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May 9th, 2009
07:41 PM ET

Give a cop props

It's a shame, but it's true: the few bad apples grab most of the headlines. The vast majority of police are on the job for the right reasons. Working all kinds of shifts and situations to keep us safe. The responsibilities and risks are huge; the paychecks, not so much.

Well, tomorrow is the start of National Police Week. And the Newsroom PM team would love for you to share your POSITIVE experiences involving police or other law enforcement officers. Stories, video, photos. Whether it happened 10 years or 10 days ago, send what you've got.

Every day, there are quiet heroics taking place. We should know more about them!

Comments here are great - iReports* would be fantastic. Even if it's just you, telling your story to the camera. We'll be using them all week long in Kyra's shows.

(*if you send us something via iReport.com, please include the tags "Kyra" and "police" so we're able to find it easily.)

Thanks everybody.


Filed under: Kyra Phillips • Police Officer/Hero
May 9th, 2009
05:03 PM ET

Bristol Palin: the new voice of abstinence?

Curbing teenage pregnancy.

This week Bristol Palin, the daughter of Alaska governor Sarah Palin, set out on a media blitz to promote abstinence. The 18-year-old is perhaps the country's best-known unwed teen mother.

So how effective can she be? Will it really help to prevent other teenagers from becoming mothers too soon?

Fredricka Whitfield spoke with Brenda Rhodes Miller with the DC Campaign to prevent teen pregnancy to find those answers.

What do you think? Will Bristol be effective? If not, who or what will?


Filed under: Fredricka Whitfield
May 9th, 2009
04:21 PM ET

To our blog/facebook commenters...

Thank you everyone for all of your comments. They add a lot to our newscast and we enjoy hearing from you!

Here are two examples on how me may use them!

We'll keep posting every week and please, keep your comments coming!

May 9th, 2009
01:35 PM ET

Many changing careers to "death" industry

We've all heard it...the only things certain in life are taxes and death. And it's the death part that is providing some people a stable career change.

CNN's Fredricka Whitfield explains.


Filed under: Fredricka Whitfield
May 9th, 2009
11:33 AM ET

Reynolds Wolf: Airport Landscaper For A Day!

We CNN folks travel...a lot. Being in Atlanta, we fly out of Hartsfield-Jackson International. And in our mad rush to the airport, we always seem to go through the checklist in our minds: Did I bring enough socks? Where is my driver's license? Is my cell phone fully charged? What is that smell in the back of the parking shuttle?

We notice the beautiful flowers, trees, and shrubs that surround the huge travel hub, but we often take their perfection for granted. We rarely ask the question: Who did all of this? It doesn't dawn on us that someone has to plant the bulbs, trim the hedges, and keep everything green. That someone is Abra Lee.

Our very own Reynolds Wolf decided it was time to try his hand at landscaping and gave Abra a call. Take a look at what happened when the two went to work at the busiest airport in the world:

Good times! Join TJ, Betty and Reynolds in the CNN Newsroom Sunday starting at 6am ET/3am PT.


Filed under: Reynolds Wolf
May 9th, 2009
11:24 AM ET

Inner Voice Steers Financial Fate

For months now, Rev. Michael Bernard Beckwith has been telling us not to get caught up in all the bad economic news. This nationally recognized spiritual leader says there are silver linings and positive lessons that can come from economic hardships. But Weekend AM has a story you likely haven’t heard. Specifically, how Rev. Beckwith was able to get his investments out of the stock market just before it plunged. He says the timing was simple – he heard a “voice”. Who’s voice? Was it God? Divine intervention? Betty Nguyen recently interviewed Rev. Beckwith at his home in Los Angeles to find out.

The next week, the stock market took a nose dive. Remember, this is the man we’ve seen on Oprah and Larry King Live ~ talking about faith, not finances. Yet, he says his experience is applicable to us all. Why? Because it focuses on socially responsible investing. We want to hear what you think. Let us know and be sure and join us for Sunday at 7:15 am to hear Betty's interview with Rev. Beckwith.


