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Verdict for a Dictator; Zimmerman Returning to Jail; Dow Tumbles 275 Points; A Royal Extravaganza; "Harsh Indictment" of White House
Aired June 2, 2012 - 07:00 ET
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ROB MARCIANO, CNN ANCHOR: From the CNN World Headquarters in Atlanta, this is CNN SATURDAY MORNING.
The Dow plunges 275 points, making it negative for the year. We'll explain the reason for the free-fall. Plus.
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UNIDENTIFIED MALE: To punish Mohammed Hosni Mubarak with life imprisonment.
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MARCIANO: Complicit in killing. That's the verdict from an Egyptian court for notorious dictator Hosni Mubarak, sentenced to life in prison. Mubarak is the first leader put on trial for his crimes during the Arab spring. We'll bring you live to Egypt for the explosive reaction.
And later, 1,000 ships, a million people. Queen Elizabeth's Diamond Jubilee kicks off today. We have team coverage. Bring you one of the biggest royal celebrations in modern history.
Top of the hour and good morning, everyone. I'm Rob Marciano, in today for Randi Kaye. It's 7:00 Eastern Time, 10:00 on the West side. Thanks for waking up with us.
Well, a former world leader who was once close ally of the U.S. now could spend the rest of his days behind bars but is refusing to go in the prison. A military helicopter flew former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak to a maximum security prison shortly after a court convicted him of ordering the killings of unarmed protesters during the last year's Arab Spring. But government officials say Mr. Mubarak is refusing to leave the chopper.
Anger broke out in and out side the courtroom when the verdict and sentences were announced. Demonstrators shouted against the acquittals of Mr. Mubarak's two sons and some of his former top aides.
I'm joined now live on the phone by Ian Lee. He's in Cairo.
Ian, tell me about the scene there and is President Mubarak not getting of the chopper, is that true? IAN LEE, CNN CORRESPONDENT (via telephone): That's all we're hearing (INAUDIBLE) they told us they are going to -- they will bring him in. (INAUDIBLE) I think a lot of people were ultimately surprised he received life in prison. The general feeling was he would maybe get 10 years or so. But also people (INAUDIBLE) his minister of interior, Habib al-Adly, also got life in prison.
But those joint celebrations when those verdicts were being (INAUDIBLE) but once the other verdicts also against Mubarak's sons came out, that celebration took a nosedive the clashes with the police and the army. People are extremely upset over the verdict. They say his assistants (INAUDIBLE) were also part of the crackdown in protesters during the revolution, talking to different groups and political party, also upset.
Basically now, they're allowed to walk free and they said there was really no justice done, yes they are happy Hosni Mubarak was put away for life and his interior minister. They wanted more people --
MARCIANO: Ian, you're line is little garbled, we can't hear you all that well, we get the general gist of it, a momentous day over there in Cairo. And that's Ian Lee reporting life for us. Thank you. And we'll try to get back to you.
Meanwhile, back here in the U.S., George Zimmerman could be back in jail today. He's been free on bail for weeks after pleads not guilty to murdering 17-year-old Trayvon Martin. But, in what Martin's family attorneys are calling a significant move, the judge revoked Zimmerman's bond yesterday because he said Zimmerman lied to him.
Martin Savage is in Sanford, Florida.
MARTIN SAVIDGE, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Rob, the clock is ticking down for George Zimmerman he has to turn himself by later today or by mid-day tomorrow to be in compliance with the order. The state maintains it really comes down to money.
Here what is I mean by that. If you harken back to the original bond hearing, George Zimmerman and his family maintained they didn't have money and thereby bond should be set low. Then it was revealed there was a lot of money sitting in a PayPal account as a result of donations made to a George Zimmerman defense fund.
And then the state on Friday revealed they had transcripts of recorded conversations between George Zimmerman and his wife a couple of days before the court hearing in which they were talking about that money. In other words when they were questioned at the hearing, they lied. At least that is what the state maintains.
BERNIE DE LA RIONDA, ASSISTANT STATE ATTORNEY: Why did they lie about it? Why was it necessary for the defendant's wife to unequivocally say they had no money when in fact she knew he had money? So this can all be tied to the defendant, that is our position, that his bond should be revoked. SAVIDGE: After the hearing, Mark O'Mara, who is the defense attorney for George Zimmerman, tried to put the best face on things. He says that, of course, his client will comply and turn himself in. But he hopes he won't be behind bars for long.
MARK O'MARA, DEFENSE ATTORNEY: That he will give us a day in court to explain George's behavior and look at all the circumstances, even the discovery that's come out today in determining what he's going to do about letting him back out on bond.
