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this is cnn saturday morning. after three decades of cold case may be solved. a former new york stock clerk charged with the murder of etan patz, 33 years to the day after the 6-year-old disappeared. fires out west, tornadoes in the bread basket, and now tropical storms heading towards the east coast. the entire country seems to be under siege by mother nature this weekend. we'll check in with a storm chaser. and al qaeda declares an electronic jihad on the united states. we put cyber security in focus, and ask some insiders how vulnerable we really are. and if there's anything we can do about it. and later, oprah did it in nashville, tom hanks did it in cleveland. we'll tell you what they and other celebs did to break into show biz, and some new methods today's college kids are trying.
good morning, everyone. i'm randi kaye. it is 8:00. thanks for waking up with us. let's get you caught up on some of the news. 33 years to the day etan patz disappeared, someone has finally been charged with his murder. pedro hernandez was arraigned yesterday on a second degree murder charge. this was a man identified as hernandez. he confessed this week to strangling the boy and putting his body in the trash. >> in the years following etan's disappearance, hernandez had told a family member and others that he had, quote, done a bad thing and killed a child in new york. >> he seemed like an all right guy. he had a wife and there was a young daughter. and they were, you know, they said hello and everything. they were always smiling.
well if this guy, like they say confessed to it, 33 years he's been living in his own personal hell. >> pedro hernandez is being held without bail. ukraine's parliament may be dissolved because of a fight. it was a real knockdown, dragout fight on the parliament floor. the speaker says they may have to get rid of all the lawmakers and start over with new elections. what were they fighting over? they were debating a bill that would have made russian an equal language to ukrainian in part of the country. the jurors in the john edwards trial are off for the long holiday weekend. they'll return tuesday to resume deliberations. edwards is accused of misusing campaign contributions to cover up an affair. he denies he did anything wrong, and the jury has already deliberated for six days. it is about three minutes past the hour. time now for a check of your forecast. meteorologist bonnie schneider joining us this morning. good morning, bonnie. so we're officially kicking off summer. >> we are.
>> is the weather going to cooperate? >> in some places, absolutely. another thing we're looking at which is very interest something more activity in the tropics. i'm talking about tropical storm beryl. we're already on "b" and hurricane season begins officially june 1st. a subtropical storm, this is a typical looking subtropical storm meaning the connection is way off the center of circulation. characteristics of a tropical storm and also the characteristics of a low pressure system that may come off a cold front. it will be a rainmaker as it comes onshore, likely sometime towards the end of the weekend and bring rain in advance of that. i mentioned the heat. look at the numbers for today. 97 in memphis, tennessee. that is hot. it's going to be hot in atlanta, as well. if you're outdoors today at a barbecue or doing sports outside, drink lots of water, and be prepared for a scorcher. how about the beach forecast? it looks fantastic across the gulf coast. the water temperatures in the low 80s. across south florida, it's also improved since yesterday, so
we've got some sunshine in miami. savannah and hilton head you look fine for today. but for tomorrow you may have to deal with some thunderstorms, and finally, looking at the water temperatures, it's pretty cool, as it normally would be this time of year, across areas of the ocean near the jersey shore, long island, hamptons, but the temperatures, air quality looks great. atlantic city, look for a high of 83 degrees today. a little cloud coverage, chance of thunderstorms, a slight chance for cape cod, massachusetts. but once again, randi, that ocean temperature still kind of chilly. we have to wait usually until august to get this to heat up until it's bath water. >> oh, i love that bath water. all right, bonnie, thank you very much. new threats from al qaeda as they release a blueprint for attacking computers. they have identified targets, but is it a realistic plan? this morning we're putting cyber security in focus. plus a major break in the 33-year-old cold case. the man who says he killed etan patz is now in custody. we'll learn more about what he's been doing for the past three
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>> joining me now is charlie miller. he's one of the best-known hackers out there and is now a research consultant for a computer security company. charlie, good morning to you. >> good morning. >> so, first, tell us what do you think of these al qaeda threats, and that tape? >> well, at first it sounds like a great idea, because, you know, your typical person living in afghanistan or pakistan, or somewhere, you know, they're not really going to have a chance to 407 on a plane and head to the u.s. to hurt us. but they can go to the internet cafe down the street and get on computers that can talk to us. so it sounds like a great idea. but the more you think about it the more absurd it seems.
the type of people who are going to be inspired by a video like that, you know, they're not really going to have the skills necessary to really hurt us. >> well, i want to play you just another little bit of their message. listen to this. >> so there was some talk there, charlie, about the half yeah boy attack that was in 2000. would that be something that could still happen today? >> well, that type of attack is something that, you know, someone with no skills can do. so, you know, it's something
that they could try to do. but the thing about that is, these are the type of attacks we see all the time. so, you know, entertainment companies, banking companies. they see these type of attacks every day, and where this is the type of attack that we can defend against, we understand it, and we're a lot better than we are at internet security than we were 12 years ago. so, not that big a concern. >> is there a place, though, that maybe we might be more vulnerable? >> well, we're certainly vulnerable as a society. and, you know, we have great vulnerability. the problem is, we need to have, you know, skilled adversaries to really take care of that. so if i was al qaeda, and i wanted to do something, you know, i would train people up, and in a couple year's time, then that would be a real threat. but i think that just throwing it out to everybody and say, hey, everyone, let's do a cyber jihad is not something you can really do.
