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June 5th, 2010
09:35 PM ET

The Legal Guys: Blagojevich, Google

The trial of former Chicago Mayor Rod Blagojevich is getting underway, and some high ranking members of the Obama Administration have been subpoenaed to testify.

And a California woman is suing Google,  after being hit by a car because she says the route they gave her didn't have sidewalks.

All of that got our Josh Levs to thinking -how to get our legal experts together in the same room?

CNN's Richard Lui is filling in for Fredricka Whitfield this week, puts these cases to our legal eagles, Richard Herman and Avery Friedman.


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June 5th, 2010
09:26 PM ET

The Legal Guys: van der Sloot, BP

What do Joran van der Sloot and BP have in common?  They're both legal cases of interest this week.  Van der Sloot is looking at possible jail time, and so are top officials at BP.

CNN's Richard Lui, filling in for Fredricka Whitfield this week, put those questions to our legal experts, Avery Friedman and Richard Herman.


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June 5th, 2010
07:54 AM ET

BP's online efforts

While BP has an extensive website about the oil spill, packed with links, videos, pictures, and more, in some ways the critics have an even bigger presence online.  One example: the fake Twitter account skewering BP.  What do you think of the oil giant's online efforts throughout this crisis?


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June 5th, 2010
06:48 AM ET

SWITCHING CAREERS? WE WANT YOUR QUESTIONS!

If your future includes switching jobs or careers, we've got 3 simple steps to help get you started. Career consultant and Rutgers Professor Paula Caligiuri joins us in our 2pm hour with details on the steps you need to take to make your dream job a reality. Post questions you have about changing careers or any question you have about the job market to our blog. Our expert will answer some of them during her live appearance.


Filed under: Fredricka Whitfield • Josh Levs
June 5th, 2010
02:48 AM ET

Summer Tech Recommendations

From Digital Lifestyle Expert Mario Armstrong:

Capturing memories on the go: Video cameras have become cheaper and easier to use, so which camera is right for you all depends on how you are going to use it.

I have 3 cameras:
a. the Sony Bloggie Camera which has a 360 degree swivel lens so you can easily point the camera at yourself
b. the new Flip Slide camera which lets you slide out a 4 in screen so others can see your videos easily
c. Kodak Zx1 rugged design & water resistant

2. Netbook – the HP Verizon Netbook that gives you internet access on the go and is very small and easy to carry anywhere

3. Apple iPad great for kids, movies, games and for reading books etc...

4. Charging on the go is always an issue when on travel so carrying your own portable power generator can come in very handy – the product is the Xantrex XPower PowerSource Mobile 100. You plug the device in over night and it stores 2+ hours of power. So let's say your laptop or mp3 player is low on power you simply plug the device into the Xantrex device and Xantrex puts another 2 hours into the device.

5. Mobile hotspots are great for the car and hotel rooms. These little devices let you connect up to 5 devices (like laptops, netbooks, phones etc) to get internet access. Sprint & Verizon both have devices that can do this, you do pay a monthly fee.

Look for Mario's tech segment in the 8 o'clock hour of CNN Saturday Mornings with TJ Holmes.

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June 5th, 2010
02:35 AM ET

Show Me the Money

The U.S. Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Shaun Donovan announced that the Obama Administration will work with Congress to find ways to help state and local governments more effectively combat the ongoing effects of the housing crisis and home foreclosures through additional funding for the Department’s Neighborhood Stabilization Program (NSP) and foreclosure prevention counseling.

The program was created to aid in the stabilization of the U.S. Housing market by allowing agencies across the country to purchase vacant, distressed, foreclosed properties or demolish blighted structures. In many cases buyers are receiving upwards of $25,000 to use for downpayment and closing costs with some of the programs created using the funds.

The administration also announced plans to reallocate funds awarded through NSP1 that have not yet been committed to specific projects, in order to drive more funding to hardest-hit communities. HUD has already awarded nearly $6 billion in NSP grants to help state and local governments respond to rising foreclosures and falling home values: $4 billion funded NSP1 through the Housing and Economic Recovery Act of 2008 (HERA); and, an additional $2 billion funded NSP2 through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (Recovery Act). The initial NSP1 funds provided each state government with a “base allocation” of $19.6 million, without regard to varying degrees of need. Eighteen months later, the Department will recapture money from communities that have not yet committed NSP1 funding, and reallocate it to city and county governments with very high foreclosure and/or vacancy rates and their jurisdiction, based on more recent data.

Here's a great site to find out where the money is available in your area.

Look for Clyde Anderson's Home School segments in the 7 o'clock hour of CNN Saturday Morning with TJ Holmes.

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