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Mexico's Narco Culture is Now Affecting Books, Music and Language; Midwest Snow Storm Snarls Air Travel; New York City Test Would Speed Kidneys to Transplant Patients; College Student Finds Murder Warrant for Him on Internet; Gene Variant Responsible for Cheating Behavior

Aired December 4, 2010 - 17:00   ET

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DON LEMON, CNN ANCHOR: Right now on CNN, a rare Saturday session for the Senate ends in disappointment for Democrats and Republicans, meaning the amount of your next tax bill is still uncertain.

Parts of the country getting pummeled with bad weather. It's moving fast and your neighborhood could be affected soon. Our meteorologist Jacqui Jeras watching the severe weather's path for you.

And if your man or woman is cheating on you, it really might not be their fault. A newly discovered promise beauty or cheating gene could be the reason. The researcher who found out tells us how to find out if your mate has it before you tie the knot.

We start with a developing story, one that's really shocking out of Mexico tonight and it really explains what's happening there and just how prevalent the drug culture is. A young boy reportedly 14 years old and traveling with an American birth certificate has been detained in Central Mexico as a possible hit man for Mexican drug cartel. This story is unbelievable. And according to Mexico's state run news service Notimex, the boy told authorities, he had carried out four killings on orders of the Pacifico Sur Drug Cartel.

CNN's National Desk Editor Nick Valencia is here. He's been dealing into this. Nick, 14-years-old, recruited when he was 12. What in the world?

NICK VALENCIA, CNN NATIONAL DESK EDITOR: This is probably the most shocking story we've seen out of Mexico in recent months. We first heard about Al Ponchis (ph) in this summer. Investigators, Federal authorities come out and said that there was a 14-year-old drug cartel hit man. Alleged hit man four as you mentioned the Pacific cartel. It's branch and extension for the Beltran-Leyva Cartel. And that was made famous recently early this year but the capture of La Barbie. This is a very ruthless cartel, ruthless enough to recruit a 14-year- old drug cartel hit man.

LEMON: Is this something unusual maybe to us, oh my gosh, what is this going on? Is this unusual because they have been -- the drug cartels and the drug gangs, they try to recruit as young as possible. VALENCIA: They do. And we talk about this before the show. As young as 7-years-old. The -- say, the Training General Office have told me in reports in the past that they recruited as young as 7-years-old to act as lookouts, it's not necessarily hit man. I don't want to get the viewers confused but this, I read earlier right before going on.

LEMON: This is his arrest video.

VALENCIA: This is his arrest video. This is the first time federal authorities will ever interrogate somebody this age that has been accused of such crime, murder, you've mentioned four people. And these are not just shooting murders, these are decapitations, these are grisly murders. He claims that he carried out these for $3,000 a hit and he was under the influence of narcotics while he was doing that.

LEMON: And that is how they introduce them. And not only him, there have been people online, it's believed one of them may be him and then other young people saying, they seduce us by...

VALENCIA: By offering us guns, offering money, power, guns, the drug traffickers are seen as these sorts of glorified idols in the eyes of many of the youth. We heard stories in Juarez where people, you know, young elements which were kids playing police, whether the cops or the bad guys. So, this is part of the social decomposition of society there in Mexico.

LEMON: Hold that thought right there, Nick. I want you to suit with me because we'll going to look at this. We'll talk about this and then you and I will come out and then discuss it a little further.

Illegal drug activity has become really a potent cultural force in Mexico as Nick and I have been talking here about. It's affecting the way Mexicans speak, what they read and the music they listen to.

CNN's senior Latin American Affairs editor Rafael Romo reports this so-called narco-culture is now spreading across the border right here into the United States.

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RAFAEL ROMO, CNN SENIOR LATIN AMERICAN AFFAIRS EDITOR (voice-over): Finding out what's in the minds of Mexicans these days is just as simple as walking into any bookstore in Mexico City and reading the titles. "Narco Land," "Blood Mark," "The Infiltrated," "Useless Justice," "As it's Test," (ph), "The Sina (ph) Law Cartel." The vast supply of titles pertaining to Mexico's drug war responds to a high demand. Mexicans are very eager to know who is behind the lucrative illegal drug trade that has claimed the lives of more than 30,000 people in the last four years.

