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July 31st, 2009
09:45 PM ET

Live Blog from the Anchor Desk 07/31/09

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There are stunning new allegations in the murder of a Florida couple. Were Byrd and Melanie Billings the victims of a murder for hire plot? Plus, the spotlight isn't just on Dr. Conrad Murray in the Jackson death investigation.

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  1. Nicole S. -- North Carolina

    The recession isn't over. Especially not when the Obama Administration is doling out $3 billion for people to buy new cars. The same amount could have been used to create some JOBS for all these umemployed citizens!!

    July 31, 2009 at 10:27 pm |
  2. Kathy Chicago

    TGIF! I'll believe the recession is over when the "fat lady sings".

    July 31, 2009 at 10:27 pm |
  3. Jacqueline, NY

    What people won't do for money... so sad.

    July 31, 2009 at 10:26 pm |
  4. Michelle D . Fonthill. Ont

    The gas prices are falling for a change that's improvemnt right there .

    July 31, 2009 at 10:26 pm |
  5. Sharon Hastings

    Yes, we have pythons down here in Florida. Fortunately I haven't seen one but I hear they are all over the Everglades because people who have had them for pets release them when they get too big and they breed like crazy in our climate. But I do see alligators once in awhile, other snakes, and recently a small bobcat walked across in my backyard.

    July 31, 2009 at 10:26 pm |
  6. Jasmine - Spokane, WA (Spoklahoma!)

    Ali Velshi!??! V$$!!!!!

    His reporting is brilliant......excited for his report!

    July 31, 2009 at 10:26 pm |
  7. Karin

    Hello Ali, your always so infomative.

    July 31, 2009 at 10:26 pm |
  8. Sandra T

    Michael also trusted the doctor that was medicading him, probably thought it was safer than overdosing on his own.

    July 31, 2009 at 10:25 pm |
  9. Tammy, Houma, LA

    Pythons, scary. And to think I freaked out yesterday because I found out the security officer in my complex had to kill two water snakes that were on the walkway.

    July 31, 2009 at 10:25 pm |
  10. Martina Ilstad Germany

    So maybe the same border problems for 3 American in Iran.By the wayn dont forget the 2 American journalist in North Korea.

    July 31, 2009 at 10:25 pm |
  11. Michelle D . Fonthill. Ont

    Yeah Ali is back to make sense of economy woes . I just got new job .Maybe things are better now .

    July 31, 2009 at 10:25 pm |
  12. Cynthia, NC

    I don't know if I can watch the snake report coming up.......I'm terrified of them! Snakes really, really creep me out!

    July 31, 2009 at 10:25 pm |
  13. Isabel, Brazil

    @ Erica

    Yes, it's very sad to think that the propofol was the only way MJ felt he could rest.

    July 31, 2009 at 10:25 pm |
  14. Gloria, Brooklyn, NY

    Hey, the money is on it way back in the economy. "It's back!"

    July 31, 2009 at 10:25 pm |
  15. tom

    It also produces the feeling of euphoria and is very adictive

    July 31, 2009 at 10:24 pm |
  16. Jasmine - Spokane, WA (Spoklahoma!)

    I love how people still don't understand that Pythons are WILD animals.....they don't belong as pets.....leave them alone...

    July 31, 2009 at 10:24 pm |
  17. Sam(antha), Boston MA

    This whole situation with Michael Jackson is just so depressing. I find it so odd that he would take Diprivan if he knew that it would not actually provide him with sleep but would only put him under. Is it possible that he did not know all of the facts about Diprivian prior to taking it? I've heard that he used to take Xanax and that didn't help him, but I cannot understand why he would decide to take Diprivan if it does not cause the person to actually have normal sleeping habits.

    The story about the pills in Florida is so sad as well. Prescription drug addiction really is such a huge problem in our society. My father was heavily addicted to Oxy Contin and was hardly around when I was growing up because he was trying to find ways to get his drug. It's terrible to see how these drugs can destroy someone's life.

    July 31, 2009 at 10:24 pm |
  18. Debra (pensacola, fl)

    I am ready for the python report..hopefully not in this part of Florida!!!

    July 31, 2009 at 10:24 pm |
  19. Michelle D . Fonthill. Ont

    I hope there are no pythons in studio tonight .OI wouldn't want to even touch those snakes they look so creepy .

    July 31, 2009 at 10:24 pm |
  20. Heidi

    What amazes me is why didn’t one of these doctors come forward to the family, Michael could still be alive.
    It is so sad he had to use this drug just to get some sleep!

    July 31, 2009 at 10:23 pm |
  21. Nicole S. -- North Carolina

    Mis-usage of prescription drugs is nothing new. For goodness sake, you can order prescription drugs online. Duh.

    July 31, 2009 at 10:23 pm |
  22. Farooq, MI

    YAY the recession is over! things ought to be in order when i graduate from college in 2010 =D

    July 31, 2009 at 10:23 pm |
  23. dean ny

    19 to names used to get prescribed drugs! How can that be when a major chain requires a dmv ID to pick up the controlled substance
    after you drop that prescription off when you pickup the drug

    100,000 bill at an alleged RX store how can that be is it not that alone a cherry red flag it it self

    July 31, 2009 at 10:23 pm |
  24. Suvro, AC360°

    Good evening bloggers!!! ali Velshi is here to talk about a new report...is the recession over?

