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it is a special friday. i'm brooke baldwin. because 50 years ago today, the nation suffered one of the most heartbreaking yet unifying events in modern history. the assassination of president john f. kennedy. the 35th president was in the oval office for a mere 1,000 days. but in that short time, his camelot captivated the country. a wall of admirers lined the
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streets of dallas to see him and his wife driven through dealey plaza in dallas, november 22nd, 1963, and then at the age of 46, he was gunned down. the nation wept. people went home, schools closed for days. the country was at a virtual stand still as the president was laid to rest. and flags at the white house and the capitol building today fly at half staff, president obama has declared this day one of remembrance. so now, 50 years later, the city of dallas, for the very first time, is recognizing the event that scarred it for generations. a ceremony that marked the moment of the nation's loss was silence, is winding down. in arlington national cemetery where president kennedy is buried and an eternal flame burns, a wreath was laid today,
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this week, in commemoration. >> first, examine our attitude towards peace itself. too many of us think it is impossible. too many think it is unreal. but that is a dangerous, defeatist belief. it leads to the conclusion that war is inevitable, that mankein is doomed, that we're gripped by forces we cannot control. we need not accept that view. our problems are manmade. therefore, they can be solved by man. >> although the president is running behind schedule, he pauses momentarily to shake a few hands. >> president kennedy has been assassinated. it's official now. the president is dead.
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[ taps playing ] >> i want to take this opportunity to express my appreciation for the hundreds of thousands of messages, nearly 800,000 in all. the knowledge of the afexz in which my husband was held by all of you has sustained me. whenever i can bear to, i read them. >> wow. 50 years ago today. when john f. kennedy's body was lying in state in the capital rotunda, 250,000 people went to visit him.
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and when you look at polls, 50 years later, jfk still looms large in the hearts and minds of many americans. look at this. today, he is the most popular president of the last half century. this is according to a new cnn opinion research opinion poll with a whopping 90% approval rating. let's take you now to dallas, to ed lavendera and john king, who are both standing by for me where that observance is now ending. john king, to you first, in watching all this today, the weather,iliti it's just nasty. look at the crowds, people in their ponchos. they wanted to be there. this is very personal for so many americans. when you look at the poll numbers, people still 50 years later have such a connection with this president. >> such a connection, brooke. in part because of what you mentioned at the top of the hour. he served just 1,000 days. we don't know how president kennedy would have chartered the course in vietnam. we don't know if he would have been successful in getting the civil rights bill through that
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president johnson later did get through. there's so many what ifs about what would have happened in the end of the first term, and of course, he was favored for a second term. people project their hopes onto a president, such an aspirational leader. people look back fondly at the promise of john f. kennedy. i was studying the poll, preparing for the coverage. people were so optimistic about the country at that time. they thought the economy was getting better, even though it was part of the cold war, they thought america was growing in prominence and strength around the world. it was a hopeful time, which was a reflection of the optimism of the president. that's why when people look back 50 years later, they project such high hopes and have such fine memories. >> you, my friend, are from dallas. you grew up in dallas. talk to me about the evolution of the city. dallas really struggled with how to handle the tragedy that
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happened on the city streets 50 years ago. >> we talked a lot about that. i think the fact that it's been 50 years and it took that long for the city of dallas to do an official ceremony commemorating this anniversary, any of the anniversaries, and it's finally happened, but i'm also struck by the way this one event changed so many lives of so many people in the city. we saw the widow of jd tippett, the police officer who was killed shortly after by lee harvey oswald. he knew there had been a shooting attempt on the president's life in deala plaza, and they were warning to be on the look out, but he had no idea it was lee harvey oswald, who was walking toward his police car. i spoke with the emergency room doctor who treated president kennedy at parkland hospital. imagine a young doctor in an marriage room, and he's in this room crowded with people, jackie onassis kennedy in this pink suit covered in blood. this is a young e.r. doctor, and how that changed the course of
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his life for 50 years. it's incredible, the profound effect this had not only on the president and his family but so many people's lives here in dallas as well. >> just, i sat with my mother last night. she was telling me the story when she was 13 and was in junior high in miami and remembering when it happened. john king and ed lavendera, thank you so much. speaking of the poiniance of today's remembrance, let me turn to someone who was there at dealey plaza on november 22nd, 1963. she's toni glover. she's known as one of the few remaining eye witnesses to the kennedy assassination. she's joining me live from dallas. we talked a couple days ago. there was trepitation in your voice over whether or not this would be too emotional for you. you're there. you went to dealey plaza. what was it like? >> well, i'm not in as good of shape as i was the last time i talked to you.
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it's difficult being here. i did not go to the plaza during the ceremony. it's kind of a personal thing. and there were thousands of people, so i'll go by a little bit later. i did go by last night. and the faces of the people who are old enough to remember that day are haunted. they -- the emotion is just beneath the surface. and it overflows at times. there's a pretty simple chemical reason why we remember things that were filled with, you know, emotion. but those feelings are not simple. and i'm taken back to walter cronkite taking his glasses off and glancing up at the clock. i -- i'm trying to write about this, and it's helping -- it's
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helping somewhat. people ask me why witnesses cry when we talk about it. and part of that is that we relive it when we talk about it. the shock and the pain. even if you were a long way off, even if you didn't see what happened, you were part of it just by being there. and you feel -- as silly as it may sound, if you were there, you participated in some way. >> not silly at all. not silly at all, and you were an 11-year-old little girl. you begged your mom, please let you see the president. and you dpid. and you were there at the corner of elm street, and you saw president kennedy, and then what did you see? >> i saw people burst into tears. even though as i said up on the corner where i was, we weren't really sure what had happened.
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but everyone knew it was tragic. and he was so loved. and he had looked in our eyes. he had waved. he had been so alive. and then he was gone. in an instant. i will tell you that there's not a person that was on that street that at some point has not wondered why we didn't stop it. why we couldn't have done something to stop it. and of course, there was nothing anybody could have done. but that doesn't stop the feeling. i get all tangled up. >> i think there are many people very emotional today who were there and who were not, and you are one of the few, toni, surviving eye witnesses. here's what i think about, as time passes and there are eventually no one, no one -- we have to rely on history books, you know, and the pictures and
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the videos. how do you think this is passed down to future generations? this feeling that you're showing me? >> i am trying to do that in the book that i'm writing. and i have started calling it "being there." i'm trying to explain or try to shed some light on what it was like for witnesses. this was -- this was a shock and devastating to every person in the united states. but it didn't happen to the country. it happened to us one at a time. it cut into us one at a time. and for those of us on the street, it was just a little bit more severe because of all those feelings that i was there. i was a participant somehow. i didn't stop it.
