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poem. what she wants the school district to do now. all right, polls are closed in puerto rico's primary. ballots are being counted right now and we'll be bringing you the results as soon as this race is called. an update now on the alleged abduction and release of an american in iraq. we now know his name is randy michael holtz and he has been transferred to the u.s. embassy in baghdad. yesterday a shiite militia said it was releasing a u.s. soldier, but embassy officials say holtz was actually in baghdad on private business. they say he is not a soldier nor a contractor. in yemen, an american teacher is shot and killed, that's according to two yemeni defense ministry officials. the u.s. embassy hasn't independently confirmed story but they're investigating. an al qaeda affiliate says it is behind the attack.
in new york, protesters marked the six month anniversary of the occupy wall street movement by getting arrested. police apprehended dozens of protesters yesterday as they cleared zhu caughty park. officers are clearing the park today making sure no more demonstrations happen. and this will be a significant week for the army staff sergeant accused of killing 16 afghan civilians. robert bales is expected to meet with his legal defense team for the first time. and he may be formally charged in the deaths of those men, women and children in kandahar, afghanistan. sergeant bales is in military prison in solitary confinement as the investigation moves forward. we're learning more about sergeant bales by talking to people who know him and reading things written by his own wife. let's now go to dan simon, live at the joint base lewis mccord base in washington state, that's where bales was last stationed for many years. dan, you just talked to someone
who used to live next door to the staff sergeant. what did he tell you? >> well, hi, fredricka, a little context for this, the bales held on to a condo they used to live in and they were treating it as a rental property. well that condo, we were over there a little while ago, it is now in foreclosure. we spoke to the guy who lives next door. he says that this is not a guy that resembles whatsoever somebody who would go into that little town and kill 16 afghan civilians. but he did note that there seemed to be some financial troubles there. that the place was under foreclosure, that they hadn't mowed the lawn, but this is somebody who he described as a patriot, that even after getting injured in iraq at one point, he went through rehabilitation and was desperate to go back into that country and go in another war zone. fred? >> now, there have been some people who say they have known him since childhood, and that he
really seemed to be a very normal, you know, guy, who everyone seemed to love and was very engaged. what more do we know about him? >> well, cnn spoke to some friends of his, went to high school with bales, and they said that he was a happy go lucky football player, somebody who was moved to serve the military after 9/11 and i want you to listen to a little sound now. take a look. >> i couldn't believe it. i still can't believe it. i can't believe it. the bobby that i knew is not the bobby that could have done that. i don't think he can live with it. he'll never be the same. and that -- he's such a great pers person. that just crushes me. i don't -- i don't know. i think everyone has the same question, because everyone knew the same bobby. what happened? >> well, i think the portrait
that is emerging here is this is somebody who was under significant financial, emotional strain, but that doesn't begin to, you know, shed any light on what happened there in afghanistan. we should tell you, fred, that his attorney who did arrive in kansas says that his family is standing behind bales, only because, you know, he was a devoted father and devoted husband and at this point they're standing firmly behind him. >> all right, dan simon, thanks so much. let's now talk about this accused soldier's background and home life, through words written by his home life. she documented the challenges of military family life and the new york times has excerpts from it. after her husband was denied a promotion, she describes the family's disappointments, saying, quote, after all of the work bob has done and all the sacrifices he has made for his
love of his country, family and friends. robert bales was at war when his daughter was born, his wife spoke to him on the phone and then wrote this, saying, quote, it was so good to hear his voice. i told him how the birth went and he got to hear quincy squeaking in the background, end quote. we have this statement about bales' family, from his defense attorneys, saying this, quote, sergeant bales' family is stunned in the face of this tragedy, but they stand behind the man they know as a devoted husband, father and dedicated member of the armed services. all right, polls closed in puerto rico's primary just over an hour ago. ballots are being counted right now and we're still waiting for a winner to be called. we'll bring you that as soon as we have it. let's bring in cnn's chief political correspondent candy crowley, she's in washington. so, candy, a lot at stake. there are 20 delegates at stake
in puerto rico. it is proportional. but mitt romney felt fairly confident he'll get maybe the majority of those delegates. >> if he gets over 50%, he gets to keep all those delegates. that's a nice little stash. particularly as he tries to frame this not as a state by state or in puerto rico's case, a territory by territory race, but as a delegate race. and picking up 20 delegates going into illinois, where there are more delegates at stake. certainly it gives him momentum, but there is a cautionary tale about momentum this season and that is no one seems to be able to get it and retain it for very long. sometimes it is the next election or next state where they lose it completely. it is slightly underperforming, the big mo, as george bush, the dad, used to call it this season, but there is always the hope that it will catch on, certainly in the romney campaign. they're looking for something that puts them on the track and keeps them on the track.
