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star tribute at 9:00 p.m. eastern. hello, everyone. you are in the cnn newsroom here with us. u.s. intelligence officials will likely have a lot of questions for an 85-year-old american war veteran who was held captive in north korea. right now merrill newman is enjoying his freedom after his ordeal. he said he was tired but said he otherwise felt good. he was abruptly released without any official explanation, but a week ago north korea did release a video of newman reading what appeared to be a confession to war crimes. >> what more are we learning, dan? >> i can tell you, deborah, when he arrived, he was asked by reporters if he'd ever want to return to north korea and not
surprisingly merrill newman said probably not. i can tell you here at his retirement complex, they have the yellow ribbons here to welcome him home. he has not come here, though, apparently he has some alternative arrangements in place. this is a man who is 85 years old, spent six weeks in north korea, essentially as a prisoner. it's not entirely clear, as you said, why the north korean government decided to let him go free. perhaps that on-air apology had something to do with it. this is what mr. newman had to say shortly after arriving into san francisco. >> good morning. i am delighted to be home. i want to thank the swedish embassy in pyongyang and american embassy in beijing for all their help. it's been a great homecoming. and i'm tired but ready to be with my family now. thank you all for the support we
got and very much appreciate it. >> newman didn't really say much about his treatment by the north koreans. he was asked about the food. he had a one-word answer and said it was healthy. he seems to be in good health and in good spirits. he was an officer during the korean war, had a burning desire to go back and said apparently the wrong this evening to someone and he was placed into custody and the government released him really without explanation last night. >> and vice president joe biden was there. did he have any role in this release? >> it doesn't appear that the vice president had a direct role but cnn is told by a white house official that the white house did have some sort of direct connection with the north korean government, which is unusual because of course there are no formal relations between the two countries and that apparently
did result in newman being released. the back story behind that, deborah, will be fascinating. >> all right, dan simon for us there. thanks so much. with newman now free, washington is trying to secure the release of another american being held in north korea. kenneth bay, a christian missionary, has been in custody for more than a year. he was sentenced to 15 years for supposedly hostile activities towards the country. his family released a statement saying we have faith in our government to bring kenneth home. >> survivors of the pearl harbor attack gathered in hawaii for a special ceremony honoring those who were killed 72 yearsing a today.
japan's 1941 attack on pearl harbor launched the united states into world war ii. the crowd observed a moment of silence, then a vintage world war ii airplane flew overhead to break the silence. public ceremony explored how the americans answered the call of duty after the pearl harbor attack. >> our top news story this hour, it is the winter wake-up call a few hundred thousand people are dealing with across the states, particularly in the south. across texas, a lot of people are going nowhere on miles and miles of dallas highways. a layer of slush on friday froze to a hard glaze and ice early today. that manse roads are impossible to navigate, thousands of wanna-be travelers spent the night at the dallas fort worth airport. nearly every flight was cancelled. nobody wants that.
draw a line north and east to arkansas and to the great great lakes, temperatures are 10 to 35 degrees color than normal there. even in places where they embrace the bitter cold, it is a challenge to feel the love today. >> in memphis, average temperatures are in the 50s. today it was in the single digits. how much longer before the people in dallas get warmer? >> this is the cold, arctic chill here. we still vlt concern that we're going to be talking about more
power lines coming down, another quarter inch of ice is possible and we have the threat for the power lines to come down this evening. >> president obama defended his six-month nuclear deal with iran today when he spoke at a prominent d.c. forum. the deal requires iran to temporarily cap some nuclear activities for reduction of sanctions. >> one can envision an ideal world in which iran said we'll destroy every element and facility and you name it, it's all gone. i can envision a world in which congress passed every one of my bills that i put forth.
i mean, there are a lot of things that i can envision that would be wonderful. >> at least he's realistic. the forum is being held by the brookings institution, a washington think tank. >> the americans nearly won the arab's got talent competition, finishing in the top three in the contest. ♪ ♪ >> some journalists in the middle east criticized the decision to allow an american in the competition, but the audience and the judges, they loved her take on traditional songs, while other contestants performed more western sounding music. a syrian dance group ultimately won the competition. >> but hours ago prince harry's
charity race to the south pole was put on hold for safety reasons. the preeince and a team of wound veterans set off on a race to the south pole against two other teams. it was cancelled because it was putting too much stress on contestants' bodies. they are going to continue to the south pole but on a more leisurely basis. the competition for now is on hold. >> next, you'll hear about an experimental treatment that helped this 15-year-old boy beat leukemia. and we've all got that one relative in the family that people don't talk about. does that explain why the white house did a reversal in its story about the president's uncle? that story also coming up. honestly, i wanted a phone with a better camera.
