Dr. Laura Suspends Calif. Newspaper Column

Thursday, May 24, 2007

Laura Schlessinger -- the tough-talking radio relationship counselor known as "Dr. Laura" -- is taking a break from the column she writes for a California newspaper, after another paper reported that her soldier son is under investigation for posting what an Army officer described as a "repulsive" Web page.

The Salt Lake Tribune reported over the weekend that Army officials were looking into Deryk Schlessinger's MySpace page, which featured cartoon images of rape, murder and child molestation; racial epithets; and stories of drug use. The 21-year-old is stationed in Afghanistan, the paper reported Saturday.

The next day his mother said she would suspend her column in the Santa Barbara News-Press.

The Tribune article was written by reporter Matthew LaPlante , who last week was under assault by Dr. Laura fans for a previous story they thought made her look bad -- one in which he quoted the radio talker blasting soldiers' wives for "whining," and declaring that "warriors need warrior wives."

-- Amy Argetsinger

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