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Michael Phelps Misses Gold in the Olympics; Suspect in Spreading Hepatitis C Captured; Photographer Gives Tribute to Nannies; Senator Landrieu Started a Foster Child Intern Program in Congress
Aired July 28, 2012 - 15:00 ET
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FREDRICKA WHITFIELD, CNN HOST: Hello again. I'm Fredricka Whitfield.
A warning to former hospital patients in eight states, you could be infected with Hepatitis C. Police say a lab technician may have spread Hepatitis C to hundreds. Now, health officials are trying to track down patients he came in contact with.
Senior medical correspondent Elizabeth Cohen has more.
ELIZABETH COHEN, CNN SENIOR MEDICAL CORRESPONDENT: Fred, federal officials say, David Kwiatkowski took powerful narcotics meant for patients and used them on himself and gave those patients syringes infected with Hepatitis C. Authorities believe he infected 30 people with Hepatitis C at Exeter hospital in New Hampshire in 2012.
Now, we've learned that in 2010, Kwiatkowski surrendered his license in Arizona as a radiologic tech. Now, that's when the licensing board started investigating him after an incident in a hospital in Arizona. They interviewed an employee who worked with Kwiatkowski and here's what that employee had to say.
The employee told the licensing board, "I looked in and found Dave lying on his back in the bathroom stall. I looked in the toilet and spotted a 5 cc syringe and needle floating in the water. The label was blue Fentanyl label. He then said, expletive, I'm going to jail." Fentanyl was a powerful narcotic often used to hospitals.
Now, while this Arizona board was investigating Kwiatkowski, Kwiatkowski voluntarily surrendered his license and he wrote a letter to the board saying, and I quote, "I, David Kwiatkowski, is surrendering my Arizona license at will because I don't have the resources or money to fight the accusations and willing to wait to be eligible for reinstated in through three years."
Now, later that very same month, Kwiatkowski went on to work in hospitals in Philadelphia, Kansas, Georgia, and then New Hampshire. An expert so-called drug diversion says it's all too common that a health professional will be investigated in one state and then leave to go work in another state.
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JOHN BURKE, PRESIDENT, NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF DRUG DIVERSION INVESTIGATION: It's a very big problem and it's a problem that's nothing new. It's been going on for some time. It is much worse than we probably know.
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COHEN: Fred, we reached out to Kwiatkowski's lawyer and he had no comment. Kwiatkowski is now in jail in New Hampshire and on Tuesday he waved his right to a federal detention hearing -- Fred.
All right, thanks so much, Elizabeth. Appreciate that.
WHITFIELD: All right, new evidence surfacing in the Colorado movie theater massacre. The suspect, James Holmes, was being treated by a psychiatrist at the University of Colorado before the shooting that took 12 lives and injured dozens more.
There are also reports that Holmes sent the psychiatrist a notebook that may contain possible damning evidence. Next hour we'll talk with the head of the medical ethics division at New York University about what a doctor can and cannot legally do in cases like this or potentially report to authorities even.
And now to the victims of that rampage, services today for three of the 12 people killed in that crowded movie theater just over a week ago, the victims include naval petty officer John Larimer from Illinois, Matt McQuinn from Ohio who died saving his girlfriend from gunfire, and an aspiring sports reporter Jessica Ghawi from Texas. Powerful words from Ghawi's brother during her service in San Antonio today.
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JORDAN GHAWI, BROTHER OF SHOOTING VICTIM JESSICA GHAWI: I just wanted to leave with you two things. One is, if this coward could is done this with this much hate, imagine what we can do with this much love. And the other thing is if you're putting your dreams on hold, you stop that right now. You chase those dreams. You don't know how long you have here.
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WHITFIELD: All three of the victims memorialized today were in their 20s.
And tonight at 8:00 p.m. Eastern, CNN's Don Lemon host as Special Report, Madness at Midnight, the search for answers in Aurora.
All right, now to travels overseas for Mitt Romney, he just landed in Tel Aviv after taking a charter flight from England. The Republican presidential candidate is hoping to redeem himself after some rather embarrassing gaffes in London. The British media had a field day after Romney appeared to question whether they were ready to host the games. They even dubbed him Mitt the twit.
