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seemed to love it. there you have it. the royals stroking a koala bear with the harbor in the background. another iconic historic moment. and pictures that will also play into australia's visual history. one that's still linked to a monarchy based on the other side of the planet. max foster, cnn, sydney. hello again, everyone. i'm fredericka whit field. the ferry tragedy in south korea, another deadly drone strike in yemen and the search for flight 370. we begin in south korea. the death toll rises to 59 in the ferry that sank off the coast of south korea and getting new details about what happened when the ship was in danger. from a radio transcript released a short time ago.
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it reveals a dramatic conversation that took place as the ferry sank wednesday with 475 people on board. we learned that an unidentified crew member talked to two different radio towers that morning. the crew member said passengers aboard the doomed ferry could not board lifeboats because the ship tilted too much too fast and in another part of the trimt, one tower told the crew member that the captain should make the final decision on the passengers' escape. most of the people on board were students and teachers on a class trip. i want to bring in cnn's reporter in south korea. search crews brought back dozens of bodies, exceptionally painful for the parents to watch and that includes even the first responders. >> reporter: absolutely. everyone is affected and it's impossible not to be when you see these bodies coming back one by one.
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you hear hundreds of parents, their cries punk waiting the air. it's been an extraordinarily difficult process that promises to repeat many times over. the first police boat returns from the search site. parents waiting. bracing. they return one by one in identical, plain white bags. behind the screen, initial inspection. a blanket to cover. and then a short march back to land. parents rush to the white tents to identify their children. you must have said, daddy, save
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me, weeps this father. no one is immune to the sound of losing a child. as the families leave the tents, so, too, do the stretchers emptied. returning to the gurneys that await the next boat. another group of someone's children. another march back to the tents. 13 return in this group but more than 200 are still missing. gurneys on the left side of the dock, divers board ships to the right to continue the search. to bring the rest home. it bears reminding thereat death toll stands at 59. there are 200-plus missing. most of those missing are hit
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sophomores. >> oh my gosh, that's devastating. what more is being gleaned from the transcripts? >> reporter: it really reveals how confusing it was, how confused the ship's crew appeared to be, the rescue mission, first of all. they radioed the wrong port. the traffic center at the wrong port. so they lost about 11 minutes. then they transferred to the correct traffic service at the correct port. and then they responded. and you even heard that correct traffic center saying, it is the captain's decision about evacuation. but by then it appeared to be too late. the ship listed too far to one side and shows us how confusing it was and it shows that there was a delay and certainly appears to be a lack of control aboard the ship. frederick 12345. >> so many lives lost as a result. thanks so much.
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the red cross is helping the families waiting for news of the missing loved ones. to contribute, log on to cnn spnt come/impact. for the second day in a row, a deadly air strike hits terrorists in yemen. it happened in southwestern yemen. right next to the site of yesterday's drone strike that killed ten suspected al qaeda members. a source says saturday's strike was targeting three well-known operatives linked to a terror training camp. following the story for us from washington today. what more do we know about the strike? >> reporter: fred, the yemeni government official confirms to the u.s. that foreign nationals were among the targeted and it was a joint u.s./yemeni operation. now, the strike today took place in the southern province. as you can see here, this wasn't that far from saturday's attack. that attack of confirmed drone
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strike killed at least ten mill ants and one civilian following the release of an al qaeda training video showing a large gathering of al qaeda in yemen. so far there's no indication that the strikes had anything to do with the video. fred, sources say it's the general area where the u.s. believes that meeting was held. >> and then why is this lakt group of such interest to the united states in particular? >> reporter: well, this affiliate of al qaeda in yemen is widely considered to be one of the greatest threats of the united states, known as the most aggressive. here's what house homeland security committee chairman mccall said today on abc's "this week." >> they're involved with bomb-making devices to go undetected on airplanes. they're the ones that create inspire magazine to inspire the boston bomber. the fact that the administration is going aggressively against the terrorists i think is a very positive sign given the prior
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narrative that al qaeda's on the run and this is all over. >> reporter: u.s. does blame this al qaeda affiliate for trying to carry out several attacks on the u.s. homeland. back to you. >> thank you so much in washington. so there's been no official word from the white house on the strikes. joined now by major general spyder marx. all right. so general, while the u.s. is not necessarily acknowledging the involvement, the yemeni government says it was affiliated. is this a given that the u.s. is involved? >> yes, it is. yemen is announcing sit the right step. >> why? >> they're our host. we're in yemen because they want us to be there. if they want the united states to be gone, we would have a discussion and we would be gone. for the united states to do anything -- we have the capabilities to make these strikes. and in order for us to do that
