April 1st, 2008
09:47 PM ET

Live Blog from the Anchor Desk 4/1/08

Happy April Fool's Day. I've seen a few good stories that almost got me today. It's always fun to get sucked in for a few minutes, then realize what day it is. None of that tonight.

We will bring you an update on a story we've been following. Wal-Mart has told a brain-damaged former employee that she can keep the money it had paid for her care after a semi-truck plowed into her minivan eight years ago. READ RANDI'S KAYE'S POST

We'll also spend some time on John McCain's remarkable comeback to become the presumptive Republican nominee.

And please check out a post from today that may be helpful if you wonder why some comments get posted while others do not. LINK TO COMMENTS POST

And be sure to check out our new live web camera from the 360° studio. The shot features Anderson and Erica behind the scenes on the set. We'll turn the camera on at 945p ET and turn it off at 11p ET. LINK TO THE BLOG CAMERA

We'll start posting comments to this blog at 10p ET and stop at 11p ET.

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soundoff (336 Responses)
  1. Ava

    Goodnight to all, see ya tomorrow!

    April 1, 2008 at 10:59 pm |
  2. Erin L

    Good show tonight! This is my first time using the live blog and I love it. Don't know how you guys do it and put on the show though...

    April 1, 2008 at 10:59 pm |
  3. Brian Persaud

    Great show, night fellow bloggers. 😀

    There we go! Cameramen doing the robot, it was all worth it.

    April 1, 2008 at 10:58 pm |
  4. Jo Ann, Ohio

    I am glad that Judge Arrington posted his position on the blog so that we could all draw our own conclusions.

    April 1, 2008 at 10:58 pm |
  5. Jennifer - Michigan

    Great show tonight. Goodnight, have a good one.

    April 1, 2008 at 10:58 pm |
  6. Lorie Ann, Buellton, California

    Gator footage? I guess it's time to bid a goodnight to all. Poor gator in a death roll..what else can you say about that.

    April 1, 2008 at 10:58 pm |
  7. Krista

    Thanks for the follow up on the Wal Mart story! It is great to have such a happy ending for the family. They deserve it! Great show tonight!

    April 1, 2008 at 10:58 pm |
  8. Lilibeth

    That was a heck of a shot! Now I know what a death roll looks like! Yikes!

    Great show tonight! Thanks everyone! Good night!

    April 1, 2008 at 10:57 pm |
  9. Genevieve M, TX

    Don't feed the alligators!

    April 1, 2008 at 10:57 pm |
  10. Jennifer NC

    I think judge has the right idea. We need some of that attitude/action here in Durham. Kid after kid commits a crime, gets on probation and then does something worse- usually murder. And they are all African American teenagers. Something has to wake them up.

    April 1, 2008 at 10:57 pm |
  11. Jocelyne

    Hello Anderson, Erica.
    This webcam is cool.
    Wal Mart story is very good. A++. Great news.
    ouf... the gator... scary...
    good night all.

    April 1, 2008 at 10:57 pm |
  12. Randy J

    The bottom line to me is, you cannot have double standards. Equality is just that, equality. There is nothing wrong with his message, but in a public courthouse, he should not have cleared people out based on their color of skin.

    If he wanted to speak privately with the men, do so after session.

    April 1, 2008 at 10:56 pm |
  13. jac66

    I support the judge's discression to clear the courtroom of non AA, to me its the same as his having a closed session within his chamber. He felt he needed to have the "real talk with the defendent", which would have been looked upon in a different light by someone not of the same race as the defendent. I'm tired of things being blown out of proportion when it related to African Americans. There are numerous things done and said by some other people that do not come to the light of day. Besides not everyone has the same opinion about the same circumstance.

    April 1, 2008 at 10:56 pm |
  14. xtina

    so the word of the night is dippity do – U too can learn something new on ac360 every nite

    April 1, 2008 at 10:56 pm |
  15. Megan Dresslar

    Thanks so much! Congrats Joey and Marc! way to go!!!!!!!! Yay! Good night Anderson, Erica, and Bloggers!!!!!!!! See you later!

    April 1, 2008 at 10:56 pm |
  16. Jolene

    Erica: I get verklempt too when I'm reading the Dow. It's understandable.