And now to a remembrance of 9/11. On that day, 40 passengers and crew members of flight 93 died when their hijacked plane crashed in Somerset County, Pennsylvania. Well today, the Navy Christened a ship named in honor of the heroes who died on that flight in a ship yard in afternoon dale, a suburb of New Orleans, family members of those killed gathered. A bottle of sparkling wine was smashed against its hull.
And explosions shatter buildings. You hear from a woman in Syria's largest city coming under heavy attack today.
WHITFIELD: We have been talking about a lot of violence spilling in to the Syrian capital of Damascus. But now, it is also happening in the city of Aleppo, home for 2.5 million people. It's the city - it's Syria's rather largest city. It is also now the scene of fierce fighting as rebel battled government respects forces for control. Opposition activist say at least 100 have died just today.
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DEAMA, SYRIAN REBEL ACTIVIST: The bombing started from three to four days before. And there have some neighborhoods in the city at the north side and some neighborhoods at the west side still more safe than other neighborhoods.
These people, it they have no place to go. Because some of them, they came to (INAUDIBLE). As you know the situation in Homs is not good, not safe. They came through Aleppo from one to two months before and now they can't go back to their homes and now they either migrated again in (INAUDIBLE) from neighborhood to more safe neighborhood.
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WHITFIELD: So, I spoke to Daema just a short while ago. She is an activist there in Aleppo and we're not using her name because she wants to refrain from that for her own safety.
Meantime, I'm joined right now by Jonathan Mann of CNN International.
So, let's talk about all that's taking place. Aleppo is a very important commercial city, the largest in Syria, which is interesting because most people think Damascus and now it is under siege. But rebels seem to have the advantage, don't they?
JONATHAN MANN, ANCHOR, CNN INTERNATIONAL: This has been something we've been waiting for, something western governments have been fearing, even Washington saying there could be massacre ahead when the battle of Aleppo gets underway. Imagine it's almost as if the United States decided to attack New York City.
This is Syria attacking its biggest city, its commercial center. And the question now is in this, what's unfolding? Is this the decisive battle? The rebels tried to get Damascus, they were pushed off. They are trying to hold them into Aleppo. Thousands of men have been infiltrating in, but government forces meantime sending tanks, helicopters, fix flying aircraft to attack Aleppo. And this is a completely one-sided battle that could get very, very bad.
Once again, the United States friend all are saying, this is could a massacre.
WHITFIELD: So the regime or the government, you know, pulling out all the stops using aerial arsenal, ground forces, all that excerptors. But is there any indication that they are weakening in any way?
MANN: The short answer is no. Syria is not a super power and what we've seen is when they're trying to put down their rebellion, they go to one place and mass all their forces there. And they don't have enough men and materials to be everywhere once. So, it is a bit like whackomolo (ph), they are whacking Aleppo now. They are not likely to run out of material there.
The question is how much can the rebels do. As we heard Deama earlier, the government has cut off the city, surrounded the city, and there are citizens, civilians who can't get bread, who can't get gasoline. The government is punishing the citizens along with the soldiers. And the rebels seem determined to fight it out turned their version of New York City into a battle ground.
WHITFIELD: Wow. And still no indications, really no I guess real clarity on an end in sight.
MANN: In fact none. And this is the stunning thing. I think, you know to be honest, as cruel and as ruthless as this will as this war has been up until now, it is mystifying to me why the rebels would try will this inside a crowded urban area. I mean, if you're trying to be a force for good, do you really want to draw civilians into this kind of bloodshed?
Nothing outside the world is stopping it, weapons are coming in. The Syrians are reasonably well supplied by Russia going back decades. The rebels are being supplied by Turkey, by Saudi Arabia. It's an open secret that weapons and money are being smuggled in.
Diplomatic efforts are nowhere. The people with guns are determined to keep fighting and no matter where you are in the world, when the men with guns want to fight, no one can stop them.
WHITFIELD: So the resources are endless. Something else will have to intervene in which to stop.
MANN: Or the rebels will run out of -- the government is well supplied. The rebels could conceivably run out of men or material. But they are still being supplied and the whole country is being boiled like caldron, while these two forces fighting in.
WHITFIELD: Wow, incredible stuff. All right, Jonathan Mann, thanks so much. And you just been heard it, I mean, here we are at 16 months in and every day, the numbers are sizable of 50, it's 25, it's today, 100.
