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July 25th, 2008
09:41 PM ET

Live Blog from the Anchor Desk 7/25/08

For what’s in the program take a look at tonight’s Evening Buzz.

Tonight John King fills in for Anderson. Be sure to check out Erica Hill on our live web camera from the 360° studio. We’ll turn the camera on at 945p ET and turn it off at 11p ET.
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We’ll start posting comments to this blog at 10p ET and stop at 11p ET.


Filed under: Live Blog • T1
July 25th, 2008
09:04 PM ET

Evening Buzz: Panic at 29,000 feet

Qantas pilot Captain John Francis Bartels looks at the damaged fuselage in Manila, Philippines.

Qantas pilot Captain John Francis Bartels looks at the damaged fuselage in Manila, Philippines.

Maureen Miller
360° Writer

The crew of a Qantas jumbo jet had a day on the job they'll never forget. The same is true for the 356 passengers onboard.  Just look at the photo.  That's Captain John Francis Bartels staring in awe at the massive hole in the cargo area of the Boeing 747 he just landed in the Philippines. The flight from Hong Kong to Melbourne, Australia was cruising at 29,000 feet when trouble hit.

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Filed under: Maureen Miller • T1 • The Buzz
July 25th, 2008
05:56 PM ET

A reality check from Guantánamo Bay

Mahvish Rukhsana Khan | Website
Author, My Guantánamo Diary

I expected a stern, forbidding place. Instead I found sunshine and smiling young soldiers, boozy nighttime barbecues, snorkeling and beaches that call to you for a midnight swim. Guantánamo Bay is physically a beautiful place. The water is green. The weather is perfect. There should be a Four Seasons hotel there instead of the dungeons and guard towers. Over two years, I've heard many stories - of betrayal and mistaken identity, of beatings and torture, of loneliness and hopelessness.

But there were also a lot of laughs, interfaith dialogue and intense friendships forged. When the legal talk was over—the detainees and lawyers often took time to quiz one another. Both were curious of the others mysterious culture.

One American attorney wanted to know how his Afghan client juggled two wives, whether the women were jealous of one another and what the sleeping arrangements were. His Afghan client couldn’t fathom the concept of internet dating or drinking to the point of intoxication. Of course, I do not believe that everyone at Guantanamo is innocent. (Although innocent is a strange choice of words. Innocent of what? Only about 20 of almost 800 have ever been charged with anything criminal).

On my first trip to Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, I was very nervous. Everything that I had heard in the media about the “worst of the worst” had settled in and I was feeling apprehensive about sitting down with a terrorist.
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Filed under: 360° Radar • T1 • War on Terror
July 25th, 2008
05:44 PM ET

Erica’s News Note: A full plate

Erica Hill
AC360° Correspondent

I’m not a huge fan of processed foods. Call me crazy, but something about ingredients I can’t pronounce turns me off. Processed meats rarely make it onto my plate - I’ve never been a sausage fan, and while I do love a hot dog and a beer at a baseball game, that’s pretty much the only time I eat them. We all know too many fatty foods – especially things like processed meats – can be bad for your cholesterol levels and your heart, but who knew that breakfast link could give you cancer? Some days it feels like nothing is safe to eat! My apologies to all the meat lovers out there… maybe a veggie burger or a soy-dog for your bbq this weekend? FULL POST


Filed under: Erica Hill • Erica's News Note • T1
July 25th, 2008
04:16 PM ET

Beat 360° 7/25/08

Howdy 360° bloggers! Are you ready for today's ‘Beat 360°!?’

Everyday we post a picture – and you provide the caption. Our staff will get in on the action too.

Tune in every night at 10p ET to see if you are our favorite! Can you Beat 360°?

Here is the ‘Beat 360°’ pic of the day: Senator John McCain and Lance Armstrong hold a news conference after they participate in the LIVESTRONG Summit at The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio.

Beat 360°

Have fun with it.

Make sure to include your name, city, state (or country) so we can post your comment.
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Beat 360° Challenge

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Read more here….

Good luck to all!
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UPDATE: Check out our Beat 360° Winners!


Filed under: Beat 360° • T1
July 25th, 2008
03:20 PM ET

Whatever it takes… to educate

Program Note: In the next installment of CNN's Black in America series, Soledad O'Brien examines the successes, struggles and complex issues faced by black men, women and families, 40 years after the death of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Watch encore presentation Saturday & Sunday, 8 p.m. ET


We devote several days on the blog to smart insight and commentary related to the special.