>> you don't think they have the means to do it? it's just nice to talk about. >> yeah, it's fun and entertaining but not something they can do just by throwing it out to everybody. it's something where they're going to do a plan and they've got a lot of people trained up an resources, certainly something they could do with a couple year's time. >> so then is the average person then at risk at all in terms of home computers or mobile devices? and if so, is there anything we can do? >> i mean, that's a totally different question. so you know, the adversaries that are like the adversaries that you or my grandma face. for the average person, you know, if you're just worried about sort of automated malware, if you keep your computer up to date, have anti-virus software installed, and you know, do smart things like don't install java, don't install flash, things like that, you'll be fine. >> all right. charlie miller, appreciate your expertise in this area. thank you. and we've got much more ahead on cyber security,
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good morning, washington. beautiful day there to kick off the memorial day weekend there at the white house. turning out to be a lovely day. a little bit of wind in the flag. good morning. welcome back to "cnn saturday morning." we now may be closer to closing the case of etan patz. he is the 6-year-old boy who went missing in new york city back in 1979. and now there's a confession and a murder charge. cnn national correspondent susan candiotti has the story. >> reporter: nypd crime scene investigators snapping pictures at an eyeglasses shop in manhattan's upscale soho section, and in its basement where etan patz was allegedly strangled. the location just blocks from patz's apartment where his parents still live. 33 years ago the shop was what new yorkers call a bodega or convenience store. it looked out on patz's bus stop. at the time 19-year-old pedro hernandez was a stock boy. now 51, he's seen here in a
photo obtained by "inside edition." >> hernandez described to the dektds how he lured young etan from the school bus stop at west broadway with the promise of a soda. he led him in the basement of the bodega, choked him there, and disposed of the body by putting it in a plastic bag and placing it in the trash. >> reporter: lisa cohen wrote a book about the patz case. she had not heard of hernandez until two days ago. he was never a suspect. but part of his story might fit with what patz's parents told her about the day their son disappeared. his first time walking to the bus stop by himself. >> i know that i had a dollar when he left for school that day, or at least that's the story i've always heard from his parents and that he had talked about buying a soda at the bodega before he got on the school bus. >> reporter: hernandez came to the attention of police last month after authorities dug up a
basement in a different soho building. that dig didn't turn up much but the publicity prompted a tip about hernandez. >> in the years following etan's disappearance, hernandez told a family member and others that he had, quote, done a bad thing and killed a child in new york. >> reporter: hernandez has no criminal record and his arrest is raising plenty of questions. his neighbors in new jersey say hernandez kept to himself. >> he seemed like an all right guy. he had a wife, and there was a young daughter. they were, you know, they said hello and everything, they were always smiling. if this guy like they say confessed to it 33 years, he has been living in his own personal hell. >> reporter: also a difficult 33 years for patz's parents, flowers and a note saying god bless you, you'll always be
remembered, greeted stan patz on the stoop where his wife kissed their son good-bye, never to see him again. the patz family chose not to attend court on friday to get their first look at the man who now stands charged with killing their son. susan candiotti, cnn, new york. a texas honor student has a lot on her plate. school and working two, yes two jobs, to support her siblings. so why did a judge say that she needed to spend a night in jail? and if you're like a whole lot of people you probably have your life on your iphone. at least all your confidential information. we'll tell you how to keep both safe. [ male announcer ] the inspiring story
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welcome back. if you're one of the unlucky millions who have either lost your smartphone or had it stolen then you know that feeling of panic that all your personal information could be gone right along with your device. but there are ways to protect your information, and your phone. hln's digital lifestyle expert mario armstrong joining me from baltimore this morning. good morning, mario. >> good morning, randi. how are you? >> i'm well, thank you. let's first talk about the apps that can help you recover your phone if it's stolen. i saw one when i got my iphone, it's something like find my iphone? >> yes. that's right. that's the name of the one for on the iphone. even for the ipad, as well, or itouch. so a lot of people are going to be traveling this holiday weekend, randi. we don't want people to lose their devices, or have them stolen. so you can use that.