two patients believed to have been cured by the aids virus have seen the virus return. researchers say the cases demonstrate that the aids virus may persist, even when there's no evidence of it in a person's blood. the two patients remain on anti-retro viral therapy and are both in good health. >> one day fighting cancer might be like fighting the common
cold. medical correspondent elizabeth cohen talked with researchers who trained a teen's immune system to attack cancer cells. >> what is left for to us do as far as your learner's permit? >> a year ago john wilkins wasn't sure if he would ever get to teach his son to drive a real car. >> i really wanted to learn. >> nick, who is 15, has had leukemia, since he was 4 years old. he tried a bone marrow transplant from his sister. it failed. >> i thought there was a moment where he wouldn't live much longer. >> his last hope was a clinical trial at the university of pennsylvania. >> when they start talking about doing clinical trials as the alternative, that's when you're really throwing hail marys. >> reporter: how did it feel as a mom to know this is it?
>> just uncertainty, just not knowing what is going to happen, it's hard. >> one day we're in his room and i just wanted him to understand where we were at, that, you know, this was probably the last treatment. >> reporter: were you in effect telling him that if this treatment didn't work -- >> he could die. >> reporter: in the treatment, nick's doctors tweaked his immune system to make his body rid itself of cancer. there were no promises. he received the personalized cell therapy in may. for a month john and lisa watched offer their son. do you remember the moment where they said, hey, this appears to be working? >> they came back and said we don't see any leukemia cells. that was the point where we're definitely headed down the right path. >> reporter: exactly how the treatment works is complicated but nick is pretty good at explaining it.
>> they took out t-cells out of my body and engineered them to track down the cancer cells and kill them off. >> reporter: did they get them? >> i hope so so i think they did pretty well. >> reporter: watch as this gray cancer killing cell on the left, attack the green cancer cell, which gets smaller and actually dies. doctors tried this in 59 patients. 25 are now cancer free. >> our hopes is he will be cured and he can put aside this and start moving forward. >> i just want him to be able to enjoy a normal kid's life. >> reporter: his biggest thing right now is he is looking forward to getting his learner's permit. >> and soon instead of playing with toy cars, john will get the chance to teach his son how to drive a real one. you went from having cancer to now they can't find it. how does that feel? >> really great. >> absolutely remarkable.
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crowds gathered outside the home of nelson mandela in johannesburg today, celebrating the life of the 95-year-old president who died on thursday. ♪ ♪ >> it's a period of mourning, but it's also one of great celebration. cnn's david mckenzie has more on the generations of south africans who are saying good-bye to their beloved leader. >> reporter: a pilgrimage of song and dance, paying tribute to nelson mandela at his johannesburg home. to the man universal live known here as madiba. >> singing revolutionary names of the 1980s from south africa, many of these people would have been part of the struggle to
liberate this country. what is truly remarkable is the unifying nature of this man, of how people of all races, creeds and ages have come out here. it's a period of mourning but also a period of celebration. craig dickinson came with his son so he could experience the magic. >> he's done so much for our country. the youth are really involved in the name of madiba. he's an icon. >> this woman brought her son. >> he was in his lifetime for a purpose and i think they will gain much more than we did because they experience a little more than we did and then we experience -- they were born free and so they experience all the fruits of what he went through. >> al day they've been lighting candles and laying flowers on
this wall of flowers. it's extraordinary the deep personal connection this man had with the people. george showed his love by adorning his car with mandela's image. he says he hasn't been able to sleep or eat since he heard the news. >> we thought how are we going to live without madiba. and we are father and grandfathers and i'm just upset. >> reporter: but mostly they sing and remember the man that unified a country divided by history with his lasting message of forgiveness and reconciliation. david mckenzie, cnn, johannesburg. >> both unifying and transitioning to majority rule. in the days ahead, a parade of world leaders will travel to south africa to pay their
respects. former president george w. bush and his wife will fly in air force i with president obama and the first lady to tuesday's memorial. former president bill clinton also plans to attend. both clinton and his wife, former secretary of state hillary clinton meat with mandela in his final years. former president jimmy carter will also travel to the memorial as part of the elders delegation, an international human rights group that is chaired by kofi annan. >> the white house has backed away from a reported statement made two years that president obama had never met an uncle who lives near boston. it turns out the president not only knew the uncle, he actually once lived with him. why all the confusion? here's cnn's brian todd. >> reporter: he's a 69-year-old man who lives outside of boston.