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ALEJANDRO ALMAZAN, NARCO WRITER (through a translator): I don't think it's a fad. Some say or have written that we're blood thirsty. I have never had a fight in my life. I'm not interested in violence. It's rather a complaint, we're internally screaming enough is enough, I don't want my country to be like this.

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ROMO: The narco-culture has gone beyond impacting the demand for books, it's also changing the way Mexicans speak. The royal academy of the Spanish language has included in its dictionary in Latin American Spanish slang that originated in the narco-culture. The word leventon literally lift-up, now means kidnapping. A pase or pass refers to a drug dose. Implomer or to fill with lead is the verb used for shooting somebody. Journalists have also had to change the way they report. Many practice self-censorship because they can pay the ultimate price for reporting the truth.

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DIEGO ENRIQUE OSORNO, NARCO WRITER (through a translator): Knowing how language can be used is critical, because there are threats going around. And before publishing a story, you have to really think about the consequences.

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ROMO: The narco-culture has also permeated music, not only in Mexico, but also the United States, where many Mexicans migrants live. Now, the Corcoritos (ph), folk songs that 100 years ago focused on the violence around Mexican revolution are now highlighting the drug war.

(on camera) Making music about drug lords and organized crime can be a risky business. Several singers have been murdered in the last few years in Mexico for composing a song for one cartel that didn't sit well with another. A reminder that when it comes to the underworld of organized crime, every word counts and no message is safe. Raphael Romo, CNN, Atlanta.

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LEMON: Nick Valencia here from our National Desk. Nick, because of proximity of course Mexico, part of American, we have more of an influx of Latins and it's not going down, it's going up. So there's bound to be more influence here and that's why we should care.

VALENCIA: Absolutely. I mean, this is affecting our set of the border and a lot of people look at this, the casual observer, people in Middle America, they look at this and say, this is just drug dealers killing each other. Well, yes and no. There's also innocent people being caught up. Actually, to speak to this case, a human rights group is making the point and trying to make the case for this 14-year-old alias Al Ponchis (ph) that he was an innocent victim caught up in this drug war. It's something that's we're going to hear a lot more about going forward.

LEMON: Nick Valencia has been following the story for us. Amazing when we saw this story and we started talking about it just unbelievable.

VALENCIA: It's very sad. Yes. It's very sad. LEMON: The young kids. Thank you, Nick Valencia. We appreciate it. Let's move on now and talk about some politics here. It is unusual to see U.S. senators hard at work on a Saturday. But the results of this morning's two tax cut votes were not a surprise. Really Democrats fell seven votes short in their attempt to extend the so-called Bush era tax cuts for the middle class. Let's get more from our Senior Congressional correspondent Dana Bash -- Dana.

DANA BASH, SENIOR CONGRESSIONAL CORRESPONDENT: Don, if Congress doesn't act before the end of the year, less than four weeks from now, every American at every income level will see their taxes go up. But what the Senate did by coming in on a Saturday doesn't do anything to resolve that issue. The Democrats put forward two votes that failed. One was to extend tax cuts for those making $250,000 or less, and the other would raise it to a million dollars or less. Now, most Democrats argue that the wealthiest Americans simply should not see a tax cut, that they believe that their taxes should go up. Republicans, though, argue eminently that now is not the time for anyone to see a tax increase, even the wealthiest Americans listened to some of the debate.

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SEN. DICK DURBIN (D), ILLINOIS: To give a tax break to the wealthiest people in America at this moment in history is foolish and reckless. And yet that is the position of the Republican Party and a definition of their values.

SEN. CHARLES GRASSLEY (R), IOWA: This debate is not about cutting taxes. This debate is whether or not we ought to increase taxes on anybody. During a recession and we feel you should not raise taxes on anybody during a recession.

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BASH: Now, to be clear, Democrats in the Senate went into these votes knowing full well they would fail but they wanted to get on the record. So what happens now? Well, negotiations for a compromise, which have already been under way, are going to accelerate. That's something that President Obama himself acknowledged when he spoke after these votes.

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BARACK OBAMA (D), PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES: We need to redouble our efforts to resolve this impasse in the next few days to give the American people the peace of mind that their taxes will not go up on January 1st. It will require some compromise, but I'm confident that we can get it done.

