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all right. here we go. breaking news. you're watching cnn, brooke baldwin. let's go straight to our nation's capital. the park on the north side of the white house is on lockdown. why? because apparently a man tried to fly a drone over the white house fence. so you're looking at pictures. this is just in from one of our cnn producers who we're about to talk to. kristen holmes saw this whole thing happen. she's joining me.
pamela brown is also joining me one of our justice correspondents. lady let's walk through this together and begin first and foremost with what we know. kristen, to you first. i believe these are photos you took. i'm not quite sure if we're looking at the man here in the center of the screen who tried to fly this remote controlled aerial device. can you tell me what you saw? >> yeah we walked out and heard almost immediately walking out of the white house secret service was on top of it pushing people through the park trying to get them out of the street. we saw this man. i'm not sure what picture you have up there, but he's wearing a blue and white checked shirt being detained by officers. moving hundreds of people in front of the white house out of the area. now secret service agents are saying it's going to be at least one more hour. witnesses told us they saw this man trying to fly something over the white house fence.
originally they told us it was a drone. someone else said it could have been a model airplane. given the many incidents lately of security breaches at the white house, one man told us he said to the guy flying the device he said don't do that you're going to get in trouble, they're going to come after you. he said it was just a split second before secret service tackled him down. >> i used to live a couple blocks from the white house in my time in d.c. what side of the white house are we talking about? i'm seeing all these people. is this that park adjacent to the white house? >> this is the park on the north side. lafayette park. remember several years ago they shut down pennsylvania avenue. that's already shut down. now they've shut down the street on the other side of the park which is h street. no one can walk through. you can't drive through. so all the way from connecticut avenue down to 15th street. so you're looking at about 1 1/2 city blocks here that's totally gridlocked.
>> okay. so kristen, stay with me. we're trying to figure out exactly whether it was a drone. eyewitness saying maybe it was a model airplane. this just happened within the past hour. we're trying to get the details and facts straightened out for you. pamela brown, let me bring you in. we know that what a couple months ago there was another drone incident. four months ago? >> it was in january. there was a former intelligence services government employee who was flying his drone he says recreationally from his apartment. it ended up on the white house lawn. as you may remember it caused a lot of -- quite a stir and a national security concern, of course that this drone could end up on the white house lawn. it wasn't discovered until after. as it turns out, there was a forensic analysis of that drone, and it showed there was a malfunction with it therefore the drone operator was not
charged in this case but it certainly raised a lot of questions about what more the white house, secret service can do to protect the property from drones. more and more people are flying them these days as we know. in fact the faa just sent out a tweet, brooke. it says your vacation could be blown if you fly a drone, d.c. is a no-drone zone. so the faa sending out that tweet in the wake of this incident at the white house. >> your vacation could be blown if you fly a drone. we saw what happened on the mall. that was last month with that gyrocopter. this is totally restricted air space. let's bring in our cnn national security analyst. this individual tried to fly this thing over the fence. what a mess. you have this lockdown. at least this is a case in which secret service caught him. >> exactly. this is just part of the challenge that both the secret service that actually every law enforcement agency faces, which
is after 9/11 when we sort of built up the security apparatus, it was very much focused on physical security. are the gates high enough? are the streets closed? it's all physical. obviously technology sort of goes faster sometimes than our security apparatus. now the threat or at least, you know whatever this was, comes from the air. our systems are just not able to respond often in realtime. this was a good situation in which the guy is sort of tackled or detained before anything bad happens. but this is sort of a brand new world for the security apparatus, whether it's the secret service or, you know a football event or just a street. people have access to this stuff and our systems just can't -- you simply can't react in time given the amount of aerial devices that are out there now. >> what about, you know, listening to our producer who took these pictures and we're looking at the man who was detained there, but what if this
