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joplin, they are some who had it all when they died at the age of 27. howard sounds is out with the book "27 club." that is coming in at the next hour at 10:00 a.m. eastern on cnn. outbreak on campus. a meningitis scare at the major american university. a rare strain is putting thousands of students at risk and an emergency vaccine could be the only thing to stop it. the city council wants him gone, but the crack smoking mayor is not going anywhere. now rob ford's biggest advocate is speaking out to cnn. the mayor's wife is standing by her man. the club no singer or rocker wants to be part of.
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we are pulling back the curtain on the 27 club. the book which uncovers the mystery. good morning. i'm zoraida sambolin. nice to have you with us this morning. >> i'm victor blackwell. now 10:00 on the east coast. 7:00 on the west coast. you are in the cnn newsroom. >> this morning, one of the top schools in the country is facing a major health scare and trying to figure out how to keep the students safe. a rare and dangerous form of meningitis has struck the university. several people have become ill. the latest came down with the illness several weeks ago. the vaccine is not approved in the united states. >> we have alexandra field at princeton. officials are deciding whether or not to let the students get
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the vaccine. >> reporter: they are making that decision this weekend. after they make it available, it would be up to the students to decide if they want to get the vaccine that has only been approved overseas. princeton officials are meeting this weekend to discuss vaccinations on campus. it is to combat the meningitis "b" outbreak. the first case developed when the first student returned from spring break in march. additional cases were reported and an outbreak was declared in may. a total of six students and one visitor are linked outbreak. the case last week reported is still hospitalized this morning. >> it was instant. she went from feeling almost fine to the next minute at 103 fever. >> reporter: bacterial meningitis is rare. the strain causing this is rare
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in the united states. it is not included in currently available vaccines. the bacteria can cause infections of the lining of the brain and spinal cord. symptoms are headache, fever, vomiting and rashes and stiff neck. those who recover can suffer serious complications like hearing loss and brain damage and limb amputations. >> you need to treat it quickly. a community that may have other cases has to be aware of the symptoms. the quicker you put someone on antibiotics, the more likely they are to recover. >> reporter: to combat the disease, the cdc has fda approval to import the only vaccine as an experimental drug called bexsero. if the officials agree to offer the vaccine, it will be on a voluntary basis. >> i think a lot of people are concerned from the fact it did not go away over the summer
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after everybody left. >> reporter: and as for whether or not students want the vaccine, they will wait for the trustees to make the decision before doing their homework on. it zoraida and victor. >> the first case was back in march. why are we just learning about this now? >> reporter: this is becoming news now as the cdc gets that approval from the fda to import this drug. the students here on campus tell us they were made aware of the cases of meningitis "b" as early as march. they have been getting e-mail update as long the way. >> alexandra field, thank you very much. we talked to a doctor earlier who said they recommend this vaccine if they approve it. >> it is a difficult decision. the good thing is some of the kids will go home for thanksgiving break soon. they will be able to disperse
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and end here. another story we are following. the embattled mayor of toronto. he says he is staying put. he is going nowhere. he is being stripped of most of his powers. this was an unprecedented move. the city council voted yesterday to strip mayor rob ford of his ability to govern in an emergency and appoint and dismiss committee chairs. >> despite the calls for stepping down, ford's wife is standing by his side. >> should he step down? >> no. >> do you think he should take a leave of absence? >> that's why we have elections. >> do you think he should at least take some personal time? should he at least take some personal time? >> no. >> the accusations against ford include prostitutes and abuse of power and accusations of drug use. ford is threatening to sue some
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of his former colleagues. for late night comedians, this is a gift that keeps on giving. >> day after day. >> listen to this. >> up in the city of toronto, canada, this is the time of year they put up the giant crack pipe. >> announced and this is true, he will start hosting a tv show with his brother in canada. it raises a lot of questions, starting with where can i get canadian tv. where is this? i want to tape it. >> i don't think that will work out well. mayor ford apologized this week. he did apologize after he made those sexually explicit comments on live television. that erratic behavior has people asking if ford is actually fit to lead. ford says the accusations against him are outright lies. they are not true. >> our senior international correspondent nic robertson joins us live from toronto. i know you spoke to ford's brother. what did he have to say?
