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at funeral services in st. petersburg, florida. the two-time indianapolis 500 winner died in a crash at a las vegas race last weekend. saudi arabia is mourning the loss of a royal family member. the crown prince died in a new york hospital. he was first in line for the saudi throne and was the country's prince minister. he had reportedly been battling cancer. pete seeger and arlo guthrie joined the occupy wall street march last night. arlo guthrie says the protests remind him of the unrest of the '60s. >> when people were sort of without leaders, without agendas, just something happened back in around, i don't know, 1964 or '65. people felt like they had to say
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something because the world went in a way that didn't seem wrong. >> the protesters who climbed a 70-foot-high sculpture in zuccotti park this morning made his way down safely and when he did, police immediately arrested him. just about an hour ago, the state of nevada announced it was moving back the date of next year's presidential caucus. it was scheduled for january 14th but nevada will now hold the caucus february 4th. new hampshire republican leaders had encouraged nevada republicans to make the change. and rick perry went hunting in iowa this morning. this pheasant hunt was also about politics. he took part in an annual hunt hosted by steve king. king is an influential figure in iowa. and his endorsement is highly sought after especially since iowa holds the country's first caucus. now back to our top story.
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the end of the war in iraq. and what a costly war it has been on several fronts. the price tag for the nine-year conflict, more than $700 billion. and all those battles in iraq, well, they took the lives of more than 4,400 u.s. troops. 34,000 others were injured. most of the remaining 39,000 troops in iraq will be home by the end of the year. many u.s. military families are excited about having their loved ones home for the holidays. martin savidge is talking to some of them at ft. bliss outside el paso, texas, where a number of the troops will be returning. martin? >> reporter: yeah. and this is one of those days that you could say that ft. bliss definitely lives up to its name. there's an air show going on. if you hear noise in the background, don't be too alarmed. yesterday's announcement by the president was so welcomed. we talked to denise young.
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her husband, john, left in july. she didn't expect to see them all home again till next year. now she finds out it's going to be in time for christmas. she feels great. here's what she said. >> it's always a worry. anytime he's soon, whether at a training exercise -- especially when he's in iraq because you don't know the situation they're going into. the last time, we were very concerned. he was doing missions. that's their job. that's what we signed up for. we knew it going in. and you just have to take it one day at a time. >> reporter: i know from a personal sense, it's wonderful news. from the nation's point of view, do you think it's time these soldiers come home? >> it's hard for me to speak for the nation. i as a military spouse who's lived this life for five years, my dad was a marine for 28 years, i've seen our fair share. obviously i have trust in our president. i think he's there for a reason,
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he's going to make the decisions he's going to make. i hope it's the right one. whether it is or not, i guess time will tell. >> reporter: and we should point out that there are about 3,500 members from the first armoo ar division from ft. bliss serving over in iraq. 5,000 are serving in afghanistan. that's the next worry for many of these families. their loved ones come back from iraq, when or could they be going to afghanistan? >> martin, what kind of work generally does the first armored division do? >> reporter: as far as what they've been doing in iraq, advising and assisting the iraqi army and police, training there -- establishing training areas for the iraqi military and performing what they call limited route security. you were talking about the toll that this war has cost. there have been 18 members from the el paso community that have died serving in iraq and 52 from ft. bliss. so as we point out, there has
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been a cost endured by everyone here. >> martin savidge, thanks so much from ft. bliss. the announcement coming from the president that u.s. troops will be pulling out of iraq. it's also created at least one business opportunity. a texas sign company is expected to be working overtime now that the u.s. troops will be heading home. is the company. with so many homecomings over the past nine years, the company has donated nearly 200,000. that number is expected to climb with the return of the remaining troops from iraq. support for the war in iraq has steadily declined among americans. this cnn orc polls shows americans' opinion of the poll was highest shortly after it started. today, the number of people who say they favor the war in iraq is down sharply. this pew research center poll shows just over a third of
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respondents say the war has been worth fighting. in a cbs news poll, just 4% say things are going very well for the u.s. in iraq. 25% say somewhat badly. iranian americans from around the world rallied in front of the white house this afternoon. they turn out to urge a regime change in iran and to show support for the u.s. government's uncovering of an alleged plot to assassinate the saudi ambassador to the u.s. that linked between that planned assassination and the iranian government. the president of iran says the u.s. made the situation in libya worse by getting involved. cnn's fareed zakaria talked to president mahmoud ahmadinejad about the death of moammar gadhafi. >> moammar gadhafi is dead. what is your reaction to the news of his death? >> translator: i wish everybody
