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okay. listen, we don't care where you came from, we don't what your color, we don't care where your parents came from. the only thing we care about is performance. >> larry: you're a great american and a great friend. >> thank you. take care, larry. >> larry: general colin powell. tonight -- deadly midair crash. most of the bodies still missing. now alarming questions about the safety of the skies over the nation's biggest city. running for cover. surveillance video surfaces. people fleeing for their lives as a pennsylvania gym shooter goes on a rampage. plus, deadly drug cartels. cnn's michael ware takes us eq most deadly drug cartels in the world and growing every day. and getting an earful. yelling and screaming over health care, causing some people to end up in the slammer. the news starts right now.
hello, everyone. i'm don lemon. we have a lot to get to. but we start with breaking weather news. trind touched down in the twin cities. jacqui jeras has the latest. >> this has been going on 20 minutes now. we have reports in the minneapolis area. reports of touchdown in plymouth and mount and long lake. there are storm trackers continuing to follow this storm. if you live in new hope or crystal or brooklyn park, this storm is heading your way. no reports of damage, don. as we get more information, we're monitoring our affiliate care-11. >> jacqui jeras, we will check back. thank you very much. we are also following breaking news out of new york city. divers will be back in the murky hudson river early tomorrow. they will resume the search for two downed aircraft and six missing bodies off the hoboken waterfront. a tourist helicopter and a small plane with three people aboard collided about noon today, sending both careening into the hudson river. three bodies have been recovered so far. federal investigator are on the scene and have begun
interviewing witnesses. the ntsb said one witness said another helicopter pilot who radioed a warning to his fellow pilot but it was too late. moments later, hundreds, if not thousands of people, saw the heart stopping horror unfold before their eyes. in seconds, the wreckage sank to the bottom of the hudson almost as if nothing had happened. let's go right now straight to the scene. susan candiotti. she has been on this story since it broke. susan? >> reporter: don, at this hour and over my shoulder, a police guard cutter and other police boats are guarding the spot where the plane went down. and for now above, air space is restricted to all over traffic for the time being. as the sun set, divers who could barely see in the murky waters of the hudson promised to resume work in the morning, painstakingly looking for victims and wreckage in up to 50 feet of water. >> the ability to see is very limited. two to three feet at most. >> reporter: on a bright, sunny day it was hard to understand
why a small plane and sightseeing helicopter shook a line over the hudson river. the smael plane with one pilot, two passengers including a child took off from new jersey's teterboro airport and turned south over the hudson. at the same time, five tourists took off in sightseeing helicopter. >> there was a small plane like a cessna cutting back towards the jersey side. helicopter heading southbound. about 1,100, 1,200 feet. the plane rollinged into the helicopter. hit the side of it. the helicopter went straight down the water. there was like a poof of smoke and a bang and the plane went further down and hit the water. >> reporter: italian tourists who stayed behind waiting for their friends and family were stunned. >> they told me that they have some relatives, not friends, but relatives. >> reporter: so they're inside? >> yeah but we don't know anything because we ask what -- if they are alive.
>> reporter: what did they say? >> nobody. >> reporter: were they crying? >> no, they were very upset most of the time. >> reporter: the ntsb said just before the accident happened, another pilot on the ground saw the plane approaching and tried to radio a warning to the helicopter pilot. >> there was no response from the pilot. he stated that he saw the right wing of the airplane contact the helicopter. he saw helicopter parts and the right wing fall and both aircraft descended into the hudson river. >> reporter: by saturday night, three bodies were recovered. autopsies are to begin sunday morning. and at least two debris fields and a possible third have been located using sonar. back to you, don. >> susan candiotti, thank you very much. liberty tours operates the sightseeing helicopter. no comment so far from them. two years ago one of their helicopters dropped 500 feet with 7 passengers. the pilot was credited with safely landing in the hudson and evacuating all passengers.
in 1997, a rotor on a liberty helicopter clipped a manhattan building forcing an emergency landing. no one was hurt there either. from now on, it is justice sonia sotomayor. >> i, sonia sotomayor, do solemnly swear -- >> i, sonia sotomayor, do solemnly swear. >> that i will administer justice without respect to persons. >> that i will administer justice without respect to persons. >> and do equal right to the poor and to the rich. >> and do equal right to the poor and to the rich. >> with her mother holding a bible, sonia sotomayor was sworn in this morning as america's 111th supreme court justice. chief justice john roberts administered the judicial oath during a public ceremony in the high court's conference room. it was the first time the court allowed tv coverage of a swearing-in ceremony. in spanish harlem, there was an enthusiastic viewing party.