SAVIDGE: Also, speaking out was the attorney who represents the family of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin. That's the young man who George Zimmerman is accused of killing. He raises the question here if George Zimmerman was lying about the money, what else might he be not telling the truth about? That's especially important when it comes down to self-defense case in which there was one survivor -- Rob.
MARCIANO: Thank you, Marty.
Also out of Florida, investigators are still trying to determine why 31-year-old Rudy Eugene chewed of most of a homeless man's face in a zombie-like attack. A Miami police officer shot and eventually killed Eugene last week.
We're now hearing one of the 911 calls that came in.
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CALLER: There is a naked man on the causeway at the end of the causeway coming toward Biscayne Boulevard. He's beating another man to a pulp, like on top of the man, beating him. The man is bleeding. He's going to kill that man.
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MARCIANO: The victim, Ronald Poppo, is in critical condition.
Now news about the economy, investors didn't take too kindly to the new jobs report. U.S. stocks took a beating yesterday with the Dow plunging 275 points. It erased all gains for the year. Employers added 69,000 jobs in May. That's less than half what analysts expected.
And for the first time in a year, unemployment edged higher now at 8.2 percent.
In Seattle, a truck driver is being called a hero after he ran down and rescued a baby stroller on the runaway. Jeff Blackburn saw the stroller start rolling down the hill away from the mother was worried it would roll in a busy intersection, he started honking his horn. The boy was smiling when he got to him. The mother was frantic and shaken up.
All right. Here's a run down of other stories we're working this morning. Want to know how Queen Elizabeth is celebrating one of the biggest milestones in her reign? She's heading to the racetrack, down the stretch they come, a live report coming up.
Then, amputee becomes a hero for his family helping escape a fire. Now he's fighting for his life, a story heartwarming one you'll want to hear.
And latest jobs reports sent stocks and confidence to the U.S. economy tumbling. So, what does it mean for the presidential race?
And it wasn't your typical drunk driver. We'll show you what happens when cops pull over a man on a lawn mower.
MARCIANO: Good morning. Here are stories that may have been off your radar.
MARCIANO (voice-over): SunTrust Mortgage was ripping off black and Hispanic borrowers. That's according to the Justice Department. And now, the banking giant agreed to pay up to $21 million to settle a racial discrimination lawsuit. The feds two-and-a-half year investigation found between 2005-2009, about 20,000 qualified minorities were charged higher fees and interest rates based solely on their race or national origin.
SunTrust Mortgage denies any wrongdoing, but says it agreed to pay the settlement to avoid expensive litigation.
More than 600 L.A. teachers could lose their licenses in the wake of a misconduct scandal. The district turned over discipline cases from the last four years for state board to review. This all follows the arrest of two elementary teachers charged with lewd acts against students. One of the teachers accused of tying up students in adult-like bondage situations.
It's not often you hear Sesame Street, Barney and torture used in the same sentence. But songs from children's shows might have been used to torture prisoners at Guantanamo Bay. Al Jazeera's new documentary "Songs of War" reports detainees were strapped to chair with head phones on with music blaring sometime for days on end.
U.S. military officials say they don't use torture. But can you imagine listening to this song non-stop?
BARNEY: Won't you say you love me too --
MARCIANO: Torture indeed.
Slowly Americans are returning to work but the slow part that has economists worried. We're breaking down the job numbers and what it means for your bottom line right after this.
MARCIANO: That is what the stock portfolio may be doing, but it's a gorgeous day in Atlanta to brighten you up. Good morning, Atl.
Wiped out -- a year of stocks gains and job growth gone. The Dow closed down 275 points yesterday, erasing gains for the year after a dismal May jobs report. Employers added 69,000 jobs last year. That's the weakest growth we've seen in a year.
And as for the unemployment, it actually went up to 8.2 percent. And all that has a big effect on your bottom line.
I want to bring, financial expert, Hank McLarty.
Now, Hank, the small jobs numbers, the commoner, the lay person doesn't understand it. But it's really all about expectations, isn't it?
HANK MCLARTY, FINANCIAL EXPERT: Yes, that's correct. There's been a couple of stabilizing factors in the market. One of them has been good economic growth. So, with all the negative news coming out of the Europe the market kind of been hanging on good economic numbers.
And the numbers that came out yesterday, we were looking for 150,000 new jobs, we only got 69,000. That is the second month in a row we had a huge down-side surprise and it's showing that the economic growth isn't there like we thought that was one of the few stabilizing factors. So, that created the sell-off yesterday.