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would respect justice, freedom. and there was no need for any conflict or clash. in the beginning, we recommended dialogue between the two sides and all parties. but they did not pay attention to our recommendations. and, of course, nato intervention was effective in exacerbating the conflict. >> you can see the rest of fareed zakaria's exclusive interview with the iranian president tomorrow morning at 10:00 a.m. eastern time, right after "state of the union." tomorrow will be declared liberation day in libya. that's before the body of moammar gadhafi is even buried. the new transitional government is also planning the first post-gadhafi election for the coming months. a little while ago, i talked to a professor of middle eastern politics who told me the death of moammar gadhafi does not tie
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up every loose end. >> a cloud will likely overshadow tomorrow's announcements of liberation. how he was killed, whether he was executed after he was captured, these are not academic questions, as you know. not just the united states and the united nations have called for any investigation. but i think it tells us about the post-gadhafi libya. the role of justice. it should not be tribal vengeance like that in iraq. the question of accountability, i think people deserve to know even though gadhafi, as you well know, brutalized libya for many years and he instituted a culture of fear governed by the sword and died by the sword. i think we need to know that libya, the post-gadhafi libya, will be ruled by the rule of law. this is a big, big challenge
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facing the new leadership in libya. >> nato officials also made an announcement shortly after the death of moammar gadhafi. they'll wrap up operations over libya within the next ten days. ahead, the republican candidates for president have been critical of president obama's handling of libya. what do they think now that gadhafi is dead? and if you are in the mood to catch a flick this weekend from horror movies to humor, we've got you covered. >> let's even the odds. >> look familiar? yes. "the three musketeers" returning to the big screen. what does our movie critic think of this remake? find out next.
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turning now to the race for the white house and an event in iowa that nearly all the republican presidential candidates are attending, the conservative faith and freedom coalition forum in des moines. noticeably absent, however, frontrunner, mitt romney. shannon travis is live at the forum right now. shannon, why isn't romney there and why is it all the other candidates are? >> reporter: that seems to be the question of the hour. that's certainly the question a lot of these conservative evangelicals that will be attending will be wondering. i spent a large part of yesterday trying to contact the romney campaign and say, hey, why aren't you coming? they didn't get back to me. but let me tell you what the organizer, the president of this group that's organizing this event said. steve scheffler says, in his words, he believes that mitt romney is not comfortable in this kind of setting. when i pressed him, i said, what
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do you mean by this setting? he said, he doesn't believe that mitt romney is comfortable in a forum that has economic conservatives and social conservatives. of course, i then said to him, mitt romney's been to many, many forums, just even two weeks ago at the values voters summit with lots of conservatives? but steve scheffler says this is iowa. if he is the nominee, he'll need iowa and he will need these type of conservatives to campaign for him. >> so if there is a candidate who stands to gain the most at this event, who might that be? >> reporter: a few of them stand to gain a lot. when you talk about michele bachmann, rick perry, even herman cain, they're kind of vying for this christian conservative vote. but let's talk about herman cain really, really quickly. there are going to be a lot of questions for him after he appeared on "piers morgan" on wednesday. piers asked herman cain what would he do -- herman cain is pro life. but he was asked, what about in
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the case of rape or incest? and herman cain made some comments saying that, you know what? it's not up to a politician to decide. that's being interpreted by some critics is, is he pro choice or what? so that's certainly a question that he'll get today, fred. >> any reaction from any of the candidates about nevada making its announcement that it will delay its caucus into february as opposed to previously scheduled january? >> reporter: that seems to be another big news item today. we're not hearing reaction from the candidates yet. but i can tell you that that will basically almost settle this calendar. still waiting on new hampshire. but it looks more and more likely like we won't be having our first presidential contest in december, a few weeks away from now, now that nevada's pushed its date back to february 4th. new hampshire threatened because of nevada's move, they threatened to move their primary into december, possibly even early december. not many people wanted that.