the "boston globe" previously cited the white house as saying the president and his uncle had never met. now the white house press secretary said this -- >> the president said he stayed with his uncle for a brief period of time until his apartment was ready. >> reporter: he said he said with him for three weeks. why the different accounts? >> back when this arose, folks looked at the president's book and there was no evidence that they met. >> jay carney said it was when he asked the president when he was told. critics of the white house say this speaks to a deeper credibility problem of the
president and his staff not being forthcoming. >> so really, it was such an unforced error and it just goes back to this thing of the white house not being completely forthright with facts with the public. it's what's contributed to his trustworthiness numbers going way down. >> reporter: and political observers say certainly else could be lingering. >> i think it definitely does raise an interesting question about whether or not the white house has come through with this idea that he has relatives that had trouble with dui or immigration problems or whatever else but there's so many politicians that have had similar relatives with similar issues. >> reporter: a white house official pushed back with the ideas that the white house is not comfortable with those members of his family, pointing out that he wrote extensively about them in his book "dreams from my father." >> what could keep college football fans away from their favorite teams? look at the stands. almost empty. we're going to explain coming up next. farmers presents: fifteen seconds of smart.
well, the ice storm kept college football fans in texas at home. it was 24 degrees at kickoff. school officials even offered free admission to anyone who showed up but, yes, that wasn't even enough. central florida won, by the way, 17-13. lower than normal temperatures, snow and sleet, it is a long line of severe weather headed straight for the east coast. we show you where it is about to get nasty. i'm getting out my winter coat, alexandra. >> yeah. the redskins, ravens, eagles, all have games impacted by this weather. looking quiet from boston to new york to washington. that will change. this snow-and-ice show is a
one-day event and it's really just tomorrow. in washington you can see the heaviest, which is white. in roanoke to richmond, i had much -- i-81 may see the heaviest accumulation. ov overnight tomorrow night into monday may see snow. that's the biggest difference between this ice event and yesterday's, temperatures have been holding so cold. that will not be the case along the eastern sea board. by monday everybody will be in the 40s so whatever ice there is will melt. the watch starts in the morning by 11:00 or 12. snow and sleet to start. by the afternoon and evening, changing over to freezing rain and sleet. on the haul maybe one to two inches of snow, a quarter of
inch of ice possible in washington. philadelphia and afternoon it begins to move in, snow and sleetly nighttime, we'll see a change over to rain as temperatures begin to come up, maybe see a snow/sleet accumulation of an inch, in new york city dry until tomorrow and late tomorrow night snow and sleet changing over to rain, could see up to an inch of snow and sleet in new york city. look at these temperatures by monday in new york, boston, washington, all will be in the 40s. so certainly, deb, we'll see a different scenario with this one because of the quick changeover from any ice that does fall to rain and certainly melting it all on the byways and overpasses. >> that is good news. thanks so. some people have stayed in doors and venting their weather blues online. rosa, you have been following
this. there's a good response as to how people are riding this out. >> they are. one of the things that really stands out is the variation in temperatures. some areas in arkansas the temperatures went from 70 degrees to freezing. here's an interesting contrast. they found their colorful flowers covered in ice. this was sent in by ireporter susan brockett, she said the day started off with drizzle and then bam, pounding layers of ice. and joslin lockwood from texas, she said still covered in ice with power outages remaining but roads have improved immensely. and don't let the sun fool you, i've soon several pictures like these. this is from ireporter mark ivy from indiana. he said looks are deceiving and that is true.
