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so what does the former president have to say now that terrorist is dead? he is breaking his silence. also, a rare interview to share with you this morning with that guy, hank aaron, talking to me about a number of things, the low lite of his career and he is also talking about president obama, barry bonds and who the real home run king should be. hello to you all center in atlanta, georgia. i'm t.j. holmes. morgan city, louisiana, is a place that is on edge right now. we talk about the efforts to protect against historic flooding along the mississippi river. the flooding that hit the ohio river valley and upper mississippi now threatens cities on its path to the gulf of mexico. later today the army corps of engineers could open that huge spillway in louisiana. the last time i was opened was back in 1973.
the governor is earning southeastern louisiana residents to get out of there. opening the spill way to divert flood watters from other areas in, particular, baton rouge, new orleans, but then other communities would get all of that water. of course, it has to go somewhere. the spillway which took 16 years to construct is just north of baton rouge. our cnn affiliate reporter, listen to him flying over northern louisiana giving us a look at what cities could face down river. >> reporter: we're flying over lake providence, louisiana. this is the old levee, not the new one, where water is flowing out of the mississippi over the top of the levee. these are things you would have seen in 1927 you had been here. this is what happened. this levee was probably the levee here in 1927. >> louisiana national guard members have been working around the clock putting sandbags to shore up cities and in arkansas,
the river crested at 12 feet above flood stage. flooding could close the river to shipping at the new orleans port as early as monday. that could cause all kinds of economic consequences. also louisiana's governor says flooding problems could be around for a long time. >> this isn't going to be over this weekend. we're going to be facing weeks of elevated water, some parts of our state will be higher than normal through july and even august. >> yeah, be around for a while. we're feeling this awesome power of the mighty mississippi. reynolds wolf, good morning to you. >> good morning. >> where do we even start this morning? are they going to open the spillway? >> they are. but what's amazing is about it time we get to say the next day or so, we could see parts of the area under 20 feet of water which is really amazing. but you have to look at the choice here. here's one example. you have the idea of seeing massive flooding in places like baton rouge, perhaps into even other communities downstream or new orleans. but there's an option. the option is to open up that
spillwayment by doing that, what you're going to do is keep the water off the part of the mississippi in this area and then right back in the area that you see that is surrounded by this blue which is the areas that will be flooded once they open the floodgates. we'll see the water channel here. you'll see some small communities that may be under the gun and may be threatened. one of those possibly, morgan city, maybe even into patterson, louisiana. those are two areas of great concern. one advantage we have in a spot like morgan city is we have a levee system. the reason that's important is simple. this is what the scenario would be if you didn't happen to have a levee. what happens? the water level begins to rise. you notice it escapes the boundaries of the river moves out and floods good parts of the community. when you have a levee system which parts of southern louisiana have, you're going to be protected. rising water is going to go up. if it doesn't over top the levee, conditions are picture perfect.
this depends on the idea that the levees hold. they haven't been run for a long time. they're certainly going to be tested over the next days, hours and weeks. it will be interesting to see what happens in places like morgan city, louisiana. we are going to be seeing some rainfall in parts of southeast, thankfully not in the mississippi river valley. much moving to parts of the northeast. it's the ohio valley, some severe thunderstorms may be expected and back out to the west. basically the same situation. this area of low pressure moving in to the pacific northwest will bring the rain there. a low cruising into the eastern half of the u.s. will bring showers to the carolinas and drier weather, thankfully, moving into parts of louisiana and mississippi. tj? >> reynolds, appreciate you buddy. we'll check in with you plenty throughout this morning. a lot of talk about weather and those things g to have you back in the studio. been a while. still making headlines including the materials. new materials found in that osama bin laden compound. not new to them, necessarily, but new to us.
we're just finding out about this stuff. among those thumb drives and dvds and other stuff, unreleased audio message on the arab uprising. it was recorded some time in april. it mentioned the uprisings in tune eesha and egypt but does not mention similar scenes in libya or yemen. and the navy s.e.a.l.s. found a stash of pornography. they are not being specific with the details of it. they're also not saying if they believe it belongs to bin laden or others living in the compound. and a great victory in the war on terror. that is what former president george w. bush said in his first public comments about osama bin laden. he got a call from president obama telling him about the successful raid and bin laden's death. president bush says he responded by saying, "good call." and pakistan second guessing now its relationship with the united states in wake of that bin laden compound raid. the parliament condemned the action today and demanded an
investigation. they're also demanding an end to u.s. military drone attacks. pakistani parliament is threatening it cut off access to a transit facility that is a gateway that serves to move troops into afghanistan. we're just getting started. just seven minutes past the hour. hank aaron, you know him as the home run king. well, he is celebrating along with major league baseball this weekend breakthrough accomplishments. it's the annual civil rights game. as part of that, i got a chance to sit down with hank aaron and asked him about all kinds of things including what he thinks baseball can be doing better. he wasn't shy about that answer. also, he talked barry bonds. you'll hear from him in my interview coming up. there's another way to minimize litter box odor: purina tidy cats. tidy cats premium line of litters now works harder
anniversary of major league baseball's civil rights game. that is here in atlanta, georgia, sunday afternoon. the game is a small part of the story. it's a weekend devoted to remembering and honoring those that played a big part in breaking down walls. jackie robinson and about heroes like willie mays, banks and, yes, hank aaron. i got a chance to sit down with that legend and asked him about his march toward the home run record and regrets he now has and when he passed babe ruth to become the home run king. >> that was probably the hardest point because i was -- i was not able to really enjoy my teammates. i wasn't really able to enjoy my kids who were in school because they had to be escorted back and forth from high school from school to come home. i had to be escorted from ballparks to the hotel.
