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threatening. you disagree? we well, you know where to find me at facebook.com/alivelshi. i read every message and i'm ready to debate you. thanks for joining the conversation. we're here every saturday, 1:00 p.m. eastern and sunday at 3:00 p.m. have a great weekend. hello, everyone. you're in the cnn newsroom where we're live this saturday, september 29th. i'm fredricka whitfield. president obama and mitt romney are about to come face to face in the first presidential debate. just four days away, both obama and romney are practicing this weekend while their campaigns are presenting each candidate as the underdog. paul is in the battleground state of new hampshire. >> hey, fred. as running mate paul ryan makes
the rounds on the campaign trail both here in new hampshire and ohio, his boss mitt romney is hunkering down, getting ready for the debate on wednesday, the first presidential showdown between him and president barack obama. romney spending a lot of this weekend in debate preparation. the same thing for the president. he's off the campaign trail today, tomorrow he does go out to nevada, but he's spending a lot of this weekend, we believe, behind closed doors getting ready. meanwhile, both campaigns are playing the expectations game, trying to lower the bar for their candidates. even the candidates themselves are doing it. take a listen to mitt romney recently on the campaign trail. >> he's president of the united states, he's a very effective speaker. >> he's a very eloquent speaker, and so i'm sure in the debates, as last time in his debates with senator mccain, he'll be very eloquent. >> it's not only mitt romney and his campaign playing the game. so is the obama campaign. >> what history tells us, that challengers normally win the first debate. just by the fact that they're standing on the stage with the
president. that elevates them, and they normally come into these things as underdogs. we're coming into this debate very realistic. mitt romney is likely to win if he plays his cards right. >> making those comments on piers morgan. what's the idea, try to bring down your candidate, lower the bar, so if your candidate does better, it's considered a big victory. how much are americans paying attention to that? what they want to hear is what they'll do to make the country better. >> thanks so much, paul. the first presidential debate starting wednesday night, october 3rd. watch it live at 7:00 eastern time right here on cnn and on cnn.com. >> the first vice presidential debate is a week later on october 11th. and today vice president joe biden campaigned for a second straight day in the battleground state of florida. in ft. myers today, he blasted mitt romney and paul ryan for their medicare reform plan, claiming it will put more financial burden on seniors.
>> in pennsylvania, six teenage girls have been charged as adults suspected of viciously beating a woman that police say is mentally disabled. the attack happened just outside philadelphia on tuesday, and it was caught on a cell phone camera. the video was posted on facebook and as you can see, the woman being beaten and stomped as some of the suspects there actually sit on her body as well. she actually was sitting on the front steps. police say the girls chased the woman into her house and continued to beat her with a chair, a shoe, and their fists. here's what the mother of one of the girls had to say. >> i never talked to my child since she went to school yesterday. i have yet to talk to her yet. >> what about your other daughter? >> i haven't talked to her. >> she apparently was the instigator. >> i haven't seen the video and
haven't talked to my child. sorry for the things that happened. i have nothing to say. >> they were charged with first degree assault and burglary. they're ordered to jail on $50,000. >> the last remaining western prisoner at guantanamo bay has been transferred home to canada. he admits he killed a u.s. soldier in 2002 when he was just 15. the transfer is part of the plan to eventually close guantanamo. human rights groups denounce his capture as a teenager. and the ten years he spent in prison including his allegations of torture. >> officials in michigan say they will soon know if soil samples taken beneath a storage shed contain the remains of former teamsters boss jimmy hoffa. they say there's no discernible remains in the samples, but the lab is testing them and results are expected by monday. a tipster claimed the body was buried under a suburban detroit shed around the time hoffa
disappeared. today, ten miles of one of the busiest freeways in america closed. people in los angeles are calling it car mugedden two. will it live up to that name? last summer, drivers went through a similar closure on the 405. it went smoothly because most drivers actually tried to avoid the 405. are they doing it again this year? lots of construction activity behind you, but thankfully, no, i guess, traffic tie-ups anywhere. >> we actually just got an update from the l.a. fire department and the organizations that are running this construction. we're actually hearing that so far, there aren't any major massive delays anywhere in the los angeles area. it does appear that people are listening to the public warning to try to stay at home. i'm going to quote the fire chief here and she actually said that carmageddon so far is an
excellent sequel. what is happening behind me is what is referred to as carmageddon. the nation's busiest stretch of freeway. there's a ten-mile stretch that is shut down. if you have ever driven in los angeles, this is stunning not to see any vehicles on this amount of freeway. why it has to be shut down? it's because here in this stretch of the path, a massive bridge called the mulholland bridge, which we're taking a look at here, that section is being torn down, the northern part of it. it has to be torn down. they can't have any vehicles travel under it, and fredricka, check out this tape. this is tape we caught early this morning. our cameraman rolling, as this entire huge chunk came crashing down. so the reason why it's being torn down is because the freeway is being widened to make room for a carpool lane. once all of the construction will be done, 73 miles of c
carpool lane around the 405. it will be one of the longest stretches of carpool lanes in the entire country. so a massive expensive project, but again, everyone here is saying it's early. on saturday, but they're expecting that they will be opening the freeway on time for morning rush. >> and that part sounds amazing when you look at that aerial view right there and see all of the debris from taking down parts of that mulholland bridge onto the 405. how in the world are they going to get that cleaned up by monday? >> you know, it's a very good question. how is it possible. they're saying because really what you're looking at is they're tearing down. it's not as big a job as trying to build something. when you tear it down, you move as quickly as possible and mop it all up. getting a lot of work done. just to give you an idea of whether or not they'll finish on time, if the construction crews don't finish by 5:00 a.m. monday
pacific time, they're looking at a fine, and that fine is $60,000 every ten minutes they're late. do the math. that is a huge amount of cash piling up right after the other, every time that minute passes by. >> that's incredible. all right, pretty good incentive. you're right. thanks so much. appreciate that. >> up next, there are many ways to find a groom for your daughter. but a hong kong billionaire has come up with a rather unique proposal he's sure will attract many offers of marriage. find out how. [ male announcer ] this is sheldon, whose long dy setting up the news starts with arthritis pain and a choice. take tylenol or take aleve, the #1 recommended pain reliever by orthopedic doctors.
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bruises, but no serious injuries. the suspect is in custody. >> a typhoon is roaring over okinawa. the latest in a string of typhoons to rock the area. the storm is expected to impact the east coast of mainland japan before making landfall there tomorrow. a hong kong billionaire is making an offer many bachelors may not be able to refuse. $64 million to marry his daughter. so what's behind the offer? and are there any applicants? pauline cho finds out. >> in his opulent mansion, real estate tycoon cecil caio enjoys the beautiful ougartwork, the serenity of an indoor waterfall and an ocean view, but he's unsettled by a simple desire, finding the right person for his only daughter. >> she is a nice girl, very
loving daughter. and deserves a good life and she should have as wide a choice as possible. >> sounds simple enough for the 33-year-old who is executive director of her father's real estate empire, but various media outlets have reported that she's already mardyed to her longtime female companion. her father said those reports are false and have ruined her chances of finding a man so he's offering an incentive, $64 million to any man who can win over his daughter. aren't you worried about the type of people who will apply? they're just after the money, don't you think? >> i'm not going to worry these things until gigi has found somebody who loved her. if somebody loves her just for her money, she is old enough to find out herself, and i will advice her. >> more than 1,000 offers have come in. gigi said she finds her father's
offer entertaining. >> i wasn't angry at all. i was moved by daddy's announcement. i mean, it's really his way of saying, baby girl, i love you. you deserve more. >> cnn asked her about media reports of her marriage to a longtime female partner. she said she's not in a position to verify this. cecil said he's open minded when it comes to issues of sexuality, but he has his concerns. >> if she is not gay, she should straighten it out, not let the people be misled. >> if she is gay, are you okay with that? >> that is for her to decide what she wants to do. >> they say the publicity has been overwhelming. on her facebook, she says for the sake of her family, she hopes her father retracts his offer, but money talks and
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bank of america will pay shareholders nearly $2.5 billion to settle a lawsuit. it's the largest class action settlement arising from the 2008 financial crisis. the suit accused bank of america of misleading investors who eventually acquired merrill lynch at the time of the sale, the investors didn't know the wall street firm was racking up huge losses. the bank denies it hid that information. bacon eaters beware, pork prices are up by nearly a third in the last month because farmers hit hard by the drought and high feed prices are thinning their herd. it's much the same for beef. here's athena jones. >> people love meat. >> meat has pride of place at this butcher shop in washington.
