The AC360 Weekly Buzz: Student with HIV rejected, Gingrich, Syria, Pearl Harbor, Sandusky, Heroes, Courtney Stodden
December 7th, 2011
07:13 PM ET

The AC360 Weekly Buzz: Student with HIV rejected, Gingrich, Syria, Pearl Harbor, Sandusky, Heroes, Courtney Stodden

 What everyone’s talking about:

The Milton Hershey School in Pennsylvania rejected an honors student because he has HIV.  Anderson talked to the school’s Vice President of Communications, Connie McNamara, earlier this week. She said the student poses a “direct threat” to the campus if, hypothetically, he had sex with other students. However, medical professionals we spoke with say he is not a risk. We’re Keeping Them Honest. Would you be worried if your child went to this school with an HIV-positive classmate?

GOP presidential candidate Newt Gingrich is surging in polls this week, placing him in the lead in a number of key states. With his front-runner status come renewed questions about an ethics investigation from his time as House Speaker.

What do Ed Schultz and Courtney Stodden have in common? They both made our RidicuList!

Today’s Scoop:

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad denied a violent crackdown on government protesters during an interview with ABC News' Barbara Walters. He said, "Most of the people that have been killed are supporters of the government, not the vice versa." Sources withinSyria and videos show that innocent civilians are dying every day. We’re Keeping Them Honest tonight at 8 and 10 p.m. ET.

Today marks the 70th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor. Survivors came together in Hawaii to remember the 2,400 people who lost their lives in the surprise Japanese attack. The Pearl Harbor Survivors Association announced its national organization is disbanding at the end of December, due to the dwindling number of members. Today was the last time the national group organized an annual trip toPearl Harbor for the anniversary.

A look ahead:

Today additional charges were filed against former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky with two more victims alleging he sexually abused them when they were children. Sanduskywas arrested and a preliminary hearing is scheduled for Tuesday, December 13.

Don’t miss Anderson Cooper host CNN Heroes: An All-Star Tribute this Sunday at 8 p.m. ET! Tune in early at 7 p.m. ET for the pre-show hosted by A.J. Hammer and J.R. Martinez.

Buzz-winning story:

The news in 2011 has had us on the edge of our seats: from the Arab Spring uprisings to the raid on Osama bin Laden’s compound to the earthquake in Japan. Find out which story was most-talked about on Twitter.

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  1. Connie McKnight

    The situation in Syria is horrific and something should be done about it. BUT whatever that something is has to be done within the context of the United Nations. The United States must not take on conflicts alone as with Iraq. We cannot afford it. Simple as that.

    December 7, 2011 at 10:21 pm |