was a situation in which this is lafayette park he might have had some kind of model airplane perhaps he should have known better and not tried to put anything in the air within, you know spitting distance of the white house. does that matter to you? >> well absolutely. i think, look this is a situation -- what you all are saying is this is a situation in which there are just stupid people who don't think about what they are doing. unfortunately, that exists everywhere in the world. once you get past those stupid people let's assume it's a nefarious person what we can put in place obviously is things like no-fly zones, visual sighting to ensure that both the air and people who might be flying stuff are noticed and detained if appropriate. but look the distance a lot of these drones -- and i should tell the viewers, drone just
means an unmanned aerial device. so it doesn't necessarily mean it's armed or dangerous. it's just a term we use for unmanned aerial device. the response capacity to bring down one of these just does not exist in most nonwar-like situations. in wars we have the capacity to do it. on a civilian street, even one close to the white house, it's very difficult to do. >> right. juliette kayyem thank you so much. kristen brown f you get more information, let us know. ladies thank you. we are also following some major developments here in the aftermath of that deadly train derailment in philadelphia. really the biggest question right now surrounds this man, 32-year-old brandon bostian. he's the engineer who was at the controls of train number 188 when it rounded that bend and just flew off the tracks traveling twice as fast as it should have been there. but what exactly he was doing at
the time remains a mystery today. right now authorities, including bostian's lawyer don't even seem to agree as to whether the engineer is cooperating with investigators. his lawyer says bostian spoke to police for hours, though he has a concussion and remembers next to nothing about the crash. but it's a different story from police officials, who tell cnn that bostian refused to answer questions. here's what we can confirm right now. the number of those lives lost, that has climbed now to eight after authorities this morning made a grisly discovery amid the wreckage. joining me now, i have cnn's erin mclaughlin. the mayor, i know of philadelphia he held a press conference a while ago. what exactly did he say about this engineer? >> reporter: he seemed to
contradict the attorney as to the level of cooperation, that brandon bostian was participating with authorities. the attorney for brandon bostian says he answered hours of questioning from police that he handed over blood samples. he also handed over his cell phone. that contradicts what the mayor michael nutter just said hours ago in a press conference. nutter said that yes, he did have a concussion and, yes, he was having memory problems but that he didn't want to answer police questions. take a listen. >> the engineer was injured. again, i want to remind you the engineer of course was in the first train car, the engine component. that car, we believe, actually tumbled over and over and over numerous times, and the engineer survived. he was taken out of the vehicle, went to a hospital received
treatment, was interviewed by the police department and i believe it was a pretty short interview in which he apparently indicated that he did not want to be interviewed. >> reporter: now, bostian's lawyer says that he would be willing to talk to investigators. they just need to let him know when they want to talk to him. he also says that he's suffered from no prior medical conditions, that he was not on any medications at the time of the crash, he wasn't taking alcohol, and he wasn't on drugs. they also said he was not on his cell phone. he said that his cell phone was turned off at the time of the crash, brooke. >> and i had handhe handed that cell phone over to investigators. jason, to you. the number of victims standing at eight. you talked to an uncle who believes his nephew is among them. tell me about that conversation. >> reporter: right. robert gildersleeve that's the
baltimore businessman who boarded the train in baltimore. well his family his uncle was out here at the crash site this morning. when i spoke to him on phone, he said he had just left the crash site and was actually on his way to be the morgue. when i asked him, i said do you believe that there is any chance any hope at all at this point? he told me quote, i do not believe so i believe it is over for us. so at this point, the gildersleeve family making those final identifications, we believe. you also remember this is the same man who had a 13-year-old son who submitted that very heart-touching video, hoping for it the return of his father. so you can imagine what this family is now going through at this point. again, the city is officially saying eight fatalities. they did not officially identify that eighth fatality. they did say that all 243 people
who were on board have been identified. so at this point, waiting to hear word from the gildersleeve family. not a good word not a good time for this family like so many out here. brooke? >> our thoughts with all of them of course. and those are the ones who didn't make it. then there are those who made it to the hospital many of whom were injured. i know eight people are still in critical condition. hearing from that temple university hospital official yesterday saying a number of them still have surgeries, can you tell me about those eight? >> reporter: well a lot of the injuries they're dealing -- >> sorry, jason. forgive me. >> reporter: we know it's a serious situation for these eight. they are still in critical condition. we know they have significant chest injuries. that's according to the medical doctor here. they have punctured lungs. a series of rib fractures. that's why they're still classified as still being in critical condition.
