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thing or two about putting up a good fight. he was diagnosed with leukemia at just 18 months. he's been battling it ever since. well, today, he's in remission and that seemed like a pretty good reason to celebrate. >> yea, myles! >> your wish is to be batman? >> yeah. >> why do you like batman so much? >> because it's my favorite superhero. >> reporter: what started out as a request for the make-a-wish turned out something to be a dream. >> there's been plenty of superheroes that make-a-wish has had over the years nothing like this has happened. it snowballed on social media. twitter caught fire. even more showed up to transform san francisco into gotham city. and over several hours, this adorable little guy lived out his enormous dream. he rescued this damsel in distress from the city's famed
cable car tracks. he was summoned by the police chief. >> bring the bat kid! >> reporter: there was even a bat signal. and with the citizens of gotham cheering him on, little myles set off to save the san francisco mascot lucille and then the penguin. >> nicely done, dynamic duo, you saved the city. >> reporter: the san francisco chronicle printed a special copy, bat kid saves the city. >> way to go, myles, way to save gotham. >> reporter: the justice department put out a press relief saying, quote, if wasn't for bat kid, i guarantee he'd still be at large. 5-year-old myles even got a key to the city at a special ceremony. but the people here got something more. they didn't leave their hearts in san francisco, they gave them to a little boy who proved what it really means to be a
superhero. >> good job, bat kid. >> reporter: dan simon, cnn. san francisco. >> that's fantastic. for those of you joining us in the "cnn newsroom," welcome, i'm fredricka whitfield. an ivy league school scrambles to stop the suppressed a rare disease. they may approve vaccines online used overseas to protect students. outrage grows as new allegations of misconduct against toronto's mayor surfaced. but rob ford is fighting to stay in office. his latest jaw-dropping comments straight ahead. and 50 years after the assassination of john f. kennedy. many are still convinced his murder was a conspiracy. we'll take a look and why with the shooting in detail believe lee harvey oswald doesn't act alone.
rare form of meningitis are is spreading on the campus of princeton university. seven people have been diagnosed with the bacterial disease so far. and both the school and the federal government want to make sure no one else gets sick. cnn's alexandra steele has the story. >> reporter: fredricka there is no approved meningitis "b" vaccine approved in this country but in parts of europe and australia. now it's up to trustees of princeton university to decide whether that vaccine could be made available for students on this campus. princeton university officials are meeting this weekend to discuss possible vaccinations on campus for meningitis "b" that could cause life threatening illness. the first case developed when a student returned from spring break in march. after additional cases were reported an outbreak of the disease was declared in may.
a total of six students and one visitor to princeton are linked to the outbreak. the latest case was diagnosed last week. that student is still hospitalized this morning. >> i remember it was pretty innocent. she went from feeling almost mine to the next minute 103 fever. >> reporter: but meningitis is rare the strain of this outbreak is very rare in the the united states. not included in currently available vaccines. the back tear can cause infections of the lining of the brain and spinal cord. symptoms include headache, fever, vomiting, rashes and stiff neck. those infected need to be treated right away. and even those who recover can suffer serious complications such as hearing loss, brain damage and limb amputations. >> they're treated quickly. so a community that may have other cases has to be aware of the symptoms because the quicker you put someone on antibiotics, the more likely they are to recover. >> reporter: to combat the disease, the cdc has approval to
import the only vaccine for meningitis "b" as an experimental drug called baxsero, approved in australia and europe but not yet in the united states. if university officials agree to offer the vaccine it will be available on a voluntary basis. something students will likely consider. >> i think a lot of people are concerned for the fact that it didn't go away over the summer after everybody left. >> reporter: if a decision is made to bring the vaccine to princeton, it would be available to some 8,000 students. students tell us that the university has kept them up to speed on developments concerning the meningitis. the outbreak since the first case was reported back in march. they tell us they've received a number of e-mails. fred? >> thank you so much, alexandra fields in princeton. protesters rallied outside city hall demanding the resignation of mayor rob ford. the protest followeded a move to strip the mayor of key powers.
ford admitted to drinking binges, smoking crack cocaine and has been convicted of harassment. >> the motion to introduce the bill carries, 41-2. >> reporter: this is the sound of toronto's city council pulling power from embattled mayor rob ford. his reaction, i'll take you to court. >> this will cost taxpayers thousands of dollars. >> reporter: only he and his brother counselor doug ford voting against the motion to cut his authority. >> 41-2, how does that feel? >> well, on one level, of course it feels good that the motion it's went through. over, this is a sad day for the city of toronto when council united, left, right, center, uptown, downtown, had to do what it had to do. >> reporter: yet, in this own contradictory way mayor ford appeared to sympathize.
