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>> reporter: not in this neighborhood, brook, it's been four days since the violent storm swept through this region. you can still see the devastation left behind. the power lines have downed because these toppled trees ripped the power lines from the tell phone poles and crushing car and struing debris about. this violent storm swept through this neighborhood. this area is without power as are tens of thousands of people suffering here in virginia. and local authorities, residents are getting frustrating. they are wanting the utility companies to try to hurry up to restore power to the communities. they are having a tough time with the sweltering heat and trying to move the debris by hand to get to these areas. of course, there's priorities as well, helping the elderly and getting nursing centers and top priority areas up and running first. so clearly there's a lot of work to be done and residents here
who are without electricity are just trying to cope. >> we have a pool and generator, but a lot of these people don't have nothing. it maekz you want to sit down and cry. >> been very, very hot, not getting no relief in the liquid form. and people are in dire straits really. >> reporter: and it's tough because in fairfax county, virginia, this storm wiped out their 911 system. that was only working at half capacity and they are really trying to figure out why the primary and secondary backup systems didn't work. a lot of compounding factors when you think about how violent this storm is and the recovery produce ses, this will all take. brooke? >> this was a freak storm. imagine if something worse happens in that area, can the city cope? we're going to talk to washington, d.c. mayor vincent gray who is fed up with what's happening there. in ohio more than 400,000
people are still without power and electricity could be out in some parts until next tuesday. temperatures expected to hit mid-90s today, now some towns are being told to boil water before drinking, that's how desperate it's getting in some places, localer power companies are struggling to get the power back. they are bringing crews from out of state to hurry up the process. nancy gigante, i'm sure you're frustrated too. 400,000 people without power. a lot of them are aep customers, it's hot, hot, hot. how much longer will they be without power? >> i do know that aep is working as hard as they can to get the power on. we had a high of million customers without power. we're down to just under 400,000 customers without pow ir. it's a dangerous situation but we're working with local partners to make sure people are
safe and are the resources they need. >> if we're not talking until next tuesday, works as hard as they can, that good enough? >> i think that we're being as pro active as possible. we can't change the power situation at the government level. what we can do is stay on top of the situation and make sure that if people need drinking water, that they've got water available. we're working with water treatment facilities to make sure they've got power generators so they can maintain drinking water. we have a federal declaration, fema is working side by side with us. i think that we're responding as quickly and as hard as we can given the situation. and it is a dangerous situation. >> i want to get to fema and federal resources you all are getting. is there any talk about underground power lines? all of this wouldn't be an issue if that were possible.
>> you know, it is possible. in fact we had a significant power outage caused by ice in '04 and another power outage caused by hurricane ike in 2008. the utilities have in fact as a result of that buried their lines. so this probably could have been much worse if they hadn't done that after those last two pow other outages. >> back to the federal emergency, i know that's been declared in ohio, 200 national guard troops knocking on doors from dayton to columbus. what are their priorities one, two and three today? >> our priorities are to make sure that we're touching base with our vulnerable population,s, not just in the urban areas but reaching out and making sure we're touching base with our vulnerable populations across the state so the national guard focus august meanted by the way by university students that have been asked to support this effort, are focusing on areas where we know we have high
populations of elderly and our senior citizens to make sure somebody is stopping, do you have water? do you have a contact? do you need transportation to a cooling station? >> with the cooling stations, i know they are up and running in localities, we've been making phone calls to different ers. with the temperatures still in the 90s for you in ohio, are you seeing issues with heat related illness and stroke? >> we haven't had any reported into the operation center, i do know in many cases hospitals are allowing those medically dependent folks that may not need to be hospitalized to come in and get cool in their facilities. so one of our priorities of course has been to look at nursing homes, hospitals, places where we might need to make sure they've got water and power generators so we have the cooling centers available. >> nancy dragani, of the ohio
emergency management agency. good luck today. >> thank you. >> this is a widespread problem and doesn't look like the heat is letting up just let. let's get the latest from alexandra steele in for rob this morning. when does the relief happen? >> not until at least we go into the weekend. the problem is heat is actually the number one kimmer, weather related killer in the u.s. we've seen fatalities, from montana to minneapolis, temperatures around 100 degrees. a lot of these people don't have air conditioning. the average high in the beginning of july in minneapolis is 84 degrees. it's warmer than that already now. here's where the heat is today. through the central and southern plains and even into the upper midwest tomorrow, kc, 102. you can see there's no relief here. denver even at 95. where there is a little bit of relief believe it or not is places like macon and
birmingham, places that were 106 and 107 over the weekend. we're seeing axis move further west, taking it in earnest in the plains. tomorrow is the fourth of july, what will the weather be? in new york, 9:00, 84 degrees, washington, d.c., expecting a high tomorrow of 98 degrees. this forecast at 9:00 at night says 80. this computer model is projecting we'll have showers and thunderstorms, rain cooled temperatures. 89 dry in chicago, kansas city as well. pacific northwest though beautiful conditions. but brooke as you look through saturday, look at st. louis staying above 100, 104. wichita, kansas city as well. even washington, d.c., look at this temperature as we head towards saturday. 100 degrees. of course in maryland and washington and virginia, of course all around d.c. we're seeing such intense heat, that's where we continue to not have power. that's going to be some of the biggest problems there. why are we seeing this? over the weekend this area of high pressure, high pressure
this big blue h, warming air, as we head towards this week, this is where really the heat will be. so much of the country will be so well above average. no real relief for many of the country. and unfortunately through the weekend. >> because of power outages, tomorrow fourth of july, i read this morning, four places in maryland are calling it off because they can't pull it off, the fireworks. it's tough right now. thank you, alexandra. >> let's go to zoor zoraida sambolin. new questions good footballer coach joe paterno and whether he influnsed school officials not to report an incident involving assistant coach jerry sandusky and young boy in a locker room shower. according to e-mails between former university executives, a decision was made to approach sandusky and report him to child welfare officials and his second mile charity back in 2001. but it appears coach paterno, who died in january, then had a
conversation with former athletic director tim curley, he e-mails an official, after giving it more thought and talk teenager over with joe yesterday, i am comfortable with what we agreed were the next steps. i'm having trouble with going to everyone but the person involved. paterno's family is calling on pennsylvania's attorney general and former fbi director luis free to release all e-mails and records related to their investigations. a new york based human rights organization says the syrian government has been carrying out a state policy of torture while simultaneously slaughtering thousands of civilians. the group, human rights watch, has identified 27 torture centers based on testimony from more than 200 former prisoners and syrian security officers who defected. one local activist group claims 25,000 syrians are being held right now in those centers. mitt romney will go to
israel this summer and meet with prime minister netanyahu, they have known each other since the 1970s. netanyahu is not offering up any endorsements. he says he has a lot of respect for both romney and president obama. 45-year-old swimmer dara torres will not compete in a sixth olympics, she came up short, missing her chance to make the olympic team after finishing fourth in the 50 meter freestyle last night. the 12 time medalist began her career at the 1984 summer games in los angeles. she told reporters, that's it when she got out of the pool last night putting an end to her historic run as a member of team u.s.a. she's going to spends time with her daughter. we're few hours away from the weigh in for the nathan's hot dog eating contest. the current holder of the mustard belt is joey chestnut.
he scarfed down 62 hot dogs and buns last year, six heless than the world record he already holds. gives me heart burn. >> there's a whole method to the madness and how they do this. >> and celebration. >> no thanks zoraida. still to come, fire fighting air tankers grounded after this deadly crash. a key weapon out of the picture as these historic fires are raging in the west. our get real, two kids try to swi the olympic torch. yep, there's video. you're watching "starting point." this is new york state. we built the first railway, the first trade route to the west, the greatest empires. then, some said, we lost our edge. well today, there's a new new york state.
