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August 24th, 2009
04:35 PM ET

The Calf Chronicles: Goodbye, Norma Jean...

Photo by Deborah Feyerick
Photo by Deborah Feyerick

Her name is Norma Jean, and she had a pretty rough entry into the world. That much we knew. But there was so much more we WANTED to know about our new favorite bovine, so we wrangled some details from CNN correspondent/cow midwife Deb Feyerick.

She writes:

I snapped this picture four hours after the calf was born. We found her stuck in the mud, not too far from where we delivered her. The farmer pushed her up the hill a little and she settled in under these trees.

We called her Norma Jean in honor of Billy Crystal in "City Slickers", who names his cow Norman. She started out as Norma, but I spiced it up to give her little somethin' special.

Awwwwww! Too cute, right?

But wait:

Our farmer actually sold Norma Jean for about $75 to another farmer. She was half Holstein and half Jersey, making her smaller and reducing her milk production about 15-20% - 100 pounds a day compared to 120 pounds a day.

We believe Norma Jean is somewhere between Vermont & NY. 🙂

I don't know about you, but I kinda envisioned "our" calf living the life of a barnyard celebrity - maybe going on to star in one of those Happy California Cow ads. Blargh!


Filed under: BackStory • Kyra Phillips
August 24th, 2009
04:21 PM ET

What's the Future of Cuba?

Felice Gorordo, an expert on youth in Cuba, talks about the reality that young Cubans don't care about the new Castro pictures.

Filed under: Nicole Lapin • Tony Harris
August 24th, 2009
08:28 AM ET

Could public knowledge of abuse inside CIA secret prisons lead to increased danger for US troops in war zones?

A new government report says CIA interrogators used an electric drill and a gun to scare an Al Qaeda prisoner into talking.

The New York Times is reporting that the Justice Department wants nearly a dozen abuse cases reopened.

That move would reverse the policy of the Bush Administration, and could lead to criminal charges against CIA employees and contractors.

What we want to know is whether or not you think the information could also lead to danger for US troops fighting in war zones?

Post your comments below.

Filed under: Heidi Collins
August 24th, 2009
04:51 AM ET

Get Rich Tips From a Young Millionaire

Imagine being a millionaire by the age of 17! CNN's Betty Nguyen finds out in the CNN Newsroom how one very young CEO, Ephren Taylor, created his own success.

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

Filed under: In the Newsroom