August 15th, 2008
09:30 PM ET

Live Blog from the Anchor Desk 8/15/08

Tonight, we have a special hour looking at one of the toughest decisions the candidates will make.  Who will share the ticket with Sen. McCain and Sen. Obama?  We'll look at the top three candidates for VP on both sides.

We want to know what you think so we’ll start posting comments to this blog at 10p ET and stop at 11p ET.

Filed under: Live Blog
August 15th, 2008
06:30 PM ET

Evening Buzz: Proof of Bigfoot?

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Maureen Miller
360° Writer

Has the elusive Bigfoot finally been found?  If you ask two men who held a news conference in California today they would say, "YES!!!" The skeptics say "NOOO!!" Check out the photo. Does it look like the mystical Bigfoot to you? Matthew Whitton and Ric Dyer have quite a story. They say they stumbled onto the body of Bigfoot while hiking in early June in a remote north Georgia forest.

From their press release, here are some of the vital statistics on the "Bigfoot" body:


Filed under: Maureen Miller • The Buzz
August 15th, 2008
03:54 PM ET

Weekend Buzz

Lisa Ort
AC360° Producer

Here’s a look at some of the stories on our radar for tomorrow:

RAW POLITICS: Sen. John McCain and Sen. Barak Obama are both scheduled to participate in the Saddleback Church’s Civil Forum on Leadership and Compassion. The Rev. Rick Warren is moderating the forum. 

SEATTLE HEMPFEST: This is one of the world's largest marijuana legalization festivals.  This year’s theme is Industrial Hemp.

MADONNA TURNS 50: Singer Madonna, born on Aug 16, 1958 in Bay City, MI. turns 50.

CHRISTIAN PRAYER GATHERING: The Christian group “TheCall” holds a gathering on the National Mall to pray and fast. The organizers have called for one million Christians to join them.

WORLD PIPE BAND CHAMPIONSHIP: Bands from 16 different countries, including Canada, the USA, Australia, New Zealand and Pakistan, will travel to Glasgow, Scotland to become the 2008 world pipe band champion.  

30th ANNUAL MINNESOTA RENAISSANCE FESTIVAL: 300,000 are expected at this festival which begins in Shakopee, MN.

Filed under: The Buzz
August 15th, 2008
02:53 PM ET

Shaken baby tragedy

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Dr. Sanjay Gupta
CNN Chief Medical Correspondent

A few years ago, a woman called me in the middle of the night to tell me her son-in-law had been taken to jail. This was a woman I knew pretty well, and I was stunned to hear the story she proceeded to tell me. Her grandchild (his daughter) had been found unconscious at the house and taken to the hospital. Doctors there quickly figured out the child had been shaken. Just a few months old, her little neck muscles had not been strong enough to stabilize her head, which in young children is relatively bigger with respect to their bodies. She developed a blood collection on her brain and shearing of small blood vessels deep inside. Ultimately, she never recovered; she died in her mother’s arms. The little girl’s dad had been the only one in the home and subsequently admitted to handling the child in a rough manner when she was persistently crying.

In a moment of anger, he had killed his child and essentially sentenced himself to imprisonment. As a dad, I can’t imagine the incredible grief he is still suffering today, so many years later. As a neurosurgeon, I have seen this story play out more times than I care to remember.


Filed under: Dr. Sanjay Gupta • Parenting
August 15th, 2008
02:08 PM ET

Beat 360° 08/15/08

Guess what time it is?! It’s time for ‘Beat 360°!’ (It's web-only tonight, but we couldn't leave you without a Friday challenge!)

Everyday we post a picture – and you provide the caption. Our staff will get in on the action too.

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Here is the ‘Beat 360°’ pic of the day:

Singers Donnie and Marie Osmond perform in Bryant Park on ABC's "Good Morning America" show on Friday, Aug. 15, 2008, in New York.

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Filed under: Beat 360° • T1
August 15th, 2008
12:29 PM ET

Progressives in the Obama Moment

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Robert L. Borosage & Katrina vanden Heuvel
The Nation

Electric. When Barack Obama receives the Democratic presidential nomination before 75,000 people in Denver's Mile High Stadium on the forty-fifth anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech, new possibilities will be born. A historic candidacy, a new generation in motion, a nation yearning for change. Even the cynics running the McCain campaign might be touched, if they weren't so busy savaging Obama as a vain celebrity not up to the task of leading a nation.

