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>> good to hear. a lot of news on this fight for better progress on what's going on with ebola. let's get you to the newsroom with miss carol costello. sorry about your tigers. >> please don't remind me. i'm still in pain. i appreciate your thoughts. have a great day. "newsroom" starts now. struggling to survive eric duncan quarantined in a dallas hospital now. why isn't he given a serum that saved two american aid workers? plus, breaking right now, command of kobane, the flag flying over the syrian border town. we're live from the front lines of the fight. 3,000 tips and an arrest, where is hannah graham? let's talk live in the cnn
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"newsroom." and good morning. i'm carol costello. thank you for joining me. we begin with breaking news. the fifth american infected with ebola now on american soil in omaha, nebraska for treatment. the plane carrying freelance camera man mukpo arrived moments ago. he was diagnosed in liberia while working with chief correspondent nancy schneiderman. he's in good spirits and eating and drinking on his own. as for that first person diagnosed with ebola in the united states, cdc officials say thomas duncan is not treated with an experimental se rum. the liberian national is in critical condition this a dallas hospital after his condition took a turn for the worse over the weekend. the cdc chief will head to the white house to brief president
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obama on all that's going on here at home. let's bring in elizabeth cohen. good morning. >> good morning carol. as thomas eric duncan struggles to survive inside this texas hospital, his girlfriend and her family members are in quarantine being watched to see that they don't develop the signs of ebola. >> people are scared. >> this morning, cnn learned u.s. officials are considering new screenings at airports to detect passengers aarriving by the cdc. lawmakers are calling for halted flights from ebola stricken to america. >> prevent this coming furtherer in the united states. >> a step the cdc these too far. >> if we make it harder to fight the africa, we increase our own risks. >> the ebola patient now fighting for his life after
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being diagnosed almost a week ago in dallas. on friday, duncan's family was relocated to an undisclosed location quarantined until october 19th. their apartment where duncan was staying, finally sanitized. they lived there six days after he was diagnosed. >> it will be completely stripped out carpet to curtains to all belongs. all the people that may have come in contact with duncan including this man michael lively that rode in the same ambulance after duncan tuesday. lively is escorted to the hospital in full surgical garb, mask covering his face. all ten patients, mostly health care workers have shown no symptoms. the fifth american arrives back in the u.s. this morning. the father of ashoka mukpo told
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the newspaper he still has the fever, but his spirits are good. he's the second ebola patient treated at medical center in ohm ma. he'll be treated away from terminal and public areas at the air. >> screening passengers coming into the u.s. from west africa is more complicated than it sounds. there are few if any direct flights left that people are arriving via connections from all points of the globe. >> carol? >> we're going to talk about that later in the newsroom. i'm wondering about this serum that worked so well on american aid workers. now doctors say by giving this serum to mr. duncan, may make him more sick? >> reporter: let's talk about the two medicines. the one you're referring to is zmapp. we're not sure those treated
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those people. you can survive by fluid management, making sure you're hydrated. we don't know if zmapp saved those people. it doesn't matter, because there's no zmapp left. they couldn't use it on him even if they wanted to. there's another experimental drug. it's not clear he's not getting that one with. frieden said it might have caused complications. it could have in sacra but he got it. elizabeth from dallas this morning. a marine is the first u.s. military casualty many the operation against isis. the navy identified corporal jordan spears as the marine lost at sea. he bailed out when the ospry lost power. it had taken off from the may can island in the persian gulf.
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another crew member went in the water, but he was rescued. the pilot was able to regain control of the airport and return it to ship. this marine is missing this morning. we are joined with barbara starr at the pentagon. >> such a difficult family for this marine. only 21 years old, served as the crew chief on board this v 22 aircraft that was taking off from the ship when apparently the accident happened. he was a member of the 11th marine expeditionary and said to be the first member of his family to serve in the u.s. military. the pentagon is asked is this is the first combat death in the middle east. the spokesman john kirby, i want to share what he said. clearly that squadron and ship were in the gulf supporting central command operations.