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and launch them from another location and yemeni air space and targets in yemen, we have to get their permission. this is a coalition operation. >> what's it say to you or does it say to you improved intelligence pertaining to watching with this group al qaeda in yemen is or isn't doing? >> yeah. i think it's wonderful that the intelligence community has the ability to do this. we shouldn't be surprised. what we have seen is what's known and very familiar with it is local radicalization in that al qaeda really is more like a theology than a religion. it doesn't need a command and control structure to be mobilized and to get things done. but the problem with that is if when you're locally radicalized, you're off the map. how do you recruit? how do you stay focused on a target? in order to do that, you have to
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be visible per cperiodically. you're vulnerable. you can pen tate, you get intelligence. and then you can conduct strikes like we have seen over the course of 48 hours. >> often the drone strikes are in the fashion of multiple strikes. do you expect two at this point and more to come? >> well, you'd think that would be the case. clearly, the rule is the -- the rule of threes. if you have good intelligence and not compromised, then you would think that there would be some actionable intelligence that we could use again. but the united states will only use these through very restrictive rules of engagement. this is precise, has to go through very tight wickets, approvals all the way to the very top and good intelligence. only if it's valuable intelligence and it is not fleeting and disappearing. so the united states obviously had some good intelligence to bound it, got the yemeni government to approve and get on board and conduct the strikes.
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>> thank you so much. appreciate your time. >> thanks, fred. coming up, how families are coping as the search goes on for malaysia air flight 370. and the pope calls for peace in the second easter sunday message. that story from rome after this. hey. i'm ted and this is rudy.
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christians around the world are celebrating easter sunday, the day they believe jesus christ rose from the dead. in his second easter message since becoming head of the catholic church, pope francis prayed for an end to conflicts around the world. delia gallagher is covering holy week for us and has more now from outside the vatican. >> reporter: over 100,000 people joined pope francis this morning in st. peter's square for easter mass. this is the culmination of a week of activities leading up to today. and the people received a special blessing and message from the pope, to the city and to the world. which the pope gives from the central balcony looking out over the square and his message today was go out and be with the needy. he said leave yourselves behind
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and go with people who are crushed by life's difficulties. this is something we have seen the pope himself do. on thursday he went to a home where there are disabled people and he washed and kissed their feet. on friday, while he was at the coliseum for the stations of the cross, he instructed a priest to go hand out money to the homeless at the train stations around roep. so this is the pope's message for easter. in addition, of course, he prayed for peace in countries of conflict around the world. in particular, he mentioned syria, the ukraine, mentioned venezuela. he mentioned countries in africa which are suffering from disease and poverty and a special prayer for peaceful negotiations between israel and palestine. today marks the end of easter celebrations but the celebrations will continue next week on sunday at the vatican for the canonizations of john
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paul ii. delia gallagher, rome. the pope's easter message is to help the needy and this week's cnn hero has been doing that for years. he's a chef who fills not only bellies but hearts,ing a as well. anderson cooper has his story. >> please join me in honoring bruno sorato. >> when bruno was honored as a cnn hero in 2011, he was serving pasta to nearly 200 low-income children a day in anaheim, california. >> the pasta is ready. >> since being awarded, the program has grown significantly. >> hi, kids! who likes my pasta? >> me! >> now, we are 1,000 kids a day. every single day. monday through friday. >> reporter: reaching kids in three more cities in orange county. >> each meal, each time i see a kid i give security to a little kid with a full stomach before
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going to bed. you like my pasta? >> reporter: he does more than just filling the stomachs. >> one item, to share the table together. learning emotionally as a family of kids together eating pasta together. >> delicious. >> delicious. >> reporter: bruno's group has gone beyond food and moved 55 homeless families out of motels and into their own apartments. >> let's eat. >> i love it. >> you see the light completely change their life completely. >> reporter: with no plans to slow down, bruno's meal program will be in its fifth city this summer. >> my goal is to be all over the nation. how can i stop when children are starving? the day the children are not starving i will stop. >> pasta! >> all right. it's been a little more than a year since the boston marathon bombings. this year's race is tomorrow with bigger crowds than ever