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BASH: And democratic and republican sources have been telling us that the likely compromise is to extend all Bush era tax cuts for all income levels temporarily, probably for two years. The unresolved question is, what Democrats are going to get in return for that compromise? Democrats particular at the White House have been pressing Republicans to concede on things like extending unemployment benefits for jobless Americans and other tax credits that will also going to expire at the end of the year. People in both parties say that they do hope to resolve all of this by sometime next week -- Don.

LEMON: All right. Dana Bash, thank you very much. Let's talk weather now. Chicago woke up to its first snowstorm of the season, even though winter doesn't officially begin for another couple of weeks. Jacqui Jeras joins me now from the severe weather center with the latest on the weather. It is a big problem right now.

JACQUI JERAS, METEOROLOGIST: Yes, really it is. You know, only if you're trying to travel. If you're staying at home and staying warm, you're doing OK, everybody has got power. At least that's the latest were that we've been told. Take a look at some of the video though. It has snowfall totals anywhere between two and seven inches in the Chicago land area. And that is a tower cam from our affiliate WGN TV. And if you look in the lower part there, you can see a few cars moving by because visibility for only about two miles. But there, you can see some people having little bit of fun and making some snow man throughout the situation.

We do have a ground stop in effect at Chicago O'Hare by the way which means planes are not taking off to get into O'Hare at this time, and there were more than 300 flights canceled by the way. But they're starting to make some improvements in that way now. Rockford, Illinois has six inches. Five inches in Kankakee. Bloomington, Indiana coming in at just under four inches, about three-and-a-half in Chicago O'Hare. And Indianapolis, you've had about two-and-a-half inches of snowfall. Now, we want to show you where this system is moving and what's going to be happening here. The next couple of days, there's a really fast-moving storm and this thing is going to be moving offshore by tomorrow. But here's the concern.

As though we've got another low up here in Canada. These are going to combine to make one very strong area of low pressure. In addition, we've got a very powerful high pressure system here. So, the winds will be very strong and we're going to expect to see a significant lake-effect snow event. And this is going to be different than what you saw in Buffalo earlier this week. We're going to be watching places like Fort Wayne, Indiana into the South area. We could see maybe two hands to count the number of inches and maybe using all of those.

By the way, temperatures behind the front, very, very chilly. Only in the teens for highs tomorrow for you in Minneapolis and Illinois winds in the wind-chill and to see certainly not fun. Our I-reporters sending us some great pictures though. This is from Gardenia Hangchi (ph), she is from Chicago, took this photo about 10:00 this morning even though a lot of people having trouble traveling today, she's says, she's happy to see the beautiful winter wonderland. So, thank you Gardenia for that lovely photo -- Don.

LEMON: I was wondering how long it's going to take for someone to say winter wonderland. You're the first.

JERAS: You said it.

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LEMON: OK. Jacqui, thank you. I appreciate it.

The new unemployment numbers, well, they are going to make you cringe if you haven't heard them already. But we're bringing in top labor officials from all across the country and we're getting some answers for you. So, you want to stick around for that.

And remember Suge Knight? He's a former rap mogul who's labeled once had legends like Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg and Tupac, the guy who once allegedly dangled vanilla ice off a balcony by his uncles, that's him. Well, we'll tell you why Suge's got some legal troubles to handle again. And we're online and you should be too. We're on twitter, we're on Facebook, we're also on Foursquare, and you can check out our blog right here at cnn.com.

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LEMON: Welcome back, everyone. We want to check your top stories now on CNN. The U.S. has cut a huge trade deal with South Korea. President Barack Obama announced the agreement today, which he says will increase U.S. exports by $11 billion and support 70,000 American jobs. Now, if approved by Congress, it will eliminate tariffs on over 95 percent of industrial and consumer goods within five years.

Two men say they're the rightful president of the Ivory Coast. The current President Laurent Gbagbo was sworn in today, despite pleas from world leaders for him to step aside. Preliminary results showed this that his opponent Alassane Ouattara winning that contest. He also declared himself president today. The political chaos is raising fears that the country will plunge back into civil war.

Former rap mogul Suge Knight is no stranger to the jail house, now he has got trouble again after, into some trouble again after a traffic spot outside Los Angeles last night. The Associated Press is saying this, that deputies stopped Knight, ran his name and found that he was wanted on a minor traffic warrant. Now, authorities took him into custody but released him early this morning after he agreed to be in court two months from now.

