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Harrington Faces 17 Complaints From State Board of Dentistry; Giovanni Di Stefano Imprisoned; Phil Ramone Dead At Age 72; FBI Launched Digital Reading Room Online; Nelson City To Pass Bill To Require Gun In Every Household; Pope Francis Holds His First Holy Saturday Vigil in Rome; North Korea Threatens War With United States And South Korea
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FREDRICKA WHITFIELD, CNN HOST: All right, back to our top story now. It could be weeks before thousands of dental patients in Oklahoma are able to breathe easier. Right now many are taking HIV and hepatitis tests after an investigation uncovered unsanitary tools used at this office. It was so bad health workers say it nearly made them sick.
National correspondent Susan Candiotti is following the story and joining us from Tulsa. Susan.
SUSAN CANDIOTTI, CNN NATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: Hi, Fred. A few hundred people so far have been tested on this day, and they only have a little bit left to go during the time they set up this screening. They have taken care of 180 people and they will take care of as many people who are remaining in line once they close the doors. This is about how many people they expected to come. Where they're being tested is over my shoulder in the distance and they wanted us to stay far away to maintain the privacy of those people who are going through this screening.
As you said, they are being tested for both HIV and Hepatitis B and C. That after investigators said they found questionable, deplorable, and unsanitary conditions because of the alleged procedures and how they were being conducted at the dentist offices of Doctor Scott Harrington.
All of this came to light, Fred, after a patient was discovered to be tested positive for HIV and Hepatitis C, now later tests proved that patient tested negative for HIV, but because he was still positive for hepatitis, and because he had been a patient at that office, and because of the allegations that are currently being investigated, that is why they went back into the doctor's records and looked up the 7,000 or so patients that he had going back to just 2007 and said you better come in. We want to take a look at you.
Well, today, we spoke with a teenager. She is 18-years-old, and celebrating her birthday today when she got the news she had to be tested. Her mother accompanied her as well, and we talked to them about what she is going through.
(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP) MARISSA SMITH, PATIENT: HIV and hepatitis C and hepatitis B are really hard things to live with. I have been to a lot of like things about them and learned about them through the years, you know. Some of my family is living with it and if I get sick, like I could be sick for a long time, you know. I just -- it freaks me out a little knowing that this could kill me.
MELISSA WOOD, MOTHER: If all of this turns out to be the case, I mean, he certainly should lose his license, you know, for definite. I don't think he should be allowed to practice anymore. You know, as far as criminal charges, I don't know what will happen with that. But, you know, how do you say you're sorry to 7,000 people that you could possibly have infected? I don't think you can.
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CANDIOTTI: Now, at this stage Doctor Harrington has not been criminally charged. He does, however, face 17 complaints filed by the state board of dentistry here, and the local prosecutor is looking into the possibility of criminal charges -- Fred.
FREDRICKA WHITFIELD, CNN ANCHOR: And what about the staff or people that worked at that dentist office? Are they facing charges, too, potentially?
CANDIOTTI: Well, it is possible because some of the complaints include the fact that according to authorities some of the dental assistants were the ones administering sedation to the patients and they weren't licensed to do so and that's the problem. So, this is part of the civil complaint right now, the state complaint against him, and they will figure out later whether they have enough evidence to charge Doctor Harrington and possibly those dental assistants criminally.
WHITFIELD: All right. Susan Candiotti. Thanks so much from Tulsa.
A look at other stories we are following in Latvia. We understand that rescuers have plucked more than 220 people of ice floats that broke away from a shore there. The bigger of the free floating ice sheets was just off the capital with 181 people stranded on it, and another with near a resort town and one person was treated for possible frostbite.
All right, some good news for a former South African president Nelson Mandela. He is responding to treatment for pneumonia and is breathing without difficulty. The 94-year-old was admitted to a hospital this week for recurring lung infection.
The rhetoric is nothing new, but the threats coming out of North Korea are getting worse by the day. Earlier state TV announced that Pyongyang was entering a state of war with its southern neighbor and strong words directed towards the U.S. as well.
But, as Jim Clancy reports, no shots have been fired.
