[cnn-photo-caption image=http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/images/08/05/art.obama.peach.jpg caption="Sen. Barack Obama looks at peaches with Judy Packer during a stop at Stahl's Farm Market in Ravenna, Ohio, Tuesday.]
Editor's Note: This pool report was filed by Larry Rohter of the New York Times, while on the campaign trail in Ohio.
Sen. Barack Obama, with Sen. Sherrod Brown and Gov. Ted Strickland in tow, stopped briefly at Stahl’s Farm Market in Edinburg, Ohio. The first thing that drew Sen. Obama’s attention when he came in the door were apple fritters on the counter. “I think this is the ticket, right here. I might have to get a bag of these.”
The market specializes in fresh fruits and vegetables, however, and so something else quickly caught Sen. Obama’s eye. “Let’s go look at the peaches,” he said. There were also melons, lettuce, carrots, eggplants, blueberries, etc. on counters and in baskets, much of them labeled as “grown in Ohio” or Michigan , suggesting that Stahl’s makes an effort to adhere to the “local food” movement.
The first customers to talk to Sen. Obama were the Jolivette family: Greg, Mary Pat and their three young children, Georgie, 6, Tony, 2, and Charlie, three weeks old. Sen. Obama tried to chat with the children, but while George seemed loquacious enough, Tony was a little shy. Mr. Jolivette, a lawyer, asked Sen. Obama about playing basketball while on the campaign trail, and Sen. Obama admitted it was hard to keep up. “You gotta game?” he asked Mr. Jolivette, interested. “What do you do?”
[cnn-photo-caption image=http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/images/08/05/art.hivtest.jpg caption="Daquan Smith rubs his gums with a Rapid HIV test swab at the Iris House November 2007 in New York City"]
America likes to consider itself exceptional, a nation blessed with unshakable good fortune and driven by unyielding ambition. I think that sentiment explains why we so often get caught with our pants down. Our self-absorbed exceptionalism breeds a lazy arrogance that consistently confuses just getting started with finishing the job: Iraq. Al Qaeda. Katrina. It's a long list to which we can now officially add AIDS.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced this weekend that the American AIDS epidemic is at least 40 percent larger than we have believed for more than a decade. The announcement drew front-page stories, shocked many everyday Americans and prompted those of us working on AIDS in black communities to sigh a collective, "I-told-you-so."
Since the mid-1990s discovery of "combination therapy"—popularly known as the "AIDS drug cocktail," a tellingly cavalier moniker—America has embraced the notion that it beat AIDS. We've certainly made strides. Combination therapy drastically slowed the funeral march we once thought inevitable, prompting national news media to offer a string of breathless stories examining "when plagues end," as an infamous 1996 New York Times Magazine cover blared.
But that success was tenuous and uneven from the start. The treatments were then and still are expensive and challenging. And African Americans never bounced back as robustly as the rest of the nation. Indeed, 1996 was significant for two reasons: It was the first year America saw a decrease in AIDS death rates and the first year in which more blacks died than whites. By 2004, blacks represented 38 percent of all AIDS deaths. So much for plagues ending.
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Last week we tried to collect the sticker we need for the camera so we can shoot inside the common green area at the Olympics' "media village." At the main press center they seemed very helpful. "No problem," said the nice man, the sticker is available at the IBC (International Broadcast Center).
One problem, our credentials would not get us into the IBC. "Can someone bring the sticker to us here?" "Terribly sorry," said the nice man. "You must go in person."
"How do we get into the IBC?"
"Well, you need to be invited in by someone already inside."
"Someone you know."
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Alaska report has released a video of Ted Stevens addressing his supporters at his campaign headquarters in Anchorage, Alaska yesterday. He was indicted last week on charges of concealing more than $250,000 in house renovations and gifts from lobbyists. Below is a part of he had to say:
"I am innocent of the case that’s been brought against me; the charges that’s been brought against me. But the way that this case has been brought by the judge, has renewed my confidence in our constitutional judicial system. I believe it will vindicate me and I was so confident of that that my lawyer on my behalf asked for a speedy trial so that the case will be over before the general election. By scheduling the trial for next month, this court has made it possible for all Alaskans to know the facts of this case and make up their own minds. They will be the ultimate jury before they cast their votes in November. For forty years now, you’ve given me the great honor to represent Alaska in the United States Senate…"
[cnn-photo-caption image=http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/WORLD/africa/08/05/congo.gorillas/art.lowland.gorillas.ap.jpg]Hopes for the survival of a critically endangered primate have been boosted after the discovery of 125,000 Western lowland gorillas living in a swamp in northern Congo.
"It's pretty astonishing," Hugo Rainey, one of the researchers who conducted the survey for the U.S.-based Wildlife Conservation Society, told CNN Tuesday.
The last census on the species, carried out during the 1980s, estimated that there were only 100,000 of the gorillas left worldwide. Since then, the researchers estimated, the numbers had been cut in half.
WCS survey teams conducted the research in 2006 and 2007, traveling to the remote Lac Tele Community Reserve in northern Congo, a vast area of swamp forest.
Acting on a tip from hunters who indicated the presence of gorillas, Rainey said that the researchers trekked on foot through mud for three days to the outskirts of Lac Tele, about 80 kilometers (50 miles) from the nearest road.
This just in....a 6.0 earthquake hit china...it struck China's Sichuan province, unfortunately the same region that was hit by an earthquake in May...we will keep you posted when we get more information...
On this side of the globe...Tornado warnings in the Midwest and Mother Nature is threatening residents of Texas and Louisiana...as Tropical Storm Edouard gained strength with landfall only hours away. Winds from the storm's outer bands were lashing parts of the shoreline before dawn on Tuesday - the fifth one this season - was about 50 miles southeast of Port Arthur, Texas and about 85 miles east of Galveston, Texas..Susan Roesgen and Sean Callebs on the ground awaiting Edourd's wrath...
On the trail today...Barack Obama is on Ohio - holding a town hall meeting called "New energy for America" - it appears to be "energy week" for the Senator so Jessica Yellin will cover him today for us...
John McCain is another battleground state today...McCain is in Michigan and at 2pm he’ll visit the Enrico Fermi Nuclear Power Plant in Newport, Michigan. The word is he will take the opportunity to speak out about how he supports the nuclear power industry as an alternative to solve the country’s energy crisis, and how Obama does not. ED HENRY will cover John McCain..
Also noteworthy today - John McCain continues to distance himself from from Bush-Cheney - Will Vice President Cheney be a no-show at the Republican convention in Minnesota? Republican officials say yes, citing a desire by Sen. John McCain's campaign to turn the page on the Bush-Cheney years. Interesting...but will we we see or hear from President Bush at the convention?
David Mattingly is in Alaska... Is it payback time in Alaska? Rep Gov. Palin, who happens to be running against now indicted powerhouse GOP Sen. Ted Stevens, is now being formally investigated by the Senate re charges she tried to get her ex-brother in law state trooper fired. Ironically the Obama campaign has designated Alaska as one of 18 battleground states that it aims to take away from McCain. And to put some money where their mouths are, Obama's people have opened three campaign offices and are running ads in the state. Obama's anti-incumbency message of change doesn't bode well for Stevens, and neither would a high turnout for the Illinois senator. The last Democrat to pull that off was Mike Gravel, who briefly ran against Obama and seven other candidates for the party's presidential nomination.
All for now...