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this. it's a new study of heavy snoring in children. it's not necessarily cute. in fact, it can be tied to some serious medical issues that are associated with chronic, poor sleep. there was a study in the cincinnati children's hospital medical center that found that 2 and 3-year-olds who snod loudly at least twice a week had more problems with hyperactivity, aggression, and attention problems. snoring may also be a sign of breathing problems. bottom line is if your child is snoring heavily more than once in a blue moon don't ignore it. talk to the doctor and try to find a way to get your child that restorative sleep he or she needs. that wraps things up for sgmd. let's keep the conversation going on twitter as well at sanjay gupta cnn. time now for a check of your top stories in the cnn newsroom.
welcome to the cnn newsroom. i'm alison kosik in for don lemon. president obama is in new hampshire campaigning for support in another of the small but critically important battleground states. earlier in florida republican vice presidential candidate paul ryan brought his mom along to defend his medicare plans before an audience of mostly senior citizens. reports on both campaigns coming up in just about two minutes. the great recession is officially over but the budget cuts continue in public schools across the country. a new white house report finds 300,000 education jobs have been lost since the end of the recession in june of 2009. the cuts have also led to fewer school days and larger class sizes. at least 172 people were killed across syria today in street fighting, bombings, and shelgs according to an opposition network based in syria. also today nobody will say for certain whether syria's vice
president has defected as opposition leaders are claiming. if it's true, he is the highest level official to leave syria and flee the country. for the first time in 45 years dallas county, texas is spraying mosquitos pesticide from the air trying to end a deadly outbreak of west nile virus. the virus has already claimed 21 lives in texas and made at least 550 others sick. many in dallas are opposed to the spraying. the epa says the pesticide isn't harmful to humans or pets. federal officials say cantaloupes from southwestern indiana are making people sick and even killed two people. the cause? salmonella. the fda says if you have any cantaloupes from that part of the country, throw them out. more than 140 people came down with salmonella infection in 20 states. firefighters are catching a break with slightly cooler temperatures as they tamp down wildfires, scorching much of the western u.s. in california and washington state, people who fled the area
are being allowed to go back home and see what was spared. we'll have more from the fire zone in a few minutes. neral motors is recalling some 250,000 vehicles in the us auns canada after reports of a number of fires. the recall is targeting suvs in just the colder states where salt and other chemicals are used to clear roads in the winter. gm says the fluid can get inside the driver's door causing a circuit board to short. the company says this has been sparking fires. indiana police say weather is to blame for a deadly multi car pileup this morning. one person was killed, two others badly hurt when at least 12 cars smashed into each other on interstate 65 in jasper county. police say fog plus smoke from a nearby fire made it tough for drivers to see. to the presidential race now and a small state that could play a big role on election day. president obama is making two stops in new hampshire today pitching his plans on taxes and the budget. cnn's athena jones joins me now
from the white house. what did the president have to say? >> reporter: hi, alison. president obama's message on taxes is that for middle class families the romney/ryan proposals will be bad for them. he said that the average middle class family with children would see their taxes rise by an average of $2,000 under the proposals of the gop ticket and that he says they are doing this in order to pay for tax cuts for the wealthy. as he put it, for people like mitt romney. let's listen to how he described that at the event in new hampshire. >> governor romney's tax plan would actually raise taxes on middle class families with children by an average of $2,000. ask governor romney and his running mate on monday when they come here if that's fair. ask them how it will grow the economy, how it will strengthen the middle class. they have been trying to sell
this trickle down snake oil before. >> and so there you have it. i mean, maybe the same message we've been hearing the last several weeks or really the entire campaign. but a little bit more of a fiery speech today, alison. >> athena, i know the president had tough words for mitt romney and paul ryan when it comes to medicare. tell me m about that. >> well, exactly. both campaigns have been accusing each other of various horrible things about medicare. of course the republican campaign is saying that the president is going to gut medicare, cut it by $716 billion in order to pay for his health care law. the president says wait a second. you really need to fear the plan that romney and ryan proposed which would essentially voucherize the system and give seniors money to pay for medicare but that he says many, many seniors would come up short. and so we're going to see these charges go back and forth. no side wants to leave these charges unanswered. but it's the president who said romney and ryan's plan will