on the android you can use something called where's my droid. essentially what these apps enable you to do is to be able to locate them. for example, i just used my ipad to locate my iphone. so i can see on a map where my iphone is tilely located is any given time. i can lock it down. i can wipe the data. i can even send a message to the phone to let the person know hey, i'll give you a reward if it's found. >> that is pretty good. i'm impressed by that. but you mentioned you can lock your device down. how so? >> well, so i think people should take some preventive tips. number one they should lock their devices down with a p.i.n. code. everyone doesn't do this, randi and it drives me nuts. my brother doesn't do this. several people in my family are starting to finally get it. a numeric p.i.n. code on your phone so if someone does find it they can't access the data onto it. i will tell you this, that p.i.n. code can be broken. i have found out that there's new software that's available. people can jailbreak, quote/unquote, it's a technical
term. so it's not totally foolproof but for most people it will prevent them from losing their sensitive data. >> i know you're the guy with the tips but i will offer one that i will add to that. because i forgot my p.i.n. code once and if i had to try to get into my ipad and on the tenth time it completely reset and wiped out everything. so write your p.i.n. down somewhere. >> that's right. >> all right. so, let's talk about laptops, though. i mean is there software that you can use to track those down if they're stolen? >> absolutely. it's called -- one of the ones that i texted recently. these guys have sent me a few copies. they're trying to get me to review this stuff. it's called lo/jack for laptops. works very well. it's a subscription fee but just like the sound of the title says it will help you by gps track the location of a laptop. now, it can only do that if the laptop connects to the internet. so, if you lose your laptop or it gets stolen, you can then see where it is, because it's
connected to the under net, wipe the data off of it or lock it down completely. >> you can do that remotely? you can wipe it clean? >> you can do it remotely. what you're really supposed to do with this, especially if it's stolen is file a police report and hand over the data as to the last location that laptop was seen, and then hand that information over to the authorities. and get your laptop back. >> what would be really cool is to be able to remotely turn on the camera that you might have on your laptop or stolen device and see who has it and then turn that in. >> that's been done before, too. >> that's the next step. i like it. get back at those guys who are stealing our stuff. >> the most important thing, randy, is the data. a lot of people can maybe stomach losing the device or having the device stolen, even though they're expensive. but the data is what's precious. all of our memories, business files, personal information, that stuff is what's important. so, people really need to either buy an external hard drive, and back this stuff up from your
phone, or from your computer. or back it up to the internet to what they call the cloud, using a number of services like dropbox and others. >> i would remember your birthday if my stuff was stolen so i'll have to mark that down somewhere. >> have a great memorial day weekend, randi. i'm headed to the beach. >> oh, man. you're killing me. >> i will see you soon. a great life. we'll see you next week, same time. >> all right, everybody, these days, don't lose your devices. >> still talking. coming up, the story about a teenager sentenced to jail. sounds like more of the same? trust me, this story is a lot deeper and a lot more heartwrenching. we'll give you the details about a special young woman in texas. with the spark miles card from capital one,
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facing the challenge of helping care for your siblings, and provide for them. then imagine being sentenced to jail because it's impossible to meet all of those responsibilities without missing some school time. that is the predicament facing texas honor student diane tran. sherry williams with our affiliate khou has her story. >> reporter: 17-year-old diane tran has a heavy load at willis high. >> dual credit u.s. history, dual credit english, college algebra, spanish. >> reporter: and she has a heavy load in life. since her parents divorced and moved away, leaving her to help provide for a brother at texas a&m and a little sister with relatives in houston. >> i always thought our family was happy. >> reporter: after a judge warned her in april to stop missing so much school, tran recently missed again. she works part-time at a wedding venue and full-time at a dry cleaners. >> and she goes from job to job, from school, she stays up until
7:00 in the morning doing her homework. >> reporter: but the judge says the case is bigger than tran. >> if you let one of them run loose, what are you going to do with the rest of them? let them go, too? a little stay in the jail for one night, it's not death sentence. >> reporter: we explained the particulars of tran's situation to him. if the case were a little bit of justice tempered with mercy. >> probably so, yes, ma'am. >> reporter: can anything be done to revoke this? >> yeah, it probably could. >> reporter: will you? >> i hadn't thought of it at issue, because it turns me soft. >> kids are kids. and if, you know, if they're kind of by themselves, then, you know, help them. don't harm them. >> diane tran is a younger sister living with a family at one of her part-time employers. they're working with a local
bank to send up a fund in her name. the new york police department makes an arrest in a 33-year mystery. seems to be solved. or is it? that is the question surrounding the latest developments in the etan patz case. joining me now is cnn legal contributor and former new york city homicide prosecutor paul cowen. good morning to you. you say that there are several flaws in this case surrounding pedro hernandez. he's the man that police say has confessed to killing etan patz. what do you think the flaws are? walk us through a couple of them. >> well, you have to get the background, i guess, first on this etan patz case. which really captured the nation's imagination 33 years ago when 6-year-old etan patz was snatched from a new york city street, disappeared. really sort of created this whole, you know, putting the kids on the milk carton and this kind of real fear about letting kids travel alone. you know, on buses and subways and on their bikes like they used to do. this sort of was the starting
point. now who killed etan patz has been a thing that's haunted the new york city police department for years. a lot of suspects. and out of the blue they find out that there's somebody in camden, new jersey, this individual is under arrest, who has confessed to the murder. and confessed to family members. so, you would think are depending on the details in the confession, that this might be the suspect. so new york city police went to camden, interviewed him, and they've placed him under arrest now and charged him with the murder. >> yeah. >> my problem with it is, as a former prosecutor, to try to corroborate or provide additional evidence that his confession is accurate and true on a 33-year-old homicide will be very difficult. and he was brought back to new york, made a suicide threat, and is now in bellevue hospital, his lawyer says he's a schizophrenic who suffers from bipolar disorder. so, it seems to me there's a