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so the only thing i can do is try to leave behind a record of what the people on the street felt. >> right, what you saw, what you felt that day, and we thank you so much for again rejoining me today to share with me and all of us what you saw then and what you saw today. toni glover, in dallas. toni, thank you. >> thanks. it is hard to even fathom a president dead, a vice president getting hastily sworn in. you may know what happened in dallas 50 years ago, but you may be surprised to see what took place on air force one in the hours after the death of jfk. [ male announcer ] every inch. every minute. every second --
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shooting, president kennedy's body was taken to air force one. martin savidge looks at what happened on this cramp and overheated space in one of the darkest days in our nation's history. >> the peaceful transition of power for the mightiest nation in earth took place not in the white house or even in washington, but on a plane. window shades drawn for fear of snipers. the air conditioning off to save fuel. the scratchy audio captured on a dictation machine. >> built the year before, president kennedy's air force one was the first presidential jet. jackie kennedy hired the designer that came up with its distinctive paint scheme still used today.
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that day in dallas, as the first couple set off into the adoring crowd, the crew monitored their progress on the plane's radios. it wasn't long before they knew something was terribly wrong. >> there's a situation. >> the president had been shot. >> we have reports quoting dallas that the president is dead. >> in an instant, air force one transformed into a command center, and as far as anyone knew, was the only safe place for a possibly still targeted vice president. >> do you have any passengers onboard? >> roger. 20-plus. >> to the frustration of many, lyndon johnson refused to take off until he took the oath of office. >> we're waiting for a judge to
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appear for the swearing in. >> that is for volunteer, is that right? >> yes, we are having it before we take off. >> meanwhile, determined the president's body should not travel in the baggage compartment, the crew struggled to make space in the plane. historian jeff underwood recalls what had to be done. >> took the four seats out and took a saw and cut off the bulkhead right across here. the line is still there. >> the president's casket was rushed up the plane's stairs while a forward people pressed up into the space to bare witness. >> a photographer was cramped up on the little couch that's right here in the corner, and pushed themselves up into the corner. >> jackie kennedy insisted on being present. the photographer careful to frame the shot so not to show the blood of her husband on her clothes. finally, it was time to go. >> can you tell me in regard to
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one and two people? >> the president is on board, the body is on board. >> with that, air force one took off, signaling its departure in long standing secret service code that on this terrible day seemed so fitting. angel is airborne. martin savidge, cnn. >> and don't forget to watch the assassination of president kennedy. it's a film by tom hanks and you can see it here on cnn tonight, 10:00 eastern. you really love, what would you do?" ♪ [ woman ] i'd be a writer. [ man ] i'd be a baker. [ woman ] i wanna be a pie maker. [ man ] i wanna be a pilot. [ woman ] i'd be an architect.
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question, does your future in flight include a loud conversation with the person seated next to you or maybe it's a ticket with an extra quiet free zone? hmm, these scenarios are fueling a huge debate after the fcc announced it might lift the in-flight cell phone ban. the proposal here would allow phone calls once the plane reached the 10,000 feet mark, but many people, let me be honest, myself included, passengers, flight crew unions think cell phone usage in flight is a bad idea. from the end of quiet flights to the possibility of more airline fees, very few are giving the
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fcc's plan two thumbs up. mean there are pros here. i'm open to the cons. commercial airline pilot patrick smith, and paul headson, president of paul, let me begin with you. you're the closest person we can find who doesn't actually entirely despise this idea. so tell me, someone who has been on five planes this week, why this idea may not be entirely insane. >> well, of course, the primary concern is safety. assuming that is satisfied, the next concern is privacy. everyone has been disturbed by other people's cell phone conversations. however, on long-haul flights, especially, people may need or very much want to be able to have a phone conversation. there could be an old-fashioned phone booth or privacy in the back of the aircraft. but the idea of having
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unrestricted cell phone use in the passenger cabin, i think, for most passengers would be a nonstarter. >> okay, an old-fashioned phone booth. that's one idea. patrick, tell me why this is a bad idea, as a current pilot, by the way. >> well, that's true. i think the upsides to the idea are obvious, but so are the downsides. it adds another potential stress factor into the air travel experience, which is already stressful for a lot of people. for me, when i fly as a passenger, it's interesting because the airplane cabin is often the quietest and most peaceful part of the whole experience. u.s. airports are so loud with our infatuation with public address announcements and tv news monitors of a certain network at every gate. >> we're happy they play cnn at the airports. >> you know what? what you or i think about this really doesn't matter. we are moving towards some version of onboard cell phone use. remember, it wasn't that long ago we still had smoking on
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airplanes. anything is possible. i don't think it's going to be a free-for-all, anybody can use their phone at anytime. maybe we have to have a sequestration where there are sections of the cabin for chattering and sections for nonchattering akin to the old smoking, nonsmoking. >> and how would that work? let me bring paul in, to either of you. how would that work? i'm either thinking, you know, you would have the quiet free zone. does that mean i have to pay more money for my peace and quiet, or would it be the reverse, paul? >> i think it has to be the reverse. the cell phone conversation has to be the exception. it has to be in an area that is segregated or quiet. on amtrak trains now, we have quiet cars, but there's no way to do that on a typical aircraft. so you would have to have sound-proof areas that were not disturbing to other people. and we had a situation with seat
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back phones you might recall several years ago. those did not work out. a, they were too expensive. b, they didn't work often, and c, they were disturbing to other people. >> maybe itsier just me, patrick. you fly a lot, i fly a lot as well. funny talking to business travelers, they almost despise the existence of wi-fi. they said this was the last bastion of quiet, and here we are posable talking about talking. >> i don't know. i always thought wi-fi on airplanes was a great idea. customer satisfaction onboard -- onboard satisfaction, it's all about the art of distracting people. what better way than allow people to surf the web. cell phones are another issue. meanwhile, people need to remember, this is all in the proposal stage. none of this is finalized. we're a long way from that. as it stands right now, you can't use a cell phone in an airplane. it won't work. airlines are going to have to invest in the kind of technology that will allow you to use
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phones in some capacity. which brings us to the next conversation. how is that cost passed along to passengers? that's going to be a point of real contention. that's not entirely fair. you can hardly blame airlines from looking for other streams of revenue when air fares are as cheap as it is. flying today costs about half as much as it did about 30 years ago, and fares have dropped about 18% in the past 30 years ago. >> people are sick and tired of the little fees. if it does go through, people will just have to pay to talk and go away in a quiet corner. thank you both very much. up next, a cnn exclusive report here. big question we have been asking on this network, was kendrick johnson murdered? is the answer in this video? the parents who lost their teenage son want answers. a leading expert reveals this new shocking information about the video. details that could help in this mysterious death case. [ male announcer ] progresso's so passionate about its new
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inside of a high school gym mat back in january. so all these doubts about the investigation into his death. they have continued to grow. first, when johnson's death was ruled accidental, his parents suspect murder. their suspicions then grew when details suggesting sloppy forensic work came to light, not to mention the treatment of johnson's corpse, which had been emptied of internal organs and stuffed with newspaper. newspaper. but the doubts deepened when his family and cnn obtained surveillance video from the high school cameras. cnn has spent the past few weeks sifting through these pieces of video. today, we have our exclusive results of the efforts and what this video says and also doesn't say about kendrick johnson's death and the investigation into it. one note here, in the clips you'll about to see, we have deliberately blurred the faces of the other students, but here's victor blackwell.
