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floods. lovies are holding, but for how long. rain is in the forecast. if you use a cell phone, important information from our very own sanjay gupta. you don't want to miss his report. i'm don lemon in los angeles. the news starts right now. >> this hour, this moment, i came here to declare my candidacy for the republican nomination for president of the united states of america. >> and of course, we begin with politics. herman cain making his bid for the white house official in atlanta. the former ceo of godfather's pizza and former radio talk show host is the fourth republican to officially jump in the race, but there are many more still eyeing a run, like mitt romney who is on a key trip to south carolina this weekend. i want to bring in for analysis shannon, who was at the mccain
event, and peter handy who is on the trail with mitt romney. shannon, cain may not have the name recognition others have. give us the lowdown on him. >> some of the things you mentioned, he has solid business experience, a financial background. he was the former ceo of godfather's pizza. he had other experience in other profile executive experience in restaurants. he's going to run on that, don. he's going to run on the fact he has solid business credentials, and he's got immense tea party support. he hopes that will help differentiate him from the more well known names like mitt romney and newt gingrich. part of the announcement was to drum up support, but part was also like a reintroduction. i'm herman cain, the business guy, and if you're worried about where the economy is going, i'm the one you have to support. >> this is romney's first trip.
tell us what he's doing and why the state is so important. >> this is the state, mitt romney is the front runner for the republican nomination, but first you have to shore up the gauntlet of the early states, iowa, new hampshire, nevada, south carolina. and frankly, romney's chances don't look that good in iowa and south carolina, states that are strongly dominated -- the republican electric is dominated by social conservatives, and romney finished fourth here despite sinking boatloads into the states. and he kept focus on jobs and the economy, which is right in his wheelhouse. that's all he wants to talk about. he came in just today, hit a barbecue joint, a group of small business owners, and he's off to the next campaign stop. since i have your attention, let's talk big picture now. what are the movements of the other big candidates this weekend? >> jon huntsman is out grabbing
headlines in new hampshire. you're not grabbing headlines because a lot of people don't know who he is if you look at the poll numbers, but he served as ambassador to china under oba obama. he's selling himself as a fresh face in the field, and he made his announcement in new hampshire. so while romney is down here, kind of under the radar, jon huntsman is trying to build up his profile in new hampshire. >> listen, shannon, tell us ability the folks you're covering. what about tim pawlenty? what about the focus of the candidates you're focusing on? >> many are trying to attract more buzz and attention. and pawlenty is officially going to throw his hat in the race on monday. he's been exploring a run, testing the waters, but he'll make it official on monday. he'll join, as you mentioned
earlier, three others who have already done that, four now with herman cain, but you have newt gingrich who is officially running, the former governor of new mexico, gary johnson, who is officially running. also texas congressman ron paul who has officially declared candidacy. tim pawlenty will do it as well, and this field is beginning to solidify and gel a little more. >> shannon and peter, thanks to both of you. we want to turn now to the developing story that we have been covering on cnn. you're going to hear a lot of four-letter words on the mississippi levees these days, but none as dreaded as r-a-i-n. the forecast calls for downpours, dumping up to 3 inches per hour in some places. what that means for the levee system is not clear yet. right now, the mississippi river is cresting in naches, mississippi. it's just shy of 62 feet. almost 14 feet above flood stage. even though it's not expected to get higher, it's expected to stay above flood stage for weeks.
