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seven years ago this week a website with a weird but cute name flew onto the social media scene, it was called twitter, a microblogging site where users were forced to keep their thoughts, hashtags and links to 140 characters. now the site has 500 million registered users, more than 300 million tweets go out each day, among some of the more memorable moments of twitter, back in 2009 ashton kutcher beat this network's handle to become the first user with a million followers and then paid a visit to our world headquarters in atlanta, somehow got on the roof and draped his twitter handle over the cnn logo. in december 2012 then pope benedict became the first pontiff to tweet using the handle@pontifex. francis is already tweeting frequently and finally my personal favorite, my first tweet. ali is trying out this twitter thing, somewhat uncertain what to say. my tweets have become i hope more informative and
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entertaining than the first one and i would like to take this opportunity to thank all of you. if you aren't on twitter, sign up and follow me. the rewards are never ending. i do read nearly every tweet you send me and respond to many of them and props to tweets i like and not afraid to call you out if i disagree with you. thanks for joining the conversation this week. we're here every saturday at 1 p.m. eastern and weekdays at 3:30 p.m. have a great weekend. hello, everyone. i am fredrika whitfield. welcome to the "cnn newsroom." here is what we're watching. two teen boys are accused of shooting this baby in cold blood. the mother of the child is talking to cnn. this is interstate 70 in colorado, 154 miles of it closed. it may be spring but a significant winter storm is moving from the plains to the midwest. and it is the first job of its
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kind, meet the man who is helping the state of washington sort out the complexities of legalizing marijuana. our toptory now, the brunswick, georgia, mother that says a teenaged boy shot and killed her 13 month old baby and just spoke to cnn's nick valencia. nick joins me now from brunswick. nick, two teens have been charged with first degree murder in this case and then 911 recordings have been released, all at a time when you had a sitdown conversation with the mother. >> reporter: yeah, just sat down with sherry west for a very emotional interview, and, fred, she didn't mince words. >> i hate you and i don't forgive you. you killed an innocent human life, and that i hope you die for it. that's how i feel. >> reporter: no one would blame you to feel like that. >> no, because this is the
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second child that people have taken from me in a tragic way, and that i am so afraid to have any more babies now. i tried to raise really good kids in a wicked world, so i hope he dies for what he did. >> reporter: sherry west says she can't live here anymore. when we visited her armt she was packing up. she says she is moving by the end of april 1,000 miles away back to new jersey. fred. >> nick, did she explain, she said this is the second child she has lost in a tragic way. did she reveal anything more about the first child she lost and the circumstances? >> reporter: she did. in 2008 her 18-year-old son was stabbed to death in an altercation. she said he tried to break up a fight. she lost her son then. she said it took years for her to be able to have kids again.
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once she did, this was the little child she just lost and tony angelou santiago and she lost him, too. i also want to share with you a 911 tape exclusively released to cnn. we obtained that from the brunswick police department. take a listen. >> 911. where is your emergency. >> emergency, a woman says her baby apparently has been hit in the head or shot. >> her baby has been hit in the head or shot? >> shot. i can't tell. she's screaming now. a lot of other people are going to the area. >> okay. stay on the line. is the baby bleeding? >> i don't know. >> how close are you to them? are you close to the situation? >> no, i am not. i am about 50 yards away. the woman is screaming and there are other people. >> how old does the baby look? >> he is in a stroller. i would say he's not walking age. he's got to be a toddler. >> she is pushing -- >> the baby is on the ground now. the woman, the mother is over the baby. send the police please.
