Trial set to begin in burning death of Mississippi teen

(CNN)A jury was chosen Monday in trial of a Mississippi man accused of killing 19-year-old Jessica Chambers, who died after being set on fire in her car in 2014.

Quinton Tellis, 29, faces a capital murder charge in her slaying.
The Courtland teen’s mysterious death has haunted the small town of 500 in northwest Mississippi for nearly three years. Chambers left her mother’s house in pajama pants on December 6, 2014, reportedly to clean her car.
She never returned.
When police found her later that night, she wasn’t far from her mother’s home. Her car was on fire, and Chambers had burns on more than 90% of her body.
She said someone set her on fire. When asked who hurt her, some first responders claim they heard her say a man’s name. She was rushed to a hospital, where she died the next day.
Courtland and Panola County residents learned last year that Tellis, who was being held in Louisiana in connection with a crime involving another homicide victim, was to be indicted in Chambers’ death.
District Attorney John Champion said at the time he was “very, very confident” there would be no additional charges or suspects in the Chambers case.
“We do feel like, at this point, that he acted alone in this case,” he said.
Video surveillance footage and DNA evidence found on Chambers’ car keys near the scene will likely play a role in Tellis’ prosecution, lead detective Barry Thompson told CNN in the special report “Justice for Jessica,” which airs Sunday at 9 p.m. ET on HLN with correspondent Randi Kaye.
The capital murder charge against Tellis opens the door for a death penalty case, but Champion said Wednesday the prosecution is not planning to seek the death penalty. The charge is capital murder because her death occurred during the commission of another crime: third-degree arson.
Tellis has pleaded not guilty. He declined requests for an interview.

Longtime mystery

Until Tellis’ February 2016 indictment, investigators had released few details about how Chambers, a former high school cheerleader, and her car ended up severely burned in a wooded area near Courtland.
That could be because authorities had ascertained so little about her death until late 2015. Champion explained that police interviewed about 150 people, and each agreed to cooperate. That’s odd in a case such as this, according to the prosecutor.
On four occasions, Champion said he thought the case had been solved, but he was wrong. Investigators received no information from their street sources, he said, and though authorities chased leads as far-flung as Tennessee, Iowa and eastern Mississippi, nothing panned out until they started taking a close look at cell phone and other data evidence.
Tellis was looked at early in the investigation, the prosecutor said, but he did not become investigators’ focus until the fall of 2015.
“Things started to match up for us, and that’s when we began to take a second look at Mr. Tellis,” Champion said, adding that forensic evidence will be integral to driving the prosecution.

Burned teen’s dad: She was unrecognizable

Jessica’s father, Ben Chambers, a former mechanic with the Panola County Sheriff’s Office, said he was in close contact with investigators throughout the investigation, and he witnessed their long nights, skipped vacations and the rings under their eyes.
“I’ve seen it day in and day out. The hard work they’ve done never stopped,” he told reporters at the time of Tellis’ indictment, a cap bearing the sheriff’s office’s logo atop his head. “They said someday it would come, and it did. They would not give up, and I take my hat off to them.”

Ties to another homicide victim

Tellis was being held in the Ouachita Parish Correctional Facility in Monroe, Louisiana, almost a four-hour drive from Jessica Chambers’ hometown, when he was indicted in her death.
He grew up in Courtland, and that’s where, Champion said, he and Chambers became friends. They’d known one another for only two weeks at the time of the killing, according to investigators.
Tellis moved from Mississippi to Louisiana in the summer of 2015, the prosecutor said. Nearly eight months after Chambers’ death, another young woman turned up dead.
Tellis pleaded guilty to the unauthorized use of an access card, which belonged to homicide victim Ming-Chen Hsiao, whom investigators identified as a 34-year-old University of Louisiana-Monroe student from Taiwan.
He was sentenced to 10 years in prison.
According to a probable cause affidavit in that case, Tellis used a bank debit card belonging to the missing woman on August 7, the day before The Clarion-Ledger reports her body was found, and then again on August 18 and 19, withdrawing $500 both times.
Authorities procured “photo evidence” and interviewed Tellis on August 20, at which point “he admitted to using the Chase Bank debit card on the three listed transactions and stated that he was the individual seen in the ATM photos,” the affidavit said.
The authorities say Tellis remains the prime suspect in Hsiao’s death, but he has never been charged in that case.
He was extradited from Louisiana to Mississippi to face the Chambers murder charge.

