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Today, Gary Tuchman visited wetlands affected by the BP oil spill.
Accompanied by the Coast Guard, he set off on an airboat from Cocadrie, La., a small town about two hours southwest of New Orleans.
He saw workers deploying new booms around the marsh.
Others were cleaning up previously deployed booms, even individual blades of grass, with a special cleaning rag. It's painstaking work - not to mention dangerous.
The workers - mostly local contractors hired by BP - must wear protective gloves and suits in this hot, humid weather.
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On tonight’s AC360°, CNN Education Contributor Steve Perry introduces you to Kyle Anderson and the young men who are a part of the Greater Hartford Male Youth Leadership Program. Anderson started the program almost three years ago, with the goal of helping young African American men in Hartford, Connecticut, make it in life by exposing them to positive role models in the community.
“We have the overachiever, the underachiever, and what I call the on-the-fence achiever,” Anderson told Perry. “We're not doing anything different from the school system or what your parent is saying. But it's coming from a community group of folks.”
The program really is a shining example of what countless people around the country are doing – serving their community, mentoring young people, doing their part to make everyone else’s lives better. But Perry’s story is also about personal sacrifice – the enormous personal toll that people like Kyle Anderson and so many others are willing to pay to ensure that future generations will get their chance to succeed.
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“Social networking media is going to change the world!”
How many times have you heard that in the past year? Probably too many to count – especially if you’re an avid AC360° viewer who uses Twitter and Facebook regularly.
But I bet even the most jaded techies among you will feel good about this story: This past January, the folks at Malaria No More and their partners distributed the first of more than 89,000 malaria nets in the Saraya and Velingara health districts in Senegal.
“The most effective tool for preventing malaria in Africa is a $10 mosquito net. A family can sleep under it, and it protects them from the mosquitoes that spread malaria at night,” explains Malaria No More CEO Scott Case.
By distributing those nets, Case’s group hopes those parts of Senegal could become some of the first in the entire continent to reach “Universal Coverage” – where every single person is able to sleep under a mosquito net.
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When other boys were playing football, learning to drive and chasing girls, Tyler Edmonds was a child locked up with adults, serving a life sentence in a Mississippi prison for a crime he didn’t commit.
Today, Edmonds is a free man. But he still holds a lot of resentment toward the state expert who helped to convict him of murder.
“I think that he’s the dirt of the Earth, the scum of the Earth,” Edmonds, 20, told CNN. “If anybody deserves to be in jail, it’s him.”
The target of Edmond’s scorn is Dr. Steven Hayne, a Mississippi forensic pathologist who testified at Edmonds’ 2004 trial. Edmonds, then only 14, was accused of murdering his brother-in-law, Joey Fulgham, who had been shot in the head with a single bullet.
Dr. Hayne performed the autopsy on Fulgham and concluded that “within reasonable medical certainty,” two people had likely fired the murder weapon. Dr. Hayne based his findings on his examination of the gunshot wound.
Photos by AC360° Producer Joneil Adriano
Gary Tuchman and AC360º Producer Joneil Adriano were in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania where they met with town hall goers: supporters and opponents of health care reform alike.
An hour before it began, the line to get into the town hall already snaked across the quad.
Health care proponents also showed up in force.
Editor's Note: In 1991, Troy Davis was sentenced to death for the murder of off-duty police officer Mark MacPhail. But since then, seven of nine witnesses recanted their original testimony. Today, the Supreme Court granted Davis' request that his execution be delayed as he attempts to prove his innocence. Gary Tuchman reports on the story tonight on AC360° at 10p ET. Below are behind the scenes photos of Gary reporting for this story.
Gary Tuchman on the phone with Troy Davis, who has been in prison for 18 years.
Talking with Rev. Derrick Johnson, who convinced Troy Davis to surrender. This interview is the first time Johnson is publicly discussing his involvement in the case.
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Charismatic and inspiring, people seemingly couldn’t get enough of the compelling personal story he had spun – that he was a graduate of the Naval Academy, was at the Pentagon on 9-11, and was injured in combat in Iraq. For much of 2008, the people of Colorado believed this purported war hero - a forceful public advocate on behalf of veterans and a vocal critic of the Iraq War. He also worked tireless to elect anti-war candidates, appearing in several political ads.
The only problem? It was all a lie – down to his name. Rick Duncan was really Richard Strandlof.
We spent three days basically following up on a lot of fine reporting in Denver by KUSA's Jace Larson and the local newspapers. As you can probably imagine, reporting on someone who had moved from state to state, and spent a good amount of time living as somebody else, is a little tricky. The CNN Research Library found over 300 people with the name Rick Duncan in Colorado alone.
We had to cross-check and confirm a lot of stuff ourselves - contacting the Pentagon, the Naval Academy, members of Congress, the FBI, local veterans, prosecutors, and many others - to try to establish that Strandlof wasn't who he said he was. I even talked on the phone with a man who identified himself as Strandlof's ex-boyfriend (Strandlof is gay).
On Tuesday, the eyes of the nation will be watching California, during what is being billed as the "Day of Decision" by marriage equality activists all across the land. Why? Because the California Supreme Court is expected to issue its highly anticipated ruling on whether or not Proposition 8, the controversial ballot initiative which amended the state constitution to ban gay marriage, should be upheld or invalidated.
After the oral arguments in March, many court watchers predicted that the Supreme Court would respect the will of the voters and allow Prop. 8 to stand. If that is indeed the case, those who support same-sex marriage will hold protests across the country. If the justices surprise everyone by overturning it, those protests will become celebrations.
For those on both sides of the issue, the stakes are high. For one thing, there are an estimated 20,000 gay couples who are, for now, legally married in the state. Will the court allow those marriages to continue, or will they be forcibly annulled?