>> i would have done the same thing. if i had a mayor acting the way i conducted myself, i would have done the exact same thing. i'm not bad at anybody. i take full responsibility. >> reporter: even so, he'll keep fighting. next week, more powers to be cut. until what's he going to do what's he going to look like? >> well the mayor will still have the right to vote on issues, but he will be one vote. one voice. >> reporter: and that voice part of the city's problem, nice on friday. following profanities thursday. reacting to allegations of sexual misconduct with a star. >> olivia said that i wanted to [ bleep ] i've never said that in my life to her. i would never do that. i'm happily married. >> reporter: and if anyone thought cutting his power would curb his tongue, not so. monday, he started his own tv show "ford nation." questions then if politicians can't reel him in, can his family. as we heard his brother say,
maybe he should step back. >> it's clear he has a relationship with his brother. he looks up to his brother. the brother is much more bullying, much more aggressive, much more inclined to fight it out. >> reporter: and fight is what the ford family is doing. for how long is what everyone's asking. >> and that was nic robertson reporting. coming up in ten minutes our bill weir sits down with ford's brother. he said he thinks the mayor should take some time off. part of a mystery solved, more than three years after being reported missing the bodies of a couple and presumably their two children have been found. still lots of questions. police say joseph and summer mcstay believed to be the bodies of their two sons were buried in a shallow grave, nick valencia joining me with more. >> reporter: this investigation is far in over. principally, the question is shoo did this. they're ruling it a homicide, they believe this family was
killed. this whole investigation started in early 2010 when the mcstays were initially reported missing, what the investigators finally went to the home what they found inside baffled them. all signs show them leaving in hi rurpy. egg ossen the counter. popcorn still on the table. investigators on the search found on the hard drives research by the family to travel to mexico. also research into children's passports. investigators initially said that this family crossed the border into mexico, and they released grainy video, surveillance tape that showed four people that match the description of the family. friends and family of the victims say that's impossible. they do not believe that the body ever crossed into mexico. the bodies found in southern california. the brother of the husband found dead talked about how hard it was for him to stomach.
>> it gives us courage to know that they're together. and they're in a better place. i family appreciates all the support and the love that we've been shown. >> we know that local agencies are involved in this investigation. there has to be a federal nexus for something like the fbi to get involved. we just don't know if they will get involved at this point. but we do know that local police and sheriff departments are looking into this. >> are investigators are saying anything about whether witnesses have said whether anyone was out to get them, whether there were any threats against that family? >> the shocking part of that investigation over the years was how no one saw the family leave. there are no witnesses to say that the family left. no one saw them leave in the middle of the night or whatever hours they did leave. that's the puzzling point. also as you mentioned, those two
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drinking binges, toronto city council stripped the mayor of some of his key powers this week. cnn's bill weir spoke with rob ford's biggest defender, his brother. >> you said today that you think your brother should take a leave of absence, why? >> well, what i mentioned, bill, i believe rob should take a couple weeks off, let things cool down a bit. but we're going to be moving him forward. and rob wants to stay focused at the job at hand here. >> so he's not going to take that advice? >> no, he wants to stay here, continue working. returning calls and dealing with city issues. >> there is so much speculation about your brother, not just there in toronto, from around the world. people just fascinated by the story that he has a real problem. your sister, your mother have both come out and say they don't think he has an addiction
problem with alcohol and drugs. what do you think? >> well, he definitely doesn't have a drug problem. as rob has admitted. he feels like he's been drinking too much. i want to be very clear here. rob doesn't come to work and drink. and he doesn't drink every single day. but he does admit that he has excess drinking at times. and he's getting the medical support from a team of doctors. and he's also gone on a pretty steady diet and exercise program. so we're confident that he's going to move forward. >> but no one has ever seen anything like we've witnessed come out of your brother in the last week. such erratic behavior. >> that's right. >> so much impulse, control problems, obviously, can you not see why people are worried about him? embarrassed about this whole thing? >> yeah, that was unacceptable.
