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Chicago Violence Claims Another Student; Soldier Found Dead at Fort Hood; Escaped Inmate Captured; Wife of Reverend Billy Graham in Coma; India's Shortages

Aired June 13, 2007 - 15:00   ET


KYRA PHILLIPS, CNN ANCHOR: Hello, everyone. I'm Kyra Phillips at the CNN world headquarters in Atlanta.
RICK SANCHEZ, CNN ANCHOR: And I'm Rick Sanchez. We're sitting in for Don Lemon. Or, I should say, I am. She sits here all the time.


PHILLIPS: Well, little did we know, when the Golden Mosque was bombed 16 months ago, the horrors that would follow in Iraq. Now we do know.

SANCHEZ: And now that shattered country is bracing for more, as the desecrated Shiite shrine is hit again. What problems are to follow? That's what we're looking into.

You are in the CNN NEWSROOM.

Before we do anything else, let's go over to Chad Myers, because he's been following some severe weather that's been hitting the Sunshine State.

Maybe not a whole lot of sunshine there today? Misnomer?


Well, you know, the sunshine is the problem. It had sunshine earlier, warmed up the ground, Rick. And you know what happens when that warm air kind of bubbles up. You get those cumulus clouds. And there's enough energy in the air today to make these severe thunderstorms.

A couple of watch boxes -- actually, four of them now, one in Oklahoma, one across western Pennsylvania, almost down to D.C., one in Atlanta, all the way back to Charlotte, and then another one down into Florida. This is the area in Florida that I'm most concerned with right now, because a few these storms have been rotating. We had one off to the south and west of Jacksonville.

That's now pretty much since broken up into three pieces, so, no rotation. When a storm rotates, it can take that energy, when the whole thing is rotating. And, like a skater, when she pulls her arms in, all of a sudden, she's going very slow, pull the arms in, and, all of a sudden, that skater goes much faster, that conservation of angular momentum thing all going on here.

And, so, when storms rotate, we always watch to see possibly a tornado fall out of the bottom -- right now, no tornadoes, but some pretty large hail, Ocala National Forest. That there is almost (INAUDIBLE) probably Tavares. And then even toward Mount Dora, even a little bit farther to the east, toward Sanford, could pick up part of that storm system right there, and, then, down to the south, just some small storms trying to pop up.

We will keep you up to date. I do expect some storms to rotate today, do expect tornado warnings to come out throughout this afternoon. Now we're in the hot part of the day, 3:02 Eastern. That's warming up. The storms will start to go pretty quickly.

SANCHEZ: Spent a lot of time in Tavares, Florida.

By the way, so well-put. Let me quote you once again, conservation of angular momentum.


SANCHEZ: I mean, you know, that's a keeper, my friend.

MYERS: And you don't get to use that every day.


MYERS: There are only -- there are certain days you get to use that.


SANCHEZ: That's fabulous. You're so good, Chad. Thanks so much.

MYERS: All right, buddy.

SANCHEZ: All right, Kyra, over to you.

PHILLIPS: Sad news to follow up on -- we told you about it within the last hour. The wife of Reverend Billy Graham, the famous evangelist, Ruth Graham, we are told by a family spokesperson -- the quote is "moving closer to heaven."

Eighty-seven-year-old Ruth Graham just had her birthday on Sunday. Her husband, Reverend Graham, and their four kids are by her side right now, by her beside. Their fifth child, their son Ned, on the way from California to meet up.

She's been bedridden for a while. She's had a number of ailments, but has truly been hanging in there, continuing to be a tremendous support for her husband, the Reverend Graham, and all of their children -- Ruth Graham being the strong support behind her husband, raising those children, and keeping them in close touch with their -- their father as he traveled the world as a missionary. She would have a map -- or, actually, a globe in the kitchen, and show her kids, every single day, where the Reverend Graham was and how he was impacting lives, just one little tidbit about this amazing woman, who has truly been the backbone of that family for decades, married 65 years. She met him in college, Wheaton College -- the wife of Reverend Billy Graham, Ruth Bell Graham, now in a coma in their home, their country home in the Carolina mountains.

We will continue to follow up on her condition.

SANCHEZ: We're also going to be following up today on this story, a most holy site and one of the most sensitive in Iraq's internal conflict. This is what is left of the al-Askariya mosque in Samarra.

