AC360 looks at the legality of the Milton Hershey School’s decision to reject an HIV-positive student. Our senior legal analyst, Jeffrey Toobin, and the student’s attorney, Rhonda Goldfein, discuss the case.
The controversy at the Milton Hershey School is happening more than a quarter-century after Ryan White fought to stay in school with HIV. Anderson talks with Ryan’s mother, Jeanne White-Ginder.
Keeping Them Honest: After refusing entry to a student because he’s HIV positive, officials at the elite Milton Hershey School in Pennsylvania refuse to release proof they were advised by medical professionals. The 13-year-old honors student speaks out.
Reporter's Note: The president is once again working on a jobs deal. I don't think he's written as many jobs plans as I have written letters to the White House, but he may be close.
Dear Mr. President,
I was busy working in New York today on my traditional year end special show, as I always do in December. I enjoy seeing the city around Christmas season, and I’m pretty sure everyone there is glad to see me, too. Although I must admit, it is a pretty big place so possibly one or two souls may not be thrilled that I’m around, but let’s just assume the rest are fine with my visit.
So here you are laboring away, once again, on legislation designed to protect jobs, protect income, protect families from being further skinned by this persistent economic winter of ours. Without passing judgment on this specific plan, I suspect there is simply nothing more worthwhile that you can tackle.
The issue of jobs and family income remains the preeminent concern across the land. I think there is ample evidence that the political party which best connects with that issue will enjoy electoral success.
Mind you, those words come with a caution: When I say "connects" I don't mean merely "talks about it a lot". In D.C. the two are often confused. But no, in our current circumstances, I suspect people are wise to the trap of just listening to promises; this time they are looking for results. "Connecting" with the issue, therefore, will mean actually setting up favorable circumstances for the creation of jobs or the preservation of personal wealth. Anything short of that may well be worse than a failure. It may be seen as yet another fraud perpetrated by the Washington gang. And woe unto the party that gets that hat placed upon its head.
So choose your words carefully, and your legislation even more so. I have a suspicion that for many voters the time for political ideology is past, and the time for practical action alone is upon us.
Let me know how it goes. By the way, did you see my Saints last night? Talk about getting the job done!
Tonight on AC360° at 8pmET and 10pmET: CNN's Jason Carroll has an emotional interview with the parents of Robert Champion, a talented college drum major who was killed during a hazing ritual.
(CNN) – Since 2008, Richard St. Denis and his nonprofit, World Access Project, have provided hundreds of wheelchairs and mobility aids to people living with disabilities in rural Mexico.
St. Denis and his group also teach recipients how to use their chairs and maximize their quality of life.
CNN asked St. Denis for his thoughts on being chosen as one of the Top 10 CNN Heroes of 2011.
CNN: Where were you when you got the call that you'd been selected as a Top 10 CNN Hero?
Richard St. Denis: I was at home in Santiago Casandeje, Mexico. I was completely surprised.
I am honored to be one of the Top 10. The door has been opened to show the world the huge need for wheelchairs in Mexico, the plight of those who are stuck in their house because they can't move, and all the lives we are changing.
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