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this peculiar sunday night mystery. hi, everybody, glad you're with us. i'm alina cho sitting in for don lemon tonight. and we begin with the bad weather bearing down on the southeast. tropical storm beryl fast approaching hurricane strength and nearing landfall. you can see the palm trees struggling against the wind earlier today, waves surging onshore. this is jekyll island, georgia, you're looking at. flooding obviously a big concern, and beaches all along the southeast coast are posting warnings about the dangers much rip currents. for the past 24 hours, lifeguards and emts hav who have ignored the warnings. our jacqui jeras watching it all for us. so, jacqui, a couple of questions. number one, pretty close to hurricane strength, right? >> yeah. >> and, also, how close are we to landfall? >> we're close. just within an hour or two potentially of landfall, but landfall not necessarily so important with this storm because it's a big storm and there are going to be very
widespread impacts. there you see the rain which has been coming down the last couple of hours, extremely heavy, and the winds have been picking up. this is a much different storm than what we were dealing with yesterday. beaches have been closed. rip currents have been a huge issue, and, as we head through the nighttime hours tonight, we'll be worried about power outages, trees coming down and then our big concern, we'll focus on inland flooding which could be as much as six plus, maybe even isolated spots up to a foot of rainfall in the next 24 hours. this is what beryl looks like over open waters. it's kind of difficult to pick out the center of circulation. we'll zoom in and give you an idea of how close it is towards jacksonville beach, and we think it's somewhere maybe about 25, 30 miles away from the coast. if you do the math, it's moving west around 10 miles per hour, so we're talking maybe midnight tonight for that landfall. intensity of this storm now,
maximum sustained winds 70 miles per hour. i think it's certainly likely that we're going to see some gusts along the coast that could be reaching that hurricane force strength so that will certainly cause some damage associated with that. the track of this thing, after it continues to move westward tonight, we're going to start to see it hook on up to the north, move through the carolinas, and then eventually make its way off the shore. so it's really going to slow down in forward speed as it makes this turn, and that's one of the many reasons why flooding will be such a big issue. in fact, we've already heard reports of some heavy rainfall, 1 to 2 inches per hour, coming along with it, and this is a computer model forecast that shows you the next 48 hours of where we think most of that will be. now, there's been a big problem with drought in north florida and southern parts of florida so the rain is welcome news. but this is so much at one time and the ground is very hard, it's dry and kind of cracked even in some spots so we'll see a lot of runoff. we're also getting some surge
along the coastal areas so be aware of that. you need to stay indoors tonight. i know it's tempting to go out and look and see how things are going, but when we're talking about such a strong tropical storm, nearly a hurricane, you know, it really doesn't make a difference if you call this a cat 1 or call this a strong tropical storm. the consequences of this are certainly going to be the same and really widespread in this part of the country. such a bummer, alina, over the holiday weekend when people want to go to florida, they want to go to georgia and enjoy those beaches. >> that's right. these are vacation spots. all right, jacqui, we'll be checking with you throughout the hour for an update. we'll now go to new york where cnn has obtained new information about the man charged with killing etan patz. remember, that is the 6-year-old boy who disappeared from a soho street corner 33 years ago. our susan candiotti today visited the church where suspect pedro hernandez and his family are members. you spoke with the pastor, susan. what did he tell you?
