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of coins, rolled from the truck after it crashed on a canadian highway. it would all be fun and games except that two people involved in the resulting collisions suffered life threatening injuring. "cnn newsroom" continues right now with kyra phillips. hello, everyone. i'm kyra phillips. 11:00 on the east coast. 8:00 on the west. we are talking about the number everyone is thinking about this morning, the megamillions, $540 million jackpot. you're looking at the largest jackpot in u.s. history, by the way. and by the looks of these lines, the jackpot could get even bigger. the dream of becoming a multimillionaire overnight is creating quite a buying frenzy. but just so you know, your chances of winning, 176 million to 1. we'll tell you how you can try to improve your odds in just about 15 minutes. and the block watch captain who killed trayvon martin is still out of sight, still making no public comments. but his brother is.
robert zimmerman tells cnn's piers morgan that george was almost killed in his run-in with trayvon that rainy february night in sanford, florida. and the medical records will prove it. he also says it's a myth that george was chasing trayvon, and he says that george is disappointed that no one else came out to break up that fight. we're going to hear his comments, and those of a new eyewitness, just moments from now. and a florida couple who were thrust into the trayvon case by accident say they accept spike lee's apology. as you may have heard by now, the film maker retweeted what he thought was george zimmerman's address. turns out, it belongs to elaine and david mclean, who have a son named zimmerman, whose middle name is george. but rather than explain all of that to everybody who showed up on the doorstep or sent hate mail, they just moved out. spike lee will now be covering all their expenses. investigators are looking into a jetblue captain's
meltdown during this flight where we talked about witnesses saying the erratic behavior of that captain, clayton osbon, forced the co-pilot to lock him out of the cockpit and divert that flight for an emergency landing. officials now have the voice and flight data recorders. the national transportation safety board will download all of the that data today. the information will then be given to the fbi. and at last word, the colorado wildfire that started as a controlled burn eight days ago was almost half contained. the lower north fork fire has burned more than 4,000 acres, two dozen homes, and killed at least two people. a third person is still missing despite the best efforts of multiple search teams and half a dozen dogs. authorities blame a software glitch for a lack of telephone warnings to a small number of people who lived in the path. another big name endorsing mitt romney today, congressman paul ryan. the wisconsin representative says that romney is the right
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march on jerusalem. demonstrators clashing with israeli troops at a west bank checkpoint, remembering this day in 1976 when six protesters were killed during mass demonstrations against israel's efforts to confiscate arab land. the american support for the war in afghanistan is at an all-time low according to a new poll. 72% now oppose the longest war in u.s. history. only 25% supporting the war. when asked if the u.s. is winning the war, 61% say no, while just over 1/3 say yes. >> as for when all of our troops should be withdrawn, more than half of those polled say before president obama's 2014 deadline. 22% say bring them all home in 2014. and if you love your blackberry like i do, well, hold onto it. the company that makes them is bailing out of most consumer markets now. research in motion says it will now focus on business customers.
the reason, growing competition from apple's iphone and the numerous smartphones using google's android software. in the words of the company's ceo, quote, we believe that blackberry cannot succeed if we try to be everybody's darling and all things to all people. harsh working conditions, extremely low wages, exposure to hazardous materials much those are just some of the labor violations and safety issues discovered at chinese plants operated by apple supplier foxconn. the findings contained in a report by the fair labor association. they are one of the biggest suppliers of ipads and iphones. a suicide two years ago at the factory triggered the attention. foxconn is pledging to improve working conditions, reduce working hours, and raise wages. the brother of the man who shot trayvon martin says not
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on the trayvon martin case, but every day new information is coming out. case in point, robert zimmerman's full-on primetime defense of his brother george. now robert told cnn's piers morgan that george didn't chase anyone and would have been killed himself had he not returned force with force. >> he has very severe emotional injuries. he has been diagnosed with post traumatic stress disorder. he was not right from the moment it happened. he didn't call his family and express anything but, you know, sadness. it was just a darkness. he had changed. he wasn't the same. he would never be the same. he was very disappointed that none of the neighbors had come out and helped. the whole situation potentially could have been avoided by just someone coming out and saying, hey, what's going on out there? >> one of those neighbors is speaking out as well, and telling quite a different story. cnn's martin savidge is joining me now from sanford with that
and a lot more. marty, let's start with this purported new witness. >> reporter: right. the keyword here, kyra, is eyewitness. this is a witness who has come forward who supposedly saw the fight, heard the shot, and saw the immediate aftermath. in other words, the other people that we've heard from, the other witnesses that have come forward, are more like ear witnesses. in other words, they heard something. so that's what makes this unique. it's exclusive to an interview done on anderson cooper last night. the voice is disguised. take a listen. >> it was dark, but after the shots, obviously someone, a man, got up. and it was kind of like that period of him -- i can't say i watched him get up, but maybe only within like a couple of seconds or so, then he was walking towards where i was watching. and i could see him a little bit clearer. and i could see it was an
hispanic man, and he was, you know, he didn't appear hurt or anything else. >> reporter: didn't appear hurt or anything else. and that's the key line that people are going to pick up on today. and there is a lot of talk about this witness because of the very fact that they appear to have seen what happened, kyra. >> all right. now, you know, we've been talking about all the leaks that have come out on all different sides here, marty. is there concern about the number of leaks that are coming out? and do authorities feel in any way that they have lost control of this investigation? >> i think there is a great deal of concern, no doubt about that. you have already mentioned that the special prosecutor for the state of florida has come out and said, no more talking. although it is interesting that she did appear just about on everybody's air in the last couple of days. so she has been speaking out. now apparently she is going to stop -- trying to stop the leaks could be much more difficult, because, you know, there are -- there is a lot of pressure that is building both on the city of sanford, on the state of
florida, and in the meantime there's also been this tremendous vacuum, a lack of information, because of the fact that there doesn't appear to be an ongoing police investigation. there are no daily news conferences. so you know this, kyra. when there is no regular source of information coming out, the leaks tend to happen, and that's what's been going on. clearly, they are frustrated. but can they stop it? i'm not sure. >> we were also talking about this interview that robert zimmerman, george's brother, gave to our piers morgan, and he said that he wished that someone else would have stepped out during this run-in with trayvon martin instead of what he said just peeking through the curtains. maybe trayvon would still be alive. is that a common sentiment there in sanford? is there a lot of soul searching going on? >> reporter: you know, it's a very interesting point. i have not heard a lot of conversation along those lines because people have been focused on other aspects of this case. but it's very true, and we know this from the 911 calls, many people heard a commotion
outside. many people reported hearing cries for help, and that the cries for help went on for sometime. some people were even outside and heard the cries for help. but nobody apparently intervened. and george zimmerman told his family, this was the neighborhood i was supposedly watching out for. that was my role. and when i needed help, no one came to my aid. now, you know, whether his account is true, whether the struggle with trayvon is true, we don't know. but maybe if somebody had stepped out, it could have saved trayvon. it could have stopped the tragedy. >> martin savidge in sanford for us, marty, thank you so much. and don't forget soledad o'brien hosts a special town hall meeting tonight, "beyond trayvon:race and justice in america." most of the country will be watching the lotto tonight. $540 million all for one lucky winner. have you bought your tickets yet? are you feeling lucky? up next, we'll talk to a
are you feeling lucky? we are talking about the largest lotto in u.s. history. everyone is talking, dreaming, and lining up to buy a ticket. definitely lotto fever. and it's spreading across the country as you can see. but you better be wearing your lucky socks, get ready to rub your friend's lucky head, belly, whatever you do. because your chances ever winning, 176 million to one. not to bust your bubble or
squash your dreams or anything like that, but you have a better chance actually of dying of flesh eating bacteria. that's 1 in 1 million. and achieving sainthood, one in 20 million. heck, you have a much better chance of dating a supermodel. that's one in 88,000. although if you win the lotto, your chances with the supermodel probably would get even better. but, ok, i digress here. richard lustig knows something about hitting the jackpot. richard is a seven-time lottery winner. we'll ask him in a moment if he has dated a supermodel yet. but, yeah, you heard me right. seven times richard has won. but before we start talking, richard, i want to be really clear to our viewers, just so there's no misunderstanding, that you are not a financial adviser or speaking as a financial expert here. you are just one damn lucky guy. so let's talk about how that luck developed, ok? this is your full "timtim timti playing the lottery. how have you gotten so lucky?