>> what can i get for myou, my friend? >> ham, pastrami, stake. it's all here. >> we're a meat-eating country. no matter what, people are going to find a way to get meat. >> but with prices for pork and beef expected to rise next year, this longtime meat man says consumers will have to pay more. or get used to new cuts. >> what happened in the last increase is people went from eating a lot of prime rib to new york strips to porter houses. they went to eating secondary cuts. >> the coming sticker shock will impact not just butchers but restaurants and dinner tables across the country. the worst drought in decades means higher costs for animal feed and lower profits for farmers. farms like this one here in maryland have already had to raise prices to keep up. julie runs a small farm near the west virginia border. where she raises hens, hogs, and
cattle. a third of her cost goes to animal feed which is mostly corn and soy. prices for chicken and pig feed have skyrocketed since july. >> $14.77 on july 2nd, now $16.79. gone up by two dollars in two months. >> a significant amount. >> then here we have the pig pallette, $12.22, and now it's $sgen.06. >> it's going to get worse? >> a lot worse. >> she's charging a dollar a pound more for her sausage, pork chops and bacon and plans to switch to sorgum to save money. >> you have to be really good at adjusting. >> since she doesn't raise broiler chickens, the kind you eat, in winter, she's hoping to avoid the worst of the price spike for their feed. and unlike most american farmers, she grass feeds her cattle, meaning she won't have to worry about grain prices for them. back in washington, customers
are preparing themselves. >> quality is worth it. i don't mind spending the money. >> there's a limit to how much any person would pay. >> one tongue in cheek solution to the problem. >> eat more tofu. >> then again, tofu is made of soy. athena jones, cnn, maryland. >> if you love tomatoes, get ready to pay more for them. that's because the u.s. department of commerce said it might end a 16-year-old deal with mexico. great news for farmers in florida who compete with the growers of mexican tomatoes, but means the cost of tomatoes could spike at big retailers like walmart. >> he was pope benedict's personal and trusted butler. now he's on trial for stealing personal papers from the pope's apartment. we'll have details from rome. i'm so glad you called. thank you.
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in pennsylvania, six teenage girls have been charged as adults suspected of beating a woman police say is mentally disabled. the attack happened near philadelphia on tuesday and was caught on a cell phone camera. the video was posted on facebook. police say the girls chased the woman into her house and beat her with a chair, a shoe, and their fists.
they were ordered to jail on a $50,000 bail. officials say the victim is being treated at an undisclosed location. >> and we have new information on an investigation into a decades old mystery. the disappearance of former teamsters boss jimmy hoffa. crews digging under a michigan shed for his possible remains say they did not find any bones but a lab is testing soil samples and results are expected by monday. a tipster claimed a body was buried about the suburban detroit shed around the same time hoffa disappeared. the last remaining western prisoner at guantanamo bay has been transferred home to canada. he admits he killed a u.s. soldier in 2002 when he was just 15. his transfer is part of a plan to eventually close guantanamo. human rights groups denounce his capture as a teenager and the ten years he spent in prison including his allegations of
torture. today is the first day of the trial involving pope benedict's former butler. he's accused of leaking hundreds of personal papers belonging to the pope. papers the butler allegedly took from the papal apartment. we're joined live now from rome by skype. this is a case of betrayal and a very big way. what information was actually in those papers stolen? >> information is very damaging tovatican. it exposed alleged financial corruption, in-fighting the type we on the outside don't get to see among the cardinals and the holy seat. it's about how the vatican goes about with its donations, how a very expensive white truffle ended up in a soup kitchen because nobody wanted to deal with it at the vatican. things like that. as a whole, it was damaging, but more because the documents got out because there was this incredible breach of secrecy,
taken piece by piece, the documents, i suppose, aren't prosecutorable, no crimes can be proven by them, but it was a huge embarrassment for the vatican at a time they didn't need another scandal. >> what could potentially happen to this former butler? >> the butler has actually admitted he did give the documents to an italian journalist who published them in a popular book and broadcast them on a television program. so the butler had entered a plea that he confessed he did it, and the journalist has corroborated that and said the documents came from him. but there's a very important piece of this puzzle missing, that is who gave the butler the documents. this is about the mechanics of the leak, not so much about how the documents came into gabrielly's position. of course he had access to the papal apartment, but it's not clear he would have known the content of the documents and how damaging they were. these aren't random documents. they're well thought out documents that were leaked.
so we probably will never know why the butler did it. we may have confirmation that he did, but we won't necessarily know why. >> what is he facing? potential fined, could he go to jail, what? >> he's facing four years in prison. of course, no prison inside vatican city, but there's an according with the italian state. he would serve his sentence confined in an italian prison, probably in rome, but the bigger thing is the pope would probably pardon him. he's asked for forgiveness, and the pope has indicated that as part of faith, catholic faith, forgiveness is a huge part of that. he will probably pardon the butler. especially if the butler doesn't make waves. you know, i think the butler is playing along with this particular trial as he's playing nicely, not rocking the boat, not giving any secrets away. there's no reason why the pope wouldn't pardon him. he'll probably never work again in the vatican city or state but he will be pardoned.
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work hard play hard and make some time in between to relax. so what are the best spa vacation destinations? the folks at travel and leisure asked readers what they thought? i spoke to the editor to get the details. the first place we talked about was red mountain resort in utah. >> well, they love the red mountain resort in southwestern
utah. this is a place where it's basically a fantasy of red rocks. you're going to get this incredibly beautiful setting, and it's incredibly peaceful which is what you really need. and then you pile on about 50 different kinds of fitness classes, there's all these outings, obviously, in the incredible surroundings. you have bryce canyon, you have zion national park. you can go for these once in a lifetime experiences, and then add to that the fact you can maybe jump start a little bit of a health kick if you're looking for that. they have food that is delishing but also healthful for you. none of their entrees are above 500 calories. and they do things that are more for your soul. if you need help in kind of getting recentered, whether it's journalling or medtaitatinmedit tichi, there's so much to do. >> let's go on to malibu. the address, malibu, california, where can you go wrong? tell us about the ranch at live oak there. >> the ranch at live oak is
taking everything we just talked about and taking it to a whole other level. this is an experience if you really want to commit to not just a kick start but a jump start in your fitness and health regimen. you have to go there for an entire week. during that week, i know you're going to say really, ten hours of exercise each day. now, when you do that, that's not that you're sitting on an exercise cycle indoors for ten hours. you're out hiking, doing yoga, doing stretching, doing toning. and they're not allowing you to have any alcohol, not allowing you to have any caffeine. no sugar, all of the food is organic and vegan. and this is really something for someone who is looking for a big, big life change and feels like everything has gotten to them. they have gotten slipped off the wagon right before the holiday, great time to do it. >> now, we want to leave the united states and let's go to central america. and let's head to costa rica where there's an incredible spa
that readers love. >> and costa rica is so, so popular with our readership at travel and leisure. they love costa rica because of the proximity, because of the incredible natural mbuta, and this delivers a lot of it. not only are you in an incredibly gorgeous setting. you have a bird's eye view from every room of the volcano. so stunning. activities galore. zip lining, hiking, all of the cute animals from the rain forest. then they have this beautiful spa that they have recently built that they were so conscious in terms of ecology of the area they built it on a structure so it almost looks like it's floating in the middle of the rain forest. they have open air pavilions for your treatments. they have treatments with costa rican coffee, with chocolate, which i know you like. >> i love. >> they have volcanic masks. this is place where you're really going to feel like you're experiencing the indigenous culture and in a gorgeous
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below the lelimate. the injuries he sustained ended his dream of playing in the majors at that moment. seven years later, adam's determination to get back in the game along with the help of an online campaign, started by a sports fan, matt liston changed all that. adam and matt joining us from miami because just three days away, adam, a big day. you're going to get a chance to hit with the marlins. and this is something that you, matt, have been trying to get to happen. give him a second chance, and here we go. okay, you first, adam. what are you doing with this time, now three days before this big second chance? >> i'm just soaking it all in. i mean, it is a chance for me to really realize my dream as i had my whole life as a child, wanting to play major league baseball. what happened seven years ago did, and that dream was kind of shattered. and i didn't get to enjoy being a major leaguer.
