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floor directors. have a good show. almost top of the hour, thank you for joining us in the cnn newsroom. headline, the future of syria was the main item on the agenda when u.s. and russian officials met in geneva today. after 21 months of relentless bloodshed they agreed it was till possible to find a political solution to the crisis. russian foreign minister sergei levrov admitted the meeting did not mean support for bashar al assad was weakening. today easily the second straight sunday that an nfl team played a game in the wake of tragedy. this player, jerry brown jr., of the dallas cowboys, died early yesterday in a car accident. brown was a passenger. the driver was his teammate, josh brent, who now has a $500,000 bond while facing charges he killed someone while driving drunk. police say brent's mercedes was
moving very fast when he hurt a curb and flipped. josh brent has a history of dui. an update to last week's tragedy in kansas city. new video released by police show javon bell cher hours before he killed his girlfriend then his. dash cam video shows police talking to belcher after they found him sleeping in his car. listen to what police told him in this advice i don't released by kansas city police. >> you live right here? >> yeah. >> okay, that's going to be your best bet. >> we're trying to cut you a break here. >> belcher told police he was going to a nearby apartment to see a woman. a cloud of political uncertainty is hanging over venezuela. president chavez announced his cancer has returned and he is traveling to cuba for surgery for a third time. but this time the 58-year-old leader named the vice president
as his choice to replace him in case something to do happen to him. parliament voted unanimously to give have a she say permission to leave the country for medical treatment. gay couples living in washington state made history. joining in the first legal same-sex marriages in the state. sarah and emily coffer were the first to get married at the king county courthouse in seattle. >> we're totally in love with each other and we support each other through good times and tough times, just like any other marriage, and so it's really important to us that we can honor that love with each other through marriage. >> the governor signed the voter approved referendum into law on wednesday. breaking news. on the fiscal cliff negotiations, president obama, house speaker john boehner, met face to face at the white house today for the first time in more than three weeks. we do not have any details about today's conversations but reps on both sides say the lines of
communication remain open. the two men last met on november 16th. also today, another republican senator announced his support for raising tax rates on wealthy americans. tennessee senator bob corker says if the gop agrees to the wealthy tax hike, republicans would be better positioned to negotiate for bigger spending cuts on social security and medicare. >> there is a growing group of folks that are looking at this and realizing that we don't have a lot of cards as it relates to the tax issue before year-end. a lot of people are putting forth a theory and i think it has merit where you give the president the 2% increase that he's talking about, the rate increase on the top 2%. and all of a sudden, the shift goes back to entitlements. and all of a sudden, once you give him the rate on the top 2%, it's actually much lesser tax increase than what he's been talking about. the focus then shifts to
entitlements and maybe that puts us in a place where we actually can do something that really saves this nation. >> corker joins fellow snaerls coburn, collins and snowe in supporting an increase in tax rates for wealthy americans. cnn's emily schmidt joins us live from our washington bureau. emily, interesting what's going on. what have we learned about today's meeting? >> interesting symmetry here. it is 23 days until the deadline and it had been 23 days since president obama and john boehner met face to face about how to avert it until they met this an. this was a bit of a surprise meeting. it took place behind closed doors and all that we are being told resulted from it came from two separate shamts. one from the white house, one from a congressional staffer, and the statements' wording is identical. this afternoon the president and speaker boehner met at the white house to discuss efforts to resolve the fiscal cliff. we're not reading out details
but the lines of communication remain open. this meeting was not on the official white house schedule today. wednesday, a source familiar with the conversation said the two actually spoke by phone. that was the first time in a week they had done so. no reported breakthrough then. back on monday, the president and the speaker were at the same event together, a holiday party at the white house. republican and democratic sources said the two didn't even talk there. john boehner said friday the white house had wasted another week in potential compromise. at this point we don't know what caused today's movement, just that for the first time in a while the two sides are agreeing on something, even if it's just the wording of their statements about the meeting. >> all right, emily, thank you very much. let's get some expert analysis as well on today's fiscal cliff meeting. cnn's sane yore political analyst, mr. david dergan, he joins me by phone. david, before i ask you, it's interesting. this is the latest from jessica yellin and folks in washington.