sotomayor is the first hispanic supreme court justice in u.s. history, and she's only the third woman to serve on the nation's high court, which is set to hear arguments in september, on september 9th in a campaign finance case. and coming in october, cnn will present "latino in america," a look at how hispanics are reshaping politics, business, schools and culture. in october only on cnn. and there's been an alarming spike in iranian executions. the cause is unclear but it seems to have coincided with the re-election of disputed president ahmadinejad. president mahmoud ahmadinejad. amnesty international said there have been no less than 115 executions in iran in the past 50 days. now, it says, 24 of them occurred in one single day. we haven't been able to reach the iranian government for comment on that story. a bombing today in baghdad killed six people. it happened outside a bakery in a sunni muslim neighborhood.
officials say the bomber arrived on a motorcycle loaded with explosives and set the bombs off as a police patrol passed by. three police officers were among the dead. 30 other people were also hurt. the investigation continues into what really happened before diane schuler, the so-called wrong-way mom, got behind the wheel and when did she start drinking that day and smoking marijuana? also, getting inside the mind of a killer. we now know what george sodini says pushed him over the edge. but was there any way for anyone else to know? plus this -- >> get off me! >> everybody back up! >> people at a health care town hall get disruptive and sometimes violent. some in the country are even ending up going to jail. we want to hear from you. twitter, facebook, myspace or ireport.com. tom. now, i know the catering business but when i walked in here i wasn't sure what i needed. i'm not sure what i need.
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up to the moment when she veered into traffic, killing herself and seven others. they are narrowing the time line for when diane schuler made have begun binge drinking. she was reportedly sober when she began her drive on july 26th and officers say schuler was fine an hour later when she stopped at mcdonald's. but the autopsy report said she may have had about ten vodkas and was high on marijuana when she crashed just north of new york city killing herself, her 2-year-old daughter, her three young nieces and three men in an suv. boy, what a terrible story. schuler's 5-year-old son survived that crash. evil can't function any other way than in the dark. well, those are the words from the priest who conducted betsy gannon's funeral outside of pittsburgh. meantime, vigils were held for gannon, overmier and billingsley all shot to death at a gym tuesday night. nine others were wounded. witnesses say 48-year-old george sodini walked into a room inside
the gym, shut off the lights and just started shooting. he then killed himself. heidi overmier's funeral also took place this morning. a visitation for jody billingsley happens tomorrow. here is new surveillance camera video from outside that gym. can you see women dressed in their gym clothes running out of the building and into a restaurant next door. they pleaded for help and had an employee call 911. can you imagine? every time a tragedy like this happens we ask how, why, and what kind of person does something like this? neighbors and co-workers describe gunman george sodini as quiet, even unassuming. this is a forensic psychologist. doctor, thank you for joining us tonight. you say george sodini is not a psychopath. explain that to us. why do you say he's not a psychopath? >> you don't become 48 years old violent a stable job and live in a community without any overt psychiatric symptoms and be
characterized as a psychopath. clearly what he did was pathological but i think he was an odd, isolated but relatively normal guy who did an unspeakable act. >> relatively normal? is there such a thing when people say? you're a functioning alcoholic or you're a functioning drug dealer, can you be a functioning psychopath? >> you can be a functioning mass murderer? i guess in this case he was. right? because there are a lot of people around his family, his neighbors, his co-workers, everybody's going to be feeling guilty about what didn't i see? what could i have done? he was a lonely guy. he wrote this lonely blog. i could have intervened. but the truth is nobody could have helped george sodini because he was a normal guy. insofar as -- as there are tens of thousands, if not millions of guys, who fit his profile.
