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Earthquake Strikes Indonesia; A Look Back at Royal Wedding

Aired April 10, 2005 - 09:00   ET


BETTY NGUYEN, CNN ANCHOR: An empty window at the Vatican this Sunday morning. It is a somber reminder that the world has lost Pope John Paul II.
From the CNN Center here in Atlanta this is CNN SUNDAY MORNING. It is April 10th. We want to say good morning everyone. Thanks for being with us. I'm Betty Nguyen. And guess who else is with us today, Rob Marciano.

ROB MARCIANO, CNN METEOROLOGIST: Hi, down from the weather department in for Tony Harris who is taking some well deserved time off.

NGUYEN: Oh, yes.

MARCIANO: He's down in Disney World, enjoy it.

NGUYEN: He's having a great time.

MARCIANO: It's 9:00 a.m. here on the East Coast, 6:00 a.m. out West and here's what's happening now in the news.


NGUYEN: All right, let's get right to it. We are following a developing story out of Indonesia this morning. Just two and a half hours ago, a strong earthquake struck off the coast of Sumatra.

Joining us now from Jakarta is CNN Producer Kathy Quiano. She joins us by phone. Kathy, have you heard about any damage to the area?

KATHY QUIANO, CNN PRODUCER (by telephone): Hi, Betty.

There's been no reports of damage or injuries in this area. As you said, the quake happened two and a half hours ago and we have so far not heard of any reports of damages.

Now, it caused panic in some parts of Sumatra, particularly in a nearby part city of (UNINTELLIGIBLE) in other parts of West Sumatra. Residents reportedly rushed out of their homes, some fleeing to higher ground for fear of a tsunami following the quake but there was no tsunami reported as well that's reportedly come down in this area.

However, the Indonesian (UNINTELLIGIBLE) Agency says there have been at least seven aftershocks recorded after the first one. Now these series of aftershocks also fell on the island of (UNINTELLIGIBLE) where, as you remember, an 8.7 strong earthquake killed almost 600 people just over two weeks ago and we have to understand how people in Sumatra have been on the edge since then fearing another disastrous earthquake or a tsunami.

North and West Sumatra, including Aceh were the hardest hit regions in the December 26th tsunami and they're still reeling from that tragedy after nearly 180,000 people died in that disaster -- Betty.

NGUYEN: Yes, this area has seen a lot of damage. But, just as a reminder, this 6.8 magnitude quake did not cause any damage as of yet. You say no tsunamis also spotted in the area. But I have to ask you with those seven aftershocks is there any fear that tsunamis will be caused because of it?

QUIANO: Well, according to the (UNINTELLIGIBLE) agency I spoke to someone there earlier he said that the aftershocks were not as strong as the first one, about 6.7 or 6.8 depending on what scale you're using.

And he said that the first quake could have potentially caused a tsunami but they did monitor it and they said that tsunamis usually follow 30 minutes to an hour after an earthquake, so the aftershocks would not likely cause any tsunamis either -- Betty.

NGUYEN: Kathy, you also mentioned some panic in the area. Of course people are on edge after that December 26th quake and the killer tsunami that occurred after that that killed some 300,000 people or at least have some of them remaining missing as well.

I have to ask you about these aftershocks and these tsunamis in regard to the warning systems. Have they done anything to get a system in place so that people are made aware of these earthquakes well ahead of time?

QUIANO: Well certainly we've seen that because there have been several aftershocks as well after the first two big ones that hit Sumatra this year. Communication has -- communicating this to the people and to residents have been quite effective.

We saw this in Nias as well when the Nias earthquake happened. People were warned and they knew what to do, of course, basing it on what happened on December 26th.

So, the government is trying very hard to put up a system of at least communicating to the people on what should be done and also in the same way try to calm people down and not to cause so much panic.

There's been a lot of rumors in this area of another impending earthquake and people have been quite on the edge and the government as well does not want to cause too much panic in these areas and cause rumors to spread around -- Betty.

NGUYEN: Hey, one more thing, and speaking of that panic you said people were searching for places to go, what to do next. What about now since there have not been any tsunami warnings? Are people headed back into their homes?

QUIANO: That's what we're hearing according to some radio reports. We heard residents (UNINTELLIGIBLE) to say or government leaders, local government leaders saying asking people to come back to their -- go back to their homes that it's now safe and a tsunami would not likely happen.

