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>>ou've been listening there to president obama, along with the president lee from south korea. hello, everyone. i'm randi kaye picking it up from here from fredricka whitfield. this comes -- this moment there at the white house comes just a day after congress has approved this free trade agreement between the two nations. this was a very, very important meeting for the two of them. obama has hailed president lee as a partner and good friend and he mentioned all of that at this welcoming ceremony. congress, as you may know, voted yesterday on this bipartisan basis to approve free trade agreements with colombia, panama and south korea. and this visit really is meant to highlight what they consider a very strong alliance. the global partnership and deep economic ties between the u.s. and the republic of korea. lee had said that -- president lee had said that he paid respects at the korean war memorial shortly before this ceremony remembering the 37,000
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u.s. service members who were killed in that korean war. they will hold these bilateral meetings like you just saw there taking place at the white house with the president. he will also attend a state dinner. jessica yellin was there in that room, as they spoke. i'd like to see with a she thinks. jessica, if you're with us and you can hear me, let me know what you think the highlight was there of this appearance between the two presidents. >> well, the president -- i asked the president a question about both iran and about the economy and he refused, randi, to say how high up in the iranian government knowledge of this alleged iranian terror plot may have gone. there are a lot of questions about whether the supreme leader and the nation's president had knowledge. but the president did say that no matter how high up it went, the entire iranian government needs to be held accountable and that they have a very solid case
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and that they are gathering support for allied nations to tighten sanctions and pressure on iran. and so these were the president's first comments himself on this alleged plot. additionally, the south korean president in his own opening remarks addressed the plot and expressed expressed his sympathies and alliance with the u.s. and saudi arabia on that. and then the president got a little bit feisty when i asked him about the american jobs act. he released a campaign video yesterday saying he's going to "force" congress to take up individual pieces of the act but, randi, he hasn't been able to force congress to do either an up or down vote on the whole bill. so i asked if he's going to invite some of the leaders over to sit down and just negotiate for a compromise version and that's not what they're looking at here. what they're looking at is doing individual votes and holding members accountable. if they vote that down, they're going to have to be held accountable for each piece of
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that bill. >> i noticed that the president cut you off from anymore follow-up questions. >> i asked a few. >> you were obviously asking the right questions, jessica. thank you very much for that update. we don't need to tell you, the economy is in the tank. millions of you are barely scraping by to pay your bills while debts pile up. it is not just families going broke -- it is major cities. increasingly cash-strapped overwhelmed with debt and resorting to bankruptcy. harrisburg, the state capital of pennsylvania, is the latest city to face bankruptcy. its city council voted last night to go forward and file. some cities are so desperate to save money they're taking extreme measures to cut costs. in topeka, kansas, the city council voted not make domestic violence a crime. the district attorney refused to prosecute domestic violence cases all because of budget cuts and ative over who would foot the bill. luckily the d.a. backed off. but that gives you an idea of just how grave the financial reality is for many cities and how deep their budget cuts go. alison kosik hit the road for harrisburg to see how bad things
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really are there. you've had a chance to look around and talk to some folks. we are talking about the state capital here of pennsylvania. how did this happen to harrisburg? >> reporter: well here's what's interesting, randi, about harrisburg. you'd think that cities would go ahead and file for bankruptcy because of hardships, because of the economy, because of the recession. but that's really not the case here. in harrisburg what we found is that the debt load that this city is carrying is because of its trash incinerator. it is carrying $310 million of debt just from the trash incinerator. if you total the rest of the debt with it, another $458 million. but this trash incinerator really was the tipping point. many people are saying that it burned more cash than it did trash and they're calling it a money pit. essentially this incinerator was thought to be a revenue source at one point because not only would it burn trash, it would create energy but that really fizzled out. that really didn't happen. it wound up being a big flop. in addition the city went ahead
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and updated it, they put even more borrowed money into this facility but for nothing. obviously not helping. the city council voted to go ahead and file for bankruptcy. >> you had had a chance to talk to some of the residents? i would imagine they are concerned about maybe losing services or even higher fees in some places. >> reporter: yeah, they are concerned. i did talk with several residents. the big concern that we're seeing is taxes and sort of the shared responsibility, that shared pain that goes along with a bankruptcy filing. there are some officials talking about possible property tax hike from 9% to 20%. the "wall street journal" is reporting some harrisburg officials are floating an idea to have commuters actually pay a tax before they enter the city of harrisburg. none of it is really going over well with residents. no one likes to be taxed more. no one likes to be nickelled and dimed but this is exactly what may happen just so harrisburg can get its balance sheet back on track, randi. >> alison kosik on the ground in
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harrisburg, pennsylvania for us, thank you. defense secretary leon panetta is on capitol hill today. he's warning lawmakers of the dire consequences of deep cuts in military spending. but he's also promising to improve accountability in the pentagon. he says he's directed his department to cut in half the time it takes to achieve what panetta calls audit readiness and says the defense department will be ready for a full budget audit in 2014. until now the pentagon has never been subjected to complete examination of its spending. the maker of blackberry says service is now fully restored around the world and the president and founder of parent company research in motion says he's sorry for the firm's worst outage ever. >> since launching blackberry in 1999, it's been my goal to provide reliable real-time communications around the world. we did not deliver on that goal this week. not even close. i apologize for the service outages this week. we've let many of you down. but let me assure you that we
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are working round-the-clock to fix this. >> the online service failures began monday in europe, the middle east and africa. by wednesday they had spread to the u.s. and canada. with massive budget cuts and huge amounts of debt, bankruptcy is increasingly becoming a way out for cities. but what does that mean for you if it happens where you live, perhaps? we'll find out next. but first, a seventh-grader from frisco, texas is alive today thanks to two fast-thinking teachers. when kylee collapsed in the hallway at school two gym teachers jumped in to help. brent reese immediately started cpr and kristin grabbed the school's portable defibrillator and shocked her heart. she came back to life. doctors say if they had waited just 30 more seconds kylee probably would have died. for your quick thinking, kristin and brent, you are today's rock stars. [ male announcer ] it's true...
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i do my best to make it work. i'm back on the road safely. and i saved you money on brakes. that's personal pricing. harrisburg, pennsylvania is just the latest to file for chapter 9 bankruptcy this year. it is the largest municipality to declare bankruptcy since vallejo, california three years ago, which is why we are putting in some face time today with a bankruptcy specialist. james, thanks for coming on the show. this is happening to some cities around the country, you've pointed out though that harrisburg is the first capital to file bankruptcy in 40 years. i would imagine that you think this is a pretty big deal. >> it certainly is an interesting lesson. it's unusual to see a chapter 9 filing in the first place.
