Smart’s book hits shelves
Minutes after 14-year-old Elizabeth Smart was snatched from her bedroom in the dead of night, a police cruiser idled by along a neighborhood street as she was forced to the ground at knifepoint. “Move and I will kill you!” her captor hissed.
It was one of several fleeting times Smart watched a rescue slip away during her nine-month ordeal, she recounts in “My Story,” a 308-page book released by St. Martin’s Press on Monday.
She writes that she was so terrified of the street preacher who kidnapped her that when she was rescued by police in a Salt Lake City suburb in March 2003, she only reluctantly identified herself.
Between the heartbreak of missed chances, Smart writes, she was treated as a sex object by Brian David Mitchell and as a slave by his wife, Wanda Barzee.
Smart, now 25, is married, living in Park City, finishing a music degree and traveling across the country giving speeches and doing advocacy work. She created the Elizabeth Smart Foundation to fight crimes against children.
Mitchell is serving two life terms after he was sentenced in 2011. Barzee was given 15 years for her role in the horror.
Fox anchor apologizes
A Fox News Channel anchor apologized for falsely saying that President Obama had offered to pay for the operation of a museum of Muslim culture “out of his own pocket” during the government shutdown.
Anchor Anna Kooiman made the remark Saturday on “Fox & Friends” during a discussion about closed facilities. She didn’t cite a source, but earlier, a satirical news site called “National Report” had posted a story headlined: “Obama Uses Own Money to Open Muslim Museum Amid Government Shutdown.”
On Sunday, Kooiman tweeted that she had made a mistake after receiving flawed research.
“My apologies,” she tweeted. “Won’t happen again.”
Johansson wins ‘sexiest’ title
Seven years after being named Esquire magazine’s sexiest woman alive, Scarlett Johansson has earned the title for a second time.
Johansson, who also won in 2006, is the first woman to get the honor twice.
Johansson, 28, jokingly tells the magazine she’s “gotta hustle” and “pretty soon the roles you’re offered all become mothers. Then they just sort of stop.”
She is also off the market. She recently went public with her engagement to former French journalist Romain Dauriac.
‘Today’ pays tribute to fan
The “Today” show is remembering its biggest fan.
Its hosts paid tribute Monday to the late “superfan” Linny Boyette, who for nearly 20 years was on hand in the Rockefeller Center plaza to watch the show in person.
Matt Lauer said he was “part of the show.” Al Roker called him “a good luck charm.”
Boyette was a familiar face to viewers as the cameras panned the throng that gathers for the NBC morning show outside its studio in New York.
The show says Boyette, 71, died Sunday.