May 11th, 2011
09:00 AM ET

Letters to the President: #842 'A day in Mayberry'

Reporter's Note: President Obama has been traveling a bit lately, and so have I. Still if he can keep up with reading my letters, I can keep writing them.

Dear Mr. President,

I can’t recall if I told you that I am on a Building Up America trip this week, but this is as good a time as any because I have just spent a wonderful day in beautiful Mt. Airy, North Carolina.

The great actor and humorist Andy Griffith (a personal favorite to be sure) grew up here, and he based many of the characters and places in his hit TV show on his home town. For years Mt. Airy enjoyed that notoriety in a quiet way, but then some time back the local arts council decided to do something more. They began a Mayberry Days festival each fall, tourists started pouring in, and the rest as they say is history.

May 11th, 2011
01:01 AM ET

The RidicuList: Stephen Colbert

Editor's note: Anderson Cooper adds Stephen Colbert to AC360's RidicuList.

May 11th, 2011
12:58 AM ET

Video: Schwarzenegger, Shriver announce separation

Editor's note: CNN's Gary Tuchman reports on a surprise announcement from Arnold Schwarzenegger and Maria Shriver.

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Filed under: 360° Radar
May 11th, 2011
12:50 AM ET

Video: Remembering a CNN original

Editor's note: Anderson Cooper pays tribute to Burt Reinhardt, a former CNN executive.

May 11th, 2011
12:50 AM ET

Video: River overtakes Mississippi town

Editor's note: CNN Chief National Correspondent John King reports from Tunica, Mississippi.

Filed under: 360° Radar • 360º Follow • Weather
May 11th, 2011
12:46 AM ET

Video: Does stolen valor law go too far?

Editor's note: CNN Legal Analyst Jeffrey Toobin discusses the limits of free speech when it comes to lying about military service.

Filed under: 360° Radar • 360º Follow
May 11th, 2011
12:41 AM ET

Video: Ex-SEAL blows whistle on fakes

Editor's note: Don Shipley, a former Navy SEAL, speaks with Anderson Cooper about how he works to expose fake Navy SEALs.

Earlier: Real deal SEALs?

Filed under: 360° Radar • 360º Follow
May 11th, 2011
12:36 AM ET

KTH: Pastor admits lying about SEAL service

Editor's note: Anderson Cooper reports on a Pennsylvania pastor who has admitted to lying about being a U.S. Navy SEAL.

May 11th, 2011
12:30 AM ET

Video: Cutting college costs

Editor's note: Some colleges offer students the chance to attain a degree in three years in order to limit costs.

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