Tellis’ rap sheet

Following the probe into the debit card, police executed a search warrant at Tellis’ Monroe home and discovered a quarter-pound of marijuana in his bedroom, packaged for sale.
The suspect “stated he sold marijuana for profit. Tellis was arrested and booked” on an additional charge of possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, according to the affidavit.
According to law enforcement, Tellis is a gang member with a rap sheet and has served time previously, but his gang affiliation does not appear to have anything to do with Chambers’ killing, and drugs do not appear to be a factor in her death, Champion said.
Mississippi Department of Corrections records indicate Tellis was convicted of fleeing police in 2010 and sentenced to five years in prison. He was convicted of residential burglary in December 2011 and again in February 2012. He received sentences of four years and three years, respectively, on those convictions.
He was incarcerated in June 2011, according to court records. Tellis was released from a Mississippi correctional facility on October 2014 after serving time for the burglaries, Champion said. That’s two months before Chambers was killed.

‘She just seemed normal’

One of Chambers friends, Kesha Meyer, told CNN that she, Tellis and Chambers spent time together on the day of the blaze. But he denies killing her.
On December 6, 2014, Chambers was seen at a gas station about two miles from her mother’s house. Her hair was in a bun, and she was wearing camouflage pajama pants.
She put $14 worth of gas in the car and called her mother, saying she would be home right after she cleaned her car, her older sister, Amanda Prince, told CNN.
A store surveillance video shows Chambers prepaying for gas. She walks to the store’s front door when something or someone catches her attention.
She waves and walks off camera briefly, comes back into the camera’s view and enters the store as three men chat by the doorway. She spends about a minute at the counter before going back outside and pumping gas.
The gas station owner who helped her said nothing seemed out of the ordinary.
“She seemed normal,” Ali Alsanai told WREG in 2014. “She didn’t seem like something was going wrong, you know? She just seemed normal. She just pumped some gas, we had a talk and she left.”
Champion said he did not believe Chambers’ visit to the gas station had anything to do with her death.

Firefighters discover teen burned alive

Chambers was found that Saturday night on a rural road near Courtland, her car on fire. She’d somehow fought her way out of the burning vehicle and was no longer on fire when emergency responders arrived, but she had burns on 93% of her body.
Chambers approached Courtland Fire Chief Cole Haley and said someone set her on fire.
Asked who did it, she told first responders “Eric” or “Derrick,” according to Champion. Not “Quinton.”
It’s a point the defense may seize on. However, police investigators learned from medical experts that burns in Chambers’ airway may have impeded her ability to talk.
Chambers died in a Memphis hospital early the next day.

Read more: http://www.cnn.com/2017/10/06/us/jessica-chambers-quinton-tellis-trial/index.html

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Doctor braves Harvey flooding in canoe to perform teen’s surgery

(CNN)Despite the fact that his own home was flooding because of Hurricane Harvey, a Houston area doctor was so determined to perform emergency surgery on a 16-year-old boy that he used whatever means necessary to reach the hospital — even if that meant using a canoe and walking through waist-high floodwater.

Dr. Stephen Kimmel, a general pediatric surgeon at Clear Lake Regional Medical Center in Webster, Texas, rushed out of his home on Saturday morning when he received a call about Jacob Terrazas, who faced permanent damage if the surgery wasn’t performed immediately.
During a Wednesday appearance with Jacob on CNN’s “Erin Burnett OutFront,” Kimmel said he headed out in his car, but had to turn back because of the flooding. But that was just the beginning of his brave journey.
The hospital reached out to the local volunteer fire department to aid Kimmel. “So we ran through the flooded streets and it was pretty windy and rainy,” he said.
“We went by canoe and then by (a firefighter’s) pickup truck and by canoe again,” Kimmel told Burnett. “And I felt that these guys knew what they were doing, so I didn’t worry about myself at all the whole time.”
Kimmel ultimately reached the hospital after walking the last mile in waist-high water.
He says what is usually a 10-15 minute trip took about an hour, but that the effort was warranted. “Somebody had to take care of this young man, and so I thought, well if I can do it, I certainly should,” he said. “He was on the way to our institution and I’m glad I was able to make it.”
Jacob, who admitted he was “really scared,” and his family also had their own harrowing journey to the hospital as the paramedic’s truck he was in had to stop because of flooding.
“We had to get out and I was kind of lost, but tired,” he said. “One of the paramedics carried me to the side of the highway and after that we waited for a little bit. It was raining, my mom, my sisters they were just standing there wet. I was getting wet, cold. We were all cold. And we waited for a truck to get here and we got in the truck and left the paramedics, and after that we went to the fire department, I think, and we waited for a big truck to get there and once the truck got there, we all went in there.”
When Jacob finally arrived at the hospital, he said he didn’t even realize Kimmel was his doctor because he had just gotten there himself and wasn’t in typical medical attire.
“It was kind of weird because I got there and I didn’t know who was the doctor because I thought he was just like some, I don’t know, just some dude,” he said. “That’s what my mom thought, too. And once he told me I was like ‘oh, Ok.”
Jacob said he’s “thankful” for Kimmel performing the surgery and that he is “relieved from the pain” and “I’m feeling way much better.”
Kimmel responded by saying, “It’s really a privilege to be able to take care of pediatric surgical patients and, you know, it’s a very fulfilling day I have every day. It’s great to take care of kids and see them get better.”
The doctor also added that the Coast Guard was able to get his family out of their home safely and that the water has receded and the home is salvageable. But Kimmel said, “It’s certainly not the most important thing. I was just happy to see them.”

