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September 2nd, 2009
09:40 PM ET

Live Blog from the Anchor Desk 9/2/09

We’ve heard a lot about Phillip Garrido, the convicted sex offender who fathered two children with Jaycee Dugard, but his wife Nancy is also charged with Jaycee’s kidnapping and rape.

Also tonight part two of Drew Griffin’s investigation into the black market for human organs. Tonight you’ll see just how desperate some people are for Kidneys and we’ll introduce you to a man who preys on that desperation.

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Filed under: Live Blog • T1
September 2nd, 2009
06:46 PM ET

$100,000 buys patient new kidney but not good health

Yechezekel Nagauker in a Chinese hospital where he got a kidney transplant after paying $100,000.

Yechezekel Nagauker in a Chinese hospital where he got a kidney transplant after paying $100,000.

Drew Griffin and David Fitzpatrick
CNN Special Investigations Unit

In a dank Tel Aviv hospital room, you can see at a glance just how desperate some Israelis are for a new kidney.

In one bed, Ricki Shai's mother lies practically unresponsive. Her diabetes is slowly killing her. It already has forced the amputation of both of her legs.

Sitting in a bed beside her is Shai's father, Yechezekel Nagauker, also a diabetic. But he decided, his daughter says, not to wait for a kidney donor.

"My father didn't want to be like my mother," Shai told CNN.

In April, Nagauker cut a deal with a kidney broker who promised him a new life and a new kidney for $100,000. It was available only in China, the donor said.

"The broker went to him and suggested that he become a new man. 'Come with me. Two days, $100,000, and two days you will be a new man,'" Shai said.

Today, Shai calls the broker "the killer."

Nagauker's body is rejecting the new kidney.

Keep Reading...

September 2nd, 2009
05:55 PM ET
September 2nd, 2009
05:46 PM ET

Domestic Violence: Where to find help

Chris Brown will serve five years probation and must do jail time or community service after being found guilty of assaulting his pop star girlfriend, Rihanna.

Chris Brown will serve five years probation and must do jail time or community service after being found guilty of assaulting his pop star girlfriend, Rihanna.

The Centers for Disease Control

According to a 2006 Harris poll, approximately 33 million (or 15 percent of all U.S. adults) admit that they were a victim of domestic violence.

For more than 60 years, CDC has been dedicated to protecting health and promoting quality of life through the prevention and control of disease, injury, and disability. The CDC has extensive experience dealing with domestic abuse, and has resources that can help identify and prevent violence. It also refers people to a 24-hour national hotline for abuse victims.

Click here to learn about domestic violence and how to find help.


Filed under: Chris Brown • Women's Issues
September 2nd, 2009
05:45 PM ET

Parents' deployment puts kids at high risk for problems

The study concludes there's a greater chance of family problems upon a military parent's return.

The study concludes there's a greater chance of family problems upon a military parent's return.

Adam Levine
CNN Pentagon Supervising Producer

A third of military children surveyed who have a parent deployed in a war zone are at "high risk" for psychological problems, according to a new study by military doctors and researchers.

The study, published in the Journal of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics, surveyed military spouses of deployed Army soldiers with school-age children, aged 5 to 12. The questionnaire appraised the strain on the family of dealing with a parent deployed to the war zone.

Results found that stress levels were high for children and spouses of deployed troops but also that support networks from military to religious helped mitigate the problems.

The number of children found to be high-risk is more than 2½ times the national level and higher than historical military samples.

Keep reading...


Filed under: War on Terror
September 2nd, 2009
05:39 PM ET

Evening Buzz: A monster or a victim?

Nancy Garrido is escorted by police in Placerville, California, after her arrest last week.

Nancy Garrido is escorted by police in Placerville, California, after her arrest last week.

Jenny Blanco
AC360° Writer

Is Nancy Garrido a monster or a victim?

We’ve heard a lot about Phillip Garrido, the convicted sex offender who fathered two children with Jaycee Dugard, but his wife Nancy is also charged with Jaycee’s kidnapping and rape.

Police say the Garridos abducted Jaycee when she was 11 and held her captive in their backyard for 18 years. Nancy Garrido’s lawyer, Gilbert Maines, says his client is also a victim and that the case is a “horrendous” thing for her.

