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power outages all playing into this. but first, the aftermath of those fierce thunderstorms. ten people were killed among them. the boys were cousins camping with their families when a tree fell on their tent. let's bring in larry, a spokesperson for the new jersey department of environmental protection. are you with us? >> yes i am. how are you today? >> fine, larry. i was devastated when we heard earlier in our previous hour about these two young boys. what can you tell us? what happened? obviously a massive shock. >> it's a sad day when you lose two young boys ages 2 and 7 from south jersey who were with their respective families looking for a nice weekend out in the summer in the country. they were cousins these two boys and they were -- both of their families had camp sites that were adjacent to each other and
they were just enjoying, you know, what they hoped was a beautiful weekend when the storms that had raged through from washington, maryland, and up hit south jersey. the storms, the winds came through, heavy rains. the family told our police that they were a bit afraid. one family went and huddled together with the other family in their tent. tragically this is right under a tree that broke due to extremely severe winds. a pine tree that literally snapped in a pretty severe gust and literally fell directly from that, from above them right on to their camp and killed the two boys. >> what can you tell us, larry, about the other family members? was anyone else injured? this is not that far outside of
new york city. this is a popular site for fishing, for boating, for camping. i assume a lot of people were there this holiday weekend. what about the rest of the people and the family members? >> well, the rest of the family members miraculously were virtually unscathed. a couple scratches but nothing to them. all they -- what they have is the horror of what happened to the two boys. they were able to -- rescuers tried to get to the site as quickly as they could with trees down, power lines down. it was a bit more difficult to get to these two boys and their families. when they got there a short time later, the one boy was already dead. they did try to take the 7-year-old to a hospital. there were paramedics there but they didn't get too far before he passed as well. the state park police director spent time with the families trying to console them. if that's even possible.
you know, gave them a chance to have peace and privacy there at the site with the boys but a horribly sad and tragic story. >> no words for something like that. the loss of a child, two children, two boys, again, for our viewers, 2 and 7 years old, two young boys dying when a tree fell on their tent in a new jersey park campground. larry, i appreciate you joining us. obviously the severe weather is hurting families and people across the country. our hearts go out to those families. now let's go straight to bonnie schneider. bonnie, talking about all of those storms, all the dangerous heat, record-breaking heat. we need to remember it is still early for these kinds of temperatures. and we've got days ahead. >> that's right. when you take a look at the storm damage a lot of people are going to want to go out and gather their belongings because we've had tremendous storm damage from the system and unfortunately ten people were killed as this large swath of thunderstorms worked its way across so many states.
take a look atd th this radar. it began yesterday on friday. it actually is a large wind storm that just brought a tremendous amount of wind over 600 miles in ten hours and millions of people unfortunately are without power today. states of emergency declared in virginia, west virginia, and ohio at this time. really at the worst time ever. in fact, i just got a report in from our weather producer that we were talking about record high temperatures today. get this. atlanta, it says here, 105. the temperature now in atlanta has climbed to 106 degrees. that's the hottest ever in atlanta. so we're notd only seeing record-breaking temperatures for the day but this is the all-time record high. we are seeing incredible numbers as the day continues and the heat continues to grow. so watch out for that as we go through the day. some of the other cities. you can see that right now current temperatures are in the triple digits for little rock, memphis, birmingham all the way into atlanta. charlotte, raleigh is at 105 degrees. and the forecast calls for this
heat, this large dome of high pressure that worked its way in from colorado. remember we were talking about triple digits there earlier in the week. dropped further to the south and expanded well out there. that's why we're seeing these heat indices all the way up to 115 degrees. when is it going to get out of here? it's not going to happen tomorrow. it is going to take a day or two. even when the temperatures start to cool down a bit we're talking about a drop from 105 to 99. so we're still looking at extreme heat for the next few days and it's very, very dangerous out there. you know, another problem with heat, poppy, is that it's cumulative. you have days and days and days with exposure to extreme heat and that makes more heat-related illness and is one of the reasons it's so dangerous. >> absolutely. you point out so many people die from heat-related illness and think i'm fine and they need to go somewhere where they can get cool and take care of themselves. the government is setting up a lot of pooling centers. thank you. we appreciate it. >> sure. now to the raging wildfire in colorado. two people killed already. nearly 350 homes destroyed so far. the flames keep on spreading.