No one should be blinded by the lights. It will take hard work to turn the nomination into victory in a campaign that has already turned ugly. Moreover, even if victorious, Obama will inherit the calamitous conditions wrought by conservative failures–a sinking economy, unsustainable occupations in Iraq and Afghanistan, accelerating climate change, Gilded Age inequality, a broken healthcare system and much more.

August 15th, 2008
12:16 PM ET

Abducted girl describes brother's murder

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After her older brother was shot in the head, his remains were burned in front of her, an 8-year-old girl told a police officer in a gut-wrenching tape played for jurors deciding whether a convicted sex offender should die for his crimes.

Joseph Edward Duncan III stalked the Groene family and killed four of its five members.
Shasta Groene spoke to Coeur d'Alene police Officer Shane Avriett on July 2, 2005, shortly after she was rescued from weeks of torture and despair.

Avriett testified Thursday that he turned on his vehicle's dashboard-mounted video camera, with the camera pointed away from Shasta, and recorded her talking about her ordeal.
When Avriett asked where her 9-year-old brother Dylan was, she told him, "in heaven ... there may be some evidence down in the Lolo forest, because that's where we were."

She cried as she told Avriett how Joseph Edward Duncan III shot her brother in the stomach at a campsite, then shot him again in the head and burned the body.
"He's killed way a lot more people that you don't even know about," Shasta told the officer. "He killed Dylan."

The testimony came on the second day of the sentencing hearing for Duncan, 45, who faces either life in prison or death. The convicted pedophile from Tacoma, Washington, pleaded guilty in December to 10 federal charges related to the kidnapping of Shasta and Dylan. Three of the counts carry a potential death penalty.


Filed under: Crime & Punishment
August 15th, 2008
11:14 AM ET

Jackson in 1988 makes case for nominating Clinton in 2008

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Roland S. Martin
AC360° Contributor
CNN Political Analyst

Last week while in Martha’s Vineyard, we had some major technical issues that knocked WVON-AM/Chicago off the air. I was just talking and talking until we were notified that we were not broadcasting.

So instead of talking for three hours for the online audience, I chose to play Rev. Jesse Jackson Sr.’s 1988 speech at the Democratic National Convention.

In a truly mesmerizing speech that still make tears well up in my eyes, Jackson spoke to the pain and success of his supporters and the nation, but also offered some critical words that explained why the name of the first African American to run all primary races should go into nomination.

“As a testament to the struggles of those who have gone before; as a legacy for those who will come after; as a tribute to the endurance, the patience, the courage of our forefathers and mothers; as an assurance that their prayers are being answered, that their work has not been in vain, and, that hope is eternal, tomorrow night my name will go into nomination for the Presidency of the United States of America,” he said to rousing applause.

August 15th, 2008
11:12 AM ET

Blood in the Caucasus

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Katrina vanden Heuvel
Editor, The Nation

"The past week's events in South Ossetia are bound to shock and pain anyone.... Nothing can justify this loss of life and destruction. It is a warning to all."
–Mikhail Gorbachev, Washington Post, August 12

Former Soviet President Gorbachev's condemnation of Georgia's assault on Tskhinvali on the night of August 7, which precipitated the larger Russia-Georgia conflict, reminds us that if we had heeded his vision of a truly post-cold war world, we might not today be confronting such dangerous geopolitical gamesmanship. It should also remind us, as a wobbly cease-fire is put in place, that the conflict has been flagrantly misreported in this country.

I am heartsick at the violence and brutalities on all sides. Georgian, South Ossetian and Russian friends have all suffered. Yet commentary in the US media, almost without exception, has turned a longstanding, complex separatist conflict into a casus belli for a new cold war with Russia, ignoring not only the historical and political reasons for South Ossetia's drive for independence from Georgia but also the responsibility of Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili for the current crisis. So eager have commentators been to indict Vladimir Putin's Russia that they have overlooked Washington's contribution to the rising tensions.

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