MARCIANO: We kind of fought back against Europe. Remember, a couple of months ago, Greece was all the worry, we sold off, then we ran back up to record highs, but obviously, now U.S. economy is taking a bit of a hit.
MCLARTY: Yes. That's correct. I mean, the Europe situation has risen again, and just to break that down, real quickly, there is a scenarios going on there, there is a group of countries over there you may have heard call called the PIGS -- Portugal, Ireland, Greece and Spain.
MARCIANO: Do they know we call them that?
MCLARTY: I'm sure they do by now. It's been going on for a couple of years. But these countries have been spending more money than they have for a very long time, and it's caught with them. The global markets have no longer have confidence that these countries are going to be able to repay their debts.
So, as a result, their government bonds have been dropping in price as the global markets are selling them. Segue that in every European bank has reserve requirements they must maintain. If these requirements are here, and all these banks own government bonds of the countries I just mentioned as the prices of those bonds fall, the reserves and the banks fall. It forces bailouts. So the real reason the market sell off, there is a fear there will be a freeze up in the banking system as a result of these reserve, because they're going to run out of bail out money.
MARCIANO: Then, what, run to the banks? So, you and me, or whoever is over in Europe is going to run to the banks and say, give me all my money back? Is that possible?
MCLARTY: I think the big question is, nobody really knows. That anxiety and that uncertainty is what causes fear and sell-offs in the marketplace.
MARCIANO: OK. So, what can we do, for the longest time this seemed to work, buy gold, you did all right. But even the precious metals have sold off. What do you do to help your portfolio out here?
MCLARTY: Yes. You know, the silver lining here is that the corporate earnings of the largest U.S. companies have been very strong. Just six weeks ago, almost every company reported had strong earnings.
And, you know, I have been advising clients for 22 years on the markets and looking at the situation with 9/11, dot-com bubble, and the mortgage meltdown in '08 and other banking crisis and currency crisis. And the bottom line is, every one of those situations at the end of the day when we got through it, strong companies with strong earnings came out winners.
So, I think there is a few key fundamentals that every investor should be looking at right now. The first one I mentioned a few weeks ago when I was on is cash flow. So, investing in companies that have strong cash flow, investing bonds that are strong.
MARCIANO: Give me a name of a company that is strong in cash flow. I mean, Apple --
MCLARTY: Yes, but Apple, we focus more on high dividend payers, like McDonald's, Johnson & Johnson, Exxon-Mobil, so forth. These types of companies are going to grow their revenues over time. They're going to grow their dividends and they lower the volatility of the portfolio.
Another thing investors need to focus on, probably the most important to understand what it is they are investing in. I can't tell you the number of times I had new client come in and bring me brokerage statements with an investments that's down 50 percent, 70 percent, 100 percent because they didn't understand what they were investing in. And many times, the advisor that sold it to them didn't understand what they were selling to them.
So understanding what you invest in, stay away from enter national markets, they're going to be punished most right now because of Europe. Don't try to time the market. When it's selling off you feel like wanting to sell, when the market is going up, you feel like wanting to buy. But letting feelings run a portfolio is a no-lose proposition.
MARCIANO: You feel like a hero when you pick that bond. MCLARTY: Yes, absolutely.
MARCIANO: Great advice, Hank McLarty, good advice on tumultuous times.
MCLARTY: Thanks for having me.
MARCIANO: All right. Well, latest news on the car industry also suggests the U.S. economy is not recovering as fast as previously thought. May car sales were up 26 percent from a year ago to nearly 14 million units. But that missed forecasts. And as we just found out, it's all about expectations.
All right. This story a man helps saved his family from a raging house fire. Amazing thing is he has no arms and only one leg. His incredible story of heroism and self sacrifice is coming up.
MARCIANO: Checking stories happening across the country right now.
An 11-year-old boy who attended President Obama's rally in Minnesota on a school day was shocked when the president offered to write him an excused absence note.
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TYLER SULLIVAN, 11-YEAR-OLD STUDENT: Really? He will write me an excuse note? Mr. Ackerman, please excuse Tyler, he was with me, Barack Obama.
Then I kind of want to brag at school and tell them, look at what I got!
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MARCIANO: Oh, yes, you have a right to brag.
Tyler Sullivan was in the front row in the VIP area, so also got to shake the president's hand. He says he was already excused from class though.
And in California, a little league concession stand was victim of a snack attacks of sorts. Police say three adults and a teenage girl raided the stands and left a trail of chips, cookies and candy behind. The trail led to a house a few blocks away. The police found the snack bar's register in the home. The suspects were arrested accused of burglary.