change medicare as we know it and seniors would no longer be able to count on their health care whereas what he has done strengthens the program. so just a little sampling of what we heard today, alison athena jones from the white house, thanks. republican mitt romney is on the road today but is not making any public appearances. he is holding meetings and fundraisers at several sites in massachusetts. here he is a little earlier in boston. meantime his running mate paul ryan addressed the medicare issue head on holding an event in a florida community which is home to many retirees. and he brought along a special guest. here is cnn political editor paul steinhauser. >> hey, fred. we not only had paul ryan today. we had his mother as well. i guess you could say there were two ryans on the stage behind me at this major retirement community in central florida known as the villages. paul ryan who one week ago today was named as mitt romney's running mate was here to talk about medicare which as you know is an important issue among retirees and those nearing retirement age. paul ryan introduced his mother
to this crowd, very pro republican crowd, and used her as an example to talk about how he and mitt romney will protect medicare and he used her as an example to talk about how he says president obama is weakening the important, poplulr government program. >> you've heard the president has been talking about medicare a bit lately. we want this debate. we need this debate. we are going to win this debate. my mom has been on medicare for over ten years and i want to tell you exactly how many years over ten years she has been on it. she plays tennis every week. she exercises every day. she planned her retirement around this promise that the government made her because she paid her payroll taxes into this program which she made, which she had this promise with. that is a promise we have to keep. >> the villages is the largest retirement community in the united states and is very pro
republican. i spoke to a lot of people in the crowd here. they told me, a, medicare is extremely important to their vote and, b, they are very much behind the ryan/romney ticket. florida of course so crucial. president obama running for the white house four years ago narrowly won this state. the polls out right now indicate a very close race with the president with a slight advantage over mitt romney. seniors make up about a quarter of the voting electorate here in florida. that's why medicare is such a big issue and that's why paul ryan was here today and he was showing off his mother. fred? >> in washington state they're calling it the worst wildfire season in a decade. next how firefighters are fighting back. hear from some families who have had to run from the flames.on -my taste buds. -[ taste buds ] donuts. how about we try this new kind of fiber one cereal? you think you're going to slip some fiber by us? okay. ♪ fiber one is gonna make you smile. ♪ [ male announcer ] introducing new fiber one nutty clusters and almonds.
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some people who wisely got away from the west coast wild fires were able to return to their homes today to take stock of their houses and property. cnn's rob marciano is in washington state with some people who lost literally everything they owned. >> reporter: military chinook helicopters continue to attack the fire near washington. a battle some residents have already lost and several days are in are still shell shocked. >> it still has not registered that we don't have a home.
>> reporter: an explosive fire combining lots of dry fuel and strong wind quickly engulfed homes and over 35 square miles of land. we're on the northeast edge of where the fire came through earlier in the week. you can see the blackened hill side still smoking and smoldering. the fire itself came up this ridge and the winds were so fierce it actually jumped over this highway and continued burning up underneath those wind turbines. obviously this scenario that gets a lot of wind usually they take advantage of it. this time it hurt them. >> all of a sudden a wall of flames come up over the ridge. it just came up over the ridge and, you know, like a hundred foot high. >> wow. >> so then i said okay. let's don't panic. i think we better hurry. >> larry putnam and his family made it but their home did not. only pictures can remind them of what their dream home once was. larry's a contractor so he has taken refuge in a senior center he actually built. this week it's a red cross shelter for victims of the fire just like him. >> we built it in 2000 and since
then it has just become the jewel in the crown of the community as you can see. and then a couple years ago it burnt down. >> so he built it again. now some evacuees are just using the parking lot. eugene and mary lou smith sleep in their travel trailer and are in no rush to leave. >> they've been so good to us, the red cross and the senior center, we laughed and we says, we're going to stay here. they feed us. no dishes. no cooking. why would i want to go home to a yucky old place? >> like a resort. >> right. >> like a nursing home only you're free to go. >> but we me the best of a lousy situation. and all of our group, our houses are saved and we thank god for this. but we feel for the ones that have lost their home. >> for larry putnam it means rebuilding on land he has lived on for 20 years. >> it's just hard to comprehend
