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CNN SATURDAY NIGHT

Snow Storm Shuts Down Parts of Midwest, Northeast

Aired January 22, 2005 - 22:00   ET

THIS IS A RUSH TRANSCRIPT. THIS COPY MAY NOT BE IN ITS FINAL FORM AND MAY BE UPDATED.


RANDI KAYE, CNN ANCHOR: This is CNN SATURDAY NIGHT.
(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: We've had them before, we're going to have them again, but this one looks like a particularly serious one.

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KAYE: And a whopper it is. Parts of the Midwest and Northeast are virtually shut down tonight, as a paralyzing snow storm moves eastward. We have several correspondents along the east coast with the latest on this winter freeze.

I'm Randi Kaye from the CNN CENTER in Atlanta. Carol Lin has the night off.

Also ahead this hour, the other war, the war to protect some of Washington, D.C.'s youngest from the growing number of homicides. Also, a collection of writings by some of the world's top known terrorists. It could soon be coming to a bookstore near you.

And then, the Donald says "I do" -- Donald Trump that is. Hear from the chef who helped pull it all together.

But up first, January in the north. What do you think that means? From Pennsylvania to Maine tonight, Northern Ohio, New York City and all of New Jersey, the relatively mild winter so far is over. Snow, lots of it, and it doesn't show signs of stopping.

Take a look at Philadelphia. Socked in, not a good day for the hot dog stand business. It started to really come down at about lunchtime today. It's still falling. And there's plenty more where that came from. Another system headed that way.

We have intrepid CNN'ers out in the worst of it. Jason Bellini in Manhattan, Jacqui Jeras snug and dry in CNN's Atlanta Weather Center, and somewhere in the city of Brotherly Glove, wool gloves hopefully, Philadelphia is CNN weather guy Chad Myers wisely decked out in high visibility red.

Let's go straight to him. Chad?

CHAD MYERS, METEOROLOGIST: Good evening. You know, this has been the tool of choice today. And there are so many people that are armed with these shovels, I can't tell you. But the good news is that this weather, this snow, was so cold and so dry, at least you can pick it up and at least you can throw it. So many times, you get that heavy, wet, back breaking snow.

Now I don't know if you can see it or not, because sometimes they're there and sometimes they're not, but there's an army of people up in this field right now, shoveling the snow out of the stands. At times you'll see the snow coming off the top, right where the Lincoln financial field sign is. It just comes pouring off and pouring down on us at times. There are snow blowers up there. There -- literally, I can't give you the number, but there are hundreds, hundreds of people up there in the stands shoveling the snow away, shoveling it down one level at a time, and then shoveling it out.

The field itself is heated, but I don't think that's going to help. They're still going to have to remove a lot of that snow and then let the rest of the water kind of sink it as it melts.

It does look like the field's going to be in perfect shape. We have some pictures from earlier. With so many people out here, there's an army of people. They were so ready for this storm.

They knew they had 60,000 people coming to this storm. They knew that they had all these people trying to come to this city. And let me tell you, Philadelphia knew and they heard the weather forecast. And they were prepared for this storm. Back to you.

KAYE: So that field will be ready, huh?

MYERS: It certainly looks like it right now. They probably have another, I don't know, maybe six or eight hours to work. And they are going to work all night long here. The snow has tapered off. I'm expecting another two inches tops. The storm has really shifted to the north. That's where its focus is going to be. And obviously Jacqui Jeras will have the latest on that coming up from the weather center.

KAYE: OK, Chad Myers for us live in Philadelphia tonight.

Over to Queens, New York and LaGuardia International Airport. They're used to dealing with heavy snow there. They had to cancel dozens of flights today, but saw only minimal delays in flights that were able to come and go, but tomorrow may be a whole another story.

Rochelle West is there. She's from our affiliate, New York 1. Hello, Rochelle, what's the scene there?

ROCHELLE WEST, NEW YORK 1 NEWS CORRESPONDENT: Hi there, Randi. Well, it's a ghost town here. Anybody's who's at the airport right now is staying here for the night. And as you can imagine, there are just a lot of frustrated passengers. There have been numerous delays today. About 250 flights were canceled. So right now, people are just camping out in the hopes of getting a flight tomorrow morning.

Now joining me is Adam Mcpheson (ph), who was actually on a flight to Chicago, but then what happened? UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Well, we were out there. We were supposed to leave at 2:00. We got out there. They de-iced us. And then we got word that at O'Hare, they had a block up or something. So we had to wait 30 more minutes. And by that time, they said that we couldn't leave and it was canceled.

And at all, they took about two hours sitting on the plane, you know.

WEST: Must have been very disappointing for you. What are you planning to do now?

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Going to sleep here tonight. They set up cots upstairs, which was very nice of them. But it's really disappointing to be that close to leaving and then have it -- fat snatched away from you.

WEST: OK, well, people are going to be trying to get out of here at LaGuardia Airport and at JFK tomorrow. If you are planning to fly -- if you have travel plans, please check with your carrier to check on the status of your flight before you head to the airport.

That's the latest here at LaGuardia Airport -- Randi?

KAYE: Good advice, thank you, Rochelle West.

Down the coast, Delaware, Maryland, Northern Virginia all slowing down under the weight of several inches of snow. And like their neighbors to the north, bracing for more.