JIM CLANCY, CNN INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: Harsh warnings of war, North Korea declared on Saturday that north and south were officially in a state of war. Now, they never signed an official peace agreement at the end of the Korean war back in the early 1950s, and so for the last 60 years they have in a sense been in a state of war, still this was a troubling announcement from the north as they continue to wrap up the rhetoric.
Meantime, North Korea rebroadcast images of the mass rally held in Pyongyang on Friday and repeated threats it was ordering strategic forces on the highest state of alert. Still, no shots have been fired.
The situation here in Seoul, South Korea's capital, remains relatively calm. Families walk the streets and enjoyed a day off. But, it wasn't like that on some of the islands that have been targeted in the past by the North Korean guns. They remain more tense than ever.
JAE-SOOL, YEONPYEONG ISLAND (through translator): If the north provokes again like it did in 2010, I think there will be full out war. I don't think the north will be that reckless but they are just so unpredictable.
CLANCY: As Kin Jong-Un continues his verbal onslaught, continues to hold mass rallies in Pyongyang and develop those push the bellicose rhetoric higher and higher, many people are concerned that he is backing himself into a corner, having whipped up all of this nationalist sentiment in North Korea. How will he be able to back down and still be able to stand up in front of his own people?
Russia joins China on Saturday in calling for all sides to dial things back a notch. A war in the Korean peninsula, not a nuclear war, just a conventional war would still be devastating and unthinkable for those who live in the region. The U.S. and South Korea meantime have condemned the bellicose rhetoric and call it war mongering. They continue to stage the joint military maneuvers. The problem is those maneuvers will continue on for one more month until the end of April. And they will involve some very large operations indeed. The hope is that a month from now it can remain where it is today, simply a war of words.
Jim Clancy, CNN, Seoul.
WHITFIELD: He didn't have any legal qualifications, but an Italian man known as the devil's advocate did have a reputation for representing high profile criminals. Well now, the bogus lawyer will spend the next 14 years behind bars.
Atika Shubert filed this report for Erin Burnett "OUTFRONT."
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Are you a real life pilot?
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I sure am, little lady.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: (INAUDIBLE)
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: It's been a while since I've done this. Which one is the jump suit?
ATIKA SHUBERT, CNN CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): Just like Leonardo DiCaprio's character in "catch me if you can," he was a world class con artist. But Giovanni Di Stefano has a rolodex that read like a who's who of the world's biggest villains, Osama bin Laden, Saddam Hussein, Slobodan Milosevic and now it turns out, he was fooling them all and making millions from his lies.
Di Stefano worked as an attorney taking on notorious and unwinnable cases. Starting in 2005, he defended Saddam Hussein.
GIOVANNI DI STEFANO, BRITISH-ITALIAN FRAUDSTER: Why not bring charges? The whole world is now beginning to have its doubts. Not only on the legality of the war, but if the war was so legal, why not challenge this man? Where are the charges?
SHUBERT: He also worked with the legal team defending late Serbian president Slobodan Milosevic and bragged about his meetings with Osama bin Laden end Zimbabwean leader, Robert Mugabe, meetings in which he would give legal advice.
There was just one problem. Giovanni Di Stefano had no legal qualifications. And he was not registered to work as an attorney either in Italy where he was born or right here in Britain where he grew up.
JERRY WALTER, CITY OF LONDON POLICE: He is a dishonest individual. He's been very cunning, very clever and incredibly devious individual.
SHUBERT: But it is not just dictators Stefano was drawn to. He defended Harold Shipman, a British doctor who killed hundreds of his own patients.
DI STEFANO: Doctor Shipman had professed his innocence from day one. He has never, ever accepted his guilt, not just the question of psychologically accepted, he never accepted that he murdered anybody.
SHUBERT: And Patricia Walsh-Smith, she was conned out of 5,000 pounds about, $7500 when Di Stefano told her she could get a better divorce settlement.
PATRICIA WALSH-SMITH, CONNED BY Di STEFANO: He knew that I was drowning and he pushes me right under. And he said why don't you commit suicide and leave a note saying my life has been a comedy of errors and he said that four times.
SHUBERT: The judge called him a man of breath taking cynicism. But it's not just his victims left embarrassed by Giovanni Stefano, it's the entire legal system as well.
For OUTFRONT, Atika Shubert, London.