MANN: And it could get a whole lot worse in the next 72 hours. If this is the battle of Aleppo, this is a city of three million to four million people the bloodshed could be in-calculable.
WHITFIELD: My goodness. All right Jonathan, thank you so much. Appreciate it.
All right this, an Olympic shocker, particularly for Michael Phelps and his fans. We'll be going to London live to update you.
And if you do have to go out today, just a reminder, you can continue watching CNN there your mobile phone. You can also CNN live from your desktop. Just go to CNN.com/TV.
WHITFIELD: A pretty stunning defeat for one of the most decorated Olympians today, Michael Phelps in the 400-meter individual medley, a rather surprising outcome for Michael Phelps' fan.
Our Pedro Pinto is live in London. But, you know Pedro, this is exactly what the Olympic games are all about. You never know. They're full of surprises. You can't presume you know what the outcome will be.
PEDRO PINTO, CNN CORRESPONDENT: You're absolutely right, Fred. And this is a major story because not only did Phelps fail to win the gold, he missed out a medal all together. So Ryan Lochte pretty much took Michael back to school and he taught him a lesson here. He told Michael Phelps in the pool that he's got to step up his game if he's going to have a chance of picking up some titles here in London over the next ten days. He was like dynamite out there in the aquatic center. He led from start to pin finish. He was on world record phase for about 75 percent of the race. And Phelps was fourth. You have Thiago Periera from Brazil got the silver, and Kosuke Hagino from Japan with the bronze. And it's a case now of Michael going back to the drawing board picking up the pieces and trying to figure out what went wrong in the pool just about half an hour ago.
WHITFIELD: And I wonder for Michael Phelps who, you know, has quite the litany of races that he is going to be involved in, if he would be reflecting on the what went wrong or if it's a matter of focusing on, OK, the next race.
PINTO: Exactly. I think you forget about what happened. It's kind of like when you play golf, you know. If you have a bad hole, you forget about it, you move on. And that's what he has do in the pool.
Up next, he has to focus on his next goal getting back in there and going for a medal. He needs to get at least on the podium in the next event he's in, in order to raise his confidence.
Now when we spoke earlier, Fred, before this race, and we talked about the fact that he just squeezed into the final. He had the eight fastest time, was he saving energy, was he actually struggling. Well, the answer is he just wasn't fast enough. So was just the medley, is he going to be faster in other disciplines? Michael Phelps is Michael Phelps and he is going to come out and compete. There is no doubt about it. But right now, he's not looking like the fastest guy in the water. WHITFIELD: And so, describe this rivalry. I mean, is it a kind of a friendly rivalry? You've heard in some circles that they're really are good friends, Phelps and Lochte. And then another is, you know, heard that they motivate one another in kind of a more competitive way. So can you have both? Which is it?
PINTO: Well, I can tell you that when you spend as much time as they do together in the kind of competitive environment, I'm sure they have good days and bad days. Right now, I think if you ask Michael Phelps if Ryan Lochte is his best friend, he is going to say no. He just beat me out there and made me look slow.
I think that they have mutual respect for each other. They have been speaking about that leading up for the games, leading up to their first day of action. And I think that they are decent friends. But, can you really that close to someone who you want to beat, I don't think so.
You know, I have spoken with Roger Federer about that and his relationship with Rafael Nadal and he said, we are close, but when we're in competition, I want to beat that guy more than anyone else. So I think it's tough to be great friends when you're out there going for gold.
WHITFIELD: Yes. I guess, another great example of that is hey, Serena and Venus. I mean, they're sister, but they say when they are against one another, they are competitors and the whole blood thing goes on the sidelines. So, I guess the same would apply for non-blood if you are, you know, between Phelps and Lochte.
All right, thanks so much.
WHITFIELD: All right, so one more time, Lochte winning his first gold and in the first race involving Michael Phelps. He does not medal at all. But there are more and the games are young.
All right meantime, first lady Michelle bap Obama is leading the White House delegation at the Olympics and she had front row seat for Serena Williams' victory at Wimbledon today. Mrs. Obama, sitting in the Williams family box for the match and she was seen chatting with Williams' sister who are sitting just behind there, Olympic gold medalist, Dominique Dawes. "Wall Street Journal" reporting that Williams gave the first lady a thumbs-up to say hello from the court and then met with Mrs. Obama after the victory.