Here's the scene in the nation's capitol. A blanket of white on the National Mall covering the monuments and the visitors visiting them. D.C. police are especially concerned with traffic on days like this, asking drivers to park on even numbered sides of streets to help out the snow plows, sand trucks, and salt spreaders, getting ready for a very busy couple of days.

This is all great news for skiers, snow angels, and telecommuters, but if you're traveling, trying to get to work, or just want to walk the New York City sidewalks, it all depends on how much winter wonderland you can take.

Here's Jason Bellini in Manhattan tonight.

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JASON BELLINI, CNN CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): On holiday in New York from England, Debbie and Ann Latimo meandered through Times Square in search of what they can do in a snow storm.

What were you hoping to do?

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Ride the horses in Central Park.

BELLINI: And what happened?

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: They weren't out. It was too cold. Might go to Tiffanys and spend the money.

BELLINI: The snow began falling noon Saturday. New Yorkers bracing for as much as 20 inches of snow. The disruptions and cancellations are just beginning.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: We had a dinner cruise tonight to see the sites of New York from the water canceled. So we're going to see "The Phantom."

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: And we're taking advantage of that and also got tickets to go see Billy Crystal, because people that live outside of New York couldn't come in for it.

BELLINI: Mayor Michael Bloomberg is calling this a dangerous snow storm. So far, it's mostly difficult.

(on camera): The hardest thing in New York right now is finding a taxi cab. And it's always difficult, but tonight, they're aren't too many that out on the street. Everyone's looking for one. So most New Yorkers who are out are out on foot.

(voice-over): These three sisters from Peru didn't bring proper footwear for the occasion.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: The first time in my life I see snow. I see snow.

BELLINI: First time?

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Yes.

BELLINI: Do you like it?

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Oh, yes.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: We are girls. So you know, it's OK.

BELLINI: Most New Yorkers are staying inside Saturday night. The greatest uncertainty, what happens Monday?

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: We've had an eye injury. We're here to see the doctor. I'm hoping that, you know, the snow doesn't keep anybody from getting to work or keep us from getting there on time.

BELLINI: New York's mayor warns with 20 inches of snow fall, the clean ticket, $20 million. Hundreds of flights have already been canceled Saturday.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: I have a 3:30 flight tomorrow out of LaGuardia, but I don't know whether I'm going to make it or not.

BELLINI: If they can't leave, the Latimo sisters plan to keep seeing shows and stay warm in the bars. Count them among the people enjoying the snow.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Makes the city absolutely fabulous. BELLINI: Absolutely fabulous.

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BELLINI: City officials are asking residents here to stay off the roads this weekend, so that the snow plows can do their work, as the snow continues to fall. The sanitation department is asking anyone who's 18 years of age or older who wants to help in the clean- up effort to report to their central garage. They're willing to offer money to people who are willing to help in the snow pick-up this weekend -- Randi?

KAYE: OK, Jason Bellini, live for us in Manhattan tonight. Thank you. Let's see now just what the next few days hold in store for New York, New England, and the Eastern seaboard.

To the CNN Weather Center and Jacqui Jeras -- Jacqui?

JACQUI JERAS, METEOROLOGIST: Well, hey, Randi. We've got really about 12 hours to go in many locations for this storm system. And in fact, if you live in the Mid-Atlantic, you're pretty much done.

We heard Chad Myers just talking about Philadelphia may be picking up another couple of inches, as we get a little wrap around on the back side of this system. What happened is some dry air kind of became entrenched in this storm system. So what happened is we call it a dry slot came in.

So Washington, D.C., Philadelphia, it helped keep your numbers down a little bit. Some of that dry air now is trying to make its way into New York City. Still a little iffy as to whether or not that happens, but if it does, that will be some good news that the accumulations overnight will be down a little bit. But you're kind of on the edge.

Certainly from Long Island and sitting on up through much of Connecticut into Rhode Island, all across Massachusetts, we are going to be seeing some very nasty conditions for tonight. Snowfall amounts will be in the feet, rather than measured in inches. And we may see one to three inches per hour at times overnight.

Now a storm system is still developing and it's intensifying and should continue to do so through the overnight. Our winds have been picking up. We've been seeing winds around 30 miles per hour sustained, but you've got to be up to 35 miles per hour for at least three hours. Visibility, a quarter of a mile to be able to call this a blizzard.

So we're still not at the point where we can call this a blizzard just yet. But we do think that that will happen overnight across southern parts of New England. It does extend all the way on up into the Portland, Maine area. Also, you may be seeing a good foot of snow before all is said and done.

We think the heaviest amounts will be in the Eastern Massachusetts, particularly back off the Cape. 30 inches is going to be possible in this location. The farther into the interior you go, the lesser the amounts will be.

Here's some of the groundfall we've been seeing thus far. Most of these reports were from 8:00 p.m. Eastern time or earlier. New York City, there you can see, picking up about 6.5 inches so far. Philadelphia about 10.5 inches. We'll, of course, continue to keep you up to date on these numbers.

Once the snow leaves, we'll still have problems with some gusty winds. And that is going to drive the windchill factor down. Feels like 12 degrees below zero now in Portland, 24 below in Montreal. And you can see sub zero windchills all across the Great Lakes and into the Midwest states also. So even when the snow is out of here, it's going to be bitterly cold for tomorrow -- Randi?

