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they get, it can never remove the emotional scars. i speak from experience. john tweeted an interesting idea, yes, and they should have to clean her gutters, paint her house and do her yard work and take out her trash for a year. i think that's an excellent idea. what do you think? does the punishment fit the crime? let me know your thoughts on the one-year suspension for these kids. you can tweet me @randikayecnn. i'll read some of your comments on the air. thanks for starting your morning with us. we've got much more ahead on "cnn saturday morning" which kins right now. continues right now. >> announcer: from cnn headquarters in atlanta, this "cnn saturday morning." a massive black out leaves millions powerless. as a dangerous heat wave scorches the central and eastern u.s., no air conditioning and no refrigerator could prove deadly. plus colorado on fire. 17,000 acres burned, more than 300 homes destroyed. and now at least two dead. we're putting the inferno in
focus. and later -- >> you can't throw a generation of kids away. >> an icon speaking out on some alarming statistics. we'll tell you what has the grammy winner so fired up. good morning, everyone. i'm randi kaye. it's 8:00 on the east coast. 5:00 a.m. out west. thanks for waking up with us. we start in colorado where firefighters are hoping for a little help from mother nature. the waldo canyon fire has destroyed nearly 350 homes so far and thousands more are threatened. firefighters have been working around the clock to protect those homes. we'll have a live report later this hour. moving to egypt now, an historic day for people there. last hour mohamed morsi was sworn in as the new president. during the inauguration he offered a salute to the people of egypt and promised to promote
unity. back in the u.s., newly released e-mails showed penn state knew they had a problem with jerry sandusky long before he was ever charged with a crime. concerns date back to an incident in 2001. officials say they wanted to handle it in a, quote, humane matter. sandusky was convicted on 45 charges related to the sexual abuse of young boys. peter madoff now faces ten years in prison for his part in his brother's $20 billion fraud scheme. the younger madoff pleaded guilty to federal charges he helped cover up the scheme. peter madoff was chief compliance officer at the company. bernie is served a sentence for masterminding that fraud. parts of the country are baking this weekend. we've seen record high temperatures from coast-to-coast. that means triple digit temperatures. people are scrambling to find ways to stay cool. trying to stay cool is a little harder when you don't have electricity. that is the case for more than 3 million people in these nine states. take a look, strong
thunderstorms and high winds caused the widespread outages. cnn's athena jones in rockville, maryland this morning. athena, any hope that the power will be on there soon? >> well, you know, utility companies here say they are still out assessing the damage and they won't be able to get really good estimates when all the power will be back on for sometime. you can see behind me evidence the strong winds came through knocking out the power here. in montgomery county more than 200,000 customers are without power. in some cases it's a block to block situation, some blocks with power, some without. i want to quickly tell you cnn has been able to confirm in virginia two deaths from the storm that came through last night. both of these fatalities came from trees falling on the people. we're still looking for more information on that. but as you mentioned, the issue going forward here today especially is going to be these power outages as they continue in the midst of this heat wave,
randy. >> the temperatures certainly, i'm not sure what it feels like there now, the temperatures are rising pretty soon. without power how will people stay cool? >> well, that's really the question we've been asking some of the people we've seen walking around here. one man told us last night after power went out last night he had trouble sleeping because it was hot. that was overnight. overnight temperatures got down to the 80s or 70s. it's only 8:00 here. while just an hour ago it was feeling pretty good, it's really beginning to heat up. we expect the temperatures to top 100 degrees around here once again. d.c. metro police have put out listing, announcement on their website listing cooling centers, extending pool hours, opening emergency centers for seniors and for the homeless to try to help people cool off as we face this heat wave that's affecting a third of the nation's population. so that's the big thing to watch around here today, randi. >> certainly looks like it's shaping up to be another hot one. athena jones, thank you very
much. heat affecting a million americans right now, heat warnings, watches, advisories seem to be everywhere. meteorologist karen maginnis here with us this morning. karen, more heat records as well? >> continuing scorcher over the next several days. randi, doesn't look like that will be relieved any time soon. it will knock the temperatures down but not very significant. take a look at the temperatures we're expecting this afternoon for atlanta 105 yesterday. a record setting high temperature also in the low triple digits. nashville, 106. show you what nashville climbed to yesterday afternoon. unbelievable. not just across the deep south. into the mid-atlantic and midwest as well. temperatures soaring near 100 to triple digits. cincinnati 97, st. louis, 103. washington, d.c., you're going to hover right around the upper 90s for the most part. with so many people from the mid-atlantic extending into the
ohio river valley, this is where we saw a lot of those power outages, so it's going to become very insufferable. really have to take care. watch out for the elderly, people suffering from illnesses or small children. they are going to be most prone to suffer from heat stroke or heat exhaustion. take a look at what happens over the next couple of days. for nashville 109, an all-time record high temperature. we're looking at those readings staying in the triple digits. as we go towards the middle of the workweek, take a look at this. four-day forecast, louisville 103 to 97. chicago, pretty much stay in the low- to mid-90s. we have some pictures of people trying to cool off in omaha, nebraska, and everyone from postal workers, people walking on the streets, they were trying to take it easy as those temperatures soared for the afternoon. what's causing the heat wave, a ridge of high pressure that's developed across the central u.s. has shifted toward the
east. we counted, randi, 21 states affected by the heat. excessive heat, high humidity. i lived in tucson, arizona, temperature was 100, humidity might be around 7, 8, 9%. across the deep south humidity are running 20 and 30%. very muggy. very oppressive. >> as i told you, mentioned earlier, my car thermometers said 112 yesterday. i never want to see that again. >> exactly. >> karen, thank you very much. the heat wasn't especially a big problem at pga in bethesda, maryland. temperatures there were around 110 degree. as many as 40 people treated for heat related problems. the golfers manage to keep cool by drinking lots of liquids. their caddies allowed to lose the trademark bibs they all wear. more than 17,000 acres burning in colorado. people on the run trying to escape the inferno. we'll go live to the front lines. remember the scene on the
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let's solve this. checking stories across the country now. first to greece, new york, where four middle school students involved in bullying the 68-year-old grandmother will be punished. the video went viral showing them tormenting karen klein. i spoke with her at her home last week. the school suspended the boys for one year and they also had to complete 50 hours of community service and senior citizens and reportedly have to complete a program in bullying prevention, respect and responsibility. now to michigan where bars are installing talking urinal cakes to remind men don't drink and drive during the fourth of july.