It was targeted before, a year ago, you might recall, when a horrific new chapter of this war really opened.

Let's get right to Samarra now.

CNN's Karl Penhaul has been following the developments there for us. And he's going to bring us up to date on what is going on.

And, really, if you could, explain why this is so significant, Karl.

KARL PENHAUL, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Precisely because of the religious significance of this shrine.

It's one of the most important Shiite shrines in all of Iraq for the majority of the population. That said, in Samarra, the majority of the population is, in fact, Sunni, not Shia.

But what happens in Samarra doesn't stay in Samarra. It reverberates very much across Iraq. And, so, that's why the entire country is now on tenterhooks after the bombing of this shrine this morning.

Now, where we are now is on a U.S. military base. Just about a half-a-mile out in that direction is the shrine itself. And we were talking to a soldier who was on guard duty this morning when he heard the explosion and literally saw the minaret s of the mosque just drop.

Now, talking to General Mixon -- he's the divisional commander for this region -- and he says that he firmly believes and all the evidence points to the fact that this was an inside job, an inside job carried out by members of the Iraqi security forces in place, in fact, to protect that mosque.

This is what he had to say about the incident.


GENERAL BENJAMIN MIXON, U.S. REGIONAL COMMANDER IN IRAQ: We have indications that it was an explosion that occurred from the inside. Therefore, it is apparent that somebody involved let some people in there. There will be an investigation done concerning the explosion itself. We have no indicators, though, that it was indirect fire.


PENHAUL: The minarets are gone, but what U.S. and Iraqi authorities here now want to do try and keep a lid on the situation to try and ensure that there's no explosion of Sunni-Shia sectarian violence -- Rick.

SANCHEZ: If this is an inside job, what is the government, at this point, doing or saying to try and assure that this type of thing is somehow controlled? Because, if it's their people, the Iraqi security forces, who are somehow involved in this activity, you know, it begs the question as to the country -- whether the country could ever be secure, Karl.

PENHAUL: Well, absolutely.

It has taken a lot of people by surprise, particularly because the Iraqi security forces identified a number of shrines and mosques around the country that were so sensitive, that they did need to be heavily guarded.

And, so, this has come as an embarrassment to the government. That said, Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki moved swiftly. He came this afternoon and visited Samarra, visited the site of the -- of the explosion this morning. And he ordered that 15 members of the security forces should be hauled in for questioning.

Now, the investigation at this point is being led by the Iraqi security forces. But the U.S. military has also said it will be sending in explosives experts in the next few hours to try and garner some clues as to about how this attack took place and exactly who was responsible for it.

But, certainly, the general is saying an inside job, and, so, either al Qaeda insurgents posing as security guards, or maybe some of the security guards having accomplices on the outside allowing them to come in, place those explosives, and then just detonate them -- Rick.

SANCHEZ: Karl Penhaul with exclusive details of a very significant taking place today there in Iraq.

We thank you, Karl -- Kyra, over to you.

PHILLIPS: An entire brigade of Iraqi troops is headed to Samarra to boost security. Are they up to the job?

Well, a U.S. general who spent the past two years training Iraqi forces would appear to have his doubts.

Here's senior Pentagon correspondent Jamie McIntyre.

(BEGIN VIDEOTAPE) JAMIE MCINTYRE, CNN SENIOR PENTAGON CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): Lieutenant General Martin Dempsey is the latest American commander to report to Congress that Iraqi security forces, while improving, are not yet ready to take over from the U. S.

LT. GEN. MARTIN DEMPSEY, U.S. ARMY: Iraqi army and police units do not have tactical staying power or sufficient capability to surge at forces locally.

MCINTYRE: After spending $19 billion over four years to train 348,000 Iraqi forces, neither the 154,000 military troops, nor the 194,000 police are in position to take control. And Congress is looking into why.

REP. TODD AKIN (R), MISSOURI: One thing this investigation has demonstrated is that transitioning security responsibility simply for the sake of transitioning will not stabilize Iraq. In fact, it may slow progress down.

MCINTYRE: One of the biggest problems is that some of the units, the police in particular, are riddled with corruption and sectarian sympathizers.