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>> that's my child, and we're going to fight until it's all over, until we get the truth. that's all we ever asked for, the truth about what happened to kend rng johnson. >> jacquelyn johnson and her husband kenneth hope to find that truth in the hundreds of hours of surveillance video recorded the day investigators say the 17-year-old died. look carefully. there he is in the white t-shirt and jeans carrying a yellow folder. the johnsons now have this video as the result of a lawsuit cnn filed its own motion to get access to all the video. investigators in georgia told the johnsons and their attorneys kendrick climbed into a gym mat reaching for this shoe and his death was an accident. >> they know their child did not climb into a wrestling mat, get stuck, and die. where is that video? >> the sheriff's office says that moment was not recorded. the johnsons also question moments in the surveillance video like this one.
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kendrick is seen running in the gym, and then another image appears showing other students. it jumps from one moment to another. the johnsons' attorney say they can't tell what happened to kendrick and when the other students enter. >> we don't have any time code with which to synchronize the events that are shown in the video. >> either the camera did it on its own or a human being interacted to make this camera do these things. >> an attorney for the county schools tells cnn what we produced to the sheriff is a raw feed with no edited. the attorney for the sheriff's office tells cnn, my client has confirmed the video was not altered or edited by anyone in the lowndes county sheriff's office. >> we believe somebody corrupted this video because it just does not make sense to us. >> so who's right? to find out, we took our copy of the video provided to cnn by the
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attorney for the sheriff's office to an expert. >> we brought the hard drive more than 2,300 miles here to spokane, washington, to deliver it to the leading expert in forensic video analysis, grant friendrics. he's a former police officer, a consultant for the u.s. department of justice, and a contractstructor at the fbi academy in quantico. we're here to get an answer. has it been altered s. >> they're not original files. they're not something someone should rely on. >> they hired the company to analyze the video. >> the first thing the attorneys and the family were concerned about, they didn't see a time stamp, and you found one. >> yes. >> how? >> the time stamp is in another stream of video. so you have to be able to access it using special code x. you have to know where to find it, but it's there. once the time stamp is located, you can then begin to make sense
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of it and begin to track people. >> by piecing together the time codes, frederick's team found more than 18 minutes of surveillance showing kendrick on january 10th, starting at 7:31 a.m. as he entered school, ending the last time he was seen alive at 1:09 p.m. in the gym. >> the motion video we're looking at here, and the fact that we skip time periods when there's no motion is very common. so i'm not really concerned about that part of it. >> but what about the blurred image, the only angle that shows the corner where kendrick johnson was found dead? >> the johnsons and their attorneys believe this was intentionally blurred to hide something. what is your expertise telling you? >> this is not intentionally blurred. this is likely the camera itself is probably been hit and the lens has been pushed out of focus for some reason. if you look very closely, you can see the defined lines that
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are inherent in digital video. those lines are still intact, so they have not been blurred. therefore, it was actually the lens that's blurred. the blurriness actually has the defined lines. so this is clearly just a blurred lens. >> clarity about the blur the time stamp revealed and an explanation for the jumpy video which made them suspicious the video had been edited, but fredericks has a bigger concern. >> this video is not the best evidence. it's been changed and altered so we're missing information and what we have been provided is not the best quality. >> altered by copying, but also raising questions about whether everything was copied. >> stay with me because that's just one of two parts of victor's exclusive reporting. on the other side of the break, we investigate this new mystery as that expert in spokane says what appears to be missing from that surveillance video and why it could be critical to the case. that plus victor blackwell himself in studio, next.
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all right, let's begin where we left off. an exclusive investigation into the death of the georgia teenager kendrick johnson whose body was discovered in a rolled up wrestling mat in his high school's gym. we have more on what the surveillance vid crow can tell us about what he died and maybe more importantly, what is missing. >> cnn hired this man to analyze the hundreds of hour s of surveillance from lowndes high school. although he doesn't believe the jumpy video is the result of editing, he says there are other major problems. >> they're not original files. they're not something an investigator should rely on for the truth of the video. they have been altered in a number of ways, primarily in image quality, and likely in dropped information. information loss.