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now that we have nevada settled, we expect to have new hampshire settled soon. all eyes probably point to a january primary. >> shannon travis in iowa, thanks so much. join us every sunday afternoon in the 4:00 eastern hour when we dedicate an entire hour to the presidential contenders in this 2012 election. we'll take you all over the map, what they're saying, what they're doing and what's next. after decades at the center of the media world, a journalist uses his reporting skills to cover the story of his own family. mark whitaker talks to me about his new memoir, his family memoir "my long trip home." plus, "fortune" magazine has named the world's hottest young stars in business in this year's "40 under 40" list. can you guess who just might be number one? g you a low-priced medicare prescription drug plan.
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the republican presidential candidates' reaction to the united states' involvement in libya is straight ahead. but, first, at just 27 years old, he's already worth $17.5 billion. you recognize him. perhaps it comes as now surprise that facebook founder mark zuckerberg top's "fortune" magazine's 40 under 40 list. 5 roster that ranks the hottest young businesspeople. larry page is number two. greg jensen, co-ceo of
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bridgewater associates, the world's largest hedge fund, rounding out the top three right there on that list. joining me to talk about the list, assistant managing editor of "fortune" magazine, leigh gallagher. thanks for being with us. >> thanks for having me, fredricka. >> it's a fascinating list. so much of this talent is from silicon valley. tech stars from facebook, google, twitter and so on. this really does seem to be the wave of the future, is it not? >> yes, it does. there's definitely a lot of -- there's always a lot of tech people on this list in large part because that tends to be where a lot of young people go these days. one of my favorite things about this list is the people you might not expect. it's rounded in a lot of different industries. people from finance, greg jensen from bridgewater, people from the pharmaceutical industry, from the clothing, retail and
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apparel industries, from the entertainment industry, music. it's pretty well-rounded. but i would say tech is probably the sector that's the best represented, although very high on the list, there are people from other industries. >> i think i misspoke. it's really not the wave of the future because it is -- the future is now. used to be that it seems silicon valley was the wave of the future. but it really is here and now. the first woman on the list coming in at number 20 is marissa meyer. >> she is great. she's one of the first 20 employees at google. she's an engineer. her title is vp but she does a lot of things there. she heads up google's local division and she was heavily involved in the recent acquisition of zagat. but what's interesting about
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marissa this year, she's become an angel investor, investing in start-ups herself. she's definitely one of the top, i would say, public face of google. she's been on the list the past three years. >> when you all came up with this list, did you find it was difficult because you first had to define power and reach because it seems, since many of these people on the list, are not all necessarily household names, you had to figure out how influential they are, how great their reach is? what was the criteria? >> well, it's really a list of power and influence within the business sphere. so, you're right, that's not exactly -- you don't have to be worth a certain amount of money to make this list. it's a little bit more subjective and gray than that. but it really is -- some of them are going to be household names like mark zuckerberg. but we love discovering people wielding a lot of power behind the scenes or pulling major levers in business that are not talked about.
