September 30th, 2009
09:45 PM ET

Live Blog from the Anchor Desk 09/30/09

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A double dose of tragedy in the South Pacific. Another earthquake strikes.  Thousands of people are reportedly trapped. We'll take you inside the rescue effort.   Plus, a five-year-old takes on an alligator. A 40 pound boy versus an 800 pound gator. This kid isn't shy.

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  1. Patti Day

    Regardless of a plea bargain, Polanski had sex with a minor and he should be held accountable. Why should his status as a director make a difference?

    September 30, 2009 at 10:40 pm |
  2. Dodie - California

    @ Mike, Syracuse, NY

    Easier said than done. Living in close quarters... not nice big homes gives one less privacy! Its just too dangerous to do that...

    September 30, 2009 at 10:40 pm |
  3. Mike, Syracuse, NY

    Whoopie sure sounded like she was behind Polanski.

    September 30, 2009 at 10:39 pm |
  4. Eugenia - San Francisco

    it doesn't surprise me about another earthquake, sumatra is where i'm worried about.

    September 30, 2009 at 10:39 pm |
  5. chris

    great to see you joy

    September 30, 2009 at 10:39 pm |
  6. Krista-Wabash, IN

    No warning of an 8.3 earthquake would be horrible.
    My prayers go out to them.

    September 30, 2009 at 10:39 pm |
  7. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    Why is Randi Kaye trying to play down Polanski's guilt. Giving a "sliver" of a drug to a kid is still a criminal act and no matter what the judge did Polanski is still a scumbag pedophile and should be punished.

    September 30, 2009 at 10:39 pm |
  8. Michael J

    Polanski needs to be jailed. I am sick of stars getting preferential treatment. Bye bye Justice, cash is here.

    September 30, 2009 at 10:38 pm |
  9. Jim

    Kids or adults, homicide is homicide. It would be interesting to review why the homicide rate is so different country to country. The 2008 rates for the Olympic contending cities for homicide is: Tokyo 1:100,000; Madrid: 2:100,000, Chicago: 18:100,000, and Rio: 33:100,000.

    September 30, 2009 at 10:38 pm |
  10. Casey Jones - Palm Springs, CA

    Thank you for the clarification of the charges and the legal terms Whoopee and Anderson. If we want to blame anyone, we should be blaming the "sensational" judge who blew it, royally. I completely understand people coming to Polanski's defense at this point. I don't like any of this, but I get the point and I can't argue with it.

    September 30, 2009 at 10:38 pm |
  11. Damaris

    I can not believe the alderwomen has no or little idea what to do. I taught in a Chicago high school for many years and would often tell students that adults do not handle matters by hurting each other. Well, many kids would often say my parents do. They would also share, "if I fight, I better win or I'll get it when I get home." That strongly suggests the culture of many homes. Reeducate the parents on proper life skills and then the kids but don't ask for more police!

    September 30, 2009 at 10:37 pm |
  12. Collette

    Re: Kelly Swanson

    Absolutely. There is no hope for justice.

    September 30, 2009 at 10:36 pm |
  13. Dodie - California

    @ Jeff – Los Angeles

    These kids are raising themselves because their parent(s) have to work and there is little to no family support. So they find their own family (the gang)

    September 30, 2009 at 10:36 pm |
  14. David, Indiana

    @Isabel yes the overlap of storms and earthquakes is overwhelming.

    September 30, 2009 at 10:36 pm |
  15. Mike, Syracuse, NY

    Whoopie and the rest of the Hollywood crowd are all morally bankrupt.

    September 30, 2009 at 10:36 pm |
  16. Su from Fort Lee, NJ

    Social services, more police and longer school days are not the solution. How can you expect kids to respect others & value of a life when they don't respect themselves? Why – maybe b/c they've never been respected since they were little. Maybe they were told they are no good, they can't learn, they're trouble makers , there's no hope. And we expect them to change themselves with more violence & discipline?
    They have to learn to respect and value their own lives and talents – from school, teachers, parents, big brother/big sister, etc. You can't take a dying and diseased tree when roots have already rotted. It has to be nurtured as a tree is taking root...

    September 30, 2009 at 10:36 pm |
  17. Collette

    Polanski is no victim.

    September 30, 2009 at 10:35 pm |
  18. Michael J

    Talk about the cause of the tsunami in samoa and the earthquakes in Sumatra. Might want to investigate the krakatoa volcano. Last time all this happened it blew and killed 30,000 people.

