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i'm frederica winfield. in florida, the earth opened up and swallowed a man beneath his house. jeff bush is presumed dead, but his body has not been recovered. it was a sinkhole believed to be about 20 to 30 feet wide and 20 feet deep. you can't see the sinkhole here because the house is covering it. our tampa affiliate wftf spoke to the map's brother. he tried to save him. >> i heard a loud crash like a car coming through the house. and i heard my brother screaming. so i ran back there and tried going inside his room. but my old lady turned the light on and all i seen was this big hole, real big hole and all i seen was his mattress and basically that was it. that's all i seen. >> you tried jumping in after him? >> yes, i jumped in the hole.
was trying to dig him out. i couldn't find him. i thought i could hear him hollering for me to help him. >> and that's the last you saw of him. did you see any part of -- >> i didn't see any part of him. all i seen was my bed and i told my father-in-law to grab a shovel so i could start digging. and i started digging and digging and the cops showed up and pulled me out of the hole, told me the floor was still falling in. >> so you were still at risk, as well. and now your entire family is out here in support. why -- why are you out here in support about. >> just to keep closure, i guess, make sure he's not dead, see if he's alive. i know in my heart he's dead, but i just want to be here for him because i love him. it's my brother, man. >> let's get more from john zarrel
zarrella. i understand they tried to use a lot of machinery in order to locate the man. to no avail? >> reporter: yeah, exactly. to this point, no avail. but what i can tell you going on right now, they're about to put up fentsing around the house. they have some electronic probes that they have in place in the ground to measure the depth. and what you're looking at in the distance, that vehicle just arrived and that is it a camera on wheels. we're not sure how they're going to use it, going to try to get it inside the house to the sinkhole so that they can at least look down in there. try to get more pleasumeasureme. it appears they will build a fence around the house. heavy equipment will be brought it in later in the day probably an indication they'll start trying to at least if they can and the ground is safe enough, that they can start taking the house apart piece by piece to get in there. as you can see now, they are he 00 moving the camera. and i believe what you'll see them do, here it comes rolling
down towards our camera, we thought they would drop it down into the man hole cover down where the sewer line is, you can see it coming over here. this is where the drain is for your street water, your sue he. it appears they will try to follow the sewer line to see how far under the house is the collapse. you can see as they are dropping apparently about to drop this camera and it's cable operated, not remove control, but on a long cable and they're about to lower it down into the drain system there. and again, it appears as if they'll try to get a bird's eye view, an actual look from under ground following the sewer line to exactly how far or where they can find a collapse. and you can see a man going in there now down into the hole to probably position that camera on wheels so they can start taking
a look at what they've got under there. >> that's extraordinary. already, joh all right, john, keep us posted to see what it can see under ground as they continue to look for the man simply swallowed up by the earth while he was sleeping in his own bed in that blue house there right beyond the men there working. john zarrella, we'll check back with you. by the way, sinkholes, even though it's incredibly unusual, they're actually fairly common in florida. check out this one back in 1981. huge. it swallowed a three bedroom house, five porches and half an olympic size swimming pool this winter park, florida. it was 350 feet wide. karen maginnis joining me now. this is fairly common in florida and just look at your map. it looks like it's very concentrated in terms of when it happens. when's going on there? >> we have a lot of sinkholes across florida. and they usually make news when
they become deadly or exceptionally large. yes, you can see where these to the dotted areas are. that's why we have a number right around tampa saint pete, toward st. john's river as well as the indian river as well as tallahassee and gainesville. and this is not an uncommon occurrence in florida, not is it for tennessee, texas, alabama, missouri. but sinkholes can occur all around the world. and i do mean all around the world. russia, guatemala, venezuela, canada. we had a deadly sinkhole canada several years ago. it can be a naturally occurring event such as heavy rainwater, it kind of erodes the fragile base of limestone in florida, becomes porous and collapses. but it can also be a manmade event when they start drilling out water water. pitcher, oklahoma, they had been storing some byproducts of a
mining process and that made th collapsed, as well. not just on land. we also see this in the oceans. this plaur one off the coast p belize is about 400 feet deep and it occurred during the ice age. very spectacular. so we can look all around the globe and see this weathering that takes place or environmental manmade events. >> that is unbelievable. all right. thanks so much. meantime we're also learning more details about the mysterious suspicious death of a chicago man 3450heed will he immediately after he won a large jackpot. ted rolands is there. again a big mystery. >> he won the lottery.
