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March 11th, 2009
09:45 PM ET

Live Blog from the Anchor Desk 03/11/09

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Tonight on AC360°, recession news flash: the rich are getting poorer. Just hours ago, Forbes magazine published its 2009 list of the world’s top billionaires. The take-away: there are fewer of them, and their fortunes are shrinking. It’s not a story that will generate much sympathy. We get that. But it’s still an interesting look at the recession’s reach. We’ll tell you who has lost the most and who has fallen the furthest. Tonight we want to keep the live blog on this one topic. So, please share your thoughts with us.

And, don't miss Erica Hill's webcast on billionaires during the commercials. Watch our WEBCAST

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soundoff (395 Responses)
  1. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    hey all, so germany too…
    Yes Tom. that is true..... there is so sad for student killed too.

    March 11, 2009 at 10:07 pm |
  2. Mike Syracuse, NY

    Remeber, Jeffrey Dalmer seemed 'normal' while he was killing and eating people.

    March 11, 2009 at 10:06 pm |
  3. Bridget, TX

    Hello Anderson, CNN team and fellow bloggers, What a travesty, so many lives lost and devastated and for what?

    March 11, 2009 at 10:06 pm |
  4. Minou, New York City

    A 17 year old shot and killed 17 girls and women at a school today in Germany. That got practically no mention on cnn... why?

    March 11, 2009 at 10:06 pm |
  5. Tammy, Berwick, LA

    Hi everyone,

    This is unreal. There is depressed. There is homicidal. This guy was obviously in some serious, beyond normal mental distress.

    I feel for this man who lost his wife and child. I cannot imagine how he will ever be whole again.

    March 11, 2009 at 10:06 pm |
  6. Sharon S

    He probably had issues you have to watch those quiet types!

    March 11, 2009 at 10:06 pm |
  7. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    How sad for Deputy Myers. The first innocent victims of this economic collapse.

    March 11, 2009 at 10:06 pm |
  8. Brandi- bottom of the boot

    whether or not he has a criminal record is irrelevant. obviously he was mentally disturbed.

    March 11, 2009 at 10:06 pm |
  9. cristy kirssin Baltimore, Maryland

    Hey everyone! Hi Anderson, Erica, and fellow bloggers!

    March 11, 2009 at 10:05 pm |
  10. David Gergen

    Hello everyone - Yes, very sad about these shootings.

    Let me ask a separate question: President Obama has pledged to get rid of earmarks and today he announced plans to get rid of them in the future. But at the same moment, the President signed into law a $410 billion spending bill that includes some 8,500 earmarks - legislation, says the White House, that really represents last year's business. Has the President done the right thing here, or should he have fought against the earmarks in this bill, knowing that he would be getting into a fight with leading Democrats on the Hill?

    March 11, 2009 at 10:05 pm |
  11. Nattada, Houston, TX

    Good evening ANderson, Erica, AC360 team, and all bloggers.

    It is a sad story. My preyer goes to all who has suffered.

    March 11, 2009 at 10:05 pm |
  12. Lauren--NY

    Good evening, Anderson, Erica, David Gergen, AC360 team and bloggers.

    Lori, I agree–as long as these people are rich and they don't need the money presently, they should just stay in the market until it rebounds and they should be fine.

    That poor sheriff deputy. What a horrid thing to have to go through. I don't understand what prompted that man to shoot a baby unless he had a psychotic episode and didn't know what he was doing.

    March 11, 2009 at 10:05 pm |
  13. Isabel, Brazil

    It is hard to see photos of the mother and the baby

    March 11, 2009 at 10:05 pm |
  14. Esma

    You know what? I'm slightly depressed, not happy with the economy, and want more out of life, but I'm not going to run around killing people! How absolutely selfish!!!

    March 11, 2009 at 10:05 pm |
  15. Sharon S

    I feel for this man my prayers go out to him and his family so so Sad!

    March 11, 2009 at 10:05 pm |
  16. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    It hurts for them to breaking their hearts, my hearts goes to them tonight!!!

    March 11, 2009 at 10:05 pm |
  17. Mike Syracuse, NY

    @Lori, even if you cash it out, where do you put it that's safe?

    March 11, 2009 at 10:05 pm |
  18. Rafael

    This is so sad he killed his family member and himself and other people.

    March 11, 2009 at 10:04 pm |
  19. Casey Jones - Palm Springs, CA

    Good evening AC360 BLOGGERS.

    March 11, 2009 at 10:04 pm |
  20. Maren in Oregon

    It's so sad that this kind of situation cannot be foreseen. Many of the same things were said about the man at Virginia Tech – depressed, odd, etc. People around him knew, but didn't see. So sad.

    March 11, 2009 at 10:04 pm |
  21. Sharon S

    Hello Everyone Anderson, Erica, All 360 Bloggers!

    What a sad story all those people killed for no reason?

    March 11, 2009 at 10:04 pm |
  22. Sabrina

    It takes a sick, sick person to kill their own mother and grandmother. Not to mention a little baby. And to blame the economy after he quit his job is just unreal.

    March 11, 2009 at 10:04 pm |
  23. Glen Up North

    Precise insight, Lori... I shudder to think at how much someone's "worth" can diminish rapidly once people are less interested in purchasing his/her stock on the market. 🙁

    March 11, 2009 at 10:04 pm |
  24. starr formerly known as vincent

    Good evening Anderson, et al & fellow bloggers!

    It figures that the shooter somehow felt that others had to die because he was depressed, etc.

    Again, my prayers to the victims' family & friends.

    Megan: love the comment "national dinnertable!

