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>> today is the day. in just a few hours, ticker symbol fb will appear on nasdaq, and facebook will be a publicly traded company. $38 a share which would value facebook at $100 billion. the most valuable company ever at the time of its initial public offering. and more valuable than citi or mcdonald's. millions hoping it will help them boost their bottom lines this morning. dan simon is live at the facebook mothership in menlo park, california, where workers are marking the occasion by working all night long. seriously, dan, what's up with that? >> it's 2:00 in the morning here and we're wide awake. they're having a hack a thon, an opportunity for facebook employees to basically do what they do best -- build, design,
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create. they do this periodically, an interesting public relations move as we're about to begin the trading of the stock. what they want to do is send a message to the world that they built this company on building stuff. so that's what they're doing. they posted pictures to the website showing what's going on inside some of these rooms. in terms of the fundamental challenge facing facebook in the future, it's exactly that. continuing to build services that people like. i want you to listen to silicon valley venture capitalist greg gretsch. >> what they're going to run into the next year, two years as they go public is the quarterly focus that wall street's going to put on them. the question will be in the coming years whether or not that quarterly focus, that quarterly drive to make the numbers, takes them off their focus on the product and the user experience. >> reporter: so the user
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experience is what made facebook, that $104 billion company, along with the advertising revenue they're getting. can they build on that revenue? can they build their usage base? are they worth the valuation that we're seeing? take a listen. >> there's no way mathematically that you can actually say, yes, it's worth 25 times revenues. i don't believe that. but i don't think argue that it isn't worth it either because this is a company that sort of transcends the traditional metrics. >> well, it's really hard to say whether or not facebook will live up to that valuation until we see the next few earnings reports. in the meantime, the hack a thon is under way. and it will continue until the nasdaq bell rings. here from menlo park with mark zuckerberg ringing that bell at 6:30 a.m. local time. >> sometimes when you use the word hack it's a bad word. for them i understand it's very
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good. i understand out of the hack a thon that "like" came out of that. when you like on facebook? >> reporter: that's right. some of the most common features we see on facebook came as a result of these hack a thons. that's why they continue to have them. this is the 31st one that they've had. the like button, the timeline that you now see on facebook. what they want to do is hopefully get some of these features rolling along. if, in fact, some of these things take hold, the employees can make that project their full-time position. so it's an interesting approach. >> some of them even may become millionaires. thank you very much for that report. dramatic new details in the trayvon martin shooting revealed as evidence in the cases releases to the public. for the first time we're seeing trayvon just moments before he died. this is surveillance video of the florida teenager taken at a 7-eleven where they bought those now-famous skittles and a drink.
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the official autopsy on martin shows he had traces of marijuana in his system. the police report reveals two weeks after the tragedy, officers in sanford, florida, concluded martin's death was "ultimately avoidable" if only zimmerman had stayed in his car like 911 dispatchers requested. and these newly released photos of zimmerman clearly showing an injury to his nose, as well as bloody lacerations to his scalp. in the hours after his deadly encounter with the unarmed teen. cnn's john zarrella is live in miami this morning. a lot of evidence to go through, including the reports of traces of thc, which comes with marijuana, in trayvon's system. >> reporter: a couple hundred pages that came out along with the pictures and the videotape. and you know, the attorneys are going to of course spin this, they're going to try to characterize it, to mold it to fit their cases. and ultimately that's when we go to court and why we try to figure out and how they try to
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figure out who has the advantages here, if anybody, looking at this video and looking at all of this information. you know, we went through a lot of the documentation, a lot of the witness statements. and all of the witness statements that i read all indicated the same thing. they heard the scuffling. they heard the cries for help. but none of them actually saw what happened. the autopsy report, you mention that. with the traces of thc. a lot of experts say, don't read too much into that. because thc can linger in someone's blood for up to a week. but it also indicates that the gunshot entered the left chest, entered the right ventricle. now, on piers morgan last night, both of the attorneys were asked, how did they characterize this evidence? >> whether it's an autopsy report or a medical record or some video or even a picture, it's what becomes the people's
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focus. but it's only one small sliver. then they make the decision on the sliver and that prejudging the fragments carries through to the next fact and it's just not appropriate. >> again, you have to put it in context, piers. george zimmerman pursued and confronted trayvon martin after he profiled him and initiated an altercation. we believe trayvon martin went to his grave not knowing who this strange man was that was confronting him. >> now a lot had been made early on about the alleged racial slur on the telephone recording that was captured. and after fbi analysis that came out yesterday. they also, the fbi, saying, look, there was just no way, it was very poor quality, they could not discern whether there was any kind of racial slur on that. so again, ali, still a lot more
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material expected to be forthcoming and still come out as we start to get a broader picture of what happened on that night of february 26th. >> john, with respect to the 911 audiotapes, there was some material here that indicated trayvon's mother thought that the voice crying for help on the tape was his and the father seemed to be less certain. >> yeah, and again, no certainty in those 911 tapes either from analysis. it is still very difficult, impossible is what we're being told, to discern who is saying what. because the quality was just not good enough. >> all right. john, good to see you, john zarrella in miami on this story. there may be a break in the case of two highway murders in mississippi. police are questioning a suspect, there he is, 45-year-old james lucas. he was picked up after allegedly pulling over two drivers, both of which escaped after feeling
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suspicious. a confederate flag vanity plate led police to that man. police are trying to figure out if the suspect is behind the two deadly highway shootings that occurred 55 miles apart. we'll have a live report from cnn's ed leven der ra just ahead. houston rocked by mass protests after an all-white jury acquits an ex-police officer in the beating of a black teenager. demonstrators rallied outside the harris county courthouse yesterday. one of four officers charged in the 2010 beating of 15-year-old burglary suspect chad holly. the other three officers are awaiting court dates. he says he doesn't think he did anything wrong. houston's mayor and the district attorney say they disagree with the verdict. donna summer died yesterday after a long cattle with cancer at just 63 years old. donna summer had a string of
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mega-hits in the 1970s and '80s. "hot stuff," "last dance," love to love you, baby" to name a few. fellow artists say she is going to be missed. >> we lost somebody who was great, such an important artist of her time. and of a particular type of music that was so important to america's pop cultural history. >> in a statement, donna summer's family says she was a woman of many gifts. the greatest being her faith. we're going to have more on donna summer's life and legacy at 6:20 eastern. we'll talk with "the wall street journa journal"'s christopher john farley, editor of the paper's cultural website. less than 24 hours away from the launch of the first commercial rocket headed to the international space station with its unmanned dragon speculate craft, set to lift off from the kennedy space center at 4:55
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a.m. on saturday. it's a first step, a major step, in nasa's plan to turn over space station missions to commercial enterprises. i'll have another going for the second leg of the triple crown tomorrow at the 137th preakness. bodie meister the favorite going into the race at pimlico even though i'll have another beat him in the final 100 yards at the kentucky derby two weeks ago. can he do it again? >> that's why i don't bet on horses, i can never understand how those odds work. a moment of terror caught on camera, people running for their lives as a gun battle rages on a crowded city street. this is incredible. more video and the story behind it when "early start" returns.
