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life. but you help one person, then you've helped one person. i think that's the ultimate goal is just to help somebody, and try to help as many as you can. >> a goal country music's tim mcgraw is making possible, one concert and one home at a time. and right now, tim mcgraw is performing in atlanta. another military family here will be getting a mortgage-free home. if you or someone you know is a veteran who would like to apply for homes through the military support groups, go to my blog at cnn.com/fredricka to get more information. -- captions by vitac -- www.vitac.com nigerian officials are now confirming what many have feared. there are no survivors of a major plane crash in lagos. 153 people were onboard the dana air flight when it went down in a highly populated residential area today. we're joined now live from
lagos. what do you know about the casualties, how this crash happened? >> reporter: hey, fred. right now, we are being told that there are no survivors from this crash. it happened at approximately a little after 3:00 p.m. local time here in nigeria. we were just down at the scene. what we saw was a fairly chaotic scene. we saw just hundreds of people surrounding the crash area. we could see the flames from the crash, that was sort of not even 50 yards away from where we were. and just tons of people surrounding the crash scene. most of them rubber necking, taking photographs. we did get a chance to talk to a red cross official on the ground, and that official told me that earlier today they had arrived on the scene at about 3:30. so not more than 20 minutes after the plane went down. they had managed to pull nine bodies from the crash. but because of the crowds, and because of this area in lagos,
is densely populated, i mean, there are people on top of people in this area, homes on top of each other, you know, very little urban planning going on in this particular part of town, they were not able to get any closer than where they were, which was several hundred yards outside of the crash zone, fred. so fairly chaotic. they say they're going to be working through the night to see if there are -- if they can pull bodies out of the wreckage, if they can ascertain whether or not there are more casualties in the homes surrounding the crash. but right now, still fairly chaotic scene. we could see the flames, smell the jet fuel. in fact, it was so cloudy with smoke and fumes, that we had to pull back from the scene, fred. >> vlad, any eyewitness accounts of whether the plane was having problems just before it crashed? >> reporter: we didn't talk to anybody that said that. but we did talk to people -- one person told me, it was kind of
heartbreaking, they said what's ironic and really sad and unfortunate is that this plane probably fell on a home of people, people lost their lives in the home where this plane crashed, that had probably never been in their lives in an airplane. and people were just saying how tragic that was. we didn't find anybody that was actually looking for survivors or loved ones. what we mostly saw were rubber neckers, people just trying to gawk and get pictures essentially. so much so, that the rescue officials that we talked to weren't able to get there, fred. >> vlad, thank you so much. syria's president takes to the airwaves. denying his government had anything to do with last week's massacre in houla. and blaming terrorists for the deaths. that included dozens of children. >> translator: the political process is moving forward. but terrorism is also on the rise. they use the pretext that there were no parties. terrorism, dear gentlemen, does not care about reform.
the terror will not stop unless we force it to end. the terror is hitting all sides with no exception. >> reaction was swift as this youtube video purports to show the reaction, calling for assad's execution. if at all possible, pope benedict xvi will be coming to the united states in 2015. the archdiocese of philadelphia will host the conference. its purpose is to strengthen and defend the sacred bonds of marriage. the pope's announcement comes during a landmark trial in philadelphia, where the highest ranking cleric is accused of conspiracy and keeping predator priests in ministry. that trial is now in the hands of a jury. now to sanford, florida. george zimmerman is back in jail at this hour. his bond was revoked by the judge in the trayvon martin murder case.
