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The AC360 Weekly Buzz: Syria, Marie Colvin's death, Santorum, Romney, Honeymoon murder trial, Brad Pitt, baby Veronica
February 23rd, 2012
09:40 PM ET

The AC360 Weekly Buzz: Syria, Marie Colvin's death, Santorum, Romney, Honeymoon murder trial, Brad Pitt, baby Veronica

 What everyone’s talking about:

Today marks the 20th consecutive day of a deadly crackdown on the city of Homs, Syria; on Thursday across that country at least 101 people were killed, according to the opposition Local Coordination Committees of Syria (LCC). In Homs, Syrian activists, civilians and journalists continue to die under the rubble as more bombs fall and snipers line the city’s roof tops. More than 9,000 have died in Syria since the uprising started almost a year ago, according to the LCC. Children are not spared from the violence, including a toddler who gasped for his last breath next to his severely injured father. London Sunday Times’ Foreign Affairs Correspondent, Marie Colvin was in the room with the young boy. When Anderson spoke with Colvin, she said it’s the worst conflict she’s covered. Tragically, Colvin was killed shortly after the interview aired on AC360°. Beyond her work in Syria, Colvin was legendary among war journalists. Anderson paid a tribute to her and asked CNN’s Arwa Damon and Christiane Amanpour to share their experiences working with her.

For two-year-old Veronica, her adoptive parents were the only family she’d ever known. That changed when a judge ruled in favor of giving her biological father custody based on the federal Indian Child Welfare Act. Her adoptive parents are now appealing the ruling and fighting to get baby Veronica back. CNN’s Randi Kaye has the story. Children’s advocate Areva Martin weighed in on the case and talked about possible solutions.

And some teachers in Buffalo, New York, are using taxpayer money – nearly $6 million that is—to receive free cosmetic surgery such as botox injections and nose jobs despite the district’s budget problems. CNN’s Gary Tuchman has the story.

Today’s Scoop:

Two western journalists were severely injured during the intense shelling in Homs on Wednesday and in a YouTube video they plead with the international community to help get them out of Syria. And today a U.N. report identifies top Syrian commanders and high-ranking officials who may be responsible for "widespread, systematic and gross human rights violations." Anderson will sit down with Christiane Amanpour and Stanford University’s Fouad Ajami to discuss the volatile situation tonight at 8 and 10 p.m. ET.

Earlier this week, Gary Tuchman reported on the trial of a man accused of killing his wife on their honeymoon. A surprising update in the case tonight on AC360°.

A reality television producer whose work included “The Amazing Race” was found dead in his hotel room in Uganda. Details on the suspects at 8 and 10 p.m. ET.

Yesterday was the last CNN GOP presidential debate before Super Tuesday. The candidates had an opportunity to explain their beliefs and plans to voters. Anderson speaks with Republican Strategist Mary Matalin and Democratic Strategist Paul Begala tonight about what's at stake in the coming weeks.

A look ahead:

Over five years after Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans, the city’s homicide rate continues to rise. It’s was way above the national average in 2010, and rose 14 percent in 2011. CNN’s Randi Kaye has the story of a brutal crime that remains unsolved.

Buzz-winning story:

Don’t think Brad Pitt could play Newt Gingrich in a movie? Think again on our RidicuList!

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