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here's what we're watching this week. real housewife teresa guidice reveals to "showbiz tonight" how her family went broke, and i'm going one-on-one with a superstar cast of "glee." be sure to catch "showbiz tonight" exclusively weeknights at 11:00 p.m. eastern and pacific on hln. >> all right. it is half past the hour. now, coming up on half past the hour, i'm going to get you updated on the headlines. the senate homestand security committee plans a hearing on the secret service prostitution scandal. it is scheduled for may 23rd, and agency director mark sullivan will testify the scandal erupted last month just as president obama arrived in colombia for a summit, and so far nine secret service employees have lost their jobs. president obama gave churches plenty of material for sunday's sermons today. five churches in particular having a problem with the support for same-sex marriage. one black minister in baltimore even publicly withdrew his support for mr. obama, but the president does have the confidence of civil rights leaders like al sharpton and joseph lowery who sent him an open letter of support.
yahoo! has fired its ceo scott thompson because he claimed a college degree he never had. thompson's official bio stated that he held two degrees in accounting and computer science, but it turns out his only degree is in accounting. yahoo! says its media chief ross levinshone will be named the company's new ceo. a legendary bass guitarist has died. his name is duck dunn, and he played with some of the greats of rock 'n' roll. dunn played bass for booker t. and the mgs. he was also a member of the famed blues brothers and was in the original 1980s film of the same name. he performed in recordings with eric clapton and neil young. he died in tokyo. he was 70 years old. here he is playing the instrumental "green onions." ♪ good stuff.
now to movies, "thor," "captain america," "the hulk" and the rest of the gang, they are on track to break a huge record. "the avengers" is slated to top $1 billion in sales worldwide this weekend. the superhero flick already had the highest domestic box office debut of all time. it is time now for "no talking points." all right. i'm going to warn you because i'm going to tick a whole lot of people off here. the subject tonight, words that come back to haunt you. >> and i say segregation now, segregation tomorrow and segregation forever. >> honestly, can you imagine having uttered those words in front of television cameras or being one of those people in the crowd cheering on alabama's governor george wallace? that wasn't so long ago. it was the 1960s. now, think about how far we have come and think about what this might sound like a few decades from now. >> marriage is a relationship between one man and one woman. [ applause ]
>> i'm not singling out mitt romney and republicans. black folks, listen to some of your own words. >> this is the fruit of a decision that is not grounded in scripture. >> it's opened the doors for gays in the military to serve openly, so the next step is to go over the states, period. >> i felt very hurt and disappointed, surprised. i did not know that he would do that. i did not think he would. >> i just disagree with him on the issue of gay marriage, per se. i think -- i think it's between a man and a woman. >> it is certainly okay to disagree with anyone, to disagree with the president, but what's not okay is when your disagreement is based on interpretation and how someone told you to think or to feel, and when it's not based on fact and true self-examination. just the other day on another
network, michael eric dyson offered some great advice. >> black christians must be deeply rooted in their faith but not deeply entrenched in bigotry, and, furthermore, do we want to become sexual rednecks? >> sexual rednecks. what professor dyson is urging black people to do is not fall for the same rhetoric, the same teachings and the same scripture that bigots used to keep black people on the back of the bus and to keep people from marrying outside their race. do you really want to be less accepting than the man many of you thought cold hearted, vice president dick cheney? >> i think people ought to be free to enter into any kind of union they wish. >> so i'll end where i started with alabama governor george wallace who once stood in front of the entrance to a school to block black students, who vehemently opposed blacks and whites marrying each other but he, too, evolved and later recognized his own ignorance and bigotry and own hatred and about
those words that came back to haunt him, he said, and i quote here, "i never should have said it because it wasn't true. i saw then that a house divided could not stand, that black and white people had to live with each other." it took him almost to the end of his life, decades to get there to do it, so i will simply ask, when it comes to this marriage rights issue, do you really want to wait that long, and that's tonight's "no talking points." most life insurance companies look at you and just see a policy. at aviva, we do things differently. we're bringing humanity back to life insurance. that's why only aviva rewards you with savings for getting a check-up. it's our wellness for life program, with online access to mayo clinic. see the difference at avivausa.com. are you still sleeping? just wanted to check and make sure that we were on schedule.
