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Senator Kennedy Hospitalized in Massachusetts; Cannes Film Festival Preview

Aired May 17, 2008 - 16:00   ET


DAN LOTHIAN, CNN CORRESPONDENT: So far we haven't been able to get updated information from the hospital. Simply what we've been going in is that statement that was released from the family pointing out he did suffer, Senator Ted Kennedy did suffer some seizure and was eventually brought here to Mass. General Hospital where he's undergoing tests and resting comfortably we're told and they also mention that they won't be releasing any additional information for 48 hours or so.
Now, throughout the day, we've seen a number of people going into the hospital in addition to his wife Vickie who is by his side. Caroline Kennedy was seen going into the hospital, also the junior senator from Massachusetts John Kerry also went in earlier today and spent about 45 minutes the hospital and then left without talking to the press at all. So, you know, it's interesting though that all of the indications so far have been encouraging that everyone is cautiously optimistic. One democratic source telling me that it appears that this is moving in the right direction. Senator Ted Kennedy has maintained quite an active lifestyle for a 76-year-old. He's been campaigning for Senator Barack Obama whom he endorsed and also just yesterday, he was at the ribbon cutting for a park in New Bedford, Massachusetts. So, staying busy, having a full calendar was also expected to attend some events later today. But obviously he's in the hospital and we continue to wait to get any information as to his latest condition. Fredricka.

FREDRICKA WHITFIELD, CNN ANCHOR: All right. Dan Lothian, thanks so much. Of course, we're going to continue to watch for those developments there. In the meantime, let's talk a little bit more about what these symptoms may have been that were exhibited rather by Senator Kennedy. Wendy Wright is assistant professor of neurology and neurosurgery at Emory University Hospital. Good to see you.


WHITFIELD: All right. Let's talk about what some of these symptoms are. We know loosely confusion, trouble speaking, moving, shaking, these might be some symptoms that the family identified as having a stroke.

WRIGHT: Right.

WHITFIELD: And a lot of times very similar to seizures.

WRIGHT: Very similar to seizures. And it makes sense, any time the brain is going to react normally, the brain is only limited in its capabilities. So, a seizure, a stroke or even a brain tumor can all act very similarly. You just look at how the symptoms present and whether they are sudden or come on slowly. And you look and see how the brain recovers and that's a lot of times what the doctors will do to try to figure out what is the cause, if it's a seizure or stroke.

WHITFIELD: And you're not his doctor but we know public record is he had some plaque in an artery in his neck and had surgery for that last fall. Might what he experienced today in any way related to what happened then?

WRIGHT: That certainly can be the case. The blood vessels of the heart, the neck, the brain, they are all very similar. So, you build up plaques in different ways. And it is possible one cause of seizure is stroke or even what we call a transient ischemic attack, a stroke that's in development, but then the body can clear a blood vessel blockage. So, it's difficult to tell but it certainly is possible that a stroke can cause a seizure or a transient ischemic attack can cause a seizure.

WHITFIELD: And his family had a fire drill. They have fire drills in places. We've heard our correspondents who knows the family very well to describe it as being. That's a great plan. But how about for other families who can learn something from this about what to do, what to identify, especially if you have someone more senior in your household.

WRIGHT: This is a great thing really for anyone in the public to know because for your own family member, even if you're just walking along the street or in a shopping mall. If you see something who is having difficulty with their speech, either slurring their words or not able to get their words out, if you see that they're weak on one side, or they seem disoriented that person should be brought to medical attention, especially if it's your own family member, and you know that this is a new problem for them, they should be evaluated very quickly.

WHITFIELD: Do you lay them down? Do you keep them moving while you're calling for 911, while you're calling for help? What do you do?

WRIGHT: You know, you probably just want to keep them in one place and keep an eye on them. Lying them down can be a little difficult and it might cause some potential problems if they were to swallow down the wrong pipe, for example. So, you just want to keep them safe and make sure that they don't injure themselves while you're waiting for help to arrive.

WHITFIELD: OK. Very good. And we heard earlier today which was, I guess, the first sign of encouragement that perhaps Senator Kennedy may have actually made a phone call himself two hours after the 911 call to say that I'm not able to make that luncheon after all this coming from a source within the family. That's a great sign.

