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June 27th, 2009
05:11 AM ET

Ahead in the CNN Newsroom:

Updates on the following stories:

Michael Jackson investigation
Election fallout in Iran
Another warning from North Korea
Air France Flight 447 search
Louisiana "Jena 6" case
South Carolina Governor Sanford's next move

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June 27th, 2009
04:00 AM ET

Michael Jackson Memories

We've asked IReporters to share their comments on the death of Michael Jackson.

CNN Newsroom show team members share their memories:

From writer Clint Deloatch:
He is the greatest entertainer of all time.
I have bought everything he has ever released to the public.
I saw him perform live in Knoxville, Tennessee when he rejoined his famous brothers as the Jacksons to perform their Victory tour in the southeast.
Michael Jackson was unbelievable. He could do things NO other dancer could do before or since AND he made it look easy.
If Elvis had NOT come of age in segregated America, Elvis MIGHT… just MIGHT have been equal to Michael. However, because Elvis did reach his peak in segregated America, blacks, Hispanics and other ethnic Americans could not embrace Elvis the way everyone was able to embrace Michael Jackson.
The irony is Michael Jackson was even more loved outside the United States than he ever was in his own country.

From writer Richard Spiropolous:
Michael was a dreamlike entertainer with a voice like an angel-
He always seemed to be a throwback from a different world, a different realm
The intensity and genius of "Thriller," the playful camaraderie he and Paul shared in "Say, Say, Say," the thinly disguised pleas for privacy in "leave me alone" and the breath taking dance moves… "Smooth Criminal."
They all shaped for me this intriguing figure of fantasy and torment, Peter Pan, without the happy thoughts.
The songs immortalized the talent… but never quite explained the strangest, most fascinating musical figure of my time.
His music lives on as a gift to us, his life a text for generations to come.

From copy editor Tracy Murphy:
As I watched the coverage of Michael Jackson's death I flashed back to all the memories I had of the King of Pop growing up. I remember the night MTV premiered "Thriller." It was a huge event. It truly was "must see television." I was in awe of the whole production from beginning to end and his dance moves were phenomenal. I remember trying to do those dances in my living room. It was so much fun. I never came close to getting those moves down like Michael, but boy I tried. Let us not forget when you first saw him do the moonwalk… I thought how'd he do that? Did he have special slippery shoes? Clearly, that was just pure genius!
Michael always kept us wanting more and just when you thought he couldn't top this video or that dance move - he did. Every time I think of his music through the years it just makes me smile. Songs like "I Want You Back" or "P.Y.T.," make you just want to dance. That's exactly what I'll keep doing because his legacy will live on forever.

From writer/editor Karen Waygood:
From the Barbie doll time in my life, I remember looking at posters of the Jackson 5 on my friend's bedroom wall... and covers of Tiger Beat that pitted the Jackson 5 against the Osmonds. The Osmonds were said to be the "answer to the Jackson 5." I don't remember what the question was.

Those early hits - those are my favorites. "I Want You Back, "The Love You Save, "Never Can Say Good-bye," "I'll Be There."
Then, from The Jacksons: "Shake Your Body Down," and "Blame it on the Boogie."

I was working for Tower Records when "Off the Wall" was released. We wore the grooves right off that in-store promotional record! Add "Rock with You," "Don't Stop Till You Get Enough" to my favorites.

From associate producer Hanna Gordola:
Michael, oh Michael. It's so funny how you can feel so close to someone who you've never come close to meeting. I'm on first-name basis with Michael Jackson. In fact, I call him 'Mike'. As in, "Yo! Did you see Mike's latest video?!" or "Hey, put Mike's CD on!"
And you never had to explain which Mike you're talking about. Everyone knows you're talking about the King of Pop.
The thing is, I grew up with Mike. He was a star when I was born in 1983.
"Thriller" was all ready the gold standard. Music videos were supposed to be epic, well, at least if they were Mike's.
Songs were supposed to stay in your head for days, well, at least if they were Mike's.
Whenever "Rock with You" is on the radio, I scream "that's my song! That's MY song!" As if the HOURS I've logged listening to that disco hit entitled me to its ownership.
And so for our show, when I was picking Michael Jackson songs to play, I kind of got carried away. I spent a little too much time selecting, or honestly, jamming along. And when I mention a song to my show team, a producer, writer, etc. would sing the tune or say something about that particular song.
I guess it goes without saying, Mike, I will miss your music. You honestly shaped my life.