    Not sure I want to see the death roll....so with that I'll be corny and say later gaters!

    Great show as usual!

    April 1, 2008 at 10:56 pm |
  17. Glen Up North

    I missed the cut-off time last night, so I just want to say this early tonight: Thanks for everyone who's participating, and thanks to you both, Erica and Anderson, as well as the entire CNN crew (including the cameraman who waved and gave us a look into his viewfinder... a bird's eye view of a bird's eye view?) for inviting us on here, and heck, even reading our comments!

    April 1, 2008 at 10:56 pm |
  18. Richie Amanya

    Greg S, In most traditions when you have to talk to "people of your own" pointedly, you do so in a little privacy. It's true the judge chose the wrong place but what is clear is that he had some very tough words for those defendants and would rather not utter them infront of whites for reasons he didn't say on AC 360

    April 1, 2008 at 10:56 pm |
  19. Brent, Roseville CA

    Nice British accent there Anderson.

    April 1, 2008 at 10:56 pm |
  20. Lilibeth

    Gator death roll? Did I hear that right? Sounds scary!

    April 1, 2008 at 10:55 pm |
  21. Carly,AL

    in british accent ac and erica....

    April 1, 2008 at 10:55 pm |
  22. Jacqueline

    Oh, by the by Mr. Anderson Cooper,

    Thank you for making me feel so middle-aged, so old. I too, am 40 years old and until I heard you refer to yourself on last week, I had never thought of myself as middle-aged. When you said those words, it stopped in my strackes. YIKES! Where did time go?

    April 1, 2008 at 10:55 pm |
  23. Katie

    Boots is a chemist (drugstore), not a grocery store. Come on guys...get it right!

    April 1, 2008 at 10:55 pm |
  24. Janelle, WY

    nice accent Erica! Anderson, don't you ever watch the Croc Hunter? You should know what a death roll is!

    April 1, 2008 at 10:55 pm |
  25. Kathy

    the alligator in Florida is protesting the disenfranchising of it's voters

    April 1, 2008 at 10:55 pm |
  26. Terri

    I think he was being honest and he admitted it was a mistake. I do not think racism is a part of this story.

    April 1, 2008 at 10:55 pm |
  27. Brent, Roseville CA

    Nice British accent there Anderson. 😛

    April 1, 2008 at 10:55 pm |
  28. Melissa Miami

    LOVE LOVE LOVE your accents! hilarious!

    April 1, 2008 at 10:55 pm |
  29. Mike Z

    About the charges of racism......

    The problem is: The Judge just does not get it. He showed racial preference in the courtroom, which has to be the worst possible kind of racism.

    April 1, 2008 at 10:55 pm |
  30. Brian Persaud

    Wow. Whats up with all these awful airplane stories? Seems like terrorists are the least of our worries when it comes to flying safely.

    April 1, 2008 at 10:54 pm |
  31. Joseph Kowalski, North Huntingdon, PA

    Perhaps, the judge thought his good advice would be taken by the defendants as a humiliating lecture if stated in an open court room.

    I'm not sure it was the right move to make, but I do believe this judge had the best of intentions at the time.

    April 1, 2008 at 10:54 pm |
  32. Michael in Lafayette, IN

    The "death roll" is a technique crocodiles use to tear off chunks of meat from zebras, gnus, etc. They take a bite, then roll over and that helps remove a chunk of meat.

    April 1, 2008 at 10:54 pm |
  33. Ramone Diaz, Venezuela

    Hi Anderson and Erica
    The webcam images from the set of 360 in new york are very cool
    Were you Anderson playing with a turttle a few minutes ago?

    April 1, 2008 at 10:54 pm |
  34. Patty

    I admire the Judge. His message appears to be about right and wrong and basic human decency. Hopefully, next time, he'll open the doors to everyone: everyone could be reminded these lessons.

    April 1, 2008 at 10:54 pm |
  35. Melinda

    People make mistakes and this judge seems like a genuine person that wants to help black youths. Give him a break. People have a hair trigger when it comes to race.

    April 1, 2008 at 10:53 pm |
  36. SE San Diego

    The live cam is awesome. the behind the scene stuff is so refreshing.

    April 1, 2008 at 10:53 pm |
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