WRIGHT: It is a great sign. We're hearing reports of that. That's very encouraging, if it was in fact a seizure, that's pretty common. Most people are going to be back to themselves within an hour or two and I really hope that's the case we're hoping for the best, obviously for the senator.

WHITFIELD: And not knowing exactly what the doctors are going to say from MassGen right now. His family said they need to watch, at least for another 48 hours. So, that's pretty standard operation if perhaps he would have to stay put at least that long even if we were starting to feel really good right now.

WRIGHT: Right. A day or two of observation, even in a perfect scenario, if everything else is going well is very standard especially for someone of the senator's age to make sure that all the tests are run appropriately and that things continue to go well.

WHITFIELD: What are some of the things that you're going to be listening for once the statement is made?

WRIGHT: I want to hear that he's recovering and I want to hear if there are any abnormalities on his brain waves test and on his the CAT scan. It would indicate why the seizure happened. It could be something simple like a change of medication or a minor infection but for someone of the senator's age when a seizure happens for the first time, the most important thing you're worried about is a new neurologic problem. Very worried about a stroke or brain tumor, or something that caused it. Hopefully, it's just a seizure that has no explainable cause and will never happen again.

WHITFIELD: All right. Dr. Wendy Wright, Emory University, Neurology Department. Thanks so much.

WRIGHT: Thanks for having me.

WHITFIELD: All right. Will all three of the major candidates for president served with Ted Kennedy in the senate and all of them responded after learning of this information today. Campaigning today in Oregon. Barack Obama whom Kennedy energetically endorsed for the democratic nomination, he said this.


SEN. BARACK OBAMA (D), PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE: We're putting in a call to Vickie Kennedy and we're trying to find out as quickly as possible what's going on. Obviously, my thoughts and prayers are with Ted, who is one of my favorite people.


WHITFIELD: Meantime, Hillary Clinton is in Bourbon Country at a campaign event at the Maker's Mark distillery in Loreto, Kentucky and she had this to say about Senator Kennedy.

(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP) SEN. HILLARY CLINTON (D), PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE: Speaking of health care, we had word this morning that my good friend and a great champion of working people, Senator Ted Kennedy was rushed to the hospital with symptoms of a stroke and our thoughts and prayers are with him and his family. Because he has been a champion for health care. Nobody has fought harder to make sure everybody got good health care. And I know that we all join together in wishing him well.


WHITFIELD: John McCain, he is the president hopeful who served right beside Kennedy the longest. On hearing that Senator Kennedy had fallen ill, McCain said this, and we "Senator Kennedy's role in the U.S. Senate cannot be overstated. He is a legendary lawmaker and I have the highest respect for him. When we have worked together, he has been a skillful and fair and generous partner. I consider it a great privilege to call him my friend. Cindy and I are praying for our friend, his wife Vicki and the Kennedy family." That statement from Senator McCain.

And before we move on, we'll remember that you can get the latest on Senator Kennedy's condition around the clock right here on CNN and again at as well. We'll continue to keep you posted on the developments out of Boston.

Meantime, on the west coast, a gunman open fire today at the church school festival in southern California. Police say three people were wounded. One of them critically. An off duty police officer and some other bystanders tackled the suspect armed who is armed with a semiautomatic rifle. They held him until police showed up and then took the suspect into custody.

Meantime, thousands of people in Lafayette, Louisiana evacuated from their homes in the dead of night after a train derailed and spilled hydrochloric acid. While no serious injuries have been reported thus far, but five people were hospitalized with skin and eye irritation. A railroad official says lime was being sent to the area to neutralize the acid. Residents have been told they may not be allowed back home for 48 hours. It's still unclear exactly what caused the train to jump the tracks in the first place.

Well, another Tuesday, another round of primaries. A look inside this coming week's contest in Oregon and Kentucky. Two different outcomes predicted in those states, two people who know those places well, join us to talk about why.


WHITFIELD: We continue to watch the developments out of Boston. We're awaiting a statement, an official statement coming from Massachusetts General Hospital about the condition of Senator Ted Kennedy who has been hospitalized today after suffering a seizure. The 76-year-old senator was being first being treated at a Cape Cod hospital before being transported to this larger facility of MassGen. And our Dan Lothian is there on the scene and we'll be checking in with him as well as awaiting this statement to come out of the hospital momentarily.