martin savidge is there. so martin, explain how this day unfolded. >> reporter: it was kind of an interesting day, fredricka. george zimmerman booked back into the seminole county jail here at around 1:45 this afternoon, which in theory means he had about 45 minutes left on that 48-hour clock this the judge imposed when he revoked zimmerman's bond on friday. it went smoothly. and it went safely, which is exactly what authorities wanted. but there was also some intrigue as well as to how george zimmerman had to actually meet up with authorities. here's the sheriff describing that. >> george zimmerman met two members of the sheriff's office in the area of lake mary at i-4. was placed into custody, transported to the correctional facility. he is being booked and processed. as per judge lester's order. he'll be held on a no-bond
status. >> reporter: also there today, for zimmer's attorney, mark o'mara, i asked him how george zimmerman was feeling about going back behind bars. >> solemn, obviously. he's worried continually about his safety, having to come out of hiding is a concern of his. but i think he also realizes the judge's concerns. now that we have all had on the defense team a chance to look at all of the evidence, he understands the court's concerns. he understands the state's concerns. and we're going to address those. and say what i think needs to be said to address them with judge lester. >> reporter: we still don't know where george zimmerman had been hiding out for the past six weeks, fredricka. we asked how long it took for george to return. we know he got back late last night. his attorney won't say anything about travel or distances or time, being very cautious. >> all right. martin savidge, thanks so much, in sanford, florida.
sad news, richard dawson, the original host of "family feud" has died at the age of 79. his son shared the news on his facebook page. he said his father passed away from complications of cancer. he was best known for his acting role in the 1960s sitcom "hogan's hero." but who could forget the good luck kisses he was giving his female contestants on "family feud. ". also, catherine justen, the emmy award-winning actress who starred in hit tv sitcoms and a handful of movies has died. she was 72. she may be best known for her role as miss mcclusky in "desperate housewives." she died after an 11-year battle with lung cancer. millions tune in to watch history in the making. queen elizabeth's diamond jubilee, we have the highlights.
tim mcgraw kicks off his summer tour giving away free homes to veterans. face to face, i talked to mcgraw about the home giveaway and his personal connection to the military. i'm one of six children that my mother raised by herself, and so college was a dream when i was a kid. i didn't know how i was gonna to do it, but i knew i was gonna get that opportunity one day, and that's what happened with university of phoenix. nothing can stop me now. i feel like the sky's the limit with what i can do and what i can accomplish. my name is naphtali bryant and i am a phoenix. visit phoenix.edu to find the program that's right for you. enroll now. there are a lot of warning lights and sounds vying for your attention. so we invented a warning.. you can feel. introducing the all new cadillac xts, available with the patented safety alert seat. when there is danger you might not see,
great britain is celebrating queen elizabeth's 60-year reign with a four-day party. one of the highlights of the festivities happened today. a spectacular boat show op the river thames. here's nick glass. >> reporter: it rained on the morning of her wedding, on the day of her coronation, and surprise, surprise, it rained on her diamond jubilee flotilla. this, they promised, would be the biggest assembly of boats in the river's history. and despite the drizzle, the mood was irrepressible. let's have fun. prince charles and the duchess of cornwall popped into a street
party, she was introduced to the boy with the requisite face paint. they stood for the national anthem, unaware that in piccadilly they like to sing more than one verse. ♪ the queen arrived sparkling in white for her diamond jubilee. prince philip in his uniform of admiral of the fleet. just to remind you, she is 86. he'll be 91 next sunday. in a sentimental gesture, they were ferried across the river in a tender once used to take them to the royal britannia, long since demissed, and much missed by the queen.
she stood all the way for some two hours, wrapping herself with a scarf to keep out a chill wind. the banks of the river were packed. she was particularly pleased to see the puppet horse from the play "war horse" joey. they're old a quanlt tanss. and so by way of salute, tar bridge opened up. and so did the heavens. rain, and more rain. they sang on undeterred. you could just about hear snatches of song "jerusalem." then "land of hope and glory." and finally, the national anthem. the queen and prince philip stood stoically and happily it seemed, through it all.
