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April 22nd, 2010
09:57 PM ET

Immigration Battle: Protection or Profiling? Join the Live Chat

Tonight on 360°, inside the battle over the toughest immigration law in the U.S. that could be signed in Arizona this weekend. Is it protection or profiling? We're keeping them honest. Plus, actor Dennis Quaid's mission to prevent medical mistakes after he nearly lost his twins.

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.

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Filed under: Live Blog • T1
April 22nd, 2010
06:30 PM ET

360° Big Interview: Dennis Quaid speaks out

Program Note: Don't miss Anderson's discussion with Dennis Quaid on the chilling medical error that nearly killed his newborn twins and why he's speaking out about medical mistakes. AC360° at 10 p.m. ET.

AC360°

In our Big Interview Anderson talked to Dennis Quaid who has made it his mission to raise awareness about the risks of medical errors. In 2007, his newborn twins almost died as a result of a medical mistake at a hospital when they were given an accidental overdose of a blood thinner.

Quaid has produced a documentary called “Chasing Zero: Winning the War on Healthcare Harm,” which airs on the Discovery Channel on April 24. He hopes that by sharing his story he can help prevent medical accidents from happening to others.

On Thursday, during a presentation for the International Forum on Quality and Safety in Healthcare, Quaid described – in detail – the medical mistake that nearly killed his twins.

The incident occurred when his twins, Thomas Boone and Zoe Grace, were 12-days old. They were undergoing IV-antibiotic treatment for a staph infection at a hospital in Los Angeles, California.

The infants were supposed to receive 10 units of the blood thinner heparin they were prescribed, but they were given 10,000 units – that's 1,000 times the intended amount. The babies survived, "thanks to prayers," said Quaid, and are not expected to suffer any further damage.

When Quaid began investigating the incident he found that the bottles of high and low-dose Heparin looked very similar. Quaid also discovered that the similarity had led to other overdoses. Three other babies died as a result and three others were injured. Since then, the labels have changed, but Quaid and his wife, Kimberly, started the Quaid Foundation to help prevent medical mistakes from happening to others.

Find more information on the documentary here...


Filed under: Big Interview
April 22nd, 2010
05:17 PM ET

Did two networks refuse to air a plus-size lingerie ad

AC360°

Today we got word that both Fox and ABC may have resisted airing a lingerie ad from Lane Bryant, a company that features plus size models.

On its website, Lane Bryant alleges the following:

"It appears that ABC and Fox have made the decision to define beauty for you by denying our new, groundbreaking Cacique commercial from airing freely on their networks.

ABC refused to show the commercial during “Dancing with the Stars” without restricting our airtime to the final moments of the show. Fox demanded excessive re-edits and rebuffed it three times before relenting to air it during the final 10 minutes of “American Idol,” but only after we threatened to pull the ad buy.

Yes, these are the same networks that have scantily-clad housewives so desperate they seduce every man on the block, and don’t forget Bart Simpson, who has shown us the moon more often than NASA, all during what they call “prime time.”

Read the rest of Lane Bryant's statement here....

And watch the full ad here...

April 22nd, 2010
04:54 PM ET

Is your child being bullied? How to know, how to cope and how to make it stop

Phoebe Prince, 15, committed suicide in January in Massachusetts.
Phoebe Prince, 15, committed suicide in January in Massachusetts.

Ashley Fantz
CNN

There are ways to prevent or mitigate the damage bullying can do to a child, experts stressed after nine Massachusetts teens were charged with harassment in the suicide of a 15-year-old.

"Adults can have better control if they know what to ask a child and how to ask it," said Barbara Coloroso, who has written best-sellers on parenting and how to have a healthier schooling experience.

Phoebe Prince hanged herself in her family's second-floor apartment in South Hadley in northwest Massachusetts in January, Northwestern District Attorney Elizabeth D. Scheibel said. The teen had endured three months of threatening text messages, her image was scratched out of photos, and books were knocked out of her arms.

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April 22nd, 2010
04:46 PM ET

Preview Clip: 'Chasing Zero: Winning the war on healthcare harm'

AC360°

In our Big Interview tonight Anderson talks to Dennis Quaid who has made it his mission to raise awareness about the risks of medical errors. In 2007, his newborn twins almost died as a result of a medical error at a hospital when they were given an accidental overdose of a blood thinner.