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some of those operations included operations in iraq and syria. there's no question this marine's death is related to the operations going on in some form or fashion. this is so important of course for his family as to how his passing will be classified by military in this mission. most military members do get some sort of hazard pay, hazardous duty pay in this region. >> all right. reporting live from the pentagon this morning. thanks. this video just in to cnn. isis flags being flown over a building over on the eastern side of kobane. that's a critical town on the syrian border. this follows a nasty weekend of fighting. our phil black was caught up in the thick of it.
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>> reporter: let's move back. you can see the turkish security forces vehicle coming under rock fire from local kurds watching the fight go across the border on in syria. >> we are live on the turkey syrian border with more on isis raising its flag in the eastern part of kobani. tell the us more. >> reporter: because of the intensity of the battles, the turkish security forces not allowing the media back to that position where you saw phil black reporting from in the video you were airing there. you were talking about isis raising the flag in kobani. it's right behind us. we were able moved further in able to see what we believe the isis flag on top of a four or five story building. it was black, seemed to have white writing on it.
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isis moved into the south eastern corner of kobani a few days ago. now continuing to fire relentless artillery we see get closer and closer to the heart of the city. this is happening throughout the day. isis move into this part of the country. this part of northern syria around two weeks ago sending well over 150, 200,000 fleeing for their lives. those kurdish fighter inside kobani making a last stand, last battle they anticipate to be intense. street to street it began yesterday. it is welcoming into today. we've not only heard the artillery fire dropping but sporadic gun battles. reportedly hundreds of kurdish fighters against the border with turkey trying to gain access to come back across. some of them do believe it's a losing battle. those still inside say they will fight until the end.
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an example of how desperate the situation is, yesterday one of the commanders of the female kurdish fighting unit carrying out a suicide mission. strapping on a vest and placing herself in the midst close to one of the isis positions. then detonating according to a senior kurdish politician. she did inflict a significant number of casualties. still those ongoing calls for u.s. led coalition to do even more than they already have. those fighters, kurdish fighters inside most certainly are outgunned. when it comes to military equipment they have at their disposal, comparing that to isis, they are at a clear disadvantage carol. at this stage, a lot of anger and frustration with the u.s. with this coalition for allowing this situation in kobani to deteriorate this fast. look at landscape around here. it's fairly open. they have been seeing isis moving military equipment
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towards kobani swarming on it in the last two weeks. they don't understand how it is that convoys have not been hit and allowed to reach kobani in the situation today unfold carol. >> reporting live for us this morning, thank you so much. arwa said isis is still gaining ground. united states desperately needs turkey's help to prevent that from helping. with the fight against isis, it may become harder after vice president joe biden said this about turkey and other middle eastern allies. >> and the turks, presidenter erdogan told me. you're right. they let too many through. this is within our power early on in this process. there are a couple former members of the administration arguing we should give quote the opposition which we couldn't
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identify as moderate by the way. i'm serious about that 36789 gi -- about that. give them that. does anybody doubt they would have been in the hands of the khorasan group or isil? >> if biden uses those remarks he'll be history to me. i've never made remarks. we've never provided help and support to terrorist o. i say terrorist organization including the islamic state. nobody can prove otherwise. >> though biden did apologize to both turkey and united arab, the turkish prime minister, let's say he remains ticked off. >> what we expect are two things, fairness and empathy. first empathy. american -- united states of america have bordered with mexico. there's two states on both
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sides. is it easy to control all borders? 1.6 million people came. this is combined total of washington d.c., boston and atlanta. you can imagine which type of risks and challenges we are facing. >> all right. let's dig deeper on this now. with me now, cnn military analysts lieutenant colonel rick francona and josh rogen. welcome to both of you. let's start with kobani and fall of the eastern city. how serious is that? >> the city is going to fall. that's a given. no way the kurds can did defend that. they're outmanned and out gunned. fortunately most civilians have vak eig evacuated the city. it was a foregone conclusion the city was going to fall.
