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most busiest airports and what ripple effect is happening? >> well, things are happening here that are normal and it is a typical travel day here on sunday, but that is not the case for chicago. if you are looking at midway international or o'hare international, you are looking at more than 600 flights cancelled between 30 and 40 minutes and the good news in all of that, though, it is ig h significantly better than the height of the problem between the alleged sabotage to the control tower friday. we saw more than 2,000 flights delayed or cancelled with the passengers wait iing hours to hr some pretty bad news, but here in atlanta, things are getting better and slowly progressing as well in chicago and around the country as well, fred. >> and nick, what is the time line for trying to get that air traffic control center in chicago back to normal? >> you know, when we asked the faa earlier, they said that patience, and you no, it could take a while for that to get back to normal, and they are progressing though, and they did send out a statement overnight, and reading a part of that overnight, quote, after inspect
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ing the damage to the en route s center in chicago, the faa has decided to replace the systems network system to a different part of the same building, and whether that means days or weeks, we don't know, fredricka, and they are making progress to get all of the flights back in horderd order, and the tower that was struck friday outside of chicago is critical to keeping the flights on time across the country, and so it is not just chicago that felt the impact, but today, as you mentioned thousands of passenger s still feeling the effects, fred. >> all right. nick valencia, thank you so much, and we appreciate that. and so if you are one of those people stuck in the airport or you know someone who is, we have some travel advice for you. travel expert mark murray is into joining us from morristown, new jersey, via skype. mark, good to see you. so even if you are not going the chicago, will more people be impacted by the connections and maybe even the international flights? >> yes, all of the above, and
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the challenge when one airport goes down, all of the flights are going to be ending up somewhere to pick up people and dropping them off, and you are going to be possibly affected. the best thing to do is to check where the flight is originating out of and see if it is going into the chicago market and if not, you may be okay, and for the most part, you are okay if you are outside of chicago, but right now in chicago, still a mess at midway and o'hare. >> and say you one of the people impact and the flight is canceled or you have to stay ov overnight somewhere, rebates or refunds from the airlines because of a situation like this? >> i nicely shake my head, no. the airlines are not going to pay for anything. they will help you to the get on your way, and they won't whack you with the fare differences in some cases, but they have no obligation to compensate you whatsoever, because it is out of their control. it is unfortunate, but the way it is.
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>> and this is what happened last night after the shooting happened, and listen to what the crowds are saying back to him. >> what do you are to say, sir? >> i have to say that we have a
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police officer that has been shot tonight. that is what is happening. >> what? >> a police officer has been shot tonight. >> who else? >> that is the only person who got shot tonight. >> yeah, right. >> and come on, the police told me something else. >> has anyone been arrested, si sir? >> sir, sir -- >> not yet. >> sir -- >> i am going to ask you to leave and i am only going to ask you one time. >> and you don't have to ask, because these are our streets, and these ain't your streets, but they are our streets. >> that is going to cause a problem. >> so you can hear there that the crowds don't believe a word that is being said from authorities' mouths, and there is a huge amount of distrust, and i want to tell you, fredricka, we talked to a family member of several police officers and a family involved with a police department one way or another, and they said they are scared and terrified that the police officers are going to be targeted. now, when it comes to two separate case, one here in
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ferguson where a police officer was shot, and one in st. louis at the airport where one was involved in a shooting at i-70, they are not related according to the authorities and not related to the situation that has unfolded here in ferguson since august 9th, fredricka? >> with all of this taking place, i don't know if it is representative of the frustration that people are feeling in ferguson, but what are the residents expressing to you, you know, many weeks now after michael brown was gunned down whether there was any hope for a better relationship between the residents and, you know, ferguson the dynamic. >> the answer is yes, but most people here believe that it has not changed for the better necessarily. like i was saying earlier, this huge gulf of mistrust between the police and some members of the community here in ferguson, but also there are tensions rising between residents here. that is one of the things that
