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left me with no verdict option other than not guilty. no other family should be forced to endure what the martin family has endured." i'm anderson cooper. that's it for our "a.c. 360" special report. ♪ the northeast may be cooling off, but wildfires continue to threaten california. and while expected thunderstorms could bring some relief, they present new dangers. jay-z and beyonce out on the town in new york city saturday, but it was not for a red carpet event. a show of support, rather, for protesters. you know what this is. comic-con, the annual extravaganza. but in addition to your film stars and your comic book stars, there was a somewhat unexpected guest.
good morning, everyone. i'm poppy harlow. >> i'm victor blackwell, july 21st. welcome to your "new day." it's 6:00 a.m. here in the east. florida's governor is calling for a statewide day of prayer for unity this sunday morning. he's hoping to begin healing the wounds that opened up after a jury acquitted george zimmerman in the death of trayvon martin. >> the governor's proclamation follows rallies across the country yesterday, rallies called justice for trayvon. our nick valencia reports from miami. >> enough is enough! >> reporter: across the nation, a call to action. >> not only do i vow to you to do what i can for trayvon martin, i promise you i'm going to work hard for your children as well. >> reporter: from new york to washington, d.c., to los angeles, in more than 100 cities, rallies with one clear message, justice for trayvon martin. >> i think he was profiled as
well as a lot of our african-american men, and he was singled out. and i think it's a travesty. >> trayvon was my son, he was a love child. he did nothing wrong. >> reporter: in miami, tracy martin, father of the slain 17-year-old, was the headliner, surrounded by hundreds of supporters. he spoke to cnn. >> it's overwhelming. it just goes to show the love and the support that our families and friends have for us here in miami as well as across the country. and it sends a message to the nation that we're not going to sit back and let our children be killed and don't say anything about it. >> reporter: one week to the day george zimmerman was acquitted in the death of martin, thousands fanned across the united states, the hope of power in numbers to put pressure on the justice department. activists want civil rights charges filed against the former neighborhood watchman. >> we need to organize and have rallies just like this in order to fight racism. >> reporter: in florida,
demonstrators pushed to get the controversial stand your ground law amended. and while the governor has said he will not budge in his support for the law, martin's supporters have not been discouraged. >> i think the people are just tired of senseless violence, and the people really want the world to know that our children's lives matter just as much as their children's lives. >> reporter: it's the voice of a movement they hope will bring change. poppy, victor? >> all right, nick, thank you. and thanks to all our teams who spent all day yesterday across the country covering those rallies. ♪ amen, amen, amen two of dr. martin luther king jr.'s children attended the justice for trayvon rally in atlanta and both of them spoke with us here at cnn. >> when you look at the fact that the criminal justice system is 59% people of color and we are only 13% of the population, there is something clearly going
wrong where targeting or profiling is consistently operating. those are some of the things, the kinds of the laws on the books overall. this is a time for us to look at everything so we can move america forward. we must become a more unified nation. we are far too divided at this time. >> for me, the step is first with the honest dialogue that we have to begin to have. and by the president setting the tone, whether there are those who disagree with it or not, that opens the door and the way for us to begin. meantime, superstars beyonce and jay-z attended the justice for trayvon rally in new york city. you see them right there. they kept a low profile, but the couple did pose for a photograph with trayvon martin's mother, sybrina fulton, also alongside reverend al sharpton. sharpton posted this photo on his instagram page. charges have now been filed in a captivity case we first told you about yesterday. police found the four men in a home in houston. >> very troubling.
three of them, police say, were being kept in a garage when they were found by authorities, but now police want to know exactly why they were there, how long they were there for. ed lavandera has more. ed? >> reporter: victor and poppy, criminal charges have now been filed in this bizarre case in north houston, where four men were found being held against their will inside this house just beyond that purple wall. the man who was arrested is a man by the name of walter jones. he is the grandson of the woman who owns this house. he has been charged with two felony criminal counts, one of them injury to the elderly by act and the other injury to the elderly by omission. and this is a case where investigators are still trying to unravel the timeline of exactly what was going on inside this house and how long the four men had been held against their will inside this house. they said the conditions inside were deplorable, the men needed to be taken to a hospital for treatment, but we are told by investigators here in houston
that the three men that were taken to the hospital are now in stable condition and doing much better. victor and poppy, back to you. >> all right, ed lavandera in houston. thank you. meantime, investigators say there are no signs of foul play in the roller coaster death of a woman at six flags over texas. in a statement, six flags wrote that it is not yet ready to comment on the incident, which took place on friday. they said doing so would be a "disservice" to the woman's family. witnesses told cnn affiliate wfaa that the woman who flew out of the roller coaster had expressed concern about the safety of her seat. south of los angeles, it looks like firefighters have finally turned the corner on a wildfire that's already destroyed at least six homes. the mountain fire, as it's called, is now 49% contained. evacuation orders are still in effect for idyllwild and fern valley. firefighters could get some help today from rain moving into the area, but flooding is now a
concern. and let's you to milwaukee, where health officials say that a heat wave may have claimed two more lives. a 69-year-old man, also a 64-year-old woman both died in their home without air conditioning. this comes after three men were found there dead earlier this past week. let's bring in meteorologist jennifer delgado in the cnn weather center. and when you hear people are losing their lives, this becomes more than an annoyance, but hopefully, relief is on the way. >> absolutely, and the relief is actually here, guys. yesterday was the last day of the extreme heat, and that was hitting areas like the northeast as well as new england. across the north, temperatures in the 60s and 70s, a couple degrees below average across parts of the midsection as well as the eastern u.s. so, certainly, there is some relief out there. you can see the high temperatures today. we're not seeing upper 90s like we saw yesterday across parts of the northeast. 86 for new york for the high, 89 in washington, d.c., and then for kansas city, a high of 88 degrees. now, yesterday there was a lot of rain coming down. in fact, on the radar, we're
still tracking storms through parts of the midwest as well as down towards the south. but in atlanta yesterday, let me show you video coming in to us of flooding that happened after days of heavy rainfall. well, you know what happens when you get these afternoon storms it leads to problems with flash flooding. and i feel like that may not be the right video, but we'll move it on and we will continue to talk about the weather, because out in the west, where victor was just talking about the mountain fire being 49% contained? well, we are still watching this, because weather conditions are going to be very important there for the firefighters and the possible spread, but it looks like the winds aren't going to be as gusty today. we're really expecting those from the east-southeast, roughly right around 5 to 10 miles per hour. we could still see some stronger gusts, but notice what's happening there. we have a lot of shower activity. this is all due to the monsoon season. poppy, you guys remember, i talked about this yesterday and the flooding that was happening through parts of las vegas. well, this kind of has a two-part problem for areas battling wildfires, because this
could actually make the ground weaker, if you get some of these producing heavy downpours, we could see some problems with landslides. but the other problem, too, is say if there is a dry thunderstorm, that could potentially lead to the spread of more forest fires. so, we certainly don't want that to happen. but right now, because of the heavy rainfall, even for the mountain fire in palm springs, we do have a flood warning in place and more flood watches, including parts of arizona as well as into las vegas. a lot of weather out there today, but luckily, the heat is dying down. >> yes. jennifer delgado, thank you very much. >> thanks, guys. president obama calls helen thomas a true pioneer who broke down barriers for generations of women in journalism. the trailblazing white house reporter died yesterday at age 92 following a long illness. she will be buried in detroit. that's where her family moved when she was just a young girl. while her career ended in controversy, it was also filled with accomplishments. elizabeth cordin reports. >> my question is, why did you
really want to go to war? >> reporter: once the unofficial dean of the press room, helen thomas was the longest serving white house correspondent ever. she gave every american president, from john f. kennedy to barack obama, a taste of her pointed question. >> what is it that prevents your administration from talking to castro? the widespread perception that you're waffling, that you can't make up your mind. when are we going to get out of afghanistan? why are we continuing to kill and die there? >> reporter: the daughter of help these immigrants, thomas got her start writing for her high school newspaper. she spent more than 50 years with united press international, working her way up from a reporter covering women's issues to white house bureau chief, the first woman of any wire service to hold that job. in 1962, she helped convince president kennedy to threaten to boycott the annual dinners for white house correspondents if women were not allowed to attend. >> we were going toe to toe with them in stories with the men.