>> first of all, i have dated a supermodel, my wife, for 30 years. and i hope she's watching, too. >> we should do a segment on how many years you have been married. now that is fantastic. >> that's right. >> that is some luck, my friend. probably with a little strategy as well. >> oh, i definitely use strategy when it comes to marriage, yes. now, let's talk about the word you just used there a couple of times, because it's an important word. luck or luck or whatever. this has nothing to do with luck. people who rely on luck are fooling themselves, ok? i teach people in my book how to play lottery games to increase your chances of winning. that's what this is all about. i'm not guaranteeing people they're going to win a grand prize, though there have been many people already who have bought my book and followed my method and have won hundreds of thousands, even millions of dollars, by following my method. >> ok. so -- >> go ahead. >> i want to hear about your method. but this is -- this is --
lotteries are chance, richard. they are luck. they are chance. but i'm going to hear you out. but you're going to have a really hard time convincing me that i'm going to be able to win millions of dollars if i follow your method. so go ahead. just go ahead and tell me. give me your feedback. >> are you a regular player? >> i am not. you know, in a bad economy, and with a job, you never know when your contract is going to be up. i invest, all right? i believe in bonds. >> ok. so let's talk about the most important thing, which is the topic of the week, tonight's megamillions drawing. it's at $540 million. that's over half a billion dollars. that's a lot of money. so there are a lot of people who normally don't play the lottery who are now running out and buying lottery tickets. now, that's a good thing. i tell people, yes, go and buy tickets. it's like the saying, you've got to be in it to win it. but here is the most important message that i am stressing this whole week right now.
people, don't go crazy with this. don't get what's called lottery fever. do not spend grocery money. do not spend rent money, ok? because you've got to remember something, folks. there's only going to be one winner tonight. maybe two or three and they'll split the jackpot. that means there are going to be millions of people who are not going to win. so don't be one of those people that wakes up tomorrow morning and not only discovers that you haven't won, but now you're saying, oh, my god, what am i going to do? how am i going to replace all that money i spent? >> point well made. and especially in hard times right now. we don't want anybody going out and spending all of their money on a lottery ticket. what's your big secret? tell me, richard. what's your big secret? >> well, there's a lot of parts to my method that obviously we can't cover all of it in an interview. but there are some key points that i do always give out. one of the most important parts is about -- you know, there's two types of games. there's scratch tickets and there's numbers games like megamillions. let's talk about numbers games. people are lazy. they have a tendency to take the
lazy way, go up to the counter, hand the clerk a couple of dollars and say give me a couple of tickets for tonight's drawing. this is what's called a quick pick. folks, do not play quick picks. and i know people watching this right now are saying, what do you mean, don't play quick picks? i always play quick picks. have you won yet? >> actually, richard, i have a former co-worker that won by quick pick. and all she did was assembled a bunch of birthdays of people that were close to her, she got lucky, she won. so there you go. >> but that's not a quick pick. she picked her numbers, right? >> oh, i see what you're saying, as in just take the ticket with just what comes off the computer. >> that's a quick pick. >> ok. gotcha. >> so your co-worker picked the numbers. >> ok. but she randomly just picked favorite numbers, birthdays that were meaningful to her and her family. but you say -- >> see, it's not individual numbers that are important. that's what also people are
under the misconception. it's the set of numbers that you play. and there's some research involved, and it's in my book, and it's very, very easy to do. you research a set of numbers or sets of numbers if you're going to play more than one, and once you know if that set of numbers is good or bad, that determines what to do. if it's a bad set of numbers, throw it away. if it's a good set of numbers, now you know what to do. now you start playing that set of numbers. but you have to play it consistently. so by doing that, every time you play, you're increasing your chances of winning. >> it's -- >> i know you're giggling. >> no, no, but it's -- >> no, it's not. >> i just -- i am convinced you are a lucky guy. all right. let me ask you one more thing about quick pick because now i'm thinking about all of these various ways. why not do quick pick? >> because every time you buy a quick pick, you're getting a different set of numbers. so that set of numbers is always going to be at the worst possible odds there are, like tonight the odds are 1 in 1 --
>> why? why wouldn't that give me a better chance? >> because every time -- that's what i'm trying to tell you. you're not a regular player so you may not understand what i'm saying. but regular players understand what i'm saying. when you buy a quick pick, you're getting a set of number. it's no good. you buy another quick pick, you get a different set of number. every time you get a different set of numbers, your odds are 1 in 175 million. but by playing the same sets of numbers over and over and over again, every time you play it, your odds get a little better. not much, but a little better each time because, you see, in the history of all the lottery games in the world, we've done the research. there have been a couple of times, but very, very few, where the same set of numbers come up a second time. so by playing the same set of numbers over and over again, you're increasing your chances of winning. >> ok. >> does that make sense to you? >> no. but, anyway, my team -- i'm just going to -- going for full disclosure here today.
