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December 5th, 2009
04:40 AM ET

Ahead on CNN Saturday Morning...

The coffee is brewing and writers and producers are working hard to bring you the latest stories happening in the CNN newsroom.

A dramatic end to the Amanda Knox case... Knox an American exchange student was convicted of murder in Italy. She was sentenced to 26 years in prison for the death of her roommate. Family and friends are in shock. Did Amanda Knox get a fair trial? What's next for her family? We'll bring you the very latest from Perugia, Italy.

And, trying to lose a few pounds? Don't drink that Slim Fast this morning. 10 million drinks have been recalled. We'll tell you why.

President Obama's plan to help troubled homeowners is the target of much criticism. Our housing expert Clyde Anderson looks at what's wrong with the plan and what the administration is doing to fix it.

Plus, when you put something on Facebook do you really know who is able to see it? There are little tricks to help you to keep your information private. In addition, Facebook is rolling out enhanced privacy settings. We'll talk with an expert to see if those changes will be good enough.

Those stories and much more are ahead on CNN Saturday Morning with T.J. Holmes, Betty Nguyen and Reynolds Wolf starting at 6am ET/3am PT.

August 16th, 2009
04:44 AM ET

What We Are Working On This Morning....

A lot going on in the CNN newsroom this morning. A 7.0-magnitude quake struck off the western coast of Indonesia's Sumatra Island. There's no word of injuries or damage yet. Plus, we are also following the developing story of John Yettaw, the American who had been sentenced to seven years of hard labor in Myanmar. He has left Myanmar with Senator Jim Webb. We are awaiting remarks from Senator Webb and we will bring them to you live starting at 5:30am ET/2:30am PT.

Birmingham's mayor offered a blanket pardon Tuesday to thousands of demonstrators who were charged during the civil rights movement in the 1960s. Many Blacks say they carry their misdemeanor record with them as a badge of honor. Mayor Larry Langford said he expects many will reject the mass pardon for that reason, but he felt it was important to offer. Gwendolyn Happling-Webb is rejecting the pardon. We’ll speak with her live as well as the mayor of Birmingham.

This Wednesday President Obama will participate in a call-in and audio webcast with 25 faith leaders to encourage their congregations to support health care reform. Religious organizations are joining the President in an effort to emphasize the moral argument for his reform plan. They kicked off a 40 day campaign and held prayer vigils and rallies in 45 cities. We will speak with two faith leaders about this campaign in our Faces of Faith segment with T.J. Holmes.

Plus, Reynolds Wolf is tracking two tropical storms. Watch for these stories and more this morning on CNN Newsroom with T.J. Holmes and Betty Nguyen starting at 6am ET/3am PT.

May 30th, 2009
10:39 AM ET

CNN Staff Spelling Bee Memories

The Scripps National Spelling Bee is taking some of us here at CNN back to when we competed in local spelling bees. Why is it that everyone just can’t forget that one word they missed? You probably don’t remember anything else about that year, just that nagging word. Anchor Betty Nguyen was in the third grade when she misspelled HELICOPTER because she was so nervous. Of course they rang the bell immediately when she started with the letter “I”. Chalk it up to nerves. You know, those moments when the pressure is so intense that your brain starts to freeze. She came in third place. Meteorologist Reynolds Wolf was in the fifth grade in Alabama when he misspelled the word PIERCE. The whole “I” before “E” rule can be confusing.

Our Executive Producer, Tenisha Abernathy won her sixth grade spelling bee in her class. The day that she was supposed to go compete against the other sixth graders in other classes to advance to the next round…SHE GOT SICK! Yes, sick as a dog, and she couldn’t go to school. She was so mad, she was moved to tears!

I was in the third grade at Smith Elementary School in Corpus Christi, Texas when I beat everyone in my school, including the fourth graders. I went on to the district finals, and then struck out on my first try with the word WINTER. What?? I know, it seems like an astonishingly easy word, but keep in mind I had never been in front of a group of people before. I was so nervous, I just wanted off the stage! I spelled it with two E’s. Doh! Share your spelling bee memories with us!

May 9th, 2009
04:24 AM ET

This Morning On CNN Newsroom...

It is 4:23am ET/1:23am PT. We're all a little blurry eyed. No doubt the coffee is brewing and we are getting ready for a great show this morning. So here's what were working on for you: Two developing stories… severe weather doing some serious damage across parts of the country, and raging wildfires not letting up in California. Meteorologist Reynolds Wolf is tracking both.
Home sales are trying to rebound, which could be good news especially if you’re trying to sell. So is the housing market on the road to recovery? We'll get the lowdown from finance expert and author Clyde Anderson.
Here we go again! Another scandal rocks the baseball world. This time it’s the Dodgers Manny Ramirez. The league suspended him for using a banned drug. We'll talk to sports business analyst Rick Horrow about the whole mess. Tell us what you think about it as well. Are you still a fan of Ramirez or have your feelings changed?
Join Betty Nguyen, TJ Holmes and Reynolds Wolf for those stories and so much more. Wake up with CNN Newsroom starting at 6am ET/3 am PT.

May 8th, 2009
02:01 PM ET

Maintaining 5,000 Acres of Plant Life

We CNN folks travel...a lot. Being in Atlanta, we fly out of Hartsfield-Jackson International. And in our mad rush to the airport, we always seem to go through the checklist in our minds: Did I bring enough socks? Where is my driver's license? Is my cell phone fully charged? What is that smell in the back of the parking shuttle?
We notice the beautiful flowers, trees, and shrubs that surround the huge travel hub, but we often take their perfection for granted. We rarely ask the question: Who did all of this? It doesn't dawn on us that someone has to plant the bulbs, trim the hedges, and keep everything green. That someone is Abra Lee.
This weekend Reynolds Wolf will be on the job with Abra, to show the world what it takes to maintain and groom the 5-thousand acres of plant life at the world's busiest airport.

Good times!  Join TJ, Betty and Reynolds in the CNN Newsroom Saturday starting at 6am ET/3am PT.