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October 3rd, 2009
04:01 AM ET

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TJ Holmes spent the day at the Ron Clark Academy last week when teachers from all over the world came to the school to learn their model. These teachers are taking what they learned back to their school systems. We take a look at the non-traditional teaching methods producing phenomenal results, and what makes this school so innovative.

Despite a personal pitch from President Barack Obama, Chicago is out - Rio de Janeiro is in as host of the 2016 Summer Olympic Games. Our Josh Levs checks out how both cities are responding - online.

Typhoon Parma is bearing down on the Philippines, less than a week after then-Tropical Storm Ketsana caused devastating floods.

Samoa and Indonesia - reeling from their own natural disasters this week. We'll get an update.

Join Betty Nguyen, TJ Holmes, Reynolds Wolf and Josh Levs in the CNN Newsroom beginning 6am ET/ 3am PT.

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  1. Dan

    Hey guys, I believe it's not bad when you are not cheating on your girlfriend/boyfriend/wife/husband and has a mutual relationship with your co-worker. We know this relationships does exists in most of all organizations or companies . It would be even great when they get married.

    October 3, 2009 at 8:19 am |
  2. CoolGayDad

    The Ron Clark Academy looks awesome. Since it is a private black school, could you also feature schools like this that embrace and promote diversity?

    October 3, 2009 at 9:03 am |
  3. Ron Signorino

    Sure, office relationships amongst peers have their rightful place. Under certain circumstances, so could relationships between supervisors and workers. Although in the latter, given the litigious propensity of our current society, some sort of contractual understanding is probably advisable.

    On another issue, I've got a great article published today in a German magazine that goes into some detail about the German reunification balloons you were wondering about. I've put it into a pdf file. What's your e-mail address?

    October 3, 2009 at 9:05 am |
  4. Tamara

    Real News real facts ! Thats why I went to see the movie Micheal Moore made ...Capitalism A LOVE STORY , REAL eye opener for all Americans to see......Unreal how we are being treated by the people we count on to protect us ........No wonder we are in the shape we are !

    October 3, 2009 at 10:12 am |
  5. Musediq Abdul, Toronto

    Workplace romance is not right especially between a superior and subordinates because it must have flown out of seeking undue advantange,sometimes with subtle threat that maybe read as consent just because the victims have no courage to say no

    Please ask David Letterman to come out with the whole truth by telling us how many women staffers he had sex with and what did he give in exchange for his immoral acts. When did he stop taking advantage of his surbodinates (some of whom may be other men housewives), if he has ever stopped having sex with employees at his mercy. Extortion or no extortion, Letterman should stop abusing our sensibility thinking that he could make hero out of his immoral and unprofessional act. HE who lives in a glass house does not throw stone

    October 3, 2009 at 10:19 am |
  6. Mike Armstrong TX.

    I think Obama needs to make Ron Clark the super attendent to all schools in America.

    October 3, 2009 at 11:03 am |
  7. R Martin

    The Ron Clark Academy looked like it was accomplishing its goals. Given the restrictions in public schools, I taught 30 years, I wondered how it could be implemented on a larger scale. I noticed how the teachers embraced their students, something most public schools do not allow. I also wondered if a student is in 8 classes in a day, that sing and dance, if that would become routine and then boring. As a high school teacher I can't imagine having girls stand on the desks in skirts and keeping the boys focused on the lesson. I think this Academy has a lot to teach us but I do not think the answer to educational problems is one style fits all that is what has got us here in the first place.

    October 3, 2009 at 11:04 am |
  8. christa

    5 american soldiers were killed and the time on the news you gave them was not even a minute, but that cheating scum Letterman, you gave again more time. Hello CNN what are you and your so called anchors doing, you are almost as bad as FOX. Also give more time to all the victims of the earthquake and tsunamis. As a boss you should keep your pants closed, but of course those women were maybe affraid to say no, or just thinking how to get more money and airtime for themselves. These women, if they did this for the latter are also discusting. All of them including David Letterman are material for the Jerry Springer show and that show is as discusting as the above mentioned.

    October 3, 2009 at 11:53 am |
  9. James of Houston

    Very wise words on the National Health Care issue by Whole Foods founder John Mackey in his recent interview with the WSJ, “The Conscience of a Capitalist”.

    What Mr. Mackey is proposing is more or less what he has already implemented at his company—a plan that would allow more health savings accounts (HSAs), more low-premium, high-deductible plans, more incentives for wellness, and medical malpractice reform. None of these initiatives are in any of the Democratic bills winding their way through Congress. In fact, the Democrats want to kill HSAs and high-deductible plans and mandate coverage options that would inflate health insurance costs.

    The Whole Foods health-care story has been largely ignored by proponents of a government-run system. But it could be a template for those in Washington who want to drive down costs and insure the uninsured.

    Mr. Mackey says that combining "our high deductible plan (patients pay for the first $2,500 of medical expenses) with personal wellness accounts or health savings accounts works extremely well for us." He estimates the plan's premiums plus other costs at $2,100 per employee, and about $7,000 for a family. This is about half what other companies typically pay. "And," he is quick to add, "we do cover pre-existing conditions after one year of service."

    Whole Foods also puts several hundred dollars into a health savings account for each worker. This money can be used to cover routine medical expenses, like drug purchases or antismoking programs. If that money is not used in a year, the workers can save the money to pay for expenses in later years.

    This type of plan does not excite proponents of a single-payer system, who think that individuals can't make wise health-care choices, and that this type of system is "antiwellness" because it discourages spending on preventive care.

    Mr. Mackey scoffs at that idea: "The assumption behind that is that people don't care about their own health, and that somebody else has to—a nanny or somebody—has to take care of me because people are too stupid to make these decisions themselves. That's not been our experience. We find our team members [employees], not surprisingly, seem to care a whole lot about their health."

    Again, there are a lot of people these days who are incapable of makin
    g rational decisions for themselves, and instead, they want “cradle-to-grave” socialism. They are the people for whom the liberal Dems are today tailoring and passing their legislation.

    October 3, 2009 at 2:19 pm |