>> do yourself and everyone else a favor, call a cab. >> this is trying to get the attention of those who are the heaviest violator. >> people who have seen it so far come out of the bathroom laughing. >> it is part of a state highway safety program. officials say they thought of the idea was 80% of alcohol-related accidents were caused by men last year. it also reminds them to wash their hands. in san diego, a charity found a diamond studded wedding band among its donations. it may have been a mistake, perhaps dropped in by accident. volunteers with the ronald mcdonald were collecting change in the big red clown shoes and later found the ring. >> it's not a low cost value ring. someone has nice taste. please let us know. we need a description of the ring and we'll be happy to return it to the rightful owner. we'll be happy to do that if it's been lost. >> of course the charity said it could benefit from a big
donation like that one. to colorado where the waldo canyon wildfire is the most destructive on record. there is progress to report. more people allowed to return to their homes. the fire is 25% contained. still, waldo canyon has burned down more than 300 homes, killed two people and sent thousands of others in the colorado springs area running for their lives. listen to one of them as she drives out of her neighborhood with flames apparently a field away. >> i'm leaving my house. we'll probably -- oh, my god, the smoke in the air is so bad. let me see if i can pull through here. it was on fire just a second ago. there's flames over here. oh, my god. oh, my god. oh, my god.
oh, my god. oh, my god. >> that is just chilling to listen to. such emotion and fear in her voice. the driver, nicole frye is safe. the risk is far from over. it could take as long as three weeks to get this fire under control. joining me this morning is the chief of the u.s. forest service tom tidwell. chief, good morning to you. what is the latest information on waldo canyon? at last word we understood it spanned 17,000 acres. >> well, that's correct. it's a little over 17,000 acres now. the crews made good progress on it yesterday. they are at 25% of the fires now contained. >> what kind of help are you getting? how much of the nation's firefighting air fleet is in colorado right now? >> we have close to almost 1300 people on this fire. we've been using the air fleet
we need, air tankers, helicopter to support the firefighters on the ground. we've also brought in the military planes, c-130s working on this fire for the last few days. >> let's talk about some of the firefighting technology. you have talked recently in the news about the need to update air tankers and other firefighting equipment. what exactly is the problem? >> we've been bringing on additional air tankers this year. we current have 25 air tankers available. this also includes eight military planes and also one dc 10 we also use. in addition to that, we also have 34 large helicopters. those large helicopters can drop both water or retardant. they carry almost the same payload as our air tankers. >> the times reporting
conditions across the country for super fires as seen in colorado springs. the nation's landscape is apparently overgrown. can you explain to me, is this a super fire? what exactly would make one a super fire. >> waldo canyon definitely is a disastrous fire. what creates these large fires, what happened in colorado are record dry fuel, along with that with record dry hot weather, we do have fuel loads that exist on the landscape today. when you get ignition and strong wind, that's when you get a fire that will escape our initial attack efforts and then become a very large fire. >> what is the greatest challenge, would you say, in trying to battle this one? >> the challenge with all of these large fires is to be able to, first of all, protect the community. so many of our fires anymore almost always are about
protecting the community. our first action is to do what we can to keep the fire out of the community of the second is work the line so we can start to contain this fire. >> i understand you were with the president yesterday when he toured the damage in colorado sprin springs. how did that go? can you tell us about this? >> the president came out and visited with the fire crew on the line for a few minutes and went and visited with city firefighters and also made a stop at one of the evacuation centers. >> chief tom tidwell of the u.s. fire service. chief, thank you very much. i know it's a busy time. we appreciate your time this morning. >> thank you. next hour, our focus turns to the often forgotten victims of the devastating fires, the pets and the animals. if you would like to help families left homeless by the colorado wildfires, please head to cnn.com/impact. we will find ways you can help
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of us are around the country. welcome back, everyone. "cnn saturday morning." rodney king will be remembered today in a public funeral in california. civil rights leaders, family friends and celebrities are expected to attend the service at forest lawn cemetery in the hollywood hills. the king family has set up a bank fund to help pay for the funeral. rodney king became the face of police misconduct after his videotape beating by l.a. police in 1991. two weeks ago he was found dead in his swimming pool at age 47. a high-flying man comes crashing down in the courtroom. made millions, climbed tallest mountains, apparently killed himself in court just moments after a jury found him guilty of burning down his mansion because he couldn't afford to pay the mortgage. affiliate kdfk has the report of
the millionaire. >> banker, adventurer, millionaire will be known as an arsonist. >> fin the defendant michael jackson james marin guilty of arson of an occupied structure. >> reporter: this man who lived life large with original picasso sketches lining his walls and his multi-million dollar biltmore mansion is the same in 2009 skyped with tv as he scaled mt. everest. >> up to 25,000 feet without oxygen. >> reporter: it was a very dangerous climb to the top that nearly cost him his life. >> it's a reminder you're in a very dangerous business and you're profoundly grateful for just the grace that gives you life to breathe. >> reporter: it was just a couple months later that michael marin's biltmore home went up in flames. again, he was thankful, this time for the grace of his scuba
gear. >> actually found some air left in the tank and that's what enabled me to get back to the window and deploy the ladder. if i hadn't had those two things, we wouldn't be talking. >> the tank and ladder made firefighters suspicious. >> my years on the job it's the first time i saw somebody use scuba driving equipment to get out of a fire. >> reporter: months later he was accused of arson, accused of torching his home because he couldn't pay the mortgage. a guilty verdict. a shocking reaction. deputies say it appears he took something in court, collapsed, and moments later died. >> michael marin could have been sentenced to 16 years in prison on that arson conviction. mario armstrong, digital lifestyle expert in baltimore this morning. we are going to talk to him about google unveiling its new tablet this week but we're also going to be talking to him about the power outages that are hitting this entire country.
