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i'm in for ashleigh banfield in the newsroom. it was cooking oil stored in a contaminated container that caused the death of 23 school children in india. authorities said today they have evidence the cooking oil used to prewas stored in ankaer previously used to store pesticides or insect crieds. that's the -- right now on capitol hill. it comes in the wake of reports of thousands of men and women in the armed services being victims of sexual attacks. today's hearing is focusing on safety, care and treatment for victims. and the city of detroit has filed for bankruptcy, making it the largest city in u.s. history to do so. michigan's governor will join us live to talk about that this hour. the director of the nsa says the government has solid proof that terrorists are using the information leaked by snowden.
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snowden remains holed up in the moscow airport and has applied for temporary asylum in russia. massive layoffs? the chicago public school system being called a bloodbath. the city's teachers union announced more than 2,000 teachers and staff are losing their jobs amid a massive budget deficit. they're being given notice by school principals today. a typical today at little league turns tragic. he was hit in the neck with a baseball. dillon williams was cover first base, apparently didn't realize someone had thrown the ball to him. in his honor, the dillon williams foundation has been set up in union city, indiana at pacesetter bank. wesley snipes is set to be released after being convicted
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on tax charges. once he is out of the halfway house, he still has to complete a year of supervised probation. check out this spectacular, but very accidental fireworks show. an indiana store goes up in flames, forcing firefighters to dodge explosions from all direction as they battled that blase. no one was in the store, thankfully when it caught fire. authorities are now investigating the cause. there is no letup this morning in the outrage over the controversial "rolling stone" magazine cover. have you seen it? showing what critics denounce as a glamourized version of dzhokhar tsarnaev. but these are raw graphic photos, at the time of his capture back in april, hands up, bloodied face. that red dot you see from a sniper's rifle, laser sight glowing brightly there.
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jason carroll tells us who released the stunning photos, why, and the reaction. >> reporter: these new photos showing a much different picture of dzhokhar tsarnaev, captured by police, a bloody face, hands up, a laser trained on his forehef. massachusetts state police savannah guthrie sean murphy said he was so angry that he released these new photographs. the police tactical photographer told the magazine, quote, what "rolling stone" did was wrong, the guy is evil. not someone fluffed and buffed for the cover of "rolling stone." >> i think that's the real face of terror. >> boston mag inn's editor told cnn that murphy thought the cover sent the wrong message. >> i think he was genuinely worried about the impact on the
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family and victims, and was worried that certain impressional victims might be lured to replicate that by the glamorous-looking photo put on the cover. >> reporter: tsarnaev's first public appearance was in court last week. he pleaded not guilty to 30 federal charges, including four killings, while images like these are already having an impact, some say the focus is all wrong. >> i think they should focus the attention on the brave people and the people who lost their lives, not the monster who caused it all. >> jason carroll joins us now. good to have you with us. was there any other reasons he cited for releasing these photos? >> reporter: the image was hurtful to the victims, he said, and he wanted to try to find a way, even though conflicted
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about it, he wanted to try to find a way to be helpful to the victims. that's why he wanted to -- >> what is the reaction been? i know he was relieved of duty for a day. there's some sort of investigation happening, correct? >> right. there's aung internal investigation, and the results of that should happen sometimes at least maybe next week when they have a hearing that he is going to have to attend. he could face disciplinary action, he could be fired, you know, but i think if you listen to what the people in boston are saying, you know they're very close to their first responders. i would be surprised if he was fired. i think disciplinary action is something that's definitely on the table here. >> yeah, a lot of strong emotions, for sure. jason carroll, thanks so much. joining us is our expert legal team, best karas, a former
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prosecutor, and defense attorney danny savalis. good to have you both with us. good or bad move, beth? >> well, look, he shouldn't have done it. administratively they have procedures, there's a discovery process, 4th shouldn't have done it. he'll be disciplined in some way, but he didn't compromise the case at all. he didn't do damage to the case. there's plenty of information out there that's already major prejudiced a potential jury pool. it's already out there. so i think that in weighing the damage done, the massachusetts state police will take it into account and probably not give him much of a penalty. >> it will be interesting to see how they do react. as a defense attorney, if you were defending tsarnaev, would these photos help or hurt your case? >> yeah, sometimes when discovery is released, it's critical and affects the outcome
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of a case. this is probably not that situation. all these photographs show is the condition of tsarnaev when he gets out of the boat. i don't know that there's much tore parlayed there in terms of defense strategy. however, it's all discoveries that's going to be disclosed ultimately anyway, and well, that would create a glaring issue to what else they're withholding. however, in terms of affecting the outcome of the case, other than violating internal procedures, it's doubtful this will have critical -- >> what remains to be seen is how to get a jury that's not familiar with this case, but certainly a story that's grip all of us, and a big thanks to you, bekaras, danny cevallos. thank you both. and happy friday. folks in the -- when will