both sides are saying, they met at the white house, in efforts to resolve the fiscal cliff, no the reading out any details. they believe that this -- it is encouraging because they're on the same message, they seem to be in agreement. what do you think? >> i think it is encouraging. certainly on the surface. the most important reason it's encouraging is that both men are obviously looking for a compromise. they're both looking for a solution. with time running out it was urgent that this week, they try to strike a deal. and i think the deal can be wrapped up fairly quickly. everybody knows what the debate for months and months and months how to possibly do this. i think there are two questions, don. one is the short-term question, are they getting closer to avoiding the fiscal cliff? that's the short-term. 23 days that we just heard. the second question is the longer-term question. can they reach a deal which actually leads to a grand
bargain next year? that's really the bigger question and more consequential question. senator corker today, he said he's ready to raise the tax rate, which has been so contentious, and was a breakthrough. he also said, listen, if we give him his tax rate, we may be able to hold the total package of tax revenues at half of what the president is asking for. the president wants $1.6 trillion in new taxes. and corker's saying, if we just do the rate, we can hold it to half that. so you could -- we could get a short-term agreement that avoids the cliff but it could mean that the long-term agreement is much smaller than what the president and economists and others really want. >> you have gad sources there. are sources telling you anything about what happened behind closed doors? >> i have not heard anything. this is all broken in the last, you know, hour or two. so i have not heard anything yet. i'm hoping to learn more.
but i think the truth is we're going did learn more tomorrow. that's what leaks are likely to start coming out. boehner's going to have to tell troops on the republican side and the president is likely to talk to democrats. >> once they start talking to people and word gets out, people will start talking to you guys. >> we'll begin to get a sense of, are they really that close or not? and i -- there are certainly the makings of a deal here. i think that started when boehner put revenues squarely on the table the day after the election. the president has indicated in a variety of ways that he is also more nextible than he may appear. and i'm told by people, i was told on friday by one of his senior people, listen, he really wants a deal, and he wants a big one, and he's willing to do some things on the entitlement side that some democrats are not going to want. >> i've got a question for you before we run here. is the gop floating a trial balloon for waving the white flag on the tax hike for the
wealthy, with what corker's saying, do you think they're sort of just saying, listen, go for it? >> i'm not sure. it will be interpreted as a white flag by many and it will be a victory for the president if he gets them to agree to raise tax rates. that clearly is something going forward he's insisted on. but i think it's more to prepare the ground. it's -- it won't be a shock if republicans suddenly come around. there are a number of republicans have come out and said, we ought to be looking at this, the real issue, we're going to get leverage on spending cuts. i do think they are psychologically preparing the ground. >> cnn's senior lit call analyst david gergen giving us the latest on the talks between the president and the house speaker. thank you again, david. what will it take for democrats and republicans to come together before the fiscal cliff? ahead we'll did us does the possibilities.
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it's a standstill, it's moving. just when you thought the fiscal cliff talks were at a standstill, john boehner spent time today at the white house with president obama. we like to spend our sunday afternoons with cnn contributor. lz granderson, a writer for espn, consultant and strategist, good to see body of you. john boehner had some pretty tough words for the president on friday, listen. >> there are a lot of things that are possible to put the revenue that the president seeks on the table. well, but none of it's going to be possible if the president insists on his position.
insists on my way or the highway. >> so anna, he also said the white house has wasted another week. now two days later, they're meeting again. did boehner's remarks make the difference? >> good. look, i think it's great. we cannot reach a deal if you are posturing and negotiating through press conferences. they need so sit in a room, they need to look at each other, they need to talk constructive debate, and they need to move this ball forward. i think what happened today is a very good sign. americans should be encouraged. it's a good thing. when our congressional leadership and our president are actually capable of meeting and talking about the difficult issues that face this country. what a refreshing and new idea. >> when you hear people like -- so you hear members of the gop, anna and lz, saxby chambliss, corker, they're all saying, we're willing to do this, but the messaging you hear on television is quite different, than what is actually being said
behind closed doors, you make a very good point, anna. lz, do you think they're going to get something done with face-to-face talks and do you agree there seems to be competing messaging going on here? >> you know, they have to do the posturing in order to make sure the public stays on their side. the constituents think that they're doing something they said they were going to do. behind closed doors, an that is correct. this is the only way they're going to get anything done. sitting in a room, hashing it out. body of these men are very, very pragmatic. they're both very cautious guys. they're not as extreme as some of the louder voices in their parties hap to be. you have two of the most rational politicians in washington doing what needs to be rationally done for the better of the country. i agree it's a good thing. perhaps when ththey went and sa "lincoln" together and said, we need to get something done, like lincoln did. >> i think coker, senator coker, brother the up a very good point. this is not the end all, be all