the medical doctor said to us earlier today, he said he doesn't believe these patients are even aware of the extent of what happened to them what they went through. this hospital is treating 16 patients overall. that's down significantly from the 54 that they originally received on tuesday night. and dr. cushing, he spoke earlier today about the kinds of conversations that he's had over the last two days with these patients. >> the injuries that were sustained by most folks because they had things fall on them. those things included other people. so that was a very common story i heard. i would ask people those that were awake, what happened to you? they said oh somebody fell on me. it's not just sort of falling on them. people were hurled violently against each other. there was some luggage flying around. some of the injuries were people being thrown against seats and the sides of the train compartments when it flipped
over. >> reporter: and this is just one of the six area hospitals that is treating people. among all of the hospitals in this city who took some of the passengers we know that 35 people city wide remain hospitalized. brooke? >> sunlen thank you. jason carroll, thank you. erin mclayoff lyuf mclaughlin thank you as well. i want to stay on this story out of philadelphia. i want to look at the travel impact this is having across the northeast corridor and a look at what travelers need to expect. also, moments ago jeb bush takes another crack at the question was the iraq war a mistake? his answer, straight ahead. if you have moderate to severe rheumatoid arthritis like me and you're talking to your rheumatologist about a biologic... this is humira. this is humira helping to relieve my pain and protect my joints from further damage. this is humira giving me new perspective.
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critics. this is what he just told supporters moments ago at a town hall in tempe, arizona. here he was. >> here's the deal. if we're all supposed to answer hypothetical questions knowing what we now know what would you have done i would have not engaged, i would not have gone into iraq. >> all week the likely 2016 presidential hopeful has not been able to escape questions about the war his brother green lighted in 2003. now to this confrontation he had last night with a college student in nevada. >> it was when 30,000 individuals who were part of the iraqi military they were forced out. they had no employment. they had no income. your brother created isis. >> all right. is that a question? >> you don't need to be pedantic to me, sir. you could just answer my
question. >> what is the question? >> my question is why are you saying that -- >> and he went on. there was definitely more of his answer. you see wolf blitzer. he's here with me onset. really i just wanted to focus on what we showed moments ago. i think it's important to use your word to be precise. when he was on fox with megyn kelly may 10th he said i would have authorized the invasion so would hillary clinton, and so would almost everyone confronted with the intelligence they got. then as he was just talking about it just in the last few moments, he said his evolving answer after knowing what he knows now, i would not have gone into iraq. to me there is a stark difference in those responses. >> right. hillary clinton did vote for the authorization leading into the war in 2003 as did joe biden,
for example. a whole bunch of other democrats as well. they got the same intelligence the president of the united states got. the president got intelligence saying saddam hussein had weapons of mass destruction, had stockpiles and as a result they voted for the authorization. there were some not a whole lot, but some senators who voted against that authorization and they got the same intelligence because they didn't think it was, yes, maybe saddam hussein has weapons of mass destruction, but that's not enough to launch this kind of war. senator bob graham for example, he was on the intelligence committee. he saw the same intelligence as all of these other senators. he voted against it because he didn't think it was still enough justification. france the government of france at the time they had same intelligence also. they didn't think there should be a war. so you could argue about what was going on. in this particular case jeb bush defending his brother in part feeling he's got to defend his brother. you know he mishandled it at the begin. he's now trying repeatedly to clean it up. but he certainly mishandled it at the beginning.