flesh-eating bacteria. let that sink in for a moment. now think about being forced to watch it ravage the body of someone you love. it's a reality for the copeland family right here in georgia. 24-year-old amy is fighting to stay alive. her life and the lives of her family turned upside down 12 days ago. that's when amy and some of her friends went to the little talapoosa river 50 miles outside of atlanta. amy was on a homemade zip line when it snapped and gashed her leg. that's when the violent bacteria entered her body. she has lost the leg and part of her abdomen to the tissue-destroying bacteria, and i spoke with her father this evening and found out what he is not telling his daughter. >> she actually does communicate with us through a series of head shakes and nods. we just basically kind of have to also do a little bit of lipreading, so she's actually
holding up very well. she is, of course, medicated throughout this period, and, you know, occasionally she will remember things. sometimes she won't, but i think that's just a process of the medication. >> okay. so she lost a leg, part of her abdomen. she is fighting. you said she's medicated, and she -- just to breathe, it's really hard for her, but because of this bacteria, she may also lose her hands and her remaining foot, but she doesn't know that yet, and you're not telling her? >> well, you know, no, we haven't. probably if we were to tell her, she would probably forget it by the time she woke up the next day. i understand, you know, that -- in fact i believe when the time comes, it will be revealed. i really am leaving it to the experts here. leaning on the experts to let them make the determination for when the time is right, but -- and there will be. there's some good therapy here. they have a psychiatrist on staff. there's good support groups, and
i have every confidence that amy will be able to overcome this. >> yeah, and at this point it's really not necessary. why even add that extra degree of burden on her. she's already in pain. >> absolutely. >> you've been chronicling your daughter's fight with posts online, and you're counting down to what you're calling amy day. >> yes. >> tell us about it. >> well, i -- i believe amy day is the day that we get to hear amy speak. to me amy day is the day that they pull the tube out of her -- out of her chest and basically she is allowed to breathe on her own. when her lungs are fully repaired and healed, i think that's just a day that we can all join together and rejoice because that's really the first step toward i think what i would -- what i would call full recovery. >> thanks to andy copeland. after 70 years a world war ii fighter plane turns up in egypt. that's one mystery down. next, trying to figure out what
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the wreckage of a british royal air force p-40, one of hundreds of kitty hawk fighter bombers that took on the nazis across north africa. a polish oil worker exploring the egyptian desert just came across the wreckage and took these extraordinary images. the plane mostly intact after decades in the desert. the cockpit controls from an era gone by, enough to inspire even modern fighter pilots. >> i just thought what an amazing, amazing story for an aircraft 70 years ago to have gone down in the desert to be in such good condition and to be found intact after all these years. >> reporter: even some ammunition and guns remain. this archive film shows the plane in action in world war ii. in north africa its job, to protect troops on the ground fighting the nazis. >> it was an absolute workhorse. it flew extensively throughout that campaign, and -- and some may well say it was decisive in
tipping the balance in favor of the allies in north africa. >> reporter: records show the plane went down in the sahara desert on june 28th, 1942. according to british newspapers, the pilot is thought to be flight sergeant dennis copping. >> i think the important part of the story is the story of the man that was flying it and what happened to him. >> reporter: it's believed he was flying the already damaged plane to a repair site when he crashed. these bullet holes, a mystery. was he shot down? parachute remnants suggest the young pilot survived and tried to make himself a shelter from the hot sun, but no remains have been found. he may have died in the burning desert looking for help. the british military will now visit the desert wreckage site in the coming days and try to make a determination about whether it is feasible to begin a search for the remains of a young world war ii pilot who's been missing for so many years. barbara starr, cnn, the