illinois, nice big state, lots of delegates at stake they would like to do it there. >> and mitt romney, right now, in illinois, campaigning, he's feeling fairly confident in that state as well. should he? >> well, it looks like his territory, but i don't know. i don't know that i would be a candidate that felt pretty good, you know, of any of them, you know, any of the four of them still in this race. and i thought it was really interesting. i was doing some research for the show this morning, and i saw some quotes from mitt romney where he kind of couched things, he said something like i think i'm going to win the nomination, i sure hope i win the nomination, a different guy that was saying as were his top strategies we're going to win this nomination. i think they still believe that. i think the public couching of that was kind of interesting. >> maybe his camp feels like it is more appealing to the general populous if you are less than
confident, or if you don't -- >> you don't want to be too sure if you're only a third of the way there. >> candy crowley, thanks so much in washington. we'll check back with you when we get the numbers back from puerto rico. northern arizona, it needs to thaw out before it can actually ring in the spring. hard to believe spring is just in two days. this does not look like spring in flagstaff, arizona. so much snow has fallen already. how much more is expected? we'll give you an idea. also, a daughter pulled from the jaws of death during spring break in florida. >> my worst nightmare to see an animal that could kill my daughter, pulling her underwater. >> you've got to hear what this mother had to say and what she did next and what was just one of three shark attacks in florida last week. ♪ oh! [ baby crying ]
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heavy snow and gusty winds close 180 miles of an interstate in northern arizona. a four-day shutdown in both directions and you can see why. some areas of flagstaff could see as much as three feet of snow once the storm actually moves through. parts of interstate 17 and some state roads are also closed. meteorologist jacqui jeras, strange things happening this winter. >> i know. i'm trying a new hash tag, hopefully it will take off. it is like 50 and raining in phoenix now and 77 degrees and sunny in international falls, minnesota. it is flip-flopped weather. i'm not talking about the sandals. unfortunately that will stick around for a while, because this system is moving very, very slowly, which means more snow in the west, and we're talking more record highs expected across parts of the east.
unfortunately it also means severe weather in the nation's midsection. so those are your big headlines. we'll start out with the snow. you saw the video coming in out of flagstaff. some of the snowfall totals have been impressive. these are preliminary numbers and they're just from today. 26 inches at arizona snow bowl. 11 at belmont. prescott had 10 inches and flagstaff airport had 4.8. in general across the flagstaff area we have seen numbers between 10 and 15 inches of snowfall. they're looking at maybe another 4 to 9 on top of what you already have there for tonight. you can see the winter storm warnings here in place too across parts of the wasatch, looking for 1 to 2 inches, the colorado rockies, 1 to 2 feet of snow there as well. a couple of inches in the northern parts of arizona. this is the part of interstate i-40 that has been shut down at times today. we'll continue to monitor that. you can see the snow continuing to come down very heavy in the flagstaff area. by the way, for those of you that maybe don't know have had a few people going, what, snow in arizona, yes, it is snows in
flagstaff all the time. not that unusual. the other issue we're dealing with on the other side of the storm and the warm sector is the threat of severe weather. tornado watch, fredricka, just issued for parts of texas and western oklahoma. things are starting to fire up on the dry line. no warnings right now. but we'll continue to monitor this situation. we'll talk about what you can expect in the days ahead with this storm. that's coming up before the end of the hour. >> good. look forward to that. thanks so much. we're in the midst of spring break now. i know those pictures of snow make it hard to believe, but just in time for the annual trek to the beach, something else is happening. a rash of shark attacks. three in florida just this past week. this 15-year-old girl, boy, is she lucky. she's all smiles now. but four days ago, her mom was pulling her out of a shark's jaws. it happened in the waters off new smyrna beach, florida. the mom says she watched her daughter paddling on the surfboard when the girl got pulled under water, twice.