the probability of levee failure has everyone on edge, of course. a bridge over the mississippi river near baton rouge, louisiana, has been reopened after several barges broke loose and hit it. some of the barges sank. it's not known if the record flooding contributed to the accident which is now under investigation. the flooding broke a record in vicksburg, mississippi. cresting one foot higher than the epic 1927 flood. the levee north of vicksburg in the town of redwood is causing engineers a whole lot of concerned. brian todd is there as crews try to shore it up. brian, can they keep the levee from breaking? >> reporter: they don't know yet, don. they're trying to do that very frantically right now. that's a levee not far from where we are. we're in redwood where the roads are closed. this road is completelyinate under water. this is an off ramp, and our photojournalist is going to pan to his right and my left where you can see the flooding goes on
for miles. that levee is in lake albamor not far from here. it's experienced a slide, which means the underpinnings of the levee has been compromised. the weight has been so forceful that it's pushed some of the mud, the sand about five feet in the underpinnings. some of the water is seeping through. we saw it earlier. one of the officials here, peter nimrod of the levee board, told us if that levee failed, you have more than a million acres of land that's going to be under water. several towns under water, thousands of homes, thousands of people displace from their homes. it's going to take several days shore it up. >> and you know, there's always concern about health hazards, and there may be many lurking in the water, brian. what do you know about that? >> yeah, the mississippi governor, haley barbour has told us in places like this where the water is everywhere and some of it is sewage, the e. coli levels are sometimes 200 times above
normal. and he -- i couldn't say it better than him. he said this stuff is nasty. they're really concerned about that. they have security concerns as well because in vicksburg, near here, officials are saying they're patrolling the streets night and day with police and sheriff's deputies to make sure abandoned homes and businesses aren't broken into. that could be a concern for many weeks to come because we're told these waters may not go back to the banks of the mississippi for almost another month. >> all right, our brian todd reporting from near redwood, miss miss. what a mess. thank you, and please stay safe. let's turn to jacqui jeras in the cnn severe weather center. how worried should be people be about the rain in the forecast? >> they should be worried. in terms of the mississippi river at this time, if it's 3 to 6 inches of rainfall, it's probably not enough to bring the crest up, but it's some of the smaller tributaries that lead into them that we could have problem.
let's talk about where the river is now. the best i can tell you is it looks like most of the river gauges have now crested. even though they have crested, they're still way above flood stage. vicksburg, we're talking about 14 feet above where that river should be to be in the banks. and we have cresting into baton rouge and new orleans. that's because we opened up the spillway. let's show you the riefrl forecast over the next five days. this will tell you that most of the heavy rain is going to be in the middle mississippi river valley and into the ohio river valley. keep in mind, the ohio river dumps into the mississippi. all that will eventually be making its way downstream. we'll have to watch this over the next couple days. places like the white river in indiana. that could start to rise once again. we'll watch some of those spots as well. the other thing we're worried about is if some of the thunderstorms could be severe. we're watching places like central texas where a severe
thunderstorm watch sin effect. they could produce tornadoes. be aware of that, and we have stronger thunderstorms in parts of kansas and western iowa. don, if no more rain fell, we would be good as long as the levees hold. unfortunately, we have the rain in the forecast. >> thank you very much. stand by. we'll check back with jacqui jeras. appreciate it. a suicide bombing attack one man is calling cowardly. the casualties mount after an attack on a military hospital. they were young, they were scared, and yet they rewrote histo history. members of the freedom writers talk about their role in the civil rights movement. and many of you have been asking for information and social media. you can reach out to us on twitter, on facebook, on cnn.com, and on foursquare. we're back in a moment. it might be off a dock or on a boat. upstream or in the middle of nowhere.
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courageously fighting against america and its allies. we have to continue his mission because we love his mission more than the man. >> the commander in afghanistan has a warning that this isn't the last attack. and they have warned coalition forces of difficult situations and urged troops do do their best to limit civilian casualties in the world. more violent shook cnn. security forces killed four people after a funeral march in the city of hama. the same city was torn apart by violence friday, seen in these pictures. 44 people reportedly killed in clashes across the country. today's assault came as people were leaving the cemetery after
burying victims of the violence. the syrian government has forbidden cnn from reporting in the country, so we're unable to confirm the reports independently. 16 people were killed today in the bombing of an oil tanker in afghanistan near the border. nine other tankers burned friday in another bombing. it's not clear who is behind the attacks, but the tankers are easy targets for militants operating on the pakistan/afghan border. nato air strikes took out eight ships. a nato spokesman said moammar gadhafi's forces were using ships to lay mines and block humanitarian aide. but they called this, quote, a crazy attack, and claimed nato put civilians at risk. no deaths nor injuries to report here. in yemen, a deal has been reached that could result in the departure of abdullah salli.