>> that was nick glass reporting. so the rainy weather may not have bothered the crowds, but it did force officials to cancel a military flyover. and for all you royal watchers, the festivities last until tuesday. tomorrow's events include a garden party at buckingham palace. and a concert on the palace grounds. among the performers, sir elton john, sir paul mccartney, and stevie wonder. and remember the horse named i'll have another? it's now just win away from the triple crown. but something his trainer did two years ago is casting a shadow over the horse's victories.nce. being hands on is key! i make sure every plate looks just right. [ male announcer ] don't miss red lobster's four course seafood feast, just $14.99. start with soup, salad and unlimited cheddar bay biscuits followed by your choice of one of 7 entrees. like new coconut and pineapple shrimp
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>> why was this such a special no-hitter? >> the mets, now, let's just say, no-hitters happen quite a bit. you know, three in some years. so far there's been three. two years ago, there were, i think eight or nine. the deal is, the mets have never had one. they've been around since 1962. it seemed like they would never have one. the mets have had great pitchers. tom seefr, ever hear of him? nolan ryan. he goes on to pitch seven no-hitters with other teams, never the mets. just the fact there was a long drought on this hapless franchise, that was a wonderful story. and ends with the guy that johan santana is. he was absolutely the best pitcher in baseball, two cy young awards. but had shoulder surgeries,
difficulties. i'm going to be joining a team that some people predicting is going to lose 100 games, you know, if i make a couple starts, that's fine. i'm still going to collect my multi-million dollar contract. not johan. he goes out and tries as hard as he can, is this big inspiration. the mets are a couple games out of first. this is the game that everyone in baseball said not only did johan have the great game, and the mets made history, the mets are maybe a legitimate team. this could turn around to be a nice story for new york and the mets. they haven't had one in a while. >> that's nice. we like those nice stories. it could be a nice story if i'll have another gets the triple crown. we know that it has yet one more to go. >> yeah. >> we'll see what happens. but right now, the spotlight is on the horse's trainer. and what he allegedly may have done a few years ago. and how might that taint kind of the reputation of this horse now? >> right. well, the trainer dug o'neil is
not alleged to have done anything untoward with the horse, i'll have another. but the big hit is actually to horse racing itself. the triple crown is when we look at it, and if i'll have another wins the belmont stakes, it will be the first time since 1968. it's still a long shot. but the horse racing industry is really in a doldrum. there's a lot of deaths to the racehorses and drugs are a big problem. what doug o'neill is found to have done is possibly, they're not saying how it happened, but one of his horses had elevated carbon dioxide. in america, drugs are allowed in horse racing. they just race on a drug -- >> really? >> yes. it's really, really harmful to the horses. the experts say it's the reason so many equine deaths a year. in europe, this is simply not allowed. horse racing could be a very -- it could be -- it used to be america's favorite pastime. there are easy solutions.
i just think the industry has to look at itself. if they win a triple crown, maybe they'll be confident enough to say, this is a great moment. let's take some necessary steps. build on the momentum. get back some of the juice that we had as a sport 80 years ago. >> wow. how did i not know? first of all, i'm shocked to shear you say that doping is okay. it's permissible in horses. >> yes. it wasn't always that way. in the mid-'90s, the state of new york would not allow this drug lasix. and deaths went up. the state of kentucky is actually investigating maybe we should ban some of these drugs. >> why would the trainer be suspended for allegedly doping if doping is okay? is it the type of material? >> what he was suspended for was what happens doing something called a milkshake, which is through the horse's nostrils. but the actual fine, they said we're not sure that's what
happened. but with this horse, there was some elevated carbon dioxide. big brown's trainer has been suspended. it's a whole industry that needs a little self-examination. >> that is so disturbing. thanks so much. mike, appreciate it. always good to see you. >> okay. bye. moving day for nasa. a couple of schultz huttles on move. when's the real deal? the other, a knockoff. ...the united states would be on that list. in 25th place. let's raise academic standards across the nation. let's get back to the head of the class. let's solve this.
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nigerian officials say no one has survived today's plane crash in lagos. the passenger plane was carrying 153 people when it went down in a crowded residential neighborhood. it hit a building and set fire to several homes. it's unclear exactly what caused that crash. back here in the u.s., george zimmerman is back in jail. the man accused of killing trayvon martin surrendered to police about four hours ago. the judge in his murder case revoked his bond friday. he says zimmerman lied to him about how much money he had.
zimmerman is charged with second-degree murder. he has pleaded not guilty. moving on to lighter news. this has been a big moving day for nasa. one real shuttle and then one replica in transit. first to new york, where the space shuttle enterprise was picked up by a crane and then lifted to a barge. it's on its way to its new home at new york's intrepid sea, air and space museum. now to houston, where the replica of the shuttle explorer makes its way to the johnson space center. a battle right now in wisconsin over union rights and outside money. on tuesday, the governor faces a recall vote. it was sparked when he took on the state's unions, that essentially ended collective bargaining rights. as cnn's ted roland tells us, the re-election is taking a toll on wisconsin voters.