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there's only been 248 since 1980. and so it is an unusual event. but at the same time, it's unusual for a capital because the traditional way of solving this problem is the state working with the municipality providing some aid, possibly moving some services to other governmental entities to lower costs and findi inin ining a so quickly as possible. >> you said there have been nine bankruptcy filings overall this year which is on the high end. so is this a sign to you that more cities are struggling? >> well, in a down economy you have lower tax revenues because less people are employed, there are less revenues, less sales, because of the economy downturn. but taime, it's a time where, i there are problems, it is important that the state and the local municipalities work together to try to identify the problem early enough and find a
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solution. i think one of the lessons vis-a-vis harrisburg is, if the solution doesn't come about quickly enough, people get frustrated, they think of other alternatives, and we raise the question of whether or not the old dynamic of the state helping the municipality and the municipality taking the right actions to solve the problem won't work and we go to the drastic step of the chapter 9. >> anyone who's from harrisburg is probably getting this news and wondering what's going to happen? what does this mean for me? what might residents expect in terms of services or even higher fees in some areas? >> well, chapter 9 is not the best of all worlds. chapter 9 is time consuming, expensive and complicated. when you go into a chapter 9, you don't get more revenues. that chapter 9 doesn't provide additional revenues. in fact, in the case of harrisburg, given the state statutes, they'll lose some aid they presently have.
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chapter 9 also means that you have to sort of balance your budget you're going to have to cut services generally. it will mean reduced services. it means increased costs and it means creditor relations, some of whom you care about significantly, may be changed. so it is a very difficult situation. >> then you see a community like vallejo, california which went through bankruptcy three years ago and is still trying to recover. so what are your hopes for a community like harrisburg? >> the hopes for harrisburg, because one of the things -- even though they filed, there will be a question raised whether they were authorized to file, whether it is permitted. since 1980 there have been 80 out of the 258 chapter 9s filed. 80 have been dismissed without getting a plan, without proceeding. so this 1 out of 3 drop-out rate, it may be that harrisburg
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will find a better way working with the state, solve their problem quickly rather than the more time consuming and costly way in bankruptcy which also threatens their ability to go into the market again and borrow money at a low cost and with unlimited access. >> yeah. it's a tough situation, no doubt. james, thank you for your expertise today. appreciate that. up next, how your cell phone likely helped finance the death of five million people. don't go anywhere. but first, here's a look at the stories you're watching on cnn.com. ♪ there's a place i dream about ♪
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imagine a place where women are regularly raped, children are forced to fight as soldiers and 5 million people have been killed. now imagine the cell phone in your pocket is part of the problem. this is a reality in the democratic republic of congo. armed groups fighting the deadliest war since world war ii are funded through the trade of high-value minerals that tech companies use in our phones, video games and laptop computers. you've heard of blood diamonds. these are conflict minerals and it needs to change. frank paulson, director of the new documentary blood in the mobile joins me now. you spent three years covering this story. you say 1 million people die in the congo every three months is equal to the number of people
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killed in haiti's earthquake which really puts the problem in perspective. first what did you see when you went down into these mines where this material is gathered? >> i mean this place is hell on earth. it is deep in the jungle and it is controlled by warlords. they worked several hundred meters underground for several days and dig out these minerals we use to create mobile phones. >> and how many hours are these children down there and do they even understand that they're caught in the middle of this? >> well, i mean the situation what is going on, they don't have any opportunities but to stay there. also because they are in many cases trapped there and can't leave the place even though if they want to. and in many cases they --
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>> we're looking at some of the video from your film, "blood in the mobile." i want to ask you what are they mining for? what is this material and how does it end up in our cell phones? >> several different minerals. it's used to make circuit boards. it's a mineral used to make batteries in what are called tungst tungsten. it is used to make the phone vibrate and it is something which you use to also make these electronics that are very small. >> how much money do the armed groups that are behind this, how much money do they generate? >> it's millions of dollars every month but it is very hard to find out because all this is being done -- the electronic industry is not taking their
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responsibility in this case and cleaning up their act and trying to find out where -- they don't even know the supply chain and this is the problem, the companies are saying that they are socially responsible and then they have a problem like this. they have been knowing about this for ten years without really doing anything about it and this is why in europe and here in the u.s. you have been making a law against this in the dodd-frank act which was passed a year ago and even before this law has really been implemented this is starting to have an effect on the mobile industry and we are hoping to get the same kind of legislation through the eu system. >> just very quickly, is there anything consumers can do then? >> i think there are several things we can do. i mean i didn't know about these conflict minerals before somebody told me so tell your friend, use our facebook page, facebook.com/bloodinthemobile and tell your friends about this. second thing is ask questions. when you buy electronics ask if
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you can get one that's completely mineral-free. third thing is to contact your representative on capitol hill and ask him to look into this because this is something that concerns you. and fourth thing would be to join the organization raise hope for congo which is part of the enough project which is really the one tracking on pulling this issue on the agenda in the u.s. >> frank paulsen, appreciate your time and what you're doing to help those folks there in the congo. if you're interesting in watching frank's documentary, check it out at www.bloodinthemobile.org. now take a look at this. >> what he did do also, which i think is inexcusable, he started doing chest compressions. as i told you, there was a blood pressure. when there's a blood pressure this is a respiratory arrest. this is not a cardiac arrest. >> other doctors discrediting dr. conrad murray's actions after michael jackson slipped into a coma. the latest from the death trial next. but before the break we turned back the clocks for this
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dr. conrad murray comes under attack from fellow doctors testifying for the prosecution. they said murray repeatedly used poor judgment and that jackson, michael jackson, could have been saved. in session host ryan smith from our sister network trutv joins us now live from los angeles. hi there, ryan. let's talk about the defense changing their story. now saying that michael jackson didn't swallow the propofol, instead now saying that he used a syringe to inject it through a catheter in his leg? how damaging do you think this switch a roo's going to be? >> i think this is going to be a problem for the defense. this is late in the game and this all came about because the prosecution wants to introduce a study where six people in chile drank propofol but didn't die, nothing happened to them. that's when the defense said
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well we're not planning on offering that as a potential theory. now it is interesting because we thought that was going to be one of their theories and they didn't say that michael jackson drank propofol in their opening statements so they left the door open to drop it. but what that might do to their case, it could reduce the avenues of reasonable doubt that they have. they had always said that maybe it was possible that michael jackson gave himself that shot of propofol, they've also said that he took a bunch of lorazepam pills and all of those things could have caused his death. so it is not something that might damage every part of their case but it certainly limits the avenues of reasonable doubt. >> let's talk about this doctor testifying yesterday for the prosecution who said that michael jackson may very well be alive if it weren't for the actions of dr. murray. i have to share this one statement from dr. steinberg which i'm sure you are aware of. it was like leaving a baby sleeping on your kitchen counter. that is a pretty strong statement. >> oh, my goodness, it is. all the talk of this trial right
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now is dr. alon steinberg. because he's a cardiologist, just like dr. murray. he talked about all the different ways in which dr. murray failed his famous patient. you talk about not calling 911. you talk about administering propofol at home. and when he made that baby example, he said you leave a patient with this kind of contraption. you leave the room? that's abandonment essentially and you wouldn't abandon a baby on top of a countertop because that baby could hurt itself, something could happen. that's what he was trying to point out. what it did i think was really it brought home all the prosecution's points. is what this case is all about. it is a standard of care case. it is not about whether michael jackson did something to himself. it is it that dr. murray failed in providing the standard of care around that created a substantial risk of death to michael jackson. so therefore his recklessness caused michael jackson's death and that's what they really tried to hammer home yesterday. >> do you think the prosecution will rest maybe today or tomorrow? >> i think they very well could.