and i was not able to stay with my teammates. so all of these things, you know, i think about and say that was a part of my life that really didn't exist as far as i was concerned. >> after the fact do you look back and hearing that answer a little bit there, do you ever look back and think, you know what, i could have done without the record? >> no. i never did. no. i felt like it was my responsibility. god had given me the ability to play baseball. >> is it only a matter of time before we see a-rod's name and then albert pujols name atop that home run list? >> yes. and i would say legitimately, i think that albert pujols name deserves to be there. >> are you saying a-rod's does not deserve to be there? >> i'm just saying -- i am just saying. >> you said it. >> i said albert pujols name will be there. i didn't say anything about a-rod. >> last thing. what would you say to those fans
who say hank aaron is the home run king? he will always be my home run king. and they refuse to acknowledge anybody at this point that's above your name. would you say to them, hey, let it go, folks. the guy above necessity has more home runs. he's your home run king or would you say -- >> i'd say thank you. i would thank them first of all. i would thank them if they think that way. but here, you know, again, we had talked about barry bonds. you know, if barry bonds hit more home runs than i did and he should be justifiably should be the home run king. that's the way i look at it. i look at it that he done everything he wanted to do, everything he was supposed to do in baseball, people say well, you know, he was on this. he was on that. i don't know what he was on. i have no idea. i'm not god. i don't have any idea. the only thing i know is that barry bonds was a terrific
ballplayer. i hit 755 home runs and no matter how you look at it, i'm not going to hit another home run. not here. i may do it somewhere else. he hit more home runs than i did and this is on earth. so he should be classified as home run king. >> so you don't believe he was on anything? >> no matter what it is, i don't know. i don't know what he was on. i have no idea. as i said before, i'm not god. i don't make those kind of rules. >> you're saying god -- once we get to 50, 60 home runs, something is funny. >> yeah. i think it's something funny. i think. and there's a difference when you say you think. you can't say i know. you say i think something is different. >> you are great. i love it. i love it. i love it. >> reynolds, that was -- he rarely talks about -- he has been, i mean, really i said sir
you're a scholar and gentleman. after the barry bonds broke his record and the scandal, he still refused to say anything negative. congratulated barry bonds and that was the end of it. surprised to hear him talk about it in that interview. you brought up something while we were standing here what he went through during his chase for -- >> '72, '73, '74, he had death threats every day. the very idea that he's the hammer. he could have brought the hammer an he didn't bring the hammer is amazing. but the things that amazing about aaron is that he's one of the guys who is known for 755. he's not known for his average. he had a wonderful average. he played on a terrible game. no offense, atlanta braves, but in '74 they had a bad year. also an incredible fielder. gold glove winner year in and year out. amazing guy from alabama. >> but the home runs, we talk about that home run chase. he said that was the low light of his career, what he had to go through. he never got to enjoy it at all. that is something -- >> what a shame. >> reynolds, we'll be taking in
with you plenty. as always, you have to chime in when it's a alabama guy. we'll have more from hank aaron next hour. he's going to tell me how baseball is doing in reaching out to the african-american community because the numbers of african-americans in major league baseball has gone down in recent years. what exactly can be done to try to grow the game in inner cities? also, no surprise here that presidents, you wonder who maybe he is pulling for in the nba eastern conference finals. >> miami heat or chicago bulls? >> translator: miami heat or chicago bulls? >> of course, he is saying hometown bulls. he wagered one of chicago's world famous hotdogs to back it up. the president making a bet there with a miami reporter. he also has some cuban fritas if the president loses. he met with the reporter to bring up the debate about immigration reform.