he's expected to sign the agreement on sunday. he has held power for 33 years. he's been unpopular in many parts of the country, sparking violent anti-government protests. but he's also been a u.s. ally against terrorism. coming up here on cnn, a new study provokes outrage after seeing women of one race are uglier than others. the controversy on the other side of this break. first, we want to tell you about this. spring is usually a prime selling season for real estate, but foreclosures are driving down prices in many parts of the country. how do you sell your home in a buyer's market? the garage, scraping and putting on a fresh coat of paint
will help with that. cleaning out the flower beds, and cleaning it up with mulch and flower planting is not going to cost a lot of money, but the focal point of drawing you into inhouse is going to count. >> forget the adage, it's what's on the inside that counts. it's what's on the outside that counts. steven helps homeowners who want to sell. he helps them redesign the inside and outside in a buyer's market. >> they notice the things that aren't quite as nice looking, like maybe if the plant is dying. i would get a nice new plant, a flowering plant, and stagger a few out here. >> plants won't break the bank, but many sellers assume they have to make big, costly investments to sell their home. they project annual remodeling at 0.2%. but returns can be worth the
vestment. the best things are outdoor improvements, the front door, for example. a fiberglass front door will cost you about $1,000. you'll get back 60% when you sell, 60% of your money. make it a steel front door, you get back more, 102% of your money. a new garage door, you'll get back nearly 84% of your money, and a new wood deck recoups about 73%. all good investments. and if you can't afford any of these things, small, outside touch said still matter. outside your house, my first impression driving up, you're in a neighborhood, so obviously, people are going to come here and see front lawn. you know cleaning up the lawn is key before showing. >> christine romans, cnn, new york. prescription strength relief from my worst allergy symptoms. so lily and i are back on the road again. with zyrtec® i can love the air®.
you sure is ugly. ha, ha! >> that was actually one of my favorite scenes from "the color purple." you remember that? that's fiction, but an article based on fact makes a similar statement that black women are uglier than other races. an evolutionary psychologist wrote the article that appeared on the website psychologytoday. a huge uproar follows. then the website pulled the piece. hmm, and now its author, a ph.d.
at the london school of economics has been under atang. let's talk about this a lot more with dr. wendy walsh. she's here and she's going to break down how and why the study can't be right. we have talked about some of this. researcher researchers' previous word, specifically finding that better looking people have higher iqs. you say this study is flawed, right? >> first, he did the wrong study. if you do the study that say what are the cultural factors in america that contribute to what the narrow idea of beauty is and we could understand where we are, that would make sense, but to say black women are ugly, he didn't even do the study, he pulled data from another study and extrabilated it. go ahead.
>> i have a question for you, go ahead. >> he called the people who rated people based on beauty objectiveoverers. and you're not objective if you're part of a culture and it's based on beauty. if you tried to implant this in india or africa, it would have a comp ple completely different result because you have to thing of the culture. >> talk to us more about the narrow definition of beauty and why is that so, why is that pervasive? >> we talk about this all the time, don, because i'm part of a multiracial family, and my children are actually quite brown. so i have become keenly aware of how the media depicts blond and blue-eyed to characters on disney shows to magazine shows. and if you're trying to sell a product to an american family, you rarely will see a typical black american family unless you're going after marketing to that particular audience. >> okay.