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they'll wrap it up with their own propofol expert. that becomes critical. that propofol is the agent of death so they want people to know that when you have this kind of exposure to propofol it could lead to death and that's going to be a big part of their case. he's expected, that witness, is expected to take the stand today but it may actually continue over into monday and then the defense gets started. but right now i think one of the big questions is will we see dr. murray testify. dr. steinberg's testimony was all about what dr. murray said so that kind of paints dr. murray into a corner. >> ryan, i know you're busy running around covering this so i'm glad we had you on the show. thank you so much. >> sure thing, randi. herman cain vaulting to the polls, taking the lead over mitt romney. but is cain able? that is "fair game" next. but first let's look at some of that new polling. herman cain is currently leading the nbc/"wall street journal" poll with 27% of republicans favoring him.
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before the break we asked how was leading in the polls at this time in the last election cycle. take a look at this cnn polling back from 2007. four years ago rudy giuliani was on top with 27% of registered republicans in his corner. that was good for an 8 percentage point lead over the second-place finishing fred thompson. the convenieeventual nominee, n one of those guys. john mccain. he was third. you never heard of herman cain until recently but now he's the latest hot candidate running for the gop nomination. how hot? look at this cnn poll of polls. this averages the four national polls in october. cain moved up three percentage points while governor rick perry
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has continued to drop but the fair question is this -- does herman cain, a man that many people claim is winning the gop debates, have the money and staffing to make the most of his rising poll numbers? can he really win the gop nomination? doug high is a republican strategist, ed espinoza is a democratic consultant. ed, start with you. why is herman cain leading in the polls? what's the attraction? >> he's exciting. he's the flavor of the month. but most importantly, he's not mitt romney. and this is a problem that romney has encountered for a while. the person that the republican electorate knows the best is the guy they tend to like the least. he's plateaued in the mid-20s right now. herman cain is exciting, refreshing, he talks about something new and like we've been saying he is the flavor of the month. >> doug, does this have anything to do with his 999 tax plan or the fact that he's never held office? >> well, i think the 999 tax
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plan is something that really has drawn a lot of interest. what also makes any candidate who wins the nomination viable in november is the other nine. that's the 9% unemployment that this country faces. but ultimately whether or not herman cain can win or not win goes to what i you addressed earlier -- that's money and organization. that's especially important in key primary states and caucus states like iowa and new hampshire. in a primary you vote to make your voice heard. a caucusgoer shows up to make their presence felt. that takes a greater commitment and a greater organization. that's something that herman cain has to build and has to build quickly and the time frame is slimming despite best efforts of the republican national committee to draw some sanity into this primary process. >> when you look at his polling numbers and you see rick perry dropping, ed, who does -- does the surge hurt perry or what do you think? >> well, it hurts perry right now. but one month ago we were asking if this was a two-man race between perry and romney. now a lot of people are asking the same question between cain
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and romney. three months in politics? just like sports -- it is an eternity. a lot can happen. what doug said about iowa is right. iowa is the best chance for a republican to challenge romney because if he comes in and he wins iowa and he wins new hampshire, he's going to be hard to stop. but to win iowa you've got to have organization. we're not clear on what herman cain's organization is right now and he'll be tested over the next month. >> a lot of people, doug, aren't even clear what his 999 plan is right now. do you think there's been enough scrutiny on this? do you expect we'll see more and what might that mean for him? el we'll certainly see more. when candidates are in low poxes in the polls in low double digits we don't hear a lot about them. their plant aren't scrutinized and studied. jon huntsman's campaign hasn't really drawn the attention of the national media as we expected. we'll see a lot more interest
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and scrutiny in this. then we'll see if michele bachmann is right, if the devil's in the details. it is something you'll hear herman cain hit on the stump speech again and again and again. ni 999. someone involved with of the other campaigns said 999 for them is fine fine fine because they think they can beat cain on this issue. >> all right, guys. it is going to get interesting. thank you both. that is "fair game." >> thank you. remember, the western republican presidential debate next tuesday, october 18th, 8:00 eastern. you'll find it right here on cnn. a 9.0 earthquake struck there on march 11th of this year. quake's first tsunami with 30-foot waves. now there is a growing problem in one city. can you name the country? we'll take through with an update next in globe trekking. but first, a look at one of "money" magazine's top jobs in america. parents looking for the perfect career might want to try
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seven months after a tsunami badly damaged a key newer clee plant in japan, high levels of radiation have been detected in neighborhood in central tokyo. local officials have closed off the affected area. the mayor says radiation levels were higher there than in the evacuation area surrounding the tsunami. damaged fukushima daiichi nuclear plant. he says crews tracked the suspected source to glass bottles found in a cardboard box in the basement of a house. officials say there is no immediate health hazard. president obama says iran must answer to the international community for an alleged plot to assassinate the saudi arabian ambassador to the u.s. he made the comments at a white house news conference a short time ago with visiting south korean president lee. mr. obama says there has to be "accountability" even if top-level iranian government officials had no operational knowledge of the would-be attack. meanwhile, a spokesman for the u.s. state department says the u.s. has been in direct contact
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with iran about the alleged plot. the bullets are still flying in the hometown of ousted libyan leader moammar gadhafi. forces loyal to the new libyan government are meeting resistance as they stage a final advance into the last areas still controlled by pro-gadhafi fighters. there had been reports that rebel forces had arrested one of gadhafi's sons but that report remains unconfirmed. the younger gadhafi had been directing operations in sirte. former imf chief dominique strauss-khan is apparently off the hook again in a rape case. a french journalist accused him of trying to sexually assault her in 2003. french prosecutors say there was a lack of sufficient evidence to file charges. you may remember back in august, prosecutors in new york dismissed sexual assault charges against strauss-khan in a case involving a hotel maid. a race against time in bangkok, thailand. crews are using sandbags and mud to shore up flood walls protecting parts of the capital city. the rising waters have killed at
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least 281 people across that country. two others are missing. the widespread flooding is impacting 500,000 square miles of thailand and nearby cambodia, vietnam and laos. thai officials say overall damages from the floods could top $2 billion. schools are supposed to be safe places for our kids, but one school district is under fire for not protecting students against bullies. anderson cooper has that story next. but first, have you heard this one? what did one blackberry say to the other blackberry? nothing! comments like that are swirling the internet after blackberry's largest global outage ever. the company is sorry and service is back but there is not new territory four the little hand-held window to the world. research in motion who makes the blackberry has struggled with new phones, a tablet and their shares are at a five-year low. that's why i say blackberry, your 15 minutes are up. [ male announcer ] it's true...