All right, Black Friday may have been a week ago, but yesterday could have been really the title Black Friday. It was a dark day and stocks took a tumble after the Labor Department released its latest job numbers. Unemployment has gone up to 9.8 percent. It was at 9.6 percent. A shock to economists who predicted a much better outlook. Everyone thought it was going to get better. Our things are getting better. But it was a surprise to those who run the unemployment offices. So, tonight, a ground level perspective of the jobless situation. We'll going to bring it home for you and tell you what it means to you. Labor officials from three states are talking to us about what they see every day in their buildings.

Donald Mares is the executive director of Colorado's Department of Labor and Employment. He's joining us there. And Joanne Goldstein is Massachusetts Secretary of Labor and Workforce Development. Joanne Goldstein I should say. And Michael Thurmond is Georgia's Labor Commissioner and he's joining me here in Atlanta. So, Michael, were you surprised by the government when they reported that 39,000 jobs were added in November or is this -- was this some activity that you expected at the unemployment office?

MICHAEL THURMOND, GEORGIA'S LABOR COMMISSIONER: Yes. We were surprised by the lack of job growth and that means that the economy is struggling to create jobs and to generate recovery needed in order to get America back to work.

LEMON: So, when that comes out, is there panic in the unemployment office or do you see it on people's faces, does it register?

THURMOND: Well, at the front lines in Georgia, we see it every day, tens of thousands of hardworking men and women who have lost their jobs through no fault of their own, longer lines of unemployment, people being unemployed for longer periods of time. This is a very, very difficult job market.

LEMON: All right. Donald, were you surprised? Because it seemed to surprise many people, but sometimes people who are in the trenches have a different perspective.

DONALD MARES, DIRECTOR, COLORADO DEPARTMENT OF LABOR AND EMPLOYMENT: Well, maybe we were surprised at the level of the problem that it's such a fluctuating market. It goes up and down month to month, it's not steady. So, you know, we're headed the right way, it's just taking longer maybe than people thought.

LEMON: Joanne, just how hard is it for people who are looking for work in your state and does this -- what does this do to them? Do they feel that it's more dire? Is it more depressing? What does this do for you guys?

JOANNE GOLDSTEIN, MASSACHUSETTS SECRETARY OF LABOR AND WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT: Well, fortunately, for us the Massachusetts unemployment rate is significantly below the national average, we're at 8.1 percent, but we still have large numbers of individuals who are unemployed. We are doing everything we can to get them back to work and partnering with business particularly small business and encouraging them to begin to hire and sustain those hires.

LEMON: Michael, your state has one of the highest unemployment states of anyone here. So, what about today the failure to enact any sort tax cuts on top of these job numbers, what does that mean for you?

THURMOND: It is absolutely essential that Congress come together with a compromise to reinstate the unemployment benefits, not just for the unemployed here in Georgia, but for two million unemployed Americans. This is not about politics, Don, this is about food on the table, a roof over people's head, and clothes for their children. We must do this for men and women who have lost their jobs to know far of their own.

LEMON: Joanne, I'm going to ask you the same question of you. GOLDSTEIN: Yes, I would concur that it is critical that Congress pass the unemployment extensions, as pointed out the individuals who are entitled to them earned those benefits. And I would note that the benefits not only provide a safety net for those individuals, but also fuel our economy. The U.S. Department of Labor has advised and reported that for every dollar that is paid in unemployment, it generates $2 into the local economy. So not only is it critical for those individuals who are working, it also fuels all of our economies.

LEMON: And Donald, what did you think of today, that still in suspense people don't know if their next tax bill is going to go up or down?

MARES: Well, it's unfortunate. You know, the issue I think in our economy right now is this level of uncertainty. And I know here in Colorado, both our current Governor Ritter and our new Governor Hickenlooper are trying to get businesses to feel much more confident. Because if those businesses can start feeling confident, then they start hiring people again. So, All of this uncertainty happening in Washington, I don't think it's helpful to that whole cause. And that's where we all should be focused.

LEMON: Well, I'll give you the final word here. Can you offer any encouraging news to people who are watching or maybe it's not encouraging at all?

THURMOND: Well, first of all, this is the season of faith and hope and we encourage all Americans who are struggling to get back to work, keep the faith, don't give up, don't give out and don't give in.

LEMON: Yes. Well, faith is good, but you know, when you going to pay the bill, you can't say, hey, here's my faith.

THURMOND: We're going to rise above this. I believe that Republicans and Democrats will come together and do what's in not their political best interest but in the best interest of the people of our great nation.

