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Dental Patients Warned of Possible HIV Exposure in Oklahoma; NCAA Cinderella Story Ends; Housing: Surviving the Bust; North and South Korean Conflict; Rapist Finally in Jail After 35 Years; Baby Gorilla Adopted By Humans; Bogus Lawyer For Saddam Hussein; Chicago High School Basketball Star; Technology on Wrists and Faces
Aired March 30, 2013 - 11:00 ET
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ALISON KOSIK, CNN ANCHOR: From the CNN Center this is CNN SATURDAY MORNING. It's Saturday March 30th. Good morning, I'm Alison Kosik.
Pyongyang is threatening South Korea with war, so is the North really getting ready to start a full scale conflict?
In Tulsa, health officials are expecting hundreds of people to turn up for free screenings. They were all patients of a dentist who may have exposed them to HIV and hepatitis.
And this man's list of legal clients reads like a who's who of criminals, so why is this self-styled lawyer now behind bars? It's all ahead.
Let's go ahead and start with some new threats from North Korea. The country says it has entered a state of war with South Korea. That's according to North Korea's state-run news agency. Pyongyang also threatened to dissolve the U.S.
But Washington and South Korea say this is not the first time that the north has made such threats. The National Security Council said this -- "We take these threats seriously and remain in close contact with our South Korean allies. But, we would also note that North Korea has a long history of bellicose rhetoric and threats and today's announcement follows that familiar pattern."
CNN International anchor Jim Clancy joins me now from Seoul, South Korea. Jim, what at this point are people saying there? Do they really think this is any different from the North's threats in the past?
JIM CLANCY, CNN INTERNATIONAL ANCHOR: Well, there is a sense that the threats have been taken to new heights, that the father, the grandfather of Kim Jong-Un has exceeded now the direct threats against the United States, the threats of nuclear war on the peninsula, the threats of attacking Hawaii, of attacking Guam, of attacking the mainland United States with nuclear weapons.
Let's make clear. He doesn't have the capability to do that. But he is taking it to a different level. And there's a lot of people that are looking on and they're trying to calm the situation down.
We heard today from South Korea's defense ministry spokesman. Listen. (BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)
KIM MIN-SEOK, SPOKESMAN, SOUTH KOREAN DEFENSE MINISTRY (through translator): North Korea's continuing threats against South Korea such as saying it is entering a state of war, are never acceptable since it is harming peace and stability on the Korean Peninsula. Our recent military exercises sets a key resolve (ph) and (inaudible) and the U.S. strategic bombers' deployment on the Peninsula were defensive in nature against North Korea's possible provocation.
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CLANCY: Now, the real threat according to some veteran North Korea watchers like Dr. Ham Park of the University of Georgia is that the young North Korean leader is backing himself into a corner, Alison. Backing himself into a corner with rallies and threats, and if he has to back down, how does he turn around and stand up to his own people? They see a danger there -- Alison.
KOSIK: Jim, how worried are people in South Korea -- how worried are they about an attack?
CLANCY: Remarkably they're not very worried at least here in Seoul. In the capital city today, I watched families out strolling with one another on the streets. There was music playing, people were enjoying a day out. The situation very different out on the islands -- islands that have been targeted in the past; islands that are very close to North Korea's territorial waters. Here's what some residents from Pyongyang had to say today.
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JAE-SOOL, YEONPYEONG ISLAND RESIDENT (through translator): If the North provokes again like it did in 2010, I think there will be a full-out war. I don't think the North would be that reckless, but they're just so unpredictable.
LEE GANG-AE, YEONPYEONG ISLAND RESIDENT (through translator): My heart is beating hard every day worrying what if it attacks here again. I'm still going to live here. Not leaving. However, I'm scared there might be another attack.
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CLANCY: The key word "unpredictable". And I think that's what has people a little more nervous than they have been at some times in the past, Alison.
KOSIK: Ok, Jim Clancy, thanks for that.
