publicly funded gender reassignment surgery.
De’lonta, born Michael Stokes, has been in prison since age 18 on various robbery, drugs and weapons charges. She filed the suit months after failing to castrate herself with a razor blade using information from mail-order anatomy books, the New York Daily News reported. In 2004, De’lonta won a court order to begin taking female hormones.
The 9-year-old boy from Philadelphia has worked with a local chiropractor to create an iPad application promoting back and neck care techniques that is now being sold via iTunes.
Andy Kirschner, a chiropractor based in Bala Cynwyd, Pennsylvania, started working with Jesse about a year ago to create the "Back Together" application. Jesse is the son of a friend of Kirschner’s, Philadelphia’s NBC affiliate reported.
Kirschner provided the boy with videos and documents to create the content. In turn, Jesse used several programs including Microsoft Publisher, Adobe Dreamweaver, Handbrake and Phonegap to develop the application.
“The app was really fun to produce,” said Jesse, who now intends to develop more applications.