DEMPSEY: Police forces in the region are notably corrupt. And they get that way because, as we say, they live at the point of corruption.

MCINTYRE: Another problem is a lack of qualified leaders, majors, colonels and generals, who so far have mostly come from the old Iraqi army. It is, Dempsey says, a mixed picture.

DEMPSEY: There will times when this boulder rolls back. It's probably -- it's probably rolling back a bit right now in Baghdad. But I don't think it's going to roll over us, and I think -- I think we're going to be OK.


MCINTYRE: And, at a Pentagon news conference this morning, General Dempsey repeated his assessment that the Iraqi forces are gradually improving, but he cited the problem with attrition, the number of Iraqi troops that have either been killed, wounded, or just disappeared, walked off the job.

Because of that, he's suggesting another increase in the overall target size of the force, another 20,000 Iraqi troops. That's on top, Kyra -- Kyra, of the 45,000 increase already. So, it looks like it's still some time before Iraqi troops are going to be where the U.S. wants them to be.


And, Jamie, you heard it from the general. You and I have heard this. And we have been overseas. We have asked that question about when will Iraqis ever be able to take over security. And he mentioned the fact that, you know, this is a country that's used to dealing with and operating under corruption.

I mean, how do you even attempt to put a timeline on when the Iraqis could really take over, when that has been a constant sticking point, even before the U.S. invaded Iraq?

MCINTYRE: Well, you're right, Kyra.

And this is more of a forecast than, really, a timeline of when they things might happen. Now, General Dempsey did point out that, in some places, particularly away from Baghdad, things are working better. He cited Mosul as one example where the police up there are actually working quite effectively with U.S. troops.

And it may be that they will be able to turn over significant portions of Iraq, the sort of peaceful portions, to Iraqi troops in the near future. But, if you look at sort of all the -- the things that are going on here, with the troops and the training and the capability, you have got to think that it's really not going to be until some time in 2008, or maybe even 2009, that the Iraqi military and police are going to be able to stand up on their own, without any significant U.S. help.

And that's some time away.

PHILLIPS: Jamie McIntyre at the Pentagon -- thanks, Jamie.

SANCHEZ: Authorities in Montana have captured a fugitive they have been looking for. And, interestingly enough, this story has a tie to comedian David Letterman. How?

Well, authorities Wednesday captured the Montana State Prison escapee. He's accused of plotting to capture David Letterman's son. We should also tell you, though, he was with another fellow, a fellow inmate, who also fled last week. He still is on the loose.

Lake County Sheriff Lucky Larson is the one who gave us this information earlier today. Kelly Frank was arrested along a highway in northwestern Montana on Wednesday morning. Now, Frank, obviously, is the one right there on the left. Willcutt -- that's the one you see on the right of your screen -- still on the loose.

And, obviously, as we get more information on this story, we will share it with you.

PHILLIPS: Well, who drew up the hit list? Who signed off? And whose idea was it in the first place? All questions dogging the White House ever since the firings of eight federal prosecutors came into question.

Now comes the first congressional subpoenas aimed at learning whether the purge was politically motivated. The House Judiciary Committee is compelling the appearance of former White House counsel Harriet Miers. The Senate Judiciary Committee is calling on former White House political director Sara Taylor, former key aide to Karl Rove.

The White House claims lawmakers are more interested in drama than facts.


TONY SNOW, WHITE HOUSE PRESS SECRETARY: We have made available to all committees anybody who wants to talk. And we have laid out conditions.

It seems that, right now, there is more interest on the media circus. And witness the fact that it was arriving over your BlackBerrys this morning before we had been informed. So, at this juncture, you know, it's clear that they're trying to create some media drama. And I will leave it at that.


PHILLIPS: Attorney General Alberto Gonzales has acknowledged mistakes in the firings, but stands by them anyway.

SANCHEZ: Is there any hope at all for the immigration reform package? Well, the president certainly wishes there were.

The president apparently had very little luck trying to sway some of the fellow Republicans yesterday who are fighting him tooth and nail on this thing.

Today, a bipartisan group of senators met with Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff. Chertoff, by the way, was one of two Cabinet members who helped put this thing together.