when you lose your home and where you've lived. that is our dream place. i'm going to be buried up there. >> rob marciano, cnn, washington. the cdc is urging all americans who fall into the baby boomer category to get tested for hepatitis c. those are people born between 1945 and 1965. the agency says millions of people may be infected with hepatitis c and not even know it. a little while ago we talked with a doctor who told us why that age group is at particular risk. >> baby boomers may have had lifestyle choices when younger, possibly a tatoo with a dirty needle, maybe experimenting with drugs or a blood transfusion prior to 1992. it puts them at higher risk for hepatitis c. nowe have really good treatments so getting diagnosed makes sense. you can treat this virus. you can also make lifestyle changes. maybe you stop drinking or decrease your alcohol. you avoid certain medications that might be bad for your liver because it can be as you mentioned a deadly virus that
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impress a girl with his playfulness in "groundhog day" but i think it's a little too playful. wendy walsh is a relationship expert and joins us once again. wendy, are we more attractive if we're considered playful? >> well, we are certainly one of the few species who stays a little bit fun and playful even past maturity. it's always been that women often look for a sense of humor in men because it is linked with intelligence. believe it or not you have to be really smart to be funny. you have to sort of anticipate how your familyill take it. you have to thing in double meanings. for that you have to be pretty smart. women like smart guys because they could be good providers right? they can bring in the bucks as well. >> for women does humor trump what is outside? you know, how hot the guy is? the sense of humor really the utmost importance? >> right. the study we're talking about is a new study out of penn state and it showed for women it definitely does. a sense of humor, playfulness,
and fun trump looks. for women. now not for men. men always like that youth and beauty of course. it's always a signal of reproductive fitness so that's where they go. yes, women love fun. have you ever heard the saying women fall in love with their ears and men fall in love with their eyes. >> so guys don't even care if the women have a sense of humor? is that what you're saying? personality doesn't count? >> you know how much i hate to generalize, alison. there are guys that care about personality more than anything and guys that care about a nice rack more than anything. you're going to have a range there just like you are with women. but this particular study showed there is a tendency for women to choose fun and playfulness over good looks in men. >> okay. what happens as you get older? does that playfulness come across as being too immature? >> like in the clip we showed from groundhog day? yes. absolutely. you have to think about what kind of humor displays
intelligence. is it smart, clever humor, or is it sarcastic, diggy humor? oh, i'm just playing. don't worry. are you making your audience feel better? are you helping them engender themselves toward you or are you putting people down with your humor? are you being completely immature and it's time to grow up? >> what if you're not a naturally playful person? is there a way to kind of loosen up a little bit more? >> no. >> no faking it. >> you can't fake intelligence and you can't fake humor. what you can do is reduce the amount of stress, anxiety, and depression in your life. for that we can all do the work of personal therapy, personal growth to get rid of the baggage that -- the black cloud that's hanging over your head. you can definitely get rid of that. it's kind of hard to suddenly be funny if you're not naturally a funny person. >> that makes sense. wendy walsh, thanks. this has been fun. great advice for those looking for a mate. >> good to see you. >> same here. >> when it comes to buying coffee, dinner, or anything else
these days cash is so last year. the hip way to pay is with your smart phone or in some cases just telling the cashier your name. our silicon valley correspondent dan simon explains. >> reporter: it wasn't long ago when food trucks could only take cash. the san francisco start up square became an instant hit by making it easy for them or anyone else for that matter to accept a credit card using a smart phone. >> you sign on the line with the pad in your hand. >> vendors like sherry washburn tell me her revenue would be half without the technology. >> it is a game changer for us because we can now accept all forms of payment. it takes every credit card and people don't carry a lot of cash. >> now square has made it even easier for people to pay. just by telling the cashier your name. >> what is yourname? users need to download the pay with square and go through the set up. from there a cashier knows you are a legitimate paying
customer. >> there you are. >> reporter: because your name and photo pop up on the other end. all of the money is exchanged on the back end with the customer's stored credit card number. but it's not just food trucks. 75,000 small businesses throughout the country including this sandwich shop are using the technology but now you can take the small out of the picture. starbucks' announcement it will be using square in 7,000 of its u.s. stores will accelerate the movement toward a walletless society. according to tech analysts like jeff kaigan. >> when we leave the house we have to remember to take our wireless phone, our wallet, and our keys. going forward at some point we may be able to leave our wallet at home because we are going to have all of the information in the wallet on our smart phone. >> reporter: starbucks will initially accept payment by scanning a bar code, something it already does with its gift cards. having a major store chain as a client makes square one of the