and it was not appropriate. whatsoever. what he said. he's apologized and going to make sure that never happens again. and i'm sure, he'll move forward, and make sure he doesn't use that language. >> at one point, i'm just so curious about the dynamic between you and your brother here. you're his fiercest defender. but there are moments where he really made you look like a fool. when you were defending him against the crack smoking allegations going after the police commissioner there. and almost simultaneously, he was admitting, yes, he had smoked crack. has there ever been a moment where you two have come to blows, where you tried to straighten him out. you know, bill i didn't know that until he announced eit tha day. when a family member has an issue, you support them, you
don't throw them under the bus. you move forward. that's what we're going to do. it's unprecedented that politics would try to take the power off of the mayor. number one, morally and legally, they've overstepped their bounds. and in our opinion, legally, they can't do that. all right. up next. democrats now leaving the president's side on health care. how does he get out of this mess? but first, each week we're honoring cnn's top ten heroes. today, a woman in africa fighting for young girls. they're often not allowed to go to school. and she's making sure they do get an education. i avoided the ceremony as most of them, most of the girls undergo mutilation when they're 12. i really liked going to school. i knew once i go through the cutting, i'm going to be married
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president obama is in crisis mode in the affordable care act as problem after problem comes up. he's getting criticized from all sides. one tough blow came from former president bill clinton this week on the if you like your plan you can keep it promise. >> so, i personally believe, even if it takes changing the law, the president should honor his commitment to federal government made to those people. >> two days later, president obama did offer a fix. he said he wants to let people keep their plans for another year. but shortly after, certain states say they can't guarantee that. and it's unclear how many people really will be able to keep their plans. i'm joined now by lawyer and crisis manager lanny davis.
good to see you. he served as special counsel during the clinton administration. and he's also an author of the book "crisis tales." perhaps the white house or the president will be picking up this book in the coming days. lanny, you say you support the affordable care act. but you see major problems in how the white house is handling the issue. if you were to advise the president what would you tell him to do next? >> first of all, i think he got it right. the most recent time or thing that he got it wrong, and president clinton gave him good advice. and i think it's good that you have two presidents who are close. and who are friends. and that president clinton actually helps him by saying, look, we made a promise. it's not the perfect world where you have high-level coverage, which is what's intended by the affordable care act. it's the an imperfect world. we can't make our promise. but i hate blaming this on just president obama. let me say i have the
misunderstanding that people didn't have to lose their policies. and we all share in that collective responsibility as democrats who support this legislation. so if you mess up, fess up, and then if you want me to do one more little code word, slogan is don't end it, mend it. how's that for poetry? >> that's beautiful. and the president did vow that he wants to fix it. now, he's trying to fix it. he said it's not all on him. they were his words used. and now people, there are an awfulle lot of americans, based on recent polling that they're not even sure whether he means what he says when he says he's going to fix it. the president, by the way, didn't even mention health care in his weekly address today. so do you get a sense, too, that the president, or the white house is feeling very defeated about this. and they may not even know if they can really fix it. >> well, i think you're right.