LEMON: Michael, Joanne and Donald, thank you all for coming in on a Saturday. Just like what happened in Washington today with the Senate, we appreciate it.

MARES: Thank you.

LEMON: Anyone waiting desperately for an organ donor knows that it is a race against time. So sometimes it's just a matter of minutes. Usually it's about 20 minutes and then it's a done deal. Coming up, how New York City is launching a bold test to tip the odds in the patient's favor.

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LEMON: All right. When you or someone calls 911 with a medical emergency, an ambulance typically arrives just short time later but in New York City, a certain medical emergencies could get two units responding. Our Susan Candiotti reports, the goal is to save more lives by getting donor organs to transplant patients much quicker.

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SUSAN CANDIOTTI, NATIONAL CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): For the next five months, New York City ambulances could be shadowed if paramedics are responding to a cardiac arrest. A second especially equipped unit, this one will be on standby to risk away potential organ donors.

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ELAINE BERG, PRESIDENT AND CEO, N.Y. ORGAN DONOR NETWORK: There could be an additional 22,000 organ donors a year in the United States if this, you know, if this process was really implemented nationally.

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CANDIOTTI: The numbers could jump because a donor would not have to die in a hospital. That's the rule now, but not many people know it. Starting only with kidneys, New York's new pilot program wants to see whether donors could come from the estimated 450 people who die of cardiac arrest each year outside of Manhattan hospitals.

(on camera) Knowing how much scrutiny there will be, organizers have a litany of requirements, including these. First, the deceased must be between the ages of 18 and 50, cannot have cancer or any infectious disease. Cannot be the victim of crime and previously must have signed an organ donor card. And on top of that, the family must agree twice, once before the body is taken to the hospital. And finally, before that kidney is removed at the hospital.

(voice-over) That first decision must be made in 20 minutes or the possible transplant is aborted. Some experts worry whether that's too much pressure on a family.

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DR. JUDY KURIANSKY, CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGIST: The chemicals that are flowing in their body and the emotions that are being flooded are all clouding being able to make a rational decision at that moment.

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CANDIOTTI: Some offices worry whether there are enough safeguards.

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PROF. LESLIE WHETSTINE, BIOETHICIST, WALSH UNIVERSITY: We have to be wary of aggressive donation protocols that we're not in our zest to obtain organs that we're not bending the rules.

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CANDIOTTI: Organizers of New York's five-month test, say they've built in so many safeguards, they may get very few new organ donors. (BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)

DR. LEWIS GOLDFRANK, PROGRAM RESEARCHER, BELLEVUE HOSPITAL: We do all the things that are right from a human point of view. So, we showed the city and the country that it works and then we need support to be able to do this as a unit that continues on into the future.

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CANDIOTTI (on camera): A $1.5 million federal grant is paying for the experiment. The goal is to save more lives through organ donation. Each year, experts estimate 6,500 nationwide die waiting for a transplant. Susan Candiotti, CNN, New York.

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LEMON: All right. Susan, thank you. Just ahead. You're minding your own business, surfing the Web and suddenly, imagine this, you see yourself all over the internet wanted for murder. You know it's a mistake, so what do you do? Well, find out what happened with one young man when we speak to him, coming up.

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DON LEMON, CNN NEWS ANCHOR: I want to tell you about a story just in regarding WikiLeaks. By revealing diplomatic cables, WikiLeaks picked a fight with the U.S., now the U.S. is fighting back in more ways than one. American lawmakers want to see founder, Julian Assange, tried under the Espionage Act.

At the same time, Sweden is renaming an arrest warrant -- renews, I should say, an arrest warrant for Assange over alleged sex crimes. And WikiLeaks has its own trouble. This is new. PayPal has announced it has suspended WikiLeaks' account costing it a vital source of funding. One more way they're trying to get that WikiLeaks leak stopped.

So admit it, you have typed your name in the Internet, I'm sure, in a search engine just to see what you might find. Most, people have done it, almost everyone from time to time.

So imagine Googling your name and discovering that you're wanted for murder. It happened to Zachary Garcia. He is a freshman at the University of Florida and he joins us now from Gainesville via Skype.

So Zachary, tell us what happened. I'm sure you were like, what the heck?

