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April 30th, 2010
02:47 PM ET

Pot-friendly Hotel Opens in Los Angeles

The Normandie Hotel in Los Angeles hopes to cash in if Golden State voters decriminalize marijuana in November. In the meantime, managers are catering to users of medical marijuana. CNN's Don Lemon goes on a tour of this first-of-its-kind hotel.

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April 30th, 2010
11:15 AM ET

Ali Velshi's Top Ten Things to do When Stranded on an Airplane

Time now for the XYZ of it...a new dawn for airline passengers as rules go into place that will fine airlines up to $27,000 PER PASSENGER if a plane stays on the tarmac for more than THREE hours.

Seems that no one's going to be pleased if a plane's on the ground for that long – airlines don't want to pay the fines, and passengers don't want to be on the plane. So I've come up with 10 ideas that'll cost a LOT less than TWENTY SEVEN GRAND per passenger to help airlines make the time spent waiting a little more enjoyable. Here they are:

NUMBER ONE: Once everyone is on board and it looks like a delay in taking off is inevitable, have passengers write down their guesses as to how long the flight will be delayed. Winner gets cash prizes, although you have to cancel the contest if the plane gets clearance to take off BEFORE everyone has written down their guesses.

NUMBER TWO: Give every passenger a card: lets say GREEN for those who guess that the plane WILL eventually take off, and RED for those who think, in order to avoid the fine, the plane will eventually turn back to the gate and the flight will get cancelled. Give everyone who guesses right a prize.

NUMBER THREE: After the flight has been delayed on the tarmac for 2 hours, give everyone a voucher to go to a movie at a theater. I mean, have the stranded passengers associate being stuck on YOUR plane with something they actually ENJOY spending two hours doing.

NUMBER FOUR: Conduct a scavenger hunt, allowing passengers to REALLY get to know the plane they are stuck on.

NUMBER FIVE: Provide stationery and envelopes and invite frustrated passengers to write letters of complaint to the Department of Transportation. Then read the letters out loud, and publish the best letters in next month's edition of the in-flight magazine.

NUMBER SIX: Have passengers pry their enormous carry-ons out of the bins; the ones they're forced to carry because of checked baggage fees, and bring them up front for a little show-and-tell.

NUMBER SEVEN: Buy a roll of those cheap raffle tickets you get at parties and conduct a draw with a fun prize for every 15 minutes the plane is delayed from taking off.

NUMBER EIGHT: This is my personal favorite: Always keep one seat in first class open. Invite passengers in coach to come up front and deliver an impromptu, unscripted 2-minute speech entitled "Why I Should Sit Up Here With You Fat Cats.". After the speeches, passengers already SITTING in first get to vote on which one gets the upgrade.

NUMBER NINE: Explain to us all again why I have to shut ALL of my electronics of when the doors close, because I'm still unclear as to how my little blackberry is somehow going to interfere with a multi-billion dollar navigational system. But I really DO like hearing the speech.

NUMBER TEN: And if all else fails, start a round of Jeopardy using the flight-attendant call button in place of the buzzer

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Filed under: Ali Velshi • XYZ
April 30th, 2010
11:09 AM ET

Staying "Young" in the Workplace

Are you looking for job security as a younger generation heads into the workforce?  We've got some tips on how to age-proof your career!  Ryan Mack, president of  Optimum Capital Management, joins us to break down ways to embrace new ideas and technology at your job.  One piece of advice:  Ditch the lengthy meeting.  Find out what he means this Saturday at 2pm ET. 

Send us your questions and we'll answer them live on the air!

Filed under: CNN Newsroom • Fredricka Whitfield • Josh Levs
April 30th, 2010
08:28 AM ET

Remembering the Fall of Saigon...

Today, April 30th, marks the 35th anniversary of the Fall of Saigon.  Hundreds of thousands of Vietnamese have fled the country in the aftermath, settling throughout the world, including the U.S.

We're asking for your stories about the Fall of Saigon.  Were you there?  What are your memories of that day?

You can also visit the I-Report website to post your pictures and share your story there.

Filed under: CNN Newsroom • Kyra Phillips
April 29th, 2010
10:06 AM ET

Sen. Levin Questions Goldman Rep. about Sh**tty Deal

Sen. Carl Levin of Michigan didn't hold back this week while grilling top Goldman Sachs representatives about the firm's questionable mortgage practices as the nation's housing market started to unravel in 2007.

Levin, who chairs the Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations, read from an email in which a Goldman Sachs executive referred to one mortgage deal as "shi**y."

He then questioned Daniel Sparks, the former head of Goldman's mortgage department, about that e-mail.

Take a listen and tell us what you think.

Filed under: CNN Newsroom • Fredricka Whitfield
April 27th, 2010
10:22 AM ET

Goldman Sachs Under Fire

CEO Lloyd Blankfein, seen here in January, trader Fabrice Tourre and others refute charges that Goldman bet on collapse of housing market and against clients.

Top representatives from Goldman Sachs are in the hot seat today as they defend their company’s actions during the housing meltdown. Seven current and former executives at the New York-based company are testifying on Capitol Hill.

Lawmakers accuse the firm of helping to create the housing bubble then making billions from the bust–by secretly betting against their own mortgage deals. In effect, betting against you. Goldman Sachs CEO Lloyd Blankfein maintains the company did not engage in any questionable business deals leading up to the financial crisis. "We didn't have a massive short against the housing market and we certainly did not bet against our clients,"

We want to hear from you on the issue of financial reform. Send us your questions and comments. We’ll address some of them on air in the CNN Newsroom, 11am ET – 1pm ET

Filed under: CNN Newsroom • Josh Levs • Tony Harris
April 26th, 2010
09:15 AM ET

Chicago Violence: Is the National Guard the Solution?

A violent crime wave in Chicago prompts a call for the National Guard to step in. Two Illinois lawmakers, State Reprepresentatives John Fritchey (D) and LaShawn Ford (D), are urging Governor Pat Quinn to deploy troops following a recent surge in violent crime. "We're not talking about rolling tanks down the street," said Fritchey. "If we bring them in to fill sand bags and pick up tornado debris, we can bring them in to save lives."

While they may believe the Guard is the solution, Chicago Police Supt. Jody Weis disagrees. Weis says the Guard's military training falls short of the criminal laws and procedures that police must follow in combating crime. “I’m not that mixing the National Guard with local law enforcement is the solution," Weis said.

We want to hear from you. Tell us whether you think the National Guard should be called in to help combat the city’s recent crime wave.

Leave us a comment. We’ll share some of them on air in the CNN Newsroom, 11am – 1pm ET

Filed under: CNN Newsroom • Tony Harris
April 26th, 2010
06:59 AM ET
April 25th, 2010
07:29 AM ET

America's Youth: Unfit to Serve?

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

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April 25th, 2010
07:26 AM ET

Technology and Minority Communities

Look for Mario Armstrong's tech reports Saturday mornings in the CNN Newsroom with TJ Holmes.

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