today, my executive producer and i are going to take our team's money and buy $240 worth of tickets. so your advice is -- >> my advice, first of all, you're doing a very good thing. i tell people get in pools. when you're in a lottery pool, you have much more buying power. so let's just make it easy. say you're going to have 10 people each put in $10. if you went and bought $10 by yourself, you only have 10 chances of winning. but now you're in a pool with 10 people, and you're buying 100 tickets. you have 100 chances of winning. the only drawback is if the grand prize was $10 million, and you won by yourself, you get the whole $10 million. now you have to split it with 10 people and each only gets $1 million. in today's hard economic times, there isn't a person out there right now that wouldn't be thrilled to win just $1 million >> darn right. we all feel that way. no problems splitting the prize. and then we'll write a book on how it's all about a lucky team. >> now, i do have some advice for people who get in pools.
because there have been some -- go ahead. >> i think we have to go, richard. i'm sorry. >> that's fine. no problem. i understand. >> but i know you have the book. you're out there on the internet. and i tell you what, i'm just going to do some quick picks just to see what happens, and then we'll turn back around and talk again. richard, thanks for your time. >> no problem. >> all right. >> thanks very having me on. >> seven-time winner. well, he may not be a lottery winner, but the fedex driver who predicted that jeremy lin's rising star was going to keep rising before anybody else. so what's his prediction for the ncaa final? he joins me coming up. tained. [ clang ] the all-new 2013 lexus gs. there's no going back. see your lexus dealer.
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coming up next, mitt romney and newt gingrich together behind closed doors. news of a secret meeting stirred up speculation. what do you think? are they teaming up? is newt getting out? plus, can you say awkward? no. i'm not talking about those cool purple socks. i'm talking about a question from a reporter, and how these two responded. when you have diabetes... your doctor will say get smart about your weight. that's why there's new glucerna hunger smart shakes. they have carb steady, with carbs that digest slowly to help minimize blood sugar spikes. [ male announcer ] new glucerna hunger smart. a smart way to help manage hunger and diabetes.
it was the day before the louisiana primary, and apparently we have now learned that mitt romney and newt gingrich had a secret meeting in a hotel room. now, romney says it's nothing unusual that they talk all the time. really? in between all the attacks, snarky comments, and mean ads? what exactly are these two up to? republican strategist anna navarro is in miami. democratic strategist robert zimmerman joining us from new york. anna, what are they up to? are they cutting back door
deals? >> you could always have newt gingrich negotiating his ambassadorship to the moon colony. but, you know, you have a 6:30 a.m. morning meeting between romney and gingrich before this louisiana primary, you better believe there is something going on. knowing newt gingrich, i would tell you there's probably some bargaining going on. what's he going to get in exchange for what it might be, what happened with tim pawlenty where romney helped him pay off some debts. but i think they are probably talking about what's best for romney and what's best for gingrich. and i wouldn't be surprised if gingrich is staying through this to june as he has promised in order to help romney in may. when we see again a lot of southern primaries. and it's to romney's benefit for gingrich to stay in through those southern primaries, and for it not to become a two-man race with santorum, because we have seen that up until now romney has been unable to win a southern primary. but you better believe there's
some foot see going on. >> what do you think? do you think newt charged him $50 for the meeting? >> and gave him a photo. you know, having played a role at past democratic conventions after difficult primary fights in terms of trying to bring the party together in different contentious campaigns, i have a feeling that the focus for both them and their camps is to focus on tampa. mitt romney needs a republican convention that's going to be unifying and trying to create some momentum for him. and newt gingrich needs to give a primetime speech where he receives a great ovation from the republican convention. and of course the big concern in the romney camp is, you never know until newt mounts the podium and open his mouth just how unifying that speech is going to be. i think that's the real focus right now, is for newt gingrich, this is his final hurrah to speak before a republican convention, and that's where the negotiation really begins. >> herbert walker bush endorsing
romney's yesterday, and even though it wasn't romney's actual words, there was still an exchange here that was a bit awkward, shall we say. let's take a listen. >> you know, i haven't met with president george w. bush. we speak from time to time. >> has he endorsed you? >> uh, no, no. >> we'll talk about that. >> ok. what happened here? ana? >> well, i think the truth came out. i don't think it goes up to the level of being a gaff, but certainly it was an awkward moment and it was awkward because of the way mitt romney handled it. >> well, you tend to wonder too, are the bushes on the same page? is dad bush talking to son bush, and does that matter if romney has talked or not talked to son bush?
>> kyra, i know the bushes. they have a very good relationship, the father and the sons. and i think they talk about what normal fathers talk with their sons. they are not always plotting on how to take over the free world. they are not always plotting politics. i'm sure there's a lot of conversation going on between 41 and 43, and a lot of it is a normal conversation. and i think, you know, you've got barbara bush. you've got jeb. you've got her wert walker. so pretty much you have everybody lined up. >> you know, ana, i love your review of the bush family psychology, which would be riveting. but the reality is i only wish george w. bush took advice from his father, george herbert walker bush, who was a great american and served our country so admirably in many ways. but the reality is as a democrat, we would love to see george w. bush embrace mitt romney. romney has already embraced the bush foreign policy and his
economic policy. but it was a touching moment between a great leader of the republican party, and there are so many better gaffs we could point to with mitt romney, particularly his reference to russia as being the greatest threat to our geopolitical word as opposed to iran or al qaeda. >> don't go there, because i will go to the open mike gaff, which is a lot bigger gaff than what mitt romney said. this was just a normal exchange. >> i'm going to take you in a total different direction, and that is this awkward moment. what's up with the former president taking his shoes off and showing his socks? could you just explain? i was looking at this and wondering, hmm, this was sort of a dr. seuss moment. what's the book, guys? fox in socks. i just -- i don't know. there was something going on here. robert, what's the obsession here with socks? >> let me tell you something, i finally have something in common with george herbert walker bush. we both have lavender socks. >> ana, you know the bushes. >> well, i'd like to say i don't
have lavender socks. let me just first admit to that. but, you know, george bush is a guy who served his country his entire life. he is now 85 years old. he is a playful guy. i just think he is showing his playfulness. he is at a stage in life where he can do whatever he wants, and he's doing it. >> exactly right, ana. >> it's a lot better than having to put on and take off cowboy boots. >> i don't know. that might be kind of easier. ana, robert, thanks so much. happy friday. >> good to be with you. coming up next, a man who doesn't wear lavender socks, just pink ones, right? >> yes. but black today. >> we're actually talking march madness, not socks, with chad. along with this guy, our favorite predictor of all predictions, the fedex driver who said jeremy lin was going to be a success. well, he's going to weigh in on the ncaa, even though his picks haven't been that good. but that's a whole other story. we'll be right back.