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Watch Dr. Victor Keys in CNN's Black in America: Dropouts
Watch Dr. Victor Keys in CNN's Black in America: Dropouts

Editor's note: Education is 'Key' and Dr. Victor Keys along with other volunteers are confronting America's education problem, head on. They are going door to door in inner-city Houston, trying to convince dropouts to come back to school. He shares his story with us:

Dr. Victor Keys

When I look at my daughter Mariesha, who was born at 1 pound and 11 ounces, and I think about my better half Maresa, and doing God’s will; I know that I am blessed beyond measure. In a recent job interview, I was asked where did I see myself in the next 5 years. My answer was that I saw myself helping people achieve their dreams.

This is my mission in life, my passion- as an educator who has not missed a day of work in over 20 years. I would do it free of charge. I have been truly blessed and I am so thankful that I believe wholeheartedly in the saying “for those in which much is given much is required”.

Education is not only the key for our students to become successful, it is the key for our nation, our world, and it is the main ingredient for success in a global economy. FULL POST


Filed under: Black in America
July 25th, 2008
02:24 PM ET

Why give sanctuary to alleged killer?

Maureen Miller
AC360° Writer

In San Francisco, what started off as traffic gridlock at one intersection last month led to deadly road rage. This week, an alleged gang member and illegal immigrant pled not guilty to the murders of a father and two of his sons. Anthony Bologna, 49, along with his sons Michael, 20, and Matthew, 16, were killed by bullets from an AK-47 assault weapon on June 22. They were heading home from a picnic, but never made it.

Three days later, police arrested 21 year old Edwin Ramos. Investigators believe he was the shooter riding in a car with at least two other people. But Ramos' attorney says his client didn't pull the trigger and cops have the wrong guy.

There's another twist. It's tied to Ramos' undocumented resident status. He had been arrested at least three times before the shooting. And in two of the cases, he was reportedly convicted of felonies as a juvenile, but never deported. FULL POST


Filed under: Crime & Punishment • Maureen Miller • T1
July 25th, 2008
01:13 PM ET

Blamed for their death

Watch Gary Tuchman go deep inside Utah's Crandall Canyon Mine, last year, where the six workers were trapped, and his interview with owner, Bob Murray.
Watch Gary Tuchman go deep inside Utah's Crandall Canyon Mine, last year, where the six workers were trapped, and his interview with owner, Bob Murray.

Gary Tuchman
AC360° Correspondent

A few days after six of his coal miners were trapped in the Crandall Canyon mine, the owner of the Utah mine Bob Murray, allowed several journalists, including me, to travel deep into the mine to watch the feverish attempts to rescue the men. It is believed to be the first time journalists were ever allowed in a coal mine during such a rescue attempt.

While we were down there, we heard a deafening noise and the mine started to shake. Everyone I looked at, journalists and rescuers, seemed to freeze for a few seconds. I thought the mine was about to collapse.
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Filed under: Crime & Punishment • Gary Tuchman • T1
July 25th, 2008
08:22 AM ET

Black and white, and a target of both

Program Note: In the next installment of CNN's Black in America series, Soledad O'Brien examines the successes, struggles and complex issues faced by black men, women and families, 40 years after the death of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Watch encore presentation Saturday & Sunday, 8 p.m. ET


We devote several days on the blog to smart insight and commentary related to the special.

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Brandon Henry, Don Lemon and the flight instructor at a flight camp in Georgia

Brandon Henry, Don Lemon and the flight instructor at a flight camp in Georgia

Don Lemon
CNN Anchor

It's 8 in the morning and I'm at flight camp for high school students in Georgia. Most of the students are black teens who claim a real passion for flying. In just a few minutes I get to accompany 17-year old Brandon Henry on his maiden voyage behind the flight controls. He doesn't seem nervous at all, but I certainly am. I have not eaten breakfast. He offers me peanut M & M's. I don't think it's such a good idea to eat right now.

Brandon is a remarkable young man. I admire his passion and commitment to flying at such a young age. What an incredible opportunity. And it made me think about where I was at his age.

A training program like this for minority teens wasn't an option for me in the 1970's in my small Louisiana town. Instead of training to be a pilot or an astronaut or a journalist, at 17 I was trying to not make the same mistakes that some of my older male relatives had made; drugs, babies, jail. There's not much to do in a small town but get into trouble.

Also by 17, I had become quite adept at navigating between three different worlds; the light skin black world, the dark skin black world and the white world. Most southern blacks are very familiar with this. FULL POST


Filed under: Black in America • Don Lemon • T1