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louisville caught on camera. terrifying scene caught outside university hospital. police responding to a shooting that left two men dead. about 90 minutes after the incident, while police were investigating, more shots rang out. in the crowd, one woman had pulled out a gun and shot another woman. then a police officer shot and wounded her. in all, three people were killed and three others wounded. the police chief of louisville says detectives are still piecing together why it happened, what the motives were. >> that is unbelievable. it looks like a scene out of a movie but it's not. that is real life. here's christine romans. >> it's friday.
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facebook friday. in just a few hours, facebook will be a publicly traded company. ticker fb will hit the nasdaq today, offering price $38 a share. although you may be paying twice that by the time it hits at the open. maybe around 11:00 we'll be seeing those first trades for facebook. new evidence just released in the trayvon martin case that includes police photos of shooter george zimmerman with an apparent injury to his nose and lacerations on the back of his head after his tragic encounter with a florida teen. also surveillance video of martin making a purchase at a nearby 7-eleven moments before his fatal run-in with zimmerman. the official autopsy on martin showing traces of marijuana in his system. john edwards' fate in the hands of the jury this morning. they'll be deliberating whether the former north carolina senator is guilty. he's accused of using campaign cash to cover up his affair. edwards' lawyer urging them to
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separate sin from criminal behavior. and the staples center in los angeles may just be the busiest building in america right now, hosting six playoff games in four days. started last night with the nhl western conference playoff match between the l.a. kings and phoenix coyotes. tonight, kobe bryant and the lakers host oklahoma city in the nba playoffs. and this weekend, there are double headers both days featuring lakers and thunder, clippers and spurs. rob marciano joining to us talk about weather and arizona fires. good morning, rob. >> good morning, ali. not only arizona but colorado, where both places had evacuations under way yesterday. fires burning, still out of control between 5% and 7% containment at the hewlett fire west of ft. collins, colorado, and the gladiator fire just north of phoenix. both have grown in intensity. red flag warnings and critical fire danger out at least for parts of arizona again today. the deal's going to be winds. 40 to 50-mile-an-hour winds
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gusting through the four corners region, some of that getting up into colorado. today's going to be tough for firefighters. they could use some rain. they got rain across south florida and the keys. key west over 2 inches. that was a record-setter. more moisture today. most folks will see a nice weekend across the northeast. this system across massachusetts will try to make its way across the carolinas. other than, that low levels of humidity and comfortable temperatures for much of the eastern half of the country. 81 in chicago. kind of toasty. 72 in new york city. 81 in atlanta. 89 dallas. 70 in los angeles. that's a quick check on weather. time for our "early reads" this morning. let's start a toss-up in texas, literally. this afternoon, voters in the city of wallforth deciding their city council election with a coin flip. kjtv says the weekend voting ended with a draw with both candidates snagging 118 votes.
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the men decided to save taxpayers the cost of a runoff by agreeing to a coin toss. >> 236 people voting, how expensive would the runoff be? i guess it's the advertising and the campaigning. >> flat incredible. >> interesting. we're not telling you who won. unbelievable story from our kentucky affiliate wlex. a summer santa. a businessman in clark county buys out a kmart store that's closing down. he bought everything in it. 76-year-old rankin pater purchased everything in the store and donated it all to charity. nice. the estimated cost of all the inventory was about $200,000. pater's paying rent for a building to store the items while a nonprofit makes plans to distribute them. 90% of the merchandise is winter clothing. so it's all going to be relevant to the people who need it. pater says, "i just figured that my family isn't going to go cold
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or hungry this winter but something i could do to help a lot of people." >> what an incredible gesture. very kind. it's a killing spree that struck fear in the hearts of drivers across mississippi. a gunman impersonating a police officer and murdering two people. this morning there is a possible break in the case. we'll bring you the details on that after the break. born to leap, born to stalk, and born to pounce. to understand why, we journeyed to africa, where their wild ancestor was born. there we discovered that cats, no matter where they are... are born to be cats. and shouldn't your cat be who he was born to be? discover your cat's true nature. purina one. gives you a 50% annual bonus. and who doesn't want 50% more cash? ugh, the baby. huh! and then the baby bear said,
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someone who perhaps pulled them over on the side of the road impersonating a police officer. we're now hearing word from officials in tunica county, mississippi, which is close to where these shootings happened -- i just got off the phone with someone some in the communications office who's telling me they are set to announce the arrest of an alleged shooter in connection with these interstate shootings and that this person would be charged with murder. we're still trying to get more information because all of this is confusing. because yesterday in yazoo city, south of where the shootings happened, investigators were questioning another man who apparently on wednesday tried to pull over two people and perhaps was trying to impersonate an officer. there was speculation yesterday afternoon and late yesterday that perhaps this might have been the culprit in these cases a little bit further north. now we're hearing there might be another arrest altogether. so we're going to continue to work this here throughout the
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morning and try to clear up the information we have. but clearly a lot of activity and a lot of movement on this story in northwest mississippi right now. >> ed, not just an arrest but actually a charge with murder in the second one that you're following this morning? >> reporter: right. what i'm trying to clarify is to make sure we're not talking about the same people there. so far, i haven't been able to get clarification, literally just getting off the phone with officials there in tunica just a few moments ago. we're going to continue to work that. it's my understanding that this might be completely separate from the people that we had planned to talk about this morning and the man who was being questioned in yazoo city. i'm going to try to clarify that this morning. >> we'll get back to you and try to get the latest developments, thank you. the folks in that part of town are going to be very happy. >> very. that was a scary one. a second grader raises a ruckus at school. take a look why, he's in blackface. there's a reason why he put
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welcome back to "early start." i'm ali velshi. >> i'm intra ride desambolin. in just a few hours, you can own a share of facebook. the social network begin trading on the nasdaq after the opening bell this morning. while it's listed at $38, we're talking with christine romans about what price it will really land on when it hits the boards. we're getting a look at some just-released evidence in the trayvon martin case.