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. They say it does not honor the memory of the non-Christian victims. The judge said the cross has historical significance. The woman named the nation's top school superintendent just a few years ago could now under up in prison for 45 years on corruption charges. A Georgia grand jury has indicted former Atlanta school superintendent Beverly Hall and 34 other educators. They're accused of corruption and racketeering for allegedly changing or fabricating student test scores. Prosecutors say the motivation was to get bonuses that were tied to student performance on standardized tests.
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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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KOSIK: And those charged in this case have until Tuesday to turn themselves in.
In Iowa, a leading newspaper is under fire for publishing a map that showed which schools have security officers and which do not. "The Des Moines Register's" editor say they were just trying to bring attention to the issue of school safety when they published the article online on Wednesday, but readers complained and the article was taken down after 30 minutes.
Millions of people across Italy will get to see a very famous religious relic today on TV. The Shroud of Turin is usually kept out of sight in a bullet-proof, climate-controlled glass case. According to Vatican Radio the images have been broadcast just once before in 1973. Some Christians believe the shroud was Jesus' burial cloth.
And now to Tulsa, Oklahoma where screening tests start this hour for patients who may have been exposed to HIV or hepatitis at their dentist's office. About 7,000 people could be at risk. This whole thing started when investigators found horrific conditions at the dentist's office.
Susan Candiotti has more.
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SUSAN CANDIOTTI, CNN NATIONAL CORRESPONDENT (voice over): Not many people jump for joy when it's time to go to the dentist. Colton Scott now has more reasons than others to be nervous about his dentist. Scott says he had his wisdom teeth removed last year by Dr. Harrington and just found out he may have contracted an infectious disease during the extraction. His mom and two other relatives went there, too.
COLTON SCOTT, FORMER PATIENT OF TULSA DENTIST: That's the last thing in the world that you're going to think going in to, you know, getting your wisdom teeth taken out, that you're going to be exposed to HIV or hepatitis, I mean, you know it's just something that never would have crossed my mind in a million years.
CANDIOTTI: His dentist Dr. Scott Harrington came under suspicion after a different patient was diagnosed with HIV and hepatitis C. Investigators for Oklahoma's Board of Dentistry traced the source to Harrington's office. They said what they found was enough to turn their stomachs.
SUSAN ROGERS, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, OKLAHOMA BOARD OF DENTISTRY: We were just physically kind of sick. I mean, that's how bad -- and I've seen a lot of bad stuff over the years.
CANDIOTTI: Inspectors came up with so much bad stuff, they filed 17 violations which include allegations Harrington was using expired drugs. One vial was dated 1993. Also, even though he used morphine until 2012, none has been delivered since 2009, failing to test sterilizing equipment, called an autoclave. It's supposed to be tested monthly but apparently wasn't for six years. Unlicensed dental assistants administering sedation, risking contamination by reinserting needles into the same vial. And get this, using rusty instruments inside a patient's mouth.
ROGERS: The instruments that came out of the autoclave were horrible. I wouldn't let my nephews play with them out in the dirt and they were horrible. They had rust on them.
CANDIOTTI (on camera): The conditions so questionable patients need to be tested now. And on Saturday, here at the Tulsa Health Department, free screenings will begin for hepatitis B, C, and HIV.
DR. KRISTY BRADLEY, OKLAHOMA DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH: As many persons who may be infected with these blood-borne viruses may be infected for years without experiencing any signs of illness.
CANDIOTTI (voice over): A scary possibility. Dr. Harrington has seen at least 7,000 patients since 2007. There are many more, but records only go back that far. CNN has been unable to reach the doctor or his lawyer. He has not been charged with a crime. But officials say he has surrendered his dental license. Colton Scott is nervous.
SCOTT: Yes we're all very concerned and you know apprehensive.
CANDIOTTI (on camera): The results of those screenings will take two or three weeks a very nervous time for a lot of people who will be waiting to exhale.
Susan Candiotti, CNN, Tulsa, Oklahoma.