there are two problems here. one is the technical issue that there is no excuse for it. they didn't get the website right. they wrote a law that allowed 16 different websites to be created. hundreds of millions of dollars. that's the federal one and 15 state ones. and they got that wrong. there's a private sector set of website that they could be used for free without paying the taxpayer. and he's not choosing those private websites. full disclosure. one is my client ehealth.com. the technical problem sun forgivable. you ought to be angry the same we were angry over katrina when president bush didn't get something right. on the technical problem of these policies getting canceled. we democrats have to rethink is what system we needed. and we do have to take another look at whether we should try for 100% coverage or try to do it more incrementally which may
be the perfect is the enemy of the good. the idea here we have to cut back and try to look at it again and do things more incrementally. >> now, adding more insult to injury, the president is witnessing that some of the democrats are leading his team as it pertains to supporting this health care act. many of them siding with the republican plan on a house proposal. although the president says if it makes it to his desk that he's going to veto it. how painful does it make it especially with three years in which there are other matters at which this president wants to address? >> my advice in a crisis is you look for allies. and there's a collective we among democrats who supported this bill. it's not claiming this on president obama. we all support it. we all got something wrong here. nancy pelosi should be saying we got this wrong. we never thought people would lose their policies and have to pay a lot more in premiums. i think the democratic
leadership in congress should be engaging in crisis management, taking responsibility. working with republicans and trying a bipartisan solution. now, i know that sounds idealistic right now. president obama needs some help from democrats. it's not we versus they. it's us. and on this one, i think it's a really hard thing we're trying to do. president obama shouldn't be blamed for intentionally misleading people. >> lanny davis, thank you for your time. good to see you this saturday. >> thank you. >> for your political fix, be sure to tune into "state of the union" with candy crowley tomorrow 9:00 a.m. eastern time with president netanyahu. director oliver stone still
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film "j.f.k." has strong opinions on this. >> you can't believe otherwise when you see the zapruder film. one of them hit kennedy, one is a single bullet. which is an improbable. because of what the film said. i'm repeating it to death in the movie but we mustn't take our eyes off that ball. when you get into the allocutions and arlen specter and that. >> like all, jeanne moos took the president's death personally. >> reporter: pick your most iconic moment of the aftermath
of jfk's assassination, was as john-john's salute to the casket. was the jackie kennedy refusing to take off the blood-stained suit, a favorite focus of kennedy movies. >> i want someone to bring you a change of clothes from the plane. >> no, i want them to see what they've done to jack. >> reporter: for me, the early '60s were a time of transition. i went from long hair to short hair. head good-bye to my pigtails. these pigtails. my mom actually saved them. in my baby book from 1963 there was this notice, took kennedy death seriously. what caught the eye of this 9-year-old girl was a horse, of course. a riderless horse, empty boots reversed in the stirrups, as if the rider were looking back over his past life. the horse was named black jack. and the 19-year-old holding him was army private first class andy carlson.
>> my skinny little arm was trying to control all of that horse. >> reporter: black jack had a reputation as a hot horse. he got this job because he was too wild to ride. and after leading him about 14 miles, two days in a row, following behind jfk's casket on the caisson -- >> i felt beaten to death, worn out. >> reporter: i was so taken by it i wrote a poem. don't workers it disappeared over the years so you won't be subjected to the poetic ramble incorpora ings of a kid. >> at one point he was pawing the pavement. and he struck my right shoe. i wanted to fall down and cry but couldn't do that. >> reporter: the riderless horse made an impression on ms. kennedy. black jack died in 1976 buried
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there's former vice presidential candidate sarah palin. she sat down with a conversation with can "all things political" with jake tapper. >> so i know you wouldn't vote for hillary clinton if she ran for president. i remember in '08, after you got the nod, you talked about the unfair media treatment that hillary clinton got when she was run for president. and you probably thought you got some of that unfair media treatment as well. sexism. if there's any woman out there thinking of running for president, what can she expect? >> she can expect that sexism. but you overcome that, you know, you ignore it. you thicken your skin and you march fourth with your message. your priorities, your agenda. yeah, hillary clinton was mistreated when it came to appearances, wardrober petty, superficial things that the men don't ever seem to hear much about, but a woman candidate
will. >> governor christie hears about his appearance. >> that's because it's extreme, okay. it's har for some people not to comment on it, speaking of hillary clinton, though, i'll never forget about bill clinton saying barack obama, his story and the fairy tale, he was right because barack obama was not qualified. he wasn't prepared. the manifestation of that today is the problem that we see left and right in our economy. >> you obviously feel very passionate about these issues. why are you not in office anymore? why don't you run for senate, there's a senate seat coming up? >> oh, my goodness because there are millions and millions of good americans who have the ability and desire to serve. i want to help find those people and help propel them into positions of leadership. >> don't you think you could have more of an influence? >> i want to know that you don't need a title. you don't need a position to make a difference.
>> obviously, the republican party is going through a debate right now about where its soul is. i saw an article over the weekend, senator john mccain, your friend and former running mate, talking about how some people were urging him to run for president again in 2016. it doesn't sound like he's necessarily interested in it. but he is talking about how the government shut down was a mistake. and sow there are some people that he could help right the ship. if it weren't for your relationship with him, i can't help but think that you would -- that he personifies things that you don't like. >> well, senator mccain and i have never been shy about the expressing the fact that we agree to disagree on some issues. but, you know, i have respect for his service. not only to our country in the military, but in the senate and i will never bad mouth senator mccain.