>> reporter: well, first of all, he said the first thing he talked about with his congregation at his services today, and we heard this, he asked all of them to pray for the pedro hernandez family, both him, his wife and his teenage daughter. and he also told us while visiting with us that he felt that, well, first of all that, he got a phone call -- rather, a personal visit from hernandez's wife and teenage daughter on thursday. this was the day after police had picked him up and taken in for questioning. and he said they came in crying and weeping. they were very emotional. he said he had the impression that they were completely blindsided by the fact that pedro had been picked up and taken in by police for questioning. he said that he did not think that his wife had any idea that her husband had allegedly confessed to police, said that he didn't have the impression that she had a clue about what had happened allegedly so many years ago, that he might have played a role in the death of
etan patz, although he added that he did not ask her directly about that. alina? >> this is a case, obviously, over the last 33 years that's seen many, many twists and turns. what's the latest? what's next in the investigation? >> well, the investigators, alina, are very, very hard at work trying to come up with some evidence to bolster his claim that he strangled to death this little boy and then put his body, etan patz's body, into a trash can bag and did away with him. they have acknowledged that they have no physical evidence so far and as well no motive so investigators are literally pounding the streets trying to talk to anyone they can about this. as we all know and recall, pedro hernandez remains or was put under a suicide watch on friday, and the next legal step is that they are conducting, as the court has ordered, a psychiatric evaluation of him after the
defense revealed that mr. hernandez has a long history of various psychiatric disorders. he is bipolar. he is schizophrenic and suffers from hallucinations, according to his defense attorney. and so a grand jury will also be getting together and they will decide whether to indict mr. hernandez on the second-degree murder charge. >> that's right. bottom line, susan, investigators are in the unusual position now of having to prove that hernandez did what he said he did, so we'll have to wait to see what happens on that. susan candiotti, live from new york, susan, thank you, as always. >> you're welcome. turn to politics now and blame it on the ego. former new york city mayor rudy giuliani said, yes, it was his ego, that was the reason he took jabs at mitt romney during the 2008 gop presidential campaign. >> well, i mean, there's a certain amount of personal ego in that. at that point i was probably comparing his record to my record, and maybe it was
circumstances or whatever, but i had massive reduction in unemployment. he had a reduction in unemployment of about 8%, 10% -- i think it was 15%. i had a reduction of unemployment of 50%. they had a growth of jobs of about 40,000. we had a growth of jobs of about 500,000. so i was comparing what i thought was my far superior record to his otherwise decent record, but the numbers weren't as great. that's all part of campaigning. >> all right. hard to tell from what you just heard from him, but giuliani has thrown his support behind romney. he told cnn's candy crowley the digs, well, that's just all part of the campaign. defense secretary leon panetta took aim at romney today for the candidate's attacks on the withdrawal strategy in afghanistan. romney has criticized the 2014 date for pulling out of afghanistan saying that publicizing a timeline is naive. today on abc's "this week," panetta said the republican criticism is all campaign rhetoric.
>> i think you've got 50 nations in nato that agree to a plan in afghanistan. it's the lisbon agreement, an agreement that, you know, others, president bush, president obama, everyone has agreed is the direction that we go in in afghanistan. what is that direction? it's to take us to a point where we draw down by the end of 2014. that is the plan that has been agreed to. and it's a plan that is working. >> panetta went on to say the 2014 withdrawal timeline is the only way to ensure a successful transition to afghan forces, and, as you just heard, he says the plan is working. it's a memorial day weekend, of course, time to honor those who died defending our freedom. but we're also taking time to remember those missing in action. every memorial day thousands of motorcyclists honor these people by gathering in washington for rolling thunder.
many of you have heard about this. this year one soldier in particular, army sergeant bowe bergdahl stands out as america's only known prisoner of war. he was captured in afghanistan in 2009, and today his father made him a promise. >> thanks to you, our pows and mias are never forgotten and they never will be forgotten. bowe, if you can hear me, you are not forgotten, and, so help me god, you will come home. we will not leave you behind. today a rare emergency meeting of the u.n. security council. one topic on the agenda, of course, is syria after more than 100 civilians were killed on friday, many of them, nearly half young children. protesters say the international community isn't doing enough. who do you think i am, quicken loans? [ spokesman ] when you refinance your mortgage
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calls the international community's inaction. cnn's mohammed jamjoom has more from lebanon. >> reporter: time and again over the past several months we've seen international pressures stepped up on syria, whether it be the u.n. or other agencies. we've seen the eu impose sanctions. arab league monitors were in there a few months ago. now there are u.n. observers there, about 300 on the ground. and yet, no matter who is there or what type of pressure is being applied on the syrian regime to end the cycle of violence, this brutal crackdown that's been going on for 15 minutes doesn't seem to be ending. >> the u.n. wants to see syria implement a peace plan, but in towns like hula it appears there's little chance for a cease-fire. itn's alex thompson traveled to hula and filed this report. >> reporter: hula today, so far the world has seen only fleeting glimpses from rebel cameras. we're in the southern suburbs, not exactly controlled by the
syrian army, but they're here. we can only film covertly, and they're scared. very scared. who knows how many dead bodies lie around here. when i pulled the blanket back, it revealed an old man way past fighting age with a gunshot wound. for well over an hour we were pinned down here by sniper rounds, terrorists, said the syrian army, their word for rebels. and about ten meters away from this position, one of the soldiers was hit and taken away quickly, but he left his mark on this town. because the fighting continues in this town, it's impossible to verify exactly what happened here. there are no eyewitnesses. there are no civilians. they've all been forced out by the fighting, clearly going on all around this town today. but this is rebel-held hula, a
ghost town. ask yourself this then -- why do people flee the area held by the army but remain in the rebel-held zone? after friday's massacre here, just who are the people afraid of? in these empty streets, the answer seems glaringly obvious. officials in afghanistan blame a nato air strike for killing eight civilians this weekend, most of them children. it happened in a province south of kabul. according to a u.s. military spokesman, the support air strike was called in by nato troops who were under fire from insurgents. nato officials say they are aware of the incident and are investigating. a general's words about military suicide causes an uproar. i talked with a woman who was directly affected by those words. her husband, a marine, killed himself. my cut hurt!