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just over a year ago the city of boston was in a state of shock after the bombings that ripped through the finish line at the marathon. three people died and hundreds more were injured but tomorrow the race is back stronger than ever and more runners and probably the biggest crowds ever. cnn's brooke bouldain is in boston. give us an idea of the security precautions this year. >> reporter: police presence will be doubled along the race route. to bags, no backpacks. security is intense and for good reason and set the scene for you. we have a live picture. standing in boston common and
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show you it's absolutely a gorgeous sunday here. these are live pictures from the boston public garden. a lot of people out today walking around. we have some pictures shot a little while ago on boylston street at the finish line. it is really celebratory. the mood here, people down there walking around. you can see some of the orange jackets and some of the turquoise and blue jackets. really these jackets, these boston mare than jokts, they're a badge of pride, a badge of honor and especially for folks that ran last year and many of whom either were injured or couldn't finish and will be 36,000 strong runners tomorrow. and for people like david fortier who ran this race last year who crossed the finish line, who was injured and there looked to his left and saw the first blast, he's lost some hearing. he lost part of his foot. but he is back this year for
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boston marathon number two. he is born and raised in the boston area and just talking about why he's here on behalf of his friend who's battling leukemia, on behalf of the dana favrer cancer group and this is why he's back. >> i feel like i've got this incredible energy we hind me pushing me this year. and i know the crowd's are going to be crazy. so i'm actually really excited about this marathon as opposed to last year when i was pretty scared to be taking on something like this. >> reporter: i just wanted to show you one more picture because, of course, on this easter sunday, many of the runners are blessed on boylston street. there's a church right around where the explosions went off last year and see the crowds waiting in line, the marathon runners to be blessed here. this is old self church and
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again, fred, we will be here of course tomorrow from the beginning. the race starts around 10:00 in the morning and then continues all the way. those 26.2 miles here, of course, to boston and will be here through the whole thing so make sure you tune in tomorrow live. >> all right. particularly courageous run tomorrow. brooke, thanks so much. you have to wonder what it's like for so many of the runners to cross the finish line again one year later. boston's recover friday the bombing is a story of overcoming obstacles and moving past tragedy. straight ahead, a man doing the race for the 32nd time with big help coming from dad. but thirst, this summer, the cnn fit nation triathlon nation in malibu, california, cnn chief medal correspondent sanjay gupta is busy training to get ready. but he still found time to chat
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of the "sewol" said the ship rolled over a lot right now. cannot move. the communication until 9:38 a.m., 43 minutes after the initial distress signal and that is when communication was lost. but from the transcripts we can see that the crew member said on a number of occasions the ship is listing too much. we cannot move. now, this appears to show just how quickly the ship listed and how quickly it sunk and many questions as to why more passengers had not been put on to the life rafts and the rescue boats that were on this ship. also, the questions are still being asked why the initial order to passengers to stay put on this sinking ship. meanwhile, there were bodies retrieved, more than a dozen retrieved from the ship this sunday. they were brought to shore here and laid out in tents where the desperate families had to walk through and see if they could identify their child or their loved ones.
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a very heartbreaking scene and given the number of missing passengers still it is a scene likely to be played out in coming days, as well. there are still hopes of finding survivors, officials saying they're working under the assumption there will be survivors but clearly hope is fading. back to you. >> all right. paula hancocks, thanks so much. the underwater robot searching for flight 370 has now started the eighth mission. the blue fin 21 scanning the sea floor of the southern indian ocean for signs of the plane and found nothing to far. as many as 11 aircraft and 12 ships are also part of today's search. and as search for flight 370 drags on, so does the frustration for families of the plane's passengers. they submitted a list of 26 questions they want malaysian authorities to answer but a briefing that followed left them
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even more frustrated. >> reporter: they've been waiting for weeks, hoping, praying for good news. families of passengers and crew members on board mh-370 arrived for a closed door briefing with malaysian airlines and government officials. some anxious, others visibly distraught escorted by caretakers, two chinese women can barely hold themselves. but after the briefing, even more frustration. the briefing with families of mh-370 ended a little while ago. we have seen them walk out. many unsatisfied and asked numerous questions but most remain unanswered. questions on why the flight path is still unclear. how authorities can say the plane ended in the indian ocean when there's no evidence. >> i can completely understand their need to find answers.