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it includes police photos of shooter george zimmerman's injuries and 7-eleven surveillance video of trayvon taken moments before he was killed. a possible break in the case of two highway murders in mississippi. police are questioning a potential suspect and sheriff's investigators in due nikka county may be ready to make an arrest. john zarrella is working the phones right now, trying to get these last-minute details as soon as we have them. lots of stories we're following. today is the day when you decide whether to buy into all the hype. facebook is going public in just a few hours from now. it's an his poric ipo. christine romans has been looking into how historic it actually is, comparing it to some of the biggest ipos we've ever seen. >> as of right now, facebook has raised $16 billion in its ipo, making it the third-largest ipo in history. ipos aren't a one-day event, they actually last about 180 days. the company can sell more
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shares, investors can buy more shares, they can burn it up to number two on the biggest list in the u.s., could raise up to $18.4 billion. a lot of people are expecting that to happen. take a look how facebook stacks up with other ipos. visa is the biggest. this one legendary. it went public in 2008. even though you've been using visa and know this name for so many years. it raised almost $20 billion. gm, general motors, that ipo raised $18 billion. that was november 2010. remember that one? because the company went through bankruptcy, had to be rescued by the american government, came public again november 2010, raised $18 billion. but it's tech. people compare what's happening in facebook to tech ipos. google in 2004, raised $2 billion. this stock is up i think 500% since its ipo. microsoft all the way back in 1986. look at bill gates' glasses.
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1986, target price $21 a share, it raised $61 million. take a look at apple. all the way back in 1980. that one went public. $100 million raised there at $22 a share. something to i guess consider about the $38 price tag on facebook. the last trade that i saw on the secondary markets, people have been trading facebook. insiders and employees who have facebook shares of the original facebook shares given to them by executives of the company, it was trading at about $44. there has been some trading on the secondary market as we call it, $44. and on the stock boards. so $38. we'll see how high it goes up today. $44 is what the people, early investors, were valuing this company at. if you're upset we're not getting a piece of the facebook stock, it may be a good thing. we'll tell you why the odds were stacked against you from the start.
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christine's going to do that on your bottom line on saturday at 9:30 a.m. eastern. two congressmen are going after facebook co-founder eduardo salve have a rin for his efforts to dodge paying tens of millions in taxes. he used his life savings, $30,000, to fund mark zuckerberg's plan for a social networking website. he may be worth close to $3 billion now that facebook is going public. saverin moved to singapore, denouncing his u.s. citizenship, a move that could save him $67 million in taxes. enter new york senator chuck schumer. he believes the decision to leave america was nothing more than a tax dodge. he is introducing new legislation that would impose a big capital gains tax on people like that, forbidding them from entering the country again. >> this tax avoidance scheme is outrageous.
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savarin wants to defriend the united states of america just to avoid paying taxes and we aren't going to let him get away from it. >> clever, defriend. savarin says his decision to move to singapore was personal and not a tax dodge insisting he plans to meet all tax obligations the u.s. requires. >> there's another side of that, the taxes facebook millionaires are going to pay is going to net the state of california $2 billion. >> yes. >> so everybody wants a piece of the action. a second grader in colorado gets in trouble for wearing blackface to school. 8-year-old shaun king dressed up as martin luther king. i don't know if there's any relation. it was for a school project. he donned blackface, paint, as part of his costume. school officials asked him to wash it off saying it was offending other students and faculty. king refused saying he didn't mean to insult anybody. >> they thought it was inappropriate and disrespectful to black people. but i say that it's not. i like black people.
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i don't want to be mean to them. it's just a costume. i don't want to unsult anybody. >> his parents didn't want him to remove the makeup either. they pulled him out of school. blackface has historically been used by white performers to portray black people and many people have found that offensive. school officials say wearing face paint goes against school policy. >> why not use this as an opportunity to educate? >> it's what you call a teachable moment. >> i don't understand the oulk outcome of that. i thought he was going to say, i admire this man and i want to look like him. that's what i was expecting when we were going into that story. i think it's a teachable moment. saudi arabia that baron cohen knows how to push the envelope. >> america! the birthplace of aids! >> boy, that was an understatement there. the star of "the dictator," can make you laugh and squirm at the same time. how would you like to be the guy
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cohen's new movie "the dictator." the actor is teaming up for a third time with larry charles who's written and directed some of the funniest and most controversial moments on television and film. he was part of the brain trust behind "seinfeld" and "curb your enthusiasm." i had a chance to sit down to talk about their madcap collaboration and find out if sacha baron cohen is as much of a character offscreen as on. this fictitious character he plays, we've seen that he likes to stay in character. >> yes. >> and he appears on the red carpet, perhaps, dressed as his character. >> yes. >> does he do that when you're actually filming, when the cameras are not rolling? >> keep in mind sasha creates a character from scratch, from the ground up, like a robert de niro or brando does. he needs to stay in character so his accent stays consistent, his body language stays consistent.