>> reporter: scott walker shouldn't be campaigning until 2014. but the now second-year governor of wisconsin made so many people mad in his first few months in office, he's facing a recall. >> were you surprised at the fact that the recall did go through, and what could you have done to prevent it? >> well, eventually i wasn't. if you would have asked me a year and a half ago, i would have been totally surprised. i just tried to fix things. i would have spent more time last january and early february making the case for our reform. >> reporter: those reforms slashed the power of public employee unions, which set off a firestorm. thousands of protesters were angry that walker had launched what they saw as a surprise attack against labor unions. walker's new law which he signed last year also makes employee contributions to the unions optional. walker's opponent in the recall, barrett, said walker's grand
plan from the start was to attack labor unions. >> i look back at 2011, and governor walker, these are his words, these are not my words, said he was going to drop the bomb. that was his first phrase. >> reporter: drop the bomb is from the phoney phone call that walker thought he was talking to billionaire donor david koch. >> i had my cabinet over to the residence for dinner, talked about what we were going to do, how we were going to do it. it was kind of the last hurrah before we dropped the bomb. >> the second phrase he said is he was going to divide and conquer. >> reporter: divide and conquer is from this documentary clip showing walker talking to a supporter shortly after he was elect elected. >> the first step is, we're going to deal with collective bargaining for all public employees. divide and conquer. >> he started this political civil war. >> he setz that you started a civil war in wisconsin. is that true? >> no. if anything, what we did is we said we're going to stand up and take on the special interests at both the state and local level.
instead, stand with the hard-working taxpayers of wisconsin. >> reporter: the voters are split. >> neighbors don't want to talk to neighbors. >> we've had passionate debates before. back in 2000, 2004, the closest blue state in america. we still got on it. >> reporter: with less than a week to go, scott walker has a slight lead in the polls. he says win or lose, he has no regrets. >> i'm doing everything in my power to win in terms of reaching out to voters. but i've never been afraid to lose. >> reporter: and even if he does lose, his new union law will remain in place. ted rolands, cnn, milwaukee. starting the new work week, and already lots of delays in air traffic. let's check in with meteorologist bonnie schneider with more on that. >> i hate to be the bearer of bad news, right now at the airport if you're watching cnn, you probably already know you're waiting at laguardia airport and waiting. there is a ground stop there. the whole area has been impacted by nasty weather.
newark facing delays. jfk. and op the west coast we have delays in san francisco. boston impacted by the rain. it's actually worst further north you go. let's look at some of the airports impact right now, and what we can expect for monday. an area of low pressure is rotating around. it's bringing in lines of showers and thunderstorms. some of that is going into the new york area right now. the low clouds and strong winds will enhance the delays into the overnight hours, and certainly for tomorrow. for monday's commute, we're also looking at delays, possibly a little bit better. but still it's not going to be fun. we're watching for delays at washington, d.c., vegas facing some wind and thunderstorms in miami. miami has seen rough weather. looking at monday's travel weather as a whole, breezy and stormy conditions from the mid-atlantic to the northeast. some storms popping up across the south. and on the west coast, wet weather for cities like seattle and portland and even into northern california. hot and dry and breezy across the southwest. not good news for the fires, of
course, in new mexico. our top five as we count down trouble spots for tomorrow's commute back to work, new york, thunderstorms will be a little more intense as we go through the afternoon than they were today. boston, showers and wind. to the south in philadelphia, thunderstorms. and more delays anticipated for san francisco. as i mentioned, northern california facing the wind and some showers. yes, right here in atlanta, we managed to get great weather over the past few days, it's all changing. thunderstorms are in the forecast for monday. >> we do kind of need the rain in atlanta. >> yes. >> fortunately we're goinging to get it. thanks a lot, bonnie. country music superstar tim mcgraw kicking off a summer concert tour this weekend and giving homes to vets. this is $100,000. we asked total strangers to watch it for us.