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>> i asked him about the situation with his brother, the mayor. only the pair of them voted against the whole of the rest of the council. 41-2. doug ford is a council member on toronto city council as well. isn't this just humiliating for your brother, i asked. >> imagine if you took the ceo out and said you all have the powers of the ceo. it would not work. >> isn't it humiliating for your brother? >> this whole issue is humiliating. >> this is what he will be remembered for. >> he will be remembered by doing a great job. he will be remembered if he fails to move in the right direction. he will be remembered as a comeback kid. >> reporter: even his brother not entirely convinced that the mayor can actually pull through and keep on track at the moment. the mayor himself vowing to continue to fight what the
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council chambers here are doing. fight them in the courts and even if it means dipping in his own pocket. >> your brother, the mayor, said today he will fight some of the issues in court. it won't be public money, but his money. how much will this cost you? how long you can go on fighting it? >> we spent close to $1 million fighting on all of the other court cases. three of them. you have to keep in mind. this battle did not happen right now. >> how many more? >> this started three years ago when rob ford was elected. >> this will cost big. >> every single -- that's fine. we have taken on bigger guys. >> how deep are your pockets? >> i have short pockets. >> short pockets. >> i have very short pockets. >> you have to stop the fight pretty quickly. >> we will never stop fighting. >> reporter: it will continue to cost them. on monday, they are expected to be another three motions against the mayor stripping him of more powers. >> we will see what the new week
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will bring. thank you very much. police in detroit are charging a man with murder two weeks after he shot and killed a 19-year-old woman that he thought was breaking into his home. >> prosecutors say they don't believe theodore wayfair was acting in self defense when he shot behind a locked screen door. the parents of the victim say he is a monstdaster and should be behind bars. >> i want to thank the prosecutor's office for the thorough job they have done to bring the charges that they brought against mr. wayfair. i don't know why i'm saying that. this monster that killed my daughter. i think they did a thorough job and they came up with the right decision. i hope he spends the rest of his life in jail. >> you did know accident. you took a life. you took a beautiful life that was starting to blossom into a
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beautiful woman. for that, i hope you stay in jail for the rest of your life because i have to go on with my life and her father without our daughter. >> police say mcbride was drunk and possibly disoriented following a car crash when she stepped to wayfair's porch looking for help. in washington, republicans pushed through this fix for obama care, what they call a fix is not a fix for everybody. live to washington for the explanation. did you hear about that? alec baldwin shoots off his mouth at a photographer. that gets him and his cable talk show suspended. [ lane ] are you growing old waiting for your wrinkle cream to work? neutrogena® rapid wrinkle repair has the fastest retinol formula. to visibly reduce fine lines and wrinkles in just one week. neutrogena®.
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do dozens voted for this issue. >> let's go to erin mcpike in washington. there is a big distinction here. can you talk about that? >> reporter: president obama said he wants to administer some fix sony american who had a plan canceled under obama care can extend that policy for the next year. the republican plan could allow not only that extension for the next year, but it would allow any american to buy those canceled plans for the next year. these plans are cheaper for the first thing and the second part is they don't meet the demands of the affordable care act. it defeats the purpose of the law. the fear is among the white house that younger americans and healthier americans will buy the canceled plans and it will skew
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the premiums in the exchanges. fred upton was on "the situation room" yesterday. >> they told us it would work. it hasn't. they told the american public they would be able to keep their plans, we know for millions it is not the case. we are trying to remedy the situations and not leave our constituents high and dry with nothing to show for. >> reporter: obviously it is now a trust issue with president obama. the problem for the house is that democrats in red states agree with what upton had to say about that. zoraida. >> you have 39 democrats in the house who jump ship and branded for this fix. anything to say about the defectors as they are called? >> reporter: of course, the white house has been trying to meet with democrats all week to
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calm their fears and there was an expectation that many more democrats would have voted for the republican bill had it not been for the white house trying to say, okay, we are going to take a look at this and try to implement our own fix, victor. >> you have to get the senate to take it up, too. erin mcpike in d.c. for us. thank you so much. and msnbc has yanked alec baldwin off the air for two weeks. he shouted a gay slur at a photographer last night. >> he said what i did this week as i was trying to protect my family was offensive. this undermines hard fought rights i vigorously support. >> baldwin overheated this week outside his apartment. he was trying to get his wife and baby in the mercedes benz. glaad said they cannot support the quality on paper and degrade