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there are millions still without power this morning along the eastern seaboard. no electricity and the heat as you well no is rising. it could get even worse. one of those affected hln digital lifestyle expert mario armstrong. he joins us every week to talk about tech trends. we wanted to talk about google's new tablet, which is a big deal but mario is in baltimore and has no power so you can't see his face. >> i'm fully dressed. i got dressed and ready to do it over skype, then i realized my internet. >> how long have you been without power? >> i've been out -- it hit late last night i want to say 11:30, right before midnight, started pummeling. i've been through several before. this the worst i experienced. i thought our gazebo in the
backyard would actually blow away. that severe of a sound of wind coming through here. we had fluctuations of power in and out throughout the course of the night. woke up at 3:00 a.m., saw the power was on, thought it would be just fine. woke up this morning, power was on but internet is disconnected. >> so you don't have air conditioning or anything. >> and no cable. no cable, no internet. >> you can always watch us on your gadget. you know that. i don't have to tell thank you. >> i have been watching on my ipad, which is still charged, which is something they should think about when they are preparing for a storm or you know a storm is coming. precharging all of your devices, any back-up power devices you have like dura cell power mat, these are things you can buy to give you extra power. >> oftentimes in a power outage we hear about a power surge. can that hurt your gadgets?
what can you do to protect them? >> absolutely it can. lightning was incredible last night. you can see a lot of power fluctuations hit your devices. the key to protecting all devices, first thing i did around the house was unplug computers, unplug anything else like television sets or even just -- anything electronically that you have plugged in, you really should go ahead and unplug it. you can get a power surge that can come in. if you don't have the right protection to protect that surge, it's going to burn and bake those components and bake those electronics. >> then it's toast, right? >> then it's toast. that brings up another point. a lot of people i talk to when we start talking about preparations for storms, when they happen will readily in areas of the country, look, if a device gets burned out, that's one thing. you don't want to lose your data. you want to make sure you're
consistently having a back-up plan for data, online, up to the cloud, hard drive at an external location in case your data becomes corrupted or bothered or damaged. >> all right. some very good tips. mario, i hope you get power back soon and get things back in order at your home. we're glad you're safe. try and stay cool today, cooler than always. >> will stay cool. i have a little hand crank -- i wish you could hear it. you can't. hand crank radio. eton has these. great for an emergency situation. aren't you guys on the radio? >> yeah, there's cnn radio. i don't know exactly what the number is. continue to watch us on the ipad. i love to hear that. >> will do. take care. >> you, too. the high cost of health care. what's your share? we'll break down a what exactly is in the law. and kept turning the page, this is the next chapter for the rx and lexus.
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i tell mike what i can spend. i do my best to make that work. we're driving safely. and sue saved money on brakes. now that's personal pricing. welcome back. i'm randi kaye. thanks for starting your morning with us. let's talk for a moment about health care and the cost to you. the supreme court ruled in favor of the president's health care plan, so it stays. no real changes.
but do you know what that really means to your bottom line and to your wallet? a senior analyst with bloomberg industries, mike, good morning. thank you for joining us this morning. let's get right to it. i'm an average american. a lot of average americans watching this morning. are our health care premiums going to go up now? >> no. randi, i think what will end up happening is that premiums are going to end up staying relatively constant. you know, as we take a look towards 2014 when more people, more uninsured will end up gaining coverage, there will ab large pool of people that will end up coming into the insurance policy pool. that will end up meaning there will be more people to spread risk around so premiums should stay relatively constant. at least that's my view. >> premiums may stay the same. what can you tell us about this sur tax that some people will be facing? >> well, you know, a sur tax to a certain extent if you're
thinking about the idea we'll end up seeing larger medicare taxes that will end up going to individuals going ahead and earning more than $200,000. that is true. those taxes are going to go up to 2.35 to 1.45% of income. again, it's on higher earning people. as far as average americans are concerned, you really shouldn't see much of an impact. >> you've also said basically there isn't going to be a change for big business. what about the small business owner? could we see them dropping health coverage and making employees fend for themselves now that there is in play? >> there is an alternative coming up in 2014. the insurance exchanges that will be set up by states will allow people to come in and buy more affordable health insurance. it is likely many small businesses will choose to go ahead and move their employees towards these exchanges.
