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June 10th, 2011
07:44 PM ET

CNN Heroes: Rescuing children from a trash dump

Bariloche, Argentina (CNN) - During a visit to Argentina 11 years ago, Elena Durón Miranda was horrified to see children as young as 3 years old rummaging through a trash dump for food and valuable materials.

"I saw children collect green sausages, a bag of potato chip crumbs, a bag of noodles with cream, and recovered leftover yogurt next to a diaper," said Durón Miranda, a Mexican psychologist who was visiting Bariloche to do research. "The children began to gently clean the food - wiping each little noodle, each potato and peeling the sausage skin so methodically and accurately. It was as if they had done this same activity many times."
Durón Miranda said there were maybe 200 children at the dump collecting things to eat and sell.

"At that moment in time, my son was the same age as many of them," said Durón Miranda, now 41. "So that struck me as horrific."

Durón Miranda learned that many children in Bariloche, a popular city for skiers and tourists in southern Argentina, drop out of school and spend their lives working at the dump.

Determined to restore their dignity, Durón Miranda decided to stay in the country and start a nonprofit called PETISOS, which stands for Prevención y Erradicación del Trabajo Infantil SOS (Prevention and Eradication of Child Labor SOS). The organization aims to provide children with free education and extracurricular programs so they have an alternative to working.

Read more about Durón Miranda here.

Filed under: CNN Heroes
June 10th, 2011
11:50 AM ET

NY Jets star pays for 100 students to attend college

Pro athletes often talk about how important it is to give back to the community, but New York Jets wide receiver Braylon Edwards has turned his words into action.

Keeping a promise he made to high school students four years ago, Edwards has agreed to help 100 high school students through college if they met certain academic and community service requirements.

Edwards joins the AM team this morning to talk about his "Advance 100" education initiative, one of the biggest scholarship programs ever led by an athlete.

Filed under: Education • Football
June 10th, 2011
11:49 AM ET

Twitter as a teaching tool? Enrique Legaspi shares his innovative teaching technique

While many schools struggle to keep students off of social media during class time, one teacher has found that encouraging kids to use Twitter in the classroom has actually enhanced their learning.

Enrique Legaspi, history teacher at Hollenbeck Middle School in Los Angeles, joins Ali Velshi this morning to talk about how he has used Twitter to get more students – especially shy kids – to participate in class discussions and how this innovative technique has helped in the classroom.

Filed under: Education • Social Media
June 10th, 2011
10:43 AM ET

2012 Presidential outlook: Political panel breaks down new developments

At least five members of Newt Gingrich's senior campaign staff resigned Thursday, but the Republican presidential candidate pledged he would carry on and start his campaign "anew."

Author and CNN contributor John Avlon, Democratic strategist Robert Zimmerman and Republican strategist John McLaughlin join Kiran Chetry this morning to break down this surprising development and to look at how the 2012 Presidential field is shaping up.

Tune in for CNN's 2012 Republican Presidential Debate this Monday in New Hampshire.

Filed under: Politics
June 10th, 2011
08:43 AM ET

Intense testimony leads Casey Anthony to fall ill – is this a turning point in the trial?

(CNN) - It is unclear if the illness that halted Casey Anthony's murder trial will delay the trial Friday morning.

Anthony's murder trial ended an hour and a half early Thursday, with Orange County Chief Judge Belvin Perry Jr. telling members of the media in the courtroom that Anthony was ill.

Jurors were not told why the trial ended early Thursday, and Perry asked them not to speculate. He said court would be in recess until Friday.

After the jurors left, Perry spoke to members of the media in the courtroom, saying that neither the prosecution nor the defense had any comment on the matter. The judge also asked reporters not to question either side about it. The details of Anthony's illness were not given.

Earlier in the day, Anthony cried in court as photos of her daughter's remains were shown. Will the showing of these photos mark a turning point in the trial? In Session's Sunny Hostin explains.

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June 10th, 2011
08:36 AM ET

Final days for Gadhafi in Libya? Will Syrian atrocities be stopped? One analyst weighs in

This morning, NATO spokeswoman Oana Lungescu responded to CNN's report that Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi could be a 'legitimate' target. She emphasized that NATO does not target individuals, but rather military capabilities to stop the Gadhafi regime.

In recent days, fighting has significantly weakened Gadhafi's capabilities, leading many to wonder if the leader will be in charge of the country much longer.

At the same time, there are reports this morning of a new advance by Syrian troops on a border town where dozens of security forces were killed earlier this week. Residents are fleeing to safety over the Turkish border, and Turkey's prime minister is accusing the Syrian regime of an "atrocity" against anti-government protesters.

This morning, Christine Romans spoke with Fawaz Gerges, director of the Middle East Centre at the London School of Economics about how the international community should be reacting to the latest news.

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Filed under: Libya • Moammar Gadhafi • Syria
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