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January 21st, 2011
11:54 AM ET

Tucson shooting victim recounts chaos

"As she greets the constituents, I stand beside her to help facilitate any further follow-up action…I was standing right next to her when the gunman came past on my left and raised his gun and shot the congresswoman in the head."

Ron Barber is the District Director for Representative Gabrielle Giffords and was standing outside the Tucson, Arizona Safeway supermarket on the morning of January 8. The event, "Congress on your corner" was the 21st for the congresswoman. The series was meant to be a regular effort by Congresswoman Giffords to get to know her constituents. But on that morning the events were unlike any other prior. The events unfolded quickly. Barber recalls, "I don't think I knew anything was happening until I saw him come past me and almost immediately, he fired his gun.

When the firings were over and the gunman was pinned, Congresswomen Giffords was shot and District Director Ron Barber was shot twice. Once in the cheek and once in the thigh. In total 6 were killed and 13 were injured. Barber is now recovering and was released from the hospital last week. He talks to T.J. Holmes to reflect on the events of that day.


Filed under: Arizona
January 21st, 2011
10:05 AM ET

Tech detox: one family's story of a winter unplugged

As technology becomes more prolific, our quality time with our loved ones seems to dwindle.

At least that was the case for Susan Maushart, living in Australia with her family in 2009. Maushart was addicted to her iPhone and her kids were hooked on video games and social media so Susan decided to pull the plug on any devices with a screen and forced her family to cleanse themselves of their tech habits.

Maushart documents her family's detox experience in her new book 'The Winter of Our Disconnect' and talks about it with American Morning's Kiran Chetry.


Filed under: American Morning • Technology
January 21st, 2011
09:36 AM ET

MTV's new show, 'Skins': Has edgy gone too far?

MTV's racy new teen drama, "Skins" is a hit. But does it expose too much?

The Parents Television Council wants Congress and the Justice Department to investigate the show for child pornography and exploitation of its underage stars, and Taco Bell is pulling their ads from the show because they say its content isn't fit for their brand.

Brian Stelter is a media reporter for The New York Times and has reported on this story and says, "The problem with "Skins" is it's rated for mature audiences but 1.2 million of the viewers on Monday night were under 18."


Filed under: Media • Television
January 21st, 2011
08:12 AM ET

Eliot Spitzer: 'This is your grandfather's mob'

New York (CNN) - In one of the largest single-day operations against the Mafia in FBI history, federal agents working with local law enforcement fanned out across Italy, New York, New Jersey and Rhode Island to arrest 127 people allegedly involved in organized crime, officials said.

Alleged members from the five prominent New York families - the Gambino, Colombo, Bonanno, Genovese and Lucchese families - were arrested Thursday, based on 16 indictments in four different jurisdictions, Attorney General Eric Holder said during a news conference in New York.

"Today's arrests and charges mark an important step forward in disrupting La Cosa Nostra's illegal activities," he said, referring to the criminal organization by its Italian name.

Ninety-one members and their associates, including one in Italy, were charged with federal crimes that include conspiracy, arson, extortion, narcotics trafficking, illegal gambling, labor racketeering and murders that date back as far as 1981, according to a U.S. Justice Department statement.

Eliot Spitzer is a former prosecutor and the co-host of CNN's "Parker Spitzer." He talks about the arrests with Kiran Chetry and T.J. Holmes on American Morning.


Filed under: Crime