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this summer one of country music's brightest stars is helping to give away homes to vets who might not ever be able to afford one. mcgraw's sister, uncle and grandfather are all war veterans. i talked with mcgraw face to face. >> under his signature black hat, he's one of country music's biggest stars. with more than 37 million albums sold, and more than 30 number-one singles, a hugely popular leading man on stage, and on the big screen -- >> i've seen that look many times. >> and he's half of one of country music's most glamorous couples, all that spanning a 20-year career.
when i caught up with tim mcgraw in tampa, he said a sense of purpose is now really coming together. >> i really feel like i'm just getting started. i feel like i'm sort of learning what i'm doing now. >> and learning more about the concerns of so many in his audience, including military vets. this month's kickoff of his brothers of the sun tour with kenny chesney is unlike any other performance. chase bank along with three nonprofit support organizations are giving away bank-owned homes to military families. why is this so important to you, to help kick off your tour in 25 cities, 25 cities where mortgage-free homes would go to vets? >> for a soldier to have that, to come back from being wounded and giving everything that he's had, for us to be able to live in our home, to get in our car and to drive around and go to our jobs, and to have that sort
of sense of freedom and sense of security for their family, i can't think of anything better for a wounded soldier to have. >> wounded vets like dominic delucia. >> it's something i wanted to do my whole life. ever since i was a little kid, every halloween i would dress up as a marine. >> seven years ago the marine staff sergeant was on personal security patrol in iraq when his humvee hit an improvised explosive device. >> flipped it up in the air. what happened is the engine block came through into the passenger compartment so it was pinning my leg down so i couldn't get out. >> the left side of his face had to be rebuiltwith titanium plates. other head injuries surfaced later. now medically retired and living off disability, it's been hard for the couple and their children. >> we were unsure in the phase of our lives, trying to figure out exactly what our next move was going to be. >> six months ago, christina joined a wounded warrior wives page on facebook for support.
>> it said, operation home front, homes on the home front program, going to be giving away mortgage-free homes to veterans, and disabled veterans. >> what did you think when you saw that? >> that it was too good to be true. >> she applied anyway. >> it was literally like a week later, they said you got the home. >> what was that moment like for the both of you? >> she was in tears. >> the delucias will move into their house later this month. but not before first getting over the shock of being selected. and meeting the star who helps make this happen. >> it's just one of those things, it's the american dream. who deserves the american dream more than those guys. i can't imagine anybody that does. and i'm proud to be a part of it. i hope we can do more of it. >> and apparently while it starts out with 25, the goal is maybe 1,000 homes? >> yeah, that's the talk i'm hearing. and we're excited about it. i hope we can continue to work
together. >> do you worry that the need is going to be much greater than the supply? >> well, look, there's always a greater need than you can supply, no matter what you do in life. but if you can help one person, then you've helped one person. i think that's the ultimate goal is just to help somebody, and try to help as many as you can. >> a goal country music's tim mcgraw is making possible, one concert and one home at a time. ♪ >> and right now, tim mcgraw is performing in atlanta. another veteran family here in atlanta will be getting a mortgage-free home. if you or someone you know would like to apply for the homes through military support groups, just go to my blog at cnn.com/fredricka. we'll have the links posted there. firefighters are still trying to contain a monster wildfire in new mexico. it's the largest fire in the state's history. and it keeps growing.