in doing so, they may end up paying a fee. but to be honest with you, randi, the fee will end up being less in many cases than it would be if they were to offer insurance themselves. for any small businesses under 50 people, they don't have to end up worrying about this at all. >> that fee, doesn't that go toward trying to pay for the exchanges as well. >> it does. it does. in fact, the fee ends up being a counter-balance to some of the incremental cost that goes into providing health insurance for the insured. >> a big part is the emphasis on preventive care. do you see a change for people in that area as to where they go to get their care? >> yeah, i do. i think that we'll end up going ahead and seeing many doctors continue to go ahead and have their case loads. but one of the provisions of health reform was the idea of trying to bolster community health centers so they could end up going ahead and providing more preventive care.
as time goes on, i think there will be a tiered approach, primary care, community health centers and also other also minute clinics that are very popular here in new york with the dwayne reed centers. >> i think doctors everywhere are bracing for this storm of new patients. but could we see an extra burden on doctors in rural areas who have limited patient pools? >> that's likely. more uninsured will end up going ahead coming in to rural doctors. i think that's one of the reasons why health care reform is trying to go ahead and push more and more people towards physicians and doctors, also incentivizing them to put practices in rural areas of the combination of the two hopefully will provide an offset to some incremental people that are coming into rural areas. >> michael mann, thank you very much. nice to chat with you. >> thank you, randi.
george zimmerman's attorney pushed for a new bond at a hearing friday. i'll tell you if the suspected murderer is out on bail or still behind bars. now to this week's travel insider, the beauty of one italian city at a budget price. tuscany. >> reporter: take a vacation. that doesn't mean you need to spend a lot of money to have fun. here are trips i picked up while traveling through tuscany. number one, don't be afraid to rent a car and drive. many people say driving in tuscany is terrifying. if you rent a contact manual car, you'll find driving is a breeze. plus a compact car is cheaper than a luxury or suv. so brush up on your stick. number two, don't want to drive in take the train. while traveling through italy, my family and i took the train
to florence. it was fast and we saved money because we didn't have to pay to park. number three, rent a villa inside of a hotel. renting a home will help you save on accommodations and food. because if there's a kitchen, you can prepare some of your meals there. looking to save more? the more people you fit in, the cheaper it will be. we stayed at this villa. what i loved about staying off the beaten path and away from tourists, getting to explore a neighborhood and really experience tuscany's culture. if you stay at a villa or smalltown, make sure to shop at their local markets and try their meats and cheeses. yum. to save, buy your wine at the grocery store. one suggestion, look for the bottles with the black rooster symbol. this means the wine is of higher quality. i hope these tips help you plan a friendly trip. it worked for me on my trip to tuscany and i'm sure it will
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reconsiders bond. yesterday the 28-year-old pushed for a new bond. he's been in jail since the judge discovered he misled about finances and revoked the official bail. his attorney said the case is too flimsy for zimmerman to stay in jail and he should be home with his wife. >> he wants out. he wants to be able to be with shelly. he's very worried about his wife right now. he'll deal with it, no matter what the judge's ruling. at the time his first bond was set, zimmerman claimed to be broke but he'd actually raised a couple hundred thousand dollars online. cnn contribute and attorney powell cjoins me from new york. he misled the court. an honest move, smart one? >> the only move he could make. the judge was well aware what had gone on with the zimmerman defense fund.
