Here’s a look at what’s on the radar for tomorrow…
· Don Imus: We’ll be listening to Don Imus’ radio show to hear him explain his comment about Adam "Pacman" Jones. Imus told the New York Times he “meant he was being picked on because he’s black.’’ Will he say the same thing on air tomorrow? And will that explanation be accepted?
· Flooding in the Midwest: The water is still well above the banks of the upper Mississippi River, but residents of flooded towns and those protected by levees and sandbags can see an ending. The river is cresting. But folks in Winfield, Missouri, and Grafton, Illinois, will have to wait a little longer, as forecasters said the river would crest there on Wednesday.
· Raw politics: Sen. John McCain will be in Santa Barbara tomorrow talking about the environment. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger will be there too. He’s a McCain supporter but the two men disagree on off shore drilling. Sen. Barack Obama will be in Las Vegas where he’ll be talking about energy issues.
· Crime and Punishment: Helen Golay is set to be sentenced tomorrow. She’s 77 years old and convicted of murdering two homeless men in a plot to collect $2.8 million in life insurance. Golay's faces a potential sentence of life in prison without possibility of parole.
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Imagine your home and all your belongings washed away and gone for good. That's the reality for thousands of people across the Midwest. Tonight on 360, we take you inside the disaster zone. 360's Gary Tuchman is in the town of Grafton, Illinois where the Mississippi is still rising. Residents are living in fear that the floodwaters will reach their homes. Also tonight, a bad bet. 360's David Mattingly is in Gulfport, Illinois (about 3 1/2 hours south of Gary's location) where residents had no flood insurance. They say the government said they didn't need it. We're keeping them honest.
On the radio, a new controversy for Don Imus. Oh, yes. Here we go again.
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Editor's note: see Randi’s full report tonight on AC360° 10p ET.
Randi Kaye BIO
Was there or wasn’t there a pregnancy pact among a group of girls at Gloucester High School?
Today, school officials and the mayor of the seaside village about an north of Massachusetts are questioning reports that a pact ever existed.
This whole controversy may’ve started when the school’s principal told TIME Magazine about the pact. Since then, the principal hasn’t spoken publicly or returned our calls. TIME’s reporter stands by her report.
Today, Mayor Carolyn Kirk told reporters, “the simple answer is there has been no independent verification beyond what the principal stated that there was a pact…he was foggy in his memory of how he heard about the information. When we pressed him for specifics on who told him, when he was told, his memory failed."
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Gary Tuchman BIO
Anxiety and nervousness in Grafton, Illinois. Most of downtown is under as much as ten feet of water. And Jim and Linda Tolley are worried.
Floodwaters have surrounded the Tolley's home and the grocery store they own. The store was submerged by six feet of water in the 1993 floods.
There is one escape route, so they are staying in their home for now, but ready to leave at a moment's notice.
Their store is closed and they have boxed up their inventory.
Financially, just closing the store is difficult for them. If it gets flooded, it can ruin them.
"House For Sale: Riverfront Property"
That's the first sign I noticed after we pulled into Grafton, Illinois, today. Pretty typical sign, but in a not so typical situation.
The Mississippi River has risen to the bottom of the gate where the sign is hanging, about 200 yards from where the river usually stops.
Today, reporter Gary Tuchman, our CNN crew, and I hung out with the owners of Jimbo's General Store & Hardware, Jim and Linda Tolley. They say the flooding so far is not as bad as it was in 1993, but as we were wrapping up our day with them, a new predicition on Wednesday's river crest came in... and it's another 5-6 inches higher than what they were told yesterday.
While Gary and our cameraman, Dave, were taking a boat tour of the area with Jim, his wife, Linda, and I chatted about the river's rise. She told me that they've been experiencing high water levels for six weeks and that it was only a matter of time before the town saw the flooding.
She also said that Grafton isn't protected by a levee, so she was expecting some water. Just not this much.
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As much as some of us would like to think that this election is all about the issues, there's no denying that a major issue for a lot of voters boils down to black versus white.
In fact, the issue has become such a hot topic that there are reports that at the London and South African book fairs, a new e-book titled "America the Racist?" gained some unprecedented interest.
It seems the rest of the world wants to know as much as Americans if we can shed our prejudices and actually vote for a person of color.
Unfortunately, that will be a question that will continue to haunt the world until the polls close in November.
In the meantime, we will have to suffer through poll after poll that will attempt to gauge our feelings to predict our actions in the booths.
The latest poll, a Washington Post-ABC News survey, claims that 3 in 10 Americans admit to racial bias.
That's not surprising, nor new. In fact, most analysts on the topic of race would probably believe the number is higher than because not too many Americans like to admit they have hang-ups about race.
Yet, what was a more interesting revelation of the poll were two questions that show there is an inherent racial lens that the media looks through and probably needs to wipe clean before a clear picture gauging the public's racial barometer can be measured.
CNN Sr. Political Analyst
Fmr. Presidential Adviser
As he heads toward a joint fundraiser with Hillary Clinton, this Thursday, Barack Obama is sure to come under more fire for his decision to reject public financing this fall. Much of it is deserved: he has clearly broken a vow on a matter of importance to many Americans.
Still, I think he showed a side of himself that voters needed to know was there. All along, there have been questions about whether he is tough enough to be President. He showed here that in the crunch he is no Bambi, that on a hard call, he has the inner will to prevail – even if he has to go back on what he has promised.
David M. Reisner
AC360° Digital Producer
So we launched the new website last week and I promised you more behind the scenes action.
We've been bringing you many blogs from the road, vlogs from the field... and now I wanted to share with you things that we say around the newsroom... Language we use, for things you watch.
So from time to time we'll bring you a new phrase in our TV vocabulary:
Here is today’s "TV Talk:"