and knowing he's running for president of the united states knowing that there's all this attention on his older brother -- >> wouldn't he have known this would have been a question coming at him? why is this not a question he had the answer in the can? >> he mishandled it. i'm sure he agrees. he says he misheard megyn kelly's specific question. that's why he tried to fix it. >> let's talk about your interview with senator rand paul yesterday on your show. you also asked him about iraq. instead of answering with the two words "jeb bush," he pivoted multiple times and said hillary clinton, hillary clinton. why? >> because he's looking ahead. he thinks maybe he's going to be the republican presidential nominee. he thinks hillary clinton will be the democratic presidential nominee. he's saying not only did she make a mistake in voting yes, in favor of the war in iraq but look what happened in libya. the whole region is a disaster right now. so he's looking for an excuse to go after not only jeb bush --
he'd like to go after jeb bush himself because he sees jeb bush as a rival. remember rand paul is much more what he calls noninterventionist. his critics say he's an isolationist. he doesn't want to get involved overseas. he wants the u.s. to stay out of all these crises around the world. he makes no bones about it. he says there's got to be a really high standard a really high reason to go to war and only congress can authorize that kind of war. those are some of the points he made to me yesterday. in fact i think we have a clip of something he said. i'll play this clip. >> i think there's a consistent theme here that every candidate should be asked. that is is it a good idea to go into the middle east topple governments, and hope that something better rises out of the chaos? because recent history seems to show you know what we're not getting something better we're getting something worse. >> yeah so there's rand paul. and he may be distinctive among the republican candidates much more reluctant to use military
force overseas. he'll do it if necessary, but he's going to have a high standard. >> okay. wolf blitzer, we'll see you on at 5:00 eastern. >> a show called "the situation room. >> if you're in "the situation room," am i technically in it right now? >> whatever room i'm in there's a situation. >> wolf blitzer, ladies and gentlemen. we'll see you in a couple hours. thank you so much. still ahead, we have to take you back to philadelphia and let you know the latest on that train derailment the travel impact it's having specifically in this very busy northeastern corridor, what travelers need to expect over the course of the weekend. we're also keeping a close eye on what's been happening, this breaking story out of the white house. a man has been detained just in the last hour accused of trying to fly a drone over the white house fence. he was not successful. he has been detained. new information there. you're watching cnn. i'm brooke baldwin.
this train derailment and the ongoing investigation have disrupted travel all up and down the northeast corridor. amtrak is operating on a reduced schedule. that route between new york and philadelphia has been canceled outright. this has forced a lot of people to seek alternate transportation. bus, planes, et cetera. jean casarez is live there in new york city. i know there have been a lot of delays. how is it going today? >> reporter: it's a travel nightmare. it really is. there's a lot of people behind me but those are people that are going north of new york to boston to niagra falls, to buffalo. there's an announcement right now, they're constantly making it about all the cancellations. if you look at the board here there are many cancellations. harrisburg lynchburg, norfolk, virginia now a cancellation of miami. this is what i'm being told by amtrak. if you get yourself to
pennsylvania and you get on a train that's beyond the tracks that have been derailed then you can get yourself limited service to harrisburg washington, d.c. baltimore, and all of those locations. but the economic impact in all of this it is quite amazing. according to statistics $100 million a day is what amtrak is losing because of all the cancellations and all the routes that people cannot travel. and there are 750,000 passengers a day on amtrak. we're talking about the northeast corridor alone. and per year 260 million travelers on amtrak in the northeast corridor. it's definitely the northeast that's the hub of train travel in this country. if you look at it it's 11.4 million per year of travelers between boston washington and new york. then if you look at the pacific, it's far less than that 2.7 million. capitol corridor 1.7 million. this really is the leader.