so with obviously the help of matt liston and this one at bat campaign, he's enabled me to kind of get back and now truly realize the dream. and i'm honestly just saying i'm soaking it in and loving every second of it. >> that's fantastic. matt, you have become tight now, but you didn't know him from adam, so to speak. you didn't know him. you were a fan, but you gault the campaign going. why? >> well, i remember adam's first at-bat. i'm a chicago cubs fanatic, and i remember the day he played that game in 2005, july 9th, i thought i was about to see the center fielder of our future. and i remember when he got hit in the head, it was devastating. and i remember watching the games after that thinking well, where's adam? when is adam going to get to play? and he never got called up again. he never played again for the chicago cubs. that at-bat was burned in my brain. and i would check in to see what adam was up to online.
and he still didn't get the call up. then right before this season started, i was actually watching the movie field of dreams with my wife. i couldn't believe she had never watched it before. anyway, so we were watching it and she said she mentioned the character in there, moonlight graham, who adam is compared to moonlight graham, and she said, man, i feel sorry for that moonlight graham character. i said moonlight graham doesn't have anything on this guy, on adam greenberg. i started telling her the story of adam greenberg and i thought, wow, he's only 28, 29 years old. we can't let this moment pass. this window of opportunity pass. so i did some homework on adam. saw how great he was playing in the independent league, and then after i went to spring training and chatted with a few general managers and some of the players, i want to make this point, a lot of the active major league players would tell me that they would give up their at-bat for adam. and when i got that outpouring of respect and support for adam from the big leaguers, game was on. campaign was on. i called this guy out of the
blue. and i don't know what he thought when i first called him. >> oh, my gosh. then adam, tell me, what did you think when matt out of the blue was like, i have this campaign going. other player whose say they're willing to give up at-bats for you. what was your reaction? >> well, we'll take it back a little bit before that. when he first called me with the idea, i got to be honest, ife wasn't coming from a trusted source of mine, you know, i would have probably dismissed it because i -- it sounts lids lik crazy idea. hey, i'm going to create a campaign and an army of people to get you at at-bat. over the course of the conversation, the initial conversation, matt obviously, you can see it, his passion and his genuineness, where it was just, i couldn't -- he couldn't imagine what happened to me, and if it was him, he just wanted to do this. and i heard that the first conversation. and then what happened after
that, you know, he'd call me and said i talked to this coach and this player and this guy. but it wasn't until i saw the piece, and i really -- i kind of encourage everyone to go and check it out at one-atbat.com. it brought tears to my eyes. it was so emotional just to see it overwhelming show of support that this guy was able to create with genuinely an army of people. through the social media and just that overwhelming show of support re-energized and relit a fire in me. >> what an incredible commitment. so now i wonder, adam, how are you going to be at bat, marlins tuesday, and not have tears in your eyes? how are you going to be able to concentrate on that moment? will you be thinking about what happened years ago? will you be thinking about, you know, your fitness, your training, your readiness? can you tell me what you might be feeling? >> yeah, here's the one thing
that i want to make very clear. this campaign and this at-bat is a success already. so the result of what happens on tuesday, it's one at-bat, but obviously, it's resonated with so many people, showing the power of the human spirit, the power of perseverance, and just staying positive and not letting yourself stay down. but it's not -- you can't do it alone. you need support. and i didn't ask for it. certainly, i didn't know matt from a hole in the wall. he wasn't a friend of mine, a relative, an agent. nothing. just a genuinely nice guy and passionate baseball fan and passionate person. all of those emotions i'm getting to relive and talk about it and share it right now. but coming tuesday, monday, that's when it's 100% focused on the game. and then the at-bat to try to help the marlins win a game. the ownership, the whole ownership, everyone has been so warming and welcoming and done
it for the right reasons. and i'm just fortunate to have -- to be the guy who has the opportunity. but i'm just -- i'm going to try and do my job. my job for that day on tuesday is to get on base, create and score a run. if i score a run, then the marlins are one run closer to winning a game, and that's what i love to do. so this is just -- this is all a bonus. >> and it's a one-day contract. we're going to be rooting for you. who is not going to be rooting for you? we're all going to be rooting for you and would love to have you back next weekend, both of you, to talk about what the experience was like and matt, something tells me, i know you have been a longtime cubs fan, but now you have to be a marlins fan. >> i'm an adam greenberg fan. that's the whey i'm going to put it. fredricka, thank you so much, and i have to tell you, we're really grateful to the marlins because it's a lot easier to say no than it is to say yes. and in this case, this is like the beginning of sports activism, this is where the fans have stepped up to change the
game. and you know, social media has helped the sports world be an example for the rest of the world, and it starts now and it starts with you, fredrickfredri. thanks for doing this story. >> a beautiful relationship. beautiful inspiration. we're rooting for you and we look forward to seeing you next weekend when you tell us what that experience was all about. we're big fans of both of you, matt and adam. thanks so much. >> thank you so much. >> thank you. >> all right, it's a real life cinderella story. another one to tell you about. the victim of school yard bullying becoming a homecoming princess when a cruel prank backfires. the day that we say to the world of identity thieves "enough." we're lifelock, and we believe you have the right to live free from the fear of identity theft. our pledge to you? as long as there are identity thieves, we'll be there. we're lifelock. and we offer the most comprehensive identity theft protection ever created.
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when whitney was nominated for homecoming court by her classmates she was thrilled, but her excitement turned to embarrassment when she realized she was the victim of a cruel prank. now this michigan teen is turning the table on her bullies. chris welch has that story. >> a super star practically overnight. 16-year-old whitney crop is a role model to anyone who has ever been bullied.
>> we love you whitney! >> this sophomore's journey to stardom was no fairy tale. when her peers picked her for the homecoming court as a joke, she had thoughts of suicide. >> i'm like, wow. i feel like trash. i feel like i'm a little thing that no one really cared about. >> at her sister's urging, she decided to keep her title on the court. >> if i were in your position, that would be really hard to do. >> it's really hard to do right now because at first i thought about dropping out of the homecoming court. i'm not the joke that everyone thinks i am. i can prove the kids wrong. >> that's what he did, and since then, she's been swamped with support from the local hair salon that gave her a new do. >> i find out it was a joke, it really touched me. >> to the facebook page with over 100,000 fans. >> so cool to see, you know, e-mails that she's -- we're getting or she's getting from parents and other students from all over the place, telling their stories and how it helped
them and it touched them. you know, my daughter is out there as an inspiration to a lot of people and that's a really cool thing. >> see, you're like cinderella. mistreated, unappreciative, abused, but after much support, you're going to have a great time at the ball. >> i thought before, no one cares about me. not only my own brother and sister care, but they're proving they care. the world is proving they -- not care about me, but they care about the situation. >> folks from all over the state are here tonight. in fact, this group of girls traveled more than an hour away. you left your home football game to come here and support whitney. why? >> we wanted to show whitney that our entire student body is completely 100% behind her. >> from being bullied to the bully pulpit, she's using her newfound fame to send a message. >> kids that are bullying, don't let them bring you down. stand up for what you believe in and go with your heart and go with your gut. that's what i did and look at me now. i'm as happy as can be. >> she said she'll likely face
bullies again in the future, but when that happens, she'll confront them with her head held high and with a new confidence. >> too sweet. our movie critic, she sat down with joseph gordon levet, remember that name from third rock from the sun? him. he's now the star of a futuristic new movie "looper." interesting thoughts on time travel next. and it's not letting up anytime soon. at unitedhealthcare insurance company, we understand that commitment. so does aarp, serving americans 50 and over for generations. so it's no surprise millions have chosen an aarp dicare supplement insurance plan, insured by unitedhealthcare insurance company. like all standardized medicare supplement plans, it helps cover some of what medicare doesn't pay. to find out more, call today. so it can feel like you're using nothing at all. but neosporin® eczema essentials™ is different.