ZACHARY GARCIA, MISTAKENLY WANTED FOR MURDER: Yes, I get home late from a local club at 3:00, 4:00 in the morning. I'm bored and I'm sure all of you guys have done it, and I type in my first and last name and it pops up that I'm connected to a felony murder.

LEMON: It as you? Was it exactly you? Did it match your name and all that, once you got in touch with authorities?

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LEMON: First of all, did you them immediately? Did you get in touch with authorities immediately?

GARCIA: Well, it was 3:00, 4:00 in the morning. I couldn't at that time. Nobody was awake at that time so I couldn't. But they used my first and last name spelled my way. His is spelled with an "E." Mine is spelled with an "A."

LEMON: So what happened?

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LEMON: What did you do? You waited until the next day? When did you call authorities or get in touch with them?

GARCIA: I called my mom immediately. My mom, wake up, I don't care if it's three, and look at this article, check it out because my names on this and it says I'm connected to a felony murder. I thought the cops were going to bust through my door -- freeze, you're under arrest. I was frightened at that point.

LEMON: What was her advice and what did you do?

GARCIA: Excuse me?

LEMON: What was your mom's advice? You said you called her immediately, right?

GARCIA: Yes, I called my mom immediately. She told me just to sleep on it, to wake up and call her and we'll handle it in the morning. And I woke up around 11:00, because I only had two hours of sleep the night before, and she told me she took care of it.

LEMON: How did police end up with your photo?

GARCIA: I have no idea. I really don't know. The kid kind of looks like me. He has the same first and last night. His first name is spelled with an "E." And we have the same birthday, just one year apart. So they looked up his name in the system, and they thought it was me. I would note that they know that we're a year apart in birth, but they overlooked it. I work in a deli, and I make (INAUDIBLE) --

LEMON: So listen, have you been given an apology or an explanation at all?

GARCIA: Yes, they sent me a letter, the police department actually sent me a letter apologizing. and they told me everybody makes mistakes and told me if I find any more links with my picture on it to notify them and they'll --

LEMON: Do you know if they've got the other Zachary Garcia?

GARCIA: Excuse me?

LEMON: Have they caught the other Zachary Garcia? GARCIA: Yes, he pleaded guilty to the crime.

LEMON: So everything is --

GARCIA: He's already in jail, which comforted me knowing they're not on the lookout for me.

LEMON: We are glad that you cleared all of this up and you're not behind bars.

Thank you, Zachary Garcia.

GARCIA: Yes, I'm so glad. Thank you, Don. You have a good one.

LEMON: You too.

In other news tonight, Israel battles a wildfire that is scorching the landscape, that's left dozens of people dead. More on this furious blaze and what police suspect may have started the inferno.

A man born with a disease and a cause passed down from his mother. We'll tell you how Jake Glacer's life is adding to her legacy.

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LEMON: We want to check our top stories right now. The Senate tried and failed twice to extend the Bush tax cuts for the middle class this morning in a rare Saturday session. Senate Democrats were leading the push but came up about seven votes short. Republicans want all of the tax cuts extended, including those for the wealthy.

Shifting winds are fueling a wildfire in northern Israel. Police have two suspects in custody but they suspect negligence, not arson, is to blame for the blaze. The flames have killed 41 people and forced the evacuation of some 17,000 people from the fire zone.

In Moscow, a Russian passenger jet broke apart after making an emergency landing today. Two people were killed and 48 injured when the jet skidded off the runway. Investigators are looking into why all three engines failed shortly after takeoff.

All of Spain was riveted by this video of a dramatic rescue. Just look at this. A man fell off the train platform and onto the rails seconds before a high-speed train pulled into the station. An off- duty police officer, jumped in the tracks -- there he is -- and dragged the man to safety. The officer had graduated from the police academy just two months ago. Unbelievable.

I've got to ask you a question, and be honest, have you ever cheated on anyone? Think of the hurt, the guilt, the betrayal of it all. We're about to meet a researcher who says it might not be your fault or their fault. It might just be in your DNA.

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LEMON: OK, so whatever you're doing, put down the beer, whatever, the kid, and pay attention to this. We're going to talk about cheating, playing around, one-night stands, stepping out. If your heart can't stay loyal, it can wreak havoc on your relationships. But it turns out, it may not be your fault. A new study from Binghamton University claims a genetic variant is responsible for cheating and promiscuous behavior.