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billions of years ago, mars may have looked more like the earth does now. scientists think it may have even had some life on it. but now, it's just a cold barren desert. so what happened? a new mission to marses hopes to find out. our chad myers takes a look at the science behind the red planet. >> reporter: for scientists for space enthusiasts alike, mars continues to amaze. it's know surprise the red planet is the currently the subject of five active missions, three in orbit, and two on the surface. >> and lift just of the atlas advisement with curiosity, she concludes to the planety. >> reporter: now nasa's sixth mission maven, is hoping to understand mars from above. as for a 4 billion-year-old
question what made the fourth planet from the sun turn red and barren? >> it's going from that polar desert, geological world, kind of boring rocks. to this exciting, blooming world with a history that does include warm, wet times. climate change. dynamic atmosphere landslides. buried ice, unbelievable. >> reporter: scientists believe that mars may have looked like earth with warm temperatures. we do believe that mars had liquid water, correct? >> absolutely. literally unasailable. >> reporter: collectinging the pressures in the atmosphere will give those analyzing the data a better understanding of the climate change under the red planet's history. >> we expect to learn now the modern mars working in detail. to see its climate space. how mars may have lost a magnetic field.
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with the anniversary of the kennedy assassination friday, fareed zakaria takes a look back. >> next week marks 50 years sense the assassination of john f. kennedy. i had a conversation with the great pulitzer price winning historian robert carol. i asked him why jfk's assassination continues to loom so large in our imagination. listen in. >> it's almost like myth, homeric smith. young, handsome, athlete dying
young at the height of his glory. you say a beautiful, beautiful man, really, charming, handsome, idealistic. murder, blood, violence, horror. you know, it's -- you say here has this crack of this gunshot and in an instant, this man is lying across his wife's lap basically in the back seat of a car with his head blown apart. blood all over her. you say, for that reason alone, it has all the qualities of the mythic drama in the highest terms. >> that's the great historian robert carol. he really has a way of bringing history to life. >> yes, indeed. thank you, fareed. all right. here's a question for you. how do you forget about $98,000?
cash money. it happened to a woman in connecticut. she stashed the cash in a desk, and then sold the desk online. noel gardner from wtnh reports a very honest man bought that desk. >> reporter: imagine buying a desk under $200 on craigslist, only to find thousands hidden inside. that's exactly what happened to a new haven couple. a local rabbi and his wife found a huge pile of cash after buying this desk on craigslist. when the couple brought the desk home, it wouldn't fit through the door. >> the desk didn't fit into this office by a fraction of an inch. >> reporter: they had to pull it apart, including the file cabinets. behind the drawers, they discovered a plastic bag filled with cash. >> behind the drawers, there's like a shopping bag i'm talki i
bag, and in that bag, it looks like a $100 bill. >> reporter: after a closer look -- >> we open it up and it's full of cash. we count it and it's $98,000. >> reporter: the couple couldn't believe their eyes. >> right away, my wife and i sort of, you know, looked at each other and said we can't keep it. >> reporter: they picked up the phone and called the original owner. >> i said there's a bag back there, and i saw one $100 bill, and i'm like, there's money. then i picked it up and brought it over to the table and counted it up. so yeah -- >> oh, my gosh. oh, my god. >> reporter: the original owner, speechless. she stuffed her inheritance in the desk, forgetting where she put it. the good samaritans returning the cash to the rightful owner. the rabbi says the most important thing in life is to be honest. in new haven, noelle gardner,
news 8. >> honestly pays, doesn't it? this next story will certainly make you smile, as well. and it's proof we're never too young to live out our dreams. look at this little guy right here. he made his debut as a drum major with florida's glaze central high school marching band where you see he is seriously stealing the show. and keeping up with everybody. so clearly he has rehearsed a long time with them, and look at him. shy he is not. all right, you go. this looks like college material. but it's a high school. how fun. and he's cute. thanks so much. much more of the "newsroom" straight ahead with don lemon. there he is. >> how cute is that kid? >> wasn't he a cutie pie?