Read more: http://www.cnn.com/2017/08/30/us/doctor-canoes-flood-to-perform-emergency-surgery-cnntv/index.html

Puerto Rico’s weather forecasters fight worry and fatigue to stay focused

(CNN)Stuck in their offices, lacking sleep, food and water and unable to check on their families and friends, the staff at the National Weather Service in San Juan, Puerto Rico, remains focused on saving lives

“We are not 100% fine,” wrote meteorologist Ian Colon-Pagan. “We are bunkering in the office, no communications, no news about our family and friends, we still have some food.
“We are managing the stress and lack of sleep,” he continued, “but we don’t know until how long.”
The chat room is one of several that National Weather Service meteorologists use to share information quickly with one another, emergency management officials and media during big weather events like Hurricanes Irma and Maria.
The unusually frank exchanges reveal how those in the San Juan office were riding out monster storm Maria — while still providing real-time updates to the public.
“Again, of course there is damage to some things, including comms, cell towers down etc.,” wrote another staffer, Jose Alamo. “But I feel confident that we saves a lot of lives this time!”
When Hurricane Maria tore through the US commonwealth on Wednesday, reducing homes to rubble and taking out its power grid, it also took down Puerto Rico’s two weather radars. The National Weather Service in Miami took over some of the responsibilities.
Larry Kelley, a forecaster for the Miami National Weather Service office, said, “We are working together to help serve the people of Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands.”
But the tough conditions haven’t prevented meteorologists on the island from keeping Puerto Ricans up-to-date with the latest conditions as best they can.
“It’s rough out there, the roads are blocked with either water, trees, or electrical wires and poles,” Alamo wrote, “but we are alive and safe, which is ultimately what matters.”
The messages provide a glimpse into the challenging circumstances that face the stricken island’s dedicated meteorologists. Circumstances about which few members the public would know. The forecaster’s colleagues have certainly noticed.
Brian Seeley, a former San Juan forecaster, wrote, “Coming right on the heels of Irma, there was always the chance that folks wouldn’t listen as closely or be complacent with Maria and you all kept them alert and well prepared!!”

Read more: http://www.cnn.com/2017/09/21/us/inside-puerto-rico-nws-office-trnd/index.html

Complaint details alleged sex abuse texts by airline passenger

(CNN)A new federal complaint describes lurid text messages between an airline passenger and a woman last month discussing performing sex acts on children and drugging the minors to facilitate the abuse, court papers show.

Michael Kellar, 56, and Gail Lynn Burnworth, 50, both of Tacoma, Washington, exchanged the flurry of text messages in July, including on the day Kellar was a passenger aboard a Seattle, Washington-to-San Jose, California, flight on July 31, according to the federal complaint.
A passenger sitting behind Kellar spotted the text messages, took photos of the conversation and alerted authorities. The couple was questioned and arrested.
Kellar has been charged with attempted enticement of a minor and both face a charge of conspiracy to produce child pornography, according to the complaint unsealed Monday.
The complaint lays out the couple’s plans to sexually abuse a 5-year-old and 7-year-old who lived with Burnworth, her ex-husband and his wife. Burnworth, who is not the children’s mother, also promised to take graphic photos and videos at Kellar’s request, the complaint said.
Among Kellar’s requests were videos of molestation, bestiality, fetish behavior involving feces and “kids videos,” the complaint said.
In a July 28 exchange, Kellar asked Burnworth: “Do you really think you can do this or are you just saying this???” the complaint said.
Burnworth responded: “No I think I can do it if I don’t have parents over my shoulder or worried about who’s going to walk in on me. And then on Sunday I will have kids no parents, just kids,” the complaint said.

