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August 26th, 2011
07:33 PM ET

CNN Heroes: Finding hope on the soccer fields of Haiti

Port-au-Prince, Haiti (CNN) - Five years ago, Patrice Millet learned he was in the advanced stages of a rare bone cancer. A stem cell transplant was his only hope for survival.

The businessman from Haiti underwent the procedure in the United States. After nine months of treatment and recovery, his cancer was in remission. Millet returned home in May 2007 determined to start living the life he'd always wanted: helping children from Haiti's poorest slums have a brighter future.

"Every day you see so many kids in need - so many bad stories, tragic stories," said Millet, 49. "All my life, I wanted to do something good for my country, for the kids. (So) I said, 'This is the time. I have nothing to lose.' "

That summer, Millet sold his construction supply business and started a program called FONDAPS, which stands for Foundation Notre-Dame du Perpétuel Secours (Foundation of Our Lady of Perpetual Help). The program uses soccer to help children stay out of trouble and learn valuable life skills. Millet calls it "education by sport."

Read more about Patrice here.


Filed under: CNN Heroes
August 26th, 2011
10:06 AM ET

The manhunt for Gadhafi: How much longer can the fallen leader remain on the run?

Following the discovery of a dozen bodies with their hands bound behind their backs near Gadhafi's compound yesterday, the United Nations and its diplomatic partners are calling on Gadhafi and his inner circle to surrender and prevent further bloodshed.

However, the fallen leader continues to urge his loyalists not to surrender. In an audio message that was released Thursday, purportedly from Gadhafi, he states, "Do not leave Tripoli for the rats, do not leave them. Fight them, destroy them."

The National Transitional Council, the rebel leadership, remains determined to discover the whereabouts of Gadhafi and to completely topple his regime with minimal civilian losses.

Today on American Morning, Nicholas Burns, former Under Secretary of State and professor at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, weighs in on the hunt for Gadhafi and explains how long violence could continue within the city of Tripoli.


Filed under: Libya
August 26th, 2011
10:04 AM ET

North Carolina Governor Bev Perdue discusses evacuations, state preparation

North Carolina is the first state on the Northeast that could take a direct hit from Hurricane Irene.

The latest hurricane center advisory projects that Irene will make landfall late Saturday afternoon near Ocracoke Island on the Outer Banks. Tropical storm-force winds and rain are expected to begin late Friday and could increase to hurricane-force winds later Saturday.

North Carolina Governor Bev Perdue has declared a state of emergency for counties east of Interstate 95 and beginning this morning, all Hyde County residents and all visitors to Dare County will be evacuated.

Governor Perdue talks with Ali Velshi about the evacuations today on American Morning, explaining what hurricane preparations are underway in the state.


Filed under: Hurricane • Hurricane Irene • Weather
August 26th, 2011
09:59 AM ET

Is NYC ready to deal with Hurricane Irene? Emergency preparedness analyst discusses

Irene's currently on track to potentially become one of the most destructive hurricanes to strike New York City since 1938 and officials are already preparing accordingly. Orders have been made for the evacuation of nursing homes and senior centers in low-lying areas and administrators are making plans for the possible shutdown of the entire transit system.

Governors of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut have ordered states of emergency, allowing them to free funds and prepare resources that may be needed when the storm hits.

Stephen Flynn, president of the Center for National Policy and author of "Edge of Disaster: Rebuilding a Resilient Nation," joins Ali Velshi on American Morning today to discuss how prepared New York City is to respond to the hurricane and to explain what types of conditions New Yorkers should be expecting.


Filed under: Hurricane Irene • Weather
August 26th, 2011
09:53 AM ET

Photoshopped ESPN image of Michael Vick as a white man sparks controversy

There is a huge backlash this morning against ESPN for running a photoshopped image of Eagles quarterback Michael Vick as a white man, meant to accompany an article titled "What if Michael Vick were white?."

The author of the article, Toure, is not happy with the article's headline or the picture and he says that he had no idea that the artwork was going to be published.

ESPN stands by its decision to run the picture, saying "it appreciates and encourages the discussion it has prompted."

Today on American Morning, Toure and Raina Kelley, senior editor for ESPN The Magazine, discuss the controversy with Carol Costello and explain their perspectives about the appropriateness of the picture.


Filed under: ESPN • Sports