August 18th, 2010
10:53 AM ET

On the Radar: Dr. Laura, kids' deaths, Blagojevich verdict

Dr. Laura to call it quits - Embattled radio talk-show host Dr. Laura Schlessinger says she will not renew her contract that is up at the end of the year, telling CNN's "Larry King Live" she wants to "regain my First Amendment rights."

Schlessinger, 63, has been under fire for using the N-word repeatedly during an on-air conversation last week with a caller.

South Carolina mom in court - Shaquan Duley wanted to be free, police say. That is why, they say, she pressed her bare hands over her children's faces, two little boys, and smothered them. That is why she allegedly placed their bodies into her Chrysler sedan and sent the car into the black water of South Carolina's Edisto River.'s Ashley Fantz takes a look at Duley, who is due to make her first court appearance Wednesday.

Blagojevich verdict - Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich appeared vindicated after a jury in a federal corruption trial was reportedly one vote short of convicting him of attempting to sell a U.S. Senate seat. Prosecutors said they will retry Blagojevich and will meet next week to decide their next move.

Blagojevich was found guilty Tuesday of lying to the FBI but escaped convictions on 23 other counts in a trial seen as a partial victory for the former governor. The jury, which deliberated for 14 days, said it was hung on 23 counts against him and on the counts against the former governor's brother, Robert Blagojevich.

BP and Gulf oil claims - BP has picked Wednesday as the deadline for accepting claims from people and businesses affected by the Gulf of Mexico oil disaster. After then, the oil giant will direct people to the Gulf Coast Claims Facility, led by attorney Kenneth Feinberg. Feinberg is charged with independently administering the $20 billion escrow account established by BP to compensate for damage caused by the Gulf disaster.

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  1. Bertina

    Dr. Laura's self aggrandizing should be condemned. She had little concern over what she said to the caller she offended over and over and cared more about herself and how she was treated.

    August 18, 2010 at 11:48 am | Report abuse |
    • Tom

      The real deal here is black people (usually men) call each other the "N" word all the time. She was just trying to convey that to that caller. Racism has reared it's ugly head like never before since the civil war. I live in a place that is mostly black and I never had the situations arise racially until Obama was elected. Now...can I go get some special consideration because I am a minority in a mostly black community?

      August 18, 2010 at 10:55 pm | Report abuse |
  2. boomer

    What happened to 1st amendment rights?! I wasn't a big fan of hers but I don't think she should quit. Just shows how weak we have become about our rights.

    August 18, 2010 at 12:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bertina

      She chose to quit, that has nothing to do with first amendment rights being taken away.

      August 18, 2010 at 3:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • PaulinABQ

      The 1st amendment says you can say/print something without PRIOR Government censorship. Her 1st amendment rights have NOT been violated. She was not censored before her screed. And, the 1st amendment does NOT absolve the speaker of the consequences of her speech.

      OBTW, Dr Laura, the moronic physiologist, is educated in anatomy. Look it up.

      August 18, 2010 at 4:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • stoley eisenhower

      so if I was to go on air and say slurs about Jews, I should remain on the air? I would be persecuted by the Zionist media, gov't and crazy Christian right wingers.

      August 18, 2010 at 9:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tom

      This is all about racism....some forget that it goes both ways.

      August 18, 2010 at 10:57 pm | Report abuse |
  3. reaper

    August 18, 2010 at 12:36 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Tammie J

    Poor Dr. Laura, it seems that her first amendment rights have been taken away from her. What kind of country except its citizen to respect one another's feeling and not barite each other with hateful hurtful words. What have we come to when we can not tell the victim that it is their fault for marrying outside of their race and not having a sense of humor when being attacked by racists. In fact, it was her fault for being to hypersensitive and she should have thanked the good Dr. for pointing that out. Oh, what have we come to when we require our radio personalities to take responsibility for the things they say. How dare we contact the advertisers and demand that they correct a wrong. People, cant you see that she is truly the victim here. The internet is the perfect place for Dr. Laura, there she can spew out all of the hate she wants unchecked by anyone. After all, isn't that where all racist go to roam free?

    August 18, 2010 at 12:56 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Josie

    What does Larry mean by Non- word persons?

    August 18, 2010 at 2:06 pm | Report abuse |
  6. lanman

    Dr. Laura has a point, and I don't believe she is racist. True people should not be so sensitive however if she would just stop talking for a few minutes and listen she could understand why her caller was upset. For example, how would Dr. Laura like it if everytime people came to her house they starting talking about aging women and their wrinlkes and she just happned to be the only aging woman around. What if they used expressions like "old witches" or "sea hags" to refer to older women, I bet they would be out the door in nothing flat!!!!!

    August 18, 2010 at 6:30 pm | Report abuse |
  7. stoley eisenhower

    the hypocrisy in all this is that Dr Laura will probably be more popular more than ever after this controversy but if someone was to say one little thing about her background, they would be persecuted and called an ANTI-SEMITE and their careers be ruined like Mel Gibson's. God bless the United States of Zion.

    August 18, 2010 at 9:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tom

      That is hogwash. She is losing her job...not fired? more hogwash....just like McChrystal....who was doing a great job given the restraints by the idiot in the white house.

      August 18, 2010 at 11:00 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Wizard

    Wow, did my comment really not get posted because I posted the actual word instead of saying n-word? What a joke.

    September 19, 2010 at 12:55 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Wizard

    It's all a bunch of bull. People need to learn to live with each other and stop being so bloody sensitive about everything that comes out of someones mouth. O noes! Some random radio show host that I probably haven't even heard of before this said THE DREADED N WORD!@!@!@@!@ Get her@!!!!!shift1!!@@!@ It's stupid. People need to grow up and stop feeling so persecuted over the tiniest things that don't even matter.

    Happy CNN? I removed the god awful word that no one can ever say.

    September 19, 2010 at 12:56 pm | Report abuse |