strong likelihood that eventually there will be a claim that this is just a psychotic who has made a claim based on what he's read in the newspaper, what he knew because he worked in the neighborhood at the time of the killing. >> yeah. >> and that he's not the real killer. >> especially when there's no evidence, right? i mean, there is no dna evidence. they have never been able to recover etan patz's body. even though they searched just recently in a new york city basement. so how much will that affect how they move forward with this so-called confession? >> well, you know, i think it will have a huge effect on it, because under new york law, a confession is not enough to convict somebody. they used to call it, you know, the old crime movies, the corpus deelecti, the body of the crime. there has to be additional proof that a crime has been committed by the individual involved. and they're going to have trouble with that. and i'll tell you, randi, just to complicate it even more, the patz family, who have suffered so much through the years through the loss of this child, they were approached by a former
u.s. attorney who said that he was convinced a child molester who's currently in jail was the killer. and as a result of that, they instituted a civil lawsuit against this man. they obtained a judgment from a court that he was the killer, and they have a money judgment against him. >> yeah. you're talking about jose ramos. he was officially named the killer back in 2004. but, so knowing that, then, i mean how could that impact the case regarding the current suspect, pedro hernandez? >> well, certainly hernandez's lawyer is going to come in to court now, if he ever has to try this case, and say, this is -- there's reasonable doubt built into the case. we have a court has already adjudicated somebody else as the killer in the case. now, that wouldn't be binding on a jury. but the jury would certainly have to wonder whether this schizophrenic who's confessed is, in fact, the killer. now, i want to hedge on this a little bit and say, we don't know what the new york city
police department knows. there is a possibility that he supplied some detail that has been held back, and that only the killer could know. did etan patz have a scar, or some kind of a mark that hasn't been released publicly, and that hernandez has revealed that he knows about. there could be something that corroborates this confession. but i must say, i have my doubts. and the fact that yesterday a new york city judge said i'm going to have this man examined by a psychiatrist, it's called a 730 examination, because he may not even be competent to stand trial makes me wonder about whether this is, in fact, the killer. >> and of course there's the case of motive. no motive at all listed. >> no. and that's, i find that, randi, to be very, very strange. because, you know, somebody who snatches a 6-year-old kid and kills him, they tend to be either child molesters, they're child predators. this is not a one-time thing. they tend to be repeat
offenders. now, where's the history of him doing this to other people? i mean he's in 33 years apparently he has not been arrested or charged in any other crime involving abuse of a child. that would be very, very unusual. you would expect to see a history with a child predator. so that's a missing element here, as well. >> paul callan, nice to have you on this morning. really appreciate your insight. thank you. >> always great being with you, randi. >> thank you. imagine a plane so big it can carry another plane inside of it. reynolds wolf takes us on board the military's largest plane in this morning's "travel insider." >> reporter: i'm coming to you from robbins air force base. i want to take a moment to show you something incredible. this is the c-5, america's largest military aircraft. right behind me you see the ladder, goes up some 11 steps into the aircraft. the flight deck on the top, three stories off the ground. inside, it is just amazing. i mean take a look at how big
this thing is. this plane is so huge you could actually transport another plane inside of it. or tanks. or humvees. to give you more of an idea in a civilian way, it's about two-thirds the length of a football field. believe it or not there's more than one floor. on this deck, we've got plenty of room. in fact, this place, this area could be outfitted with plenty of chairs to seat 75 service members. no surprise at all that even the flight deck is tremendous. in fact, you could sit six people here very comfortably. including captain ryan white, who happens to work on this aircraft. can you give us a few pointers of some amazing facts of this plane? >> just the sheer size, like you said. it has over 100 miles of wiring throughout all of the aircraft. and then also, fun fact about the aircraft is that you can fly the wright brothers first flyers flight within the cargo bay itself. >> i hope you enjoyed the quick tour of an amazing aircraft. the c-5. reynolds wolf, cnn, robbins air
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prerace tribute to dan and his family today. it's such a sad, sad story. but he -- his accident, and what they're doing now in that sport is changing the safety standards for indy car racing. so we'll see a lot of improved safety standards as the sport moves forward. the other big story is around a female driver katherine legg is her name and she leads a very unique team. she's a rookie driver. her first indianapolis 500. but she is one of six people on an all-female race team. it's the first-ever all-female race team. she'll race sunday and she's just the ninth woman to ever race in the indianapolis 500. and the other five women that are on her team raced at different indy car levels. she's more the elite person on that team. this is really changing. these six women changing the perception out there that racing, indy car racing specifically, is just a man's sport. so, girl power now shifting into the forum of indy car. >> i'm all for that.
that's very impressive. all right let's talk nba playoffs right. pretty decisive game tonight. >> yes. >> game seven. >> it's the two sexiest words in sports. game seven. got to love it. boston has the experience. they're older, but they are wiser. they've been here before. number of game sevens over the years. philly, younger, but hungry, really this franchise hasn't been good since allen iverson. this franchise squeaked into the playoffs a few weeks back but now they have boston, very experienced celtics, on the ropes and could be moving on. these two franchises over the decades used to meet in the playoffs all the time. back in the day. but now really these two teams are heading in different directions. you've got philly, the comer, boston the big three could be disassembled after this year because of injuries, trades. >> who do you think? >> i say boston. any time you put a game seven in boston, you got to give it to the celtics.