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we've had many arguments where less borat and i'm arguing with borat. it's crazy but there's a logic to it. >> i want to talk about that moment on the red carpet. >> okay. >> it's actually -- >> so we hear that he apologized for that moment. do you know anything about that? >> don't know anything about it. >> seriously? he didn't talk to you about it, you have no idea? >> i didn't hear about the apology. i talked to him about it -- >> you knew it was going to happen? >> i had a sense something was going to happen, yes. >> what did you think about that? >> it's interesting. our movies don't exist purely wind the frame of the screen. he's a performance artist, sasha. and he's blurring the lines between what is the movie and what is real life. this is kind of expanding the definition what was a movie really is. >> a lot of your work is viewed as politically incorrect. >> yes. >> the reviews here, also some people are a little upset. there's a particular entity, the arab-american group that is objecting to this particular movie. one of our cnn contributors,
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dino padella, he is an arab-american, and he likened cohen's performance to the use of blackface. how does that make you feel? >> i would disagree strongly. we've gone out of our way to avoid any specific ethnic group. we're drawing on a composite of dictators around the world. sasha is sasha, he looks a certain way, we need to take advantage of that. we couldn't make him korean, obviously. it's not any religion. >> what's your objective? it's clearly not just to entertain. >> although that is the first priority. if the movie's not funny, entertaining, nothing else will work. that's our priority is to make it as funny as possible -- >> do you find sometimes -- people say to you, i found myself laughing then i felt bad about it. >> yes. i think that's okay. i think it's okay because that's part of the questioning process
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that we hope goes on during the course of the movie. you're laughing at things but we're wrapping very heavy and very often not funny political messages wind this comedy. hopefully you will laugh very hard and then start to think about what you're laughing about. you're wrapping the message in a nice little pessage that people can enjoy and be entertained by and have an incredible group experience inside a movie theater. >> one scene portraying characters talking about visiting america. clearly some people are going to be offended by that. as a matter of fact, a lot of americans are going to be offended by that. >> i don't think so. i mean, yes, there's certainly a percentage of people that may very well be offended by it. but we're always looking for another level. we want the movies to be dense so that you could laugh at this level of silliness, under the surface there's something being said, a theme being developed that's kind of an important one, a serious one we're trying to
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find humor in. you never know what people are going to be offended by and aren't. so you can't really let that stop you. >> and there's more of my one-on-one interview with writer and director larry charles. you'll find this web extra at cnn.com/earlystart. he is a fascinating character. there's not a lot of information out there about him and that beard is very significant. i'm hoping that you're going to learn a little more about that also on that web video. >> i didn't know he had that beard. >> yeah. well, i looked him up online ahead of time to kind of get a feel for him and i thought, boy, this is a really dark person. but when i sat with him, he's funny, he's clever, he's witty, he's a deep thinker, and his goal at the end of the day is to make all of us deep thinkers. >> i'm going to enjoy watching. there's more of it on the web. let's get you up to date on the news. christine romans, good morning. >> in just a few hours, facebook will be a publicly traded company. fb will hit the nasdaq today, initial offering price $38 a
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share. although you may be paying tries that by the time it hits open market. new evidence made public in the trayvon martin case. it includes police photos of shooter george zimmerman with an injury to his nose and lacerations on the back of his head in the hours after the deadly confrontation with the massachusetts teen. and there's surveillance video of martin in the moments before he died making a purchase at a nearby 7-eleven. and the official autopsy on trayvon martin showed he had traces of marijuana in his system. supreme court justice stephen breyer robbed for the second time this year. this time, no one was home, thankfully. officials say earlier this month the housekeeper discovered breyer's washington home had been broken into and burglarized. in february he was robbed by a man carrying a machete at his vacation home in the caribbean. vermont becomes the first state to ban hydraulic fracturing commonly known as fracking, the controversial natural gas drilling technique.
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vermont's governor signed the ban into law this week. anti-fracking active uses called it a big deal for their cause. but vermont doesn't have any natural gas, and there never were plans to drill. still the american petroleum institute says they may plan to challenge that law. the faa says they've found no evidence of an unidentified aircraft flying over denver. a jet radioed the tower saying he almost crashed into a remote controlled aircraft. the tower said it didn't show up on aircraft. britain celebrating the diamond jubilee of queen elizabeth to mark 60 years on the throne. the guest list is sparking protests because it includes two controversial figures, the king of swa zil land and king ahmad, overseeing a bloody crackdown on civilian uprising in that country. coors field was buzzing but had nothing to do with baseball. a swarm of bees near the
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colorado rockies dugout caused their game with the arizona diamondbacks to be delayed yesterday. a beekeeper was eventually called in to vacuum up the bees into a bag. playing the most important position on the field. i know. all right, getting in on an ipo is not the most important part of your personal finances. that's the one thing to know about your money today. max out your 401(k), balance your investments, and don't spend above your means. ali, you say i'm so boring? >> no, we disagree on a lot of things, we do not disagree on that. i'm with you on that. and you know christine's the smarter of us. >> yes, i concur. although i'm still on the bees. >> amazing. >> ye know vacuuming was the option. >> i've got a bee problem at home. i'm taking the vacuum cleaner out, see what happens. >> they noticed, during the game, just descend on that all of a sudden? maybe it was too good to be
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it is 51 minutes after the hour, time to take a look at what is trending this morning. who had june in the betting pool? i'm talking about van halen. coming as a shock to no one, van halen has postponed its reunion tour, all 31 shows after their concert in new orleans yanked
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from the band's rep site. a rep wouldn't say why. a source tells "rolling stone" the guys hate each other, the band is arguing like mad, the last attempt to reunite with david lee roth was also called off. getting a little payback on world peace. oklahoma city's james harden snuck in an elbow on metta world peace last night. as the thunder beat the lakers and gave two of the playoff games. world peace sold it. >> that's an elbow. >> he's ron artest also. you'll remember metta world peace threw an elbow that knocked out harden and sent him to the sideline with a concussion. that was purposeful. so world peace missed six playoff games as punishment for that moment. >> and you're entirely -- you live in the sports world, you're entirely comfortable calling him world peace now? >> no, i'm not. your mom called you ron, that is who you are.
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all right, this is in-flight entertainment. a packed air canada flight stuck on the runway, a toronto-based gypsy punk band called the lemon bucket orchestra grabbed their instruments from the overhead bin and started jamming. looks like most passengers liked it. she was having a good time. there's a dude sitting there doesn't look so happy. it makes the time go by when you're stuck on a plane. >> i love that. >> i should only hope you guys are on a flight when i get stuck. >> no kidding. when late-night worlds collide. conan o'brien paying a visit to david letterman last night. don't you know jay leno's name came up. >> you know jay's watching right now.
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you know he's getting a live feed in a satellite truck right now. he is watching every second. >> forgive me for making this all about me but that's kind of what i do. i was delighted by everything that happened. except you losing your job. i -- i will tell you -- >> i will tell you, and this is honest. the only consolation i took during that period was that you were happy. >> really -- >> it was really -- i did. i felt -- this is a -- sometimes dave seems a tad unhappy in his life. and if this is bringing you some measure of joy, then to hell with my career. >> that was a fun conversation. >> it was great. >> i love when it that awkwardness has to play out in that way, it was fun. coming up on "early start,"
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happy friday. good morning and welcome to "early start." >> happy, it's sort of mixed. i'm not with you next week. >> i know, i'm sad about that. >> we've got facebook. i'm ali velshi. it's 6:00 a.m. in the east. facebook for sale on nasdaq.