WHITFIELD: Phil Ramone, the man behind music legends like Aretha Franklin and Bob Dylan has died. His son says the 14-time Grammy winning producer died this morning. He didn't reveal the cause. But, it was reported earlier this month that Ramone was hospitalized for an aortic aneurysm. Over his long career, Ramone collaborated with people like Madonna, Paul McCartney, Bono, and Etta James.
Aretha Franklin tweeted this, shocking. Truly one of the great names in music has gone on but the melodies will remain.
And Billy Joel says quote "I have lost a dear friend and my greatest mentor. The music world lost a giant today."
Phil Ramone was 72 years old.
Straight ahead, the infamous cases in the FBI's digital reading room. You can read any of them online and the most popular is out of this world.
Plus, the Pope is minutes away from delivering his Holy Saturday vigil. We're live from Rome.
And Justin Bieber's neighbor, he is making serious accusations against them. Why they could land in court.
WHITFIELD: Convicted serial rapist Gary Irving is back in custody. He fled nearly 35 years ago after a Massachusetts judge offered him a weekend to freedom before he was to report to jail. Well, at the time he was just 18-years-old and he never showed up at the lockup. The law finally caught up with him Wednesday in Maine. Irving has a court hearing now on Monday.
A small down in Georgia could make it mandatory for each household to have a gun. The council is expected to hold a final vote on the proposal Monday.
Victor Blackwell has more on what that could mean.
HEAT (ph) MITCHELL, NELSON CHIEF OF POLICE: This is a town that normal Rockwell would want to paint a picture of.
VICTOR BLACKWELL, CNN CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): Nelson, Georgia, 50 miles north of Atlanta. It is a snapshot of small town Americana, grazing cows, small white churches, and a very small police department.
You're the chief of police here. MITCHELL: Yes.
BLACKWELL: But it is really just you and the department?
MITCHELL: Right now it is just me.
BLACKWELL: Chief Heat (ph) Mitchell has not worked a single major crime in his three years on the job.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: It is just your normal minor thefts, burglaries.
BLACKWELL: No gun crimes but soon owning a gun in this town of 1,400 may become not just a right but a requirement. Every head of household in Nelson would have to own a gun and ammunition.
EDITH PORTILLO, NELSON CITY COUNCIL: It is a deterrent kind of law.
BLACKWELL: Every member of the Nelson city council supports the family protection ordinance as it is known. Councilwoman Edith Portillo believes it will scare off would-be criminals if it becomes law April 1st.
PORTILLO: It is like when you have, you know, security, the ADT in front of your home. We are protected by an alarm or whatever which the majority of places don't have it.
BLACKWELL: Nelson would not be the first town in America to pass a mandatory gun ownership law. It wouldn't even not first town in Georgia. The Nelson ordinance is a direct copy of a law passed here in Kennesaw, Georgia, in 1982. Now, there is no way to accurately merits effect on public safety although historically crime rates here have been low. And Nelson also copies Kennesaw's exemptions for felons, the mentally ill and people who object to owning a gun for personal or any other belief. And Nelson also says they will not enforce the new law. So what's the point?
PORTILLO: Georgians don't fool around with their guns, and don't have big government tell them what to do and what not to do.
BLACKWELL: The proposed law is part of a campaign led by the local chapter of the tea party patriots to protect second amendment rights.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: We to want take this county wide and statewide to other counties and to other states.
BLACKWELL: Lamar Kellett has lived in Nelson for nearly 20 years. He calls it a shame.
LAMAR KELLETT, NELSON, GEORGIA RESIDENT: This is not about the second amendment. They keep trying to make it be second amendment issue. It is not.
BLACKWELL: What is it about? KELLETT: Publicity.
CODY FITS, MANAGER, APPALACHIAN GUN AND PAWN: We are selling probably 10, 15 guns a day.
BLACKWELL: Some people in Nelson buy their guns at Appalachian gun and pawn and profits sky rocketed recently and manager, Cody Fitts, thanks one man.
FITTS: I honestly believe the commander in chief has raised the prices. He is trying to enforce the gun ban and everybody is worried about losing their guns, so now they're buying more and more and more.
BLACKWELL: Do you think your federal government is coming for your guns?