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KOSIK: So, did patients of Dr. Harrington have any legal options at all? What consequences could the doctor face? We're going to get some advice on the law.
And these products are being pulled off store shelves. We're going to show you which states are being hit by an outbreak of E. coli.
KOSIK: At least 24 people in 15 states are sick right now with a new outbreak of E. coli. And it's prompted the recall of almost 200,000 pounds of frozen food. Here's a look at where the CDC says the cases have been reported. You can see they're kind of scattered across the country. At least one case is linked to Farm Rich brand frozen meals and snacks.
E. coli is a potentially deadly bacterium that can cause diarrhea, dehydration and in severe cases kidney failure.
In Maine, a Zumba instructor has pleaded guilty to prostitution. She's accused of running a one-woman prostitution business from her dance studio, of all places. Prosecutors say they are going to recommend a jail term of 10 months. Her sentencing is set for May 31st.
People who may have been exposed to HIV and hepatitis in their dentist's chair can begin getting tested today. Oklahoma officials say thousands are at risk after they discovered unsanitary conditions at Dr. Scott Harrington's office in suburban Tulsa, so will he face charges? I talked to CNN legal contributor Paul Callan about that.
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PAUL CALLAN, CNN LEGAL CONTRIBUTOR: There absolutely could be criminal charges. He had unlicensed people working for him. All of them could face criminal charges for practicing dentistry without a license. There are also criminal charges that relate to reckless conduct that endanger patients which can arise to the level of a felony.
So, he's looking at a potential number of criminal charges if prosecutors choose to go that route.
KOSIK: And of course, lawsuits from patients could come next. You know, what would we expect typical malpractice coverage to be enough at this point to satisfy possibly thousands of potential claims here?
CALLAN: Well, that's a tough question. Remember, this is a guy who has illegal assistants working for him who doesn't even sterilize his instruments. So, if these charges are true. So, I mean, did he buy insurance is another question. A lot of these cases will be very difficult to prove also, Alison, because you have to prove that the disease or the injury was caused by the instrument and after a number of years pass, how do you link it? Even if you went to see the guy.
So unfortunately, justice may not be so easy to the patients who have been wronged by this dentist.
KOSIK: Because authorities think that these problems could date back years, you know, does the state dental board face any legal exposure for not discovering these problems any earlier?
CALLAN: Well, you would think that there would be some hope in that area for these poor patients, but unfortunately the answer's going to be no there as well. In most cases, it's very hard, almost impossible, to succeed in a lawsuit against a dental board.
It's really the dentist himself who takes responsibility and he's got to have adequate insurance coverage to compensate people for the damages that are caused, so, you know, Alison, I think in the end these patients, most of them at least, are going to have a hard time recovering in this case. And I think if they're going to find justice, it will probably be in the criminal justice system and not on the civil side.
KOSIK: I certainly feel really bad for these patients, Paul Callan thanks for your time.
CALLAN: Nice being with you, Alison.
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KOSIK: A rare opportunity for fans of the Beatles and Marilyn Monroe. I'm going to fill you in on what items are about to go up for auction.
And what are fans of Florida Gulf Coast basketball team saying now that their team is out of the big dam (ph)?
KOSIK: A rare collection of letters will be up for auction -- for auction in late May, actually. 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 just before her suicide in 1962 and in part Monroe wrote, "I am so lost. I mean, I can't get myself together. Sounds crazy but I think I'm going crazy."
The items will be exhibited April 8th through the 16th at the Douglas Elliman Gallery in New York City.
Half of the NCAA elite 8 bracket is set as March Madness roars on. Last night the darlings of the tournament Florida Gulf Coast University the 15th seed that beat Georgetown and San Diego State couldn't beat the Florida Gators -- couldn't best the Florida Gators. They started strong and led early but in the end Florida was too powerful.
No doubt about it, the most exciting game last night was seeing the Michigan Wolverines come from behind late in the second half and they forced the number one seed Kansas Jayhawks into overtime. Michigan took the lead and held on to win by two points.
