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family at such a beautiful time in their life. >> i'm irish. where we come from of course you have to drink a pint of guinness the moment you're born. it's obligatory. >> my mom might have had a 40 ounce or two. >> sorry that happened to you. glad it's all sorted out. >> thank you. >> no problem. right now on cnn a global business bigwig accused of nakedly forcing himself on a hotel maid. it played out in this posh new york city hotel, the head of the international monetary fund is being questioned by police right now. we'll go live to new york. is major league baseball's commissioner softening his stance on pete rose. the former slugger is banned from the hall of fame for gambling but could the door be opening a bit? you'll see this only on cnn. cnn exclusive, never before seen pictures of the king of pop
before all that plastic surgery. we'll show you the photos that michael jackson wanted to have destroyed. good evening everyone i'm don lemon. the news starts right now. the legendary mississippi river is rewriting history tonight for the first time in nearly 40 years the morganza spillway was opened today to divert the swollen river into the atchafalaya basin. in they communities in the basin could be under many feet of water and force many people from their homes. this is what it looked like back in 1973. the one and only time this spillway had to be opened. this underscores how serious this situation has become. for the next how we'll be joined
by general russel hono honore. >> reporter: in don, the first gate of the morganza spillway has been opened. you can see the water gushing out through that first gate, halfway down this morganza flood control struck purr. there are 125 gates. for now only one has been opened. officials say they will continue to open up more in the coming days. for right now they are trying to slow down this process. you can already see the water making its way into this area that was just a big grassy area. the reason they are doing it very slowly is to give the wildlife and animals a chance to adjust to the vast amount of water soon pouring through here. you can see the amount of water gushing through. all of this has to do with the amount of pressure that has been building up along the mississippi river. the trigger number that officials have been looking at is 1.5 million cubic feet of water per second.
that's the amount of water building. any more is too treacherous for the levee systems between baton rouge and new orleans. it can really compromise those levee systems. right now they are more at 1.6 million cubic feast second per water of pressure. that's simply too much. officials here say they will not need to use all of the gates. all of this capacity will not be need but the bonnie carey spillway, one of the spillways that protects new orleans is at full capacity. everything is opened up there. they need to use this. what does that mean for the people that live in the path of this water as it begins the slow process of moving southward, towards morgan city, to the river basin for the area that's flooded out. this river is not expected to crest until after may 24th. we're looking at perhaps mid-june by the time am of this water dissipates and everything gets back to normal.
that's the reality for thousands of people who live downstream where we are now. >> thank you, ed lavandera, cnn meteorologist has more information about how opening morganza spillway already has measurable effect on new orleans already. >> earlier in the day we saw around 16.98 feet. right now its close to that. that's minor flood stage. as i take you back over, we'll talk more about that and how it affected parts of new orleans in just a moment. as i zoom in four, we have this image coming in from the armies corps of engineer. this area in blue giving you and idea of the flooding that will be experienced and projected to be experienced through parts of louisiana. now earlier today we talked about how they opened up the morganza spillway and actually ed was saying how that water was coming out of there. they opened up about 20% of this. as i show you this in red this is the morganza spillway.
in blue this is the mississippi river. by opening this up this loud for actually some of that water to actually -- we can say be relieved and being pushed over towards the west and south. the problem is that is going flood a good chart of the basin river area. to give you and idea how deep the water will be, we're talk about the flooding problem. green, ten to 15 feet. in orange, right along the river we're talking 20 to 25 and look right here this is actually showing you the area of the mississippi river. as i zoom out and we talk more about louisiana, as i close this more you, than right here is going give you and idea when we'll see that water coming from the morganza spillway. for sun it will get very close to the area of interstate 10. that is a very heavily traveled road. we could see some of that actually causing some travel
disruption. as we jump ahead to tuesday we're going to see potentially cresting on may 25th roughly about half a foot above record flood stage. so we do have a levee system there but that is if it holds together. now we go to another graphic. we have to continue talk about the flooding. yes this is louisiana. don mentioned how will this have an effect on new orleans. because they opened this up we expect only minor flooding may 14th and may 16th we're actually going see the river cresting and that's roughly about ten feet above flood stage. up towards the north we're talking dates roughly around may 22nd, may 19th. i'll walk over here and talk to you don. we're looking at the video of the morganza spillway. how has that affected new orleans? the good news is it's relieving some potential stress. we have a science experiment for you. we have some rice right here.
