Weeks after she was nominated for her second Marconi award, the veteran talk show host used the N-word repeatedly while speaking with a black caller on her radio talk show.
Schlessinger apologized on her radio show on Wednesday for her remarks. "I talk every day about doing the right thing. And yesterday, I did the wrong thing," she said.
The Marconi nod, her string of best-selling books and her accomplishments raising money for injured vets indicated that the good doctor was on the rebound after a group of gay activists nearly shut her down altogether. In 2000, the activists launched "Stop Dr. Laura," because of a series of remarks she'd made about homosexuality. In one incident in 1998, she called homosexuality "a biological error." By 2001, she'd lost her syndicated television show as well as the support of significant advertisers.
Despite that setback, she slowly recovered. Her syndicated advice program has continued for 30 years, most recently on the Sirius/XM satellite radio network. Her most recent book came out in 2009 from Harper Collins, "In Praise of Stay-at-Home Moms." She also received an award from Pentagon for raising money to help injured war veterans and their families.
She posted this comment about bigots on her blog in June:
"The callers who tell me they know a relative or friend is hostile, bigoted, or opinionated about something always get the following question from me: Tell me, do they act out on it? Do they proclaim it in public and insult or hurt people because of it? If the answer is "yes," then that person is to be shunned and, perhaps, hated If the answer is "no," that person should be commended for having a strong opinion but never hurting anyone in any form because of it."
"I don't hate people with stupid opinions or ideas," Schlessinger concluded, "I just think they're kinda stupid, that's all."
The U.S. Military Academy cadet resigned her position this week, citing "Don't Ask, Don't Tell." As reported in Mother Jones magazine, Second Class Cadet Miller was considered one of the top cadets at West Point. However, since May, she had been anonymously blogging about her West Point experience on a lesbian website called "Velvet Park."
In doing so, she not only chronicled her decision to come out, she confirmed something the gay community had suspected: There is an underground network of gays and lesbians in the U.S. military.
"Of course, upon entering West Point I was scared to death that I was the only lesbian in the entire Armed Forces, and therefore the only woman struggling with the policy," Miller blogged. "How very wrong I was..."
Miller's decision to leave West Point entirely rested on two pivotal moments, she wrote. The first was meeting Rep. Patrick Ryan, the Iraq War veteran and Democrat from Pennsylvania. He is the author of legislation that would reverse DADT. He also supported a speaking tour of gay veterans called "Voices of Honor."
The second sign came this summer when Miller was accepted to Yale on a scholarship this year for students from the GLBTQ community. But she could not receive the award without recommendations from a professor - which placed her in the ultimate quandary. After she outed herself to the West Point professor, Miller received the instructor's full support. She'll now move on to Yale.
Still, Miller's time at West Point was not wasted, she wrote. "The discrimination I have faced as a cadet at the United States Military Academy at West Point, an institution regarded as the pinnacle of leadership excellence, has exposed me to the harsh reality of... inequality in the military and in society. As a result of this epiphany, I have redirected my life from battling terrorists in the Middle East to combating hatred and intolerance domestically."
The 87-year-old television news reporter announced his retirement this week from KTLA in Los Angeles. With 63 years at his one and only job, Chambers is considered to have the longest career ever of any television news reporter.
When Chambers joined KTLA in 1947 it had a viewership of about 300 households, according to a statement released by the station. KTLA was also the only television news organization west of the Mississippi River, officials said. Chambers covered an estimated 22,000 stories throughout his career, including the Watts Riots and the 1968 assassination of Robert F. Kennedy.
Yet Chambers said the most important story he'd ever covered was the 1949 case of three-year-old Kathy Fiscus. The toddler had had fallen down a well in Southern California town of San Marino. It is considered the first breaking news story to happen on television in the metro Los Angeles area.
Chambers said he will retire to play golf and spend more time with his wife and 11 children.