pentagon. all right. speaking of world war ii, never let it be said you're too old for anything. tonight the story of the 89-year-old who was sidetracked by war but never took his eyes off the prize. janell lily from our affiliate katv in arkansas has his story. ♪ [ playing "pomp and circumstance" ] >> reporter: the pomp and circumstance of graduation day. as proud parents scanned the capped crowd for their graduate, they might have noticed some silver hair peeking out from one of those caps. that man with the contagious smile is charlie ball, who first attended arkansas tech back in 1941, but december 7th and pearl harbor changed his plans. >> joined the army air corps, and they sent me for pilots' training down in texas. >> reporter: when the war ended
charlie picked up a few classes here and there and went to work with his father. but as the years went on, he became a grandpa, and he knew he wanted to set an example so he worked with tech to compile his transcripts. >> we were able to put all that together, and we discovered and he discovered that it was possible to graduate. >> reporter: he called his granddaughter madeline to share the news. >> he says, guess what i'm doing on may 12th, and i said, what are you doing, grandpa charlie, and he said, i'm graduating from college. >> they thought it was good. i said the reason i was doing it, so that it would get them all enthused and my grandchildren would get their degrees, too. >> reporter: wasn't surprised by this so-called spitfire's decision, but when he sent the graduation invitation to a former high school friend, it caused some confusion. >> he said it's sure good to see your grandchildren graduate. he thought -- he thought it was my grandchild and i had called him back and said, no, it's me. >> reporter: as you can see, his personality makes him easily the most popular student on campus. >> everyone knows who he is, and they are all inspired by his story and that he never gave up.
>> charlie ball. [ cheers and applause ] >> i've been in this business for 44 years, and i've never had such an honor as to be able to confer a degree on a gentleman like charlie ball. >> congratulations, charlie, and thanks to janell lilly from our affiliate katv with that story. he won "dancing with the stars," but he's also a soldier who was burned during war, and he is speaking out about what it's like for vets returning home from war to no jobs. the first technology of its kind... mom and dad, i have great news. is now providing answers families need. siemens. answers.
for american servicemen and women returning from war, a new battle awaits when they try to get back into the job market. many are struggling to find work. a new cnn documentary follows georgia national guard soldiers as they strive to readjust to home. >> not everybody is happy to see you, but, you know, you've got to get back to reality sooner than later. if you have a job, you have to get back to work, and if you don't have a job, you have to look for work. >> the documentary is called "voters in america, vets wanted." you can catch it at top of the hour right here on cnn right after this broadcast. the man who narrates is "dancing with the stars" winner and brand-new dad j.r. martinez. i asked this veteran why he got involved in the project. >> simply because of the fact, that, you know, i felt -- i faced a lot of difficulties coming home when i got out of
the military. you know, luckily for me i had the amazing opportunity to become a motivational speaker to create my own business and own brand, so to speak, but a lot of troops don't have that possibility and know opportunities are out there, and, quite honestly, there aren't the possibilities out there, opportunities, so to speak, so it's important to say this is my way of continuing to serve. if i can sit here and read a script and narrate this derrick rose, then that's my part. >> why should people hire veterans when they come back? >> well, because of the simple fact that a lot of times you look on paper, these vets don't necessarily on paper, you think that what exactly can they do for this company, but, you know, they are leaders. i mean, they're trained to perform under unbelievable circumstances. at the same time, they are very resilient. they are very positive. they just want opportunities and they excel in every single opportunity and they are hard workers and they want to learn. you know, if we ask these men and women to go overseas and sacrifice for six months a year to two years multiple times, let's give them an opportunity
to be able to provide for their families and to be able to live a normal life that we all want to live in the united states of america. >> okay, so i'm not sure about this, but i am told that some employers worry about ptsd and employees having to leave suddenly for the national guard. what would you tell those employers? >> those four letters are an amazing four letters that's brought to a lot of people's attention, which is ptsd, post-traumatic stress disorder, and it's real and it exists. however, a lot of people have a tendency to look at every single vet to think that they are walking ticking time bombs. they are unproductive, that they are lazy and they have all these issues and, you know, they don't want to actually continue to life live. that's not case. a lot of times, what they want is opportunities and multiple chances of trying to get a job when they come home. ultimately that will break down any man and any woman and that's exactly what you see, when these men and women are having to interview for a convenience
