October 14th, 2009
10:02 PM ET

Concerns and optimism over Jaycee Dugard's exclusive photos

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David Puente
AC360° Producer

I briefly spoke to Ed Smart today, father of Elizabeth Smart who was held in captivity for nine months before being rescued.

I called him for tonight’s segment with Anderson which, among other things, takes a look at the People Magazine exclusive pictures of Jaycee Dugard. Her family spokesperson said they released the exclusive photos as a way of letting everyone know that she and her family are doing well and that there is hope for the future.

Jaycee appears smiling and happy in all of them and tells People she wants “to thank everyone for their support.”

In one shot she’s on a horse that she rides as part of her therapy in order to foster trust. Her daughters, mother Terry, and sister Shayna also ride and are part of the People spread. We don’t see the faces of her daughters – Angel and Starlit, allegedly fathered by Phillip Garrido – they are instead photographed from behind.

I also spoke to Dr. Judith Cohen in Pittsburgh for the same segment. She’s a child psychiatrist and trauma specialist, and medical director of the Center for Traumatic Stress at Allegheny General Hospital. She analyzed some of the photos for me.


Filed under: David Puente • Jaycee Dugard
October 14th, 2009
09:45 PM ET

Live Blog from the Anchor Desk 10/14/09

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We have breaking news on the fate of Rush Limbaugh's NFL bid to buy the St. Louis Rams. Plus, the governor of Texas responds to accusations his state executed an innocent man. And, why Sen. John Ensign could be facing a federal investigation due to his extramarital affair. It's part of our special series – "Politicians Behaving Badly."

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

Scroll down to join the live chat during the program. It's your chance to share your thoughts on tonight's headlines. Keep in mind, you have a better chance of having your comment get past our moderators if you follow our rules.

Here are some of them:

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5) Watch your language (keep it G-rated; PG at worst - and that includes $#&*)

Filed under: Live Blog • T1
October 14th, 2009
08:36 PM ET

Evening Buzz: Limbaugh's NFL Dream Sacked

Maureen Miller
AC360° Writer

Rush Limbaugh's effort to buy a stake in the Saint Louis Rams is over. The controversial radio talk show host was supposed to be a limited partner in a group that wanted to buy the NFL team. Though, the head of that group now says Limbaugh will have no part in the bid.

"It has become clear that his involvement in our group has become a complication and a distraction to our intentions; endangering our bid to keep the team in Saint Louis, " the head of the group Dave Checketts said in a statement tonight.

As we mentioned earlier this week on 360°, Limbaugh's involvement had run into opposition within the NFL due to his past remarks about African-Americans in general and some black NFL players.

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell expressed doubts yesterday when he said Limbaugh's "divisive comments are not what the NFL is all about." Also Tuesday, Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay said he would vote against a bid that involved Limbaugh. Keep in mind: any bid needs three-quarters of existing owners to agree.

What do you think of the Limbaugh dismissal? Sound off below.

Tonight on 360°, former ESPN anchor Stephen A. Smith weighs in on the move – along with the Rev. Al Sharpton who called on the NFL to block a Limbaugh bid.

We will also bring you an exclusive report on the sweat lodge ceremony that ended in the death of two people in Arizona last weekend. Gary Tuchman shows us what the ancient ritual is all about and he has new details on investigation.

Plus, for the first time, you'll see what Jaycee Duggard looks like after 18-years in captivity. Erica Hill reports on how Jaycee and her two children are doing now that she's reunited with her family.

Join us for these stories and more starting at 10pm ET. See you then!

Filed under: Maureen Miller • The Buzz
October 14th, 2009
08:08 PM ET

Executions Under Investigation

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The Innocence Project

The Innocence Project is a non-profit legal clinic affiliated with the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law at Yeshiva University and created by Barry C. Scheck and Peter J. Neufeld in 1992. The project is a national litigation and public policy organization dedicated to exonerating wrongfully convicted people through DNA testing and reforming the criminal justice system to prevent future injustice. As a clinic, law students handle case work while supervised by a team of attorneys and clinic staff.

To find out more information on other cases...