the wife really did make a misrepresentation to the court. she lied to the court about the financial resources that the family had available. george zimmerman didn't correct that through his attorney. so the attorney had to say to the judge, june, a misrepresentation was made. this is why it was made. he went through an elaborate explanation what happened to the funds through a forensic accountant to show this money in the end, none was diverted, misused, and therefore the court shouldn't hold that against the zimmerman's. >> yet the judge didn't make a decision on friday. how likely do you think it is he would deny bail to zimmerman for misleading the court about finances? >> hard to say. this is such a strange, strange case. you never see a hearing like this, i have to tell you. usually a judge is looking at a drug dealer or bank robber and the prosecutor comes in and says, judge, the money he's
posting for jail, it's the proceeds of the robbery or drug money. usually that's what they are looking at. they are not looking at a defense fund and say, well, should he told me more about the defense fund. this is a very unusual issue. so if the judge remains angry enough at george zimmerman saying he lied in court through his wife and this is an attack on the integrity of the court decision and forces zimmerman to remain in prison until trial, this is going to go up on appeal. i think the judge is going to write a lengthy decision probably justifying whatever decision he makes one way or another, letting him out or making him stay in because he anticipates an appeal. >> what do you make of zimmerman's new look in court on friday. a bit of a softer look, no shackles, his hair had grown out a bit. he was wearing a nice suit, his lawyers wiping off his shoulder a little bit. are they looking to change his public appearance? >> i was thinking his attorney
should hire his stylist. i was looking at the outfit. even when i represent clients in murder cases, i do tell them how to dress. i don't hire a stylist. it was a soft look, a conservative look. i think it was a great tie, white shirt, conservative suit. normally in these hearings, by the way, the defendant comes in in an orange jumpsuit from prison usually shackled. a lot of times the courts don't bother with allowing them to wear civilian garb. usually it's the judge and the lawyers and it's no big deal. obviously every moment in this case is covered by the press and gets back to the potential jury pool. i think this was a good move by the defense. humanize him. make him look nonthreatening. he looked great. he looked better than his attorney, i think, so that's good. >> let's talk about defense witness number two. he was the first responder at the crime scene. he said almost half, 45% of zimmerman's face was actually
covered in blood. how big of a deal is this? this goes against the public perception of zimmerman not being hurt? >> this was a big, big moment for the defense, i think. we had almost a mini trial going on here where we got a picture of what the defense will be. this witness, o'rourke an emt for the fire department. he said 40% of zimmerman's head was covered with blood. he also said zimmerman had a laceration on his nose and that he, the emt, was of the opinion that the nose looked deformed and broken. this would be entirely consistent with zimmerman's claim he was punched in the face and then knocked to the ground and subjected to head injuries by trayvon martin there by giving him, zimmerman, the right to use a gun in self-defense. so this was, i think, the defense putting up a rather strong argument that zimmerman acted in self-defense. why is it relevant to the bail, by the way? one of the things judges consider is what's the
likelihood of conviction. if somebody is likely to get out of jail, get acquitted, it's not right to make them remain in jail. the strength of the prosecutor's case is a factor at a bail hearing, which gave him the excuse of calling this witness. >> it was, you're right, a little bit of a mini trial. paul cowan, thank you for that. thank you for your insight. nice to see you this morning. >> always nice to be with you, randi. take care. you, too. all across america, the country is baking. anything in the 90s is actually considered cool, believe it or not. your fans and air conditioners they are getting a workout today. if you're one of the lucky ones who actually has power.
now to colorado and the deadly wildfire near colorado springs, waldo canyon fire. a second person found i think so a burned out home. the fire destroyed nearly 350 homes but thousands more are still being threatened. president obama traveled colorado springs to offer his support for the firefighters and presidents. state aid, local agencies. in colorado springs this morning, he's been there all week. rob, tell us a little more about the firefighting efforts at this point? >> they are getting a little more containment on this thing. as it has been from the beginning, the fire hasn't behaved anything like they thought it would. one thing, at night, they can count on, it has laid down a little bit cooler mornings. what you see during the afternoon, nothing like you see in the morning. behind me the front range there, just some smoke billowing out. you notice how close that smoke
is to some communities down there. that subdivision has been protected and saved. some subdivisions a little bit farther south not so lucky. as the sun comes up as it's doing now, it will heat and activate those smoldering flames and grow them throughout the day. that plume of smoke will be larger. even though 25 per containment sounds like a small number, we're looking at a much bigger improvement from what we had just a few days ago. we talked to victims, of course, horrifying stories. 346 homes, most destructive in colorado history. as you can imagine firefighters working tireless ly on the groud and in the air. air force academy airfield, talk to pilots there of the chopper. some amazing video we got in of helicopters, air cranes that are modified to scoop up water and dump them in the fire. some of that stuff, they are pretty surgical as far as how they are able to dump that water where they are ordered to do so.
i caught up with a pilot yesterday afternoon and he gave me insight as to what he's up against. >> what's the most challenging thing about this fire? >> not losing a house. we don't like that. we take that kind of personal. you know, the challenging part is being up 10,000 foot with the winds, see the cloud -- the smoke is standing up today. you get through that and get winds swirling over the top, even though the machine has horsepower, it takes a lot of horsepower to fly in the wind. >> so that air support will continue today, in about another hour or so they will get the birds back in the air. the u.s. military unprecedented move in supplying this one fire with their entire fleet of modified c-130s. all sorts of assets pouring into this area after a terrifying and horrible day on tuesday and tuesday night where tens of thousands of people had to rush from their homes into safety. they are still evacuated, randi. there's no really word of any
sort of mass population going back to where their homes are, even if they were saved. tomorrow there will be some tours on buses to show people what's been done as far as fires and fire damage and which houses have been saved. they won't be allowed to get out of their buses. no telling when evacuation orders will be lifted, to give you an idea how potent and active the fire is. >> such a difficult time for people to go back to the neighborhood. very emotional i'm sure. thank you for the update. today the heat wave continues and is expected to last throughout the weekend. yesterday temperatures soared past 100 degrees from kansas to washington, d.c. in some areas storms caused power outages knocking out people's air conditioning. heat indexes reached as high as 115 degrees. in jackson county, missouri, they are investigating three deaths that may be related to the heat. humans aren't the only ones suffering in the heat, they can
out this incredible video. a pump decided to cool off with a fire hydrant. that's one smart doggie. next, she is a punk rock icon with a new cause. >> it's time for things to change. >> i'll tell you what's god cyndi lauper all fired up and share our conversation. and our communities... america's beverage companies have created a wide range of new choices. developing smaller portion sizes and more low- & no-calorie beverages... adding clear calorie labels so you know exactly what you're choosing... and in schools, replacing full-calorie soft drinks with lower-calorie options. with more choices and fewer calories, america's beverage companies are delivering.