this represents the bonnie carey that we opened last week. scoop that up. that represents 250,000 cubic feet per second. this is the morganza. i'll make a mess. all over your script. >> the water will spill anyway. >> the red line indicates actually the top of this indicates the top of the levee. by taking this all out you can see the line will fall back down and back below flood stage. >> that's with both of them. >> this has had an immediate effect. unfortunately this will affect to many other people that live in that basin. >> good explanation. >> i'll clean the mess up. >> our meteorologist here at cnn. we appreciate it. thank you. we're following a developing story. it's about one of the most powerful voices when it bombs
the world's money pulled off a planing tonight and questioned about an alleged sexual assault. we'll have a live report four. then there's this. two leaders of the muslim faith arrested in this miami house charged with aiding terrorists. many of you have been sending and asking for information on social media. reach out to us on twitter, on facebook, on cnn.com/don. it's water from the drinking fountain at the mall. [ male announcer ] great tasting tap water can now come from any faucet anywhere. introducing the brita bottle with the filter inside.
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this is still developing vane disturbing. the head of the organization that oversees the world's money pulled off a plane. his name is dominique strauss-kahn. leader of the international monetary fund. susan candiotti has been digging on this story. susan, tell us what allegedly happened here. >> reporter: what a really disturbing details here involving a very prominent figure in the business world. here's what we know about what happened. this is according to an official with the new york police department. at about 1:00 this afternoon, at a very prominent hotel here in new york city, the head of the international monetary fund dominique strauss-kahn was leaving -- was entering, sorry was in his room when a housekeeper, a maid entered his room to clean his hotel room. when she was allegedly met by
this man who was stark naked according to police and he tried to force himself on her. she was able to break away. she ran to the desk, alerted the hotel staff. they in turn called the police. the police say by the time they got there, he had already left the premises. so they found out that he was on a flight from new york's jfk airport to paris and they got there just before the doors of the plane had been closed, some police officers went on board in plain-clothes, took him off the plain, we're told he did not offer resistance and now he's currently still being questioned after many, many hours by the new york police department at the sexual assault unit. now, he's not cooperating. >> he's not? >> he's not cooperating. we're being told he's not making any statements at this time. and, furthermore, apparently the police said he left the hotel in quite a hurry. left his cell phone behind. we don't know if he left his suitcase behind too. a lot more to be found out about
this, obviously. >> have to ask you, then, i don't know about his background, so is there -- can you talk a little bit more about his background? is there something we might know that would give any indication why he would do something like this? now he's being questioned. we don't know if it's exactly true. but what about his background? >> reporter: he's not been charged yet. that's correct. he is still being questioned. this is a man who is in charge of a very important organization, the international monetary fund is a group that is in charge with transferring money from very rich countries to developing countries. and he's a very prominent figure. he is serving in the fourth of a five year term. did he have some personal difficulties in the past. about two years ago in 2008 they looked into a situation and learned that he had had an affair. however, he was exonerated after
a full inquiry although he did offer an apology. he said he didn't abuse his power. this is interesting because he told the board of the imf i'm committed to going forward to uphold the high standards that are expected of this position. and of course if he is charged with this, that's a big problem. >> yeah. we'll continue to follow the developments. susan candiotti, thank you very much. i want to turn now to south florida. a developing story related to u.s. national security. two imam as father and a son along with another son in los angeles have been arrested on charges of providing support the pakistani taliban. three others inside of pakistan have been indicted on the same charges. it accuses all six defendants of supporting a conspiracy to kill, injure and kidnap people abroad. the head of the mosque is accused of sending $50,000 to the taliban inside pakistan. >> $50,000 is just a tip of the
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burn a bush because for peace he push no -- killing. hip-hop star common in a 2007 performance on hbo's death poetry jam. that line about burning a bush is one reason that conservatives are up in arms after the white house invited common to a poetry reading. was the white house wrong or do conservatives have a misunderstanding about rap. >> they have nothing to go on. this is the cleanest rapper we have. common sense. he makes conscious rap. he's anti-everything.