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do not expect to pay that $38 ipo price we've been telling you about. >> why not? i'm just kidding. >> people are still asking on social media. we're going to talk to christine romans about that. breaking news in those deadly highway shootings in mississippi. police making an arrest in the case after a chaotic day of chasing suspects. we're going to have a live report for you. evidence is released in the trayvon martin murder, including this video of him taken moments before he died. we're breaking down all the evidence with our john zarrella. in a few hours ticker symbol fb will appear on the nasdaq and whatever online trading platform you use. it will be a publicly traded company for the first time. the social network has set its final ipo price at $38 a share, which would value facebook at just over $100 billion, making it the most valuable company ever at the time of its initial public offering. the first time a private company gets offered to the public so
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they can buy shares. let's bring in christine romans to talk about what we know about what's going on at facebook headquarters right now. it's not nervous anxiety. it's entirely different. >> no, they're not sleeping in and getting ready for the big opening bell of the nasdaq which they'll ring from california. no, they're having an all-night hack a thon, the 31st. this is how facebook gets excited about things. they'll spend the night, there's pictures from last night and right now, they'll spend the night hacking. it's programming, inventing things. this is how they came up with the "like" break out into groups, two engineers and a project manager, they have catered dinner, chinese food, snack attack at 1:00 a.m. and all night long they invent things. hacker you think it's a negative term but it's a positive thing in programming. listen to what mark zuckerberg how he explained it to "60 minutes." >> when we say hacker, there is that he whole definition that engineers have for themselves, where it's very much a
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compliment when you call someone a hacker, to hack something means to build something very quickly, in one night, you can sit down and you could churn out a lot of code and at the end have a product. >> yeah, pretty amazing stuff. when you look at the hoodies they're all wearing it's an interesting little cult there at facebook, the hoodie, mark zuckerburg wears his all the time and he was criticized for wearing it to meet with big bankers. the hoodie, he never takes it off. >> except perhaps to shower. >> i bet you don't know this about the famous hoodie, listen to this sound. >> it's a company hoodie, we print our mission on the inside. >> what? the inside of the hoodie, everybody. take a look. what is it? >> making the world more open and connected. >> can you believe it? isn't that cool? making the world more open and connected. so it's a company-issued hoodie. they all get them, he wears it and inside closest to him all
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the time is the mission of facebook. that's a little bit about mark zuckerberg. >> i actually like that now, right? i mean, because he needs to do that. >> everyone's got them. >> i'm keeping an eye on facebook and twitter and have a billion questions. let's make one thing clear, the ipo price is not the price that most people will be able to buy that stock at but any human in the world with a trading account, if you want it badly enough, can buy facebook today at whatever the market dictates the price is going to be. >> absolutely. you place your order today. i'm not even sure you might be able to get a trade done today. >> because of volume and all that. >> the first price we're going to see on facebook i'm expecting around 11:00, we really just don't know. there's a lot of demand for this. it was trading the stock privately trading hands with employees, people given shares, the pre-public shares, those were trading around $44 a share before.
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$38 is what has been priced. ryan mack from optimum capital management thought it would go to 90, twice what it was trading before so keep that in mind. we keep talk about a limit order. if you think the stock is worth 50, this is just a random number, 50, you. you the in a limit order for 50. if you put in a market order for the stock you could pay sky high and it could come down in a few days. >> good advice. >> thank you. we have breaking news at this hour, we're hearing there has been an arrest in connection with two high i would murders in mississippi. ed lavandera is live in dallas. you have been working the story hard. what have you found out? >> reporter: we've been able to clear up all the confusion we had a little while ago. authorities in northwest mississippi are announcing that they have made an arrest in those two deadly shootings that were made last week and later today they will announce the arrest of a man by the james of
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james willy, 28 years old and state officials and local officials in the town of tunica, mississippi, close to where this happened, say on tuesday afternoon they were called to a disturbance at an apartment complex in mississippi and when they arrived there, a woman was alleging that james willy had raped her while they took him into custody and searched him, they found a .9 millimeter handgun and ballistics tests were done on the handgun and authorities in mississippi say that has tied that gun and this suspect to those murders and shootings that happened last week in mississippi, a great deal, a great number of people in the mississippi area frightened by all this. authorities in mississippi had said the suspect was perhaps impersonating a police officer and that's why they pulled over in the early morning hours in the darkness and that's when the shootings happened, but the big news here and the big development here is that mississippi officials say
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28-year-old james willy has been arrested. he will be charged with murder. more information to come throughout the day as officials in mississippi plan a press conference for later today to explain more details on this developing story. zoraida? >> ed lavandera thank you for the details. we appreciate it. the music world is mourning the loss of disco's original queen, donna summer, died yesterday after a long battle with cancer. she was 63 years old, just 63. summer had a string of mega hits in the '70s and '80s. can't believe i have to say them. they're just so familiar to us, "last dance," "love to love you baby." fellow artists say she'll be missed. >> we really lost somebody who was great and such an important artist of her time and of a particular type of music that was so important of america's pop cultural history. >> donna summer's family say she was a woman of many gifts, the
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greatest one being her faith. we'll have more on her life and legacy, 6:20 a.m. eastern time. "the wall street journal's" christopher farley will be joining us. less than 24 hours away from the launch from the first commercial rocket headed to the international space station, it's set to lift off from the kennedy space center in florida at 4:55 a.m. saturday, a major first step in nasa's plan to turn over space station missions to commercial enterprises. a team that barely made it into the playoffs is one win away from a stanley cup final, the l.a. kings -- >> you can believe that? >> i can't. the l.a. kings beat the phoenix coyotes 2-1 to take a 3-0 lead in the western conference final, the kings trying to make the stanley cup final since wayne gretzky led the team in 1993.
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i tell you what i can spend. i do my best to make it work. i'm back on the road safely. and i saved you money on brakes. that's personal pricing. dramatic developments in the trayvon martin case, now that the state of florida released new evidence to the public, like this surveillance video of the florida teenager just moments before he died, buying skittles and a drink at a nearby 7-eleven and the official autopsy on
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martin showing he had drugs in his system. police reports reveal two weeks after the tragedy, officers in sanford, florida, concluded that martin's death was ultimately avoidable. only zimmerman, if he had stayed in his car like 9/11 dispatchers requested. these police photos of george zimmerman showing an injury to his nose, as well as bloody lacerations to his scalp in the hours after his deadly encounter with trayvon martin, who was unarmed. cnn's john zarrella is live from miami, poring over the evidence that's come out. any game changers so far? >> ali, ultimately the attorneys are going to spin it, put their own mold to it, and mold it the way they want it and that's why you go to trial and ultimately it's going to be up to a jury to decide what game changers there were or weren't. one of the things that's interesting, and i looked over about 200 pages that came out and looking at some of the
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witness statements, they're all pretty consistent, that they heard the yells for help. they heard the gunshots but none of them actually saw what actually transpired. now, one of the witnesses says that they saw someone on top of the other punching the man on the ground, call police, run upstairs, hear the gunshot. when they get upstairs, look out the window upstairs, the man who was on top doing the punching according to this witness is now the person who is lying dead on the ground. you have that in the witness statement. you have the autopsy report that says that the gunshot entered the left chest and then hit the right ventricle. there was no exit wound. you referenced the marijuana, the thc, in the blood. experts say don't read too much into that, because in the blood, the thc can linger for up to a week after its use, but in some states that allow medical marijuana to be used, they're saying that the level that was
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in his blood is equivalent to what would be considered somewhat impaired for driving. now, we talked on the piers morgan last night, who spoke with the attorneys representing both sides to get their take on the evidence. >> whether it's an autopsy report or a medical record or some video or even a picture, it's what becomes the people's focus, but it's only one small sliver and then they make the decision on the sliver, and that pre-judging the facts carries through to the next fact and it's just not appropriate. >> again, you have to put it in context, pierce. george zimmerman pursued and confronted trayvon martin, after he profiled him, and initiated an altercation. we believe trayvon martin went to his grave not knowing who this strange man was, that was confronting him. >> a lot had been made of the
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911 recording where george zimmerman had supposedly uttering some racial epithet, you know, a slur, but the fbi analysis that was released also yesterday said that it was inconclusive, that the poor quality of the recording made it impossible to determine exactly what was being said on that recording. >> and john, while you're talking about not knowing what was being said on the recording there was a 911 recording that trayvon's mother said sounded like him calling for help. trayvon's father heard the recording and was less certain it was trayvon? >> the same thing there from the fbi, that could not determine who it was, and neither could the witnesses that were quoted in all of the witness statements could not determine exactly who was calling for help. >> john zarrella thanks very much. i know you'll continue to pore over any of that stuff and if anything develops from it.
