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The AC360 Weekly Buzz: Kids on Race study, Texas tornadoes, California college shooting, Romney, Justin Bieber
April 5th, 2012
09:03 PM ET

The AC360 Weekly Buzz: Kids on Race study, Texas tornadoes, California college shooting, Romney, Justin Bieber

 What everyone’s talking about:

Between six and 13 tornadoes may have hit north Texas on Tuesday, the National Weather Service in Dallas-Forth worth said. The violent tornadoes caused major damage, flattening homes and buildings. Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings spoke with Wolf Tuesday night and said the damage is extensive, but they’re lucky that no one died in the area. One Lancaster, Texas resident survived the tornado and recorded some terrifying footage from his roof. And in another harrowing story of survival, a resident from Lancaster spoke with CNN’s Ed Lavandera and told him: “It’s only by God’s grace that I’m here.” She and her two sons found safety in their bathtub only minutes before the tornado passed over their home.

One L. Goh, 43, was charged with seven counts of murder and three counts of attempted murder on Wednesday in the shooting rampage at Oikos University in Oakland, Calif. on Monday. The incident left seven people dead and several wounded. Goh’s next court appearance is April 30 and the district attorney will decide whether to seek the death penalty in this case. Apparently he was seeking revenge for a refund he didn’t receive, and his intent was to kill a specific female administrator who was not at the school on Monday. CNN’s Dan Simon takes a closer look at exactly what happened on that fateful day and the circumstances of Goh’s surrender.


After a three-primary sweep on Tuesday, Republican Presidential Candidate Mitt Romney is closer to officially clinching the GOP nomination. But that hasn’t stopped Rick Santorum, who’s planning for the race in Pennsylvania, his home state. This week President Obama criticized Romney, the former Massachusetts governor, by name in a stump speech. AC360’s producer, Rebecca Sinderbrand, explains how Romney and Obama have started to shift their focus to the presidential election in the fall. And as the rhetoric heats up, Romney and Obama are making some inaccurate claims – We’re Keeping Them Honest.

And the latest in the Trayvon Martin case: CNN’s audio and video experts use enhancement tools to better analyze the 9-1-1 call and video of George Zimmerman in custody after the shooting. Both are key pieces of evidence in the investigation.

Today’s Scoop:

In 2004, two Florida men disappeared months apart. They never met, but do share a connection. Both were last seen alive by Sheriff’s Deputy Steve Calkins. In both cases, he stopped the men for driving violations, put them in the back of his patrol car and drove away. Documents and audio tapes reveal that Deputy Calkins lied repeatedly to investigators, but no criminal charges have been filed. CNN’s Randi Kaye reports on the unsolved cases tonight at 8 and 10 p.m. ET.

In parts one and two of our series “Kids on Race: The Hidden Picture,” we showed you what our groundbreaking new study found: black 6-year-olds were more optimistic about interracial friendships than black 13-year-olds. Child psychologist and University of Maryland professor Dr. Melanie Killen, who designed and implemented the study, discussed the findings with Anderson and offered advice to parents on how and when to teach children about equality. Tonight we look at interracial dating, a taboo topic that came up often when we tested our group of 13-year-olds.

A look ahead:

For more on our series “Kids on Race: The Hidden Picture,” be sure to tune in to CNN on Sunday at 8 p.m. ET. The one-hour special presents the findings of AC360’s study on children’s perception of race, and offers expert guidance on how adults should approach the topic.

Just for laughs:

What does one great grandmother in Texas have in common with Justin Bieber? Both are dealing with droves of teen fans trying to talk to the singer. Find out why Justin Bieber’s “phone-pas” landed on our RidicuList!

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