isolated, unable to connect. >> the thing is like -- i have seen it. when people want to isolate themselves whether it be they're depressed about something or on drugs or whatever, i have seen it in my own family and friendships, when someone really wants to isolate themselves, there's nothing that really that you can do about it. now, many people will say to a friend, listen, you're complaining too much. come on, dude. snap out of it. but maybe nobody had an opportunity to do this, doctor, because he kept to himself so much. >> i think people probably did say to him, come on, snap out of it. in his blog, he said i'm going to work on this and that and the other thing. it sounds -- some of it is psycho babbly. but some of it people told him. he went on dates. he went to parties. he worked every day. this was not a guy who was completely unconnected. he did have some connections. and he probably, you know, people did give him advice. he probably did hear from people about how to do the abcs of dating.
and he just had a fundamental inability to do it. however, not being able to go out on dates or get a girlfriend does not necessarily a mass murderer make, except for in the case of george sodini. >> you know, we always look for answers, doctor, in situations like this. but you know what, i think sometimes people just snap and there's really nothing you can do about it. sometimes people just snap and it's unfortunate. >> i wish it was just snapping in his case. in his case, he was planning it for a year. and i think this represents a societal shift. we used to be able to look at mass murders and say this one's a sociopath or this one's psychotic or this one was abused as a child. i think george sodini is the first of what may be an increasing series of normal -- quote/unquote normal people who do unspeakable things. >> all right. thank you. unfortunately we're out of time. would i love to talk to you more about that. we will try to get you back, doctor. i think that's a very good point you made. thank you very much. have a good evening. >> my pleasure. you, too.
we will continue the update on the developing news out of new york city. a deadly midair crash over the hudson river leaves nine people presumably dead. now, a disturbing question. how safe are the skies over the nation's largest city? i don't know why i can't stay here. >> i'm telling you to leave. >> also, a reporter just trying to do his job is arrested at a health care town hall. what is going on here? and los zetas. they've earned their reputation as the most feared mexican cartels. we'll show you why the u.s. is offering a $50 million reward for their capture. ever worn your clothes in the shower?
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at the town hall meetings and this one takes it to a whole new level. a reporter became the story at a town hall meeting in missouri. i want you to take a look at this. >> i don't know why i can't stay here, though. >> i'm telling you to leave. let's go. game's over. let's go! >> i understand. >> one more time and i'm going to tell you you're leaving or you're going to jail with me this evening. which one would you like? >> that was st. louis reporter jake wagman who was arrested thursday night while covering protests at russ carnahan's town hall meeting at a local school. wagman said he was asked to move off private property as you just heard. well, he says he complied but was still arrested across the street on public property. we'll check back in on that story. you know, it is a time-honored american tradition, the town hall meeting is. but when it comes to health care reform, some gatherings are turning into free for alls as noisy protesters hijack the debate. still intelligent and passionate
discussion manages to rise above the fray. >> i'm going to be respectful of you. i'm going to be respectful of you whether you agree or disagree with me and i'm going to ask you to do the same with me and the same with each other. >> i have one question. talking about savings. i assume that you've read this. monstrosity and you know that there is not one word in there that says anything about tort reform. >> thank you. >> yeah. >> thank you all very much for joining us tonight. we are making historic progress on an issue that has alluded us. it's fundamental to our families, to our seniors, to the well being of our communities. but we are not going to stand
with -- anymore. the families can -- >> nancy pelosi, harry reid and the rest of the people in congress in the senate, are they going to be willing to be on the same plan they're asking us to be on? >> nobody's talking about setting up -- putting 47 million people in a public plan. we don't know if that's going to be part of the plan. what we're talking about -- what we're talking about is giving penl who don't have health insurance options. >> this is a direct assault on our personal liberties, our personal freedom, our personal privacy. you need to open it up to the free markets. you need to government the hell out of our lives. >> okay. so what is all of the fuss about? does anything really get
accomplished? can you get your point across when you're disrupting a meeting like this? does it make sense? is it real? is it fake? tomorrow night we'll go in depth on the health care town hall meetings. you want to stay tuned right here on cnn. tomorrow night we'll report on that. tragedy over the hudson river. bodies are still missing after a deadly midair crash and the investigation is only beginning. plus, deadly drug dealers. cnn's michael ware takes us inside the most ruthless drug cartel in the world. they've got the manpower and they've got the guns, too. wellbeing. we're all striving for it. purina cat chow helps you nuture it in your cat... with a full family of excellent nutrition... and helpful resources. ♪ purina cat chow. share a better life.