tomorrow's day off, we are remembering the men and women who died while serving our country. the pentagon, specifically the army, is reporting a spike in the number of suicides in the ranks of active duty soldiers, national guardsmen and reservists, 278 people in the army took his or her own life last year alone. this week the commanding general of ft. bliss took back some of the comments he made, his personal opinion about military suicide and the people who chose to do it, but the damage was already done. major general dana pittard wrote these words on the ft. bliss website. "i have now come to the conclusion that suicide is an absolutely selfish act." he went on to say "soldiers who commit suicide leave their families, their buddies and their units to literally clean up their mess. there is nothing noble about suicide." the general says he wrote those words when he was frustrated by a rash of suicides on his base, but, even though he retracted
those words, clarified his feelings, it speaks to a culture in the military where people contemplating suicide are often reluctant to get help. well, last night right here on cnn, i spoke to a woman who not only works with service members suffering from mental health issues, she's an expert for personal reasons. her husband, a marine corps officer, killed himself five years ago, and this is part of our conversation. >> yeah, i mean, i was really sad to hear the comment, and, you know, it's too bad because we -- if we know about mental health and people who are considering suicide, that they are -- the last thing they're thinking about is dumping their baggage. they're really feeling like they are no longer valuable to their unit, they are no longer valuable to their families. they feel like they have nothing left to give and that everyone will be better off without them. and it's a mental health issue and an injury issue, not an issue of selfishness or trying to drop their pack or leave their problems for other people. >> tell me about your husband, john. it's been seven years now since
he killed himself so tragically. >> yeah. >> what happened? >> well, he -- you know, it was a culmination of trauma and loss and untreated depression. and in the military so often our men and women are asked to live very stressful lives with very little sleep. they're sacrificing a lot. they're separated from their support systems. they get exposed to a lot of trauma in their lives. and going to seek help is often not seen as a strong thing to do but maybe something that is maybe weak or something that you should avoid. but, in my husband's case, when he started to really suffer, he was afraid to ask for help for fear of how that would change the way people viewed him. >> that's right. there's that stigma, right, that we hear so much about. >> yes. >> with the military. i want to play some tape of vice president biden. he was at an event yesterday in washington. >> yes. >> you were there. >> yes. >> and he made some pretty powerful comments. let's watch. >> that black hole you feel in your chest, like you're being
sucked back into it. looking at your kids -- and most of you have kids here -- and knowing -- it was the first time in my career, in my life, i realized someone should go out and -- i probably shouldn't say this with the press here, but, no, it's more important. you're more important. for the first time in my life i understood how someone can consciously decide to commit suicide, not because they were deranged, not because they were nuts, but because they have been to the top of the mountain, and they just knew in their heart that they would never get there again, that there was never going to get -- never going to be that way ever again. >> pretty powerful stuff, kim. what was your reaction? you were there in the room. >> well, i was amazed because vice president biden was speaking to 2,000 of our survivors who were gathered for a weekend of -- of support
around their grief. and for him to speak so candidly about his own loss and his own thoughts and feelings really touched our survivors and really made them feel like they were heard and that people really understood their loss. so i was really grateful to the vice president for opening up his heart and for letting us know that we weren't alone in our grief and some of our struggles around grief. >> you know, it's been seven years, as i mentioned, since your husband killed himself. i'm curious to know from your standpoint whether you think the military has gotten any better in terms of helping people who come back from war zones and who suffer from ptsd and who might be on the edge. have you noticed a difference since john? >> well, i've noticed people working really hard to make changes and providing -- putting in a lot of programs and doing a lot of different things to try to prevent suicides, and i know that the leaders really care. but we've got to do more. we've got to know that our -- if we're asking our troops to go in