NGUYEN: All right. That is CNN Producer Kathy Quiano in Jakarta this morning. Again, there was a 6.8 magnitude quake in the Sumatra area. We will stay on top of this story and bring you the latest when we have that information.

Also, our other top story this hour, Catholic pilgrims, they are visiting St. Peter's Square but it is a silent, somber day without the pope.

CNN's Jim Bittermann is in Vatican City with the latest there -- Jim.

JIM BITTERMANN, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Adding to that somber sense, Betty, the weather. It's been raining and damp here this morning and no pope in the Vatican. Normally on a Sunday afternoon the pope would come out and say his Angelus or Regina Coeli, which is the prayer they use during Easter.

In any case, no Angelus, no noontime prayer from the pope today because there's no pope. We're in the (UNINTELLIGIBLE) period, a period in which they're going to be looking at choices for the next pope.

There are some people gathered, as we looked down in the square, just a couple of minutes ago. There are people gathering already for a mass about two hours from now.

This will be the third in the series of nine masses in mourning for Pope John Paul II, masses which we are looking at in the media very closely because the fact is there may be hints in some of the messages, some of the homilies that are delivered, hints to what the thinking is of the cardinals who are going to have to elect the new pope -- Betty.

NGUYEN: All right, Jim Bittermann in Vatican City thank you, Jim -- Rob.

MARCIANO: A group of protesters is making its way to Rome to speak out against Cardinal Bernard Law. The former Archbishop of Boston is scheduled to conduct mass at the Vatican tomorrow to honor the late John Paul II. An advocacy group for victims of sexual abuse by clergy plan a protest. Law stepped down after it was revealed he knew about the sexual abuse.

We begin our news from around America with a question that's come up as a community grieves. The folks in Homosassa, Florida want to know how safe are their children? That was the focus of a forum there yesterday. Nine-year-old Jessica Lunsford was abducted and killed last month. A registered sex offender is charged with her death. Florida lawmakers say they'll toughen laws against sex offenders.

In Ohio, hundreds of people in Claremont County yesterday marked the first anniversary of soldier Matt Maupin's capture in Iraq. He's the only soldier still listed by the U.S. Army as captured one year after his convoy was attacked by the Baghdad Airport. Despite his uncertain status, the Army recently promoted Maupin to sergeant.

In Oklahoma, a memorial to mourn and remember now within the Oklahoma City National Memorial Museum the axle from the Ryder truck Timothy McVeigh used to blow up the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building on April 19, 1995. It was found near the site and had been in the FBI's custody. The bombing killed 168 people.

Unbelievably no one was killed when an out of control SUV slid across the Ohio Turnpike and then hit a stranded vehicle. It happened last week near Toledo during a snowstorm. The man driving the tow truck was slightly injured. The video was captured by a dashboard camera inside a state patrol cruiser.

NGUYEN: I'm surprised not more people were injured in that.

MARCIANO: Yes, very lucky.

NGUYEN: Boy that looked like a doozy (ph) there.

Look at this family here. In this week's "Soldier's Story" we got an even dozen reasons why one family is really missing one CB who is serving in Iraq.

MARCIANO: And just how high will gasoline prices rise before you park your car? Send us your e-mails, We'll include you in the show.

And good morning Denver, Colorado. Take a look at the radar. White means snow and we're into spring and they could get a couple of feet. Orelon Sidney is coming up with your forecast when CNN SUNDAY MORNING returns.


NGUYEN: Dreams come true for some lucky high school students. What happens when the prize patrol comes knocking? We'll tell you. That's coming up at 11:00 a.m. Eastern on CNN "LIVE SUNDAY".



MARCIANO: And a familiar face is no longer at the window. No Sunday blessing at the Vatican today as mourning for Pope John Paul II continues.

They were in church yesterday and they'll be back in church this morning. Prince Charles and Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, went to a small prayer service in Scotland where they're honeymooning. The couple wed Saturday in Windsor.

So how many -- how were the nuptials between Charles and Camilla? How were they different from the first marriage ceremony to Princess Diana? A look at that "Then and Now" coming up in this half hour.

NGUYEN: This week our "Soldier's Story" gets a bit crowded. Johnnie Chennault is in the naval reserves. He is serving in Iraq currently and when he left home he left behind a full house in Nashville. We're talking a full house, no joke. His wife, Ronda, joins us now to explain with all of her beautiful children, good morning Ronda.