They're trying to look for ways to beef up border security or border enforcement and thus address concerns of some of the measures' critics. Not clear when the Senate will take the bill up again, but some supporters are going to great lengths at this point to try and get it back on track.

There's one interesting and creative way, as a matter of fact, that some are doing this.

Kara Finnstrom is at Union Station in Los Angeles to tell us about one such dealywick (ph).

Tell us what it is.


KARA FINNSTROM, CNN CORRESPONDENT: This is an eight-day train journey that will be taking place from here. And the purpose of this train journey is to help tell the story of immigrants who have made the journey to America and their experiences here.

Now, in just a couple hours, a train will be pulling up on to this platform, and 100 Dreamers, as they're calling themselves, will be getting on board. These are all legal immigrants who have come from all around the world and have different stories to tell.

The train will be making several stops across the country in cities. And the Dreamers see this as an opportunity to open up a dialogue with communities across the country about immigration and to talk about some of the reforms they would like to see.

Now, their final stop will be in Washington, D.C. And you just painted a little bit of the picture of the debate that's going on there. They will be talking with lawmakers there, but they say they are not going to weigh in on one side of the legislation or another or on any of the amendments that are being considered.

They say, their purpose here is not to talk about the political debate. It's to try and refocus on the families, the very real people that are involved in this.

And one of the people who will be on board is a woman from Pakistan. Her name is Samina Sundas. She moved here from Pakistan, divorced her husband once she was here. She said that would be very difficult to do within her Muslim community. And she says she's trying to build a better life now for herself and for her daughter.


SAMINA SUNDAS, DREAMS ACROSS AMERICA TOUR: It doesn't matter where the immigrants are coming from, whether they're Muslims, whether they're Mexicans, whether they are, you know, Jewish, Hindu, Buddhist, whoever they are. We're all human beings, with same desires, same hopes for our families.

Really resonates what Martin Luther King did, you know, freedom right trains for civil liberties. And, really, for me, this symbolizes that there is a new movement going on. And this movement is not going to be stoppable. But the, you know, Senate might dodge that. Congress might dodge it, but we're not going to stop.


FINNSTROM: That's a grassroots organization that has -- helped pull all of this together, various religious groups, some labor groups, and just some community groups across the country helping to pay for the tickets for these Dreamers, and, again, helping to organize all of this.

The train should be leaving here some time between 2:00 and 2:30 this afternoon -- Rick.

SANCHEZ: Hey, thanks so much, Kara Finnstrom. Appreciate the information -- Kyra, over to you.

PHILLIPS: An epidemic of violence gripping south Chicago streets.


SOCCORO TOSCANO, MOTHER OF SHOOTING VICTIM (through translator): Enrique was a very big part of me. I miss him very much. There's a pain in my heart. He was my baby.


PHILLIPS: Kids killed crossing gang lines -- straight ahead from the CNN NEWSROOM.

SANCHEZ: Lured by the promise of a better life, now left in the dark -- ahead from the NEWSROOM, a new town gets ahead of itself in India.


PHILLIPS: Three-twenty Eastern time right now. Here are three of the stories we're working on for you right here in the CNN NEWSROOM.

Iraq bracing for a surge in sectarian violence, after the bombing of a major Shiite shrine in Samarra -- two towering minarets toppled to the ground.

One of two escaped prison inmates has been recaptured in Montana. He's 45-year-old Kelly Frank. You may remember, he was the one that was accused of plotting to kidnap the son of TV host David Letterman.

The wife of evangelist Billy Graham has slipped into a coma. Graham family spokesman says that 87-year-old Ruth Graham appears to be entering the final stages of life.

SANCHEZ: Kids carrying coffins, a heartrending image born of a hard heartrending reality in Chicago. Thirty-one school-age children have been killed there since last September.

CNN's Gary Tuchman has more on this.


GARY TUCHMAN, CNN NATIONAL CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): A woman grieves with her father. She has lost the youngest of her five children.

Fourteen-year-old Enrique Chavez was murdered. His mother, Soccoro, says the last thing he ever told her was that he loved her. On this block on the South Side of Chicago, Enrique was shot in the head, and then beaten by a group of young men. Police believe it was gang-related.

TUCHMAN (on camera): How are you?