KELLETT: I really do not. I could own a gun without this ordinance and I could protect my home without this ordinance. So why have an ordinance that is not worth anything?
BLACKWELL: A small southern town, now at the center of a gun fight.
PORTILLO: Will it be safer? I think it will give them a little, you know, hey, look what we have done in our little town and we could keep our guns.
WHITFIELD: And that was Victor Blackwell reporting.
All right, John Dillinger, Al Capone, the FBI files are there for you to see. But, would you believe none of those are the one that is people want to read? Wait until you see what is number one.
WHITFIELD: Washington state police are beefing up security in a neighborhood cut off by a landslide in Puget Sound. The area around the slide on Whidbey Island is being restricted throughout the weekend. The homes are still vacant and only local residents and certain officials will have access. On Wednesday the massive landslide literally wiped out a hill side. Two homes were destroyed and dozens more evacuated.
The FBI is opening up details on some of its most infamous cases, but some FBI agents aren't too happy about what the public is interested in reading. They say instead of being excited over fugitives, people are psyched about a UFO.
Here is Brian Todd.
BRIAN TODD, CNN CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): It is called the vault, the FBI's digital reading room, where any of us can go online and view the bureau's most notorious cases. Guess which is the most popular file? John Dillinger's, Jimmy Hoffa's? Nope.
JON FOX, FBI HISTORIAN: Since we opened the vault, it is this memo about flying disks or flying saucers and it relates to an allegation that we heard from a third hand saying that the air force had found a couple of saucers in the New Mexico desert.
TODD: No, no, can't be. I mean, most people want to read about machine gun Kelly and Al Capone, right?
FOX: You would think so. This memo itself has gotten over a million page views in two years since we put it up. Al Capone doesn't make our top 50.
TODD: The memo is all of two paragraphs. Agent Guy Hottel, head of the FBI's Washington field office writes that an Air Force investigator stated that three so-called flying saucers had been recovered in New Mexico. They were described as being circular in shape with raised centers, approximately 50 feet in diameter.
Not only that, each one was occupied by three bodies of human shape but only three feet tall dressed in metallic cloth of a very fine texture. Each body was bandaged in a manner similar to the blackout suits used by speed flyers and test pilots. John FOX is the historian.
This was never followed up on, right?
FOX: No. In fact, it says right here no further evaluation was attempted concerning the above.
TODD: Why not?
FOX: From what's written here, from what we can read, it certainly looks like they thought this was third hand information, that this was not necessarily a hoax which it could well have been but that, you know, someone was simply reporting here sighting.
TODD: And it was more for the Air Force to look into along with countless other reports of UFOs in Roswell, New Mexico and elsewhere, reports that were never substantiated. One reason the memo from agent Hottel went viral is because when the FBI vault of the set up online two years ago, tabloids seized on that memo saying it appeared to back up theory that is aliens exist.
And it is not just the "Guy Hottel memo" that's a favorite. There are hundreds of pages of memos and files in the FBI vault. In the unexplained phenomenon seconds all about alien and UFO sightings that are more popular online than the FBI's files on Bonnie and Clyde, serial killer Ted Bundy and other famous cases.
Casing involving Osama bin Laden, investigations into the murders of civil rights leaders, all part of FBI lore. FOX says out of all the strange cases he has come across --
FOX: The descriptions here of 50-foot diameter saucers and human shaped three-foot tall metallic clothed aliens; that is unique. TODD: And we can say a little frustrating for FBI officials who tell us it diverts attention from all the work they have done, all the dangers they faced through the years to capture fugitives and solve the nation's most difficult crimes.
Brian Todd, CNN, Washington.
WHITFIELD: Camden, New Jersey, it is one of the poorest and most violent cities in the U.S. Its graduation rate is also so low the state just stepped in this week to take over. But, despite the odds Camden is not without hope.
This week's CNN hero is on a mission to help them escape deadly streets one drum beat at a time.
Meet Tawanda Jones.
TAWANDA JONES, CNN HERO: Who are we?
It is very hard for children growing up in Camden today. It is dangerous. You can hear gunshots almost every other night. These kids want more. They don't want to be dodging bullets for the rest of their life.