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the rain bring some relief? certainly rain would be helpful in california, where the wildfires are raging out of the control. we'll have an update for you on that and so many more headlines, coming up after the break. ♪ norfolk southern what's your function? ♪
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i'll say it again, it's hot out there in the northeast. the sultry heat drags out for the sixth day in a row. excessive heat warnings across the midwest and the northeast again today. temperatures soaring into the 90s. it's only getting worse. what did we do? we send an we sent her outside. please tell us we have some relief in store, though, this weekend. >> reporter: there is relief, but we have to get through the hardest part of the heat wave until we see that. this morning no relief at all, even in the overnight hours. 84 was the coolest time of the day, it felt like 91. currently 92. we want to look at the heat indices. we're talking about temperatures over 110 degrees. that is what it is going to feel like. keep in mind we're talking about what were advisories, the last five days, we're now in the
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sixth day. advisories have turned into stream heat warnings, because temperatures are even higher, the actual high 99 degrees expected in northern today with currently about 60% humidity. people are trying to walk by me here in the shade, they said to stay out of the direct night. here are the major cities dealing with it. we're not alone in this. boston, philadelphia, new york city, down through d.c., even stretching into cincinnati today and detroit. chicago under a heat advisory, there's a bit of difference, but they're still talking about temperatures that are 107 degrees still. dangerous heat. heat is the biggest killer of all weather events combined. a lot of times people don't think about it that way, and that's the reason that -- we'll talk about the temperatures, the relief, that's the question. the rain that you're currently
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seeing now spreading into eastern portions of iowa, going through michigan, that's the cold front starting to produce showers. when this cold front react with this warm, humid air, we're talking about the threat of severe weather, michaela, so we still have that in store as well. that could be saturday evening. >> certainly is an extreme weather summer for sure. indra, get cool. thank you for the report. colorado could use some rain, still thousands in the idyllwild area, about 100 miles east of los angeles. more than 4,000 homes are at risk. officials are trying to get to the bottom of what caused it. casey wian is live for us in idyllwild. they were expecting a bad fire year. here it is. what are we hearing at this hour? >> reporter: michaela, it's
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amazing this fire has been burning since monday afternoon. it's burned about 25,000 acres so far. you can see over nigh shoulder the smoke over that ridge. firefighters are trying to make sure it doesn't jump that ridge. despite all that, they have only lost seven structures. six residential buildings, and one commercial building since monday. there have been no injuries, no loss of life. from that perspective, it has been a good outcome so far. they are concerned about winds picking up over the weekend, though we are seeing higher humidity. that's helping the firefighters a lot. yesterday the human yesterday was between 5% and 10%. today the humidity is somewhere around 25 to even 60%. we actually felt some raindrops early this morning. that's welcome news for these firefighters. >> one of the things that's always a great sight, is when you see the air support coming
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in. are they getting fixed wing or helicopters making water drops? >> reporter: absolutely all night long they were dropping fire retardant and water onto these flames. 19 helicopters deployed, ten fixed-wing aircraft, including two c-130s from the national guard, a dc-10, going at it hard with a full air assault. yesterday they weren't able to do that in the morning because there was an inversion layer. the smoke was just making the visibility where they couldn't get those birds up in the air. today they haven't had that problem. all night long, they have made what they call stanch vrng substantial problem because of that aircraft that's helping fight this fire. >> let's hope they keep making progress there. casey, thank you for the update. we appreciate it. we're going to take a short break. ahead, a sit-in at the florida capital, demanding the stand
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it's almost been a week since george zimmerman was acquitted, but as john zarrella explains, the nationwide protests may not be stopping any time soon. >> reporter: protesters waiting for three days at governor rick scott's office finally got what they came for -- a meeting. late thursday the governor spoke with them and releasing a statement after the meeting that says, in part, quote -- tonight the protesters again asked that i call a special session of is the legislature to repeal the stand your ground law. i told them that i agree with the task force, which concurred with the law. protester vowing to continue their sit-in now. philip agnew tells cnn that the sit-in at the governor's office
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will continue, because their demands have not been met. >> we're taking this opportunity to call on all of you around florida to join us at the capital, as we continue with our demand for a special session. >> reporter: earlier thursday night martin's parents spoke with cnn's anderson cooper. they talked in part about how they felt a jury would view their son. >> i just look at people as people. i thought for sure that the jury looked at trayvon as an average teenager that was minding his own business, that wasn't committing any crime. that was coming home from the store, and were feet away from where he was actually going. i just believe that they realized that. >> reporter: a second juror has also come forward now, he was known as gyre e-54, an alternative in the zimmerman trial, released before deliberation began.