NGUYEN: I think looking at this you have eleven children and one on the way. You're five months pregnant. People might want to know why would Johnny leave a family that is so large?

CHENNAULT: Well, it was his duty. He could have applied for a hardship and tried to get out of it but he kept saying that it's not right to say his kids are more important to him than another soldier's children are to that soldier and that it was only right for him to go and serve his country. After all, that's what he signed up to do.

NGUYEN: I have to ask you this too because Johnnie first was turned down by all branches of the military. Tell us why.

CHENNAULT: Well, he had too many children. When he wanted to join they told him that he had too many children to join active duty, you know, at a beginning pay and that they were afraid it would be too much of a hardship on our family. So, yes, they turned him down.

NGUYEN: But he was accepted into the reserves and boy you have a handful today. He is in Iraq. You are back home holding down this family, basically as a single parent. How difficult is that?

CHENNAULT: Well, I got to be honest. It's not easy. I have support from family and church and the other children are a big help in it all but we just do it one day at a time, pray a lot and do our best.

NGUYEN: Yes I see you handing one of your sons off to another son to have him hold him for a little while so he's not crying. That's what you have to do. You just have to hand him out to other members of the family to help you because you only have two hands.

CHENNAULT: Right. But I have a lot of spares behind me.

NGUYEN: Yes, you do. Eleven children, one on the way, have you always wanted a big family?

CHENNAULT: Yes and no. I mean I wanted a large family but I never necessarily planned on this many. They just kept coming. NGUYEN: Yes they did. Well, I also have to ask you it's got to be quite a financial burden. How are you doing financially with your husband away?

CHENNAULT: We're doing the best we can. Sears is making up the difference in his pay and that's really a big help because that puts us at the same pay scale that we were at before he left.

NGUYEN: Because he was working as a mechanic at Sears before he left to go into Iraq as part of the reserves. Now, OK, it's one thing for you to have to deal with all of this but what about the children. How are they coping with their father being away?

CHENNAULT: They seem to be doing pretty well. Everybody misses him. Things come up where somebody wants to talk to daddy about one thing or another. Our oldest son just got his license a week ago and, you know, it would help if daddy was there to help him with his car.

My daughter is getting ready to go to prom and she misses having her daddy there beforehand. And, of course the little ones especially off and on have their moments. But I would say everybody is coping pretty well. Everybody understand what he's doing and how important it is.

NGUYEN: Right and I understand during those moments you also have videotapes that your husband made for his sons and daughters so that they know that he still loves them even though he's away. But I have to ask you also how often do you get to speak with him?

CHENNAULT: He calls home usually twice a week and we talk maybe longer than we should with what it costs for a phone call but every bit of it is worth it.

NGUYEN: Quickly, when will he get to come home and do you think this sacrifice has been worth it?

CHENNAULT: They're hoping to come home October or November, at least before Thanksgiving and most definitely it's worth it. It's really hard and I miss him so much but I'm very proud of him and neither one of us would have it any other way.

NGUYEN: Well, you definitely are a strong woman, have your hands full and we wish him the best and hopefully he will come home safely. We thank you for sharing your experience with us. Ronda Chennault, thank you.

CHENNAULT: Oh, you're welcome.


MARCIANO: Looking forward to that family getting back together that big family.

Well, it's a right of spring for golfers around the world and there is a showdown going on in Augusta. It's already been a busy morning at the Masters, right Patrick? PATRICK SNELL, CNN SPORTS CORRESPONDENT: Absolutely right, Rob. Welcome to Augusta. Yes, it should be a thrilling final day. Tiger Woods, the world number two, has made his move and he's now four to clear on the rest of the field but only just. It's going to be tight I think between Woods and DiMarco. Join us for a live report when CNN SUNDAY MORNING continues.


MARCIANO: Well, the skies have cleared and the azaleas are blooming. Let's go now to the Masters Tournament in Augusta, Georgia where Tiger Woods is on the attack this morning. Patrick Snell of CNN Sports is live at Augusta National. Tell us what's happening.

SNELL: Hi, Rob. Thanks very much.

Welcome to the final day of the 69th Masters and, yes, it should be quite a thrilling finish. The third round players looking to complete their round. They began at eight o'clock local time and Tiger Woods, the world number two, certainly very keen to make his mark.

