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February 4th, 2011
09:51 AM ET

CNN Hero: Turning tragedy into opportunity

Two moments changed Eddie Canales’ life - both occurred at a football game.

In 2001, Canales watched as his son Chris, a high school senior, made a tackle that left him paralyzed. Just over a year later, he and Chris watched from the stands as another high school player went down with a spinal cord injury. That moment pushed Eddie Canales to start Gridiron Heroes, which provides emotional and financial support to athletes who’ve sustained spinal cord injuries playing high school football. It’s a fraternity that now includes 19 injured players in the state of Texas.

Today on American Morning we hear from CNN Hero Eddie Canales. To nominate a CNN Hero, visit

Filed under: CNN Heroes
February 4th, 2011
09:25 AM ET

Sports number crunchers split on Super Bowl winner

Two childhood friends who love football, one an award-winning sportswriter, the other a finance geek, have the answers that just might help you win your Super Bowl bet.

Jon Wertheim, senior writer at Sports Illustrated, and Tobias Moskowitz, University of Chicago finance professor, are co-authors of  Scorecasting: The Hidden Influences Behind How Sports Are Played And Games Are Won, which takes a Freakonmics-type approach to the science of winning games. The book answers questions like, does the hometown team really have an advantage? And, how much do fans make a difference?

Wertheim and Moskowitz tell American Morning’s T.J. Holmes how their research can be applied to predicting the Super Bowl winner live from Arlington, Texas.

So which team will it be–Packers or Steelers– for Super Bowl XLV?

Filed under: Sports
February 4th, 2011
09:19 AM ET

Daily protests will continue 'until Mubarak steps down'

(CNN) - Tens of thousands of people joined the beaten and bandaged in Cairo's Tahrir Square on Friday, Islam's day of prayer, transforming it from a bloody battleground to the scene of a political rally dubbed Day of Departure. But tensions remained high as midday prayers came to a close and Egyptians demanding change geared up for more demonstrations. They chanted: "He leaves, we don't leave" and "The blood of the martyrs will not be forgotten."

Kiran Chetry talks to Mona Eltahawy, Egyptian journalist, who is in close contact with relatives in Cairo via social media. She gives the latest up-to-the minute updates from the ground.

Filed under: Egypt • World
February 4th, 2011
08:42 AM ET

College for all?: Focus on a degree may turn off some students

Should a four-year college degree be the goal for every student in America?

Maybe not, says a recent report by Harvard University.

The report, “Pathways to Prosperity,” says the American education system places too much emphasis on attending and graduating from a four-year college, and should instead emphasize training for jobs that don't require a four-year degree.

Today on American Morning, T.J. Holmes asks Robert B. Schwartz, co-author, and academic dean, Harvard Graduate School of Education, his response to critics who say all students deserve the dream of going to college. Should the American education system change its focus so that all students can thrive?

Read the full report here:"

Filed under: Education
February 4th, 2011
07:59 AM ET

Mubarak regime ‘failed,’ Egyptians ‘determined to see real change’

(CNN) - Journalists attempting to cover unrest in Egypt reported being beaten, arrested and harassed by security forces and police Thursday, leading to sharply limited television coverage of the protests. Various news outlets - including the BBC, Al-Arabiya, ABC News, the Washington Post, Fox News, Al Jazeera and CNN - said members of their staffs had been attacked or otherwise targeted. Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch also reported that staffers were detained.

Today on American Morning, Kiran Chetry talks with James Rubin, former U.S. Asst. Secretary of State and current executive editor of the The Bloomberg View. Rubin's wife is ABC News' Christiane Amanpour, whose car was attacked while reporting in Egypt.

Rubin says Mubarak's tactics to protest protesters and round up journalists were not successful.  Protesters today show that this "really is the end for Mubarak," Rubin tells Chetry.

Filed under: Egypt • World
February 4th, 2011
07:18 AM ET

Egypt protests having 'major influence' in Middle East

Countries across the Middle East are watching the chaotic unrest in the streets of Egypt and recent demonstrations in Tunisia with a close eye.

In Jordan, King Abdullah II sacked his government, named a new prime minister and met privately with leaders of the nation's main Islamist group in response to anti-government protests there. The Islamic Action Front, the political wing of Jordan's Muslim Brotherhood, planned another round of demonstrations Friday. On today’s American Morning, Salameh Nematt, Jordanian political analyst and international writer for the Daily Beast, joins AM’s T.J. Holmes from Amman, Jordan.

Nematt says anti-government protests and how the violence is being handled in Egypt is having a "major influence on public opinion" throughout the Middle East, especially in Jordan, which he calls a "moderating force" for the United States in the Middle East.

Nematt describes why Jordan protesters are taking to the streets and how the king is reacting.

Filed under: Egypt • World