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March 30th, 2010
09:45 PM ET

Makings of a Militia: Join the Live Chat

Tonight on 360°, new details on the Michigan-based militia accused of plotting a war against the U.S. government. Plus, new numbers, new fears and disturbing reports that the extremely desperate situation in Haiti is rapidly getting worse.

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Filed under: Live Blog • T1
March 30th, 2010
08:15 PM ET

Anti-Bullying Pledges – Do they work?

Dr. Phil is pushing anti-bullying campaigns in schools across the U.S.

Dr. Phil is pushing anti-bullying campaigns in schools across the U.S.

Dr. Phil
Dr.Phil.com

Dr. Phil encourages parents, students and teachers to launch anti-bullying campaigns in schools across the country, much like the one launched at the Barbara Bush Middle School.

Click on the links below to review the three different pledges. Dr. Phil will be on tonight to discuss how to deal with bullying. AC360° at 10 p.m. ET.

Anti-Bullying Pledge for Students
Anti-Bullying Pledge for Parents
Anti-Bullying Pledge for Teachers and Faculty


Filed under: 360° Radar • Dr. Phil
March 30th, 2010
07:46 PM ET

Anti-government hate militias on the rise

Members of Michigan militia are charged with conspiring to kill law enforcement officers.

Members of Michigan militia are charged with conspiring to kill law enforcement officers.

John P. Avlon
Special to CNN

At least 10 death threats have been leveled against members of Congress since the health care vote. Windows at four district offices or county party headquarters have been shattered with bricks.

A gas line was severed at the home of the brother of one Democratic congressman from Virginia, and a man was arrested for making death threats against Republican Minority Whip Eric Cantor and his family.

And Monday, nine members of a Michigan-based anti-government militia group called the Hutaree were charged with conspiring to kill law enforcement officers.

Keep reading...

March 30th, 2010
07:42 PM ET

Haitian lives still to save

Right now, as more than a million people scrape by under tents, tarps, and bed sheets, Haiti's rainy season is about to begin.

Right now, as more than a million people scrape by under tents, tarps, and bed sheets, Haiti's rainy season is about to begin.

George Rupp and Charles MacCormack
For The Huffington Post

The vision of suited diplomats and officials meeting in a conference hall doesn't exactly send tingles up the spine. But decisions made at the March 31 international donors' conference on Haiti in New York could literally mean the difference between life and death for the people of Haiti.

As media attention fades from the aftermath of the devastating January 12 earthquake, survival still hangs very much in the balance for many of the millions of Haitians affected. Right now, as more than a million people scrape by under tents, tarps, and bed sheets, Haiti's rainy season is about to begin. Within a couple months, hurricane season will follow - and some weather experts predict it will be a particularly harsh one.

As leaders of major international aid agencies on the ground in Haiti, we call upon international leaders to act boldly in New York. The donors' conference is the best hope to establish the leadership and resources needed to meet Haiti's urgent needs, while tackling the even more complex challenge of getting the devastated nation on track to manage and secure its own development.

Read more...


Filed under: 360° Radar • Haiti • Haiti Earthquake
March 30th, 2010
07:12 PM ET

J/P Haitian Relief Organization

Haitians desperately try to enter the police station where an aid distribution point has been set up in Port-au-Prince.

Haitians desperately try to enter the police station where an aid distribution point has been set up in Port-au-Prince.

AC360°

Tonight we have a report on the situation on the ground in Haiti. Sean Penn will talk to Anderson about how relief is reaching Haitians and whether or not the situation has improved. Penn has been working in Haiti since the earthquake with his organization, the J/P Haitian Relief Organization.

The mission of J/P HRO is to “save lives and bring relief to the Haitian people quickly and effectively.”

Learn more about what the organization is doing in Haiti here..


Filed under: Haiti Earthquake • Sean Penn
March 30th, 2010
06:13 PM ET

Finding bugs in the new health care code

David Gewirtz | BIO
AC360° Contributor
Director, U.S. Strategic Perspective Institute

I've said it before and I'll say it again. Insurance companies are not to be trusted with our health. While the Democrats are out celebrating that they finally learned what the term "majority" means, America's insurance companies are looking for loopholes.

They already found one. Even though the health care bill is 2,700 pages long, apparently the lawmakers forgot one detail: although kids can't be refused insurance because of pre-existing conditions anymore, the law wasn't written to explicitly prevent kids from being flat-out refused.

That's right. While the law's intent was to make sure kids born with birth-defects could get health care coverage, and it was written specifically so that insurance companies can't drop kids with pre-existing conditions, there are bugs in the new legal code.