>> it was, to me, like a scene out of jaws where the girl is getting sucked under and i said, there is no way this thing is going to kill my daughter. >> wow. so to keep that from happening, that mom sprang into action, grabbing her daughter by the shoulders and pulling her out of the shark's mouth. extraordinary. let's bring in shark expert george burgess, the director of the florida program for shark research. great to see you. another teen was attacked by a shark on that same beach, the same day, and there was yet another shark attack on thursday on florida's ginseng beach. what is going on here? is there a logical explanation? is this usual this time of year? >> actually it is fairly typical this time of year, with the water temperatures warm along the east coast of the united states, the sharks begin to move from south to north and head into warmer waters. and, of course, humans are doing the same thing. tass gets warmer to the north,
more people enter the sea. we can sort of watch the progress of the sharks as they move from florida all the way up the east coast, but sort of follow some of the small bites we get. >> okay, so types of sharks, what are we talking about here? >> in this case, probably mostly black tip and spinner sharks, species that get to about 6 feet in length and are primarily fish eaters. so these are probably cases of mistaken identity in most situations. >> isn't that usually the case? a lot of shark experts like to -- you're not really going for humans, they just mistake them sometimes. >> yeah. i would say most of the attacks are probably that and probably be better called bikes than attacks because they're the equivalent of a dog bite in injury. there are some attacks, true attacks, by large sharks that do occur on occasion. but the majority of these kind of hit and run attacks. >> okay, so talk to me about what you do, so many more people are heading to the beach, right now, spring break, people just want to get in the water, have a
great time, this mom seems to have had incredible instincts by pulling her daughter out of the jaws of this shark. so typically is there something you should do once you realize you or somebody you know, you know, is being bitten as you say, not attacked? >> most of these incidents are quick grab and let goes. the shark apparently realizes it has bitten off more than it can chew and is gone. on the occasions when there is a shark that continues to bite or continues the attack, obviously getting out of the water is your first thought. but if the animal is close, give it a pop to the nose, the nose is a sensitive spot, but remember to be careful when you're -- when you're popping it, because the mouth is just a little bit south of the nose. >> sometimes i've heard popping to the eye if you have the wherewithal to actually aim like that, that too is a spot to go. >> yeah, that is, of course, if
you're actually in the mouth of the shark. at that point you want to claw at anything you can. the eyes and the gills are very sensitive and we had some positive reports of people who were being bit that were able to claw in the eye and the animal let s go. >> george burgess, thanks for your insight there. let's hope it doesn't happen anymore, but you let us know, this is pretty typical this time of year so other encounters are likely to happen. thanks for the tips of what to do just in case. we finally have early numbers to show you out of puerto rico. that primary today, we'll do that next with candy crowley. 21 years old. , each kid has their own path. they grow up, and they're out having their life. i really started to talk to them about the things that are important that they have to take ownership over. my name's colleen stiles, and my kids and i did our wills on legalzoom. [ shapiro ] we created legalzoom to help you take care of the ones you love. go to legalzoom.com today and complete your will in minutes. at legalzoom.com, we put the law on your side.