Tipster says she’s not a hero

Authorities were tipped off to the case by a plane passenger who was just trying to look out the window.
As the plane was descending, the woman leaned forward to look out the window in the row ahead of her, The San Jose Mercury News reported. But suddenly another passenger’s phone obstructed her view.
“I don’t know how I saw it, I just saw in big text, ‘child in their underwear,'” the woman told The News. “I thought, ‘What did I just see?’ My heart started racing. Then I could see more texts coming in.”
The woman is not being identified by the newspaper at her request due to safety and privacy concerns.
After seeing the alarming texts, “my instinct just told me to discreetly take some pictures,” she said. “As he kept obsessively looking at the texts, I just decided to snap pictures of texts he was re-reading.”
The woman said she then alerted a flight attendant, who then called police, The News reported.
“I’m being labeled as a hero. I don’t need a bunch of attention. I’m just so thankful the kids are safe,” the woman said, according to The News.

Suspects in custody

Kellar, who is in the Santa Clara County jail, is scheduled to appear Tuesday in a federal district court in San Jose. No information was immediately available on Kellar’s defense attorney.
Burnworth appeared Monday before a magistrate in a Tacoma courtroom. She didn’t make a statement in court other than acknowledging she understood the charges she faces. Burnworth has a detention hearing scheduled for Thursday.
She is being held in a federal detention center in Seattle. Burnworth’s federal public defender, Jerome Kuh, did not return a phone call or an email to CNN on Monday.
The two young children, who were identified as victims, were safe, San Jose police said last week.

Couple first met on dating website

In a July 31 interview with Seattle police, Burnworth said she met Kellar on match.com about a year ago and she visited his home several times, the complaint said. Kellar is divorced with two children, the complaint said.
Burnworth told authorities she and Kellar had engaged in sexual intercourse and fetish behavior involving feces, recording several encounters, the complaint said.
Burnworth told police she “sexually assaulted and produced approximately ten depictions of child pornography” involvingone child, the complaint said.
In all, Burnworth said she took photos and videos of “as many as fifteen to twenty depictions” involving the two minors and emailed them to Kellar, the complaint said.
A third minor also lived in the home, authorities said.
Burnworth told police Kellar had ultimately backed out on the arrangement before the appointed time, telling her, “Well, I’m not coming because I know you won’t go through with this,” the complaint said.
“Burnworth statedshe did not even have access” to the two children at the time she and Kellar planned the encounter, the complaint said. She also told police that if she had the chance, she would havelet Kellar have sexual intercourse with one of the children and doing so may have required drugging her, the complaint said.
Kellar, who was traveling on the Southwest Airlines flight for work, acknowledged he knew that Burnworth lived with three minors, two of whom he described as “young,” the complaint said. But when confronted about specific references to abusing children, Kellar told police “he was engaged in fantasy,” the complaint said.
Police retrieved the deleted messages between Kellar and Burnworth from Kellar’s phone, the complaint said.
In another graphic exchange, also on July 28, Kellar allegedly texted: “Do you think you can knock them out enough with the Benadryl?”
Burnworth responded: “I don’t know what we can sure give it a big try.”
“Only if you think it will be safe!” Kellar responded, the complaint said.

Read more: http://www.cnn.com/2017/08/08/us/plane-texting-sex-exploitation-complaint/index.html

Paul Allen Fast Facts

(CNN)Here is a look at the life of Paul Allen, philanthropist and co-founder of Microsoft.