>> so they're in the background more often. the best thing about the study, by the way, is the reports that black women actually showed they are quite beautiful. yes. >> yes. and got us talking about it. maybe we might rethink what our standard of beauty is. i have to say, we reached out to psychology today and the study's author and we have yet to receive a response from them. let's talk about other human behavior issues. one of our affiliates in dallas is noting a trend among young people getting plastic surgery to avoid bullying like getting their ears pinned back, their noses done. is that a good idea, wendy? >> well, you're using two buzz words that are hot in the media right now, plastic surgery and bullying. if we were doing this story in the '70s, it would be would you do corrective surgery to keep teasing from happening to kids? we have to make a distinction between classic surgery designed to make someone beautiful or youthful or to make someone
conform to, i hate to use the word normal, but a range of attractiveness in the culture. we can argue all day about if somebody does have ears that strick out or a large, protruding nose, shouldn't we let our kids be proud of who they are? but most parents don't want to take a risk with their own kid to try to change the culture. that's why the corrective surgeries have been going on for 50 years. >> dr. wendy walsh, very interesting. we have a whole lot to talk about, especially tonight because we're rupping the special. it's called in the newsroom, sex, lies, and arrogance. we're going to talk about the men behaving badly. it airs tonight on cnn. power, popularity, influence. why do so many men in positions of power cheat. what did you think when you first heard that arnold schwarzenegger's mother of his
love child had been living in the house for more than ten years? what was your gut reaction? >> as a woman, dog, scoundrel. as someone who studies psychology and human behavior, i would say some degree of narcissism, a sense of entitlement, and how could he maintain this life for so long and live with it. >> sa save some of that for 10:00 p.m. eastern. sex, lies, and arrogance. why do so many men in positions of power really have a history of cheating? we're going to examine that, 10:00 p.m. eastern, and dr. wendy will join us. in the meantime, pope benedict xvi speaks to millions every day, but it's not every day he speaks to astronauts on a space shuttle. his words to the crew and gabby giffords straight ahead. os, they were young, they were scared, they endured and helped change the world. members of the freedom writers talk about their role in the
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weekend. romney met with small business owners in south carolina, which is a key early primary state. his first trip there this election cycle. the crest of the mississippi river flooding has now reached naches, mississippi, which is about 100 miles north of baton rouge, louisiana. even though the water is not expected to rise, it's not expected to go down, either. stressed levees may have to hold up for more weeks. can you believe it. health officials warn the water is dangerous with e. coli levels up to 2 h00 times higher than normal. pope benedict xvi made history with the first call ever to the internuncial space station. he talked to mark kelly about how the technology in space could save lives on earth. he also mentioned his wife, gabrielle giffords, who was shot in the head. >> and mark kelly's wife was a victim of an attack, and i hope
her head continues to improve. >> thank you for the kind words, your holiness, and thank you for mentioning my wife, gabby. >> freedom, and we're going to get our freedom. we'll get it taken! >> you don't understand that. you don't understand that. he doesn't know us, what we want and what we need. >> we will die for our freedom. >> you know, we have been profiling them for months. young revolutionaries like the ones here in egypt, overcoming their fears to make change, life-altering foundation, and change there. it's happening now and it happens 50 years ago this coming week in the united states. in 1961, 461 freedom riders headed out on buses to fight the anti-black rules in thusouth known them as jim crowe laws. i sat down with carol silver, bernard lafayette, john lewis,
and bill harper. i want you to listen closely. >> i have to say, i owe a debt of gratitude to all of you, to carol silver, to bernard laugh yet, and of course, you recognize john lewis and bill harper. thank you for the sacrifices you made and what you did. but i have to ask you this, did you ever think you would be sitting here together? look at each other, 50 years, what do you think when you look at each other's faces? >> unreal, unbelievable that some of us are still here. still working. to change america. >> at that time, we were young. and we were frightened. >> you still look young. >> but we were -- we had a purpose. and that -- you can never recapture that unless you had some threat against you. so we are basking in this -- in your attention and the attention of all these young people, and
it's wonderful. >> yeah. when mr. lafayette walked in, he said to me, he goes, i finally get to meet you, i'm so proud of you. i'm thinking, me? you're proud of me? i'm proud of you. where does that come from? you did what you did in order for me to sit there. is that what you're saying? >> well, yes. we didn't know what was going to happen to us, but we wanted to make sure that the next generation would not suffer the indignity said that we suffered and would be able to have the opportunities that we did not have. and that's the thing that makes me proud. and osproud of cnn because it gives the impression that there is acceptance. and diversity that we see. it gives me a sense of accomplishment that the things we did made a difference. it's one thing to do things to take action because it's the right thing to do. but it's another when you see
some results. >> yeah, and bill, you're shaking your head. >> i don't know if i can look down 50 years from now, from heaven or hell or somewhere and say what did these young folks do to the country we gave them in the last 50 years. it's amazing with the technology going on now. it's amazing, the things that are happening with cell phone said. it bothers me that they don't reldz that the dropout rate is 58% around the country. and we really need to do something about it. i'm hoping that we turn this over and when we're gone, that they will be able to tell this world we gave them the last 50 years. >> i tell young people all the time, i told some young people just a few day said ago, especially young black men, they must pull up their pants. >> that drive said me crazy. >> and stand up. and walk with a sense of dignity and a sense of pride. we have to deal with the
criminal justice system. at the same time, there's still too many people in america and around the world that have been discriminated against because of their race, their color, their religion, or because of sexual orientation. >> there isn't anything any one of us can accomplish, especially what you did, what you went through. the problems i have had have been nothing compared to what you suffered. and i thank you for it from the bottom of my heart. thank you. >> thank you so much. monday, i'm going to show you a week-long celebration to recognize the 50th anniversary reunion will start in jacksonville, mississippi. >> you probably heard and maybe used salty language at a bar, but don't get carried away at this one in baltimore where each four-letter word will cost you. and a police chase unlike any other in minnesota. see if you can make out the
we heard him. he turned around. he was immediately shot before we were handed an opportunity to go for his weapon. >> an oklahoma sheriff's deputy is fighting for his life tonight after someone shot him in the head. now a manhunt is under way are two men. police say the men approached him at an off duty job in oklahoma city last night.