And a dad born with no hands and only one leg helped his family escape a fire that destroyed their home in Arizona. Now, Boyd Smith is fighting for his life. He's in the hospital, with burns on 90 percent of his body. He's the one who woke up everyone in the house, helped them escaped and saved the horses and the family dog.
When he went back in the house for one last check, he got stuck inside. His stepdaughter eventually pulled him out.
Coming up this morning, in the 10:00 a.m. Eastern hour, his stepdaughter and doctor join us about the rescue and his fight for his life.
Well, chaos breaks out in the courtroom as Egypt's Hosni Mubarak is convicted in the killing of protesters. We'll bring you the latest from Cairo, coming up.
MARCIANO: Twenty-six minutes after the hour. Welcome back. I'm Rob Marciano. Thanks for starting your day with us.
Incredible events in Egypt -- convicted former President Hosni Mubarak has been refusing to get off the military helicopter that flew him to a maximum security prison. Government officials say he will have to go in.
Earlier today, an Egyptian courtroom sentenced the man who once ruled the country with an iron fist to life behind bars. His crime? Ordering troops to shoot and kill unarmed Arab Spring protesters.
Chaos broke out in the courtroom. Family members of the slain protesters are furious that Mr. Mubarak escaped the death penalty and they're also furious that the former president's two sons and some of his former top aides were acquitted.
Back in the States, George Zimmerman is headed back to jail maybe as early as today. He's been free on bail for weeks now after pleading guilty -- or not guilty, excuse me, to murdering Trayvon Martin. A Florida circuit judge says Zimmerman and his wife misled the court about their finances when the bail was set in April.
The economy now -- investors didn't take too kindly to the new jobs report. U.S. stocks took a beating yesterday. With Dow plunging 275 points, erased all the gains for the year. Employers added 69,000 jobs in May, less than half of what analysts expected.
For the first time in a year, unemployment edged higher now standing at 8.2 percent.
Well, it's an important day for the Susan G. Komen Foundation. The organization holds its first global race since a controversial decision to strip Planned Parenthood of funding earlier this year.
Athena Jones is in Washington, at the site of the today's events.
Athena, the Komen Foundation reversed that decision. But how is that controversy actually impacted attendance there?
ATHENA JONES, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Well, you know we've spoken to organizers here, and they expect 26,000, 27,000 people to take part in this race, men, women and children today. Now, that's down about 10,000 people from a year ago, but, of course, fundraising goes on beyond today. As you mentioned, this is the first race since that controversy earlier this year.
We'll talk about the Komen Foundation, they invested more than $1.9 billion since the founding in 1982 in fighting breast cancer. These races here and around the country are an important part of the fundraising. We've spoken to affiliates about race participation, they've said some numbers are down, but it's hard to say what the ultimate numbers will be in terms of the affecting fundraising.
But we're here with actress Gabrielle Union, who is a Komen Race for the Cure global ambassador to talk about the importance of the foundation and work it does.
Now, as a Komen Foundational global ambassador, you have been very involved in the organization over the years. You've taken part in several races for the cure. Talk about how important the work of the foundation is.
GABRIELLE UNION, ACTRESS: You know, I've done races in Ghana and I've done races in New York and here in D.C., and the need for information, the need for accessible, affordable health care is the same.
You know, we like to think here in the United States we have risen above it somehow, but we have the same needs as the women in Ghana -- access to the information, access to affordable health care. And Susan G. Komen for the Cure absolutely provides that.
And here in the D.C., where the need is do dire, that African-American women in this community have the highest mortality rate in the nation. And the good thing about these races, the money stays local. Seventy- five percent of the money today will stay local and to fight the beast that is breast cancer that is taking so many lives here in D.C.
ATHENA JONES, CNN CORRESPONDENT: You've experienced personal loss through breast cancer. You wrote about the loss of a friend, an op-ed, for the "Philadelphia Inquirer."
Talk about how that inspired you and taught you something really.
UNION: You know, it absolutely gutted me to be honest. You know, when you're on the ground falling your face-off and the last words of your friend were "don't stop," you know, you got to get back up and I realize I don't want to see any more Christine Martinez(ph). Women do not have to die. Early detection is the key and I will scream it from the top of my lungs until the day I die.
I'm just happy to be here with so many pink shirts that represents all the survivors. And my goal is to see, you know, ideally a cure. But definitely to increase the number of pink shirts, the number of survivors, and my loss -- two years ago, June 16th, Christine Martinez passed away, I refuse to have her death be in vain.