harm's way over and over again and to be exposed to all kinds of trauma that people shouldn't have to see as human beings, that we've got to expect them to need psychological care the same way that they need physical care, and i feel like it just needs to be incorporated in part of our treatment when they come back, that everybody is expected to have psychological care along with their physical care. they're just expecting a lot. >> i think it's important to note that you personally work with families who have lost loved ones, and you have something coming up this weekend, don't you? >> this weekend we have about 100 survivors of suicide, military suicide, at our event, and then in october we get about 500 survivors of suicide and a good grief camp for children, all who have lost someone in the military to suicide. so we band together to support one another and also to provide some hints about what happened and maybe what some of the cracks are and try to help the military fill those cracks. >> we have heard from a lot of
you already about this subject just since yesterday, so up next my conversation with the military legal expert. should the military be held accountable? you can part a crowd, without saying a word. you have yet to master the quiet sneeze. you stash tissues like a squirrel stashes nuts. well, muddlers, muddle no more. try zyrtec®. it gives you powerful allergy relief. and zyrtec® is different than claritin® because zyrtec® starts working at hour 1 on the first day you take it. claritin® doesn't start working until hour 3. zyrtec®. love the air.
as we look ahead to memorial day, we're focusing on the challenges facing our troops after they come home. some recent comments by an army general calling suicide a, quote, selfish act got a lot of us talking. now, before the break, you heard from a woman who lost her husband, a marine, to suicide. now my conversation with randy kravis. he's an attorney who began his legal career in the navy j.a.g. corps, and i asked him if there's a legal basis for holding the military accountable for suicides in the ranks. >> i think there is a two-part answer. i think there is a legal aspect and a moral aspect. legally, i think it would be very, very difficult for a family of a service member who commits suicide to actually sue the military.
and the reason is there's this thing called the ferris doctrine, it's based on a case that came out in the 1950s, farris versus the united states, and it basically says when a service member is injured as part of his service he cannot sue the military. the military has immunity. well, last year a case came out where a family of a service member who committed suicide tried to sue the military. the court said, huh-uh, no way. >> you say they have a moral obligation. >> that's the other side of it, and that's a trickier question. as a former j.a.g. officer, i can tell you that when you -- when you join the military, you know that there's the possibility that there are going to be certain stressors, certain dangers that you're going to face that most people in the civilian world aren't going to face.
so, as sad as it is for me to say, i think to the extent a suicide is a result of the normal stressors of military life or even the horrors of the battlefield, i don't know if we can hold the military accountable for that. >> all right. we were talking about this before we went on the air tonight, but i think part of the problem, too, and don't you agree, is that not enough is being done to help assimilate these veterans back into society, so they are coming home. this is a bad economy, they can't find a job. they are having trouble living with their wives and their children again, and they are getting really depressed. i mean, isn't that part of the problem is there aren't enough programs in place to help them feel a part of society? >> i absolutely agree with you. i think you're absolutely right. that is part of the problem, and that goes back to the moral issue, the question of whether the military is morally responsible for the well-being of our service members. i think they are. to the extent that the military can do something to help these service members, and they don't, then they are morally responsible when a suicide occurs. >> when you are looking at suicides going up, not down,
this is a real problem that the military needs to address. now the big stories in the week ahead from the white house to wall street. our correspondents are going to tell you what you need to know in the coming week, and we begin tonight with the president's plans. >> reporter: i'm dan lothian at the white house. president obama and the first lady will mark memorial day and the 50th anniversary of the vietnam war by attending a ceremony at arlington national cemetery. they'll also meet with gold star families. on tuesday mr. obama will award the presidential medal of freedom. former astronaut john glenn and former secretary of state madeleine albright are among the recipients. then on thursday former president george w. bush and his wife will be here at the white house for the official unveiling of their portraits. and finally on friday president obama hits the road, traveling to minnesota and illinois for events on the economy and the campaign. >> i'm paul steinhauser at the cnn political desk. mitt romney teams up with donald trump tuesday at trump's las vegas hotel for a fund-raiser for romney. now, trump flirted with his own