Maines also says Nancy misses the children her husband fathered with Jaycee, and says she saw them all as family members. CNN’s Dan Simon will have the latest on the case, and we’ll talk about the defense strategy with CNN Legal Analyst Lisa Bloom.

FULL POST


Filed under: The Buzz
September 2nd, 2009
05:38 PM ET

'Michael Jackson was a drug addict'

James L. Walker Jr. says the evidence shows Michael Jackson was addicted to drugs.

James L. Walker Jr. says the evidence shows Michael Jackson was addicted to drugs.

James L. Walker Jr.
Special to CNN

Michael Jackson died of an overdose, according to the preliminary finding of the Los Angeles coroner described in court documents. The King of Pop apparently was given a variety of drugs that included the powerful sedative propofol, according to authorities.

The news came as a shock to some. But the reality it pointed to was this: Michael Jackson was an addict.

A drug addict is a person who has become physiologically or psychologically dependent on a habit-forming substance or drug.

I operate a halfway house and we deal with this struggle regularly with our men, who have become addicts, and they continually tell me how hard it is to overcome. They also tell me that people are vulnerable to addiction whether white or black, rich or poor: Drugs don't discriminate.

I am also an entertainment lawyer who understands the pressures of working in the music industry and the experience of insomnia that Jackson apparently complained about over the years.

Keep reading...


Filed under: Michael Jackson
September 2nd, 2009
05:15 PM ET

Beat 360° 9/2/09

Ready for today's Beat 360°? Everyday we post a picture – and you provide the caption and our staff will join in too. Tune in tonight at 10pm to see if you are our favorite! Here is the 'Beat 360°' pic:

Actors Sarah Jessica Parker and Chris Noth work on location for 'Sex And The City 2' in Manhattan on Tuesday.

Have fun with it. We're looking forward to your captions! Make sure to include your name, city, state (or country) so we can post your comment.

UPDATE BEAT 360º WINNERS

Staff:

Candy Crowley

"I am telling you, Chris, without the public option it's meaningless."

Viewer:

Kathy Walters

"The best way to prevent the spread of swine flu is to put a mask over your mouth and nose as such. I can’t wait for Dior’s fall line of masks."

_________________________________________________________________________________ Beat 360° Challenge


Filed under: Beat 360° • T1
September 2nd, 2009
05:03 PM ET

Information on the National Sex Offender Public Website

Phillip Garrido, a registered sex offender, was arraigned in California on Friday.

Phillip Garrido, a registered sex offender, was arraigned in California on Friday.

U.S. Department of Justice

Phillip Garrido was registered as a sex offender, regularly visited by parole officers and fitted with an ankle bracelet to track his movements.

Garrido is charged with kidnapping Jaycee Lee Dugard in 1991, when she was 11, and raping her over the course of years.

The case has raised many questions, including how people are registered on the sex offender public registry.

There are numerous watchdog groups that track registered sex offenders, but the U.S. Department of Justice maintains a public website.

Sex offenders are subject to the registration laws of the jurisdictions where they work, live, attend school, or were convicted. Each jurisdiction’s registration requirements might be different. Some jurisdictions require a sex offender’s registration information to remain on their public registry Website even after they have relocated to another jurisdiction.

For more information and FAQs on the sex offender website, go here.


Filed under: 360° Radar • Jaycee Dugard
September 2nd, 2009
04:48 PM ET

Chris Brown says he still loves Rihanna

Chris Brown opens up to CNN's Larry King in his first television interview since his arrest.

Chris Brown opens up to CNN's Larry King in his first television interview since his arrest.

Amy Huggins
Larry King Live

Pop star Chris Brown has admitted guilt and apologized for assaulting his then-girlfriend Rihanna in February, but he does not remember hitting the singer, he told CNN's Larry King.

Looking at police reports about the incident makes him feel like he's reading about a stranger, Brown said in his first television interview since the arrest.

"I'm in shock, because, first of all, that's not who I am as a person, and that's not who I promise I want to be," he said in an exclusive interview that airs Wednesday night.

"I just don't know what to think. I'm just like, wow," Brown said. "It's crazy to me."

Brown, 20, said he still loves singer Rihanna, whose full name is Robyn Rihanna Fenty.

But, he added, it is tough for him to look at the photo showing Rihanna's battered face, the one image that might haunt and define him forever.

Keep reading...


Filed under: Chris Brown
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