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August 10th, 2010
09:46 PM ET

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Have you heard what some lawmakers are now claiming that immigrants are coming here, having babies, then raising them to be terrorists? We're keeping them honest. Plus, an up close look at how kids see race in America. And, we talk with a witness to the meltdown by the JetBlue flight attendant.

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Filed under: Live Blog
August 10th, 2010
06:29 PM ET

Mitrice Richardson's remains found?

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Authorities in Southern California are working to determine if skeletal remains found Monday in a remote area of Malibu Canyon are those of a woman missing for nearly a year.

"It's incredibly treacherous terrain," Los Angeles County Sheriff's Office spokesman Steve Whitmore told CNN. "There is no road, no trail even if you know exactly where you are going."

Whitmore confirmed park rangers discovered "a human skull and some bones"
during a search Monday for marijuana groves in the area, but he declined to comment on a Los Angeles Times report Tuesday quoting law enforcement sources as saying the remains are that of a woman and that "women's clothing was also found near the scene."

"Let the coroner do its job. ... We should know more in a couple of days," Whitmore told CNN.

At the scene Monday, Whitmore told CNN iReporter Julie Ellerton that "there's no apparent skin or clothing" around the remains and "it looks like it may in fact have been there for quite awhile."

The family of missing Mitrice Richardson have been waiting to hear whether the remains are those of their loved one.

Richardson, who would be 25 now, is a former beauty pageant contestant who was last seen leaving a Los Angeles County sheriff's station in Malibu during the early morning hours of September 17, 2009. She had been arrested the previous evening at an upscale restaurant for allegedly not paying for her meal, and patrons at the restaurant said she exhibited strange behavior.

Her family has said the college honors graduate suffered from mental health issues and should have been kept at the sheriff's station until a relative arrived to pick her up.

Rhonda Hampton, a friend of the Richardson family, said Tuesday that a local reporter told her that authorities "are not going to make any statements about the results that they have thus far until the lead forensic anthropologist makes a final determination."

Pam Perryman was also at the scene Monday, believing that the remains found could belong to her husband, Timothy, who went missing six years ago while on a hike in the area, according to Ellerton.

"I've been praying that we would find him because it's our anniversary this Saturday," Perryman said. "I just have a feeling ... in a way I hope it is him, in a way I hope it's not."

Hampton said the family of Richardson has had a difficult time getting in contact with the police for developments.

"If the information that has been leaked to the Los Angeles Times is correct, it's inexcusable that the family would have to find this out this way," she said.

Latice Sutton, the mother of Richardson, filed a lawsuit in June against the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Office, accusing deputies of negligence in her daughter's disappearance.

Whitmore told CNN in September that the decision to release Richardson was made because "she was not intoxicated, she didn't exhibit any mental issues, so when we were done running her fingerprints and criminal history, then we are obligated by law to release her from custody."

Most recently, police have spent about six weeks checking out what they called a credible sighting of Richardson in Las Vegas. A high school friend of Richardson said he saw her at a hotel casino, authorities said. Detectives have talked to several witnesses since then who believe they have seen her in the area, they added.

Richardson's family has expressed doubts about the veracity of the Las Vegas sighting.

In a recent statement, Sutton said she "hopes this is not a diversionary tactic to redirect attention and efforts away from where Mitrice was last known to be last seen - leaving the Los Angeles Sheriff's department, Malibu/Lost Hills station, without her cell phone, money, transportation, or asthma medication, which is where their massive search efforts and public plea should be concentrated."

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Filed under: Crime & Punishment • Gabe Falcon
August 10th, 2010
04:56 PM ET

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Filed under: 360° Radar
August 10th, 2010
04:46 PM ET

High-level backing, wrestling candidate highlight Tuesday primaries

Paul Steinhauser and Steve Brusk
CNN

Four states are picking candidates on Tuesday for Senate and/or governor.
Four states are picking candidates on Tuesday for Senate and/or governor.

President Obama and former President Bill Clinton are on opposite sides of a divisive Democratic Senate primary and a former pro-wrestling executive could take a big step toward winning election to the Senate - those are just two of the storylines as Colorado, Connecticut, Georgia and Minnesota hold primary contests Tuesday.

In Colorado, incumbent Sen. Michael Bennet is battling for his political life as he faces a primary challenge from former state House Speaker Andrew Romanoff. Bennet was plucked out of political obscurity early last year when Colorado Gov. Bill Ritter named him to replace then-Sen. Ken Salazar, who stepped down to serve as interior secretary in the Obama administration. Bennet was superintendent of the Denver school system at the time.

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Filed under: 360° Radar
August 10th, 2010
04:08 PM ET

New searches for Kyron Horman

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Authorities investigating the disappearance of Kyron Horman conducted new searches over the weekend for the missing 7-year-old Portland, Oregon boy.

The Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office said the searches were prompted by information related to the case, but would not disclose specifics of the operation except to say the areas canvassed were near Skyline Elementary School, where Kyron's stepmother, Terri Horman, said she last saw him on June 4.