SOCCORO TOSCANO, MOTHER OF SHOOTING VICTIM (through translator): Enrique was a very big part of me. I miss him very much. There's a pain in my heart. He was my baby.

TUCHMAN: He was also the 29th youth to be killed in Chicago this school year.

Just hours after that, number 30, when 17-year-old Darell Mitchell was shot in the back, and, this week, the 31st victim, 14- year-old Roberto Duran. The murders of so many children in one school year have stunned this city.

Father Ed Shea is consoling Enrique's family.

FATHER ED SHEA, PRIEST: It's awful. It's never going to be OK for me. I'm never going to say, oh, that's the way it is.

TUCHMAN: Even by the numbingly sad standards of the school year, Enrique's story is hard to believe. He was an eighth-grader at this school right down the street from his home, but his family acknowledges he wasn't there on many days. He cut school one day last week and took his uncle's van on a joy ride. It flipped over when someone started firing a gun.

Enrique got out of the car and was shot, and then viciously pummelled. His mother says, the neighborhood is a nightmare.




TUCHMAN: Much violence in this neighborhood?


TUCHMAN: (SPEAKING SPANISH) Are you scared to be here?


TUCHMAN: Just a half-block from Enrique's house is a well- established line of demarcation. The parents in this neighborhood tell their kids they are never to go on the other side of this viaduct. They tell their children there are gangs there who will want to hurt or try to kill them. Not so surprisingly, the parents on that side of the viaduct say the same thing about this neighborhood.

(voice-over): Enrique's murder happened on the other side of that viaduct. Enrique's friend, 13-year-old Javier (ph), lives next door. He's heard the gang warnings from his parents.

(on camera): Now, why would they want to shoot you? You're just a kid.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Because, sometimes, they say that -- that they don't care about -- about your age or nothing. When it comes to some -- when it comes to doing something, they do it.

TUCHMAN (voice-over): So, Javier's (ph) mother has taken radical measures.

(on camera): I mean, when he's not doing activities, what is he doing?

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Staying inside the house.

TUCHMAN: Is he not allowed to leave?

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: He's not allowed to come outside.



TUCHMAN (voice-over): Thirty-one youngsters murdered in one school year, and there's still a few days of school left.


SANCHEZ: There is a follow-up note to this. Chicago police report three arrests in that killing of Enrique Chavez. They're still looking, though, for a fourth suspect.

PHILLIPS: He made it through a stint in Iraq, but couldn't survive a training exercise at Fort Hood, Texas? Straight ahead in the NEWSROOM: an experienced soldier found dead. How did it happen?


PHILLIPS: A passengers' rights group is out with its report card on airline performance. And here's a surprise. Some airlines actually earned an A.

Susan Lisovicz at the New York Stock Exchange with the breakdown.

I think that's surprising a lot of people, Susan.


SUSAN LISOVICZ, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Well, I suppose, you know, they're trying.


LISOVICZ: But these are tough times, right, Kyra?

PHILLIPS: Definitely.

LISOVICZ: The Coalition for an Airline Passengers' Bill of Rights gave out F's, too.

The head of the group says -- quote -- "Prisoners of war have more rights than passengers on a commercial airliner."

And who is the worst? Well, the coalition says, American came in last when dealing with stranded passengers. United and U.S. Airways also got failing grades overall. And Delta, Continental, and JetBlue are barely getting by. They earned D's.

The report was based on the total number of flights subject to excessive delays and strandings and other factors, including lack of food and putridness -- that's their word -- on delayed flights.

It just makes you want to make a -- book a reservation right now, Kyra.

PHILLIPS: Yes, really. Jumping right on that.

All right. So, where is the good news?

LISOVICZ: Well, top grades went to Hawaiian Airlines and Aloha Airlines. Needless to say, those airlines don't have as many of the weather-related issues that plague those that fly on the mainland.

Southwest came out with a B overall. The coalition also gave out a few specialized awards. It's "Take the Money and Run" award went to United Express for abandoning diverted passengers in Cheyenne, Wyoming, last December.

And the "When You're on the Ground, They Treat You Like Dirt Award" went to American again for providing no food, having the most known strandings, and general mismanagement of crises.

The coalition acknowledges that its data is incomplete. It says the point, however, is to show why an airline passengers bill of rights is so necessary.