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spend part of your weekend with us. here's a look at the stories making headlines. the corps of engineers could open a major spillway in louisiana later today. doing that would help reduce the pressure on levees protecting baton rouge and new orleans. but it would flood at least seven louisiana perishes. the spillway has not been opened in almost 40 years. and in iran, a man found guilty of throwing a bucket of acid on a woman who scorned him is set to face a similar fate. a court ordered he have five drops of as it pud in each eye. the picture of the victim you're about to see may be disturbing to some but remind you the store yes we talked about, she decided against blood money for let pugs and opting for the punishment of an eye for an eye new orleans with islamic law. they're urging iranian authorities not to go through with this. back to the u.s. now. an autopsy being conducted and
hopefully determining what killed new york ranger player derek boogard. few details known about his death. he was a native of saskatchewan. he was just 28 years old. he joined the rangers in july of last year. people in mississippi are seeing something they have never seen before. the mississippi river has already exceeded its all time record. still not expected to crest until a week from now. flood stage is 48 feet in natchez. joining me is the mayor, jake middleton. we're giving the numbers here already at records. you're expecting another week before it actually crests. where are you expecting it to crest? >> we're going to have hopefully, t.j., it will be cresting next saturday at 64 feet. we're hoping it doesn't go any higher than that.
>> how much higher above flood stage would that be? >> that would be -- 48 feet is flood stage. so about 16 feet over flood stage. >> sir, how you are making out so far? and how could you possibly make out if the river gets that high and then you don't know how long it's going to stay there? >> well, we're doing well. we've got great bunch of department heads that have been taking care of business on this side of the river. we sit high up on the bluffs here, the southern part of the county and northern part of the county unfortunately are not protected by the bluffs. so they're going to get a little bit of water. we're concerned about our neighbors across the river in louisiana. we've been working with them, helping them as much as we can. we're moving equipment over into our city to their city, setting up substations over here and working with the two layers offering them any type of office space they may need should hopefully nothing happens but should the levee breech. we'll be willing to do what we
can to help them. >> sir, some of the lower levels, you said for the most part up on the bluff, but how many -- give me an idea of -- i guess how many people, how many homes, how many businesses could be affected or is that you're most worried about? >> well, we have the older part of the city which we call natchez over the hill. it is a historic part of our city. and we have the barriers put up down there as high as 12 feet. so our restaurants and bars under the hill are still operating as usual. natchez is open for business. i want everyone to know that. we still welcome our visitors to natchez. so we're in good shape. we had some problems with our waste water treatment plant in low areas. we got that corrected. and then we have our industrial park protected. so we're in good shape over here. >> i assume, sir, nobody living there has ever seen anything like this before. >> no, sir. 57 feet in 1937, i believe, was the highest anyone's ever seen it.
so we're seeing something that i hope i won't ever see again in my lifetime. >> all right. mayor middleton, we appreciate you. sounds like you are making out okay. again, natchez mayor jake middletonment i appreciate you spending time with us this morning. good luck. we'll check back in. thanks so much. we've been telling you about this river. it's a heck of a choice they're having to make. what do do you? do you flood out this area to try to save this other area? that's exactly what they're dealing with right now. in ths these 4 brands took home more allure best of beauty awards than any others. pantene... olay... venus & gillette... and secret. the four most awarded brands. keeping you your most beautiful from head to toe.
all right. 36 minutes past the hour now. i want to bring in our buddy reynolds wolf here to talk about the levees and what's happening along the mississippi this morning. as we get this camera cued up here, we have been talking about the spillway and the levees holding up. there are a lot of levees. people don't -- unless you live next to a river, you don't
understand this levee system and how complicated it is. >> since the very existence of man, we've been trying to control water all over the world. and especially along the mississippi river and parts of louisiana. they've been trying to harness this river since the 1840s. after a while, you have a little bit of success here and there. the river is going to have its own way. this is tremendous situation we have. all this water that is continuing to comb its way down the mississippi river. the only option they have to avoid flooding in places like baton rouge and possibly into new orleans is to divert the water and make it go down the spillway you see up here. but when you look at this area that is shaded in blue, this is the area that's going to be flooded, it's kind of two dimensional. it doesn't have a lot of meat to it. it doesn't have a lot of meat until you add something like this. 25,000. that's the number of people that happen to live in here. now the number for you, about 11,000, that's the number of structures including homes that you happen to have in this particular area. and this could be under 25 feet of water by the time we get into
next week. some places. other places could be anywhere from a few inches to a few feet. but this entire area will be basically flooded to avoid disaster in other parts of the mississippi river. that is something we're going to be seeing. when we get to the levee system itself and how they work, it is a fascinating idea. they're using this in other parts of the world on the nile, other places along the amazon. essentially the way the levees work is without a levee, when you have a flooding situation and water comes up away from the banks and spreads out and some cases it can spread out for miles. but we have the levees that change the whole dynamic. what do you have is a raised wall on either side of the river way. and what that does, that hopefully prevents the flooding moving inland. so it saves homes, houses, many communities. and that is hopefully going to be the situation in places like morgan city, louisiana. you're going to find that at the very bottom of the potential flooded area. morgan city, home to some 12,000 people. with all that water coming down at a fairly quick rate. they're going to open one spillway at a time, it's going
to be an area of big concern. something we're going to have to watch very carefully over the next several days and weeks. >> we do appreciate you as always. we'll check in with you plenty throughout the morning. a lot happening along that river weatherwise and certainly we'll be talking to him. four wives, one husband. the most women in this country, well, that's just unacceptable. but it's actually common practice in some countries around the world. so exactly what drives their willingness to share? we'll visit that in our "morning passport."