store job and do something that they did that's way below what they are qualified to do in the military, you know, and they are being rejected from even doing that, that will tear down a man. yes, let's pay attention to ptsd, but also one way to fixing that is giving these individuals an opportunity to learn something brand new and feel that they can do it and provide for themselves. >> and if they are worried about deployment or having to go back to the national guard, they are serving theountry and that should not be a worry. j.r. martinez, thank you very, very much. continued success along your journey. again, j.r. martinez narrates "voters in america, vets wanted." you can watch it 11:00 p.m. eastern. just in a few minutes. could dinosaur gas be the real reason behind global warming? it's a mystery we're exploring tonight. oh, and, you know, don't forget this. i almost forgot it. tomorrow as you are heading out to work you can continue watching cnn from your mobile phone, and can you watch it while you're at work. just go to cnn.com/live on your desktop. and you know what? tell your boss cnn.com/tv. tell your boss it's good for you.
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jacqui jeras is here to explain more gas. >> it's gas, it's not the droppings actually. >> are we talking about dinosaur farts? >> indeed, we are, i know, it makes you want to giggle just a little bit. go ahead and get it out of your system. all laughing like a third grader at this point, but it's a real deal. british scientists have done some research, and they think that dinosaurs emitted gas that would, in essence, heat up the globe by as much as 18 degrees, so that's serious business when we're talking about it in a state of climate change, 18 degrees globally would have massive consequences. >> i told you. >> i know. it's okay. everybody at home is laughing with you. it's true. but, you know, imagine. they did this research because cows do the same thing, and they have been researching what happens with cows, so they base their calculations off of that, and they figured out that 520 million tons of methane would have been released into the atmosphere, and methane holds in
heat, and so that's in turn what would raise the temperature. >> is this really happening? >> it's really -- >> the people from "national geographic -- >> move on. >> and can you read about this in their june issue. they got -- they got this great find, a mayan calendar, that may contradict the doomsday one. >> right. the doomsday thing has kind of been debunked already, right, but this is more evidence, i guess you could say, of that, and this has been the earliest known mayan calendar and also some murals. this was discovered in guatemala. it's a well-known mayan site but it's a new discovery within that site and a mayan house and they found the preserved paintings of a mayan king on his throne that date all the way back to the early ninth century. there you can see a picture of what the site looks like. the house inside of there. they found the murals in the paintings. the "national geographic" folks allowed us to show you these pictures and what they discovered with this mayan calendar is that it had a bunch of bars and dots on it.
and this was on the roof in there and contrary to rumors and myths, each one of those recorded lunar cycles within six-month cycles, and it turns out, they say, that the mayan calendar does not mean the end of the world or the apocalypse on december 12, but the end of one 400-year cycle and the beginning of another. >> oh, okay, good. >> put your stockpiles away. >> quickly, almost off the air here, asteroid vesta is actually something else. >> big announcement from nasa this week having to do with an asteroid that we've known for a real long time, second largest asteroid that we've ever known. doing research with it from this vessel, this spacecraft called dawn, and they have decided that this is actually a protoplanet or a dwarf planet as they call it, and it may give us some clues as to how early earth was and how it evolved. this was almost a planet, and it had layers, so there you can see it had an iron core. it had a mantle and it had a
crust, so a lot we can learn more about vesta. >> all right. very cool. thank you, jacqui jeras. i want to say to one of our friends, one of the best writers i know, leaving my team and going to another, does the "no talking points." dan donahue, traitor. good night. thanks for watching, everybody. when i was asked to be a part of this documentary, i absolutely said yes right off the bat. because it's important to raise awareness about guys coming home and how difficult it is for them to be able to find employment. >> do you have a plan for employment?