My name is Tawanda Jones and my mission is to empower the youth of Camden New Jersey through the structure of drill team. What I try to do in order for them to go down the right path is simple. You instill discipline.
Come one. Go to the end.
Drill team is the facade to bring the children in because of something they love to do and once I have them, I introduce them to the college life.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: CSS takes me a whole lot. My dad was shot and killed. My dad passed and I stopped going to class. I started hanging with the wrong people.
JONES: Did you complete your homework? Let me check it
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: She is my second mom. Without her, I really don't know where I would be right now.
JONES: In Camden, the high school graduation rate is 49 percent. But, in my program it is 100 percent graduate. We have never had a dropout.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: My grades now, I have a GPA of 3.0. I want to be a sports manager.
JONES: We need to take back our city and most importantly take back our youth, let them know that we really care about them.
I don't think people really understand how important it is to have these children succeed. When we do this, you get great reward. It is better than money.
WHITFIELD: And just a short time from now the Pope will deliver his Holy Saturday vigil. We are live in Rome next.
WHITFIELD: Catholics around the world are paying close attention to Pope Francis as he prepares to mark his first Easter as head of the church. The Pope is set to begin his Holy Saturday vigil right now, in fact.
CNN international correspondent, Jim Bittermann, is joining us live from Rome.
So, I imagine there are many, many people, thousands of people who are there ready for this service, right, Jim?
JIM BITTERMANN, CNN SENIOR INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: Exactly, Fredricka. In fact, this is going to be probably, I would say probably, the high point and most solemn moment leading up to tomorrow morning, Easter, which is more of a celebratory kind of mass. This mass this evening is something that the Pope wanted to do to commemorate the waiting that went on before Easter began, before the resurrection of Christ, and according to the catholic traditions, and we see him there beginning this service. We expect it to go about two hours or so, although it is shortened considerably by the fact that the pope has taken up some of the bible readings. And as well, we expect that his message will be somewhat shorter, so this is somewhat less than the three hours of the Mass we have seen here in the past on this Saturday, this holy Saturday.
WHITFIELD: So here we go again, another example of how Pope Francis is really making it his own. He's improvising, he's kind of changing the script, so to speak. Is that driving the Vatican nuts, or are they just embracing the fact they have a new pope and this is the way he is going to do it and everyone must go along with it?
BITTERMAN: Well, I think they are going along with it, but I think one of the things that has got some people on the edge at the Vatican is what will happen after Easter, mainly because there is an expectation here that the new pope will make some changes, some personnel changes at the very top. Perhaps replacing the secretary of state, Cardinal Bertoni, and some of the other top Vatican ministries as they are formulated. The pope may be making some personnel changes that could change the way the Vatican operates, and I think there's expectations that he will do that probably are short -- not so long after Easter.
WHITFIELD: So, Jim, talk about the Easter service or Easter mass, what it is expected to be. I would imagine kind of record-breaking as mass on Easter Sunday would go because of the new pope. What kind of preparations are being made near Vatican City for the onslaught of people, the crowds?
BITTERMAN: I expect there is going to be hundreds of thousands out there tomorrow, Fredricka, in fact, because for one thing, the city is loaded with tourists. This is a time when a lot of people come into Rome -- just naturally Italians and people from all over the world come to Rome. So, you could just sense today when I was walking around the streets, there is a lot of people out there.
And so the preparations are in hand. There will be big-screen monitors for people to watch on television. They're making plans to close off some of the streets around the Vatican if the crowds do get too large, and of course it will be televised worldwide as being one of the things, again, that the mark of this new pope is we don't expect it to go as long, these simplified mass structure somewhat.
So it is probably not going to go as long, and in fact, most of the masses that we have seen since he has been elected pope have been much shorter than the normal papal masses. It is a mark, I think, as he is trying to sort of popularize the Church, perhaps recognition of the fact that longer is not always better when it comes to mass length. Fredricka?
WHITFIELD: All right, Jim Bitterman, thank you so much from Rome. We'll of course see you on Easter Sunday.
All right. Checking the top stories right now, millions of people across Italy will get to see a very famous religious relic today on television. We're talking about the Shroud of Turin. Some Christians believe the shroud was Jesus' burial cloth, and now that can be seen from the palm of your hand. A new hap - app, rather -- called The Shroud 2.0 shows the high-definition images of the Turin.
