September 29th, 2009
04:01 PM ET

Beat 360° 9/29/09

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:

Libyan leader Moammar Ghadhafi and Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez sit in a car in Porlamar, Margarita Island, in northwestern Venezuela, on September 28, 2009.

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.



Mike Roselli

"The Axle of Evil."


Conrad, Toronto, Canada

"Dude, where’s my cartel?"

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Filed under: Beat 360° • T1
September 29th, 2009
03:57 PM ET

Cops: Meth mobile uncovered


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Gabriel Falcon
AC360° Writer

An Ohio man is under arrest after allegedly turning his car into a mobile lab for making methamphetamine.

“He had everything he needed to make meth,” said Lt. Scott Denniss of the North Canton Police Department. “Right there in one little tub of goodies.”

According to police, Aaron Broadwater, 23, was driving with a friend when he was pulled over for a routine traffic stop. Lt. Denniss said the officer received permission to search Broadwater’s Ford Focus. The officer “found big heavy duty containers full of chemicals normally used to make meth,” Lt. Denniss told CNN.

Authorities said a more thorough search uncovered more evidence of a portable drug factory. “They had fuel, lye, diet pills, pretty much you name it, “ Lt. Denniss said. “They had a hot plate to cook it in, and empty capsules to put the powder in.”

Lt. Denniss said the capsules are normally sold for around $20 a piece.


Filed under: Crime & Punishment • Gabe Falcon
September 29th, 2009
03:44 PM ET

Victim: Courts did more harm than Polanski

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Ann O'Neill

The events of a single afternoon when she was 13 years old have haunted Samantha Geimer her entire life. A famous movie director allegedly gave her champagne and had sex with her.

She is 45 now, and wishes the whole matter would just go away. The arrest of Roman Polanski in Switzerland over the weekend makes that highly unlikely. Geimer is back in the news in connection with the infamous 1977 California sex case, whether she likes it or not.

It should have ended three decades ago, when Polanski pleaded guilty to a single count of unlawful sexual intercourse with a minor. He would have been given credit for time served while undergoing an evaluation and placed on probation.

But Polanski fled the country before sentencing, fearing the judge would back out of the plea bargain and sentence him to prison.

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Filed under: Crime & Punishment • Film
September 29th, 2009
02:01 PM ET

Ladies & Gentlemen: Bobby Shields

Bobby Shields & son.

Michael Schulder
CNN Senior Executive Producer

As I was planning my father's memorial service for today I called his good friend and fellow comedian Freddie Roman, to arrange for a room at New York's traditional show business mecca – The Friar's Club. I told Freddie I needed a DVD player so the guests could watch some of my father's old performances. "We'll get a BIG screen," Freddie said, "so he doesn't look too short."

"I'm 5-foot-five," my father used to tell the audience. "That's after teasing my hair." But, according to my father, Bobby Shields, short people had many advantages over tall people. Women should prefer short guys like him, he said. "Big, tall guys sweat a lot. With me, a little talcum powder, I'm good for the week." I cleaned that line up a touch. But not much. My father was a very clean comic. I can't remember him ever uttering a dirty word, on stage or off.

I spent some time thinking about what image most defined my father. And then it came to me: a sweat-drenched tuxedo shirt. I watched his show hundreds of times when I was growing up. And every time I went back stage, after the show, the tuxedo shirt he worked in was soaking wet. It didn't matter if he was performing for 2,500 people or 25. He worked just as hard no matter what size the audience. He soaked every one of his shirts.

That effort, that energy, that sweat, helped explain what made it possible for Bobby Shields to go from a poor shoeshine boy in East Harlem to a successful stand-up comic. He wasn't a big name. But he got big laughs. And he made a good enough living to enable my warm, vibrant, devoted mother to be a stay-at-home mom for me, their only child.


Filed under: Michael Schulder
September 29th, 2009
11:59 AM ET

Michelle Obama Vows to "Take No Prisoners" in Olympic Bid

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Ed Henry
CNN Senior White House Correspondent

First Lady Michelle Obama vowed Monday to "take no prisoners" as she and her husband launch an unprecedented bid for Chicago's 2016 Olympic bid, comparing the intense lobbying effort to the 2008 presidential campaign.

"It's a battle - we're going to win - take no prisoners," Mrs. Obama said with a smile at a roundtable discussion with reporters in the State Dining Room.
Mrs. Obama noted that in the campaign a lot of voters made their decision in the final days, and members of the International Olympic Committee may do the same.

"And our view is, we're not taking a chance," she said. "We're just not going to assume that the bids - that the decisions are made, and so that no matter what the outcome is, we'll feel as a country, as a team, that we've done everything that we can to bring it home."

Along those lines the White House confirmed that on Thursday night President Obama will fly to Copenhagen, where the International Olympic Committee will be reviewing bids from several countries on Friday, the first time that an American president will personally lobby the IOC in this manner for a U.S. victory. Mrs. Obama arrives on Wednesday with White House senior adviser Valerie Jarrett and other top aides.

"What a dynamic duo they will be," said Jarrett. "I think it will be high impact, I think their presentation will be both very personal, given that they know and love Chicago so well."