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all right, whether you want to go out or stay in this weekend, there are great movie options for you. one of our favorite child actors, joseph gordon-levitt is all grown up in this weekend's blockbuster "looper" and all 22 james bond classics are on blu e.r.a. th ray this weekend. i can't wait to talk about james bond, but let's start with looper starring joseph gordon-levitt. he was the kid from the sitcom "third rock from the sun." now shehe's starring in his thi motion picture this year. it's about an assassin who kills targets back in time. and you interviewed the star. >> i did. >> do you know what's going to happen? you've done all this already? >> time travel has not yet been invented, but 30 years from now, it will have been. >> we can all travel in time if
you simply close your eyes and use your imagination. i mean, in looper, time travel is a very particular thing that's completely illegal. it's very dangerous, so the only people who use it are criminals. >> i feel like that's a wise way to go. >> you think? >> i feel like we would mess it up, not you and me, but those people. >> the 47% would mess it up? >> exactly. i hope i have your vote in the election. >> one of those movies that on the one end does offer you all of the exhilaration of a banging action flick, but on the other hand, gives you something to think about. >> gosh, all grown up. got to get used to that. h how does he do in "looper" in your view? we see he's cute and clever in your interview, and then your tomato score. >> joe gor-love is fantastic in the movie. it's such a great concept, like this movie is definitely on par
with sighi isci-fi films you lo because it has tons of explosions and action, but you actually care about what's happening and you can't really predict what's going to happen. imagine a future you could come back and kick young you in the soft parts for being a moron. that's just the beginning of how interesting this movie is. i loved it. i thought it catered to everybody. and the critics are agreeing because this movie is not only fresh. it's certified fresh at 93%. >> wow. and you love explosions and action in movies, which means movies that means you like this whole -- okay, bond, james bond. >> i do. >> i know you love it. 50th anniversary. but we have this release of a collection on blu-ray. what's the deal with this? haven't we seen it before? >> oh, no, you have not seen it like this. you have got to get this collection. spring for it because not only
does it include nine movies, not released on blu-ray yet, but it has tons of extra features. so you get montages of all of the bonds, you get looks at all of the ladies of bond. that's an important component. >> of course. >> and you also get video blogs and a sneak peek at sky fall, the movie coming out on november 9th, starring the latest bond, daniel craig, who i cannot stop thinking about in a swim suit. there, i admit it. >> that's because he does it well. do we get to watch a clip, maybe? no, i'm told no. you have to buy -- >> i can re-enact it. >> i'm sure you can. we look forward to that. plus, it's a great birthday idea for anybody who is a big bond fan, right? to get a giant collection of all of the james bond flicks and the special stuff. right on cue, that was perfect. >> i like it. >> all right, thanks so much. good to see you. remember, you can get all of the movie grades at
rottentomatoes.com. welcome back to the "cnn newsroom." we start in syria where there's a relentless back and forth battle to control aleppo. once considered a regime stronghold. >> the opposition says 94 people have been killed in fighting across syria today alone. the total in the civil war according to another opposition group is more than 30,000, and a along with the fighting and dying, some of syria's cultural treasures are being destroyed. we're joined live now from beirut. this war is horrible, and it seems like there isn't any end, but are any experts saying there might be a turning point on the
horizon? >> well, fredricka, you know, the opposition in syria has said for the last two days that there's a decisive battle that's been launched in aleppo in syria's largest city by the rebel forces, that they're trying to drive out the regime forces from that city once and for all and take control of aleppo. but effectively what you have going on in aleppo is a see-saw battle, a steal maalemate and o the reason is even though the rebels have been able to push into areas that regime forces may not have maenled they could force into before and get a stronghold in some areas of the city, the fact of the matter is they're outgunned, outmanned by syrian regime forces and the syrian government has the air power. they control the skies. they have the helicopter gun ships, they have war planes. because of the relentless shelling we keep hearing going on there, it's hard for rebels to take control of that city. we heard from activists the past two days the fighting is as fierce as it has been since the clashes in aleppo began in july and it's only getting worse.
the death toll is spiraling out of control. a lot of concerns right now and the people we speak with in aleppo don't think the battle will end any time soon. >> what about all of the lost cultural treasures. historically very important. it seems irrelevant when you think about the number of lives that some say have been lost over the past year, 30,000. but what do we know about the cultural treasures and why it is so important to try to preserve? >> that's right, fredricka, it is an important question. since the fighting began in aleppo, there have been concerns about the rich cultural and historic legacy of that city. the heart of that city has the centuries old citadel. the heart of the city is a world heritage site. today, we're hearing from opposition activists because of intense clashes between regime forces and between rebel forces, that there was a blaze that was sparked, a fire that started in the medieval suks which is the mark place.
essentially it's like a maze of covered alleyways where everything from souvenirs to food to clothing is sold. it's a major tourist attraction, or it was, in a city filled with getting tourists and one of the reasons why the city is the country's commercial hub. today we hear there's a fire sparked there. we don't know how much may have burned, if it's under control, but it's very disturbing. all of the sides we have spoken to since the conflict began in aleppo were concerned with what would happen to the cultural sites in aleppo. and now more concerns today because of the fire. >> the secretary of state hillary clinton mentioned that there's this u.n. so-called friends of syria, and they pledged more than $50 million for the opposition, whether it be in weapons or whether it be to help refugees, et cetera. has that message gotten to the opposition. if so, what is their reaction and when do they expect that assistance?
>> well, fredrickfredricka, the has gotten to the opposition, but the opposition is grateful for this assistance, and they have been. the u.s. and other countries have given, you know, have given money and aid in the past, but the opposition, and especially the rebels have said from day one what they need more than anything is they need more artillery. they need more firepower. they need anti-aircraft guns and anti-tank guns. they're running low on supplies, they don't have those supplies. the u.s. since they started aiding the opposition, has said they don't want to further militarize this conflict. they only want to send in nonlethal assistance, things like satellite phones and computers or food or medical supplies. and so you have this divide between the opposition, some are very grateful of this assistance, but also the rebels and other opposition members are saying this isn't going to do it for us. it's great we're getting this training, that we're getting all this assistance, but we need a lot more in order to prevail in this confliblth going on in this
country and rid the country of the bashar al assad regime once and for all. >> thanks for the update. now stateside to pennsylvania where six teen girls have been charged as adults in the beating of a mentally disabled woman. it happened on tuesday and was caught on cell phone. the video was posted on facebook. police say the woman was beaten and stomped. they say the girls chased her inside and beat her with a chair, a shoe, and their fists. the girls ages range from 15 to 19 years old. two of them are sisters. here's how one mother reacted to the incident. >> i never talked to my comiehi sense she went to school yesterday. >> what about your other daughter? >> i don't know the story. i haven't talked to her. can you pull back? >> she apparently was the instigator if you look at the video. >> i haven't seen the video and haven't talked to my child. sorry for the things that happened but i have nothing else to say. >> they have been charged with
aggravated assault and related charges. being held on $50,000 bail. >> the lawyer for one of the girls is speaking out on the case. he says his client, a 16-year-old, is innocent. >> my client never made any physical contact. with the victim in this case. >> she did not throw any punches? >> she didn't throw any punches. >> or throw anything at her? >> no. >> the victim was taken to the hospital. she's being treated at an undisclosed locate. . let's turn to the race for the presidency. president barack obama and mitt romney are about to go head to head for their first presidential debate. it happens wednesday night in denver. senator john kerry is standing in for mitt romney in president obama's debate rehearsals. on the other side, senator rob portman will fly with mitt
romney to colorado on monday. he is playing the role of president obama in romney's practice round. >> while the candidates prepare for that debate, their running mates are courting voters in battleground states. republican paul ryan is in new hampshire and ohio today. he said president obama's economic policies were contributing to a lower standard of living. >> you're either part of the problem or part of the solution. and you know what? president obama has become part of the problem, and mitt romney is the solution. >> and vice president joe biden is wrapping up a two-day swing through florida. at a rally in ft. myers, he blasted romney and ryan on medicare. >> if what the republicans -- if what romney and ryan are saying about obama and biden is true on medicare, why would the american medical suggestion endorse our position? why would the national american hospital association and most importantly, why would aarp
endorse us? >> president obama and mitt romney face-to-face as american voters weigh their choice. the first presidential debate starting wednesday night october 3rd, watch it live at 7:00 eastern time on cnn and cnn.com. >> a group of fishermen lucky to be alive after their boat capsized. their dramatic rescue was caught on tape. a tropical storm overturned their shrimping vessel off mexico's coast. they were thrown into the rough water there. but all eight of them managed to cling on to the rope before they were hauled to safety. one had to be treated for taking in too much water. the rest just lucky to walk away with a few bumps and bruises. closer to home, a rescue of a different kind. a hiker had to be air lifted out of a canyon after slipping off the edge of a walterfall in a
georgia state park. the 22-year-old suffered broken bones in the lower part of his body. today, ten miles of one of the busiest freeways in america closed, and people in los angeles are calling it carmageddon two. last summer, drivers feared a similar closure on interstate 405, that it could cause a monster traffic jam, but it actually went smoothly because most drivers stayed home to avoid all that. this weekend, officials are once again asking people to stay off the main roads and the 405 scheduled to reopen monday. it's one of the world's most famous paintings. but this week, an art foundation unveiled what it said is a younger version of the mona lisa. do you think it's real? hmm, the resemblance there? you be the judge when we get back. ears are weird.