over 1,200 firefighters are trying to put out a monster wildfire in new mexico right now. it's the largest fire in the state's history and is expected to get bigger. this fire started after two smaller fires merged. it's been burning in the gila national forest for nearly a month now. authorities want families to stay inside because of the fire danger. right now police in toronto are looking for the person who gunned down and killed a man at a crowded shopping mall. it happened in the food court at the eaton center yesterday
evening. police say a 25-year-old man was the targeted victim, and seven others were injured in the gunfire. >> he pulled out a gun and started firing up in the air and started yelling. it was kind of hard to hear exactly what he was saying, because a bunch of people were screaming. everyone panicked. >> we started running backwards. there were about 200 people running towards us, away from the food court. so we started running. and then cops came in and said get down, get down. >> police say they're trying to figure out if the shooting was gang related, since one of the victims has gang ties. it's tuesday's recall election in wisconsin. and the lousy weekly jobs report were the hot topics on the sunday morning talk shows today. here are some of the highlights. >> let me start out with you asking whether you have asked the president to come and campaign on your behalf? >> no, because we understand that he's got a lot going on. this actually started as a grass
roots movement here in wisconsin. because of governor walker's lack of integrity and surprise attack on workers in the state. scott walker wants to make this a national race because he wants to be on the national stage as the rock star of the far right. as the poster boy of the tea party. >> the difference between scott walker and the president is pretty stark. scott walker is talking about his record. he's talking about the fact that his reforms are working, that people are getting back to work. scott walker is one of these special people that have made promises and kept promises. compare that to david axelrod's boss, he's in love with the sound of his own voice but hasn't followed through on too many of his promises. >> obviously the numbers this month were disappointing. what was striking about what happened on friday was how quick the leaders of congress were out there wringing their hands. these are the architects of obstruction, and now they're complaining about the pace of the recovery. they should put down their political hats and join us and
help solve these problems. >> aren't you going to have to do more than just attack congress? >> it's not a matter of attacking congress. i don't think the american people are looking for us to attack each other. they're looking for us to work together. >> the president is not adding jobs fast enough. and i think for anybody who is urgently waiting for improvement in the economy, last week was not a good week. it's not that we don't think that this president is trying, i think he is. it's just that his policies are not working. >> because of the tough economy, we're now seeing a unique blend of seniors, some who can't afford to retire, and those who refuse to. here's cnn's athina jones. >> as a real estate agent in florida, life was good for nathan mclaughlin. he had planned to retire and travel the world. but when the real estate bubble burst, so did his retirement plans. >> i lost everything. i would love to retire. i would have retired long allege. but to me, to make ends meet, i
have to work. >> mclaughlin moved in with his daughter after suffering a stroke. now the 68-year-old grandfather works at the city's employment services department. as part of a training program for seniors. >> i need to keep my upkeep. this offers me, not much, but a little. >> reporter: nearly one in five people 65 and older are working. the highest percentage since 1964. that includes nearly 40% of men, and more than a quarter of women aged 65 to 69. numbers that illustrate the effect the recession has had on many seniors' savings. >> a lot of people haven't saved enough. and therefore, they need to work longer in order to save more, and/or need an additional income for as long as possible to supplement what they possibly can get from social security. >> reporter: but not everyone working past the traditional retirement age does so out of need. >> may i help you? >> reporter: some, like 68-year-old fran berkery, are eager to keep working.
>> i like people. i need to be around people to be happy. >> reporter: her husband died in 1999. she says she can afford to retire from her full-time job as a receptionist, but doesn't want to. >> i can't picture myself not working. you know, i do entertain a little bit in my head. but it's too final. to retire. and i am excited about coming in. i really am. i was off for a whole year. and you get in a slump. you go to bed at 2:00. you're lucky if you get dressed in the morning. >> reporter: a slow recovery from back surgery makes it hard for her to get around. but she's not going to let that stop her from working long into her golden years. >> as long as i can get here, i'll come here. >> reporter: athena jones, cnn, washington. in the uk, the queen is celebrating her diamond jubilee. and like other world leaders, she leads a life far away from admiring fans. as history tells us, it's not with us.