Mrs. Obama added that she and Vice President Joe Biden have also been lobbying IOC members by telephone in recent days in order to try and land the Olympics for her home city, and she plans a packed schedule once she lands in Denmark. "I think I'm talking to everybody," she said of the dozens of IOC members who will decide the victor.

Mrs. Obama will also make a formal presentation to the IOC, before the President makes his own pitch on Friday. "We're each going to do our own proposal," said Mrs. Obama. "I think we have as good a chance as any country."

She joked, however, that there are limits to how far they will work together. "We're not going to do a joint poem together," Mrs. Obama said with a laugh.
But she also revealed a story that suggests she's taking the lobbying very seriously by noting that at the G-20 Summit in Pittsburgh she sat next to the First Lady of Brazil, one of the nations submitting a rival bid.

"I adore her but I said, 'You know, I'm going to hug you now and then I'm going after you in Copenhagen,'" Mrs. Obama recalled with a laugh. "And she said, 'You too.' So gloves are off."

Filed under: 360° Radar • Michelle Obama • Olympics
September 29th, 2009
11:45 AM ET

Financial Dispatch: Consumers less confident

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Gene Bloch
CNN New York Managing Editor

A weed sprung up among those “green shoots” this morning. Consumer confidence declined unexpectedly in September, raising concerns about how retailers will fare this holiday season. The Conference Board’s index fell to 53.1 from a revised 54.5 in August. Economists were looking for a reading of 57. "Consumers remain quite apprehensive about the short-term outlook and their incomes," said Lynn Franco, director of the Conference Board Consumer Research Center. "With the holiday season quickly approaching, this is not very encouraging news."

The news on housing this morning is more encouraging. For a third straight month, home prices increased in July, according to the S&P Case-Shiller index. That measure of prices in 20 cities rose 1.6 percent in July from the previous month. Prices are down 13.3 percent year-over-year, but that was a smaller decline than expected.

Stock prices are slightly lower in the early going today – one year ago today the Dow Industrial Average suffered its worst point-decline in history, down nearly 778 points, as the financial crisis deepened.

How safe is your money in the bank? Bank accounts are insured up to $250,000 by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, but after nearly 100 bank failures this year alone, the FDIC needs to be replenished. What the best way to do that? Refilling those coffers is the subject of a FDIC board meeting today in Washington. The Wall Street Journal reports the FDIC will propose that banks pay their fees upfront for the next three years to restock the FDIC’s insurance fund.

But with the banking industry still reeling from the financial crisis—is this the right time to hit them up for that kind of cash? Poppy Harlow reports in today’s Breakdown.


Filed under: Economy • Finance • Gas Prices • Gene Bloch
September 29th, 2009
10:58 AM ET
September 29th, 2009
10:52 AM ET

Suspect admits role in beating death of Chicago teen

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Mallory Simon

One of the suspects accused of killing an honor student in a beating captured on tape in Chicago has admitted to jumping on the victim's head after he was already lying on the ground, said a spokeswoman for the Cook County State's Attorney.

In the videotaped confession, 19-year-old Silvanus Shannon also said that the victim, Derrion Albert, never struck him, said the spokeswoman, Tandra Simonton.

Three teens arrested in Albert's death - Silvanus Shannon, 19; Eric Carson, 16; and Eugene Riley, 18 - were seen on the videotape attacking Albert, and were charged with first degree murder and held without bail, Simonton said. Monday night authorities said they charged a fourth suspect, 17-year-old Eugene Bailey, with murder.

On Monday during the bond hearing, prosecutors described how the street fight escalated from a dispute between two factions at Albert's high school to a beating that left the honor student dead.

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Filed under: Crime & Punishment
September 29th, 2009
10:15 AM ET

Morning Buzz: Job scams?

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Eliza Browning
AC360° Associate Producer

One year ago, the Dow Industrial Average suffered its biggest point drop ever. Now stocks seem to be picking up again, but the economic recession has hit everyone over the past year. The nation’s unemployment rate inched up to 9.7 percent in August and very few industries have been spared from job losses. But if you were an out-of-work executive desperate to find a job, an executive recruiting service said they had an answer. Hope was being sold through the doors of this particular company which promised plenty of opportunities for formerly high-flying executives. On the outside it appeared to be the most successful recruiting company in the Midwest. But it was almost too good to be true – which is why it’s hard to believe so many high-end executives fell for this scam. Tune in tonight for Drew Griffin’s report.

President Obama will fly to Copenhagen on Thursday, where the International Olympic Committee will be reviewing bids from several countries on Friday. Obama will be pushing for his hometown, Chicago, which could bring in close to $20 billion if it hosts the games. But we’re digging deeper on a larger issue facing the Windy City today. Four teenagers have been charged with the murder of Derrion Albert, a 16-year-old whose videotaped beating death has sparked renewed outrage over the violence among youth in Chicago. Thirty-four public school students were killed during the school year last year. Should public officials be focusing on curbing violence and helping Chicago’s students rather than attracting the Olympics? We’ll be following up on this story tonight.


Filed under: Eliza Browning • The Buzz
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