results. let's go to candy crowley in washington. what do you know? >> well, this is what we call preliminary. about 1% of the votes in, tallied, but, look, 86% of those votes are going to mitt romney. he's got about 700 votes, 635 votes ahead of number two, rick santorum. then you see there on down the line in the single digits, newt gingrich and ron paul. they have been bystanders in this puerto rico primary. mitt romney and rick santorum both took trips down there, paying off big time for mitt romney, i must say. it is not a big surprise. and, again this is with 1% of the vote now counted. i want to bring in, because we can always discuss what we're looking at, no matter how small, david frum, cnn contributor, former republican speechwriter as well as maria cardona, thank
you both for being here. maria, can we look at these 1% votes and kind of say it looks like it might be a good sunday for mitt romney. >> i actually think that we can, candy, for two reasons mostly. the person who has the -- what you would call the machine in puerto rico is the governor. we know the governor has endorsed romney, was a big supporter of romney's, so we know all of his campaign apparatus is geared toward helping romney. the second reason is because of what we have seen this past week, with santorum basically putting his foot in his mouth and talking about the statehood issue, and insisting that english be one of the official languages. that was not something that the puerto rican people took very well what is so interesting is that santorum, he should have at least read some of the history because the people he were talking to, the quote unquote
republicans in puerto rico are the -- romney went down there and vintage mitt romney who says anything and does anything in terms of getting the votes and then in this case the delegates he needs, talked about statehood in a forum that was much more welcome to those exact statehooders he was targeting. so i think that we'll see this being a good night for mitt romney. >> david, let me bring you in on this. i can see people going puerto rico. we should say, yes, american territories actually have primaries and caucuses and in fact they have been very good for mitt romney. they have saved him at times that he needed kind of a better looking day than he was actually having. >> right. well, these insular primaries are expensive to do as maria said. they reward organization. puerto rico has a culture very much shaped by ties of patronage and active political machinery. maria was telling me in the
green room that ann romney was at an event where the governor was handing out checks two days before, quite legally, appropriate checks, but still a check and a smile seems to have that little extra appeal over a check alone. and so puerto rico is also an economy that has been very shaped by activist government through var you kiious kinds oft from the mainland, the pharmaceutical industry in puerto rico, that's the basis of rick santorum's connection to puerto rico is that pennsylvania company that was a big pharmaceuticalmaker there. they're not going to be super responsive to the ultra libertarian message offered by some of the other republican candidates. >> david frum, maria cardona, we'll be back with you later this afternoon when we get more votes in. >> thanks. appreciate that. thanks so much, candy. a figure from germany's nazi past is dead. a convicted death camp guard known as ivan the terrible. who he was and how his story will remember him.
the man known as the modern day ivan the terrible is dead. this is how john demjanjuk looked last year when a german court found him guilty of helping murder tens of thousands of juices jews at a nazi contra. he died in a nursing home in germany. he was 91 years old. now we get a better understanding of who he was and what history will say about him. >> who he was, he was a guard at this nazi death camp in poland. poland at that time was occupied by nazi germany. and he was convicted of assisting in the murder of
almost 30,000 jews when he was a guard at that camp, a total of a quarter million died, not while he was there at this time. so also the court found that he was also motivated by hatred, but he all along he insisted he was not ivan the terrible, he was innocent, but finally he ended up fighting this legal case, he died, he he's taking this to his grave this doubt about whether he was or he wasn't ivan the terrible. >> he was tracked down after so many years of searching for him, he ended up being right here in the u.s. of a. >> yes, he was a model citizen, living in cleveland, ohio, working for the ford motor company, he was an autoworker, retired there, had a wife, had three children. as i said, people were surprised that he was accused of being ivan the terrible. and even convicted once in 1988 for being ivan the terrible. sentenced to death in israel. then the israeli supreme court freed him five years later
