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November 12th, 2009
11:01 PM ET

Father Henry, a secret father

Gary Tuchman and Katherine Wojtecki
AC360°

Nathan Halbach is 22, with a diagnosis of terminal brain cancer. He knows that "horrible stuff" lies ahead.

His mother, Pat Bond, has been taking care of him full time. But when she needed help, she reached out to the Roman Catholic Church.

After all, his father is a priest.

Nathan was born in 1986, during a five-year affair between his mother and Father Henry Willenborg, the Franciscan priest who celebrated Nathan's baptism. The Franciscan Order drew up an agreement acknowledging the boy's paternity and agreeing to pay child support in exchange for a pledge of confidentiality.

Now her son - the youngest of four children - may have just weeks to live. And when the Franciscans balked at paying for his care, she decided she was no longer bound by her pledge of confidentiality.

"I never asked for extraordinary amounts. I asked for the basic needs and care of my son," Bond said. But she said the church told her, "No, we are not Nathan's biological father, we have no legal obligation to your son."

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Filed under: 360° Radar • Gary Tuchman • Keeping Them Honest
November 12th, 2009
09:52 PM ET

Live Blog from the Anchor Desk 11/12/09

Tonight new details on the suspected Fort Hood gunman. New suggestions his problems were overlooked and he was promoted due to political correctness. We're keeping them honest. Plus, new data on the number of swine flu deaths. Plus, Anderson and Erica chat with Oscar the Grouch.

Want to know what else we're covering? Read EVENING BUZZ

Scroll down to join the live chat during the program. It's your chance to share your thoughts on tonight's headlines. Keep in mind, you have a better chance of having your comment get past our moderators if you follow our rules.

Here are some of them:

1) Keep it short (we don't have time to read a "book")
2) Don't write in ALL CAPS (there's no need to yell)
3) Use your real name (first name only is fine)
4) No links
5) Watch your language (keep it G-rated; PG at worst - and that includes $#&*)


Filed under: Live Blog • T1
November 12th, 2009
07:55 PM ET

Obama's China trip is high-stakes mission for environment

President Obama will visit China next week

President Obama will visit China next week

Frances Beinecke
Special to CNN

When President Obama visits China next week, global climate change will top the agenda. The stakes could hardly be higher - for the two Pacific powers and for the world.

Obama and Chinese President Hu Jintao have a chance to make a good-faith start at the kind of cooperation the rest of the world might rally around at the global climate summit next month in Copenhagen.

In September, I visited China, where my organization, the Natural Resources Defense Council, has been active for nearly 15 years. I was able to see firsthand the efforts the Chinese were undertaking to harness their clean-energy potential.

I toured the green Olympic Village in Beijing, attended a clean tech conference in Shanghai and met with China's top climate negotiator, Minister Xie Zhenhua.

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November 12th, 2009
07:19 PM ET

CDC estimates 22 million U.S. H1N1 cases since April

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

– CDC estimates that between 14 million and 34 million cases of 2009 H1N1 occurred between April and October 17, 2009. The mid-level in this range is about 22 million people infected with 2009 H1N1.

– CDC estimates that between about 63,000 and 153,000 2009 H1N1-related hospitalizations occurred between April and October 17, 2009. The mid-level in this range is about 98,000 H1N1-related hospitalizations.

– CDC estimates that between about 2,500 and 6,000 2009 H1N1-related deaths occurred between April and October 17, 2009. The mid-level in this range is about 3,900 2009 H1N1-related deaths.

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Filed under: H1N1 • Medical News
November 12th, 2009
06:37 PM ET

Evening Buzz: Hasan Warning Signs Missed?

Maj. Nidal Hasan, 39, an Army psychiatrist and the sole suspect, was wounded in the November 5 shooting.

Maj. Nidal Hasan, 39, an Army psychiatrist and the sole suspect, was wounded in the November 5 shooting.

Maureen Miller
AC360° Writer

Tonight on 360°, We’re digging deeper into the Fort Hood massacre. Suspected gunman Major Nadil Hasan was charged with 13 counts of premeditated murder.  Were the warning signs missed?

Over the last two years Maj. Hasan's superiors were reportedly worried he might be psychotic. Why didn't they take action? Instead he was recently promoted to the rank of Major. Some who knew him say political correctness played a role. Brian Todd reports on the new developments.

Also tonight, a priest's secret revealed. For years he's kept hidden the truth he fathered a son. The child's mother says church officials agreed to pay child support if she kept quiet. But when he got sick, she claims they largely abandoned them.

And, we have a special treat for you tonight. Oscar the Grouch of 'Sesame Street' fame will stop by to take part in tonight's shot.

Join us for these stories and much more starting at 10pm E.T. See you then!


Filed under: Maureen Miller • The Buzz
November 12th, 2009
06:19 PM ET

Beat 360° 11/12/09

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:

The Jonas Brothers and Andrea Guasch of the Disney Channel Spain stand on the pitch during a visit to Santiago Bernabeu on November 12, 2009 in Madrid, Spain.