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there are also a number of files that are corrupted because they have not been processed correctly and they're not playable. so i can't say why they were done that way. but they were not done correctly, and they were not done thoroughly. so we're missing information. >> fredericks says that's likely due to how investigators acquired the surveillance video. >> right now, what they have done is they have left it up to the school district to define what it is they want to provide the police. and i think that probably is a mistake. >> according to lowndes county sheriff's office incident reports, a detective watched a portion of the surveillance video the day kendrick johnson was found. then he asked the school board's sniefr technology worker for a copy of the surveillance video for the entire wing of the school with the old gym for the last 48 hours. five days later, that i.t. worker provided a hard drive, and according to the report, the detective verified it contained the requested surveillance
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video. >> the investigator's responsibility is to acquire the entire recording system and have theirstu staff define what they want to obtain. you don't want somebody who might be party to the responsibility to make the decision as to what they provide the police. >> and after hours of analysis, fredericks questions whether lowndes county schools provided all of the surveillance video from the old gym to investigators. >> there's a hole of time where none of the cameras provide any record that i have been provided. >> fredericks has all the camera angles and all of the video released by the lowndes county sheriff's office. >> there are four cameras in the gym that records motion from when the lights turn on in the morning until the lights are turned off at night, except for the area of interest. >> the moments before kendrick johnson enters the gym. look what happens to the recorders from these four cameras, the time is recorded with the video. the first camera captured images
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from the start of the day until 12:04 p.m. then nothing. picks up again at 1:09 p.m. there's consistent surveillance from the second camera from 11:05 a.m., and then it stops and picks up more than two hours later at 1:15 p.m. the third camera also drops at 11:05 a.m. and picks up at 1:16 p.m. and the fourth camera, no recording for more than an hour, then it picks up again at 1:09 p.m. >> i would absolutely expect there to be some record of that activity, and we don't have any there. >> here's why he would have expected the motion activated system to record during that time. during that hour and five minutes, several students are seen walking into and out of the old gym from the surveillance camera just outside the gym door. we count seven male students and three walk into the gym within three minutes prior to kendrick johnson walking in.
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>> i can't tell you whether there was no information recorded in the digital video system, or whether somebody made an error and didn't capture it, or whether somebody just didn't provide it. >> when surveillance in the gym resumes at 1:09, we see just these few frames of kendrick johnson running in the gym. here's the moment from all of the cameras in the gym, although there's a record from only two, and the camera just outside the door. note ice the hall camera timestp appears to be ten minutes behind and there's no confirmation either time matches the exact time of day. it is the last time his image is captured on video. f for the next hour, there are multiple gaps in the video surveillance in the gym. >> that's crucial, a really important time. >> it really is the only option to answer the question of what happened. >> and there's no video showing the initial discovery of a body in the gym. had next time we see kendrick johnson is the following day
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when he's being wheeled out of the gym in a body bag. do you believe it's a coincidence that that time period in the gym is missing? >> oh, boy. investigators are always suspicious and should be suspicious. and it's suspicious that that time period is not there. so yes, i would be suspicious. and until i have the digital video system in my hand, until i can say or an investigator can say everything is in tact, this was what was recorded, i would still be highly suspicious of this. >> so after fighting for months on a city street corner and in the county courthouse to get the surveillance video, kendrick johnson's parents still do not know who was in the gym before he ran in nor who if anyone was there or what happened in the moments after. >> victor blackwell joins me now. it's stunning two pieces, incredible reporting. just to hear him at the end take the deep breath and say it is
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suspicious. now armed with your knowledge from this expert, what response have you gotten from the sheriff's department in valdosta and from school officials? >> we sent them a lot of direct quotes from grant friendredericd a list of questions a week ago to the attorney for the school district, the attorney for the sheriff's office. the sheriff's office attorney has not yet gotten back to us, but we have a response from the attorney for the school district. two words, no comment. but we do know that that attorney has offered to make the hard drive from the school available to the court. of course, the johnsons want to make sure everything the school had was given to the sheriff's office and everything the sheriff's office was then given to them. >> you bring up the hard drive. the next question, is it possible the video, the missing video, would still be on the hard drive. >> it's possible, but it's not guaranteed. these systems are designed to at some point record over old information. they can't keep everything forever. kendrick johnson disappeared. we're told he died on the 10th,
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found on the 11th. the request from the family's attorney to pull the hard drive and preserve it was not sent until february 26th. 46 days. so if the system is set to record over information after seven days or 30 days or even 45 days, that information could be gone. but again, we won't know until that initial -- the original hard drive is handed over to the court. >> victor blackwell, thank you. >> sure. >> thank you very much. be right back.
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the young survivor of two plane crashes is using basketball to help recover from those tragedies. joe carter joins me in the studio with more on that story. the bleacher report, hey, joe. >> i tell you what, this is a story of ultimate survival through unthinkable tragedy. back in 2003, austin hatch lost his mother, his brother, and his sister in a plane crash. eight years later in 2011, another plane crash killed his father, his step mother, and left him in a coma for eight weeks. basically, both of his parents are dead and both of his siblings are dead. he spent the last two years learning -- relearning how to eat, breathe, and even walk. and through all this experience, he never gave up hope of becoming a high-level basketball
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player again. all the hard work, the rehab, it finally paid off when he signed on to play college basketball for the michigan wolverines. >> i said i'm going to play basketball again. there are people who doubted me. i basically say, thank you for your opinion, but i'm going to prove you wrong. >> all right, you know lakers star pau gasol, pretty good power forward for him. he's got a little extra incentive to score points tonight. he plans to donate $1,000 for every point he scores. >> that's great. >> he's going to send all that money to the philippines typhoon relief fund. he averages about 13 points a game, but i'm thinking his teammates are going to give him a few extra shots tonight. >> you know you can't play like mike? >> i can't? >> no, but you can certainly live like mike. maybe you have to get a loan. the basketball hall of famer is putting up his suburban chicago mansion on auction today. this is not your typical house. this has nine bedrooms, 15
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bathrooms, a fuel basketball court, a gym, a poker room, a garage that fits 14 cars. >> what? >> it's 56,000 square feet. the property taxes on this bad boy, $178,000 a year. >> that's a home for some people. >> holy cow. now, it's going up for auction today. you have to have $250,000 up front just to get into the auction. so you have to put down a depause lt of a quarter million dollars. we have a video for you on bleacher report that you can watch the entire thing and dream as you watch and look at this amazing estate. >> the ceilings very high? >> the ceilings are high. >> he's a tall guy. remind us the fine institution he attended for college? >> somewhere in carolina. >> chapel hill. thank you. now, top of the hour, roll it.