because it said that there wasn't sufficient evidence to prove that he indeed was ivan the terrible. so they let him go. he came back to the united states, lived there until 2009 when he was extradited to germany to face the latest charges which he was convicted and he was still fighting this. he died at a home for the elderly. >> in that home for elderly citizens. >> lived until he was 91 years old and kept insisting he was not ivan the terrible. >> thanks so much for giving us a thumb nail sketch of all that happened in so much time involving ivan -- the man known as -- >> and still doubt remains who was ivan the terrible. >> interesting. >> the man who committed sadistic acts of violence in those death camps. >> thanks so much. we're going to look at what's happening in the week ahead now. scenes like this could soon be a thing of the past. tomorrow at airports in chicago, denver, orlando, portland, anyone over the age of 75 will
be able a loued to keep their shoes on and won't have to be patted down. and president obama will promote his energy policies in four states starting wednesday. he will also defend his approach to the keystone xl pipeline in kushing, oklahoma, the starting point for the southern half of the oil pipeline. the next big gop test is tuesday. the illinois primary. mitt romney and rick santorum will battle it out for the republican momentum. and in a cnn special airing tonight at 8:00 eastern time, fareed zakaria introduces us to a doctor who did eye opening research on the health care crisis in one of america's poorest cities, camden, new jersey. >> using medical billing records, brenner found that just 1% of the patients accounted for 30% of health care costs in camden. and that's not all he discovered about the city's three
hospitals. >> we learned someone went 113 times in one year, someone went 140 times in five years. in similar work up in trenton, they found someone who went 450 times in one year. >> these were people with complicated medical histories and chronic illnesses. one patient alone racked up $3.5 million in medical bills over a five-year period. >> they're the difficult patients to treat and no one is being paid. and incentivized to pay attention to them. >> what's more, camden's problem is america's problem. just 5% of americans accounted for half of our nation's health care costs in 2009. this is perhaps the crucial statistic to understand about america's health care problem. if brenner could crack his city's cash crisis, maybe his model could help the country. >> and you can watch fareed zakaria's special, road map for saving health care, in its
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a few headlines from overseas now. a massive car bomb explodes in syria's second largest city. opposition activistes say three people were killed. the blast ripped the front off an apartment building. yesterday dozens of people were killed in a series of explosions in damascus. government officials and anti-regime protesters blame each other for the bombings. an update on an alleged abduction and release of an
american in iraq. we now know his name. randy michael holtz and he's been transferred to the u.s. embassy in baghdad. yesterday a shiite militia group said that it was releasing a u.s. soldier, but embassy officials say holtz was actually in baghdad on private business. they say he is not a soldier, nor a contractor. an american is among 17 chevron and transocean oil executives who are barred from leaving brazil while investigators there look into a giant oil spill. brazil is considering criminal charges against the executives following last november's spill off the coast of rio de janeiro. and police in canada shut down a st. patrick's day party in london, ontario, after it got very rowdy. witnesses say partiers set fires, turned over cars and threw bottles at police officers last night. several people were arrested. the police chief said he has never seen so much violence and vandalism. and this will be a pretty
significant week for the army staff sergeant accused of killing 16 afghan civilians. robert bales is expected to meet with his legal defense team for first time and he may be formally charged in the deaths of those men, women and children in kandahar, afghanistan. sergeant bales is in military prison in solitary confinement. one of bales' friends says he can't believe it. robert durham says he's known bales all his life. he says he saw bales grow up and form a special bond with his son. he talked to our susan candiotti about the moment he heard the terrible news. >> robert durham remembers his last conversation with sergeant robert bales who called him from afghanistan. >> said, i love you, bobby, you know? take care of yourself. >> reporter: that was in december, shortly after he was redeployed to the region for a fourth time. >> real caring, real understanding individual. even from a real young age.