A steel beam cross found in the debris from the World Trade Center will not be removed from the 9/11 Museum in Lower Manhattan. A judge tossed out a lawsuit that tried to get it removed. It was filed by a group of atheists who said the cross is a religious symbol. The judge said the cross has historical significance.
And 35 educators in Atlanta have been indicted in one of the largest cheating scandals to hit the nation's public school system. They're accused of fabricating test scores for years and profiting from it.
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PAUL HOWARD, FULTON COUNTY DISTRICT ATTORNEY: The Fulton County grand jury has returned an indictment, one indictment, that contains 65 counts against 35 defendants.
ERROL B. DAVIS, JR., ATLANTA PUBLIC SCHOOLS SUPERINTENDENT: I believe over the last 21 months that we have made some very good progress, but healing is obviously difficult when you consider the gravity of these indictments.
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WHITFIELD: Former superintendent Beverly Hall is one of those indicted. She faces up to 45 years in prison if convicted.
Here is a look at what's trending on CNN.com. The Pentagon says North Korea's latest threat amounts to nothing more than war-mongering rhetoric. Earlier today, North Korean media announced that Pyongyang was entering a state of war with its southern neighbor.
Alaska Republican Don Young is apologizing for calling workers on his family farm an offensive term. The Congressman says his remark was insensitive, and he didn't mean to offend anyone.
And at least 24 people in 15 states are sick right now with the new outbreak of E. Coli, and it has prompted the recall of nearly 200,000 pounds of frozen food. At least one case is linked to Farm Rich brand frozen meals and snacks.
All right, are you ready to ditch your smartphone for a smart jacket? Or perhaps a smart necklace? A look ahead to the latest fashion trends.
WHITFIELD: The debate over same sex marriage may have prompted 2.7 million people to change their profile photos this week. Facebook says it had a 120 percent bump in new profile pictures on Tuesday compared to last week. Supporters of same-sex marriage, especially in the dark red areas shown here on this map, were putting up the Human Rights Campaign's red equal sign or a variation of it.
All right, wearable gadgets are becoming the next big wave in technology. We may soon be switching from smartphones to smart watches, necklaces or maybe even jackets. Our CNNMoney's Laurie Segall takes a look at the blurring of the lines between fashion and technology.
LAURIE SEGALL, CNNMONEY: Google glasses, cameras that clip on your shirt, head bands that monitor your brain wave.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: This is my brain. This is my brain on iPad.
SEGALL: What's in fashion? Technology.
HOSAIN RAHMAN, CEO, JAWBONE: I think what's happened is that sensors and computing power and connectivity has gotten to a point it is cheap enough and small enough you can put it in lots of different things.
SEGALL: For example, Rahman's company, Jawbone, makes a bracelet they call the up (ph). It syncs to an app to track your health, from how well are you sleeping to how active you are. Jawbone Up and other devices like it are part of what's known as the quantified self movement, using tech attached to your body to tell what's going on inside of it.
RAHMAN: We don't know that much about why do we sleep a certain way, why do we feel a certain way, how much do we actually move, how that all relates to each other.
SEGALL: Another wearable item, a brain wave tracking headband called Muse. It syncs with games that tests how well are you focusing and how relaxed you are.
ARIEL GARTEN, FOUNDER, INTERAXON: When you are able to track or sense your brain activity, you can do things to improve it. You can do exercises to improve your cognitive functioning and decrease your stress.
SEGALL: The developer envisions a very different use for this kind of technology.
GARTEN: Hopefully in the future, we'll be able to play games and control appliances in the environment using only our minds.
SEGALL: Some wearable tech tracks your life without tracking your health like the Memoto camera.
SEGALL: In the future, we're all going to be walking around with smartphone-connected clothing.
OSKAR KALMARU, COFOUNDER, MEMOTO: It is true. Just with the smart phones are like a cyber device and adding extra devices to your true self, it is like a cyber way of life.
SEGALL: The camera feels a bit James Bond -
UNIDETIFIED MALE: It's been coded to your palm print so only you can fire it.
