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January 26th, 2010
12:00 PM ET

Paying the cost to be your own boss

One couple has turned a hobby into a lucrative online business. But doing what you love and getting paid for it has its price. Our Deb Feyerick has the report.


Filed under: Economy • The Stimulus Project
January 26th, 2010
10:00 AM ET

Critics: 'Avatar' is anti-military & anti-religion

20th Century Fox says James Cameron's 3D epic "Avatar" has officially sunk "Titanic, taking the crown for the biggest movie ever.

It has topped more than $1.84 billion so far, but some critics aren't too happy about that success. Our Jason Carroll has the report.

Related: Is 'Avatar' really the biggest movie ever?


Filed under: Controversy • Entertainment
January 26th, 2010
09:00 AM ET

Dying town in need of stimulus

Editor's Note: All week, CNN examines the stimulus and looks at one of the greatest areas of concern for Americans: the economy. Today, we talked to a mayor in Pennsylvania whose town is in need of a stimulus. And tomorrow on American Morning, can a $5.5 million resort town restoration project be a good use of stimulus aid? We find out why one woman is grateful the government is spending the money.

You would be hard pressed to find a town more in need of economic stimulus than Braddock, Pennsylvania.

It was the site of Andrew Carnegie's first steel mill, a thriving industry town of around 20,000 people. Now, 3,000 remain. Unemployment is sky high, and on Sunday, the town's biggest employer will close.

The mayor of Braddock, John Fetterman, joined us on Tuesday's American Morning to explain why his town desperately needs a stimulus.

Complete coverage: The Stimulus Project


Filed under: Economy • The Stimulus Project
January 26th, 2010
08:00 AM ET

Why Jonathan Demme loves Haiti

By Alina Cho, CNN

Jonathan Demme has had a love affair with Haiti for more than 20 years. So when he heard about the earthquake, he wanted to help.

"I almost went last weekend. I've got my shots, I get on a plane, I'm going to go down, I'm going to help. What am I going to do?"

The Academy-Award winning director's passion for Haiti came first through art.

Walking by a gallery in the mid-1980's he says, "I was really overwhelmed by the creativity of these paintings, the excitement of the music and I thought, 'Wow, Haiti. This is very interesting.' And I bought a painting."

That eventually led him on a trip to Haiti to find more paintings. What he discovered was a country full of people who were as vibrant as their art. It was 1986.

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Filed under: Entertainment • Haiti
January 26th, 2010
07:00 AM ET

Stimulus paying for 'pork'?

Editor's Note: All week, CNN examines the stimulus and looks at one of the greatest areas of concern for Americans: the economy. Today, our Christine Romans looks at how the stimulus is feeding some American families. And tomorrow on American Morning, can a $5.5 million resort town restoration project be a good use of stimulus aid? We find out why one woman is grateful the government is spending the money.

By Laura Dolan and Christine Romans

Pork: It's what's for dinner. Remember that well-known advertisement on television? Thanks to the stimulus package, it's now true for millions of Americans.

One hundred million dollars of stimulus money is filling the plates of struggling Americans, like Robert Carlucci from rural Franklin, North Carolina.

Carlucci, a single father of two girls, lost his job as a carpenter in December 2008.

"I never went without a job," he told us.

When he didn't have enough money to feed his daughters, he sought help from a local food pantry.

"I can't believe I'm here. I mean I'm usually the one who is donating around Thanksgiving time and Christmas time and going through my cabinets and making a box for my kids to take to school and now I'm here and I'm needing that and it was surreal," said Carlucci.

He's one of 18 million Americans out of work, and many are taking the same path.

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Filed under: Economy • The Stimulus Project