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manipulation. glaxosmithkline is agreeing to pay $3 billion in fine, in the biggest health care fraud settlement in history. it promoted paxil and well bu trin for uses not approved by u.s. regulators, including for the treatment of children. it concedes it withheld data and made unsupported safety claims but its diabetes drug avandia. bad news on manufacturing, that sector contracted last month, manufacturing has been a bright spot during the recovery showing growth for almost three straight years. but brooke, a little glass half full here, one report does not make a trend. >> that's right. keep it all in perspective alison kosik. >> we've been talking about the fires out best and the u.s. air force is grounding the c-130 planes after the fatal crash of the c-130 in south dakota on sunday. family members say the victims
were lieutenant colonel paul mchale and master sergeant robert cannon both from north carolina. another c-130 went down along the sierra/utah border. until they find out what's going on, the seven c-130s will not be operating today. jim spellman is live with more here. how is the grounding of the c-130s, has to make tremendous impact on the fire fighting efforts there? >> reporter: absolutely, brooke, there's a lot of tools firefighters have in their arsenal, up to these giant c-130 planes. they outfit them to drop 3,000 gallons in five seconds, it can cover a quarter mile stretch, 100 feet wide in the five seconds, it's definitely one of the big tools they use in a quickly advancing fires.
they want this back in the arsenal as quick as they can. listen. >> they are crucial in fighting every fire they go out on because if the units go to a mission, that means that all of the other assets are either unavailable or fully tasked. >> reporter: that's a tool, brooke, that they'll want back in the tool box as quick as they can. they want to make sure everybody is safe before they are up in the air again. >> do you know what specifically they are checking for and when they might get the c-130s back up? >> reporter: we don't know yet. we hope to find out at the press briefing later this morning. we don't know what they are looking a. plenty of c-30s in the military. they want to look at the planes and the system they install in them to see if anything in there is causing this problem. safety from the firefighters on
the ground up to the pilots in the air comes foremost when fighting these fires, brooke. >> jim spellman, thanks so much. passing the torch but to the wrong people. how did two kids get past this team of security and almost ruin the olympic relay? that's our get real. our "starting point" panel heading in. [ male announcer ] this is the at&t network. in here, every powerful collaboration is backed by an equally powerful and secure cloud. that cloud is in the network, so it can deliver all the power of the network itself. bringing people together to develop the best ideas -- and providing the apps and computing power to make new ideas real. it's the cloud from at&t. with new ways to work together, business works better. ♪
associated press news intern whose body was found this week in an apartment elevator shaft. 22-year-old from colorado went to mexico after graduating college last month. the ceo of the online gambling site, pleading not guilty to running a ponzi scheme. players lost as much as 2 million merchandise. no runoff after all. this photo finish was originally going to lead to a rematch between jeneba tarmoh, bought she dropped out yesterday conceding the spot to felix. she said her heart was not in it. such a saddeneding there, brooke. >> i know, but they are going anyways, they were qualified anyways.
>> but not that individual competition. >> i think she didn't want to risk injury. zoraida, thanks so much. today's "starting point" team here, margaret hoover, author of "american individualism", her work in the george w. bush white house and abby huntsman and ryan lizza, welcome. >> good to be here. >> i got a good night's sleep, very important when the alarm goes off at 2:00 a.m. kids decideded to play with fire on the olympic level. this is coventry england, you see the kids trying to grab it. security saying, i don't think so. they got past actually for a moment these highly trained security teams to get to the runner holding the torch. they are thinking about it, thinking about it and bye-bye. you said this is exactly what your kids would have done, ryan?
>> they seemed innocent here. they weren't -- >> where were their parents? >> let's be very clear. >> of course they had no weapons. >> how did the security het them get that snar. >> being from atlanta, you saw this coming into atlanta and it's pretty well oiled machine, you know. >> to be clear, ryan, your kids are 2 and 4. >> 5 and 3 and they would have gotten the torch, i think. they would have gotten away with it. >> high aspirations for her children. >> if this happened in the states, those kids would have been tased or shot or something. >> don't tase me, bro. hopefully they are not in too much trouble, don't do it. still to come this morning on qu "starting point," a new weapon in the fight against skin cancer. when it comes to the health care law there is one thing that they see eye to eye on and it's a big problem for the republican party. you're watching "starting
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welcome back, in a few minutes we'll talk to the head of the rnc reince priebus, talking about one similarity between mitt romney and president obama. zoraida? >> iran reporting a series of successful missile tests as part of three days of war games. the country reportedly tested long range missiles as they begin a oil embargo aimed at pressuring iran over its nuclear program. the u.s. moved reinforcements into the persian gulf to prevent iran from attempting to block the strategic strait of hormuz. president assad 100% regrets his country shot down a turkish war plane last month. they insist they did not know it
belonged to turkey until after it was hit, claiming it was flying in an area previously used by israel's air force. relations have been eroding in recent months. the turkish government deployed troops along the border in response to the attack on its plane. the faa team that crashed into a apartment complex in april was doomed by a freak double engine failure. the navy has never seen it before, according to a new report released on the investigation. it says that the jet's right engine stalled from a fuel leak and the left engine malfunctioned because of a totally unrelated problem. the crew ejected and no one on the ground was killed. your a.m. house call, drinking coffee may help you fight skin cancer. a new report in the journal claims drinking more caffeinated
coffee could lower chances of developing basal cell carcinoma. the key was drinking more than two cups a day. caffeine seems to be the key. chocolate and tea produced the same results. new data shows 80% of all 10-year-old girls have been on at least one diet. the study on eating disorders also claims that 53% of 13-year-old girls are unhappy with their bodies. the national eating disorder center backs up those numbers. it claims between 40 and 60% of children ages 6 to 12 are concerned about their weight or they are concerned about becoming too fat. so we've all had cell phone rage, right? maybe not like this. this video was posted on youtube of a guy totally trashing a t-mobile store in manchester
england. he starts tearing everything off the walls before he take the fire extinguisher off the wall and hoses the place down. he was reportedly upset when he was denied a refund and he was eventually taken away in cuffs. people outside are cheering him. he's so calm doing this, brooke. >> i can't believe people were cheering this on from outside the store. >> i can. people get so upset with their companies. >> cell phone, cable company, people do get frustrated. thank you. mitt romney's campaign and the republican party seem to be conflicting messages here about what happens when it comes to the specific issue in the health care legislation, this law here, romney senior campaign adviser recently kriked the core line of attack by calling the individual mandates a penalty and not a tax. in fact, he says romney is siding with president obama on the mandate. take a listen. >> the governor does not believe
the mandate is a tax. that's what you're saying? >> the governor believes that what we put in place in massachusetts was a penalty and he disagrees with the court aegs's ruling that the mandate was a tax. >> he agrees with the president that it is not -- and he believes you shouldn't call the tax penalty a tax, you should call it a penalty or a fee or fine? >> that's correct. >> that's correct he says. but shortly after romney's campaign followed up with this message. the supreme court left president obama with two choices, the federal individual mandate is obama care is either a constitutional tax or an unconstitutional penalty. governor romney thinks it is an unconstitutional penalty. what is president obama's position? is his federal mandate unconstitutional or is it a tax? so this mixed message could really create a problem for republicans trying now to demonstrate the president obama did in fact break his promise not to raise taxes.