so what are people doing? well they have to take buses. they have to take a car. or they have to take a plane if they want to get to those locations. brooke that can be a lot more expensive than the amtrak train. brooke? >> right. and mystery, too, is how much longer before everything goes back to normal. jean casarez at penn station, thank you very much. they don't know and perhaps won't know for some time. also a key question from this entire train derailment is this. would safety technology have actually made a difference here? we'll take you inside a simulator and show you exactly how it works. also new information, an update on the breaking story from the white house. the man accused of trying to fly this remote control device over the white house fence. we'll talk to someone who watched it all unfold and update the situation for you as far as lockdowns, what's been lifted. you're watching cnn.
this man apparently tried to fly a drone over the white house fence unsuccessfully. secret service grabbed him, detained him. you see him there on the ground. whole thing now is under investigation. i should also mention president obama is up at camp david, so he wasn't home. join me now, cnn producer kristen holmes. she's providing us these photos. you were there. tell us what happened and if the lockdown has fully lifted. >> hey, brooke. let me start with the lockdown. it has not fully lifted. the white house has said it is open but the park itself lafayette park is still completely shut down. there's no one there except for a couple officers and a canine unit. what happened was there was a man apparently in the park. witnesses say he was flying a device an aerial twice -- trying to fly it over the white house fence. one witness told us he actually said don't do that you're going to get in trouble. moments later, the secret service there tackled him, brought him out. they cleared the park in a
matter of minutes. it was probably four minutes before everybody was out. they had cleared pennsylvania avenue. they had also marked down the street a block from that on the other side of the park on h street. now they have opened back up h street. they are allowing people to walk down on the side the perimeter of the white house, and the park. but they're not letting anyone through right now. they're still guarding it very securely. there are dozens of people lined up here, some taking photos others waiting for the park to open unsure of what's going on. >> so this time i mean really secret service, they're on it. >> yeah. you know they've been under a lot of scrutiny lately for several events in the last several months. i have to say that watching this happen it was -- it all happened very fast. they reacted incredibly quickly. like i said about four minutes before the entire park was cleared out. there were swaths of children. they got everybody out. >> all right. kristen holmes, our cnn producer.
kristen, thank you so much for hopping on the phone and updating us there. let's move on to the story here out of philadelphia this deadly train derailment. the attorney for the man who was at the controls when amtrak 188 flew off the rails tuesday says this about his client. brandon bostian had not been drinking at the time of the crash. he was not on drugs. he was not on his cell phone, which he says was off and in his bag. here's more from his attorney who was on "good morning america." >> i believe as a result of the concussion he has absolutely no recollection whatsoever of the events. i'm told that his memory is likely to return as the concussion symptoms subside. he remembers coming into the curve. he remembers attempting to reduce speed thereafter. he was knocked out, thrown around just like all the other passengers in that train. >> let's talk about this and much more that we're learning. i have a professor from depaul
university. professor, welcome. >> thank you. >> so let me just begin with that response from the attorney from this conductor. if he's saying he had no reck recollection but doctors are saying over time his memory will return what do you make of that response and what kinds of questions will he be asked once his memory comes back? >> you know it's really critical to see if it was human error, human misjudgment that caused this. it does appear that way. we don't know of course. if that's the case that's going to trigger all this discussion about positive train control systems, which are designed to prevent somebody surpassing the speed limit or taking the train into harm's way. that's a million-dollar question here. if it's something wrong with the track or something, that's a whole different set of solutions. so we need that answer soon. >> i want to get back to positive train control, because i've just been reading and
reading about this and wondering why this was absent here. but first, you know, as far as this engineer ntsb says yes, he hit that emergency brake. i'm wondering, if you're going into the curve, and again at one point apparently the train was going 106 miles an hour and then 102 before the black box stopped recording, which would be when accident occurred why would you be going that fast in the first place, and how quickly once you hit the emergency brake can the train really slow down? >> you know this is our northeast corridor. philadelphia-new york is a gem. it's probably the most important single city pair in the system. with four tracks, a couple are really designed for high speed. some trains hit 150 at certain segments. this train isn't meant to go that fast but it comes reasonably close. stopping a train at that speed takes well over a mile. i think it does appear that the train approached this curve with fairly minimal deceleration. that makes you wonder if it
wasn't just a judgment problem, but there may have been a complete inattentiveness in the cab. the braking would need to start a mile or so back. those kind of speeds of course that's only about 30 45 seconds. so clearly this wasn't just a mild misjudgment. it was something really basic. and boy, we haven't seen a train wreck at that speed in the united states really as far as i can remember. so this is something new. >> if you're at the helm if you're the engineer of this train and you know how busy this northeast corridor is -- and i have to imagine it's part of training. these engineers have to i don't know practically by memory know every nook and cranny and curve. is this something that engineers in general anticipate? >> well it certainly is. the rules are designed so crews are rested. we had the big accident in los angeles in 2008.
