July 23rd, 2009
09:45 PM ET

Live Blog from the Anchor Desk 07/23/09

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Tonight, we have breaking news on the Michael Jackson death investigation. 360's Randi Kaye has uncovered what authorities took from Jackson's doctor's office in Houston. We also have new insight on Jackson's last days.

Want to know what else we're covering? Read EVENING BUZZ

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Filed under: Live Blog • T1
July 23rd, 2009
08:06 PM ET

Evening Buzz: Professor profiled? Cop fires back

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Jacob Smilovitz
AC360° Intern

We’ve got another big show tonight on the heels of the second installment of Black in America 2.

In Massachusetts, the police officer who arrested Harvard University Professor Henry Louis Gates Jr. is speaking out tonight and telling his side of the story. Sergeant James M. Crowley finds himself at the center of a heated debate over the state of race relations in this country. With Gates, a preeminent scholar on the topic of race in America, and even the President questioning his actions, Crowley says he will “never apologize” for the incident.

"That apology will never come from me as Jim Crowley, it won't come from me as sergeant in the Cambridge Police Department," Crowley told Boston radio station WEEI. "Whatever anybody else chooses to do in the name of the city of Cambridge or the Cambridge Police Department which are beyond my control, I don't worry about that. I know what I did was right. I have nothing to apologize for."

What do you think? Does Crowley owe Gates an apology?

Tonight, CNN contributor Roland Martin and Boyce Watkins, a Syracuse University Professor and the founder of YourBlackWorld.com, will share their thoughts on this story. And at the “Magic Wall”, Tom Foreman will break down the raw data, taking a closer look at the prevalence of racial profiling in America’s police departments.

In L.A,. new details are emerging in the mystery surrounding Michael Jackson’s death. This time they come from Rolling Stone magazine and their contributing editor Claire Hoffman, who will join us live tonight.


Filed under: 360° Radar • Michael Jackson • The Buzz
July 23rd, 2009
08:00 PM ET

Document: Search warrant for Jackson's Doctor

Dr. Conrad Murray was the cardiologist with Michael Jackson when he died on June 25. On Wednesday, detectives searched Murray's Houston, Texas office as part of the investigation into Jackson's death. Here is one of the warrants used in the search.

Click here to read the search warrant.

Filed under: Documents • Michael Jackson
July 23rd, 2009
07:59 PM ET

Documents: Closing the achievement gap

Harlem Children’s Zone, a Harlem based organization that helps needy minority children achieve success, has recently gained attention for the success of their Promise Acadamey charter schools. It was revealed in a Harvard study that the three schools, with extended school year and increased hours in the school day , have proven to close the black-white achievement gap in mathematics and reduce it in other subjects.

President and CEO, Geoffrey Canada is now directing his passions towards the fight against childhood obesity. Read the Harvard report below and tune in to Black in America 2 tonight at 8p ETand to AC360° tonight at 10p ET to hear details about Canada's recent community efforts.

Click here to read Harvard's findings

Filed under: Black in America • Documents
July 23rd, 2009
07:44 PM ET

Jackson’s executor, Sony discuss unreleased songs

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Brett Pulley

Michael Jackson’s executors are in talks with Sony Corp. to determine the ownership of about 100 unreleased songs and how they can be marketed.

The tracks are leftovers from the albums Jackson recorded for Sony, according to Rob Wiesenthal, chief financial officer of the Tokyo-based company’s U.S. operations. Most are owned by the late singer’s estate or Sony, he said.

“It will get worked out,” Wiesenthal said yesterday in an interview at a media conference in Pasadena, California, sponsored by Fortune magazine. “It will take time.”

Wiesenthal said he met yesterday with John McClain, a former music executive and friend and manager of the late singer, who died on June 25 in Los Angeles. McClain, who once headed urban music at DreamWorks, was named co-executor of the singer’s estate. The other, John Branca, was Jackson’s lawyer for much of the artist’s solo career.


Filed under: Michael Jackson
July 23rd, 2009
07:07 PM ET

Erin Andrews nude video is a sick crime; when will men grow up?

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Jerry Brewer
Seattle Times

As bad as I am at making predictions, I'd bet my career on one bit of soothsaying.

No one will ever peep into my hotel room and videotape me naked.

It just won't happen. If you're waiting for that shocker, go ahead and invite Sasquatch to your next dinner party, too.

I'm not Internet-ogling material. Too husky. Too male. Too fortunate.

Which brings me to ESPN reporter Erin Andrews, who's been victimized by a cowardly pervert. Someone actually peeped into her hotel room, taped her in the nude and put the recording on the Internet. It's a sad and sick incident that has the sports world abuzz, especially the blogosphere, and ultimately, a bunch of dudes dominate the chatter by feigning outrage or making light of an embarrassing situation that men can't possibly understand.

So instead of offering flimsy perspective, I went to KING 5 sports reporter Lisa Gangel and asked for her take. In some ways, Gangel is like Andrews: blonde, female and hoping to be respected rather than gawked. Seeing a colleague suffer struck Gangel on a personal level.

"It deflated me," Gangel said. "You never know what can happen, and in our profession, being so visible, you never know who's watching you. I'm very critical of women in sports because I'm very critical of myself. I'm always looking at them and wondering how I can improve to get to their level, or what I can do better than they do.


Filed under: 360° Radar • Gender and Politics
July 23rd, 2009
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July 23rd, 2009
05:02 PM ET

Cambridge police sergeant defends his actions

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Sgt. James Crowley, the police officer who arrested Harvard Professor Henry Louis Gates Jr. at his home, spoke out today on local talk radio, The Dennis and Callahan Morning Show. Here's some of what he had to say:

The reason I asked the professor to come outside was not, as some would suggest, because I knew I couldn’t arrest him in his house. I didn’t know who he was. I was by myself. I was the only police officer standing there and I got a report that were people breaking into a house. That was for my safety, because first and foremost, I have to go home at night. I have three beautiful children and a wife who depend on me. So I had no other motive other than to ensure my safety.  This  gentleman could either have been one of the people breaking in or he could've been the homeowner that was unaware that there were people his house unauthorized. I just didn’t know.

… That apology will ever come from me as Jim Crowley; it won’t come from me as sergeant of the Cambridge Police Department. Whatever anybody else chooses to do in the name of the city of Cambridge or the Cambridge Police Department is beyond my control. I know what I did was right. I have nothing to apologize for…

 …The second question is, "is there anybody in the home with you?" And again, my reasoning is not to get into his personal business, but he may not know that there are people broke into his house. I wanted know, is there anybody else here, are you here by yourself? And again, outward appearances, when I first laid eyes on the professor, to me, in my mind, I’m thinking, he doesn’t look like somebody who would break into a house. I wasn’t certain.  But his responses to my routine inquiry about, "could you step outside and talk to me?" My inquiry about, "is there anybody else in the residence?" The way – not just what he said to me, but the tone in which he said – just seemed very peculiar. Even more so now they know how educated he is.

Listen to the full interview here.

Read more about this story on CNN.

Filed under: 360° Radar
July 23rd, 2009
04:27 PM ET

Beat 360º 7/23/09

Ready for today's Beat 360°? Everyday we post a picture – and you provide the caption and our staff will join in too. Tune in tonight at 10pm to see if you are our favorite! Here is the 'Beat 360°' pic:

California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger speaks to reporters outside his office in Sacramento. (Photo by Max Whittaker/Getty Images)

Have fun with it. We're looking forward to your captions! Make sure to include your name, city, state (or country) so we can post your comment.

UPDATE: Check out our Beat 360° Winners!!!

Filed under: Beat 360° • T1
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