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a week after one of the strongest storms in recorded history hit the fill peoples, thousands are escaping the devastation in the hardest hit city of tacloban. and this is happening just as clean-up crews are now clearing more from the streets so that the help can flow in. a lot of survivors are seeking ref future in cebu, the philippines second largest city. >> the number killed continues to rise. the storm is now blamed for more than 3600 deaths. 12 others were injured and the search is on for 1100 people reported still missing. cnn's anna coren is in cebu where survivors from tacloban are arriving. will these people finally get the help that they need? >> reporter: yeah, we hope so. you know, zoraida and victor, this has been a hideous wait longer in fact for these people
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who for so many of them have lost everything, loved ones, their homes, they come here carrying whatever they have left. they're getting off vessels bringing them here to cebu. for those with family and friends around the country, they'll be sent there. those with no relatives will be put up in evacuation centers around the city. these people are broken. you know, they are shell shocked, they are depressed. those that we spoke to said they have no idea how they're going to rebuild their lives. that's obviously where aid agencies and the filipino government will make a step up and assist these people putting the pieces back together. >> what is the explanation from the government? a few days ago, it was reported that that road from the airport had been cleared and that the airport was functional. there are clinics close to the airport. why is this taking so long? >> reporter: yeah, the aid operation has taken a ridiculous
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amount of time. we've been based out at cebu air base for much of the past week. bee three military planes and one forklift. this is meant to be the staging ground for this relief operation. the philippine know government under heavy criticism how they've handled this it, slow, disorganized, chaotic some of the words used to describe it. i think people feel this government was never equipped to handle such a disaster and they should have reached out to the internationl community straightaway. international community is on the ground now and finally aid is being distributeded. but still people are suffering >> anna coren there in cebu for us, thank you. >> the only bit of good news, someone we talked to earlier she said the ship that brings people is functioning 24 hours continuously bringing folks to the other side. >> hopefully this continues to speed up. >> all right. so we're hearing incredible
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stories of ingenuity and survival among all the wreckage. senior international correspondent ivan watson went top tacloban to meet some of the tiniest and most vulnerable survivors of the typhoon. >> we're in one of the main hospitals in tacloban, and i'm going to take you into the chapel now to show you something that i've if he ever really seen anywhere in the world before. come take a look. [ speaking foreign language ] >> for the past week, this has been the neonatal intensive care unit. there are now 27 babies who are in this chapel right now, almost all of them were born after the typhoon. over here, this is the icu, the intensive care unit.
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now, this mother is taking turns with the father manually pumping oxygen into their daughter's lungs because their daughter's not breathing. normally, are if there wasn't a storm, this would be done by machines. but there's no electricity right now. so not only are there no breathing devices but there are no incubators and thermal regulation is a problem for these children, the doctors say, for these infants. this is a premiumie, born premature, six weeks early. and the doctors say that this is not an optimal situation. in fact, tragically, six infants have died here in this chapel in the last six days. the healthy babies are staying here in the pews, and we do have
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some positive news to port when we came in here, there were five infants in s s in intensi. and in the last hour, one of them, has been moved from intensive care over to here with his mother catherine, hello, catherine. hi, and sian james who was born on monday is now considered stable. which is wonderful news for kathleen and sian james but this has been a very, very difficult week for the doctors here, for the families here, and for some of the infants. again, all of these children, almost all of them born after the storm. these are storm babies, typhoon babies in a chapel turned into a neonatal icu ward. ivan watson, cnn, tacloban in the philippines. >> such an important story to
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them another year if you're following me. the president met with the industry executives friday in order to persuade them to go along. his capitulation on canceled policies heads off a legislative fix by congress, at least for now. >> i completely get how upsetting this can be for a lot of american, particularly after assurances they heard from me that if they had a plan that they liked, they could keep it. and to those americans, i hear you loud and clear. i said that i would do everything we can to fix this problem and today i'm offering an idea that will help do it. >> viewpoints now from a couple of xen commentators, maria cardona, democratic strategist, ben ferguson, conservative radio show host. i'm glad we have the two of you together. these are always lively conversations. i want to start with the president trying to fix one problem but have created another. because there are 45 days until this deadline.
