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October 9th, 2008
09:29 AM ET

CNN HERO: 'The best job I have ever had in my life'

Program Note: CNN Heroes received nearly four thousand submissions from 75 countries. A Blue Ribbon Panel selected the Top 10 CNN Heroes for the year, and over 1 million of you voted for your CNN HERO OF THE YEAR

WATCH CNN HEROES: AN ALL-STAR TRIBUTE
A Global Celebration: Thanksgiving Night at 9p ET


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Viola Vaughn | MY STORY

How I found out: I got the call while the girls and I were were reviewing what we had accomplished at Democracy Camp this past summer.

I was very surprised, happy, elated. This week we are getting the girls ready for school, that begins on October 13.

We have a sewing order for 3,025 school bags. We are editing the home video we made of the camp, and we are sending out our annual newsletter. The girls are coming back from vacation, our volunteer staff is returning and the grandkids are weaning the plants, and trimming the trees at our school.

All these wonderful persons... I'm about to burst.

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October 9th, 2008
08:50 AM ET

CNN HERO: 'New Orleans area still matters'

Program Note: CNN Heroes received nearly four thousand submissions from 75 countries. A Blue Ribbon Panel selected the Top 10 CNN Heroes for the year, and over 1 million of you voted for your CNN HERO OF THE YEAR

WATCH CNN HEROES: AN ALL-STAR TRIBUTE
A Global Celebration: Thanksgiving Night at 9p ET


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Liz McCartney is dedicated to helping Hurricane Katrina survivors in St. Bernard Parish, a community outside New Orleans.
Liz McCartney is dedicated to helping Hurricane Katrina survivors in St. Bernard Parish, a community outside New Orleans.

Liz McCartney | MY STORY

I am honored and humbled to be recognized as one of CNN's top ten heroes of the year. Initially, I was shocked and, honestly, I still am! I meet so many amazingly caring and hard working people every day that it feels awkward to be distinguished. So, I view this award as a tribute to Zack Rosenburg and the entire SBP team (staff, volunteers, donors and clients) who have all come together to rebuild 145+ families' home in St. Bernard Parish.

They demonstrate one of the major lessons that I've discovered since founding the St. Bernard Project: when our fellow Americans (and Canadians) know the truth, they want to help. We know this is true because we have had over 8,000 volunteers and raised nearly $4M in the past two years. When people know that our clients are good people, that the problems are solvable and that the solution is readily available, they want to help!

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October 9th, 2008
08:30 AM ET

Anderson Cooper introducing the Top Ten CNN Heroes of the Year

Program Note: CNN Heroes received nearly four thousand submissions from 75 countries. A Blue Ribbon Panel selected the Top 10 CNN Heroes for the year, and over 1 million of you voted for your CNN HERO OF THE YEAR

WATCH CNN HEROES: AN ALL-STAR TRIBUTE
A Global Celebration: Thanksgiving Night at 9p ET


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Anderson Cooper

In this time of financial crisis, when Wall Street greed and gluttony seem to be the norm, it is refreshing to be able to take a few moments to talk about Heroes. Today we are announcing the ten CNN Heroes honorees. They have been picked by a distinguished panel from nearly four thousand people you have told us about in the past year. CNN viewers have written us, letting us know about remarkable people doing extraordinary things in 75 countries around the world. We’ve highlighted 30 individuals on the air this year, giving them much deserved praise and attention, and now the top ten CNN Heroes announced today will each be awarded $25,000. You can go online now to vote for the CNN Hero who inspires you the most and had the most impact - the CNN Hero of the Year. On Thanksgiving evening we will broadcast an all-star tribute to all 10 of these heroes but only one will be named the CNN Hero of the Year. That person will be awarded an additional $100,000.Be sure to watch CNN HEROES: AN ALL-STAR TRIBUTE Thanksgiving night at 9p ET. Throughout the day we will share their first reactions on the AC360° blog.

What’s so amazing about these Heroes is that they often did not have much money, but they had an idea and a determination to help other people. They usually started off small, and gradually built their programs using whatever resources they could find.

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October 9th, 2008
08:24 AM ET

Morning Buzz: 10 Most Wanted

Penny Manis
AC360 Senior Producer

Good morning peeps.

We are interested to see what today brings from the trail. Last night we reported that the GOP campaign was drawing fire for what they’re saying about Obama and what’s being said on their behalf in the rallies from folks shouting out things like ‘terrorist’ or ‘kill him’ and charges of racism, code words etc. John McCain and Sarah Palin continue to try and paint Obama as unprepared, but Joe Biden called some of Sarah Palin’s comments against ‘mildly dangerous’.

What do you think of McCain and Palin’s strategy? Are they desperate attempts to win this election with less than a month to go or legitimate concerns about his ties to Ayers and overall readiness to become President? Do you think Obama and Biden are hitting back fairly themselves?

Today McCain/Palin hold a rally in Wisconsin where they’ll have a joint town hall meeting. Then Sarah heads to Ohio to woo more voters there. She won’t be alone, Obama is also hitting Ohio and holding rallies in this battleground state. Meanwhile Biden is visiting Missouri. We’ll be right on their tail, and Candy Crowley + Ed Henry will bring us the latest tonight.

Last night you saw us kick off our series 10 Most Wanted: Culprits of the Collapse. Anderson is ‘naming names’ and offering a list of who may have played a significant role in getting us into this financial mess. Tonight you’ll catch day 2 of this series, Ali Velshi will take a closer look at Lehman Brothers. Who do you think got us into this financial crisis? Let me know!

I guess things are bad when the National Debt Clock in NYC has run out of digits to record this increasing figure. For now, the digital dollar sign has switched to a figure to make room until next year when the sign will be updated by adding 2 digits capable of adding up to a quadrillion dollars. A quadrillion, eek. Too many zero’s than I want to count, particularly with regard to debt. Ali, of course, will also bring us the latest on the markets today, last but certainly not least! See u tonight folks!


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