when the scales fell from their eyes, they finally realized it's okay to have women. >> reporter: she considered traveling with nixon to china a career highlight. in 2000, thomas left upi to become a columnist for hearst. in that role, she became a harsh critic of the iraq war, arguing journalists didn't do enough to question george w. bush's administration over a war she called illegal and immoral. >> i think that the reporters know in the aftermath of 9/11, we're afraid to challenge the government, we're afraid to be seen as un-american, unpatriotic. and as a consequence, they really let the country down. >> reporter: a few years later, her outspokenness cost her her job after she was asked about israel in this interview. >> tell them to get the hell out of palestine. >> so, where should they go, what should they do? >> go home. >> reporter: to where? >> poland and germany and america and everywhere else. >> reporter: the video went viral and sparked outrage in the
jewish community and beyond. thomas abruptly retired and issued a written apology. but later, she said she stood by her remarks, insisting she wasn't criticizing jews, but was instead showing support for palestine. >> we had the right to ask questions to help the poor people, the underprivileged, people who have no voice. and i wish reporters would have more responsibility in speaking for the oppressed. >> reporter: controversial to the end, helen thomas always kept true to herself. i'm elizabeth cordin reporting. >> all the tweets yesterday from andrea mitchell and even dana perino, we spoke with our own candy crowley about helen thomas. they say that she was the nicest person when you met her. >> yeah. candy said she was like a mentor to her, the first one to welcome candy to the white house when she was just in her 20s. >> we'll talk more about helen
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i love this city. i love this city. good morning, atlanta. live look out this morning. 6:16 now here on the east coast. you've got the ferris wheel that was just built and you've got centennial olympic park there. it is going to be a beautiful day in atlanta. good morning! good morning, everyone. want to tell you about this story now, because we're learning more about one of the suspected boston bombers, tamerlan tsarnaev, and a link to a triple murder nearly a year and a half before the boston attack. one man knew several of the key players in both crimes. he sat down one on one with our national correspondent, deb feyerick, and what he told her may surprise you. >> reporter: with the terror attack on boston, three people in john allen's world were about
to collide, three people who trained in boxing and mixed martial arts. all three are now dead. and key among them is bombing suspect tamerlan tsarnaev, seen working out at allen's gym days before the attack. were you surprised by his demeanor 72 hours before those bombs at the marathon? >> unbelievable. just him entering the ring. i mean, you know, like, jumping over, both legs, feet at his shoulder height, clearing the ring, hopping in, jumping rope, like, yeah, like he was on top of the world. >> reporter: allan trained both tsarnaev and another russian speaker, ibragim todashev. >> there were times they prayed to mecca in the gym, which wasn't abnormal for ibragim to do it, because he did it from day one, but it was abnormal for tamerlan. >> reporter: so, they were getting closer. >> i think so, yes. >> reporter: allan says the two
trained together in 2011. that same year, tsarnaev's friend, brendan mess, who also trained at the gym was murdered in a near beheading, along with two pals. tsarnaev was never interviewed by state troopers in connection with his friend's murder or the murder of the other two victims, eric weissman and rafael teken. did tamerlan ever tell you that police had come to speak to him about what he knew about the drugs, about anything? >> no. no. you know, i mean, around here, we call it nhi. >> reporter: which is? >> no humans involved. >> reporter: okay, which means? >> there were three drug dealers that were murdered over drugs and money. >> reporter: that, at least, was the perception, even though only one of the victims faced drug-related charges. shortly after the murders, todashev moved to florida. tamerlan tsarnaev left boston and traveled to dagestan, where it's believed he became radicalized. was it weird to you that tamerlan just disappeared after
those murders? >> no, because we had been in serious dialogue about him becoming a professional boxer. he definitely had become disillusioned and he was very hesitant to do it. >> reporter: allan says he gave fbi agents todashev's name. todashev was shot by an fbi agent after allegedly implicating himself in the murders. what questions do you have over the death of ibragim todashev? >> i think everybody has questions. that's a bizarre story and situation. it's very hard to believe. >> reporter: a seemingly bizarre coincidence of two unthinkable crimes and a cast of characters all connected to tamerlan tsarnaev and his days working out at a boston gym. deborah feyerick, cnn, boston, massachusetts. the middlesex district attorney's office is heading that investigation into the triple murder case. it says it's conducted a thorough investigation from the start and says that
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23 minutes after the hour now, and it's the final round of this week's british open. so, it's time for the players to make the shots. players like tiger woods, who's within striking distance of another major win. sha shane o'donoghue is in scotland this morning. shane, what can we expect today? >> reporter: we can expect fireworks today, victor. this is going to be a thrilling conclusion to the open championship. we've had magnificent winners already of the majors so far this year with first-time winners like adam scott at the
masters and then justin rose sensationally at the u.s. open. scott is in with a really good chance of making up for last year when he bogeyed the last four holes to lose what looked like a surge and open championship for him last year. he's very much in the thick of it. but the leaders held by lee westwood, looking for his first major title, out with hunter mahan of the united states, also looking for his first major, but menacingly poised two shots behind is tiger woods, the world number one, who is in search of his 15th major. can he get a major? he hasn't had one in 15 years -- or excuse me! he hasn't had one since 2008. he's looking for number 15, and he's desperately, desperately searching for that title so that he can start that climb towards jack nicklaus's record total and haul of 18 majors. so, it's tiger's to lose, it's lee and hunter's to win, but watch out for adam scott.
it's going to be a thrilling day. they get under way in around about 2 1/2 hours, all the lead groups, and there's plenty of birdies out there, judging by what we've seen already today. it's a very exciting place to be here at muirfield, and for more sporting headlines, let's go over to jared greenberg for this morning's "bleacher report." >> shane o'donoghue, thank you so much. much more open championship coverage right now on bleacherreport.com. stateside, erik bedard wants no part of baseball immortality. a pitcher pulling himself is unheard of in the latest wrinkle in a week for the houston astros. he was flat-out dominant, not allowing a hit. he struck out ten batters, but in the seventh, bedard asked out of the game, having thrown 109 pitch pitches. with a history of shoulder problems, he said he was done. before exiting, bedard walked what would turn to be the go-ahead run. so, without allowing a hit,
bedard got tagged with the loss. oh, houston, you've got problems. celebrity golf, featuring no golf at all. it's a legendary connection. hall of fame quarterback john elway drops back to pass, and former hockey star jeremy roenick goes deep. the caddie? well, he'd better get a huge tip. clubs go everywhere. roenick makes the spectacular grab. we should say, this wasn't the first time they tried this, and it hadn't worked on previous connections. at the american century celebrity golf championship, roenick doing well, one off the lead. one of the nba's brightest, young stars, steph curry, is in the lead heading into today's final round. all week long we had been planning to run a ridiculous charles barkley tee shot during this segment. unfortunately for us and for all of america, an injury kept sir charles from playing this weekend. so, you don't get to see one of the worst golf swings in the world for charles. >> it's the hesitation and then
the rest of the swing. >> yeah, exactly. >> it's a mental thing, but he is staying out there and doing a lot of great charity work. despite being a long-shot in the tournament. he came in dead last last year. >> jared greenberg, thanks. coming up, a woman fires a gun. she thinks she's protected by florida's stand your ground law, but she wasn't, and the bullets that marissa alexander fired never hit anyone. so, why is she behind bars?
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the negotiations have stalled since 2010, but secretary of state john kerry says both sides could be in washington within the next week or so. and number two -- five people have been convicted of multiple manslaughter and causing personal injury. this follows the 2012 wreck of the "costa concordia" cruise ship off the coast of italy. but according to a plea bargain, only two people may serve jail time. the lawyer for those convicted says he will appeal their sentences. 32 people died when that cruise liner struck rocks. hundreds more were injured. and another tragic story in cleveland. third story here. police in the eastern part of the city discovered two more bodies linked to a suspect already in custody after a body was found in a garage near his car. all of the victims were young, black women wrapped in plastic. police believe they were all killed within the last week and a half. number four -- police are ruling out foul play in the death of a woman on a six flags over texas roller coaster. in a statement, six flags wrote
that it is not yet ready to comment on friday's incident and that doing so would be a "disservice" to that woman's family. enough is enough! >> story five -- florida governor rick scott is calling for people of his state to pray for racial unity today. his proclamation follows a day of rallies across the country for trayvon martin. the marchers are demanding the federal government bring a civil rights case against martin's killer, george zimmerman. >> marchers also want florida and other states to repeal or at least review their stand your ground laws. that legal defense has turned into a nightmare for one florida woman. our gary tuchman has her story from jacksonville. >> reporter: she walks down the jail hallway in handcuffs. marissa alexander has been sentenced to 20 years behind bars, convicted of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. she says she was defending herself, standing her ground from a husband who had been arrested before on charges of
abusing her. he was arrested for doing what to you? >> he choked me, he pushed me forcefully into the tub, he pushed me so hard into the closet that i hit my head against the wall and i kind of passed out for a second. >> reporter: her husband received probation after that incident. months later, alexander says she was in the bathroom at their home here in jacksonville, florida, when her husband started pounding on the door. she says he was in a jealous rage over text messages on her cell phone. >> he managed to get the door open, and that's when he strangled me. he put his hands around my neck. >> reporter: alexander got away from her husband and then made a fateful decision. she could have run out the front door and escaped. instead, she ran into the garage but says she did not have her car keys and the garage door was stuck, so instead, she grabbed her gun she kept in this garage. and what did you think you were going to do with it? >> i thought that i was going to have to protect myself. >> reporter: were you thinking you might have to shoot him? >> yeah, i did, if it came to
that. he saw my weapon at my side, and when he saw it, he was even more upset, and that's when he threatened to kill me. >> reporter: but how is he going to kill you if you're the one with the gun? >> i agree. i thought it was crazy, too. >> reporter: but why didn't you run out the door at that point? >> there was no other way to get out the door. he was right there threatening to kill me. >> reporter: what if you had run around him to get to the door? your life would have been easier today if you had done that. >> yeah, but the law states i don't have to. >> reporter: the law she's talking about is the controversial stand your ground she thought was allowed by law. she believed she had the law on her side, but it was enough to scare rico gray when she fired. alexander was safe from her husband, but not from the law. she was arrested, her stand your ground defense rejected and found guilty by a jury. rico gray agreed to do an on-camera interview with us to counter his wife's allegations, but a few hours later, he made
the decision not to do the interview, claiming that going on camera would put his life in danger. however, later he sent us an e-mail saying he would do an interview if he got paid, which cnn does not do. but he has already said quite a bit. during a deposition with the prosecutor from the office of state attorney angela corey and a defense attorney for his wife, rico gray acknowledged hitting his wife in the past and said this about the shooting incident -- "if my kids weren't there, i knew i probably would have tried to take the gun from her. i probably would have put my hand on her." marissa alexander's attorney then asked the husband what he meant about putting his hand on her, and rico gray responded, "probably hit her. i got five baby mamas and i put my hands on every last one of them except for one." >> i believe when he threatened to kill me, that's what he was going to do. that's exactly what he intended to do. and had i not discharged my weapon at that point, i would not be here. >> reporter: but later at a court hearing to determine whether marissa alexander should get immunity based on a stand
your ground law, rico gray changed his story, saying he had lied repeatedly in the deposition to protect his wife, claiming he did nothreaten to kill her and testifying, "i begged and pleaded for my life when she had the gun." the jury deliberated for 12 minutes before convicting her. the jacksonville naacp wrote a letter to the trial judge, saying marissa alexander may not have received justice because of her gender, race or economic status. some african-american news websites are saying much the same thing, that if marissa had been white, her stand your ground defense would have been accepted and she wouldn't be facing 20 years in prison, but alexander will not say if she agrees with that possibility. >> i'm going to be honest with you, i'm uncomfortable answering that. >> reporter: for now, marissa alexander's main hope is that an appellate court agrees to hear her case. she had a baby girl with rico gray three years ago, but she only sees her child in photographs. rico gray has custody. he is considered the victim, his wife the criminal. >> this is my life i'm fighting
for. this is my life, and it's my life. it is not entertainment. it is my life. >> reporter: the 20-year sentence is a mandatory 20 years, meaning no chance of parole. gary tuchman, cnn, jacksonville, florida. >> wow. our thanks to gary for that fascinating report. yeah, in florida, the same district you're seeing, angela corey's district. >> yeah, this is what makes this story more interesting, because angela corey, the special prosecutor in the zimmerman case, is the state attorney there in jacksonville who brought these charges against marissa alexander, and there are people in jacksonville -- this has been covered since the acquittal of george zimmerman -- who ask how is this just if george zimmerman has been acquitted and this woman is in jail? and i'm sure that conversation will continue there. >> and it's interesting, because stand your ground, we talked about it so much at the beginning of the investigation into the killing of trayvon martin, but really wasn't part of that trial. >> not until the very last day in those jury instructions.
>> right, right, right. >> and i wonder if it is appropriate that the jury has no idea what the punishment is when they -- >> that is what is very interesting. when juries go into that deliberation room, you know when they were considering george zimmerman's case, manslaughter, second-degree murder, they did not know the prison sentences that come. and in florida, as you heard in the case of marissa alexander, what gary tuchman just did, there is no parole. >> so, of course, there will be more conversation on this. wounded in that mass shooting a year ago in aurora, colorado, a young couple marks the solemn anniversary by turning it into a milestone of their own. look at this. their story after the break. she knows you like no one else.