>> reporter: durham has known bales all his life. they lived next door to each other in norwood, ohio. he still calls him bobby. >> bobby and my son were best friends. >> reporter: an uncommonly kind friend, because durham's son wade, two years older than bales, is severely disabled. >> bobby was just a very understanding, very accepting kid. he didn't at one time point out a kid's disability, it was what they could do. >> reporter: bobby took wade swimming to school parties, to the zoo. bobby made sure wade was never left out, no matter what anyone thought. >> and with bobby around there was never a question. all of bobby's friends accepted wade because bobby accepted him. >> reporter: at norwood high school, outside cincinnati, bales was a football captain, yearbook photos show him typing and a playful side. after attending two colleges and
working in finance, a fateful day, 9/11. >> 9/11 really affected bobby. >> reporter: within two months, he joined the army. >> he was like a lot of young men and women who decided that not on our watch, you don't do this to our country. >> reporter: when they talked about the war, durham says bales empathized with civilians. >> people are people to him. people are people. i never heard him say he hated anyone. >> reporter: like most, durham was horrified to hear about an american soldier who allegedly gunned down 16 afghan villagers door to door. how did you react when you heard the news? >> they're saying bobby did that. and i couldn't believe it. i still can't believe it. i can't believe it. the bobby that i knew is not the bobby that could have done that. >> reporter: durham suspects his friend may have snapped and he's worried. >> i don't think he can live
with it. he'll never be the same and that -- he's such a great person. that just -- that crushes me. i don't -- i don't know. >> reporter: what questions do you have? >> i think everyone has the same question, because everyone knew the same bobby. what happened? what happened? >> reporter: questions with few answers. >> i don't know what happened to my friend bob bales. i hope somebody figures it out. >> reporter: and gets him help. susan candiotti, cnn, norwood, ohio. straight ahead, slavery is something many thought didn't exist anymore. but a cnn team discovered there is still one place where this horrific practice is still very much happening. we'll tell you more after the break. in america, we believe in a future
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made $650,000 more over their working lives than their peers who only finished high school. a college degree, bachelor's degree or higher, has an unemployment rate of 4.2%, half that of high school grads. anthony carnivali, ali velshi. tony, is college worth it? >> it is, but it all depends on what you take. college in general is not worth it so much anymore. it is college in particular that you have to think about. >> ali, has to be an investment, you have to think of it as an investment. you have all this student debt, you're not going to be guaranteed a job coming out, you have to be training for the right job. >> correct. you have to decide what undergraduate you're going to take that will pay you unless you plan to be independently wealthy or have your parents finance you or marry rich. then you have to decide whether you need further education or further vocational education. if you're going to go for a degree beyond a bachelor's degree, then go to college for
three years and go into that degree as opposed to four years. lots of places allow you to accelerate. the bottom line is while it may be expensive, we need to make sure we don't confuse that with valuable. it is expensive, and it is valuable. >> tony, how do we make college more affordable for everyone? >> the only way to do that, because we don't have the money to buy all the college education we need is we need to urge people to know what the outcome will be, how they'll do to know before they go whether the degree will get them a job or not. >> and the degree that will get them a job, tony and ali is stem, right? >> there are some exceptions to that. there are jobs that are degrees that will get you employed but won't pay very much. for some people, that's okay. some professions are things people want to do. the mistake you need to not make is going for something that is not going to get you a job, and that is not going to pay well, that was just something you chose because somebody told you to. there is research in there. tony makes that point.
when most of us think of slavery, we think of horrors in the past. usually the distant past. but in one country, it is very real and it is happening today. cnn went to mauritania to speak with slaves and slave owners and government officials who say with a straight face it doesn't exist anymore. here is a look at our very special report.
>> there is one place in the world where slavery is still normal. mauritania, in 1981, became the last country in the world to abolish slavery. there is no punishment for slave owners until 2007. the u.n. says 10% to 20% of mauritanians live in slavery today. we travel to the country on the western fringe of the sahara to see for ourselves. we meet people who never knew freedom, people who escaped to find their lives hadn't changed and abolitionists who have been fighting against slavery for years with minimal results. we weren't allowed to be reporting on slavery. it is a practice the government tries to hide from outsiders. but as we would find, slavery is everywhere in mauritania, if you know where to look.
