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July 25th, 2009
02:19 PM ET

The 30 Second Pitch: Roadside Resumes Success!

Recent college graduates Sean Christman and A.J. O'Malley got our attention when they started passing out resumes on the side of the road.

We have an update on them.

A.J. O' Malley tells us that today is his first day on a new job.
And Sean Christman starts his new job next week.

Their on-air pitches left Kyra in stitches so we thought you'd enjoy them the second time around.

If you want to be part of the pitch get in touch with us here or tweet us @KyraCNN.

July 25th, 2009
02:12 PM ET

Praying to make payroll

The minimum wage increase may seem like no big deal but for the owner of a small pizza parlor it's making a huge impact. Watch Kyra's interview with business owner Terry Odom and her daughter Kimberly.

July 25th, 2009
10:26 AM ET

The War That's Happening Now

The war in Afghanistan is intensifying as it ages. A huge worry not just for the family of American private first class Bowe Bergahl, who was allegedly abducted at least three weeks ago and then his videotaped image released last weekend, but a major concern for the American and British militaries. Deaths of American and British military personnel are spiking. Attacks by the Taliban increasing and becoming more sophisticated as they continue to earn millions of dollars from poppy fields. So as you watch this war evolve, what are your observations, concerns and questions? We focus on this war and you Saturday 4p ET.

Filed under: Anchors • Fredricka Whitfield
July 25th, 2009
10:25 AM ET

On the Police, the Professor, and the President

It’s not an apology, but the President of the United States extended an olive branch to Cambridge Police Sgt. James Crowley, Harvard University Professor Henry Louis Gates and to America—all torn after this weeks break-in response and disorderly conduct arrest. And now, days after the high profile incident, a new “can we all just get along” moment. This time it was President Obama who said at the end of his impromptu presser, okay , maybe we’ll all toss back a cold one together at the White House.
I’d love to hear from you. How can this be, as the president encouraged, “a teaching moment” for America?

Filed under: Anchors • Fredricka Whitfield
July 25th, 2009
10:21 AM ET

Teen loses legs, becomes hero

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Jordan Thomas lost his legs on an annual family fishing trip. He spent the next two weeks undergoing several surgeries in the hospital, where he met several other amputees. The future looked particularly grim for some of the disadvantaged children amputees, who would need numerous prosthetics, as they outgrow several of them before reaching adulthood.

Jordan had just lost his legs, yet felt lucky. He was in a financially stable family with health insurance. As he thought about a few of the amputee children, some without health care, some without parents, he decided to launch a foundation to help. The Jordan Thomas Foundation has since raised $350,000, providing prosthetics for three recipients, and committing to provide replacement prosthetics until they reach age 18.

Jordan Thomas lost his legs, but through the experience, he discovered the size of his heart, and what would become his life's work.

If you would like to learn more about Jordan Thomas, his foundation and their efforts to help provide prosthetics to underprivileged children, visit our Impact Your World Page.

Filed under: Anchors • Fredricka Whitfield
July 25th, 2009
07:41 AM ET

Why is D.L. Hughley crying?

Virtually everyone remembers a teacher who inspired them to learn, encouraged them to grow, or insisted they never give up on their dreams.

For comedian D.L. Hughley that was his 5th grade teacher Lang Boston. Hughely gets pretty emotional about him in an interview with CNN's Soledad O'Brien.

Was there a special teacher in your life? Tell us about them below. We may read your comments on the air in the CNN Newsroom.

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Filed under: Clips from CNN Newsroom
July 25th, 2009
04:56 AM ET

Coming up in the CNN Newsroom...

President Barack Obama spoke Friday with the police officer who arrested a black Harvard professor, as the uproar grew over the president saying the police department "acted stupidly."

We'll have reaction this morning from the professor's camp.

Sarah Palin is scheduled to transfer gubernatorial power to Alaska Lt. Gov. Sean Parnell this weekend.

Investigators are looking into whether employees at the Los Angeles County coroner's office leaked information about Michael Jackson's death probe to the news media, a sheriff's spokesman says.

Even though the combat role of U.S. troops has been greatly reduced, the U.S. commander in the region says Iraq is still the center of the U.S. battle against terrorism. He explains why to CNN's Arwa Damon.

Join TJ Holmes and Brooke Baldwin in for Betty Nguyen in the CNN Newsroom, 6am ET/3am PT.

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Filed under: In the Newsroom
July 25th, 2009
03:27 AM ET

"It's 2 a.m. on Saturday morning... "

From writer Alycia Kaufmann:

It’s 2 a.m. on Saturday morning. My alarm just went off – time for work. No joke.

My name’s Alycia and I’m one of the writers for Betty and TJ. I get a lot of questions about what’s it’s like to write for the show, so here it goes:

It’s demanding, hypnotic, and exhilarating!

The job begins early, while many of you are sleeping and some of you true night owls are just getting started. I live in New York… I know, I’ve seen TOO MUCH hailing a cab at 2 a.m.!

The writing for the 6 a.m. ET show begins promptly at 3 a.m. – trolling the wires and pouring over new video. It ends at 11 a.m. with a producer team handover and a show meeting. I am the only writer for our Atlanta-based show here in New York, so for me that means a conference call and a vivid imagination. My version of “Skyping-in.”

During our meetings, we talk the highlights of the day and how we can progress those stories further, tomorrow’s big stories and how we’ll cover them.

My reward in the end: working with a great team to produce a wonderful show and a really long nap. You’re never too old for a good siesta.

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Filed under: In the Newsroom