let's talk about the battle in the big easy that everybody is talking about. march madness of course, is down to the final four. tip-off for the first game tomorrow at 6:09 eastern time. kentucky going up against in-state rival louisville. that will be followed by ohio state and kansas. and joining us with his picks, the legendary basketball fanatic who predicted jeremy lin's success and fedex driver. but that's probably going to go by the wayside if he starts
picking them better right now. ed wyland. and of course our own chad meyers. ed, we'll get to you in just a second. but what happened? i was in first. >> you were. >> what are our chances to get back up there? >> you can't win. you can come in second. >> second is not so bad. >> but the problem is that so many people now that are still in it all have kentucky winning. the only person that's an outsider would be carol costello. she has osu winning. >> she is always an outsider. she's a rebel. that's how she is. >> and she was born a rebel. >> that's right. >> but here is zoraida. that makes you unable to beat her. she is five points ahead of you. everything comes down to the university of kentucky. >> i should have picked another team. all right, ed. let's put it in perspective here. tomorrow is the first game. kentucky versus louisville. huge rivalry. just how big is it? what do you think? >> well, i think louisville has a better chance than a lot of people are giving them credit for.
they have a very good coach in pitino who's -- he has a week to prepare. and that could be a huge thing. and you also have kentucky with the freshmen who have historically just haven't been able to make the full run to the championship. that said, i kind of like kentucky to win because they are just so good. >> because they are just so good. >> they are. especially davis. he's a dominator. he is going to be a very good nba player. if not a historically good one, and that's hard to beat. >> and you brought up don lemon. >> i want everybody to know that if your bracket is wrecked, so is everybody else's but probably not as bad as don. >> uh-oh. don is not going to be happy with me now. i am putting don as the worst bracket here at cnn. >> he has no points possibly left because he had duke coming
in, even though he has ohio state, he doesn't have them going anywhere. this is a lot like what my bracket looks like. i'm not really ripping on don. >> ok. you are putting the two of you together. >> yeah. we're near the bottom. >> ok. let's talk about the final game, shall we? ed, let's wrap it up here on a positive note. you on the record now, let's hit the final game, because now that we're moving in on that, then i've got something to follow up with you on. >> ok. the final game, i just see -- i see ohio state and kentucky, even though the ohio state-kansas is a tough match that probably could go either way. but i give the edge to ohio state based on a steadier and just better point guard. i believe the winner of kentucky-louisville will win in the time game, though. and will probably be kentucky. they are just too strong. and in the case of -- >> yeah. go ahead, ed. >> and in the case of louisville, if they do upset kentucky, i believe that they --
their momentum will carry them past either ohio state or kansas. >> all right. bring it home for us, chad. looks like zoraida will probably win the whole thing. >> and i'm still rooting for nebraska. >> buddy, aren't they known for steaks? that's what you need to go back to. ed, thank you so much. and chad, thank you so much. >> you bet. >> thank you. >> poor don. don's going bye-bye. hopefully he'll come in for a second here on the team. >> there you go. kentucky. still in it. we just got this in to cnn, by the way. chad, do me a favor and listen to this. the jackpot for friday's megamillions drawing is now an estimated $640 million. that's according to athena hernandez with the d.c. lottery. this will be the largest ever drawing for a lottery in the world. now according to megamillions. are you buying a ticket? >> i have a number of them. >> how many? >> and all of my followers on twitter are going with me on a cruise. >> really? >> yes, yes, they are. >> every single one?
all 6 million followers, correct? >> well, i have about 6,000. but i'm going to rent two cruise ships. we're going to sail the seven seas. >> can my team come along as well? >> you're following me. you're with me, of course. >> thanks, pal. >> you bet. plus, gold and silver coins as far as the eye can see. all over a canadian highway. >> whoa. >> after a truck crashes. that's right. wait until you hear how they had to clean it up. speaking of canada and coins, turns out pennies will soon be the real collector's item. the royal canadian mint has branded the lowly penny a burden to the economy. that's because it costs more than a cent and a half to actually make one. so the mint plans to stop making pennies this fall. though they'll still be legal tender, by the way. the change will apparently save taxpayers $11 million a year. now, here is our two cents. canadian pennies, your 15 minutes are up.
recorded by another biker, by the way. you can see a car spins out of control and veers toward the motorcyclist. fortunately, the biker made a quick decision and was able to avoid that collision. let's head north to kirkland lake, canada, where a highway was glittering with gold and silver. nearly $5 million in canadian coins spilled out across the road after a tractor-trailer crashed. the brinks truck was carrying the newly minted uncirculated coins when it slammed into a rock, causing a series of collisions. the other truck involved was carrying candy. the ontario highway covered in snow made the cleanup pretty difficult. luckily they had a huge magnet on pick up all the coins. don't bother driving by. the money is gone. now to kansas city, missouri, where a young boy is being honoredas a hero. this is 9-year-old jason smith. the kansas city police just honored him with a life-saving
award only given to members of the force. back in july of 2007, smith rescued her younger brother from a shooting rampage that sadly left their mother and grandmother dead. afterwards, smith helped detectives find the suspect who killed himself the day after the shooting. despite all the tragedy, this little boy has faced, he was all smiles as he received that honor. well, we're coming to the end of brain injury awareness month. and so for this week's human factor, we are taking a look at one woman's whose career as a journalist ended in an instant. how a head trauma changed her life and her career. dr. sanjay gupta has her story. >> i was on my bike. and i heard this roaring car coming behind me. and i realized that at that point the car was going to hit me. >> reporter: eight years ago, she was hit by a car. and flung into the air. >> when i was in the air, i was seeing central park on my left and i was seeing people on the sidewalk going, oh, my god, my
god! >> reporter: at the moment she slammed into the ground, her successful career as a journalist was over. she had a traumatic brain injury. >> my helmet was cracked in two like a ripe melon. >> reporter: words that once came easily were now garbled, and the pain radiating throughout her body became a daily sensation. she needed an outlet. >> i just naturally started to, you know, take paper and pencils and color things and draw things. and i didn't have a tbi. my mind functioned seamlessly when i was doing art. >> reporter: eventually, art was not just a respite from pain but a new vocation. >> this is the central park jogger. >> reporter: eight years after her accident, she is still coping with her injuries, still feeling cathartic when she paints. her latest work, now hanging in a new york gallery, depicts people who also had a tbi. and through intensive rehabilitation of the mind and spirit, also overcame.