no rescues on the hudson river today. only bodies and wreckage. a small plane and tourist helicopter rammed in the sky just before noon sending both plunging into the murky water below. nine people, including a child, believed to be dead. but only three bodies have been found so far. divers will head back into the water tomorrow morning searching
for victims. eyewitnesses say the crash thundered like a bomb and then debris started raining down. it's raising serious air safety questions for the federal investigators who are looking into this. and they are scouring tonight for clues. >> we do expect to have some information that we can use from air traffic control radar data and other sources. even if we do not recover the black box, even if we do not recover any recording device or aircraft does not have a black box, the ntsb can still determine the cause of the accident, and that's what we're here to do. >> our very own jacqui jeras has been doing some investigating on this story and jacqui's going to take us through the flight path of both of these aircraft and also, jacqui, we heard from investigators really two feet of visibility. you're going to take us below to the hudson river. >> incredible pictures. this is from google earth, flightwise.com.
the typer aircraft, the plane that was flying had what we call flight following on it so it was able to be detected by radar. you can see the flight path as it started out. it came into the radar in new jersey and then it flew on a northerly track. it flew up here into the teterboro area. that's where we know it did take a stop and picked up a passenger. it spent a half hour here. then it took off again. you can see it moved easterly heading towards the hudson river. there you can see the point we started losing radar contact and it was over in here, of course, just outside of hoboken, where the actual crash occurred with the helicopter. now, let's go ahead and take a look at some of these pictures. they're going to have to get in there tomorrow and try to work on this recovery effort, and the visibility down to maybe two miles. this is some video that we have from the river project that's off of pier 26. you can see the visibility is so, so poor. and there's a lot of filth that hans to be on the river bottom,
which just really kind of adds more problems to that. now weather itself is going to be a concern. you can see some light rain showers starting to move into the area. we do have thunderstorms in the forecast for tomorrow, some of which can be severe and bring down some very heavy rain. so that could interrupt the recovery tomorrow. don? >> jacqui, thank you very much for that. we appreciate it. jacqui also reporting on the tornadoes that she is following as well. we'll check back with her as she gets new information. meantime, justin green is an aviation attorney. he's also a persian gulf war vet who served in the u.s. marine corps as an attack helicopter pilot and aviation officer. thank you, sir, for joining us tonight. here's my question. what is it going to take before stricter air traffic regulations are put into place where these crashes are happening? especially in a very busy area like the new york city area? >> i hope that this accident is going to be enough to make the faa take action.
after the cory lidle accident, i, among others, suggested closing the vfr corridor, at least restricting access to it. but this is a double tragedy today. >> after cory lidle, they shut down that space over the east river for quite -- a bit of time. they didn't do that today. might they do that if their investigation turns up some sort of problem with this air space and safety there and the communication? >> clearly, there was an accident caused by a collision of the two airplanes. the question is, is whether the ntsb and the faa will draw a conclusion that because so many airplanes are being directed to a very low altitude and a very narrow air space, really just along the hudson river, whether it's really just a recipe for disaster. i think today any pilot which flies in this area will tell you today's not a surprise, it's just something we always expect to happen. >> it's interesting.
i was going to ask you that night, chuck schumer wanted to shut it down or pass some sort of legislation to sort of get this area under control. you thought it was an accident waiting to happen and many others did as well? >> yep, absolutely. it's -- you know, it's really a highway. the pilots fly down on one side of the river and fly up on the other side, and just like you're going to have accidents on the highway in a car, you're going to have accidents on this highway. unfortunately, today, we lost a lot of lives. >> give us a solution here. >> i think that, first of all, they should close the air to civilian aircraft until they figure a new policy. and then they can use a model like washington, d.c., where they actually have training courses for pilots before they get in washington, d.c. air space. they need to cut down the traffic and make sure pilots who know what they're doings allowed in new york city air space. >> pilot and aviation attorney justin green, thank you very much, sir. >> thank you, don.
members of los zetas, they have earned their reputation among the most feared mexican cartels. we will show you why the u.s. is offering a $50 million reward for their capture. what does a mexican mafia have to do with the murder of a florida couple? it's one of the latest leads investigators are chasing.