All right, track and field or athletics is one of the most watched Olympic sporting events. And an Olympian, who won his first two gold medals in the 1948 Olympic Games, also happens to be my father.
Now, Whitfield, well he's now 87 years old. He's a bit fragile these days in a wheelchair, but nothing will stop him from heading to London tomorrow, 64 years after winning the 800 meters four about 400 relay and winning bronze in the 400 meters. But, you know what? He is not going to be alone. 1948 Olympian diver Sandy Lee, track and field Harrison Dillard and Herb Douglas will be there, as well. My brother, Alani and I will escort my dad who is very anxious to reunite with all of them. We call them the '48ers. They will all be making that journey across the pond to London and dad along with fellow Olympians from that historic games, are featured in "The New York Times" in a beautiful potential gallery. You've got to check it out. You can hear them in their own words, as well, at n nytimes.com. You hear their stories of inspirations, how they, now in their 80s and 90s, continue to keep that Olympic flame burning bright.
All right. They comfort crying kids. And sometimes they teach them how to read and how to write. I'm talking about nannies, not those Olympians I was just speaking of. But the nannies in many ways every single day are spreading cheer and love to a lot of these kids. They're almost like second mothers to many of them.
A family portrait, coming up.
WHITFIELD: In Syria today, government forces are laying siege to the city of Aleppo. Rebel activists say there was nonstop shelling in the city this morning and residents have been fleeing to safer neighborhoods. They also said at least 100 people have been killed in fighting around the country today.
All right, one of the upstate New York's most recognizable buildings has been reduced to rubble this morning.
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WHITFIELD: Intentionally, the 19 story building just outside Rochester was taken down. It was built back in 1973 and has been used as a nursing facility. But the small elevators made it too difficult for nursing staff to care for over 200 residents. So they decided to bring it down and then they'll start all over again.
All right, you may remember the story of an elderly school bus monitor taking shots, criticism, terrible licks from a group of middle school bullies. The video sparked outrage after going viral. Well now, we're happy to report that the woman, 68-year-old Karen Klein, is now retiring. Klein said she isn't quitting because of what happened, but simply in her view it it's just time to leave.
All right, they are the glue holding many professional families together. Yet many times they go either unnoticed or undervalued. I'm talking about nannies.
Lisa Sylvester finds out how they do it.
LISA SYLVESTER, CNN CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): They read to them. They play with them. They have a way of making everything better, in every way a loving mom, except they're not. ERICA, NANNY: My favorite is a lot of times people will tell me how much I look like the kids and I'll gee, well, that's on coincidence because I'm the nanny.
SYLVESTER: They are the nanny, the women behind many professional urban working parents, logging long hours, quietly working behind scenes helping raise other people's children.
Erica has been with her current family for 2 1/2 years in McClain, Virginia.
ERICA: One of our jokes is that there's the husband, and then there's the-- she's his wife, his contemporary, modern working woman, and then I'm her 1950s housewife, you know, who takes care of kids and dinner and runs them to, you know, last minute doctor's appointments.
SYLVESTER: But it's a job Erica says she loves. And so does Laurie Nalie.
LAURIE NALIE, NANNY: They make you happy and they make you laugh. Sometimes they give you a hard time, but then it's fun.
SYLVESTER: Lori Nelly is herself a single mother, originally from St. Lucia. When she's working for ten hours a day, it means she's away from her own child.
NALIE: Yes, I do, I do miss him a lot. I think about him and sometimes I call just to hear his voice.
SYLVESTER: She works for Justine Larson in Tacoma Park, Maryland.
JUSTINE LARSON, MOTHER: She's a really strong person. I don't know how she does it.
SYLVESTER: The point of stories of nannies and their private lives are the subject of a "New York Times" photo essay, pictures by Michele Asselin.
MICHELE ASSELIN, PHOTOGRAPHER: These women are a huge part in some cases 50 percent, 80 percent, 30 percent in raising the children that they take care of and they are really mother figures.
SYLVESTER: Asselin started the project after watching the relationship between her own child and a nanny.