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insurance companies have gone in one direction. now he's saying wait, you don't have to go there. maria, is the president creating a bigger problem? >> well, we'll see, victor. i think the important thing here is that the president was actually listening to the american people, especially that important small but important 5% of americans who are receiving their cancellation notices. they were scared and they were upset, and the president has actually responded to that. and in fact, some insurers, even some who met with the president yesterday at the white house said that they're glad that the president did this because their own customers were scared and were anxious and this gives them the ability to calm them down, to assure them they're able to continue those plans if they want to, and i think importantly, it also gives them a year to figure out if there are better plans out there, which there already, that they can go onto the insurance marketplace and buy those plans. that's what the year really is focused on doing. and that's why part of the fix
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makes insurers tell those customers what else is available out there and what those current plans don't cover, which i think is very important too. >> ben? >> yeah, you know, it's interesting how they're trying to act like for 5 million americans this is somehow such a small little minuscule number, that this isn't that big of a deal. as the a huge deal. such a big deal that 39 democrats voted with republicans yesterday in the house. the other big deal is this. i talked to five different executives with different companies yesterday in the health care industry, and they all said, why is the white house and the president and the democrats acting as if they're shocked. we told them this was going to happen in 2010. we made it incredibly clear that what they were passing was going to mean that millions of americans were going to get cancelled. now they're acting like they're shocked by that, and we're sitting there going, why are you now calling an audible at the last minute? one of them described this way.
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he said this would be like going into students about to give their dissertation and saying a week before, scrap everything we told you you had to do. now we want you to completely redo it. as one health provider said, this is unrealistic to throw all of this on the industry and try to get them to fix something that we warned you was going to take place and you didn't pay attention to us. this is a huge debacle for this white house and a lot of insurance companies are saying we can't fix it. >> i want to stay on your point of the 39 house democrats that voted on upton bill siding with the republicans here. had they had another 18, then developed have had a vote toe-proof majority. my question is for you, maria. this was in politico. they call this a significant show of disloyalty to the party. do you agree with that? >> no, i don't agree with that. i guarantee you that the white house gave them the blessing to go ahead and do that. they understand and the president was very clear about this when he did his press
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conference this week and he acknowledged the difficulty politically that this, all of this has put the democrats, especially those who are up in 2014. so he completely understands why they did this. he completely understands that they had to go back and show their conste8'ts that they were trying to fix this. but i'll tell you one thing. if the president had not made the fix that he did this week, that number would have been a lot higher. and i think the focus here is, look, this republican republican outrage, i'm sorry, it is fake. where was all the outrage in the last years when insurance companies were dropping their constituents left and right when their constituents were going broke, when their constituents were actually dying because they didn't have health insurance and they have not lifted a finger to try to fix this. >> maria. >> so the president is doing something big. there are going to be problems here but republicans have done nothing. >> maria, let's give ben a chance to respond here. >> maria, the fact that you want to try to blame this debacle on
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republicans over the last 50 years, you guys were in charge of this. >> i didn't say that. >> you created it. you're the ones that decided what you wanted in the bill and didn't listen to the industry when they said it was going to be a disaster. even more than that, to imply that the president of the united states of america gave his blessing for 39 democrats to vote with republicans is embarrassing and laughable because the white house came out and said we're going to threaten to veto it. >> absolutely. >> you don't bless democrats to do something and then claim you're going to veto it a few minutes later. >> of course do you. >> the white house saying i will veto this. that's a joke, i'm sorry. >> it's politics. if you don't know that, clearly you've never worked on a political campaign. this happens all the time. >> i've worked on a few. >> the president knows that the democrats needed to do this. >> let me get a question in for ben. ben, the president didn't address obama care in his weekly address but the republicans certainly did. senator ron johnson of wisconsin said that we need long-term
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solutions, not some short-term fixes. is there a bit of hypocrisy there. these fixes were what the republicans proposed day after day during the government shutdown. the democrats said there are democrats who never wanted this to work and any larger thing, they will use to try to show that this never work. but the short term fixes line is exactly what republicans were proposing. >> well, the republicans said as a compromise the government shutdown, look, let's give a one-year moratorium on the individual mandate and wait on this because it's not ready to be rolled out. the president said i will not negotiate. the president of the united states of america is now being forced to say, okay, i'll let you keep your plan for a year. the problem is, the president walked out and he didn't say if you like your plan, you can keep your plan for another 12 months. he said if you like your plan, you can keep your plan. so a one-year delay all it's going to do is is put us right
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back here in one year with the same mess that we're dealing with now. if you're a person with insurance, do you really want a 12-month delay of a now again another disaster? i don't think that's a fix. delaying a disaster by one year for political reasons. they want to be able to keep the plans indefinitely the way the president promised them and not take it back and lie to the american people. >> all right. maria and ben, i'm sorry. we've run out of time. always so much pun to listen to both of you. thank you so much. political commentators maria calderone and ben ferguson, thank you. >> they're music and a lot of us are big fans of amy winehouse, kirk cobane. their music helped define rock and roll but at 27 years old, they were gone. janis joplin. as we said, kurt cobane, amy winehouse. question how they all died at the same age. we're going to talk about the mystery surrounding what's called the 27 club.