We're lucky enough to have the author of the study here. His name is Justin Garcia. And also joining us is Dr. Wendy Walsh.

Thanks to both of you.

Justin, I'll start with you. Tell us about this gene and who has it? First of all, whose idea was it to do this study?

JUSTIN GARCIA, STUDY AUTHOR: We had a group of us at Binghamton University, a collaborative team of psychologists, biologist, anthropologists, and we had been interested in this gene for a number of reasons. It's associated with thrill seeking and sensation seeking. And separately we do work on a wide variety of topics and human sexuality. So we thought this would be an interesting one to investigate.

LEMON: This is a serious study. Tell us about this gene and tell us who has it?

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JUSTIN GARCIA: OK, so it turns out everyone has the gene. The gene is called DRD-4. It's a dopamine D-4 receptor. We all have it, but we vary in the type variant that we have for the gene. So everyone has got it, kind of imagine like height, we all vary in our height. The same thing is true with the genes. It varies in its length. The one particular variant -- people who seek dopamine more. They're more likely to need thrills, and want to jump out of airplanes and extreme sports. They're more likely to gamble and abuse alcohol and have uncommitted sex.

LEMON: OK. Before I let Dr. Welsch -- I know she wants to get in here -- answer this question for me. Was it different between men and women?

JUSTIN GARCIA: We did not find differences between men and women.

LEMON: OK. Dr. Wendy, what do you make of this? Could we call this the Tiger Woods gene or the Tony Parker gene or --

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LEMON: You can go on and on and name off a number of people. But we don't hear about too many women.

DR. WENDY WALSH: Right. Don, this is fascinating. But we have to remember, with all due respect to Jason, that it is a small study, 181 participants. So we can't generalize the whole population. But what we can see here is there's a genetic component, a biological predisposition to all kinds of human behaviors. (LAUGHTER)

Whether we act them out has a gender piece, a cultural piece. You're not going to be promiscuous if your culture is going to cut your hands off for doing it for instance. And with women traditionally, even if they carry the gene, they may not have expressed it as much -- and I'm talking about infidelity -- because they had too much to lose, an unwanted pregnancy, germs that could cause an STD, publish shame because of the double standard, the sexual double standard. Women just had more to lose.

LEMON: So, Doctor, are you saying all those things don't matter to guys, they take more risks any way?

WALSH: Well, women are more at risk physiologically to a sexual encounter. You guys don't get pregnant and don't accept as many deposits of fluids.

(LAUGHTER)

So we are more at risk physiologically. And we used to be more at risk socially, shame based. Now the double standard is changing. Remember the duke grad who wrote her F-list thesis?

(LAUGHTER)

LEMON: Dr. Wendy, you're today -- wow. Go ahead. I love it thought.

(LAUGHTER)

WALSH: But it's all changing. Now we're seeing another reason. But what I want to say about this study that's really important is that we can all have a biological predisposition to anything. Some people carry a gene for weight gain. Some people carry a gene for heart disease. But you can make lifestyle changes that mean you'll never get a heart attack or never gain weight. So it doesn't mean you're going to be a cheater.

LEMON: So this should not be an excuse, especially for men? Because, you know, honey, I'm a man and I'm just a man and it doesn't mean anything. It just fell out.

WALSH: And that's --

(LAUGHTER)

And that's when I say, oh, so you're an animal and not a human? You have no brain, no ability to have self-control?

(LAUGHTER)

LEMON: Justin, how conclusive is this study? And are you going to follow up on it? Do you disagree also with what Dr. Wendy said?

JUSTIN GARCIA: I think those are great points. Wendy makes an excellent point about the brain. Humans have this big brain to make decisions. So our biology predisposes us, but we can decide, do we want to sleep with someone or not.

What's interesting about this study is we're not saying anything about rates of sexual behavior around the country. What we're saying is variation in genetics is telling us about something in variation in human sexual behavior.

But absolutely, we're planning a larger study with a bigger sample and looking at several other genetic markers. So we're moving forward with trying to understand how sit that our biology predisposes us for a wide variety of sexual activities. The big thing is the context. Americans all over engage in sexual activity. Well over 95 percent of Americans have sex, but the context is important. Is it a committed relationship, uncommitted relationship, one night stand?

LEMON: So Justin, is there a test to figure outlet's say you what about to know I want to date this woman or man and maybe marry them, can you figure out before you tie the knot or get involved?

