Child star Annette Funicello, who rose to stardom as a perky teen on "The Mickey Mouse Club" in the 1950's, has died from complications related to Multiple Sclerosis. (April 8)
observer: Gannet company has been making this same announcement throughout all their various newspapers. They have abandoned journalism for propaganda. One PerCenters at their most cynical: "In 2010, Gannett increased executive salaries and bonuses; for example, Bob Dickey, Gannett's U.S. newspapers division president, was paid $3.4 million in 2010, up from $1.9 million the previous year. The next year, the company laid off 700 U.S. employees to cut costs. In the memo announcing the layoffs, Dickey wrote, "While we have sought many ways to reduce costs, I regret to tell you that we will not be able to avoid layoffs." Gannett's announcement really is the ultimate in hypocrisy: On March 24, 2012, the company announced that it would discipline 25 employees in Wisconsin who had signed the petition to recall Governor Scott Walker, stating that this open public participation in a political process was a violation of the company's code of journalistic ethics and that their primary responsibility as journalists was to maintain credibility and public trust in themselves and the organization."