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out of tragedy, a fairy tale ending. a year to the day after he was shot trying to protect his girlfriend from a rain of bullets in a colorado movie theater, eugene han married kristin davis saturday in aurora. 12 people died last year in the theater massacre. according to cnn affiliate kddr, the couple wanted to transform july 20th into a day of joy. congrats to them. >> they've got to make new memories for that day. >> yeah, and they did. >> yeah. >> they did yesterday. >> congratulations. hey, reporters and photographers, they have been camped outside of a london hospital for days. #greatkatewait is trending on twitter. >> are you following it? >> i am not, but i'm following it here every day. >> but he will. >> yes. >> everyone is eager for the british royal baby to arrive, but he or she taking their time, officially overdue. whatever you said the due date
was, whether it was a few days ago or a week ago, some confusion on that, so let's go to royal commentator katie nicholl, live for us in london. hello, katie. we have been on royal baby watch for a while now. any signs from the palace? >> reporter: we're still waiting, victor and poppy, we are still waiting. but you know what i think the great irony of all this is, do you remember we used to call her waiting katie, because she was waiting on the sidelines for her prince to propose? what's waiting now? she's having the last laugh because we are waiting now. >> you know, it's interesting when you look at this. everyone wants to know all of the details. and the palace has kept so much secret. how will the public find out about the news of the baby's arrival? i mean, are we going to know hours after or days? >> reporter: no, i would imagine it will be hours after. once the baby's been born, the consultant gynecologist who will be in the delivery room with her will sign a document. that document will then be brought here to buckingham palace at high speed by a police
convoy, and it will be pinned to a glass-fronted easel and put outside the gates that you can see behind me. now, i don't know if your camera's zooming in on this, but there are already huge crowds here. they just erupted not, not because an announcement has been posted, but because someone got down on bended knee and proposed. but the fact is, the people are here, they're waiting. everyone is waiting, both outside the hospital and here at buckingham palace. but if you want to find out, well, you can tune into the news, of course, but if you want to come see history in the making come here to the gates of buckingham palace, because this is where that easel will be posted. >> you know, there is so much pomp and circumstance because this is a royal, but at the center of this, you've got two young people in love who are about to have a baby. >> right. >> how are will and kate preparing? >> reporter: i'm told very quietly, very low key. this is a couple who really like to keep below the limelight. it's very tough when you're the most famous couple in the world, but they want this birth to be as low profile as they can be. and do you know what's so interesting? we don't actually know where they are.
we're assuming they're in london, saying they're close to hospital, but this is a couple that knows exactly how to give the media the slip and they do it very well. so, low profile with their family, and i'm told kate's just resting, watching lots of videos and dvds to pass the time and literally waiting herself for those waters to break and this baby to be born. >> all right. hopefully, it's some time soon. katie nicholl, thank you very much. be sure to tune in to "will and kate plus one" here on cnn at 8:00 p.m. eastern time. cnn takes you to england for the birth of an heir to the british throne. programming note as well. it's guest host week on "piers morgan live." tomorrow night, matthew perry fills in. his guest is former "friends" star lisa kudrow. tune in tomorrow night, 9:00 eastern here on cnn. superheroes are a fairly common sight at comic-con. it is here, but this one here a little bit different. we're going to tell you why civil rights icon john lewis is lighting up the convention. you really couldn't have come at a better time. these chevys are moving fast.
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it is sunday, just a few hours until the workweek begins. my workweek already under way. let's take a look at what's ahead this week. coming up, lance armstrong taking a ride in iowa. he's participating in the rag ride, which runs across the state. this is going to be his first public ride since admitting to doping. also coming up in d.c. on monday, the senate, the full senate expected to confirm james comey as fbi director. he was unanimously confirmed by the senate judiciary committee last week. during the bush administration, comey was pivotal in ending the
warrantless wiretap program, so watch for that. then, ahead on wednesday, this is big. aaron hernandez making an appearance in court. the former patriots player will have a probable cause hearing. so far, a grand jury has not yet indicted him. also ahead, bradley manning, focus on him. remember that name? closing arguments expected in the trial of bradley manning. he is the army private accused of leaking classified information to wikileaks. and then, we were talking about this. who thinks mick jagger looks 70? do you think mick jagger looks 70? well, maybe you think he's older, younger? i think he looks a little younger, but rolling stone front man, 75th birthday. happy birthday to you on friday. >> how do you do that story, does mick jagger look 70 and then come to me and expect me not to say anything. >> what do you think? >> yes! mick jagger looks 70. >> mick, i don't think you look a day over 50. all right, going to be a big week in washington. plenty on the docket for congress, but the president won't be around to hear it. cnn political editor paul
steinhauser has more. hey, paul. >> reporter: good morning, poppy, victor. after two weeks in washington, president barack obama hits the road wednesday and thursday, taking his case on the economy directly to the american people. the president holds events in illinois, missouri and florida. >> the economy and the things that we can do to help it grow and to strengthen and secure and expand the middle class has been, is and will be the central focus of the president's domestic policy. >> the house will be in order. >> reporter: house republicans won't take up the bipartisan immigration reform bill that recently passed the senate, but tuesday they begin their own action on immigration reform. the house judiciary committee holds a hearing on what to do about undocumented children. >> this is about basic fairness, you know. these children were brought here of no accord of their own. >> reporter: there are 234 republicans in the house, but only 19 are women. this week, the gop will try to start to remedy that with a new
reach-out to women voters dubbed "project grow." >> all right, paul. thank you very much. more politics next hour with the comeback kids, eliot spitzer, anthony weiner. they were both disgraced out of office, and now they're trying to get back into the game. so, are voters willing to forget the past, or at least forgive? we'll take a look. ♪
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getting a check on your entertainment news this morning. you'll remember last week we told you about the tragic death of "glee" star cory monteith. well, the creator of "glee," ryan murphy, announced that the fifth season premiere will be pushed bam back by one week. monteith played hudson on the show. the new season will begin september 26th. it is still unclear how monteith's death will be handled on the show, but murphy says that his character will not be recast. as usual, comic-con is the hottest ticket in entertainment right now. this is a big, big deal every year. >> you go every year. >> i've never been, but i would love to go! this year it's not the movie trailers or previews that have people talking, it's civil rights icon john lewis. >> the georgia house member is attending this year to promote his new book about civil rights and the civil rights era, but it's probably not what you think. cnn affiliate kfmb has the story.
>> reporter: amidst the crazy costumes, crowds and playful displays -- >> this is where the magic happens. >> reporter: -- comic-con featured a different type of superhero today. >> hi, how are you doing? >> good. >> good to see you. >> reporter: congressman john lewis, one of the most influential leaders during the civil rights movement. >> i've seen him on television, but i never saw him in person. and so, this is amazing that he wrote a book chronicling his life. >> reporter: not just any book, but a comic book detailing everything from his humble beginnings in alabama to his dedication for equality. >> i got arrested a few times, was beaten and left bloody, almost died on that bridge from selma to montgomery, but i never gave up, i never gave in, i never became bitter or hostile. >> reporter: but why write his story in the form of a graphic novel? congressman lewis says he was inspired by something he read nearly 60 years ago. >> back in 1957, there was a comic book called "the montgomery story and martin
luther king jr.," and a lot of us read that comic book, and it inspired us to sit in, to go on that freedom ride to march. >> reporter: that inspiration returned in 2008, when a lewis staffer wrote a thesis about that comic book and suggested his boss do the same. >> so, i asked congressman, well, why don't you write a comic book? so, at first, he was a little, you know, oh, i don't know. but then a couple weeks later, he turned around to me and said, you know what? let's do it, but only if you write it with me. >> reporter: and so, with the help of an illustrator, that's fittingly, "march" is the title of what will be a three-part series, and hopefully, a lesson in history people of all ages can understand. >> it is my hope that more of history will be displayed in comic book to make it easy, simple for people to understand. they can almost feel it, almost smell that sense of history. >> what a great story. i mean, perfect way to have people start young. >> yeah. and you know, remember
encyclopedias? and they aren't around anymore. >> i do. >> you don't have to dig through them to find history. >> thanks for starting your day with us. with us. >> your "new day" continues now. -- captions by vitac -- www.vitac.com good morning, everyone! it is sunday. i'm poppy harlow. >> i'm victor blackwell. 7:00 here on the east coast, 4:00 out west. if you're up on the west coast -- >> you're probably -- >> -- thank you. >> you're probably still partying. thanks for being with us. >> yeah, from the night before. especially thank you for being with us this morning. we're starting out west this morning where more than 3,600 firefighters, 3,600 firefighters, they're working to contain wildfires now threatening homes in southern california. also in oregon. south of los angeles, efforts to battle the mountain fire appear to be paying off. it's already destroyed at least six homes, but now this blaze, which spans more than 40 square miles, is about 49% contained. and in southwest oregon, the pacifica fire has burned one
home. it's threatening 150 other structures. crews have set up road blocks and are doing their best to tamp down the hotspots. meantime, wet weather is the problem in las vegas. we showed you that incredible video of all the rain. look at it there. we showed you that first yesterday. unbelievable storm there. another round of powerful storms swept through sin city late last night. we've seen reports of hail the size of golf balls and more than a half inch of rain in just five minutes. rain remains in the forecast through tomorrow there. >> and let's talk about this heat in milwaukee. health officials say this week-long heat wave may have claimed two more lives, a 69-year-old man, a 64-year-old woman both died in homes without air conditioning. this comes after three men were found dead there this past week. >> so, let's bring in meteorologist jennifer delgado in the cnn weather center. jennifer, we've been talking about a week now waiting for relief. is it here? >> the relief is actually here. i know it's hard to believe, but you can see the temperatures
across parts of the midwest already in the 60s and 70s out there. look at that. we even have 54 degrees in fargo, for omaha 72, mill walk yoouie 66 and 72 in chicago. and high temperatures today are actually going to be right about average for this time of the year. and some of these locations actually a little bit below average, but for the northeast and new england, today a high of 78 degrees, boston. i know you're happy with that. yesterday you were in the mid-to-upper 90s in some parts of massachusetts. 86 in new york for a high today and 92 in memphis. and believe it or not, that's where you should be for this time of the year. so, temperatures are much better. we're still tracking some showers and thunderstorms out there. hugging the coastline of florida, you can see parts of the midwest as well as those rain showers parting off to the northeast. that's what brought the cooldown yesterday. but as we head out towards the west, and poppy as well as victor mentioned the mountain fire, that it's at 49% containment. well, today the winds are generally going to be about 5 to 10, so we're not expecting any winds to be gusty out there, but i can tell you this, that we are