bid for the republican presidential nomination last year. also tuesday, texas holds its primary, and romney is expected to easily win, and he could capture enough delegates to officially clinch the republican presidential nomination. >> i'm poppy harlow in new york. well, the market is closed on monday for memorial day, but wall street is gearing up for the all-important jobs report coming on friday morning. before that, though, we'll get some key economic news including the latest case-shiller index on home prices across the country and a look at consumer confidence and construction spending. we will also get a revised reading of first-quarter gdp, that is the broadest measure of how much the u.s. economy is growing. we'll track that and all of the business news of the week for you on cnn money. >> i'm "showbiz tonight's" a.j. hammer. here's what we're watching this week. "showbiz" is on location at the fifth season premiere of one of my favorite shows, "true blood" and i go one-on-one with the always provocative margaret cho. get ready for a freaking
hilarious "showbiz tonight" interview you do not want to miss at 11:00 p.m. eastern and pacific on hln. we move now to syria. the recent attack in houla resulted in the deaths of more than 100 civilians, nearly half of them children. we have to warn you that we're about to show you some images of those children. the images are disturbing and not appropriate for all viewers, but we believe that, given the nature of the attack and the number of dead civilians including these children, showing some of these images is appropriate and necessary, in fact, to convey the extent of this crime against humanity. this is the first time we're able to bring you these images, and cnn's mohammed jamjoom has the story. >> reporter: in houla, more burials. more than 100 dead, so many, so many in one day, and such grief and such rage. 49 of the victims posed no threat to anybody, least of all the regime in damascus. they were children, not yet 10 years old.
>> translator: by god, i washed the dead bodies of nine children. one was less than 9 months old. why are they treating us like animals? we're humans. did the infant carry an rpg? was he a fighter? it was a baby. he had a pacifier in his mouth. what was his guilt? why was he killed? >> reporter: opposition activists accuse the syrian government and its thuggish militias of carrying out this massacre. the syrian government blamed terrorists for the killings and called the allegations against them a tsunami of lies. >> translator: we absolutely deny that the government armed forces had any responsibility in committing such massacre and we strongly condemn the terrorist massacre. >> reporter: the united kingdom's foreign minister said they've heard that line from syria and its backers before. >> it's a family tactic for the assad regime to blame others in the country to try to get out of responsibility for the scale of death and destruction. >> reporter: in houla, more amateur video attesting to that death and destruction.
here the bodies of more than a score of women and children stuffed into a small room, and these pictures are the ones we warned you about. pictures agonizing to watch. children's bodies mangled and bloodied, some with skulls torn open. u.n. observers arriving on saturday to begin their investigation found a mass grave. with no power to stop the violence, they issued yet another call for calm and reason. >> the first thing to do is to stop the fighting, stop the violence, so that we can then get on to helping the wounded and, of course, the bodies of those people who lost their lives. >> reporter: the united nations security council rushed into a special but brief meeting. the deputy ambassador from russia, which can veto any security council resolution, dashed any hope for quick action. >> it's difficult to imagine that the syrian government would not only shell and mortar but also use point-blank execution against 40-plus women, 30-plus children under age 10.
>> reporter: and, as outrage continues to mount around the world, the finger-pointing goes on in a massacre hard to comprehend for its callous brutality. the young continue to pay the price for a cease-fire written on paper only. mohammed jamjoom, cnn, beirut. the latest on tropical storm beryl is next. a relaxing holiday weekend and dangerous rip currents? >> it's incredibly dangerous right now. >> sun-seekers ordered to leave, and it's only going to get worse. damaging winds and rising floodwaters are next. ordinary sunblock drips and whitens. neutrogena® wet skin cuts through water. forms a broad spectrum barrier for full strength sun protection. wet skin. neutrogena®.