JONES: And one more question. When we talk about how much money this foundation of the last 30 years has invested, not just here but all over the world, largest grassroots organization of survivors and activists -- I know you're aware of the controversial decision to defund Planned Parenthood. They quickly reversed that decision. But we have seen affiliates reporting numbers down in Minnesota. Here, we've seen potential drop in the number of people taking part.
How concerned are you about how that could affect the amount of money raised and what it could mean for the people on the ground, the people who need, getting those preventative care and those screenings?
UNION: The beautiful thing about both organizations, Planned Parenthood, which I'm also a spokesperson for, and I got involved in Planned Parenthood through their involvement with Susan G. Komen, and their absolute commitment to getting women, you know, access to affordable health care. Their goals are the same, helping women.
So hopefully as long as people learn the facts and stay on point and just know they are both committed to the exact same thing, saving lives and offering affordable access to preventive care and affordable health care for all women.
So, ideally, that is the goal and I hope that fact rings the loudest and people stay focused.
JONES: Well, thank you so much for joining us.
Rob, back to you.
ROB MARCIANO, CNN ANCHOR: Athena Jones, live for us in Washington, it looks like a great day for a race. Better weather than yesterday, for sure.
All right. It's an event 60 years in the making. The diamond jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II. And after a lot of anticipation, four days of celebrations kick off today.
Officials completing the final rehearsals for events including 1,000- boat flotilla down the River Thames, royal carriage procession through London and star-studded concert featuring Sir Paul McCartney and Elton John among others.
Our Max Foster is live for us in London this morning to give us the play-by-play.
Day one of the big celebration -- Max, what's the vibe like?
MAX FOSTER, CNN ROYAL CORRESPONDENT: I have to say, anybody's a party atmosphere, their Union flags all over the city, all over the country. Street parties taking place today for example, a lot of the schools have been really involved in this.
But it's interesting seeing how things are unfolding, by Tower Bridge, a lot of the boats involved in the pageant have been going that way getting in their positions, and you've seen the bridge raised a come times, spectacular scenes on their own.
But a bit later on this afternoon, we're going to have a 62-gun salute, all the cannons firing from the tower of London behind me, and that's going to really set things off. And the queen has just arrived at the races. She loves going to the races, that's how she wanted to start the occasion, and that's her first formal occasion of the weekend.
So, it has started, Rob, bit the big party starts tomorrow.
MARCIANO: -- ponies, I like her more every day as he gets older.
Max, you know, a big year for the royals. You've got a wedding, now this, a bit of resurgency of the monarchy, do you say?
FOSTER: Absolutely. The polls, there have been a whole series of polls ahead of this jubilee, and they show that the monarchy is more popular than ever before. Certainly, that's got a lot to do with the royal wedding, I think. That was a big success, and a lot of people got re- involved in the royal family after that.
And since then, Kate, William, Harry, they have done well in public engagements. So, they become more popular. But this weekend is really about the queen. Although you'll see Kate, William and Harry the whole time throughout this. So, she's really bringing them in. She's been on the thrown for 60 years, some suggestions that she's now trying to bring on the younger generations more and more. But you're going to see a lot of them.
You're also going to see Pippa Middleton. I'd keep getting ask about Pippa Middleton. But the Middletons are going to have their boat right by the royal barge. She's going to be at the concert as well on Monday.
Stevie Wonder performing in that as well. So, big American stuff of U.S. audience.
MARCIANO: All right. A lot going on. It's exciting to have the coverage. Max Foster, just one of our big players over there bringing it to is live -- thanks, Max.
And tomorrow, join our Brooke Baldwin and Piers Morgan live for royal extravaganza. Our coverage in the diamond jubilee begins at 11:00 a.m. Eastern Time, right here on CNN.
Well, word of warning to inmates at Clark County detention center. If there's any prisoner you don't want to mess with, it's Floyd Mayweather.
And there are a lot of ways to judge a football coach, but how hot is his wife? That is one of them? The new one, we'll talk about it.
MARCIANO: Well, a lot of New York Mets fans thought this day would never come. After 50 years of baseball, a pitcher from the metropolitans has thrown a no-hitter. And there is much joy, that's for sure. Reynolds Wolf, multi-talented. He's out there with the Air Force squadrons, getting dirty in the mud. You're out there watching weather. Now, we'll talking sports. Two guys talking sports.
REYNOLDS WOLF, AMS METEOROLOGIST: Absolutely.
MARCIANO: You know, honestly, I didn't realize that the Mets didn't have a no-hitter. You know, being Yankee fan --
WOLF: Absolutely. It was a big deal for the Mets. I mean, my gosh, they are one game out of first place, amazing thing. Video incredible, a no-no by Johan Santana, not the singer Santana, but a different tune. Hard to believe, it was not a perfect game but it was a no- hitter.