>> do not ever lose hope. you will recover. you will do something with yourself. it's long, it's painful, but there is help. >> reporter: sanjay gupta, cnn, reporting. next, mitt romney has millions of dollars on hand still. seven to be exact. and i'll get another 20 mill from the rnc if he wins the nomination. sounds good, right? wait until you hear how much president obama has on hand. the numbers and the big worry for the gop up next.
all right. well, you know our political gum shoe extraordinaire peter handy is getting the scoop and this morning, he exposes "operation open mike." >> barack obama has president flexible. dmit dmitri med da tov. and operation hot mike. ♪ >> scoop peter joining me from washington. i've got to tell you, you've got some amazing sources, my friend. tell us about this group that put this together? >> yes, this say clever web
video, kyra, from medical cro crossroads. this group, they were eye huge factor in 2010 running millions of dollars in television ads in all kinds of states. this video is not a tv ad. it's a web video. it signals that some of these outside groups, cross roads in particular are shifting away and the republicans starting on this open mike program. we've heard about it all week. but they think this is a message they can push throughout the year that barack obama has a secret agenda he's going to implement. if he is re-elected. >> peter handy out of washington. have a great weekend. >> thanks for watching everyone.
continue the conversation on twitter at kyracnn. "cnn newsroom" now with federica whitfield. ♪ all right, live from cnn headquarters in atlanta where it's noon eastern time, 9:00 a.m. on the west coast, i'm fredricka whitfield in for suzanne malveaux on assignment. the brother of the man who killed florida teenager trayvon martin has spoken out. in a cnn exclusive interview robert zimmerman jr. said medical records will back up his brother's claims that george zimmerman was injured in a fight with the unarmed 17-year-old. the gunman's brother insists the shooting was at self-defense. >> when you have a a bag of skittles and an iced tea. nobody just stands there with a
bag of skittles and iced tea. george was under assault. he was barely conscious. the last thing he remembers is moving his head from the concrete to the grass so if he was banged one more time, he wouldn't be wearing diapers for the rest of his life and being spoon-fed by his brother and it would be very george dead. >> a person who wants to remain anonymous told cnn he saw two people in the grass that would seem like a scuffle. after the gunshot, he saw one of the men walking towards him. he said the man did not appear hurt. mitt romney picked up the endorsement from another republican. this time it's paul ryan, a favorite of conservatives. they say ryan is the best person for the job and has the best chance of beating president obama. he also called for the job to coalesce around romney. and 19 people are under
arrest after a series of raids by french police on expected extremists. the interior minister said it was target support, quote, an extremely ideologideology. the man blamed for shooting attacks that left seven people dead. and take a look at this video. it shows some scary moments for firefighters in dearborn, michigan. they were on the roof of a dry cleaner's building that was on fire, trying to ventilate the building. a news chopper was rolling when the roof starts to give way, as you see right there. the firefighters had to scramble to make it off the section that was actually collapsing. they managed to make it to safety. no reports of injuries in that fire. and the largest lottery jackpot ever has folks who have never bought a ticket before picking up numbers.
it's now $640 million. the drawing will be held tonight at 11:00 eastern time. 42 states, plus the district of columbia, and the virgin islands, take part in the megamillions. of course, the odds of winning are extremely long. 1 in 176 million. all right. let's get back now new developments in the trayvon martin case. for the first time, we're hearing from the brother of george zimmerman, the man who shot the unarmed teenager. we're also hearing from someone described as a witness. both have spoken exclusively to cnn. martin savidge is in florida. let's begin with the brother of martin. what is he saying about the night his brother shot and killed trayvon martin. >> it's interesting, fredricka, those two are getting interest in this community. you're right, robert zimmerman, this is the older brother of
george zimmerman. we heard from george zimmerman's it father, now, we're hearing from the brother. in both cases, they both stressed the story line, george zimmerman was in the fight for his life. here's the old brother last night on piers morgan. >> the gun, i believe, was inside -- tucked inside his pants waist. >> right. so he has pulled it out and he has fired it? >> well, he has taken control of his firearm. he prevented his firearm from being taken from him. and used against him. and that's called saving your life. what trayvon said was either to the effect of -- i believe -- "this is going to be easy. you die tonight or you have a piece, you die tonight." and attempted to disarm him. so when you say have a bag of skittles and an iced tea, nobody just stood there were a bag of skittles and an iced tea. >> reporter: there you have it, the dire nature of the narrative
there. we should point out that robert was not an eyewitness which brings us to the next important guest who was on anderson cooper last night. an eyewitness. this is the first time we've heard of a person who has come forward, spoken to authorities and said they actually saw the gunshot that was fired. they didn't want to give their identity, this is how they sounded on anderson cooper last night. >> after the shots, obviously, a man got up, and it was kind of like that period of him -- i didn't actually watch him get up, but maybe within only a couple seconds or so, then he was walking towards where i was watching. and i could see him a little bit clearer. i could see it was an hispanic man. he didn't appear hurt or anything else. he just seemed very -- very worried or whatever.
>> reporter: meanwhile, state authorities have announced that they are clamping down, they're trying to shut off all the leaks coming out regarding the investigation. but they're not going to be able to stop the eyewitnesses or the zimmerman family. if they want to speak, they can do so. >> so, marty, what is the man, the man who claims to be representing or at one point will represent george zimmerman, if george zimmerman is ever champed. what is he saying about whether family members should be talking? whether this continued dribbling of information further confuses the issue or whether it offers any clarity anywhere? >> reporter: well, we haven't heard from craig center on that particular issue. except, we should point out that george zimmerman's father is retired magistrate. it doesn't mean he's a judge but
a magistrate has powers similar to a judge in virginia. he can certainly give his own family legal advice. as far as the came coming out, speaking, trying to frame exactly what they say happened with george zimmerman. that appears what they want to do. they want to make sure the public is aware of his version of events. meanwhile, of course, the family of trayvon martin wants to keep people focused on the tragedy that happened to heir son, but how they believe that it's unlawful, that george zimmerman, that is, has not been brought under arrest. >> thanks so much. tonight, soledad o'brien leads a special town hall event about how this tragedy became a nationwide story and what it says about racial tensions in this country. don't miss "beyond trayvon, race and justice in america." that's tonight only on cnn. mears a rundown of some of the stories we're covering. first, you got to be in it to win it. so, are you going to risk your
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this says, if i won the lotto, i would travel around the world watching horse racing and cricket until the money runs out which i bet will be next tuesday. and this from cassandra, 12-19, if i won the lotto, i would buy me a brand-new mustang, a husky puppy and a brand-new cadillac and shopping. >> susan is hanging out near the terminal. how much action are you seeing? is it just constant flow of people? >> you know what, it comes and goes. one thing to keep in mind, fredricka, is that you can buy them in every state except for eight, but there are so many locations, oftentimes, you can have a line and it can disappear in two seconds. among those we found here is this gentleman, alan brown. alan, my friend, how many did you buy? >> 35 tickets.