i don't know what shape that is .. but it's not round. so why would headphones be round? they should be shaped like this.. 'earshaped'. you know .. so they fit in your ears. when we got married. i had three kids. and she became the full time mother of three. it was soccer, and ballet, and cheerleading, and baseball.
market. and after all that is figured out, there's still yet another question. who owns it? the museum, the woman who bought it $7, or the insurance company? now for another mystery, this one involving one of the most famous paintings in the world. we're talking about leonardo da vinci's mona lisa. a private swiss art foundation says she's not alone. there's another mona lisa out there. and they unveiled it on thursday. so let the debate begin. we brought in john mann, cnn international. his expertise and his piercing eye can help nail it down for us. >> you think that renoir was available? that's jump change to a mona lisa which wasn't the first mona lisa. what they're trying to convince the art world is that he didn't just paint the most famous painting of all time, the most famous woman, perhaps, of all
time. he painted herb twice. he painted her once before the painting that is now so famous that hangs in the louvre and if you're willing to fight through 400 tourists, you yourself can see. those of us who have been lucky enough to see it, very few have sign these painting. this was in a swiss vault for 40 years. people wondered, did he paint an earlier version of this painting? there was some historical evidence he might have. and now they're saying this is the -- the art foundation is saying this is it. what we're looking at on the left is the mona lisa. you can see she's a little bit darker -- >> more shadows. >> a finished landscape behind her. we're looking at the mona lisa on the left. i think we have another shot of the one on the right, there you go. and you notice the landscape is not complete. you'll notice the shadows on her face are not as developed. and if anything, she seems younger. if that's the adult mona lisa, maybe this is the high school graduation photo, the facebook page, the whole debate hinges on
really two things. did leonardo paint this because if he didn't it's a copy by someone else. did he paint the whole thing or a part of it. the foundation says he painted at least a part of it. the other question, was this the first painting or the second? once again, if it was the second, it is in essence a copy of the great masterpiece the whole world knows, or not. you stare at them. >> i'm looking. okay, you know, what i'm looking at is the similarities of the bumps and ridges of her hair. nearly identical. even if time elapses, who sits in the exact same position with the head at the exact same angle? it can just be an issue of lighting where the one appears lighter to make her appear younger? the lips are a little more pink. >> two theories here. two theories, the one on the right is the botox mona lisa. historically probably not going
to work. what if he had painted her as a younger woman and didn't release that, he kept it, and then he painted her again in her absence as an older woman? >> interesting. >> here's what the experts are saying discounts that possibility. the mona lisa that the whole world knows has been x-rayed and they know that the mona lisa that the world knows was changed from the way it first appeared. if it's different than it first appeared that earlier painting would not look like it. it would look like it's meant to look. if ste instead, we see it looking like the later mona lisa. it's a mystery. an extraordinariably valuable painting if it's real. if it's not, it's fun to talk about. >> again with the two images there, we had one that was a little wider and you could see the neck line of the outfit. exact same outfit, too? come on, you guys. >> okay. skeptical journalist. >> so skeptical. maybe he did two or from the
same sitting. just too many similarities. >> you're not buying it. you're more of a $7 renoir. >> i love the story and the discussion, i really do, but i'm just -- i'm a tough sell right now. but you did a great job. >> thank you. thank you. >> john mann, i love it. thanks so much. appreciate it. all right, it's quite a proposal. would you accept $64 million to marry this man's daughter? if you are game, we have details. ♪ ♪ [ male announcer ] how do you engineer a true automotive breakthrough? ♪ you give it bold new styling, unsurpassed luxury and nearly 1,000 improvements. introducing the redesigned 2013 glk.
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a hong kong billionaire is making aboffer many bachelors might find hard to refuse. $64 million to marry his daughter. why is this dad doing that? and are there any applicants. pauline finds out. >> in his opulent 16,000 square foot mansion, real estate tycoon cecil chao enjoys the beautiful artwork, the serenity of an indoor waterfall and an ocean view, but one of hong kong's
richest men is unsettled by a simple desire, finding the right person for his only daughter. >> gigi to me is a nice girl, very loving daughter. and deserves a good life, and she should have as wide a choice as possible. >> sounds simple enough for 33-year-old gigi who is executive director of her father's real estate empire, but various media outlets have reported that she's already married to her longtime female companion. her father said those reports are false and have ruined her chances of finding a man so he's offering an incentive, $64 million to any man who can win over his daughter. aren't you worried about the types of people who will apply? they're just after the money, don't you think? >> i'm not going to worry ability these things until gigi has found somebody who loves her. if somebody loves her just for her money, she is old enough to
find out herself, and i will advise her. >> more than 1,000 offers have come in. gigi said she finds her father's offer entertaining. >> i wasn't angry at all. i was moved by daddy's announcement. i mean, it's really his way of saying baby girl, i love you, you deserve more. >> cnn asked her about media reports of her marriage to a longtime female partner. she said she's not in a position to verify this. cecil chao said he's open minded when it comes to issues of sex waelt, but he has his concerned. >> if she is not gay, she should straighten it out, not let the people be misled. >> but if she is gay, are you okay with that the. >> that is for her to decide what she wants to be. >> both father and daughter say
the publicity has been overwhelming. on her facebook page, gigi says for the sake of her family's san ate, she hopes her father retracts his offer. pauli pauline choou, cnn. >> a story that has had america fascinated for decades. police are looking for jimmy hoffa's remains again. we'll tell you what they found in a house near detroit. [ male announcer ] does your prescription medication give you the burden of constipation? turn to senokot-s tablets. senokot-s has a natural vegetable laxative ingredient plus the comfort of a stool softener for gentle, overnight relief of occasional constipation.
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new fiefr in a decades old mystery. the disappearance of jimmy hoffa, crews are digging under a shed for his possible remains say they didn't find any bones but the investigation isn't over. soil samples have gone to a lab for testing. susan candiotti has more. >> could these carefully wrapped tubes of soil carried out among a sea of cameras possibly hold the remains of jimmy hoffa? >> kind of like an open wound that won't go away. >> a wound that mous be partially closed monday when lab
results put to rest whether these are human remains let alone hoffa's. >> stranger things have happened so it's possible. >> possible maybe, but not probable. the dig inside a shed came after a witness recently told police he saw a body buried there about the same time jimmy hoffa disappeared in 1975. but the police chief says the timeline doesn't add up. and they say an alleged book making operation at the house didn't happen until years later. >> i don't think it's mr. hoffa. >> neither does john anthony who worked the hoffa case. he gives the tip zero credibility. >> whether they find a body or not, i don't know, but if they do, i guarantee you it's not jimmy hoffa. >> he said the fbi has a good idea who pulled off the hit and where, but it sure wasn't in this neighborhood. why could the fbi never find the body? >> because there is no body. the body, in our opinion, was
cremated or was thrown into a vat of acid or whatever. >> whatever happened, the mafia backed teamster boss is legendary. celebrated in movies like this one, going up against u.s. attorney general robert kennedy. >> the justice department has plenty on you mr. hoffa. >> you don't impress me. >> i don't need $300 million and my brother elected president to [ bleep ]. >> over the years, many failed attempts to find him. tips had him buried in cement at the end zone of old giants stadium. they looked through blood stains in a detroit home and dug up a horse farnl in 2006. all dead ends. hoffa's middle name was riddle and so is trying to pinpoint why his fate still captivates so many people. >> he was a gifted individual, he was powerful. he was a negotiator. combine that with his mysterious disappearance and the connection with the underworld and the mob. >> now the question is, will
police crack this case or will it remain an unsolved mystery? susan candiotti, cnn, michigan. a retired fbi special agent john anthony who worked on the hoffa case, you saw him in that piece, is joining us live now from detroit. you said in that report, nope, you don't believe it. remains are not going to be found in that location that could be related to hoffa. why are you so convinced of that? >> absolutely. his body was destroyed within eight hours of his abduction. keep in mind on july 30th, the abduction happened somewhere around 2:00 in the afternoon. and it's the fbi's opinion based on our extensive investigation that the body was cremated, destroyed, chopped up, whatever that evening, and his body or any part of his remains will never be found. keep in mind, within eight months of the abduction, the case was solved by the fbi. >> you think it's a waste of time, waste of resources?