In the meantime, as you know, this is a very aggressive political season and come Tuesday there are two primaries in which everyone seems to be watching, the final five contest in all includes the commonwealth of Puerto Rico, Montana and South Dakota and then coming up next Tuesday, Oregon and Kentucky. Joining us now by telephone to talk about the Oregon contest. Jeff Mapes and he is senior political reporter for the "Oregonian." Good to hear from you, Jeff. Let's talk about your state and what your constituents seem to be liking. Senator Obama seems to be spending a lot of time in that state. Will it make a difference for him come Tuesday?

VOICE OF JEFF MAPES, SR. POLITICAL REPORTER, THE "OREGONIAN": I think that's the case. He's back today for another two-day visit, going to a lot of places in Oregon that you often don't see democrats, Roseburg, Pendleton, which is kind of a cowboy town. So, he's very much trying to, you know, sort of work all corners of the state. And he is favored in Tuesday's primary.

WHITFIELD: So, if the cowboy town, that's one that you described, what is it that folks there are hearing from Obama that they like?

MAPES: Well, I think they're saying that you know, in Oregon, they have been, probably more critical of the Bush a presidency longer than most Americans. So, I think when you're talking about a change, a change in the economy, you know, a change in the war in Iraq. I think those are pretty powerful things to be talking about in Oregon.

WHITFIELD: He has spent a lot of time there well ahead of anyone's expectations. Making his way west fairly immediately after West Virginia primaries and even quite frankly right before that. Why does he feel so confident that this is a state that is going to benefit him?

MAPES: Well, I think, you know, one thing if you look at the states where Hillary Clinton is strong, they really kind of running it hard the Appalachians through the midwest, down into Texas. And the West Coast has been pretty good territory for Obama. And so I think this is a place where they feel like, you know, they can pick up a lot of support. Another important thing about Tuesday, you know, that's the day that the Obama campaign plans to go over the top and in terms of the number -- having a majority of the pledged delegates, which they think is -- they are trying to build as an important milestone. The Clinton campaign has been down playing that. It will not do well at all for him to reach this milestone. Well, not doing well at least in one state. And Oregon's certainly a much better target for him than Kentucky, which you pointed out is more like West Virginia.

WHITFIELD: And let's talk about Oregonians may feel pretty excited that their votes really do count this go-around. Most presidential elections by this point, you know, it's already decided who the top contenders are. So, Oregon is certainly a decider. What are people or voters expressing that they feel like they really matter?

MAPES: Yes, you know, this is tremendous excitement here. You know, in all of rush for -- by a lot of the pundits to sort of declare the democratic primary race over after North Carolina and Indiana, no interest in that here in Oregon. People are more like let me decide. One spike in Clinton's campaign in Oregon is people constantly come up here and say, don't quit. We're still with you. Glad you're keeping going. We were headed towards perhaps a record turnout among democratic voters that hasn't been equal since Robert F. Kennedy and Eugene McCarthy fought the democratic nomination in 1968. That was the last time we had a primary that was as momentous, you know, in Oregon.

WHITFIELD: Jeff, does it hurt Senator Clinton that she hasn't spent the same amount in time in Oregon as say her other democratic competitor, or is that decision, in your opinion, that she made that decision because she knows that perhaps Oregonians are not fully supporting her?

MAPES: I think she's going to want to -- on Tuesday night, she's going to focus, probably much more on Kentucky. Now, she would like to do well in Oregon either if she doesn't win, to say, look, I'm doing much better here than you did in Kentucky, for example. It's still important in that regard. But I think, you know, once again, they've been talking so much in this race about how demographics are sort of destiny. And this is a state where I think the demographics tend to favor Obama. You would have a pretty well educated kind of professional class in Portland and the surrounding suburbs. And that is a very strong base of support for him and you know, kind of a tough nut for Hillary Clinton to crack.

WHITFIELD: All right. Jeff Mapes, senior political reporter from the "Oregonian." It is Mapes or Mapes?

MAPES: Mapes.

WHITFIELD: OK. I was getting it pronounced that it might be Mapes. All right. I'm glad I got it right the first time. All right, Jeff, thanks you much.

MAPES: I'm all right. Good to talk to you.

WHITFIELD: I appreciate your insight.