reince priebus is the chairman of the republican national committee. good morning to you. >> good morning. >> coming out of the gates and ask this, did he make your job more difficult? >> no. this is the problem, you have these conversations about a supreme court ruling that we all don't like, at least i don't like it. i don't agree with it. but that doesn't mean even though i don't agree with it, even though i agree with a dissent of that opinion, it doesn't mean that the truth is not the truth once a supreme court speaks. and the supreme court has stated that obamacare is a tax and so since they have ruled that it's a tax -- >> i don't know if that was the precise phraseology if you read it from the court but it could be like a tax or power of congress to tax. but let me get to this. you say you like it and agree with the dissent. president obama and romney say this is a mandate, not a tax. what is is the rnc's position on
this? >> our position is the same as mitt romney's position, it's a tax, that's the only way the supreme court came up with the decision it did in order to make it constitutional. >> but it sounds like camp romney says it was a penalty. i'm asking you specifically, republican national committee, tax or penalty, which is it? >> it's a tax and the reason why it's a tax is because the supreme court number one ruled it was a tax and number two, it's what barack obama's lawyer argued before the supreme court. here's the product, brooke, the crux of the issue. the crux of the issue is most republicans and i think most independents don't believe that obamacare should have been ruled constitutional or -- >> i have to stop you there. i have to stop you there. i was talking to republican congresswoman yesterday and i have to point this out again, we have these polls reince. you have americans reaction to the supreme court decision after last thursday, 46% agree and
when you look specifically at independents, 45% agree. let's just agree, can we move off that and ask you this -- >> we can't agree with it because most polls, brooke, show that most americans by a wide margin over 60% don't agree -- >> what polls are you looking at? >> good for the american people. what polls am i looking today? >> nbc poll, we have ras mus sen polls, all over the map that show 60% of the american people -- zpl i haven't seen that poll. i would love to see it. this is the poll we have, reince. >> maybe we'll e-mail you a bunch. >> i have a lot of polls and showing you the polls here. that was 46% of americans reaction. >> if that's the case, then we would love to have an election on one issue in november and the question will be, if you believe that obamacare should be reappealed vote for mitt romney,
if you think it should stay, vote for obama. >> when we say tax or penalty, congresswoman nancy pelosi says it's going to affect 1% of the population. take a listen. >> it's not a tax -- it's a penalty for free riders. >> when we -- i want to be specific for our viewers, when you come up with the 1% number, in 2016, 3.9 million uninsured americans will pay this ten at. you do the math, that's 1%. steven moore writes 70 to 75% of the tax falls on those who earn less than $200,000 per year. with that said, 1% enough of a leg for the republican party to stand on to make this a campaign issue? >> absolutely. it's spending money we don't have. that's an important issue in the debt and deficit and projections over a ten-year period, it
spends almost $2 trillion we don't have. plus, brooke, it affects small business's ability as well, not seen in nancy pelosi's numbers all of the small businesses going to be forced into a program that either they can't afford or they don't want. and that's why you see all of these waivers that have come into the white house, hundreds and hundreds of waivers from companies that don't want to opt into obamacare. the white house had to stop that because it was getting to the point where there are almost too many of these businesses that wanted waivers. the point of all of this is, mitt romney is going to do everything he can on day one to repeal obamacare and we believe that that's an absolutely winning issue for us, brooke, in november. people don't want europe in america and i think the solution to that is firing barack obama and putting mitt romney in office. >> if the law were to be reappeal
reappealed, americans don't think mitt romney is the one to do it. once again i have a poll, cnn/orc poll, obama 51%, romney 44%. does that concern you? >> a snapshot always concerns me but it's a long campaign and i think at the end of the day people generally and i'm convinced of this, brooke, we don't agree today but i think generally people don't agree that obamacare is good for america. people understand that mitt romney will get rid of obamacare and obviously people who don't believe that obamacare or european health care is good for america, know barack obama is not the answer and he is the one that went to supreme court and made sure it got jammed down our throats. and unfortunately for us, the majority has spoken, obamacare is a tax and mitt romney is the guy to get rid of it. >> reince priebus, we appreciate you. i want to end and talk to the panel briefly. i read your piece in "the new
yorker" where you wrote the likelihood of a repeal is not so likely. >> a lot things have to happen. romney has to win and republicans have to take over the senate and then their fate would rely on the parliamentarian in the senate allowing them to use the special process of 51 votes to repeal it. if you don't repeal through that, you have a swiss cheese law. one thing on what reince just said. this is the problem with the republican and democrat response to this, the dissent, the minority, conservatives on the court said it's not a tax. right? most legal conservatives say that was right, it was not a tax. we wanted it taken down under the commerce clause. reince is saying i agree with scalia but -- >> but we're going to call it a tax. >> on the left it's the same thing. the white house -- this law has been upheld because the government went to the court and said it's a tax but won't call it a tax. >> do you think american people really care? >> i don't think they understand
half of it. the 20% of like my generation doesn't even understand what happened in this vote. >> they want to know, what do i have to pay, if i opt out, what's the deal? >> that's exactly right. can they get affordable health care over the long term and how does it affect their bottom line? that's what americans care about. >> the problem with mitt romney he doesn't have a plan. he can say repeal obama care so many times, isn't it a talking point? then what? >> i don't think it is going to go away, we'll go back to the economy. romney doesn't have an incentive to talk about that. >> although it helps with fund raising. >> totally. thanks so much. good chat. still ahead this morning, twitter all aflutter, two big time ceos, rupert murdoch and jack welch ganging up on team
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agrees with rupert murdoch, telling romney, get pros on your team. murdoch, a tweeting machine if you haven't noticed by now. met romney last week, tough o chicago pros will be hard to beat unless he drops all friends from team and hires some real pros. doubtful. welch followed up tweeting, hope mitt romney is listening to murdoch advice, advice on the campaign stuff, playing in league with chicago polls. no room for amateurs. >> i would imagine if i wore mitt romney and mitt romney has run lots of businesses and run two presidential campaigns, i would say let jack welch and ruper murdoch run their businesses and i'll run my campaign. >> they play a large role. it's about the money. how the media portrays your campaign. they are a big part of that. >> they are not writing checks to mitt romney. i worked on two presidential campaigns and i will say my