Now he really did bring new definition to the term moving Saturday yesterday. He really did charge up the field. Having started at two over par Saturday morning, he would close play at nine under.

That would be an eleven shot swing no less and he still had much to do though to catch up with the tournament leader Chris DiMarco, who had a four shot cushion. And Tiger would continue his charge early Sunday.

He opened up with four straight birdies this morning really continuing his blitz and I can tell you he is currently at 12 under par. That's one shot clear of DiMarco who has fallen away slightly at eleven under but still only one shot in.

Now, of course, Woods still has some way to go to surpass the great Jack Nicklaus' record of 18 majors. The Golden Bear announcing yesterday this would probably be his last Masters Tournament.

An emotional Nicklaus failing to make the cut after finishing at nine over par, although he has said he probably will play at this year's British Open at St. Andrew's where he won two titles there, St. Andrew's in Scotland and probably make that his Masters swan song. But we shall see. Jack Nicklaus, I think, may well be back here at the Masters. You never know with him -- Rob.

MARCIANO: Wouldn't be the same without Jack, Patrick. Hey are the greens drying out? The player saying they're a little faster today, going to be tough?

SNELL: Oh, I think so. I think we've had no rain at all for the best part of two days here and I think the greens have dried out a lot. They were never easy, of course, once they were wet, although they did perhaps slow up ever so slightly. But I think we are going to see some more lightning quick actions on the greens.

But I think ominously for the rest of the field, Tiger Woods has made a huge statement of intent but he is fallible. He has dropped one shot already today I should say and I don't think DiMarco, who is without a major, will be giving this one up lightly -- Rob.

MARCIANO: Should be a good one, Patrick. I am jealous. Enjoy your coverage this afternoon Sunday at the Masters.

NGUYEN: And, if I recall correctly, you made a little wager there with our Rick Horrow earlier today.

MARCIANO: Did we bet money?

NGUYEN: I don't know if you bet money but you placed your bet and it wasn't on Tiger.

MARCIANO: No, it's not. It's on my fellow Paisano Chris DiMarco and I stand by him.


MARCIANO: I support him this afternoon.

NGUYEN: We'll see how it goes.

The sun is out, which is a good thing Orelon Sidney.


NGUYEN: Orelon, I have got to tell you Rob was just mumbling and grumbling all during your weather forecast. Tell them why.

MARCIANO: You're making me look bad. You got all these fancy graphics you're showing. You know you're making me look real bad Orelon.

SIDNEY: I'm sorry. You can come up here and I can come down and stumble and fumble and read the prompter and you'll look real good up here.

MARCIANO: You're doing a good job with that. Thanks. Less red on the map always a good sign. We're glad that dropped that (UNINTELLIGIBLE).

SIDNEY: Yes, me too.

NGUYEN: Thank you, Orelon.

SIDNEY: You're welcome.

NGUYEN: Too funny that.

All right two years after the fall of Baghdad jubilation turns to anger as tens of thousands of Iraqis take to the streets once again. We will look at an infamous anniversary when CNN SUNDAY MORNING returns.


MARCIANO: Well, it's the biggest protest in China in years. Chinese protesters take to the streets with Japan in their sights.

Welcome back I'm Rob Marciano once again in for Tony Harris.

NGUYEN: Glad to have you up here on the desk today. Thanks, Rob. And I'm Betty Nguyen. That story is coming up.

But first here's what's happening right now in the news.

A developing story out of Indonesia. Just about three hours ago an earthquake, with a magnitude of 6.8, hit near the island of Sumatra. Seismologists with the U.S. Geological Survey put the epicenter near a city in western Sumatra. There are some reports of minor damage, but so far no tsunami warnings have been issued. This is the same area that was devastated by last December's tsunami and earthquake that killed nearly 183,000 people in 11 countries.

This Sunday, there is no Angelus prayer from the Vatican. The College of Cardinals has vowed to remain quietly in prayer ahead of choosing a successor to Pope John Paul II. Crowds, well, they are thinning in Vatican City as people who came for the pope's funeral head home. The pope's crypt has not been open to the public yet.

Israeli prime minister, Ariel Sharon, is on his way to Texas. It is Sharon's first visit to President Bush's Crawford ranch, a spot he usually reserves for close friends. The president says he'll renew his objection to planned expansions of Israeli settlements in the West Bank. Now, last month, Israel announced it would expand its largest settlement in that region, which is a violation of the so-called road map for peace.