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the ultimate goal was to consolidate on the border and move west. >> kobani is a stone's throw from turkey right? >> it's on the border of the city. >> it would be nice to have turkey's help containing isis. now that joe biden said that, how damaging is that? >> turks is waiting to see if isis is a threat to them. right now isis is not presenting a threat to turkey. of course there's a humanitarian crisis. isis has made no move against the turks nor would they. turks are much stronger than isis is. >> it depends on isis and joe biden -- >> that's a fair assessment. josh, i'm going to ask you this. do we open fairness and empathy in light of our own border crisis like the turkish prime minister said? >> like the crocodile tears from official this is weekend, most of what biden said is true.
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turkey has had a complicated and mutually beneficial relationship with groups on the ground in syria including this for a long time. turkey knows isis is a threat to turkey. earlier this year, isis took over the border crossing on the border with turkey you are tcut of turkey to aleppo. that's what they want to do again. turkey knows that. there's no real question that isis is a threat to turkey. no question that turks know about it. the problem is turks continue to support groups inside syria until there's a viable alternative. joe biden says we couldn't fund the opposition. that may be true. the plan is to fund the opposition and arm them. until we do that, they will continue to allow the funding and supporting of groups inside syria that we don't like.
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joe was right. turks are wrong. for them to call out biden for him saying what they have been doing is too cute. >> let's talk about this from a military perspective. colonel you have worked with officials in your military intelligence career. joe biden and white house made two calls to apologize. is that enough? does it change anything? how damaging is this? >> i don't think biden's comments make difference to turks. turks act in they're own interest when they feel there's a viable threat. i have i understand josh is assessing the threat. turks are not going to move on that border until they think there's a reason to. biden's comments notwithstanding. >> colonel francona and josh rogan i appreciate it. still to come, an american -- is he next on isis'
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the parents of an american aid worker head by isis are pleading for mercy. isis says abdul-rahman kassig is the next to be executed.
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he's now referred to by his muslim name as respect to his parents. he was captured last year as a suspect of civil war. >> a 26-year-old man from indiana held captive by isis, chillingly they've warned the world peter kassig could be their next victim following the brutal killing of the british aid worker. his parents are appealing to those holding him. >> we know syrians are suffering. we also believe violence is not the solution to the problems that trouble us all. >> most of all, know that we love you. our hearts ache for you to be granted freedom so we can hug you again and set you free to continue the live you have chosen, life of service to those in greatest need. >> captive for a year now, kassig's parents say their son had been helping syrian refugees. >> remember him saying he felt
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he had a bigger calling. he went to school at butler. he wanted to go out and do more for humanity as a whole this was so inspiring for me as a syrian. as an american with syrian roots to see someone that cared so much about people he technically didn't have relation from. >> he is from indiana, went to north central high school and decided to serve deploying with iraq with army rangers in 20 07. he went on to study science at butler university. >> he talked a lot about plans. he always wanted to do something bigger than his life as he said it. being part of a bigger picture. >> kassig changed course training to be emt and setting out on another mission to serve taking up humanitarian aid work. in 2012 he was treated wounded syrians when he spoke to cnn in lebanon. >> this is what i was put here to do. i guess i'm just hopeless
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romantic and idealist. i believe in hopeless causes. >> one year later he was running a non governmental organization in turkey working both sides of the syrian border delivering food and medical supplies to give refugees medical care. >> he wanted to be on the ground helping people. he had medic skills from time in the military. i think he saw this dire need and thought he could help fill that need. >> that was alexandera field reporting. thank you. still to come in the newsroom, after a week of violent clashes, protestors refuse to back down in hong kong. cnn's will ripley is there. >> reporte >> reporte >> reporter: carol, right now thousands fill the streets of the city causing congestion and chaos. the question now, how long will the government allow this to
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the standoff in gridlock continues in hong kong as pro democracy protests remain camped outside buildings ignoring calls to disperse. it was a different scene over the weekend when tens of thousands packed the streets facing off sometimes violently
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with police and opponents. take a look at what it was like on the ground during those clashes. >> frightening right? cnn will ripley live on the scene this morning. why is it calm now will? >> reporter: we, certainly it's monday evening here. some of these people went back to work. still, there are several thousand on the streets tonight on what should be a busy highway in the heart of hong kong. it's causing gridlock because of fact protestors continue to fill the streets illegally. they're demanding true democracy in the city. happening as we speak, there are meetings underway between students that organized this protest, students that set up barricade as -- barricades.