time to reset and have a look at the day's headlines. investigators are looking into reports that a nato attack killed eight civilians, including six children, in afghanistan. reports from the eastern province say last night's attack wiped out an entire family. nato officials say insurgents in the area attacked security troops and that those troops asked for air support. we have new information now in the etan patz case, the little boy who disappeared 33 years ago from a new york street corner. the pastor at the church attended by suspect pedro hernandez tells cnn that hernandez is quiet, shy, quote, socially awkward. the pastor also described
hernandez's wife as, quote, shellshocked, and he says members of the congregation are now looking at ways to help the family. well, before you go to bed tonight and when you wake up tomorrow, you will feel the effects of tropical storm beryl. that's if you live along the georgia and florida coast. heavy rains are expected, and that means flooding could be a problem, especially inland. tonight palm trees are struggling against the surging winds. here at ponte vedra beach in florida. meanwhile, beaches all along the southeast coast are posting warnings about the dangers of rip currents. for the past 24 hours or so, lifeguards and emts have been working overtime to rescue all of those people who ignored the warnings. our jacqui jeras is here with me to have a look at this. and so part of the problem, jacqui is that -- first of all, landfall is expected around midnight, but part of the problem is this is a really slow moving storm, isn't it? >> it is. and there are so many people that will be traveling through
florida tomorrow. you know, you've got the i-95 corridor, you've got the 75 corridor, and all of those areas could see some heavy rain and flooding so people really need to bear that in mind. now the worst of the conditions in terms of the strong winds we think is coming into play right now, between now and midnight we think will be the worst, so that's when tree limbs are going to come out, power outages are going to occur. we already have reports of 23,000 people in jacksonville now without power. we have an unofficial wind gust report of 87 miles per hour on top of the matthews bridge. that's unofficial, but we've seen 50 and 60-mile-per-hour gusts in that area now. this is the radar picture. this shows you the storm and how large it is. we're seeing rain bands from southern georgia stretching all through central parts of florida. the center of circulation, it's very broad so it's kind of difficult to find even as you take a look at the velocity motor, the winds and doppler radar to try to identify it, so we can say that we're in the process of landfall and some of the worst of conditions are now inland, even west of the jacksonville, and that's where we're seeing the heavy thunderstorms and the heavy downpours as well. so you can see that this is the back side of the storm, and
we'll see a couple of hours with those conditions continuing to go downhill. this is the satellite picture, and this is where we have our statistics to talk about intensity. the maximum winds that have been found sustained, 70 miles per hour. so that is just shy of hurricane status, and we don't want you to focus on whether or not this is a tropical storm or hurricane because there's very little difference between the two when we're talking about, you know, four miles per hour. now, these are some of the wind reports we've seen so far from 63 miles per hour to 60 to jacksonville beach officially at 56 miles per hour we we could see a few of those nudging up towards hurricane strength, and that is going to continue to be the concern. now, the storm makes landfall in the next couple of hours here at the latest, and then it's going to start to take that right-hand turn. we do think it's going to be weakening throughout the day tomorrow. that is the good news, but the bad news is that this slow turn means it's just going to sit here and rain throughout much of the day for tomorrow. then it's going to make a
right-hand turn and move and kind of scrape along the coast of the carolinas before it moves back over open water, which we think will probably happen sometime on wednesday. so this kind of a scrape and with the winds coming at you for this long, we could be seeing some beach erosion, too, as the waves continue to be rough and push along the coast. so you still can't get in the water for a good couple of days yet. this is a rainfall forecast. one computer model predicting pretty widespread amounts here between four and eight inches, and so when we're talking about an area of the country that's been drought-ridden, this is a lot of rain in a short period of time so there will be quite a bit of runoff. there you can see the i-10 corridor, talking about 75 and 95. so you can see all that have within this area, so travelers really need to be careful and not cross any roads that have water over them, alina. you know, you never know how deep it is. >> that's right. >> or what the condition of the road might be underneath. there have been some roads and some bridges which have closed down. of course, the beaches, you can
walk on the beaches but you don't want to right now but you can't get in the water anyway so tomorrow is a day to stay put and wait until this gets out of here before you travel. >> if you can or be very, very careful you're heading home and you're on the roads. all right, jacqui jeras, we'll be checking back with you before the end of the hour. thank you so much. well, a different kind of controversy for pop star lady gaga after criticisms from conservative muslims she pulls out of sold-out shows in indonesia worried about safety. active naturals wheat formulas restore strength for up to 90% less breakage in three washes. for strong, healthy hair with life, new aveeno nourish+ strengthen.