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really stuck out they really talked about the fact that they felt this town has changed forever, and not necessarily at this point for the better. the biggest concern right now is what is going to happen whether or not there is going to be an indictment. people are preparing for that, according to this one resident, as if there's a hurricane coming worried that there is going to be a huge outcry, depending on what the outcome of the grand jury's decision is, and there are preparations going on where people are talking about potentially moving away or at least getting away for some time because they are worried about an explosion just in case depending on exactly what the grand jury decides. >> sarah, thanks so much, in ferguson, missouri. so before any of this latest violence erupted, we're talking about president barack obama talking about the root of the unrest in missouri. that has gripped ferguson since
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the michael brown killing. . >> the president spoke last night at the caucus dinner to an audience that included brown's parents. >> the anger, the emotion that followed his des away from our nation once again to the reality that people in this room have long understood, which is in too many communities around the country a gulf of mistrust exists between local residents and law enforcement. walking while black, driving while black, judged by stereotypes that fuel fear and hopelessness. >> president obama also said that attorney general eric holder spent time with the residents and police in ferguson and that the department of justice has indicated that their civil rights investigation into brown's death is ongoing. all right. wroefr seas kurdish forces have now pushed back isis along turkey's board we are syria.
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in syria fresh fighting along the border with turkey, and that's where kurdish forces have been battling with isis militants for control of several towns there. meanwhile, the u.s., saudi arabia, and the united arab emirates conducted air strikes on isis targets in that area and hit an isis compound near the town of kabani. rnn's phil black has spent the day on the boarder right close to the area of thick fighting. he is joining me right now on the phone. night has fallen there. what is happening? >> what we saw today was very intense fighting. just to the east of that city you mentioned, kobani.
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that is the key to the fighters, and they're closing in from every possible direction. the south, west, and east where we were. what we saw were those isis fighters really pounding the local fighters that are trying to resist them. it's pretty obvious the isis fighters had much bigger, more capable, more powerful weapons, and those local fighters, kurds, were prying to defend their homeland. they're really up against it, and so from looking at it, it now appears that isis is very close to this city, kabani, inside the city officials are telling us that without more help from the international coalition, more effective air strikes, they fear that isis could reach the city and they fear very much what could happen to the civilian population in the event that that happens. >> now, earlier you speak of the kind of fighting that was taking place, and you were actually taping a piece when this
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happened. >> only a few kilometers from where we are standing now, and it would seem that once they get beyond -- a large round there detonating behind me. once they move past this point here -- [ cheering ] >> it's gone down very well with this local crowd. to be fair, they have no idea, no way of really knowing who is scoring the hits on the other side, but clearly this crowd clearly believes that that was a hit for the kurdish fighters who they have been standing here cheering for through the afternoon. now, the reason why this battle is going on behind me matters so much because it is so close to kobani. it is just a few kilometers. >> so, phil, explain here. they didn't really know who was happening or who was responsible for that round, but since that shot, have you learned anything more about whether their cheering was, you know, directed in the right place? >> it's hard to tell because we
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are standing back some distance. a couple of miles probably from the border itself. it's simply unsafe to get any closer than that, and the military wouldn't let us get any closer than that. trying to observe the fighting that is ehs taking place at that distance across the border in a built-up middle village where what we can see on the outskirts of the town are these big artillery weapons firing into this built-up area, and then smoke from the impact and, of course, the loud booms as well. there's also constand small arms fire. really this was a fierce intense fight. it shows that isis is within striking distance of kobani. it's triggered hundreds of thousands of people desperate to get over the border into turkey. a new humanitarian crisis for this region, and based upon what we saw today, isis's momentum is
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pretty significant, and you have to think that it's possible that they will reach their goal if not tomorrow, then perhaps within the next few days. >> and then talk to me about the effectiveness of the u.s. air strikes if there's any way of measuring that as yet. >> well, we know that they have struck a building and some isis-controlled vehicles and the building that they were using, but that strike took place further from where isis is today, further away. what that tells us is that it certainly hasn't stopped the isis advance. if it has slowed it down, it is perhaps only slightly. what we're hearing from the kurdish fighters that are going up against these guys is that it hasn't had any meaningful effects. certainly not enough to save them. not enough to stop this isis advance and then looking for help on that sort of scale. that's what they want to see. something that will stop isis in its tracks and prevent them from