>> well, i think it is. i mean, the fbi spent a lot of time, the last entry into this area was a tip on a farm in milford that was owned by a former org nanized crime teamst official and that turned up nothing. this has to cost several thousand dollars and led to where i thought it would lead, which is nowhere. >> i spoke with the police chief and he said they were compelled to follow up. it seemed like the tipster was fairly credible and the reason why the tipster took this amount of time, three decades to actually come forward, was because of fear, simple as that. at the same time, do you feel like, you know, police jurisdictions are going to be on a wild-goose chase, if you want to call it a wild-goose chase, because it is a legendary, you know, kind of urban myth. it's a mystery that continues to fascinate so many? >> you're correct. it is a mystery that continues
to fascinate a lot of people. it will go on and on, but you know, right away, as soop as this happened is the tipster refused to take a polygraph, and that's got to tell you something, and the timeline is not correct, but local law enforcement can do what they want to do and they drilled a hole and came up empty. my grandson told me many times, it's a bunch of crapola. it doesn't mean anything. it never will, and it's never going to be solved. we know what happened. we know who was involved. unfortunately the people who were involved who could be prosecuted are down to two orthree individuals. >> what point will jurisdictions say case closed? we're never going to be able to tie this up, conclude it succinctly, but we realize it's just a mystery that will forever go down in infamy as just that, a mystery? >> well, the investigation itself as to who, what, where, when, and why is well known and has been well known to the fbi
and law enforcement for a long period of time. the mystery surrounds the body itself. where is the body? and it's our opinion, the fbi, based on our investigation that the body was disposed of in a bottle of acid, chopped up, in a crematorium, so it could never be found. and all these tips from now on, are going to lead nowhere. >> john anthony, thanks so much for your time from detroit today. >> appreciate it. thank you. all right, we're going to talk about your grocery bill coming up. you can get farm fresh produce and dairy even in the middle of the big city. we'll show you how one website is bringing the farmer's market to you. since ameriprise financil was founded back in 1894, they've been committed to putting clients first. helping generations through tough times. good times. never taking a bailout. there when you need them. helping millions of americans over the centuries. the strength of a global financial leader.
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you can get farm fresh food with just a click of a mouse. a website called farmandgo matches up farmers with local shoppers. we explain how it works. >> see this tomato here? every time you buy a dollar's worth of these at the supermarket, the farmer's cut is 20 cents. that's pretty much true of everything the farmer sells. there's a middleman between you and the farmers who grow your food. >> we want to make sure that the farmers are making a higher percentage. 85 cents on the dollar versus 20 cents wholesale. >> you enter your zip code and what you would like from the farm. they'll find you a location to pick up your boxed farmer's market. >> they do my shopping at the
local farms. >> the host locations try to make pickup an event. >> when it's pickup day, everybody comes, they have a cocktail, a glass of sangria, a bite to eat. >> not everyone wants to turn food shopping into a social event, and there are plenty of things you want in a grocery store that you can't get in a farm, but they're targeting a group that is growing. >> the brand local is stronger than the brand organic. >> and you're making more money, right? >> exactly. that never hurts. >> tell me about that. >> i make more money in my pocket, but people are also enjoying healthier, fresher food than you get in a grocery store. >> they raised $10 million in funding from several venture capital firms. >> this is the most important industry to support because it's huge and it has benefits just beyond disrupting the economic model. >> those benefits are they encourage health iier eating. >> we have lots of trucks pulling up with food across america and lots of people
stocking supermarket shelves. technology is mobile is going to eat all that. we'll connect the farmer and consumer. >> there are some things the internet won't change on the farm. unfortunately as a farmer, i can't press a button and hit the in box and have my potatoes appear overnight. >> all right, so now laurie is joining us from new york. where just a click of the mouse away, you can still get there. websites like this, is this going to give traditional supermarkets a run for their money? >> look, it's not like they're going to completely be ail to take on something as huge as a supermarket, but that being said, a lot of people want local. a lot of people want to connect with their farm ars, with the community, but they haven't figured out how to go about it. it's giving people the opportunity to create a digital supermarket. you can go online and say i want this and i want that and you'll be connected to farms in your area that will bring it to you. i think for them to actually really do well, they're going to
have to scale. they're going to have to have people like us say we're going to commit to buying a certain amount. we're going to start these pickup locations at our schools and that kind of thing. that's where i thin they'll be able to give the supermarkets a run for their money. >> is there a way for people to get involved beyond being a customer? a patron of it? >> sure, what you can do is you can start communities. let's say you want to do this, and to be honest, for me, i have to figure out the cooking thing before i do this. but let's say i decide i want to do this at cnn. i have to get 20 other people in my community interested, and i can go online, go to farmigo.com and click start a community, and i can commit and get 20 other people to commit to buying local produce and doing this about once a week, and then when you do that, you can fill out an application, they'll review it, and connect you to people in the community and bring you your boxes full of your fresh groceries straight from the ground and the next step, you
start cooking. a pretty interesting idea. >> everybody loves fresh. thanks so much. always good to see you from new york. for more high-tech news and reviews, go to cnn.com sla/tech. >> in afghanistan, many young girls risk their lives just walking to school. one woman is risking her life to see that they get an education. [ female announcer ] ordinary lotions aren't made to treat eczema, so it can feel like you're using nothing at all. but neosporin® eczema essentials™ is different. its multi-action formula restores visibly healthier skin in 3 days. neosporin® eczema essentials™. yeah, you -- you know, everything can cost upwards of...[ whistles ] i did not want to think about that.
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police trainer and an interpreter in western afghanistan. it happen ed while the group wa on their way to a training center when a car hit an explosive device. this week's cnn hero is making a difference for girls in afghanistan. this week, we're shining a spotlight on the top ten cnn heroes of 2012. this week's honoree is risking her life to help young girls in afghanistan get an education. >> in afghanistan, most of the girls have no voice. they are used as property of a family. the picture is very grim. my name is razia jan, and i'm the founder of a girl's school in afghanistan. when we opened the school in 2008, 90% of them could not write their name. today, 100% of them can read,
they can write. we have been doing this for over 28 years, but i was really effected by 9/11. i really wanted to prove that muslims are not terrorists. i came back here in 2002. girls have been the most suppressed and i thought i have to do something. it was a struggle in the beginning. i would sit with these men and tell them don't marry them when they're 14 years old. they want to learn. how do you write your father's name? after five years now, the men are proud of their girls. when they themselves can't write their names. still, we have to take precautions. some people have so much against girls getting educated. we provide free education to
over 350 girls. i think it's like a fire that will grow every year, my hope becomes more. i think i can see the future. >> earlier, i spoke to razia jan by phone from afghanistan, and i asked her what it's been like for her since opening the school. >> this is the fiveth year, and the girls, i mean, it's amazing. and it's just a joy to see them, that they can read, they can write, and they're working on computers. and they have -- they are learning really three languags.s which would really help them as they grow old er, and my dream s for them to continue their education and continue giving
them the best education that is possible under the circumstances. and to keep them safe, really. that's my goal. >> and it hasn't been easy for them. it hasn't been easy for you. give me an idea of what some of the obstacles, the roadblocks, what have they been? >> you know, as i said before and i am repeating, you know, a woman really, and girls especially, they don't have any rights, and they are not only, you know, dominated by their father but then the brothers and uncle and grandfather. so it's not one person, you know, giving them permission to go to school. you have to go through, you know, a lot of obstacles. >> razia is one of our top ten
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insurance p eight years ago, one man was diagnosed with cancer. he still lost his appetite's and finding foods that he could eat became essential to beating the disease. well, now he and his mom have teamed up to help other kids. dr. sanjay gupta has more on their story. >> reporter: he is what you call an old soul, always been advanced. when he was ten, he won a writing contest that gave him an opportunity to interview first lady laura bush. he always challenges himself, but at age 11, he faced his biggest challenge at all, diagnosed with cancer. >> and then it becomes like a blur, you know, the tests and all kinds of scans, and they put me in surgery. >> reporter: his mother watched fabian go from a happy, healthy boy to a very sick child. >> there is no greater nightmare, he was left more ill as a result of the treatment.