>> he is. he looks like he's doing a little fredricka dance. >> yeah, that's my move right there. >> how old is he? >> he's 5. >> did you teach littlejohn to do that and the twins? >> i don't have to teach little john anything. he's out there doing this whole sprinkler move. you name it. he's not a shy kid at all. he's got all kinds of interesting dance moves. he breaks out and starts break dancing sometimes. we're like, where did you learn that from? >> i know where he got it. and he got it from that person right there in the red dress. okay, fred. >> okay. >> thank you. bye-bye. >> appreciate it. >> bye. >> bye. roll the open. ♪ >> having too much here. top of the hour, i'm don lemon.
thank you for joining us. there are bad weeks, and then there are rob ford bad weeks. i'm talking about none other than the toronto mayor. and yes, this one was about as bad as it gets for rob ford. >> i can assure you i am not an alcoholic. i am not a drug addict. have i drunk and done drugs? yes, i have. >> i didn't hit you. >> those reporters are shouting, why should we believe you and how can we -- can you do this to your family? he apologized and apologized again for smoking crack cocaine, for doing things he calls sheer stupidity. he's sending lawyers after people who say he abused them physically and brought hookers into city hall. you can't write this stuff. he watched as the city council
took away most of his power. after all of that, he says he's not going anywhere. the mayor of toronto could have a worse week coming up, but it's hard to imagine that. i want to bring in cnn's nick robertson. nick, watching this play out, this is one of those stories that you kind of -- it's once-in-a-lifetime. you've talked with the mayor's brother, and why does -- does he say rob ford is refusing to step down to get away from this mess? >> reporter: well, what the fords really think here is they're going to be proved right, that when the mayor takes the council to court for stripping away these powers, they think they will come out on top and public opinion will swing back on their side. but this is happening in such a public way. all these use of bad language, the allegations that have been coming out this week. i asked the mayor's brother,
having those powers stripped away, isn't this all just very humiliating? >> just imagine if you took the ceo out and said every one of you folks had the same power as the ceo. it wouldn't work. >> reporter: isn't it going to be humiliating for your brother? >> this whole issue is humiliating. >> reporter: this is what he's going to be remembered for. >> he's going to be remembered for doing a great job. he's going to be remembered, if he fails to move in the right direction, and he's going to be remembered as the comeback kid. >> reporter: so even the mayor's brother there not entirely sure that mayor ford can weather this storm, deal with his demons here. but at the same time, all of this is airing bad publicity for the family. they all respect their father, a politician, popular in his day. i asked him, isn't this just damaging the family's legacy here? this is what he said. >> i think our legacy is going
to be pretty solid based on how rob performs. you're going to look at a family that doesn't need to be doing this, that has sacrificed time, money, their business to serve the people. >> reporter: are you worried about his health with all this additional stress? the family's name is riding here, too. >> yeah. i'm confident that the people that actually know us understand what we've done for our community. >> reporter: this is your brother's health, are you worried? >> the priority obviously is health. health comes first over anything. you don't have your health, you have nothing. so we're confident that rob's going the move forward, and only time will tell. if i sit here and tell you 100% rob ford is going to be perfect, i can't tell you that. >> reporter: yeah, that was the second time in that interview where he just wasn't sure if his brother is going to make it.
don? >> nic, thank you. i want to talk about princeton university, battling a rare meningitis outbreak. several people there have gotten sick from a b strain. and princeton's board is considering whether to offer students an emergency vaccine used overseas. >> reporter: don, there is no approved meningitis b vaccine available in this country, but there is one in use in parts of europe and australia. now it's up to university trustees to decide whether or not to bring that vaccine to princeton. officials are meeting this weekend to discuss possible vaccinations on campus. it's an effort to combat an ongoing outbreak of meningitis b, which can cause life-threatening illness. the new jersey department of health says the first case developed when a student returned from spring break in march. after additional cases were reported, an outbreak of the
