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September 28th, 2009
08:21 AM ET

Has Director Roman Polanski served his time?

Oscar-winning director Roman Polanksi has been arrested on a rape charge he's been ducking since the 70s. Swiss authorities arrested Polanski on his way to the Zurich film festival over the weekend. In 1977 - he pleaded guilty to having sex with a 13-year-old girl in the U.S., but he fled to Europe before he was sentenced. The victim is now 45 and a mother of three. She filed court papers saying, ”I am no longer a 13-year-old child. I have dealt with the difficulties of being a victim…every time this case is brought to the attention of the court, great focus is made of me…that attention is not pleasant…”

What do you think? Should Polanski be extradited and face a sentence? Or should the victim’s feelings be taken into account?

Share your comments below and Heidi may read them on the air in the Newsroom 9a-11a ET.

Filed under: Heidi Collins
September 27th, 2009
07:05 PM ET

Are men happier than women?

Producer Eddie Williams was in the field this week asking "normal people" about the recent survey that highlights a trend : that men are happier than women.

The trend was the focus of Fredricka Whitfield's Saturday 4pm show. 

Eddie  made these observations on the shoot: "the feedback from the people we interviewed was eye-opening to me. First, we asked them to define happiness and 'having it all' –it was ncie to see so many people wanted to discuss the topic. Many said happiness is a case-by-case issue, but if there were a slight edge, men would be the most likely to find it."

What do you think?

Filed under: Anchors • Fredricka Whitfield
September 27th, 2009
09:37 AM ET

Xbox saves lives – and we’ve animated Josh!

Our Josh Levs – among his other roles – keeps an eye on great technology stories for us.
This week he spotted one about the Xbox video game system helping fight heart disease, the top killer in the United States.
As TIME magazine reports, “The new tool has the potential to revolutionize the medical industry.” In this video, Josh explains how it works.

You’ll also notice that Josh has a new look. To know Josh, is to know he's just a tad bit animated ... so we decided to pay tribute to that. Point and click on the big white arrow below ~ then LOOKOUT. You'll see what I mean!

Get your Josh, Betty and TJ fix every weekend – on CNN Newsroom starting at 6am ET/3am PT.

Filed under: Clips from CNN Newsroom • Josh Levs
September 27th, 2009
04:38 AM ET

Ahead in the CNN Newsroom...

The coffee is brewing and writers and producers are working hard to bring you up to date on what’s been happening in the world while you were sleeping.

Here’s a look at the stories we’re working on: A defiant Iran fires two short-range missiles. We’ll talk with Chief International Correspondent Christiane Amanpour to shed some light on the situation.

Plus, President Obama spoke at the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation's annual dinner last night. Health care reform was on his mind. President Obama said, "We have been waiting for health reform since the days of Teddy Roosevelt. We've been waiting since the days of Harry Truman. We've been waiting since Johnson and Nixon and Clinton. We cannot wait any longer."

And dedicated fans camped out to get their hands on tickets for the anticipated Michael Jackson movie “This Is It” which doesn’t open until October 27th.

We’ll have these stories and more this morning on CNN Newsroom with Betty Nguyen, T.J. Holmes and Reynolds Wolf starting at 6am ET/3am PT.

September 26th, 2009
11:42 PM ET

Dr. Oz's Amazing Medicine Show

Houston has one of the highest populations without health insurance in the country. On Saturday, physician and TV host Dr. Mehmet Oz and hundreds of volunteer health-care practioners held a one-day free clinic in the city. The response was the largest ever reported for a non-emergency health event. Dr. Oz spoke with CNN's Don Lemon about the importance of the event. (To find a free health clinic where you live, go to the National Association of Free Clinics.)

Filed under: Don Lemon
September 26th, 2009
11:27 PM ET

Viral Video: One-Take Wonder

172 students from the University of Quebec at Montreal + 1 video camera + 1 really cool song = 4 minutes & 50 seconds of amazing viral video. CNN's Josh Levs previews it. (Watch the whole thing here.)

Filed under: Don Lemon • Josh Levs
September 26th, 2009
05:08 PM ET

Taking the Show on the Road... to Afghanistan

Getting a live news show on the air can be challenging, even under "normal" conditions. Going live from the hinterlands of Afghanistan - well, that's a whole 'nother story!

CNN's Anderson Cooper did just that, to mark the 8th anniversary of the September 11th attacks, and the U.S. military campaign against the Taliban.

Well, this week's BackStory segment gave us a behind-the-scenes look at how the AC360 crew got there, and got it done. (All the cursing's bleeped, I promise.)



September 26th, 2009
02:14 PM ET

Darius goes big!

CNN’s Fredricka Whitfield talks to Darius Weems of 'Darius Goes West' about his upcoming MTV birthday celebration.

Filed under: Anchors • Fredricka Whitfield • Impact Your World
September 26th, 2009
01:41 PM ET

It's raining beer!

Flood waters that coursed through Atlanta area neighborhoods this week have finally drained back into nearby rivers and creeks. But hundreds of families are still coping with the environmental disaster inside their homes, which are covered with layers of mud and mold, Mold Inspection & Testing say.
Weather forecasters predict more rain this weekend.

That's the last thing most residents want to hear, but at one Atlanta company, a brewery, workers will welcome the rain. Instead of cursing more rain, they will consider it heaven sent - both an economic and environmental blessing.

In just a week, the rain has filled the tanks at 5 Seasons Brewery and restaurant. They've collected 2,500 gallons of water which...if my math is right...will make roughly 20,000 pints of beer!

So help save the planet, one pint at a time.

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Filed under: Anchors • Reynolds Wolf
September 26th, 2009
11:35 AM ET

Can Obama succeed where Clinton failed?

Fifteen years ago Saturday, congress abandoned the Clinton health-care overhaul effort-
Yet, the fight for reform goes on:
President Obama still faces many of the same obstacles that plagued then-President Bill Clinton.
Can he succeed where Clinton failed?
Who better to ask - than the people who were in the White House in 1994?
CNN's Betty Nguyen poses that question to Donna Shalala, who served as Health and Human Services Secretary under President Clinton , former President Clinton's Deputy Chief of Staff, Harold Ickes and Kenneth Thorpe – who worked on the health care reform bill for the Clinton Administration.
Take a look at what they had to say:

Join Betty Nguyen and TJ Holmes this morning in the CNN Newsroom, 6am ET/ 3am PT.

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