this guy believes in god. if he's bad there's nothing left in rap. he's the best we got. >> i know that fox will play this and say oh, look what cnn did, they invited these people on. just asking the questions. is there some racial undertones. >> there's a definite racial disparity in the types of different music. for white americans they believe that when black people talk about violence it's au autobiographical. when white people do it they are just talking. bill o'reilly says white house doesn't understand america. these critics don't understand there's millions of americans whose understanding and experience of this country is not the lee greenwood thank god i'm free proud to be an american version. it's a version of people who live in the bronx, folks who don't feel free. when they write about it either
in a rhyme or poem that is what scares these white folks. then don't accept the fact that the experience of america is different than theirs and they don't want to confront that. >> don't most whites buy hip-hop and rap? >> absolutely. you just have to remember this is all strategy. in my book, i actually tell the cop side of that 1992 cop killer controversy. and ron knew consciously that this was something that the cops needed to do after the l.a. cops beat down rodney king and the ensuing riots. police had egg on their face and that this is something that republicans and police needed to do to sort of turn cops into victims. when in actuality people like rodney king and folks brutalized by police that are much more the
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pioneers this weekend in atlanta. the annual civil rights game success held at turner field sunday but the game is just part of a wider celebration. today saw a youth summit at centennial park. the awards tonight honoring heroes and a special recognition of the freedom riders those courageous americans that rode buses across the south in the early '60s to defy discrimination. bud selig is here in atlanta for this weekend's event and he sat down with our very own for an exclusive interview. he talked about baseball's efforts to rid the game of steroids as well as at the lie guy built of certain players for the hall of fame. he also had some very interesting things to say about pete rose, currently banned from the game for betting on baseball games. >> so cleaner now than ever? >> no question about it. we banned amphetamines which was
a major problem in major league baseball. the incident of steroids almost down to nothing. we're the only american sport testing for human growth hormone. we're giving bud test in the minor leagues. i'm proud of where we are. we have to be on the lookout. chemists are always trying to develop thing. this is the first time baseball ever had a drug testing program. we went through thecocaine in the '80s. >> what about sammy sosa, barry bonds, jose conseco and their records and potential hall of fame but at the same time the cloud of -- >> that will be up to the baseball writer's association of america. they will have to make that judgment in the years to come. >> will it be your judgment? >> no.
that's strictly up to the baseball writer's association of america. they will have to make their own individual judgments on players. as they do now. >> when it comes to a pete rose, your opinion of a pete rose weighs very heavily on whether he should be in the hall of fame. >> that was different. pete broke a rule of 70 years. my office was created by scandal and that's a matter still under review. >> you might change your mind? >> i didn't say that but it is under review. i understand the pros and cons of the pete rose situation. >> do you think you'll see a pete rose in the hall of fame? >> not a judgment i want to make. >> you can see the full interview tomorrow in the newsroom, 2:00 p.m. eastern right here on cnn. cnn had a chance to speak to three men being honored by major league baseball as role models. hall of famer ernie banks,
morgan freeman and carlos santana were given beacon awards tonight, emblematic of the civil rights movement. >> mr. banks, could you imagine, i guess there was a time you couldn't imagine there being a black player in major league baseball, but now there's a black president. what was your thought? >> it was very unique. i didn't think there would be a black manager, black general manager. jackie said this in 1972, he felt baseball had reached its pinnacle unless you see a black man standing on that third base coaching. it began with him. back with him. jackie was really a pioneer. i think he's responsible for barack obama being the president of the united states going way back then. before the civil right movement.
jackie was a person who lived up to all of that and hadding changed that superiority and inferiority to -- >> more equality. >> very profound statement. jackie robinson is responsible for barack obama being in the white house. do you think people forget that sometimes and sometimes put in the category because it was sports? >> it's a long string. but every now and then somebody comes along and connects both end so we can see it clearly again. i don't know if we actually forget it. >> you can see more of this interview tomorrow morning here on cnn. major league baseball civil rights game will be played right here in atlanta on sun afternoon. new developments in just the past few hours along the rain swollen mississippi river the morganza spillway is now open. next we'll talk with a the line
performing for the victims of the recent tornadoes and flooding. it airs sunday night on our sister network, hln 9:00 eastern time. dangerous flooding along the mississippi river today led to the opening of a spillway in morgan zarqawi louisiana, a move not seen since the early 1970s. army corps of engineers says more gates will be opened and will probably stay open for weeks. it is a desperate action to reduce the river level now threatening the cities of baton rouge and new orleans. i want to bring in retired general russel honore and attorney mark davis, directover tulane institute of water resource law and policy. thanks to boston you for joining us. mark, a lot of people are upset of flooding the atchafalaya but what choice did the corps have? >> they didn't have a choice. the choice was made shortly after the 1927 flood. in many ways people have to understand this system is working the way it was intended to work.
