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July 30th, 2009
08:40 AM ET

President, Police Officer and Professor Meet

President Obama is meeting with Sgt. Crowley and Prof. Gates at the White House this evening at 6 pm. There’s been endless talk about this so-called “beer summit.” But what will it really achieve? Will it simply be a meeting involving three people and one isolated incident - or a monumental moment in race relations?

We want to know what you think. In your opinion, could this meeting actually improve race relations in this country?

Filed under: Tony Harris
July 29th, 2009
08:38 PM ET

The 30 Second Pitch:hero looking for work

Live handed a fired produce manager lemons, so we're trying to help him make lemonade.

The man tracked down a purse snatcher that struck a customer and he ended up losing his job at a grocery store near Austin, Texas.

Check out Troy Schafer's interview with Kyra Phillips and if you have a job for him, e-mail him at:

The president of Randalls Food Market sent us a statement today about firing Troy Schafer. Tom Schwilke said in part, "We simply are not willing to put our employees or customers at risk by encouraging or allowing pursuits or violent confrontations... We understand the impulse to help and the intensity of the moment, but we also understand how very easily this could have ended tragically."

July 29th, 2009
10:52 AM ET

Texting Increases Crash Risk More Than 20 Times

A new study shows texting while driving may be even more dangerous than you think. CNN’s Josh Levs explains.

Filed under: Josh Levs
July 29th, 2009
08:51 AM ET

What Would You Tax?

All kinds of ideas floating around on how to pay for health care reform. We, on the Heidi show, are especially intrigued by the discussion of taxing certain items. Tax fast food. Tax plastic surgery. Tax health clubs, ring tones, and the old-standby, marijuana. Some of these were put out there to help states deal with their own debts...but we think they could apply to national health care reform too.

We want to hear your ideas - what do you think we should tax to pay for health care reform?

Filed under: Heidi Collins
July 29th, 2009
07:00 AM ET

Michael Vick's Road to Redemption: has he done enough?

Monday, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell reinstated former Falcon Quarterback Michael Vick to the NFL on a conditional basis and will be considered for full reinstatement and to play in regular-season games by Week 6 (October 18-19) based on the progress he makes in his transition plan.

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Vick is also set to begin work with the Humane Society soon. Vick will be part of an anti-dogfighting campaign aimed at preventing youths from getting involved in dogfighting.

We want to know. Is Vick doing enough to repair his image and show remorse? Do you agree with the NFL's decision?

Filed under: Anchors • Fredricka Whitfield
July 28th, 2009
01:25 PM ET

iReport Assignment: Racial Profiling – Both Sides

The arrest of prominent black Harvard University professor Henry Louis Gates Jr. has spurred a passionate discussion in the media over race relations in America. Gates was arrested for disorderly conduct after an exchange with an officer who was investigating a possible break-in at Gates' home.

Have you been a victim of racial profiling? What was the experience like?

And if you work in law enforcement, we want to hear from you: What challenges do you face while policing diverse communities? What are your thoughts on Gates' arrest?

Share your personal stories on video and you could be featured on CNN.

See this iReport Assignment.

Filed under: iReport
July 27th, 2009
11:50 AM ET

Girl Shunned By Family After Gang Rape

It's one of those stories that just keeps getting worse, the more you hear. An 8-year-old Liberian refugee: attacked and gang-raped in Phoenix. Her alleged rapists: four young boys, also Liberian refugees. The girl's family: horrified - by HER.
Well, this story raised a huge outcry as it rocketed around the world –all the way to the Liberian capital, Monrovia. In fact, Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf wanted to talk about the case with Kyra.




July 27th, 2009
08:29 AM ET

A Second Chance for Michael Vick?

From Executive Producer Cari Hernandez

Michael Vick is back in the NFL. Now all he needs is a team to play for.

Yesterday, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell reinstated Vick - with some restrictions.

The former Atlanta Falcons quarterback is free after serving 18 months in prison for bankrolling a dogfighting ring.

He could participate in regular-season games as early as October.

A number of teams have already said they would not be making Vick any offers.

We want to know your thoughts.

Should Michael Vick really be allowed back in the NFL this season?

Filed under: Heidi Collins
July 27th, 2009
07:26 AM ET

Spending & Saving

Have you changed your spending and saving habits because of the recession?

July 27th, 2009
06:25 AM ET

Political ‘Half-Truths’ from left and right?

There are all sorts of competing claims about what’s happening to the billions of dollars in recovery funds, and our Josh Levs is keeping an eye on them.

Has the stimulus already provided $43 billion in tax relief? And how much are you paying for those signs along the highway touting the stimulus? Watch Josh with fellow fact-checker Bill Adair of

Join Josh Levs along with Betty Nguyen and TJ Holmes in the CNN Newsroom, weekend mornings, 6am ET/3am PT.

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