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break into industries and allowing interns to feel like it doesn't matter where they are or where they're from or who they know. >> reporter: launched in november, the start-up tosses outed traditional paper resume and challenges students to sell themselves on video. >> i hear you're looking for an intern. >> reporter: while the site's basic services are free to both companies and interns, it does offer upgrades for a fee. >> it's been really big. you know, over 2,000 companies on the site and over 16,000 interns. we have hundreds and hundreds of videos, and we have over 4,000 applications exchanging hands. being able to see the talent come to life on the screen is unbelievable. >> reporter: here at intern sushi there are no limits to what young, educated and motivated kids will do just to stand out. and the videos, they range from creative to vulnerable, to downright hilarious. >> looking for an internship in the entertainment industry because i dream about being superman. or at least i would. >> reporter: less funny and more focused was jessica casey's
video. >> i want to work with story, film development, television development. >> reporter: now she's doing just that. >> want to look at actresses from 25 to 35 years old. >> reporter: the video jessica reported at the university of missouri who handed her a coveted spot with the mark gordon company, the hollywood power player behind such hits as grey's anatomy, army wives and private practice. >> what i love about intern sushi is it levels the playing field. the idea that no matter who you are or where you are you have the same opportunity that everyone else does. >> i was really interested in interning for the company but i had no idea how to, like, go about applying for it. then i heard about the site, went on there, and they really made it easy. >> reporter: and for those concerned this could be a way for companies to cherry pick beauty or for those applicants who happen to be camera shy, she says this. >> it has nothing to do with what you look like. it has nothing to do with anything but how you can tell your story. or you can animate a video. you can do a voiceover.
you can play music. you can show who you are and what you can do without sitting in front of the camera. >> there are many directions in which you can take. >> reporter: according to senderoff, intern sushi has already placed 500 interns, but the hope is to help countless more get their foot in the door and perhaps follow in the footsteps of some of hollywood's greatest success stories. cnn, hollywood. a former marine finds a new purpose in life. the iraq war veteran is bringing other military veterans together to help communities devastated by natural disasters. meet today's cnn hero next. plus stopping bullies before they hurt your children. just this past week a 7-year-old boy, 7 years old, killed himself and his mother said bullying was a factor. we'll tell you what warning signs to look out for and what you can do to keep your children safe. but first, this mem or control day weekend the lakes will be pull of boaters kicking off the summer season but at
seattle a new kind of boat will be heating up the lake. reynolds wolf has much more in this "start small, think big." >> reporter: seattle is surrounded by water and this summer there's a new way to soak in the city's scenery. in a hot tub boat. >> awesome. >> reporter: it's the brainchild of local marine carpenter, a member of seattle's houseboat community. >> i live on a vote. we were cold. it was winter. and we wanted a hot tub. we can't really afford the space on our boat, so let's make a dinghy into a hot tub. >> reporter: he and his business partner work on house boats but when a lull in business hit, they kept moving forward. working at designing the hot tub boat. >> hot tub boat is quite a bit different from a regular boat in the sense that it is a very large tank of water on a boat. water weighing almost 4,000 pounds. we had to make it incredibly buoyant as well as incredibly
stable. >> reporter: they'll officially launch this summer in seattle. the idea has already gone viral with inquiries coming from all over the world. what might seem like you're taking it easy adam and kelly are hard at work trying to build on all the enthusiasm. >> i want to see them in a lot of places. i want to see them renting in new york, london, amsterdam, fun boating communities. >> reporter: think sightseeing in a swimsuit. does any mother ever feel like their kids are adults? i have twins, 21 years old. each kid has their own path. they grow up, and they're out having their life. i really started to talk to them about the things that are important that they have to take ownership over. my name's colleen stiles, and my kids and i did our wills on legalzoom. [ shapiro ] we created legalzoom to help you take care of the ones you love. go to legalzoom.com today and complete your will in minutes.
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taught how to lead, taught how to follow, solve problems. we really pride ourselves on being ready and willing to go anywhere. i served in the marine corps deployed to iraq and afghanistan. when i first saw the earthquake in haiti, a lot of the images felt like i had seen them before driving through the streets of afghanistan. i realized i could actually help out. so i went on facebook i said i'm going to haiti, who's in, 72 hours after that we were on our way to port-au-prince. >> let's get our gauzes. >> reporter: we got to work setting up a triage. we realized veterans are really useful in these type of situations. i'm jake wood and i want to help veterans transition to civilian life and help others. we really started as a disaster relief organization and we realized the that we could help the veteran community, as well. we bring the veterans together to be a part of a team once again. they are almost recharged. >> you get out you kind of have that feeling of what are you really doing? it's important in the world.
team rubicon has provided a great opportunity to help people in need. >> most of the work that we do internationally is emergency medical triage. we've gone to chile, sudan, pakistan. here at home, in tuscaloosa, joplin, doing debris clearing operations. search and rescue. we have about 1400 volunteers and about 80% of them are military veterans. helping other people is part of the healing procession. >> i can't thank you all enough. >> there's really no limit to what veterans can do if we have the ability to help and want to serve. i think it's a win-win situation. >> and to find out how fellow veteran's death shaped jake's mission go to cnnheroes.com. remember cnn heroes are chosen from people you tell us about. if you know someone like jake wood who is out there making a difference, go to cnnheroes.com. your nomination could help them help others. ♪
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welcome back to "cnn saturday morning." your bottom line coming up in just about 30 minutes. christine romans joins us with a preview. >> hi, randi. the haves versus the want mores. it's at the heart of this presidential election. so will this election come down to the rich versus the middle class? we take a look at what both candidates are saying. plus, the facebook debacle. an ipo exploding in just a week but was it illegal? and did the retail investor ever stand a chance? and on this memorial day weekend we look at one company hiring veterans in a unique way.