KAYE: Jacqui, thank you.,

Coming up later this hour, a live report from Boston's Logan Airport. Also, Rally Caparas will be along with the ripple effect on travel being felt across the country.

This shot of Philadelphia International from earlier this evening should give you a clue as to what kind of news Rally will have for us.

Security and pre-election tension, both ramping up in Iraq. Today, the country's interior minister announced a set of wide ranging precautionary measures to take effect next week. We learned of these developments the same day a militant group made what it calls a goodwill gesture.

CNN's Jeff Koinange in Baghdad.

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UNIDENTIFIED MALE (through translator): For the good gesture from the Chinese government based on its decision to prohibit its citizens from entering Iraq, the Islamic resistance is releasing the eight Chinese workers.

JEFF KOINANGE, CNN INT'L. CORRESPONDENT (voice over): And just like that, relief for eight captives for what must have been several agonizing days. The insurgent group insisted no ransom had been paid for the Chinese hostages' release. Iraq's interior minister again reiterated that the government expects an increase in attacks like this in the run up to the January 30 poll.

FALAH AL-NAKIB, IRAQI INTERIOR MINISTER (through translator): There are many attempts to incite violence. But the Iraqi are committed to hold the elections.

KOINANGE: The government's response? Sealing the country's borders for three days, closing the Baghdad airport on the eve and day of elections, and extending the existing curfew.

(on camera): Whether the government's response is tough enough to hold back an insurgency bent on derailing the poll is not clear. What is perhaps more certain is that if the poll is not seen by Iraqis to be all inclusive, it could end up proving everyone's nightmare, namely, an all-out civil war.

Jeff Koinange, CNN, Baghdad.

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KAYE: Top Iraqi officials say there's no sign former exile leader Ahmed Chalabi is facing arrest. Yesterday, Iraq's interim defense minister said Interpol was going to arrest Chalabi so he could face bank fraud charges in Jordan. But some Iraqi higher-ups called that comment "electioneering." The minister and Chalabi are both running for the National Assembly.

It's a far cry from the weekly reader. Are you ready for the al- Qaeda reader? Up next, find out why some say one of the biggest names in publishing may be profiting from terrorism.

Also, the tough road ahead for the North Carolina couple accused of kidnapping their own children at gunpoint. And so, you weren't invited to Donald Trump's wedding tonight? A bit later, we'll share some mouth watering details from the gala event.

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KAYE: Doubleday has announced plans to publish a book tentatively titled, "Al-Qaeda Reader." The book will include English translations of writings by Al-Qaeda's number two man, Ayman Al- Zawahiri, and some attributed to Osama bin Laden, which leads us to ask, should the ideas of terrorists be published and who should profit from such a book?

Joining us from Los Angeles is Stephanie Miller, host of the Stephanie Miller show. And joining us by phone is Steve Malzberg, radio talk show host of station WWRL in New York.

Thank you, both of you, for joining us. Stephanie, let's start with you. Your thoughts on publishing these writings, right or wrong?

STEPHANIE MILLER, TALK SHOW HOST: Well, Randi, first of all, you know, he already has more videotapes out than Tony Robbins. I'm not sure why we're concerned about this. I mean, the Bush administration hasn't really had any good ideas.

Maybe we can catch him by getting him to show up at a book signing at Barnes and Noble or something. I mean, I'm not sure what's the difference between this and the fact that his videotapes are on television all the time. We read the translations in our newspapers. And by the way, nobody is profiting from this. He's not profiting from it. As I understand it, they're giving money to charity to help the victims.

MILLER: Well, I -- there is some concern that this book could serve as a platform or terrorists. So let's ask Steve what he thinks about that?

STEVE MALZBERG, WWRL RADIO TALK SHOW HOST: Well, first of all, my apology for the snowstorm. I'd love to be there in person with you. And hello to both of you.

Look, I think Stephanie makes a point I'm going to make better than I can make it. Yes, we do see Osama bin Laden's videotapes on television and al-Zawahiri's videotapes and audiotapes on television. And there's been great controversy over that. Many consider it propaganda that they couldn't buy if they try. Many consider that they're sending signals to their followers and they're also recruiting by virtue of those tapes and videotapes and audiotapes.

Why on earth would Doubleday, by the way, owned by a German conglomerate, why would Doubleday publish this book at this time, while we are at war with these people who are trying to kill us? And for Stephanie to turn it into a political argument, already we're knocking George Bush for not getting them, is just nonsense.

MILLER: Please, Steve, if the Bush administration had been doing their job, he would be dead now like he should be and we might not be having this conversation. So that is a salient point.

You know, but furthermore, I mean, I just don't understand. We publish "Mein Kampf." What's the difference? Does that mean that publisher advocates the Holocaust? Of course not.

MALZBERG: Well, we didn't publish...

MILLER: I think we should know our enemy. I think, you know, he's going to be historical figure, just like Hitler was. And people are going to want to know...

MALZBERG: Well, you know what?

MILLER: ...his thoughts and reasons.

MALZBERG: After we get them, we could publish it. They published "Mein Kampf" of course before Hitler became the Hitler we knew and before he did what he did. It was published in this country after Hitler was no longer a problem.