experience at least looking at mitt romney's team, hae has a good team political campaign operatives and seems to balance it well. >> would you read other tweets thinking, rupert murdoch tweeted this, i better do this? >> it's certainly doesn't play well. >> i tend to think this idea that your staff is that important and if you just hired a bunch of new people. who are the new people in the republican party that he's going to hire tomorrow and all of a sudden he's going to have as may rve lead against obama? they got romney through a difficult primary think it's a pretty good team. >> you think it's an all-star team, don't ditch him? >> the proof is he won the nomination. people said the same thing about obama, get rid of the chicago guys and valerie jarrett. >> it's a much bigger story when you let someone go, what's going
on in the campaign, something is wrong. i think that's a bigger issue here. >> this happened to bush in 2000, get rid of karl rove, get rid of your team. he hunkered down and he won a second team. >> rupert murdoch, a tweeting machine, giving campaign advice. who knew. >> still ahead, it is so hot the road is bending. extreme heat turning the highway into a ramp. we'll show you one car this didn't notice it in time. yikes. celebrity chef marcus samuelsson is here from humble beginnings. what an incredible story, advice on cooking for the president. >> where's our breakfast? >> i know, that chicken dish my friend looks amazing. the man behind the red rooster. this is marcus's playlist, "as we enter." ♪
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welcome back to "starting point." a couple of quick headlines for you. highs expected to be 100 degrees as far north as minnesota. this in the next two days. and check this out. it is so hot that the extreme heat warped the pavement in wisconsin and created a ramp on highway 29 that sent a car airborne. the person who took this video says everyone made it out ok. they have actually fixed that and everything is ok now. daddy, don't go. a touching moment at a photo op for the next crew of the international space station. a russian cosmonaut's 6-year-old daughter can't stop crying during the sendoff. the rocket is scheduled to depart for the iss on july 15. poor little girl. the god particle.
finally discovered? scientists are working at the large headron collider and are expected to announce they have found the higgs boson, i think it's called. it would help complete the main theory of how the universe works on a sub atomatomic level. got that, brooke? >> all over it. thank you. we're so excited to have marcus samuelsson here. he is known for his restaurant, red rooster. good luck. popular eatery in harlem. he really did come from humble beginning. orphaned at the age of 3 in eeth op eeth roep oep -- ethiopia and then came to the united states in the 90s. he was the youngest chef to receive a three star rating from the nooimgs. "new york times." he won top chef masters and cooked as a guest chef at
president obama's very first state dinner. he describes the journey in his new memoir called "yes, chef." marcus, such a pleasure. >> thank you for having me. >> just picking up the magazines on the plane, i read about red rooster in harlem. you're everywhere. you really do begin, in chapter one, you talk about your biological mother and how you don't even know what she looks like in terms of no photographs or nothing. >> i have never seen a picture of my mother, and obviously, that's very, very rare. but my mother walked me and my sisters from a little village into the capital of ethiopia to save us. we got into a hospital. survived tuberculosis. my mother passed away. and that's how we got adopted to sweden. so, you know, life. "yes, chef," is so much about the journey of life. and my family has always been next to me, behind me, and supporting me and my sisters.
>> talk about that journey. >> our family is mixed. my parents are white. my two sisters, black kids in sweden. my cousins were korean. jewish aunt. it was like the united states every dinner. >> the united nations, yes. >> but also, you know, it taught me right away my love for cooking was really developed by my grandmother. my mom was not a good cook. what else you got? >> i try. >> so i talk about my journey coming from, you know, cooking in switzerland. but i always wanted to go to france. i had to write in france. meet george blanc. and eventually came to america. became a three star chef. and eventually i wanted to set up to really try to put my -- the restaurant that i always
wanted to have in harlem. i always wanted to have a restaurant in harlem. and to be able to serve the harlem community is something i am really, really proud of. >> you've eaten there. >> i have eaten there. i can do a testimonial actually for you. unbelievable, it was so good. and what the red rooster has come to symbolize in harlem is really the renaissance in harlem and a renaissance in food culture in the united states. but the new harlem is a place where new yorkers go from all over the city to experience the tradition of african-american culture and cooking at your restaurant. >> yeah, yeah. >> how did you discover the love for the african-american tradition in food? >> well, my parents wanted to learn -- my mom always wanted to learn about how to take care of my sisters' hair. or my father wanted to teach me about great african-american leaders like martin luther king and so on. and from my mom reading "essence" and fixing my sisters' hair --
>> reading "essence" magazine to learn how to do your sisters' hair. >> and my father giving me books. and it was always centered around harlem. so it was this place that i knew so well even before i came to new york. so i knew that one day, you know, i wanted to have a restaurant in harlem, and we are having the time of my life. >> if i may, the last paragraph of the book, i love it. i spent so much of my life on the outside that i began to doubt that i would truly ever be in with any one people, any one place, any one tribe. but harlem is big enough, diverse enough, scrappy enough, old enough, and new enough to encompass all that i am and all that i hope to be. after all that traveling, i am, at last, home. so you found home. >> in harlem, there is someone from every culture. it's an extremely diverse place. you have the east side when is puerto rican and a bit of mexican coming in. you have the west side. and then you have obviously the large african-american culture. but it's evolving to be, you know, when you see harlem, you see modern america, 21st century.
>> yes. that's exactly right. >> i can't wait to go. >> gotta go. >> president obama's first state dinner. i had so many more questions. quickly, ryan. >> can you help me with some reservations? >> i got you. >> busted live on air trying to get into red rooster. again, yes, we are. his book is "yes, chef." it's a pleasure to have you on. thank you so much. still ahead, she owned her own condo. so why was she told to pay rent on top of or mortgage or get out? she will join us live to tell this real story. could this happen to us? plus, a pennsylvania high school puts itself up for sale on ebay, but this isn't just a goofy stunt. why something is seriously wrong here. this is from ryan's play list. "the national." very good. i love this.