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they're sitting down to try and find a resolution to this situation carol. >> that's good to hear because some people are afraid what happened in tiananmen square will happen in hong kong. >> reporter: yeah, they are afraid. you can see comparisons drawn. this is the biggest pro democracy protest in china in 25 years since tiananmen square. it was students then and students now. the umbrella man statue is going viral on twitter now. the big difference is that government officials or people with a close familiarity with the hong kong and beijing government, they are telling us that the beijing government issued an order to find a peaceful resolution to this situation which is why we see talk a miss the wo-- see talks works. what are they willing to compromise to get the city back
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happening now in the newsroom. back to liberia, crews on the front lines tracking ebola. we'll take you inside the house eric duncan was renting and what we find inside. crews back this the indian ocean restarting the massive search for the downed malaysian airliner. find out why investigators took so much time off and what they're doing differently now. clipped, big changes at one of the southeast biggest grocery stores. let's talk live now in the cnn newsroom. good morning. thank you so much for joining me. i'm carol costello. the nbc camera man who contracted ebola working in liberia is now a step closer to treatment. moments ago, ashoka mukpo landed
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in nebraska. he will be taken to a nebraska heads where he'll be treated in isolation in the containment unit. he was diagnosed thursday and left liberia yesterday on a specially equipped plane. in the meantime, in liberia, home where thomas duncan lived remains locked up and boarded exactly how he left it before taking the flight to the united states more than two weeks ago. duncan's home sits in a neighborhood devastated by the disease as officials race to stop the spread. we are joined now from the capital city . good morning. >> reporter: good morning. we are getting a sense of how this could have spiralled so out of control. take a look at this. this is the house where thomas eric duncan was renting rooms. the rest of his neighbors are
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put under quarantine, can't go out. we can come in as long as we keep our distance. >> duncan was renting rooms from the family of williams. williams' aunt told us she was in her seventh month of pregnancy when she collapsed. families and neighbors rushed to help, duncan amongst them. now both of williams' parents her aunt says have tested positive for ebola. duncan is accused of having left liberia knowingly taking the virus with him. >> reporter: this door behind me is the room thomas duncan was renting here in the compound. it's the focal point of so much fear and paranoia ricochet ago around the world. that room is exactly how he left it the day he board had the plane heading to the united states. >> williams is 12. last week she rushed to her dying sister's aid along side
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duncan. none of them could have imagined the consequences, she says, especially not duncan as he boarded his plane. >> did he know she died of ebola? >> no. nobody knew. >> the leader of the local ebola task force has more questions. >> are you trying to trace all people in contact with her? how many do you have already? >> right now almost 100 people. >> as america struggles to contain the fear of duncan's diagnosis in dallas, here they're struggling to come to terms with the mounting death toll. already nine others who came into contact with williams are dead or dying. >> 9-year-old mercy is looked after by her 17-year-old brother
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harris. their mother was among the first at williams' side. days later she herself was rushed to the hospital. mercy doesn't know this yet, but after we leave, one of the neighbors is going to take her side and explain that her mother is never coming back home. >> we have awareness over and over. we tell the people no matter how much you love the person, it's responsible to pick up the sick. >> it's a lesson they've learned here the hard way. >> it really does just bring home that no matter what the intentions, no matter what measures are put in place, unless the death and disease and heart break are controlled here at the ground zero, there really is no way for anyone anywhere in the world to truly believe they're safe carol. >> i'm just curious. what did duncan's neighbors feel about possible charges filed
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against him in west africa? >> they seem taken back by that. you heard williams talking about it. everybody rushed forward. it's a basic human instinct. you see a pregnant woman lying on the ground. you run to her. i think that's what's been so heartbreaking. everyone involved seems to have had the best of intentions. there was no indication to us duncan knew before he got on the flight that he had been in contact with someone with ebola. that's the disease. you can have it but until you have a fever, vomiting or showing other similymptomsympto no way of knowing you have it. he could have gone in the airport with screening measures and not registered a temperature until he had been many the united states for a while. that is the huge challenge ahead of those struggling to control the disease carol. >> live from liberia this morning, thanks so much. still to come in the
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with the second ebola patient now on u.s. soil, there are growing calls to ramp up security measure at the nation's airports. one lawmaker, new york senator shuck schumer is offering his own plan to fight ebola. >> we're asking for two things be done at u.s. airports for those that come from the ebola hot spots when they arrive. one take their temperature. two, much more extensive screening and list of questions