Birth place: Seattle, Washington
Birth name: Paul Gardner Allen
Father: Kenneth Allen, librarian
Mother: Edna Faye (Gardner) Allen, teacher
Education: AttendedWashington State University, 1972-1974
Owns a 414-foot yacht named Octopus that cost $200 million to build. Among its amenities are a recording studio, helipads and two submarines.
Also owns a 303-foot yacht named Tatoosh.
Allen is also a musician, having received his first guitar at 16. He’s been a big fan of Jimi Hendrix since seeing him in concert in the late 1960s.
Has a minority stake in the Seattle Sounders FC soccer team.
Timeline:
1968 –
Paul Allen meets fellow student Bill Gates in the computer lab at the private Lakeside School in Seattle.
1974 – Drops out of Washington State to take a job at Honeywell in Boston.
1975 – Allen and Gates found Microsoft (then called Micro-Soft) in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Allen is the company’s chief technologist.
1977 – Gates and Allen sign a formal partnership agreement, giving Gates 64% of Microsoft and Allen 36%.
1980 – Microsoft hires Steve Ballmer as its business manager.
1982 – Diagnosed with Hodgkin’s disease.
1983 – Allen leaves Microsoft. Gates offers Allen $5 a share for his stake in the company. Allen counters with a demand for $10 a share. Gates rejects that offer and Allen leaves the company with all of his stock. He remains on the board of directors.
1986 – Starts Vulcan Inc. to manage his business and philanthropic interests.
1988 – Buys the Portland Trail Blazers basketball team.
1988 – Establishes the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation.
1997 – Allen purchases the Seattle Seahawks football team.
2000 – The EMP (Experience Music Project) opens in Seattle. The museum, funded by Allen, costs $100 million.
2000 – Steps down from Microsoft’s board of directors. By the end of 2000, Allen divests himself of $8.5 billion worth of Microsoft stock.
2002 – Allen gives $14 million to the University of Washington to build the Paul G. Allen Center for Computer Science and Engineering.
2003 – Creates the Allen Institute for Brain Science “to accelerate understanding of the human brain in health and disease,” after his mother is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. Allen has given the institute more than $500 million since its inception.
2004 – Funds SpaceShipOne, whose mission is to become the world’s first commercial space vehicle.
2004 – The Flying Heritage Collection opens north of Seattle, housing Allen’s restored collection of World War II-era planes.
July 15, 2010 – Signs the Giving Pledge, and commits to donate the majority of his wealth to charity.
December 2010 – Gives Washington State University $26 million to build the Paul G. Allen School of Global Animal Health.
April 19, 2011 – Allen’s memoir, “Idea Man,” is released. In the book, he claims claims Bill Gates and Steve Ballmer conspired to dilute Allen’s shares in Microsoft and force him out of the company while he was recovering from cancer in 1982.
August 2013 – Allen and his band, the Underthinkers, release an album called “Everywhere at Once.”
October 2014 – Pledges $100 million to fight Ebola through his Tackle Ebola initiative.
December 9, 2014 – Allen donates $100 million to start an institute to focus on the workings of human cells as a way to battle disease. It will be called the Allen Institute for Cell Science.
March 2, 2015 – Announces he has found the wreck of the Musashi, a long-lost World War II Japanese battleship, near the Philippines.
January 2016 – An anchor chain on the Tatoosh allegedly damages an estimated 11,000 square feet of coral reef on Seven Mile Beach Park in the Caymen Islands. Allen is not on board at the time. The owners reach a settlement agreement with the government of the Caymen Islands before the end of the year.
March 23, 2016 – Founds The Paul G. Allen Frontiers Group to support emerging bioscience research.
March 2017 – Named number 42 on the Forbes World’s Billionaires list, with a net worth of $19.9 billion.

Read more: http://www.cnn.com/2014/11/26/us/paul-allen-fast-facts/index.html

This Ohio factory owner says she has jobs but few sober applicants

(CNN)An Ohio factory owner said Saturday that though she has blue-collar jobs available at her company, she struggles to fill positions because so many candidates fail drug tests.

Regina Mitchell, a co-owner of Warren Fabricating & Machining in Hubbard, Ohio, told The New York Times this week that four out of 10 applicants otherwise qualified to be welders, machinists and crane operators will fail a routine drug test.
In an interview Saturday with CNN’s Michael Smerconish, Mitchell said that her requirements for prospective workers were simple.
 
 
 
“I need employees who are engaged in their work while here, of sound mind and doing the best possible job that they can, keeping their fellow co-workers safe at all times,” she said.
“We have a 150-ton crane in our machine shop. And we’re moving 300,000 pounds of steel around in that building on a regular basis. So I cannot take the chance to have anyone impaired running that crane, or working 40 feet in the air.”
 