Again, it did take them long enough, but got to be happy for Mets fans, bodes well for the future. Happy crowd to say the least at Shea Stadium.
MARCIANO: You know what's going on with Floyd Mayweather, he has been thrown in jail? Is that the story?
WOLF: You know what? I've heard little bits and pieces --
MARCIANO: He's got to go to jail, it looks like, for 87 days, serving a sentence got a little bit handsy with his ex-girlfriend. You know, rough enough in prison can you imagine having to be a cell mate to old Floyd?
WOLF: I don't want to imagine that. I don't want to think about. That it's spooky to contemplate to say the very least. Absolutely.
MARCIANO: Being a football coach, at the higher levels they get paid, they have a right to pick and choose assistants and for their staff, at the football -- at college and pro level, the staff is everything. So, these guys have to be very, very diligent who they pick. They have to vet every candidate.
This particular coach, he says he wants to know how hot your wife is. It's Vanderbilt's head coach there and he is recruiting assistant coaches, depending how hot their wife is. Now, your wife, if I may say, very attractive.
WOLF: You're a bold guy for saying that. But, you know, if you find out the reasoning behind it, the reason why he said that he thinks if he hires a coach that has a wife, this is his belief, that appears very attractive, it shows a bit of self confidence in the coach himself, especially the coach, this is a coach, a great looking guy, he had the confidence to approach a very attractive lady and ask them for marriage.
The reason why he says it's important because we have the same coaching for prospects. You have to have the powers of persuasion, so, you can se it might be kind of important.
MARCIANO: You sold stuff in your time, haven't you? That is a great -- WOLF: I try.
MARCIANO: You know, it doesn't make sense. If I could be objective about that, it certainly makes sense. For two guys who married up, maybe we would qualify.
MARCIANO: Fun video, the obligatory rodent running across the ball field. Dodgers/Rockies, squirrel delayed the game in the sixth inning.
WOLF: Did he come in from the bullpen?
MARCIANO: He's ready for the seventh inning stretch. I'm not sure. But he looks well-fed. Most of the squirrels that are hanging out at parks --
WOLF: I wonder what people across America are thinking when they see this. They see this squirrel. Some say he's cute, he's adorable. Where I'm from back in Alabama, people call that one entirely different, they call that dinner. Yes, that's right.
MARCIANO: With a bow and arrow or pellet gun?
WOLF: Oh my gosh, some of my friends basically on foot, tackle the thing. But amazing to see.
It's funny, you know, baseball, there are so many things to enjoy. You have the interaction between the pitcher and catcher. You've got the interaction between the dugout and guy at the plate. And now, you've got have a squirrel for good measure. Maybe it's something we need to have, more squirrels in baseball games.
MARCIANO: Yes, definitely, good luck measure.
This one off the radar. I think it's next week, Belmont Stakes, "I'll Have Another" has a shot at the Triple Crown.
WOLF: This is going to be big. It will be first time in -- was it affirmed that didn't won the Triple Crown, I believe?
WOLF: Wow, it could be interesting.
MARCIANO: The queen likes to bet the ponies, maybe we should ask her what she likes.
WOLF: Any time she says anything it's interesting, she has the best voice. No question.
MARCIANO: Thanks, Reynolds.
WOLF: You bet, guy.
MARCIANO: All right. Not many 11 years olds need a presidential pardon but a handwritten note might come in handy for Tyler Sullivan, we'll explain.
MARCIANO: Well, no one was happy about Friday's jobs report, especially in Chicago, at President Obama's campaign headquarters. The miserable numbers are making their sales job even harder.
Paul Steinhauser explains why.
PAUL STEINHAUSER, CNN POLITICAL EDITOR: Hey, good morning, Rob. It's arguably the single most important economic number in politics, and Mitt Romney was quick to react to the disappointing may unemployment report.
MITT ROMNEY (R), PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE: The president's policies and his handling of the economy has been dealt a harsh indictment.
STEINHAUSER: The president's challenger said he can do a better job on jobs than Mr. Obama who acknowledged he still faces stiff economic headwinds.
BARACK OBAMA, PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES: We're still fighting our way back from the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression. The economy is growing again, but it's not growing as fast as we want to it grow.
STEINHAUSER: So what do you think?
ROMNEY: Jobs are job one for the presidency.
STEINHAUSER: And Americans agree. Jobs and the economy remain the top issue on their minds. Fifty-two percent of people questioned in our new CNN/ORC poll, saying the economy is the most important problem facing the country. Far ahead of everything else.