Turning to Wall Street, well, stocks are airborne, thanks to some better-than-expected retail numbers and a solid report from the Federal Reserve on economic growth in the last hour.

Check it out, the Dow industrials up 100 -- nearly 132 points, which is pretty much erasing what we saw yesterday. The Nasdaq composite, meanwhile, is up 23 points, each of them up about 1 percent.

We will find out if the market can hold on to these triple-digit gains when I return for the closing bell in about 30 minutes.

For now, Kyra, it's all yours.

PHILLIPS: All right. We will see you then. Thanks, Susan.

SANCHEZ: This newscast seems to have gone to the dogs.


PHILLIPS: Didn't that happen about two-and-a-half-hours ago, when you and I hit the air?


SANCHEZ: Exactly.


SANCHEZ: Man's best friend, you may rethink that saying when you hear about the golfer who put off putting to save a floundering pup. This is a doggone miracle she came along at that time. We will leave it at that.

When we come back, we will put it all together for you. It's a cool story, though.


PHILLIPS: Hello, everyone. I'm Kyra Phillips, live at the CNN world headquarters in Atlanta.

SANCHEZ: And I'm Rick Sanchez, sitting in today for Don Lemon.

Five days on the lam. Now one of two Montana fugitives is headed back to the slammer. And this is no ordinary fugitive.

PHILLIPS: That's right. The sheriff won't be the only one breathing a sigh of relief. You can count on David Letterman, too.

You're live in the CNN NEWSROOM.

SANCHEZ: We get a chance now to get more details on this story. And to do so, I believe we have Mike Mahoney from the Montana State Prison system on the line.

The gentleman you're looking there at Kelly Frank. He's the one who had broken out. And interestingly enough, he's also the one who was accused of trying to kidnap David Letterman's child. That's why this story kind of has a -- you know, an interesting link.

All right, Mr. Mahoney. What can you tell us, first of all, about the capture?

MIKE MAHONEY, MONTANA STATE PRISON WARDEN: Very briefly, I was notified by Sheriff Scott Howard this morning, late in the morning, telephonically. He was with our grounds crew that was part of the search team up in Lake County. And Sheriff Howard indicated to me that he had interviewed Kelly Allen Frank personally and then was trying to gather some information.

SANCHEZ: So he got out with that other fellow, right? The other guy's name is William Willcutt. He's 22 years old. Frank is like 45 years old.


SANCHEZ: How did they break out?

MAHONEY: They were assigned to a work crew that was outside the prison fence on the prison ranch.

SANCHEZ: So they were being treated, what, like trustees?

MAHONEY: They were treated as -- basically, that would be the corrections term used, is trustees. That's correct.

SANCHEZ: You didn't expect that they'd want to do something like this? But I guess they fooled you, huh?

MAHONEY: You know, when you have a population of over 1,400 inmates, every once in a while some people make bad choices. SANCHEZ: Are these guys dangerous?

MAHONEY: I think any time you have people -- where you have a prison environment and are on escape status, they should be considered as such.

SANCHEZ: So Frank is now behind bars from all indications. How about Willcutt? Are you worried about him?

MAHONEY: Well, that's what Sheriff Howard was wanting to gather information from Mr. Frank on, is the whereabouts of his running mate. And we are still working with the ground forces. When I say "we," collectively law enforcement in Montana.

I want to credit Lake County Sheriff's Department and all the folks on the ground up there who really made the capture. I'm about 250 miles away. So I want to credit the folks who made this happen.

SANCHEZ: One quick question before we let you go.


SANCHEZ: Did you know by chance or did anyone ever inform you that Kelly Frank had been accused or may have had something to do with the abduction -- or the planned kidnapping of David Letterman's child?

MAHONEY: You know, we know certainly that there's a history there. How we deal with him legally is on the felony charges as he came to the institution with.

SANCHEZ: Yes, you had nothing to do with that, obviously, but did you know? Did somebody make...

MAHONEY: Oh, certainly. It was part of his -- you know, the plea agreement.


MAHONEY: I believe there was language in his court papers that indicated that, you know, that was part of the issue.

SANCHEZ: Interesting case.

Mr. Mahoney, you're very kind to talk to us, sir. Thanks so much.

MAHONEY: Thank you.