Well, now let's talk about the complete reverse expected outcome in Kentucky. Long time political reporter Joe Gerth of the "Louisville Courier Journal" is with us on the line with us as well. Joe, this is expected to be the state that helps reinject some more momentum for Senator Clinton. Why?

VOICE OF JOE GERTH, POLITICAL REPORTER, "LOUISVILLE COURIER JOURNAL": Well, I think if you look at Kentucky, you'll see the demographics that are a heck a lot similar to West Virginia. Lots of those working class white voters that she has done well with throughout the country. The education level here in Kentucky is relatively low. Only 21% of the population has bachelor's degrees or above. So, it really plays into her -- what has been her strengths. And also this has been a Clinton state for a long time in the last seven presidential elections, the only two elections the democrats carried in the general were the two in which Bill Clinton was on the ballot. So, it's a long time Clinton state and demographics help a lot.

WHITFIELD: So, the history is there in support of the Clinton dynasty if you will. But she's spending a lot of time there, isn't she? What's the logic behind why she would want to spend time, so much time in a place where hands down she's got the support. What are the areas perhaps that she needs to focus on? GERTH: Well, I think what's going on here. And I'm right now waiting for her to show up at an event here in Frankfurt and she'll be here today, tomorrow and Monday and probably on Tuesday as well. And I think what she's doing is, they are pushing hard to catch up in the popular vote. And they see Kentucky as a place where they can really pile on, especially since Barack Obama has only been here once this year and he seems like he's overlooking the state.

WHITFIELD: And so this is sort of pay back then for him. If the folks there feel like he's not investing enough time, they don't want to reward him with a vote.

GERTH: I think that's probably a -- that's probably accurate. At the same time I think he's probably kind of just off the state to some degree figuring that I don't want to make it look like I'm working hard and trying in a state that is going to hand me a 25 or 30-point loss.

WHITFIELD: But clearly both of these candidates and we're talking about the democrats specifically, both of these candidates are looking toward November. So what does or doesn't happen in a primary as it pertains to that state really could hurt or help them depending on which way you look at it come November.

GERTH: I think you're right. If in fact Obama is the nominee which is what - I can't imagine anything else at this point. You know, she's got a lot of ground to make up here starting immediately after the primary if she wants to compete in Kentucky in the fall.

WHITFIELD: Joe Gerth, political reporter for the "Louisville Journal," thanks so much for your time. We appreciate it and your insight.

GERTH: Sure.

WHITFIELD: And of course, this program reminder, "Ballot Bowl" is back at the top of hour. We'll drop in live on Hillary Clinton at a appearance there in Frankfurt, Kentucky where you could hear Joe is. You could hear the crowd getting lined up and ready for her appearance. We'll take you there live.

In the meantime, the ground keeps shaking and now the survivors are running scared. A new fear tonight in China. Those who survived this week's earthquake could soon be buried under water now.


WHITFIELD: All right. Panic gripped several towns in China today, near the epicenter of Monday's big earthquake. Survivors dashed through devastated streets after officials issued flash flood warnings. The government said lakes created by the quakes were in danger of overflowing. Some 30 ,000 people fled for their lives. But at last report the water levels were holding. Also today, a mother was pulled from the rubble of a six-story building as her 10-year-old daughter looked on. The woman was pinned for more than 120 hours but sadly, cases like this appear to be the rare exception. (BEGIN VIDEOTAPE)

SALMA SIRAJ, REPORTER, ITV NEWS: Their high tech sensors told them there was a mother and baby trapped under this collapsed hospital. But after hours of digging, they are too late. This morning, both were found dead. This highly skilled Japanese rescue team could have been hit days ago when the earthquake struck but China has only just decided to accept overseas help. The delay has cost many lives.

TAKASHI KOIZUMI, JAPANESE RELIEF TEAM LEADER: We to use faster, heavy machine to take off these stones and big rocks and after that. So we have to use by hand very very carefully to take off this --

SIRAJ: China says the death toll stands at 29,000, That figure is expected to almost double. Fears that a lake is about to burst its banks caused thousands to flee to higher ground. But nowhere is truly safe. For the 5 million left homeless there are no words of hope. The future of so many people remains desperately uncertain. Salma Siraj, ITV News.