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i'm brooke baldwin here, and 50 years ago today, the nation suffered one of the most heartbreaking yet unifying events in modern history. the assassination of president john f. kennedy. the 35th president was in the oval office for just 1,000 days, but in that short time, his camelot captivated the country. streets there in dallas to see e him and his wife in that motorcade driven through dealey plaza in dallas. the date was november 22nd, 1963. then, at the age of 46, he was gunned down. the nation wept. people went home, schools closed. and for days, the country was at a standstill as jfk was laid to rest. as flags at the white house and capitol building fly at half-staff today, president
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obama has declared this day one of remembrance. people observe the day at arlington national cemetery where president kennedy is buried. a wreath was laid in his honor. live pictures of the eternal flame there. and the president's only living sibling look part in the commemoration as well. the wreath was placed near arlington's eternal flame. it's a symbol dedicated to jfk under his wife's instructions. >> the city of dallas joining in the commemorations. pausing for a moment of silence about an hour and a half ago. the moment americans lost their leader 50 years ago today.
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>> ladies and gentlemen, would you join me in a moment of silence in honor of the life of john fitzgerald kennedy. >> this is the first time the city of dallas has actually officially observed the assassination itself. our chief national correspondent john king is live for us in the city, and john, in terms of even the city itself, it's really struggled with how to recognize this anniversary, you know, 50 years later. >> it has struggled, brooke. i want to show you a reproduction. this is the dallas morning news of 50 years ago tomorrow, recounting the assassination.
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you see it there, kennedy slain on dallas street. it's the "on dallas street" part that made it so hard for the city. it was labeled the city of hate after the assassination. several of the speakers talked about how dallas struggled with its reputation, struggled with guilt of what happened to the beloved president in dealey plaza 50 years ago. quite a solemn ceremony. prayers, readings of his speeches by david mccullough. as you noted, a moment of silence and then the bells tolling at 12:30 local time, 1:30 in the east. that's the moment the bullet struck president kennedy in deala plaza. 50 years ago in this hour, as we speak, lee harvey oswald was arrested at the texas theater where he was watching a movie play. it was at the bottom of the hour, 2:38 local time, 3:38 in the east, when lyndon johnson took the official oath of office and became the 36th president of
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the united states. he had been the de facto president for about an hour and a half because president kennedy had been announced dead at about 1:00 local. you mentioned, never before had dallas had a ceremony. it was a short ceremony, relatively brief, but a moving ceremony as dallas paid tribute, and around the country, people are paying tribute today. >> let me ask you this, john, on a personal note. you grew up in boston. of course, president kennedy's hometown. what are your reflections today here 50 years later? >> i was a week shy of 3 months old, so i have no personal memory, my mom who we lost a long time ago, used to tell me i was on her lap most of the day, and she was horrified. growing up in an irish catholic neighborhood in boston, it was common if you walked into a friend's house or in my house, a picture of jesus christ and a
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picture of jack kennedy. that was typical for a lot of massachusetts and boston households. i covered the kennedy family throughout my career. they had a cautious choice to have no representation at the ceremony today. they don't like to talk about the assassination of kennedy. you mentioned jean kennedy smith at arlington to. ethyl was there on wednesday. look at this one, caroline kennedy, the surviving daughter of jack kennedy's family, she moved to tokyo recently to become the u.s. ambassador, and make no mistake about the timing. she went there just in recent days. she wanted to be out of the country and starting her new job so she didn't have to be part of this. but i will say here in dallas, you mentioned, they had the reputation of the city of hate. it's been a hard time for the city and the city deserves credit for the respectful ceremony despite some adverse weather conditions.
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>> it was beautiful. thank you so much in dallas. from the president to the former first lady, jacqueline kennedy. she was known really around the world for her exquisite taste in fashion. but it was that pink suit, one of her favorites, and she was wearing that pink suit in dallas 50 years ago today when her husband was assassinated. and she was also wearing it hours later. john was just talking about lyndon johnson, blood stains and all here, where the vice president was then sworn in as president. cnn's randi kaye has more on this pink suit that remains etched in the memories of so many americans. >> in the word of president john f. kennedy, she looked smashing in it. which may be why the president asked jackie kennedy to wear her now famous watermelon suit to dallas on november 22nd, 1963. >> the usual welcomic committee presents mrs. kennedy with a bouquet of roses. >> her suit was a knockoff made
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in america. the first lady had worn it at least six times before that fateful day. here she is in 1962, awaiting the arrival of the prime minister of algeria. that's john jr. in her arms. in dallas on november 22nd at this ft. worth chamber of commerce breakfast, the president even joked about his wife's fashion sense. >> nobody wonders what linden and i wear. >> later that day, president kennedy would be dead. and the first lady's stunning pink suit stained forever with her husband's blood, would begin a long and mysterious journey. when aides suggested she change her clothes after the shooting, she refused. philip sheenen wrote a book about the kennedy assassination. >> her remark, and i think she made it more than once, no. i'm going to leave these clothes on. i want them to see what they have done. >> hours later, mrs. kennedy continued to wear the suit during the emergency swearing in of lyndon johnson as president.
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>> that whole scene is obviously just surreal. she arrives in the cabin in air force one in these clothes covered with the president's blood. and expected to stand there and witness the swearing in of her husband's successor. >> mrs. kennedy was still in her suit when she arrived later that evening at andrews air force base in maryland, where she received her husband's body. the president's brother at her side in the middle of the night. once at the white house, her personal maid put the suit in a bag so mrs. kennedy wouldn't have to look at it. then, some time in 1964, the blood-stained suit arrived here, at the national archives building in the nation's capitol. it came in a box, along with a hand-written note from jackie kennedy's mother on her personal stationary. it read simply, jackie's suit and bag, worn november 22nd, 1963. all this time, mrs. kennedy's pink suit has been forbidden
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from public view and will likely stay that way for a very long time. in 2003, after her mother's death, caroline kennedy gave the suit to the people of the united states with the understanding it wouldn't be put on public display for 100 years, until 2103, and even then, the kennedy family must be consulted before any attempt is made to display the suit, all an effort to avoid sensationizing that horrible act. and it's believed only a handful of people, maybe only as few as two, have seen the suit since. along with the suit and also hidden from view in the new archives in maryland, the blue blouse mrs. kennedy wore in dallas. her stockings, blue shoes, and blue purse. what they don't have is the first lady's pink pill box hat. >> the hat is a mystery. the hat apparently goes to the secret service initially and the secret service turns it over to mrs. kennedy's private secretary. and then it disappears.