disease was declared in may. a total of six students and one visitor to princeton are linked to the outbreak. the latest case was diagnosed last week. that student is still hospitalized this morning. >> i remember it was pretty instant. she went from feeling almost fine to the next minute 103 fever. >> reporter: bacterial meningitis is rare, and this strain is very rare in the united states. it's not included in currently available vaccines. the bacteria can cause infections of the lining of the brain and spinal chord. those infected need to be treated right away, and even those who recover can suffer serious complications, such as brain damage and limb amputations. >> treat it quickly. so a community that may have other cases has to be aware of the symptoms, because the quicker you put someone on antibiotics, the likely they are to recover. >> reporter: the cdc has fda approval to import the only
vaccine for meningitis b as apexperimental drug. it's approved in australia and europe, but not yet in the united states. if university and health officials agree to offer the vaccine, it will be available on a voluntary basis, something students will likely consider. >> i think a lot of people are concerned from the fact it didn't go away over the summer. >> reporter: if a decision is made to bring it to princeton, it would be available to 8,000 students. the students say the school has kept them up to speed on all developments sense the first case was reported in march. don? >> alexandra, thank you very much. a spokesman says the school's final decision on the emergency vaccines, not expected before monday. i want to bring in elizabeth cohen, she's in atlanta. we've heard of meningitis outbreaks on other campuses from time to time. what makes this one different? >> reporter: what makes this one
different is the strain is b, and not c. that's really pretty unusual these days. as a matter of fact, you don't see cases of b cluster, you see them here and there. so that's got some researchers scratching their heads, wondering what's going on. another thing that's curious about this outbreak is that it's only affected students. you don't see staff members with meningitis or faculty members. you don't see people living around the university with this, and they're not quite sure why that is. >> so you said it's b instead of c, correct? >> reporter: right. >> does that make it anymore dangerous, this outbreak for the students at princeton? >> reporter: b is not necessarily more dangerous than the other strains. however, with meningitis in general, you have to be on your toes. we heard a little bit of that from the gentleman from the piece just now. meningitis can look just like the flu, and within hours that person can be in a coma.
so meningitis may look like it's not a big deal but turn into a very big deal very quickly. >> elizabeth, great information. pleasure to see you. thank you very much. next, bodies in the streets. millions more homeless, and in a desperate need for food. we're on the ground in the philippines a week after a typhoon ripped apart that country. and two politicians, two countries, both with really bad weeks. president obama and toronto's mayor in damage control. we're talking about it. d"
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the u.s. military has delivered 623,000 pounds of relief supplies. as of right now, the official death toll is just over 3,600 people, but that number will probably continue to grow. here's more on the refugees of the storm. >> reporter: thousands of survivors of super typhoon haiyan are making their way here to sabu as part of a massive military effort to get these refugees out of the disaster zone. the aid is finally getting into some of these devastated areas, but so many of these desperate people want to get out. the filipino government has come under heavy criticism for its slow, disorganized and small-scale relief operation, with some saying it was never equipped to handle such a disaster, and that it should have asked for help immediately. since the international community has arrived, aid is being distributed. the united states is spear
heading this operation. this is very much an international effort, with aid, aircraft and troops coming in from australia, the united kingdom, japan and south korea. they're working around the clock in an effort to ease the suffering of millions of filipinos. coming up at 5:00 p.m. eastern, cnn's ivan watson has a powerful story on the so-called storm babies. children born during or right after the storm. that's coming up next hour on cnn. tens of thousands of people are homeless, some hungry people surviving on coconut juice alone. if you want to help, go to cnn.com. up next, two politicians
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okay. you won't find two politicians who have had worse weeks than president obama and toronto mayor rob ford. they've had a pretty bad week. president obama saying i'm sorry over and over for his so-called signature achievement obama care. rob ford admitted to being a crack smoker. we're talking about damage control here. throwing napalm on the fire, the mayor. each handled his own crisis in his own style. >> i am not a perfect man, and i will not be a perfect president. >> it says i wanted to [ bleep ]. i've never said that in my life to her. i would never do that. i'm happy married.