in 1927 we displaced more than 600,000 people, and this is a whole system, not just morganza or bonnie carey, it's the entire levee system with its control structures that have been put in place. there are some hard choices that have been made in the process and not everybody bears the same burden. right now it's working the way it was designed to work which after katrina it's nice to see a levee system do that. >> well said. general ho nompb re the morganza with handle up to 36,000 cubic feast water per second and the bonnie carey can handle up to 250,000 cubic feet of water per second. is it enough? >> based on current projections. things can change. if we have a failure, if there's something we don't catch, the levee guys are doing a good job recounting those levees.
if we have a break, for instance, history has shown we've had seven or eight breaks between baton rouge and morganza in the last 100 years. if that was the break and flood poured out then that becomes the game changer. >> port allen. right where i grew up. mark, i got to ask you this. i had never heard anyone say this and maybe i just hadn't heard it. explain to us that releasing, how releasing this water into the atchafalaya and evening lake pontchartrain can be a positive thing for the environment? >> it can be not so much for lake pontchartrain but i think what we need to understand this is really the story of one river and two floods. that coastal louisiana, everything from baton rouge south and largely from texas to mississippi was built by the mississippi river over the last 7,000 years. and ever since we took the river out of that landscape we've watched it disappearing and really over the last 100 years
we've lost roughly, you know, 2,000 square miles of land. that's a permanent flood. so what we actually need is to get the river back into that landscape in a controlled way but where it can actually nourish the marshes and swamps that protect new orleans and so many other things from things like hurricane katrina. so, we have to realize that this river is a part of this coast, and, you know, that it's a tool as well as a source of trouble. >> general, i'm going to bring you back in again. this flooding event might last into the summer you said. i got to ask you can the levees hold that long? >> well, a lot of investment has been made into the levees with the riff-raff, with concrete being poured against it.
we going to be at risk. and the corps is working hard to minimize that risk by keeping the pressure using morganza and bonnie carey. but no one can give you 100% that we won't have failure. ? why? because there's things happening underneath that river. there's a possibility we could have a failure. there is a possibility. >> i got to ask you this just on a personal note. i'm being honest here. when you said port allen. my mom lives there. is there a possibility of flood or breach there? >> the breach, the most probable place based on history is between port allen and little town of morganza. eight or nine breaks in the levee in the last 100 years.
that is the most vulnerable area right now. south of baton rouge, that would be around saint gabriel is the most vulnerable areas. >> general, thank you. and thank you to mark davis. our hearts and evening thoughts and prayers are with all the people down louisiana. you have a great evening. musicians with a message. ♪ left out ♪ left over ♪ carrying the cross on the shoulder ♪ >> they are called mary mary and this is the 21st century face of gospel music. not just singing about god but doing work in his name. that story coming up. we're adding new cell sites... increasing network capacity, and investing billions of dollars to improve your wireless network experience.
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word of god lyrics to action asking their fans to pay it forward. people think like when they say mary mary and you're not mary mary it's tina and erica. >> that's who we are. >> it's from the bible? >> yes. >> just so the audience knows. people say they don't do gospel, it's secular. >> everybody has their own interpretation and we said for the past few years it's gospel according to mary mary. in the type of church we grew up even though it was very traditional we were progressive. we were aware what was on the radio even though our mother tnt let us listen to it. for us it had to reach the unchurched. if you're using the most religious terms and most religious music and trying to share the love of god, you know, how you can live better and love
better and be better why do you want to come with this boring down trodden worrisome type of music. >> i can't do it. >> whatever format it's played on, sunday morning, friday night at the clubs the intention and motivation behind the music is still the same is to share god's love. no matter where it's played or where it fits it will be effective. sometimes that perspective is about preference. >> i know you have a lot of things going on. i want to talk about your initiative called something big especially which what just happened in alabama and the south with the tornadoes and now with the flooding. tell me about something big. >> something big. the push behind this was love big, do big, live big, it wasn't just about make a great record and have people think you're fantastic. we wanted to put the music into action.