still tracking showers and thunderstorms out there. this one, of course, in the palm springs area. and if you look on the radar, we have a line of showers and thunderstorms just moving towards the palm springs region. and the problem is, when you get these storms out there, some of them can trigger more fires, of course, if you get the lightning out there. the lightning can potentially cause more of those to spread in different directions. but if you get some of these heavier downpours and you get some flooding out there -- right now we do have flood watches in place -- this can add another danger to firefighters. this leads to landslides as well as even localized flash flooding. keep in mind, we've got burn scars across many parts of the west because of the fires burning there. so, that moisture, it's due to the monsoon season. but let me show you how the monsoon has been affecting mexico. let's go to this incredible video. guys, look at this. you're looking at an amazing rescue. this is happening after days of heavy rainfall. as we said to you when we talked about the flooding in las vegas, this is all due to the monsoon, and that's that shift in the
wind. well when you get these big ridge of high pressures, it allows that moisture to move more towards the north, and that's why we're seeing it now in the four corners, but this is coming out of chihuahua, mexico, where the international airport had to be shut down and hundreds of people had to be evacuated. now hundreds of people are also homeless. but look at this. this really shows you how brave these first responders are. going out there and saving people. >> all right, amazing video there. jennifer, thank you. we'll see you in about 20 minutes for this new segment we're doing called "the science behind." we're going to talk about saturn and ask that people wave at the sky on friday. talk about that in a moment. also, florida governor rick scott wants everyone in their state to pray for what he's calling racial unity today. his request comes a day after rallies across this country for trayvon martin. cnn's martha shea takes a look. >> today it was my son. tomorrow it might be yours. >> reporter: those words from trayvon martin's mother at a rally in new york are one reason this father of three showed up
for a demonstration in washington, d.c. >> there are soon to be adolescent latino males and the same thing could happen to them that happened to trayvon martin. >> reporter: miami, los angeles, new york, washington, d.c., hundreds in downtown atlanta stood in the pouring rain. demonstrators gathering in cities across the u.s. for what has been dubbed national justice for trayvon day. one week after a jury decided george zimmerman acted in self-defense when he shot and killed the 17-year-old, protesters are still demanding justice. >> no peace! >> no justice! >> we are saying that last saturday's verdict should not be the end but the beginning of a very important national conversation about race and justice in america. >> reporter: professor carol swain calls these protests misguided, saying the politics around this issue takes america backwards. >> they have time for political correctness, but they're not doing anything to serve the
needs of the black community or the needs of america as a whole. and as a consequence, we're suffering. >> reporter: but for tracy martin, rallies like the one he attended in miami are helping him heal. >> this is what keeps us going, all of these people that are out here to support us, white, black, brown. they're a mixture of people. everybody is out here to support not only trayvon but their children as well. >> reporter: i'm martha shea reporting. >> so, that's the miami rally. and beyonce and jay-z attended the justice for trayvon rally in new york. but as you can see, they kept a pretty low profile. that's beyonce's mother, tina, right next to her. the couple did pose for a photograph with trayvon martin's mother, sybrina fulton, and reverend al sharpton, the chief organizer of saturday's rallies across the country. sharpton posted this picture on his instagram account. well, forgive and forget that seems to be front and center in new york politics right now. we're talking about anthony weiner and eliot spitzer, both of them back in the political game after their own scandals,
and they're riding high. our alina cho takes a look. >> oops! >> reporter: after suffering through years of late-night laughs at their expense, disgraced politicians anthony weiner -- >> this was a man who literally [ bleep ] his own career. >> reporter: and eliot spitzer. >> how could you be this stupid? >> reporter: just may have the last laugh. weiner running for new york city mayor and spitzer a candidate for city comptroller are leading their respective races, according to at least one major poll. what do you think that says about new yorkers and their willingness to forgive? >> well, look, i hope there's forgiveness. >> reporter: spitzer is the former new york governor also known as client number nine, a man who resigned from office in 2008 after admitting he hired prostitutes. now, according to a recent quinnipiac poll, the so-called sheriff of wall street, just two weeks after announcing he's running, is trouncing the
competition, scott stringer, with 48% to stringer's 33%. >> so, today i'm announcing my resignation from congress. >> reporter: ex-congressman weiner, whose unfortunate last name made him the butt of jokes after he accidentally tweeted these compromising photos, is making his own comeback. the same quinnipiac poll has weiner with 25% support to his democratic opponent, christine quinn's 22%. a "new york times"/sienna poll has quinn on top. this this show in new york politics that sex sells? >> i think it certainly shows that celebrity sells. >> we love this city and no one will work harder to make it better than anthony. >> reporter: in weiner's case, having his wife puma's support is key. >> my wife's the not-so-secret weapon of this campaign. >> reporter: spitzer and his wife silda are living separately. will we see silda on the campaign trail? >> absolutely, at the right
moment. >> reporter: that could be key when the man dubbed the tabloid twins sweat it out on election night. >> and alina cho joins us now from new york. alina, i want to talk about -- i want to start, at least, where you just ended off, with the wives of these two men. >> yeah. >> anthony weiner, his wife puma is out with him. we don't see silda, as you said. could that impact this campaign? >> reporter: well, apparently fl not at this point, i can tell you, victor. in terms of why they are showing so strong right now -- you know, it's a couple of things. first of all, it's the middle of summer. things really aren't going to heat up until the fall, so name recognition plays a role in this case right now. one pundit told me voters know anthony weiner's name, they know eliot spitzer's name. they know why they know them, but they also know that these men are articulate fighters, which really brings me to my second point, new yorkers love fighters as politicians. poppy knows that. whether we're talking about mayor bloomberg or ed koch.
this really fits the mold of that classic new york politician. and in the end, if these two men actually pull it off, they actually win on election night, it could also show that voters love a story of redemption as well. victor? >> all right, alina cho in new york for us. thank you. >> fascinating to watch. all right, thanks, alina. well, helen thomas once said it was a reporter's job to give people who have no voice a voice. the longtime white house correspondent died yesterday. she was 92 years old. she covered every president from jfk through president barack obama, and she was the first female president of the white house correspondents association and admitted into the washington gridiron club. president obama said "helen was a true pioneer, opening doors and breaking down barriers for generations of women in journalism." he added, "she never failed to keep presidents, myself included, on their toes." she certainly did not. her career ended in scandal and
controversy in 2010 with some controversial comments about jews, but i think she's being remembered for the entirety of her career. >> yeah, and i'm paraphrasing here. she said that sometimes you'll have to say and do some things to incur the wrath of the powers that be. >> right. >> but so what? >> right. all right, imagine being a car.d trapped in a sweltering a new public service announcement takes you inside that terrifying life-or-death moment, and we'll talk with an expert about how to prevent a tragedy. there is lady liberty. beautiful day there in my home city, new york city. good morning, good morning. get up, everyone. enjoy the beautiful day. we'll right back. ♪ [ male announcer ] wouldn't it be great if all devices had backup power? the chevrolet volt does. it's ingeniously designed to seamlessly switch from electricity to gas to extend your driving range.
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and forgot the baby was strapped in her carseat. three hours later, the woman found her daughter dead in the car. outside it was 90 degrees. inside the car it was 120 degrees. according to san francisco state university, the infant was the 22nd child to die in a hot vehicle this year. since 1998, almost 600 kids have lost their lives in this way. a new public service announcement is driving home that message that hot cars can kill. we're going to show you about 50 seconds of it. you're watching some here. i want to warn you that it is very, very disturbing. >> yeah. yeah, i just pulled in at the store and i've got to grab just a few things, then i'll be home and we can go. talk to you later. okay. see you, bye.
[ crying ] ♪ >> that's incredibly disturbing, very hard to watch. again, that was a public service announcement made really to warn people of just how dangerous this is and that it happens to too many children. one child is too many. i want to bring in from boston alison rhodes, a child safety expert for safetymom.com. thanks for joining us. appreciate it. >> thanks for having me. >> let's talk about this,
alison. for parents and caregivers who think it's okay, i'm just running in the store a few minutes. it's easier than getting them unbuckled from the car seat, getting them inside. i just have to run in. talk to me about how few minutes it can really take for a child in a hot car to get that heat stroke and possibly die. >> well, it only takes ten minutes for a car's interior to heat up by more than 19 degrees. but i do want to clarify something, because so many people sit there and watch the news and say how could a parent do this, they're negligent. the reality is, 51% of people simply have forgotten their child is in the car. another 29% have died because they're playing in the car and the parents didn't know they got in. this case down in alabama, as you mentioned -- >> right. >> it was an 11-month-old. the mom is just devastated. she was driving to daycare -- she thought she was driving to daycare. she drove to work. she had a lot on her mind. a colleague had just passed away. she was planning on her
daughter's 1-year birthday party. she got to work. she forgot her child was in the car. the daycare called three hours later to say where is the child, and that's when she realized what happened and she ran out. unfortunately, by that time, after four to five hours, it could heat up to 45 degrees higher. so, it's really important to remember, these parents aren't usually purposely leaving their child. it's a pure accident because there's so much on our mind as parents. >> right. >> and that's what we need to talk about. what are those tips that we can really remember? >> right. and i think that's such an important point, because -- and you see when you watch the full public service announcement, you see how devastated the mother is coming out. this is a tragedy for the child, for the mother or father or sitter or whomever leaves the child in the car, for the entire family. so when you talk about it, it's not that they're intentionally leaving the child in the car to run inside. they can forget. so, what can be done to help parents, babysitters, et cetera, remember and prevent? >> right.
well, there's a couple of things we have to keep in mind. first of all, the most important thing, a great acronym, be safe. the first thing is put something in the back seat of the car, your purse, your cell phone, which should be back there anyhow, a computer bag, so you remember to check the back seat when you get out. secondly, make sure that every time that child is restrained properly in the car. then here's a good tip, keep a stuffed animal in the car. when your child's not in the car seat, put the stuffed animal in there. when your child is in, put the stuffed animal in the front seat, so it's a reminder to you, my child's back there. and then, really important, ask that care provider to call ten minutes later if your child is late. unfortunately, in the case down in alabama it was over three hours later. so, ask just ten minutes would make a difference. finally, focus as well. no distractions. put the texting down, put the calls down, but even your mind. clearly, this mom down there had a lot on her mind. we need to focus. and then finally, every time you
get out of the car, check the back seat, every time. but then also, if you're not driving in your car, if your car's parked, keep it locked and keep the car keys somewhere else. >> right. >> because it's very easy for your child to climb in, play and you don't even know it. >> absolutely. alison, thank you so much for the tips and for sharing this with us. it's really tough to talk about and tough to see but very, very important. alison rhodes, thank you. >> thank you. >> great information there. the science of life on satu saturn. next, why nasa scientists had us here on earth waving and smiling at the distant planet this week. we'll talk about this. ♪ [ male announcer ] you wait all year for summer. ♪ this summer was definitely worth the wait. ♪ summer's best event from cadillac. let summer try and pass you by.