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someone like brian dees, one of the top economic advisers in the white house and drafted the plan for the auto bailouts a few years ago which is one of the administration's sort of most unaloi unalloyed victories. he drafted that bill. power like that, behind the scenes. >> one of cnn's own is actually on this list, erin burnt, host of "outfront." why? >> erin was actually on the list two years ago. and erin made a big move this year. to have your own primetime cable show on a network like cnn, that's a pretty powerful and influential platform. she's obviously addressing more than just business now. before this, she was already a household name among our readers, among people that followed business and the markets. but now her reach is bigger and broader. we thought that was significant
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and we thought this was the year to put her back on the list. >> maybe that meant while you made room to make sure she could be on the list, it meant other people had to be bumped off the list. including coo of news corp.'s james murdoch. >> that's the beauty. it changes every year. >> we look forward to next year's as well. thank you for joining us. name one american city that's home to not only several fortune 500 companies but also one of the poorest african-american companies in the nation. see if you can guess where. i think we gave you a little hint on there. albany, new york, omaha, nebraska, or detroit, huge growth and crushing poverty. same place. the answer, next.
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coming up, rocker jon bon jovi talks about his soul kichen in new jersey this week. customers why what they can afford or volunteer in the kitchen for a free meal. more top stories in about 25 minutes. before the break, i asked you to guess one of america's most economically diverse cities where monumental business success coexists with the biggest percentage of black children living in poverty. albany, new york, omaha, nebraska, or is it detroit? the answer? omaha, nebraska.
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omaha is eighth in the country for african-american unemployment. and one of the highest school dropout rates in the united states. cnn's thelma gutierrez takes a look at this tale of two cities and talks to people trying to beat some long odds. >> reporter: omaha, nebraska, in the country's heartland. >> you've really got a lot of big-time companies here. >> reporter: ivan earned his mba here and launched a successful corporate career. he drove us through a predominantly white neighborhood. >> this is where the majority of your african-american population resides. >> reporter: to the other omaha that ivan knows just as well. >> this area here has been really the site of a lot of violence over the years. >> reporter: he says the disparity between whites and blacks is shocking and deeply rooted in omaha's segregated past when many black families were denied banking loans, higher paying jobs and equal education.
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the percentage of black children who live in poverty here ranks number one in the nation. >> you can be shocked and say, oh, my god, it's an awful place, or you can be shocked with feeling like we need to galvanize. what are you doing over here, young lady? >> reporter: for ivan, that meant leaving a lucrative job to become ceo of the boys and girls club, to make sure that kids like 14-year-old marquel have a chance to succeed. >> reporter: what are some of the challenges you have as a single mom? >> i want my son to have opportunities. i'm thankful for him in my life. >> reporter: in the past seven years, five children from the boys and girls club that her son attends have been killed. >> there is still a need for as many of us african-american men who can come back and provide that same kind of influence that
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these young people that i receive at the club. >> reporter: ivan also grew up in this neighborhood. what are your goals for yourself? what is it that you want for yourself? >> i want to be able to go to college and be able to make it to the pros. but if that don't work out, i want to be a veterinarian or zookeeper. >> reporter: as an an looet -- as a star athlete, he is well on his way down the road of ivan. you'll hear from someone feeling satisfaction next. welcome to the team. here's your signing bonus. better deposit that before you get hurt! [ echoing ] hurt! hey, wha--
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among the people cheering the end of the moammar gadhafi era, those who lost loved ones on pan am flight 103 over lockerbie, scotland, the terrorist bombing many believe
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was sanctioned by gadhafi. the brother of a lockerbie victim tells about his surprise. >> i was thrilled. i didn't expect to have that reaction. i had been dreaming about this for more than 20 years. but it was always with the sense that you don't want to be the vengeful one that think, i want my brother's murderer killed. but in a way, you do. >> 270 people died when pan am flight 103 was blown out of the sky in 1988. the bomb was pinned on libyan intelligence officials. let's turn to the republicans running for president. many had been sharp critics of president obama's actions in libya. with the recent death of libya's moammar gadhafi, the candidates are now responding. cnn's joe johns takes a survey of their positions. >> reporter: pattern perhaps? republicaning running for the white house praising the elimination of yet another bad guy in yet another country. but so far, this time at least,
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they were kind of quiet about whether the guy they want to run out of office should get any of the credit. >> the world is a better place with gadhafi gone. >> reporter: rick perry, when asked about gadhafi, talked about what's next, the need to move to elections and democracy in libya and securing gadhafi's weapons. jon huntsman called it positive news but just one step. though he was once sharply critical of the administration's decision to get involved. >> there's no defined exit strategy. what are we doing? >> reporter: as for michele bachmann, seems incredible for a member of the house intelligence committee. but she suggested in the cnn debate this week that she didn't know where libya is. though she took issue with all the money the u.s. has spent there. >> defense spending is on the table. but, again, anderson, now with the president -- he put us in libya. he is now putting us in african. we already were stretched too thin and he put our special operations forces in african.
