October 27th, 2009
03:37 PM ET

Is it possible to stop the mental health stigma in America?

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David Puente
AC360° Producer

“In school, he was popular, athletic, and I was always proud to have him as my brother. As he got older, I sometimes thought he was a little moody, but never in my wildest dreams did it occur to me that my brother might be suffering from depression and would ultimately die from it. “

– Lynda Ganley Andree

It struck me to hear a parent say that if a child dies from an illness, people know how to express condolences. But if a child dies from suicide, as was the case for the parent who emailed me today, then folks just aren’t sure what to say. Depression and suicide are still so taboo.

“AIDS was taboo, now it is openly discussed. I want the same to happen when it comes to depression and suicide. I want people to learn the signs of depression,” that’s what Jim Ganley told me today via email.

Jim is the Chief Operating Officer of Fox Pan-American Sports, a media executive who suffered the loss of his only son Jimmy who died five years ago at the age of 22 due to undiagnosed depression.

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“Deciding what to do and how to do it is very complicated. I have worked in the media business my whole life and figured that there must be a way to use what I have learned and the people I have met to make a difference,” Ganley said.


Filed under: 360° Radar • David Puente • Health Care
October 27th, 2009
03:35 PM ET

Police: Gang rape outside school dance lasted over two hours

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Nick Valencia

A California high school student who police said was gang raped in a two-and-a-half-hour assault outside a homecoming dance remained hospitalized in stable condition Monday, two days after she was flown from the attack scene in critical condition.

As of late Monday, two suspects had been arrested in the case and a third was being questioned.

"There is one individual in custody who has made some spontaneous statements that have led me to believe that he is culpable for what happened," Richmond police Lt. Johan Simon said.

Nineteen-year-old Manuel Ortega, described as a former student at the school, was arrested soon after he fled the scene and will face charges of rape, robbery and kidnapping, police said.

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Filed under: 360° Radar
October 27th, 2009
02:13 PM ET


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Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Who will be recommended to receive the 2009 H1N1 vaccine? Will two doses of vaccine be required? Can people who are allergic to eggs receive the 2009 H1N1 flu vaccine? These are some questions you may be asking yourself about the H1N1 vaccine.

Click here to view answers to most commonly asked questions and find out more about the H1N1 vaccine currently available in the US.

Filed under: H1N1
October 27th, 2009
01:35 PM ET

Tonight: Text 360°

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A California high school student who police said was gang raped in a two-and-a-half-hour assault outside a homecoming dance remained hospitalized in stable condition Monday, two days after she was flown from the attack scene in critical condition. Two suspects have been arrested in case and a third is being questioned. What leads to this type of violence among teenagers?

Steve Perry will be on to discuss this story tonight. Do you have a questions for him?

Send us a text message with your question. Text AC360 (or 22360), and you might hear it on air!

Filed under: T1 • Text 360
October 27th, 2009
12:52 PM ET

Letterman and Me

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Nell Scovell
Vanity Fair

At this moment, there are more females serving on the United States Supreme Court than there are writing for Late Show with David Letterman, The Jay Leno Show, and The Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien combined. Out of the 50 or so comedy writers working on these programs, exactly zero are women. It would be funny if it weren’t true.

Late-night talk shows have long snubbed female writers. (“Blaaaaame Johnny!”) Now old charges of sexism have joined new concerns about sexual harassment, triggered by an alleged extortion plot that prompted David Letterman to admit on-air, “I have had sex with women who work for me on this show.”

Most media stars responded by defending one of their own. On The View, Barbara Walters remarked that Dave “is a very attractive man” and offered a blanket excuse for his in-house affairs: “Where do you meet people? In the workplace.” Joy Behar took a tougher stance and argued that his behavior might have created an atmosphere that’s uncomfortable for other female employees, especially “if you’re one of the girls who works there and [are] just doing your job.” But Walters had little sympathy for the working girls. “Maybe you’re annoyed today, but that’s not necessarily sexual harassment,” Walters said. “It isn’t sexual harassment,” she added.


Filed under: 360° Radar
October 27th, 2009
12:51 PM ET

Bush debuts as motivational speaker

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Alexander Mooney
CNN Ticker Producer

Former President George W. Bush made his debut as a motivational speaker Monday night, telling a Fort Worth, Texas crowd it's futile to waste energy chasing popularity.

"It's so simple in life to chase popularity, but popularity is fleeting, it's not real," Bush said at a "Get Motivated!" business seminar, a multi-city event its organizers describe as an "energizing, action-packed, star-studded, fun-filled, spectacular stage show."

The president himself saw wild popularity swings during his eight years in the White House, garnering nearly a 90 percent approval rating in the months following the attacks on September 11, 2001 and exiting office with only the support of 31 percent of Americans, according to a CNN/Opinion Research Corp. poll.

The former president was greeted enthusiastically by the 11,000 attendees of the event, according to the Fort Worth Telegram, and he spoke casually for about 20 minutes.

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October 27th, 2009
12:41 PM ET

Financial Dispatch: Home prices on the mend

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Andrew Torgan
CNN Financial News Producer

Home prices rose in August and also suffered a smaller-than-expected annual drop, according to a report issued today.

Prices in the S&P Case-Shiller Home Price index of 20 cities rose a non-seasonally adjusted 1.2% in August. That’s the fourth consecutive monthly increase and followed a 1.6% gain in July.

And while prices were down more than 11% versus August 2008, that drop was less severe than expected.

On a city-by-city basis, Minneapolis had the biggest increase, with home prices rising 3.2% from July to August.

Home prices in California have recovered from depressed levels in recent months as well, with prices rising 2.8% in San Francisco during August, 2.5% in San Diego prices and 1.8% in Los Angeles.

But prices continued to slide in areas that have been hit hard by foreclosures. Prices dropped 0.5% in Cleveland and 0.3% in Las Vegas.


Filed under: Andrew Torgan • Economy • Finance • Wall St.
October 27th, 2009
12:40 PM ET

Afghanistan haunted by ghost of Vietnam

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Ed Hornick

While President Obama's war council deliberates its strategy toward Afghanistan, the ghost of Vietnam is often invoked as a warning.

Afghanistan, U.S. and coalition forces have been fighting in Afghanistan for eight years and until recently the war had been overshadowed by the one in Iraq. In March, Afghanistan will become America's longest war, surpassing the Vietnam War.

The Vietnam War, which cost 58,000 American lives, is the one most often invoked when U.S. troops are committed overseas.

While some say Afghanistan is "Obama's Vietnam," experts say there are several major similarities and differences between the two wars.

Eric Margolis, a veteran journalist and former Army soldier who served during the Vietnam War, said the biggest problem the United States is facing now - as in Vietnam - is fighting the mostly poor, rural insurgents who live among Afghans.

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Filed under: Afghanistan • Barack Obama • Military
October 27th, 2009
11:23 AM ET

Map: American Samoa


Residents of close-knit American Samoa had to pull together to help Pago Pago recover from September 29th devastating earthquake and tsunami that hit the island.

Click here to find out about the tsunami recovery efforts and discover the details of the Samoa quake.

October 27th, 2009
11:10 AM ET

Interactive: What is a tsunami?


On September 29th 2009, the island of Samoa, located in the South Pacific Ocean, was hit by an earthquake. Samoans know that earthquakes can cause tsunamis, and many people immediately rushed toward the inland mountains. A tsunami did indeed strike about 20 minutes later.

Click here to find out more about this story and discover what exactly is a tsunami.

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