early leaders in the mobile payment industry but more established brands like google, intu it, pay pal, and others are looking to make a major dent in the space. other startups like go pay go offer their own features. the technology allows customers toomplete the transaction even before entering a store. >> this is very early in this brand new game. we're still in the first inning. so the companies that are leading today may not be the companies that are leading in a year or two years. >> still, all the mobile payment compans face certain challenges like convincing a wide aut ennis thdience that paa phone is safe and even more convenient than using a traditional credit card or cash. but it seems certain that day is coming when neither will be required. dan simon, cnn, san francisco. >> julianne assauge may have been granted asylum by ecuador but the wikileaks founder is
wikileaks founder julianne assauge has some problems. britain wants to expedite him to sweden and sweden wants to question him over rape charges and the u.s. wants to ask him about the secret papers he posted on the internet. for now he is stuck in ecuador's embassy in london. ecuador will give him asylum if he can get there. as brian todd explains that is easier said than done. >> reporter: he is reported to be tense and going a bit stir crazy. wikileaks founder julianne assauge holed up inside the ecuadoran embassy in london. he has been there about two months. now that ecuador has granted him asylum and britain has refused to honor it a classic standoff is under way. if assauge takes one step outside the embassy -- >> my understanding is the british will arrest him and extradite him to sweden. >> reporter: he is wanted there for questioning over sexual assault claims. with the fugitive inside what is at the moment considered ecuadoran territory and british police outside ready to pounce scenarios are being debated over
a possible assange escape. is this an option getting smuggled out in the trunk of a diplomatic car? a former british diplomat says the car would be considered ecuadoran domain. british police could stop it but not search it. couldn't necessarily pull assange out. but there is a hitch in the plan. apparently there is no garage available to the ecuadoran embassy. we're told there is only one entrance, right here and obviously that is not an option. the building is completely surrounded by british police. they're in the streets. the alleys. the side streets. if anyone was going to try to take assange from the building to a waiting car the police would get him. the police are also reported to be monitoring e so-called communal areas of the building, hallways and elevators, preventing assange from taking an elevator up to the roof where a helicopter could pick him up. police can monitor the hallways and elevators because the ecuadoran embassy occupies only one floor, the first floor, and not even all of that. it is here right where this window is and assange can barely step into a hallway without
risking apprehension. if he did somehow get to a car there are airports large and small in every direction. but experts say once he got to one of those he could easily be captured. he could actually be smuggled out in a crate or a large bag. if it's labeled a diplomatic parcel british police can't open it. >> inc. they could delay it, they could hold it, they could keep it in a very cold or hot place or something like that. >> that is cnn's brian todd reporting. assange is expected to speak publicly tomorrow for the first time since ecuador granted him asylum. half past the hour let's get you up to speed on the headlines. republican vice presidential candidate paul ryan brought his mom on stage today to bolster his ideas to overhaul medicare. ryan assured a florida rally of mostly senior citizens that he and mitt romney would protect medicare if elected to the white house. democrats say romney and ryan's proposals would gut the medicare program. the great recession is finally over but budget cuts continue in public schools across the country.
a new white house report finds 300,000 education jobs have been lost since the recession ended in june of 2009. the cuts have also led to fewer school days and larger class sizes. at least 172 people were killed across syria today in street fighting, bombings, and shelgs. that is according to an opposition network based in syria. also today nobody will say for certain whether syria's vice president has defected as opposition leaders are claiming. if it's true, he is the highest level official to leave syria and flee the country. in dallas county, texas they are spraying pesticide to kill mosquitos to counter a deadly outbreak of west nile virus. the virus already has claimed 21 lives in texas and made at least 550 others sick. it's the first time dallas has sprayed pesticide from the air in 45 years. federal officials say cantaloupes from southwestern indiana are making people sick
and even killed two people. the cause? salmonella. the fda says if you have any cantaloupes from that part of the country, throw them out. more than 140 people have come down with salmonella infection in 20 states. some 250,000 suvs are being taken off the roads after general motors detected an electrical problem causing fires. the recall is for cars sold or registered in canada and 20 u.s. states where salt and other chemicals are used to clear roads in the winter. the fires start when fluid gets inside the driver's door, short circuiting power boards. a man goes missing presumed drowned. authorities search the waters off long island but police discover he isn't dead when days later he's arrested for speeding. are you okay, babe?
