Friday, July 13, 2007
The Shot: Bull run
NEW YORK (CNN) -- Anderson Cooper looks at the shot of the day -- seven people get gored during Spain's running of the bulls.(Click image at left to play video)
Thursday, July 12, 2007
Another trip to 'Dante's Inferno'
Some call it "Dante's Inferno." I'm talking about Skid Row. For the hundreds of homeless who call it home, it truly is a living hell. The 50 square blocks that comprise this area in downtown Los Angeles are some of the scariest streets I've ever seen.
I've come here half a dozen times on "360" assignments, and little changes from one shoot to the next. Thanks to a greater police presence, fewer homeless people live here now than they did when we first visited two years ago. But it appears hospitals may still be dumping homeless people on the streets of Skid Row or in shelters here instead of giving them care.
The homeless are the perfect victims, according to L.A. City Attorney Rocky Delgadillo, who has charged three hospitals with illegaly dumping homeless patients.
"They might be suffering from dementia, have drug or alcohol abuse problems. They don't have a home ... They aren't the best witnesses if we're trying to prove beyond a reasonable doubt a hospital did something wrong here," he said.
For my story tonight, I interviewed a 26-year-old homeless man, Jose Gonzalez, who says he was dumped on skid row by an L.A.-area hospital just last month. He has severe back pain and can barely walk.
He says the hospital's social workers told him he was being discharged to get rehab, but instead he was taken to a shelter on Skid Row.
"Why would they send me an hour away?" Gonzalez wonders. "What were they trying to hide?"
The hospital is under investigation.
What's amazing to me is that right now there is no law on the books that specifically makes it illegal to dump homeless patients on skid row or anywhere else against their will. Some of the hospitals have promised to stop the practice, but the city attorney says he has investigated about 70 reports of dumping and has 10 active cases right now.
Who should be held accountable? The hospitals, or like many on the street here say, all of us?
-- By Randi Kaye, CNN Correspondent
Raw Politics: Republican defection
NEW YORK (CNN) -- Tom Foreman reports on the odds Congress could pass war-ending legislation, Newt Gingrich's strange bedfellows and a brewpub protest.(Click image at left to play video)
The Shot: Knut grows up
NEW YORK (CNN) -- John Roberts has the shot of the day -- the adorable polar bear Knut is not so adorable anymore.(Click image at left to play video)
Wednesday, July 11, 2007
Earmark request hits close to home
Rep. Jerry Lewis, R-California, wouldn't answer questions about one of his earmark requests.
We're back on our treasure hunt tonight, chasing earmark requests from senators and representatives in Congress. Usually, the requests are in some far-off land. Alaska, for example, has been an extremely good spot for hunting congressional pet projects.
But on this hunt, we didn't even need to take a cab. You can walk to the location from the U.S. Capitol, and that's why it caught our attention.
A $500,000 earmark was approved for Barracks Row in Washington, D.C., to beautify a little triangle-shaped park that houses a D.C. Metro station. The park is about eight blocks from the Capitol building in a revived neighborhood where real estate prices have been soaring.
Why federal taxpayers are spending half a million dollars to plant flowers in this city park could be the subject of a great debate. But what I wanted to know is why a congressman from California had his name attached to the earmark.
Representative Jerry Lewis, a Republican from the California desert, is the source of the Barracks Row earmark. In a House floor debate, he talked about the great history of the neighborhood, its attachment to Marine barracks not far away, a diverse community, and how his love of the city of Washington spurred him to support the revitalization of the Capitol Hill neighborhood.
Left out of his speech was one tiny fact I thought might interest you. Jerry Lewis and his wife own a $943,000 town home just three blocks away from the soon-to-be upgraded park.
Congressman Lewis wouldn't talk to me about all this. In fact, tonight you can see him yelling at me when I rang the doorbell of his expensive D.C. abode.
But Lewis supporter and Barracks Row lobbyist Tip Tipton did tell me that I'm being way too cynical if I believe Jerry Lewis inserted an earmark into the Financial Services Appropriations bill because the congressman owns a house here.
"Home values have grown enormously up here," Tipton told me as we walked through the park that is going to be spruced up. "But it's not because of the $500,000 -- I guarantee you that."
As for Lewis, he scolded me, saying it was "stupid" for me even to consider the earmark request was connected to the location of his house.
It may be stupid, but that was actually the first thought I had when I saw his earmark request some 2,600 miles from his home district.
-- By Drew Griffin, CNN Correspondent
Tuesday, July 10, 2007
Raw Politics: On the road again
NEW YORK (CNN) -- Tom Foreman has the raw politics: candidates hit the road, from a Nascar track in Florida to dirt roads in Iowa.(Click image at left to play video)
Monday, July 09, 2007
V-mail: Is the surge working?
Pentagon is expected to release an interim report this weekend on the success of the new strategy -- "The Surge" -- in Iraq. Do you think the surge is working?
Send us a short video with your thoughts on this question. We'll take the best submissions and air them on "360."
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