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welcome back. lady gaga admits she was addicted to pot, that admis +# came during a radio interview where the singer said being high helped fuel her creativity. she says she is coming clean to warn young people about the dangers of drugs. listen. >> i wanted to show people that i will last past 27 and i will last longer and so will you, and i want to changing this code and the atmosphere that in order to be remembered, i must die young in order to be remembered as a legend, i must be dead first. >> powerful statement. she says she's going to live past 27. she's referring to the so-called 27 club, a name for a group of musicians who all died at the age of 27. >> jimi hendrix, janice job lynn, kurt cobain and amy winehouse are a few of the iconic musicians who helped
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define rock 'n' roll before taking their own lives at 2 years old. a new book is out called "27, a history of the 27 club." and he joins us now live from london. thank you, sir, for joining us. we appreciate your time this morning. we're going to circle backing to lady gaga. first, there are a lot of conspiracy theories how these stars died. what do you make of all of that? >> well, i think that's nonsense really. a great deal of rubbish has been written about these stars. but if we examine their lives, we find that their deaths are easily explicable and real tragedies that were happening because they were very unhappy, troubled people. >> and is that the common denominator, just their unhappiness? >> well, we see the six big stars, brian jones, jimi hendrix, janis joplin, jim morrison of the doors, kurt cobain, i'm i winehouse. if we trace their lives back to
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childhood as i do in my new book "27" we find they are difficult childhoods, difficult relationships with their parents, trouble with drink and drugs early in life, and they were unstable people with personality disorders that were all in place before they became famous. then they became famous overnight. and the pressures of fame in their early 20s was another burden on people who are already psychologically weak. >> you heard lady gaga just a little while ago talked about her drug use and kind of made a mention about your book, the number 27. what worries you most about the music industry? is it, you know, the propensity of drug use there? and that we're going to see more of these artists join the 27 club? >> well, young people are drawn to the music business. they want to become famous, they want to express themselves. when we have someone like lady gaga or amy winehouse who are
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perhaps unstable people, they express their inner angst through their music. that's very entertaining for us, the public, and the music business loves them because they sell records, but often, they're not looked after. they're left to fend for themselves. and in "27," in the book -- we find that many of these stars were surrounded by people very unhelpful to them. their nearest and dearest weren't there for them and they often had flaky problems who were half the problem. don't forget, kurt cobain married courtney love. amy winehouse married blake. they all had drug problems all in the same unhealthy world. >> i want to push this forward. i'm going to read part of your book here. you talk about family history taking this line of relationships. in a sense, we should thank the parents of the 27. inadequate as many were for creating an environment con deucive to artists. if mommy and daddy had provided happier homes, their sons and daughters might have passed into
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anonymity. they might still be alive, but who would have heard of the optom%m uq brian jones or known jimi hendrix, the landscape gardener or care about janis joplin, housewife. is there something, some blame that we as the buying public as the fans that we should accept for again some way enjoying their pain? >> well, i think that's the nature of show business. a great artist expresses themself, their inner self. the turmoil they're going through. they turn that into art. amy did that britly. so did janis joplin and i guess to an extent lady gaga does. that's her spectacle. it's a freak show, entertaining to much waf. in many cases they're going through hell. what we find with the 27s is they're self-destructive and their life is a kind of long suicide. >> i think also there's this issue of romanticizing their lives and maybe even their
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deaths. did you find that? >> well, yes, i mean certainly by dying at 27, you make a big statement and you your memory is per pet yeaed through the generations. i mean, would we have remembered brian jones? would we have remembered jim morrison if they had lived into middle age and old age and if they lost their looks, become middle ainged, became boring, endless comeback tours? they may have faded away but we remember them as young people in their prime. these stars made some of the greatest rock music of the past 40, 50 years. think of the doors. "riders on the storm," janis joplin "me and bobby magee," the rolling stones "paint it black," amy winehouse. it's great music snug howard sounes. i hope there are no more members of that have 27 club though. thank you. appreciate it. >> it's a fascinating conversation. you think about huge stars like michael jackson, if michael
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jackson had not continued to make music for as long as he did, would we remember him differently. yeah, i think it was a great conversation. >> still to come in the newsroom, this week marks 50 years since we lost john f. kennedy. fareed zakaria joins us for a lookback at the nation's legacy and why the nation still mourns his death after all this time. let's take this puppy over to midas and get you some of the good 'ol midas touch. hey you know what? i'll drive! i really didn't think this through. brakes, tires, oil, everything. (whistling)
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john f. kennedy's death shocked a nation. the young handsome president taken too soon but assassin's bullet. >> the anniversary of his death is nearly upon us. fareed zakaria is taking a look at his death and legacy this morning. good morning, fareed. >> zoraida, victor, next week marks 50 years since the assassination of john kennedy. ly a conversation with the great pulitzer price winning historian qun robert carroll. i asked him why jfk's assassination continues to loom so large in our imagination. listen in. >> it's almost like myth, homeric myth, young, handsome, the athlete dying young at the height of his glory. you know?