In other action Duke defeated Michigan State to advance as did Louisville over Oregon.
When you look back at this year's NCAA tournament, the big story we'll be talking about for years is that team from Fort Myers, Florida -- the team from Dunk City, the school that we never knew of before. But, as CNN Sports anchor Joe Carter tells us, no one will ever forget Florida Gulf Coast University now.
JOE CARTER, CNN SPORTS: Well, as they say, all good things must come to an end. The Cinderella story is over for FGCU, but I can tell you this tournament experience has certainly changed this university and its athletic program for the better for years to come.
When you think about it last week this team, this university, was virtually unknown across the country and now with all the media attention and all the exposure, the sense here is that this university will never go back to the way it once was.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Now I'm very glad that we are a known team. And that our degrees will even be worth more, you know? I can go out and get a job and people will be, like, hey, I heard of that school.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: We're expecting a huge turnout next year. There will be so many more students and it's a great experience either way, win or lose. They did a great job.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: the country was behind us whether we won or logs, because everyone knew that we were doing something here that was just bigger than basketball. It was making a statement about sports and about small schools that can really make it in this world.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: They just went out and they showed the world what we're capable of doing. And I love the story about how America embraced us just because of the way they played. They played with some swag but they weren't overly obnoxious, you know what I mean. So it was a fine line you had to walk. And that was one of my biggest fears. I hoped we didn't do something that would put a black eye on us.
I'm just so proud of them. They're all well-coached, great kids. I'm definitely a proud FGCU dad.
CARTER: So how can an experience like this help an entire university? Just look at the Butler Bulldogs another Cinderella story that made it deep into the NCAA tournament back in 2010 and 2011. Two studies estimate that their exposure, that their publicity was worth $1.2 billion over those 2 years. Admissions at Butler after 2010 rose 41 percent.
So, can two March Madness wins change everything for FGCU? Some will say winning is the best salesman.
Joe Carter, CNN, Fort Myers, Florida.
KOSIK: Here's a question for you, did your Facebook feed turn into a sea of red equal signs this week? The human rights campaign made the symbol a verification of their blue and yellow logo. It's meant to show support for same-sex marriage as the Supreme Court tackles the issues. Facebook says about 2.7 million people changed their profile picture on Tuesday. They can't tell if it was all for the equals sign but there's a lot more picture changes than normal.
When the housing market went bust a lot of homes were abandoned or sold in foreclosure. In today's American Journey report Tom Foreman shows us a neighborhood where community leaders are trying to help homeowners who have stuck it out.
TOM FOREMAN, CNN CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): When the housing crash came, no place was hit harder than Georgetown South, a distant suburb of Washington, where the foreclosure rate shot to 30 percent. Some homes plunged in value from $300,000 to just $40,000. People moved out, crime and squalor moved in.
MEG CARROLL, FORMER POLICE OFFICER: This board back here were French glass doors; inside, hard wood, brand-new cabinets.
FOREMAN: But the community never lost its voice. Meg Carroll is part of an aggressive effort by some 50 churches, synagogues and mosques called "Voice". And their mission has been saving communities like this one from ruin, cleaning up, maintaining, and taking care of properties that are abandoned or in the sometimes neglectful hands of banks.
CARROLL: When I say that investors don't care, the same way as homeowners, you can see they don't.
FOREMAN: The goal, keep the neighborhood liveable until better times come. Reverend Keith Savage.
KEITH SAVAGE, PASTOR, FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH MANASSAS: Banks only listen to other people who have power in organizations.
FOREMAN: By pooling the efforts of many community activists, "Voice" has effectively pushed banks to help pay for financial counseling, more affordable homes here and to help rewrite the loans for families who have stayed through all the turmoil.
SAVAGE: Most aren't having trouble with the income anymore, but they're having trouble now that they regained their footing, of getting the banks to work with them so that they can keep this community a homeowner-occupied community instead of a rental community.