Yesterday, the New York Times reported that some insurance companies were saying that there's no law that says they have to cover kids at all.

Insurance companies have one, fundamental trade skill: saying no.

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Filed under: David Gewirtz • Health Care
March 30th, 2010
06:08 PM ET

Would you ask your child to sign a no-suicide pact?

AC360°

An 8 year-old-boy in Texas tried to commit suicide after his teacher did nothing about the bad bullying he faced every day. The school’s response: have him sign a ‘no suicide’ agreement. Apparently this is standard procedure in this particular school district. Any student who tries to harm him/herself has to sign it. This kid, however, is in second-grade and is dyslexic.

Would you ask your child to sign a no-suicide pact? We want to hear from you. Post your comments below.

March 30th, 2010
05:06 PM ET

Beat 360° 3/30/10

Ready for today's Beat 360°? Everyday we post a picture 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:

U.S. Speaker of the House Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) (R) listens to French President Nicolas Sarkozy (L) as they meet on Capitol Hill. (Getty Images)

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.

Beat 360° Winners:

Staff:

Ziggy Zelt

"I hope we are not having a tea party with freedom fries later today."

Viewer:

Rick, Portland

"And then I told President Bush "George, the escargot you are eating, they are SNAILS!" You should have seen the look on his face!"

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Filed under: Beat 360° • T1
March 30th, 2010
04:53 PM ET

Evening Buzz: Teen Bullied to Death?

Phoebe Prince, 15, who had recently moved from Ireland, committed suicide in January in Massachusetts.

Phoebe Prince, 15, who had recently moved from Ireland, committed suicide in January in Massachusetts.

Maureen Miller
AC360° Writer

Nine Massachusetts teenagers, seven girls and two boys, are charged with driving a 15-year-old classmate to kill herself.

Last fall, Phoebe Prince moved from County Clare Ireland to the western Massachusetts town of South Hadley. She had a new home, a new school - a new life. Like any other 15-year-old, she just wanted to fit in. But that didn't happen.

According to reports, she was called an Irish slut. The name-calling never stopped and neither did the harassment, according to Northwestern District Attorney Elizabeth D. Scheibel.

"Their conduct far exceeded the limits of normal teenage relationship-related quarrels. The investigation revealed relentless activity directed toward Phoebe designed to humiliate her and make it impossible for her to remain at school," Scheibel said at a news conference yesterday where she announced the indictments.

The prosecutor says Phoebe spent her last day alive tormented by some classmates at school. She says some of the bullies then taunted and threatened her as she walked home. It ended when Phoebe hanged herself in a closet in the stairway leading to her family's apartment. Her 12-year-old sister found her.

Three of the nine classmates charged in connection with Phoebe's death will be tried as adults. That includes 17-year-old Kayla Narey who faces various charges, including criminal harassment. But the two boy, Sean Mulveyhill, 17, and Austin Renaud, 18, also will be tried in adult court and they are both charged with statutory rape.

Several of the accused students are still at school.

Last night, the school district said it was still waiting for prosecutors to provide more evidence in the case.

"Once we are able to obtain this information we will be able to make a more comprehensive statement and possibly take further action against the students still attending South Hadley High School," the school district's Assistant Superintendent Christine Sweklo said in a statement.

We're keeping them honest. Did school officials do enough to protect Phoebe? Tonight you'll hear from Barbara Coloroso, an expert on school bullying who consulted with the school district last year. Anderson will also talk with Dr. Phil McGraw, psychologist, best-selling author and host of the national syndicated show "Doctor Phil".

Join us for this story and much more starting at 10 p.m. ET. See you then.


Filed under: Maureen Miller • The Buzz
March 30th, 2010
04:53 PM ET

Friends, neighbors pitch in to help California chicken farm after fire

Owner Alexis Koefed gathers eggs at Soul Food Farm on the outskirts of San Francisco, California.

Owner Alexis Koefed gathers eggs at Soul Food Farm on the outskirts of San Francisco, California.

Augie Martin and Dan Simon
CNN

You might think green eggs are only found in a Dr. Seuss classic. But at a small, family-run and highly regarded chicken farm on the outskirts of the San Francisco, they're a relatively common sight.

"Isn't that beautiful?" said Soul Food Farm owner Alexis Koefed as she held one of the green gems. "The thing about farm eggs is, once you've had them you can't go back to the store and buy eggs again," she said.

Chickens at the Soul Food Farm roam freely around the farm's 50 acres. They enjoy vast fields of natural grass and generally live a stress-free life, feasting freely. It's a philosophy unlike that of the industrial chicken farm, and Koefed and her loyal customers believe it produces better eggs and chicken.
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