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>> reporter: up until today police had been reluctant to release the 911 tape. ched a change of heart and did release the tape to cnn. they are still looking for a clear motive why the two suspects allegedly did this. they have been charged officially with first degree murder and still looking for the handgun. >> if they are reluctant to release the 911 tapes and now they have, what are the reasons why? >> reporter: they said they just needed to -- it was an open investigation. i asked that. i interviewed officer todd rhodes earlier this afternoon and he said it was their decision and they just had a change of heart and decided to let the public know what happened that day. they didn't want to damage any part of the investigation initially, but decided this morning i got a call from the brunswick police officer, todd rhodes, who said he would be releasing the 911 tape and releasing it to cnn, so this is the first we're hearing of those calls. again, fred, there were no eyewitnesses. the account of what happened
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came initially from the mother but as you see from the calls there were several people that heard those gunshots and did call 911. emergency vehicles responded and between 100 and 125 officers were on the scene after the initial report. >> you just underscored there were no eyewitnesses that have been revealed to us or investigators but then what led investigators to these two young people as suspects? >> reporter: that's a great question. i asked the police department after the press conference yesterday. i said how can you be so sure? how can you be positive that these are the two right suspects? they said they arrested the suspects. the arrest came with the help of a physical description from the mother. they also cross referenced attendance records from area schools to find out who was missing that day. this is a very small town, only about 15,000 people. it is the type of town where in a community where everyone knows everyone, fred. this is really shaking it to its
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very core. it devastated so many people we have spoken to and can't imagine something like this could happen here or anywhere for that matter. >> it is shocking. nick, thanks so much in brunswick, georgia. meantime, look at the calendar. says spring. officially started on wednesday. where is it? winter didn't get the message. take a look at this, a huge snowstorm is blasting colorado and kansas and closed more than 150 miles of interstate 70 from denver to the kansas line, and the world cup qualifying game between the u.s. and costa rica taking place in denver, well, it did still take place, very hard to kick the ball when there is snow all over the ground. they did it. the u.s. won the game. many more people from the midwest to the mid-atlantic could see this storm before it is all over. kara mcginnis is watching all of this for us. karen, what a mess. >> reporter: it is a complete mess and a good portion of kansas and nebraska sandwiched
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between interstate 70 and 80 where the bulk of the snow is going to lie. this storm system is trekking towards the east. let's back up a little bit from denver. it is right in this area along interstate 70 around aurora and right to the kansas border. this is where we have seen interstate 70 shut down in both directions, one, because the road conditions are so bad and visibility is terrible as well. where you see the pink, that's where the winter storm warnings are and we have watches and advisory that go on towards the ohio river valley and incompetent some of those advisories may be upgraded and here is our second weatherhead line. two severe thunderstorm watches. that's not it. it is the tornado warning that goes until 2:45 local time. that is the pink shaded area. here is jacksonville, florida, lake city, here is stark, the storm cell is moving towards the east at about 45 miles an hour, and they are saying that some of the trees are reported down as the thunderstorms have fired up
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across north central and northeastern florida. getting back to our storm system that moves across the ohio river valley, and guess what? just in time for the work week on monday, fred, it looks like by washington, d.c. and new york could see a little bit of snow. >> figures. just in time for the work week. like you said, thanks so much, karen. appreciate that. president obama, well, he should be back in washington late tonight. he spent the last day of the middle east trip in jordan as a tourist. he took a walking tour of pet ra and the red rock more magss. an historic day for the catholic church. they're meeting for lunch where benedict xvi is living. the two also prayed together. the vatican says this is the first such meeting in the history of the catholic church. he knows the ins and outs of
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drug policy. that's why washington state picked mark clienman to help in the historic tast of creating a legal way to buy pot. [ male announcer ] it's red lobster's lobsterfest our largest selection of lobster entrees, like lobster lover's dream or new grilled lobster and lobster tacos. come in now and sea food differently. visit now for an exclusive $10 coupon on two lobsterfest entrees.
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try post shredded wheat. this has been medifacts for post shredded wheat. try post shredded wheat. legalized recreational marijuana last year has hired its first pot adviser. our casey wyan has the details. >> who got the job, cheech and
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chong? spicoli from "fast times at ridgemont high"? >> hey, bud, that's party. >> the former leader of the free world. >> i experimented with marijuana a time or two and i didn't like it and didn't inhale. >> instead the washington state liquor board went corporate choosing boe tech, an east coast consulting firm to help implement the new law legal rising marijuana for the purpose of getting stoned. >> we look forward to working with the board to address the unprecedented challenge of organizing a taxed and regulated market in way that is plekt public health and public safety. >> why did boe tech win? >> they were the highest individual scores in each of the four categories. >> some have called the position the state's drug czar. >> i don't believe that's our official title. >> the competition for the contract was fierce. >> we ended up getting a ton of responses, actually 112 submissions received by the agency, and 95 of those were actual proposals.
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out of that we had 43 proposals deemed non-responsive. >> wonder why. the pot head consultant bo tech's ceo mark kleinman is already controversial among activists because he expressed concern about state legalization efforts conflicting with federal law. >> we have no idea what the federal government is going to do. if they step in with an injunction, we won't implement based on the dates in 502, but i don't see that will stop us in putting together the framework. >> financial terms of the deal still are being negotiated, but it is budgeted at $100,000 a year. there was one final question for the weed wardens >> how many of you currently consume cannabis. >> clearly i don't think that's relevant to the project. all of our consultants are law abiding citizens. >> that was casey wyan reporting. trying to make sure the pot industry stays within legal limits isn't going to be an easy job. you just heard that.