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now. this weekend we are starting a new segment called "the science behind." our first topic is saturn, and we'll begin with an unusual question. did you wave at the sky last week? no? well, that's exactly what nasa asked people to do, as the cussinie spacecraft snapped pictures of earth from outer space on friday. a group gathered in new york city to participate in the long-distance photo shoot. cnn meteorologist jennifer delgado joins me live to explain. so, we have got people waving -- >> waving in the sky. >> waving in the sky. >> like, here comes the space invaders, something like that, right? >> what's this all about? >> well, this is actually something that's been going on with cassini. cassinie is the spacecraft that's part of nasa, and its job is basically to orbit saturn as well as mercury. what we have here is a rendering of cassini, and this is actually saturn. we see the rings around. we all know so much about saturn. cassini launched in 1997 and it
took eight years to arrive to saturn. >> wow! >> took a long time. they're not fast. you think your delays at the airport are long? no, not at all. again, as we talk about the cassini solstice mission, the difference is this time we're now able to see the rings surrounding saturn better now. you can see the rings here, and this gives you an idea of the solar system and this is where earth is. and of course, when you're talking about the solar system, we want to show you where the earth is. there it is. well, what we're looking at now is more visibility with the saturn rings. we can see the particles there because cassini is just tricked out with all these super instruments, and it can better see the wave lengths. but what's different now is now for the first time, and while people were actually waving to the camera, we can actually see the earth because it's actually backlit by the sun. so, that's why we have now a view of earth and people waving to the sky. >> very cool. "the science behind" cassini and saturn. thank you, jennifer. >> did you learn a lot? >> i did learn a lot. thank you very much. poppy? >> i learned a lot, too. just ahead on "new day,"
♪ all right, remember this totally rocking grandmother? the unknown silver fox caught some major chops on the skins. >> what? >> you know what, i just want to say that i did not know what chops on the skins was, so i'm just going to say it the way that -- major granny rocking out. we were talking about this yesterday. we showed you the video, awesome. no longer a mystery, guys. cnn affiliate wxow reports her name is mary havida. we didn't know who she was before, and she actually had no idea that she was an internet
sensation. mary said she got those skills playing in a band in her younger days. victor, your favorite part was the twirling of the drum sticks. >> the twirl. what was that term again? >> i don't know. i didn't write it. >> thanks for starting your morning with us. >> we'll see you at 8:00 eastern. "sanjay gupta md" starts right now. welcome to "sgmd." today we have a rare look inside a village where every single resident has severe dementia, and we'll tell you, it's one of the most humane things i've ever seen. also, treating cancer with marijuana. i'm going to show you why some doctors don't think it's such a crazy idea. but first, a new battle over the rules and the laws surrounding abortion. in texas, this filibustered, talking for 11 hours straight. >> and that the physician should give a report. >> in north carolina, they rallied. according to the gutmatra
institute, 1 in 20 women has an abortion. but now states are implementing laws, including north dakota, saying no abortions allowed once a heartbeat can be heard. that's usually around six weeks, sometimes before a woman even knows she's pregnant. that law is being challenged in court. in texas, governor rick perry signed a law banning abortions after 20 weeks. >> most people i think in this country and in texas certainly believe that six months is too late to be deciding whether or not these babies should be aborted or not, and we put the limit at five months in this bill. >> at 20 weeks, the unborn child exhibits certain things that we would all recognize as reaction to painful stimuli. and as a society, we look at that pain-capable child and we say, you know, enough's enough. >> we know very clearly at that time that the brain, which is the part of the body that
experiences pain, isn't connected to the rest of the nervous system in the way we understand it to be for adults. >> reporter: the vast majority of babies born at 20 weeks won't survive. just last month, the u.s. house of representatives passed its own bill to limit abortions after 20 weeks unless the mother's life is in danger. and joining me now is congressman michael burgess of texas. he does support tighter restrictions. he's also a licensed obstetrician. and dr. nancy stanwood, who chairs the group physicians for reproductive health. thanks both of you for joining us. it's generating a lot of discussion. >> thank you. >> representative burgess, let me start with you. >> sure. >> you support the recent house bill limiting abortions past 22 weeks. let me start there. why 22 weeks? where does that come from? >> well, actually, it's 20 weeks after conception. most of us working in the clinical field would say that's 22 weeks gestational age. the date that was chosen was for a reason. you're about a week away from
viability at that point. why not err on the side of giving the baby the benefit of the doubt? i guess the other part is, you know, some of this was drafted around the concept of can a baby at 20 weeks post conception feel pain? we go to great lengths to make certain that condemned killers will not feel any pain when their life is taken. shouldn't we go to some of those same protections for a baby 20 weeks after conception? >> dr. stanwood, let me pull you in here, and just talking about limits. >> thank you. >> in general, these limits that you hear representative burgess talking about, what do you think of them from a physician's perspective, again? are they concerning to you, and if so, why? >> well, they are concerning. i think in particular the premise that a fetus feels pain at 20 weeks is just not based on scientific evidence. the most recent evidence and rigorous data show that the fetus is not capable of feeling pain until about the third
trimester, 28 weeks. >> dr. stanwood first, there are some genetic conditions, chromosomal abnormalalities that are difficult to detect or cannot be detected until after this period of 22 weeks. first of all, is that common? and what would happen in a situation if these restrictions are in place? >> i think that's a very concerning point that you bring up in that a large part of my practice, when i have patients referred to me for second trimester abortions has to do with desired pregnancies where they've gotten terrible news. most ultrasounds that are done to detect abnormal fetal anatomy are done in about 20 weeks gestation so that patients thought that they were having a normal pregnancy and then they got devastating news. and part of the concern with these restrictions is that sometimes the news that they get is preliminary, they need a second opinion, they need to see additional experts, they need to have testing, maybe chromosomal testing like an amniocentesis
and to have an unfounded, arbitrary restriction on that process robs patients of the time and dignity they need to come to grips with the situation and make the best decision for themselves and their families. >> so, representative burgess, i mean, the scenario is, a woman gets this devastating news. it's a devastating chromosomal or genetic abnormality found in the child, more testing necessary, but in the meantime, it's past 22 weeks now. what do you tell that family, that woman? >> most second trimester amniocentesis is done at 16 weeks gestational age. that's 14 weeks after conception. yes, it takes two or three weeks to get the results back. yes, you are pushing up against midpregnancy, but the time window in there is one in which it is reasonable to consider having this type of restriction because, you know, the problem we get into here is, at what age are we going to confer humanity, at what gestational age? and for anyone who's practiced
obstetrics and spent time in the dark in the sonogram room, you see distinctly human characteristics weeks after conception. >> this remains one of the most polarizing issues in america today, so many years later. thank you both for joining us. >> thank you, dr. gupta. >> thank you. and up next on "sgmd," an entire village where every resident living there has severe dementia. if your moisturizer leaves an oily finish behind
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the alzheimer's conference is this week in washington and while it's generated a lot of buzz, it's fair to say that an effective treatment to reverse or even delay dementia is still a long ways off. in the netherlands recently, near amsterdam, i caught what might be a glimpse of the future, a humane future as i see it, a way we might care for aging relatives the way we might want to be cared for ourselves. at first glance, it looks like any other small dutch town.
but look closer. it's not. outsiders aren't allowed here, and everyone who lives within these walls has something in common. it's the last place any of them will ever call home. so, this is a neighborhood. >> yes, it's a neighborhood. >> a neighborhood for people with dementia. >> yes. yes. >> what makes this place better? >> this is open, open. >> translator: this place is open. people can enjoy the seasons. they can really feel if it's cold or warm. they can visit a restaurant. they can drink a cup of tea and they are free to go wherever they want to go. >> reporter: wherever they want to go, except back into the real world. these sliding glass doors are the only doors that lock here.
this is the only way in and the only way out. creating a sense of normalcy is the number one goal here at holgavic. oftentimes, that means creating a routine and sticking to it. but if you walk in here, this will look like just about any other grocery store to you, but i want to point out a few things that are different. you do see the same products, juices. you can buy just about anything you want, cleaning products. but you'll notice pretty quickly, there's no prices on anything. and as you're about to see, there's no money that has exchanged hands, either. the customers, as you might guess, a very different type of clientele here. they are residents of this village. they all have severe dementia. oftentimes, they come here with their caregivers. ultimately when they come up to the front desk for buying all their products, they don't exchange any money. and trudy, who is a staff member, is trained specifically to handle people with dementia.
>> oh, and in case i don't see you, good afternoon, good evening and goodnight. >> some compare this to "the truman show." >> that's the whole kitten ka boodle. >> a man played guilty jim carrey discovers his entire life is actually a tv program. everything he thinks is real is a mirage created by television producers. do the people here ever feel, i mean, do you ever get the impression that they feel like they're being fooled or duped in any way? >> um, why should they feel they are fooled? we have a society here. our supermarket is not a show. it's a real supermarket. >> right. >> maybe we're fooling them and we say it's okay what you're doing, but that's because we want to help people enjoy life
and feel that they are welcome here on this earth. >> for the rest of their lives. because here at holgave, a vacancy only becomes available when a resident passes away. this place is truly unique, but keep in mind, any full-time care in the united states can easily cost between $70,000 or $80,000 a year and many families simply cans ford that. if you are caring for someone with significant dementia or alzheimer's at your home, here's a few tips. reduce clutter and noise as much as you can. create rituals and routines and really stick to them. and also, these are things that we learned, don't go around correcting someone with dementia or trying to convince them that they're being irrational. you're better off trying to just redirect the situation. again, an amazing place. now, coming up, a controversial project that's looking at marijuana as a possible treatment for cancer. stay with us. the new guy is loaded with protein!