And they are divided which candidate will better jump start the economy. 31 percent say things will get better if Romney wins in November and 28 percent say the economy will improve if the president is reelected. All of that leads to basically a tie right now in the race for the White House. Forty-nine of registered voters say they back the president, 46 percent say they support Romney.
With just over five months to go until Election Day, keep your eyes on the unemployment level -- Rob.
MARCIANO: All right. Thanks, Paul.
Well, you know, no one polls 11-year-olds, but if they did, the president might be doing pretty well after Friday. Eleven-year-old Taylor Sullivan was in the front row at a rally in Minnesota when he met the president, Mr. Obama offered to health him out with his absence from school.
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TYLER SULLIVAN, EXCUSED FROM SCHOOL BY PRESIDENT: Really? He will really write me an excuse note? Mr. Ackerman, please excuse Tyler, he was with me, Barack Obama. Then I kind of want to brag at school and tell them look at what I got.
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MARCIANO: Kid, it does in the mean you should skip school, OK? Not everyone gets a note from the president.
The note makes it a pretty souvenir for Tyler. Too bad for the president, Tyler won't be voting until 2020.
Well, TLC has a new spin off show out of "Toddlers and Tiaras," you know that one. Normally, not newsworthy. But this show is about honey boo-boo. I can't explain just yet. You just kind of have to watch.
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UNIDENTIFIED GIRL: I want to win money! A dollar makes me holler, honey boo-boo.
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MARCIANO: A girl who brought an uproar after it was revealed her mom would feed her a mixture of energy drink and soda, I can tell you, you know what that -- Bill Santiago, he's got a lot to say about this and some other stuff. There he is.
We're going to talk to Bill coming up after the break. Stay with us.
MARCIANO: New York's Mayor Michael Bloomberg says he wants the New Yorkers to live a little longer healthier. That is why he wants to ban super sized sugary drinks in the city.
Let's bring in the comedian who wants to talk to us about it. He's a "Huffington Post" blogger. He's Bill Santiago.
Good morning, Bill.
You know, I couldn't believe this when this was suggested. Basically 16 ounce drinks that are sugary will be banned in every store or at least in restaurants. What do you think about that?
BILL SANTIAGO, COMEDIAN: You know, Bloomberg is out of control. You know, first, he tries to take away all our guns so we will be powerless to stop him from taking away our soda, this is the beginning. Once he gets the soda, he's coming after our pants. The man has to be stopped!
And the next day, yesterday he comes out in favor, he's celebrating National Donut Day. I guess it sounds contradictory. But you can't tick off the cops because who would enforce the soda ban.
I'm in favor of the soda ban, could make the city more interesting, has been a while could get New York City's mojo back after all that (INAUDIBLE). It goes all the way, and we get prohibition ushers in organized crime, the city is going to be a lot more fun.
I'm looking forward to more fun. I'm looking forward to finding out who the next Al Capone of Frisco will be. Open up all sorts of pop. There's fortunes to be made with medicinal mountain dew. I think it's a stimulus package.
MARCIANO: So, you're predicting organized crime is going to take hold?
SANTIAGO: Absolutely. They'll be busting all sorts of illegal distilleries. It's going to be fun times.
MARCIANO: Well, you know who also may be against it or this may be a reason to ban it, you know that kid in TLC's toddlers and tiaras, all hopped up on Mountain Dew and maybe Red Bull, too. Watch this clip. I'm sure you've seep it.
SANTIAGO: Oh, yes, I have.
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UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: A lot of pageant moms and people know what the special juice is. The special juice is to help energize her. A lot of moms, so, you're doping up your child. Well, hey, I'm not. I'm not hurting her.
UNIDENTIFIED GIRL: My special juice is going to help me win.
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SANTIAGO: Oh, my God. There it is. There it is. We are going out in a trailer trash tiara tot tailspin. That's the final note of our civilization.
MARCIANO: She is about to get her own show.
SANTIAGO: I know. I look at this, inbred Shirley Temple. I think we should be calling Child Protective Services. They are hopped up on -- any responsible parent would be trying to sedate this child with a mega dose of Ritalin and they're trying to get her more psyched up for her pageant. She is getting her own show. It's unbelievable.
On the other hand, I am glad that we have these sorts of reality shows, you know, so we can document how the end of civilization is being accelerated by these very reality shows. That go-go juice is a mixture of Mountain Dew and Red Bull.