WHITFIELD: Well, several aid organizations in the United States and around the world have mobilized to assist the earthquake victims. To find out how you can support the effort, go to our impact your world web page and you'll find links to many of those groups and details on what you can do to help them. That's at

More news now from around the world. In Myanmar, the ruling military air dropped supplies to some of the hundreds of thousands of cyclone survivor. Authorities also showed diplomats three camps in an effort to show how well the junta is handling the relief effort. Some diplomats claim it was a ruse to justify denying access to international aid workers.

And political intrigue in Zimbabwe. An alleged plot to kill opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai. A spokesman said the plot prevented the leader's planned return to South Africa to contest a runoff election against strong-arm President Robert Mugabe. The spokesman wouldn't say who however was behind the plot.

And the British royal family gathered at Windsor Castle for the wedding of Queen Elizabeth's eldest grandson. Peter Phillips, son of Princess Ann married Canadian Autumn Kelly. The bride's tiara was a loaner from the queen.

All right. Senator Ted Kennedy rushed by helicopter to a Boston hospital. We're covering this developing story from a number of angles. The very latest from outside the hospital coming up.



UNIDENTIFIED MALE: He was eating my brains. I could feel it. I know what's happening. (END VIDEO CLIP)

WHITFIELD: Unbelievable. Attacked by a grizzly, this man was. And he has one incredible tale to tell that is. Hear it straight ahead in the NEWSROOM.

And you're in the CNN NEWSROOM. The latest on our top story, the seizure that sent Ted Kennedy to the hospital. Here's what we know. His office says the 76-year-old Democratic icon was rushed to Cape Cod Hospital this morning from his home in Hyannisport. From there, he was quickly flown to Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston where last fall in fact he had surgery to clear plaque from an artery in his neck.

He is said to be resting comfortably today while doctors try to figure out what happened and why. We have been awaiting a news conference from the hospital on Senator Kennedy's condition. But just in the last few minutes, the hospital has said there will be no news conference. Any additional information will have to come from Senator Kennedy's office.

Well Edward Moore Kennedy was elected to the Senate back in 1962 to finish out the term of his big brother, John. Well today, he is one of only six senators in U.S. history to serve more than 40 years. He's the youngest of nine children in a legendary Kennedy dynasty. But his legacy will be his work for the poor and the forgotten. Health care, family leave and the minimum wage are among his signature issues.

He ran for president in 1980 but lost to Jimmy Carter in a divisive series of primaries. Well this past January he threw his support to Barack Obama. But it didn't seem to help in the Massachusetts primary. The Bay State went to Hillary Clinton.

All right, time to brace yourself for some more sticker shock according to AAA. Gas prices have hit another record high. The national average for a gallon of regular unleaded is now more than $3.79. Prices have risen for 11 straight days now and the summer driving season hasn't even really begun. So what would happen if gas were to skyrocket to let's say $10 a gallon? The CNN Special Investigations Unit examines the what ifs. "CNN SIU: We Were Warned: Out of Gas" airs tonight and tomorrow 8:00 p.m. Eastern right here on CNN.

Now, more news from across America. A terrifying accident at a county fair in northern California. Part of a carnival ride collapsed, sending all the seats crashing to the ground. All 24 people on board were hurt. Most of them children. Three were air lifted to hospitals. The extent of their injuries still isn't known. A state investigation is underway.

And another accident in Wisconsin, this one at a Little League game. The top rows of a set of bleachers collapsed, causing people to fall several feet to the concrete below. Seven of them were hurt and five went to the hospital with minor injuries. And an emotional graduation at Northern Illinois University. Three students killed in a campus shooting in February are being awarded, posthumous degrees. Hundreds of graduates cheered as the family of Gayle Dubowski accepted her diploma. The families of two other victims will receive their degrees later.

A legendary figure in California winemaking has died. Robert Mondavi passed away at his Napa Valley home yesterday. He was 94-years-old. Mondavi opened his California winery back in 1966 and put the region on the wine map. He convinced wine enthusiasts that Napa Valley could compete with top French wines.

The NAACP has a new president. Ben Jealous, a former newspaper editor and Amnesty International director was elected president last night after a contentious debate between board members. Some felt he was too inexperienced. Jealous is only 35-years-old, the youngest person to head the civil rights group in the 99-year history.