the day after he cashed his check, he ends up dead. initially it was ruled a heart attack. but his family was suspicious. they contacted the medical examiners and they went back, tested his blood, sure enough, he died of cyanide poisoning. so at that point, they ordered that his body be exhumed and they performed another autopsy. about an hour ago, we got the results. and because of decomposition, there was no cyanide traces forward in his body tissue or in the contents of his stomach. what they were hoping to find out is how did he get the cyanide in his body. now they don't know. it could have been injected, inhaled or ingested. of course a lot of speculation has been focused on his wife who served him his final meal. she says, yes, i cooked him will his final meal. however, i had nothing to do with his death. bottom line is they had his body exhumed hoping to find out pertinent information. they didn't. >> continues to be very perplexing. thanks so much.
ted rowlands there out of chicago. meantime the blame game intensifies in those forced spending cuts about to kick in. president obama anders met toda but there was no deal to avoid the cuts. jessica yellin asked the president why he didn't just lock lawmakers in a room until they were to reach an agreement and here's what he had to say. >> i am not a dictator. i'm the president. so ultimately if mitch mcconnell or john boehner say we need to go to catch a plane, i can't have secret service block the doorway. >> jessica yellin joining us from the white house along with dana bash on capitol hill. jessica, the president keeps saying the majority of americans support his position that there has to be more revenue along with spending cuts. but does he risk beingoff confident about this strategy of letting the cuts take effect sf.
>> well, first of all, i did not say the president should lock lawmakers in a room. i asked him why he doesn't invite them over and ask them to stay or force them to stay until they have a deal. i think that would be an interesting story if he locked them in a room. in answer to your question, the politics for the president are really about time. how long will the spending cuts have to be in place before he either is willing to back off of his position or he forces republicans to back off of their position. and time is not on the white house's side in this one because the longer these cuts continue, responsible economists say the more of an impact they'll have on the overall economy. but it could be a somewhat invisible impact in that you and i might not see the cuts every day. it will just be felt broadly. and so the president could be
held responsible for a weakening economy less than congress is held responsible for a bad choice on these cuts. and so the question is how much pain is the white house willing to take on that before theyle alter their position versus the republicans. >> and dana bash, house speaker boehner standing his ground on the tax issue, when you he did say the house will try to prevent a government shutdown this woupotentially later on ine month. explain how that is separate from this crisis. >> the differences are very big and what we'll see likely happen tonight is the beginning of cuts about $85 billion over the year. this is about the basic function of the government. congress funds the government. they pass bills to do that. and those bills are going to run out. the funding of the government
will run out on march 27th. so we have known that that is the next thing to focus on here on capitol hill. and that house republicans are already crafting a measure that we it actually will probably see voted on next week. here is the catch, though. we heard some optimism from the speaker about that and even from the president. the catch is that it may not be that easy. house republicans the way they're crafting it is to keep the government running through the end of september, but to clue include in there a way to alleviate the pain by giving flexibility for the department of defense. the reason why that is potentially a nonstarter when it comes to the senate, a couple reasons. number one, that's the kind of thing that senate democrats voted down just yesterday because republicans in the senate had a similar kind of legislation. but also because senate democrats, many of them, think that you don't just want to save
the military. you want to do it across the board. so if you're going to give the president flexibility which is still a big f, a lot of members of congress don't want to give up their power of the purse, but they want to do it across the board and that is not something the republicans have been interested in doing, they want to focus on defense. it seems small, but potentially a very big thing that could be a problem as they're trying to figure out how to keep the government running. >> dana bash, jessica yellin, thanks to both of you. coming up this hour, she was shot in a play ground a few days after being in the celebration surrounding president obama's inaugurati inauguration. that dhadiya pendleton is the f gun violence in chicago. but more kids are killed in new orleans. we'll talk with the new orleans mayor next. and ashley judd considering a run for senate perhaps? her appearances in d.c. are
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groit t detroit is in a financial emergency. governor rick snyder agrees with an independent financial review board that detroit's finances are in terrible shape, but there is no viable solution to turn things away. so the state will take over city government operations. detroit has ten days to appeal the decision. a state review board says the city has a $100 million cash shortfall and $14 billion in long term liabilities. gun violence epidemic is gripping the nation and new orleans has long struggled with that problem. last year alone, the city had 193 homicides. that's a slight reduction from the previous two years. but that still is eight types worse than the rest of the nation. average it out, the streets of new orleans are seeing about 16