good morning to you. >> there are two forms of polygamy. there is where a man has more than one wife. and there is actually where a woman has more than one husband. we'll get to that later. but certainly in islam, the idea of the form of polygamy, a man has more than one wife is allowed. but there are certain constraints. that is a man can only have up to four wives and he has to treat them justly. the koran says this, marry of the women that please you, two, three, or four. so only up to four. but if you fear you will not be able to deal justly with them then only one. so if you cannot treat them all equally, then only one. >> do we know why the women --
why four? >> well, it's an interesting number of four because it was probably the amount that a man could actually cope with and deal justly with. but historically, the fascination comes from why a man was allowed to have more than one wife dates back to the time of the prophet mohammed in 1625. during the battle where the muslims fought the mechanicians, many, many men died. so women were left without husbands and children were left without fathers. so the men needed to marry the wives who were husbandless. it came out of a sociological and humanitarian need. it was never intended for sexual gratification. >> i think a lot of people would hear that and first jump to that. but it actually came out of necessity. >> it came out of necessity. now only a small percentage of muslims around the world actually practice this form of polygamy. now we do know that osama bin laden had four wives. one was estranged. he had three with him. the youngest was 29. but this isn't the only culture where this form of polygamy is
practiced. in south africa, jacob zuma has five wives. >> that's right. >> remember? and he says he justifies it by saying i'm a zuma. this is part of the culture. but there is a faith healer in nigeria that has 86 wives. he has 86 wives. at some point he says because he is being prolific he is being fruitful and multiplying. he is not adored by the nigerian authorities or muslims in nigeria. there he is. and we'll talk more about him in the 8:00 a.m. hour and how he lives with all of these wives that were 107 at some point. >> he lives with all of them? >> he lives with all of them. he did divorce 12 for disobedience and a couple have died. >> 86. now a lot of people will hear this. and certainly in this country and think i'm having a tough time dealing with my one wife. a lot of people watched the show
on hbo, "big love." >> of course. remember, this is women. now a man having several wives. but where you have a woman that has several husbands that, is also come out of a need. because during the female in certain countries like india, so there is now such a shortage of women. so a brother may have to marry his brother's wife because no other women are available. so from polygamy to polley an dri is certainly fascinating. >> all right. we only deal with monogamy here in this country. all right. looking forward to what you have at 8:00. we appreciate it. we're coming close to quarter of the top of the hour. an alabama woman, she just wants to help other folks out. how? by returning family treasures lost in those powerful storms and wells. she is using social media to make it happen.
all right. it's about 1 minutes until the top of the hour now. foreclosed homes for storm victims, that's one plan being discussed by the federal government to help people who lost their homes in tornadoes that swept across the south last month. ximents of the number of homeless reach as high as 10,000. the red cross is still running several shelters. right now 66,000 people from georgia, tennessee, mississippi, and alabama have registered for federal aid. after those storms, one alabama woman found several photographs blown into her yard.
she had overwhelming urge to track down the owners and get that stuff back to them. so she started, what else, a facebook page that connects lost items from the storms with the owners. so far, more than 100,000 people have signed on, over 4,000 lost items have been posted to the site. she is creator of that page. she joins me now. patty, good morning to you, dear lady. we appreciate you being here. and you didn't just have this idea. what kind of inspired you to do it in the first place? it was a one item you found. >> well, actually, right after the storms went through we were very fortunate in our home, it went over. we didn't have any damage. but when i went outside, there was an ultrasound picture laying in the yard. and my children and my husband and i got out and we found six or seven pictures laying in our yard. and we just couldn't imagine holding on to that precious ultrasound picture and not funding a way to get it back to its owner. >> were you able to get that one back to its owner?