    September 30, 2009 at 10:35 pm |
  19. Fred

    I work in Residential Life in a college campus in central New York. I have supervised a group of RAs for a few years now, and know that many residents complain about being sexiled. I wish this was a new phenomenon, however – incoming students continued to be focused on self more and more – and forget that they live in a community where their choices effect those around them. Many of these students are not willing to confront their roommate to resolve the situation – and instead look for rules to save them. I think these situations could be prevented if students took the opportunity to talk to each other, be open and honest, and consider, "how does my choice effect people around me."

    September 30, 2009 at 10:35 pm |
  20. Cessy, Chicago IL

    Anderson-yes, unfortunately THAT is the definition of a snitch... having to work with young children and adolescents who belong or affifliated with gangs, it is hard to understand why they would rather keep their mouth shut than help their peers who are in trouble...it seems that their loyalty is to the people who will never be there for them when times get tough. I,too, have a hard time understanding this....

    September 30, 2009 at 10:35 pm |
  21. Leesah

    I live in the Chicagoland area. I'm tired of our dollars being poured into these low income communities and NOTHING is being done with it. Instead of constantly asking for even more money, someone should ask what happened to the money that was already given to these communities? Did it reach to the community, if not why?

    September 30, 2009 at 10:34 pm |
  22. Dodie - California

    @ Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    Those kids do not care about any president. The parents are often afraid of their own kids.

    You have to have lived in an inner city high violence to know that.

    September 30, 2009 at 10:34 pm |
  23. Kelly Swanson- Harrisburg, PA

    The only reasons I can imagine there would be no tips is either people think nothing will be done to bring the killers to justice or they are too scared for their own safety.

    September 30, 2009 at 10:34 pm |
  24. Theresa, Des Moines

    If we want to be world leader in human rights, we can’t let Roman Polanski off the hook. Western nations recently chastised the Afghan government for passing a law that allowed Afghan men to rape their wives. How can we then say, it’s ok for a man to drug and rape a 13-year-old and then flee justice for over 30 years just because he’s wealthy, famous, talented, and troubled?

    September 30, 2009 at 10:34 pm |
  25. Heather - Spokane, WA

    Its obvious that the City of Chicago is not doing anything to stop the violence there, its especially obvious after that interview

    September 30, 2009 at 10:34 pm |
  26. Mike, Las Vegas

    @Mike, Syracuse, NY – Can you enumerate these supposed "extreme policies" that you claim the President is proposing? Or are you just repeating the talking points the right is using to gin up opposition to anything and everything the President says and does. Everything the President proposes is automatically labeled by the unhinged right as socialist/marxist/communist/nazi without any regard for the facts to the contrary.

    September 30, 2009 at 10:34 pm |
  27. Collette

    Like my friend says, we have to get to the youth on the inside; trying to change the violence from the outside, is too late.

    September 30, 2009 at 10:34 pm |
  28. Mike, Syracuse, NY

    @Dodie, people can always provide information on an anonymous basis. Until the people in these communities decide to cooperate with the law the situation will not improve. Their fate is in their own hands.

    September 30, 2009 at 10:33 pm |
  29. starr, formerly known as vincent

    The situation in Chicago with so many innocent children being killed is mind boggling.

    There HAS to be a way to address this situation.

    I can't believe the "don't snitch" has so much power over the citizens of Chicago, although i do understand that people do not want to be murdered themselves.

    However, people need to take their city back and start helping the Police...it's the only way.

    September 30, 2009 at 10:33 pm |
  30. Casey Jones - Palm Springs, CA

    @JoAnn...you hit the nail on the head. These kids don't have any self-respect to begin with, let alone respect for their lives and the lives of others. That's what they learn (I'm guessing) in music and videos.

    September 30, 2009 at 10:33 pm |
  31. Lauren--NY (@TheGrottoTweets)

    Anderson, part of the reason the people in the video may not have called 911 or otherwise tried to help is something called Bystander Effect–It's also called Diffusion of Responsibility, and is under the umbrella of what we consider "groupthink" or even "mob mentality." When a group of people watches a crime taking place, often no one calls for help. The primary three reasons are that 1. you automatically assume that someone else must have and your 911 call will just clutter things and get in the way, 2. you second-guess what you're seeing and you don't want to be the person who cried wolf, 3. the first thing we all do in a situation like this is to monitor the reaction of everybody else watching to see if*those* people are reacting as if the event is a crisis–since everybody is doing that, nobody picks up panic from anybody else. Bizarrely, the findings state that the more bystanders there are, the*less* likely it is that any one of them will help.