    March 11, 2009 at 10:04 pm |
  25. Mike Syracuse, NY

    Why not make the obvious conclusion about the shooter in Alabama. He's just plain nuts. Trying to determine a motive won't help anyone except try to allow us to explain the unexplainable.

    March 11, 2009 at 10:03 pm |
  26. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    Hellooo Kira and Jill!!!!

    March 11, 2009 at 10:03 pm |
  27. Michelle Brown in Los Angeles

    I think I should be better off in life at 44, but heck, it is what it is, I have no thoughts of killing people. I guess he was a believer of misery loves company.... Sad, sad case..

    March 11, 2009 at 10:03 pm |
  28. Kelly

    Hope you folks let the other bloggers have a chance besides Anderson's friend Cindy and the other regulars. Thanks!

    March 11, 2009 at 10:02 pm |
  29. Brandi- bottom of the boot

    im so glad that woman managed to grab the baby. one soul saved.

    March 11, 2009 at 10:02 pm |
  30. Bea

    Killer with entitlement complex in Alabama.

    March 11, 2009 at 10:02 pm |
  31. Tom from Philly

    hey all, so germany too...

    March 11, 2009 at 10:02 pm |
  32. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    I couldn't believe (guman) he killed all people including himself.....

    March 11, 2009 at 10:02 pm |
  33. Chris Sosa - Boston, MA

    Good evening, Anderson, Erica, David G, and bloggers! Hope it's been a good Wednesday for everyone.

    Disturbing and depressing details in the story on the killer. My heart goes out to all those affected.

    March 11, 2009 at 10:02 pm |
  34. Maren in Oregon

    OMG, what amazing grace that Deputy was exhibiting!

    March 11, 2009 at 10:02 pm |
  35. Isabel, Brazil

    How sad! And how much perplexity

    March 11, 2009 at 10:02 pm |
  36. Esma

    Hey, everyone: Anderson, Erica, David Gergen, all at AC360, and the Facebook/Twitter Tribe and all the bloggers!
    I'm still having trouble digesting that anyone can shoot children.

    March 11, 2009 at 10:02 pm |
  37. EJ (USA)

    I don’t feel too bad for these celebs losing money just like the rest.

    I agree. I don't even want to listen to it.

    March 11, 2009 at 10:02 pm |
  38. vanessa from silver spring, MD

    So sad to hear about these shootings.

    March 11, 2009 at 10:02 pm |
  39. Rikki, Fargo, ND

    Good evening Anderson, Erica and all fellow evening conversationalists! Hope everyone had a good day!

    This is such a sad story. Its always so hard to understand what causes people to kill other people.

    March 11, 2009 at 10:02 pm |
  40. Lori from IL

    Hello, 360 and Fellow Bloggers -

    Interesting topic tonight. As far as the lost wealth, I'm assuming it was "paper" wealth lost in the stock market. The stock market is a gamble - always has been and always will be. The wealth wasn't real unless/until these "billionaires" cashed it out.

    March 11, 2009 at 10:01 pm |
  41. Glen Up North

    LOL, I like the "dinner table" comment... From the radio station, evening Anderson, Erica, David G, Kira, CNN, and all you bloggers out there 🙂

    March 11, 2009 at 10:01 pm |
  42. Ken in NC

    Good evening Anderson, Erica, Randi, David G. and all Best Bloggers. What's in the works for tonight Anderson other than the Alamaba shooting?

    March 11, 2009 at 10:01 pm |
  43. Brandi- bottom of the boot

    goodevening everyone. too many mass shootings in the news tonite.

    March 11, 2009 at 10:00 pm |
  44. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    Hellooo Anderson, Erica, David G, David in IN, Brandi, Esma, Bea, BettyAnn, Rikki, Michelle D, Glen, EJ, Sean, Soldier in IRAQ, Ashley, Isabel, Chris S, Vanessa TX, Pati, Casey and best bloggers!!!!!
    Happy Wednesday........ What a night for me....
    Ouch!!!! wow!!! that is so sad for him....... so horrible!!!

    March 11, 2009 at 10:00 pm |
  45. vanessa from silver spring, MD

    Hey All! Hey Anderson, Erica, David G., Twitter/Facebook buddies, and the rest of the best bloggers in the world.

    March 11, 2009 at 10:00 pm |
  46. Rafael

    Hey Anderson and fellow bloogers.

    March 11, 2009 at 10:00 pm |
  47. Esma

    Hey, everyone: Anderson, Erica, David Gergen, all at AC360, the Facebook/Twitter Tribe and all the bloggers!

    I'm going to go ahead an guess that someone who kills nearly a dozen people in such a widespread area is (well, in his case, was) crazy. But I'm still curious as to his motive. I still can't fathom shooting children, that's just too hard to digest.

    March 11, 2009 at 10:00 pm |
  48. Isabel, Brazil

    Hey Anderson,
    Good evening!

    I wanted to give you the following feedback: is very good to have the AC360 producers’ blogging with us. Many times, I felt a lack of response of you and, in this way, I have been attended.

    Thanks and congratulations to be bringing more contents, more info, and more insight for us.

    Hello producers and bloggers!
    Evening for everyone…

    March 11, 2009 at 10:00 pm |
  49. Cindy

    Evening Anderson. So your out in LA all week?

    I don't feel too bad for these celebs losing money just like the rest.

    March 11, 2009 at 10:00 pm |
  50. Maren in Oregon

    Here we all are, together again. This is beginning to feel a little like the national "dinner table." Good Evening Anderson, Erica, Joe, Jack, Jill and bloggers all!

    March 11, 2009 at 10:00 pm |
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