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appears on other's wofl-tv, he offered his view on whether george zimmerman should have followed trayvon martin that rainy night. >> you know, he was -- i think at the time he was trying to keep an observation and communicate to the police, and was not being confrontational. he had a right to be where he was. >> not the opinion of juror b-37, when she spoke exclusively with cnn's anderson cooper. >> i think he's guilty the not using good judgment. when he was in the car, he had called 911, he shouldn't have gotten out of that car. >> john zarrella joins us live from miami this morning. i know that there's been a call around the nation, actually for rallies and protests. tell us what you know about some of the things being organized. >> some major rallies tomorrow and vigils. of 100 cities at least from new
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york to los angeles, san francisco, detroit, dallas, you name the city, there is going to be a march or a rally or a vigil. most of those are going to take place, michaela at u.s. courthouses or police stations. the reason that is is, because the organizers, the emphasis of this protests are to see if they can pressure the justice department to look into whether george zimmerman actually violated trayvon martin ace civil rights. they really want to pressure them to get a real investigation going action that's the impetus behind those rallies this weekend i want any update on the status of that ongoing investigation? >> reporter: well, what we know is at least yesterday, the justice department did ask the sanford police department to hang on to all the evidence from the trial, every bit of evidence. that's standard procedure if justice is looking into
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something, investigating it, they're going to want the police department where the trial was held, the jurisdiction was held, to hang on to the evidence while the federal investigation is moving forward. >> you can count on cnn following that investigation, to be sure. thank you, john. we appreciate it. a mob boss is on trial, a body found by a jogger, the whitey bulger trial sounds more like a scene out of the "the sopranos" from hbo. the details after the break. nes♪ ♪ trains! they haul everything, safely and on time. ♪ tracks! they connect the factories built along the lines. and that means jobs, lots of people, making lots and lots of things. let's get your business rolling now, everybody sing. ♪ norfolk southern what's your function? ♪ ♪ helping this big country move ahead as one ♪ ♪ norfolk southern how's that function? ♪
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a dramatic twist in the whitey bulger trial, a man who claimed he was forced to give up his liquor store so bulger could turn it into a front, was found dead. he was found on a roadside about 20 miles northwest of boston. he was 59 years old. according to police, there were no obvious signs of trauma, but they're not ruling anything out. susan candiotti has more. >> reporter: organized crime, grewen mob hits, all kinds of compelling testimony, but it's what happened outside the courtroom that also now has everyone buzzing. a day after learns he was dropped from the prosecution witness lisstephen railings is found dead, about 30 miles from his home.