FOREMAN: It has been a long and lonely struggle and the housing rebound still seems far away. But in this corner of Virginia, the battle of the home front goes on.
Tom Foreman, CNN, Washington.
KOSIK: North Korea sounded its chest bang (ph) and it's ready to fire missiles at the U.S., but are those threats from Kim Jong-Un real or rhetoric? We're going to tell you what two of the world's leading experts think on the subject. (COMMERCIAL BREAK)
KOSIK: In Arizona a Navy SEAL has died and another was injured during a training exercise. It happened at the special operations command facility between Phoenix and Tucson on Thursday during what the Navy calls a normal parachute exercise. The two sailors were doing a freefall routine before opening their parachute. The SEAL who survived is in the hospital. The Navy is investigating.
North Korea says it's on standby to aim missiles at American military bases in the Pacific. They say it's in response to the U.S. using stealth bombers during military maneuvers with South Korea. I asked former U.S. Ambassador to South Korea and lead negotiator on North Korea Christopher Hill and Joseph Cirincione former adviser to President Obama on nuclear issues how serious this threat really is.
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JOSEPH CIRINCIONE FORMER ADVISER TO PRESIDENT OBAMA: Still, I do not think the North Koreans intentionally want to start a war. I believe this is mainly for domestic politics -- domestic politics in North Korea to shore up Kim Jong-Un's leadership role. The danger is that it could spiral out of control. This is how wars start, by miscalculation, by accident. So, we have to be very careful, very measured in our responses to this bluster.
KOSIK: How effective is this tactic even domestically for that country?
CIRINCIONE: Oh, I think this works. You can see the mass demonstrations that are in the squares of Pyongyang even yesterday. They whip up this fervor of a North Korea being attacked by the aggressive imperialist west being defended by the young strong leader. I think this is proven over the years to be a very effective tactic for the Kim dynasty. Kim Jong-Un is the third Kim to be using this to prop up his rule.
KOSIK: OK, Chris, should we worry as much about an attack on U.S. bases? You know, what really should we be worried about?
CHRISTOPHER HILL, FMR. U.S. AMBASSADOR TO SOUTH KOREA: Well, I think it's very unlikely that there would be an attack on U.S. bases, especially this idea they're going to hit the mainland. I think the real issue is very much on the Korean peninsula, whether you could have an incident on the demilitarized zone or perhaps an incident offshore.
You know, it's well known that the South Korean navy has just had it up to here with these North Korean provocations. So, I think what is very interesting about this is how prolonged this propaganda campaign has been, how intense it's been.
And the big question will be, when the exercises, when our exercises wind down, which is toward the end of April, will the propaganda wind down? In the meantime, will it continue through what is really going to be several more weeks? KOSIK: Yes, I mean, Joseph, the Pentagon has already announced that it's going to start beefing up its missile defense system. Is that the right move knowing that this may be all posturing at this point?
CIRINCIONE: I think the U.S. has taken appropriate measures at this point. You are directing it to me, right?
CIRINCIONE: Appropriate measures at this point. It's not that the missile defenses work, they don't really, but it's a gesture on the part of the United States. I thought the bomber drills sending the B- 52s and B-2 bombers over South Korea was appropriate at this point. It's mainly directed to draw -- at North Korea to draw a line saying, you know, you are playing with fire here, but more to our South Korean allies to reassure them that we have their back. That they in turn can be a little more confident in their responses to North Korea. So you see the South Korean president, Mrs. Park, still even during this period offering diplomatic exchanges, offering an olive branch to the North Koreans. That's because she knows that the United States is behind them with any military measures should those be required.
KOSIK: OK, so, Chris, let me ask you this, what is the end game for North Korea?