>> we have possibly made an identification on it. of course, right now a lot of the storm survivors don't have permanent homes. they're spotty getting on the internet. so i have had a lady contact me to say it is hers. she hasn't written back yet to make complete contact there. >> we'll see if it ends up being the right person and you get that back to her. we would love to follow up about that. but also, what else stands out to you? i know you found a lot of items. i guess one of the ones or one or two you could tell me about that really jumped out at you. >> well, actually one that really jumped out at me belonged to a church in smithville, mississippi, which is a little over 150 miles away from us. it was a deacon's slip where it had all of the current serving deacons listed on it and a place to write in who you wanted to nominate. and we posted that on the facebook page. within minutes we started getting comments that it was perfect smithville baptist church. i actually spoke with the preacher down there and it's going back to their church.
it's just a little bit of history that they didn't have. >> and i know there's another, i think you were able to return one. it was a prom picture. do i have that right? >> yes. there was a prom picture. actually, a friend of mine returned that one. the first one posted on the facebook page that i didn't personally post. but she is a friend of mine that lives down the road from us. and that one has a strange twist. my uncle actually found a child's work book page that was a writing about a hat. and that actually ended up belonging to the same little girl in college. she did this page when she was in third grade. >> how many items? do you have an estimate of how many you've been able to return? >> we are estimating right around 1,000. a couple days ago a little over 500. it's amaying how fast these items are being claimed. i posted a picture the other night and it was claimed within 60 seconds. people are on there looking, wanting just a little piece of
their history back. these are memories that can't be replaced. and whether they find out about it, they're just searching it. i've had people tell me they're on there two or three times a day looking for new pictures. >> what is the name of the site? we're looking at it. i'm sure people want to check it out. what is the name of it? >> it is just simply named pictures and documents found april the april 27, 2011 tornadoes. i wanted to name it exactly what it was so it wasn't hard to find. >> how many items? how far away? you describe one from a church that was a little ways away. but how many items are you finding that were not just from up the street or around the block or even across town but from way away somewhere? >> the majority of the items that are being claimed are from over 100 miles away. one lady post she claimed a picture from a little over 300 miles away. that's just amazing to think about. >> ma'am, that is great work. you just decided to take it upon yourself to do this. i'm sure people really, really appreciate it.
again, the creator of that web page. i'm going to post it here and send it to our folks who are on twitter and facebook and we're going to continue to get the message out. congratulations on the work you're doing. good to see you this morning. >> thank you very much. here we are, eight minutes until the top of the hour. nobody wants to get old. but i'm going to show you how to get old. at least temporarily. one of our young reporters puts on an aging suit to see what it feels like. you need to see this. a legal golf bag can hold. and while that leaves a little room for balls and tees, it doesn't leave room for much else. there's no room left for deadlines or conference calls. not a single pocket to hold the stress of the day, or the to-do list of tomorrow. only 14 clubs pick up the right one and drive it right down the middle of pure michigan. your trip begins at michigan.org.
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nobody wants to get older but the inevitable is going to happen. i know a lot of people in their 60s and 70s now they're trying to get help in aging a little more gracefully. as part of our special focus on the baby boom generation, a very young deborah fairic went to the m.i.t. age lab and that's where she found out how it feels to get older. >> reporter: welcome to the age lab at the massachusetts institute of technology in boston. >> getting older. >> reporter: if you want to know what it's like to grow old, this is the place to come. so this is what it feels like to be 75 on a good day. here we are at the store. this woman runs the lab. a valuable outpost for designers and businesses figuring out ways to cater to aging babyboomers. >> we found product placement
for the things you want are quite often the hardest to reach. >> reporter: researchers are figuring out everything from easier shopping. can i do a little exercise program here, to fun ways to stay active. even for ten minutes it makes you very fatigued. >> the babyboomers are going to leave a legacy, it's about expecting more and try to age cool. >> reporter: okay. or age less. that includes the kind of homes babyboomer will choose to live in, reconfiguring spaces. >> here at the counter cutting vegetables snou going to make you far more fatigued than if you had a counter you can sit out. so redesigning the house to live in for a lifetime. >> and using electronic strips to keep track of medicine and heb others keep track of you. >> it says you put your pills back without taking them. >> i did. >> we're using that type of technology that was used for the astronauts for your kitchen. if you think about it, space is an extreme environment. >> reporter: in america alone,
there are some 77 million babyboomers born between 1946 and 1964. 70% live in rural areas where cars are a life line. >> are there things we can do with a car to compensate for maybe reduced flexibility in the neck? the line spot detection. warning systems. >> reporter: so are you on some levels trying to turn back time? >> in some levels, no, we're trying to make the best use of the time we have. do we work longer? do we come up with new form of play? can we stay if our homes dependent and connected. >> reporter: even if that connection is a robot, the same weight and feel as a baby and audibly soothing. as for me, i'm not ready to get old. i feel 17 again. refusing to age without a fight. cnn, boston, massachusetts. in some states the jobless can't escape bank fees even on their unemployment benefits. according to the national
consumer law center, 40 states use the prepay cards instead of paper checks to play unemployment benefits. 24 of those cards charge fees or denied transactions or atm balance inquiries. all five or another five of the cards charge overdraft fees. for people without bank accounts, they're usually cheaper than check cashing services. take a look at the stories making news across the country. the mug shot of a south carolina man arrested last week for assault and battery is getting a lot of attention. the reason being, what's on his forehead. there is a tattoo there on his forehead. this is what it reads. it says, and i quote here, "with all things with god all things are possible. god loves you. please forgive me if i say or do anything stupid. thank you." that is a direct quote from the man's forehead. let me just move on to phoenix. check this out. one pooch had to be rescued.