good morning. happy tuesday. i'm sitting in for soledad again today. our "starting point" here, sweating it out. millions without air conditioning or power this morning as a record heat wave smothers more than a dozen states and it could be days before power is finally back on. also, what joe pa knew and what he didn't know. new emails suggests that the late penn state icon had a role in covering up the jerry sandusky scandal. and a story that might shock you. a condo owner who paid her monthly payments, followed all the rules, ordered to pay rent
or leave. left without a home. and a wrecked credit score. how in the world is this legal? and could this happen to you? it is tuesday, the 3rd of july. and "starting point" begins right now. ♪ to the other side of the cantina ♪ ♪ i asked the guy ♪ why are you so fly ♪ and he said funky cold medina ♪ >> i thought we should bring it back. a little tone loc from my itunes library. >> this is you. >> this is the song that you get a little embarrassed when you're having a house party and this one pops up. but i just thought it was fun. yeah, we're going there. today's team -- i know you guys love it. this is margaret hoover, author of "american individualism." abby huntsman. and ryan lizza. welcome to all of you. >> brave woman. >> thank you. good morning. our "starting point," americans from nebraska all the way to west virginia and points
in between are dealing with another day of grueling heat while utilities are struggling to bring power back to millions. at least 19 people have died since thursday when those deadly storms swept the nation. and about 1.3 million people still don't have power days after the storm. could be more. could be many more days. take a look at the states here. they are waiting for the lights to come back on. 350,000 customers in west virginia alone didn't have power last night. 300,000 customers in ohio. 278,000 in virginia. same deal there. power, authorities, and local governments say many of those people might be in the dark until this weekend. and add this to that. it's hot. they are going to have to deal with soaring temperatures. 12 states are under heat advisories and the heat wave is forecast to last all weekend long. stunning picture there in virginia. what a mess. good morning. >> reporter: yeah. absolutely, brooke. good morning. we've been talking about progress, though. there was a little bit made
because as you reported there is nearly 1.4 million people now without power across 11 states that. is improvement from 1.8 that we were reporting yesterday. but take a look. four days after the storm, you can see the devastation left behind still in many of these neighborhoods. take a look at these downed power lines here. in front of this home, toppled over trees, brooke. and you can see this one massive big tree right in front of this house crushing that car. so clearly, there's a lot more to do here. residents and authorities here are kind of frustrated. they want these utility companies to come into their neighborhoods and try to get things up and running. but clearly, there is just so much demand. and utility companies are overworked. the workers are also dealing with a sweltering heat. and in many cases, they have to clear this debris and downed power lines by hand. so it's very difficult to make sure a lot of these places are up and running in the time frame that of course residents and authorities want. and all of these residents without power in this deadly heat. they are getting frustrated.
they are just trying to cope. but they are finding it harder as the days go by. >> you have to just rough it the best way you can. you have to go buy water, if you can find it. everyone was out of everything. no one had any water. no one had any ice. you were lucky if you could find a cold pepsi somewhere. >> reporter: we spoke to one resident who came out here. he actually got a call from the power company, an automated call, saying hey, look, the power is back. he came back home only to find this, that the power is not back on. so clearly there's a lot of communication problems because of this emergency. and of course it's something local authorities are really going to look into, brooke. >> ok. sandra endo, thank you. in washington, d.c., tens of thousands of people are without power. in fact, just going off script for a moment, ryan, you're one of them. you live in the district. >> yeah. this storm was like nothing i
have ever felt or seen. 60 or 70 mile an hour winds. my house is fine, but all around us, streets are closed down. lines are down. we lost power for about 24 hours. not as bad as a lot of other people. >> let's talk to the mayor for a moment. so the utility company are scrambling right this very second to get the lights back on for those folks, bringing in screws fr crews all the way from florida to canada to help. but it still says power could be out until friday. and vincent gray says that's not good enough. >> how many times have we been through this before? frankly, i think most would agree that friday is just not good enough to be able to restore power. i think people are fed up with power outages. and we need a game changer. >> we need a game changer, he says. take a look at the temperatures. this is just for the washington, d.c., area. so right around the 100 degree mark. baltimore at 99 degrees. you know there are multiple
cooling centers. they are open again today. summer schools have been closed affecting thousands of students. d.c.'s mayor, vincent gray, says that pepco needs to move faster. good morning to you, mr. mayor. i don't know how much sleep you got. i was following your twitter until late last night. and just to reiterate your message to pepco, you're fed up. they said the power would be back on friday, and you said that's not good enough. what answer are you getting from them? >> well, the answer we've gotten is that the power will have 90% of the people who are out restored by friday. and this has to be put in context. this is not the first time. this has happened repeatedly. we've had power outage after power outage in the district of columbia. and the people are just fed up with it. >> you're included in that. >> absolutely. i don't have any power in my own home. we've moved rapidly to try to get the debris out. and in some instances we could have moved debris out more quickly if pepco had come out and taken care of the lines that are entangled with the trees that are down.
so, again, we need a game changer. the areas of the city where the lines are underground, and that's what needs to be done. it needs to be a commitment by pepco to say over a period of time, we are going to move to underground all of these lines in the city. >> how do you make that happen? it makes perfect sense. >> well, they are going to have to make the capital investment. how much money are we losing now with lost productivity, with the fact that people aren't going to work, that some businesses have had to close down. that in fact people have lost food. we don't even know the cost of that. so you start to look at how much is already lost, and it starts to help close the gap on what would be required to make that kind of investment. >> and this was just a freak storm. if i may, mayor gray, this is an op-ed in "the washington post" this morning. residents in the capital region could only wince as they imagine what might befall them in more cataclysmic circumstances. a terrorist attack targeting
infrastructure. what do you say to folks who are waking up yet again in washington without power? this is just from downed trees. >> it is. and it says not ready. and, frankly, the city was ready. we've opened cooling centers. we have opened pools. we've extended time. we have gotten a lot of the nursing facilities back online at this stage. and, again, we could have moved more of the debris out of the city. i was all across the city yesterday looking at the effort to get the trees, the limbs, off the street. and those that were down typically are those where the wires are entangled, and we couldn't touch them because they were live wires obviously and we would put workers at risk. >> mayor gray, it's ryan. as you say, the power outages get worse and worse. we had a long power outage two years ago. and pepco is the local power company.
does not have the best reputation. is constantly rated on the bottom of lists nationally. they have a rate hike that they want to institute. what's your position on that? should d.c. consumers be paying more in power bills? and should have rate hike go through? >> frankly, if it were based on the quality of performance, the consumers would be entitled to a rate reduction. i can't imagine giving a rate increase in the current environment. there needs to be an effort by pepco to step up and say, look, here's how this is going to be different in the future. not that we're going to get power restored more quickly. that's what i mean by a game changer. we've got areas of the city where the lines are underground, and that's what we need to move towards. >> vincent gray, we appreciate you and all of your hard work in washington. >> thank you. how long will the heat threat be around? let's go to alexandra steele in for rob this morning. tough situation for so many
people. >> yeah, and in the hardest hit areas, baltimore and virginia, straight through sunday temperatures will be between 95 and 100. so highs today, look for montana to memphis, all the way to macon and maryland. temperatures between 95 and 100 degrees. as we head toward tomorrow, the hot gets even hotter. especially here in the northern and central plains. kansas city at 102. minneapolis, what should be 84 this time of the year again tomorrow at 100 degrees. so forecast for the fourth, again, northern new england, though, really seeing some nice breaks. we will see a few storms tomorrow from new york to washington. maybe during fireworks time or maybe just before. big picture, though, st. louis, 104 straight through the weekend. wichita. so omaha as well. the center of the country really hard hit. and continues to see the heat through the weekend. brooke? >> alexandra, thank you. let's go to zoraida now for the rest of the top stories. good morning. the waldo canyon wildfire in colorado springs is 70% contained this morning.