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a shock at the height of the trial of boston's notorious crime boss. 59-year-old rakes was a regular at bulger's trial. for years he contended that bulger and his gang stole his south boston liquor store and took it over as a mob headquarters, and said it again last week. >> my liquor store was never for sale, never, never, never. >> reporter: during a nearly 20-year reign of terror from the '70s to the '90s, bulger ruled the streets of south boston. testimony shows he was also an fbi informant working with a corrupt fbi agent. a 32-count indictment against him includes 19 murders. one of those murders was stephen davis' sister. he saw rakes tuesday after he was dropped from the witness list. >> this here seems like reflecting back to the late '70s, early '80s when people were getting killed, a rat was
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going to testify or do this, bang, they wind up getting killed or disappearing or something. >> reporter: investigators say there are no signs of obvious trauma in rakes' death. some media reports have suggested suicide. davis isn't buying it. is there any way this could be suicide? >> 110% no. >> reporter: with no obvious trauma, investigators are now waiting to toxicology results to help explain what happened for a man's 30-year dream of testifying against bulger, was cut short by prosecutors just before he died. >> that i was susan candiotti reporting. thank you so much for that. let's talk about this. decades to tell the story you don't have to be oliver stone or a conspiracy theorist to suspect
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there's more to this. >> that's right. i suspect the prosecution dropped him a couple days ago, because the case is going well. lawyers are constantly making strategic decision, and he was going to testify about an alleged extortion. there was a witness who's already testified who was far more important, so to speak, in terms of the big picture kevin weekes, who considered whitey bulger his mentor. he's already testified about murders and how the enterprise worked action and he says that rakes' version of the extortion of his liquor store isn't how it was. so the jury would have had two conflicting stories. what if the jury believed rakes? it would have called into question weeks' credibility not just on the extortion of the liquor store, but perhaps some of the testimony, so why mess it up? let go the extortion. they got 19 murders they're introducing evidence of plenty
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other crimes. >> dan counter, you think it would have been a liability for them? >> yes, potentially there's always a chance of overkill. this probably was a decision just as beth said, to avoid any potential liability. by liability i just mean cross-examination bringing out something harmful to the case. it's important to also note that tampering with or murdering a federal witness is a separate federal crime, it does not -- the government must additionally show that the communication would have been about a federal crime, but that seems to be a pretty easy make here. so if there is foul play involved, you can expect a separate federal charge under the witness protection act. >> both of you, i can't imagine this won't have an effect on -- how will it affect the trial going forward? beth? >> well, i suspect that any witness who still has to testify
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is going to be heavily guarded now. they're going to pay very close attention to any -- to the danger zone and make sure that no one else is killed. >> wouldn't they have already been guarded? or no? >> you know, i'm not sure at this point but if this is a homicides of rakes, they'll kick it into high gear to make sure they don't lose any other witnesses. >> this is an interesting story. we'll be watching it. we appreciate you both adding your expertise and voices to the conversation. wish you both a good weekend, though i'm sure you'll be back on the air with us the rest of the day. thank you both. is it a boy? or will it be a girl? the world is eagerly watching and waiting for the newest addition to the royal family. we'll try to answer the
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about an hour from now, katherine jackson is expected to testify at her son's wrongful death trial. the family is suiting aeg, saying the company is liable for his death. the defense starts its case on monday. it was during the president's state of the union address, you might recall congressman collins way tweeting a woman -- a d invite a test, however, obtained exclusively by cnn proves that aspiring model is not the bachelor congressman's daughter. cohen says he was misled business his mother and he's stunned and dismayed by the news. police in new jersey will soon have to get a search want
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she lost a union neighbor to violence. after the murder she grew tired of seeing so many young people die. so now she teaches kids how to avoid violence through conflict resolution. this is cnn's here for for the week. >> a typical week you'll see at least one dead body. there was a shooting here, i was noticing they still hadn't cleaned up the bloods. 5-year-olds who have been in two shootings. 16-year-olds with closest my bags. i didn't want it to be normal anymore. my name is lisa fitzpatrick. my mission is to teach conflict
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the birthplace of the american auto industry now in bankruptcy. that's the fate of detroit this
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morning. motor city has that distinction of being the largest city to tumble into insolvency, conditions setting it in motion. spoke about what comes next at a news conference. poppy harlow took it all in. she joins us live. gives us the information you gleaned. >> i know you're going to have the governor of michigan on soon. but you know, he just basically said enough is enough. this is a city that's been in decline for more than six decades. we've see the population fall by more than 60%. that means -- so many fewer people tied with political corruption that the 18$18.5