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is that true? says here that cheerios has whole grain oats that can help remove some cholesterol, and that's heart healthy. ♪ [ dad ] jan? what i get asked a lot, is medical marijuana just a hoax, an excuse to smoke pot? well, it's true, you know, some doctors are going to prescribe it for just about anything, but when i dug into this, i also found something else, serious physicians out there who think cannabis could become a real tool to fight all sorts of
things, including cancer. >> good job. >> landon riddle was a normal 2-year-old boy until he was diagnosed with leukemia. >> they told us he doesn't look sick, very sick, you know, to y'all, but you know, he's on the brink of death. >> doctors in salt lake city immediately started intense chemotherapy and radiation. >> but told us that he probably wasn't going to make it, that he only had like an 8% chance to live 24 to 48 hours. >> the chemo made him violently ill. he was in intense pain. he suffered nerve damage in his legs and he went 25 days without eating. >> around the clock, he's usually on liquid morphine, ativan, and it really just didn't seem to be helping. >> and then she heard about medical marijuana. >> we really didn't have anything else to lose. >> one chemical in marijuana, thc, is responsible for the psychoactive effects or the high. it also combats nausea and pain. but another chemical called cbd
seems to have additional benefits. >> love you. >> in january, landon began taking both as an oil. >> as soon as we started doing the oil, his platelets have been above normal for a cancer patient. they've been a regular, healthy person's level, and they can't understand why. >> reporter: and it's this effect that has intrigued researchers. in san francisco, these researchers say that compound, c cbd, can kill cancer cells and stop them from metastasizing in human cells and in mice, at least in the lab. >> this compound, which appears to be quite effective in inhibiting cancer in the dish. >> and they're ready now to take the next step, which is large-scale clinical trials. of course, many cancer therapies do make it to this step, and some say it is too early to get excited. >> so, we're at a place now where there aren't enough data, we're beginning to gather more,
and i think, as in so many things, people are now beginning to demand other treatment options. >> now, it's worth pointing out, landon has been off chemo for three weeks. and whether or not the cannabis actually played a role, his mother says his leukemia is so is marijuana bad for you? that's the other question. or can pot actually do some good? i traveled all over the world looking for answers to these questions, and you'll see what i uncovered, sunday, august 11th, 8:00 p.m. eastern, right here on cnn. jon lester is not only a starting pitcher for the boston red sox, he's also a cancer survivor. his experience with cancer as well as a very significant change in his life moved him to help the youngest of cancer patients. jon lester was a 22-year-old rookie pitcher for the boston red sox, and a trip to fenway park back in 2006 changed his life. >> i got in a car accident here
driving to the field. >> the accident seemed to make some lingering back pain even worse, sending lester to the hospital, where doctors threw him a curveball. >> you're sitting there one minute thinking, in my case, i just have some back pain, just need to get anti-inflammatories and maybe some rest, or something like that, to you have cancer. >> lester was diagnosed with anaplastic large cell lymphoma, it's a rapidly spreading yet treatable form of blood cancer that affects thelism nodes. he endured six rounds of chemotherapy, and soon after, the cancer was gone. he met with red sox manager terry francona, eager to get back in the game. >> he sat me down and said, we're going to take this as slow as we can. that's the last thing i want to hear. >> in 2007, just a year after his cancer diagnosis, lester started and won game four of the world series, clinching the championship for the red sox.
at first, lester was reluctant to talk about his cancer. >> at the time, i just wanted to move on, wanted to get back to doing what i love to do, to play baseball and not be the cancer patient anymore. >> but that changed in 2010. >> we had just had our first son. i can only imagine what it would be like for him to go through something like this. >> so lester helped launch nvrqt, or never quit, in collaboration with the pediatric cancer research foundation. >> i fought to beat cancer. now it's time to fight for the kids. >> never quit raises awareness and money for pediatric cancer research. >> each ball represents a child diagnosed with cancer, over 125,000 in the last decade. children's cancer a monster we all need to bring down. >> having beaten cancer himself, lester's mission now is to strike out cancer for children. still ahead, a 100-year-old
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every two years, thousands of athletes from across america gather to compete in the national senior games. they raping in age from 50 to 1 hourp yea 00 years old, and they compete in 19 different sporting events, including tennis, track and field, and swimming. they are a true testament to chasing life. >> i am roger. i am now 100 years old, and i understand the fella i'm playing
today is only 94 years old. so i'm playing a youngster again. over and away. >> you know the guy beats me is a guy named adolph hoffman. he's one of the best athletes i've ever seen, and he beat me bad in most of them, but he cheated a little bit in the javelin. >> one, two, three, celebrate. >> every time we go to tournament, we know the teams we're coming up against are just as ready to play as we are. they're getting tougher and tougher and meaner and meaner. >> defense. >> how can you not smile at this? joining me now to talk about this are the very young looking film makers keith and chris. keith, how did you find the stories? there's a lot of athletes who compete. you drilled down on a few
specific stories here. gl absolutely. we think the senior games is one of the best kept secrets in sports. over 300,000 athletes from across the country compete who are 50 and older. what we did is we partnered with the association that puts on the games, and they sent out a casting call on our behalf. we had over 1,000 responses to the call, people sending photos, bios, stories about their competition, and we ended up sifting through all those applications, and we ended up choosing a 100-year-old tennis player, an 86-year-old pole vaulter, and several others. >> i couldn't believe that guy could actually pole vault. i don't think i could do that now. he's 86 years old. >> he actually invited us to try, and we were a little intimidated to do it ourselves. >> which raises the question. were these guys athletes, these guys and women, before hand? >> some of them were, some of them weren't. for example, adolph, the pole vaulter, he learned how to pole vault with a garden hoe over barbed wire fences when he was 5 years old. that's his trial by fire.
on the other hand, you have someone like roger who saw a coupon in the paper for tennis rackets, decided to give it a try, and picked it up at 75. >> so he's been playing since 75 years old. >> but he's been playing for 25 years now. >> and he got a win over the 94-year-old. >> people will ask, what's their secret? how do you become a senior athlete? is it what they eat, what they drink, their sleeping patterns? we kind of had it in the back of their head during the filming. we realized what sets these senior athletes apart is they have goals, they're looking forward to something, they're moving towards something. something that keeps them, when i wake up, i'm going to do this. too often you see older adults who think that perhaps life might be behind them. the characters we feature in our film and all the other characters, they're looking forward to life. >> i hope everyone gets to watch this. it's inspiring. as people get older, you have that thing to look forward to. it's so important.
keith, christopher, thanks so much for joining us. that's going to wrap things up at sgmd. let's keep the conversation going on twitter as well. @sanjaygupta. now "new day" with poppy harlow. the northeast may finally be cooling off, but wildfires continue to threaten california. while expected thunderstorms could bring some relief, they present new dangers. >> could we be in more danger from terrorists now than we were before? that's what the nsa chief is saying, and he's blaming one person. >> i think everybody here is a nerd, and if you're not, you're in denial. >> and it's not just nerds at this year's comic-con extravaganza, film stars, comic book icons, and some less than human guests.
good morning, everyone. happy sunday. i'm poppy harlow. >> i'm victor blackwell. 8:00 here on the east coast, 5:00 out west. this is new day sunday. >> welcome, everyone. if you live in florida, governor rick scott wants you to pause today and pray for racial unity. his request follows a day of nationwide rallies for trayvon martin. >> marchers are demanding federal rights charges against george zimmerman, the man who shot and killed the african-american teenager. cnn's nick valencia now from miami. >> enough is enough. >> reporter: across the nation, a call to action. >> not only do i vow to you to do what i can for trayvon martin, i promise you i'm going to work hard for your children as well. >> reporter: from new york to washington, d.c., to los angeles in more than 100 cities, rallies with one clear message, justice for trayvon martin. >> i think he was profiled as
well as a lot of our african-american men, and he was singled out. i think it's travesty. >> trayvon was my son. he was a loved child. he did nothing wrong. >> reporter: in miami, tracy martin, father of the slain 17-year-old, was the headliner. surrounded by hundreds of supporters, he spoke to cnn. >> it was overwhelming. it just goes to show the love and the support that our families and friends have for us here in miami as well as across the country. it sends a message to the nation that we're not going to sit back and let our children be killed and not say anything about it. >> reporter: one week to the day, george zimmerman was acquitted in the death of martin. thousands spanned across the united states, the hope in power and numbers, to put pressure on the justice department. activists want civil rights charges filed against the former neighborhood watch man. >> we need to organize and have rallies just like this in order to fight racism.
>> reporter: in florida, demonstrators pushed to get the controversial stand your ground law amended, and while the governor has said he will not budge in support of the law, martin's supporters have not been discouraged. >> i think people are just tired of senseless violence, and the people really want the world to know that our children's lives matter just as much as their children's lives. >> reporter: it's the voice of a movement they hope will bring change. poppy, victor? >> nick valencia, thanks so much. appreciate it. south of los angeles, it looks like firefighters have turned the corner on a wildfire that already has destroyed at least six homes, the mountain fire. it's now 49% contained. evacuation orders still in effect for idyllwild and burn valley. but the fast shifting winds and the flash flooding is also a concern. to milwaukee now where health officials say the week long heat wave may have claimed two more lives. a 69-year-old man and a 64-year-old woman both died in
homes without air conditioning. this comes after three men were found dead earlier this week there. >> let's bring in meteorologist jennifer delgado in the cnn weather center. good news national forecast? >> some good news definitely in the forecast. temperatures already cooler out there as we look across parts of the northeast. you can see temperatures in the 70s and 60s for areas like new york, 79 degrees there. 67 in stran ton. philadelphia, 77 degrees. how about for this afternoon? how warm will the temperatures get? the good news is the temperatures today are going to be seasonable and some locations just 15 degrees above average. new york today, a high of 88 degrees. in the midwest, kansas city, 88 for you. as we move out towards the west, warmer temperatures, but we're also tracking showers and thunderstorms moving right on top of the palm springs area. of course, that is the site of the mountain fire when you just heard about the fire earlier. i can point out to you that, yes, we are looking at rain out
there, but this can cause another problem when you see these storms moving through. some of these storms can produce some lightning, and that could trigger, say, more wildfires. of course, if it's a dry storm, but if some of these storms start to produce heavy rainfall like we've been seeing in some of these locations, that leaves the potential for landslides. if you're in the higher terrains, that can prove to be dangerous, especially for the firefighters out there battling the fires. right now we do have flood watches in place across parts of the four corners for areas including southern california as well as into regions like las vegas, and that is because we're dealing with monsoon season, and monsoon season brings a great amount of rainfall. when it rains, it really pours. that's where we'll continue to see the showers, sunshine for areas up towards the pacific northwest, and a slight chance for severe storms right on top of north dakota today. more showers for the south, and then the rain showers will start to end later into the evening for parts of the northeast.
guys, we'll acceptsend it back o you. >> charges have been filed in the captivity case, a bizarre and troubling case we first told you about yesterday. police found four malnourished men in a houston home, one of them described as just a skeleton. >> they were beaten and abused. the question is why. that's what police are still trying to figure out. our ed lavandera has more. >> reporter: victor and poppy, criminal charges have now been filed here in this bizarre case in north houston, where four men were found being held against their will inside this house just beyond that purple wall. the man who was arrested is a man by the name of walter jones. he is the grandson of the woman who owns this house. he has been charged with two felony criminal counts, one of them injury to the elderly by act, and the other injury to the elderly by owe missi lly by omi. this is a case where investigators are still trying to unravel what was going on inside this house and how long
the four men had been held against their will inside this house. they said the conditions inside were deplorable. the men needed to be taken to a hospital for treatment. we are told by investigators here in houston that the three men taken to the hospital are now in stable condition and doing much better. victor and poppy, back to you. >> ed, thanks so much. police are ruling out foul play in the death of a woman who fell from a texas roller coaster. the accident happened on friday night at six flags over texas in arlington. witnesses say the victim just flew out of her seat during a steep turn. >> very sad. i feel horrible for the family. >> they were screaming when they came back, and they were trying to get out of the restraint. they were screaming, my many month, my mom, we've got to get my mom. she's gone. >> in response to the investigation, the park released a statement, and here's part of it. "it would be a disservice to the family to speculate regarding what transpired. when we have new information to provide, we will do so."
six flags says the roller coaster will be closed until the investigation wraps up. the journalism world is mourning the death of a trailblazer. veteran white house reporter helen thomas has died. over nearly half a century, she covered ten presidents, from jfk to barack obama. she was known for her blunt, no holds barred questions. in 2010 she retired from her career a week after a video surfaced showing remarks she made that were perceived to be anti-semitic by the jewish community. she was also a mentor to many women reporters who followed her steps on the white house beat. president obama said, "helen was a true pioneer, opening doors and breaking down barriers for generations of women in journalism. what made helen the dean of the white house press corps was not just the length of her tenure, but her fierce belief that our democracy works best when we ask tough questions and hold leaders to account." helen thomas was 92 years old. she will be buried in detroit, where she was raised.
