CNN's Fredricka Whitfield and Jacqui Jeras take a look at the stories behind the headlines in the Chat Room.
The mother of a young African-American honor student beaten to death in Chicago on Sept. 24 talks to CNN's Don Lemon about the tragedy, a sad statistic that has made the city one of the country's deadliest for young people. Two former convicts then share their perspectives on how to change the culture of violence that has taken hold in some communities.
This is the interview with Professor Simon, who wrote "Everything But the Coffee: Learning about America from Starbucks."
Do you live in one of the "best" U.S. towns? Which are they and why?
CNNMoney.com has the whole list, packed with photos, videos, a chance for you to compare your town, and more...
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As promised, here's a list of links to some web pages I've shown on air this morning:
Inspirational story of 70-year-old's 163rd marathon marking 26 years of sobriety, from our affiliate KARE:
More great stories from CNN affiliates:
Plans for first U.S. solar city:
Great shots of the earth:
See any other links you love? Send along...
A CNN exclusive: a happy story out from the Indonesia earthquakes. A man trapped under rubble got the attention of CNN’s photo journalist. Our photo journalist was able to get help for the man and then contact his family. This story you can’t miss. Top of the 7a show.
New overnight: Eight U.S. troops were killed in attacks on two outposts in Afghanistan.
The U.S. Supreme Court starts its fall session Monday. Justice Sonia Sotomayer debuts in her first term. How might she affect the dynamics of the high court? We'll take a look at that, and the cases ahead.
We're following three separate disasters, unfolding thousands of miles apart in Southern Asia.
An honor student beaten to death a week ago in Chicago has been laid to rest.
And in our Faces of Faith segment, we profile a 12-year-old student from Toronto who has raised millions of dollars for UNICEF. He’s even an author.
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