and officials report that the fire's growth has been stopped it for now. 3,000 people who were forced to evacuate their homes are hoping to return home really soon. the fire has killed two people. it has destroyed 350 homes. a potential setback in the battle against those colorado fires. the u.s. air force grounding all of its firefighting c-130 planes. that decision after theatal crash of a c-130 in south dakota on sunday. family members say the victims were lieutenant colonel paul mckeel and robert cannon, both from north carolina. early last month, two pilots also died when another c-130 went down along the nevada-utah border. until officials understand what is going on there, the seven remaining c-130s fighting the colorado wildfires will not be operating. new questions this morning about the late penn state football coach joe paterno and
whether he influenced school officials not to report an incident involving assistant coach jerry sandusky and a young boy in a locker room. there's a lot of information here so follow me. according to emails between former university executives, a decision was made to approach sandusky and report him to child welfare officials in 2001. but it appears that coach paterno, who died in january, then had a conversation with former athletic director tim curley. curley then emails a school official and says after talking with paterno, he is no longer comfortable with their decision, writing, quote, i am having trouble with going to everyone, but the person involved. paterno's family wants pennsylvania's attorney general and former fbi director louis freeh to release all records and emails related to their investigations. going up again. gas prices now 3.30, up .3 of a cent overnight after 20 consecutive down days.
the average price is down 79 cents from that record high of $4.11 in july of 2008. 45-year-old swimmer dara torres will not get the chance to compete in her sixth olympic games. torres was short by one spot, missing her chance to make the olympic team after finishing fourth in the 50 meter freestyle. this was all last night. the 12-time medallist began her olympic career at the 1984 summer games in los angeles. it's been so much fun to watch her. >> what an incredible woman. i can't wait to see what she does next. >> she says she'll spend time with her little girl and then who knows. forced to pay rent on a home you already own. that story i know will make you mad. plus, could this happen to you? and sorry, you can't come in here. you smell too lovely. today's tough call. buildings banning people who wear perfume. what are you listening to?
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comes crashing down? she bought a condo three years ago in reading, pennsylvania. but last year, her landlord turned the condos into rentals. now the new owner gained the majority of voting rights so condo owners were given an option, either pay rent for the property on top of your mortgage payments or see you, move out. she had to leave her home, and the process has left her really in financial ruin. she joins me along with new york real estate attorney adam lightman bailey. we want to just be clear, you're not her attorney but you have some knowledge of the situation. we're going to ask you some questions in a moment. theresa, just to you, i mean, this was your apartment. you're forced to sell. how in the world does this happen to someone? how angry are you over this? >> pretty darn angry that i wrote letters to everyone from the governor straight down to
the representative judith shank, who represents our area, trying to get some help. chase mortgage company doesn't want to help me. >> you had no heads up. this judst up and happened to you. >> yes. i paid my mortgage on time. i had a deed to my home. when we were told that our common charges were going to go up 100%, i was ready to pay that extra 100% up to $464, i believe. i was ready. i took on another job on saturdays teaching quilting at a local quilt shop so that i could cover that extra money. >> ok. so theresa, just stand by. i just want to understand and try to wrap my head around it. how in the world, adam, can this happen? >> this is legal. >> this is legal? >> she bought a newly constructed property. there was no one living there. she put a dot on a map. only 10 people or 11 people bought it out of 97 units.
so then who -- they couldn't sell the others. who will pay the utilities and the maintenance? they did a bulk sale where one developer bought the rest of the units. what's hot right now, what's the way to make money, the safest place is investment properties. because rental, the rental market is going through the roof. this developer did that. and it leaves theresa stuck. why is she stuck? because they can force her to sell her property at an apraised price. so she's forced to sell, but the appraised price she could have got the day before the developer bought all of the units is much different than the appraised price now. so if she would have sold the day before the developer bought it, she probably would have paid off the mortgage, made some moan, and bought another home. now she's stuck. it's worth almost nothing. she'll get very little. and now she'll ruin her credit. she could ruin her credit and have trouble. >> does this make sense to you? >> no. >> but what advice do you have for someone? what do you tell someone going through a similar situation? >> first of all, i don't ever
recommend someone be the first person in a large complex to buy new construction. >> really? >> i want to see -- i want to make sure -- and most banks will not lend until it's 50% in contract. i want to see proof that a lot of people have bought, that i'm not the only one in there, number one. >> so it's a save guard. >> safeguard. >> you can buy the worst house on the best block. make sure you're not the only one buying in. if only 11 people bought in, that's a problem to begin with. >> is there any way she could have known to get out before the developer purchased? >> and she did know this was heading that direction. she should have sold that day if she could have. it would have been tough because word is on the street. the great thing about real estate is insider trading is illegal on the stock market. but it's celebrated in real estate. >> i can see you're shaking your head, margaret. we reached out to the group who owned this condo building and they didn't get back to us, but we do have a statement from the attorney. quote, everybody has a
misconception that this is an individual. these are businesses and entities acting in concert with the law. this is the metropolitan management group attorney. theresa, where does this leave you? >> i'd like to say something about that entity. that eptity, businesses, are all the same person and his wife and his secretary because i looked into it. i looked into hoya and water polo, and it was all his family and his secretary. >> where are you now, theresa? are you living in some other apartments? >> i rent a house. i actually -- a friend of a friend of a friend let me live in their house in pennsylvania, and i do pay rent, yes. >> ok. >> it's an hour from where i was. >> theresa, is there anyone else that was in that condo building that is in your same situation? >> she was one of 11, i believe. >> most people i would say are in worse situations. i had put $22,000 down on my place.