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all this week we're taking an in-depth look at america's bullying crisis. in minnesota's largest school district, seven students have taken their own lives in less than two years and the school district is facing a federal investigation and lawsuit from . the students say the district's policy of barring teachers from talking about it. they defended their policy to us in april. >> all the students come with parents in this community an parents have a wide range of
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beliefs. we serve them all. >> anderson cooper sat down with four of the students suing that school. >> do you all get called names when you walk through the halls? >> yes. >> what sort of names. >> faggot, dike, dumbass, ugly-ass bitch. >> people actually say that to your face. >> sometimes. >> who about you? >> they say it to your face or just what they're waushging by under their breath. >> what is that like? >> horrifying. >> how about for you? >> yeah. it's -- it makes me feel lonely like there's no one out there like me that's getting bullied. they call me faggot, fag boy, gaymian, gay boy, gay. it's frustrating and sad at the same time. >> you're not gay. your two dads are and you're involved in gymnastics. >> yes. >> and is it because your dads are gay or because of the sport
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you do? why do people pick on you? >> it's for both. >> do you think adults know how tough it is for you at school? >> no. >> is it just in the school or is it around the clock? online? >> online, phones, even some people will even come to your house. its -- you can't escape from it. >> it's inevitable. you know? everywhere you go there's going to be someone who picks on you. you know, that's life. but no one should be called a fag or being pushed or shoved and not have a consequence. >> you've been pushed and shoved. >> um-hmm. >> tell me about that. >> i was walking down the hall and you get shoved and you feel like they just think you're piece a garbage that they can just throw away. and it makes you feel powerless, weak and defenseless and then when you tell a teacher, they
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won't stop it. >> have all of you you think have grades suffer because of this? >> yes. >> yes. >> yeah. >> what you are describing, the actual learning part of school is secondary to just getting through each day. >> it's more like another life you're living. >> like another life. >> it's kind of like you're a secret to yourself. you have to plan how you're going to get to the next class without seeing that person or if you're going to carry your books higher so you don't have to run into anybody or if you're going to look down or am i going to smile, am i going to walk away or am i going to go to the counselor. basically doing a step-by-step plan but you can't focus at all. >> can you go to a teacher and say, look, they're calling me gay, the f-word, calling me all these things about my perceived sexuality? what do the teachers say? >> basically nothing. >> they tell you to either don't say that word, don't talk that way or -- >> they actually say don't talk that way? >> it's like don't use that language or you're just hearing
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things. >> the language, just to be clear, the language is using the word gay. >> gay, faggot, homo, i've been called [ bleep ], i've even called names i'm even ashamed o to say. >> why is it so important for to you see this school policy change? >> i want to be able to be myself in the hallways. i want to be able to walk through the hallways and not get called gay. i want to be able to walk with my friends without people shoving me in the hallways. >> do you think this is based on the idea that there's something wrong with being gay in. >> yes. >> yeah. >> the neutrality policy we need. how many people are we going to have to lose for them to realize that something that actually matters and means something to not just kids but parents and families that are losing or kids that are alone out there? it's scary if you look at the big picture of it but it is reality. >> well you're very, very brave. i think you all are. thank you very much. >> thank you. >> thank you.
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>> great conversation there. it really is time for all of us to take a stand. watch "ac 360" at 8:00 p.m. and 10:00 p.m. eastern to learn more about america's bullying crisis. cheating on the s.a.t.s. a group of kids caught beating the system. the unfolding scandal next in "street level." my goal was to take an idea and make it happen. i'm janet long and i formed my toffee company through legalzoom. i never really thought i would make money doing what i love. [ shapiro ] we created legalzoom to help people start their business and launch their dreams. go to legalzoom.com today and make your business dream a reality. at legalzoom.com we put the law on your side.
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taking a closer look at stories making news across the country at street level. to florida first where a rahm wants to bring back firing squads. state representative brad drake
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said he wants the state to have the option to execute death row inmates with what he calls a 45 caliber lead cocktail. he says he introduced the bill to end the debate over florida's new form of lethal injection. anti-death penalty groups have already come out against that bill. to arizona now where drug smugglers are getting pretty creative. case in point. parking meter drug tunnels. in nogales, arizona, along the u.s./mexico border, the city's mayor said smugglers would park cars with holes at the bottom so a smuggler could led to cars in from below. pretty fancy. over the last two years u.s. border patrol agents say they discovered 16 drug tunnels leading to parking spaces. nogales is prohibiting anyone from parking cars within 60 feet of that border fence. to cleveland where some banks are demolishing foreclose asked abandoned homes. they're doing it to keep the empty home from further dragging down depressed neighborhoods. they're even footing the 7500 cost to tear them down. the banks say it is cost
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effective in the end. the upkeep for the homes ends up costing them more. and an s.a.t. scandal that started in great neck, new york, is spreading to two other districts in long island. so far seven former and current students have been arrested including a 19-year-old accused of taking the s.a.t. exam for six students. he allegedly earned up to $2,500 each time he aced a test. now to seal beach, california. and the brutal massacre at a hair salon. the horrific violence rocked the normally peaceful seaside community. following the developments from los angeles, bring us up to date. what's the latest? >> reporter: i can tell that you very soon police there in seal beach will be releasing the names of all eight people who were killed in yesterday's massacre. it happened in seal beach. it is a very small community. it is the kind of place where people know one another and many of the people knew the victims,
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including the salon owner who had had that shop for 20 years. grief counsellors are being brought in today to help people cope with this terrible situation. now, this is the deadliest massacre in orange county's history. police say that yesterday afternoon, they received calls that shots were being fired from inside salon meritage. when they arrived they discovered one man and five women dead. they also transported three people to the hospital. two died and the sole survivor, a woman, remains in critical condition. officers say when they went in, it appeared that this place was full and that many of those victims were ducking for cover. >> as you all know, seal beach is a small, safe community. we don't experience these things, ever. it's been a long time since we've had something, we don't very often have homicides and especially anything of this magnitude. >> now, investigators say the
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suspect, 42-year-old scott, was taken into custody about a half mile from the shop. it appeared he was trying to flee at the time right after that shooting. he and his ex-wife michelle had been in a very bitter custody battle and they say that they had been battling over custody of their 7-year-old. michelle worked at the salon. she was killed at the scene. clients had said very lately, they had told reporters that she had appeared very stressed out and in fact, one friend, one neighbor, told ktla in los angeles that michelle had taken out a restraining order against her husband just a day before the deadly rampage. randi? >> that's terrible to hear. this guy was in full body armor. he managed to get away and get back home? >> yeah. as a matter of fact, there were shots at his body armor right outside on top of the vehicle right outside that rampage.