of negotiation. there's a lot of big, hairy problems that are facing this country that president obama's going to want done, that congress is going to want done. so there's a lot of room and a lot of space and time, four long years, for negotiations. sometimes the democrats will have more leverage. sometimes the republicans will have more leverage. >> there you go. and everybody left side says, it's not fair when the other person has more leverage or the other team, it's not fair, it's not fair. everybody does it. >> it's not even four years. we're going to have a debt ceiling conversation in a few months. >> right, right. >> you've got to remember, this is like -- this is rapid-fire. as soon as we get past this fiscal cliff, president obama's going to meet with boehner again to talk about debt ceiling. >> any chance john boehner could have trouble with conservatives in the the house? he's signalling a weakness to possibly compromising on tax hikes and he tossed a few tea party types off key committees. could that come back to taunt
him, anna? >> you know, i don't think so. i think it will help him. listen, membership has privileges. but leadership has that much more privileges. if you want to be the leader, you have to lead. you have to assert authority. he's had a hard time with his caucus and i think he's trying to move things, get things done. he needs people in his leadership, he needs people on his team, that are actually on his team. not against his team. so i would say to the folks that are not happy with the decisions he's made on membership of committees, you don't like the guy? oust him. but if not, he is the leader and it is his responsibility. but it also his prerogative to choose who he puts in what committees. >> finally, check out this photo. last night there in las vegas, anna, mitt and ann romney taking in the boxing match between manny pacquiao and juan manuel
marquez. romney reportedly met with pacquiao, who is a congressman in the philippines, before the fight. pacquiao lost in the sixth round knockout. discuss, go ahead, lz. >> well, i thought it was absolutely awesome that mitt romney went in and gave pacquiao a pep talk, then manny get out and gets knocked out. it was so symbolic. >> you are wrong for that. i thought about it, just didn't say it. >> it was so symbolic. it was like, wow, really? you know that smooth criminal by michael jackson, are you okay? are you okay? i was going, manny, are you okay? he was knocked out. it was so funny. >> i just want to tell you this. i think as a superstition -- superstition person, i'm not sure meeting with mitt romney was the right decision. >> kick a man when he's down, a member of his own party, anna, what's up with that?
you called him a loser. >> i'm telling you, i'm super superstitio superstitious. a losing candidate, let's say that. >> he's not a loser but he had the loser vibe going in. >> okay. all right. >> i'm very happy to see mitt romney out and about, leading his life. boy, i wish he'd gone to costco and boxing fights before the election. think it could have been helpful. >> freight conversation. thank you. i'll see you back next weekend if not sooner. have a great rest of your weekend. >> thanks, you too. the syrian civil war is raging from one neighborhood to the next. shortages have families caught in the middle of the conflict, desperate for staples like food and water. we'll give you an exclusive look from inside syria. let's say you want to get ahead in your career.
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egyptian president mohamed morsi, his announcement that he will back off from a controversial edict granting himself sweeping new powers, is not calming the opposition. protesters gathered again today calling for nationwide protests tuesday. there's word islamist groups plan to stage a rival demonstration the same day. anti-government protesters are furious morsi don't delay the constitutional referendum scheduled for saturday. critics say it was drafted by an islamist-dominated assembly that squeezed out liberal and moderate voices. pressure cranked up on bashar al assad. secretary of state hillary clinton will attend a meeting where most attending countries already see the rebels in syria as a legitimate representative of the people. shelling and street fighting killed more than 130 people on one day alone this weekend. syrian rebel fighters now have
control of the country's biggest city, aleppo. the people there have something new to fear now, something as frightening as civil war. cnn's arwa damon is there. >> reporter: crammed inside a tiny two-room home, the adults say they can handle the hunger. it's the children they worry about. there are 13 of them. as relatives moved in together after one family's home was destroyed. when we asked the kids what they ate today, the response is, nothing. mohammad, father before half the children here, tells us, "today i sent my brother to get bread at 6:00 a.m. look, it's 3:00 p.m. right now, and he hasn't gotten any. the kids haven't eaten." the power is out, as it has been for weeks. now the water is cut as well. there is a growing sense of
desperation among people here. stalked by both hunger and danger. "god gave me these children. these children are my responsibility. now i can't even get them a loaf of bread. before, i could. now, i can't." the price of bread has skyrocketed due to a flour shortage. along with it, a population's anger. the situation is so dire that people say society is beginning to disintegrate. this is yet another bread line. we were just at one further up the road where the crowd ended up mobbing around us, furious. they said that they wanted us to leave because they were fed up with people filming them. they feel as if the world is simply mocking their misery. in just four days the cost of fuel jumped from 85 syrian pounds to 150. beyond the now-astronomical cost of survival, it's the constant
fear and insecurity that has come to define life here. snipers seemingly everywhere. the threat of random artillery or air strikes, constant. and then there is the daily assault on human dignity. in a city once known for its beauty and heritage. children pick their way through the streets that are now a massive garbage dump. what makes it more unbearable is that few can see an end in sight. arwa damon, cnn, aleppo. beatings, sexual abuse, and murder. it's what some have said they were forced to endure at a former reform school for boys. now new information uncovered that may help solve the mystery what was went on at the school. first, this past week, unemployment fell to its lowest level in nearly four years. it is a positive sign. but most would agree this is an economy still struggling.