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>> reporter: libya is in africa. but she was talking about the administration's recent decision to send 100 troops to uganda to deal with a gang of thugs called the lord resistance army. but putting geography issues aside, bachmann was also sharply critical of the administration's position on libya from the very start. >> our policy in libya is substantially flawed. i believe that it was wrong for the president to go into libya. >> reporter: sentiments echoed by presidential candidate ron paul who even asked how many dictators the president is planning on helping to take out? >> there are a lot of bad people in the world. does he want to do that in every dictatorship? >> reporter: herman cain tweeted after the death of gadhafi that the question now is, what's next? newt gingrich has both supported and opposed the administration's libya policy on occasion. joe johns, cnn, washington. >> join us every sunday
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what is the top haunted hotel in the u.s.? according to travelocity if you answered the stanley hotel, estes park, colorado, you are correct. this is the hotel where steven king stayed when he came up with the thriller book "the shining" before it became a very frightening movie, "the shining." there have been reports of phantom piano players and even thieving spirits. you don't want to stay there if you are weak at the knees. it's saturday and you're thinking of heading to the theater. maybe you want to take in a thriller. our movie critic from fandango
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is with us. halloween a week or so away. people really get excited about seeing some kind of thriller, scary stuff. we're going to begin with "paranormal activity 3." let's take a quick peek. >> what is going on? >> i saw you talking to somebody. >> he's very sweet. he's my friend. >> i don't see him. >> he's standing right next to you. >> honey, he's not there. >> say hi to the camera. >> i will not be seeing that. it's about these two little sisters who -- i don't know, i guess sense or feel or discover that there's another being that is in the house. gray, you like that kind of thing? >> yeah, listen, i thought that my home videos of my great aunt millicent doing the lambada were scary? huh-uh. this movie delivers way more scares than the second one.
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the think about it is the series is liked or disliked for exact same reasons. long static shots, kind of slow. but then it blindsides you out of nowhere. and this movie takes that to a whole new level. i love it. >> you loved it? . you kill me. >> yes. uh-h uh-huh. you and i will go to the theater and i will be your rock because i have seen it and i am prepared. >> you will hear nothing and you may not even see anything? arms might be flailing. you don't want to see a scary movie with me. i'll ruin it fors you. let's talk about "the three musketeers," yes, a remake. let's take a look. >> about 2:00, i'd say. why? >> look out of the window. >> they weren't the decoys. i was.