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he was caught about a half mile away. and police are still not releasing the kind of weapon that he used. people are guessing it was a high caliber weapon. >> thelma from los angeles with that horrible story. thank you so much. now let's talk some politics with our friend paul at the political desk in washington watching the musical chairs that continue on the primary calendar. hi. >> we were talking about this last week. new hampshire threatening to put their primer in a december. i don't think anybody wants this. let's go to the calendar and i'll explain. take a look at this. january is getting very crowded and here's what's going on. look at nevada. remember it was about a week ago they said they would put their caucus on the 14 of january. now iowa, they say they're probably going to be on the 3rd. so new hampshire by law, the new hampshire primary which is the first in the nation, they have to be seven days in front of anything else. they're getting boxed in by iowa and nevada. so new hampshire's secretary of
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state says nevada, please, move back a couple days. if not, they may, may put their primary in december which would probably not be very, make anybody very happy. the candidates, the voters, you, me, anybody. >> we also talked not too long ago about the president and looking, he is certainly looking to raise a lot of money. how is he doing on that? >> they announced this morning some big buck. yes, the president's re-election campaign in chicago announced they raised with them and the democratic national committee combined about $70 million in the third quarter of fundraising. that's july, august and september. now that's down from what they raised in the second quarter. they raised a record $86 million in the second quarter. this is more than they said they would raise in the third. so maybe it was a little expectations game. why does this matter? why do we spend so much time looking at campaign cash? here's why. all that money will buy tv commercial time and get out the vote efforts next year when the president starts running for reelection. when you break it down, it looks like the president has more money than all the republican candidates combine. that's why we keep track of
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this. >> i'm glad you're keeping track because i've lost track. >> thank you so much. nice to see you as always. just a reminder, tuesday night live right here on cnn. the republican candidates for president gather in las vegas to debate the issues and sway voters. at least try to. the western republican presidential debate right here cnn. handled by our own anderson cooper. tuesday night at 8:00 p.m. eastern. that will do it for me, everyone. have a great afternoon. i'll hand it over to brook baldwin. now let's get you caught up on everything making news. let's go, beginning with less than two hours from now. south korea's president will be addressing a joint session of congress. this is big since it comes one day after lawmakers signed off on a new trade deal designed to create job right here in the u.s., including the auto industry. >> just as americans buy hyundais and kias, i hope they
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will buy more fords and chevies. >> also tonight, president obama and the first lady will be hosting a state dinner. some bad news today on the housing market. foreclosures up nearly 1% last quarter. and the rise is disturbing because it is the first quarterly jump since last year. we're told more homes are getting notices and they're taking longer to be sold. >> i'm sorry for the power outages. >> that's the guy in charge of blackberry's maker. after three days, service is back for million. people. we're told it is the worst network outage ever. they're blaming a glitch. an amtrak train slams into another one. seven people had to be rushed to the hospital and a platform was damaged but both trains stayed on the tracks. and you remember that helicopter crash in new york
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city's east river last week. we have now learned a second person has died. the 43-year-old woman had been in critical condition ever since that crash. the national transportation safety board is still investigating and one woman whose better day it was on that day drowned the day chopper hit the water. three other people on board survived with injuries. and one of the dozens of wives, polygamist leader warren jeffs escapes. this video of warren jeffs this summer. the 25-year-old woman is now in a shelter. and this isn't the first time she has tried to leave. and she may have been held against her will and perhaps even been drugged. the los angeles county sheriff's office facing abuse allegations. this is all according to the "l.a. times." more than 30 employees at the county's jail are being disciplined for not only beating the inmates but covering it up as well. according to a watch dog report called the office of independent review, several inmates were
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purged, kicked, kneed. one inmate was even tasered when he was down on the ground. and keep in mind we're waiting right now for a verdict in that brutal home invasion in connecticut. doug is live there where the jury is considering the fate of the second man to be tried in this case. deb, what do we know? >> reporter: well, so far over the last six hours, two days of deliberations. the most interesting note that has so far passed between the jury and the judge is a note that asked the judge whether or not they needed to specify the role of the home invader, joshua komisarjevsky. whether or not he was the sole actor in the crime. the judge said no, when they deliberate it is not important to figure out specifically what his role was, just that he was involved in it and that the evidence supports that. also the defense was trying to reopen this case saying they wanted to introduce a letter which they believe could help their client. the judge said not only would it not help komisarjevsky, would it
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in fact seal his doom. so right now, the jury took lunch. they're coming back. set to continue this afternoon. >> remind us, how does this compare to the deliberations of the accomplice, steven hayes who is now on death row? in terms of length of time. >> reporter: well, absolutely. that's what's so fascinating. the jury, very quick them returned a verdict in less than five hours. now we've gone past six hours so people are wondering what is taking so long. in truth, it is not very long. there are 17 charges. all of them have to be thought out very carefully. plus, it is the intention, and that's what the defense's lawyers have been saying all along. yes, this guy on trial did intend to break into this home. but he never intended to kill the family. the question is with does intent start? was at this time day before? half an hour before? so again, the jury being careful in its deliberations. >> six hours and counting as you point out. this thing could come down today. if it does, we'll pop you back
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up on tv and get that verdict as soon as possible. we have a lot more for you in these next two hours. we are just getting started. watch this. an afternoon like any other. women getting their hair and nails done at this beauty salon and quietly this quiet shop is riddled with bullets. we'll tell you what happened and why one hairdresser's ex-husband is suddenly in jail. the news is now. scarlett johansson, meet the man who hacked all their e-mail accounts. >> it started as curiosity. >> how did he do it? then, my name is ahlima. i live in saudi arabia. that's just the beginning of this homework assignment that goes on to plain burqas, polygamy and why westerners' clothes are too tight. now one says this class needs to be canceled. plus, he was america's infamous killer clown.
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now some of john wayne gacy's victims are being pulled from their graves. >> the public coming forward will allow us to do dna matches that were not available 30 years ago. >> what exactly are police looking for? a special guest at the white house. his visit on the heel of a new american trade deal with his country. >> more trade can stimulate our economies. >> what you need to know about the u.s. deal with south korea. and my special guest. lily tomlin. she has a message for bullies. . staying active can actually ease arthritis symptoms. but if you have arthritis, staying active can be difficult. prescription celebrex can help relieve arthritis pain so your body can stay in motion. because just one 200mg celebrex a day can provide 24 hour relief for many with arthritis pain and inflammation. plus, in clinical studies,
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this is real life csi. we had to dig through our own archives to come up with images of this man. this is john wayne gacy. a chicago man convicted of killing tree young men back in the '70s and then burying them under his house, in his yard and then when he ran out of space, he dumped bodies in a nearby river. gacy, a chicago handyman, was one of the world's most prolific killers ever. illinois put him to death in 1994. but here's the new hook. this is why we're talking about this today. of those 33 bodies found, only 25 have ever been identified. now some 30 years later, the cook county sheriff is hoping this latest technology will help him put names and faces on those remaining eight victims. and to that end, cook county started digging up the bones of these victims, collecting their dna. here's the thing. dna from the victims won't help identify them without dna from matching relatives. so so many questions. let's get right to cook county
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sheriff. tom who is joining me on the phone from chicago. sheriff dart, first and foremost, do you have any news? >> we've been incredibly excited that in really less than 24 hours, we have 25 very good leads. two of which frankly we have detectives out investigating as we speak right now. and so we really, we didn't expect things to happen this quickly and they are. we've got a lot more information coming in. >> explain to me how this works. these scientists essentially extract dna from the bones, correct? >> that's the easier part. the jaw bones had been separated long ago because dental records were the only way to identify people. we were able to get the dna out of the jaw bones. then for four of the bodies, i had exhume the entire body. we did that. we got the dna, university of north texas has done this for
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free, extracted the dna. now we need the other part of it. which is family members to come forward to give us dna to make the match. >> that's really the other major issue, right? is that you have to have, i mean, it's one thing for you to have the dna. the other is for relatives who what? have had people, loved ones missing sometime in the '70s. and i know what his m.o. was young men, teens, 20s. you need those people to come forward. >> yeah. the interesting thing is multiple. one is we've narrowed it down. it would have been someone missing between 1970 when he got out of prison for sexually assaulting a boy, to december of 1978 when he was arrested for the 33 homicides. the thing that i've been trying to emphasize to people. this guy traveled around the country. some of his victims came from outside of illinois. but the other part, i can't emphasize enough to people, is that back in the late '70s, there was a lot of stigma. a lot of reasons people did not come forward.