SEGALL: -- but the company points out it is not exactly hidden. If you want to find someone, they say there are better tools. One entrepreneur is putting the wearable technology inside your clothing.
ASHER LEVINE, DESIGNER: What we thought to do is embed it in the items you may lose or left behind or really important items. As you walk away, this is your proximity meter, and it will flash green if you're close. And it will go into yellow and orange and then red and then eventually beep if you have walked too far away.
SEGALL: Still, most of these have yet to become household names. Google Glass, which would put smartphone capabilities in your line of vision, aren't on the market yet. Analysts say that is the kind of product that would make wearable tech universal.
SARAH ROTTMAN EPPS, ANALYST, FORRESTER: The number one thing that would move wearables from niche to mainstream is backing of a major consumer platform, namely Apple and Google. If either of those companies execute well, they could define the market around their product.
WHITFIELD: All right. Laurie Segall joining me now. Are you with or without wearable technology right now?
SEGALL: Right now I am without. But I bet I would be a little healthier if I had something tracking how much I am moving and that kind of thing, Fredricka.
WHITFIELD: OK! So Google, you know, has the high tech glasses, the Google glass and Apple is planning on some sort of wearable gadgets in what form?
SEGALL: Yes. You know, you have Apple. We have these rumors and we have speculation Apple could come out with the iWatch, so do we know this is happening? Not 100 percent. But Apple did file a patent a couple years ago talking about this technology. And there are also rumors that Google may do the smart watch. And you already have it on the market, but really, I think when this will hit mainstream is when you have someone like Google or Apple putting these out there, and when they're fashionable enough that you'll really want to wear it, Fredricka.
WHITFIELD: OK. Something tells me everybody will want a little piece of the action, wear something interesting and techie. All right, Laurie Segall, thanks so much.
SEGALL: Thank you.
WHITFIELD: For more high-tech ideas and reviews, just go to CNN.com/tech, and look for the gaming and gadgets tag.
All right. Every Saturday at this time we bring you information on new technology and how it impacts your life.
All right. Spring break, well, it is here across many states, so that means perhaps a family road trip sounds good to you. Up next, we'll show you some great places to go.
WHITFIELD: All right. If pollen normally has you sneezing in the spring, brace yourself. You may be sneezing until summer. Allergists say spring allergy season could go through July. They say higher temperatures from climate change may be to blame. And trees pollinate earlier in warmer weather, ultimately producing more pollen than usual.
Kids out for spring break across many states and now is the time for the family road trip, perhaps. Nilou Motamed of Travel and Leisure magazine suggests considering the Florida Keys.
NILOU MOTAMED, FEATURES DIRECTOR, TRAVEL + LEISURE MAGAZINE: I think the kids love the overseas highway. It is such a great, expansive roadway and so beautiful there. I love the idea of starting in Miami and heading all the way down to the Keys. A great place to stay with the family is Chico Lodge. It's beautiful. It's right on the water. One thing they do that I absolutely love is you catch a fish; the chef will prepare it for you. So it is a great way to take kids out and teach them about sustainability which is very, very important.
And also if you want to teach them a little about literary history, you can go to Ernest Hemingway's house and check out all of those six-toed cats they have there. That's fun for the kids.
WHITFIELD: That's a lot of fun. OK, then why not go to a national park, especially in Utah. There is so much to offer there.
MOTAMED: The Utah wilderness is some of the most majestic in this country. I think a great way to go is to do basically a national park tour there. Start in Salt Lake City, go to Moab, and then go to arches and then finish up in Zion.
A great home base for that is the lodge at Red River Ranch. What I love about this property, there is only 15 rooms there. And it is really authentically rustic. This feels like you really are in the Wild West. There are Navajo carpets. There are beautiful bison heads that definitely have not been hunted recently, thankfully. And you get access to the incredible majesty right outside your room door and beautiful patios as well in many of the rooms.
WHITFIELD: And maybe you want to go further west to a national park. Why not the Olympic National Park, you say?
MOTAMED: Washington State is stunning. There is no question that that is some of the most beautiful landscape anywhere in this country. Olympic National Park, you can go from Seattle, go to Bainbridge Island, and then go to Olympic National Park. I love the Lake Crescent Lodge as a great home base for that trip because it gives you access to all of the incredible hiking you want to do. The visits, the rain forest, paddling around in the pool, watching young salmon as they swim upstream.