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♪ ♪ if you fall i will catch you ♪ >> one of my favorite cyndi lauper songs for sure. she's a longtime champion for gay rights. now grammy award winning singer cyndi lauper is really fired up. she's just launched 40 to none project. it's a campaign to battle the growing number of homeless gay youths. the statistics are staggering. take a look. >> in america up to 1.6 million youths are homeless each year. up to 40% of them identify as gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender. most of them have been thrown out of their homes or run away out of fear and rejection. it's time for things to change. >> i had a chance to sid down
with cyndi and asked her why sheg involved. >> the number of kids involved and the proportion of kids on the street who identify as gay or transgender or that the general population, only three to five%, up to 40% identify as gay or transgender on the street. that's a little, you know - that was surprising, alarming to me. also because they are kids. you know, even for a selfish thing, if you want to win in this world and everybody talking about we've got to do this and we've got to do that and we've got to compete with the other countries. well, you can't throw a generation of kids away. that's our future, you know. you don't know who the great idea is going to come out of. you've got to have your kids.
you need legs, and legs are the people. you can't have an exclusive society and win. you want to win, you need inclusion and the strength of everybody to pitch in and make it happen, not half the people. >> so what's the plan for 40 to none. obviously this can't be fixed overnight. i know you have this five-year plan. give me an idea of where you want to be in five years. >> we want to have no kid on the street who is only on the street because they are gay or transgender. it's like throwing somebody outfit your house because their hair is brown. that's the education part. the thing is, it's education. you have to know scientifically what the truth is, you know. so i want to -- well, not just me, my team, we're going to educate the public and educate people, speak about it.
we urge everyone to share your stories, speak, talk to each other. i'm going to advocate on behalf of the kids. i'm going to -- you know, a lot of these places that gregory lewis, the fellow who works with us that strong armed this and went on the road for us came back and said, a lot of these places have great programs that actually work. we wanted to see the programs that actually worked, the blueprints that work and help spread those blueprints, the ones that are working for the kids. and we found out from these providers that, one, they have no public support. and of course the funding gets cut. but i don't know if a lot of people are aware of the centers, of the places. and they said nobody really talks about it. so i figured, you know, i've got a big mouth. i don't mind. >> so what is your message to a gay or lesbian teen or youth who
might be watching this morning, might be considering running away or might be dealing with rejection from their parents? what do you want to say to them? >> well, you know, hang in there. there are people who are working for you. there is a future. evolution takes time. but it will come. it will come. step by step. it will come. talk to your parents. tell them you love them. just explain to them. go online, show them, educate them a little bit. you know, nobody ever reached out to them to help them. if it's a bad situation, go online and maybe there are services, people you could talk to that will help you. go on 40 to none.org.
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welcome back, and good morning once again. i'm randi kaye. it is 9:00 on the e. coli, 6:00 a.m. out west. thanks for waking up with us. now to the devastating fires in colorado. president obama toured the area around colorado springs yesterday getting a firsthand look at the destruction. >> the devastation is enormous. our thoughts and prayers go out to all the families who have been affected. one of the things i tried to emphasize is that whether it's fires in colorado or flooding in the northern parts of florida, when natural disasters like this hit, america comes together. we all recognize that there but for the grace of god go i.
we've got to have each other's backs. >> some of the numbers on the waldo canyon fire. two people are dead, found in a burned out home, thousands more threatened. more in the next hour. we said across america it's baking. if you can find 90 degrees you're in a cool zone. nick in atlanta where people are trying to beat the heat. how hot is it? the city is taking official action hoping not to replicate what happened in missouri where they are investigating three possible heat related deaths. >> that's right. if you can imagine, randi, when we got here about 70 degrees over an hour ago. already 81 degrees if you can believe it. we talked to georgia power. they had similar heat in 2007, reached triple digit heat back then. they don't expect record usage in terms of power here. this time they are more
prepared. one of the plans they had was cooling centers in atlanta, southwest location here. the last few minutes, a dozen cars showed up here. people racing for that record heat, randi. >> what exactly is taking place? what can they get at the cooling stations? are they picking up water and cooling off literally. >> some of the people we talked to, there are recreational activities inside. there were some kids here. it hasn't opened up yet, so we don't know what's hang here. a cooling center, just a place to get away from the heat. the economic factors, believe it or not, play into today, a lot of people not turning on air conditioning because they can't afford it. the city of atlanta encouraged people to come out here and the public so they can get away from that. >> the power grid can't afford it either. nick valencia, thank you very much. what some are calling absolute craziness on an
american eagle flight delayed for hours. passengers took this video, the flight attendant losing his cool. that is an understatement. he dared passengers who wanted to leave to just try it. >> i don't want to hear anything. we will not hear anything. once we close the door. if you have balls -- is that what he said? >> this is your time. otherwise you're going to have to fly with jose. >> can you imagine being on that airplane? the flight was on the tarmac five hours, delayed by thunderstorms, then returned to the gate and refuel and was eventually canceled. american airlines has apologized for the crew's behavior. rodney king will be remembered today in a public funeral in california. civil rights leaders, family, friends, celebrities are expected to attend the service
in forest lawn cemetery. the family set up a bank fund to help pay for the funeral. rodney king became the face of police misconduct after his videotape beating in 1991. two weeks ago he was found dead in his swimming pool. he was 47. i'm talking about our furry friends, the dogs, cats, other adorable pets. the amazing rescue effort to help them next. to a little girl who saw flames reach her home
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she could do whatever she wanted. but first she asked her son's opinion. >> why do you ask me what you should do, why don't you do what you want to do. i said, okay, i'll throw out the first pitch. i didn't get to be 100 by myself. i've had a lot of help. >> tommy grew up playing ball with her six brothers. 130 of her friends and family came out to support her. an arizona police blame a naked carjacking suspect for multiple wrecks. they say the rampage started when he got in a crash yesterday. he jumped ut of his car before yelling before pulling off his clothes. he climbed on the roof of the car, pulled out the driver, fled. one included a pregnant woman. police say the suspect may have been on drugs. now to north carolina where a seven-month-old puppy was trapped at the bottom of a well after he ran away.