one for each co-worker and myself. >> now, the story is that you bought these for them just to be a nice guy. >> yes. >> why did you do that? >> because maybe give it to me, we have a pool going on but i decided to give everyone a ticket. >> out of your own pocket. >> yes. >> but you're also part of a pool. how large do you do this? >> every week. >> you know it went up to 640. how lucky are you feeling? >> i'm feeling so lucky to go out and buy tickets for co-workers. >> good for you. >> you know what, fred, alan says, if he wins, he'd stay on the job for maybe a month or so and then he would leave and move and start a new life. >> but, alan, since you bought tickets for other people, not part of the pool, if any of them
win, are you expecting that they'd give you a cut? >> oh, yeah, do you think you'll get a piece of the action or 10% back or some kind of percentage back of one of these 35 ticket wins that you're giving away? >> hopefully, i will. if they don't, it will be like that. but i have a feeling that they will. >> alan's good. >> good for you. good luck to you and everyone, right? >> thank you. >> fred, you have bought your ticket? >> i have not purchased the tickets yet. i will be after the show. well, with that heart that he has. somebody's going to win. somebody that he knows that he's going to win simply by virtue of the fact that he's just too behind. >> that's right. you never know. >> what about you, susan? have you already been in line? have you snapped up your tickets or don't you have any? >> well, let's just say that i am already part of the office pool. someone else got that task. there are i think 10 or 12 of us. we'll see what happens.
>> all right. okay. thanks so much, susan. appreciate that. all the best. good luck on that, keep us posted. i think that convenience store has actually hit the jackpot with so many people in line. so, if you won, that's a big if, of course, should you take the lump sum or annual payouts? >> i'm going to talk to financial analyst clyde anderson in 30 minutes with key advice and why some shouldn't even buy a ticket. a heroic bus driver saves all of her kids as a tornado heads straight for them. >> i see the tornado on the ground north of the school. >> everybody, if you got a book, put it over your heads. get in the middle. >> and we'll show you how she was able to get them off of the bus just before that tornado hits.
four weeks ago today, a series of deadly tornadoes tore through communities across the midwest and south. among the hardest hit, henryville, indiana, where this bus became the symbol of destruction after it was tossed into a restaurant by a twister. carol costello has the frantic minutes that led up to that iconic moment. >> reporter: school bus driver angel perry is trying to calm her students as they race to dodge that f-4 tornado begins. >> the bus stopped. i put my hands down, i said, dear lord, what do i do? >> reporter: thinking fast, she quickly radios a dispatcher. >> i know you're busy, child. >> shh, quiet!
>> reporter: with chaos all around her, she makes a rash decision. >> count how many kids we have, please. 11. thank you so much. if anybody needs to call their parents. >> i do. i don't know my parent's phone number. >> henriville, there is a tornado on the ground. >> tornado on the ground. quiet. >> i see the tornado on the ground north of the school. >> if you got a book put it over your head, do it! get in the middle. >> reporter: they got a minute and a half to get out of the way and find cover. >> there's a tornado right there, guys. a funnel cloud. >> reporter: in a frantic state of mind, she calmly instructs her students on the next move. >> don't block me. guys we're just going to go as fast as we can into the school. >> reporter: they make it back to school. the tornado moves closer. they make a run for it.
>> everybody stay together. we're going. together. go, go, go. one, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine -- come on! come on. 10, 11, go, go! >> reporter: just moments later, the 18-ton bus moves across the parking lot into a car, lifts into the air and is thrown into a diner. a picture that will never be forgotten in the city of henryville. the bus is now inside the restaurant. what also won't be forgotten is are the lives saved and the heroic thinking of the bus driver. >> indeed. across indiana, 13 people were killed in that storm. and then imagine seeing this as you drive down the highway. it happened to a woman in mexico who captured this twister after hail and high winds just outside
of monterrey. the woman says she has traveled the road every week for the past couple of years but has never seen anything quite like that. mitt romney jokes about how his father closed a factory and moved production to another state. the democrats don't call that very funny, calling him out of touch. we'll take a two-hour political roundtable next. time now for the "help desk" where you get answers. joining me, jack otter, he's the executive ed of cbs moneywatch.com. and stacy francis. andy in iowa is asking, i'm 35. i make about $50,000 a year. i have $20,000 in the bank. my only debt is a $130,000 mortgage. how can i start planning for retirement and my 7-month-old daughter's college fund. stacy, what can she do? >> the first thing i would do, i
would take a step back. he has $20,000 in cash savings. that might not be a big enough emergency fund for him. definitely beef up that emergency fund. and the next is savings towards retirement or college savings. guess what, we're going to head to the retirement. no one is going to give you a loan for retirement. beef up that retirement and then plan for the college savings. >> let's go to another e-mail from john in michigan. he's asking, i'm considering investing $100,000 in an annuity. how much should i expect to pay in fees, jack, how much? >> the first thing he's got to know is worth it are fixed variable annuities. the key is the return you get. he's got $100,000 if he invests that with vanguard. let's say he's -- i don't know his age. one of the problems seniors
have, they run out of money before they die. this guarantees it. a variable annuity, it's an insurance product bus an investment product. with vanguard, you pay 1, to 1 1/2 points. i'd rather he invest on his own. invest in life insurance, bonds, stay away from the variable annuity. >> if you have a question, send us an e-mail anytime to cnn help email@example.com. this is $100,000. we asked total strangers to watch it for us. thank you so much, i appreciate it, i'll be right back. they didn't take a dime.
the stories we're working on next, another gaffe for romney on the trail. then in a cnn exclusive, we'll hear from the brother who shot trayvon mart. and later, check your 401(k). a record upswing may be good news for your retirement fund. this has been a busy week for mitt romney. he's picked up major endorsements. there's also another romney gaffe that late-night comedians are having fun on it. wait till you hear steven colbert's take on it. maria and lenny mcallister. great to see you both. we'll get to colbert in a minute. a new poll shows that romney has 40% support among likely primary voters in wisconsin ahead of the primary on tuesday. santorum at 33%.
with paul and gingrich in the distance. is this evidence that romney is sealing the deal to win the nomination with the republicans, maria, you first? >> well, i do think that we are in the final stretch here. and that republicans, at least they hope, to summing up this nomination and that mitt romney is going to be potentially the nominee. it's going to be interesting to see, fred, in the wisconsin primary, if he in fact is able to seal that deal with the conservative voters with the tea partiers with the religious and conservatives, that frankly, rick santorum has been the standard-bearer. if he wins wisconsin and he has yet to win over those voters, i still think it's an argument that rick santorum can continue to make. that romney cannot seal the deal with those conservative voters. >> lenny, how do you see it, mitt romney picking up paul ryan of wisconsin, george h.w. bush,
barbara bush, jeb bush they have all thrown their support behind mitt romney. does this indicate that there will be some kind of coalescing of the republican base around mitt romney? >> we'll find out tuesday. we can't make a determination of that quite yet. let's go back to mississippi, he came in third place. then to illinois, the double-digit establishment shined h behind him there. if he can keep that lead, he can avoid that like he did in illinois, i think we'll finally see the final stage of coalescing behind mitt romney. he'll do better in d.c. where newt gingrich is not on the ballot there.
