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July 8th, 2009
10:08 PM ET

Live Blog from the Anchor Desk 7/8/09

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The memorial service is over, but there are new twists in the investigation surrounding Michael Jackson’s death. There’s also word tonight that the Jackson family tried an intervention to get Michael to stop using drugs. Overseas, President Obama is meeting with the world’s economic powers in Italy for the G8 conference where the global financial crisis is taking center stage. Weigh in on these and other stories.

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  1. Tammy, Houma, LA

    Anything crazy to make a buck off this, I guess. Just so there are no skydiving Michael Jacksons jumping in tandem at some point...

    Good night all.

    July 8, 2009 at 10:58 pm |
  2. Imani G.

    An hour already oh well .. to all a good night

    July 8, 2009 at 10:58 pm |
  3. Jim

    I am afraid that they will never let MJ rest in peace or leave his kids alone

    July 8, 2009 at 10:58 pm |
  4. Gloria, Brooklyn, NY

    Good night and sleep tight!

    July 8, 2009 at 10:58 pm |
  5. Jacqueline, NY

    Just 50k? Lunch money

    July 8, 2009 at 10:58 pm |
  6. Krasi

    I don't know who is crazier, the people who come up with these things or the people buying them...

    July 8, 2009 at 10:58 pm |
  7. Chris Sosa - Boston, MA

    Goodnight, everyone. Catch you guys tomorrow.

    July 8, 2009 at 10:58 pm |
  8. michael armstrong sr.

    these guys with the cheetoes and toast need help.

    July 8, 2009 at 10:57 pm |
  9. Chris Sosa - Boston, MA

    I see Michael in that marble slab! Knew I was a fan... but wow.

    July 8, 2009 at 10:57 pm |
  10. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    Good night Anderson, Erica, David G, Ed Henry and my friend twitter/facebook bloggers!!!!!!!
    Have a great night and sleep tight everyone!!!! 😀
    See you on Friday night!!!!

    Anderson,
    Have a great night, good sleep at home after work!!!! See you Friday night!!! Have a plenty sleep! 😀

    July 8, 2009 at 10:57 pm |
  11. Cessy, Chicago

    I'd rather see you Anderson do a moonwalk!

    Goodnight! 😀

    July 8, 2009 at 10:57 pm |
  12. Isabel, Brazil

    toast? So we can not take seriously, guys! lol...

    July 8, 2009 at 10:57 pm |
  13. starr formerly known as vincent

    Thank you and good night Anderson, Erica & Team 360.

    Good night fellow bloggers too. Thanks to Lori IL and Jasmine for your comments. You are right on about the selling children and gun availability.

    MJ memorabilia – i'm shocked!Anderson, the face on the marble, you don't want to see it.

    July 8, 2009 at 10:57 pm |
  14. Tiffany

    It's crazy to see how many people are willing to sell their Michael Jackson memorabilia. You would think people would want to keep pictures, albums, autographs, etc. to remember the great man he is. People are so concerned about making a quick buck. Such a shame.

    July 8, 2009 at 10:56 pm |
  15. Minou, New York City

    Im looking forward to the Ghana show!

    July 8, 2009 at 10:55 pm |
  16. eleanor coombs, ga.

    Folks, we got to give it to Anderson and Erica, they leave no stone unturned. Til tomorrow.......

    July 8, 2009 at 10:55 pm |
  17. Karen (Lincoln NE)

    Oo. I didn't realize Anderson would be in Africa too. AWESOME.

    July 8, 2009 at 10:55 pm |
  18. Lori from IL

    Wow - another fast hour of news!

    Good show tonight, Anderson - Godspeed on your trip to Ghana.

    Good night, Fellow Bloggers and Erica - enjoy chatting tonight.

    Until tomorrow night .... peace

    July 8, 2009 at 10:55 pm |
  19. Alexa

    It is sad, for people like me, that we truly appreciate MJ for the person he was, now after his death. I hope that he lives on forever.

    July 8, 2009 at 10:55 pm |
  20. Niwat, Chicago

    HI AC, AC360 and chatters,

    Micheal Jackson's accomplishment as an artist being it performer, singer has proved that he will be revered in a hall of fame legendary entertainer of the 20th century. what a fallen of star in the music industry. RIP, Micheal Jackson.

    July 8, 2009 at 10:55 pm |
  21. Heather - Spokane, WA

    A moonwalking Cheeto.......what the..........?

    July 8, 2009 at 10:55 pm |
  22. Cessy, Chicago

    Great to see you Anderson and Erica! Good night to all of you wonderful bloggers! see you all tomorrow!

    Be safe!

    July 8, 2009 at 10:55 pm |
  23. Nattada, Houston TX

    Well, good night Anderson and everyone.
    Good show tonight.

    Have a safe trip and good time in Africa, Anderson and the team.

    Sweet dreams all.

    July 8, 2009 at 10:55 pm |
  24. BettyAnn,Nacogdoches,TX

    I have the original 45 of MJ's I'll Be There I'll sell someone for a hefty sum. ok I'll throw in the swamp land.
    Have a peaceful evening~

    July 8, 2009 at 10:54 pm |
  25. Grace

    ohh that's so sad i have a dog and i could never imagine having dogs fight for entertainment

    July 8, 2009 at 10:54 pm |
  26. Imani G.

    @michael: his name is not blankit that is just a nickname i believe his name is Prince Micheal II

    July 8, 2009 at 10:54 pm |
  27. Krasi

    All those out there who keep throwing negative comments against Michael Jackson are either jealous, just really angry at people or simply bored with life. Regardless of him being an entertainer, he was a great humanitarian. If you do not get the message in his songs, e.g. the Earth song, Man in the Mirror, Heal the World, and be inspired to do something good for someone else, be it a family member, a neighbor, or another country, then there is seriously something missing deep inside you!

