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August 14th, 2009
09:32 PM ET

Humane Society Cheering For Michael Vick?

Lots of "dog people" are fired up about the Eagles signing Michael Vick. But if you'd assumed the head of the Humane Society of the United States would be one of 'em - well, you'd be wrong!

Kyra talked to Wayne Pacelle about the HSUS' stance.



August 14th, 2009
12:30 PM ET

Actress Victoria Rowell on family values

CNN Saturday Morning anchor T.J. Holmes sits down with Young and the Restless actress Victoria Rowell who talks candidly about ~two~ languages she says African-Americans speak. They also talk about home values and her search for meaning from an essay she wrote in the book "A Family Affair". Watch CNN Saturday Morning starting at 6am ET.

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August 14th, 2009
11:42 AM ET

The Congressman & the Doctor

The question came from a medical doctor at the end of a town hall meeting with Rep. David Scott, D-Georgia. What happened next made national news. CNN's Don Lemon spoke to both men about their verbal exchange, and what each was trying to accomplish.

Filed under: Don Lemon
August 14th, 2009
11:21 AM ET

Life After American Idol

Many of you know Fantasia as the winner from the third season of American Idol. She made a couple CD's, performed on Broadway and then she stepped out of the spotlight.

So what’s Fantasia been up to? Well, our T.J. Holmes paid a visit to her in Washington. He went one-on-one with her just before curtain call as she reprised her role as Celie in Alice Walker’s Color Purple.

Fantasia also opens up to T.J. about her childhood, surgery on her throat tumor, life lessons about fame, being functionally illiterate and working to obtain her GED.

Start your day with T.J. Holmes and Betty Nguyen Saturday morning to check out this interview and all the latest news including the health care reform debate and Michael Vick’s deal with the Eagles starting at 6am ET/3am PT.

August 14th, 2009
11:11 AM ET

Soldiering On

If you're a regular visitor to the Team Kyra blog, you probably know she's a big supporter of TAPS - a group that helps families of fallen U.S. troops.

Well, Kyra just heard about a song called "Soldier On"; the folks behind it are donating half the song's proceeds to TAPS.

You can find more info on "Soldier On" right here.

Filed under: Kyra Phillips
August 14th, 2009
09:37 AM ET

How to Hire a Patient Advocate

From CNN's Senior Medical Correspondent Elizabeth Cohen

It's Empower Me! Friday! Today we are answering a question from Leonard, a viewer who is looking to hire a patient advocate to help him get his HMO to pay for charges he says they won't reimburse. Leonard is not alone; many other people are in the same situation. Here are some places you can go to find a patient advocate. That's the website for the Medical Billing Advocates of America. Among other things, they offer a state-by-state guide of patient advocates. Along with helping you navigate the health care maze, Healthcare Advocacy can help manage medical debt. That's the website for the Patient Advocate Foundation. They're a good resource if you need assistance with specific issues with an insurer, employer and/or creditor regarding insurance, job retention and/or debt crisis matters relative to their diagnosis of life threatening or debilitating diseases. The National Patient Advocate Foundation can help you understand what the laws are in your state and the different ways it's possible to get coverage if you're uninsured.

So how much does it cost to hire a health care advocate? Some non-profits offer the service for free, while some for-profit businesses charge up to $300 an hour.

Got a health care problem you'd like us to try and solve? Drop us an email at

Filed under: Elizabeth Cohen • Heidi Collins
August 14th, 2009
07:43 AM ET

Vick to the Eagles

Michael Vick signs with the Philadelphia Eagles.
Ready. Set. Comment.

Filed under: Heidi Collins • Tony Harris
August 14th, 2009
06:48 AM ET

Woodstock: 40 Years Later

From Phil Riley
Senior Writer

This weekend marks the 40th anniversary of the Woodstock Music and Arts Festival.

For the half a million people who were there (and the millions more who claimed they were) it was a cultural phenomenon, an event that went far beyond its musical billing. For people of later generations, Woodstock is more like a dug-up time capsule, the movie or newsreel footage of the event revealing long-haired, tie-dyed, beaded hippies, most of them too far from a stage where performers put up with numerous technical glitches and bad weather. But whatever age or background you come from, this much is true: There were music festivals before Woodstock, there have been music festivals after Woodstock, but there will never be another Woodstock. Why?

Filed under: Heidi Collins