so i had really cut into it where i didn't owe as much as other people. there is one person who owns it outright. >> can i give her some advice? >> go for it. >> and all of us, please. >> ok. first of all, we already went through what already happened. now she has to deal with what to do today. she can get a short sale guarantee. everybody bank is going to see this situation where they are not going to make money in this deal no matter what. she needs to be aggressive and get a short sale with the bank. secondly, because of the unusual circumstances, she needs to save her credit. so she has already hired an attorney. the attorney needs to fight like hell to make sure that her credit is saved. and that can be done. then, she's going to rent for a while. her credit is saved. she'll build up her equity again and save her money and try this again. so this isn't the end of the world. now, if she can hold on and wait for a year to go by and still stay in the units are because foreclosure takes a long time, in new york, 24 months. in pennsylvania, six to 12 months. it could be longerment if she
can stay there a long time, she may be able to rent out the unit and pay all the expenses anyway. fight for the short sale or delay as a winner and allowing her to actually represent it ou make money again. this is america, and she may still have her dream. >> she laughs. i hope it's positive laughter and i know it's frustrating. and i hear your anger. but best of luck to you, truly. and adam, thank you so much for coming on. >> thank you very much for having me. >> tough, tough situation. >> thanks very much. still ahead on "starting point," if you are wearing cologne or perfume, please stay outside. scents banned from public buildings. this is our tough call. that's next. plus, be careful what you tweet. why a judge is demanding that twitter turn over three months' worth of tweets in a new investigation. ttd#: 1-800-345-2550 in times like these, it can be tough to know which ttd#: 1-800-345-2550 way the wind is blowing. ttd#: 1-800-345-2550 at charles schwab, we're ready with objective insights about
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could show that he intentionally disregarded police orders when he and hundreds of other protesters occupied the brooklyn bridge. and the son of a 68-year-old man who was shot and killed by police in suburban new york has filed a $21 million wrongful death lawsuit. it blames the city of white plains and eight members of its police force for kenneth chamberlain's death last december. here's what happened. police came to chamberlain's apartment to respond to a medical alert call. family members say they forced their way in and then shot him to death. the maker of the highly addictive painkiller oxycontin now reportedly wants to make a kids' version of the drug. "the daily" reports that purdue pharma is now trying to get fda approval to label it as suitable for use by children as young as 6 years old. critics say it's leveraged to extend the company's expiring patent on the drug, which brought in $2.8 billion for purdue pharma last year.
brooke, back to you. >> thank you. the nuns on the bus are back in washington, d.c. the tour ended in the nation's capital after making stops in nine different states all to protest congressman paul ryan's budget proposal. >> white congressman paul ryan. i mean, he is a faithful catholic, but he's misguided. many politicians offer deeply flawed justifications for the federal budget. they ought to get some theological help. >> the nuns say it undermines catholic teachings because it cuts social services. and this is a national catholic social justice lobby, and was recently accused of radical feminism. she laughs. radical feminism by the vatican. sister campbell, welcome and good morning to you. >> it's an honor to be with us. >> i was reading some of the comments from this tour. you said it was much bigger than expected. i understand you were treated like rock stars. what was it that touched the
nation so profoundly do you think? >> well, i think there's a great hunger in our nation for a different way of being. we know as a nation that we belong together, that we're a community. and the work that we did was to touch the reality that community is the way forward. community is the basis of our constitution. and being together really delights, i think, the folks that we met. >> speaking to this community, since you just so happened to be on the road when that really historic health care decision came down? from the supreme court last friday, how did the community react to that? i know your stance is in direct contrast to the u.s. bishops who are a little irked with you. how did the community react around you that day? >> well, we were on our way to harrisburg when the news came out. and we had the honor of standing on the capitol steps in harrisburg, pennsylvania, and being with a whole cross-section of america that was so excited that finally, 34 million people or more will actually have
health care. and that from our faith perspective, it won't extend abortion. it won't extend -- but what it will extend is that folks who don't have care will have care now and won't need to die. >> so for the most part, you're saying that people you talked to on the steps of that capitol building, they agree with the ruling? >> oh, absolutely. everyone we met agreed with the ruling. some people are puzzled and concerned about the difference between us and the bishops' stance. the fact is, we share a faith but we have a different political analysis of the bill. >> go ahead, margaret. >> a question for you, sister. since you're the spirit of your tour is about understanding and community, as you ended your tour in washington, do you have plans to meet with congressman paul ryan? because i am sure that he would not agree with you that his budget is hurting the poor. and i bet there is a good understanding you all could forge if you sat down and talked about it. >> well, when we met with his staff in janesville, we asked for a meeting. and just -- let's see.
since i've been back, i got a message that there is an interest. we have to set it up. work out the calendar. he's not in d.c. right now. but i'm really looking forward to the opportunity to talk with him. >> all right. so as we await that potential meeting, sister campbell, i know your group, the leadership conference of women religious, meet next month. the vatican has been as we say pretty upset with you and your group. and going off message, basically. is it possible that your group might dissolve after this meeting next month? >> ok. i need to explain that. >> please do. >> network was mentioned by the vatican document. we are related to network. we are friends with -- the leadership conference. but i'm only an associate member of the leadership conference. i'm not in the leadership of that group and i'm not a formal member. what i understand is that the sisters in that group who are full members are engaged in prayer, reflection, dialogue, going forward. it takes catholic sisters a long time to make decisions because it takes us a long time to pray and discern where is the spirit of god calling us.
as they say in politics, i'm sure all options are on the table. but i don't know which one will be chosen. >> ok. sister campbell, you all have anything else? >> well, i was going to say there are four long months left in the campaign. where do you go from here? you have a bus. you have a lot of people around the country excited about this. do you have any plans to maybe take one more tour? >> well, they are urging maybe nuns in a van or nuns on the road. but the fact is, this is way bigger than a political campaign. this is a campaign for the soul of our democracy. and what we need to be responsible as people in the united states is people of faith. but as all people in our country that we need to be responsible. we need to raise revenue, and we need to protect responsible programs like we saw all over the country. we're going to find ways to lift them up. i'm a little tired still. i still need to do my laundry. i didn't get that done last night. but then next week, we're going to make plans, what next. >> sister campbell, we wish you
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we're talking to him in a second about this story, about one school facing big budget cuts, putting aside fundraisers and your traditional bake sales and raising money by hoping you will adopt it. the learning center put itself up for adoption, or really adoption, on ebay to offset the steep budget cuts. the listing, we should point out this morning, has been pulled. but the starting bid was $600,000. and according to this tongue in cheek post, the winner wouldn't have owned the school. we want to be clear on that. but they would have won a naming opportunity. obviously, you can get a free
large pizza. you get the school coffee mug. you get to speak at graduation. the opportunity to really give a group of kids an education that they really so badly need. the school is hoping to raise enough money to make sure it can remain open in the fall because its school district is facing this reported $2 million deficit. and steve perry is joining us from hartford this morning. you know, we're clear it's an adoption. it's not a sale. but come on, now. is this what we are coming to, where people have to put schools up for adoption on ebay, steve? >> i think it was an opportunity for them to get some publicity around a real issue. and the real issue is that the cost of running public schools has gone through the roof. it's inconsistent with the public's ability to pay. and quite frankly, the product is so paltry, so often, that even if we could pay it, we don't want to pay for it. i am a public school administrator. and the reason that the costs continue to go up is not because of the buildings.