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however, as i see it, in the briefing just now, we are looking for answers ourselves. >> reporter: he took this photo of his newly wed daughter and son-in-law just before they boarded mh-370. they were on their way to beijing for their honeymoon. it was their first trip outside of malaysia. >> i am belief that the government not trying to hide anything from us. they're telling the truth. but then mostly the members, the families, do not want to believe. >> reporter: his wife is one of them. >> my wife cannot accept it. she still believe that they have been hijack and she believe that my daughter is still alive. >> reporter: it's a common sentiment here. the families have been asked by malaysian authorities to provide details on what kind of financial assistance they may require and what can be done to help them move on.
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before those that believe their loved ones are still alive, this is not what they came to hear. cnn, kuala lumpur. >> what else can and should be done for these families? our panel weighs in next. quiet! mom has a headache! had a headache! but now, i& don't. excedrin is fast. in fact for some, relief starts in just 15 minutes. excedrin. headache. gone.
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families of flight 370 passengers want answers but they say they respect getting them. i want to bring in the panel to talk more about this. joining me is tom fuentes, mary schiavo and rob mccallum. all right. good the see all of you. mary, should investigators be releasing some of the information demanded from the family members like flight logbooks and maintenance records to appease them? >> yes. it is not just to appease them. as long as it isn't directly in conflict with the criminal investigation, remember malaysia says they have a criminal investigation and a civil investigation. they should be regularly releasing information to the families and briefing them. that is in accordance with standards which is what our own national transportation safety board follows. they keep the families apprised and briefed of all non-you know,
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criminal sensitive information they can. >> and tom, do you agree with that, that there is some information that usually is -- usually specific to an investigation but in this case pamly members should be privy to it? >> no. i agree with mary on that. the problem, though, is that malaysia has their own thoughts of what's allowed to be released or what, you know, they choose to hold. i mean, it is much stricter of an environment than what we would have in the united states. or other countries in terms of releasing information to the public or to the families specific. i think that's the difference. it is their interpretation of what they think needs to be withheld and everybody's frustrated by that. >> rob, do you think it would offer more clarity or confusion? >> it could do either. you know, it could certainly aid confusion if the information is just disseminated as is. what's key to this is it's explained to the families, what the information means because a
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lot of it is very, very technical in nature. if people go off with half the information it doesn't get them to a better place but information is key. without the information, this frustration is just going to continue and fester away. >> mary, you have to wonder, is it okay to talk about computation or financial assistance at this point when there is no recovery of wreckage and these family members are still many of whom are holding out hope that their family members are alive somewhere? >> well, and i think the problem is also that they weren't given a no-strings-attached sufficient assistance. in the united states it's typical and other places, too. it's pretty typical where someone is lost on an aircraft flight you make a flat-out initial payment of $25,000 to help them through the rough times and that's supposed to be no-strings attached.