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billion in debt. that's where it got this city. he says everything has to be on the table. everything from selling assets of the city, there's a lot of controversy over what should be sold and what shouldn't, but also the real people impact. this is what's so important. the city workers, they will feel this the most. the uniformed officials, nonuniformed officials, thee going to take a hit in one way or another, about 30,000 people, retires and current workers. i talked today to a lot of them. some of them are suing, actually trying to block in. janet witzen and michael wells, two people that worked for the library system here for more than 30 years now face their pensioning being cut, basically the retirement they relied on. here's what they told me. >> all along, when i was hired and i was promised, i mean, we were -- i was recruited, and one of the attractions to being
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hired at the detroit public library rather than someplace else was the benefits package. >> i did everything i could. i did my part of the bargain. now this is their part of the bargain, the library as the employer backed by the city of detroit. i need to have them fulfill their part of the bargain to me. >> you know, come back and interview me in five years. all right? if i've given up something, okay, and i now have the police department that responds on a 911 call, okay? if i have ems when i'm having an emergency. if the lights are turned on in the city. i can continue the list, okay, then my life has been made better. okay? but if it's simply to pay off the bondholders, all right, and the insurers, and all of these other issues are still there,
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then not only has my city not improved, but i've gone down further as well. >> reporter: we heard michael and janet, employees of the city obviously not happy with the situation in detroit. what's the general mood? i'm curious about what folks on the street, people in the coffee shops, what the newspaper saying? what's the average joe thinking about this filing of bankruptcy. >> reporter: i asked a woman working at the counter, what do you think? did you expect it? so many people say it was that a question of if, but a question of when. i don't think that's really true. i think a lot of people were holding out hope. the president is few years ago said we won't let detroit go bankrupt. a woman at the diener said i'm shocked and i'm scared. i don't know what it will mean for me. we know it will mean something for city workers, but we don't know what it will mean for the
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broader city. building homes, revitalizing the city, are they going to come? is life going to get better? or are they going to continue to live with the poor city services they've been living with and be in bankruptcy? it's just a lot of unknowns right now. >> we can put those questions to the man. poppy harlow, thank you. a guy who really had to take into consideration the fate of this city, the financial condition of this city, is the governor of michigan, rick snyder, who joins us now. so very glad you would join us. we just heard from poppy harlow, and a pair of city retires, who will likely be seriously hurt by this move. can you answer to them? what's the state going to do for them if. >> well, the bankruptcy is a good thing. it was a very different, hard decision, but it gets into a couple aspects. this is our opportunity to
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improve citizen services. they deserve a better answer. with respect to retires, clearly i empathize with the situation. this needs to be done in a thoughtful way. but let's stop and look at the situation. $18 billion in debt. the city is broke. if we weren't let's get things done in a thoughtful, well organized fashion, the city will continue to go downhill. enough is enough about detroit going downhill. this has been going on for 6 0 years. it's time to say, stop, let's stabilize the city and grow the city of detroit. let's fairly address the creditors in terms of looking at their issues, how to let them know there's something that can be paid and what that is rather than them going to a system where they might not get anything by ignoring this issue then saying, let's get better services to the citizens. that's who hired me. that's who i work for plus the other 9 million people of michigan. let's grow. >> there's an interesting message you have, and there's a lot of people, there are going
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to be voices that say enough is enough. they're going to agree with you on that. the public employee unions likely are going to put up a fight. what is your message to them? >> well, two or three things. first of all, with respect to e retir retirees, it's been hard to figure out how to work with them to have them have a voice at the table. the unions don't represent all the retirees. proactively ask for in the bankruptcy filing is for the judge to appoint a representative for retirees. because i think it's critically important, they have a seat a the table, they have a voice at the table, that they can be heard. bankruptcy is a process that really allows that to happen much better. the second thing is, this is about the unfunded liability piece, not the funded liability of their pensions. >> when some people hear that word, bankruptcy, it can be a little terrifying to them. talk to the citizens of your state, your great state there that are listening right now. what can they expect in terms of city services? how are things going to change, even come monday morning. what are they going to see