killings a month. but mayor landrieu is trying to change that with an initiative called no look to life. it includes a program called flip the script. he partnered with spike lee. ♪ new orleans mayor joining us now from washington. gr good to see you. so you launched this campaign in october. it has about a dozen programs within it. how does it work exactly? and are you seeing results? >> we're starting to see some measurable results but i think the big point is that we've faced what the nation needs to
face. we have a huge problem with violence. so the police officer in alexandria that got shot or the police officer that got shot this weekend and is now paralyzed from the waist down. it is an epidemic. and while congress continues to argue about gun regulation, which is an important part of this, it's much, much deeper and it will require an all-hands on deck effort. and that's what nola for life tries to do to reduce the level of violence that's really threatenings vie 57b9s of all of t viabilities of america. >> and we're talking about when you look at the bulk of the violent crime, unfortunately, it is committed mostly by groups made up of mostly young black men and boys. >> correct. >> and you have a program specifically geared at trying to far get these young men, young boys, trying to i guess catch
them before they get into trouble? >> well, the first we want to do is identify who was shooting and who was getting shot. and we found that african-american kids between 16 and 25, 88% of whom know each other, shooting each other with a handgun over what seems to be to rational people in-ko inconsequential beef. so we increased our job training programs. we actually now are taking the kids that are incarcerated and awaiting trial and doing what's called a call-in and offering them an alternative. if they continue to shoot, we'll foe after them with everything we have. and if they choose to be at peace, we'll give them to the social service agencies and worker training and put them in the front of the line. but it requires a federal, state and local input and requires more resources, not less. and at the end of the day when you think about this historically in this nation since 1980, 611,000 people have been killed on the streets of
america. so this isn't an inconsequential problem. it affecting almost every area in the united states of america. >> and you mentioned the investments have to come from the federal level, state level, local level, but then tonight as we talk about the forced government spending cuts, you've met with other mayors, many of you meeting there in d.c.. how might these budget cuts impact programs there in new orleans? >> well, first of all, they will impact dramatically. opponents say it's a 2% cut. but when you add that on top of cuts over the last couple of years and the financial difficulties of the city, every city in america is facing the difficulties of actually delivering the services to the people. so the folks up in washington can talk a lot about theory. but on the ground when they say do more with less, the reality is you do less with less. and there is no question about that. and when we have to fight something as a nation, it requires both the federal,
state, local, not for profits, faith based organizations, all to come in. and we will around the national purpose. and i can't think of one more important than securing the streets of america for our kids. >> and so when we talk about federal lunch programs for kids, is it a significant population of kids that were relying on those programs that will perhaps not be able to count on them? >> absolutely. all of that stuff matters. somebody yesterday said don't worry about it, it's not going to be the end of the world. and what i wonder, since when did that become the standard of excellence for america. that's not the standard we need to focus on. we have to have communities where people are safe, where people have a job, where people can do the things necessary to raise their families. and in too many cities in america, we don't have that and it requires an all-hands on deck approach. >> mitch landrieu, thanks so much joining us from washington, d.c. today. >> thanks for having me. ashley judd going to run for
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spacex says there is a problem with the dragon capsule. the company has a contract to resupply the international space station, but two of the four thruster pods are working. engineers are trying to to work to solve the problem. actress ashley judd is not saying for sure yet if she plans to run for political office, but she is back in washington today to speak at two events. judd will reportedly announce by early may if she will challenge mitch mcconnell in kentucky. erin mcpike joining me now from washington. good to see you. >> you, too. >> so for those who don't know, judd has been very involved recently in politics. and she campaigned for president obama during the 2008 and 12012 campaigns. is she getting a lot of pressure from people to say she needs to put that harvard kennedy school government masters degree to good use in terms of running for
office? >> well, ashley judd is making repeated trips to washington while she considers taking on mitch mcconnell. she's here again this weekend to give back to back speeches on some of her pet issues, . when she announces her decision, it will be around the time of the kentucky derby. but republicans think the attention she will get this weekend for aligning herself with these more liberal causes make for an odd way to roll out a senate campaign in the south. now already republicans are slamming her for supporting president obama who of course remains unpopular and a much more conservative kentucky. top senate republican adviser told cnn republicans are champing at the bit to see judd jump to the race. he also said mitch mcconnell will make sure if judd runs, her experience will be perfectly miserable and that a senate race against him won't make for a hollywood ending for her. but democrats insist mcconnell is vulnerable to any challenger