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reaching their goal, that city of kobani. >> then, phil, as you say, isis still seems to be on its way within striking distance of kobani. is there any way of telling that is the final destination given it's so close to the turkish border. is there any way of knowing whether isis is planning to cross that border into turkey? >> you would have to say they just don't have the capability to do that, but turkish military has dug in really, heavily fortfied all along that border there. a very strong military presence. it would seem based upon their movements so far that they are converging through this northern region of syria towards that major city that i have been describing, kobani. if that happens, that will have consequences for turkey. there's no doubt. because of what it means. even more the turkish border will be shared with isis-controlled territory, and that does not make for a secured surface. today we have the strongest statement yet from the turkish
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president suggesting that turkey must play some role in this international coalition that is currently taking the fight directly to isis. >> all right. phil black, thank you so much. we'll check back with you. despite these days of air strikes by the u.s.-led coalition, isis fighters do seem to be as aggressive as ever. you can hear it in the explanation from phil. so is there i ni impact from the air strike from another point of view? let's bring in cnn military analyst colonel rick frankona from new york. pretty remarkable report there. turkish military on the border. isis digging in its heels. if isis does cross the border, they will be up against a strong military. from all that you heard from phil's reporting and isis continuing to intensify its fight against the kurds, what do you take away as perhaps one of the most important things about this military strategy thus far? >> yeah. i don't hold much hope out for
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kobani. i think it will probably fall. wronk you can put enough air in there to be effective because you have too many people in close proximity. the air strikes they're doing are further back, as phil said, and they're going after known positions where -- where isis is concentrated. when you get up to the front line, you cannot put -- unless you have someone controlling those strikes. that means someone on the ground either a special forces person an air force controlled party or a kurd that's trained to do this. we have none of that right now. the airpower is not going to be able to be brought to bare on the frontlines where you need it the most. that's the drawback here. i don't hold out much hope for kobani. isis has them out gunned and out manned. on the turkish side, i don't see isis going into turkey. that would be a big mistake on their part. the turks have a serious
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military. way more powerful than isis. that would be a big mistake. i think they're going to solidify that border and -- >> then how significant is it if kobani would, indeed, fall to isis? >> well, it gives them complete control of that border wrar, and that's what they want. they have portions of it already, and then you can see what their strategy is. they want to control the entire border. they regard that as the current border of their state until such time as they want to move any further. i think their goals against turkey would be way, way down the road. i think they're trying to consolidate their positions inside syria. >> is there any way of tracking, you know, the movement once kobani. then where? >> i think they'll keep spreading out east and west until they control it all. kobani is a big one. they already control the border post to the east of that. they'll continue to move west, and eventually they'll want to take aleppo and all of that northern part of syria. that's what they've wanted to do all along. they're just on a momentum. they're on a roll.
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whereas in iraq, the air has been able to stop them because you have ground forces there that can move and try to consolidate those gains. we do not have that in syria. >> how does the u.s. or even coalition forces use this information to its advantage? kobani moving east, moving west, also potentially. what does that mean for air strikes if that is the way in which, you know, the u.s. and coalition forces are able to attack or try to get isis to retreat in any way in syria right now? >> well, as long as you can tell who isis -- which groups are isis and which are not, then you can go ahead and strike them, but you want some distance between the warring parties. once they get -- once we call a troop in contact, you have to have eyes on the target if you're going to call that in. otherwise, you risk causing a lot of friendly casualties, and that's something we don't want. i know that's probably not satisfacto
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satisfactory, but until we get somebody on the ground to control the air strikes, we won't be able to have close air support. we may be able to do it in iraq, but syria is a different story. >> very different strategies for iraq versus syria. and different approaches as it pertains to the u.s. and even of the coalition. will one strategy suffer because all eyes are on the other? >> with more nations signing up to provide more aircraft and more support, i think we've got enough air assets in place. we can certainly monitor what's going on in syria with all the manned and unmanned reconnaissance assets. it's what can you do about it? in iraq it's a different story. there's two pieces to this one puzzle.