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:

Steve Brusk

"We could have won if Miley Cyrus hadn’t gotten that red card."

Viewer:

Brad, Wilbraham, MA

"Never having a real childhood, the Jonas Brothers contemplate this round sphere before them and wonder what it could possibly mean?"

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Filed under: Beat 360° • T1
November 12th, 2009
06:16 PM ET

50on50: Trial Lawyers v. 18-49 demo – Part 2


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Michael Schulder
CNN Senior Executive Producer

I just learned some things that have me really excited about turning 50 – and more excited than ever that this 50on50 series may help bury the 18-49 audience demo worshipers in time for my big birthday in December. I learned these things from one of the leading jury consultants in America.

Pick a Juror, Not Any Juror

Doug Green knows a leader when he sees one. Trial lawyers pay him good money to identify the potential leaders in a jury pool, men and women who will have the influence, the stature, the respect, the inclination, to persuade the other members of the jury to vote one way. And, Green has found, there is a correlation between age and influence.

I’ll share one of Green’s many stories from the courtroom to illustrate the point. It involved an intellectual property case in Texas.

“A juror comes into court in a coat and tie. He’s wearing a tie chain. Well turned out for a country setting. He’s about 60. Retired. Does some farming and ranching. He had been a foreman on a jury before. If we lose him, we know we’re in deep trouble. If we win him we may not necessarily be ok. But if we lose him, he’ll take the rest of the jury with him.”

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Filed under: 360° Radar • Michael Schulder • Opinion
November 12th, 2009
05:59 PM ET

Pelosi plays whack-a-mole on health care

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is doing everything in her power to get health care reform passed

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is doing everything in her power to get health care reform passed

Gloria Borger
CNN Senior Political Analyst

The story so far: House Speaker Nancy Pelosi does everything in her power to get health care reform passed by keeping her Democratic caucus together.

She keeps liberals by insisting on a public option. She works on fiscal moderates by re-jiggering it. She works on lowering the cost of the package. She pays for it by taxing millionaire couples, appealing to the class-warfare crowd.

And to keep the Catholic bishops (and their moderate allies) on board, she keeps severe restrictions on paying for abortion in the measure. The liberals, of course, threaten to bolt - but it remains in the final package.

This is not legislating; it's whack-a-mole.

The challenge is simply to try and keep your unruly team in line, and maybe pick up a stray vote or two from the opposition. If you succeed, it's not about bipartisanship. It's just salesmanship.

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Filed under: 360° Radar • Gloria Borger • Raw Politics
November 12th, 2009
05:35 PM ET

Raw Data: Religious preference in the military

Program Note: Tune in tonight for more on religious preference in the military and whether or not certain red flags regarding Mah. Hasan were ignored. 10 p.m. ET.

AC360°

People who knew and studied Maj. Nidal Hasan say he was a loner who had no luck finding a wife, and a criminal profiler said the Fort Hood shooting suspect fits the profile of a mass murderer better than that of a terrorist.

Investigators are searching for any missed "red flags" that might have prevented last week's fatal shooting, which left 12 soldiers and one civilian dead and 40 other people wounded. However, the FBI has said its investigations indicate the "alleged gunman acted alone and was not part of a broader terrorist plot."

"A lot of people are jumping to the conclusion because this man spouted violent Islamic ideology that this is a terrorist attack," criminologist Pat Brown said.

Since last week's shooting at Fort Hood, Pentagon officials are faced with difficult questions regarding religious affiliation among the ranks.

Pentagon statistics compiled in August of this year show that there were 3,409 Muslims in the active-duty military. But since military personnel have no obligation to disclose their religion, many officials believe the actual number of Muslim soldiers could be at least 10, 000 higher than the Pentagon statistics.

Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan, for instance, did not identify with a specific religion on his military record. This made us wonder about the breakdown of religious preference in the military.

More than one quarter of the personnel (26.3%) are identified as having indicated no religious preference or unknown.

Source: U.S. Department of Defense





Filed under: 360° Radar • Military
November 12th, 2009
05:19 PM ET

Sesame Street – A place where everyone owns a piece of the street

Benjamin Ola. Akande, PhD
Dean, School of Business & Technology
Webster University

I’ve found racial and ethnic harmony in the most unexpected place, Sesame Street. Sesame Street is a world of respectful puppets and kind friends where everyone owns a piece of the neighborhood. With puppets (including those played by Webster University alumni Matt Vogel and Victoria Rudolph) representing the good in all of us, Sesame Street shows us the value in believing in ourselves and in the resilient energy to overcome, to persevere, and to make a difference.

Kermit the Frog taught us the value of friendship and reminds us all that we were all born original yet we spend the rest of our lives trying to be copies. Kermit challenges us all to strive to stay unique.

Big Bird taught us that we are all birds of different feathers and that life is not about how different we are but the difference we make. Big Bird challenges us all to continue to strive towards building relationships with others and not to confuse our net worth with our self worth.

It is the Count who introduces us to the intricate value of money and warned against the tendency of putting too much value on material things.

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