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Thousands Pay Respects to Kennedy; Psychological Effects of Captivity; Photographer, Model Arrested for Nude Photos; Swine Flu Resurgence

Aired August 28, 2009 - 07:00   ET


CAROL COSTELLO, CNN ANCHOR: Hey, good morning, everyone. We've just hit the top of the hour at 7:00 Eastern time. I'm Carol Costello in for Kiran Chetry.

JOHN ROBERTS, CNN ANCHOR: Good morning. I'm John Roberts. Thanks for being with us. Here are the big stories that we'll be breaking down for you in the next 15 minutes.

Mourning a loss and celebrating a life. The widow of Senator Ted Kennedy says she is taking tremendous solace from the huge crowds coming to the JFK Library to pay their respects to the liberal lion in the Senate. President Obama and heads of state from Ireland and the UK all expected to be on hand for his funeral. We are live in Boston coming up in just a moment.

COSTELLO: She was kidnapped 18 years ago as a child, and this morning she is free. Police say 29 year-old Jaycee Dugard was living in a compound of tents and sheds in a secluded backyard. And the man accused of taking her, also the father of her two children. The astonishing story ahead.

Plus, how does the family begin to put their lives back together?

ROBERTS: Tropical storm Danny is coming together. It could pick up strength. Warnings are in effect along North Carolina's coast, plus large waves and live-threatening rip currents are expected up and down the entire east coast this weekend.

COSTELLO: And a rush to put out vaccines. Schools on alert, all when Washington warning half the country could be infected with swine flu and up to 90,000 people could die from it this year. Is h1n1 really such a huge threat, or have we caught a case of swine flu fever? Answers ahead from the director of the CDC.

ROBERTS: Thousands of Americans, many who didn't know him, are lining up to say good-bye to Senator Ted Kennedy. Today at 7:00, there will be a memorial service at the library. Vice President Joe Biden and Senator John McCain will be among the speakers this evening.

CNN's Deb Feyerick is live in Boston for us right now, and just an incredible outpouring of gratitude to a man who meant so much to so many people there in the state of Massachusetts - Deb.

DEBORAH FEYERICK, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Yes, absolutely. One thing, as you talk to people in line, that have a personal connection to Senator Kennedy. They may have met him once or they may have just followed his career.

But if you are from Massachusetts there is a really a deeps sense that this is somebody who is a part of them. I spoke to somebody who grew up here. He said he will always remember the moment that he heard Senator Kennedy died, which is pretty remarkable when you think about just the impact there.

You can see the line. We're taking a live picture there. And about an hour ago, there were, I would say, 50 people. But now they're really beginning to pour in, the line is several hundred long. Last night, they didn't close down the library until about 2:00 in the morning, 21,000 people paying their respects.

There was a six-hour period last night. We expect the lines today to be much, much longer, the viewing today 8:00 to 3:00, at which point they will clear it out for the dignitaries who are expected to attend.

Again, a lot of people getting early, not only to pay their respects but also to say goodbye - John.

ROBERTS: Deb Feyerick for us live in Boston for us. Deb, thanks so much.

CNN will bring you special live coverage of Senator Kennedy's memorial starting at 8:00 this morning until 3:00 this afternoon. We'll be live outside of the JFK library. Tonight, at 7:00 eastern, we will be live at the celebration of life memorial service for the senator.

For the best coverage of the final farewells to Senator Kennedy, stay with CNN all day.

COSTELLO: Now to a developing story out of California, where a family is waking up this morning, their lives changed forever, and for the better.

This is Jaycee Lee Dugard. She was kidnapped more than 18 years ago when she was just 11 years old. Her stepfather watched the abduction, but could not stop it.

This morning, Dugard is free. Police say for nearly two decades, she's been living here, in a compound of tents and sheds in the backyard of her alleged kidnappers, Phillip and Nancy Garrido's house.

The horrifying twist to all of this, police say Phillip Garrido had two daughters with his victim. The children are now 11 and 15. They've never been to school, never even seen a doctor, and they were born in this backyard.

The Garridos are behind bars this morning. Phillip Garrido is already talking. You'll hear from him in just a few minutes. But, first, how the whole plot unraveled because of one observant security guard. Our Randi Kaye has the incredible story from Los Angeles.

RANDI KAYE, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Good morning, John and Carol. Until now, Jaycee Dugard hasn't been seen since June 1991.


KAYE: She was grabbed as she walked to her bus stop in South Lake Tahoe, California. Her stepfather, on the driveway, saw his little girl, blond, blue-eyed, all dressed in pink, disappear into a strange car.

KAYE (on camera): What do you remember about the day Jaycee disappeared?

CARL PROBYN, JAYCEE LEE DUGARD'S STEPFATHER: The minute I saw that door fly open, I was trying to jump on my mountain bike and tried to get to her. My neighbor was watering and I told her, call 911. They had a two-minute head start.