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12 minutes after the hour, good morning, new york city. thank you for starting the day with us. i'm going to be in new york two trips this week. >> looking forward to having you. beautiful day looking at the hudson river. i'll be back with you this afternoon, new york. some incredible rescue video to share with you. look at this, a river guide jumping into action when a rafter gets knocked unconscious, hitting his head on those rocks after being thrown from his boat. the guide swam over, pulled him out of the water. the rafter was okay, even after all of that. the hero who saved him says he's been on the river for 25 years, and it was his first time having to make a rescue quite like that. >> right place, right time,
right skills. brace yourself for this. a guy on a motorcycle was trying a new helmet camera, and what he caught on tape. look at that. his own accident. we're going to watch this again. you can see the bike slamming right into a car. >> oh, my gosh. gl at about 70 miles per hour. the rider was actually thrown off the motorcycle onto the hood of the car. here's the incredible part. he just got up and walked away, a few bumps and bruises. >> unreal. glad he's okay. terrifying video there. just like the motorcycle rider, battered but not broken, i guess you could say the same about two names in new york politics, eliot spitzer and anthony weiner. >> they're not only back in the game, they're also riding high with voters. our alina cho is with us this morning. alina, how do they explain this actually renewed support? >> reporter: i think they both believe they deserve a second chance, right, victor and poppy? when you ask people watching
these races very closely, they will tell you it may be a couple of things, name recognition for one, their willingness to go it alobe, and main, just maybe, new yorkers love fighters as politicians. these two men may have had their problems, and big ones, but they do know how to fight. >> oops. >> reporter: after suffering through years of late night laughs at their expense, disgraced politicians anthony weiner. >> this was a man who literally [ bleep ] his own career. >> reporter: and eliot spitzer. >> how could you be this stupid? just may have the last laugh. weiner running for new york city mayor and wespitzer, a candidat for city comptroller, are leading their races, at least accord to go one major role. what do you think that says about new yorkers and their willingness to forget? >> i hope there's forgiveness.
>> reporter: spitzer is the former new york attorney general, also known as client number nine, a man who retired in 2008 admitting he hired prostitutes. and now the so-called sheriff of wall street, just two weeks after announcing he's running, according to a quinnipiac poll, is trouncing the competition. scott stringer with 33% to spitzer's 48%. >> today i am announcing my resignation from congress. >> reporter: ex-congressman weiner, whose unfortunate last name made him the butt of jokes after he accidentally tweeted these compromising photos, is making his own comeback. the same quinnipiac poll has weiner with 25% support to his democratic opponent christine quinn's 22%. a new york times/sienna poll has quinn on top. does this show, at least in politics, that sex sells? >> i think it certainly shows that celebrity sells. >> we love this city, and no one will work harder than anthony. >> reporter: in this case, having his wife houma's support
is key. >> my wife is the not so secret weapon of this campaign. >> reporter: spitzer and his wife are living separately. >> will we see her on the campaign trail? >> absolutely, at the right moment, yes. >> reporter: thatted c ecould b key when the men dubbed the tabloid twins sweat it out on election night. that was an unfortunate cover on "new york" magazine. when you ask new yorkers if these men should get a second chance, 2 out of 3 say yes. if these two men are actually able to pull it off on election night, it could also show that voters just love a story of redemption too. it's not like it hasn't happened before in politics. >> we just saw one in south carolina. alina cho, thank you. on twitter, they're calling it the great case wait. will today be the day the royal baby arrives? all eyes are on london,
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means? time for a royal baby. london is in the waiting game waiting for the royal baby to be born. >> even the hospital where kate is expected to give birth has become a sensation in its own right, reporters and photographers camped outside. our own max foster is outside too, part of the great kate wait as it's called. max, you've been there almost a week now. what's it seem like today? >> reporter: i know what it feels like to be a statue or some sort of monument. we've become a tourist attraction. people come along and take pictures of us. let's just spin the camera around. people come here to have their picture taken in front of these cameras. it's sunny. the tourists are out. it's part of the whole -- buckingham palace is the most popular tourist attraction in london, so maybe it's fun to come here and follow it up by gawking at us. it's a strange atmosphere. >> i hope for your sake, max, the baby comes soon so you can
stop feeling like a prop in front of the hospital. >> reporter: it's hot too. >> it is hot, but at least it's sunny in london. so often with, this we get very few details from the palace. i agree with them. this is a private matter happening in front of the world's eyes. do we have any word on how katherine and william are doing, preparing, et cetera? >> reporter: well, they've had a prenatal set of sessions, private sessions, and the woman who's running those classes have been talking a bit about that, saying they had private sessions to talk about what it's like to go through childbirth and how william has to be particularly sensitive to let kate be completely relaxed, and i think that probably explains why they've been out of town, away from the cameras, hiding away at the middletons' house because of the priorities that she can relax. although there's lots of speculation from photographers they're now in london and braced to come here. we've been saying every day this week we don't know when she's going to be coming here.
we will be told when she is here, but in the meantime, we're just waiting. the great kate wait has become one of the most trending topics on twitter. >> i know the queen is pretty much over this wait. i love when she told those kids, do you want a boy or a girl? she said, i don't care as long as the kid comes. i'm going on holiday. i love that. >> she speaks for a nation. everybody's ready. >> she speaks for a world because we're waiting too. let's talk about what's happening in belgium today. while they're waiting for a bibby, it's abdication day in belgium. >> reporter: exactly. the third monarch to abdicate this year. qatar, the netherlands, they've all done it, handing over to a younger generation. a new king in belgium. interesting because this is a real example of how monarchy does work, you could argue, because there's a big split in the country, the north and south, big political divide, but they all agree on the monarchy. that's interesting. also, you've got this court case in belgium at the moment, a
40-year-old lady says she is the illegitimate child of the king, and she's going through the court process, and her mother recently said, actually, she did have an affair with king. they say that's why he's abdicating. he says it's because he wants to hand it to a younger generation. >> fascinating stuff. the wait continues there in london. max, great reporting. we'll get back to you soon. stay cool. a houston bakery has whipped up a life sized cake of kate middleton and baby. we've got an extra seven or eight days before the baby is born. let's make a cake. a lot of rice krispies in the mix for support. our affiliate shot this on thursday. that's a lot of detail. the head, you don't see. the finished cake is on display this week at the bridal show at houston convention center. then it gets shipped to kensington palace. >> how do you ship a big cake like that? >> i've watched many episodes of
cake boss, and that is the scariest part of the episode when they put it in the truck. apparently, this gets to fly. we'll wait to see if they take a bite. >> we'll wait to see. who knew. all right. time for the good stuff. listen to this story. great story. dan black from the united kingdom, he's been paralyzed since he was hit by a car almost four years ago. he's right there. but there's hope that new stem cell treatments could help dan walk again. that's when they become available in about five or so years. that's what experts say. so dan's town helped him raise money, a lot of money, $30,000 for treatment, and that's when dan met little vaughn. >> he's 5 years old. he also can't walk from cerebral palsy, and there's also hope for him in the form of expensive surgery. a lot of that money, the family just didn't have. what's the difference here? brecken's treatment is available right now.
what did dan do? listen. >> my village, they were nice enough to try to raise money for me to have treatment. there isn't any treatment available for me at the moment whereas brecken can have treatment now. so i decided to donate the money on to him. >> he gave the money to brecken. >> that's the good stuff. he donated it to him. and since he did, hundreds of others have as well, bringing brecken closer to walking again for the first time in his life, and for all his efforts, dan's been nominated for a pride of britain award. that is great. >> good stuff there. coming up, the man who runs the national security agency says leaker edward snowden gave our playbook, quote, unquote, to the terrorists. and we're going to meet a man who's preaching to the unfaithful. it's a church for atheists. yeah, we know. we're going to tell you all about it straight ahead. mine was earned in djibouti, africa. 2004.
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coaster. the ride, the texas giant, at six flags over texas, will remain closed until the investigation has wrapped up. in a statement, six flags wrote that it is not yet ready to comment on friday's incident and that doing so would be "a disservice to the family of the woman." number three, the hit tv show "glee" will take a short hiatus just after its premiere this fall. the show's creator ryan murphy told the hollywood reporter that writers need time to rework the show following the death of star cory monteith. the first two episodes will air, and then the show will regroup. lance armstrong back on a bike. he is scheduled to take part in the des moines register's great bicycle ride across iowa. it kicks off today. this will be the sixth time he's ridden in his race, but it is the first time since he was stripped of his tour de france titles. speaking of, the tour de france wraps up today in paris. number five is the final round of the british open.
it's under way right now. the leaders won't tee off for 30 minutes or so. among those leaders, tiger woods is gunning for the fourth british open title. lee westwood leads the open by two shots. the head of the nsa says there is concrete proof that terrorists have benefited from information leaked by edward snowden. >> let's get the story from athena jones live in washington this morning. good morning to you, athena. let's talk about general keith alexander heading up the nsa. did he give concrete examples of this? he's saying that snowden opened us up and made us more vulnerable to terrorism. >> reporter: good morning. perhaps not surprisingly, alexander didn't spell out the concrete proof that he mentioned. ever since snowden made these revelations, the intelligence community and administration officials have been defending the effectiveness of these surveillance programs saying they have helped thwart numerous attacks here and abroad, and they've also -- administration
officials from the obama administration and from the previous administration, the bush administration, have also said that snowden's revelations put us in danger, that they were bad for tour national security. general alexander expanded on that when he was speaking to the aspen institute this week. let's see what he said. >> what we're doing is telling them here's our playbook chllingt here's how we're stopping you. perhaps if you tried a different method, you'd be successful, and that's just plain crazy. what we're doing is irresponsible in this area, and i think it's significant and irreversible damage to our nation. >> reporter: and so he's stressing one of the big concerns from the intelligence community about these revelations. now, in other news related to this, we also learned this week from the director of national intelligence that the fisa court has reauthorized an order requiring verizon to collect and share data. i can tell you that keith
alexander did some explaining for why these programs are important. let's listen to what he had to say there. >> the purpose of these programs and the reason we use secrecy is not to hide it from the american people, not to hide it from you, but to hide it from those who walk among you that are trying to kill you. >> reporter: that data that verizon is collecting, the numbers, the length of phone calls, the time and date of phone calls. the government stresses they are not listening to these phone calls. that order expired on july 19th, and so it required reauthorization for verizon to continue to collect this data. back to you guys. >> athena jones in the washington bureau, thanks for the update. atheist churches cropping up in the heart of the bible belt. one is headed by a former evangelical preacher turned atheist. he's going to join us live next in our faces of faith. ready? happy birthday!