Filed under: 360° Radar
October 14th, 2009
07:37 PM ET

Sources: Limbaugh dropped from group seeking to purchase Rams

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Don Banks
Sports Illustrated

If conservative radio commentator Rush Limbaugh ever had much of a chance to be a minority owner in a successful bid to buy the NFL's St. Louis Rams, it is now over, two league sources have confirmed to SI.com.

In a statement released Wednesday evening by St. Louis Blues chairman Dave Checketts - who is heading the group that hopes to buy the Rams - he announced Limbaugh's official exit from the bid. It is believed that Limbaugh's controversial participation would have doomed the group's effort in the eyes of NFL owners. League sources told SI.com that Limbaugh's candidacy in any Rams bid had "zero chance" of being approved by the league's owners. In his statement, Checketts said Limbaugh's participation had become "a complication and a distraction" to the group's efforts.

According to league sources, Limbaugh comes with too much troubling baggage in terms of his outspoken views that often intersect the divisive issues of politics and race in America. In a time when the NFL is hoping to have complete uniformity among its team owners in anticipation of the tough collective bargaining negotiations to come with the players union, there was little interest within the league to associate with an owner who is paid to give his highly charged opinions on the radio for hours each week.

"The league would be on pins and needles for three hours a day, five days a week," one league source said. "The NFL isn't interested in having its own Mark Cuban situation, where [the Dallas Mavericks owner] is fined for something he said, but then pays the fine, moves on and doesn't care what he says the next time either. The league wants the focus to always be on the game, not the opinions of any particular owner."

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Filed under: 360° Radar • Rush Limbaugh
October 14th, 2009
05:41 PM ET

Therapeutic Equitation: How riding horses can help

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The first photographs of Jaycee Dugard emerged today in the new issue of People Magazine. Dugard was kidnapped in 1991 at the age of 11 and then allegedly held captive for 18 years in a backyard compound. Her captors, Philip and Nancy Garrido were arrested in August and have been charged with a combined 29 felony counts in the kidnapping and rape of Dugard. Both Garridos pleaded not guilty to the charges.

Dugard has two daughters, now 11 and 15, who police say were fathered by her captor Phillip Garrido. The three now live with Dugard’s mother and are making the transition from being held captive for so long. According to the article, Dugard is receiving counseling, cooking and riding horses.

Therapeutic equitation is one form of therapy used to help cope with post-traumatic stress disorder and emotional abuse.

Go here to learn more about the therapy and how one organization puts it into practice. And find testimonials from people who have been affected by therapeutic equitation.

Filed under: Jaycee Dugard
October 14th, 2009
05:35 PM ET

Financial Dispatch: Dow tops 10,000

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Andrew Torgan
CNN Financial News Producer

Stocks rallied today, with the Dow Jones Industrial Average touching the 10,000 mark for the first time in more than a year, following better-than-expected quarterly earnings reports from chipmaker Intel and banking giant JPMorgan Chase.

The Dow broke through the 10,000 barrier with about 2-1/2 hours left in the session, and then ended the day at 10,015.86

The last time the Dow closed above 10,000 was Oct. 3, 2008. The very first time it closed above 10,000 was on March 29, 1999. FULL POST

Filed under: 360° Radar • Andrew Torgan • Finance
October 14th, 2009
04:19 PM ET

Beat 360° 10/14/09

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:

George Lopez and Eva Longoria Parker host the White House music series 'Fiesta Latina' on the South Lawn of the White House October 13, 2009 in Washington, DC.

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.

_________________________________________________________________________________ Beat 360° Challenge

Filed under: Beat 360° • T1
October 14th, 2009
04:13 PM ET

First Photo: Kidnap Survivor Jaycee Dugard Emerges from the Shadows

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People Magazine

After being held against her will for 18 years, much of it in a backyard hell straight out of a horror film, Jaycee Dugard wants the world to know:

"I'm so happy to be back with my family," she tells PEOPLE.

RELATED: Jaycee Dugard's Aunt Describes Emotional Family Reunion

Now living in seclusion with her mom, Terry Probyn, 50, and the two daughters – Angel, 15, and Starlit, 11 – fathered by her alleged kidnapper, Phillip Garrido, Dugard, 29, has begun the slow process of recovery. She rides horses, cooks meals and is thinking of collaborating on a book.

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Filed under: Jaycee Dugard
October 14th, 2009
04:12 PM ET

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Filed under: Bailout Turmoil • Finance
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