you know, the re-building was such a journey, getting his health back. >> reporter: with chemotherapy and radiation treatments, fabian began to lose his appetite. his mother became frustrated, so danielle kept experimenting with foods, cooking things he would eat but were also healthy for him so he could fight the cancer. >> it still boils down to the fact that you were do it or you are not going to. so we have to do it the best way we can. >> reporter: it has been nearly ten years after his cancer, and after follow-ups and treatments, he remains cancer-free. his mother is now certified and teaches other families how to cook other meals that taste good for children who have cancer. some of her recipes can now be found in a cookbook called ha y happily hungry, which the two
worked on. because there is no better option. >> you have to look at it as an opportunity to rebuild them the best way possible. >> reporter: the book is filled with colorful recipes, designed with a child in mind, describes why each recipe is important. they hope the children will get well, just like it did for fabian, who is a senior, working on challenging himself. he will graduate from college next may at the age of 19. dr. sanjay gupta, cnn. >> great inspiration, be sure to watch dr. sanjay gupta today and 3:30 eastern time. and we're not even talking about the nfl. this involves kids playing in a pee wee league. hmm, it says here that cheerios helps lower cholesterol
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no-hitter in major league baseball, tying a record. bailey struck out ten bat ters, he is very happy celebrating there. and offering kids big cash for big hits? that is what the coach of a pee wee football team in california is accused of doing, running his own bounty program. this was allegedly going on for months before the scandal involved the new orleans saints program, before that came to light. >> reporter: the 2011 red cobras football team went undefeated in the regular football season. >> this was a team that knew it was on the verge of greatness, and indeed it went through the pop warner super bowl in florida. and because it knew it had the players in place to get that far it was probably willing to push the boundaries of what was acceptable. and they got carried away.
>> reporter: the assistant coach for the team of 10 and 11-year-olds now said other coaches on the team offered the boys 20 dollar cash bounties for big hits on opposing players. he declined to speak with cnn, but off camera he outlined the details of the program, first reported by the orange county register. >> all in all, we now have six parents and players saying that this happened, six out of a team of about 22, confirming this happened. so there is -- there is no doubt in my mind, that this happened. >> reporter: we spoke with one player from the 2011 tustin red players team, who didn't want their names mentioned. players said they did discuss cash incentives for big hits, and that after games players would vote on which player would receive the money. he also said he saw the coach give the player cash. darren crawford, head coach, says those claims are nonsense.
did you ever suggest or pay for a player to hurt a player on another team? >> absolutely not. i think that they're trumped up charges, i think that john zanelli wrote the charges, put them on paper. nothing like that ever happened on my team. >> i have been a team mom for him for two of those four years. i am not what you would consider a casual bystander on the side lines, i was at practices and games you never once heard anything mentioned. >> reporter: they called the claims unfounded. late thursday, the national pop warner organization suspended crawford and the tustin red president, who said in light of the players coming forward who did not participate in the situation, there will be an investigation.
others say the claims are the result of a vendetta coming from disputes. he has since left and formed another team within the league. their season ended with a loss in the national semifinal, a successful season tar nished, over allegations the players were told to play hard. tustin, california, cnn. welcome back to the cnn news room, i'm fredricka whitfield. and president obama and mitt romney are about to come face to face in the presidential debate, just four days away. senator john kerry is helping with the debate skills, and mitt romney is using senator rob portman as sparring partner.
>> reporter: hey, fred, as running mate paul ryan making the rounds here in ohio, his boss? guess what, he is hunkering down today getting ready for the showdown with president obama. he is preparing for the debate. the same thing with the president, off the campaign trail, tomorrow in nevada. he is spending time, we believe, behind closed doors getting ready. meanwhile, both sides are playing the expectation game, even the candidates themselves are doing it. take a listen to mitt romney recently on the campaign trail. >> he is a very eloquent speaker, so i am sure in the debates, as with the last time with senator john mccain, he will be very eloquent. >> reporter: and others are playing that game. >> what history tells us, that challengers normally win the first debate just by the fact
that they're standing on the stage with the president. that elevates them. and they normally come into these things as the underdog, so we're coming into this thing very realistic that mitt romney will win if he plays the cards right. >> reporter: stephanie cutter making those comments on piers morgan, if your candidate does better, it is considered a big victory. how much are people paying attention to it? what they really want to do is hear what they will do to make the country better. all right, thank you so much. president obama and mitt romney coming face-to-face as american voters weigh in, picking their first choice on the presidential debate, october 3rd, live on cnn.com. and 38 days from the presidential election, but already millions of americans have had their say. in fact, nearly half of all voters are expected to take
advantage of early voting laws, as john king reports in the battleground state of iowa. as a candidate may already be emerging. >> reporter: mind made up, ballots cast, 40 days early. this opening day line is in iowa city. >> here we go. >> reporter: this one in des moines. iowa's early voting, part of a growing and natural trend. some states allow the early voting, including the battlegrounds, cnn ranks as toss-ups. here in iowa, the early numbers and early turnout is just a big obama head-start. so far, an advantage statewide in requesting early ballots. >> i was wondering if the president will have your support this november. awesome. >> reporter: and when it comes to early in-person voting, there is added emphasis in getting
younger voters in early. >> you may know that the early voting starts tomorrow in iowa. so basically for us here at the campaign, every day will be an election day. >> yes, we can. >> reporter: home to the university of iowa, they led the state four years ago when 55% of their ballots were cast early. >> the entire world is watching us. >> reporter: as president of the university democrats? katherine baldy's job is getting her fellow students to vote now. >> fair to say, not the most reliable if you just wait for one day. >> yeah, i mean, things can come up. you can have an exam, you can wait until election day and not know where the precinct is, it just gives us more chances to catch people. >> reporter: president obama is ahead, as september winds down and early voting is open. >> anybody that knows football, knows that the first quarter is when the action happens. so october will be big, and romney will have a head start.
>> reporter: but once again, making much of the early rush. >> in 2010, the democrats had an edge in the early voting, as well. i can't tell you exactly what it was. but the republicans still swept the state. a difference of strategy, you put the money in the last few weeks or the early voting. >> reporter: the gop sent the first early voting just this week. >> can paul ryan and mitt romney count on your support this election? excellent, and would you be interested in voting early this election? >> reporter: they're credited with making it the one millionth call. >> we're calling about issues important to iowa. >> reporter: she is doing her part now as republicans play early voting catch-up. >> we're rolling up our sleeves, putting our boots on and we're at it it. so we still have time. >> reporter: john king, iowa city, iowa. and now to pennsylvania, where six teenage girls have been charged as an adult in the
beating of a mentally ill woman. it was caught on cell phone. police say the woman was beaten and stomped. they chased her inside in the building there. beat her with the chair and fists. the girls' ages range from 15-19 years old. two of them were sisters, this is how a mother reacted. >> i never talked to my child, since she went to school, i said i have to talk to her. >> reporter: what about your other daughter? >> i don't know -- >> reporter: she apparently started it -- if you look at the video. >> okay, well i haven't seen the video or talked to my child. i am sorry for the things that happened but have nothing else to say. >> they have been charged with aggravated assault, and related charges, held on $50,000 bail. >> reporter: one lawyer spoke out for his client, he said that
16-year-old anya dennis is innocent. >> my client never made any physical contact with the victim in this case. >> reporter: she did not throw any punches? >> no, she didn't. >> reporter: or threw anything at her. >> the victim was taken to the hospital and treated at an undisclosed location. and tonight, one of the busiest freeways in america closed. and people in los angeles are calling it carmageddon two. the last time this caused a monster traffic jam, actually smoothly, most of the drivers staying home trying to avoid the 405. and officials once against are asking people to stay off the freeway. it will open again monday. and a real-life cinderella story. a victim of schoolyard bullying gets the last laugh when a
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all right, our legal guys are straight ahead. and they will tackle a case that will have all of us re-thinking when you post a photo on your facebook or blog, or anything like that -- richard, where is this case going? >> well, poster, beware, if you put a photo out on the internet, who owns it? if somebody misuses it, what are your rights? what can you do? >> and avery?