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. queen elizabeth is celebrating her sigh band jubilee. it is hard to imagine anyone more insulated from the general public. the queen, like a lot of others, found out the hard way that is not really the case. bob green explains. >> reporter: so queen elizabeth is sleeping in her bed at buckingham palace in 1982 and she wakes up and there's this guy sitting on the edge of her bed. >> i didn't mean to intrude into her room. >> reporter: he's got a dirty t-shirt on, jeans. he's bleeding.
he's got a broken ashtray in his hand. his name is michael fagen. he snuck into buckingham palace. >> i don't know where her room is. it's not like it's on the door. >> reporter: gone into the queen's bedroom and sitting there. she wakes up and she says to him, you know, what do you want? and he asked her if she's got a cigarette to spare. you know, these people at the very apex of world wild fame, the queen being chief among them, you'd think they could assume that they were insulated from the indignities that mere mortals have to deal with but it isn't always true. ronald reagan in 1992, well after the first assassination attempt, was making a speech in las vegas and they presented him with this big crystal award. and some guy comes walking right through all the rings of secret service and outside security, walks on to the stage, grabs the
awa award -- president reagan -- and smashes it to the ground. and walks right up and starts talking in president reagan's microphone. sometimes it's not quite as frightening as that. elvis presley tried to keep his home private and sealed off from his fans. but one day this big crate arrives and it's got ventilation holes poked into it. and a delivery service says that some fans have sent elvis as a gift top pedigree pet dog. so they take the crate into the house and they open it up. well, there's no dog in there but there are two young women who decided to get themselves shipped to elvis as a gift and they made it into his house. as the queen's diamond jubilee is going on in london this week, maybe she can take some solace to the idea that she is not
alone in not being able to assume that even behind protected walls, in her case the walls of buckingham palace, she can count on being alone. >> you can read bob's columns and other great opinions on the issues that shape were world at cnnopinion.com. you have a few more days to enjoy it. it's your favorite, don lemon. >> you know i don't get it. >> he's not into it. everybody else is. >> yeah. >> it's cool. how are you? >> we'll leave it there. i'm good. you know these, right? i didn't think about it when i bought them. >> i didn't think about it until you were talking about walter cronkite. so that was not the inspiration for those specs? >> no, but this book is fascinating. and when walter cronkite put on these glasses, it was one of the most iconic moments in news.
he was announcing the death of john f. kennedy, the president. take a look at this. >> president kennedy died at 1:00 p.m. central standard time. >> that's what 1963 when he announced that. i spoke with the author of this new book. it's called cronkite about that moment and others. listen. >> he didn't just announce that to the nation in that famous scene with the glasses and looking at the clock. but he had to continue all weekend long. he had to report on, you know, lee harvey oswald, who he was and, of course, ruby killing him and how did jackie kennedy handle the death and then the funeral. so i call him a rabbi or a pastor in chief. he held her hands in a communal way through that long tragedy of the kennedy assassination. >> initially i was going to do an interview with douglas and it became so fascinating. we have like 12 minutes.
>> he has an incredible wealth of information. he is a presidential historian. you're used to reading his books and listening to his opinions about presidents past. but pretty interesting he would decide to write about cronkite. why? >> he said he grew up on him. he loved hie revered him like most americans d he was this anchorman super hero back then. >> of course, he was part of presidential history. >> he was. >> but we row mannmanticized hi. he wasn't perfect. all of the heroes have clay feet. even walter cronkite. you not only learn about him in this book, you learn about other people. you learn about dan rather who proceeded, took over after he did. you learn about the man before him, edward r. morrow. and guess what? they don't really like each other all that much. they looked down on walter cronkite because he didn't think that he was -- you know, he was a little bit too -- not buttoned up enough. and we also talk about the real
advent of cable news probably came from walter cronkite when he started covering the conventions in the '50s and '60s. they started running them outside the local newscasts in the evening. and that's sort of the advent of cable news and 24 hour news. >> that's going to be incredible summer read. it's going to take you so long to get through it. the print is so fine. it's jam packed. >> great pictures. >> lots of beautiful pictures. we look forward to that conversation with him on "cronkite". we'll see you, of course, in a matter of minutes. >> you're so springy. you look great. >> thank you so much. >> he's full of compliments. all right, the cnn newsroom continues in a moment with don lemon. have a great week. for your att. so we invented a warning.. you can feel. introducing the all new cadillac xts, available with the patented safety alert seat. when there is danger you might not see,
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