MARCIANO: Time right now to check on some of the other stories making news in other parts of the world.

NGUYEN: For all of the details on our global stories, all around the world, here is Anand Naidoo at the CNN International Desk.

Good morning, Anand Naidoo.

ANAND NAIDOO, CNN INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: Thanks, and good morning to you. First up, those demonstrations in China against Japan. It's prompting Japan to call for protection for Japanese citizens who live in China. Thousands of demonstrators took to the streets in two Chinese cities, calling for a boycott of Japanese products. The protests are over Japan's bid to become a permanent member of the United Nations Security council. The Chinese are also angered by what they see as Tokyo's white washing of World War II atrocities. Anti-Japanese sentiment actually peaked on Tuesday; that's when Japan approved a textbook which critics say glosses over the Japanese occupation of China, that occupation taking place from 1931 to 1945. Now, moving to the Middle East, Israeli police confront extremist demonstrators in the disputed city of Jerusalem. Thousands of riot police sealed off a hilltop shrine in Jerusalem's walled old city. Only a handful of demonstrators turned up, leading police to believe that the gathering was meant as an exercise for a much larger protest, which is planned for later this summer. Ultra-nationalist Israelis planned those demonstrations in protest against Israel's planned pullout from Gaza.

Further east, Iraqis marking the second anniversary of the fall of Baghdad. The milestone was marked by anti-American demonstrations in the capital. Thousands of supporters of the militant cleric Muqtada Al-Sadr marched in the city.

Meanwhile, Iraqi lawmakers have been meeting, their first gathering since choosing a prime minister. Officials say they are discussing administrative issues. The Iraqi parliament has yet to begin the drawing up of a constitution. That's one of the important issues that they face, and that constitution must, of course, be completed by August.

That's all from me for now. We will, of course, continue to monitor international developments here at CNN, and bring you the latest as we get it. Now, back to Rob and Betty.

NGUYEN: And there have been a lot of international developments this morning. Thank you, Anand.

MARCIANO: Betty, we need to talk about a tough neighborhood in just a little bit. It's only 15 squares miles of Los Angeles, but it's ruled by 34 different gangs. In just a few minutes on CNN, a look at life inside one of the city's most dangerous neighborhoods.

NGUYEN: First, a "CNN Extra." Which airline is best at taking care of its passengers? Well, according to a new customer service survey, the answer is JetBlue. It is among five low fare carriers that earned top honor this is year. Nearly five bags were lost stolen or damaged for every 1,000 passengers in 2004. Five bags per 1,000 passengers.

MARCIANO: That's pretty good.

NGUYEN: That's not too shabby. Atlantic Southeast had the highest rate of mishandled bags, if you were counting. AirTran had the lowest.


ANNOUNCER: With the style of a warrior queen, Margaret Thatcher became Britain's first woman prime minister in 1979. The Iron Lady restored Britain's clout in the world, with her own brand of popular capitalism, termed "Thatcherism," and some powerful friends. Thatcher went to war with Argentina over the Falkland Islands, and won. And she broke the power of Britain's trade unions. She won three elections, but was ousted by her party in 1990, but she didn't go quietly. MARGARET THATCHER, FMR. BRITISH PRIME MINISTER: When the right honorable gentleman's windy rhetoric has blown away...


THATCHER: I'm enjoying this.

ANNOUNCER: Thatcher retired from Parliament in 1992 and was given the title baroness, but politics remained her passion. She retired from public speaking in 2002, but her life took a sad turn. Her husband, Dennis, died in 2003 and her son, Mark, has faced court proceedings in South Africa over his alleged part in an attempted coup in Equatorial Guinea.

Thatcher turns 80 years old this year, and still has the spirit of a battling politician. Her style of negotiations made handbagging a verb.


NGUYEN: Time now to check out what's hot at I don't have that answer. That's why we brought in Veronica de la Cruz.

Good morning, Veronica.

VERONICA DE LA CRUZ, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Good morning, Betty. It's good to see you.

Betty, we are tracking the most popular stories, the stories receiving the most clicks this morning. To find them, go to our main page and click on the icon "most popular," on the right-hand side of your screen, or you can type in

Now, our top story is coming to us from the University of Wisconsin, who's putting the oldest thing on Earth on display. This tiny microscopic sliver of zircon crystal is believed to be nearly four-and-a-half billion years old.