Filed under: CNN Newsroom
May 9th, 2009
11:20 AM ET

How Prayer Can Improve Your Sex Life

Denzel Washington and his Pauletta are way out in front on this one. Kathie Lee Gifford has Frank reading it. Donna Summer is no longer singing Can't Get to Sleep at Night. Sound racy? Spirituality and sex is what we're talking about in Sunday's Faces of Faith. We'll take a look at how prayer can improve your sex life in your marriage.
Join TJ Holmes, Betty Nguyen and Reynolds Wolf in the CNN Newsroom Sunday morning starting at 6 am ET/3 am ET.

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Filed under: Anchors • Faces of Faith
May 9th, 2009
11:13 AM ET

Bridging the Gap Between Uganda and America

Every Saturday here in the Weekend Newsroom with Fredricka Whitfield, we’ll take a closer look at the people and organizations working to make a positive change in the world and how YOU can make a difference. We are doing this in partnership with CNN’s Impact Your World.

American Brittany Merrill was visiting one of Uganda’s shantytowns of mud huts and wooden shacks, when she found her purpose in life. She was inspired by the faith and determination of one woman who cared for 24 street children that ran about with bare feet, torn clothes and unstoppable spirit. After building wells in villages and an orphanage that can accommodate 180 street children, Brittany and her partners can not be stopped either, with five more projects underway. They are making a difference, one heart and village at a time.

Here are a few of the organizations making a difference for the children in Uganda:

Ugandan American Partnership Organization

Children of Uganda

To find out more ways to help children around the world and how you can make a difference, visit CNN’s IMPACT YOUR WORLD


Filed under: Anchors • Fredricka Whitfield • Impact Your World
May 9th, 2009
04:24 AM ET

This Morning On CNN Newsroom...

It is 4:23am ET/1:23am PT. We're all a little blurry eyed. No doubt the coffee is brewing and we are getting ready for a great show this morning. So here's what were working on for you: Two developing stories… severe weather doing some serious damage across parts of the country, and raging wildfires not letting up in California. Meteorologist Reynolds Wolf is tracking both.
Home sales are trying to rebound, which could be good news especially if you’re trying to sell. So is the housing market on the road to recovery? We'll get the lowdown from finance expert and author Clyde Anderson.
Here we go again! Another scandal rocks the baseball world. This time it’s the Dodgers Manny Ramirez. The league suspended him for using a banned drug. We'll talk to sports business analyst Rick Horrow about the whole mess. Tell us what you think about it as well. Are you still a fan of Ramirez or have your feelings changed?
Join Betty Nguyen, TJ Holmes and Reynolds Wolf for those stories and so much more. Wake up with CNN Newsroom starting at 6am ET/3 am PT.

May 9th, 2009
04:05 AM ET

James Carville Guarantees Dems 'til 2049!

CNN political pundit James Carville ~guarantees~ Democrats will be America's dominant party for the next 40 years. Carville's so sure of that, it's the premise of his new book, "40 More Years: How the Democrats Will Rule the Next Generation."

Why? According to Carville, the Democratic party appeals to young voters. But are young voters the most likely to go to the polls? Weekend AM has done its homework and invited Carville to talk with T.J. Holmes Saturday morning. We've got plenty of questions. Let's see if Carville has answers. Our guarantee, count on a colorful conversation.

Here's just one excerpt from Carville's book:
"Republicans' spin is old, and their politics have failed. The shaky logic of the policies that got us into the current situation-an unprecedented financial crisis, record foreclosures, rising income inequality, growing debt, billions more dollars flowing into Iraq, and thousands of Americans dead-is wearing thin.

"The Republican Party is so divorced from reality it may take years for them to recover. They are profoundly deluded."

Watch the interview live, Saturday at 10 am EDT


Filed under: CNN Newsroom