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you say, beautiful, beautiful man really. charming. handso handsome, ideaistic. murder, blood, violence, horror. you know, you say here has this is crack of the gunshot. and in an instant, this man is lying across his wife's lap basically empty back seat of a car with his head blown apart. blood all over her. you know? you say, for that reason alone, it has all the qualities of the mythic drama in the highest terms. >> that's robert carroll, the great historian. he has a real way of bringing history to life. zoraida, victor. >> thank you. also cnn puts you on the ground 50 years ago. that's the day president kennedy was killed. do not miss "the assassination
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of president kennedy," tomorrow night at 9:00 eastern on cnn. >> a really good watch. a california high school has a big decision to make, whether or not to change up its beloved mascot. that has some up in arms. new brakes help you stop faster and safer.
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southern california. there are some folks who know all about facelifts. >> it's a southern californians. for a high school mascot, that is a brand spanking new one. >> one that's long overdue according to some people. they say it's time to say so long to a mascot known as the arab. last night the school held a meeting to discuss the subject which has stirred up strong emotions understandably. casey wian has the story. >> reporter: cochella valley
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high'ser. >>ing character cag tour of an angry arab as its mascot may be nearing extinction or at least cosmetic surgery. >> it was information from alumni and students that the mascot may need a facelift. >> the we'll put in a young handsome arabic fellow in there with a beard and moustache looking really good. that should be okay. >> who knows what fate awaits the belly dancing student who gyrates at halftimes of football games. the controversy erupted last week after the american arab anti-discrimination committee sent a letter to the district complaining aboutity portrayal of arabs. the arab mascot was conceived in the 1920s as a way to honor the regions links to the middle east. the original source of cochella's date palm an industry, not as an insult to anyone. >> i think that this arab, i don't know, kind of looks hispanic to me. >> at this mostly latino school,
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students and an lineups fiercely loyal to the arab spoke out at a special friday night board meeting >> if you were to turn around right now and talk to the audience and i asked them who are we? they would yell at -- >> we have been fighting stereotypes of latinos all our life. and we need to make sure that we don't offend people. >> i feel that it's perfectly okay for us to keep our mascot so long as we're respectful. >> the american eric anti-discrimination committee says it is glad the school district is discussing the issue and appears willing to go along with the name arab remaining, just not this face. >> any reasonable solution would be one that eliminates the stereotypical images and one that eliminates the stereotyping of erics as a whole. >> reporter: one possibility under discuss, reintroducing one of the k mascotq,] designs from decades or perhaps an asian horse. the earn mish group plans to fly
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here nex week to discuss the school district's proposed changes. as the school board superintendent says, he hopes to have the issue behind him before christmas. after all as one school official says, this it is california. facelifts happen here all the time. casey wian, thermal, california. >> that will do it for us today. thank you for watching. >> keep it here. there's much more ahead in the "cnn newsroom." we turn it over to our colleague fredricka whitfield. >> that's one way of putting it, facelift. that's a nice gentle way of having that conversation. all right, you guys. thanks so much. you've had a great morning. a lot on tap all day long. it's 11:00 eastern time right now. now. the "newsroom" starts right now. -- captions by vitac -- www.vitac.com hello, everyone. here are the stories we're watching right now. a princeton university is facing an outbreak of a rare type of meningitis. hear what the federal government is doing to help stop the spread of this

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