a rescue squad rushed to get him out. a rescuer tied the dog to a rope and was able to carry him up. >> he jumped right in my arms. kind of hard to tie him off. he was real friendly. i love animals myself. i wouldn't want my pet down there in the hole. >> we're happy to tell you the pup is okay. the property owner now plans to cover up the well. we have been focusing this morning on the firestorm in colorado that's forced thousands from their homes. many had to pick up and leave in a hurry but not before making sure their pets were safe. they have placed them in temporary shelter until they can return and get them. january smith, president and ceo of the humane society of the pikes peak region in colorado. jan, good morning. thank you so much for joining us. >> good morning. >> first of all, where are you? where is your facility in relation to the fires? i'm hoping you and the animals are all safe. >> yes, thanks for asking. our shelter is on the west side
but we're down south. we also opened up a temporary shelter on the east side so we could take in more animals when tuesday's firestorm happened. >> tell me about the operation. i think what you've done is such a smart move. you opened shelters right when the fires began? >> that's right. exactly a week ago on saturday, we saw the smoke. our staff jumped into action and we put together a temporary shelter at our current facility along with our homeless animals and stray animals. that filled up in one day. so immediately we got on the phone and we were able to find donated space at an expo center on the east side of town. we went into action there. we were able to set up a shelter for emergencies and we were taking in 165 animals. >> that's how many you've taken in already or you're still taking in more. >> well, we've taken in over 300 animals total. about 145 at our facility on the west side and another 165 on the
east side. so we've had over 300 animals in our care. people have been so grateful we've been able to help them during this difficult time. >> what kind of animals are you getting? is it just the dogs and cats? >> it's a wide variety of animals. the majority are dogs and cats. we've also taken in exotics, big birds, small birds. we even got in chickens last night. >> wow. do you have enough volunteers? how is the going in terms of staffing and taking care of these animals? >> we've been on 24/7 since the fire started. we have dedicated volunteers assisting our staff night and day to take care of animals, assist families in dire need of knowing how their families are. yesterday our animal law enforcement officers went up into these mandatory evacuation areas and they were able to pull out 76 animals left behind. >> that's what i wanted to ask you. are most families dropping them off or are they leaving in such
a rush they are abandoning their animals not for lack of love but they don't know what else to do? >> it was such a rush, many people may not have even had a chance to get into their homes when the fire started. a lot of people brought them to us but we have been concentrating the last two days on having our officers go into these mandatory evacuated areas and pulling these animals out of their homes. yesterday morning i had a couple come in. they were crying, distraught over their three cats they had to leave behind. luckily they were able to get into the home and save the animals. >> how are the animals doing in general? >> in general everybody is doing great. our staff and volunteers have been doing really well taking care of them. we've had local veterinarians coming in and doing health checks every single day. it's very stressful in the emergency shelter because of the noise level but we are working very hard to keep everybody comfortable and hopefully reunite everyone with their pets as soon as possible.
>> is that the plan? we do expect people weren't dropping them off for good? you expect they will be reclaimed? >> yes, the plan is to have everybody reunited with their animals at this point. obviously with 347 homes being lost and many more badly damaged, there are some animals that will be remaining probably in foster homes for the long-term while families try to get situated and back on their feet. >> as we're looking, talking about pictures of dogs and cats and animals you're now sheltering. i'm curious, how long can it go on. forest service says could be mid july before it's under control. can you afford to do this? >> we're seeking donations to help with the cost of caring for these animals. our community has jumped in and been supportive helping us with crates, blankets, food from our -- food donations from hill science diet has been tremendous. we have the basic necessities. at this point financial donations would help us with the long-term extended care we think
we're going to have to provide for some of these animals. >> i don't know how you could look at these pictures and not want to help and reach out to your group. jan, thank you very much. appreciate what you're doing certainly to help save hess animals. >> thank you very much. next hour, our focus turns to what's fueling those fires. i'll talk with a professor of fire ecology. new details from penn state, e-mails paint a different picture of who knew what and when about concerns over jerry sandusky. but first here is christine romans with a look at what's ahead coming up on your bottom line. >> reporter: on a special edition of your bottom line we focus on courageous men and women coming home from war. we'll show you struggles and successes from job hunt to translating military fields from battle to office. also unique ways they are healing. our nation's bravest coming up
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mean girls aren't cool. it's true. that is the name of a program and website created by kelsey jackson, a college student bullied in high school. her mission is to raise awareness about the problem and empower victims. i was able to sit down with kelsey who was in town for a conference about bullying as well as a teacher laurie thompson and ask her about her work. >> how much of a difference is there between how girls bully or how girls are bullied versus