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ordinarily they subtract it from later settlement we they don't are to talk about money and here since it's $5,000 and now the airline has issued i think just yesterday death certificates, i think malaysia issued for the passengers, that does open the door to discussions of financial settlement for those who choose to so the timing is sadly appropriate to do that. >> tom, as these death certificates are handed out, doesn't that send a message to the family members or does it that the search is near its end? >> well, it does. in a way. but i don't think necessarily the search but it does indicate that n finality that they believe the plane is lost and passengers are no longer alive. they said that weeks ago. it is initially they made other conflicting statement that is kind of kept hope alive, if you will, for many of the families and created much of the problem
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and frustration is the mixed messages that one minute, you know, we are certain that they're gone and then the next minute, well, maybe there's hope. >> all right. tom, rob, mary, thanks to all of you. appreciate it. >> thank you. all right. coming up, we're going to shift gears pretty drastically. our own anthony bourdain living large in vegas but is he winning? our winning interview with mr. las vegas himself, there he is. mr. wayne newton next live to tell us about his vegas. [ male] hey, look at you! you're an emailing, texting, master of the digital universe. but do you protect yourself? ♪ apparently not. when you access everything, you give everyone access to everything about you. but that's ok. while you do your thing... [ alert rings ] we'll be here at lifelock, doing our thing. watching out for things your credit card alone can't. [ alert rings ] and relentlessly protecting your identity. get lifelock protection and live life free. [ alert rings ]
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all right. luck be a lay doing the las vegas strip. it is where high rollers and those with high hopes try to strike it rich or richer. also home to some of the most spectacular restaurants in the country and anthony bourdain is living large in las vegas. tonight at 9:00 eastern, bourdain takes a bite out of some of the hidden luxuries on the strip. ♪ >> the villa at cesar's palace. the pad they give you with a credit line in the eight figures. how did i get it? i told the casino that wolf blitzer was coming, expected any minute. i suggested that wolf might be hungry and they sent up meals. fortunately he doesn't watch a
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lot of television. i plan to live large until they figure out that wolf ain't coming. i'll deal with the fallout later but for now we live. >> gentleman, this dish is caviar. everything is in layers. bottom of the glass, a vinagrette. topped with a cream of caviar and then a puree of french green beans with caviar and then with finishing the dish with a caviar. >> ah. beautiful. look at that. >> it's rare i say it's too burial to eat. >> i was just thinking that. oh, speaking of fantastically luxurious -- >> sir, this is a specialty. soup with cheese. >> oh man. that's truffle. >> hmm.
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>> this is the combination of fe sart, rabbit and duck, cabbage and white mushrooms. please enjoy. >> wow. look at this. that is beautiful. i feel guilty eating this well? >> i do. >> you do? >> i do. >> i'm feeling guilty now but it will pass. >> i don't blame you. all right. well, no one knows sin city better than mr. las vegas himself, wayne newton. ♪ wow! the one and only. here he is live. you're bopping to your own beep there. how is that, seeing that video of you as a wee one? >> well, it's interesting to look at. i keep wondering who that kid
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is. and thank god we had the same color hair still today. >> you are incredible. happy birthday. you turned 72 this month? >> now, fredericka, i must tell you i actually turned 50 because a man is only as old as the woman he feels. >> i'm with you on that one. i like it. you know vegas like no one else. you were there since 1959. you were a junior to be recruited there? >> that's a fact. five years of six shows a day. >> how did they get around the labor laws? >> they had to get special permit. a special permit from the state that said i could appear in the casino i was working in. but i could not be in the casino that i was working in. >> oh. so how did you get around that?
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was there sneaking in the back door type of thing? >> actually, between shows we would do 40 minutes on, 20 minutes off and i'd have to go to the dressing room or restaurant. out on the street and see what's going on. >> wow. well, you know, what an incredible career you have had. continue to have. 165 albums. you are a real fixture in las vegas. but if i were to make plans to come to las vegas, of course, i'd be looking you up. but how does wayne newton enjoy las vegas? we see how anthony bourdain is doing it. how does mr. las vegas himself do vegas? >> i think, fredericka, it is very interesting to note that 80% of the people who come to las vegas come to do other things than gamble. they come to see shows. they come to restaurants. they come for shopping. we truly have 20 minutes lake
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meade, largest man-made lake in the western hemisphere and mt. charleston 20 minutes other the direction to snow ski in the winter so there's just a plethora of things to do other than, you know, the accepted version. >> strip and spending money. lake meade, a favorite spot you were talking about. do you get the people out? do people recognize you? do you go in disguise? >> i go in the back doors and i have security to meet me in the back door of the restaurant if we're having a dinner. but generally speaking, i go to the lake and i raise arabian horses and i do helicopter flights. >> oh my gosh. of course you do. >> a lot of other things that people really don't know about. >> of course you do. you probably have a helicopter pad you're allowed to descend on
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now and then on the great buildings on the strip. sushi is among your favorites. and we see an anthony bourdain, he's got to have the personal chefs right there at the cesar palace for him. do you have a favorite sushi place you're able to share there in vegas? >> as a matter of fact, i do. it's a place called osaka on the outside of the strip about maybe ten minutes, 15 minutes. but we go there quite often. and then there are a few other places that we frequent, also. but by and large, that's about it. we eat a lot at home. >> wow. you have to watch anthony bourdain this evening to see if he introduces you to vegas that you don't already know about. >> that would be wonderful and i would welcome it. >> fantastic. wayne newton, what a pleasure talking to with you, mr. las vegas himself. thanks so much. i'll look you up when next in
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vegas. >> i'm going to held you to it and happy easter to you. >> and to you, too. thank you so much. >> thank you. and of course, just a reminder, 9:00 tonight, you want to find out just how anthony bourdain enjoys vegas in parts unknown 9:00 eastern time. all right. boston strong. one year later, thousands are inspired to run the marathon again and next a particularly inspiring story. a man with cerebral palsy taking on the race for the 32nd time with dad. i'm l-i-s-a and i have copd, but i don't want my breathing problems to get in the way of hosting my book club. that's why i asked my doctor about b-r-e-o. once-daily breo ellipta helps increase airflow from the lungs for a full 24 hours. and breo helps reduce symptom flare-ups that last several days and require oral steroids, antibiotics, or hospital stay.