that led to some real wake-up calls. we had an engineer who was texting. he ordered lunch on his cell phone not long before the accident. it was an indication that you can set these systems up perfectly, but if the crew isn't -- their head isn't there, so that led to a whole set of rules about using devices while you're at the front of a train. and of course that triggered the whole positive train control discussion too. but this is a general trend in transportation carriers are worried about. one of the airlines issued an advisory a few months ago saying it noticed some slippage in how pilots are following rules. of course truck driving, we've seen some notorious stories of hours of service lulls getting ignored. so it's something bigger than just what happened to one person if this indeed was human error. is there a new kind of safeguard we need to see to make sure, you know people at the helm aren't taking second jobs and coming to the throttle really tired? man, this is pretty egregious.
>> at least we know this engineer gave a blood sample for toxicology reports. he gave up his cell phone. he said it was off. finally, just quickly on positive train control. this is essentially if you're rounding a curve like this and if the engineer doesn't slow it down there would be some mechanism to override to automatically slow it, which was absent on this part of the track. why? why does this not exist here? >> i think in a nutshell this is an amtrak-owned track. the carrier is doing its best to try to meet everything. the tragedy is the system is almost ready to be turned on. it's been installed and appeared to be a few months away from being ready. i think what happened here and it's a bit of a lesson, after the 2008 accident congress passed a law saying this will be put in on all routes where there
are passenger trains and hazardous materials. it was such a big mandate. railroads have spent $5 billion now. there never was that sense of prioritization. this route, if any, really should have had it first. and the funding should be directed at that rather than this mandate that the railroads are in some ways almost choking on around the country. so congress just a month or so ago had a debate about should we extend the deadline because railroads are finding this too much too soon. boy, this accident is going to kick that discussion into the stratosphere. >> yeah it has. hopefully it will happen at the end of this year. professor, thank you so much for your expertise. i really appreciate you. >> thank you. coming up next boston. the jurors in that boston bomber trial now deciding whether to sentence the convicted terrorist to death. what we learned today, they september a note to the judge. they have a question. what they asked, next.