SANCHEZ: All right.


PHILLIPS: Well, these words just now -- moments ago, actually, from the Reverend Billy Graham, saying, "She is close to going home to heaven." And we're talking about Reverend Graham's wife, right here, Ruth Graham, 87 years old. Her birthday was on Sunday. She has been suffering from a number of ailments for a number of years. She has been bed-ridden, but that hasn't kept the Reverend Graham from spending every single night with her, holder her hand, watching "An Affair to Remember" and talking about their unbelievable love affair of 65 years, the woman behind the evangelist that changed so many people's lives for decades all across the world.

I had the honor and privilege to sit down with the Reverend Graham a year ago during one of his last crusades, one of his last television interviews, and I got to ask him about their unbelievable marriage.


PHILLIPS: As I have talked to so many of your children, there's one thing that sticks in my mind and that is your wife.

BILLY GRAHAM, EVANGELIST: She sticks in my mind full time.

PHILLIPS: As a matter of fact, you said you're having more romance now than ever before.

GRAHAM: That is correct.

PHILLIPS: How is that?

GRAHAM: Through our eyes. She's an invalid and I'm a partially invalid. We have a bathroom between us. She has one room and I have the other bedroom and when I go in several times a day we look at each other and I'm telling her through my eyes, I love you and she's doing the same.

But I also say it and so does she. I never go to bed at night without telling her that I love her.

PHILLIPS: Do you have any regrets?

GRAHAM: Well, the only regret I have is that I didn't spend more time with my family. I traveled a lot. And also I didn't spend enough time studying and praying. Those are the real things through life I think are very important. But it's great just being a Christian knowing that on all occasions I can count on the Lord to help me.

PHILLIPS: All right. One last question. Let's pretend you're my dad. Will you give me one final piece of advice as I leave this room and carry on my life.

GRAHAM: Yes, just what I said start reading the Bible. I'd like to see you start in the Gospel of John, which is the easiest to understand and Genesis, which is the beginning of life and sin and death and all those problems that face us today. And not only to read, but to pray.

Because when you read the scriptures it will make you pray. You feel that you need prayer and ask him to control your life and I believe he will. We have to do that every day though. It's a daily thing.


PHILLIPS: Now, you listen to Reverend Graham talk about prayer, Rick. I remember the Graham kids saying to me over and over again throughout their entire lives they would catch their mother kneeling in prayer in her room, in the kitchen, just taking a moment out. And they admired that about how their mother was so disciplined and such a strong Christian woman.

I mean, it wasn't just Reverend Graham. It isn't just Reverend Graham that is such a...

SANCHEZ: But he really opened up to you. I mean, what he was saying about, "I'd never go to bed without saying I love you to her."

PHILLIPS: Oh, and, I mean, not only was she an incredible Christian role model, and still is until she finally makes her way up to heaven, but he influenced him so much.


PHILLIPS: And you saw and you've seen the tremendous influence he's had on the world.

Anyway, an incredible couple.

SANCHEZ: One of those classic love stories.

PHILLIPS: Oh, if we could all have a marriage like that, you know? What a blessing.

SANCHEZ: Well, we are getting information that Disney World, folks, you guys may be heading for a little trouble down there. Well, let's find out just how serious this might get for them.



SANCHEZ: Look at this. Cool or what?

This is a spacewalk that you're seeing right there. See the astronaut? He's right to the right of your screen in case you've got a small screen and you can't see it.

He's trying to do some fixing, folks. He's fixing what's called the solar array, trying to make sure they can retract it, because if it gets stuck then they'll have some problems with it.

So we were waiting for this to happen today. They told us it would be scheduled just about this time. And by golly, there he is, doing a little sewing, I understand. The old needle and thread thing.

And we'll monitor it for you. If we get any news on it, we'll share it with you once again -- Kyra. PHILLIPS: Well, with so many companies moving there, India is often seen as a high-tech Mecca. But for all the opportunities, some workers and businesses are being left high and dry, and in the dark. Some of life's most basic necessities are in short supply.

Our Don Lemon is there.


DON LEMON, CNN CORRESPONDENT (voice over): All the signs are here.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Yes, I see billboards everywhere. Almost everywhere.

