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December 31st, 2010
03:50 PM ET

Revelers come from far and wide for New Year's celebration

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Jim Spellman
CNN All Platform Journalist

Times Square, New York (CNN) — There really is no place like Times Square on New Year’s Eve. People come from all over the country, even all over the world, to be part of the celebration. With the midnight ball drop still many hours away, tens of thousands of revelers have already filled Times Square.

Jennifer Dudley drove overnight from Detroit with four of her friends to get a front row seat.

“Why? Because we love the guys. We support them. They give us love so we love them back.”

“The guys” in question are New Kids on the Block. The Kids may not be so new anymore, and at 30 years old neither is Jennifer, but they are performing in Times Square tonight along with their one time boy-band rivals The Backstreet Boys.

Dudley has been obsessed with NKOTB since she was 8 years old. She is partial to Donnie Wahlberg. Her homemade sign reads “Donnie-Kiss me at Midnight please!”

Their group calls themselves Team Betty. None of the five women have been to Times Square for New Year’s Eve before, but they often travel to see “the guys.” Earlier this year they even went on a New Kids on the Block Caribbean cruise.

Her teammate, Christy Sims, 35, is hoping to make a New Year’s Eve love connection.
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Filed under: Jim Spellman • New Year's Eve 2011
December 31st, 2010
02:49 PM ET

Letters to the President: #711 'The Last Day'

Tom Foreman | BIO
AC360° Correspondent

Reporter's Note: This has been a rough year for the president, but then, it’s been rough for a lot of us. Thank goodness he has my daily letters to the White House to sustain him, year in and year out.

Dear Mr. President,

I never know what to do on New Year’s Eve. I like dancing, loud music, good food, and fun; and heaven knows, I stay up past midnight almost all the time; but somehow New Year’s Eve parties just seem so contrived.

Aside from the parties, however, I like New Year’s Eve in general. I enjoy thinking back over the past year and those plans that came out better than expected (our Building Up America reports, for example) and those that came out worse than hoped. (Note to self: Silly Putty is not a suitable replacement for bathtub caulk.)

Among my successes in 2010: I crushed my e-mail inbox down from almost 13,000 messages to under 500. All my expense reports are current. I enjoyed some excellent quality time with my wife and kids, and talked to far away friends and family on the phone a pretty good bit. I started running again, and am doing so rather well. I learned the beginning of Riviera Paradise on guitar. I read a lot. (That’s not new, but always worthwhile.) And I tried really hard to listen more.
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Video: Fake statements about Justin Bieber

Justin Bieber supporting construction of ground zero mosque? CNN's Randi Kaye tells us what's on the "Ridiculist."


Filed under: The RidicuList
December 31st, 2010
10:00 AM ET

Video: Kayaker sets waterfall record

CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta talks with kayaker Tyler Bradt about his motivations to kayak off high cliffs.


Filed under: 360° Radar • Dr. Sanjay Gupta
December 31st, 2010
09:30 AM ET

Video: 189 feet off a cliff – on purpose

Tyler Bradt lives from one adventure to the next, like when he took his kayak over a 189-foot waterfall.


Filed under: 360° Radar • Dr. Sanjay Gupta
December 31st, 2010
09:15 AM ET

Video: Tracking Christine O'Donnell's campaign spending

CNN's Randi Kaye interviews law professor Jonathan Turley and Melanie Sloane about the recent charges against Christine O'Donnell.


Filed under: 360° Radar • Keeping Them Honest • Randi Kaye
December 31st, 2010
09:00 AM ET

Video: Christine O'Donnell Under Fire!

The campaign expenses of former Republican Senate candidate Christine O'Donnell are under scrutiny.


Filed under: 360° Radar • Keeping Them Honest • Randi Kaye
December 30th, 2010
09:53 PM ET

Christine O'Donnell is back and blaming 'thug politics.' Join the Live Chat

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Christine O’Donnell, months after her failed Delaware Senate campaign, continues to be dogged by campaign finance questions. She says its just “thug politics.” What’s really going on? We’re keeping them honest tonight. And the final part in our extreme living series, where we're looking at what drives people to push themselves to the extreme, not for survival, but as a way of life. Tyler Bradt, extreme kayaker. He kayaked over a nearly 190 foot waterfall and into the world record books. Meet him tonight.

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.

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