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one crime scene, two separate deadly shootings during a bloody afternoon in louisville. this is incredible video. police responding to a shooting that left two men dead. about 90 minutes after that incident, more shots rang out. [ gunfire ] that's incredible. you hear that in the background all the shots. it was a terrifying outside university hospital. here is a look at it from a different angle. [ bleep ] [ screaming ] get on the ground, just get on the ground. >> look at all the people around and officers with their guns pulled, in the crowd of witnesses one woman pulled out a gun and fatally shot another woman and a police officer shot and wounded her. in all three people were killed and three others wounded. police are piecing together possible motives here. 15 minutes after the hour. here's christine romans. >> good morning you two.
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in a few hours facebook will be a publicly traded company, ticker symbol fb. initial offering price $38 a share although who knows what you'll pay by the time it hits the open market when you can buy shares today. breaking news in the deadly highway shootings in mississippi. police made an arrest in the past hour, cnn learning 28-year-old james willy has been charged. this is a mug shot of him. police linked his gun to the two separate shootings that left a man and a woman dead and terrified people driving in that state. willy was caught tuesday after allegedly raping a woman. that's where people were able to find the gun, test it and link it to the murders. john edwards' fate is in the hands of a jury. they'll debate whether he's guilty of six counts of campaign fraud.
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lawy his lawyers are urging them to separate sin from criminal behavior. i'll have another, going for the second leg of the triple crown at the 137th breakness, bodemeister the favorite, even though i'll have another ran him down and beat him 500 yards at the kentucky derby two weeks ago. watch us any time on your desktop or mobile phone, just go to cnn.com/tv. >> i don't get the horse names. you like them. >> i love them. that's how i pick my horses. i'll have another. >> i keep listening to you guys say this, what are you talking about? oh, it's horse racing. >> bodemeister, you didn't watch it in. >> bodemeister sounds like something. "i'll have another" sounds like stuff i'll say at the bar. >> indeed. >> indeed. moving on. it's not easy to forget how much donna summer influenced us, paved the way for madonna to
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♪ so let's dance the last dance, let's dance the last dance ♪ ♪ let's dance the last dance tonight ♪ was that your favorite? that is donna summer, they're singing "last dance" the disco legend died of lung cancer yesterday at the age of 63. summer had 14 top ten singles in the united states, three number one albums in a row and she won five grammys. president obama released a statement on her passing writing
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"her voice was unforgettable and the music industry has lost a legend far too soon." christopher farley is a senior editorial director of digital features at "the wall street journal" and is he joining us this morning. thank you so much. >> thanks for having me. appreciate it. >> when i read this, it came across the e-mail i thought wow. it was a surprise to me. do you think it was a surprise to a lot of her fans, not knowing she was ill? >> reportedly she had been fighting cancer for some time so i think to her close friends this didn't come to a surprise but to her fans it did come as a surprise. she hadn't been around since 2008, her first studio album in years. she hadn't been front and center but now she is, people remember her music and what made her so fame to us begin with. >> we were listening to her first hit "love to love you baby" launched her as an artist and as a sex symbol and she went through a lot of different
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phases. what do you think her legacy will be? >> i think her legacy really will be helping to create the whole disco era and the disco sound but more than that bringing in electronic music field to dance music and showing that innovation and dance music don't have to be incompatible. she helped create the electronic music dance craze. >> was it a particular song she did? >> yes "i feel love" 1977 hit, it was a first main stream song with a synthesized backing track. it was a game danger. david bowie wrote how it affected him, britney spears sampled it, madonna performed it, beyonce sampled it on her first solo album. this song changed the game for a lot of female singers showing you can make music in a different, creative way, make futuristic sounds and we hear echoes of it with people like rihanna.
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>> i grew one donna summer and trying to figure out which is my favorite song of hers. lot of people saw her as a sex symbol. was she comfortable with that? >> that first song sounds like she's reaching climax again and again and again in that song. >> tell me how that song was recorded because i thought that was interesting. >> what's fascinating is see co-wrote the song. lot of the disco divas receive songs, people give them songs but she was a collaborator and the way she envisioned the song thought of herself as marilyn monroe in a play acting a part and wasn't just trying to do something dirty on record. >> and which song in that was particular? >> "love to love you baby." >> the first one for you here. let's listen to one of her 1977 hits "i feel love" for a minute. ♪ you and me, you and me, you and me, you and me ♪
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♪ i, i feel love, i feel love, i feel love ♪ >> makes you want to dance right now. >> i just want to end here with the rock 'n' roll hall of fame yesterday came out with a statement, john landau believes "there is absolutely no doubt that the extraordinary donna summer belongs in the rock and roll hall of fame. regrettably despite being nominated on a number of occasions, our voting group has failed to recognize her, an error i can only hope is finally and permanently rectified next year." >> she's an innovator, took three double albums to number one in a row, somebody with a series of concept albums, one is all about music of the past and the future, another album is all about love, another album all about the seasons. she always tried to push the boundaries of the art and stood out among the disposable disco
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queens of her age. we're still talking about her today, being covered on shows on "american idol." it's strange, and maybe as john landau says they'll change that in the future. >> thank you for join us with your perspective. we love her music. >> i loved the fact he referred to double albums, that alone takes me back to another day. >> back in the day. here is an interesting story, second grader raises a raucous at school. he has black face on, brings back memories. he says there's a good reason for it. judge if he should have gotten in trouble when you hear him in his own words when we come back. stay with us.