This is really one of those experiences you get soaked into nature in the best way possible, and at the end of a long day, you sit right on your balcony and back at the hotel and soak in the beautiful sunset.
WHITFIELD: Gorgeous. All right. The family will be very happy. All of these destinations.
WHITFIELD: All right. Nilou Motamed, thanks so much. Always good to see you.
MOTAMED: Thank you, Fredricka. See you next time.
WHITFIELD: All right. It is Justin Bieber versus his neighbor. Up next, find out about the allegations that could land the pop star in court.
WHITFIELD: A rare collection of letters will be up for auction in late May. An anonymous donor is selling 250 letters, including an angry note from John Lennon to Paul McCartney after the Beatles broke up. But the letter generating the biggest interest is from Marilyn Monroe. The actress penned a note to her mentor before her suicide in 1962. Monroe writing this, "I am still lost. I mean, I can't get myself together. I sound crazy, but I think I'm going crazy." The items will be exhibited April 8 through 16 at the Douglas Eleman Gallery in New York City.
All right, Justin Bieber, well, he could be in serious trouble with his neighbors. One of the neighbors is accusing the pop star of spitting on him and then making threats. That's not the only problem for the Biebs. Here's Nichelle Turner.
NISCHELLE TURNER, CNN ENTERTAINMENT CORRESPONDENT: Well, Fred, this seems to be boiling down to a he said/he said of epic proportions that could end up in court.
NISCHELLE TURNER, CNN ENTERTAINMENT CORRESPONDENT: First overseas.
JUSTIN BIEBER, SINGER: What did you say?
TURNER: And now at home.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: 9:08 this morning we got a call.
TURNER: Justin Bieber's bad boy image is going strong. Bieber is now under investigation by the LAPD.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Had to do with allegations of a battery and threats made by Mr. Bieber on one of his neighbors.
TURNER: According to media reports, Bieber was racing his Ferrari around his posh Calabasas community when a neighbor confronted him. That's when the neighbor claims things turned nasty and a Justin spit on him.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Battery by definition is unwanted touching. It could be anything. It could be a pat on the shoulder. Somebody could actually spit on somebody.
TURNER: Police say Bieber's camp denies the claims, and a source within the star's security team tells CNN, quote, "There was no physical contact. The neighbor went onto Justin's property. They exchanged words. The neighbor has has issues before."
While the case remains open, the incident is just the latest on a growing list of questionable headlines surrounding the 19-year-old star. There's been a lot of bizarre things.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Yes.
TURNER: That have been going on. The gas mask, the fight with the paparazzi, the throwing up on stage, the running into a glass wall.
CHRIS BOOKER, RADIO DJ: The press, the scrutiny, the pressure, I think it has a lot to do with his behavior lately. You can't open a magazine -- look around. It's all Bieber all the time.
TURNER: And at times Justin Bieber is half naked. But beyond his tattooed torso, millions of Bieber fans have been getting a closer look at what appears to be a growing temper, including this altercation with a London photographer.
BIEBER: What did you say?
TURNER: Making matters worse for the star, a former bodyguard is suing him claiming the singer assaulted him. Charges the Bieber camp denies.
TURNER: As for the woman who raised him, Pattie Mallette, she offered this to "SHOWBIZ TONIGHT'S" A.J. Hammer about her son.
PATTIE MALLETTE, JUSTIN BIEBER'S MOTHER: You know, it's crazy. Some of the headlines, you know, that I see them sometimes at the same time as everyone else. It's a tough call. I think it's tough not having privacy. But it's also a great platform to be able to use it to do so much good.
TURNER: And millions, including Mom, wait to see if the good Justin Bieber returns to the scene.
TURNER: And Justin is speaking out. In an interview done with "US Weekly" just before this latest incident, he talks about recent missteps in his life, saying wearing the gas mask was a joke between him and his friends. And that he was getting over the flu when he got sick on stage. He says it was his dedication that led him to stay on stage that night and finish the concert for his fans. Fred?
WHITFIELD: All right. Nischelle, thanks so much.
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