the deputy was making a bank deposit for a restaurant, and the officer has undergone face and jaw surgery. he's in critical condition. there is surveillance video of the attack. hopefully it will lead to the suspect here. i want to take you across country, now. you probably don't want to step into this baltimore bar if your team is losing. that's because every curse word or cuss word, as some say, out of your mouth, will cost you. the mount royal tavern has a cuss bucket, and customers have to pluck in a quarter for every bad word they say. the owner said he's sick of strong profanity and he's giving all the money to charity. and in minnesota check out this unusual early morning chase involving police in north st. paul. all caught on dash cam. officers responded to a call of
a black bear running through a residential area. they followed, crossing over a highway, and caught that furry guy. see him there? that would be scary. just ahead here on cnn, some of the most arresting images of the flood zone are scenes like this. elaborate do-it-your selve levees to hold back the water. and ur. going to meet one man who built a levee to save his family business but only gives it a 50/50 chance of working. the 3.6-liter pentastar v6 engine
record flooding along the mississippi river is forcing many people to take extraordinary measures to hold back the water. in some cases, large makeshift levees are popping up in a desperate attempt to keep things from being swept away. david mattingly is in natchez, mississippi, where the owners of a family-owned lumber company are doing everything they can to save their business. >> fighting the mississippi is a game of vengeance. >> how far out can you go? >> and the river doesn't quit. >> right here. it caved away right there. >> there's flg. it used to be dirt all the way out to there. all this has caved away. >> howard jones is the fourth of
five generations at the jm jones lumber company, but i find him strictly in the business of surviving. building up and trying to hold together a levee that keeps his family's business from being swept away. >> are you confident you can hold the river back? >> absolutely not. no, i mean, i'm confident that it's not going to go over my levees, but i'm not confident that enough of this is going to cave off and i'm going to have a breach. i would say it's 50/50. >> reporter: it's been four weeks since lumber operation ceased and all resources went into building up the company's existing levee. up to eight feet higher in some places. now they're constantly plugging, bag, and patching what the river gouges away. >> you can tell this is a patch deal here. our primary tarp was ripped. >> reporter: confounding the problem, river traffic. boats pushing barges upstream
stir up waves jones says has been doing damage, pounding away fragile dirt from the levees. it calls it a battle of attrition because this water is going to stay high for weeks. the coast guard stepped in, slowing boats down to a crawl, keeping them to the middle of the channel and spacing them far apart. a small bit of comfort for a family with dpooiv generations of success and a proud legacy at the heart of a river. >> very humbling. very humbling, and i think about this all the time. and that's why we're doing everything we can to find it. and if we fail, we'll just say, well, we tried. >> reporter: so far, a half million dollars of company cash has gone into the levee. if it fails, the jones lumber company probably will not be able to recover, so there's nothing left to do but work, watch, and worry. david mattingly, cnn, natchez, mississippi. coming up next, a man
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each week in the human factor series, we look at ordinary people accomplishing extraordinary thing. we are introodeuced to allen marks, whose journey with brain ensure the technology we use every day is safer. >> good morning, how are you. >> for allan marks being in the real estate business for 30 years has been a passion. >> i like building homes and seeing people move into them happy. >> but three years ago, his life changed. >> i had a seizure. i don't remember it. >> the cause of that seizure, a malignant brain tumor. surgeons were able to remove the cancer but he says the recuperation was challenging. >> it took a long time. even now, i have some deficits. and you try to find ways to overcome them. >> there's something else. marks it feels responsible for