president barack obama heads to guadalajara, mexico, tomorrow night to meet with leaders of mexico and canada. a critical item on the agenda, the increasingly deadly mexican druck cartels. mexican president calderone declared war two years ago. since then an estimated 10,000 people -- 10,000 people have died in drug-related violence. and president obama has pledged
$700 million to help out. which sounds like a lot, until you consider drug cartels generate up to $40 billion a year. cnn's michael ware recently visited the mexican coastal city of veracruz where one drug cartel in particular has recently emerged as law enforcement's worst nightmare. they are known as los zetas, the zeros. a name that strikes fear across mexico and perhaps one day right here inside of the u.s. >> reporter: the dead always tell a story. and here in mexico, that story is the war raging on america's doorstep, being fought for the right to supply america's demand for illegal drugs. a war becoming more violent, more ruthless, mostly because of one group. to even begin to understand that violence, come with me. here in the southern mexican city of veracruz.
imagine, if you will, a band of special forces green beret soldiers go rogue and offer their services and firepower to the drug cartels. well, that's precisely what's happened in mexico in the 1990s. commandos from the mexican army deserted and set up their own cartel known as the los zetas. the los zetas, along with the u.s. government now says is the most technologically advanced, sophisticated and dangerous cartel operating in mexico, and this is an example of some of their most recent work. until not so long ago, this was the home to a local police commander, just promoted two months before. and at 5:00 a.m. one morning, two cars pulled up in these streets. eight or nine gunmen got out, armed with assault rifles and 40 millimeter grenade launchers. they blasted their way into this
house, and it took them less than five minutes to execute the father, the police commander, his wife, a policewoman, and in the blaze that they started, to kill four children. this is the drug war in mexico. this is the war that the los zetas are fighting, and this is the war on america's doorstep that shows no sign of ending. and with their fearsome weaponry and military expertise, u.s. agencies consider the zetas america's most formidable enemy in the drug war. >> the zetas have obviously assumed the role of being the number one organization responsible for the majority of the homicides, the narcotic-related homicides, the beheadings, the kidnappings, the extortions they place in mexico. >> reporter: from this
washington, d.c. office, dea central american chief ralph fraiz directs america's fight against the zetas. a fight he says will take years. >> they continue to train new recruits through several campaigns. one of them is a very public and open narco banner that they pose around the country of mexico, specifically tailored to the military in they will offer better pay and better benefits if they join the ranks of the zetas. >> reporter: with their mastery of combat, says reyes, this organized crime network operates more like a u.s. infantry company patrolling the streets of fallujah in iraq than they do a street gang. and they're only getting stronger. veracruz is a popular tourist destination, with colorful plazas just like this one. but it's actually a thin veneer for what's going on beneath. local newspapers almost daily have headlines of the horror of the bloody violence of the drug
cartels. cartels that here in veracruz are more often than not linked to the los zetas. the american drug enforcement agency tells me that whilst it was originally based on military lines, it's been built on a business structure with quarterly meetings, business ledgers kept, even votes on key assassinations. and now the los zetas are taxing businesses beyond even their drug reach, from human trafficking across the american border to as one recent scandal shows, they've been imposing a kind of tax on the mexican government itself, the state-run oil company it's just been revealed has been bleeding billions through corrupt officials linked to the los zetas. and as a dea agent told me, the american border makes little difference to the los zetas. to them, it doesn't matter
whether their violence is being perpetrated on the mexican side of the border or on the american side. on that american side, one of their instruments of assassination was teenager rossleo retia. he was just 13 years old when he first killed. "i love doing it" says retia in this police interrogation. "killing that first person, i loved it. i thought i was superman." but you can be certain there are more like him, and there will be until america can defeat adversaries like zetas and end the drug wars across the border. >> michael ware joins us now from mexico city. so, michael, tell us about these los zetas. where do they come from? who are they? is there a comparable term here in the u.s., maybe like the green berets? >> well, that's it precisely, don. essentially these guys were made of a group of mexican green berets who deserted the military in the 1990s. so if you can possibly imagine an outfit, a platoon of american
green berets go rogue and like here with the zetas, they then offer their services as enforcers to a drug cartel. now, that was in the '90s. since then los zetas have grown. they developed more muscle. they developed an intelligence network that rivals almost any military organization operating in this country. and originally, they were providing security services to one of the major cartels known as the gulf cartel. well, just a couple of years ago los zetas turned around and said to themselves, hang on, why are we taking orders? and so what we have seen in the last two or three years is los zetas have stepped up themselves and they've become a cartel in their own right. and as the drug enforcement agency says, they're the bloodiest. they're the most sophisticated.