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let's bring in the bo tech analysis corporation chief and ucla professor mark kleinman joining us. he is the author of "marijuana legalization, what everyone needs to know." your company has a huge task ahead. how does the industry get built from scratch so to speak? what do you advise? how do you advise as to what is going to unfold since it is kind of uncharted territory. >> it is indeed uncharted territory, and the voters wrote a fairly specific law which the liquor control board is now in charge of implementing, and they asked us for advice, so we're going to try to layout the likely consequences, good and bad, of different choices they can make and help them make choices in accord with their values. >> so choices like what? what do you mean when you say good and bad choices and advising them? for example? >> well, for example, they're
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going to decide how many growers to license. they can license five. they can license 500. if they license a small number it will be easy to regulate them. then will you have an industry that looks less like the current beer industry with a small number of firms dominating it. if they license 500, it makes the regulatory task harder. if one is selling stuff out the back door and not paying tax it will be harder to find. you will not have the same kind of concentrated political power. if they set up regulation that is impose a lot of costs on the industry, that will drive up the price. higher prices will mean less drug abuse, less risk of export from washington to other states and a greater risk they will still be listed market within washington. >> oh, my gosh, this is a lot to sort out. what's the time frame in which you try to sort these things out or help the state sort out whether they will be five company that is grow marijuana so that there is universal i
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guess appeal or whether it is 500 companies as you put it? >> the deadlines are in the law, december 1st the board has to have regulations on the street and start taking applications for grower licenses. now, that's not going to mean there is going to be retailing soon because it takes a couple of months to issue the licenses and then the licensies will take several months to be able to grow the pot. my guess is won't be anything for sale in washington retail stores until sometime late next spring or early summer. >> how much will the public play a role, the feedback of the public? will it at all? >> the board has already had town hall meetings across the state, and we're going to be transcribing those and looking at what those folks -- heavily dominated by people that want to be in the industry, but, yeah, the public has a big role and i am sure that the board will want to take further comment from the public as to regulations
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develop. >> in the report you perhaps you heard real complicated crossroads where the federal law meets state law. what do younticipate when you do come to that crossroads. even you in the piece admitted that's going to be a rather complicated thing. >> it is going to be very complicated, and the federal government has not yet indicated what its stance is going to be. one thing that washington has to think about is how to make sure what starts in washington stays in washington. washington got to be a major exporting state that would attract a lot of unwanted attention from the feds, so the question is can something -- what the president said when he was asked a couple months ago, question is how to accommodate the difference between the controlled substance act at the federal level which makes growing marijuana and selling it strictly illegal and the state law that proposes to tax and regulate it. it is not going to be an easy needle to threat. >> we're leaving it there. mark kleinman, thanks so much
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for your time and can all the best. >> thank you. his story is inspiring as a small child in iraq, ucef was doused with gasoline and set on fire. he was brought to the u.s. by the kindness of strangers and five years later we visit the young boy that has beaten so many odds. um, i see a duck. be more specific. i see the aflac duck. i see the aflac duck out of work and not making any money. i see him moving in with his parents and selling bootleg dvds out of the back of a van. dude, that's your life. remember, aflac will give him cash to help cover his rent, car payments and keep everything as normal as possible. i see lunch. [ monitor beeping ] let's move on. [ male announcer ] find out what a hospital stay could really cost you at to prove to you that aleve is the better choice for him, he's agreed to give it up. that's today? [ male announcer ] we'll be with him all day as he goes back to taking tylenol. i was okay, but after lunch my knee started to hurt again. and now i've got to take more pills.
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>> this was yousiff just five years old at the time. he was attacked by masked men in front of his home in baghdad. they poured gasoline on his face and set him on fire. >> what's the first thing you remember about all of that? >> i just remember a doctor getting a sponge. >> in iraq and they had a sponge? >> i think they like scratching on me or something. >> trying to take off some of the burned skin. >> yeah. >> yousiff's parents were desperate to see their boy smile again, so just months after the attack they came to the united states with a single suitcase, their living expenses and their medical expenses all of it was paid for by the kindness of strangers, and we have followed their journey since 2007.
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yousiff has had 19 operations, a total of 61 procedures to help correct the burn damage. yousiff's father still doesn't want to show his face for fear of retaliation. >> do you tell people what happened to him? >> i have to tell them when they ask. i mean, sometimes it bothers me when they don't ask and they keep just looking. it really bothers me. >> it doesn't bother yousiff. he is a happy kid. he is smart, confident. his parents say he never complains. he never asks about the scars on his face. >> this one i could see that there is like three spaces. >> yousiff's parents say all of this still feels like a dream. >> have you had a hard time making friends at all? >> no. it is like whenever a new kid comes like the next day we're just friends. >> is that right? >> yeah. >> anybody ever mean to you? >> no.
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>> once victims, now a family, full of strength. dr. sanjay gupta cnn, canoga park, california. [ male announcer ] if she keeps serving up sneezes...
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