KAYE: OK, let me stop you both right there.

MILLER: Steve, we published all manner, Randi, of you know, anti-Semitic, racist things. We publish anti-gay things. Ann Coulter gets published, and she says, you know...

MALZBERG: Oh, my God.

MILLER: ...we should kill all their leaders and convert them to Christianity. She says we should -- the only way to talk to a liberal is with a baseball bat. If someone kills a liberal with a baseball bat, should we ban Ann Coulter books?

KAYE: Stephanie, just a moment here. We do want to mention that Doubleday is -- has said that the proceeds from this book will go to a charity to be mentioned in the future.

But I want to share... MILLER: Right.

KAYE: ...a quote from the publisher of Doubleday. This is a direct quote. The publisher has said, and we're quoting here, "We firmly believe we're doing a great service to America by publishing the innermost thoughts of our gravest enemy."

Now really, what good do either one of you believe or Stephanie I guess, could come from this? Why should we know our enemy?

MILLER: Well, I agree with him because -- well, because, I mean, how do you know exactly the best way to address this? Clearly, the Bush administration hasn't figured it out because he's still running around. You know, but clearly, I think that's -- don't you want to know your enemy? I mean, I don't understand what free speech is then.

You know, free speech wasn't -- people aren't dying right now. Brave Americans aren't dying for a right for -- free speech isn't to protect people that say flowers are pretty. You know, it's for speech that you and I would give our lives to fight against.

MALZBERG: All right, wow.

KAYE: Steve?

MALZBERG: I don't know why Osama bin Laden is guaranteed the right to have his writings published in the U.S. I don't know that that's what they're fighting for in Iraq, but boy oh boy oh boy...

MILLER: Not for his right.

MALZBERG: Excuse me. This shows the ignorance of the left. They think, at least Stephanie thinks, that if we only got Osama, our problems with terrorism would be over. This is the philosophy. We know our enemy. Our enemy has been...

MILLER: Here we go.

MALZBERG: ...killing us. They threaten to kill us again.

MILLER: Here we go.

MALZBERG: We know what we need to do. And by the way, George Bush is doing his job. He's fighting the terrorists. He's launched a war on terror. And I know that you don't get it, Stephanie. And I'm sorry for that.

MILLER: What happened to dead or alive and smoke them out? And he's still around? You know, we can get the videotape every day.

MALZBERG: By the way, "Slate" magazine, just to see how crazy this is going to get, if this is published, "Slate" magazine, which is way to the left, and I hate to make it a left and right issue, they're already writing and debating whether or not Doubleday would have to pay royalties to Osama bin Laden... MILLER: OK. Oh, please, you know here we go again with liberals love the terrorists and liberals hate the military and liberals hate America.

KAYE: All right.

MILLER: Please...

KAYE: Stephanie, here we go and we got to go. Stephanie Miller from the Stephanie Miller Show, Steve Malzberg, talk show host with WWRL radio, thank you both...

MALZBERG: Thank you.

KAYE: ...for joining us tonight for that debate. And that leads us to our last call question. Should terrorists' literature be published for profit? Give us a call at 1-800-807-2620.

A happy ending tonight for a young Florida boy snatched from his school. The latest, up next.

And the winter storm is creating havoc for thousands of passengers trying to fly this weekend. Details on the latest cancellations just ahead.

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KAYE: A kidnapped Florida boy was reunited with his mother and father today. The 11-year old was found safe yesterday in Northwest Georgia after a nationwide Amber Alert. Dozens of police officers are searching for the man who they say took the boy from his school, convicted child molester, Frederick Fretz.

They're searching a wooded area near where his car stalled at an exit ramp on Interstate 75 north of Atlanta.

Meanwhile, a North Carolina couple accused of kidnapping their own two children at gunpoint from a foster home are scheduled to appear before a judge Monday. James Canter and Alisha Chambers face multiple charges in a case that prompted an Amber Alert and nationwide attention.

I was in North Carolina for the final hours of the manhunt. Here's how it went down.

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KAYE (voice-over): The manhunt got off to a slow start, but it just got a jump-start just a few minutes ago. We're being told there has been a confirmed sighting of the couple and the children.

Here's some other new information. We have learned that two other adults are with them in the car. So a total of six people, one adult white female and one adult white male.

We do have a car description for you. It is a black 2000 two door Ford with a Tennessee plate. That plate number is PTV846. I believe that we're getting just some information here. The sheriff is here with us. And that would be the Watauga County Sheriff Mark Shook is here.

And you don't have a microphone. So if you could just speak up a little bit for us, sheriff, and tell us what you have right there?

MARK SHOOK, SHERIFF, WATAUGA COUNTY: We have a picture of a lady that is traveling with the -- Ms. Chambers and Mr. Tanner.

KAYE: This is a picture of a woman traveling in the car with them.

SHOOK: Yes, ma'am.

KAYE: OK. And do we know what the relationship is? Is this a friend, a relative?

SHOOK: A distant relative.

KAYE: A distant relative. So there you have it, the very latest information. Sheriff Mark Shook here in Watauga County running that information right out to his here, so we can get it to you.

On the lookout now for six people.

The Watauga County Sheriff's Department is buzzing. Investigators are getting close. They know it and we know it.

