December 29th, 2008
08:31 PM ET

Evening buzz: Mideast violence, cruise ship mystery, and Holocaust memoir hoax

Cate Vojdik
AC360° Writer

Hope your holidays have been peaceful and happy.

Tonight there’s breaking news out of Gaza and Israel, where the last few days have been anything but peaceful. Over the weekend Israel launched the biggest offensive against Gaza in 40 years. Israel says the target is Hamas, which recently ratcheted up its rocket attacks into Israel. Since the fighting began Saturday, more than 350 Palestinians have been killed, including 60 civilians, according to the United Nations; four Israeli civilians have died. Israel has called up 6,500 reservists, a pretty clear sign that the end is nowhere in sight. Add this to Obama’s plate of crises to deal with. Nic Robertson will have the latest from the Mideast.

We’re also looking into riveting new details in the story of a missing cruise ship passenger. The U.S. Coast Guard today called off the search for Florida freelance writer Jennifer Seitz, after combing more than 4,200 square miles off the coast of Cancun. Authorities say the ship’s surveillance camera showed someone falling overboard on Christmas night; at least seven hours later, Seitz’s husband reported his wife missing. Now the FBI is trying to determine if a crime occurred. Meantime, Seitz’s family issued a statement today indicating they believe Seitz may have committed suicide.

Note to book publishers: For your own sake and for the integrity of the entire non-fiction genre, please dig deeper before paying out book advances to aspiring memoirists. It’s happened again. Oprah Winfrey and many others, including CBS and Lifetime, have been duped. A Holocaust memoir that was due in bookstores in February has turned out to be a big fake. What was once billed as one of the greatest love stories ever told – wasn’t so great after all. But why would a Holocaust survivor lie about what happened to him? Randi Kaye goes up close tonight.

Hard to believe there are two days left in 2008. Are you making any resolutions? What are your biggest hopes – and fears – for 2009? What will you most remember about 2008? We’d like to hear from you.

See you at 10 p.m. eastern…

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soundoff (One Response)
  1. Megan Bliesner - Greensboro, NC

    I wonder what people will "most remember" about 2008....
    How about our President-elect...

    December 29, 2008 at 8:55 pm |