One of the most familiar voices on the local radio dial, Mary Lucia, announced on air Wednesday afternoon that she is taking a leave of absence from 89.3 the Current. A candid open letter posted on the station's website says she's making the hard decision after she was harassed by a stalker at both her work and home.

"My life over the last year has involved a series of restraining orders, seemingly endless calls to 911, the installation of security cameras at home, and police photo ID line-ups," wrote Lucia, who has brought a personal to touch to rock DJ-ing going back to her stint at REV-105 in the mid-1990s.

She also alluded to her pending leave as her usual afternoon shift wound down Wednesday at the Current. After spinning teeth-clenched hard-rock tracks by Joan Jett and Motorhead, she said, "Things out of my control have taken away all my power this year," but she promised to fight on with the force of those two personally beloved artists. It's unclear how long Lucia will be out of pocket. In the interim, her afternoon shift will be covered by a rotation cast of Bill DeVille, David Campbell and Jim McGuinn.


First daughter learns to drive

Some teenagers get driving lessons from their parents. Other teens are taught by licensed instructors. But Malia Obama isn't your average 16-year-old: Her driving lessons were provided by the Secret Service. Asked who taught Malia how to drive, Michelle Obama told celebrity chef and daytime talk-show host Rachael Ray in an interview, "The Secret Service, actually, because they wouldn't let me in the car with her." The full interview is set to air Thursday. Mrs. Obama added that driving gives Malia "a sense of normalcy."

Retiring: Bob Schieffer, anchor of CBS News' "Face the Nation" and a familiar face to millions of Americans during nearly a half-century as a journalist with the network, said Wednesday that he will retire this summer. Schieffer, 78, who has interviewed every president since Richard Nixon, is in his 24th year of anchoring the network's Sunday morning news program. "Face the Nation" celebrated its 60th anniversary last year. He announced his decision at the annual Schieffer Symposium at Texas Christian University, his alma mater. After his announcement, Schieffer tweeted, "Great talking journalism at @TCU tonight. Also really happy to be in my hometown, where it all started, to announce my retirement."

Fined: "Revenge of the Nerds" star Robert Carradine paid a $169.50 fine for careless driving stemming from a car crash in Colorado on March 5.

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