a dog had to be rescued because of suspected heat exhaustion. the dog's owners say they went on a hike and the rottweiler was in distress. dogs just like people, sometimes can't take the heat. well, it is that time of year, prom season. in north carolina, justin myers, he took it to new heights. he asked his date by way of a plane flyover. you see that? he is a licensed pilot. he took his girlfriend up in a two seater and asked her to look down at the coliseum parking lot and it said prom with a question mark. he could just ask, that is another way to do it. let's start this thing up at the top of the hour here on cnn saturday morning. it hasn't happened in 40 years but it could happen today. engineers are getting set to open a spillway along the mississippi river. thousands of square miles down river could be flooded.
but new orleans and baton rouge could be saved. and hank aaron. who is the real home run king? from the cnn center, this is your cnn saturday morning. hello to you all. i'm t.j. holmes. we have our thoughts today in morgan city, louisiana, starting with the floodwaters heading south. the army corps of engineers have the go ahead to open a major spillway near baton rouge, louisiana. this is the first time in 40 years they've had to open the spill way and take this drastic step. now choosing to flood some homes in towns is what they're doing. the river itself has flowed over its banks into streets and towns from iowa now to louisiana. many people have had to
evacuate. there may be no better illustration of a low moving disaster than what you can see from the bough of a tanker coming down the mississippi. our patrick altman is along for the ride. >> reporter: take a ride on the mississippi river and you will see flooding and destruction you won't soon forget. this man has been navigating the waters for over 30 years. but a flooded mississippi means a late start to this trip for him and the crew of the merit jones. >> it's easier in the day time to tell what you're doing than it is at night. the current affects you tremendously. you have to be able to recognize it quickly so you can react to it. mens has to navigate through the wall of floodwater raging down
stream. danger is a constant companion during the 24-hour journey from vicksburg, mississippi, to baton rouge, louisiana. tree tops pick out where river banks once stood. a shipyard is sunk underwater. those are people's homes sacrificed to the rising tide. the bargemen say they no longer recognize the river they have known for years. the currents caused bypassive flooding are pushing this boat so quickly down stream that it can only safely carry half the load it would usually transport, a ripple effect that will be felt far beyond the shores. >> deckhand has seen the flood's impacts on the home state of missouri. >> i got to within an inch of coming in my house. and my house sits up three concrete blocks high. the foundation. it's like a lake out here.
>> never underestimate the power of the mighty mississippi, says captain mens. >> if you don't respect it, it's not forgiving. and you have to be aware that, you know, it does change not daily, hourly, every minute of the day it's always changing. >> reporter: as day fades, the river flows. it is too dangerous to travel further. the ship will have to wait until dawn to reach baton rouge. but these bargemen say they will deliver their cargo come hell or high water. for the crew's return trip, they have to fight the current upriver, a longer journey for the bargemen and their goods. t.j.? >> all right. thanks to our patrick altman there. reynolds wolf will be along in a couple minutes. there is a lot happening with this flooding this weekend. could be a big weekend and a big day, a significant development that spillway could be opened
today. other news to tell you about, we're still getting more and more new details about what was found inside osama bin laden's compound. among all those thumb drives and dvds is an unreleased audio message on the arab uprising. the message mentions the popular uprising in tune eesha and egypt but does not mention similar scenes in libya or yemen. pakistan second guessing the relationship with the united states in the wake of that bin laden compound raid. the parliament condemned the action today and demanded an investigation. they're also demanding an end to u.s. military drone attacks. pakistani parliament is threatening to cut off access to a key transit facility that serves as a gateway for moving nato troops into afghanistan. also an autopsy being conducted today in hopes of determining what killed new york rangers player derek boogard. his body was discovered yesterday. not a lot of details known right
now. he was only 28 years old. he joined the rangers in july of last year. this weekend will be a big one for major league baseball. celebrating civil rights weekend. but are they actually doing enough to attract minorities to the game today? we're getting that answer from hall of famer hank aaron. getting some answers this morning as well from reynolds wolf. this is a busy weather weekend. >> indeed it s we're keeping a sharp eye on the lower half of the mississippi river, watching the potential flooding situation from parts of louisiana and mississippi. plus, your national forecast straight ahead. you're watching cnn. in the ps these 4 brands took home more allure best of beauty awards than any others. pantene... olay... venus & gillette... and secret. the four most awarded brands. keeping you your most beautiful from head to toe.