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would not come forward. and supply any information. >> why is that? >> you know, to be honest with you, twofold. one, back in the late '70s, horrible stigma for people with drug addiction problems. stigmas with people who may have had, who may have been homosexual as well. at least half his victim were young men he literally kidnapped off the street. he would drive around with badges. we have close to 100 badges that he kept. he drove around the car with spot lights and pull up next to young men and say it's the police, get in the car. then he would take them back to his house and that's the last the families would ever see of them. there are families that hadn't been in touch with their loved one in months. their child might have had drug addiction problems or whatever. a lot of them are reticent to come forward. >> so why now? as we mentioned, this goes back to the '70s.
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are you getting pressure from potential family members? or what? >> no. what it was, when i became sheriff four years ago, i started going through all my cold case files trying to make sure we identified all the people in cold cases who were unknown. because some of them go back to the 1950s, we realized dna technology really didn't come into play until the beginning of the 2000s as far as matching some of these people up. the obvious thing is let's go back and find out who these victim were. john gacy's case was the largest where we had eight victim unidentified. and i'll be quite honest with you, it has been easy and inexpensive because of the help of the university of north texas. >> i know you have a hotline where people can call on a website. we'll put that on the screen. so here's your chance, sheriff. your message to the nation is what? >> my message to the nation is, if you had any loved one who went missing sometime between 1970 and 1979, a white male,
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please reach out to us at either our website or our 800 number we have as well. and keep in mind though. the other thing we've mentioned to people. we had one of the victims that was found in john gacy's basement was a missing person report was taken against that person saying he was missing. the police cleared it saying the guy was found. he was never found. he was in john gacy's basement. even if you thought your loved one was found, that your loved one was cited but you have not seen or heard from them, please reach out to us. it is very nonintrusive. we take a swab from you. we can get a local law enforcement agent if you're out of our jurisdiction, to do it for us. to let you know if thches one of your loved ones. >> it's amazing this case of john wayne gacy still haunting chicago, so many unknowns. and it could be anywhere in the country for that matter. best of luck to you. we'll follow up with you. thank you so much. the former head of the imf
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dominique strauss-kahn was cleared of rape in the united states but he was also accused of assault in his homeland of france. we have some information this afternoon with regard to those charges. plus, we have this new video. police arresting the man accused of shooting and killing eight people in a california hair salon mid afternoon yesterday. we're getting some new details today about the motive behind those shootings. also, nude photographs of actress scarlett johansson were just the tip of the iceberg in a major celebrity computer and e-mail hacking scandal. find out who else got hacked. what the hacker found. e announct employers or employees. not white collar or blue collar or no collars. we are business in america. and every day we awake to the same challenges. but at prudential we're helping companies everywhere find new solutions to manage risk, capital and employee benefits, so american business can get on with business.
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a florida computer whiz accused of hacking into celebrity e-mail in jail. he is now apologizing to his victim. scarlett johansson, christina ago layer, a mila kunis. who is he? christopher chaney is accused of sbhook the e-mail accounts and mobile devices of more than 50 people. police say he stole sexy pictures, posted them, tried to sell them to the tabloids. as for this man, he denies any sinister motive. >> what would you do with the information you found in those e-mails? >> just nothing. it was almost like reading a completely uncensored blog. i wasn't saving archives of e-mail to maybe blackmail someone. >> chaney was busted in a federal crime sting dubbed operation hackerazzi. he is also charged with 26 counts. police say he rigged celebrity
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accounts. >> the indictment alleges he set the victims' accounts to automatically forward all of their e-mail to his e-mail. you'ving these methods, he stole not only private and personal photographs of the victims, he also took financial information, movie scripts, and conversation that's the victims believed to be private. >> do you know what? there is a takeaway for all of us in this case. note to self. don't use your mom's maiden name. don't use your birthday. don't use your pet's name as passwords. the fbi says chaney used public information to come up with their passwords and found more information in their computer which helped them get into more accounts. prosecutors deciding not to file charges against former imf chief strauss-kahn. he was accused of attempted rape in 2003 but prosecutors say they do not have sufficient evidence to move forward with those charges. coincidentally, he has booked and titled the hypocrite's ball.
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it is billed a it's a novelization of events in her life shelf does not directly name the former imf head but she describes a man who she had to fight off as goal, pig or baboon. he was accused of assaulting a hotel maid in new york. the charges were dropped after questions about the accuser's credit bill. the last battle for libya isn't yet finished. forces still loyal to moammar gadhafi are putting up a fight for his home town. gadhafi's forces are said to be corner in the two neighborhood forces in sirte. i know you've witnessed horrendous violence there in the fighting. in sirte. is there anyway of knowing how many people have died since the battle there began?
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did we lose him? i'm going to guess color bars means we lost him. yes, guys? okay. we'll move along. okay. we'll hopefully get dan rivers back in sirte to talk about the battles there in gym. we do have details from the horrific shooting last night. the video is being released of the suspect and we have an idea about why the accused man shot and killed eight people. also, 11 teachers and administrators have now been punished in that major public school scandal in atlanta. now pg on the back sides of used paper and we switched to fedex cause a lot of their packaging contains recycled materials. tell them what else fedex does. well we're now using more electric trucks and lower emission planes. we even offer a reusable envelope. now, can't we at least print on the back sides of used paper? what's the executive compensation list...? [ male announcer ] sustainable solutions. fedex. solutions that matter.
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back to libya to gadhafi's home town of sirte. talking about this latest battle, i know, dan, you've witnessed horrendous fighting in your time on the ground. what i was trying to ask you before, is there anyway of knowing how many people have died since the battle in sirte began? >> there's no way of giving an accurate figure. they were looking at dozens
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having been killed on the anti-gadhafi side and hundreds injured. we've seen them. a steady stream of injured and dead coming back from the front lines. the forces are basically cornered into a very narrow area of sirte. now one last remaining bastion, a few city blocks. they are defending it fiercely with sniper and with machine gun fire and rocket propel grenades. every time they try to move forward, they're hit by this fire. they have gained some ground in the last couple days but it is awfully slow going. >> also one of gadhafi's sons has been believed to be leading the loyalists there in the home town of sirte. there were claims yesterday he had been captured. still a bit murky. what can you tell us? >> reporter: yeah, i mean, this is looking less and less credible, the more time that goes on, that he was caught
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yesterday. reuters was reporting it. there were big celebrations here. people firing into the air in celebration. but there is been no hard and fast proof. we've had no one on the ground confirming it. no one seems to know anything about it. it is now more than 24 hours since that news broke and no one here has officially confirmed it. some people in tripoli are actually denying it now. so i think that was one of those stories that got out of hand and people ran with it before checking it properly. as far as we know though, the people on the ground are saying they think he and moammar gadhafi himself are directing the battle. >> so is this truly then the final battle for libya? is there anywhere else moammar gadhafi, whether in sirte, whether he is in niger, we don't know, could be to rally the supporters? >> reporter: yeah, i mean this is just what the people here are saying. he could be down in the southern desert. he could be, as you say, in
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niger to the south. he could be in algeria. we have no idea. but they are telling us that people captured from the pro gadhafi side are coming out saying they saw him here a couple days ago. they think he is still here. the rebels here, the revolutionary fighters here are saying once sirte falls finally, they will declare that this battle is won. that the war is over. and that libya is free. >> wow, dan rivers in sirte. thank you so much. a single homicide in the past five years. now, eight in one single day in this small town in this rampage tied to a child custody case. have you heard about this? it happened shortly after we left you yesterday. a man in seal beach, california, allegedly opened fire on a hair salon. broad daylight mid afternoon. six people died at the scene. two were pronounced dead. later this ex-wife is reportedly among those dead.