Horman’s stepmother reported the 7-year-old missing on June 4 after he did not return from school, authorities said.
Horman’s stepmother reported the 7-year-old missing on June 4 after he did not return from school, authorities said.

A spokeswoman for the sheriff’s office refused to comment on several published reports that said the searches were initiated following a tip from DeDe Spicher, a friend of Terri Horman.

Spicher, who has been in close contact with Horman, was subpoenaed to meet with a grand jury investigating Kyron’s disappearance.

Spicher stayed with Horman after Kyron's biological father, Kaine Horman, filed for divorce last month. In divorce filings, Kaine Horman has said he believes that Terri Horman "is involved in the disappearance of my son Kyron."

The Oregonian reported that detectives have asked Spicher about her whereabouts June 4, the day Kyron was last seen. According to the newspaper, Spicher was doing gardening work for a Portland homeowner when she "abruptly left about 11:30 a.m." The homeowner tried reaching Spicher on her cell phone, the newspaper reported, but got no answer. Spicher returned to the house about 90 minutes later, the newspaper reported, citing detectives.

No persons of interest or suspects have been named in connection with the case.

The Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office said Monday it will hold a press conference Wednesday to address certain case details, authorities said.

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Filed under: Crime & Punishment • Gabe Falcon
August 10th, 2010
03:50 PM ET

Opinion: Ditch the 14th Amendment? Why stop there?

Editor's Note: The opinions expressed in this blog are solely those of Roland Martin.

Roland S. Martin
CNN Contributor

Republicans such as Sens. Lindsey Graham, John Kyl and John Cornyn are tripping over themselves to jump on the latest "Dumb Way to Solve the Illegal Immigration Problem" bus by suggesting Congress examine repealing the 14th Amendment, which deals with one way of becoming a U.S. citizen.

The far right has latched onto the idea that the provision in question - which grants citizenship to children born in the U.S. - is being abused by illegal immigrants who choose to come to America to have their children, thus worsening the illegal immigration problem.

Some are even trying to suggest that how it is being used today is counter to the original intent of the Founding Fathers.

Of course, the 14th Amendment was not in the first U.S. Constitution as drawn up by our framers. It was adopted on July 9, 1868, to prevent Southern states from denying citizenship to former slaves and their children, since they didn't choose to come to America. They were brought here for the purpose of the vicious and dehumanizing free-labor plan that helped build the nation - slavery.

It's clear that overall Congress is choosing to apply a Band-Aid to the illegal immigration problem instead of dealing with it head-on.

We have members on both sides of the aisle who care more about protecting their precious jobs and partisan poll numbers instead of actually finding a bipartisan solution. So instead of leadership, we get asinine suggestions like this one, which will do absolutely nothing about the estimated 10 million illegal immigrants in the country.

That's right, nothing.

Keep reading...


Filed under: Immigration • Opinion • Roland S. Martin
August 10th, 2010
03:49 PM ET
August 10th, 2010
02:57 PM ET

Exotic dancer charged in client's death

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An exotic dancer has been charged in connection with the death of a client, authorities in Ohio said.

According to the Monroe, Ohio police department, Kristina Hensley, who is an exotic dancer for a company called Naughty Bodies, was hired to perform a private show August 7 at the home of Jae Cho.

Investigators said “something” happened in the home that caused Hensley to quickly leave.

Cho followed her out into the street and stood in front of her Ford Explorer while she attempted to drive away, police said.

A short time later, Hensley stopped at a gas station and discovered that Cho was under her vehicle, police said. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Hensley, who lives in Higginsport, Ohio, was charged with leaving the scene of an accident.

She was arraigned on Monday and is currently being held on $50,000 bail, police said.

Authorities added that the case is still under investigation.

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Filed under: Crime & Punishment • Gabe Falcon
August 10th, 2010
12:25 PM ET

Do celebs like Jolie inspire voluntourism?

Eva Vasquez
Special to CNN

Many organizations see a benefit to having high-profile celebrities such as Angelina Jolie represent their causes
Many organizations see a benefit to having high-profile celebrities such as Angelina Jolie represent their causes

It's hard to think about humanitarian travel without picturing Angelina Jolie and other high-profile volunteers. But how much do celebrities contribute to the growing appetite for volunteering away from home and is it all positive?

One thing is for sure, in our celebrity-obsessed culture many organizations see a benefit to having celebrities represent their causes.

Jolie is a good will ambassador for UNCHR, also known as the United Nations Refugee Agency, and UNICEF has a number of celebrity ambassadors, including Liv Tyler, Sarah Jessica Parker and Clay Aiken.

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Filed under: 360° Radar
August 10th, 2010
11:26 AM ET

What is your best 'I quit!' story?

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Courtesy: Myspace.com
Courtesy: Myspace.com

After a run-in with a passenger, a Jet Blue flight attendant allegedly cursed at the passenger, grabbed a beer, opened an emergency door and made his exit down an emergency slide.

Have you ever left a job in a dramatic way? Did you see a coworker quit in a blaze of glory or by causing a scene? Tell us your best "I quit!" story and we may read it on air tonight on AC360° at 10 pm ET.


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