    July 31, 2009 at 10:23 pm |
  25. Lisa

    Even more sad, Erica, the people surrounding him knew all about it. How could they put their heads on the pillow at night!

    July 31, 2009 at 10:22 pm |
  26. Sandra T

    Michael found something that worked for him, it was almost too discrete since it was not a patient prescribed medication. Maybe he thought it could go less detected.

    July 31, 2009 at 10:22 pm |
  27. Roberta Teer

    MJ used alias Omar Arnold? Isn't Omar the name Joe Jackson confirmed as "mystery" son of Michael?

    July 31, 2009 at 10:22 pm |
  28. David, Indiana

    @Isabel, Sorry, I meant to say bursting in my prev post.

    Does seem like Michael Jackson was looking for Propofol but whether or not that caused his death or he was even being administed that drug has yet to be established. Is that right?

    What drugs were prescribed by Dr. Metzger to Michael Jackson under one of those aliases, did those drugs have to do with any illness?

    July 31, 2009 at 10:21 pm |
  29. Isabel, Brazil

    David

    I also think it difficult to believe that Billings were involved in something illicit. The story of their life is so beautiful and full of love! 🙂

    July 31, 2009 at 10:21 pm |
  30. Gloria, Brooklyn, NY

    Good Evening Everyone!

    July 31, 2009 at 10:21 pm |
  31. Heather - Spokane, WA

    Wow, Florida is really in the news tonight......The Billings murders, the pythons loose there, and now the pill mills

    July 31, 2009 at 10:21 pm |
  32. Sandra T

    There are always corruption on every field if work but that does not mean you can never trust your own doctor.

    July 31, 2009 at 10:20 pm |
  33. Michelle D . Fonthill. Ont

    @Erica i agree that it was odd fo Micheal to want these drugs for sleep aids .They are not the same type of medecine it is very strange .

    July 31, 2009 at 10:20 pm |
  34. Carolyn

    good evening Anderson, yep it's friday, enjoying the show so far, thanks for being a keeping honest kinda guy.

    July 31, 2009 at 10:19 pm |
  35. cheryl

    When you dont get much sleep it can drive you nuts, i average about 3 hours a night so i understand how he felt

    July 31, 2009 at 10:19 pm |
  36. Michelle D . Fonthill. Ont

    The doctor should have given out sleep meds for his insomnia .Warm milk also helps for sleep aid .

    July 31, 2009 at 10:18 pm |
  37. Lisa

    How sad that these doctors who took an oath and yet for money they seem to forget about it. It makes you wonder about your own doctor.

    July 31, 2009 at 10:17 pm |
  38. cheryl

    The dr's should have said no.

    July 31, 2009 at 10:17 pm |
  39. ericacnn

    @Isabel – it is surreal...and as Jami said, so sad. What's also interesting is that this drug doesn't actually put you to sleep – it puts you under. Odd that - if this is the case - this was the only way MJ felt he could rest.

    July 31, 2009 at 10:17 pm |
  40. Isabel, Brazil

    @ Erica

    Thank God is Friday!
    Here (Brazil) is so cold and this is so unusual here. Only to worsen the flu ...
    In my city is 64.4F, but in the city of my cousin is 26.6F! Cold! 🙂

    July 31, 2009 at 10:17 pm |
  41. Michelle D . Fonthill. Ont

    How could the doctor give MJ those powerful drugs they did not belong in the home on ly in hospitals for surgery .

    July 31, 2009 at 10:17 pm |
  42. Donna Orsborn, Las Vegas, NV

    For Randi Kaye, I appreciate the Info that you've been giving out in LA concerning the Michael Jackson case.

    July 31, 2009 at 10:17 pm |
  43. Sona, Los Angeles

    Hi Anderson! We miss you in LA.

    July 31, 2009 at 10:17 pm |
  44. Lori

    How could doctor's support misuse of medications by a father?

    July 31, 2009 at 10:16 pm |
  45. Jacqueline, NY

    Hmm. I didn't doubt the nurse at all. She seemed rather sincere and upset to me about Michael's death. I believed her from the start.

    July 31, 2009 at 10:16 pm |
  46. Janel Apatoff

    No one has said what Mr. Billings job was. Did he own a business ? why would he have 100K in his house?

    July 31, 2009 at 10:16 pm |
  47. Kathy Chicago

    If MJ was trying so hard to get drugs, I find it hard to charge someone with murdering him.

    July 31, 2009 at 10:16 pm |
  48. cheryl

    all the painkillers cause insomnia

    July 31, 2009 at 10:16 pm |
  49. Michelle D . Fonthill. Ont

    Why would these robbers dress up like ninja's and practice the hit like that ? What is the reasoning behind the costumes any reasoning what so ever .

    July 31, 2009 at 10:16 pm |
  50. Janel Apatoff

    No one has said what Mr. Billings job was.Did he own a business ? why would he have 100K in his house?

    July 31, 2009 at 10:16 pm |
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