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i want to go to thelma gutierrez who is covering this live in look. what more do we know about the suspect and any possible motive? >> reporter: all of that is starting to come to light. we know the suspect is 42-year-old scott de kraai. he is from huntington beach, a nearby beach town. he was taken into custody yesterday with a half mile away from the scene. this is where police say that he opened fire on a salon that was full of patrons and stylists, killing eight people, as you had mentioned. six died there at the scene. two were transported to the hospital where they later died. and one woman, a sole survivor, is now in critical condition. what we are learning is that this man is described by neighbors as a very friendly person. someone who is very likable in his neighborhood. he was also described as a very dedicated father. but the friends of his ex-wife michelle de kraai are painting a very different picture. they have been telling reporters that she appeared to be stressed
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out. this couple was in the middle of a very nasty custody battle over their 7-year-old son, and one of those people told a ktla reporter here in los angeles that michelle de kraai had taken out a restraining order against her husband just a day before the deadly rampage. >> so thelma, what more can you tell us about what went on? did this man just walk in to this beauty salon when people are having their hair and nails done? did he shout anything? or did he just simply open fire? >> reporter: well, brooke, the only witness to this terrible rampage is the one woman who is in critical condition right now. but police say that when they arrived, they saw the carnage. they say that it appeared that people were trying to duck for cover from this man. at one point, he had body armor in his possession. police say they're not sure if he was wearing it at the time but he was clearly there, they
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s say on, a mission. one man was dead, specifically the salon owner and of five other women were also dlaed at the scene. a terrible situation. >> it's horrendous. do we know, thelma, if he knew anyone else? any of those other customers in that salon yesterday? or simply his ex-wife? >> reporter: we don't know that but we can assume that he probably knew several of the people. the reason, brooke, is that his ex-wife had worked in this salon for quite a while. the owner had had the shop for 20 years. people knew the salon owner. they knew the stylists there. this is a really small beach town. not the kind of place where things like this happen. this is the deadliest rampage in orange county's history. a very rare occasion. but they say that he went in and dmitd terrible thing and we
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should find out more, brooke, in the news conference that should be happening later on this morning. >> okay. thelma gutierrez for us in l.a. thank you. snmplt several teachers and administrator a administrators. polygamy, head scarves, modesty. a controversial lesson in the middle school on the middle east culture. first cnn money is looking at the best jobs in america. i have another list for you today. this one being best jobs if you're leaving the military. here you go. number five. airline pilot. you have to convert your military certification to an faa one. number four, also in the aviation field. a program manager. so if time line staff and budget are your forte, go for it. number three, logistics analyst. if you have experience managing supply chains, this one is
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back to our list of the top jobs for those of you leaving the military. number two, management consultant. don't worry if you don't have an mba. and the number one job if you're just now leaving the military, you can be an intelligence analyst. your security clearance makes you a hot commodity and the top pay in this field, not too shabby. $120,000 a year. i want you to weigh in on this one. tweet me. a lesson on middle east culture and islam has land ad georgia middle school in the center of controversy with at least one parent saying that the reading material these kids gotten dorss polygamy and islam. the narrative is supposedly written by a muslim woman who criticizes the west and praises
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islam. this is a homework assignment given to seventh graders by a school in atlanta. i've read it. i wanted to share some quotes. one being, i have seen pictures of women in the west. from her perspective. and find their dress to be horribly immodest. another part, i understand some westerners condemn our practice of polygamy but that i know they are wrong. georgia school superintendent john barge said he did not know about this. that the material was approved before he took office. and he says this lesson does indeed cross the line. >> when you start passing judgment on one culture or one religion being more appropriate, and especially criticizing and condemning our own culture as being wrong, that's going too far. >> i want to let you know, we did reach out to the school superintendent. he was going to join me. he changed his mind. so i want to bring in our go-to education guy.
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mr. steve perry. nice to see you. let's just start with this. do you agree? do you agree with the georgia state superintendent that this lesson crosses the line? >> absolutely not. we're looking at the difference between zpeeching teaching and indoctrinating. one of the biggest problems our children have is the lack of understanding of the rest of the world. the other is that they have trouble reading. this is an article that asks children to form an opinion. it doesn't say to take the opinion of the author. one of the skills that we teach. we call it a test taking skill. how to identify the context of the article being written and the intent of the author. the theme. these are basic reading skills that our children throughout america do not have. >> so i'm listening to you and i want to read more of this. i'm sure you've read it. but part of this lesson plan, she writes about how she is about to be this man's second wife. i have mattered in the west men often divorce their wives to marry younger women and their
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first wives suffer greatly. women in the west do not have the protection of shari'a. if our marriage has problems, my husband can take another wife rather than divorce me and i would still be cared for. one parent says this is not okay to teach my kids. does the onus fall on the teacher to make sure they put it in the proper context? >> let's take it one step further. this article also touches on an important topic. the academic freedom of teachers versus the freedom of parents of what they want their children to learn. both are valuable. here we're doing a presentation on friday on michael jackson. and who would think that anybody has any problem with michael jackson? the kids will dance and sing. there are some parents who don't want their parents to participate in a michael jackson tribute. they don't have to. that's the right of the parent. but we're often pushing teachers to go harder and be more creative in their lessons and expand the minds of children.
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if we're going to do that, we have to give them the room to do so. we have an opportunity to create a compelling conversation. they can watch cnn and they can see that we cover the entire world. not only the part of the world that we find desirable, but the entire world. it is better, i often say, to a parent who said that he was against our child to learn what the other has to say. >> we present the news and then you ultimately decide if you agree with it or not. i hear what you're saying. since i have you here, i want to ask but this news out of georgia today. bunk this. the teachers, the administrators who were implicated in that massive public school cheating scandal. they learned their fate today. they're accused of helping change all those answers on state competency tests to trays students' scores, and the state panel as we've learned just today, has recommended the certificates revoked and that the teachers receive a two-year suspension. so steve, what do you think about that? about the recommended punishment? is it fair?
