As usual, the city of Atlanta was unprepared for a light snowstorm that blanketed highways and surface roads with sheets of black ice. The storm (if you can call it that) swept into Atlanta around 12 noon on Tuesday. Around 1 p.m., the first reports of school closings were announced. By 2 p.m., the roads were jammed with frantic Atlantans who left work early to go pick up their children. Scores of motorists are still stranded in their vehicles more than 24 hours later. Hundreds of students spent the night in their schools. A few lucky motorists were given warm shelter, food and drinks by staff at CVS and Walgreens stores. Chik-fil-A also helped out by offering free food and hot beverages to stranded motorists.
All of this could have been avoided if Mayor Kasim Reed and the governor's office had only heeded the weather reports.
A Staten Island mother is grieving the loss of her two young sons who were swept away during Hurricane Sandy. Searchers found the bodies of Brandon, 2 and Connor, 4, in marshland about 30 yards from where they went missing Monday.
But Glenda Moore's story about a large wave ripping the children from her arms is raising troubling questions.
President Obama declared New York a disaster area as Hurricane Sandy pounded the east coast of the United States with sheets of rain and high winds, leaving several people dead and millions without power.
Winds are still gusting at 45 mph in some areas of the East. 30 foot storm surges were reported as Sandy came ashore in the New York and New Jersey areas.
President Obama suspended his campaign efforts to concentrate on federal hurricane relief efforts. On Monday, Obama stood before the cameras and warned New Yorkers to evacuate or stay inside their homes. He said Hurricane Sandy would be "big and powerful" but he said the federal government was ready.
Hurricane Sandra is shaping up to be the biggest storm to hit the eastern seaboard of the United States in 100 years. That's not good news to residents living in the flood-prone Tri-state areas -- directly in the storm's path.
Dubbed "Superstorm" by the media and "Frankenstorm" by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Hurricane Sandy cut a swathe of destruction across Haiti, Jamaica and Cuba, leaving 28 people dead and many injured.
When Hurricane Irene threatened the East coast last year, NY Mayor Bloomberg released a map of flood zones based on hurricane category severity. The Lower East Side, Coney Island, Upper East Side and Staten Island are all at risk for serious flooding.
Musician and con artist Wyclef Jean thinks he isn't getting enough of the right kind of attention. So he tweeted this pic of his birthday present to himself, a brand new Ducati motorcycle. Jean recently turned 43, just a month after he shut down his Yele Haiti foundation -- after misappropriating $16 million in donations for victims of the 2010 Haiti earthquake. Of course we tried to warn donors that Jean is shady, but no one listened. The NY Times wrote an article detailing Jean's massive con scheme to line his own pockets. Diaoly Estimé, who runs an orphanage in Haiti, told reporters, “If I had depended on Yéle, these kids would all be dead by now.”
I bet a lot of heathens and sinners got right with the Lord yesterday. Nature's awesome power was on display when twisters and super cells cut a swath through north Texas. Shocking television news footage shows one tornado violently tossing 18 wheelers around like twigs. The power of Nature's fury was evident as high winds uprooted trees, cars and buildings with ease.
Thankfully, there were no deaths reported. See pics of the destruction and watch the chilling video after the break.
Talk show maven Barbara Walters was a guest on Late Night With Dave Letterman on Tuesday. Letterman grilled Walters about including the Kardashians on her 'Most Fascinating List', even offering to remove them from the list himself.
Walters saw the opportunity to brand the most hated reality TV family as liars:
"They were the first ones we interviewed and we did them in September," Walters explained. "We said, anything going to happen? 'No no no, you can do it now because nothing's going to happen.' Then Kim gets married. Then Kourtney gets pregnant. Then Khloe's moving to Dallas. You cannot trust the Kardashians."
As the Huffington Post explained; Khloe Kardashian can't be blamed for moving to Dallas with her husband, Lamar Odom, who was traded to the Mavericks by the LA Lakers on Saturday.
Last week we heard that embattled porno star Kim Kardashian was in Haiti to join in humanitarian efforts and to repair her damaged image. Yet we saw no pics of Kim roughing it in Haiti as we did with talk show maven Oprah who's also on the storm torn island.
Finally, a photo of Kim Kardashian in Haiti has emerged.
According to the Huffington Post, Kim and her mother/manager, Kris Jenner (far left), traveled with their friends, including Maria Bello, (2nd from right) and actress Patricia Arquette (far right), "to experience the Haiti that Maria has come to know and love through her organization, We Advance."
We came to celebrate the thousands of Haitian women who are working tirelessly every day to bring economic and social justice to all people in Haiti. So to them we say: we are humbled and moved to have been with you and to tell the world about your grace. We are proud to tell the world your stories.
The mission statement of We Advance is, "We are stronger together than we are alone."
We are grateful to partner with such amazing women and to have been on this journey together.
Meanwhile, Kim's younger sister, Khloe Kardashian, is settling in after traveling to Dallas, Texas with her hubby, Lamar Odom. Khoe tweeted a pic of her hubby in his crisp white Dallas Mavericks uniform today.
Adoptive mother Sandra Bullock should be commended for taking little Louis Bardo to the park. Most wealthy adoptive mothers let their nannies take the youngsters to the park so they don't have to hear the shrieking and crying when it's time to leave.
Oprah Winfrey, whose failing OWN Network is hemorrhaging money, held hands with actor Sean Penn at a refugee camp in Haiti earlier today. The talk show queen is in storm ravaged Haiti filming a TV special highlighting the humanitarian efforts by celebrities such as Sean Penn. His non-profit organization provides assistance to people displaced by the 2010 earthquake. Another narcissist who is in Haiti is Kim Kardashian. But it isn't clear if Kim made it past the airport. We haven't seen a single picture of her in Haiti. Hopefully, Oprah will have some footage of Kim getting hands on in Haiti, and if she really wants to score points, she will talk about how Wyclef Jean stole over $1 million in donations for his own benefit.
It was one of those astonishing moments when a celebrity is caught on national television like a deer in the proverbial headlights. It occurred when ABC anchor Katie Couric, who was interviewing the cagey singer Beyonce, reached over, and without warning rubbed the baby bump that has been at the center of controversy for months.
Beyonce appeared startled as she reached down reflexively when Katie copped a feel. "I'm sorry, am I allowed to do that?" Katie asked as she snatched her hand back.
When a woman caresses another woman's baby bump, the moment usually passes quickly between the two women.
But Katie's hand returned to groping Beyonce's baby bump a second time -- as if Katie wasn't confident that what she felt the first time was actually a human baby.
It was clear that Katie was performing a tactile examination of Beyonce's baby bump, which was first introduced to the world in September at the MTV VMAs. Prior to that, no one knew the 30-year-old was pregnant.
Judging from Couric's reaction afterwards, it was clear that she still had her doubts that Beyonce's baby bump was real. But Couric never expressed those doubts on the air. We wish we could have been a fly on the wall when Katie told her friends what she really thought about the baby bump!