week three of drew peterson's murder trial just wrapped up. a former chicago suburban police officer is accused of killing his third wife kathleen savio. criminal defense attorney holly hughes joins me now. holly, this has been really an odd week hasn't it? first the defense wanted a mistrial. then they said maybe not. and other things are being introduced at this point. >> absolutely. they withdrew that request for a mistrial which tells me they're pretty happy about the way things are going and they want this particular jury, the jury that's already seated and in the box to make a decision because they're hoping for an acquittal in this case. they don't want a do over. >> how does it look that they put that out there? >> well, typically a motion for a mistrial is made outside the presence of the jury. the jury doesn't really know what's going on because this way if the judge denies the mistrial or grants the mistrial the jury doesn't find out about it until after the fact because you don't want them to know there is a
possible hiccup in the road here until a decision has been made. >> okay. so hearsay is playing a huge role in this case. tell me what it is and second why is it such a big deal? >> it is. there are 16 different statements they wanted to use alison. the statements are statements kathleen would have made to her friends or law enforcement officers prior to her death. she would have said something like if i go missing, make sure you check out drew, i'm afraid of drew. he's been violent with me in the past. he did x, y, z to me. he told me he could kill me and get away with it. they'd never find my body. these are the type of statements. typically under our constitution you have a right to confront somebody who is accusing you. when that person gets on the stand and says you threatened to kill me the defendant who is on trial has a right to test that, cross examine that. when you have a dead person as we do in this particular case, you can't cross examine them. so that's when it becomes hearsay. that's why it's problematic. in the united states supreme
court a few years ago they said you can't use it but they have found exceptions and that's why this case is fascinating. it is going to make legal history. they have litigated this. the judge who sat on the motions earlier judge white is retired. he had listened to all of this in pretrial motions and said yes i think there are exceptions. i think there are good reasons why you can use this hearsay evidence. it's going to come in. the judge has stood with those rulings and said yes they can come in but if we do see a conviction here alison you better believe it is going up on appeal and they'll ask the appellate court maybe all the way up to the supreme court, hey, throw this out. because they shouldn't have let those statements in. >> okay. one other case we're watching. you can call it pseudo-cide. raymond ross was reported missing and police searched off long island and concluded he drowned. a few days later he was pulled over for speeding in south
carolina. holly, his son has been charged with conspiring to collect $400,000 of insurance cash. could this son go to jail for the dad faking his death? >> absolutely. because he's part of it. he is part and parcel. that is where conspiracy comes in. an easy way, we all think conspiracy is this technical legal term. no. you know what it means? in for a penny in for a pound. that's what it means. if you really break it down. he was part of this plan that the father said, let's defraud the insurance company. i'll pretend i'm dead. you get the money. guess what? we'll get together and spend it later secretly. >> could he wind up spending as much time as his dad if found guilty? absolutely. because he is facing the same type of charges, the conspiracy to commit insurance fraud. he is looking at the same type of time. typically a judge will say, well the father should have known better and he's older and he convinced the son, coerced the son. you probably wouldn't see the me sentence but technically speaking yeah he could get just
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[ speaking in foreign language ] >> we are changing the lives of these girls. if you give them the right tools, they're capable of moving forward. >> a young graduate of georgetown university is raising money to go to the front lines in syria and spend time with the rebels. matthew van dyk says he knows what the risks are. last year he fought with the rebels in libya and ended up spending months in prison after being captured by qaddafi's forces. nick valencia has the story. >> early last year, matthew van dyk left his home in the united states for libya to film and to fight. he wanted to help rebel forces overthrow long-time dictator moammar gadhafi. years before he made friends with many locals during a motorcycle trip across the region.
>> i decided that i couldn't just sit at home and watch this happen to people i cared about. so i decided i would go to libya. i called my girlfriend and said, sorry. you should come home from work. i'm on my way to libya. and i just went. >> after less than a week there van dyke was captured by gadhafi's forces while on a reconnaissance mission f rebels. he was taken to tripoli and held in solitary confinement enduring what he calls psychological torture in the high security abu salim prison. >> this is where i spent around 85 days when i was first captured. >> reporter: there were times when he thought his life would end there. >> i thought that i would be imprisoned for 20 or 30 years or possibly executed. i was captured before nato was involved in libya so i had no idea that nato had gotten involved until after i escaped prison. after escaping prison i went right back to the front line and continued doing it. >> reporter: now nearly a year
since leaving libya the 33-year-old graduate of georgetown university wants to go back to the front lines but this time he is destined for syria. he says he is better prepared than most for the journey. >> i knew people in libya. i've been to syria before. i've been living and working in the region for years. you know, it's not like i just threw a dart at a map and went over there. >> as the conflict in syria spreads and the casualties mount van dyke says he knows this journey will be even more ill fated than his trip to libya. >> i am not looking forward to going back. it is not something i find -- people who enjoy it there might be something wrong with them people who thrill seek in war. i don't like war tourists, people who go for a rush. if want a rush i'll drive my motorcycle like i used to do. i don't intend to die but obviously when i go and put myself up on the front line, that as possibility and i recognize that.