LEMON: Promoting a Western lifestyle.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: There's Tommy Hilfiger, there's Esprit, there's Gap.

LEMON: This relatively new city is called Gurgaon. It's built especially to cater to India's burgeoning tech and outsourcing industries. But is it growing too fast?

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Every day it's getting worse.

LEMON: Ten years ago, Sangeeta Murthy moved her family from the congested capital, New Delhi, to Gurgaon. She says city planners promised a better lifestyle, one without India's chronic power and water shortages.

(on camera): How many hours a day do you go without?

SANGEETA MURTHY, GURGAON RESIDENT: At the minimum, nine to 10 hours, sometimes more than that also.

LEMON: Nine to 10 hours without electricity?

MURTHY: Without electricity.

LEMON: And you have to use this inverter?


LEMON (voice over): She's had to purchase an inverter, a device which functions like a rechargeable battery, to keep a few fluorescent lights and ceiling fans operating when the power goes out, which it does every few hours. Typically, they only get water twice a day.

(on camera): Now Gurgaon faces the same problems as the rest of rural India faced, not enough water to supply all of the people, not enough electricity for all of the homes and businesses. And the roads, some of them are poorly maintained, yet the builders, they just keep on building.

(voice over): The electricity board admits it's in a bind. MUKAT VASHISHTA, HARYANA ELECTRICITY BOARD: We are at present facing deficit trouble of 20 percent.

LEMON: So the scores of big international companies that flocked here to cut costs either end up in the dark or paid to generate their own power.

(on camera): Is it possible to survive without piping in your own electricity?

ASHISH TANEJA, CEO, VERTEX INDIA: Well, I think it's not.

LEMON (voice over): Vertex is a multinational outsourcing giant. Its CEO says in the beginning the infrastructure problem surprised companies like his and the government.

TANEJA: I think it was probably a chicken and egg situation. So, a lot of states were waiting for growth to happen before starting to invest in the city.

LEMON: Now the government is playing catch-up. In Gurgaon, a new commuter rail line is being built to ease traffic and tensions. A new canal is expected to help with the water supply. And the electricity board is hoping that by 2012, several new plants will help meet demand.

Until then, they're proposing incentives for companies to use private generators. But to make up for the electricity board's lost income, residential customers like Sangeeta Murthy could see their power bills go up by 25 percent.

(on camera): Is this the coolest place in the house?

(voice over): And on one of the hottest days of the year, she's wondering if this so-called tech bubble is full of hot hair.

Don Lemon, CNN, Gurgaon, India.


SANCHEZ: We are just now getting some information about an earthquake, a rather significant earthquake measuring 7.2 coming out of Guatemala. We're told it's on the Pacific side of Guatemala.

Remember, Guatemala City would be more or less in the middle of the country. They say it's closer to the Pacific side of the country, which wouldn't be too different from some of the earthquakes that we see here in our own country along the California coastline, that famous San Andreas Fault.


SANCHEZ: Yes, we've been telling you about this situation just off the coast of Guatemala. There's good news to report. I think Chad may have intimated it just a moment ago, and that's that the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration now is saying tsunami not expected. Because remember, you're talking about a 7.2 quake right off the coast, the Pacific coast of Guatemala. That could cause a problem.

But they're saying now tsunami not expected. That's obviously a relief for some of the people living along the coast there.

PHILLIPS: And when you and Chad were talking, we were saying 7.2. Now we're hearing possibly a magnitude 6.8 earthquake. Obviously, we'll talk about the difference...


PHILLIPS: ... between 6.8 and 7.2. Just striking off the coast, the Pacific coast of Guatemala.

SANCHEZ: Yes. And you see the map right there?


SANCHEZ: You see Antigua? That's like one of the most visited cities in all of Guatemala. It's where all the volcanoes are, by the way. It's right next to Guatemala City, which is the capital.

Thank goodness it's away from the coast. But then you see the area that's been plotted for, showing where the volcano may have taken place right there.


PHILLIPS: Closing bell about to ring.

SANCHEZ: Yes. Let's check back with Susan Lisovicz. She's standing by with a final look at the trading day.


SANCHEZ: Ding, ding, ding.

PHILLIPS: That means Wolf Blitzer and "THE SITUATION ROOM" is up right now.


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