they're the most brutal, and by far and away, loss zetas are the most fearsome cartel in mexico. don? >> that brings us to this question then, what is is their relationship, if they have any, with other cartels, or do they think they're going to take over the entire place there, they're going to take over mexico and become the only cartel? >> every cartel has that aspiration. they would certainly love to dominate this business. that's what it is, don. this is a multibillion dollar business that operates here in mexico. supplying america with its demand of elicit drugs. now, los zetas don't have a chance of monopolizing this entire industry. i mean, there's essentially seven large cartels. i mean, there's a whole proliferation and there's alliances within alliances. there's double dealing, there's betrayals. but by and large, we have these major factions that are
constantly brawling and battling it out for control of this business. and indeed on average just this year alone, 570 mexicans have been dying every single month. but by and large, that's cartel on cartel violence. that does not, of course, exclude the possibilities like we see far too often here. the target may be a cartel member sitting in a restaurant, but when the head team comes in that restaurant, they just spray it full of bullets and the family sitting next to the target gets killed as well, don. >> that's unfortunate. you said in your story there, michael, that the zetas openly recruit members of the mexican military. what about the government, what do they have to say? do they have the power, the will, the resources to fight against the zetas? >> listen. washington doesn't have the power, the resources or the will to fight against the zetas. what do you think the mexican government can do? as the recruitment openly says
in posters and banners, by word of mouth, we offer better pay. we offer better benefits. you've got much greater chance to promotion, a much greater career. it's a very appealing option. and let's not forget, they're recruiting not just soldiers and currently serving members of the military, but even teenagers and kids from the areas. another cartel will just put an m-16 in their hand and send them off. what los zetas do is classic green beret techniques. you train the trainer. a green beret teaches a recruit how to be a green beret, and then teaches that recruit how to teach others how to be a green beret. that's why you have the drug enforcement agency, the men in washington whose directing america's fight here against los zetas saying to me, the los zetas operate more like an american infantry company walking the streets of fallujah in iraq than they do any kind of criminal network. this is an l.a. street gang on
steroids with real training, real expertise. this is the ultimate law enforcement nightmare. don? >> cnn's michael ware. michael, we're talking about billions and billions of dollars a year with drug cartel money, upwards of $40 billion. we appreciate you joining us, michael. stay safe. >> thank you, don. mexico's drug violence spills over to the u.s. we will tell you why police think the mexican mafia is linked to the billingsley family murders. plan in motion. your master what? i got big dreams and everybody knows, if you work here, the sky's the limit. well, yes. my neighbor did... and now she owns three mcdonald's. plus, mcdonald's gives out scholarships. and who wouldn't want that on their resume? shouldn't you two be taking a nap? mcdonald's -- deeply rooted in the community. hey, craig... one day, this will all be ours. ♪
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es cam -- escambia county sheriff david morgan. >> they were business partners in a series of businesses. both in a finance company which financed cars and/or things and in a couple of small car dealerships. >> reporter: however, the relationship soured. tice owed billings about $35,000 and he was arrested thursday on a year-old charge of writing bad checks to the billings. the sheriff said he's not ruling out the billings' murders could be a contract hit. another intriguing connection, was also close to 35-year-old patrick gonzalez jr., the man authorities portray was the ringleader in the murders of the florida couple who adopted 13 children, many with special needs. >> he's had an ongoing relationship with patrick gonzalez jr. he described it as a father and son relationship, where they spoke on a daily basis. >> reporter: the sheriff said he's surprised by information tice volunteered, like a connection to organized crime. >> where he affirmed that because he had got into financial trouble in the business, and he needed some money, that he made connections
with what he referred to as the mexican mafia and secured a loan from them in order for the business not to fail. >> reporter: cnn was unable to locate tice but in an interview with nbc, he says he had nothing to do with the killings. >> that anybody would say that i had anything to do with the murder of bud or melanie is a liar. >> reporter: the billings' family issued a statement saying, we have faith that sheriff morgan will be diligent in determining whether there is any connection between cab tice and the murders. authorities say the big break in this case came when someone involved in the murders failed to turn off the billings' security system. cameras rolled as the gang roamed the billings' house and caught images of the suspects in a red van leaving the house. >> it would not be unrealistic to assume that mr. tice was aware of the security system. he been in the home many times. also at the office, mr. billings was known to pull up on his security system, his home