>> already moved back? >> despite the risks he says his family supports what he is doing. >> my mother raised me with a set of morals. she raised me with a set of beliefs. she raised me to keep my commitments. she understood when i did not come home after escaping prison in libya and that i stay to fight. >> van dyke is still raising money for his trip mainly through websites. he says he plans on being in syria for at least four weeks. when he's done he'll post a documentary film of his experiences online. nick valencia, cnn, atlanta. >> imagine seeing this scene at your local school. thankfully it's only a training drill but why are they doing this? i'll tell you next. ( whirring and crackling sounds ) man: assembly lines that fix themselves.
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film, "sparkle," hits theaters on friday, or it hit theaters on friday, seven months after the legendary singer died in los angeles. our kareen wynter explains how hollywood handles promoting films after these types of tragedies. ♪ >> reporter: it's likely hollywood will one day make a movie about the life of whitney houston. but what about the movie the star had just finished shooting when she died? >> i know y'all don't love each other that much? >> inevitably, there's that first question. well, are we going to -- do we need to change anything? >> reporter: houston's sudden passing left studio execs and filmmakers like producer debora martin chase scrambling for answers, about the film's release date and its script. >> there are a couple lines in the movie, that in light of events, you hear them and you're like, oh, my god, i can't believe, you know, she's saying that. >> was my life not enough of a cautionary tale for you? >> the world was asking, were we going to speed up the release of the movie? >> second thought is, all hands on deck.
>> reporter: cinematics arts professor, jason squire, and entertainment lawyer, bianca goodlow agree that "sparkle" is an unfortunate theme in hollywood, feature films requiring crisis management. >> you need to repackage them and repurpose them in a way that is not going to continue to put off audiences. >> reporter: like earlier this year when neighborhood watch member george zimmerman shot and killed teenager trayvon martin. >> changing title to "the watch," after it used to be "neighborhood watch," because it was inappropriate after the headlines. >> reporter: and even more recently in july, when a gunman opened fire on a midnight screening of "the dark knight rises." tragically, that same audience was among the first to see a preview for another film, which in a horrific coincidence, showed mobsters shooting at theater patrons. >> but in this case, they can move very quickly, and they did. removing the trailer for "gangster squad" and shifting the release date of that movie. >> reporter: not only do studios want to react respectfully to an
unexpected disaster, they also have a bottom line to consider. >> they spend mountains of money, obscene amounts of money. so they have to take great care when this issue comes up. >> forgive me, but i -- >> reporter: heath ledger died while filming "the imaginarium of dr. parnassus." producers were forced to hire additional actors to finish the movie. sometimes sensitive footage has to be removed, like the world trade center scenes in "spider-man," following 9/11, or pulling a movie from an entire country, which happened to the tsunami thriller "hereafter," following the japanese disaster. real-life catastrophe. it's something hollywood never expects. but with more and more movies coming out every year and increasingly uncertain times, studios should always be prepared. >> keep everything in perspective. give it time, let it breathe, and this too, shall pass. >> reporter: as for "sparkle," in the end, no changes were made to the film's content or release date. >> we just said no, because she
wouldn't have wanted us to. this is a movie that she loved and she was passionate about. >> reporter: a movie with its own set of challenges that martin hopes moves audiences this weekend. >> it makes me feel like i did something right. >> and that's cnn's kareen wynter reporting from hollywood. our don lemon sat down with filmmaker spike lee, who as you probably may guess, has a strong opinion about almost everything, including racism disappearing after the election of president obama. >> why would it just disappear? i never thought that. a lot of people did, though. that this is going to be the defining moment, and then when we enter the post-racial -- what's that word even mean? post-racial era. where race does not matter anymore, because we have an african-american president. come on, now. >> and you can catch don's full interview with spike lee, where he talks about everything from movies to politics