that's all coming up at 9:30 a.m. eastern. randi? >> this is "cnn saturday morning." fires out west, tornadoes in the bread basket, and now tropical storms heading towards the east coast. the entire country seems to be under siege by mother nature this weekend. we'll check in with a storm chaser. after three decades of cold case may be solved. a former new york stock clerk charged with the murder of etan patz, 33 years to the day after the 6-year-old disappeared. and in today's bullying segment, the troubling trend of suicides is hitting younger and younger children. i'll ask a psychologist how a child as young as 7 could have taken his own life. good morning, everyone. i'm randi kaye. it is 9:00.
thanks for waking up with us. let's get you caught up with some of the morning headlines. a wild start to memorial day weekend for some residents in kansas where a series of tornadoes ripped through parts of the state. earlier i spoke with a meteorologist and a storm chaser about what he saw. >> it was a very busy day in kansas. a conditional day. got up this morning, actually, i hadn't planned on chasing, and i was on the road within 15 minutes of waking up from denver to go out to kansas today, and it was -- it was tornado central. there were tornadoes that touched down all over the place. there were more than seven, and it was certainly a busy day for chasers. >> how close were you able to get? >> i was within a quarter of a mile of several of the tornadoes. most notably one that tore up a bunch of trees on a farmstead, fortunately missed the buildings on the property but did some damage to some fences and a lot of vegetation. >> and from tornadoes to
wildfires. extreme weather is taking a toll across the u.s. more than 20,000 acres have burned near lake superior in michigan this week. meanwhile in arizona, officials are reporting some success with the so-called gladiator fire. they say the blaze, which is burning about 40 miles north of phoenix, is now 35% contained. meteorologist bonnie schneider joining us this morning. bonnie, so firefighters, they're now battling not just the flames but also high winds, right, and some dry conditions helping to keep this fire alive? >> that's right, randi. for days this part of michigan has been facing very strong wind gusts. some of them have been as fierce as 30 miles per hour. but today's weather improves a little bit. right now you can see 17,000 acres burned so far. scattered showers and thunderstorms in the forecast. so, hat does that mean? well, it could be twofold. we could get a little bit of rain, and that will help the situation. however with the thunderstorm comes strong gusts of wind. generally speaking winds will be out of the east at 5 to 10. so that's better than what we've seen. notice the temperatures are also very, very warm out there. that's going to continue as we
go through. well here's some news. a subtropical storm. that's kind of a hybrid. we talk about hybrids with cars. we have hybrids in the tropics. meaning we have characteristics of a tropical storm or just an area of low pressure off a cold front that's brewing on the atlantic. it looks very disorganized. that's typical of the subtropical storm where most of the circulation is about 100 miles of conviction. it's off into the ocean. but that's not the track of this system. it's actually forecast to move westward and because of that we have tropical storm warnings and watches in effect for coastal areas of the carolinas, and northern florida. so this will be a rainmaker as it comes onshore, with tropical storm force winds or less. especially going to be beneficial, randi, because we are looking, as you can see here, at a very drought-stricken area particularly for northern florida and southern georgia. that's going to help with the precipitation. >> a lot of people watching because they might be heading out for some memorial day travel. how is the weather going to look overall? >> i think for the beaches in this region as we go towards sunday and monday, we are
looking for the chance of thunderstorms. that includes jacksonville and even into miami, we're looking at some stormy weather with afternoon showers and thunderstorms possibling up. so for those of you that are heading somewhere, and many of you are traveling today, airport delays are anticipated in the midwest, with thunderstorms in minneapolis, windy weather in denver, colorado, we're also looking at windy weather in salt lake city. and as you can see, miami, florida, and much of the east coast of florida will face that chance of thunderstorms. the west coast, and into the gulf coast, as you head towards alabama, mississippi, and even into texas, you are going to see some really nice weather for this holiday weekend. randi? >> all right, bonnie. that is good news. thank you very much. in indiana, a hostage standoff with police has ended with the gunman's death. all of the hostages are safe. though one woman was injured. officials say the man entered an office building looking for someone who owed him money. he ended up taking hostages, after police arrived. police say that he shot and killed himself. the jurors in the john edwards trial are off for the long holiday weekend. we'll return tuesday to resume
deliberations. edwards is accused of misusing campaign contributions to cover up an affair. he denies he did anything wrong. the jury has already deliberated for six days. in egypt the votes have nearly all been counted and now the country appears headed for a runoff. a muslim brotherhood candidate seen here on the left could face off against former prime minister ahmed shafiq on the right in the country's first free presidential election. there may not have been two more polarizing figures among the eleven candidates. some in egypt fear that either candidate could chip away at democratic gains made during the uprising that toppled former president hosni mubarak's regime. saddened and shocked. that's how a vatican spokesman describes pope benedict after the pontiff learned of the arrest of one of his closest aides. investigators say that man stole and then leaked some of the pope's private documents to a member of the media. joining me by phone is journalist barbie nadu.