so how are some businesses finding ways to keep their doors open while others are failing? our tom foreman looks for some answers in today's "american journey." >> reporter: amid the bustle of broadway, against the bad economy and the crushing competition, at the strand, the show goes on. started more than 80 years ago, this independent bookstore has beaten the odds. surviving the great depression, world war ii, and fred bass, who was a baby when his dad started the strand, says the store is enduring these tough times too. >> mainly by having gad books and good prices. lately we've been selling a lot of new books at discount. but it's mostly used book or bargain books we sell, antiquarian, out of print books. >> reporter: the eclectic approach allows it to appeal to a broad away of clients. like this rare signed copy of ulysses by james joyce. >> what are we selling this for?
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half past the hour, let's get you updated on the headlines. breaking news on the fiscal cliff talks. president obama and john boehner met face to face trying to prevent the fiscal cliff now 23 days away. their last face-to-face meeting was november 16th. we don't have any specific details on that conversation. reps from both side s say line of communication remain open. 500,000, that is the bond set today by a judge near dallas for cowboys nose tackle josh brent. he was behind the wheel in the car accident this weekend that killed teammate jerry brown jr. police believe brent was drunk when the accident happened. president obama visits
union-heavy michigan tomorrow. a state he won easily last month and now the center of new labor protests. the michigan legislature is close to passing a right to work law and that is not sitting well with workers in the state where organized labor was born. one of the biggest labor unions in the country, united auto workers, is firmly against the law which limits the unions' power. michigan's republican governor says he'll sign the bill if it hits his desk this week. we heard from the boss of a radio station behind that london hospital prank. the joke apparently led to the suicide of a nurse who worked there. the australian network chairman calls the death truly tragic and says they're waiting for the full investigation to be complete. two australian deejays called the hospital impersonating british royals and managed to get personal information about prince william easily wife. the nurse who took the call was found dead two days later. the hospital says the deejays' prank was foolish. it as decades-old reform
school mystery that still haunts its students. stories about boys who were brutally beaten to death by guards, boys who suddenly disappeared. a recent state investigation findings are set to be released tomorrow. ed lavandera visited the school. >> reporter: a mystery haunts the grounds this much now-defunct reform school for boys in a florida panhandle town involving teenage boys sent here decades ago, some never seen again. former students, some in their twilight years, have come forward of horrific stories of punishing abuse, friends who vanished. they accused former school leaders of beatings, sexual abuse, and even murder. which brings us to this cemetery on the school grounds, the bodies of 31 boys are buried here. florida authorities claim they know how all the boys died.
some killed in a fire, others in a flu epidemic. nothing criminal. but new research shows other bodies could be buried in this area too. and dozens of former students and families say that's proof of a more sinister story hidden in these woods. in the early 1960s, the leaders of the boys reform school had a local boy scout troop clean up the cemetery. they put up 31 crosses. now a team of anthropologists over the last year has been going through all of this area, cleared out the woods, and they're finding the possibility of many more grave shafts which is only leading to the mystery of what happened in marianna. untangling the story may be lost to time. the school closed last year. these ants happened from the 1940s to the 19 excuse. most of the school leaders from then have died. a research project led by university of south florida anthropologist erin kimmerly turned up evidence of additional grave sites.