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syria say problem set. the moderate free syrian rebels and the syrian able, that's still far down the road, but we have an immediate crisis there right now. >> yeah. all right. lieutenant colonel rick frankona, thank you for your expertise. appreciate it. >> sure. violent protests now in hong kong. live pictures right now. certainly the pictures demonstrate how many people have converged, but we'll explain in what way violence is being measured and why. [ female announcer ] we help make secure financial tomorrows a reality
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dozens of people in hong kong are injured after anti-government protests turned violent. what started as a peaceful demonstration was forced by police, as you see there. earlier this is what happened to cnn's ivan watson who was in the middle of the protest there. >> -- some tear gas -- >> all right. you can see right there ivan watson putting on his gas mask, as you see tear gas, something,
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being hurled at the crowds there, and he is caught right in the middle of it. ivan watson joining me now. it looks certainly quieter there, but you still have an awful lot of people. first off, what is the protest all about, and why did it take that ugly turn? well, this introir protest movement here, and here you have thousands of people who basically paralyzed downtown hong kong, frederica and blocked the main highway, the main artery through this financial hub. the crowd has been chanting "we want free elections," "we want universal suffrage." it's against rules that have been set up by the ruling communist party in mainland china that would effectively let the government in beijing nominate, vet candidates for elections in 2017 for the highest officials here in hong
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kong.6 ó÷ >> they vbt been using draconian force or flogging these young demonstrators. they have been standing side-by-side next to them, though within the last half hour some of the riot police did throw some tear gas here that got the crowd righted up. but certainly this is a very different kind of protest movement from what i have seen not very far away in mainland china, and it underscores how different hong kong is, this former british colony, from the rest of china and the real fear that many of the demonstrators are expressing. they're afraid, as the central government tries to impose more and more of its authority on
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this port city, that hong kong could become like many other chinese cities living under a much more authoritarian, and that's what these -- most of them kids, 18, 19, 20 years old, don't want. >> so long people in hong kong celebrating a sort of independence and a level of freedom that mainland china has not been able to enjoy. ivan watson, thank you so much for that. we'll check back with you. how worried should we be about lone wolves on american soil? candy crowley talks with the deputy national security advisor and then later candy pulls double duty. we'll explain. ♪ i thought it'd be bigger. ♪
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making news right now. murder and assault charges are expected to be filed tomorrow against alton alexander nolan, the suspect in a gruesome killing near oklahoma city. police say nolan beheaded a co-worker and wounded another before being shot by a company executive. the attack happened just after nolan had been fired. the fbi is investigating after co-workers told authorities nolan tried to convert them to islam. the suspect remains hospitalized but police interviewed him yesterday when he regained consciousness. and a community of charlottesville, virginia, is ramping up efforts to find uva student hannah graham. she vanished more than two weeks ago. emergency dispatch operators are working extra hours to help field incoming tips. meanwhile, jesse matthews, a prime suspect in the case is being held in isolation in a virginia jail. he is charged with abduction with the intent to defile.