TONY HARRIS, CNN ANCHOR: CNN's Randi Kaye is in Boone, North Carolina, where the story is rapidly developing.

KAYE: We can tell you that there is some good news this morning. Turns out they had some luck. That couple is now in custody. They were picked in Virginia. The children were with them in the car. They are now safe and sound.

We all breathe a sight of relief. These two children had been living in this trailer home with their parents when they were removed eight months ago. Police discovered a meth lab inside. Paul, we learned, tested positive for having meth in his system.

Take a look at these pictures. The children are safe and sound. They were picked up earlier today in Virginia. You see the young girl, Brianna, who's 11-months old and Paul, who's just 2.5 being taken out of that car, along with the sheriff's deputies.

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KAYE: Good to see them safe and sound. Tonight, Canter and Chambers are in the Watauga County North Carolina jail. They face several felony charges, including child abduction and breaking and entering.

Canter was also charged with assault for pointing a gun. Joining us to talk about the search and rescue of these two young children is Watauga County Sheriff Mark Shook.

Good to have you with us, Sheriff.

SHOOK: Thank you.

KAYE: The five day manhunt behind you now, where are the children? We know that the suspects are in custody, but lots of folks wondering about these kids tonight.

SHOOK: OK, the children have been turned over to Department of Social Services for -- either go back to foster parents or to another foster home.

KAYE: When will we know whether or not these children will be returned to the foster home?

SHOOK: I'll have to talk with social services about releasing that information just for, you know, any kind of protection that they can offer to the foster parents.

KAYE: Sheriff, in this case, you weren't just looking for two adult suspects. You were looking for children? I know that you're a father yourself. You have some kids of your own. What was this like for you emotionally?

SHOOK: It was very draining, very stressful. My main concern was just getting the kids back safe and sound and back into the foster parents' care. That was my main concern.

KAYE: And you -- this video that we're looking at right now, this is the children arriving after they were picked up in Virginia. We also -- we saw -- I was there on the scene with you. And I actually saw some of your emotions, some of your tears. And even a little bit later on, we caught you -- our camera caught you in the garage there at the sheriff's department cooing at these kids. Can you talk a little bit about what you were feeling at that moment?

SHOOK: Just really a lot of relief. Just wanted to make the kids feel comfortable, especially taken out of the way they were. And basically just put in with people that they didn't know. And they were a little -- looked a little frayed. So I just tried to make them feel as comfortable as I could and try to take and play with them.

KAYE: It's my understanding that the mother of these children, Alisha Chambers, did have some supervised weekly visits with the kids. How is it that they knew where the foster home was? Were these supervised visits there? Or can you shed some light on how James Canter and Alisha Chambers ended up there?

SHOOK: The supervised visits was at the Department of Social Services. And we have been piecing together several different ways that they were trying to trace back where the foster parents were.

Right now, we're still a little uncertain on how they did that.

KAYE: And these kids were taken, they were removed from their home, where they lived with their parents because your deputy said that they found a meth lab there back in March. How much of a problem is meth and children in your county there?

SHOOK: It's a huge problem. Back in 2003, we took 14 kids out of methamphetamine labs. We developed protocol with our Department of Social Services and our medical center and our ambulance service on how we treat those kids when they come out of these homes.

KAYE: All right, Sheriff Mark Shook from Watauga County there in Boone, North Carolina, thanks for joining us tonight.

SHOOK: Thank you, ma'am.

KAYE: Winter storms are wreaking havoc in the Midwest and Northeast tonight, causing major travel delays across the country. We'll have the latest just ahead.

Also, when the wedding takes place in a $42 million ballroom, what kind of menu matches up? We'll talk with Donald Trump's chef.

And don't forget out last call question. Should terrorists literature be published for profit? Give us a call at 1-800-807-2620.

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KAYE: Welcome back. Here's a look at the headlines tonight and tomorrow. Newly elected Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas continues to press militant groups to halt their attacks against Israelis. His latest appeal came a day after he deployed 2000 security forces around Northern Gaza to stop rocket and mortar attacks on Israeli communities.

Eight Chinese hostages held in Iraq have been freed by their captors. A group called the Islamic Resistance Movement said it let them go after China issued a statement advising its citizens not to travel to Iraq.

It was billed as the biggest concert in Britain since 1984's Live Aid. Music fans packed Millennium Stadium in Wales for a seven hour concert to benefit tsunami victims. Eric Clapton, Charlotte Church, and the Manic Street Preachers are just a few of those who performed.

Now back to our top story tonight on CNN. Mother Nature's one- two punch in the nation's northeast. Blizzard warnings in place from Vermont to New Jersey. Those planning to travel into, out of, or through the Northeast this weekend are being strongly advised to make other plans.

Not everyone is heeding those warnings, though. Susan Tran from our Boston affiliate WFXT is at Logan Airport tonight. Good evening, Susan.

SUSAN TRAN, WFXT NEWS CORRESPONDENT: Randi, as you can see, it is snowing pretty good here in Boston. We're here at Logan Airport. And while it is open, no flights are coming in. No flights are taking off. In fact, travel in the Boston area is pretty much at a standstill.

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UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Traveling anywhere in the north, excuse my English, sucks.