hello to you. what is the scene like given this news at the vatican? has something like this ever happened before? >> no. this really is the first sort of breach of this magnitude of any kind of vatican secrecy. hundreds of documents were leaked that talked about, you know, many of them with the power struggle within the vatican. there were allegations among members of the hierarchy at the vatican about corruption, about honey laundering, about covering up crimes, including murders, things like this. it's really serious stuff. the butler paulo gabriele was arrested on wednesday night in what i guess amounted to a sting operation. they arrested him in his apartment and he had documents there with him. now the question, of course, is a conspiracy theorists dream because everyone wants to know was he acting alone? or was he a conduit for these documents for someone else. you know, these are questions that we may never, you know, know the answers to, because what happened inside the vatican
walls is their business. vatican city is, of course, a sovereign nation. and we, on the outside, don't have access to their court system, to their tribunal. if they can manage this in any way they can, they have their own jails. according to the spokesman at the vatican resting in a cell. he's interrogated by their prosecutors. and he's been appointed a couple of lawyers, and even those are from within the vatican. >> so did they recover the leaked documents, then? what happened to them? >> well, he had documents, according to the vatican spokesman. he had documents in his possession, so that was one would assume that's what they used to get him. but hundreds of documents have been leaked since the spring of last year to a journalist who wrote a book that came out last saturday called "his holiness" in which all of these documents were published. and you know, that was really the beginning, i suppose, of the end of the leaking of the
documents. but again, the vatican is so secret. it's so hard to penetrate. so it's going to be sketchy what we get out of there in terms of what's really happening to this butler. and whether or not someone else is involved. >> all right. barby nadeau, thank you very much. appreciate it. are some of the biggest dangers your children face on the play ground and the school classroom? in today's bullying segment, too many kids have lost their lives because they were tormented, and teased. ahead, a top psychologist tells me how a child as young as 7 can take his own life. now you can apply sunblock
welcome back. let's talk about bullying. i like to talk a lot about bullying on the show because we're just losing too many children to this. and this week was really no different. a detroit community is mourning the suicide of a 7-year-old boy. 7 years old. authorities say he was bullied and teased and became depressed over the recent separation of his parents. chauncey glover from cnn affiliate wdiv has some reaction from friends and neighbors. >> very outgoing. played with my kids all the time. just seemed like he loved life. >> reporter: latonya garrett says she'll never forget the bright smile of her daughter's 7-year-old friend, especially when he was riding his bike along this sidewalk.
>> he waved. and spoke to her. and not knowing that that would be the last time. >> reporter: but wednesday evening came with horrifying screams coming from this home. the boy locked himself in a bedroom, his mother broke through the door, only to find her little boy hanging from his bunk bed, about a belt. the mother and first responders tried to revive the boy, but it was too late. >> i mean it was unfathomable that a 7-year-old even had the capacity to, you know, plan out a suicide. so obviously we are going to investigate it very intensely. >> reporter: police sources tell me the boy was being bullied at school, constantly being teased because he was the only boy in his home. sources say the 7-year-old was also depressed over the recent separation of his parents. friends of the family tell us the mother was aware of the problems, and had her son in counseling with their church
pastor. >> the mother, very, very, very involved with her kids. just took my niece, her son, went to a tigers game with some other neighbors. >> such a sad story. bullying can drive people to a very dark place in their life. i've reported on these stories far too often. and for all those parents or kids looking for some answers we're glad you're watching because in studio with us see have psychologist eric fisher, also known as dr. e. so let's talk about this. what is going on inside the mind of a child who is being bullied? what happens in the brain? >> i think we have to look at it as the idea of what are the resources they feel they have? because when somebody feels bullied, they feel threatened. you know, when i talk about the idea of bullying, and even the idea of suicide as this happens, we have to look at how people feel. in life i say we have victims, persecutors and rescuers, and beyond that instigators. somebody who feels bullied becomes a victim.
the bully becomes the persecutor. and in this way this child is starting to see the world as a threatening place. the fewer resources they feel they have to help them to make it through life is the fewer options they feel they have. so often what i say, when somebody wants to commit suicide, they feel like there are no options and they just want the pain to stop. and they don't see any other way. >> but i mean i've covered these stories and i've covered 12 and 13-year-olds who have done this very same thing, taken their lives. but a 7-year-old. does a 7-year-old even understand what they're doing, at this is going to end their life? >> you know, it's going to depend in part on his life history. you know, what has he experienced? what has he seen around him? so if he's experienced or seen death around him he may understand the performance of it. but i seem if there's some impulse issues here. men and boys are more likely to attempt suicide and complete it. women are more likely to have attempted a suicide and girls, and it not be completed. it's more of a cry for help. so that's what we have to consider here, too.