JUSTIN GARCIA: Theoretically, you could. The test is just a fairly simple genetic test that can be done in the right laboratory. Although, I wouldn't recommend that. I don't think we're at a place where we should be plucking hairs out of our partners when they're sleeping at night.

(LAUGHTER)

LEMON: Dr. Wendy, one final word here, quickly, if you will for me.

WALSH: Well, you know, I wish this test was affordable, because it at least could give indication about somebody's biological predisposition. I had to pay $4,000 for the breast cancer gene test. I found out I was negative. Because my mother died of breast cancer, of course. But wouldn't it be great if we had a genetic test that we could give our dates?

(LAUGHTER)

LEMON: For some people, not for everybody.

(LAUGHTER)

LEMON: Thanks to both of you. Have a great Saturday evening.

JUSTIN GARCIA: One day.

(LAUGHTER)

WALSH: Thank you.

JUSTIN GARCIA: Thank you, Don. Thanks, Wendy.

LEMON: A VIP world leader and his wife move to the front of the line, leaving thousands of tourists with no chance to see one of the world's greatest landmarks. We'll explain what happened and why.

(COMMERCIAL BREAK) LEMON: So you may not be familiar with Jake Glaser, but you probably know one of his parents or both of them. His dad was Paul Michael Glaser, who played Starsky in hit TV series "Starsky and Hutch." His mom was AIDS activist Elizabeth Glaser. In today's "Human Factor," Dr. Sanjay Gupta introduces us to a young man who lost his mom and sister to AIDS, but refuses to let a deadly disease define him.

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LEMON: Remarkable young man.

Thousands of tourists today lost out on a once-in-a-lifetime chance to tour India's Taj Mahal. And here is the reason behind it. Look at that. Man, they are all dressed nicely. That is the French President Nicolas Sarkozy and his wife, Paula Bruni. They changed their travel plans and arrived at the site, the Taj Mahal, a date earlier than planned. And "The Times" of India reports that about 15,000 people were turned away or asked to leave, even though many of them had already purchased tickets. Wow.

Did you know that there are still places in this country that do not have telephones? A mountain town in California is no longer one of them, after hundreds of years. How long have we had it? A long trip into the 21st century is ahead in our news you might have missed. A lost century for telephones here.

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LEMON: So, every weekend we like to bring you interesting news items that you may have missed in the week.

This is the first one. Iowa Hill, California, has entered the 21st century, and never mind it is a century behind. The old mining town -- did you hear that? Look at that. What do you call it a princess phone or -- I forgot what they call that phone. The old mining town, which is just one building along a mountain road halfway between Sacramento and Reno, has never had phone service until now. Residents have had cell phones, but this is the first landline. It took a couple of million in federal grant money. And so far, 50 residents have signed up for the newfangled contraptions. There you go.

In Kentucky, plans were unveiled this week for an ambitious theme park that the state hopes will bring a flood of tourists. We will tell you why. It is centered on the Old Testament specifically, specifically the book of Genesis. And the most prominent feature is a three-story replica of Noah's Ark, which is why they are expecting a flood of tourists. It's as long as two football fields. Developers also envision a Tower of Babel, live animals and other attractions. They say it is on an 800-acre site near Williamstown. It will take three years to build and cost about $150 million in private funds, but it is going to create a whole lot of jobs. That is good.

Martial arts expert, movie star, Internet phenom, and now Texas Ranger. After playing a fearsome fearless lawman in the series "Walker, Texas Ranger," Chuck Norris is one now. Governor Rick Perry gave the honorary title to Norris and his brother, Aaron, this week at a ceremony in Garland, Texas, just outside of Dallas. Much of Norris' TV series, which ran from 1993 to 2001 -- it was that long ago -- was filmed around Dallas. He is not the first actor to get the honor. John Wayne beat him to the punch.

And another ceiling is being shattered by female members of the U.S. House of Representatives. And it is happening under the incoming speaker, John Boehner, not outgoing speaker, Nancy Pelosi. Plans are for the 71 female members to get equal bathroom space with a new restroom adjacent to the House floor. Boehner says it is not something long overdue. But it is not cheap. A course tells "Politico," the new bathrooms could cost as much as $200,000.

I'm Don Lemon at the CNN headquarters here in Atlanta. Make sure you join us at 7:00. We'll have a very fun show for us. We're going to have some burlesque dancers.

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