ASSELIN: I watched my baby fall in love with another woman. And it was an incredibly powerful experience. It was unexpected and it was intense and it was complicated. It was also very beautiful.
SYLVESTER: This is Asselin's nanny, Lorena Martinez from Guatemala. She has been a nanny for 16 years.
LORENA MARTINEZ, NANNY: For me it's like my own child. It's like -- a feel, I can't explain.
SYLVESTER: There are estimated 1 million nannies in the U.S. So much is expected of them. But they often go unnoticed.
LARSON: A lot of nannies are, you know, immigrants, you know, and that don't have, you know, the same rights necessarily and access to the same kind of services. And I think that they don't get the credit they deserve at all.
ERICA: I definitely think that people tend to look down on nannies. I've had people say things where whatever they were saying I could tell that what they meant was, so what are you going to be when you grow up?
SYLVESTER: Nannies are e entrusted with their care of a parent's true treasure, their children. They are paid for the job they do. But for the good ones, there's no measure for the love they give.
WHITFIELD: Our Lisa Sylvester joining us now live from Washington.
So Lisa, a lot of families feel like they couldn't do without those nannies. They really are a piece -- a member of the family. But it's not necessarily a reflection of families that are wealthy, is it?
SYLVESTER: No, not necessarily. You know, this is one of those things where it's not just the affluent families that who can use nannies. And I can speak from personal experience, someone who has used a nanny and I have friends in the same situation. In fact, Justine Larson in the piece, she actually put her name on a list for a daycare when she was six weeks pregnant but she wasn't able get into a daycare, even after she have her baby. And that is the case and so, what happen is, many families then turn to nannies or nanny shares where you might have a family sharing the same nanny and splitting the cost. So it's becoming quite more common particularly in your urban cities for professional families to turn to nannies.
WHITFIELD: So you know, is there a push for certain states to adopt some type of legislation to ensure that, you know, nannies, you know, don't get short changed when it comes to benefits, you know health insurance, vacation time, you know being paid for sick day, et cetera is this because I know that can be a real problem, too, how many nannies feel in a short change.
SYLVESTER: Yes. This is a real issue. And you know, what you said at the beginning of our conversation is so true. Parents rely on these nannies. But it is a two-way exchange. And for the nannies, you know, they want to be treated fairly.
And so, what we are seeing in different cities, for instance in New York state, for example. They recently passed a domestic workers bill of right so that when things like overtime or sick time or when all these issues come up, that at least there is some mechanism for these issues to be resolved. And in Montgomery County, Maryland, they have passed a law a couple years ago where they now have families required to have contracts with their nannies spelling out again, this is what will happen in the event someone is sick, this is overtime rules, vacation and so forth. And so I think that will go a long way so that the nannies feel treated and they get the respect that they deserve.
WHITFIELD: All right, Lisa Sylvester from Washington. Thanks so much.
All right, if you're planning a trip this summer, there are new apps to help you get organized and find the best deals while on the road.
WHITFIELD: Extreme heat continues to cripple the crop industry throughout the nation. Just take a look at how badly corn production is getting hit. And according to statistics from the National Oceanic and Atmosphere administration, over 64 percent of the country is experiencing moderate or worse drought conditions. The effects of the heat will soon take its toll on our wallets, as well.
Emily Schmidt has details.
EMILY SCHMIDT, CNN CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): In a rural corner of Maryland, it is the right place, the wrong time, to live off the land.
TOMMY BOWLES, MARYLAND FARMER: Sunnyside road, yes, it's been sunny side too much this year.
SCHMIDT: Too much sun, too little rain for too long. Tommy Bowles' crops are the worse he has had an in more than 40 years of farming. You have seen anything worse than this?
BOWLES: I've never seen anything -- I heard them talk about I think it's 1948 or something like that.
SCHMIDT: His corn is drawn, shriveled and hurting.
BOWLES: It should be about a foot-long, something like it. And usually it's 42, 44 grains long and this one's eight grains long.
SCHMIDT: The damage stretches across the country. The U.S. department of agriculture estimates two-thirds of all crops are now affected by at least moderate drought.
When did it start looking bad?
BOWLES: It started here about actually by the third week of June.
SCHMIDT: Bowles has federal crop insurance, but at least he'll break even. So he won't hire the six extra workers he usually gets at harvest and they won't be the only ones paying the price.