TRAN (voice-over): But everyone had a place to go.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I just came in from Albany.

TRAN: The roads not a welcome sight for weary travelers, because you just couldn't see.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I've seen people just sliding off the road. It's just crazy.

TRAN: What might be an even wilder sight is Logan Airport, the often crowded terminals now desolate. The word cancel means a sentence of doomed plans.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: They don't know about tomorrow afternoon. The morning, most of the morning ones are all canceled.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: The consolation for being stranded is that we would get to see the games.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: We were supposed to be in Kennedy and then they diverted us.

TRAN: The only thing moving seemingly well, the trains at South Station. While the board showed some late arrivals, many leaving Boston didn't have a problem. In fact, a whole group of people wheeled their bags in from Logan Airport to take the train to New York City.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: They said well you got two choices. You can stay here all night at the airport and we'll fly you back to LaGuardia tomorrow morning or you can take a cab to South Station, take a train to LaGuardia.

TRAN: Despite Mass Highway having all the salt and plows ready...

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: We have the ability to put out 51000 pieces of equipment should we need to do so.

TRAN: This storm may be the only thing moving with any speed.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: This is (UNINTELLIGIBLE.)

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TRAN: Airport officials say that more than 300 flights were canceled from all over the area because so many of the other airports were closed as well. Now Logan does remain to be open. As far as tomorrow, most of the a.m. flights have been canceled. So travelers are being advised to call their own airlines before they travel.

Live at Logan Airport, Susan Tran for CNN.

KAYE: OK, Susan, thank you.

If you think nasty weather in the northeast only affects daily life in the northeast, well think again. Already the airline delays alone are causing headaches from coast to coast.

Rally Caparas keeps an eye on air travel for us. And he's on the line now. Rally?

RALLY CAPARAS, TRAVELOCITY.COM: Well, Randy, it's been a terrible day, obviously. 3,000 flights in the northeastern quarter of the United States were canceled today. And what that means for tomorrow, you've already heard it just a moment ago in your previous report. Most of the flights have been canceled into and out of Boston's Logan and the New York City Metropolitan areas tomorrow.

As a matter of fact, I predict that those airports probably won't open up for much traffic, if any, at all tomorrow. So you can probably scrub all schedules into those major metropolitan areas. And advice would be for folks that are traveling that need to get on an airplane, find accommodations instead. It's going to be a very rough day tomorrow.

Philadelphia will start out the morning, shut down also. Their flights will likely be canceled until around noon. But once everything starts to open back up, the big problem will be 40 mile per hour winds. And with those types of winds, delays are going to be massive and cancellations will persist, even though the snow may stop.

So things aren't going to much better. It won't be until some time late tomorrow night before things start to really clear up in those areas and the snow stops.

KAYE: And Rally, could you tell us what is the airline's responsibility in this case? Lots of folks frustrated by weather delays. Oftentimes you're told well that's your problem and it's up to you. It's not the airline's fault. What is there?

CAPARAS: What they are -- we all have heard the terminology before. Acts of Mother Nature or God, they cannot control. And therefore, we are basically at the mercy of the airlines with this. However, they will do everything they possibly can to accommodate all of their passengers. That is only a clause there. It's just basically for protection's purposes, but they will do everything they possibly can to get folks to where they need to be.

But under these circumstances, it's nearly impossible for everyone to be satisfied with the service they're going to receive after this.

KAYE: It certainly is. Rally Caparas, thanks so much for joining us tonight.

And we are staying on top of the airport closures and delays. Click onto to cnn.com and link to a special report on the blizzard. You can see the latest radar images there, too. That is cnn.com.

What do Arnold Schwarzenegger, one of the stars of "Desperate Housewives," and a popular televangelist have in common? All had unexpected journeys to get to their chosen professions and are profiled in this week's "Off Topic" with Carlos Watson.

He joins me now with a preview. Quite a mix of folks in this one?

CARLOS WATSON, CNN POLITICAL ANALYST: Yes, Randi, you know, once again, we are trying to bring together the best variety of worlds. A little politics, a little entertainment, a little religion on Sunday night at 10:00. So I think it should be intriguing.

KAYE: All right, you have a little preview for us?

WATSON: I do, I do. In fact, you know, this past year, maybe past two years, we're starting to see religion define the mainstream more. So you think about "The DaVinci Code," you think about Rick Warren's "The Purpose Driven Life." You even think about "The Passion of the Christ."

And so, as people start to think about where religion is going, not where it's been, but where it's going, I say don't look at Falwell and Robertson. Think about a new guy. First time he's had a major national interview. His name is Creflo Dollar.

We've got a little clip here. And I think people would be intrigued by this young, but very successful minister.

KAYE: OK, we'll take a look.

WATSON: Yes.

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WATSON: Given the importance you just placed on social gospel, why do you have a Rolls Royce? Why do you have a private plane?

CREFLO DOLLAR, MINISTER: First of all, I would never spend that amount of money for a Rolls Royce. But when you take a group of people, and I'm speaking of this local church, and 25,000 came together and said we want our pastor to ride in this car, and it was a pastor's appreciation gift, then you receive that gift.

And I don't know anybody that would turn that type of a gift down.