Blue skies in Maryland today in more ways than one. The Blue Angels soared above Andrews Air Force Base for the annual joint services air show. The nation's elite military pilots wowed the crowd with amazing acrobatic maneuvers as you're about to see right there. Also strutting their stuff this weekend, the U.S. army parachute team and the world's most advanced fire jet, the Air Force F-22 raptor. Beautiful day in Maryland. That's always good to see, especially on the weekend. Jacqui Jeras in the Weather Center. I'm glad to not be able to say the Severe Weather Center today.


WHITFIELD: Let's talk overseas, Hollywood going overseas, the Cannes Film Festival. Well it's in full swing with a lot of A-list celebrities in France for the flicks. Some can feel the drama, they are nervous their new films won't get a collective thumb's up. Reporting now from Cannes, CNN entertainment correspondent Brooke Anderson.


BROOKE ANDERSON, CNN ENTERTAINMENT CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): the Cannes Film Festival here in the south of France is actually looking a lot like Hollywood with its strong American presence here. Directors Clint Eastwood, Steven Spielberg and Woody Allen are among the American directors with films here. Woody Allen's "Vicky Cristina Barcelona" premiered here tonight. I'll be talking with its stars, Penelope Cruz and Rebecca Hall and we'll bring that to you.

One American who is really coming out swinging here at Cannes is former heavyweight champion, Mike Tyson. Tyson is in town to promote the documentary "Tyson" based on his life. Now today he really opened up about whether he's embarrassed by the movie. Take a listen.

MIKE TYSON, FORMER HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPION: No, I wasn't embarrassed. I feel vulnerable because to be honest with you, I don't even know what I'm doing here. I had no idea this thing would make it to this grand scale here. I'm totally overwhelmed. ANDERSON: The movie "Tyson" is hoping to be picked up for distribution while here at Cannes. All right, but no film is getting more than this one, the fourth, "Indiana Jones."

Everywhere you turn at Cannes, it's Indy.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: It's just exciting.

ANDERSON: "Indiana Jones" is on everybody's lips.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: "Indiana Jones" is as cool as it gets. Come on. Harrison Ford, he's as cool as it gets.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE (through translator): Of course I've seen all the others, so I'm waiting for this one.

ANDERSON (on camera): Posters, banners, an archway at the entrance, even the famed Carlton Hotel has been transformed into one big "Indiana Jones" promotion.

(voice over): It's been nearly two decades since the famed archaeologist appeared on screen in hot pursuit of the Holy Grail. Now a more mature Indy is back in "The Kingdom of the Crystal Skull," premiering here at the Cannes Film Festival this weekend.

(on camera): How highly anticipated is this film here at Cannes?

LEAH ROZEN, "PEOPLE" MAGAZINE FILM CRITIC: Very. This is the big movie at Cannes. It's going to be a mob scene.

ANDERSON: The franchise which began in 1981 has enjoyed astronomical success.

PAUL DERGARABEDIAN, PRESIDENT, MEDIA BY NUMBERS: The franchise worldwide just in terms of theatrical box office, not counting DVD sales or anything like that, $1.2 billion unadjusted. You for adjust that for inflation, it's probably double that.

ANDERSON: There are risks to premiering in Cannes. Two years ago, another eagerly anticipated film, "The Da Vinci Code," was attacked by critics. "Indiana Jones" isn't taking any chances.

ROZEN: "The Da Vinci Code" screened on the first night at Cannes, everyone was still jetlagged. Then they showed this two and a half hour movie that wasn't that good, and people were vicious.

So, the "Indiana Jones" people have learned. They're showing it several days into Cannes. Everyone is over jetlag. They're showing it in the middle of the afternoon, and I think they're hoping for a better result.


ANDERSON: A few negative reviews have already leaped after select U.S. screening, but "People" magazine film critic Leah Rozen believes "Indiana Jones" is bulletproof at the box office.

ROZEN: Everyone wants to see it, no matter their age, no matter whether man or woman. I mean, this is the must-see film of the summer, and it won't matter a wit what critics say.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: This ain't going to be easy.

FORD: Not as easy as it used to be.