>> i wonder if it's a couple steps forward one step back. you've got the endorsements. but then there's the awkward moment that occasionally crops up, involving mitt romney. this latest one, he was taking part in a telephone town hall meeting this week. romney brought up what he called a humorous story about his father closing a michigan factory when he was ahead of american motors. listen to how comedian steven colbert explains it all. >> man has finally found a way to connect with the common man. humor. [ laughter ] he trotted out a favorite shaggy dog story, and this time it doesn't involve strapping the shaggy dog to the roof of his car. >> i recall at one parade where he was going down the street he was led by the band, his band did not know how to play the michigan fight song, they only knew how to play the wisconsin fight song, every time they played "on wisconsin on
wisconsin" the political people would jump up and down because they didn't want people in michigan to be reminded that my dad had moved production to wisconsin. [ laughter ] >> good stuff. [ laughter ] it's like he's on the blue collar comedy tour if the comedy was about losing blue-collar jobs. >> ouch. okay. so romney was trying to connect with wisconsin voters but he's talking about closing a factory which laid off, you know, hundreds of workers. so is this just a harmless, gaffe, lenny, or does it play into the narrative that romney is quote/unquote out of touch with everyday americans? >> we've had months of evidence that he's out of touch. but that doesn't mean he's not a better choice for president. because at this point in time, we want somebody to improve the economy. we want somebody to be better in the white house and guide the nation back towards prosperity. so, yes, i'd rather have an out of touch president that gets
this economy moving. versus the president that we've had that is failing with the supreme court, very few victories in the white house. that's what romney has to focus on if he's trying to connect as much as president obama does, he's going to lose on that every single time. he has to show he'll be a better leader in the white house. that's where he wins. >> maria, how costly might these gaffes be, in your view? >> i think there are very costly. if you've seen the recent cnn poll, it underscores what my dear friend lenny is saying which is that barack obama is the one that's connecting with voters and is one that is speaking to the issue of job creation and economic growth and they're giving him credit for that. in fact, the more they learn about romney, bless his heart, the less they like him. these gaffes do not help because lenny is right for months we've known that romney cannot connect with the average voter, the average american and understand
what they're going through because he is a billionaire many times over. because he can only talk about car elevators and how many cadillacs his wife drives and that's not something that voters tend to see in a president that they want to see that understands what they're going through. barack obama is now beating him in all of the battleground states. in the nationwide polls, yes, the election is not tomorrow. but this is not a trend that is favorable for mitt romney. >> okay. now, let's bring newt gingrich into the equation here because we are hearing that there was a private meeting between mitt romney and newt gingrich that happened in louisiana just last weekend before the state's primary. and sources describe this meeting as pleasant and productive. when you add that gingrich has cut back on his staff, is charging people $50 for a photograph with him. is this kind of the beginning, lenny, of delicate dealmaking, after all that romney talk that
newt gingrich might be cozzing up with romney to make a deal? >> i think that does look like the beginning of that. furthermore, romney has had his ability to tweak his legacy. he can put a happy story on this if he's doing it with grace. i think enough advisers, i think the money folks behind him as well have finally set, newt, you missed your opportunity in florida. you never had a chance to catch up, do this with grace, have a legacy and perhaps be part of a winning team where you can elevate from maybe speaker of the house to something greater in a cabinet position should we have president romney in 2013 onward. i think this is a good move for newt gingrich. i think this is a good move for republicans. again, if wisconsin plays the way illinois does, i think you'll see rick santorum doing the same thing. >> lenny mccallister, and maria cordoba, anything can happen from day to day.
>> anything can happen. >> thanks so much. for the first time, we're hearing from george zimmerman's brother. >> he's the neighbor that everybody would want to have. >> we'll also hear from someone who claims to have witnessed the trayvon martin shooting and it's aftermath. ♪ ♪ i can do anything ♪ i can do anything today ♪ i can go anywhere ♪ i can go anywhere today ♪ la la la la la la la [ male announcer ] dow solutions
a person who claims to have witnessed the deadly shooting of trayvon martin is speaking for the first time. because of all the passion swirling around the case, the self-described witness has asked not to be identified, not even by gender has spoken to anderson. >> two men on the ground, looked like something horrible was happening. at that time, not looking out the window i heard yells for help. and in the yells for help, i heard another excruciating type
of yell. it didn't sound like a help. it just sounded so painful. but i wasn't watching out the window during that. and then the next time i looked out the window, there's the same thing, two men, on the grass. one on top of each other. i kind of felt like they -- i couldn't see a lot of it because it was very dark. i felt like they were scuffling. and then i heard gunshot, which, to me, were more like pops. than they were like a bang. >> you say gunshots, plural. was there more than one, do you remember, or was there just one? >> well, the sounds that i imagined were -- i was watching, it was more like a pop, and it definitely was more than one pop noise. i don't know if it was an echo or anything else. but it definitely made more than one pop. >> i know you said it was dark. i don't want to ask how far away you were because i don't want to
give any identifying sense of where you were. but were you able to see who's on top, who's on bottom, were you able to see any faces of the people scuffling? >> no, just that it was dark. i mean, the only reason i could say -- if i had to say who i think it was, i would have to say it would be the larger man because after the larger man got off, then there was a boy. obviously now dead, on the ground. >> that witness says the larger man who got up did not appear hurt. and that could be a key part of the story because george zimmerman claims that he was being brutally beated by trayvon martin and then shot trayvon martin in self-defense. george zimmerman's brother is the latest to step forward with an account of what happened. robert zimmerman jr. spoke last night in an exclusive interview with our piers morgan. >> he didn't pull out a gun and
shoot him. george showed tremendous restraint. >> but he had a gun on him, right? >> he had a permit to carry the gun. >> where was the gun? >> the gun, i believe, was inside, tucked inside his pants waist. >> right. so he has pulled it out and he has fired it? >> well, he has taken control of his firearm. he prevented his firearm from being taken from him and used against him. and that's called saving your life. >> right. so you believe, as a family, is this what george told you the next day, that trayvon was trying to grab his gun to use against him? >> my father also is on record yesterday night saying -- again, what trayvon said was either to the effect of, i believe, this is go to come easy. you die tonight, or you have a piece, you die tonight." and then attempted to disarm him. so when you say have a bag of skittles and iced tea. nobody just stood there with a bag of skittles and an iced tea.