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1973. now why would they do this? well, it would divert potential floodwaters from baton rouge and new orleans. but then other communities down river will be flooded. now flooding could close the river to shipping as well at the new orleans port on monday and that would add a huge economic impact on the region. as i bring in reynolds wolf now, you talked about this earlier. people have been trying for a long time to control water. good luck with that. first of all. but how do they make these decisions? let's save this area but, man, we have to go destroy this area. >> you're forced to make a decision. you've got to. who is going to suffer the most? i mean it's very, very difficult to make. we're talking about potential of about 3,000 square miles being underwater. some places deep as 25 feet. and a lot of this can be headed down stream to morgan city which is 12,000 people live there. so really a rough time. let's go to the wall. the area that we're talking about is right in southern
louisiana. let's get this map out of the way and pull this one forward. you see the area that is surrounded by blue. that is the place where you're going to see the waters begin to rise steadily. it's not going to happen quickly. it's not going like a crazy rush. but the running of the bulls in pamplona, it's going to be a slow, steady thing where the water begins to get up to 25 feet deep in some places. 3,000 square miles, home to roughly 25,000 people. now those people have been told evacuate and move to higher ground. all this moving down stream to morgan city. again, that's a place that has some protection from levees. let's hope the levees hold. the last thing we need in that part of the world is additional rainfall. is rain in the forecast? yes, it is. thankfully not for parts of louisiana. as we zoom in on the eastern half of the country, scattered showers developing in parts of alabama and into the carolinas also. even back into parts of the great lakes and also into pat civic northwest. we're seeing some rainfall moving in to that part of the
world also. even a few thunderstorms possible in those locations. all right. that's a quick snapshot of what you have weatherwise. we're keeping a very sharp eye on the southern end of louisiana. waters will be rising over the next couple of hours, days, and certainly possibly weeks. let's send it back you to. >> appreciate you, buddy. we'll check this with you again shortly. >> you bet. we're looking back at baseball players like jackie robinson and hank aaron. i had a chance to sit down with hank aaron and talk baseball, of course. but also how baseball is losing touch with young black men. >> it could be better. it could be a lot better. we don't have as many african-americans playing baseball now as we used to have. any time we have an economic struggle in this country, we and
i mean we, the blacks would are going to feel the pinch a lot quicker than anybody. and baseball is a very expensive game. >> kids can turn on tv and see that immediate -- that instant fame or what not from basketball or football. >> i just don't believe baseball has sold itself as much in the black area as it should have. you know? really, i think that somehow i think football has been a terrific job. i think basketball has done another terrific job. you know, of selling its sports in the areas. you look at it deep enough is that young kid who is 7, 10, 12 years old playing baseball, growing up, wants to play baseball. by the time he gets to 18 where he can get to college, then here come the football coach. the football coach is telling him we have a four year scholarship and he is look something where else because we have not made the progress in baseball that we needed to make when that black kid can look up and say oh, hank aaron is part
owner of the ball club. well this and that. you know, we haven't done that. basketball has done that. basketball has owners. and this black kid and the black mother, father can look out and see that that kid, if he makes it, he got a chance to go on to great things. >> and coming up next hour, you'll hear a whole lot more from hank aaron. hear what he thinks of, yes, a-rod, barry bonds and steroids. that's all next here on cnn saturday morning. well, they are literally marching to the beat of their own drum. >> we had to go ahead and buy the equipment. it was very expensive. >> students of an oklahoma school. they didn't have the money to put together a proper drum line. but they learned how to improvise and that made them state champs. i spend long hours with her checking her heart rate, administering her medication, and just making her comfortable. one night britta told me about a tradition in denmark,
no instruments, no problem. one school puts budget problems behind them to build an impressive drum line. a drum line with just one drum. the rest they had to leave up to their imagination. we get the story now from our affiliate kwtv. ♪ >> reporter: welcome to orlando schools. with 100 students, the school doesn't have a football team. but who needs one? when you have a drum line that
sounds like this. you can hear the beating to the rhythm. >> you get to make stuff go boom. >> reporter: a few unlikely drummers plus a mix of trash cans and bar stools. >> it surprised a lot of us how the rhythm just doesn't sound like they fit together really did. >> reporter: the six-man drum line has been a big bang in the small town. >> i think it's pretty awesome. although my mom is kind of annoyed because i'll wake her up. >> reporter: with little money, the school couldn't afford equipment for the students. >> we tried to buy the equipment. it was very expensive. >> reporter: so they settled for the next best thing. >> these get a perfectly good sound. it works pretty well. >> i don't know how many other schools have anything like this. but if expense is a problem, if you have a good instructor, this