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jurors in the boston marathon bombing death penalty trial involving dzhokhar tsarnaev the convicted terrorist now, this is day two of deliberations. we've learned that earlier in the day, they sent a note to the judge asking for legal guidance. their question had something to do with interpreting quote/unquote gateway factors. what does that mean? let's ask our correspondent there following the deliberations from downtown boston. gateway factors, deb? what does that mean? what was the question? >> reporter: you know, it's a step in the process. effectively what it means is they've got to determine whether or not, in fact, dzhokhar tsarnaev intentionally meant to kill intentionally inflicted harm and misery. they've got to get through these factors before they can go on to each category. this is the second category. they later sent another note
dealing with the third category which is aggravating factors. it does appear the jury is sort of moving its way through the verdict form. this is the verdict form right here. this is the one that they're looking at. this is what they're going to have to fill out. it's really section six, the mitigating factors, that is perhaps the most interesting because it's the mitigating factors that are open to what could be the most interpretation and the most discussion. was tamerlan the mastermind behind all this? was dzhokhar unduly under his influence because his parents didn't offer the guidance? the jurors have to vote on those nit mitigating factors. so we could get a sense of what they themselves felt about not just the outcome of the evidence but the role each of the brothers played. it's the mitigating factors that dzhokhar tsarnaev's team really want the jurors to focus on. that's what could get him life in prison. the jury could either vote unanimously that death is the
right sentence unanimously that life in prison is the right sentence or they could find that some of the capital counts well those are deserving of death, and death will trump the other charges, even if they find life. they have a lot to go through, but it looks like they're doing a diligent job getting through it. >> again, to your point, it has to be unanimous. this is just day two. thank you so much. let's go back to philadelphia. our special coverage there of the deadly train derailment. investigators are piecing together possible causes and the mechanics and the speed, the ways this sort of crash could be prevented in the future. i want to take a moment to remember the lives lost in this tragedy. we know at least one person died in the hospital yesterday. now the total number of those who lost their lives stands at eight. we don't know all of their identities yet. many people who knew the victims have come forward, trying to express and comprehend this
enormous loss. >> he was a loving son, nephew and cousin who was very community minded. this tragedy has shocked us all in the worst way. >> 20-year-old justin zemser was a sophomore at the u.s. naval academy. he was a team captain of his high school football team and valedictorian. those who knew him called him a genius. >> simply put, he was the best person i know. he made me better. we made each other better. >> he was headed home to rockaway beach, new york, to visit his family. software architect jim gaines worked for the associated press. he won a number of awards for his work with live video and was known for his, quote, tireless dedication. >> he would just do things to try and make your day better. >> his wife released a statement saying quoted jim was more precious to us than we can adequately express. he leaves behind two children.
abid gilani served as a senior vice president at wells fargo. he previously worked as the cfo for marriott hotels in europe. a married father of two, he was returning home from his uncle's funeral in washington. >> abid was a dear person. he was a very kind person. he and i did our most to help others. he was a kind family man. >> rachel jacobs was ceo of an education software company. she also was the founder of detroit nation a nonprofit that encouraged jobs and economic development to return to her hometown of detroit. her family said this about her. this is an unthinkable tragedy. she was a wonderful mother daughter sister wife and friend. jacobs leaves behind her husband and 2-year-old son. >> there's nothing that i can say that would give adequate verbiage to the kind of person
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the nba playoffs are in full swing. one of the teams in the hunt for the championship includes a player who overcame life-threatening surgery to get back on the court. here's cnn's chief medical correspondent in this week's "human factor." >> seeing memphis grizzlies star jeff green in action it's clear he's a player with heart. but in 2011 his game was interrupted. >> i was in complete shock. >> a routine team physical revealed an aortic anyurism near the left valve in his heart. jeff didn't touch a basketball for nearly six months. he lost muscle and the mechanics of his game. >> it was a slow progression. my body was different. the timing was off. i was fatigued. i wasn't concerned about getting hit. the biggest thing for me was being in the shape and being
able to function on the floor. >> the experience did give jeff a greater appreciation for basketball. >> now i attack every game as, you know this could be my last. >> it also gave him a greater appreciation for life. he often visits young heart patients to provide encouragement and to compare scars. >> to see me come back from the heart surgery see me playing, they look forward to that. i look forward to that and they love it so i'm going to continue to do it. >> dr. sanjay gupta, cnn, reporting. and we continue on hour two, you're watching cnn. i'm brooke baldwin. developing outside the white house here just in the last half hour a street on the north side of the white house has reopened but police shut it down entirely after this man attempted to fly this drone. here's the photo of it. we're seeing this for the first time. tried to fly this over the fence of the white house. you don't want to try to do that. pamela brown, cnn justice correspondent. tell me what exactly is this thing,