>> so is this going to work? which is better, obama's apology tour or ford's antics, which have appalled people on both sides of the border. here to talk about it is don goldberg. and dr. jeff gardere is here with me in new york city. so, again, don, we know there are two very different crises. one is a political crisis, the other is a personal crisis, i think. which is the better approach, humble yourself or come out with both guns blazing? >> that's a great question. i think you have to humble yourself and take responsibility whether you're president obama or the mayor of toronto. when you're explaining, you're losing a little bit. but for the president, that's been something he's had to do. he's had too many inconsisten inconsistencies with what's supposed to happen with health care implementation. the mayor, he's really become a
caricature of himself. >> don, is it fair to compare the two crises? >> no, it's not fair. but it's fun for people like myself. >> that's not what i meant. is it fair to compare the two crises? it's really about damage control, not whether they're equal. >> exactly. and i think it is fair to make a comparison for the simple fact that both of them are in trouble. with president obama, certainly it's a little bit different. here's a person who is really concerned about what the people have to think. he is the leader of the free world. the leader of the world many would say. whereas mayor ford, this guy is a caricature. he really didn't care what people thought, and he was a person who just felt, listen, i can say this stuff, i can do whatever until i get caught. and guess what? he got caught. >> when we're talking about president obama, which one plays better for people, remorse or
defiance? his poll numbers have plummeted. >> i would say for president obama, his approach is a good one. he's saying i'm not a perfect president, and it takes a big man to be able to say that. at the same time, if he capitulates too much, i think it will be seen as weakness, especially by those in the gop, the tea party, who have been after for him quite a while and will feel they have gotten a sort of win in that way. but nobody wins, everybody is suffering with this faulty rollout. which was a good idea, getting insurance for the masses. >> okay. so you've been there in the clinton white house, a damage control specialist, don. how big a crisis is this for president obama? if he fixes obama care, does he fix his political problem, too? >> yeah, i think he does. this is overwhelming everything else he wants to do. he can't get to the rest of his governing agenda until this is put on the right track. he had to -- his biggest issue right now is the democrats, it's not the republicans or the tea
party. with the democrats in the house and senate, that's where he has to be concerned. he has to apologize, show the path forward and show how it's going to be fixed to keep the democrats on board. >> what do they say, lame duck, the last two years of his presidency, you become a lame duck. does he have time? >> he's quickly running out of time. this is going to take six months if not longer. if he has to focus on fixing health care for that time period, by the time you roll into the midterm elections next year, his administration is pretty much on the downturn. >> that's it. i have a question for you guys. obama's problems are huge. ford's are personal. which one are we likely more to forgive, the people that is? we'll ask you after the break. stay right there. because we're going to talk more about these two politicians in crisis, next. what's your function? ♪n ♪ hooking up the country helping business run ♪ ♪ build! we're investing big to keep our country in the lead.
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governance, are they more likely to forgive "i did not have sex with this woman" or "if you like your plan, you can keep your plan?" >> you've had lots of personal issues, then a second act. but the mayor of toronto will be known for being a bafoon. where president obama, whether you love him or hate him, will be known for a president known for trying to do the right thing. >> all right, guys, thank you. >> thank you. >> good information. again, we know both crises are both very different. but it's how you manage them is what we're trying to figure out. other stories we're following. jay zee says he's keeping his partnership with barney's. he had been criticized after barney's was accused after racially profiling two customers. in a statement, he said, "i'm in
a unique position to affect change at barney's." first seen this morning on cnn, automobile magazine taking the wraps off of this 2014 automobile of the year. look at that. that's a corvette. you like that, jeff? >> i love that. >> would you drive that? >> oh, yeah. >> you would just get from red light to red light in manhattan. >> that's right there on columbus circle, too. >> the new corvette has more power and better fuel economy than last year's model. prices for the base sting ray start at just under $52,000. just a mere $52,000. >> that's a piece of cake for you, don. >> oh, please. donations are pouring in after a new jersey vented on face book. the customer wrote that they
would not tip because they did not approve of her lifestyle. her name is dana morales. she served in the marine corps for over two years, and she says she received more than $2,000 from supporters. the customer wrote that right there on the receipt, i do not approve of your lifestyle. two homes got swallowed up by a huge sinkhole. officials are keeping a close eye on how big the sinkhole is growing. authorities evacuated several other homes nearby. and inside that sinkhole, obviously the house swallowed up inside the sinkhole. next friday, that will mark the 50th anniversary of john f. kennedy's assassination. president obama and first lady michelle obama, along with former president bill clinton, will visit kennedy's grave site on wednesday to honor his legacy. and a programming note for you here, i want to tell you to make
sure to watch cnn tomorrow night 9:00 eastern. it's called "the assassination of president kennedy." that's 9:00 eastern right here on cnn. i'm don lemon. the cnn newsroom is back live at the top of the hour. in the meantime, here's dr. sanjay gupta. hey there. i'm in london on assignment. and there's a pharmaceutical company here that is trying to turn secretly grown marijuana, weed, into a medicine. also, new guidelines are out on drugs to lower your cholesterol. a lot more people will be prescribed them, up to 70 million people. but for many, there's a better alternative. and a device like this. can it really tell if you just got hit hard enough to have a concussion? but first, as you may know, i travel the world in search of