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May 13th, 2010
09:52 PM ET

Oil Spill May Be Worse Than First Thought: Join the Live Chat

We have breaking news on the oil spill in the Gulf. There's new information that it could be much worse than believed. Plus, who suffers if cities boycott Arizona, Doctor Phil and more.

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

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Filed under: Live Blog
May 13th, 2010
08:21 PM ET

Bullied…to death

Program Note: Watch Randi Kaye’s full report tonight on AC360° at 10p.m. ET.

Randi Kaye
CNN AC360° Correspondent

As if junior high isn’t hard enough.. when a boy goes to school dressed as a girl you can only imagine the reaction.

That was the case for 15-year-old Larry King, an 8th-grader at E.O. Green Junior High School just north of Malibu California.

Larry was openly gay. He came out at just 10 years old, and friends say he was proud of who he was. He liked dressing up so he wore jewelry and makeup to school, and along with the school uniform, most days he wore his high heeled boots.

Larry lived in a group home called Casa Pacifica. His biological mother was a drug addict. His father had left them. Larry had been adopted but the family struggled with his behavior so he moved to the group home. He had been there just a few months when he started dressing like a girl, workers told CNN.

Larry ran into a lot of trouble at school because he was gay and because of how he dressed. Friends say he was teased constantly, and bullied in nearly every class. Some stood up for him but nothing changed. Until February 12, 2008. Larry was in English class when suddenly police say a boy seated behind him pulled out a gun he’d managed to bring inside school and shot Larry in the back of the head. He was rushed to hospital but pronounced brain dead the next day. He was kept on a ventilator for two days so his organs could be donated.

The boy accused of murdering him, Brandon McInerney, was picked up by police just blocks from school after someone called 911. He says he’s not guilty, but he’s been charged with first degree murder and a hate crime. He could get more than 50 years in prison. McInerney is being tried as an adult even though he turned 14 just weeks before the shooting. The trial is set for July.

If McInerney did shoot and kill Larry King...what might have driven him to do it?

Watch AC360° at 10p.m. ET.tonight to find out the answer.


Filed under: 360° Radar • Crime • Crime & Punishment • Randi Kaye
May 13th, 2010
06:10 PM ET

Read it here: L.A. travel boycott for Arizona

Program Note: Watch Los Angeles City council member Ed Reyes tonight on AC360° at 10 p.m. ET.

(CNN) The Los Angeles City Council overwhelmingly approved a boycott of Arizona-based businesses and governments Wednesday unless the state repeals a new law giving police the power to question a detainee's immigration status.

Several other California cities, including San Francisco and Oakland, have already adopted resolutions requesting city departments to not sign any new contracts with Arizona companies.

The Los Angeles resolution passed Wednesday said Arizona's new immigration law "encourages racial profiling and violates Fourteenth Amendment guarantees of due process and equal protection for U.S. citizens, legal residents and visitors who are detained for suspicion of being in the country unlawfully."

To read the full resolution, click on the amendment below.


Filed under: 360° Radar • Arizona • Immigration
May 13th, 2010
05:43 PM ET

Perry's Principles – Overland Elementary School

Editor's Note: CNN Education Contributor Steve Perry has a blueprint for America’s teachers, parents, decision makers and anyone who cares about the education of America’s children. In our series ‘Perry's Principles,’ Steve identifies a challenge and highlights successful examples of how the challenge was solved by introducing you to the passionate people behind each approach. Every Thursday, AC360° will illustrate one of Perry's Principles and tell you how you can be involved in educating America's youth.


Filed under: Education • Perry's Principles • Steve Perry
May 13th, 2010
04:50 PM ET

Loose enforcement on U.S./Mexico border

Rancher Robert Krentz's body was found on his property near the Mexican border, brutally shot along with his dog. Officials tracked footprints from the crime scene back to the border. Now, other ranchers say they want stronger enforcement at the border before the dangers hit their own properties. Recent changes to how borders are enforced feel more tenuous to some. Randi Kaye takes you to one area where the smugglers and illegal immigrants just brazenly walk around a checkpoint to skirt it. It's as easy as that.


Filed under: 360° Radar • Randi Kaye
May 13th, 2010
04:25 PM ET

Beat 360° 5/13/10

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:

US President Barack Obama (L) helps New York Times reporter Sheryl Stolberg (C) use a hovercraft developed by Industrial Support Inc., as he tours the business in Buffalo, New York. (Photo credit should read JIM WATSON/AFP/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° Challenge


Filed under: Beat 360° • T1
May 13th, 2010
02:43 PM ET
May 13th, 2010
01:11 PM ET

Gallery: Raids in Times Square bombing probe

This morning, federal agents raided locations in Massachusetts, New York and New Jersey related to the probe of Times Square bombing suspect Faisal Shahzad's financing. Investigators are focused on a system of "cash couriers" who bring money into the United States from overseas, a source close to the investigation said Thursday.

Here is a gallery of photos from the raids this morning. Check back frequently for new photos.

From WickedLocal.com Watertown, MA


From WickedLocal.com Watertown, MA


From WickedLocal.com Watertown, MA


From WickedLocal.com Watertown, MA


From Diane Chung Brookline, MA

From Diane Chung Brookline, MA


From Diane Chung Brookline, MA


Filed under: 360° Radar • Domestic Terrorism • Terrorism
May 13th, 2010
09:42 AM ET

Dear Mr. President #479 "How many Americans can America hold?"

At what point…if any…should we as a nation say that we don’t want or can’t afford to just keep getting larger?

At what point…if any…should we as a nation say that we don’t want or can’t afford to just keep getting larger?

Tom Foreman | BIO
AC360° Correspondent

Reporter's Note: New polls show public concern is growing about our immigration policy. Just like my string of letters to the White House is growing day by day.

Dear Mr. President,

I’ve been watching the whole growing debate over the immigration issue, and listening to your AG threatening to sue Arizona, and on and on and on. And a basic question has occurred to me: No matter where you stand on the issue, no matter how you feel about the struggles of other people in other places who might want to come here, what number of Americans do you think is the right number?

At what point…if any…should we as a nation say that we don’t want or can’t afford to just keep getting larger? And trust me, yes, I understand this is a tough question loaded with political dynamite.

But I ask this because even if we had no immigration whatsoever, I’m pretty sure we’re producing enough babies each year to assure our survival as a nation far into the future. Whenever we accept a new family into our fold from someplace afar, we are also accepting their descendents. In terms of sheer math, you can see how that starts eating up the chairs at the local cinema on Saturday night. And making our cities more sprawling. And our roads more crowded. And our pollution greater. And our consumption of resources more intense. And I don’t even want to talk about how hard it could be to get your call through in one of those radio contests if this continues.

FULL POST

May 13th, 2010
09:05 AM ET

Must-See AC360: AZ ethnic studies discussion

Last night on AC360°, Tom Horne, Arizona superintendent of public instruction, and sociologist Michael Eric Dyson debated whether ethnic studies should be taught in the classroom. What do you think? Sound off in the comments below.


Filed under: 360° Radar • Arizona • Education • Race Gender & Politics • Race in America
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