works out pretty well. >> reporter: the band director cheers like a proud football coach on the sidelines after every song and every beat is music to his ears. >> i know what they started like. i know what they were. and just to see them how they can play right now, i just swell with pride. ♪ >> all right. band director says he hopes the popularity and the recent win at a statewide music competition will help them build a bigger drum line with drums. marching in a parade is not an option right now. they haven't found a way to strap the bar stool on them to walk down the street. also a programming note for you here. our soledad o'brien reporting, don't fail me, education in america. it is a cnn documentary. it's why america's financial future is at risk if kids can't excel in math and science. again, "don't fail me: education in america" premiers sunday
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all right. 20 minutes past the hour. parents out there, you raise these kids, you know, you have these kids, you raise them. you get them through high school. you get them into college. you get them through college. you're done with them. you can wipe your hands of them. you're done paying for these kids. slow down. we got a financial expert i'm about to talk to now who says you may have to let your grown children move back in with you. there's a tough economy right now. a high cost of living. they're trying to repay the student loans. they need a break. you might be the one to give it to them. our financial and business consultant joins me this morning.
eric, folks don't want to hear this. >> i know. i know. >> okay. they don't want to hear it. this is almost a thing that it is even a necessity because a lot of parents will tell you, hey, look, i did it. you're a grown person. get out there and take responsibility and you're on your own. does that not work anymore? >> it works but we need to look at the facts, t.j. right now in america, we're seeing 9% unemployment. so right now this is making it very difficult for newly college grads to come out and find a job. right now it is tough. >> okay. are we in a position where mom and dads should feel almost guilty or obligated? i heard what you just said there. but are we to that point where they should feel obligated to let that child come back into the house? >> you know sh it's a personal decision. you don't have to feel obligated to do anything like this. it's a personal decision between you and your child. but anything that we talk about today can be great for your kid. if you give them an opportunity to save extra money, to pay off
debt, to pay off student loans, it's going to be wonderful for them long term. >> let's talk about how much money they can save. a kid in the house is essentially not having to pay rent. you're not paying for a lot of electricity, all this stuff. so a kid graduates, we're just using this example, $25,000 a year after they graduate. now how much are they going to actually save? how much can they save if they go back to the house with mom and dad? >> that's a great question. let's take that example. a kid make $25,000 after tax, they're going to make about $20,000 a year which is about $1600 a month. if you live on your own, let's say you get an apartment for $750 a month and utilities and expenses of $250 much that's going to put you about $600 for living expenses, you know, food, clothing, entertainment. but if you live at home, can you take $1600 a month and put it towards student loans, emergency fund, put it towards saving. this is the benefit of living at home. and this is a great thing to do if the parents can let you do
it. >> okay. do there need to be ground rules here? you can't just leave this as an open invitation. >> that's a great question. there has to be ground rules and cry tear yachlt for example, the parents should say you know what? you have a good game plan. i like what you're trying to do. but you're going to stay at home for six to 12 months. also, you're going to do chores around the house. make sure the yard is cut. you're going to make sure you take your little sister to the soccer game and do things around the house. this is to make sure the kid doesn't stay home and won't ever want to leave there again. this is a great way to let them save and get prepared for the real world. it's tough out there. >> any other quick little financial tips as far as i guess what parents are probably watching now. the kids are still sleeping. what can they tell the kids, pass on to them that post graduation the limbo they may be in. >> first of all, teach your kids the basics of budgeting. it's important to learn thou budget, create a budget and also to implement a budget as you go
throughout your life. a lot of times they don't teach this in college. if people learn the hard way. also, allow them to stay out of debt. it is very, very important that you stay out of debt, stay away from the credit cards. try to pay cash as much as you can. and also teach them to make good life decisions. this will help them financially, emotionally and this is a really helpful in life. great things can you do. >> all right. good life decisions. one of those might be you need to be knocking on mommy and daddy's door and getting back into your old bedroom. eric, good stuff this morning. maybe something people don't want to hear but it is reality. we talk about it. still, it's a reality for a lot of folks out there. good to see you. enjoy the rest of your weekend, buddy. >> thank you. we have health news for you now. a new study that suggests a link between a skin ailment and high blood pressure. we'll tell but research and the surprising thing that the two conditions have in common. that is next. that'll turn up every year. trees and shrubs to give us depth. and fill it out with flowers placed in just the perfect place. let's spend less, but plant more.
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