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>> so in the spirit of halloween, a little dress-up in this movie. how about that? is that enough to hold our attention? >> well, i would rather spend the next two minutes talking about the three musketeers candy bar than this movie. but one thing you won't hear me say again is that charlie sheen did it better. >> really? >> this remake -- yeah, the older versions of this movie had a lot more pizzazz and they were a lot more masculine, prizing and everything the musketeers should be. this one was pretty passive. and it has some good fight scenes, including a really good climax with good year blimps warring and on fire. who doesn't love that? but they kind of forgot a script. this movie was pretty average. i gave it a c-minus. >> okay. film critic gray drake telling
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us like it is. some cats spend their time sleeping or chasing birds outside. not this next kitty. he likes flaunting his kitty muscles. stick around to find out exactly what i mean. and this week, "newsweek" released its list of the greenest companies in the u.s. among the top five are dell, baxter and sprint nextel. the top two companies right after the break. ford fusion hybrid emerges as the clear fuel economy leader over camry hybrid. kimberly? the fusion hybrid holds a 10 mile per gallon advantage in the city over the toyota camry hybrid. uh... that's not good. i would like 10 more miles. he's going to have a a lot to think about, kimberly. and there you have it....fusion hybrid. with best in class city fuel economy.
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before the break, we named three of the top five greenest companies in the u.s., according to "newsweek." rounding out the top five are hewlett, packard and ibm. cnn reporters, anchors and producers cover stories from around the world. but we also get great tips on some of the best restaurants, hotels and travel spots. we're off to san francisco this week. >> i'm dan simon in san francisco. one of my favorite places in the city is here, downtown at the historic ferry building. i love coming out here on a nice day and checking out the views. for more than 100 years, this
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place has been used to ferry people to different communities across the san francisco bay. but now the ferry building is used for all kinds of different things. >> 33. >> inside the major theme is food, high-end gourmet food. from fruits and vegetables to caviar, to olive oil to cheeses, it's really a foodie's paradise in here. but i think i like it outside even better. a few days a week, they have a farmers market and this is the freshest stuff you can possibly imagine. you could grab a sandwich, sit down at one of the picnic tables and have lunch.
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so that is the ferry building, restaurants, shops, good people watching. i think it's one of the best places san francisco has to offer. you know when stuff has gone viral, it's really gone viral if it involves a kid -- >> a cat. >> or an animal. earlier we saw some basketball hoops and all that -- this is kind of fun. this is a nice little feline who's got a fixation -- >> and he's blind. he was born without eyeballs. >> well, it has a fixation for air blowing. >> five months old. his name is oscar. this family has two cats. this cat was born without eyeballs but it's playing with this blow dryer. it doesn't know what it is. >> that explains the heightened sensation. >> the woman who owns this cat owns another cat named klaus and
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said klaus is 100% healthy and they can do everything the same. >> interesting. somehow they're mimicking one another even though oscar, the kitty cat here, cannot see. >> 700,000 people have view this had. >> it's so sweet. >> now add two more. >> i'm with it now. coming up, i get a chance to talk to somebody who's very familiar to many of us, the managing editor of cnn. he's penned a family memoir. a journalist who's travelled the world extensively and reporting on so many different things. and this perhaps was one of the biggest assignments he gave himself. and now it's a book. so a conversation with mark whitaker after this. is frowned upon in this establishment! luckily though, ya know, i conceal this bad boy underneath my blanket
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in red bank, new jersey, singer jon bon jovi is giving back to his community. he opened the soul kitchen to help struggling americans. it is a pay what you can restaurant.