>> and we want ad platform other than just the songs. >> we had a six or seven week campaign to encourage people to do something big for the elderly, for the homeless, for schools, if you got something big they are doing in their life. starting school again, pursuing something they thought they couldn't before, overcoming in some way and now we're going to take that initiative to helping the people who are dealing with that crisis in alabama. >> obviously you want to sell records because you want your message -- it's part of who you are. it's part of what you do. there can be a way to help people in what do you and that's what something big is? >> it always has to be more. it always has to be more. this is 11 years fours. still singing and still selling records. i feel we should charge people to do something. especially the way our world is today. we need help. we can do it alone and a lot of people are assuming it's all
going to happen from the white house. but it happens on our streets in our neighborhood. if we change our street just the block maybe you change the city and if you change the city maybe you change the county and i want grows. we're trying to get information think just beyond buying the record. now you do something. >> are they responding to something big? >> they are blowing us away. these people are going out taking you don't need everything to do something. you just need a willingness to do it. you're seeing that with our fans. >> there's a girl here in atlanta that her and her friend took two suitcases and got on a city bus and went to pass out food and clothes to homeless people. then it started raining so they got those little hats and kept going. they videoed themselves. there was a mother, i don't remember where she lives but she had two small children and the father is not in the home. this is what we were talking about doing something to senior citizen homes. they passed out chocolate kisses. it's small but impactful.
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♪ one of michael jackson's last performances there. his talent brought him fame and fortune but his face brought him jeers and jokes. michael jackson reportedly had dozens of plastic surgeries. now in a cnn exclusive never before seen photos remind us of who the king of pop was, what he originally liked. alan duke joins us. why have we not seen these photos before. >> these tos are from march 1978, a photo shoot at the studios here in hollywood bay freelance photographer who is a college student at the time. he is reginald garcia and i met him this week. he showed me these remarkable photos that have been in the closet in a box in his home for the last three decades.
he recently pulled them out because he needed something to fund an electrical invention he's got, an energy-efficient electrical motor that he says he think could make a big difference in the world and selling these photos he thinks will finance that. >> how much will these photos go for. >> i've heard estimates of $40,000, $50,000. you got two things. you got the actual photos, the slides, the contact sheets, the prints that exist the originals if you will and then you have the copyrights. i'm understanding the copy rites have just been doubt buy by kia morgan. he's talked about his remarkable photo collection. they are helping to sell the originals. quite a story in how reginald garcia came about these. >> very interesting. alan duke great pictures to look at. we appreciate you getting this story for us, a cnn exclusive and if you want to see them, talking to you viewers now all the photos of jackson before he
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now. he got into trouble for this prom proposal taping block letters to the side of his school. the connecticut high school banned him. then came the tv appearances and a let james tate go to the prom facebook page with 200,000 followers. this the afternoon head master announced she changed her mind and some say she bowed the pressure from online. no doubt we're in the midst of prom season and there are hundreds of kids around the nation stuck on prom. they created dresses and tuxes of duct tape just for the event. in georgia the high school had an entire duct tape prom. some of the students and their teachers came to visit me just to give me an up close look at their sticky situations and sensations. >> this is about the community. we've had the best time doing this. we have a fashion show around the fountain at the square. we have people have written songs about us. we have, you know, our own
little website. we have a wonderful time. it all started because it was scholarship sponsored by duct brand duct tape. they will enter as a couple and the winners will win $5,000 each. and the school has an opportunity to win 5,000 and second place the 3,000 apiece. these outfits are wonderful. >> everything is duct tape. >> i wonder i went to pass these guys as i went to the restroom between shows. how do you guys go the bathroom. >> we had people fall trying to put their duct tape on. during our prom was cool they were wonderful. >> it was march. >> march. >> who will win? >> come on guys don't be shy. who is going to win? >> these all really great. best of luck. >> thank you. i'm going on the east god college to teach part time.
we hope they will continue on in high school. >> it's great. for a good cause. i wish all of you could win and it's your duct tape prom. everybody give them a twirl. walk the runway as we leave you here. just walk. everybody. show it off. there you go. strut your safe. the duct tape prom. before we get out of here i want to update you on the top stories. morganza spillway has opened. that hasn't happened in 38 years. historic flooding along the mississippi river made the move necessary. last time morganza spillway opened was 1973. thousands of people must now evacuate ahead of the rising water. the head of one of the world's key financial organizations is being investigated tonight about
a sexual assault. dominique strauss-kahn is the leader of the international monetary fund. he was pulled off a flight to talk about an incident at a hotel in times square. investigators say he was naked and tried to force himself on a maid in his room. he has declined to answer questions and has not made a statement. he's often mentioned as a candidate for president in his native france. two florida imam as foreand son have been arrested on charges of providing support the pakistan taliban and another son has also been arrested in los angeles. a federal indictment accuses the three men along with three others inside pakistan of supporting a conspiracy to kill, injure and kidnap people abroad. we're told the arrests not linked to the recent killing of osama bin laden. republicans mike huckabee says he's not going to run for president this time around. the former arkansas governor and 2008 white house hopeful waited until the final minutes of his
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