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different in the city of detroit? >> wrouyou know, i really appree that question. that is my greatest concern. bankruptcy is something, none of us want to be here. given there's no other viable option and the can had been kicked down the road for 60 years, it's time to stop and let's use this as a tool. so to the citizens, normal operations are going to continue. employees will be paid. services will be provided. and what i would tell you, though, when i say services are being provided, the services they're getting are not good enough. 58-minute response times to a police call is absolutely unacceptab unacceptable. so part of this is to say, let's get the stability, but then part of the bankruptcy process is the city gets a percent, a plan for investment to grow the city, to provide better services, and that's what i hope all of us focus in on, how do we do strategic investments to get the street lights back on, to get better police protection, ems, fire. make these good things happen because i deeply respect the citizens of detroit. that's what i work for. >> and injecting money back into
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your city and the economy of that city, that's important as well. we know, we see reinventing detroit behind you on the wall. what is this going to mean for private enterprise, for companies who at one time may have considered doing business with detroit? >> i appreciate that we because that's already happening. the good part is is there's large-scale investment going on from the private sector in the city of detroit. people are buying buildings. dan gilbert is is doing fabulous work. looking at a new hockey arena. the private sector business is doing well in detroit, coming to detroit. young people are moving to detroit. occupancies over 90% in downtown and midtown detroit because of young people. the last obstacle for allowing detroit to take offer and grow is is the city government issue. by having better services, there's a real opportunity to see an exciting detroit, a great detroit again. >> give us an estimation how long you think it's going to take for the city to climb out of this state. >> well, in terms of the bankruptcy process, my hope is
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we can get that resolved by fall of next year. it is going to be a longer-term process to get through all these issues. you're going to see things improve in detroit in the next 30, 60 dies days, how can we st taking down structures, how can we do better with police protection? there's a new police chief. many good things are on the path to being put in place to help citizens. >> quickly, sir, before we lose you, what about the new red wings stadium? hockey fans want to know, will it go forward. >> yeah, that's one of the exciting things. detroit is a big sports town. tigers are going to win the world series. lion, super bowl. >> his job is to be cheerleader for the state. for sure. governor snyder, we appreciate you joining us today. this is a tough time for that city. i think all folks are cheering for detroit and hoping that maybe there can be a different 60-year incline and increase in productivity and families getting their lives back in order and jobs, et cetera.
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it's money infused into that economy. thanks so much. all right. from detroit, we turn to san diego. tons of comic lovers are in that beautiful city on the pacific ocean there at the annual comic-con. that's quite a mohawk. if you couldn't make it this year, we have the hits, runs and errors, what's going on at comic-con after the break. h it. get in the front. we drive. it was so embarrasing that we just wanted to say, well, go away. shoo bear. but we can't really tell bears what to do. moooooommmmmm!!! then one day, it was just gone. mom! [announcer] you are how you sleep. tempur-pedic. vietnam in 1972. [ all ] fort benning, georgia in 1999. [ male announcer ] usaa auto insurance is often handed down
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well, it's the place to be
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if you're a fan of american comics and pop culture. we're talking san diego, the pace to be for comic-con. more than 150,000 people flocked to the convention to snap up collectibles. rocked some amaizing outfits, costumes, all sorts of stuff, and play, of course. they have fun. cnn's tory dunnan, attracting a-listers like emmy award nominated ft game of thrones." >> reporter: here at comic-con you never know what you'll see. more than 11 more than 11 00,00 converge on this san diego convention center for four days filled with self-expression, with potential of meeting their heroes and maybe even a tv star. >> come to places like comic-con to make you realize the show's impact. >> reporter: "game of thrones"' john know is an icon here and we want the inside scoop.
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when is winter coming? >> it's always coming and never arrives. >> reporter: the sights and sounds, even he can't resist. >> this is hilarious. there's a whole load of throne-shaped caps going around which i'm excited to go on. >> reporter: every street and every corner turns into a place where being a nerd or geek is cool, so no wonder it's so much fun. it feels like the synergy is good this year and everybody looks happy. dresses up at your favorite character. let's see yours. >> we're basically walkers, so we don't talk. >> reporter: from the purest -- >> current value worth about $100,000. >> reporter: comic-con can't be beat. tory dunnan, cnn, san diego. the estimated impact of comic-con on the city of san diego, $180 million. imagine that. comic-con where you should be if you're on the west coast this weekend. tory dunnan.
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thanks so much. thanks so much for watching. "around the world" is next. new clues about what caused that horrifying poisoning case at a school in india, and now another investigation under way after dozens of other children get sick from their school lunches. we've got the details for you. this is egypt, the army making a huge show of force today expecting the worst street violence since the downfall of mohamed morsi. we're live in cairo in just a few minutes. also the waiting game for britain's royal family may be significantly longer than we thought. oh, no. we'll tell you why. stay with us. welcome to "around the world." i'm michael holmes. thanks for your company. suzanne has the day off today. we begin in india for the second time in less than a week, chen