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that might detect if they had contact with people that have ebola. >> cnn aviation and government regulation correspondent renee marsh joins me from washington where thomas duncan first entered the united states. does senator schumer have a point? >> caller: calls are getting loud for federal government to get more aggressive with its screening process. senator schumer laying it out plainly there he wants to see passengers coming from ebola hot spots essentially getting their temperatures taken when they arrive here on u.s. soil. many people are saying that they think that the current process which is in place is a bit too passive. we know what happens now if an individual shows obvious signs of being sick. that's when the red flags is raised. in senator schumer's words, he says that not enough. we know passengers at this point
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simply fill out the traditional form which asks if you're bringing back items from out of the country. schumer says that's not enough either. he wants a detailed in-depth questionnaire that forces passengers to lay out what kind of contact they had when overseas. we should point out nothing is foolproof. even if temperatures are taken, we know that incubation period for this is two to 21 days. it may not be detected. finally carol, we know the cdc is meeting with the president today. the question remains now, will they announce that they are indeed stepping up the process here at u.s. airports? carol? >> let's talk more about that. rene marsh, i appreciate that. i want to bring in mary. welcome mary. >> thanks carol.
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>> is that a good idea to take people's temperature when they pass through u.s. customs? >> that seems to be the only thing we can get. if we take a lesson from african nations, 13 have banned travel to and from hot spots. ten airlines including four british air ways, air france, emmitt and korean airlines have banned travel as well. because the united states is not willing to do that which is the most practical common sense and easiest way to do it, taking temperatures seems to be the best we can get out of our government. >> who would take the temperatures? >> that's the best question of all. technically, you know airlines regulated by federal aviation administration. the federal aviation administration has no power to engage in public health endeavors. that's not aviation safety and security. that would have to be left to cdc and faa has already said
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it's up to cdc. then local health officials because the cdc doesn't have the personnel. you would have to call in to state and county health departments to carry out screenings or get local hospitals and health care workers to do it. >> let's say they go ahead and do this and cdc officials or some health official in cuss m -- in customs takes temperatures, might it open another turn? let's talk about the entero virus that's killed two children in the united states. should all children be checked for the virus if they fly to another country? >> that's the added problem. where do you draw the line? people are overlooking obvious which is you can examine people's passports to determine where they've been. right now the two carriers that seem to be carrying most the connecting flights are royal air and brussels airlines.
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most of the flights that will be boarding and coming on and connect on today u.s. flights is coming off those carriers. remember we have at least 450 airports if if you break them down to the busiest 40 airports. the temperature taking is -- remember that's a backstop because they aren't willing to do what several nations have done. simply ban flights. that does not exclude neighboring countries. exclude health care workers and humanitarian aid. that wouldn't be effective. that's the most logical thing, ban it. short of that we'll have the health screenings i assume. we can't leave americans with nothing. >> well, we'll see what transpires today after the white house and cdc officials meet. mary, thank you so much. this is cnn breaking news. >> all right. i have breaking news to tell you about from the u.s. supreme
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court. evidently justices are not going to act on any same sex marriage cases at least the rest of the year. what does that mean? let's head to the man that knows the supreme court intimately. cnn jeffrey tuben. why did justices make this decision jeffrey? >> they don't explain reasons for not taking cases. they simply do it without comment. they are, i guess, waiting for more appellate courts to address the issue of whether there's a constitutional right to same sex marriage. so far every appellate court has said there's a right to same sex marriage. there's no conflict in the courts. the justices feel like apparently they don't need to address the issue yet. so the issue will continue to be decided on a state by state basis at least for another year. >> could that mean the u.s. supreme court will never consider such cases? >> no. it does not mean that at all, in
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fact i think most people including me believe they will address it at some point. this means that they will continue to be state by state litigation at least for another year. and many states where the issue had been on hold pending the supreme court's decision will now presumably start to allow same-sex marriages. all the states in the west that are covered by the ninth circuit court of appeals presumably will now start allowing same-sex marriages. so, in fact, more states will be allowed to proceed with same-sex marriages because of today's decision there will not be a 50-state resolution during this supreme court term which ends in june. >> all right, jeffrey toobin, cnn's senior legal analyst. thanks very much. i appreciate it. i'll be right back.