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WATSON: Randi, he's at the heart of a movement called Prosperity Theology, which encourages his parishioners to look to be prosperous in a variety of ways, including money. There's been a lot of controversy about that. So we talk about that. We talk about the dawn of mega churches. So churches that have not 200 or 2000, but maybe 25,000 parishioners.

And then the other very interesting thing here is in many ways, he runs his church like a corporation. It's an $80 million a year organization. So I think people would be intrigued by what he has to say.

KAYE: And they're going to be intrigued by a little one on one with you and a "Desperate Housewife," too?

WATSON: Well, Eva Longoria on the cover of "TV Guide," on the cover of "Life," on the cover of "Maxim." And as I may or may not have mentioned before, for all of that beauty, all of that wondrous talent, she's also someone who's worked in politics, presidential campaigns more than -- longer than she's been in acting. So she's not just another pretty face.

KAYE: And she's pretty honest about what she thought of herself growing up, right?

WATSON: Called her ugly duckling. And not only that, if people tune in tomorrow night, Sunday night, you'll hear what she would put in her online personal ad.

KAYE: I think I also saw a clip of you dancing with her. I'll tune just for that.

WATSON: Oh.

KAYE: I will be there just for that.

WATSON: And the question is who dances better? And I'll let you be the judge tomorrow night at 10:00.

KAYE: OK, I'll get back to you Monday morning.

WATSON: Sounds good.

KAYE: All right, Carlos Watson, thanks so much.

WATSON: Good to join you.

KAYE: A fight for life in the nation's capitol. Up next, the story of one church doing its part to fight a war in its own community.

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KAYE: Day after day, we hear of war casualties, men and women wounded or killed at a young age. And the heartbreak the deaths caused for their loved ones.

But Iraq is not the only place where young Americans are losing their lives. There's another war, so to speak, going on. Our Aaron Brown has a report you'll see only on CNN.

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AARON BROWN, CNN ANCHOR (voice-over): In Washington, D.C., just down from the grand war memorials, there is a makeshift memorial to a war of a different kind.

MONTORIA FREELAND, HOLY CHRISTIAN BAPTIST CHURCH: There's a war going on right within our communities. I mean, yes, there is a war on terrorism, but there's a war within -- amongst our children.

BROWN: A war with real casualties. This past year, 24 people under 18 were murdered in the District, more than double the year before.

But statistics don't tell this story. Statistics are not children. They don't hold funerals for statistics at Holy Christian Missionary Baptist Church in Northeast Washington nearly every Sunday.

STEPHEN YOUNG, REV., HOLY CHRISTIAN BAPTIST CHURCH: Just from January to April, we got about 20 funerals of homicides. And it kind of slacked up, which I was kind of thankful, because I would get up on Sunday morning and tell our -- we don't have no funerals this week. They would all just applaud. They would be happy.

BROWN: No one is immune here. The Reverend Stephen Young has lost a brother and two sons to murder. He's grown weary of constant funerals, constant loss.

YOUNG: It never stops. It's just ongoing. Pastor Young, my son got killed. Pastor Young, my father got killed. Pastor Young, my uncle got killed. Pastor Young, my mother, my sister, my daughter. It never stops.

TIARA BEVERLY, HOLY CHRISTIAN BAPTIST CHURCH: It happens so often, people start to feel like another person got that -- little something like that. My brother was killed. I missed them and sometimes I'm just happy that he's not here struggling with life.

BROWN: Tiara Beverly's brother Anthony Wilson, Sr. was shot more than 20 times. That was three years ago. No one arrested.

Her mother, Sandra Beverly, is still grieving and still angry.

SANDRA BEVERLY, HOLY CHRISTIAN BAPTIST CHURCH: Ripped my heart and my kids soul out. And we see it every day. We hear -- it is smaller and younger people that are dying. And the pain is even dearer when it's a younger person.

BROWN: This year, the church buried two of its youngest. Eight year old Chelsea Crumardi (ph) was sitting in her living room when she was killed by a stray bullet. Princess Hanson, just 14, shot execution style after witnessing another murder.

They are remembered, along with dozens of others, on a wall of remembrance in the lobby of the church. S. BEVERLY: My son's picture's on the wall, as well as all the members like at the homicide. Their children, their loved ones, husbands, wives. Anybody need any extra love, anybody need any extra attention?

BROWN: Sandra Beverly leads Life After Homicide, a support group at the church. They meet every Wednesday night.

PELEANA LEWIS, "LIFE AFTER HOMICIDE" MEMBER: I lost my husband three years ago. And my husband's death have been tremendously a tragic to me and my children. When my husband was taken away from me, a part of me was taken away. My heart was taken away.

TAWANDA TATUM, "LIFE AFTER HOMICIDE" MEMBER: It hurts when I talk about my son. Every morning when I wake up, I goes to my phone. I have a message on my phone that he left on the phone. I listen to that message three times a day, where I hear his voice.

FREELAND: It's like no one is really dying from natural causes anymore. And that's terrifying. Unfortunately, it seems like it's a never ending story.

BROWN: But at this church, a church so accustomed to death, if that is possible, people try to find grace where they can.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: I actually thank God the day of my son's funeral that he blessed me with 20 years with my son. And there's a lot of people that don't even -- their children don't even live that long. One year old, two year -- 10 months old. You know, so I had to thank God for that.