mark ivy said the temperatures fall into the single digits at night and rise only into the mid 20s during the day. tweet me your pictures or send me a message on facebook. i love to hear from you. thank you so much for keeping us posted. >> i love the ice. it's so beautiful but you have to be so careful because it's so heavy and weighs trees and power lines down. >> a 16-year-old boy died today on a delta airline. apparently he died of natural causes. they made an emergency landing in spokane washington. a deputy medical inspector said the teen died once the plane landed. an autopsy is set for monday. >> with more and more evidence that the get-tough policies don't work, school districts across the country are rethinking zero tolerance, but is giving kids a second chance the answer in our conversation coming up next. across america people are taking charge
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there's no question the world of education isn't what it used to be. ask anyone from teachers to parents, even students themselves. a new report by the american civil liberties union of pennsylvania looked at student discipline and whether the practice of zero tolerance is actually helping or hurting students and the verdict -- well, the overly broad policy just isn't working. and joining me to discuss is broward county public school superintendent robert brunsy, president of national school services committee and psychologist wendy walsh. >> tell us what zero tolerance is and why turn away from it now? >> well, the reason why we would
turn away from it is because zero tolerance policies are not effective. in 2011 in broward county, we had the largest number of stude student school-related arrests in florida. 1,062. out of that 754 of them, about 75%, were for non-violent misdemeanor offenses. these are things that would normally have been handled by schools in the past and as we see the numbers continue to grow, they just put children on a trajectory that, one, they don't learn from the behavior. two, we see a lot of repeat offende offenders. we're trying to put interventions on the front end to change behavior and increase students' opportunity for success. >> fill us in, though, the 754 non-violent arrests, what were they for? >> so we're looking at things
like disrupting a school event, fights, bullying, minor theft offenses, things, again, that can normally be handled within a district and a school environment. so what we've done is we've taken a very critical look at our student code of conduct and discipline matrix in the district, we've made some modifications through a comprehensive committee that include law enforcement, representative from the juvenile justice system, the courts and we recognize there's a huge issue here that we need to address. there's been a -- >> okay. let me quickly get way in, kenneth, the concept of zero tolerance was clearly created for a reason. has it gone in the wrong direction? what changed in education that we really needed this? >> what a didn't hear an answer
to is what is zero tolerance. my question having worked in school for 30 plus years is what is zero tolerance? is that a 50% tolerance or 25% tolerance or is that what we're going to? i agree there are concerns about suspensions, puexpulsions and arrests. i'm not an advocate of this, there are disproportionate implications as well. my concern is out on the front lines in the school, what does that equate to. what is a minor misdemeanor that we're now going to handcuff school police officers and tell them they're not allowed to apply the law. if my child is assaulted in
school, are they not allowed to follow the law? is there a theft, is there a dollar limit? we have good ideas, we need balance and common sense. when we start focusing on playing the numbers game, we're the number one district in the state on arrests, expulsions, they start to manage situations on numbers and politics and not on situations. >> wendy, they've got an environment where kids have got to be on their best pavie i beh but does it create a hostile environment in the school or does it enforce the right kind of discipline. should kids be given a chance when they make another mistake? >> absolutely. i think this puts an unfair pressure on teen-agers. some of the behaviors that you're talking about i'm sorry to say are natural
experientially. the problem is we don't understand the developing brain. the developing brain doesn't understand always how to make logical choices and fully comprehend the consequences. as a result, when you arrest these kids or expel them, you're marginalizing them in with a kind of criminal population or giving them a criminal identity. now, this is a big time of identity formation, which means if you tell a kid they're bad, likely they're going to be more bad in the future. so i think it's really important that we give kids a second chance, that we help them understand and give them more logical consequences than you're a criminal, you're out of this school. >> the three of you don't go anywhere. the discussion is far from over. next we'll look at how to change the norms in u.s. schools one student at a time, on the other side.
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the issue when is enough enough? >> let me address the first piece about zero tolerance. it's not cart blanche that we have no misdemeanor, no offenses that are actually involving arrests, we still have some of those. we have set limits on what that is. so, for example, theft is for items that are less than $300. we've set marijuana possessions to be less than 20 grams. so there are limits that we've constructed and the school district did this in partnership with the sheriff's office and our juvenile justice system. it's been a collaboration with our law enforcement, our juvenile justice system to come up with this program. as far as the interventions that we put, we created a program called "promise" where the student as well as the family essentially sign a contract to go and get counseling and support.
they go through a curriculum that has been developed that's appropriate for the age and the particular offense. there's an assessment that's involved. the student is assigned a social worker, family counselors which work with the school to do restorative justice and we monitor and track them for several weeks to be sure that students are progressing. what we've noticed this year so far, out of 625 students who have been referred to the alternative program, we've only had 25 come back. so less than 4% have been repeat offenders. that's a 50% drop from what we've seen. that is absolutely working. >> it does seem that it's working. at the same time, ken, does it sound like these kids are being coddled in a way, maybe to the extent that there could be something worse happening, even a school shooting, for example?