Quaid has produced a documentary called “Chasing Zero: Winning the War on Healthcare Harm,” which airs on the Discovery Channel on April 24. He hopes that by sharing his story he can help prevent medical accidents from happening to others.

Watch a preview clip of the documentary here...

April 22nd, 2010
03:33 PM ET

Beat 360° 4/22/10

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:

Goldman Sachs CEO Lloyd Blankfein mingles before U.S. President Barack Obama's speech on financial regulation at Cooper Union college April 22, 2010 in New York City. (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:

Joey Gardner

“Up yours, investors!”

Viewer:

Zach – Castleton, NY

"Seen here, Goldman Sachs CEO Lloyd Blankfein working tirelessly keeping up on God's work."

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Filed under: Beat 360° • T1
April 22nd, 2010
12:55 PM ET

'South Park' Mohammed issue sparks debate among Muslims

Octavia Nasr | BIO
AC360° Contributor
CNN Senior Editor, Mideast Affairs

It took seven minutes of a "South Park" episode to change a devout Muslim’s features from an entertained smile to complete disapproval. He told his colleague, Lebanese blogger Bilal el-Houri, as he walked away from the screening, “This is disgusting.”

What the young man (he prefers to remain anonymous) found disgusting was the depiction of Islam’s revered Prophet Mohammed as a bear mascot in "South Park’s" 200th episode. The depiction was the show authors’ sarcastic attempt to highlight media’s uneasy dealing with the father of Islam as not to offend Muslims who consider any depiction of their prophet as blasphemous.

Since his followers insist on him not being shown in any form, producers have always struggled with ways to include Mohammed in story lines without showing him. The most famous of those depictions is the classic Hollywood movie ‘The Message’ by Mustafa al-Akkad about the life of Prophet Mohammed. Being Muslim himself, al-Akkad directed his entire film with extreme sensitivity building the character of the prophet around the wind or the light so it’s a presence that is felt or experienced but not seen.

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Filed under: Islam • Octavia Nasr
April 22nd, 2010
11:41 AM ET

Exposing Wall Street's 'darkest corner'

John C. Coffee, Jr.
Special to CNN

The SEC's enforcement action against Goldman Sachs highlights the widening fissures that underlie Wall Street and raises important issues on three levels:

First (and least important) will be the litigation outcome. Can the SEC convince a court that a strong bias in the portfolio selection process is material to investors, even though the portfolio's contents have been adequately disclosed and approved by an independent portfolio manager?

Second, because the exposure of Goldman's conflicting interests will likely result in some reputational damage to Goldman, investment banks may need to rethink their "Black Box" business model that often places them on all sides of a transaction that they actively structure and market.

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Filed under: Finance • Wall St.
April 22nd, 2010
11:37 AM ET

Case against Goldman is 'very weak'

Fareed Zakaria | BIO
CNN Anchor, “Fareed Zakaria – GPS”

Federal regulators have filed a "very weak" case against the Wall Street investment bank Goldman Sachs, relying on hindsight to bolster the charges at a politically sensitive time, says analyst Fareed Zakaria.

The complaint, filed last week, accuses Goldman of defrauding investors in a complex financial instrument that was designed to allow one of the firm's clients to bet against securities tied to mortgages for U.S. homes.

SEC officials, who denied any political motivation in bringing the case, filed the charges as Congress was debating new regulations to rein in Wall Street excesses. President Obama is speaking on the subject in New York on Thursday.

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Filed under: Fareed Zakaria • Wall St.
April 22nd, 2010
10:49 AM ET

40th Earth Day a planet-wide movement

Kathleen Rogers
Special to CNN

More than 1 billion people all over the globe will observe the 40th anniversary of Earth Day today, which promises to be the largest since that first event in 1970. In 2010, the environmental challenges we face are global and call for new solutions.

Forty years ago we were reactive. In 1969, the year before the first Earth Day, two environmental disasters grabbed the country's attention: a massive oil spill coated the coast of Santa Barbara, California, and the Cuyahoga River in Cleveland, Ohio, grew so polluted that it actually caught fire.

Forty years later, with climate change looming and no strong international agreement in place despite the Copenhagen Climate conference, environmental activists are taking a proactive stance. They are arming themselves with the internet and social media to create another grass-roots movement for change, even larger than the first.

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