TOPIC 1: Charlie Hebdo's New Issue Sells Out Around Paris
About 700,000 copies of Charlie Hebdo's new issue were sold this morning across France, as people waited for hours to nab a copy of the satirical newspaper one week after a deadly attack at the publication's offices.
Long lines formed at newsstands and kiosks across Paris, and some kiosks limited the issue of Charlie Hebdo -- which features the prophet Muhammad on its cover -- to one per person.
The head of France's press distribution union confirmed that the country's 27,000 newsstands had sold out of the publication, with another 500,000 available for purchase Thursday.
To meet the added demand, distributor MLP said it was increasing the print run to five million copies. Before the attack, issues would generally sell 30,000 copies.
This week’s cover showed Muhammad with a tear rolling down his face, holding a banner that read, “Je Suis Charlie,” or, “I am Charlie,” a worldwide rallying cry following the attacks. Above the caricature, a title read “Everything has been forgiven.”
The magazine has drawn the ire of Muslim groups in some countries that oppose depictions of Islam's founder.
Twelve people died in the Jan. 7 ambush at Charlie Hebdo’s office, the start of a three-day wave of violence in France that concluded with separate standoffs Friday in which the gunmen were eventually killed.
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TOPIC 2: Relatives Livid After Colorado Church Objects to Lesbian's Funeral
Relatives of a Colorado woman say they were forced to move her funeral – 15 minutes before the scheduled start of the service – over objections to a video showing highlights from the openly lesbian woman’s life.
Vanessa Collier died Dec. 30 at the age of 33. She was survived by her wife, Christina Higley, as well as the couple’s two children, ages 12 and 7.
Hundreds of Collier’s closest family and friends packed into New Hope Ministries in Lakewood, Colorado Saturday to celebrate her life. But minutes before the start of the funeral service, relatives say they were shocked to hear that the funeral service would not be able to continue.
New Hope’s Pastor Ray Chavez informed the mourning family that the services for Collier would not be able to go on because of the “inappropriate” video that Collier’s family wanted displayed at her casket, relatives say. The video contained photos of Collier kissing her wife on the lips. Another photo captured Collier leaning down on one knee, proposing to her wife. Family members were told that they would be able to proceed with the funeral as long as those images were edited out of the video.
“It was disgusting,” her cousin Jessica Maestas told ABC News.
Collier’s family decided that they would not edit the video, and instead moved the funeral to Newcomer Funeral Home, which is located across the street from the church. The family carried Collier’s flowers and photos to the funeral home. Collier’s casket had to be closed, placed in the hearse, and driven across the street.
The family remains outraged by the situation.
“180 people had to squeeze into a room that held about 60 people,” Maestas told ABC News.
Maestas, who helped Collier’s mother arrange the funeral, told ABC News that New Hope Ministries was aware that Collier was a lesbian. They told the church about her sexual orientation while they were making arrangements for her funeral. Maestas also told the church that they would be playing a video at the service.
“The only other thing they asked me was to have these videos ready two days prior so they could review them,” Maestas said. “I provided the video, and got the okay from the funeral home that we would be able to show it.”
Family and friends held a protest Tuesday in front of New Hope Ministries in honor of Collier. The “Dignity in Death Rally” was organized by Jose Silva, a longtime friend of Vanessa.
“Sitting there, watching your friend being packed up and shuttled out of a church was just horrific,” Silva told ABC News. “I organized the march because I wasn’t going to let this be the memory of her death. Love is love.”
About 70 people showed up to the protest. Some brought homemade signs and photos.
Relatives say they have not received a refund or an apology from New Hope Ministries.
New Hope Ministries has not responded to ABC News’ request for a comment.
TOPIC 3: West Buechel police hire had criminal history
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) – Shortly after the firing of two West Buechel police officers, Mayor Rick Richards moved to hire a new officer to be a lieutenant. That officer had pleaded guilty to sexual misconduct in the 1990s and had been fired from the Taylorsville Police Department, facts Richards was unaware of until an I-team investigation.
"When I was talking to him I had no knowledge he had been terminated from Taylorsville, and once Renee mentioned a couple days ago whenever it was, I then kind of remembered some talk I had heard after I was out of office," Richards said.
The mayor had previously told WHAS11 that officer had not started work, but now says he had been sworn in and worked two or three days. Richards says that officer decided to resign.
"He actually talked with the chief and resigned, so I am not exactly sure what the interaction was. I had told the chief that Renee had pointed out some things to me and he told me he wanted to call Todd and talk to Todd. The phone call came back to me that Todd is not going to work for us," Richards said.
We asked the mayor about officers Laura Staley and James Hellinger who fired last week, they say without written notice or a reason why.
"One of them has filed for a grievance thing that allows them to come back in and talk about his termination, so I really can't speak to that. The other officer she was let go without cause because she was on a probationary period and I really don't want to speak to any reason why," Richards said.
Richards says the decision to fire them was not financial. The city is now trying to get badges and service weapons back from those officers.
"They refused to give those to us and we are taking the appropriate steps to make sure they give them back to us because if they don't it's my understanding they could be facing legal charges if they are not returned," Richards said.
Mayor Richards says they will now implement a background checks like LMPD does on their officers to prevent future issues like this.
We also asked the mayor about the estimated $500,000 dollars of West Buechel's money that was unaccounted for, he says they have been finding cash, checks and even extra accounts at different banks so he now believes that number is lower.