NGUYEN: I can't even see it. Where is that thing?

DE LA CRUZ: I know, exactly. The university had a celebration yesterday, complete with a jazz band. And those scientists admit there wasn't much to see, like you were just seeing, Betty.


DE LA CRUZ: Spectators did use a microscope to check out the tiny grain which measures less than two human hairs in diameter, and you can see it there.

NGUYEN: But worth a lot, mind you.

DE LA CRUZ: Exactly, oldest thing on Earth.

And our next story coming to us from Georgia. A man who telephoned a hotline saying he had dreams of killing children has died after he was shot with beanbags. Police shot the man with a non- lethal beanbag gun, which you see right here. Now, the weapon is designed to be strong enough to have suspects fall to the ground so officers can handcuff them. The man died of internal bleeding after the beanbag hit him in the area surrounding his spleen. He was shot from 25 feet away, but that brings up a good point, why not use a Taser gun?

NGUYEN: Or other means. Yeah, you wouldn't think a beanbag would do that, but I guess, you know, depending on where you're hit with it and how close. Anything...

DE LA CRUZ: Twenty-five feet away, anything can do damage, I'm sure.

NGUYEN: Apparently it did. All right, thank you so much. I'll try to get my microscope out and see if I can find it on the Web site, that little crystal. Thanks Veronica -- Rob.

MARCIANO: Thanks, ladies. Here's a look at our top stories now. It's the first Sunday in St. Peter's Square since the funeral of Pope John Paul II. Today, there was no Angelus prayer, the noon prayer traditionally conducted by the pope.

And a developing story out of Indonesia. Just hours ago -- three hours, an earthquake with a magnitude 6.8 hit near the island of Sumatra. There are some reports of minor damage, but no tsunami warnings so far.

And Prince Charles and his new bride arrived this morning for church in Scotland. The prince and the duchess of Cornwall are spending their honeymoon at his Balmoral estate. Balmoral is a hunting retreat in the Scottish countryside that once belonged to the queen mother.

And we're asking you this morning, are higher gas prices driving you crazy, or at least changing your driving habits? Your e-mails coming up a little bit later on in the show,

NGUYEN: All of the above, Rob.

Well, imagine this, a place where death is a constant menace and gangs rule the streets. The scene is all-too-real in the Hollenbeck neighborhood of Los Angeles, and CNN's Anderson Cooper went inside Hollenbeck. Here's a taste what have he saw.


UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Who are these two knuckleheads?

ANDERSON COOPER, CNN CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): As part of Hollenbeck's gang unit, Jay Dugger (ph) and his partner, Aaron Skiver (ph), have a specific mission -- gang intelligence.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: You're expected to know who's in, who's out, as far as prison.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: That's the only thing you go by? You never go by anything else?

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Who's active, who's not active, and it changes daily. You've got youngsters coming up and you've got old guys burning out.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Crystal methamphetamine.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: And you've got to stay sharp.

You better relax, dude, right now, dude.

Trying to figure out why you guys are so far east over here.

COOPER: The information they want is on the street.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Tall, he wears like nerd glasses?

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: No, no, no, that's Dusty.


COOPER: Any justification to stop a gang member is a chance to learn who's doing what and where. If you're on probation or parole, the police don't need a warrant to search you.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Using again, aren't you?

KIKI, GANG MEMBER: Cops are crooked. I hate'em. I hate'em that they can walk around with a gun and get away with it.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: You guys live around here?

COOPER: The cops compare their job to playing cat and mouse, while working a jigsaw puzzle in a foreign language -- graffiti, for example.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: 187 is the California penal code section for murder. Basically, that's a -- it's a death threat, basically is what it is.

I want to take a couple pictures of your tats. Let me see your stomach.

COOPER: Tattoos tell them who's in which gang.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: All right, put it down.

What about the Lock Street (ph), how old is that?

He's got the St. Louis Cardinal symbol on his chin, and the St. Louis Cardinals, we know that's an "S" and an "L" and then there's a little "T," St. Louis Cardinals. But for them, that means Lock Street. That's the name of his gang, El Sereno Lock Street.

Male, Hispanic, shaved head, a big black goose down jacket. Hello? COOPER: On this day, Dugger (ph) and Skiver (ph) spot a young man they don't know.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: He's running, he's running, he's taking off.