cnn's sandra endo is live in colorado springs. sandra, you've been out there all day seeing what's happening. you've been on top of this story. any progress being made that you can tell us about? >> yes, poppy. the good news is that authorities say there is now 30% containment of the waldo canyon fire. that's double the size of containment from yesterday and there is a lot of activity, a lot of work to do. we're right near the base where helicopters have been launching, scooping up fire retardant, scooping up water to combat those flames from an aerial tactic. so certainly they are very busy trying to really tamp down those flames. from our vantage point, take a look at the mountain ridge behind me. yesterday we saw plumes of smoke rising from that mountain side. today we can see the progress for ourselves. for our own eyes here you can take a look. that is what you're looking at. just small, smoldering hot spots today so certainly we're seeing a lot of progress on this end. of course we're not getting the overall view but again
authorities saying there is now 30% containment overall for the waldo canyon fire. and yesterday president obama came to thank first responders for all their hard work and to survey the damage for himself and he talked about the spirit of community coming together in times of need. >> 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. and we all recognize that there but for the grace of god go i. we have to make sure we have each other's backs and that spirit is what you're seeing in terms of volunteers, in terms of firefighters, in terms of government officials. everybody's pulling together to try to deal with this situation. >> about 4,000 displaced residents in the hard hit neighborhood will be coming together tomorrow for a bus tour
to survey their neighborhoods for themselves so certainly there's going to be a lot of time needed to pick up the pieces but of course residents here saying that they want to go back and see their properties for themselves and try to rebuild. >> absolutely. the stories we've been hearing from you, from the people on the phone, all day long that lost their home, i know i've been struck by their sense of head coach in their community and banding together and their thanks and their praise for the first respondersnd the people on the ground. it's an incredible story. thank you very much, sandra. appreciate it. now let's turn to syria where there may finally be a chance for peace. in geneva today special envoy to the u.n. cakafi annan says the first step will be a cease-fire by both sides. if it hold, world powers would set up a transitional government including possibly members of the current assad regime. take a look at this incredible video.
what it appears to be and show is a bomb -- you saw it right there -- a bomb exploding during a funeral procession in the suburbs of damascus earlier today. like most things coming out of syria, cnn cannot independently verify this video. activists are telling us that 30 have died today alone possibly more that 30 died in that attack, that bomb explosion. opposition leaders say 14,000 people have died since the violence began in syria. just unbelievable to see that. a new law could make mississippi the only state without an abortion clinic. this is a very big story, guys, how pro choice activists are trying to change that with just hours left. #
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get this story. in new jersey a woman is suing a 13-year-old boy for hitting her with a baseball during a little league game almost two years ago. matthew migliosha told his dad he was warming up in the bull pen when the ball slipped out of his hands, sailed over the fence, and hit elizabeth lloyd in the face. matt's dad believes what his son told him and this was all just an unfortunate accident. >> he said we weren't screwing around. the ball slipped out of my hand when i threw it back and it went out of his hand.
to him this happens every day in little league. i want these people to come to their senses and drop the case. it's insane. >> is it going to get dropped? i spoke with our legal guys, avery friedman and richard herman. >> elizabeth lloyd who go-to hit by matthew's pitch, obviously has had reconstructive surgery, other continuing headaches, that type of problem. it's the real thing. the problem is, the liability issue. elizabeth's lawyer claims that matthew who was 11 at the time did it on purpose. nonsensical. i think there is a real question of whether there is going to be liability. clearly i think there was negligence somewhere along the line but was it foreseeable? i don't think so. >> interestingly, this case was filed just two weeks before the statute of limitations ran out in new jersey. civil lawsuits for personal injuries have to be filed within two years. that's an interesting point that may get taken into consideration. richard, the plaintiff elizabeth lloyd wants $500,000. that's what she is suing for.
there's actually precedent going back for this to a 1935 case in california's supreme court, right, about the assumption of risk if you're at a game? >> right. that's for professional baseball and that's where assumption and risk is applicable. here she is alleging assault and battery which is an intentional tort and i think the lawyer who brought the lawsuit missed the boat on this because if you sue for intentional tort that is usually a disclaimer on any insurance policies. number two, he was 11 years old and to think that he could form the requisite mental intent to throw and intentionally hurt someone and yet hit someone in the face at the distance he was, i mean, the yankees would have signed this kid up already. a ridiculous lawsuit. it's going to be knocked out. >> quickly before we come on to the next case, how does this play out? dismiss? go to trial?