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about 600 flights canceled -- were canceled again today. airlines have been scrambling since friday after a worker allegedly tried to destroy the f.a.a.'s chicago control center with fire. repairs could take weeks. now to the growing concerns over the threat of lone wolf terror attacks on u.s. soil. are they justified? how are americans supposed to respond to the potential threat? cnn's chief political correspondent candy crowley asks tony blinkin about that on state of the union today. >> it's important for people to be vigilant, to have a heightened awareness and to be able to communicate with law enforcement if they see anything suspicious. that's a critical tool in making sure we can prevent and protect ourselves. >> it occurred to me this weekend. i was out of town, and someone when they heard this bulletin
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said, okay, so this week we have a guy leaping over the white house fence. the most secure building one would hope. makes it all the way inside the white house, and then they're telling us, hey, be careful, lone wolfs might want to slit your throat or blow up. it just seems like there is no real way and no real hopeful advice that's being given to the public. >> okay. candy, look, i think it is a comprehensive effort across the entire government and, indeed, is necessary involving the american public, but, again, this is just to make sure that people have heightened awareness. no credible active plot. it's very important, as we take action around the world, including in iraq and syria, that people are aware and focused. >> and does it -- moving to the region now and what's going there, air strikes now along the turkish-syrian border, it does seem that very often whm any kind of western power in the middle east takes on some kind
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of military operation that it creates enemies as well as destroys other enemies. isn't that what the bulletins are about? are we making things more dangerous on the street or safer? >> we have to get ahead of this problem. isil presents an immediate threat to people in the region, including americans in the region, and it's been clear over time if left unchecked it will present a threat here at home. we need to get ahead much it. an ounce of prevention is better than an ounce of cure. we are not sending in hundreds of thousands of american troops. we're not spending trillions of american dollars. what we are doing is empowering local actors with some of the new things like airpower, training, equipping, advising, assisting, and we're not falling into the al qaeda trap of sending tens of thousands of americans in where they get bogged down, tied down, and that's exactly what al qaeda wants. we're being smart about this. this is a sustainable way to get at the terrorists, and it's also a more effective way. >> are you at the same time
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buying into what was the bush belief that you -- president bush's belief that we go get them before they come get us. >> look at who was doing it. we took action in syria this week with five arab nations flying with us. we have a coalition now of more than 50 countries from all around the world, including in the region. this is not america against isil. this is the international community against a threat that is posed in the first and foremost to countries in the region and represent the threat to everyone. dozens buried alive after a volcano erupts in japan, and now scientists are warning it could actually explode again. >> open court travelled to boca raton for a look at the ten everett tennis academy. it's co-owned by chris and her brother, john. john focuses on the technical side, while chris mentors the players. >> it's important in tennis now, it's a power game, to go for
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winners, but maybe not at the expense of making too many unforced errors. >> reporter: many live at the academy full-time. when they aren't on the court or doing fitness drills, they are inside this classroom. >> every kid that is in our program gets an education and every high school student that's graduated from the everett academy has gone to college. >> reporter: if there's one thing chris ever hopes young players learn from her career, it's best summed up in an article about her which she remembers to this day. >> the first line stays in my mind. it was, you know, she's not the fastest, she doesn't hit the hardest, she's not the strongest, so why am i number one? that always left a big impact in my brain because i think i was very proud of that. guys! you're not gonna believe this!
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cnn's will ripley has the story from the base of the volcano. >> people with no pulse, cardiac arrest, all near the summit when the mountain erupted. >> home video shows a giant plume of gas and ash surrounding and blinding these hikers in seconds. its nairjs eruption in 35 years. climbers came to the second highest volcano for the peak of autumn viewing. so many people were near the summit, says this hiker. some were running, but some were hurt and couldn't move. the voluntarily contain yoes ae rising plume is affecting air travel. it's raining ash on rescuers
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below. they have continues seismic activity and the looming threat of another big eruption possible in the coming days. it reaches the summit just minutes just when it blew its top. both are still missing. now he sitsz on the floor waiting. all i can do is beg for your help to get us information, he says. please. as each hour passes, desperation grows. families are waiting for word on their loved ones who were dangerously close to a sweeping volcano that suddenly woke up. >> world of sugar daddies and sugar babies next.