HILL: Well, you know, I think we shouldn't just get into the notion that somehow this is the same old, same old. We have a very untested leader. They're obviously trying to show that he's a wartime leader. You know, I don't think we should assume that this is necessarily going to be a success for them. I think what is also interesting is that historically the North Koreans have really tried to play off the idea that there's a left wing in South Korea that they can sort of use as their fifth column. And yet they seem to have really written that off. So, I think we're into an era right now where the North Koreans have essentially kind of cut off any possibilities or hopes of reconciliation on the Korean peninsula.
KOSIK: And that was Christopher Hill, former U.S. ambassador to South Korea and Joseph Cirincione. He's the former adviser to President Obama on nuclear issues.
Let's go ahead and talk weather because those temperatures finally getting back to normal after a late blast of winter. But it looks like it's going to be a rainy weekend for much of the country.
Let's go to the CNN Weather Center and meteorologist Alexandria Steele. Alexandra, what does the Easter weekend look like?
A lawyer who earned the nickname devil's advocate for taking on clients like Saddam Hussein, he's behind bars. And get this, authorities say he wasn't even qualified to be a lawyer.
KOSIK: A convicted serial rapist who fled for almost 35 years is back in custody and will soon face a judge again. Back in 1978, Gary Irving was offered a weekend of freedom by a judge in Massachusetts before he was to report to jail for raping three young women. He never showed up. The law finally caught up with him Wednesday in Maine living a quiet life under a different name. Irving is due back in court for a hearing on Monday.
A man who worked as a defense lawyer for Saddam Hussein and claimed to have offered legal advice to Osama bin Laden had a dark secret. He wasn't really a lawyer at all. Giovanni di Stefano was found guilty of money laundering, fraud and forgery this week. Atika Shubert has his story.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE, ACTRESS, "CATCH ME IF YOU CAN": Are you a real life pilot?
LEONARDO DICAPRIO, ACTOR, "CATCH ME IF YOU CAN": I sure am, little lady.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE, ACTRESS, "CATCH ME IF YOU CAN": The jump seat is open.
DICAPRIO: It's been a while since I've done this. Which one's the jump seat again?
ATIKA SHUBERT, CNN CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): Just like Leonardo DiCaprio's character in the movie "Catch Me If You Can," he has 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: 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 charge 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 in Osama bin Laden and Zimbabwean Leader Robert Mugabe. Meetings in which he would give legal advice.
SHUBERT (on camera): 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 here in Britain where he grew up.
JERRY WALTER, CITY OF LONDON POLICE: (INAUDIBLE). He's a thoroughly dishonest individual who's been very cunning, very cleaver, and an incredibly devious individual. SHUBERT (voice-over): But it is not just dictators di Stefano was drawn to. He defended Harold Shipman, a British doctor who killed hundreds of his own patients.
DI STEFANO: Dr. Shipman had professed his innocence from day one. He has never ever accepted his guilt. Not just a 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 $7,500, when di Stefano told her she could get a better divorce settlement.
PATRICIA WALSH SMITH: He knew that I was drowning and he pushed me right under. And he said, why don't you commit suicide and leave a note saying my life's been a comedy of errors. And he said that, you know, four times.
SHUBERT: The judge called him a man of breathtaking cynicism, but it's not just his victims left embarrassed by Giovanni di Stefano, it's the entire legal system as well.
Atika Shubert, London.
KOSIK: So, there's this baby gorilla who is rejected by its own mother. Now human surrogates are raising Gladys, the gorilla, that's her name. You're going to meet one of those caretakers who's pretended to be a momma gorilla.
KOSIK: So, there's this adorable baby gorilla and for some reason her mother rejected her and now she's being raised by humans. My colleague Victor Blackwell and I spoke to one of her caretakers earlier today.
KOSIK: Meet Gladys.
BLACKWELL: Hey, Gladys.
KOSIK: Hi. She's only two months old. She was moved from her zoo in Texas to the Cincinnati zoo in Ohio. That's where experts are -- believe it or not -- they're dressing up like gorillas. They're caring for her as surrogate mothers. It's just incredible.