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it has not been seen since. >> the archive is making every effort to preserve the suit. it's stored in a windowless vault in an acid-free container where the air is changed about every 20 minutes or so to properly maintain the wool and cloth. it's kept at a temperature of 65 to 68 degrees which is best for the fabric. the suit's story, a perfect ending for a first lady who craved privacy after so much pain. randi kaye, cnn, los angeles. randy, thank you. coming up here on cnn, tens of thousands of people in california enroll in the state's health care program, and so far, no glitches. what's their secret? we'll talk about that next. also, convicted killer charles manson will be hearing wedding bells? you're hear from the woman who says she gets to be his bride-to-be. don't miss that one. >> also, the drug lab scandal that rocked the massachusetts justice system. a chemist mishandled sensitive
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in to us at cnn. this is what we learned with regard to secretary of state john kerry. he's headed to geneva to join these negotiations over iran's nuclear program. so let me go straight to our foreign affairs reporting joining me from the state department. elise, what do we know? >> brooke, state department spokesperson jenn sake issued a statement moments ago. let me read you a clip. after consulting with eu high representative ashton, the foreign policy chief, that is running the show, really, the lead negotiator, and negotiating team on the ground, secretary kerry will travel to geneva later today with the goal of continuing to narrow the differences and move closer to an agreement. brooke, that doesn't mean that a deal is ready for secretary kerry to announce. we understand from the ground that there are still some gaps to narrow, particularly on whether in a deal that seems to be shaping up, that iran would have the right, the explicit right in this agreement to
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enrich uranium. >> elise, we'll be looking for your reporting as you get more information later on throughout the day. now to obama care. the website could take some pointers from california's state insurance exchange because it's enrolled nearly 80,000 people. that's more than three times the number of health capcare that's more than three times the number of health has signed up so far. what's the secret here? tom foreman joins me from washington to explain. california enrolling thousands a day, yes? >> they're doing pretty well in california right now. remember, it's a huge, huge state. you can say that's like three times as much as another state in terms of the pool they have to draw for. nonetheless, they're doing very well right now. let's take a look at the map. federal exchanges in the yellow. joint exchanges in the green, and the blue are the state exchanges alone. california has the white house and some real obama care supporters excited because right now they have about 10,000 people a day registering in
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california. they have 360,000 accounts to date. important to remember, this is just people getting set up to buy. and they have 80,000 who have actually signed up at this point. still, that's a very important and impressive number for this administration, which as you know, has been looking for a success story anywhere. to put aside all the rhetoric, all the for, all the against. raw numbers. california is where the gold is for this administration right now. >> so this is california. but overall, is the program on track for reaching its goals? >> overall is a bit of a different matter. i want to bring the numbers up here, because i think those really matter at this point. if you look at the longterm goal, which is $7 million by march of next year, march 2014. right now, this is where they are. they only have about 3% signed up. this is not necessarily dreadful, and i'll explain why in a moment. this is important. there's the goal. that's where they are right now. beyond that, if you look at the
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short-term goal, which is what they wanted by december 1st, they wanted about 800,000. these are projections made by the congressional budget office. right now, they're only at about 23% of this projection. this is not good news for supporters of obama care. however, this is a worthwhile caveat in all of this. there have been these big websites problems. that has slowed down the early part of the process, presumably, that does get fixed at some point, and all along, people have said, when you have programs like this with the models out there show there is a slow uptick at the beginning. people don't generally leap out there. they take their time, look at it, consider it, talk about it over the kitchen table, and then, then maybe they buy, and the numbers all start ticking up. right now, by the numbers, this is where obama care stands. >> okay, tom foreman, thank you. just a reminder, if you're signing up, you need time.
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>> her actions turned the system on its head. >> a reviiew of every case the chemist laid her hands on from 2003 to 2007 is still under way. >> consider the numbers, according to a special counsel's report, more than 40,000 cases have been reviewed. involving more than 86,000 drug samples and the analysis of more than 5 million documents. at a cost to taxpayers of at least $7 million and climbing. >> when you throw a stone into a pond, there is a ripple effect. >> arguably, the worst ripple effect felt by plymouth county district attorney timothy cruz. because of donta hood. in 2009, a cocaine conviction put him behind bars for five years. but when the lab scandal exploded, hood was set free. because duken had lied on the stand about her credentials, claiming she had a masters degree in chemistry.
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eight months after he was sprung, he allegedly shot and killed charles evans in this parking lot over a fight of drugs. the victim's family declined to comment. >> no bigger pain than somebody being released who goes out and kills someone. >> like a pass, they think they beat the system once. they're going to beat the system again. >> which brings us to why. why did she do it? she declined our request to explain, but the lawyer said the mother of a disabled son only wanted to help her career, taking shortcuts to get more cases done. never considering the consequences. >> the farthest thing from her mind is this is going to ultimately cost millions of dollars, throw the entire massachusetts criminal system into a tail spin. >> it has. >> absolutely. >> as she was led away to begin serving a minimum three-year sentence, authorities expect it could take at least that long to
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reconcile her cases and restore faith in the state's criminal justice system. >> susan candiotti joins me now. has massachusetts done anything to prevent this from happening again? >> they've done a lot of things, including this. they tried to tighten things up by making sure that all forensic testing from now on is being handled by the massachusetts state police crime labs. and they're also ordering all evidence to be stored indefinitely, which is creating a big space problem, because they could never go back and retry anyone because the evidence had been destroyed, brooke. so they're trying to do the best they can. >> susan candiotti, thank you very much for us in new york. coming up, charges have been dropped against the two teenage girls once acocused of bullyinga florida girl who ultimately took her own life. one of those teenagers spoke to cnn's "new day." we'll have that for you. also, what's next? we'll talk to the sheriff in the case. >> first, thanksgiving is less than a week away.