ANDERSON (on camera): Director Steven Spielberg told me that he's really nervous about presenting this movie to the public, but that he feels that way about all of his films. The new "Indiana Jones" premieres here tomorrow. Reporting from the 61st Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, Brooke Anderson, CNN.


WHITFIELD: Recovered from her war wounds, now reporting again. Kimberly Dozier talks with me about battling back from that bombing that killed her colleagues in Iraq, next in the CNN NEWSROOM.


WHITFIELD: Live pictures right now at the full house in Frankfort, Kentucky. They're awaiting the arrival of Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton, who is stumping there in Kentucky just days ahead of the primary there. She is favored to do quite well there in Kentucky on Tuesday. Of course, you'll be able to see her live remarks at the top of the hour in the "BALLOT BOWL" when it begins.

Meantime, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is in Iraq. She led a bipartisan congressional delegation and met with Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki, U.S. Ambassador Ryan Crocker and General David Petraeus. Although she's an outspoken critic of the war, Pelosi praised Iraqi leaders for moving toward holding provincial elections. She expressed confidence those elections will help promote reconciliation.

Well, it hasn't been easy, but Kimberly Dozier wants everyone to know that she's going to be OK. The wounded CBS war correspondent has written a book that even top military brass call inspirational. It's called "Breathing the Fire" and in it, Dozier recounts the 2006 car bombing in Baghdad which took the lives of her crew and she also recounts the physical and mental steps she's had to take to survive. I talked with Dozier about her journey and the day that changed her life.


WHITFIELD: How much of that day, that experience do you remember?

KIMBERLY DOZIER, CBS NEWS CORRESPONDENT: I never saw my colleagues on the ground. Paul Douglas and James Brolan were killed instantly. So was Captain Alex Funkhouser and his translator Sam. We were all within 20 feet of a 500-pound car bomb. I do remember though 10, 15 minutes after the blast the sergeant who was working on me tying the tourniquets on me to save my life as -- as I bled out almost completely.

And then next thing I remember is waking up in Landstuhl with my hospital bed with my family around me. And from that moment I started writing down what I could remember, trying to take the normal journey of a trauma victim to a trauma survivor, piecing everything together. I just happened to be reporter, so I needed a lot of details.

WHITFIELD: It was almost as if you treated your life as a story.

DOZIER: Absolutely.

WHITFIELD: But you had to have the wherewith all to do that because it meant reliving it all over again. At what point did it evolve into a sizable project that it is now in book form and you're sharing it with everyone?

DOZIER: Well a couple of people I worked with at Bethesda Naval Hospital, including a Franciscan monk who counseled survivors of 9/11, he kind of tricked me into writing it, saying but you write so well. Really he knew he was sending me on a grief process in that I talk about the incident over and over and over to try to find out the different details.

I've had army and marine commanders since tell me they wish they could get their guys and gals to open up, just a fraction of the way I did. They think they'd have a whole lot fewer problems with combat stress down the line.


WHITFIELD: And of course tomorrow at 2:00 Eastern time, you can hear more of Kimberly Dozier's account. She says that she hopes the book will help shed light on what thousands of U.S. troops are experiencing right now.

Attacked by a grizzly bear and guess what, he lived to tell about it. One man's near death experience with the scars to prove it next in the NEWSROOM.


WHITFIELD: OK, so we've all heard how important it is to drink at least eight glasses of water a day. Well if that's always seemed like a lot to you, some new guidelines now may be easier to swallow. CNN medical correspondent Judy Fortin responds in today's "Health for Her" segment.


JUDY FORTIN, CNN MEDICAL CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): If you question that water's an essential part of everyone's diet, but lately the issue has been raised over how much is really enough.

ELLIE KRIEGER, DIETITIAN: There's been research out for a while that the whole eight eight-ounce glasses a day has no research backup at all. And really it's a very individual thing. And so I think what happened was people just latched on to this number because it was really easy to remember. And I think people feel if they are not drinking eight glasses of water, then they are not doing well for their bodies and that's not necessarily true.

FORTIN: But if eight isn't the magic number, then what is?

KRIEGER: The general guideline is to pay attention for your thirst, that your thirst is a good guide of how well hydrated you are. And if you drink according to your thirst, you will stay hydrated.

FORTIN: And it doesn't have to be just water. The new buzz phrase these days is to keep it fluid.