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welcome back to "early start." i'm ali velshi in for ashleigh banfield. >> and i'm zoraida sambolin. here is what is happening at half last the hour. in just a few hours you can own a share of facebook. the social network begins trading on the nasdaq after the opening bell this morning. while it is listed at $38 we're talking with christine romans about what price it will really land on when it hits the worboa. just released evidence in the trayvon martin case, includes police photos of shooter george zimmerman's injuries and 7-eleven surveillance video of trayvon taken moments before he was killed. an arrest in mississippi in connection to two fatal highway shootings last week. police say they will charge 28-year-old james willy with the murders. they expect the shooter was impersonating a police officer. facebook is going public in a few hours from now, an
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historic ipo. alison kosik is at the nasdaq market site this morning which is where all of the action will be. >> this is the bowl of market events happening here at the nasdaq. although facebook executives aren't going to be here in person to ring the opening bell they'll be ringing it remotely fromm menlo park where facebook is located. you'll see the numbers behind me where the unchanged is, is where you'll see the difference in price from $38, whether it drops, whether it goes up, it will be traded under the ticker symbol fb. ali? >> alison, bottom line, is anybody can buy it but you may not see that $38 changed right at 9:30, may not see it at 10:30, might be 11:00 before you see a price. >> exactly. what often happens is the ipos want to have their own sort of coming out, they want to have their own time to sort of start trading. also, there's a practical factor in this. last night, after the market
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closed a lot of buy orders have been going in. it takes time for all that to come in for those institutional investors for the underwriters to get their first shot at that $38 price, so when the market opens, which could be around 11:00 eastern time, even 11:30 it will start at $38 but we're in an age of electronic trading and you know what will happen? the buyers and sellers in nanoseconds will be trading the stock so before the average person can get in, chances are the stock will be bid higher. >> everybody can get in. there's rumors you can't trade but you can. i'll be at the nasdaq with alison later. once you see it trading, get onto your online online account. see you in an hour and a half. >> see you soon. z>> 32 minutes past the hour. two congressmen are going
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after eduardo savran. he may be worth now close to $3 billion knew facebook is going public but savran moved to singapore denouncing u.s. citizenship a move that could save him $67 million in taxes. enter new york senator chuck schumer. he believes savran's decision to leave america is nothing more than a tax dodge. he would impose a big tax on savran and ban them from the country. >> he wants to defriend the united states of america to avoid paying taxes and we aren't going to let him get away with it. >> savran says his decision to move to singapore was personal and insisting he plans to meet all non-citizen tax obligations that the u.s. requires.
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the wall street surgeon is saying in an op. ed piece the way to continue to be a magnet for the best and brightest is not to impose soviet style exit taxes to punish people who want to leave the country. that is what oppressive and demagoguic -- sorry, demagoguic regimes -- sorry for that. >> perhaps people quoting shouldn't have to use that language. the one thing is interesting is what he said was that he will obey any u.s. laws while he was a u.s. citizen so he put this little thing at the end of the sentence which basically said, since i'm not going to be a u.s. citizen i don't have to do it. >> he denounced it. >> therein lies the rub i'll obey all the tax laws while i was a citizen. that's going to be tricky. everybody's looking for a piece of the action. >> can they retro that?
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>> i think that's what schumer wants to imply. reforming the tax code is a whole different matter. a second grader in colorado, 8-year-old sean king dressed up as martin luther king jr. for a school project and donned black face paint as part of his costume. school officials asked him to wash it off and king refused saying he didn't mean to insult anybody. >> they thought it was inappropriate and it would be disrespectful to black people but i say that it's not. i like black people. i don't want to be mean to them. it's just a costume. i don't want to insult anybody. >> his parents didn't want him to remove the makeup either. they pulled him out of school instead. you know black face has historic ailly been used by white performers to mock black people in offensive ways. school officials say wearing the face paint goes against school policy. it's a complex issue particularly since what's the
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opportunity to teach the kid something about history and context? the issue is context. >> we were having a really good conversation about this off camera and it's a matter of what you understand versus what you don't understand. you are hearing perhaps the family doesn't know this could be offensive. >> a whole historical context behind black face that isn't dressing up by someone. >> at the end of the day, even my 13-year-old is studying this in school so i don't think it's that far removed from people's memories. >> this is the opportunity to bring the students together? >> yes. >> look maybe the kid was trying to do something to on why ahono martin luther king but some people see it as mocking. 36 minutes past the hour. killer's mom starts a website to raise money, claiming racism at the workplace led her son to commit the worst mass shooting ever in one state, co-workers are fuming. we will be speaking to them coming up next. first a quick check on your
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it's a beautiful picture of new york city with the sun rising, 55 degrees right now. 72 degrees later, looking north up the hudson river, that's the george washington bridge, looks really calm and quiet right now. you know there are thousands of people trying to get across that river one way or the other going to work this morning. the mother of a man who killed eight employees, co-workers and himself at a connecticut beer distribution warehouse in 2010 has found herself at the center of controversy, after starting a website that she says is a memorial to her son. she's been using the website to raise awareness about racism. omore thornton, the shooter, said he committed the crime because of the racest treatment he experienced at the warehouse. police investigation found no evidence to support that claim. joining me is omar thornton's mother, lily holiday.