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does it go far enough? >> it is at least fair. i think it doesn't go far enough. when you think about what happened, in order to cheat on these examinations, you have to get the teachers and the principals to conspire, to sit in a room, one person reads off the answers. the other erases them. what they're doing is not just deceiving the public but they're deceiving the parents who think they sent their children to a school in which the teachers actually taught them how to do something. when the report come back saying, you actually get a report at your house that says your child did this on the georgia state examination and therefore can move to the next level. you actually think that it is so. now these kids can't get that year back and they can't find out what they didn't know until they go to the next year. it is disgusting and it speaks to the bottom, the most bottom of the academic experience. it has no bering what great teachers and principals are doing on a regular basis. those people are rogue and they need to be treated as such. >> steve perry, thank you very much. >> my pleasure. coming up, domestic
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i've got an update on a story we talk about, it back to monday. as of just last night, domestic violence is once again a crime that will be prosecuted in the city of topeka, kansas. we reported about the topeka city council decriminalizing domestic violence on tuesday because of a budget battle with the county's attorney. the d.a., over who would foot the bill. to save money, the county attorney had stopped prosecuting the city cases. he said the county commission had slashed its budget for 2012 and that he couldn't prosecute misdemeanors. late yesterday, the d.a., chad taylor, announced in spite of the budget shortfalls, he will still prosecute domestic violence and he said he will find the money to do so somewhere. from a country club to a -- to a pot farm? philadelphia police say one man, charlie patterson, did just that. he is accused of using, here he is. he is accused of using a former country club to grow marijuana
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got some news in here with regard to solyndra.
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the solar panel and energy company. they were the first to receive the federal loan guarantees from the obama administration. then then filed for bankruptcy. it was just last friday afternoon. the white house released a number of documents that white house people and the administration had had back and forthwith people at solyndra. here's the news. the ceo of this company which sought that bankruptcy protection has now resigned. this is all according to papers filed in delaware bankruptcy court yesterday. brian harrison resigned last friday, quote, as scheduled on october 7th, 2011. more news to come certainly on that. stay tuned. meantime, let talk politics. joining me now with the update including some new numbers. the poll number on the gop candidates. >> we've come up with a new poll of polls, taking into consideration all the recent poll from the various media outlets that do national polling on the contenders.
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the gop race really is between mitt romney and herman cain. the upstart conservative businessman who wasn't really given a lot of, much of a chance not too long ago. he is definitely being taken seriously now. as you can see in this poll of polls. mitt romney at 23%. herman cain at 20%. rick perry at 14% and the rest of the feel from there. that is great news from herman cain. we have to take a little bit of a grain of salt with this in that some of these polls were conducted before the debate that was held up at dartmouth tuesday night. so you have to take that into consideration. that perhaps cain's performance might have, might show a different outcome in the next poll that comes out on this race. and meantime, the obama campaign, i would not say they're popping champagne bottles but they're pretty happy about the amount of money they're raising so far.
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they are out raising the republicans right now by a long shot. the obama campaign along with the dnc, and the last quarter of fundraising, $70 million if you take what the dnc and the obama re-election campaign are raising combined. that is a lot of money, brooke. barack obama was the king of all political fund-raisers in the' 08 cycle. and it is a cautionary note to the rest of the field as to whether or not the republicans can really go toe to toe when it goes to fundraising in this upcoming re-election campaign. so the president is looking good there. >> so maybe not popping the bubbly but certainly raising some money. but also, somebody is tweeting up a storm today from president@barack obama. what is the buzz about that? >> they're happy about the fact that the individual
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contributions, this is what the president talked about when he was running for president. i don't even know if we can show the twitter feed right now. >> and voila, like magic. >> 98% of the donations, according to the president, made this quarter, were $250 or less. the average amount was $56. they like saying that. a lot of the other republican campaigns, they will probably be able to by and large say roughly similar thing about the kind of money that they're raising. but we'll wait for that to come out as that news develops. but the obama campaign, they were very proud of that in the 2008 campaign. they liked to talk about that. the president you wasn't just raising money from big movers and shakers and that sort of thing. that he was more than capable of raising it from individual voters out there. so that's what that is about. you can slice and dice these number anyway you can. they don't fit the narrative
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that these candidates like to put out but no question about it, a good day for the president in term of the number. unrelated. are you a cindy lauper fan? >> i am an cindy lauper fan. >> then don't stay tuned for that. >> i don't not like her. >> well, let me explain. pay a little attention here, jim acosta. we get to interview some pretty fascinating people doing this job. last night i sat down with her. i was a fan. she was part of my youth. '80s icon. you will see that video ahead. but our conversation last night, it took a number of turns. it wasn't all about music. we talked about a topic you've heard a lot about this week on cnn during the in-depth coverage of bullying. cindy lauper is a mother and she feels very strongly about her true colors fund. it tries to inspire and engage everyone but particularly everybody gauge the straight community to become involved in the equality for the lgbt
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community. i want to play a part of this. when i asked her about this recent trend in bullying, the problems of bullying, she pointed out this was happening on the anniversary of the tragic death of matthew shepherd. >> 12 years since matthew shepherd died in hospital. sometimes i don't think that anybody really cares as much as the parents. we're parents. i'm a parent. you can't teach your kid hate and fear. if your kid is that fearful and hates because they're not that fearful and becomes angry, and is taught to hate, that hatred not only kills one person. it kills other lives. like the person he's hating. i used to think matthew died and he always wanted to go into politics. because i heard judy shepherd
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talking about it. and he did. he did in a big way. and judy and her husband and the people of his family who worked with the hrc and senator kennedy, senator edward kennedy, and later, president obama and the true colors. >> that was 12 years ago. why are we still having to talk about bullies and violence and prevention in 2011? >> because right now we're going through hard times. any time there's hard times, you have to have a scapegoat. and anybody who is different, everybody is afraid of. the thing is, kids bully each other. sometime you have to look at a kid bullying another kid and
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wonder who is bullying their kid to make him such a big bully. and the parents have to step in. if you really love your kid, you don't want him to be a bully and you don't want him to be bullied. listen, i'm a parent. it's really hard to be a parent. every day you think you're doing the wrong thing. but there's websites to go on. there's information to get. and you just keep trying and you never give up. never. one day it's this guy. next day it could be you. why would you stop? >> why don't we just stop? we checked. it's been 13 years since matthew shepherd died. when it comes to hate, cyndi puts her money whenner had mouth is. this is the first of its kind to provide a penalty home to gay and lesbian kids in new york city. and student to hear more from
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miss lauper on an upcoming music monday. devastating floodwaters in thailand killed nearly 300 people. now we're getting a look at elephants there. look at this. stranded by the rising waters. crews are using sandbags and mud to frequent flood walls of the capital city. the widespread flooding is impacting large areas of thailand, nearby cambodia, vietnam, and laos. overall damage could top $2 billion. prince harry rescues a damsel in distress from a swimming pool. we have the fairy tail story coming up. and the world is watching his brother william and new wife catherine and when they will produce an heir. but there is something brewing that control who could sit on the throne. let me tell you about a very important phone call i made.
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becomes pregnant with a girl, that girl won't automatically succeed to the throne. if she has a younger brother under the current laws, he become king. david cameron realizes this is a problem and wants to change the law but it isn't that simple. he has to get parliament to approve it. but all 16 parliaments where the queen is ahead of the states all has to change their law and there is an opportunity for david cameron to sort this out. that is when the commonwealth leaders meet in australia. he is lining up meetings with other common wealth prime ministers to try to resolve this to get the law changed so the duchess does have a girl, that girl will definitely succeed to the throne. there is another problem he is trying to sort out. that is that the next in line to the throne can't take the throne if they're married to a roman catholic. they're all historic anomalies and one agrees

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