From intern Adam Dolgoff:
The very first Michael Jackson memory that stands out is back in the late 80's when I was about four years old. I was watching a movie that at first appeared to be a zombie/werewolf B-movie that strongly resembled "Night of the Living Dead." I was very intrigued by horror movies at the time so I was excited to keep watching. After a few minutes of watching, out pops Michael Jackson dancing away with zombies! My hopes were let down after I found out that it wasn't a zombie movie, but I was very impressed by MJ's choreography and dancing skills. I later found out that it was the best-selling album of all time. Another time I recall hearing one of MJs songs that really appealed to me is when his hit song "Beat It" played in the movie "Back to the Future Part II," in the Café Eighties scene. I had the song stuck in my head for hours and hours. RIP MJ!

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June 27th, 2009
03:43 AM ET

Jackson's Body Moved

Michael Jackson's body was moved from a Los Angeles coroner's office to a mortuary Friday evening. Jackson's family asked that the location not be made public.

As the world mourns the passing of a music legend, here's a look back at how the story of Michael Jackson's death unfolded around the world.

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June 26th, 2009
05:03 PM ET

Learn CPR to Save Someone in Cardiac Arrest

By Elizabeth Cohen
CNN Medical Senior Correspondent

Dr. Kenneth Rosenfield, an interventional cardiologist at Massachusettts General Hospital, once had a patient whose life was saved because the man had a quick-thinking wife who knew the rhythm to the song “Staying Alive,”

The couple were taking a walk in the woods last year when he, like Michael Jackson, suffered cardiac arrest and collapsed. The man’s wife called 911, and then performed CPR on her husband for 15 minutes until the ambulance arrived.

“She saved his life, and when I asked her how she knew how to do CPR, she said she’d heard a one-minute spot on the radio from the American Heart Association that said to push very hard, 100 times per minute, to the tune of “Staying Alive,” Rosenfield says.

Getting CPR within minutes is crucial for someone who’s suffered from cardiac arrest, as brain death and permanent death start to occur just four to six minutes after the heart stops. More than 95 percent of cardiac arrest victims die before reaching the hospital, according to the AHA.

If more people knew CPR, many of these lives could have been saved, Rosenfield says. “I’ve had four or five patients saved by bystanders in the past year. It’s remarkable.”

Some of these lifesavers – like a high school senior who performed CPR on a man who’d collapsed in a clothing store – were trained in CPR. Others, like the woman who saved her husband, had no training but had heard the basics.

CPR is much easier than people think, Rosenfield says. “You should take a class, but it’s easier than it used to be. There’s no mouth to mouth. You push on the chest very hard and don’t worry about breaking a rib.”

The University of Washington has this video on how to do CPR. You can find a CPR class in your area on the websites of the American Red Cross and the American Heart Association.

Filed under: In the Newsroom
June 26th, 2009
03:08 PM ET

Matthew Shepard's Mom & Dad, On Hate Crimes Bill

In 2007, a bill named for Matthew Shepard was introduced in Congress. Two years later, and more than 10 years after his murder, lawmakers are still debating if they should expand federal hate crimes protections. Matthew's parents, Dennis and Judy Shepard, joined Kyra live in the NewsRoom.



You can find more information on The Matthew Shepard Foundation at


June 26th, 2009
02:15 PM ET

The Media Circus

CNN's Don Lemon on location in Los Angeles, outside the coroner's office, where an autopsy of Michael Jackson is under way. Don pans his camcorder up and down the street to give everyone a sense of the media presence.

Filed under: Behind the Camera... • Don Lemon
June 26th, 2009
12:10 PM ET

AJC's Mike Luckovich, On His Michael Jackson Cartoon

It's an attention-getter, that's for sure. This editorial cartoon in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution tackles Michael Jackson's troubles head-on. Cartoonist Mike Luckovich joined us in our 1pET hour Friday, to talk about it.


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June 26th, 2009
06:49 AM ET

Michael Jackson, the "King of Pop" who was preparing for a comeback tour, died yesterday. He was 50. Send us your thoughts and memories about the pop icon.

Filed under: Heidi Collins • Tony Harris
June 25th, 2009
07:11 PM ET

Michael Jackson, 1958-2009

Share your thoughts and memories here.

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June 25th, 2009
02:23 PM ET

Farrah Fawcett, 1947-2009

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="'70s icon turned serious actress Farrah Fawcett passed away Thursday at age 62 after battling cancer"] She had a million megawatt smile that set male hearts aflutter as they hung her iconic swimsuit poster on their bedroom wall and a fabulous head of hair that sent a generation of women scurrying to the salon to copy her winged 'do.

Actress and artist Farrah Fawcett has died after a very public battle with cancer. Share your memories of the "Charlie's Angel" who went on to garner award nominations for serious roles in "The Burning Bed" and "Extremities." Post your comments below or send us your thoughts in an iReport.

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