system, so he could observe the children and how the home life was going. >> reporter: tice had been working at this car dealership and apparently living there as well. tice has since been fired and told to move on. tice frequently goes to mexico for business dealings and authorities say he also travels to the country of colombia, where he has a wife or a girlfriend. while he remains free on bond, the sheriff has told tice not to leave this area. sean calebs, cnn, in pensacola, florida. >> sean, keeping kids out of trouble. what the band-aid of sorts. this week's hero will inspire this week's hero will inspire you and maybe make you sing. be a few other things
katrina and the violence is sweeping up children as well. two murders this year involve kids who were just 14 years old. tonight's cnn hero is fighting for children to get a way out, and he is doing it with the power of music. >> music just always been with me. i love to play it. i keep drumsticks in my hand. the music legacy in new orleans is really dying fast. life after katrina is just really hard for a kid. you have the violence, the drug life. i'm just tired of it. my aim is to get kids off the streets. my name is derrick tabb and i started a free music education program for the children of new orleans. let's go. horns up. we do more than just teach music. we offer transportation. we offer instruments. i feed you so you're not hungry. right? i give you tutoring. i call it the no excuse policy.
you don't have any excuse why you're here. you don't have to have any experience. down on it. we meet five days a week year around. we constantly learn something new and that's what keeps the kids coming back every day. >> i was getting in trouble. now when i'm here, i practice. when i'm at home, i practice. it just changed my life. >> i love seeing kids happy. just having fun. i love teaching kids this culture. i don't say i'm saving lives. i say i'm giving life. a whole different life of music. >> you can find out more about derrick or any of our heroes at cnn.com/heroes.
when it comes to creative ways to save a home for foreclosure, a new jersey woman takes the cake. cnn's allan chernoff has our "money & main street." >> reporter: this actress played my roles to earn a living. she's been a teacher, waitress and is studying to be a nurse. but now she turned to baking. >> it is a flash of desperation. i thought, wow, we can sell these cakes. they're so good.
>> reporter: the major reason that angela fell into a cash squeeze is that two years ago she hired a contractor to rent nate the house. she took the money but only did a portion of the work. to save her home, angela set a goal of selling 100 mortgage apple cakes in ten days at $40 each. she asked everyone she knew to buy a cake. >> the hardest part was to say, can you buy my cake? this is my problem. >> reporter: a local hilton hotel offered its kitchen so angela could bake faster. angela she said baked 200 cakes, double her goal. and by qualifying for the monthly program, her mortgage payment is dropping nearly 20%. other americans in a financial bind, she says, can also find creative answers to their cash crunch. >> find your talent. find something that you can do that will help you. i can paint fences. you know? who needs one? >> reporter: almost any talent can generate extra cash.
teaching a skill like playing an instrument, home repairs for those who are handy. even dog walking or petsitting for animal lovers. >> wow. this is incredible. >> reporter: internet retailer bake me a wish got a whiff of the mortgage applicake and is now greasing pans to mass produce it and share the proceeds with angela. a whole line of angela logan cakes is planned. >> that's it. >> reporter: escaping foreclosure could propel angela logan to a new career as the queen of cakes. but back in her kitchen, she still studies nursing. knowing from experience never to depend upon just one role. allan chernoff, cnn, teaneck, new jersey. i would say convenience is something that the bank of america really has the market cornered on.
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now, that's a good song. ♪ trying to educate the person in here about music. anyway, let's move on. it is a massive street party at one of music's most famous intersection. beatlemania is surging on abbey road. it is all because 40 years ago john, paul, george and ringo were photographed strolling down the crosswalk, turning the ordinary london street into a musical mecca. the famous photo that you're looking at right there is the cover for the "abbey road" album which was the last album for the fab four they recorded together. the photo shoot lasted about 15 minutes on august 8th, 1969. but the picture became an enduring rock 'n' roll icon. i can't even read because i'm listening. i love the beatles. i listen to them all the time. you don't like the beatles, do you, eric? oh, boy. here's what some of you are saying about the stories we are covering. cartel fix equals divide and conquer. the only sane solution to drug profits is decriminalization.