COOPER: He's wearing a down jacket on a hot day, runs when they drive by.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: In his waistband, in his waistband.

COOPER: And he grabs his waistband.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Watch his hand, watch his hand.

Those three indicators right there tell me he's got a gun.

Get down on the ground!

Get down on the ground.

That's the reason weapons are drawn, until the situation is under control.

Put your hands behind your back.

Get up.

COOPER: The man they stop says he was running to a friend's house and grabbed his waistband to hold up his sagging pants. The cops don't find a gun.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Man, I don't know what he had, but he had something in that waistband.

COOPER: But they do find something else.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Mr. Gangster, "Green Eyes."

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Don't be a smartass.

COOPER: Evidence linking him to a gang.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I did a little reading because I was bored.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: So you wrote "Rose Hill's gang," but you're not a gang member?




NGUYEN: And for Anderson Cooper's full report on one of the most dangerous neighborhoods in the nation, you'll want to tune in to "CNN PRESENTS: Homicide in Hollenbeck." That's tonight at 8:00 Eastern. MARCIANO: Now to "Security Watch," updating you on the week's major developments in the war on terror. Researchers at the nonprofit National Academy say although it's a long shot, spent fuel rods stored inside the U.S. are vulnerable to terrorist attack. Spent fuel rods are a byproduct of nuclear reactors. The scientists say an attack could lead to a fire that would release large amounts of radioactive materials. The government agency that oversees the nation's nuclear program disagrees saying the rods are well-protected.

Attorney General Alberto Gonzales says he's willing to listen to suggestions on how to change the PATRIOT Act, but he's against changes that would limit law enforcement powers that were approved after 9/11. Elements of the law are set to expire at the end of the year unless they're renewed by Congress.

And coming soon to a border crosser near you: Passports. If you plan a vacation or do business in Mexico, Canada, the Caribbean or Bermuda, you'll need a passport soon. The new rule will be phased in, in 2008.

Stay tuned to CNN day and night, the most reliable news about your security.

Well it's official, the first sign of spring, the nation's capital, cherry blossoms are out. Your Sunday forecast is coming up when CNN SUNDAY MORNING returns.


NGUYEN: Ah, the royal wedding. Prince Charles and his bride, the newly dubbed Camilla, duchess of Cornwall, are off on their honeymoon. The two made an appearance at church this morning in Scotland. They are spending some time at Balmoral, which is in the Scottish Highlands. Charles also went to Balmoral with his first wife, Diana, prompting even more comparisons between his first and second marriages. CNN's Hala Gorani looks at the tale of two weddings.


HALA GORANI, CNN CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): Charles and Diana, pomp and pageantry. Charles and Camilla, far more subdued.

Back then, Princess Di arrived in a carriage that would have made Cinderella jealous. This time, Camilla Parker Bowles arrived in a car.

The train on Diana's white wedding gown seemed a mile long. This time, the bridge wore a more modest off-white dress. A stark contrast in the venues as well. Charles and Di got married inside the dome splendor of St. Paul's Cathedral.

This time a town hall in Windsor set the stage. Charles and Di's vows were heard around the world.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: With this ring. PRINCE CHARLES: With this ring.




PRINCE CHARLES: With my body.


PRINCE CHARLES: I thee honor.

GORANI: This time, the words spoken at a church blessing after the civil ceremony seemed almost business like.

ROWAN WILLIAMS, ARCHBISHOP OF CANTERBURY: God is love. And they that dwell in love dwell in God and God in them.

GORANI: Some 600,000 people turned out in 1981 at St. Paul's. And it seemed all of England was part of the celebration. This time, outside the town hall, the crowd was much smaller. Back then, the wedding of Charles and Di was a fairy tale event. This time, the media spoofed the prince and his second wife, who many still consider a mistress.

And what about the queen? She was a very prominent presence at the first wedding. This time around, she was a no show with the civil ceremony, but she did attend the blessing.

For Charles, two very different relationships. A stormy marriage to Diana, a long time controversial romance with Camilla.

The couple, no longer prince and mistress, but husband and wife.

Hala Gorani, CNN, Atlanta.


MARCIANO: Well, if you like weddings, maybe you like flowers. If you just like cherry blossoms, you'd love Washington D.C. They're waking up to a near perfect day to see the cherry blossoms. Should be sunny, warm with a light breeze and highs around 70. Just doesn't get much better than that.