BROWN: Aaron Brown, CNN, New York.

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KAYE: It's official. Billionaire Donald Trump tied the knot tonight in Palm Beach, Florida. Trump married model Melania Knauss in what some are calling the Super Bowl of weddings. It's his third trip to the altar, her first. The wedding is being followed by an even bigger bash at Trump's Palm Beach estate.

The menu includes steamed shrimp salad with champagne vinaigrette on the first course. The main course features filet mignon with green peppercorn sauce. The meal is being prepared by celebrity chef Jean Georges. He's catering the wedding for free.

CNN's Carol Lin talked with him earlier in the week.

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JEAN GEORGES VONGERICHTEN, CHEF: We met back in November. We talk a few items and went back and forth. She know exactly what she wants to know. She had a clear idea of how she wants the food to be and the wedding to be planned. And she had a clear idea. And then we did a little testing a couple weeks before Christmas. So she came into the restaurant. And we did about 20 appetizers. We picked 12.

CAROL LIN, CNN ANCHOR: My goodness.

VONGERICHTEN: On -- it was done.

LIN: That's a lot of food.

VONGERICHTEN: But it's just -- yes?

LIN: But Jean Georges, this is a woman, and clearly Donald Trump is a man who can afford to pay for this. How much is all of this going to cost? More than $40,000, right?

VONGERICHTEN: Oh, no. That would be the price, I think, of the food and wine, the cost of it. But what I'm donating is really my services. I'm flying down with three of my chefs. I'm taking my chefs from 66, my chief from V Steakhouse, and my chef from...

LIN: But they could pay you for the service. Why are you doing this for free? What do you get out of it?

VONGERICHTEN: I mean, the good friends. And Mr. Trump is my landlord and (UNINTELLIGIBLE) at Jean Georges Restaurant. So good friends. And you know, when he ask me, I say, I'd be honored to help you and to do the wedding and to -- I mean, it's exciting to me to -- all the friends and be part of the events.

LIN: Do you think that the -- you know, the least you should do is give you rent free, Jean Georges, right?

VONGERICHTEN: Oh, no, I'm not doing that for financial, but could be nice.

LIN: How did she describe to you, Melania, how she wanted the event to be?

VONGERICHTEN: She wanted a chic, elegant, simple, sexy -- I mean, she used all the right words. On -- you know, we put the (UNINTELLIGIBLE) together. And it was very -- she was very lovely to work with. And it was very simple to come up with the items. And she has a great impeccable taste.

LIN: Really? Because most people just know her as the super model that's on Donald Trump's arm?

VONGERICHTEN: No, she's more than that. I think she has a lot -- she has great taste. And she has a clear idea of what she wants the wedding to be set. And you know, on -- it was an easy way to work with, you know. It was wonderful.

LIN: What do you think -- this is a three day event. I mean, event, I think, is the proper word for it.

VONGERICHTEN: That's correct.

LIN: What do you think that's going to be like?

VONGERICHTEN: I'm taking care only on Saturday night, which is (UNINTELLIGIBLE) for me. And I think that we're going to get together. And you know, they're going to -- they're planning to have a couple brunches the day before on a Sunday. And things can be -- there's going to be a lot of people -- I think a lot of his friend know each other. And it's going to be just a -- it's going to be a big party, but I think pretty intimate in terms of his friend and...

LIN: I know, you're making it sound like the average family wedding, but the fact of the matter is, that it's gotten a lot publicity.

VONGERICHTEN: It is.

LIN: And Donald Trump is getting a lot of free stuff. I mean, do you think that that's -- I mean, you say that she wants it to be a tasteful, intimate, sexy event. But I mean, at a certain point, what do you -- how do you feel about being part of something that is essentially a three day sponsored corporate event?

VONGERICHTEN: It's absolutely lovely. I mean, it's so nice to be amongst all the people. And you know, I'm probably meeting a lot of my future clients as well. And so..

LIN: There you go.

VONGERICHTEN: ...it's good for me too.

LIN: There you go.

VONGERICHTEN: And -- but I think the lovely people and I think a lot of people are donating things because they're just, you know, be good friends with him. And I think a lot of people love them. And together, I think they're a wonderful couple. And they're really terrific.

LIN: All right, well maybe three's a charm in the case of Donald Trump. Thanks very much, Jean Georges. Have a great time.

VONGERICHTEN: Thank you so much, bye.

(END VIDEOTAPE)

KAYE: That's all the time we have this evening. We leave you tonight with your responses to our last call question. Should terrorist literature be published for profit? Here are some of your thoughts. Have a good night.

(BEGIN VIDEOTAPE)

CALLER: No, terrorist literature should not be published for profit, because at that point, it will show that people in this country are supporting terrorism. CALLER: Yes, Osama bin Laden literature should be published, not for profit. It's to show the motivation for why the U.S. was attacked.

CALLER: No, terrorist literature should not be published for profit. By publishing terrorist literature, it only prolongs the war and gives more propaganda efforts to our enemy.

CALLER: Absolutely not. It's ridiculous. It's a form of propaganda.

CALLER: Yes, because then that way, we know what's going on.

CALLER: No, it should not be published for profit. Who's going to profit from it? The terrorists? They're going to get more people into their, you know, information and into their mindset. And no, it should not be published.

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