RICKY VOLPE, USDA ECONOMIST RESEARCH SERVICES: Corn prices are fed all the way up to the supermarket.
SCHMIDT: USDA economist Ricky Volpe says the drought shouldn't cause historic levels of food inflation, but shoppers will see a price increase year. VOLPE: We expect to see poultry prices go up 3.5 to 4.5 percent, beef prices working in another 3.5 to 4.5 percent, pork prices we are looking at probably two to three percent.
SCHMIDT: In 2013, higher prices are expected to add another $3 to $4 to a $100 grocery bill. That's two years impact from what Tammy is seeing today.
BOWLES: Should be beans in this it area right here. You don't see anything.
SCHMIDT: Bowles said if there's no rain in two weeks, his beans will be worthless, with the next crop one year away.
BOWLES: It's in your blood. You like what do you and you can't wait to get up every morning and go do it, but it hurts right now. It hurts.
SCHMIDT: If Tommy Bowles had to guess, he would estimate an 80 percent crop loss this year. In fact, his only certainty is that if 6300 acres that he farm, these are the only 13 acres that are green. He irrigates them for a corn maze in the fall and as of right now, they are the only guaranteed crop that he'll have.
Emily Schmidt, CNN, Loveville, Maryland.
WHITFIELD: And Apple is very successful at selling their iphones and ipads. Well now, they may be venturing in to the social media world. "The New York Times" is reporting that the tech giant has recently been in talks to buy a chunk of twitter.
Our CNN Money tech expert Laurie Segall joining us now with more on this talk.
Hi, Laurie. All right, tell us about these talks. How serious are the talks?
LAURIE SEGALL, CNN MONEY TECH REPORTER: Well you know, first of all, it's speculation at this point and we can't confirm that they're actually are talks happening, but knowing Apple and knowing twitter, it's definitely on the table. I mean, twitter raised money last year at about $400 million last year. They have an $8 billion valuation, looking to go public in the next couple years.
So, you know, at the end of the day, they are going to be looking now for strategic investors. They no longer need investors to throw money at them. They are going to need investors that will be good for the future company. So, it's definitely a possibility that these talks could have been happening. And twitter and Apple have a good relationship so, we could see this happening.
WHITFIELD: OK. So, how would it help, both Apple and twitter, if they were to team up? SEGALL: Well, if you look at Apple, Apple does a lot of things right. They're a power house when it comes to your iphone, your ipad, these kinds of products, but they don't have a social network.
You know, Microsoft invested in facebook a long time ago. It could be a really good move for twitter - for Apple to invest in twitter because it would give them access to a huge social network.
And vice versa for twitter, I mean, twitter was baked in on IOS about a year ago and that means every time you take a picture, you can easily tweet it. That was huge for twitter and that helped them get out there even more. So it could definitely be a strategic alliance for both if it were to happen.
WHITFIELD: All right. Let's switch gear now to summer, travel apps, that you have some great apps for us to make vacationing a lot easier, perhaps even more affordable.
SEGALL: Yes, hotel tonight, this is one I've been testing out. And now, this is kind of for last minute bookers for day of travel. Let's say you get stranded in a city, your plane gets away, something like that happens, you can pull about up an app called hotel tonight and they'll tell you all the hotels in your area that are available. And these are not just regular hotels, these are luxury hotels, that it will use GPS to find you and they will show you great hotels around you. You are looking at Empire hotel right now that was the hotel that was recently on there. And it will offer discounts up to 70 percent off.
And the cool thing about this app is you can book everything completely using your smart phone. So this is not a web application at all. You can book it in just a couple taps and it's almost a little too easy to book travel this way. So they've gotten a lot of traction.
WHITFIELD: That's great. There are so many people have found themselves in that kind of predicament where they're like here I am, where am I staying tonight.
SEGALL: I know.
WHITFIELD: OK. So now, recently I understand you went to Tel Aviv and you received some advice from some of your friends there about gogobot app? What is that all about? How does it work?
SEGALL: Yes, I know. It's a strange name, gogobot. But you know, at the end of the day I heard about it and I thought OK, I'm going to test it out because I'm actually going on vacation. We will see if that is actually works. And this idea, if you are going somewhere, instead of looking at yelp or something like trip adviser, why not try to utilize your social networks and ask your friends what are good places for you to go to.