his own cancer. >> i know what it is. it was my cell phone use. i -- there's no way you could put something to your head for 20 years and not have it cause something. >> and while there are some studies suggesting cell phones pose a health risk, many others do not. as a trade group representing cell phone manufacturers tells cnn, numerous experts and government health and safety organizations around the world have reviewed the existing studies and on going research and concluded that rf products meaning established safety guidelines pose no known health risk but still there are many cell phone manufacturers that recommend that you do not put the phone next to your head. that is something marks and his family support. >> i still use my phone. i usually use a speakerphone or i use a headset. >> marks and his wife are urging lawmakers to require manufacturers to put warnings directly on the phones and
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like every single american airlines flight. orbitz doesn't have them. but you'll find all 3,400 of them at aa.com. every day. all right. there we go. you're going to see a count down to rapture clock on your screen pretty soon. there it is, 4:45. a radio preacher in california believes the beginning of the end of the world starts today to be exactly, 6:00 p.m. local time which is right after the show. but i'm going to stay on a couple seconds later. it's in the eastern time zone. he's not the only one. jeanne moos looks at exactly what is supposed to happen.
>> i hate to be judgmental, but when you keep seeing judgment day this saturday, the end of the world is almost here, it doesn't improve the daily commute. here's what's supposed to happen around 6:00 p.m. eastern time saturday. >> the largest earthquake the world has ever seen. buildings will collapse. it's going to be awful. >> like a disaster movie 2012" arriving early. earthquakes worldwide. believers will experience rapture, heavenly ascent, while nonbelievers will stay for a few hellish months and until the fiery end of time. >> 97% of the people, god will destroy. >> i don't believe in such [ bleep ]. >> the generally low key and polite folks who believe this need tough skin as they hand out their leaflets. >> yeah, right. >> it's all over. it's all over. >> see you this time next year. >> you're convinced, you're absolutely convinced.
>> yes, because the bible guarantees it. >> the bible as interpreted by this california preacher, harold camping, head of family radio, lately he's been getting some flack. >> my bible warns about false teachers and buddy, are you one of the worst. >> camping miscalculated his last end times prediction for 1994. >> what happens if on sunday we're all still here and there's no earthquake? >> well, there will be an earthquake. >> this retired new york city transit engineer spent $140,000 for a subway and bus shelter ads warning of judgment day. >> that's your life savings. >> a good chunk of it. >> on saturday, where will robert fitzpatrick be? >> as of now, i'm planning to be in times square. >> with media tagging along expecting to see him with egg on his face or in rapture. and if those in heaven need someone to take care of the pets they leave behind -- you can
arrange with services like after the rapture pet care and eternal earth bound pets toe have nonchristians take care of your animals. one nonbeliever wants to celebrate we're still here day on the 22nd for some of us, the 21st is problematic. >> but this is my birthday. to put this on me is just weird. so if my birthday is on the 21st, what do you recommend do? >> pray. >> and maybe celebrate to you. >> happy doomsday dear jeannie, happy doomsday to you. >> jeanne moos, cnn. new york. >> all right. less than two minutes away. coming up tonight at 7:00 eastern, if the world doesn't end, actor and born again christian stephen baldwin will join me to discuss why we're still here. why are we still here? meantime top stories.
our first top story, her man cain tossed his hat into the ring for the republican nomination for president at an event in atlanta. the former ceo of godfather's pizza and former radio talk show host is the fourth republican to officially jump into the race. mitt romney hasn't said whether or not he's going to get in, but he's campaigning like he's doing it this weekend. romney met with small business owners in south carolina, which is a key early primary state. it is the first trip there this election cycle. the crest of the mississippi flooding has now reached natchez, mississippi, about 100 miles north of baton rouge, louisiana. even though the water is not expected to rise, it's not expected to go down either. stressed levees may have to hold up for weeks more and health officials warn the floodwaters are extremely dangerous with e coly levels up to 200 times higher than normal. the pope made history today with the first call forever to the international space station and spoke with mark kelly how used in space could improv
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