boys. >> girls are emotional and psychologically bullied. boys can go outside in the parking lot at school, get in a fight and be best friends in the next five minutes. girls can hold a grudge forever. it tears your self-confidence apart. it's more psychological rather than physical. >> why do you think it's so important, kelsey, to draw attention to those being bullied? >> because with girls, it's harder to recognize the bullying. they are secretive most of the time. those victims, you know, are sometimes scared to reach out for help. so getting the education for people to acknowledge it and how to realize somebody is being bullied is very important for schools. >> kelsey, you were bullied when you were younger. tell me about that and its impact on you. >> it had a huge impact on me. i was bullied probably starting in the fourth grade. i never got to eat at the same lunch table with the girls in my class, never got to go to spend
the night parties. it was exclusion. i had huge self-confidence before i was bullied. because i was bullied, i lost that completely. i was shy. it affected me. i would sit up in a room by myself. my parents wondered what was going on because my grades dropped. it took me a while to tell them because i was scared. i was scared if i told somebody at the school or told my parents, i knew they would go to the school and i figured it would just get worse if i told somebody. >> did you tell someone at the school? if so, how did they respond? >> i did for a while. at first they brushed it off. it can't be her, she's my best student. she's a popular girl. they brushed it off. they didn't figure it was her because they never saw it. it was always in the bathroom or outside or at lunch when teachers aren't in your face at the classroom. >> you started your own anti-bullying program? >> i did. >> as a result of what happened. what's that about? tell me. >> it's really i go -- it started in the ninth grade. i go to schools and talk about
my story. i let the girls know i've been through this. i'm okay. you're going to be okay. i really talk about things i didn't do that i should have done that really helped. i educate them on what to do, how to get through it. sometimes i talk to teachers, me and my mom talk together about how to handle it. >> the name of the program. >> means girls aren't cool. >> i love that. that's the greatest name. laurie, your play about being bullied, it's very moving. >> this is a play about bullying. >> tell me briefly what it's about. >> the bull i didn't project is based on the book bullies in america, combined by mothers who lost children due to excessive bullying. when i read the book, i could certainly hear the voice of the mother but i could also hear the voice of their son or daughter. >> the laughing, the insults.
and i didn't even know his name. >> being a theater teacher, it became for me, how can i go there, to get there with my students. that was then the premise for the bullycide project and taking these stories, bringing them back to life so to speak and educating young audiences who these people were? >> kelsey, i know while you're in town here in atlanta, you shot this music video. also related to bullying. tell me about that and who was involved with that. >> that was awesome, my first music video, lots of fun of the cnn building is in the background, so that's cool. it was shot with a young pop group remix. i grew up with them. they are from mississippi as well. we got a lot of kids, younger kids from mississippi to come up. the video is powerful. it's called "beautiful." it's about you're beautiful no
matter what you think. you don't have to look at girls on tv or in the magazine. you're beautiful. just be yourself. ♪ >> it was really powerful. some of the kids that came up, they had been bullied before. it was really great, an awesome opportunity. i'm glad for it to come out. >> if there's a child watching this morning or a teenager or anybody being bullied right now at school and doesn't know what to do about it at camp this time of year, what's your advice to them? >> my advice is something i didn't do for a long time, tell. have you to. you can't go through it alone. for friends, if you know anybody being bullied, stand up for them. they need your help. i know it's a very scary thing. you feel like if i get involved, the bully might turn on me and bully me as well. your friends need you at this point. tell an adult and take up for other people. >> what both of you are doing is great. thank you both. >> thank you. kelsey left me with one
parting gift, these sunglasses here. on the side they say hater blockers. this is her way to get kids to wear these and not listen to those mean bullies who might be bullying them. if you'd like to sound off on stories about bullying, tweet me now or any time. use the hashtag bullying stops here. you can find me @randikayecnn. >> not the mega talent she is but what she's about to become, adele. a quick look at what's coming up on sanjay gupta at 4:30. >> i'm dr. sanjay gupta. we're devoting the whole half hour to answering questions about what the supreme court decision means for your health. a monumental week. we'll be answering your questions. so you see everything the way it's meant to be seen. experience life well lit, ask for transitions adaptive lenses.
i tell mike what i can spend. i do my best to make that work. we're driving safely. and sue saved money on brakes. now that's personal pricing. checking some headlines now. parts of the country are literally baking this weekend. we've seen record high temperatures from coast-to-coast. that means triple digit temperatures, people scrambling to find ways to stay cool. in colorado firefighters are hoping for a little help from mother nature today. the waldo canyon fire has now destroyed nearly 350 homes and thousands more are threatened.
firefighters have been working around the clock to protect those homes. we'll have a live report next hour. newly released e-mails allegedly from penn state officials said they knew they had a problem with jerry sandusky long before he was ever charged with a crime. concerns date back to an incident in 2001. officials say they wanted to handle it in a humane matter. sandusky convicted of 45 charges related to sexual abuse of young boys. big news in the entertainment world, adele is pregnant. the award winning singer says she and boyfriend are expecting. it is her first child. adele won critical acclaim for songs about her life in and out of relationships. so this event should make for even more gold records. have you heard, tom cruise and katie holmes are splitting up. holmes filed for divorce thursday after five and a half years of marriage. cruise's attorney says tom is very sad while katie's camp says she's