>> well, isn't it amazing that an anti-gay group stole a picture of a couple, or at least a picture of their kiss? the question is do we have copyright violation guides? coming up. >> all right, in our legal guide, 90 seconds away. bob... oh, hey alex. just picking up some, brochures, posters copies of my acceptance speech. great! it's always good to have a backup plan, in case i get hit by a meteor. wow, your hair looks great. didn't realize they did photoshop here. hey, good call on those mugs. can't let 'em see what you're drinking. you know, i'm glad we're both running a nice, clean race.
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. and we're talking about a case involving a gay couple. they take a beautiful picture with the manhattan skyline behind them. they put it on their blog. and then somehow the picture gets lifted, superimposed with a picture like the colorado landscape. and it is done by a group that has an anti-gay campaign. and these two young men say they're suing on the grounds of privacy being violated, and copyright infringement, so what can they do -- do they have a right. when you post it on facebook, on your blog, on the internet, period. >> well, there is absolutely a rock-solid case. look, the defendant in this case is a guy in northern virginia who took wedding pictures of a couple in new jersey, posing in new york, and used it for a political campaign in colorado.
if you can follow that. and the bottom line is, he never asked consent. he just appropriated the likeness. there is a copyright by the photographer, you know, this is what happens when you have extremism, fredricka. people do things that they can't explain. and i don't know how mr. delgadio who runs this organization in northern virginia is going to get away with it. the really strange thing, the group is designated a hate group by the law center. and the unusual thing is, it is the only hate group in the country that has at its head, a government official. this guy is a supervisor in loudoun county, virginia. so it will take place in denver, and i think the plaintiffs will prevail. >> and so richard, if you think the couple was pursuing the right to privacy being violated. a misuse of photos, the photographer, as well was involved. you know, the copyright
infringement. to what extent does the person have to go to prove it? >> the only thing that will protect them is the fact that it was copyright protected. and i don't know how they chose to copyright protect this picture. because i don't know if the law is crystal clear on this. if you take a picture and you post it on the internet and other people use that picture or do things to that picture, i don't know what protections you, as an individual, have. once you put it out there into the mainstream. but here, there was an actual photographer -- >> yeah, it is the photographer's copyright, not the individual. they have an appropriation claim. but it is the photographer's copyright claim that i think is viable here. >> okay, and we did reach out to the public advocate group that allegedly used this photo for their comment. and we did receive for response on that. all right, don't forget, our legal guys are here with us
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all right, now let's check some international stories this moment. the pope's former butler is on trial after being accused of stealing documents and leaking them to an italian journalist. we have a live report on the trial coming up in the next half hour. and the czech president, fired at by a man armed with a gun with plastic pellets. he was taken to the hospital with no series injuries, the suspect is in custody. and a typhoon roaring over
okinawa, the storm is supposed to hit mainland japan, before making landfall there tomorrow. when whitney crop was nominated for becoming homecoming court by her classmates, she was thrilled. but the excitement soon turned difficult when she learned she was the victim of a prank. now, this michigan teen is turning the tables on her bullies, here is cnn chris welch. >> reporter: a superstar, almost overnight. 16-year-old whitney crop is a role model for anybody who has ever been bullied. but this sophomore's journey to stardom was no fairy tale. when she was picked for homecoming queen, and learned it was a joke, she thought about suicide. after her sister's urging, she
decided to keep her title on the court. if i were in your position, that would be really hard to do. >> it is really hard to do right now, because after i thought of driving out of the homecoming court, i am not this dolt that everybody thinks i am. i will prove them wrong. >> reporter: that is just what she has done, and since then, she is swamped with support, from the local hair salon that gave her a new do. >> it really touched me. >> reporter: to the facebook page with over a thousand fans. >> it is so cool to see e-mails that we're getting or she is getting, from students all over the place, telling their stories and how it helped them and it touched them. and, you know, my daughter is out there as an inspiration to a lot of people. and that is a really cool thing. >> see, you're like cinderella, unappreciated, much abused, but afterwards you will have a great time at the ball. >> after that, i thought nobody cares about me.
i thought not only my own brother and sister care, but they proved they cared. the whole state cares about the situation. >> reporter: folks from all over the state are here tonight. in fact, this group of girls traveled more than an hour away to support whitney, why? >> we just wanted to show her that our student body is just completely 100% behind her. >> reporter: from being bullied, to using her new found fame. >> stand up for what you believe in. and go with your heart and gut. that is what i did. and look at me now. i am just as happy as can be. >> reporter: whitney says she will likely face bullies again in the future, but when it happens she can confront them with her head held high, and new confidence. reporting from west branch, michigan, chris relch, cnn. and the player that had a fastball that almost ended his career and could have ended his life.
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it was his best day and his worst day, all at once. adam greenburg was up at bat for the first time in the majors, playing for the chicago cubs back in 2005. a fastball, 92 miles an hour, hit him straight in the head. you can see right there the injuries he sustained ended his dream of playing in the majors, until now. the marlins team is giving him a shot next week at bat, and he got a lot of help in this quest from a self-described cubs fanatic, matt listen, i talked to both of them. >> it is a chance to realize my dream as i had my whole life as
a child wanting to play major league baseball. and obviously, what happened several years ago did, and the dream was kind of shattered. and i didn't really get to enjoy being a major leaguer. so obviously with the help of matt listen, he has helped me to kind of get back and truly realize the dream. and honestly, i can say i'm soaking up the dream and loving it. >> so that is great, you both are tight now, you didn't know him from adam, so to speak, but you were a fan. you got this campaign going, why? >> yeah, i remember adam's first at-bat. i am a chicago cubs fanatic, and i remember the day he played his game in july, 2009, i thought we were about to see the centerfielder of our future. and i remember when he got hit in the head, it was devastating. and i remember watching the
game, thinking where is adam? when will he get to play? and he never got called up again to play for the chicago cubs. so that was always burning in my brain. and i always checked to see what he was doing on line, and he still didn't get the call to come up. and i actually watched it, with my wife. i couldn't believe she never watched it before. so we were watching it, and she saidñrárq mentioned the charactr in there, moonlight graham, adam is always compared to moonlight graham, she says she felt sorry for him. i said he doesn't have anything on this guy, on adam greenburg, so i started to tell her the story of adam greenburg. and i thought wow, he is only 28, 29 years old. we can't let this moment pass, this window of opportunity. >> i wonder, adam, how will you be at bat, marlins, tuesday, and not have tears in your eyes. i mean, how will you be able to concentrate on that moment? will you be thinking about what
happened years ago? will you be thinking about, you know, your fitness and training and readiness. can you tell me what you might be feeling? >> yeah, here is the one thing that i want to make very clear. this campaign, and this at-bat is a success already. so the result of what happens on tuesday, it is one at-bat. but obviously it is working with so many people, showing the power of the human spirit and the power of perseverance, but you can't do it alone, you need support. and i didn't ask for it. certainly, i didn't know matt, he was not a relative, an agent, nothing, just a passionate baseball fan and person. so all of those emotions, i'm getting to kind of relive and talk about it and share it right now. >> oh, i love them. we'll watch to see how adam does. and of course, we wish them all the best. all right that will do it