kimmerly says as many as 18 more bodies could be buried here and that the research team believes a second cemetery could be hidden on the school grounds. >> we've got something right there. >> we've found burials within the courage marked cemetery and then we've found burials that extend beyond that. >> reporter: kimmerly has traveled the world investigating war crimes for the united nations, searching for mass graves in places like yugoslavia and peru. have you done just this area? or all over? >> all of it. >> reporter: her team used high-tech equipment to scan into the ground. all the red suggests the location of possible grave sites. we won't know for sure unless exhumations are ordered. florida state officials won't comment until they can review kimmerly's findings. >> these are children who came here and died for one reason or another. literally have been lost in the woods. and it's about restoring dignity and helping, if not putting a name to them, at least marking
them and acknowledging that they're here. >> reporter: the anthropologists also studied historic documents and public records and discovered a disturbing discrepancy. boys unaccounted for. >> this was the last pictures we had of him. >> reporter: her brother was sent here in 1940. she says owen smith dreamed of playing guitar in nashville. the 14-year-old had a musician's vagabond soul. he was shipped to reform school for stealing a car. she never saw him again. her family was told owen had run away. she still has a letter sent by the school superintendent more than 70 years ago. >> we have been unable to get any information concerning his whereabouts. we will appreciate your notifying us immediately if you receive any word from or concerning him. >> reporter: she believes her brother was already dead. a few weeks later, his family was told his decomposed body was found under a house near the school. >> they think he crawled under
there trying to keep warm, got pneumonia and died. that was their official cause of death was death from pneumonia, exposure. >> reporter: that wasn't based on anything scientific? >> nuh-uh. >> reporter: any autopsy? >> nuh-uh. >> reporter: she says another student told them a far different story. >> he looked back and my brother was running out across a field, an open field. and there was three men shooting at him with rifles. i believe to this day that they shot my brother that night and i think they probably killed him. and they brought him back to the school and buried him. >> reporter: against the family's wishes, owen smith was buried on the school grounds. she's never figured out exactly where. no one was ever charged in his death back in 1941. but because of that conveys, along with other accounts of alleged abuse, beatings and killings, the florida state law enforcement agency launched an investigation in 2008. its report concluded there was no evidence to suggest that any
of the deceased died as a result of criminal conduct. the agency also said it couldn't find evidence to prove claims of physical or sexual abuse at the school. but many former students like robert strayly say that report is a whitewashed cover-up. state officials say they stand by the report's findings. >> i am mad at the state, yes. they let this go on for 68 years. and did nothing about it. >> reporter: strayly says he was beaten with a leather strap and that some school leaders killed young boys and made them disappear. >> it is important to find all of the boys that were buried there. i mean, they were practically crawling out of their graves crying out, help, remember me. >> reporter: to robert strayly and others, the florida reform scol for boys is still hiding an evil, untold past. ed lavandera, cnn, marianna, florida. >> there is a mystery in texas as well.
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can we get the "twilight zone" music? strange flashes of light zoomed over texas. people looked up in the sky and saw streaks of white and orange. what was it? we get more now from our texas affiliate ktrk. >> reporter: from a nasa camera it looked like a bright light above the earth. that's the view from space. these are from eyewitness viewers around houston just as day was breaking. a bright flash of light some people first thought was
lightning. >> i guessed it was going to rain. >> reporter: it wasn't the weather. this map just a sampling of sightings in the houston area. and these are some of the pictures september to abc13.com. showing a small area of colored light, others showing a trail behind it. people have been talking about it all day. >> like a ufo taking a picture of the sky, like a big flash. >> a co-worker started talking about, did you hear about the flash this morning? i'm like, flash? should i be concerned? >> reporter: at the houston museum of natural science, not concern but a lot of curiosity. >> yeah, it was going so fast, it actually gets through the atmosphere, that makes the flow. >> reporter: the museum's astronomer suspects it's a meteorite, a small piece of rock burning through space. fit meets the criteria. >> did it make a trail? did it actually move? did it change color? did it move from east to west? >> reporter: a lot of scientists searching for explanation to what's called the fireball over
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braziln women who he found beautiful. it looks like a waistline, others look like the shape of a breast, that one looks like an upside down breast, that's where he drew ins brace. >> he did bring movement to modern architecture. he is one of the patriarchs of this modern architectural movement. he's not only an icon in brazil, don. he was an internationally celebrated architect. and one of the most prominent architects of the 20th century. and we can see all of his grand architectural pieces behind it. one of your favorite architects. >> i love the barcelona chair and all of that, it's amazing. >> really the world's lost a genius. the thing that i find so astonishing is he lived to be 104 years old but he continued to work through his 80s and through his 90s and he never gave up. defying convention, convention in every regard, not just in his work, also in his personal life. we have some sound that i want to bring in from when he was alive.