NGUYEN: Kelli Arena's probably seen those blossoms. She joins us now from Washington.

They are beautiful. Kelli?

KELLI ARENA, CNN CORRESPONDENT: They are lovely and the day is perfect, so the minute I get out of here...

NGUYEN: You're off.

ARENA: I'm going enjoy it.

NGUYEN: What's coming up on the story?

ARENA: Well, we're "ON THE STORY" from here in Washington, to the Vatican, and to London and the royal wedding. Our Vatican analyst Delia Gallagher is on the story of what comes next and how U.S. Cardinal Law, linked to the molestation scandal, will play a highly visible role next week.

We'll go to London and Paula Hancocks about Charles marrying Camilla. Can she ever win English hearts? And we'll go to Texas and the story of the prison warden's wife. Was she a hostage of escaped prisoner for the past decade? It's all coming up, all "ON THE STORY".

NGUYEN: Yeah, that Texas story a very interesting one. I'll be staying tuned for that. Thank you, Kelli.

ARENA: You're welcome.

MARCIANO: Well, all morning long we've been asking your thoughts on the e-mail questions which is: Are higher gas prices changing your driving habits? And we got slew of emails. Let's share a few with you.

NGUYEN: The first one is from Kelly in Florida.

MARCIANO: OK. Kelly says: "Do you think maybe higher prices at the pumps are the result of Americans, and people across the globe, ignoring the advice that we should be conserving energy? Can't think of a better way to drive that message home than to force us to think that way by hitting us where it our wallets."

NGUYEN: Yeah, that is where it counts, especially these days with these prices. Bill in Virginia says, "I have stopped driving. I filled my car up and it cost me $50.00, and that will be the last tank of gasoline I buy until the price comes down...I've parked my car in the garage, and I've been riding my bicycle, or walking...not everyone can stop driving entirely as I have, but many Americans can certainly drive less."

Sounds good, and this one from Esmeralda, who's disappointed in Tennessee. She says: "Not much has changed. Nevertheless, my fiance who usually drives us everywhere (pretty good guy) when we're together has lately been stating that he is low on gas, so we haven't been driving the car. Chivalry seems to have been down-sized in our home, conveniently may I say, since gas prices have rocketed."

Well, hopefully still, you know, opening the door.

NGUYEN: OK, so he drives her around because gas prices are up, he says let's take your car instead?


NGUYEN: Yeah, you got some problems there, Esmeralda.

MARCIANO: I got to admit I like his style.

NGUYEN: No. I don't think that one's going to work too well.

MARCIANO: Well, you know, it's been affecting a lot of people. With gas prices so high, drivers are quick to hunt for bargains, trying to save some money at the pumps. And that search often leads consumers to the Internet, for instance, is a popular Web site that helps you find the cheapest prices in your area. All you have to do is click on the state, put in your zip code, then you can put in your city's name and up comes a list of the prices from stations around your area.

Well, we checked it out and found that there were several Atlanta stations still selling regular gasoline for $1.99 a gallon. That's a bargain nowadays, and these figures come from the Web users who spot lower prices in their neighborhoods nationwide and then send them to the Web site. Want to check that out, save money,

NGUYEN: Yeah, I'm going to check it out now. $1.99? That is worth the trip to wherever it is, as long as it's somewhere like within 100 miles, let's hope.

MARCIANO: Good driving weather in some spots, winter weather for driving in others. Orelon, you got a busy plate, today. What's going on?


NGUYEN: Boy, she is pulling out all of the stops with the graphics. Rob, can't we get something like that when you're doing weather? Come on?

MARCIANO: Orelon, I got to schedule some time for -- you're just killing us. You're killing me at the same time with your...

NGUYEN: You should hear him.

ORELON SIDNEY, CNN METEOROLOGIST: Come on up, we'll talk, we'll talk.

MARCIANO: Oh, goodness, thanks, Orelon.

SIDNEY: You're welcome.

NGUYEN: And that is going to do it for us this morning. Thanks for watching. We'll see you back here next weekend.

MARCIANO: And Tony will be back after his vacation.

NGUYEN: You'll be back as well.

MARCIANO: I've enjoyed myself.

NGUYEN: With those graphics.

MARCIANO: Yeah, new graphics. NGUYEN: Those nice graphics. "ON THE STORY" is next.


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