So gogobot is an app that allows you to do that. You post a question on gogobot, you can say this is exactly what I did, I said I'm going to Tel Aviv. I need good places to go. And your friends will answer you and tell you good places that they've been, or there's also a gogobot community of local travelers and travel writers that will tell you good places to go. And gogobot takes those recommendations. They show you different picture. If someone recommend a restaurant, it will show me where it is, pictures around the restaurant, and it will also if you're using your smart phone will give me directions. Because I'm getting off the beach in Tel Aviv and I want to go somewhere, it will give me directions to that place. So this idea of social travel and a bit more personalized than it has been traditionally.
WHITFIELD: My goodness. And then, there is some interesting to be an app for everything. So, why not an app that will help you kind organize your travel plans because sometimes that can be inundating, too.
SEGALL: I mean, if you're anything like me, I get all these e-mails with my hotel booking, with my car rental and that kind stuff and it can be a huge problem if I'm a little bit unorganized. So trip it is something a lot of people on the tech world and a lot of people in general are using. Every time you get a confirmation from your hotel, from your car something like that, your car rental services, you send it to trip it, it will aggregate all of your itinerary plans into one folder.
I know. It is a huge help. And then it will also send to your smart phone so you have basically your itinerary in your pocket. And it has all the valuable numbers like, you know, the number for your hotel, your confirmation number, all in one.
So, it's a pretty cool app and a lot of people are using it. And a lot of other apps are building on top of it and using it. So, it is definitely one to test out if you're traveling. Because the travel industry and tech industry a lot of people are trying to come out with these travel apps. And I think those are some that are actually worth trying.
WHITFIELD: I can see how trip it is really going to help. All right. Thanks so much. Appreciate it.
SEGALL: Thank you.
WHITFIELD: Goo to see you.
SEGALL: You too.
WHITFIELD: All right, for more high tech ideas and reviews, just go to CNN.com/tech and look for the gaming and gadgets tap.
All right, every Saturday at this time, we bring you information about new technology and how it just might impact your life.
WHITFIELD: A labor of love called the Josh project, the teaching program created by a woman a tribute to her son who tragically drowned. Meet Want Butts, today's CNN hero. (BEGIN VIDEOTAPE)
WANDA BUTTS, COMMUNITY CRUSADER: Josh went to spend the night with friends. Right about here is where Josh was where the raft capsized. And he went down.
It is very hard for me it believed that just like that, my son had drowned and he was gone. My father instilled in us the fear of water. And so, I in turn didn't take my son around water. Children don't have to drown.
My name is Wanda Butts. I save lives by providing swimming lessons and water safety skills.
African-American children are three times more likely to drown than white children. That's why we started the Josh project. To educate families about the importance of being water safe.
Many parents don't though how to swim.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: He was the first in my family to learn how to swim and he's come a long way from not liking water in his face to getting back under.
BUTTS: I'm so happy to see that so many of them have learned how to swim. Good job. That's one life we saved. It takes me back to Josh and how a tragedy was turned in to triumph and it makes me happy.
WHITFIELD: And remember all of our heroes come from your nominations. So if you have someone you'd like to tell us about, go to CNNheros.com.
All right, a mom faces a devastating health risk, but instead of falling apart, she help wills others in need.
WHITFIELD: All right. There's been a lot of speculation about Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr.'s whereabouts. But today we've learned that he is being treated for depression and gastrointestinal issues at the male clinic in Minnesota.
Earlier this month Jackson's office quoted an unnamed doctor as saying the congressman is expected to make a full recovery. He is not been on Capitol Hill since May.
And she is an HIV positive mom turned advocate. CNN chief medical correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta introduces us to Patricia Nalls in this week's human factor.
(BEGIN VIDEOTAPE) DOCTOR SANJAY GUPTA, CNN CHIEF MEDICAL CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): This is the aids quick panel. Patricia Nalls helped make in honor of her husband and 3-year-old daughter, Tiffany.
For the 55-year-old mother of two, it was bittersweet. Her husband, Lenny, was an IV drug user who had been clean for years. He died of AIDS in 1987. Six months later, their daughter, tiffany, succumbed to the disease. Nalls knew she had aids shortly after her husband was diagnosed. She was just 29 years old.
