We have special coverage tonight of Michael Jackson's funeral. 70 days after his death the singer is finally being laid to rest. Family and friends are gathering at a cemetery in Glendale, California. We'll take you there.
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The Orange County Register
Terry Probyn took a brush to her daughter's blond hair and slowly combed through it – a tender ritual she had not performed in 18 years, when her girl, Jaycee Lee Dugard, was just 11.
Reunited with Jaycee last week in Northern California, Probyn got to play mother again to the girl who was snatched away from her – touching her hair, kissing her face, delighting at the sound of her voice.
Tina Dugard, Terry's sister and Jaycee's aunt, sat and watched – disbelief mingled with joy.
"I remember thinking, 'Wow, she's French-braiding Jaycee's hair for the first time in 18 years,' " Tina Dugard said.
The reunification of Terry Probyn with her daughter – and her interactions, for the first time, with Jaycee's two daughters, 11 and 15 – played out in private as the chilling tale of Jaycee's alleged abductor, Phillip Craig Garrido, seized headlines worldwide.
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Tonight we'll have live coverage of Michael Jackson's funeral. It starts at 10pm ET. A lot of big stars will be there. We'll have all the details. And, we'll also have the latest developments on the death investigation. Last week, the coroner announced he ruled Jackson's death a homicide.
We also have the uproar over the speech Pres. Obama plans to give school children next Tuesday. According to the White House the focus will be on the importance of education and staying in school. But some republicans say the address is all part of a political agenda to indoctrinate students. Some parents have threatened to keep their children out of school that day. What do you think of the planned speech? An important message or propaganda?
And, a family torn apart is reunited. We have new insight on the homecoming for Jaycee Dugard. Police say she was held captive for 18 years by Phillip Garrido, who is the father of her two children. Tonight new allegations have surfaced against Garrido. The new twists and turns in the story tonight on 360°.
Join us for these stories and more starting at 10pm ET. See you then!
Michael Jackson will be interred this evening inside the Great Mausoleum on the grounds of Forest Lawn cemetery in Glendale, California. The service will be private, but we'll have full coverage from outside the cemetery starting at 10 p.m. ET.
The massive mausoleum, which is normally open to tourists, was closed today in preparation for the funeral. A security guard blocking its entrance said it would reopen to the public on Friday.
Fans of Clark Gable, Carole Lombard and dozens of other celebrities buried on the grounds have flocked to Forest Lawn-Glendale for decades, but Jackson may outdraw them all. Security guards - aided by cameras - keep a constant vigil over the graves and crypts, which are surrounded by a world-class collection of art and architecture. It is still unclear whether or not tourists will be allowed to visit Jackson's resting place.
Check out these photos of the Great Mausoleum.
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Tonight Michael Jackson will be buried during a private service at the Forest Lawn cemetery in Glendale, California. Only his family and closest friends will attend the burial, but we'll have live coverage of the event outside of the cemetery starting at 10 p.m. ET.
He was lauded and ridiculed. He broke down barriers and built them around himself. He soared to heights unimaginable with his music, and he made the ignominious front page of gutter tabloids worldwide. For Michael Jackson, the spotlight was always present, and the rest of the world followed.
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California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger lifts a charred dumbbell as U.S. Rep. Adam Schiff and California State Insurance Commissioner Steve Poizner look on while touring homes that were burned by the Station Fire September 3, 2009 at Vogel Flats near Tujunga, California.
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I thought long and hard about whether to go on CNN tonight and once again talk about my late friend Michael Jackson. Months ago when he died, I did a flurry of interviews, mostly on CNN and with Larry King and got a lot of positive feedback for some of the things I said about Michael. Viewers wrote to me in droves via email, facebook, and twitter; there were grateful that I had “humanized” him. It was natural to me to re-collect Michael more as a friend – I knew him from when I was just a kid on through my college years, my first few years out in the working world, getting married and becoming a father – rather than try to analyze the pendulum of his career from iconic rock-star to scandal plagued celebrity. I was close to him as he endured both phases and what was remarkable was that he stayed largely the same guy underneath, staggeringly intelligent and wildly irreverent, deeply spiritual but quintessentially cynical. Michael was cool, but he was also conflicted. He was forever a contradiction, a creative visionary that wanted to heal the world, but could barely keep his own life together.
Part of the reason I was ambivalent about going on TV tonight was because I’m not attending the memorial service/burial today in which he is finally being laid to rest. The reasons for that were various. To tick off a few: frankly because it’s really weird to me that he died 2.5 months ago and still had not been buried (in the Hindu tradition, the body must be disposed off within two days, and not that I am even very Hindu, but come on…); because I sensed the service would be more of the same – a circus of attention seekers and media – and I didn’t really want to be a part of it; and because, well, I don’t think I was really invited by his family or lawyers or post-death entourage, whoever is running the show. I’m not surprised, nor disappointed. I was good friends with Michael, not his parents nor many siblings, not his wonderful children, nor the many in his entourage who always seemed to be around, and appear just as plentiful and voracious in his death. On the former (the family), this has no doubt been a conflicted time for them as well. When I was with him the last few years, Michael intimated a deep respect for many of the members of his family, but he didn’t profess a real intimacy with them in recent times. He loved his brothers deeply but he didn’t ache to re-establish the famous fraternity the world once knew. Then again, what do I know?