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criminal charges against 13 and 14-year-old girls accused of bullying a class mate who ended up killing herself. those charges are now dropped. but one of those young girls, 13-year-old caitlin roman, is speaking out. roman says she feels bad about the death of 12-year-old rebecca sedwick, who she said was once her best friend. as she talked this morning with chris kwocuomo of "new day," sh said she wants to turn the tragedy into something positive. >> yes, there's some things i could have changed, but i didn't really do anything wrong. >> when you say you didn't do anything wrong, is that you didn't do anything you thought would make this happen? >> yeah. >> what do you think you have learned here, because of everything that's happened? >> well, maybe you should watch what you say. and words do hurt. and you should use them carefully and try not to hurt people's feelings. >> and certainly, this is a hard thing for you to live with also,
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right? >> yes, it was very hard to deal with this. >> and what do you do? what do you tell yourself in terms of how to move forward with this, how to live your life, because you're so young? >> i want to stop bullying, and i want to help anyone who's getting bullied because i don't want this to happen to anyone else. >> roman's attorney, jose baez, says the sheriff who filed charges against her asked recklessly in this case when he released her mugshot in a news conference last month, but grady judd, he stands by his actions. here he was. >> florida public records law says when you commit a felony, your name and your face is public record. bullying is a national epidemic. this went even beyond bullying to cyberstalking. let's don't lose focus that we have a 12-year-old child that's dead. >> sheriff grady judd joins me on the phone from florida. thank you so much for taking a
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couple minutes with me here today. you know, we heard your explanation. it's perfectly legally. obviously, under florida law, to release these young women's photographs. now that we know that prosecutors refuse to charge these girls, did you make a mistake? >> no, brooke, i didn't make a mistake. in fact, if the same set of circumstances presented themselves today, and our detectives did a great investigation like they completed, we would do the same exact thing. understand, these girls didn't get away scott free. what occurred and what we said from the very beginning is these girls need an intervention. they need counseling. they need help. because this very fragile child was bullied and bullied, and ultimately, she jumped to her death. so we made an arrest based upon probable cause, which was agreed to by the state attorney's office and by the judge the next day after the arrest at the first appearance hearing. what we did in concert with the state attorney's office is
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agree, and i'm in total agreement with what occurred, when you do a diversion, you refer kids to counseling, it's an action to keep from going to court. therefore, the charges are dropped. so i agree 100% with what we did in this case. we took care of the problem. >> i hear you standing by it. i hear you also talking about the probable cause. you stand by the judge's decision, yet when you hear from this defense attorney, jose baez, he said there was zero evidence of roman cyberbullying anyone. we heard from her mother saying because of this, she received death threats. because of your choice to release this photograph of her teenage daughter. this is what they told cnn this morning. >> i have gone through all of the evidence. the thousands of pages of discovery that are clear. and the one thing that is clear is that katelyn, there's not one single incident of her cyberbullying anyone. you don't make arrests first and get evidence later.
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>> my kid has been put up with another child as one of the most wanted criminals in the world. i've had people at my house. i've had death threats on my child. i've had to be afraid to come back to my own home, all because her photo was released. >> sheriff judd, i don't know if you're a father, if you have children, but if you were to sit next to that mother and look her in the eye, given what she just said, what would you tell her? >> i would tell her that her child committed the act of felony stalking. you notice the defense attorney talked about cyberbullying. we charged her with stalking. that defendant that was on cnn beat down the victim that died. so let's don't forget, we're dealing with a 12-year-old child that katelyn jumped on and beat down. i can tell you quite frankly that the defense attorney's job is to do a good job on this
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case, and he did, but at the end of the day, we got them counseling, we did an intervention. we made the arrest, we stopped the conduct, and that's what we're interested in. bullying is a nationwide epidemic. but we sat down with that mother of that child that committed that felony, and we talked to her. but what they've got to do is not be in denial, and recognize that what she did was wrong, and there was an intervention in the juvenile courts because we didn't want her to go to juvenile court. the outcome was the state attorney's office and the defense office wanted. counseling for her child. she recognizes and is remorseful, the next night after rebecca jumped to her death, they took katelyn over there to apologize, personally apologize. so the parents recognized the gravity of what occurred. >> the little girl said this morning that she wants to help fight bullying. but i think at the end of the day, what we all need to recognize, and sheriff, i think
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you'll agray with me. we have a 12-year-old who jumped to her death because of this. grady judd, just to put that in perspective for everybody. sheriff judd, thank you for picking up the phone today. >> coming up here, convicted killer charles manson could be getting married? you heard me right. you'll hear from the woman who says she is his bride-to-be. don't miss this. we still run into problems. that's why liberty mutual insurance offers accident forgiveness if you qualify, and new car replacement, standard with our auto policies. so call liberty mutual at... today.
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charles manson, you know his name. you know his infamous murders. his cult following. his prediction of helter-skelter
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and apocalyptic race war, but what you probably don't know is that one of the most notorious men in the world has a girlfriend. and here she is, 25-year-old star. these pictures posted to fan website, that name, by the way, star, manson thought that up himself. she has been seeing manson, now 79, ever since she was 19. the news today, she says they plan to marry. cnn's ted rowlands talked to her a while back and asked her why. >> well, because i love him. and somehow, i've got half a brain that i can see that he is the one that knows what's going on. he's the one that -- and the truth, whenever nobody else is.
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>> what is it about him compared to other people you have met in your lifetime that makes him so unique and different? >> charlie always tells the truth, no matter what. >> charlie, she says. ted rowlands, i was looking closely to see if she had the x carved in her forehead, because she has since done that for her love. tell me more about her and why she want to do this. >> well, you know, she's a unique young lady, that's for sure, brooke. i met her when she was 21 out in coke corcoran. she moves from the midwest to be closer to charlie. she said she was attracted to charlie because she was attracted to his readings and writings on the environment. she said she didn't really realize this guy had been akudzed of all the crimes. >> she didn't realize that? >> she said it was all about the environment. she picked on it quickly, and it didn't dissuade her. here's what she says about
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charlie and the environment and her attraction to both. >> charlie is all about atwa, air, trees, water, animals, and he's been talking about it for over 40 years. and none of the tv shows have ever picked that up. i don't know why. >> now, one thing, brooke, for sure is she's not doing this necessarily for the attention. i mean, she really loves charlie manson. bottom line, having met her, i can say that, unequivocally, it is what it is. >> okay. i'm just going to keep my thoughts right in here and ask you this. how much time do they actually have one-on-one when she visits him in prison? >> yeah, he's at corcoran, a maximum security prison in california. she talks to him on the phone many times a week and gets to see him on the weekends, and sees him most weekends, at least once a week on saturdays.