PATRICK NALLS, HIV POSITIVE: I was very sick when I was diagnosed. I was 80 pounds. I had no T cells answer I was told I had less than two years.
GUPTA: She was devastated.
NALLS: First thing I thought about are my children. I bought my plot, I bought - put everything in place or death.
GUPTA: Nalls thought she was the only woman with HIV. She found very little support for women seeking help. When her doctor assured her she wasn't alone, she put up a flyer in her office hoping to connect with others who were infected.
NALLS: I just started a support group in my home and the support group, you know, we came together. We cried. We prepared for death.
GUPTA: But Nalls didn't die because the first aids drug AZT became available. Once on the drug, she started getting better. That connection grew to what is now the Women's Collective. It's an aids service organization that serves more than 300 HIV positive women in the Washington metropolitan area. Pat is the founder and executive director.
NALLS: I feel good about what I've created to help women who with things I didn't have in place when I need it.
GUPTA: Now 25 years later this new AIDS panel honors her husband and her child. Pat says making it was cathartic.
NALLS: It's great to have them added to the history of this epidemic.
GUPTA: Her other two children are now 29 and 32. They are both HIV negative and Pat recently passed one more milestone she didn't think she'd make. She became a grandmother.
Dr. Sanjay Gupta, CNN, reporting.
WHITFIELD: It's a pretty cool program that allows former foster kids to intern on Capitol Hill. But it's what they get to do while on the hill that makes it so special.
(COMMERCIAL BREAK) WHITFIELD: There is something really encouraging happening on Capitol Hill. A unique internship program gives former foster kids the opportunity of a lifetime.
Athena Jones has more.
MARCHELLE ROBERTS, FOSTER YOUTH INTERN: A way to be able to pay my mother back.
ATHENA JONES, CNN CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): Marchelle Roberts never imagined she'd spend her days in the halls of Congress. Talk to me about what you like best about this experience.
ROBERTS: I like how close I'm able to get to the senator.
JONES: But this summer, she is one of 15 former foster children working as interns on Capitol Hill.
ROBERTS: Just so grateful to be here.
JONES: The interns live in a college dorm and take part in cultural events and weekly dinners to share what they're learning about the workings of government and themselves in the process.
ROBERTS: My most memorable moment was --
JONES: Roberts' story began 150 miles away in Camden, New Jersey. Then she was known as Marshall Smith and that at just 7-years-old was taken from her parents. She and her younger brother Sean ended up in foster care where she says she was sexually abused.
ROBERTS: It was a very traumatic time in my life. And I just -- I look back now and I don't understand how I got through it or how people helped me through it.
JONES: She eventually ended up in the home of Lisa Roberts who adopted her two years later adding to a growing family of adopted children. But she and Sean were separated and she has not seen him in more than 12 years.
What do you know of him now?
ROBERTS: I know nothing of him now. At the age of 22, I know nothing of my younger brother.
JONES: So, he would be?
ROBERTS: About 17, maybe 18 at the moment. I know his birthday is in September. I'm not sure what day.
JONES: Do you feel like it's a part of you that's missing?
ROBERTS: Yes. Absolutely. Some days I would just go to bed crying at night because I just wanted to be able to see him again. JONES: Now a senior at Philadelphia's Temple University, Roberts has been interning in the office of Mary Landrieu, a Louisiana senator who has long been an advocate for foster children and orphans.
Landrieu helped create the foster youth and internship program ten years ago and says it is an important educational tool for interns who get an opportunity to help shape public policy.
SEN. MARY LANDRIEU (D), LOUISIANA: They find their voice. They tell their story and it really helps the members of Congress to understand how broken our foster care system is and how we have to work harder to fix it.
JONES: Roberts wants states to do more to keep siblings together in foster care and wants to create a one stop online clearing house detailing the resources available to foster youth. As for her brother, she is still searching.
ROBERTS: If I could say one thing to him it's just, I'm here. And I've always been.
JONES: Athena Jones, CNN, Washington.
WHITFIELD: And that program is marking its tenth anniversary this year.
All right, the gunman accused in the Colorado movie theater massacre may have revealed crucial information to a psychiatrist before the rampage. So what obligations does a medical professional have to tell authorities?