>> what really gives me joy is whenlook at a building that i designed and know that it's not the same as the other ones. it's a bit different. it surprises. it amazes. >> and there you can see the united nations building, which he was the architect for. but still continues to amaze and his pieces look as if they're from the future. you can't imagine -- >> that one behind you. it was amazing, the one with the loop and the women walking out. >> the cathedral of the vertebra sill yeah, the one that had the 16 concrete columns as we can see here. that's the one that he's really, really known for in brazil. >> gorgeous stuff. he is not the only legend that we lost this week. >> that's right. we were talking about legendary jazz composer, pianist, dave brubeck. not only was he known for intricate rhythms, also he was a huge civil rights advocate and activist, i should say, as well.
and he was one of the handful of white musicians, jazz musicians, in the 1950s. and you know, let's take a listen here of some of his songs. ♪ >> amazing. amazing. so i could just sit and listen to him all over again, for the entire show. i want to move on because i want to talk about we said that niemeye reshg w niemeyer was 104 but that's nothing compared to the world's oldest woman. >> bessie, who passed away at 116 and he's a georgia native. the world's oldest woman lived to be 122 and she's a french woman. all these individuals regardless of their circumstances and what they did in their lives, they left a legacy and that's the thing to remember here and they left their footprints and fingerprints all over their work. >> can you imagine, 122?
>> i don't know. what would you do? >> whatever i wanted. 122, i'd do whatever i wanted and say whatever i wanted. all right. thank you. appreciate it. >> thank you. how is the nfl playing with the recent player tragedies? plus, one pro team may be changing its name to an unlikely bird. we'll talk about it in sports with "sports illustrated" john wertheim next. the writer's desktop and the coordinator's phone are working on a joke with local color. the secure cloud just received a revised intro from the strategist's tablet. and while i make my way into the venue, the candidate will be rehearsing off of his phone. [ candidate ] and thanks to every young face i see out there. [ woman ] his phone is one of his biggest supporters. [ female announcer ] with cisco at the center... working together has never worked so well.
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let's talk pro football where tragedy has struck for a second straight week. john wertheim is back. he's the senior investigative reporter for "sports illustrated." there's the current issue of "si", lebron james on the cover. jon, tragedy in sports is usually limited to something like a player who suffers a devastating injury, but for two weekends in a row in dallas, kansas city, we've been reporting on murder, the murder/suicide, now intoxication manslaughter. what do you make of these two incidents? >> yeah. i wrote this week, don, that the nfl is king, ratings are through the roof by every sort of commercial measure, this is a wildly successful league. and yet off the field it's just been awful times. remember we had a hall of fame player commit suicide in the
spring. the past who weekends have been brutal. it's a strange time for pro football. >> pro athletes are obviously human beings, human problems. people put them up on a pedestal because of their athleticism but everyone is human, no one is infallible, but they are literally million dollar investments. is there anything more that pro teams can do to help their players? >> yeah. i think that's a good point. look, we're talking about there are more than 1,000 players. we're talking about 25-year-olds, guys in their 20s with millions of dollars. bad things are going to happen, but that's a really good question. these guys are employees of teams. they're also members of a union. one thing that's become clear, this has gone into directions of gun control and domestic violence and now obviously drunk driving. one thing that's clear is the programs that exist for the players are not being taken advantage of as much as they should. some of these orientation programs, some of the transition programs, they need to do a better job of making sure the
players attend the seminars and make sure they go to the programs that are available to them. >> you know, we always seem to end up talking about this, the nba negotiations, the nfl lockout. remember hockey? remember, the league is in the middle of another labor dispute. the all-star game is canceled along with more than 800 games so far. is the national hockey league going to go away maybe? >> yeah. hockey is a game, i think i remember they play it on ice with sticks. >> yeah. the puck. >> we're coming really close to, you know, to d-day here basically, and basically this is going to be the second time in nine years without a hockey season. we were just talking about how popular the nfl is. i don't think hockey has this luxury. this is really bad news for hockey fans, and we'll see if some 11th hour decision can be reached, but this has not been good. it's not as if people are clamoring for their nhl. this is a little different from the dynamic we had with the nfl and football.
>> i have about 20 seconds here. but my sister went to a high school in port allen, west baton rouge, it was called the port allen pelpelicans. my home state is thinking about changing their name, the new orleans hornets. >> you got hurricanes, you have cuisine. i like the jazz utah lifted when they got the team. pelicans, i'm not sure she's cutting it. >> beautiful but doesn't sound like -- thank you. always a pleasure to see you. next international leaders are gathering in norway where they're preparing to honor the best of the best. a restaurant is hard, try running four. fortunately we've got ink. it gives us 5x the rewards on our internet, phone charges and cable,
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