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>> there you have it, thank you, ted. >> coming up in the "cnn newsroom," you may know her, you may love her as jennifer lawrence. with the second installment of the hunger games occupant, you could say her career is catching fire. more on ms. lawrence coming up. first, teens and selfies go together lycopenike peanut butt jelly, right? parents wonder what good could come of tooens and betweens taking pictures of themselves? apparently, a lot. we're talking selfies and self-esteem coming up next. they're not really looking. not at the rings. i can feel them looking at my thick, flaky red skin. do i tell them it's psoriasis? do i speak up and say it's not contagious?
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love him or hate him, you can't escape them. i'm talking about selfies, the new word of the year. let me school some of you, for those of you not familiar. here's one. it's our team honoring the occasion with our own selfie this week. come on, because we had to. i love these guys. needless to say, longer arms are a plus in the art of
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self-snapping. what's a selfie if it's not immediately uploaded to social media? celebs love it but is the stream of selfie postings a good thing, particularly when we're talking about fragile self-esteem of our kids. my next guest says yes. kelly wallace, cnn digital correspondent and editor at large joins me now. and you are a mother. >> yes. >> tell me why this could be a good thing. >> thankfully my kids are not posting selfies just yet. i might have a different feeling if they were. but here's the thing, brooke. we did a recent story talking to a family about the conversations they're having about social media, and the mom of a 13-year-old said yes, most of the kids are posting selfies but she said what she was really taken by surprise were the comments. most of them oh, you're so awesome, so great, you're beautiful, and she said as much as we think there can be a lot of negative about social media, and there is, there is a little bit there that she said and other people agree that helps
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build self-confidence. >> it's great to hear the self confidence boost but let's be real. i feel for every happy story, we have horrendous heartbreaking stories of cyberbullying. not always positive. >> no. definitely. there are so many tragic cases like the case you were talking about earlier in your show. but you know what's interesting. for every one of those cases, there are probably so many more cases where kids are sort of using it in a positive way, even for social good, and the group common sense media did a survey last year of teens asking them about social media and teens, 20% say it makes them feel more confident, more teens say they feel more outgoing, more teens say it helps their friendships than hurts them. they view it as more positive in their lives than negative. >> this is what i loved about your piece, you say this is the memo to parents, have the talk. not the kind of talk people are thinking about. >> right. but you know, in a way it's like the sex talk. you can freak out about it and say no, no, no, i don't want to have the talk, or you can get
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with the program and realize this is the reality, your kids are in this world, you need to learn about it, you need to understand it and you need to talk to your kids about it. and they probably might be a little more savvy than you think if you start that conversation. >> kelly wallace, thank you so much for joining us. check out her stuff. always great. speaking of teenagers, you probably know this. the new "hunger games" movie is in theaters. it is called "catching fire" and the star of the movie, jennifer lawrence, is hot, hot, hot, on fire as well. we'll hear from her after the break. [ coughs, sneezes ] i have a big meeting when we land, but i am so stuffed up, i can't rest. [ male announcer ] nyquil cold and flu liquid gels don't unstuff your nose. they don't? alka seltzer plus night fights your worst cold symptoms, plus has a decongestant. [ inhales deeply ] oh. what a relief it is.
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this is the 75th year of "the hunger games." the tributes are to be reaped on the existing pool of victors. >> the highly anticipated sequel entitled "catching fire" could break box office records. it has already banked more than $25 million after its midnight opening. wow. and then there's the film's hottest star, miss jennifer lawrence. cnn entertainment correspondent nichelle turner talked to the 23-year-old about how she is handling all this newfound fame
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and word that she commands nearly as big a paycheck as angelina jolie does. >> there won't be anything close to "the hunger games" catching fire this weekend. this film could potentially bring in more than $150 million domestically, $300 million plus worldwide over the weekend. it's showing in more than 4,000 theaters. most of them had 8:00 p.m. screenings last night. the first "hunger games" made $152 million in its opening weekend. that was back in march of 2012. the first movie overall made $691 million. i know. it also made jennifer lawrence a superstar. she is the "it" girl in hollywood, no doubt about it. she's only 23 years old. she already has a best actress oscar and according to forbes, she's the second highest paid actress in hollywood just behind angelina jolie. she made an estimated $26 million last year. also for the first "hunger games" she was paid $500,000.
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for this "hunger games" $10 million. talk about a raise, right? as far as loving the limelight and all the spotlight she gets, she's really still trying to figure all of that out. we talked about it when i sat down with her last week. listen. >> literally, the day the movie was released i had no idea i was famous yet or anybody had seen it. i don't think actually think i knew the movie came out that day. i had to go down to like the cargo elevator and i was crying. really sad. >> geez. >> yeah. yeah. then i saw my ex-boyfriend there and he's like how's your life and i'm like really bad. >> i wonder what that fellow is talking about now, huh? by the way, jennifer lawrence is also the new face of dior, miss dior handbags. it is reportedly another eight figure deal. you know, she's money. no doubt about it. in hollywood, that is gold. believe it. back to you. >> she's incredible.
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she seems like the real deal. anyone who can pull off that kind of up the stage sort of fall down in a beautiful gown, pick herself back up and win that award, pretty awesome. thank you so much. i'm brooke baldwin. thank you for being with me. have a wonderful weekend. "the lead" with jake tapper starts now. two-thirds of the american people cannot tell you where they were on that day 50 years ago because they were only twinkles in their parents' eyes. i'm jake tapper. this is "the lead." the national lead. half a century after jfk was assassinated in dallas, so many americans cannot shake the feeling that we were lied to about who really did it. are you among those who refuse to believe that lee harvey oswald was the lone gunman? the politics lead. he won the office and then survived a recall with an even bigger margin of victory. our guest is wisconsin governor scott walker. is this red governor from a blue state chris christie's worst nightmare? and the pop culture lead.