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February 28th, 2011
09:41 AM ET

Perry's Principles: Cuts to teachers possible in many states

Cuts across the country have many educators worrying about their job security. While some states could be cutting teachers' salaries, others might be eliminating teachers' rights to collectively bargain.

Steve Perry, CNN Education Contributor and Founder of Capital Preparatory Magnet School, talks about the cuts with CNN's Ali Velshi.

Filed under: Perry's Principles
February 28th, 2011
09:01 AM ET

Sen. Scott Brown: "I was the perfect victim"

Senator Scott Brown (R-MA) documents his rocky road to the Senate in his new autobiography "Against All Odds: My Life of Hardship, Fast Breaks, and Second Chances".

In the book, Sen. Brown reveals difficult pieces of his past, including instances of sexual abuse; the senator tells Kiran Chetry he was the "perfect victim" because of his fear to report the assault. Sen. Brown who is up for re-election in 2012 says the timing of his book wasn't meant to coincide with any election cycle.

Sen. Brown talks to American Morning's Kiran Chetry about his new autobiography, "Against All Odds".

Filed under: Politics • U.S.
February 28th, 2011
08:25 AM ET

State Rep. Pelath (D) stays in Indiana as colleagues flee the state

As Indiana Republicans push state budget cuts, Democrats are pushing back.

All but two Democratic state legislators have fled Indiana to avoid a vote on a Republican budget, which includes an end to collective bargaining and a school voucher program. One of the two Democrats staying in the state to ensure that Democratic interests are met is State Representative Scott Pelath. Rep. Pelath talks to CNN's Ali Velshi this morning about the standoff in Indiana.

Filed under: Economy • Politics • U.S.
February 28th, 2011
08:23 AM ET

Oscar recap: The stars, the styles and the show

This year in film culminated Sunday, with the 83rd Academy Awards. The traditional show had a modern feel, with young hosts Anne Hathaway and James Franco, but how did they do? And, were there any surprise winners?

Kiran Chetry and Ali Velshi sit down with David Edelstein, Chief Film Critic for New York magazine, and Jessica Coen, Editor-in-chief of, to break down the big moments from the star-studded event.

Filed under: Entertainment
February 28th, 2011
07:22 AM ET

American siblings flee Libya, find safety in Malta

Yusra and Salam Tekbali are two of the nearly 400 individuals who fled Libya via a U.S.-chartered ferry.

The Tekbalis, Libyan-American siblings, initially didn't want to leave Libya but ultimately decided to do so. They, and hundreds of other evacuees, boarded the ferry Tuesday and reached Malta after two days of being stuck in Tripoli due to bad weather. Salam Tekbali says they felt like "sitting ducks" as they waited on the ferry in the harbor.

Yusra and Salam Tekbali talk to American Morning's Kiran Chetry about their experience in Libya and about finding safety in Malta.

Filed under: World
February 25th, 2011
07:57 PM ET

CNN Heroes: Church leader reverses stance on HIV, reaches out to those affected

Kitale, Kenya (CNN) - HIV is a curse from God. That's what Patricia Sawo used to tell others as a church leader in Kitale, Kenya.

"I thought it was a moral issue and a punishment for the disobedient," Sawo remembers.

Then one morning in 1999, Sawo awoke to find her body covered in shingles, a rash commonly associated with HIV. Scared and upset, she cried in the bathroom for two hours. A test soon confirmed her fears: She was HIV-positive.

"I couldn't believe it," said Sawo, now 45. "It was, 'Oh my God, how could this happen to me?' "

Sawo suspects that a blood transfusion was to blame, but at that time she didn't dwell on how she'd been infected. She just wanted to rid herself of the virus.

She had always told others that God could heal people if they'd fast and pray as penance for their sins. But when she followed her own advice, she still tested positive. She continued to fast and pray repeatedly for the next four years, hoping for a different outcome. But the results remained the same.

When her status became public, she became a victim of the prejudices that she had helped spread throughout her community. Within weeks, she and her husband had lost their jobs, she'd lost her leadership role in her church and their landlord had kicked them out of their home.

Read more on Sawo here.

Filed under: CNN Heroes
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