because by the time the building is built, the building is already paid for. the reason the school costs is going up is because the labor costs won't go down. organized labor has made it their business to ensure that their members keep getting raises regardless of whether or not the economy can support it. >> in these times, not as many people can actually afford, let's say, owning a home. so not as many people are paying property taxes. so not as many schools are getting the taxes for the funding. so how do schools get funding, period? >> you hit the nail on the head. we get our money from tax revenue, typically from property taxes. 80% to 90% of your local property taxes goes to your local school system. so if there are less people owning homes, there is less money coming in. but organized labor is so far behind the 8-ball, they are operating in a time that we are no longer in, that they don't seem to have a problem with continuing to ask for more and more and more.
they are bankrupting the schools that employ them. >> steve, it does seem in this case the principal is saying that it was the labor union's demands that have led to the straits they are in. so how can education and labor unions be reformed to fix the situation like this? >> i don't know the unions themselves can be reformed. that's like asking the defense attorney not to defend his client and to work with the prosecution. i think what they can do is begin to realize that they are in fact the financial problem. they are the hand behind -- they are the one behind the curtain. and what we've seen is whether it is republican governors like scott walker, all the way out to the east coast, and here in connecticut, democratic governors, the people have spoken. we can't pay any more money. we're out of cash. so we need to be able to run a more efficient school. and sadly, we see that in our school, and i should say
surprisingly in the same cities that we see these bloated failed schools, we also see very successful, lean-run schools. that's where you look at some of the charters and magnets and other organizations that are coming in and providing a high quality product at a fraction of the cost. that's what the rub is. the rub is that you're still getting an amazing product for less than what you're paying when you're paying the traditional neighborhood school teachers union wages. >> steve, what is your recommendation for this school? it sounds like you're saying this $600,000 will just go to labor costs. don't do it. don't buy in. what's your recommendation in this case? the kids have their school up for sale. >> well, the sad thing is the only way they are going to get that money is by raising the taxes in that community. there is no other way. because the unions have in many cases two to three-year contracts. if they are in the middle of that contract, the city's got to pay or shut the school down. going forward, though, what needs to happen is we need to have honest conversations about
other academic options like vouchers, like other things that we see that we do in the post secondary and secondary level. we look at student financial aid. we look at one of the best voucher programs ever put forward was the g.i. bill, which created an entire middle class. we support vouchers when we look at secondary education and post secondary education. but we don't look at it in primary and secondary. >> steve perry, thank you so much. this is something we had never really seen before, a school putting itself up for adoption on ebay. still ahead on "starting point," another good reason to drink that coffee cup that you have in your hand here. it might be good for your skin in a very serious way. and here's one from my place list. "lights and music." you're watching "starting point." great shot.
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welcome back to "starting point." a few of the stories making headlines this morning, drinking coffee may help you fight skin cancer. a new report in the journal "cancer research" claims drinking more caffeinated coffee could lower chances of developing basil cell cars noda carcillo -- carcinoma. the uss mohawk has reached its final resting place 90 feet underwater off the coast of sanibel, florida. it will now become a veterans memorial reef. the mohawk was the last to radio general dwight d. eisenhower that the weather was clearing
for the d-day invasion. it looks like north korea's supreme leader kim jon unis relaxing some laws for his country. it will apparently allow women to wear pants and platform shoes and everyone will be able to use cell phones. j kim jong un has also endorsed foods like pizza, hamburgers. and is a big fan of amusement parks. disney on the way? >> there's an amusement park in north korea? i had no idea. zoraida, curious what you think of that. now ladies can wear pants and platform shoes. >> it just shows you how sealed off north korea is and how insane the place is. >> absolutely. >> when you have a guy in his 20s running the country and sheing theissuing these odd decrees. >> didn't his father actually wear the platform shoes to make him taller, right? >> there's a tragedy in north korea. there's massive shortages.
i mean, platform shoes is hardly the issue when people don't have enough food. you can't actually get meats or anything. >> talking about an amusement park when people don't even eat. >> he said he is a fan of amusement parks. >> but he'll probably put that in before anything else. but hey, how about relaxing with the cell phones? everybody can talk to each other, and wear skirts. fantastic. >> there you go. the big news from korea this morning. it's the day before the country celebrates its nn independence and the braveness of so many soldiers who have sacrificed for our country. >> reporter: serving in the armed forces is a family affair for army major dan gade. >> my dad had fought in vietnam. my older brother was a '94 west point graduate. i'm a '97 west point graduate, and my brother is in the army.
>> reporter: but it wasn't until his convoy was hit by a roadside bomb he realized just how dangerous his assignment could be. he woke up in a hospital bed, recovering from many injuries and missing his entire right leg. >> i'm laying there and thinking, oh, my gosh, how much worse could this get? >> he felt some time feeling sorry for himself, for sure, but it was his 2-year-old daughter who snapped him out of it. >> she's 2, and she wanted me to play with her on the ground. i was in a power wheelchair with a broken pelvis and she said, daddy, can you play with me? and i said i can't sit on the floor. and she said under her breath, my daddy can't do anything. and i crawled out of the power wheelchair and i sat on the ground and played legos. >> since then, he has become an iron man triathlete,com and just finished a relay bike race, pedalling six hours a day with just one leg. >> it's a neat ride because you kind of are going through the rural parts of america, and to
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before we let you go, i'd like to have some time thoughts, starting with you, mr. lizza. >> i want to go back. there is some additional news this morning. there remains today a split between almost every republican, including the head of the rnc, and the romney campaign over this issue of whether it's a tax or a penalty. and he took the republican position, not the romney position. so the republicans are going to have to sort that out. >> yeah. that was pretty incredible. and i'm going to do an easy shoutout to my sister-in-law, who has the same name as me,
margaret hoover, happy 30th birthday. >> and i want to wish everyone a happy fourth of july. >> we'll be in bed. who will see the fireworks among of four of us? >> we will be right here, fourth of july. >> that's right. >> thanks so much for watching us. we will be here bright and early for you tomorrow on the fourth of july. meantime, want to hand it over to my colleague, carol costello, in the cnn newsroom. good morning. happy almost fourth of july to you. >> same to you, brooke baldwin. thank you so much. happening right now in the newsroom, powerless, peeved and parched. 1.8 million people waking up without their ac running. patience this morning is running short. >> it's been very, very hot. and we're not getting no relief in the liquid form. >> a lot of these people don't have nothing. it makes you want to sit down and cry. >> it sure does. we are in four days of the summer swelter this hour asking top power officials from virginia, maryland, and d.c., when's the power coming back on?
take a look at that. buckling in the heat. the extreme heat causing this road to buckle creating a ramp in the middle of the street and sending an suv flying through the air. marijuana, cocaine, and cartels all in laser focus in president obama's new campaign. so what's the battle plan? and was it a scientology boot camp for suri? overnight reports that katie holmes didn't want her 6-year-old daughter in an intense religious training program. so was scientology to blame for her split with tom cruise? "newsroom" begins right now. and good morning to you. i'm carol costello. thank you so much for being with us today. we begin this hour with the western wildfires, growing in size and claiming more lives. so far, 1.9 million acres have burned. that's equivalent to an incredible 3,000 square miles.