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runners are gearing up for tomorrow's boston marathon, one year after tragedy hit that city. one of them faces a very special traffic. rick hoyt has cerebral palsy and he plans to complete the race once again with his father's help. here's cnn's jason carroll.
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>> i feel like i'm out there loaning me his arms and legs so he can compete just like everybody else. >> reporter: step by step for more than three decades dick hoyt and his son rick have been on a journey of sorts. >> there isn't anything you can't do as long as you make up your mind to do it and no such word as no in the hoyt vocabulary. >> reporter: after rick hoyt was born, he was diagnosed with cerebral palsy. unable to control his body or speak, doctors recommended he be institutionalized but his father knew better, all he had to do was look in rick's eyes. >> mentally he is so bright. i wished i was as smart as him. he inspires me. always have. easiest thing for him is to give up. >> reporter: they got him a special computer to help him communicate and enrolled him in school. while in middle school, he decided toe wanted to enter a charity race to support a paralyzed athlete and wanted his father to do it with him.
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>> at the time i was 40 years old. i was not a runner and all we had was a wheelchair similar to the one he's sitting in now. >> reporter: that didn't stop either of them. this picture snapped just as they crossed the finish line in 1977. >> rick and he had the biggest smile you ever saw in your life. when we get home that night, he wrote on his computer, dad, when i'm running it feels like my disability disappears. >> reporter: rick graduated from boston university and the journey taken them more than 1,000 races. including 257 triathlons. through it all, their favorite race is and has always been the boston marathon. last year's race is one they will never forget. >> we didn't know anything was going on. we got to the 23-mile marker. i noticed more police activity than usually on the course. i stopped the police officer. whoever thought that somebody would do something like this? >> reporter: their dedication to
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the marathon inspiring a city and a country. >> and the words of dick hoyt who's pushed his disabled son rick in 31 boston marathons, we can't let something like this stop us. >> reporter: yes, the hoyts have run the marathon 31 times but 32 on monday will be their last together. hoyt is now 73 years old and while his heart is in the race, his back just can't take it. >> it's going to be a sad day. >> reporter: how are you feeling now, rick, now that you will not be running in the boston marathon after this year? >> i feel a little sad that dad and i are not continuing together in the boston marathon. >> reporter: they'll keep running smaller races and doing something else they enjoy, sharing their story with others. >> we were able to break down a lot of barriers along the way. >> after hearing my speech, my hope is that it will change their attitudes towards people
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who have a disability. >> reporter: their story has touched so many. boston marathon officials dedicated a statue in their honor. >> you know, 52 years ago when rick was born, they said put him away. unbelievable. you know? who ever would have thought? i think it's helped us to bond ourselves together. we are not heroes. a lot of people say you are heroes. we are not heroes. heroes are people that go out and risk their life to save someone's life. >> reporter: both of you are heroes. you changed a lot of lives. >> thank you. >> reporter: we'll keep watching you every step of the way. jason carroll, cnn, boston. >> so many of us learned about the hoyt's story and the journey for those of us outside of boston in the ironman in hawaii and they have kept going strong all this time. we'll be rooting for the