>> let me just say again i am not one of those hardliners who think that the answer is arrest to everything. i think the superintendent raises a valid point and i commend him and those in the district for developing alternative programs. my child is the victim of a theft of 295, my child is assaulted and doesn't raise to the bar that you arbitrarily set, it's interesting to me that the police department and the school district have arbitrarily refined what is and isn't law. and what's the consequences for the child who we're telling your criminal behavior when it rises to that and inappropriate behavior, it gets a special
slide and special set of rules here in the school but they go out on the streets in the community and get a different response and feel they're discriminated there. >> let wendy get a word in here. i want to hear from you what is acceptable behavior and what is not? there is that aspect that another child may be hurt. when does it become so disruptive that it shouldn't be tolerated at all, which is really what the policy is now. >> i think the idea that school districts work with local law enforcement -- do we want to waste the public money arresting all these kids anyway -- but i think victims' rights are important, too. i promote logical consequences. an arrest may not be a logical consequence to a 14-year-old, but doing empathy training, understanding damage to the victim, finding a way to compensate the victim, you're going to have to find a way to make the money to pay that
person back. that's how we learned lessons when we were coming up and it makes a lot more sense than just calling the police. >> and that's absolutely the program. >> go ahead, bob. >> and that's absolutely part of the training and the counseling that's provided to the students is what was just described. so we do work -- so, for example, if it's bullying, we go through all the consequences of what that means. when we do a restorative justice piece, there is resolution that's brought between the victim as well as and the offender. so we do work through that. at the end of the day, we've got to create a different climate in our schools. just pulling a student out of the school, expelling them and putting them on the street or arresting them is not a solution to doing that. we're just creating a pipeline of failure as we see what happens long term when a student is arrested, it impacts their long-term chances for college, military, housing, jobs and perpetuates a cycle of
generational poverty in many cases. >> so what you're trying to do -- so it sounds to me what you're trying to do is you're trying to lift these students up. but there is a question that sometimes that schools will spend a disproportionate amount of time helping the children who are doing these things when that kind of energy could also be used to helping those children who are on a more successful path. by a show of hands, do you see an imbalance in that? wendy, let me start with you. >> no, i think the important thing to understand is we're in a village here. if you just marginalize a small group of kids, what you're going to do is raise a generation of criminals who will eventually hurt your children maybe in adult life, and we're in aville and, some are high achieving, some low achieving, some come from homes that need more support than other homes but we have to have a village mentality
to help all the children. they're kids. >> they are. they're kids. and if you can change the path, clearly that's what schools and society wants. the three of you, wendy walsh, kenneth trump, robert runcie, we appreciate it. >> with the click of the cameras, an iconic photograph for the ages. coming up, we'll meet the photographer behind the lens and find out how this moment changed his life. ♪ [ female announcer ] to bake. or not to bake. that is a silly question. bake the world a better place with nestle toll house.
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mandela was released from prison more than 20 years ago. he described the moments that followed in his own words. >> nelson mandela's example, his courage, his determination, his dignity, his forward thinking of conciliation, of forgiveness and of love for all is something that has touched so many people and it has been something that has brought people towards him and brought people together. on the morning of february 11th, 1990 i was with a group of photographers. we had gotten to the prison very early that morning. at one point in the early afternoon, i will never forget suddenly about five helicopters began to descend right over the back of this prison and suddenly there were screams that came in all directions of excitement.
and i knew that something very important was about to happen. i had been waiting so long for this moment and i always wondered what it would look like. i was looking through my camera very intensely waiting and all of a sudden i saw winnie mandela with her right hand holding the left hand of a very tall man and at that second i began to push on the shutter of my camera. i had a motor drive and i'll never forget had i saw her left first and his right fist suddenly move up. and as they were moving up, my finger was on the motor drive and i could hear the click of my shut are a shutter and i could see this moment. and when the fists arrived at
the apoge of this arc, i could hear my camera click and i saw his fist at the top of this arc that i had made this photograph and this was one of the most exhilarating moments of my life. a few days after he came out of prison, a small group of photographers were at his house in orlando west in soweto and ne nelson mandela came out of his house and sat in a chair, the chair was right below the trees and the trees had created a lot of shadow. there was a bright light that was shining through the shadows of these tries right on his face, as if his soul, as if his body was a magnet for this light. and i know that the light of this incredibly powerful jewel of a human being has touched my
heart, has touched the hearts of all south africans and has touched the hearts of people worldwide and will do so forever. >> remarkable. well, nelson mandela inspired people around the world to make an impact. for more on his charitable legacy and how you can also make an impact and get involved go to cnn.com/impact. you are in the cnn newsroom. hi, everybody. i'm deborah feyerick. this weekend across several states, you guessed it, winter came early and winter came fast. in just 24 hours temperatures went from spring-like to below freezing in texas, oklahoma, arkansas and tennessee. this isn't the fluffy stuff, the stuff you go out and have a good time in. we we