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well, football season is still months away but robert griffin iii has fans talking. he's the highly regarded quarterback taken by the washington redskins in the nfl draft. running back jamaal anderson spoke with griffin, and he told me about their conversation. >> robert griffin iii talked to me about a number of different things. he also talked to me about his politics, his expectations to being a washington redskins quarterback. we talked about the redskins' lack of success in the playoffs. you're going to see a clip of him right here talking about what it was like and his mindset going into washington, d.c., and who he supports politically. >> whenever i step on the field, i know i'm not going to get caught off guard and if i do it's not going to happen twice. so you trust your preparation, know that all the hard work that you put in to get to where you want to go -- doesn't have to be in sports but in anything --
know that all the hard work you put into that can help you be successful as long as you truly believe that you did everything you possibly could. i just like to stay out of that. >> right. >> and let the politicians and everyone that wants to talk about politics do that. >> romney or obama, i got to ask you. this is cnn, got to ask you. >> obama is the president right now, and i am the quarterback of the washington redskins, so i've got to go with obama. we're in the same city. we got this. >> and there you have it. >> you know, he is such a fantastic talent. >> seems like a really nice guy. >> he is a very, very impressive guy. i'm very, very impressed with the redskins. watched him a number of times. had the opportunity to watch him live. >> how old is he, young? >> he's young, only 21 years old. so here's a guy that's going to be the future of the redskins. he's so polished. he was a world class athlete in track as well so high expectations for robert griffin and the redskins. but i can't say how impressed i am with him and also andrew luck and all these interviews rolling out come football season so i'm excited about it. >> oh, good. oh, good. well, griffin has a degree in political science and he told
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we've all heard about the workers who let their jobs take over their lives, and then there's a young man who spent a couple of months living at his workplace, literally. well, now all of that dedication is finally paying off. linda yee of san francisco affiliate kpix has more. >> reporter: eric simons literally lives and breathes his job. >> they were like, wow, that kid works really hard and i mean because i was. >> reporter: that's because he spent long, very long hours at his computer every night. he was squatting at aol's headquarters when he ran out of rent money. >> it was like one day i was like i was walking out, and there's this couch, and i'm like, hmm, that's interesting. like i could totally sleep on that couch. >> reporter: simons was hired by silicon valley investors to work in a new incubator, a group that focuses on new ideas. they work out of rented space in
aol's palo alto headquarters. but when the program ended, simons wanted to keep going to perfect his idea that would help teachers revolutionize education. it wasn't hard to just move right on in to aol. one of your bedrooms? >> yeah. and then in the morning i would come there, and before i would work during the day, i would come there and work out and take a shower, so i was always like -- the only thing i wasn't doing was just sleeping there. >> reporter: he stored his stuff in two lockers outside the company gym, and he helped himself to aol's food. >> they would put out the food, and so that included like a cup of noodles like the ramen stuff, trail mix, doritos, snacks like that. >> reporter: for nearly two months he kept up this ruse working in the incubator offices in the first floor then sneaking up to the third floor where he would get a few hours of shut-eye. it's where the security guards never patrolled. no one caught on, but there were whispers. one night the building manager found him, and it was over. but simons says he did what he had to do to build his company
now called classconnect. >> i couldn't imagine going home and basically closing up shop and saying, okay, i'm done. >> reporter: he didn't go home and now venture capitalists are investing. simons is living in a rented house, and there's been no backlash from aol. and he says if he had to, he'd do it all over again. >> i'm 20, i've got nothing to lose. no money, no place to stay. >> reporter: in palo alto, linda yee, cbs 5. a town in missouri is being visited. looking up for weeks now, they have been seeing this. see that purple dot there? what is it? that's next.
it's time for sunday night mysteries. jacqui jeras is back. so they're seeing ufos in missouri? come on! >> well, you can judge for yourself. take a look at the video. it's pretty impressive. this has actually been going on for a couple of weeks, believe it or not. this is in blue springs, missouri. and first go-around they actually brought in experts to take a look at this, ufo experts. at first they thought it was