including judd. here in washington, national democrats won't even admit to strategizing with her just yet and in kentucky, democrat being officials are openly wondering whether or not she'll bring down the whole ticket. >> of course the video we're seeing is when she was at the democratic national convention in north carolina. that's when people started talking seriously about will she, won't she seek public office. thanks so much. ashley judd will be talking about women's health issues and reproductive rights at an event held at george washington university at 3:00. and you can watch part of it right here. michelle obama rallying to get school kids more physically active. her let's move message next. >> just because it's hard doesn't mean we shouldn't stop trying. [ laughing ]
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u.s. speak spanish. and for most, it's their first language. is it time to make spanish an official language in this country? the mayor of one south florida city says yes. for his town, it's time. adrianna houser is near miami where the idea is not going over well. >> reporter: this community is kno high school a lot of venezuel venezuelans. the mayor says 80% of the residents here speak spanish. so he proposed a resolution on to the city council to make spanish an official language. >> when you go around the city, everybody speaking spanish. that's the main idea, to make the people in doral comfortable to allowing them to speak their own language. >> reporter: he believes it would also be good for business. >> when we tell the world that we speak spanish here, i'm sure many people will come here and bring their money and
investment. >> reporter: but the resolution didn't impress members of the city council even though all of them come from latin america. >> i believe that spanish is a language that is already 80 respect about of our community. it's spoken in our house holds, our business, and it's really not necessary to make it the official language. it also might create certain issues with other people from other countries. >> we speak multiple languages, not only spanish an english. our officers would now have to say their miranda rights in spanish, which means officers would need to be able to speak spanish, as well. it would cause more harm than good. >> reporter: and many doral residents we spoke with agreed with the council. >> absolutely not. because i'm living here, i have to speak in english. i have to learn to read in english. i have to adapt to this country. >> i think it should be english because doral is part of the
united states. i don't think it's fair to the rest of the people coming to doral. >> i think we live in the united states, we have to speak english. >> so the mayor floated this idea for making spanish an official language. it's been shot down. but is it over? >> not really. good to be here with you. well, after the defeat of his first proposal, the mayor is softenings wa ining the wording. he will present a revised version that designates doral as a multicultural city. this seemed to be an idea that the members of the council will probably support. this new proposal will be voted on march 18th. mean mile mayor boria realizes that the word may have been too much too soon. but the mayor also believes the
issue is not going away. he thinks it may resurface if not in doral in other cities in the u.s.. >> and the mayor himself in your piece said people speak spanish here. so is it that widely spoken that everyone kind of can relate? >> it really is. this is just to give you an idea, it's 13 square miles, 40,000 residents. and all you hear on the streets is spanish. so it seemed pretty logical to him to make it an additional language. i think he was surprised to find that there was not the support that he expected. you find food from different latin american countries everywhere, businesses advertise in spanish. so it's pretty much what you hear out there on the streets. it's something that goes on anyway, but i guess there is no support to make spanish an official language yet. >> all right, thanks so much. we've been seeing a lot of the first lady michelle obama lately. she appeared with big bird in the new ad pushing kid fitness and nutrition, she showed off
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we have to get our schools across the nation to understand that if we want our children to be really successful academically, it helps them to be physically active. >> reporter: according to the cdc, only 4% of elementary schools and 2% of high schools offer daily physical education classes. >> definitely shocking. almost upsetting i would say because growing up, and i glrew up in l.a., and we had p.e.. it was a relief. you could have fun. the numbers are a crisis. >> it's a problem these days and kids don't stay active, so everyone comes together, athlete, first lady, she's pretty, she's smart, so doing this event with the first lady definitely is incredible. >> colin kaepernick is known more for his signature move of kissing the tattoos on his biceps than for hobnobbing with politicians, but he might have pulled off the move of the day in the green room when he got the first lady to try kaepernicking herself, giving a
kiss to each of her own biceps. >> yes, i got her to take a picture with me kaepernicking. i thought it was fitting since she's kind of the workout warrior, has the guns on her. that might be my highlight for the year right now. >> reporter: reporting for cnn, rachel nichols. the president has until midnight tonight to sign off on those forced spending cuts. and people are asking when will we feel the effects? answers to your questions next. g the heartburn blues. hold on, prilosec isn't for fast relief. cue up alka-seltzer. it stops heartburn fast. ♪ oh what a relief it is! hi, i'm ensure clear... clear, huh? i'm not juice or fancy water. i've got nine grams of protein. that's three times more than me! [ female announcer ] ensure clear. nine grams protein. zero fat. in blueberry/pomegranate and peach. a regular guy with an irregular heartbeat. the usual, bob?