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this is two years ago. it still hurts you like it just happened. >> yes, it does. >> what hurts you about it? >> the pain of missing my son, also i'm waiting for, i haven't seen any evidence of anything that they found that happened. i know something went wrong. >> but you accept that he did kill his co-workers. >> i accept the fact that he did that. i accept the fact that that happened, but i believe that he was stressed. i saw a change in him before this happened, and he went through a lot of different changes on the job, and i believe at the end, that's what pushed him over. >> he said -- why did you come to believe this might have been caused by racism? >> because he would, i believe it was racism, bullying, disrespe disrespect, just a combination of different things from what he
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would say when he was complaining, we would tell me, he said to me a man hit him in the back of his leg with a crane is what you call it and we to get treatments for it, he reported it and then they came in, he said that he reported it and they had a conversation about it and the next day he came in, the man laughed at him, and that they didn't do anything to discipline the man, and then you know, we would tell me things from time to time that was going on with him. >> you couldn't, from what i've seen that you've written and said, you just could never envision your son killing anyone. you said he was just a kind, generous man. >> yes, he was a very kind person, generous, always wanted to help people, and just a nice person, and intelligent person. >> what do you think happened? could have been racism that did this, but that doesn't generally cause somebody to kill people. >> i believe that it was constantly things that they did. he went there, they hired him as a truck driver, and they put him
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in the shipping and receiving or something department and they kept him there for a year and a half. he started writing letters, him and his girlfriend, to them, to try to get them to give him the driving position. well, one day, they got him out to drive for the first time, to my understanding, according to what he told me, and it was a snowstorm and he drove the truck and the deliveries and after that they put him back into the shipping or basement or whatever it is that they do there, and they didn't allow him to drive, so he started writing and kept writing letters to them to get the driving position that they originally hired him for, so it took them a year and a half to actually give him the driving position. >> so you started up the website and you have a statement says what it's for, it says the omar thorton memorial fund is a means to provide continuing educational programs that bring awareness to the evils of racism. your financial contribution will
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assist in shaping a safer environment for our families and loved ones. you have raised any money? >> i haven't yet. there are certain papers i haven't turned in. today i would do that. i found out people were able to make donations to the account, but i was telling people that they couldn't make donations to the account because i hadn't turned in the papers to the secretary of state. >> you've been at the center of controversy. the connecticut department of consumer protection said they've been receiving complaints or they've received a complaint and they're investigating the site. have you heard that? >> i heard that just yesterday, that's the first time i heard anything about it. >> do you know what it's about? have they contacted you? >> no, they haven't contacted me. >> what would they find out if they asked you, what are you going to use the money for? >> i would tell them the money will be used to bring awareness to unfair treatment in the workplace, and i would tell them that i want to do my own investigation to find out what happened leading up to 8/3/2010.
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>> how do you as a grieving mother respond to the families of the other victims who say you're kind of making this about your son and not about remembering them. they didn't deserve to die. >> i didn't do this to try to open any wounds or hurt anyone. i'm trying to find out what happened, what led up to 8/3/2010 and i would hope that the families would want to know, too, so that we can prevent this from happening to any other family. we're all hurting, we're all going through pain. >> and i know you're trying to deal with that pain. if you found out this was causing a lot of pain to those families and they asked you to take it down, what would you say? >> i would hope that they would not ask me to take it down. i would hope that they would want to find out what really happened also, because it's not something that we need to fight to take it down. i'm not trying to hurt anybody. we need to fight to work together to make this not happen again. my son was bullied, unfairly treated and went through a lot of different changes and he went through a lot of pain. >> lillie holliday, thank you
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for joining us. >> brooke baldwin is in for soledad o'brien for "starting point." the ipo, initial public offering when it comes to facebook. big day obviously for the menlo park folks in california. we'll take you live to the nasdaq as trading begins. facebook's wall street debut attracting the government's attention as well. co-founder eduardo savran is alleged to cheat the u.s. out of $67 million to $100 million in taxes? what is this ex-patriot bill? also, aheads inside the actors studio, james lipton will be in studio offering acting advice or as he phrases it, how to act human, to mitt romney, we'll get his two cents on president obama as well and i'm curious how he gets to all of
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ing. 51 minutes past the hour. let's get you up to date again. christine romans good morning. >> good morning. breaking news in the deadly highway shootings in mississippi. the past hour cnn learning 28-year-old james willy has been charged. this is his mug shot. police have linked willy's gun to the separate shootings that left a man and woman dead and terrified people driving in that state. willy was caught tuesday after allegedly raping a woman. that's how police were able to find the gun and link it to the murders. new evidence made public in the trayvon martin case, it includes police photos of shooter george zimmerman with an injury to his nose and lacerations on the back of his head. in the hours after the deadly confrontation with the florida teen. and there's surveillance video of martin in the moments before
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he died, making a purchase at a nearby 7-eleven and the official autopsy on martin showing he had traces of marijuana in his system. supreme court justice stephen breyer robbed for the second time this year. earlier a housekeeper discovered his home was broken into and burglarized. today's best advice comes from the late steve jobs, in his now legendary commencement speech at stanford university in 2005. >> again, you can't connect the dots looking forward. you can only connect them looking backwards. so you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. you have to trust in something, your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever, because believing that the dots will connect down the road will give you the confidence to follow your heart, even when it leads you off the
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well-worn path, and that will make all the difference. >> gosh, i chose that one, you guys, because he is such an innovator and someone who a lot of people are comparing mark zuckerberg and the facebook experience to. another one of my heroes is thomas edison, the wizard of menlo park, new jersey, today all eyes on california and the new wizard, mark zuckerberg. >> what steve jobs had was the wisdom of many years, including some big failure, which we haven't seen mark zuckerberg have and investors are hoping the failure doesn't come on their watch once they become investors in the company. heads or tails, make that choice carefully in texas today because of the future of one community, it's going to depend on a coin toss. we'll have that story next. look at the car! my dad's gonna kill me dude...
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57 minutes past the hour. toss-up in texas literally. this afternoon voters deciding their city council election with a coin flip, affiliate kjtv says weekend voting ended in a draw with both candidates snagging 118 votes so the men decided to save the taxpayers a cost of a runoff by agreeing to a coin toss. >> that's how we decide whether who is reading the next story. 236 people cast ballots. i can't understand how another election would cost. >> they should both share the job. affiliate wlex summer santa. businessman in clark county buys out a kmart closing down, 76-year-old rankin paynter, cost
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of everything from the store is $200,000, paying for rent to store the stuff while a non-profit makes plans to distribute it and great part, 90% of it is winter clothing. paynter said "i figured my family wasn't going to go cold and hungry this winter but this is something i could do to help a lot of people." >> yes, human kindness. it's been a joy to have you this week. he brings a lot of energy to the table. >> thank you for hosting me here. that's it for "early start from a to z." i'm ali velshi. >> and i'm zoraida sambolin. >> ali walks up at 4:00 a.m. and he's like good morning! good morning, and happy friday to all of you, i'm brooke baldwin, in for soledad o'brien, my final day. ticker symbol fb, it is facebook friday, the day the social network becomes a publicly traded company. millions hoping the price is
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right for them to get in on it. did he take the money and run? senator is saying eduardo savran cheated the u.s. out of hundreds of millions in taxes. his head bleeding, nose busted up, getting a first look at to what george zimmerman appeared like after he shot and killed strf of interest and martin's surprise autopsy report. new details into the fight to get back the only american soldier ever to be taken alive by the taliban, including the terror group saying it's been waiting years to "hunt down such an important bird." that's how they describe bowebebow bowe bergdahl. good to see you. our "starting point" po

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