settlement? >> dismissed. >> settlement. going to resolve. >> next case. this is wild. so you've got this former waitress courtney scarmela filed the lawsuit against owners of a bar in which she used to work called o hara's in california. she claims if she had to wear the uniform she found inappropriate. she claims fans were placed on the floor to blow up the waitresses' skirts. they say she quit her job. when she complained about the uniform they changed the policy and took the uniform away but then she says they cut her hours back and it goes on and on. what is your take? does she have grounds for a case here? >> yeah, a vintage classic retaliation under employment law. look, i don't know what it is with men. how do they come up with these ideas about a short skirt? remember that was like britney spears when she used to be cute and then they attached velcro to it so some drunken slob can rip
it off her. what a terrible, terrible idea. how demeaning. how humiliating for women. i think, again, there are allegations, poppy -- >> absolutely. >> if they can be proven courtney's case can be proven then i think she is very, very strong in the outcome. it's a very serious matter, violation of both federal and state law. >> richard, i was reading some of the comments on news reports, people writing in when they read this case and one said free country get another job. it is a very hard economy so that is easier said than done. what is your take? >> it's a ridiculous case. it's not a serious case. >> what? >> it's ridiculous. listen, the woman is working there for four years. a change of ownership takes over. they're struggling in this economy to make money. was she going to contribute to the owners to help them? no. they had to come up with an idea to generate sales. they implemented this. she did not have to work there. she could have left and got another job yet she chose to
stay. she chose to wear the skirt. she chose to check out at the cashier with the wind blowing. she wrote the letter and they stopped it. this case, poppy, is as stupid as the little league case. it's going nowhere. >> shameful. that's a shameful conclusion, richard. >> that's the facts. >> a clear violation of federal and state law. >> you got to be real. >> i want to see you guys go to trial together and battle this one out. that would be entertaining. >> you be the judge. >> i am not adjudicating this case. guys, thank you as always. pleasure to be with you. i watch you every saturday. thanks, guys. >> great working with you. have a great weekend. >> catch our legal guys every saturday at noon eastern on cnn. they are a boatload of fun. all right. health care reform and public opinion. how this country is divided right down the middle. coming up tomorrow on the next list dr. sanjay gupta introduces us to an engineer who is transforming education in the inner city.
very cool story for you. simon created an after school program in philadelphia that teaches students how to build biodiesel and electric cars. his inner city high school group beat prestigious colleges like m.i.t., beat the auto companies. this is a great story. tune in tomorrow to watch the next list. you can also set your dvr for it. it's 2:00 p.m. eastern.
dr. sanjay gupta joins us now. what do you have coming up at 4:30 eastern today? >> well, i'll tell you, as a journalist and a doctor it's been one of the most monumental weeks probably in the history of health care at least in my lifetime. we're going to talk about that as you might guess but not the politics of it so much, poppy. we're going to talk more about what this really means for people who are, you know, trying to get health care. feel like they're paying too much. we're going to try and answer the questions of these 450 provisions that are now going to be implemented. lots of answers. hopefully people will walk away smarter than they did at the beginning of the show. >> that's what matters. it's all about the people. even the president in his remarks after the supreme court's ruling said this wasn't politically popular. and he said i didn't do this because of politics. i did it because of the people. i know people have a lot of questions for you and you're
taking their tweets, phone calls, everything on your show. sanjay gupta md coming up at 4:30 eastern. thanks. all right. so what do you think of the supreme court's decision on health care? here is a guide to what the country thinks. this country is split right down the middle. 46% say they agree with the ruling to uphold health care reform. 46% say they disagree. well a new law can close the only abortion clinic, the only one in mississippi. we'll show you how the clinic's employees are fighting back. don't miss sleep train's 4th of july sale.
when the sun comes up tomorrow morning mississippi could be the only state in the country without a single clinic that performs abortions. cnn's george howell reports from jackson, mississippi. >> reporter: the signs are hard to miss outside the only clinic offering abortions in the state of mississippi and now the director of the jackson women's health organization is gearing up for a legal fight to keep the doors open. >> will this clinic be forced to shut down? >> i want to say over my dead body but i'm afraid. hopefully not. we'll do whatever it takes to keep servicing the women in mississippi. >> reporter: despite the letter she got in the mail -- >> we are licensed until june 30th of 2013.
>> reporter: diane says the paper could be worthless if she fails to comply with a new state law effective july 1st. doctors who perform abortions in mississippi must be board certified ob-gyns and also have privileges with local hospitals to admit patients if necessary. >> we have all the applications in. we have called these hospitals almost daily but it's a process. it takes a while for an answer. >> the clinic has had over 70 days to be compliant with this legislation. they should not be surprised. >> state representative sam mimms insists the law is meant to protect women's health not to ban abortions. he sponsored the bill, signed into law by republican governor phil bryant. >> i think it's historic. today you see the first step in a movement i believe to do what we can to say we're going to try to end abortion in mississippi. >> we intend to lead but this is not an example we're trying to
show the other country, other states look at what we've done. >> if it eliminates the one abortion clinic in the state? >> i'm very pro life. i believe that life begins at conception. and i think a lot of mississippians do as well. >> in a socially and religiously conservative state some say political pressure may be a reason hospitals haven't signed on to help the clinic. >> a lot of facilities like hospitals and so forth no doubt don't want to, from this standpoint, look up to be labeled as the one facility that is hospitable to providing abortions. >> so come monday if this clinic does not have what it needs to be compliant with this law what happens? >> if the clinic cannot get in compliance with the legislation, sure. i think, again, if we reduce the number of abortions it is a positive result for mississippi i think. >> this is not about safety. this is about politics. and politics do not need to be in our uterus.
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