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July 10th, 2009
06:43 PM ET

"Wake up!" Spike Lee's "Do the Right Thing" turns 20

Saturday in the CNN Newsroom filmmaker Spike Lee is live on set talking about his explosive 1989 film about racial tensions on the hottest day of the year in a Brooklyn neighborhood. It picked up where his second film "School Daze" left off. And it definitely got people talking in 1989.

We'll be talking about it tomorrow in the CNN Newsroom with Betty Nguyen and TJ Holmes beginning 6am ET/3am PT.

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Filed under: In the Newsroom
July 10th, 2009
06:12 PM ET

Josh Drives Electric Car

As CNNMoney.com reports today, the big automakers are betting on electric cars. But there are also smaller companies edging their way into the game. Join us in the CNN Newsroom Saturday morning, as our Josh Levs goes for a spin in an “electric car” that’s available right now. It may not be the answer to all your driving needs – even the maker says it isn’t. But it just might be a step toward the future.

Join TJ Holmes and Betty Nguyen weekend mornings in the CNN Newsroom, beginning 6am ET/3am PT.


Filed under: In the Newsroom • Josh Levs
July 10th, 2009
04:35 PM ET

Dramatic Rise in Prescription Drug Abuse

The Michael Jackson case is putting the spotlight on prescription drug abuse. It's a serious problem that affects people in all walks of life – 20,000 people die every year from prescription drug overdoses. Senior Medical Correspondent Elizabeth Cohen takes a look at the problem and what some are trying to do about it. Follow Elizabeth Cohen on Twitter: www.twitter.com/elizcohencnn


Filed under: Daily Dose • Heidi Collins
July 10th, 2009
04:10 PM ET

Cicely Tyson on "The Glove"

Michael Jackson's solo sequined glove became a signature fashion statement, but actress and long-time Jackson friend Cicely Tyson says the origin of the glove was much more mundane and practical.


Filed under: Don Lemon
July 10th, 2009
09:12 AM ET

There they go again!

AIG is set to pay bonuses next week that were promised last year, and the insurance giant is asking the government for its blessing.
The Bonuses paid to executives of companies that received bailout money such as Bank of America, Citgroup and AIG caused a firestorm earlier this year.
These latest bonuses are supposed to be contingent on certain targets related to AIG’s restructuring. Does that make it okay? Remember, it’s your tax dollars propping this company up.
Tell us what you think. Should the Obama administration give its blessing to this new round of AIG executive bonuses?


Filed under: Tony Harris
July 10th, 2009
08:36 AM ET

“Why are these Black kids here?”: African-American Children Turned Away from Private Swim Club

A Philadelphia-area day care center said Thursday that members of a private swim club made racist comments about the center’s children, and then canceled the day care center’s swimming privileges. One of the day care center’s children, 12-year-old Marcus Allen, said through tears that he heard some club members ask “why are these black kids here” and added that he felt “sad that people were still thinking like this …when I felt like these things were over.”

The club disputes allegations of racism and says they could not accommodate the number of children, but the director of the club is quoted as saying that the day care center’s children changed the “atmosphere and complexion” of the club. Watch the video and read the full article here, then leave your thoughts and comments. We’ll read some of your comments on-air in our 10am hour.


Filed under: Heidi Collins