>> so is there anything a parent who might be watching today who maybe is convinced that their child is being bullied, what can a parent say to save their child's life to convince them that it will get better? >> you know, when we look at our own lives and we see the dark days, i think we can use some of those examples with our kids and not give them all the details but say there are times in my childhood when i felt this way and this is what i did to work through it. we have to see that it's our role as a parent to help see -- help our kids to see their way through these things and to help empower them and give them strategies and ways to support them. make sure they get counseling. make sure you're talking to the teachers and seeing what's happening in school, as well as making sure the teachers are able to report back to you what's going on and seeing that people in their life are significant. in this situation where he's going through a separation of his family, the difficulty might be where's my dad going to be? we don't know anything about his relationship with his father, relationship with his mother and sisters.
so there are all these other factors we have to look at. and we have to make sure, like i said, that there's support across the board in different areas of their lives. >> just so tragic. a 7-year-old. erik, i do want you to stay with me. i want to continue the conversation with you and bring us some more tips for parents at home and then we're going to talk about the signs that all parents should be looking for. but first tomorrow on dr. sanjay gupta's show she's been called a real-life indian jones but she says indy has nothing on her. >> i tell my students on day one, a picture is worth a thousand words. a satellite image is worth a million dollars. my name is sarah parkak and i am a professor of archaeologist. i'm an egyptologist, and i'm a space archaeologist. imagery is powerful. satellite imagery much more so because it is from space. and it allows us to get this perspective. you know, that we wouldn't have otherwise. when you add on top of that the ability to see a little bit
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you know, and anybody that's experienced it not on a daily level, you can see why they can just sink into the great dipts, because when you're just trying to get by as a kid in a school, you can't think. all you're thinking about, how am i going to get to my next class without running into these guys or this situation? you can't even concentrate on what you're supposed to be. i really hold the -- the teachers responsible, because you can see what's happening out there. you can bring that to a stop in my mind. >> and we're back now with psychologist erik fisher. so, that was kevin costner talking about being bullied himself. but bullying, as we know, can lead to depression. that's why so many kids are t e taking their lives. what are some signs that parents can look for? >> we want to look for changes in mood. we want to look for if they're withdrawn from situations. are they maybe getting upset or crying more frequently? in younger kids, though, what we sometimes see is an increase in hyperactivity because kids don't know what to do with that
energy, their emotions. so sometimes they'll avoid by acting maybe a little goofy in situations like that or trying to be funny to make light. we look at our situation of having a real or feel an our ideal self. the real is what we interact with the world. our ideal is what we want to try to present. kids are often learning to present their ideal at earlier ages. and the feel is what we really feel insigh and that's what we're not getting to. >> so, that's what parents should look for. but we know that if the child is being bullied, a lot of them aren't coming forward. they're not telling school officials. they're not telling their parents. why don't kids come forward? are they afraid of something? >> well we look at our issue of power in our culture. and being bullied, somebody who wants to bully people wants to look strong. i look at good and bad, right and wrong, strong and weak and win and lose. and when you have people who want to look strong, it's about having power over people. that comes from all of our
culture. so if i'm feeling weak and i i don't want to show it. i feel shame, embarrassment, humiliation. in my culture if i want people to love me, i can't look that way. so i have to hide that. >> almost makes it even worse. >> exactly. >> if they're going to come forward what about boys and girls, is there a difference in terms of how bullying makes them feel or how they bully? >> well, i've written a blog a couple years ago called bullying pigtails where i talk about the emergence of girls and bullying and why that happens. girls are more socialized and women were more socialized in the past to look good. they're being more socialized to look strong because they're playing in the same playing fields, they're in the classroom, they're in the board room, and we're competing, men and women are competing for the same positions of power in a lot of ways. so we're suddenly and obviously social sizing our girls to look strong. you sometimes have your queen bee that might lead the bullying in girls situations and you have sometimes almost a pack
mentality. but you are getting more overlaps in the girls being more aggressive, and being more physical in these things. and i think also it goes back to the home. we have to look back at our attachments. our attachments are crucial in development of healthy kids and healthy adults. and the quality of this attachment i see waning. that's why i think we see an increase in bullying. >> it can begin at home or anywhere else. i know you talked to a lot of kids who have been bullied and there's certainly a common theme there among all of them. dr. e., thank you. nice to have you in the studio this morning. if you'd like to share some stories about bullying, or share your thoughts on bullying, you can tweet me now or many time. you #bullyingstopshere. and you can find me on twitter @randikentuckycnn. it has been a heartbreaking mystery. what happened to 6-year-old etan patz. his disappearance and murder 33 years ago changed how missing children cases are treated. now a suspect finally charged.
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that's personal pricing. checking top stories. the suspect in the 1979 killing of etan patz is being held on suicide watch. 51-year-old pedro hernandez is charged with second degree murder. he told police that he lured 6-year-old etan away with the promise of a soda and then strangled him. etan's disappearance sparked a national movement to raise awareness of missing children. indiana authorities are trying to figure out why a gunman took several people hostage at a real estate office and then held police at bay for seven hours before turning the gun on himself. police say the man released the hostages before he killed himself, ending yesterday's day-long standoff. they say he apparently had been looking for someone who owed him money. john edwards will have to wait until at least tuesday to find out if the jury in his corruption trial has reached a verdict. jurors are home for the memorial
day weekend. after wrapping up a sixth day of deliberations yesterday. the judge says that she may need to speak with both sides' attorneys tuesday about an issue involving a juror. no word on what that issue is. we'll have much more news for you at the top of the hour. meanwhile, let's get you started here with your "bottom line." the haves versus the want mores. it's at the heart of this presidential election. good morning, everyone, i'm christine romans. forget campaign cash, the new politics of money is about what you think about the wealthy. when it comes to jobs, president obama wants you to focus on governor romney's time at bain capital, a private equity firm. but what is private equity? it's big investors like pension funds, iv