BLACKWELL: Yes, let's bring in now from Cincinnati one of her caretakers from the Primate Team. He's the leader, Ron Evans. Ron good to have you; and I see you wearing a snazzy vest here. Tell us about this.
RON EVANS: Well, this is one of the faux furs we've had made for us by a local place called Fabulous Furs here in Cincinnati to help simulate the way a gorilla feels for Gladys. BLACKWELL: So you eventually want to get a gorilla mother to adapt her. How does this work. I mean will she ever be released into the wild or is this just a mother in captivity?
EVANS: No, gorillas in zoos stay in zoos and gorillas in the wild stay in the wild these days. So our goal is not to put her in the wild but it's to get her back in with a gorilla mother. You know the day a gorilla is born they have to learn about 13 different vocalizations and a lot of different facial expressions, body postures. There's lots of rules of etiquette in gorilla society. So from day one they're learning a language, they're learning social structure and life lessons.
So in the absence of a mother doing this and unfortunately her mother didn't take care of her but the people at Gladys Porter Zoo in Brownsville did an excellent job with Gladys until we could come up to go along with a surrogate mom.
KOSIK: So cute, right? That was Ron Evans, primate team leader of Cincinnati zoo.
March madness roars on, but look who is on tap for next season. Coming up, the story of a unique kid from the south side of Chicago who is on his way to a big basketball program in the south.
KOSIK: Now for some more March madness, here's one player you won't see on the court this year, but next season, you may want to take note of Jabari Parker. He's a high school star destined for a college power house, Duke.
Ted Rowlands is in Chicago and shows us why.
TED ROWLANDS, CNN CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): From Chicago's notorious south side, 17-year old Jabari Parker is one of the best high school basketball players in the country and one of the nicest young men you'll ever meet.
JABARI PARKER, SIMEON H.S. BASKETBALL PLAYER: As long as I keep working and just keep on having a good humble attitude, I think that will take me a long way.
ROWLANDS: That attitude is what makes people so excited about Jabari Parker's future, including his coach at Simeon High School, Robert Smith, who also coached NBA star Derrick Rose.
ROBERT SMITH, SIMEON H.S. BASKETBALL COACH: It's his off the court stuff that I love. He's a caring kid. This is not about Jabari. This is about Simeon and it's about everybody else.
ROWLANDS: Jabari has been getting a lot of attention. He made the cover of "Sports Illustrated" last May. When he announced he was going to Duke, it was carried live on national television. The south side of Chicago is dangerous and has been for years.
In January of this year, a 17-year-old boy was shot and killed after attending one of Simeon's games. Nearly 30 years ago, another Simeon all-star, Ben Wilson was shot and killed while walking down the street with his girlfriend. His number 25 still hangs on the wall at school.
PARKER: Sometimes I have been uncomfortable, but it's never been a moment of time where I have been totally unsafe because I have so many people on my back and help me get out of scuffles.
ROWLANDS: This season, Jabari led Simeon to a record fourth straight high school basketball title. He also excelled in class earning a 3.7 grade point average.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: We are truly blessed to have him.
ROWLANDS: Growing up, Jabari was the youngest of four children in a home where school and the family's Mormon faith came before basketball. He may play in the NBA some day, but his family expects him to graduate from Duke.
LOLA PARKER, JABARI PARKER'S MOTHER: That degree will be more precious to us than any millions that he'll make.
ROWLANDS: Jabari's dad Sonny played six seasons in the NBA for the Golden State Warriors. When he retired, he returned to Chicago to start a youth foundation helping at-risk kids.
J. PARKER: I know there's a lot of kids on the south side that lack parents or a two-parent home. I know I'm fortunate to have my dad aside of me. What he does in the community, it just helps me want to be like him when I grow up.
ROWLANDS: A lot of people are looking forward to Jabari growing up to see what he can do not just on the court, but off. Ted Rowlands, CNN, Chicago.
KOSIK: "CNN NEWSROOM" starts at the top of the hour. I'm here with Fredricka Whitfield. You got a busy show ahead.