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old-fashioned kind of love where men financially support women in exchange for companionship, and one man is capitalizing on that desire. >> you don't mind i'm just going to -- >> seeking arrangement founder brandon wade. >> okay. >> why did you start this? >> i was just having so much dealt in my dating life. i tried the normal dating web sites, and i realized it was really dell for me to stand out, and that's when i remembered something that my mom told me when i was growing up. being the nerdy boy that i was, she said just study hard, focus on your school, and someday when you are successful, you can really use your success and generosity to turn the dating game around. >> so you started seeking arrangement because you were having difficulty with your dating life? >> that's absolutely right. >> you are a very nice, smart guy. isn't that enough? >> apparently not. on most dating sites, unfortunately, there's no way for your intellect or perhaps
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your success to shine through. >> brandon set out to change that. in 2006 he launched seeking arrangement. today it's the most successful in a crop of sugar dating domains. the site also throws parties where babies and daddies can mingle and wear a mask if they want to go incognito. >> is there a typical profile on seeking arrangement? >> the average sugar baby is 27. typically has a college degree or is going to college. the average guy is 40 years old. he makes $250,000 or more every single year. >> what percentage of sugar daddies are married? >> roughly 40% are married. >> they're essentially trying to find mistresses? >> i would say so. they are looking for a relationship elsewhere to spice up their life. >> i asked her about the people that use this kind of dating
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service and their willingness to talk so openly about their preferences. >> this is a recent phenomenon. not so much moneyed older men seeking out younger women, but these web sites that are facilitating these relationships, and they are advertising at colleges around the country, and it's interesting. what i love about this series is that when you hear these topics, you're probably -- you probably have a preconceived idea about what the people are like and what the intentions are behind this kind of activity, but once you meet the men and the young women, my hope is that you might be provoked to think a little bit differently. i mean, in the case of these young women, a couple of them said to me, which really surprised me because i hadn't thought about this perspective before, that we are the first generation that has been told consistently that we are never going to make as much money as our parents and that job prospects out there are so dismal. this is a way for us to reduce
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our workload. a couple of them had been working three jobs and really unable to focus on their studies, and they said by being a sugar baby we are able to have our tuition paid for, among other things, and we're able to focus better on our studies. so, you know, is that justification for it? not necessarily, but it was a perspective i had never heard before. >> well, yeah. so you got young women who are saying i'm kind of giving up on my dream. i may not be able to ever attain the kind of financial success that i want to, so instead i will attach myself to someone who has -- who can provide for me what it is i want. simple as that. >> the young women that i spent time with, they are still very ambitious and despite the negative press, they haven't been dissuaded about wanting to pursue their dreams. they just right now are looking in many cases to these sugar
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daddies to help them to become mentors and to possibly pay for their tuition, but the ones that i spoke to -- this is why the phenomenon is a little different now. the women i talked to still have every intention of becoming that ceo one day or have their own business. it's just right now in this period in their lives they're struggling with having to pay for college and being able to spend time on their studies and so they seem to have found a way to help them in that process. >> did any of them reveal whether their parents know? do their parents regret having spent all that money on college or assisting in that or having great aspirations for their kid and then come to find out these young ladies are throwing that away? >> it's a great question. if their parents didn't know, they will know very soon. i think these young women have talked to their parents in advance of this episode airing, but it was really important for
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them to kind of convey their intelligences because they are very sigma tiesed, and there's a perception that there are sexual expectations in every relationship that is, you know, constructed, and that is not necessarily alleges the case. i mean, what they say on the website is what you should do in advance of even meeting the other person is negotiate the terms. figure out what you want out of this relationship and figure out, you know, what you aren't willing to give. >> oh, yeah. pretty amazing. explore this world on the premier episode of "this is life with lisa ling." it airs tonight at 10:00 eastern and pacific. coming up at the top of the hour, violent weather tears a section of a roof right off a major airport where flights are still delayed because of the damage. ♪ jackie's heart attack didn't come with a warning. today her doctor has her on a bayer aspirin regimen
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