President Donald Trump addressed his blue-collar base in Ohio this week, returning to his campaign theme of getting local communities back to work and returning jobs to America from overseas.
But Mitchell said she has jobs. She just doesn’t have sober applicants.
For 48 of the 50 years her company has been around, drug abuse had never been an issue, she told Smerconish.
“It hasn’t been until the last two years that we needed to have a policy, a corporate policy in place, that protects us from employees coming into work impaired,” she said.
Opioid use is on the rise across the country, but especially in Ohio.In 2014, the state had the second-largest number of opioid-related deaths in the United States and the fifth-highest rate of overdose.
“This opioid epidemic that we’re experiencing … it seems like it’s worse than in other places all over the country,” Mitchell said.
Ohio’s new law on medical marijuana, which went into effect in 2016 and allows those with a qualifying condition and a recommendation from a physician to buy the drug legally, was another hurdle for employers to overcome, she said.
“The difficult part about marijuana is, we don’t have an affordable test that tells me if they smoked it over the weekend or smoked it in the morning before they came to work. And I just can’t take the chance of having an impaired worker running a crane carrying a 300,000-pound steel encasement,” she said.
For now, she said, there are almost 12,000 open skilled labor jobs in Mahoning County.
“There are good-paying jobs and the opportunity for people in our area. We just can’t find people to show up who can pass a drug test,” she said.

Read more: http://www.cnn.com/2017/07/29/us/ohio-factory-owner-cnntv/index.html

Carol Channing Fast Facts

(CNN)Here’s a look at the life of award winning actress and singer Carol Channing. Her most famous stage roles are Lorelei Lee in “Gentlemen Prefer Blondes” and Dolly Gallagher Levi in “Hello, Dolly!”

Personal:
Birth date: January 31, 1921
Birth place: Seattle, Washington
Birth name: Carol Elaine Channing
Father: George Channing, a newspaper editor
Mother: Adelaide (Glaser) Channing
Marriages: Harry Kullijian (2003-2011, his death); Charles Franklin Lowe (1956-1999, his death); Alexander Carson (1949-1956, divorced); Theodore Naidish (1942-1944, divorced)
Children: with Alexander Carson, adopted by Charles Lowe: Channing Lowe, 1953
Education: Attended Bennington College, 1938-1941
Other Facts:
Is known for her wide eyes, platinum blonde wigs and speaking with a lisp.
Nominated for four Tony Awards; won one time and was also presented with two special Tony Awards.
Performed the role of Dolly Levi more than 5,000 times, missing only one performance due to food poisoning.
In her 1998 divorce complaint, she claimed that she and husband Charles Lowe had only had sex once or twice in 41 years of marriage. The divorce was not yet final when Lowe died in 1999.
Considers her inclusion on Nixon’s “Hate List” to be one of her highest honors.
Recovered from uterine cancer diagnosed in the late 1960s.
Timeline:
1941-1946 –
Understudy for Eve Arden in “Let’s Face It.”
1948 – Broadway debut in the Marge and Gower Champion production of “Lend an Ear.”
1949 – Opens as the lead, Lorelei Lee, in “Gentlemen Prefer Blondes” on Broadway.
January 16, 1964 – “Hello, Dolly!” opens on Broadway.
May 24, 1964 – “Hello, Dolly!” wins ten Tony Awards including Best Actress in a Musical for Channing.
1968 – Receives a Special Tony Award.
1971 – Named Hasty Pudding Theatricals’ Woman of the Year by Harvard University.
1995 – Receives a Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement.
2002 – Receives the Actors Fund Julie Harris Award for Lifetime Achievement at the sixth annual Tony Awards.
2002 – Her book “Just Lucky I Guess: A Memoir of Sorts” is released.
2004 – Is awarded an honorary doctorate in entertainment arts by California State University.
2005 – Co-founds the Dr. Carol Channing & Harry Kullijian Foundation for the Arts (now the American Foundation for Arts Education), with Harry Kullijian.
October 2005 – Opens a new cabaret act in New York City, “The First Eighty Years Are the Hardest.”
September 13, 2007 – Channing’s luggage containing her rhinestone-studded costume from “Gentlemen Prefer Blondes” is stolen from the Hollywood Renaissance Hotel in Los Angeles. The dress is worth at least $150,000 and had been promised to the Smithsonian Institution; it is found the next day.
2009 – Releases an album entitled “For Heaven’s Sake.”
2012 – The film ”Carol Channing: Larger Than Life” is released.
January 20 2014 – As part of a year-long 50th anniversary celebration of “Hello Dolly,” Channing makes an appearance at Broadway’s historic Town Hall in New York.

Read more: http://www.cnn.com/2013/01/11/us/carol-channing—fast-facts/index.html