    July 8, 2009 at 10:54 pm |
  28. Isabel, Brazil

    @ Nancy

    It is difficult to measure and understand the desperation of a person ... whatever their age!

    Often young people get lost with so many possibilities ahead 🙂

    July 8, 2009 at 10:54 pm |
  29. Norma Labno

    Hi Anderson: I want to comment on Sarah Palins resignation as
    gov. well over 1 year before her first term as Gov. of Alaska is completed!

    First and foremost – I want to say safe and fruitful trip to Africa with
    President Obama!!!

    It is my greatest hope that it is not Sarah Palin's intention to be here,
    there, and everywhere – in the lower 48 – in an attempt to further her
    possible personal goal of influencing current Republican policies;
    even to the extent of successfully running for office in 2010 or 2012!
    (Doesn't seem possible, but with Sarah Palin, anything seems to be
    possible!!!)

    A more practical and viable course would be to accept a position as
    a journalist for Fox News, accept Speaking Invitations coming her
    way, and otherwise make money to cover her legal expenses and
    probably become a wealthy woman. (At least, in that case, those of
    us who utterly disagree with her policies can go our own way without
    seeing her constantly on tv and our computers as we can change
    channels and otherwise GO OUR OWN WAY!)

    July 8, 2009 at 10:53 pm |
  30. Tammy, Houma, LA

    These kids are lucky they have strong family to help them. The loss of a parent is never filled, though, by another. Every major and minor event always has this empty spot where that parent should have physically been. It gets better, but it never goes away completely. My prayers are with them.

    July 8, 2009 at 10:53 pm |
  31. Minou, New York City

    @ Beth – Dr Klein said he donated sperm at one point in his life, but not specifically for MJ. He also said MJs light skin color was wholly contributed to a skin disease.

    July 8, 2009 at 10:53 pm |
  32. Sharon

    The McNair situaton is so sad because he was a married man and cheating had caused him his life.

    July 8, 2009 at 10:52 pm |
  33. Jacqueline, NY

    Time flies when you're having fun. Goodnight!

    July 8, 2009 at 10:52 pm |
  34. Krasi

    OOO gosh, those Italians and their women 🙂

    July 8, 2009 at 10:52 pm |
  35. BettyAnn,Nacogdoches,TX

    yay! Stop dog fighting! Tailwags for that report!

    July 8, 2009 at 10:52 pm |
  36. Sharon Hastings

    What? The CIA concealed information? I'm shocked.

    July 8, 2009 at 10:52 pm |
  37. Cessy, Chicago

    Sounds like we underestimated MJ. I hope and pray that people esp. the media will give these children respect and space in the days and years to come.

    July 8, 2009 at 10:52 pm |
  38. starr formerly known as vincent

    We (family & friends) are most grateful that MJ's children will likely stay with their extened family. it would seem the best thing for them.

    July 8, 2009 at 10:52 pm |
  39. Jasmine

    CIA director testifies....talk about transparency. 😮

    July 8, 2009 at 10:52 pm |
  40. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    Erica,
    Thanks for coverage of Paris and Prince for your report, Nice job!

    July 8, 2009 at 10:52 pm |
  41. Isabel, Brazil

    @ Anderson

    At the time of the election of Pres. Obama, Africa celebrated the victory of Pres. so excited. I’m anxious to see how will be your vision on it, finally the vision of an American journalist.

    Good luck, my friend!

    July 8, 2009 at 10:51 pm |
  42. Jolene, St. Joseph, MI

    It kind of makes you wonder why MJ didn't name Janet Jackson to take care of his children in his will vs. his mother or Diana Ross.

    July 8, 2009 at 10:51 pm |
  43. Chris Sosa - Boston, MA

    As Erica said, Janet really seems to be the rock right now. I've always gotten the idea she was one of the most grounded members of the family, and her kind yet assuring way with Jackson's kids seemed to prove it.

    July 8, 2009 at 10:51 pm |
  44. Charles M. D. Jacksonville

    Thanks Anderson, and Erica...for the excellent manner in which you
    along with Larry King and the CNN news team covered the MJ Memorial with the respect it deserved. The Paris Jackson brief but
    beautiful little eulogy was tear jerking.....it did remind us that he was simply a "Daddy" too. The music industry will not be the same in many
    ways as I am sure Lisa Marie Presley can relate to...and also with Paris on the segment you are showing on air right now. I hope the
    news coming in the days ahead will be less tragic and something more can be offered to other "icons" who are suffering the same condition or addiction. Doesn't the industry have support groups and
    outreach arms such as the Grammys' Music Cares, etc.?

    July 8, 2009 at 10:51 pm |
  45. Krasi

    Starr, as outrageous as it sounds, there are parents, yes parents, who would sell one of their children for money to support the rest of the family. That's one main way to support the "commodity" in the human trafficking business.

    July 8, 2009 at 10:51 pm |
  46. Jacqueline, NY

    the memorial yesterday was so sad. It brought my family and me to tears.

    July 8, 2009 at 10:50 pm |
  47. michael armstrong sr.

    the need to change blankits name the name is kida stange for a good kid .

    July 8, 2009 at 10:50 pm |
  48. eleanor coombs, ga.

    Nicely done Erica.

    July 8, 2009 at 10:50 pm |
  49. Lori from IL

    @Nancy - not sure age has anything to do with committing murder/suicide - some people are just "sick"

    July 8, 2009 at 10:50 pm |
  50. Karen (Lincoln NE)

    Paris has amazing eyes.

    July 8, 2009 at 10:49 pm |
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