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May 8th, 2009
11:08 AM ET

Forced Chemo?

A 13-YEAR-OLD MINNESOTA BOY HAS HODGKIN'S LYMPHOMA, A VERY TREATABLE FORM OF CANCER.
BUT AFTER ONE ROUND OF CHEMOTHERAPY, HIS PARENTS SAID NO MORE.
MEMBERS OF AN AMERICAN INDIAN RELIGIOUS ORGANIZATION CALLED NEMENHAH, COLLEEN AND ANTHONY HAUSER INSIST CHEMOTHERAPY AND RADIATION VIOLATE THEIR RELIGIOUS BELIEFS.
INSTEAD THEY ARE TREATING THEIR SON DANNY WITH NATURAL THERAPIES, LIKE HERBS AND VITAMINS.
A COUNTY PROSECUTOR CALLS THAT "CHILD ENDANGERMENT", AND WANTS A JUDGE TO ORDER THE BOY INTO TREATMENT.
BOTH SIDES ARE FACING OFF IN COURT TODAY.
WHAT DO YOU THINK?
SHOULD THE STATE STEP IN TO POSSIBLY SAVE THIS BOY'S LIFE, OR SHOULD THE HAUSERS HAVE THE FINAL SAY WHEN IT COMES TO THEIR CHILD'S MEDICAL CARE?

By Maegan Ahern
Writer


Filed under: Heidi Collins
May 8th, 2009
10:17 AM ET

Time on your hands this weekend?

Gator by the Bay Festival – San Diego, CA

Art Car Weekend – Houston, TX

Lilac Festival – Rochester, NY

Revlon Run/Walk for Women – Los Angeles, CA

(And of course... better call Mom!)


Filed under: Kyra Phillips
May 8th, 2009
08:41 AM ET

So you wanna read the budget?!

Hopefully your computer doesn't crash – a "brief" overview (140 pages) can be downloaded here:

http://www.whitehouse.gov/omb/assets/fy2010_new_era/a_new_era_of_responsibility2.pdf


Filed under: Nicole Lapin • Tony Harris • Website
May 8th, 2009
08:38 AM ET

Beads of Hope

From CNN Field Producer Erin Levin:

The past few months I have been struck by the generosity within the CNN Newsroom. Despite the rough economy we face ourselves and report on every day, all of the show teams, news gatherers and even anchors are sporting and supporting an incredible micro-finance group and their handmade Ugandan crafts. You can share this experience with us!

Here’s a friendly reminder and news alert for you to celebrate your sweet moms – Mother’s Day is this Sunday! Mother’s Day was first suggested over 100 years ago by Julia Ward Howe to be a day mothers could rally for peace. In accordance with the founding of this special day, I propose spreading peace in honor of our moms. My mom has given my brother and me the world. Thanks to her loving us so well, we’ve learned the gift of serving others. It’s through this that I became aware of the Ugandan American Partnership Organization and was able to produce a story highlighting the work three amazing young women are doing to empower widows and orphans across Uganda. This Mother’s Day, you can give your mom a one-of-a-kind, eco-friendly necklace or craft made by the hands of these beautiful Ugandan women – your mom will have something very special and the funds will go to help communities in Uganda.

I hope you enjoy this story; it has infected my heart and changed my whole life. Thank you mom for inspiring me and letting me chase my dreams! Thank you Don's mom, Kathrine Lemon Clark, for the delicious treats you bring to us in the CNN Newsroom when you are in town!

We would love to hear from all of you. Let us know what you’re doing this Mother’s Day! If you would like to get your mom a gift from UAPO, click here or comment and we can send one to her for you!


Filed under: Don Lemon
May 8th, 2009
08:26 AM ET

Bailout for Moms

How much is mom worth?  You can calculate it here:

http://swz.salary.com/momsalarywizard/layoutscripts/mswl_newsearch.asp


Filed under: Nicole Lapin • Tony Harris • Website
May 8th, 2009
07:54 AM ET

Manny Being Stupid?

From Writer Doug Furnad:
Dodgers slugger Manny Ramirez has been suspended 50 games, for breaking Major League Baseball's rules on banned substances.
It'll also cost him nearly $8 million in salary.
No one is saying definitively what Manny took, though there are plenty of stories about what people think it was.
But that's for another blog.
So the question is, does it really matter?
At this point, it's just another baseball star striking out as a role model.
Really, how many black eyes can the sports get before nobody cares anymore?
We want to know what you think.


Filed under: Heidi Collins
May 8th, 2009
06:57 AM ET

The Story Behind the Glasses

Never before has a pair of glasses provoked so much talk. Leah Finnegan, a senior from the University of Texas (and editor of the school paper), donned the oversized frames for our Class of '09 interview segment yesterday. We were all wondering - Is this the new hip thing? Is everything really bigger in Texas? After the show, we had to get the story.
Here it is - directly copied from an e-mail from Leah:
"I've worn glasses forever and have tried lots of different styles. When my last pair started to disintegrate, I figured it was time to go big or go home – I mean, if you have to wear glasses, you might as well wear glasses. These frames have been good to me."


Filed under: Class of '09 • Heidi Collins
May 8th, 2009
06:31 AM ET

Coming up in the weekend newsroom

We have a lot to cover this weekend but here are two main topics that are on our minds. 

Federal Reserve chief Ben Bernanke said on Tuesday that the US economy could rebound this year. 

And a peace deal in tatters as fighting resumes between the Pakistani army and the Taliban.

What are your thoughts?  Do you think the economy has bottomed out?  Should the US do more to protect Afghanistan and Pakistan?  Or just let us know...what's news to you?

Tune in to Fredricka Whitfield this Saturday to see if your comments make it on air!


Filed under: Fredricka Whitfield
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