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today's faces of faith, we're talking about a new kind of church, a church without god. the community mission chapel. it looks and sounds like a place of worship, but there's a weekly service. there's offerings, uplifting songs. >> here's the catch. it's missing one major detail. its members don't believe in a higher power. this self-proclaimed atheist church has the presence of
religiously unaffiliated congregations popping up all over the world. it's making waves in the heart of the bible belt. >> here with us to talk about it is the founder, jerry dewitt. he's a former evangelical preacher turned atheist and author of a new book hope after faith. to aethism. this happened, your conversion really happened just a few years ago. >> i was raised by pentecostal church. i spent the next 25 years as a christian minister. in the beginning, very hard and fast pentecostalism, and towards the end, more of a liberal, charismatic movement. >> i've been reading about your book, and i want to read something in the description of
it. in 2011 a member of your flock came to you seeking prayer for a brother that had been seriously injured in an accident. you searched for the right words, but those words failed you. you couldn't find them, and your faith crumbled. does that mean there is no god or you're just not faithful? >> that's a good question. what it means is that i loved this young lady so much that, had i prayed for her in that particular moment, i would start her on a path of doubting that i had been on for several years and had found very troubling and very uncomfortable. at that moment, i didn't want to share that with her. i'm not here to proclaim that i know something everyone else doesn't know or that i don't know something that everyone else does. this is about love, and this is about loving truth and about loving human beings and about how much i loved god for 25 years, but yet in my search was
not able to find any true evidence or proof of his existence or intervention. >> jerry, some people would look at this and say an atheist church is an oxymoron, and you say wait a minute, it's not. and i've watched some of your preaching, and you're really preaching. you say sometimes it turns people off because i'm still preaching, but i'm preaching a different message. talk to me about that and having an atheist church, if you will. >> yeah, well, this is the reality of it. there's a lot of different subcultures within our country, and one of the subcultures in the deep south is the church family. so even though a person may come to the realization that they're an atheist and they move away from any beliefs and superstition, that doesn't mean they're not nostalgic for the church family or for the church environment. we're able to duplicate that minus all the superstition.
>> jerry, i need some clarity because, when i'm hearing you use the words doubt and unsure and uncertain, and i looked up the definitions. atheist is one who believes there is no deity, there is no god. agnostic is one who presumes the reality of god is probably unknown and unknowable. what you describe is an agnostic, not necessarily an atheist. clear that up for me. >> i like to say that skepticism is my nature, free thought is my methodology, agnosticism is my conclusion after 25 years in the ministry, and atheism is my opinion. opinions are always subject to change. i would be very egotistical if i were to say somehow i know what no one has been able to prove or disprove. those words do blend in the life of nonbelievers, but atheism is
my opinion. >> so you believe there is no god? >> i have not found any reason to believe there is a god, right. >> i want to achetake a look ate poll numbers. these numbers came out from public research institute. nearly 40% of americans that were polled believe that atheism is changing american culture for the worse, 10% for the better, 46%, the majority, thought really no impact. what do you make of those numbers? >> i would be surprised if believers thought nonbelif was something positive. they wouldn't be very true to their theology or doctrine, if they did. this is something that is growing within our culture. i think, thanks to the internet and the prevalence of information and the advances that are being made in science, as they call it, the god gap continuously gets smaller. whenever you have secular
congregations like ours and the one here in houston that are able to supply community to people in a way that's never been supplied before, you're going to see the numbers grow, and not surprisingly, believers would be unhappy about it. >> jerry, i've got to get this in really quickly. we've run out of time. here at this chapel, you sing gratitude songs. in the nature of gratitude, you are grateful for something to someone or to something? >> we're grateful to be alive. whenever you consider all of the odds that were against each one of us actually being here and experiencing life and experiencing the universe, then there's lots to be grateful for. this is about a love for truth, a love for humanity, and a love for life. >> jerry dewitt. >> appreciate it. thanks for taking the time this sunday. thanks, jerry. >> thank you. much love to you both. want to know what's going to be hot next year? you want to check out comic-con this year. we're taking you inside entertainment's biggest show to find out what's next. the first time i saw a sony 4k tv, it was like opening my eyes.
good morning, washington. it is 8:47 in our nation's capital. live look at the capitol dome this morning. a lot going on on the hill. we're going to talk about that in just a moment. let's now look ahead to what's happening this week. on monday, lance armstrong riding in iowa. he's going to be riding in the rag ride. this is the first time he's going to be in a public ride since admitting to doping. i don't like this thing. i don't. also on the hill, fbi director james comby was unanimously confirmed. he was pivotal in the end of the warrantless wiretapping program. allow me to ignore this because i'm not going to get it right. aaron hernandez making a court appearance. the former patriots player will have a probable cause hearing.
so far there has been no indictment. thursday, bradley manning closing arguments. he's the army private accused of leaking information to wikileaks. and then friday happy birthday, mick jagger. he turns 70. poppy says he doesn't look a day over 50. >> i told you you were going to have trouble with the magic wall. >> i don't like this thing. >> i didn't even touch it. >> better luck next time, buddy. coming up, "state of the union" with candy crowley coming your way at the top of the hour. great show ahead. let's talk to candy and find out what's on the rundown. good morning, candy. >> hi, poppy. we are going to continue on with this national conversation, whatever you want to call it, taking place in the streets, in the white house, and here today on "state of the union," our guest to go through where we move forward as the president talked about and asked about in his appearance. we have an all-star panel that includes bobby rush, now an illinois congressman, but you
probably well know his backgrou background. this is a man who was a former black panther in the turbulent '60s, now a born again christian and a congressman. he's about to have an urban crisis meeting. he represents chicago in one of the most violent areas of that city. we wanted to get his take. our cnn "crossfire" host newt gingrich will be here along with others. we'll also talk to john mccain. as you recall, he ran against the first african-american nominee from the democratic party, who beat him. i wanted to talk to him about race relations in the obama era, but he also had quite the run-in with the joint chiefs of staff chairman mark dempsey this past week over syria. i want to get into that a little bit as well. >> sounds like a great show, candy. we'll be watching. >> thanks, poppy. stay right here. "state of the union" with candy crowley starts right at the top of the hour, 9:00 a.m. eastern right here on cnn.
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in. who doesn't love this video? look at that. this is the u-town man and his hang gliding pooch shadow. shadow is a service job and helps him with separation anxiety. shadow gets kind of nervous when dan is up in the air by himself and would just chase him down. one time he tried to hang glide on his foot, tried to jump and go with him. finally, dan said i'm going to take you with me. right up there with him. i wonder if the dog was anxious at all. >> he just looks so calm like, yeah, yeah, we're in this together. take a look at this baby gorilla. she was born wednesday at the what do you think, poppy? >> i think it's named victor. >> no, it's not. she has not yet been named. she, poppy. zoo officials say she appears to be healthy and her parents are caring for her. >> she's beautiful. >> is she? >> yes, she is, in a unique way.
>> these gorilla videos, they never really get me. the dog shadow, i like that one. the gorilla, not so much. >> i'm with you, baby gorilla victor. >> okay. time for the bleacher report. we start in scotland where the leaders are just moments away from teeing off for the final round of the british open. >> among those leaders, tiger woods. he's got a lot at stake here. he's a couple shots back but definitely within striking distance of his fourth british open title. it has been a while for a major title for him. joining us now, jared greenberg with more on the bleacher report. hey, jared. >> a man with an animal name. three straight animal related stories. >> very good. >> less than five minutes from right now, tiger woods will tee off in his red sunday best. tiger starts two shots behind the leader. a come from behind win would be historic today for tiger. thr 3 of tiger's 14 major championships have come at the open championship, however, none
have been at muir field, and tiger has never won a major without owning at least a share of the lead heading into the final round. at 9:10 eastern, the leader, lee westwood, begins his final 18, looking for his very first major and trying to become the first englishman to capture the open since nick faldo in 1992. if you can't trust your parents these days, who can you trust? this week kobe bryant's parents have made more than $400,000 off of their son's success. kobe reportedly tried to stop his parents from auctioning his memorabilia. however, a settlement allowed for some items to be sold. a duplicate championship ring that kobe gave a sponsor went for more than $174,000. poppy, victor, are you smarter than a baseball equipment manager. the manager of the brewers had milwaukee spelled wrong on the front of his jersey. i'll help you out, the "u" is missing.
it was eventually noticed and corrected. victor, did you see that one? >> i did. >> we love victor. jared, thank you. appreciate it. comic-con with everything it's got going on, next year is revealed this year. >> from costume super fans, your favorite celebs showing off their project. tory dunn takes us inside the o convention, which you've got to see to believe. >> reporter: here at comic-con, this is where thousands of fans make their annual pilgrimage to the san diego convention center. to survive a day, you almost have to have special powers. the man, the myth, the legend. >> i'm stan. nice to meet you. >> reporter: there's this really cool thing out there where you
can take a picture as a super hero. >> take a picture as a super hero? i've always wanted that. >> reporter: not only does stan lee have the youtube channel called world of heroes, he looks pretty good as a hero himself. from the man behind spider-man to one who plays him in front of a worldwide audience. >> i don't know if spider-man has ever been a cool character. he stands for the uncool. >> i think everybody here is a nerd, and if you're not, you're in denial. >> reporter: from crowded carpets. >> riveting. >> intense. >> young. >> gar gantius. >> reporter: to the all-star cast of j.j. abrams new tv series "almost human." fans have to be brave to approach their favorite stars for an autograph. >> she's speaking the language you have to learn? that's impressive. that's very impressive. >> reporter: the nerd celebration continues here at comic-con. it's likely that some of "big bang theory's" 19 million weekly
viewers want to know what's next. who better to ask than -- >> these guys. >> reporter: a lot of people at comic-con think, leonard and penny, it's the dream for us. >> i hope so. i would like to represent that dream. >> thanks to tory diamond. "state of the union" with candy crowley starts right now. trayvon martin, george zimmerman, and barack obama. today, black, brown, and white in america. the conversation on the street. >> perfecting the union with our power panel. including one-time member of the black panthers and the turbulent '60s, illinois congressman bobby rush, and cnn's