KRIEGER: I think what's important for people to know is that drinks count besides water, fruit juices and milk and soups and things like that. What the general rule of thumb is, is that women, most women in a temperate climate who are of moderate activity, you have to factor in all of those things, most women need nine eight-ounce glasses of fluid a day, and that can come from tea, that can come from juice, that can come from water. Ideally, you want at least about half of that to be water.

FORTIN: Even fruits and vegetables can help us stay hydrated. Watermelon, cucumber, lettuce and even tomatoes are just a few easy choices to help us keep those fluids flowing. Judy Fortin, CNN, Atlanta.


WHITFIELD: All right, Dr. Sanjay Gupta is empowering women to take charge of their health. He looks at what can be done to avoid the No. 1 killer of women. Plus, meet a woman whose weight was suffocating her and discover how she went from struggling for breath to training for a marathon. That and more on "HOUSE CALL" with Dr. Sanjay Gupta tomorrow morning at 8:30 Eastern time.

All right this is a grisly story. A Canadian man attacked by a 900- pound grizzly and he actually lives to tell the tale. A warning, the report contains some pictures of the victim's wounds. It is and is very graphic. Peter Grainger of Canada's CTV has the story.


BRENT CASE, ATTACKED BY GRIZZLY BEAR: He was trying to grab me and get a taste of me.

PETER GRAINGER, REPORTER, CTV (voice over): Brent Case seems almost nonchalant about it now...

He went right into the muscle and right through the arm.

GRAINGER: ... as he shows the wounds left by a savage attack by a grizzly bear.

CASE: Come on, Sammy (ph). GRAINGER: Last week, the 53-year-old surveyor was alone in the bush east of Belacula (ph). He was taking photos for an engineering job when he realized he wasn't alone.

CASE: I had a feeling somebody was watching me or something was watching me. And the hair on this side of my head started to go up. And that doesn't happen very often.

GRAINGER: The next thing he knew, he was on the ground. A 900- pound bear was stomping on his body.

CASE: And I said, "Oh!" And I just said, "This isn't happening. This isn't happening." And I just -- I put my head down like this, and I said, "He's coming at me."

And I had my ax. And I said, "Oh, I can't hit him because he's too close and he has an agenda." So I threw my ax down and I said, "The best thing I can do is play dead."

GRAINGER: That's probably what saved his life, although that didn't stop the grizzly from biting him numerous times and gnawing the scalp on the back of his head.

CASE: I was saying, "He's eating my brain. I can feel it. I know it's happening." And I said, "God, I hope he gets it over soon."

And then I just said when I was down there -- and I was just down and I was shaking so bad. And I was bleeding, and the sounds and everything were just unbelievable. I just said, "I'm too young to die."

GRAINGER: Case has a lot to live for. His family is number one. So his will to live took over.

Being bear savvy by playing dead, the bear lost interest and lumbered away. So did Case.

CASE: And I got down in a crouch and I just started running in a crouch. And I just kept on running. I said, "I've got to go because I'm going to go into shock here pretty quick, I'm sure."

GRAINGER: Despite deep gashes and bites and being blinded by blood, Case got to his truck and drove 25 kilometers to the nearest gas station. An ambulance came to the rescue but...

CASE: A bumpy ride, I must say. That road needs to be fixed. And Gordon Campbell should be fixing the roads. One road he should fix is (INAUDIBLE). I thought I was going to die a few times.

GRAINGER: His recovery will take time, but the seasoned outdoorsman isn't afraid of going back to the bush. Case says he can hardly wait, and says if he ever meets another hungry grizzly, he's prepared to play dead again.

Peter Grainger, CTV News.


WHITFIELD: Wow. That man is amazing. All right, from underground to under water. 40 New York subway cars were dumped into the Atlantic Ocean off Maryland yesterday. While this may look like an environmental crime, it's actually an environmental project. Organizers are saying the cars become artificial reefs on the ocean floor, providing an ideal habitat for fish and other critters. Who knew?

All right, Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama on the campaign trail and John McCain preparing for some Saturday night laughs. Live pictures of Hillary Clinton's rally in Frankfort, Kentucky, right there she is posed, ready to take to the microphone. Live coverage in the CNN "BALLOT BOWL" at the top of the hour. I'm Fredricka Whitfield, have a great day.