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and he is an accomplished journalist rising to the rank of top executive at "newsweek," nbc news and now managing editor at cnn worldwide. mark whitaker's curiosity with his own family became the subject of a family memoir on bookstands now. he tells me about this amazing story of his parents, an interracial couple who fell in love in the '50s. he tells me how their relationship, the family's life all had a profound impact on who he is today. i spoke with whitaker about his long trip home. you're a very accomplished scholar, journalist. and then you get to this point where you say, you know what, i am not going to write primarily about that, but i'm going to write about something very intimate, very personal. what was that, i guess, evolution of thinking? >> i had thrown myself into my work for 30 years as a journalist, partly to get away
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my childhood and my upbringing and a lot of the pain that had been involved. but when i finally decided that i was ready to write the story, it was, i think, my training as a journalist that, first of all, allowed me to report the story but also gave me a little bit of the emotional detachment that i needed to put knit perspective as i went along. >> the relationship with your father was one that you struggled with for a good part of your life. >> that's right. it's interesting because when people who over the years had heard about my story said, you should write a book one day, they knew sort of the romantic parts. my parents were an interracial couple who met in the 1950s. it was illegal in most states in the country at that time. my father was a student, an undergraduate in college. my mother was his teacher. so it was illicit in that sense,
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too n. ] >> you were conflicted. you really looked up to your dad. at the same time, he was the root of depression for you? >> i had a 50-year relationship with my father. and there are a lot of twists and turns and ups and down that is you'll see in the book. part of the story is the evolution of my feelings towards my father. worship as a young child, depression when i was separated from him, incredible clash that is we had when i was a teenagers and his life was really falling apart. a kind of gradual getting after he finally stopped drinking -- we gradually got on better terms. but i was very prideful. i was establishing my own career and my own family. >> writing this was a personal journey for you, too, trying to piece this relationship together. when you decided to write this, it really came as a result of
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the death of your dad? >> that's right. he died two days after thanksgiving 2008 at 2:30 in the morning. i know this because the next morning, i had a voice mail from his widow, his third wife, who was with him, stamped 2:30 in the morning saying he had passed away. and i thought not only is he gone, but at that point, i thought, well if i had ever thought about writing about him, that's over. i can't talk to him and so forth. a year later, two days after thanksgiving 2009, i woke up at 3:00 in the morning, almost to the hour and i said, i want to try to write the story now. >> what are the pieces that you wanted to get down? >> it's interesting because at first i thought i was going to write the story from memory, like a traditional memoir. and i literally at that point got out of bed and started writing down my memories in a laptop computer. and i kept writing like that for several weeks. but then i realized, trained as a reporter, there are a lot of
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things that i don't know or things that i think i've heard or might know but i don't know for sure. and i said, i've really got to report the story. at that point, i started everybody who was alive who lived through the events. my mother -- >> they were open to sharing -- >> they were? but what was interesting is their first response almost to a person was, i just don't remember that. it was kind of painful. i've forgotten a lot. and i said, well, let me come and talk to you. and one after another, it was go on for hours and hours. i would fill notebooks. once they got to talking, they remembered a tremendous amount. but it was really -- then i would ask them for letters and documents. i became obsessed. >> and do you feel like it has lifted a burden to have written all this down to discover, to reach out to family members in a way that your reporter instincts had you do? >> traditionally people say, to understand is to forgive. i point out that sometimes you have to forgive before you can understand. i had -- there's a certain
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amount of forgiveness in my instance that had to take place before i could embark on my journey. >> you came up with the title? >> i did. the first meaning is i look a lot of long trips as a child. a lot of them were unhappy trips, to new homes where i didn't know anybody and i didn't know what awaited me. the second meaning obviously is that the reporting of this book and the writing of this book was a long trip, a long journalistic and emotional trip for me. >> mark whitaker, thank you so much. >> thanks for having me. >> very fascinating read. alexandra steele, give us the football forecast. >> very cool temperatures, especially tonight. college football, look at temperatures. 7:15 tonight. 57 at that point. big games here in the south.
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oklahoma versus texas tech, 70 degrees. but by the pack up and go home, how about 46 degrees in east lansing, michigan. gold if you're tailgating that. >> people love that for the football season. >> that's right. >> thanks so much, alexandra. much more of the "newsroom" straight ahead. don lemon's not in. but deb feyerick is. every year? over 3 million. you say you can beat any advertised price on tires? correct. anywhere? yes. like this price? yes. riously? yes what about this one? i'll beat it. this one? s we will. right, i only have one more question for you...this one? (laughing) yeah. get $100 rebate when you buy four tires. 100 bucks! only at your ford dealer. 3 million tires. 11 major brands, fiona's kind-of-nice. i don't know why you're not here.
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