you return force with force when somebody assaults you. george was out of breath. he was barely conscious. the last thing he remembers doing was moving his head from the concrete to the grass so if he was banged one more time he wouldn't be wearing diapers for the rest of his life and being spoon-fed by his brother. and there would have been george dead had he not acted. >> robert zimmerman jr. says medical records will prove that his brother was attacked and his nose was broken by trayvon martin. wall street is closing the books on the first quarter tote. and the numbers are looking pretty good. go ahead sand check out your 401(k) statement perhaps today. ♪ when your chain of supply goes from here to shanghai, that's logistics. ♪ ♪ chips from here, boards from there track it all through the air,
oh, you just might be tempted to do a little dance when you check your 401(k) statement. the first quarter of the year ends today and it's been pretty awesome. allison joins us with the rally on the stock market and what's behind it. people are going to love this for a long time we've been not wanting to look. >> it's been a long time coming, hasn't it? yes, that first quarter, january/march, could end up being the best quarter in years after you tally up the numbers. the dow, 8%. nasdaq, 18. and all indices are gets close to milestones, and here's why, unemployment is falling which means more people have jobs. they're spending more money, and that's helping the economy.
then you look at growth. growth has actually been picking up as well. also, the federal reserve it picking up interest rates. and it's a confidence booster. it certainly doesn't hurt that europe's dead crisis has quieted down. that keeps the volatility, at least in the stock market, at bay. >> for the next quarter which begins monday, what are the odds that the gains will continue? >> here comes the big "but." it's not all smooth sailing. you look at china. it could be affecting the u.s., it could be affecting europe, and they're big trading partners of ours and europe's. company earnings coming up in a few weeks, january through march period. we're going see how the $100 a barrel prices are affecting corporate america. it's really going to be an indicator as to the health of corporate america as well. economic growth is coming up.
these are the realities that we're going to look forward to in the next quarter. >> very good, we will deal with the reality. allison, thank you. perhaps you saw this, it's queen, queen like you never heard before. ♪ mama just killed a man >> does he sound like that? belted in the back of a police car. there's more, you don't want to miss it.
remain not silent. here is jeanne moos. >> reporter: what would we do with police dash cams showing half naked speeders? but this canadian mounted dash cam reported something special. >> galileo! >> reporter: a guy in alberta was pulled over in a pickup. ♪ you got me and i have it here -- but it doesn't matter. >> reporter: maybe he couldn't speak so well, but he sure managed to sing all of the bohemian rhapsody by queen. ♪ mama just killed a man ♪ ♪ put a gun against his head ♪ pulled my trigger ♪ now he's dead >> reporter: he sang the lyrics almost flawlessly for six
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wilkinson told the smoking gun that he's the one with the dash cam video go on to youtube. our police cruiser crooner did emphasize at the end -- ♪ nothing really matters. >> reporter: he sang ♪ nothing really matters even the rpmc ♪ >> reporter: he put it on. ♪ >> it's the last of my priorities. mama mia! let me go! >> reporter: jeanne moos, cnn. ♪ for me for me >> on that high note or low note, let's change gears now, lotto fever is spreading across the u.s. people are snatching up tickets. and they're hoping to win a record jackpot.
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picture everywhere, but who was trayvon martin? this is what the 17-year-old looked like days before his days were cut short. jerome knew martin. >> it was so funny, he was volunteering at the park. i said, what are you doing? he said, i just got into aviation school. >> i said what are you doing in aviation school? he said, i want to fly planes. i said, no black people fly planes. he said i'll be the first one. >> reporter: the following summer, martin returned to the program to work as a volunteer. and it was during that time, his longtime friend and football coach says the teen made a big decision. >> played football all his life, one day, he just said, he doesn't want to play football. he want to be a pilot. and, i mean, we backed him on whatever he wants to do. >> reporter: trayvon martin's
close friend darrell green, better known as d.g. remembers that day. >> were you surprised? >> not really. >> why? >> it's a dream that he wanted to be. i was just hoping that he could make this dream and accomplish it. >> reporter: martin attended dr. michael m. crop high school in miami. his mom described him as an average student. horton says the teen's parents shared custody since the divorce and both played a very active role in raising him but the teen had a bumpy road in school. according to a report by the "miami herald" trayvon was suspended from this school three times for writing graffiti on walls and truancy, and parents have acknowledged suspended for ten days after a school investigator found an empty baggy with traces of marijuana in it. >> whatever dealings he had with school, it was not criminal, it was not violent. he's never been arrested. >> so when you hear about these things, you feel that --
>> i feel that's just him being a youth. we've all done things 14, 15, 16, 17 years old. i look at me now. it all depends -- i thank god for my mom and my dad. >> reporter: and horton says that's the reason trayvon martin was in sanford. his parents insisted he stay with his father during his suspension during school. tracy martin was out with his fianc fiancee. he left his son at home to watch the nba game. >> the only reason he got a to go to the store is because he begged his dad to return to the store. >> reporter: when martin didn't return that night, he assumed he was out with his friend so he didn't panic. but when he didn't return the next day, tracy martin tried calling the boy's cell phone and got voice mail. martin didn't learn his son had been killed until officers showed up at his front door with the news. >> what was trayvon doing?
he went to the store and he was coming right back. the sad part is, he never made it back. >> reporter: george howell, cnn, miami. hello again, i'm fredricka whitfield in for suzanne malveaux. let's get you up to speed. the brother of the man who killed trayvon martin has spoken out. in a cnn exclusive interview robert zimmerman jr. said medical records will back up george's claims that george zimmerman was injured in a fight with an unarmed 17-year-old. the gunman's brother insists he was in self-defense. >> when you say have a bag of skittles and an iced tea, nobody just stands there with a bag of skittles and an iced tea. you return force with force.
george was assaulted. the last thing he remembers is moving his head from the concrete to the grass so if he was banged one more time he wouldn't be wearing diapers for the rest of his life and being spoon-fed by his brother. and there would have been george dead had he not acted decisively and instantaneously at that moment. >> the witness said he saw one of the men walking toward him. he said the man did not appear hurt. on to politics. the race to the white house. mitt romney picks up the endorsement of another high-profile republican. this time it's house chairperson paul ryan. ryan says romney is the best person for the job and has the best chance of beating president obama. he also called for the party to coalesce around romney. and the largest jackpot ever of lotteriess