FREDRICKA WHITFIELD, CNN ANCHOR: Oh yes, we've got a very busy day beginning with our legal guys with us every weekend. We love Avery and Richard. They are going to help tackle the case of the Jackson estate taking on in a civil matter the concert promoters AEG Live. They are alleging that AEG is culpable in the death of the pop star by way of being negligent in the hiring of Dr. Conrad Murray who is now serving time for the death of Michael Jackson. We'll talk to our legal guys about that.
And then springtime, summer makes you think about getting the family together. How about a road trip? How about to the red rocks of - well, that's not the red rocks there. That looks like Hawaii. Isn't that gorgeous, Hawaii - road trip to Hawaii. Once you get there, rent a car. How about that? How about the red rocks of Utah or maybe even Washington State?
And then a man who has kind of been called a godfather in the music industry. I'm talking about Clive Davis. He's credited for helping to catapult the careers of Alicia Keys, Janis Joplin.
KOSIK: Under a lot of controversy though.
WHITFIELD: Under a lot of controversy by way of revealing some personal things in his book, his memoir. It's called "The Sound Track of My Life." I talk about his sound track of his life by way of some of the high points and some of the low points and how he -- what are the qualities that he looks for when he taps a new star, when he recognizes somebody has that it thing. We talk about all that straight ahead.
KOSIK: Good stuff. You have gadgets. I've got gadgets. We all want to show off our gadgets no matter where they are. Wearable technology is the next big thing. I'm going to show you some new ways to stay connected. Keep it right here.
KOSIK: From smart phones to tablets, it's never been easier to stay connect and now some Silicon Valley companies are taking things a step further by putting cool new technology on our wrists and faces. Dan Simon shows us more.
DAN SIMON, CNN CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): Technology for life's most thrilling moments. Google is betting big with its forthcoming glass, a wearable computer with a built-in camera. You'll be able to record pictures and videos just by saying --
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: OK, glass. Record a video.
SIMON: It's part of a new trend known as wearable technology, perhaps the biggest emerging trend since the smart phone. A new category of devices called smart watches is already selling.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: (INAUDIBLE) enables hands-free conversations anywhere at any time.
SIMON: Even after venture capitalists initially snubbed what is turning out to be one of the hottest new products in tech. Where did the idea for this smart watch come from?
ERIC MIGICONSKY, PEBBLE: The idea came actually from me while I was cycling. I had my phone in my pocket and I wanted to see what was happening on my phone.
SIMON: This is Eric Migiconsky, the inventor of the Pebble. It may look like an old-fashioned Casio, but the Pebble represents the watch of the future. Hard to believe that inside this small generic-looking building, Migiconsky and his small company have stunned Silicon Valley. The Pebble works by connecting to your phone via Bluetooth. So all those phone calls, e-mails and text show up on your wrist. You can actually feel it vibrating. That can come in handy when it's tough to reach for your cell phone.
MIGICONSKY: Having your phone (INAUDIBLE) and sometimes dangerous. It's much better to be able to just glance down and see the key portion of the message right on your wrist.
SIMON: But the people who seem to know valley the best, the venture capitalists, thought the Pebble sounded like a loser and didn't give them a penny. They missed out big time.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: This is my smart phone. And this is my Pebble.
SIMON: That became evident of when Eric decided to raise money through the crowd funding website kick starter.
MIGICONSKY: We went on kick starter. The product was live on kick starter for 30 days and within the period of 30 days, we raised $10.2 million.
SIMON: Now they can't make these watches fast enough. You might say the Dick Tracy era has now finally allowed. Another watch called the Martian allows for real conversations. Naysayers might wonder have we officially jumped the shark as technology-loving consumers?
In our quest to stay connected, is society filled with way too much gadgetry? Guess that's up to each person, but if history is any indication, you'll soon be seeing lines not only for what you can hold, but what you can wear.
Dan Simon, CNN, San Francisco.