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A modern-day grave digging case has been uncovered in Chicago. Employees at an historic cemetery in one of the city’s suburbs allegedly dug up more than 100 graves as part of an off-the-books scheme to resell burial plots to unsuspecting customers. How did they get away with that? Many prominent African Americans, such as lynching victim Emmett Till, blues legend Dinah Washington and some Negro League baseball players, were buried in the famous cemetery.
And Chicago residents have seen a rash of violence plague their Windy City over the past year. We’ve been following reports of crime and shootings closely – on July 4th there were approximately 22 to 63 incidents of gunfire and eight deaths. Why is there so much bloodshed in this city? And how are people in Chicago dealing with the crime? Dr. Sanjay Gupta visited an ER in the city recently to see how the hospital staff is coping with the large numbers of victims of this unabated violence. Within minutes of his arrival, two people showed up to the ER with gunshot wounds. The doctors told him this was just a ‘routine’ night. Check out his report from inside the ER tonight.
As demonstrations continue in Iran over the recent election, today marks the tenth anniversary of the country’s student protests. In 1999, students speaking out against the regime shut down a reformist newspaper and were beaten and arrested in a bloody government crackdown. Today, an estimated 2,000 to 3,000 people crowded the streets in Tehran to commemorate the anniversary. Iranian pro-government Basij militia members dispersed the crowds – sometimes with force – according to people on the scene. We’ll bring you the latest on the situation.
President Obama and his G8 buddies agreed to work to reduce global warming today. They’re also reaching out to leaders from ‘up-and-coming’ economies (Brazil, China, India, Mexico, South Africa and Egypt) to urge them to tackle global warming as well. Is it just me or does this distinction make it sound like the world has been divided up into varsity and junior varsity leagues?
President Obama is also expected to push for further international financial stimulus packages at the summit today – yet another sign that the economic crisis is still a major concern for the global economy.
And Randi Kaye will bring us the latest on the investigation into Michael Jackson’s death. This case seems to get more complicated by the day. The Los Angeles county coroner’s office has drawn up a list of doctors who treated Jackson and will question them about the medications they prescribed to the star. The exact cause of his death is pending results from a toxicology report – which are expected to be released in the next couple of weeks.
Yesterday we learned from two sources close to the family that Jackson’s sister, Janet, was so worried after visiting the emaciated singer in 2007 that she tried to stage an intervention with assistance from her brothers. Randi is digging deeper on all of the details – including more about his children and where he might be buried.
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