>> much more of this at 6:00 eastern time. don lemon will have that. and then catch the broadcast premiere of "slavery's last stronghold," tonight, 7:00 eastern time. you can check it out online, cnn.com/mauritania. give a dad something to worry about, and he'll come up with an app for that in this case, a worried dad keep crete way to keep texts and phone calls a way to keep from distracting drivers. with a lot of options. because when it comes to what's covered and what's not, nobody likes surprises. [ click ] [ chuckles ] we totally thought -- [ all scream ] obscure space junk falling from the sky? we cover that. moving on. aah, aah, aah, aah. [ male announcer ] we are insurance. ♪ we are farmers ♪ bum, ba-da-bum, bum, bum, bum ♪
let's check some of the stories that our affiliates are covering. a colorado father is so worried about what it will be like when his 8-year-old triplets get around to driving that he's create an app for that. the app blocks calls, texts and e-mails to cell phones while the users are behind the wheel. this app can be disabled, but if it is, the parents get an e-mail alert. a soccer game comes to an abrupt halt in london. down on the field, world class soccer player fabrice -- apparently he falls while playing. players look on in shock as the
23-year-old soccer star suffered cardiac arrest during a game yesterday. he remains in critical condition in a london hospital that specializes in heart attacks. housing is still one of the main indicators of how the economy is doing. new reports are on the way. plus, apple's stock prices are surging with the release of the latest ipad. is it still a good idea to buy apple stocks? here is your look ahead at that and other big financial stories with allison caustic and poppy harlow. >> hi, fredricka. apple stock briefly shot above the $600 mark this past week. it happened the day before the new ipad went on sale. shares of apple have been seemingly unstoppable lately, rising from $500 to $600 in just 23 days. some analysts say that when you look at the company's earnings, it is still a good buy. they expect apple shares to climb to $700 or higher. poppy harlow now has a look at what's coming up in business news. poppy? >> thanks so much, allison.
housing is going to be the to b focus on wall street this coming week, we're expecting reports on home prices, home sales and home construction. housing continues to be a major drag on the overall economy, despite improvement in other sectors. we learned that home prices are at the lowest level in more than ten years, bringing in some buyers, the housing market cannot turn around until prices bottom out. we'll keep a close eye on the housing market all week for you on cnn money. fred, back to you. we'll have much more of the newsroom straight ahead with don lemon. tell me what's ahead? >> we're going to be talking about -- we've been dealing with this a lot -- trevon martin, the 17-year-old who was shot and killed by a neighborhood watch captain on february 26th. we're going to talk more about that. our cultural critic goldie taylor will be could beering the story, she's heading to a
meeting to discuss the issues when it comes to young black boys and the police. and they believe this was profiling, there's also concern that a law called stand your ground that's on the books in florida and in several other states, that it may have contributed to this. butted neighborhood watch captain, 28-year-old george simmons says he felt threatened by the 17-year-old by the way, who dwaz unarmed and died with skittles candies in his hand. he went to the store to get candy for his brother. neighbors aren't buying it, neighbors called 911 because they're concerned about the boy and not really about this watch captain. listen to the 911 call. >> what is your -- >> gunshots. >> you heard gunshots? >> yes. >> how many? >> just one. >> so far zamer man has not been arrested.
or charged in that shooting. we spoke to the people in florida, and they say it's in the hands of the states attorneys now. earn is asking, going crazy online. people are wondering, why hasn't this been -- >> there hasn't been an explaining as ho why there hasn't been an arrest. we're talking about the death someone who is note uniformed officer. >> we have to let the investigation play out. but if you look at everything that's happened. even if this -- let's just say this zimmerman person is innocent. but everyone is wronderring, why not arrests. what is going on, why haven't we heard anything? that almost always follows. according to one of the neighbors in this neighborhood watch program. she said, i will give you, she handed out the rule book for the neighborhood. she said according to the department of justice, he should not be acting as a security perth and not be armed. the 911 call, are you following him? yes. don't approach him. he does it anyway. we'll be following that.
>> good. in the meantime, you have been -- you filled out a bracket. i filled out a bracket. mine's really pitful, i knew it would be because i'm not expert on the college ball. vanderbilt i was pulling for you, i lived right on the vanderbilt campus when i was doing a summer internship. i felt like that certain affinity there, that connection. vanderbilt out, sorry. what about you? >> i was out with duke. i'm not doing that well. >> well, look at the whole leaderboard, you're in the middle. even with duke out, how is that? you're like number 7. >> you can't see. >> rob got past me, okay. >> we're out of time. sorry about that. >> "didn't fill my brackets out, i'm going to be honest. >> i did fill it out myself. see you, guys.
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