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September 28th, 2009
01:00 PM ET

Sex Offender Registry

We've been following the story of a group of paroled sex offenders camping in the woods in suburban Atlanta, Georgia.

Earlier this week they were evicted from those woods.

They were living there because under the state law they cannot live within 1,000 feet of schools, parks or anywhere children gather.

Other states have laws restricting where sex offenders can live once they get out of jail.

Are you curious about where sex offenders are in your area?

You can link to the Department of Justice website here and find sex offender registries in your state.


Filed under: Kyra Phillips
September 28th, 2009
09:23 AM ET

National parks in the news

They belong to you, me, and every citizen of the United States.

I'm talking about the national parks.

Award-winning filmmaker Ken Burns is debuting his new series Sunday on PBS.

He joined Fredricka Whitfield from Washington to tell us about his documentary.


Filed under: Anchors • Fredricka Whitfield
September 28th, 2009
09:15 AM ET

Are men happier than women?

Are you happy?

The new general social survey reveals in the past three decades men have gotten happier while women are less happy.

Do you believe it? Perhaps the picture either becomes clearer or cloudier when you hear the break down of some of the possibilities.

CNN's Fredricka Whitfield explores.


Filed under: Anchors • Fredricka Whitfield
September 28th, 2009
09:12 AM ET

Iran's Nuclear Threat

Now, a closer look at one of our top stories.

This comes just two days after the world found out Iran is building a new uranium enrichment plant.

Western leaders say Iran is trying to develop nuclear weapons.

Fredricka Whitfield discussed this with Jim Walsh is an international security analyst at MIT in Boston.


Filed under: Anchors • Fredricka Whitfield
September 28th, 2009
08:35 AM ET

Have Credit Card Companies Gone Too Far?

Hidden fees! Cutting your credit limit based on where you shop! Have credit card companies gone too far?

Card issuers used to just look at your credit score to determine if you’d be a good credit risk. Not anymore. Now they scour your spending patterns for signs of financial trouble - checking to see if you’re shopping at discount retailers for the first time, buying more booze or getting marital counseling. Any of these could trigger a loss of credit.

If you pay your bills on time should it matter where you use your credit cards? Is this an invasion of privacy? Has this happened to you?

We want to know what you think. Leave us a comment. We’ll share some of them on air in the CNN Newsroom, 11a — 1p ET.


Filed under: Tony Harris
September 28th, 2009
08:21 AM ET

Has Director Roman Polanski served his time?

Oscar-winning director Roman Polanksi has been arrested on a rape charge he's been ducking since the 70s. Swiss authorities arrested Polanski on his way to the Zurich film festival over the weekend. In 1977 - he pleaded guilty to having sex with a 13-year-old girl in the U.S., but he fled to Europe before he was sentenced. The victim is now 45 and a mother of three. She filed court papers saying, ”I am no longer a 13-year-old child. I have dealt with the difficulties of being a victim…every time this case is brought to the attention of the court, great focus is made of me…that attention is not pleasant…”

What do you think? Should Polanski be extradited and face a sentence? Or should the victim’s feelings be taken into account?

Share your comments below and Heidi may read them on the air in the Newsroom 9a-11a ET.


Filed under: Heidi Collins