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the parents of hannah graham just want to know where their daughter is. the university of virginia student was last seen on september 13 in an area of charlottesville known as the downtown mall. police did arrest the last person they say was seen with graham, jesse matthew, jr. he's charged with abduction with the intent to defile. now graham's family has released a video begging for any help to find their daughter. jean casarez is following the story. this is just gut wrenching to
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watch. >> it is. the immensity of the search. it's the largest in the history of virginia and right now they're in their briefing to decide whether they're going to search today. it's professional searchers that are out. 110 were out this weekend. 2, 400 hours logged this week end in the search for hannah. while that was going on her parents -- and it took courage -- they publicly spoke out again. >> please, please, please help end this nightmare for all of us. >> reporter: in this desperate plea for help, unanimous graham's parents appeal to anyone with information about their missing daughter to come forward. after days of extensive searching and more than 3,000 tips, there are so far no additional clues in the 18-year-old uva student's disappearance. >> despite all of your efforts, hannah is still missing. somebody listening to me today either knows where hannah is or knows someone who has that
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information. we appeal to you to come forward and tell us where hannah can be found. >> reporter: police believe 32-year-old jesse matthew was the last person with matthew before she vanished from a charlottesville mall on september 13. arrested and charged with abduction with intent to defile, matthew sits behind bars. law enforcement sources tell cnn dna evidence also ties him to the 2009 disappearance of a different woman, 20-year-old morgan harrington, but no charges have been filed in that case. the attorney representing jesse matthew did not return cnn's calls for comment. the virginia tech student's body was found ten miles from where she was last seen. >> john has already said that this is every parents' worst nightmare. that is true, but it is also a nightmare for our son james, for hannah's grandparents, and other members of our family as well as for all of hannah's many friends here in charlottesville and
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beyond. >> reporter: the grahams say they are hoping that someone will come forward with information and claim the $100,000 reward leading to hannah's return. >> please help us to bring hannah home. thank you. >> oh. you know, i've got to tell you, we went to the emergency dispatch center where the 911 operators are taking the calls, the tips and right before we had gotten there, hannah's parents went there, unannounced, just walked into the room and said "we want to thank you and we are overwhelming that you care so much about our daughter." there wasn't a dry eye in the house. and i've got to tell you about a private plane that went up this weekend from witthe wolpert comy out of ohio. they sent out a private plane
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with high definition photography. it takes 20 hours to develop those pictures but that was just another asset that was donated by this company in the search for hannah. >> a lot of good-hearted people in the world. jean, thank you very much. hannah graham's disappearance and the problem of sexual assault on campuses nationwide have prompted some to victim blame. that's astonishing to me. laura ingram, conservative radio host and abc contributor posted this question on her facebook page "do you think girls dress in a way that invites trouble?" those who are experts on sexual assault say that question is not only ridiculous but dangerous. it prompted me to write an op-ed for two thoughts for from that op-ed for you this morning. the first time from a long time prosecutor linda fairstein. "sexual assault is the only crime in the book where the offender repeatedly blames the victim. i've had men who attacked five-year-old girls who said she climbed on my lap and she was
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very sexy and i thought she was inviting me to touch her." and this from liz roberts, the the depp tc owe at safe horizon son. "we as a culture like the blame the victim because it makes us feel safe. we have a subconscious belief that if women did all the right things like dressing modestly than we would never be rained." sadly, that's just not true so enough request questions like do you think girls dress in a way that invites trouble. they only give rapists what they're looking for, an excuse for violence. i would love your thoughts on this, tweet me with the #talkback and i'll host a live chat at noon eastern and thank you in advance. the next hour of cnn news room after a break.
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