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in a blue house is the scene of a frantic search. and the than standiman standing man hole, just moments ago a camera was descended to see if they can learn more about a sinkhole that simply opened up right in that house, right in the bedroom of the man simply swallowed up while he was sleeping. and now the search goes on for him. of course we'll keep you posted for the search of the man in that blue house. sgleen. president obama signing an order sometime before the voek of midnight to trigger those forced spending cuts. we know you have a whole lot of questions about the $85 billion in cuts over the next seven months. tom foreman is standing by to answer some of your questions. you can send them to us by using his twitter page or by using the #ask tom cnn. so, tom, good to see you.
a whole lot of folks want to know why the lawmakers take off for a long weekend before this business is done and really how it will impact them directly, as well. >> yeah, a lot of really tremendous questions i have to say from people out there. and considering the role congress has played in that, here is a pretty hot question we've been getting from several sources. in this case on twitter asking does congressional pay get cut? and a similar question, how account american people besalar of congress can going to be cut 20%. they are not part of the sequester because of the 27th amendment which says changes in congressional pay can only take place when the next congress comes in. this was done to keep members of congress from giving themselves big pay hikes, but it also means no one in congress can take a cut now despite some saying they
would voluntarily like to do so. moving on, bird man 9 has a request. please give us an example of a cut the sequester will cause in total dollars before cut and after cut. we've heard a lot about the potential delays in airports because of cuts to the federal aviation administration. faa budget, $15.9 billion, will lose $1 billion. that is real money and they are expecting more passengers in in the future, although as a point of reference, $14.9 billion is pretty much the budget the faa had in 2008 when it actually handled more air travelers. and sean asked a question i know a lot of people are interested in. he said his town's school superintendent has warned of devastating effects on local education from head start to high school taking money from programs that serve low income students and those with disabilities. can you tell me if this is true? it is true if you read that
statement carefully. many of the efforts to educate low income students and those with disabilities are funded with federal dollars. cut those dollars, and, yes, those programs will suffer. the department of education is predicting thousands of layoffs. but does that mean most teachers are in danger as that statement might be heard? here is a related question, my favorite of the day so far. high school art teacher. i'm screwed, right? not necessarily. remember most teachers, most schools, get the vast bulk of their funds from state and local governments. if it your school district is struggling to pay its bills, ripples from the sequester won't help, but they also would not in all likelihood be the primary reason teachers might lose jobs. we had a the will the more great questions coming through. we'll keep up with them all day. >> understandably a lot of folks very fired up. thanks so much, tom.
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say fifth grade. but that's changing in the chicago public school system. the board of education is requiring sex education for every grade starting in kindergarten. more from our affiliate wgn. >> reporter: kindergarten and first graders would learn an nat the any, personal safety. secretary and thifourth grade students would study the many aspects of puberty as well as hiv transmission. fifth graders would learn reproduction, decision making, bullying. >> think of it as a continuum of information. so with the foundations beginning at kindergarten, we're talking about what we consider family life. so my body, good touch, bad touch, bullying, how do i feel. >> reporter: the curriculum would also introduce sexual orientation and gender identity. the curriculum change is due in
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the harlem shake craze is reaching new heights of 30,000 feet to be exact. college students staged this harlem shake on board a flight, just a couple of weeks ago. and while the dancing looks like a lot of fun, the faa, they're not so amused. it is actually looking into the incident. the composer of the harlem shake makes money for all those viral video clicks. felicia taylor will explain for us. ♪ >> reporter: the university of georgia swim team grooves to it underwater. the students at colorado college broke every library code in the book with their version. the harlem shake has even caught fire, among firefighters, and employees at san antonio seaworld. this is the video that started it all, four guys in crazy
outfits busting a move to the harlem shake on a youtube posting last month. now, bauer, the song's creator, is poised to hit it big. gets a piece of the ad revenue every time someone clicks on a harlem shake video. >> if you figure a couple of dollars per stream, and multiplmultiply it by millions, this is real money. >> reporter: 100,000 harlem shake videos had been viewed 400 million times on youtube and that's boosting record sales. the harlem shake was the top song download on itunes list last week and one of the top on itunes europe. south korean artist psy hit pay dirt last year, with youtube phenomenon "gangnam style," with more than a billion hits. >> billboard reported that psy made upwards of $2 million just from the streams of "gangnam style," without selling a single
track. >> reporter: and youtube versions of carlie ray jepsen's song "call me maybe" helped her. corporate america sees a financial opportunity in all of this. pepsi is now promoting soda with its very own harlem shake. ♪ >> these things are great for the music industry. people are having fun with music again. that's the most important thing. >> reporter: we thought we would leave you with our own version of the harlem shake. as you can see behind me, even the bulls on wall street want in on the action as the viral video craze shakes up the music industry. felicia taylor, cnn, new york. this is $100,000.