    September 30, 2009 at 10:33 pm |
  32. Gloria, Brooklyn, NY

    Good Evening Everyone!

    September 30, 2009 at 10:33 pm |
  33. Heather - Spokane, WA

    @Starr formerly known as Vincent

    I was at work at the time of that earthquake and it was so bad I could see the fire sprinklers shaking and the hanging lights that were on the ceiling were swinging so hard they could have went through the ceiling. I do worry that we get an earthquake big enough that it sparks Mt Rainier or Mt St Helens to erupt

    September 30, 2009 at 10:33 pm |
  34. Isabel Siaba, Brazil

    Good night Anderson and friends!
    I'm out of the transmission of AC360 today, unfortunately.

    See you tomorrow!

    September 30, 2009 at 10:33 pm |
  35. george k

    Anderson, perhaps a way to end the Stop Snitch problem is to charge some of the folks that are standing around watching with being accomplices to murder. Perhaps hiring a famous rapper to do a marketing campaign saying doing one's moral duty is not being a snitch, it is being honorable.

    September 30, 2009 at 10:32 pm |
  36. David, Indiana

    If it weren't for the credit crisis, the auto companies would have skyrocketting profits.

    If no one has called in in Chicago, how did they apprehend the four suspects they have in custody?

    I'm sorry but I didn't get how long from the start of the incident to the 911 call. How long was it?

    September 30, 2009 at 10:32 pm |
  37. Krista-Wabash, IN

    Hello Anderson! I am a huge fan of yours. I am excited about tonight's 360 report. I am devastated to hear of another quake in Indonesia. I hope you can cover on a lot of what's being done to help those people. Efficiency is key, on those of us who have much, to help those who are struggling.

    September 30, 2009 at 10:32 pm |
  38. Pam - San Diego, CA

    No tips and no call in's to the Police. Know why? because the gangs will settle it between each other. Like they have for years and years.

    September 30, 2009 at 10:32 pm |
  39. Jeff - Los Angeles

    Violence is a direct result of a loss of hope.

    You give these kids hope, you give them a way out, something to live up to and they will respond.

    When they don't have hope, there won't be change.


    September 30, 2009 at 10:32 pm |
  40. ericacnn

    not a single tip.
    so difficult to imagine.
    not one.

    September 30, 2009 at 10:32 pm |
  41. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    Great report by Gary, he always asks the important questions!

    September 30, 2009 at 10:32 pm |
  42. Dodie - California

    If you say something... its a good chance you will be killed

    September 30, 2009 at 10:32 pm |
  43. Minou, New York City

    I've seen grown men here in Harlem with Dont Snitch t-shirts.

    September 30, 2009 at 10:32 pm |
  44. Michael Silverman

    As a teacher in New York City, I see this type of violence constantly. Teenagers are constantly planning, discussing, and acting out violence against one another. Simply walking down the hall, one can overhear the conversation of who might be attacked later in the day. It is culturally acceptable in America for our teenagers to fight. It is not a random event. I'm actually shocked the media finds this so surprising. Where are you guys?

    September 30, 2009 at 10:32 pm |
  45. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    We need stop violence each other, too much trouble the teenagers!!! I think we need stop gangs hit, kick, or push down, are not acceptable violence our school.. Zero!!!!!

    September 30, 2009 at 10:32 pm |
  46. Cessy, Chicago IL

    @ Kelly S, PA-yesterday's earthquake was between 8.0-8.3 on the Richter scale...very very scary...

    September 30, 2009 at 10:31 pm |
  47. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    Obama should speak to the parents and the kids in his old stomping grounds. Maybe they will listen to him.

    September 30, 2009 at 10:31 pm |
  48. Dodie - California

    Anderson: Everyone is living in Fear!!!

    The snitch will be killed

    September 30, 2009 at 10:31 pm |
  49. Mike, Syracuse, NY

    Great point Anderson. If these people don't come forward what do they expect?

    September 30, 2009 at 10:31 pm |
  50. Minou, New York City

    Not a single tip???? I'm horrified by this.

    September 30, 2009 at 10:31 pm |
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