You know, she's 6 years old. How long before she develops a tolerance? What's next? What do you think is next? She has meth addict written all over her pudgy little face. You can se the future, and we're documenting it on TV. It's pathetic. MARCIANO: Yes, her teeth do look a little bit clear already. You're right about that. Switching gears, I'm reading this thing, "Travel & Leisure" comes out with different rankings of cities and they released the worst dressed people's list. In the top 10 there is Anchorage, Alaska, it's the worst dressed for people.
Now, you know, I've been to Anchorage, it's a beautiful place. There's a lot of dudes there. Maybe that's why. You don't have as many women there to spruce things up.
SANTIAGO: I don't know if that has anything to do with it. It's an entirely different set of priorities. You're out there in Alaska, in Anchorage, you know? When you're being chased down by a polar bear, I think the last concern on your mind is accessorizing.
MARCIANO: Oh, come on. It's more metropolitan than that.
SANTIAGO: It's about survival up there. Come on, what about the elements? I mean, there's frostbite. They have all that -- it's a problem.
And that's not the only ridiculous city on the list. I mean, you have Salt Lake City, also a worst dressed. I think it's a faith-based fashion problem.
The magic underwear, I'm sure, is giving a lot of people a bulgy look. Never very form fitting when you have those kinds of undergarments to deal with.
Orlando, half the people in Orlando, they're dressed in some sort of Disney uniform.
Or you have the people from the other worst people in the cities descending on the city and putting on the mouse ears. I mean, they should get a pass.
MARCIANO: This is all funny stuff, and I'm glad it's not coming out of my mouth as a full-time weather man.
SANTIAGO: That's my job. Every Saturday.
MARCIANO: Thank goodness you're here to say the things that none of us can say -- all for fun, by the way. Nobody take offense.
Thanks, Bill. We'll check back with you next week. Good to see you.
SANTIAGO: See you next week.
MARCIANO: All right. For some police officers in Wisconsin, it wasn't exactly the typical traffic stop. This dashboard cam shows you just what they saw. A DWI on a lawn mower.
MARCIANO: OK. Truck crashes bar, car cuts house, road rage meets taco (INAUDIBLE). And a lawn mower operator gets pulled over for driving drunk.
CNN's Jeanne Moos reports.
JEANNE MOOS, CNN NATIONAL CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): He sure wasn't mowing a lawn, but at least he didn't mow down any pedestrians as he waved at the officer in not so hot pursuit behind him.
KYLE HENNING, POLICE OFFICER: I hit my siren a few times to try to get his attention and he just kept saying, go around, go around.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: (INAUDIBLE) traffic with a lawn mower.
MOOS: The officer pulled him over into a parking lot in Jackson, Wisconsin, where a curb stopped him.
OFFICER: Charles, how much did you have to drink tonight?
DRIVER: One beer.
OFFICER: Just one beer?
DRIVER: One beer.
MOOS: Sixty-nine-year-old Charles Gray (ph) wasn't happy about having to take sobriety tests. Turns out, he had three previous drunk driving arrests in cars. When he took the breathalyzer --
OFFICER: And blow.
MOOS: -- it resulted in his first arrest for DUI on a lawn mower.
OFFICER: You had more than one beer. You have 219.
DRIVER: No, I had one beer.
OFFICER: You're over double.
MOOS (on camera): It has been a weird week for vehicles ending up in places they shouldn't be.
(voice-over): In a place called Little Canada, Minnesota, customers at this bar were shooting the breeze; watch the woman on the end take a last sip and then boom. Police say the 51-year-old woman who drove her truck into the bar likely had a diabetic condition.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: It happened like that. You didn't have time to react.
MOOS: Pat Sazenski was the bartender. He just barely got out of the way in time. Three people were pinned. A total of six went to the hospital.
But no one died. The impact left this customer dazed -- and watch the woman who had been beside him get up and lift debris out of the way.
In Huntington, Long Island, this week, a 21-year-old accused of being drunk drove a red Mercedes through a house ending up in the backyard. The homeowners weren't hurt. "The New York Daily News" dubbed it a drive-thru.
(on camera): And speaking of drive-thrus, how about the guy who police say went loco over a taco after a beef about too little beef or maybe it was chicken.
(voice-over): Twenty-three-year-old Michael Smith picked up his food at the Taco Bell drive-through in a suburb of Dayton, Ohio, but police say he came back to the restaurant saying he was short a taco. Words were exchanged --
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: And he was just very sarcastic and rude.
MOOS: He then drove through the front entrance. Police followed a trail of fluid from his truck and arrested him at home. When they say take out, they don't mean take out the entrance.
MOOS: Jeanne Moos, CNN, New York.