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May 17th, 2009
11:13 PM ET

Chickens in the 'Hood

From CNN Producer Emily Kean:

"What's so funny about chickens?"

That’s what I’ve been wondering as a story pitch has been working its way through the editorial process. Every time this story has come up, there’s been a big laugh in the newsroom because some of my neighbors were interviewed for the piece and because I want to build a chicken coop in my own backyard.

The joke is that we don’t live on a farm in rural Georgia, but in an intown neighborhood only six miles from CNN Center. It’s a growing trend, “chickens in the city,” where families team up in informal co-ops to care for the birds and share the eggs. I personally think it’s a great idea, even if raising chickens will be a bigger hassle than running to the market every week. The reward of fresh eggs, from chickens that live in a yard and not in a wire cage, makes it worth it.

But don't take my word for it. Check out this piece from CNN's Reynolds Wolf, which I like to call, "Chickens in the 'Hood."

If you'd like to learn more about raising chickens in the city, here's a helpful site with lots of great information. The Chicken Whisperer


Filed under: Don Lemon
May 17th, 2009
11:12 PM ET

Seeing With the Heart

Some very talented 5-year-olds performed an opera version of a children's classic. But as CNN's Brook Baldwin explains, this isn't your traditional opera, and these aren't your typical 5-year-olds.


Filed under: Don Lemon
May 17th, 2009
08:11 PM ET

My take on the President's commencement address and the controversy leading up to it

The first roar in the Joyce Center at the University of Notre Dame today set a tone. If you were watching our live coverage starting at 2 p.m. Eastern today, you know what I mean.

During the commencement ceremony for Notre Dame’s class of 2009, expectations were high. High that someone or many would audibly or silently express discontent with the invited guest speaker, the President of the United States Barack Obama. After all, three weeks of staged protests near and on the South Bend, Indiana, campus preceded to this day.

So when the 6’2" robed president strode into the building and that roar I spoke of filled the room, it wasn’t immediately clear to me, from our Atlanta-based news set, what the sound meant. Not until the live cameras revealed a crowd on their feet, clapping, people smiling. Hmm, maybe all the pre-commencement protest is just that, pre-commencement.

Not so fast.

The president had barely received his honorary law degree and was just minutes into his speech as the keynote, when again, big sounds filled the room. Aha, sounds like a voice of dissent. But in a room of thrilled grads and their equally thrilled loved ones, a different but equally overwhelming roar attempted to quiet, but not necessarily silence, that apparent voice of dissension.

Regardless of the conflicting views held by any of the analysts I interviewed, the grads, their loved ones, the U.S. President or the University President...THE TONE of this commencement was made clear.

2009 grads WOULD still have their moment. Despite any dissension, disagreement or disruptions, this WOULD be a memorable day.

Click the picture to view the President's entire speech at Notre Dame.


Filed under: Anchors • Fredricka Whitfield
May 17th, 2009
07:57 PM ET

A First for Kuwaiti Women

A first for women in Kuwait.

The Conservative Gulf state elected its first four female lawmakers to parliament Saturday.

Fredricka Whitfield spoke with one of them.


Filed under: Fredricka Whitfield
May 17th, 2009
07:53 PM ET

Post-Obama speech panel

This Sunday, Fredricka Whitfield invited a panel of guests to comment on Notre Dame's graduation and the President's Commencement speech as it was happening.

Here's what they had to say.


Filed under: Fredricka Whitfield
May 17th, 2009
07:28 PM ET

Get A Free Car...If It Rains

A new 'sales pitch' may have some folks in Colorado doing a rain dance on Memorial Day.

A car dealership promises to refund the prices of any vehicle sold between Wednesday and yesterday–if it rains at least one-inch.

The dealer spoke to CNN's Fredricka Whitfield on his unique idea.


Filed under: Anchors • Fredricka Whitfield • Sign of the Times
May 17th, 2009
07:24 PM ET

Congradulations Sebrina! Our Jobless, Not Hopeless Graduate!!!

Need a little "good" job news? Here's something!

IT worker Sebrina Key is no longer counted among the among the unemployed.

One month ago Key was here in our studio taking part in our Jobless, Not Hopeless program. She did her best to stand out from the crowd with potential employer James Geiger from the IT fire C-Beyond.

It worked!

Catch up on all of our Jobless, Not Hopeless candidates every weekend with Fredricka Whitfield.

May 17th, 2009
03:52 PM ET

The Night My Daughter Died

Patricia Brown is a community activist in Chicago. Her 17-year-old daughter, Patrice, was killed by a stray bullet in 2007. On Friday night (May 16) she joined Don Lemon as we look deeper into this wave of killings of Chicago teens. We asked her to write about that fateful night.

August 24, 2007, is the day my world came to a crashing end. It was the day my daughter and I passed away.

When my daughter’s lifeless body was lifted up from the ground they picked me up as well. Everything the doctors did to save my daughter they did to me. The only sad thing is my daughter died three days later on August 27 at 2 p.m.

When I first heard that my daughter was shot, I was on my way home from bowling. My mother got a call that Patrice had been shot. I had to shock my own heart. That was the longest ride of my life. When we finally got to the house, there were police and people everywhere. I had a feeling that first ambulance I saw was the one that had my baby, but I saw another one down the street and I ran calling my baby’s name hoping that she was in that one. Hoping to see her before she was taken away.

The next time I saw my baby, she was lying in the hospital with a mouth full of things keeping her alive. Never in my wildest dreams would I have to say goodbye to one of my children. I was ready to grow old with my children. I was looking forward to being called grandma or mommy.

My daughter had her whole life to live for. She was going into her last year of high school. She had jobs lined up. She knew what college she was going to. She knew what she wanted and she was going out to get it.

Until that night. A night I will never, ever forget.

To learn more and find out how you can help stop the violence, contact Diane Latiker, founder and president of Kids Off the Block.


Filed under: Don Lemon
May 17th, 2009
10:53 AM ET

Judge: Teen Must See Cancer Doctor, Family can't refuse chemo if still helpful

A judge in Minnesota orders parents who refused chemotherapy for their son to have the boy re-evaluated. Our affiliate KARE explains.

"The Legal Guys" told Fredricka Whitfield their take on the case.


Filed under: Fredricka Whitfield
May 17th, 2009
10:41 AM ET

Newt vs. Nancy

This controversy ignited Thursday and has been blazing a political wildfire since.

Fredricka Whitfield explores "Newt vs. Nancy."


Filed under: Fredricka Whitfield
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