May 12th, 2010
09:42 PM ET

Seeking Solutions to the Oil Spill: Join the Live Chat

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Tonight on 360°, we share some of your suggestions to stop the oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico. BP and others aren't having much luck. Maybe your idea can solve the mess. Plus, a new controversy for Arizona after the governor signs a new bill. We also take you inside the battle for Afghanistan with author and journalist Sebastian Junger. That's tonight's 'Big 360° Interview'.

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

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Filed under: Live Blog
May 12th, 2010
09:11 PM ET

Evening Buzz: Arizona's New Controversy

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Maureen Miller
AC360° Writer

Arizona is facing new criticism tonight. Less than a month after state lawmakers approved a controversial immigration law, Gov. Jan Brewer signed a bill banning ethnic studies classes that, among other things, "promote resentment" of other racial groups.

Tom Horne, Arizona's superintendent of public instruction, pushed for the bill. Horne has been trying for years to get Tucson school district to drop a Mexican-American studies program he said teaches Latino students they are an oppressed minority. Horne, a Republican running for Arizona attorney general, also said the program promotes racial resentment toward whites while segregating students by race.

We're keeping them honest. Tonight on 360°, we'll break down what's in the bill. Anderson will also talk with Horne to get his take on why he thinks this legislation is needed. You'll also hear from sociologist Michael Eric Dyson, who sees things a bit differently.

Tucson Unified School District officials said the classes benefit students and promote critical thinking. "We don't teach all those ugly things they think we're teaching," Judy Burns, the president of the district's governing board, told the Los Angeles Times.

Meanwhile, the Los Angeles City Council has approved a boycott of Arizona in hopes of getting the state to repeal its tough new immigration law. The Arizona law requires immigrants to carry their registration documents and allows police to question anyone's immigration status. Critics say the law encourages racial profiling. Supporters say it’s needed to stop the rising crime linked to illegal immigrants.

In northwest China, another deadly school attack. This time a man stormed into a kindergarten with a kitchen cleaver and hacked to death seven children and two adults. 11 other children were wounded. This is at least the fourth attack on school children in China in less than a month. We'll get the latest on the investigation in a 360° Dispatch from John Vause in China.

We're also looking for your suggestions to stop the oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico. After all, BP, which owns the well, hasn't had much luck stopping the mess. We'll share some of your suggestions tonight on the program.

Join us for these stories and much more starting at 10 p.m. ET. See you then.

Filed under: Maureen Miller • The Buzz
May 12th, 2010
08:02 PM ET

Arizona bans ethnic studies – read the bill

Program Note: Last night, Arizona's governor signed a bill banning ethnic studies classes that "promote resentment" of other racial groups. Read the bill here. For a full report, watch AC360° at 10 p.m. ET.

Source: Azleg.gov

State of Arizona

House of Representatives

Forty-ninth Legislature

Second Regular Session




AMENDING Title 15, chapter 1, article 1, Arizona Revised Statutes, by adding sections 15-111 and 15-112; amending section 15‑843, Arizona Revised Statutes; relating to school curriculum.

Be it enacted by the Legislature of the State of Arizona:

Section 1. Title 15, chapter 1, article 1, Arizona Revised Statutes, is amended by adding sections 15-111 and 15-112, to read:

START_STATUTE15-111. Declaration of policy

The legislature finds and declares that public school pupils should be taught to treat and value each other as individuals and not be taught to resent or hate other races or classes of people. END_STATUTE

START_STATUTE15-112. Prohibited courses and classes; enforcement

A. A school district or charter school in this state shall not include in its program of instruction any courses or classes that include any of the following:

1. Promote the overthrow of the United States government.

2. Promote resentment toward a race or class of people.

3. Are designed primarily for pupils of a particular ethnic group.

4. Advocate ethnic solidarity instead of the treatment of pupils as individuals.


May 12th, 2010
06:02 PM ET

A Police Officer’s White Lie

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Program Note: For Randi Kaye’s full report, Watch AC360° at 10 p.m. ET.

Randi Kaye
AC360 Correspondent

His name is Sgt. Robert Ralston. He’s a 21-year veteran of the Philadelphia Police Department, but he’s about to lose his job.

Ralston, who is white, is going to be fired for making up a story about a black man who shot him.

Why he did it is still unclear. But Philadelphia Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey says after hours of interrogation, Sgt. Ralston admitted he fabricated the whole story.

We tried reaching Ralston so he could explain, but were unable to. We tried to talk to Sgt Ralston at his home in Philadelphia but he ducked inside and didn’t answer questions. Numerous phone calls also went unreturned.


Filed under: 360° Radar • Randi Kaye
May 12th, 2010
05:26 PM ET

Junger: Afghan goodwill has diminished

Program Note: Author Sebastian Junger will be on the show tonight to talk with Anderson about his new book "War: As Soldiers Really Live It." Watch AC360° at 10 p.m. ET. for the full interview.

Filed under: 360° Radar • Afghanistan • Sebastian Junger
May 12th, 2010
03:51 PM ET

Beat 360° 5/12/10

Ready for today's Beat 360°? Everyday we post a picture 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:

U.S. Supreme Court nominee, Solicitor General Elena Kagan rides the Senate subway from the Capitol to the Russell building to meet with Senators on Capitol Hill. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

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
May 12th, 2010
01:26 PM ET

Missing family seen with map?





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Gabriel Falcon
AC360° Writer

The brother of a Southern California man who disappeared along with his entire family reported a possible new lead in the three-month-old mystery.

Michael McStay said he learned through an investigator that a waiter believed he served Joseph McStay, his wife, Summer McStay, and their children, Gianni, 4, and Jospeh, 3, at a restaurant in Guerrero Negro, Mexico in late February or early March.

Guerrero Negro is a city in the Mexican state of Baja California Sur.

According to Michael McStay, he recalled that the family left behind a map. McStay said he did not know any further details about the map. He said it was handed over to the FBI, who did not return calls for a comment.


Filed under: Crime & Punishment • Gabe Falcon
May 12th, 2010
11:41 AM ET

Speak Up: Using 'junk shot' to clean up oil

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Hey there, AC360° fans. We're looking for your comments on the latest in the Gulf oil spill.

BP's newest plan to clean up the oil spill is to throw garbage at it - literally. Known as a "junk shot," debris such as shredded tires, golf balls and similar objects would be shot under extremely high pressure into the blowout preventer in an attempt to clog it and stop the leak.

News of this plan reached Rep. Ed Markey, D-Massachusetts, who was less than impressed. "When we heard the best minds were on the case, we expected MIT not the PGA," Markey said. "We already have one hole in the ground and now their solution is to shoot a hole in one. We expected a lot more sophistication when it came to dealing with something of this magnitude."

Since BP can't figure out how to stop the oil spill, maybe you can. What would you do to stop the oil spill in the Gulf? Use your imagination - it looks like BP is. Send us your comments and they might be used on tonight's broadcast. Don't forget to watch AC360° at 10 p.m. ET. to see if your idea made it into the show.

Filed under: 360° Radar • Gulf Oil Spill • Oil
May 12th, 2010
11:23 AM ET

Video: Part 3 – Making of an American Al Qaeda

Program note: Watch CNN"s "American Al Qaeda: The Story of Bryant Neal Vinas" on Saturday and Sunday, May 15-16, at 8pm ET.

May 12th, 2010
11:00 AM ET

Video: Part 2 – Making of an American Al Qaeda

Program note: Watch CNN"s "American Al Qaeda: The Story of Bryant Neal Vinas" on Saturday and Sunday, May 15-16, at 8pm ET.

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