KAYE (voice-over): Those two minutes turned into nearly two decades. There were searches, missing fliers, and reward money. Nothing brought Jaycee back, not even her mother's plea.

TERRY PROBYN, JAYCEE LEE DUGARD'S MOTHER: Jaycee, if you hear mommy, I love you, and I want you to come home tonight.

KAYE: Jaycee did finally come home -- yesterday, when she suddenly walked into a police station outside of San Francisco with her alleged kidnappers and told officers who she was.

TERRY PROBYN: My wildest dreams after 18 years. I mean, this is like the total package, like winning the lotto.

KAYE: Early this morning, Jaycee's stepfather got the call he's been waiting for from Jaycee's mom. They are now separated.

CARL PROBYN: She goes, are you sitting down? And I said, yes. She goes, they found Jaycee. She paused for a few seconds and she goes, she's alive. And so we both cried for about ten minutes before we could talk.

KAYE: Jaycee's accused kidnappers, Phillip and Nancy Garrido, are in custody, charges expected tomorrow.

KAYE (on camera): Here's how it all unfolded. On Tuesday, a security guard at the U.C. Berkeley campus noticed Mr. Garrido handing out fliers with two young children. A background check showed he was a convicted sex offender on parole.

When questioned by his parole officer yesterday, with his wife, the two children, and the woman he called Alyssa at his side, it turned out Alyssa was Jaycee Dugard. Authorities say he admitted kidnapping her all those years ago and fathering two children with her.

KAYE (voice-over): Even though parole officers had visited Garrido's house over the years, no one ever spotted Jaycee Dugard. Why not? FRED KOLLAR, EL DORADO COUNTY SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT: There was a secondary back yard that's screened from view from literally all around, only accessed through a very small, narrow tarp. Her and the two children were living in sheds. There was one shed was entirely soundproofed and could only be opened from the outside.

KAYE: Phillip Garrido served time for kidnapping and rape out in Nevada. Out on parole, he wears a GPS tracking device. The children he fathered are now with their mother, Jaycee -- 11 and 15 years old, police say, they've never been to school or to the doctor. Still, they and their mom are free.

CARL PROBYN: I'm so happy. I haven't gone there.

KAYE (on camera): Where's this emotion coming from?

CARL PROBYN: It's tears locked up. I'm an old Vietnam vet that's shell shocked. I mean, how much nerves do I have to have to go through this?


KAYE: Tears of joy after so many years of sadness. John, Carol, back to you.

COSTELLO: And you saw him there in Randi's report. And in our last hour here on AMERICAN MORNING, John talked to Jaycee Dugard's stepfather, Carl Probyn. And he asked, did he ever lose hope, how's he coping? And what was it like to watch Jaycee's kidnapping?


CARL PROBYN: I did lose hope. But I'm coping as it's over and the last 18 years have been pretty rough, but these last two days have been pretty good.


CARL PROBYN: Got an ending to this.

ROBERTS: What have the last two days been like for you?

CARL PROBYN: Basically, I've probably done 100 interviews. They've been busy, so I haven't had time to think about anything. I've had about four hours sleep and just keep busy, keep doing things, you know, and learning more information, and things are going good.

Once I got next to her, cut her off. And basically when I saw the door fly open, I jumped on the mountain bike. I realized I couldn't get to her in time. The hill was too steep. So I rode back down, yelled at a neighbor for 911. And they had a two-minute head start.

I have a lot of questions, like how do they get out of there? You would think they would block the roads off and they would have had them, but they got away. (END VIDEO CLIP)

COSTELLO: Police say they already started the work of reunifying the family and that it will be a long and ongoing process. Officer say that Jaycee Dugard is, quote, "in good health, but living in the backyard in the past 18 years does take its toll."

ROBERTS: Phillip Garrido has already served time in Nevada for rape and kidnapping. Now back in jail, he is already talking to the media.

CNN affiliate KCRA spoke to Garrido. He says he left documents with the FBI a few days ago and that they'll shed light on the case. Garrido also added , quote, "They'll be part of the trial." We also asked the FBI about that, but there's been no answer so far.

Here's what else Garrido had to say.


PHILLIP GARRIDO, ALLEGED KIDNAPPER OF JAYCEE LEE DUGARD: You can read that document. My life has been straightened out. Wait until you hear the story of what took place at this house, and you're going to be absolutely impressed.

It's a disgusting thing that took place with me in the beginning. But I turned my life completely around. And to be able to understand that, you'll have to start that. You're going to hear the most powerful story coming from the witness, from the victim.

If you take this a step at a time, you're going to fall over backwards. And in the end, you're going to find the most powerful, heartwarming story.


ROBERTS: We also asked Casey's stepfather -- or Jaycee's stepfather about that statement. We asked Carl Probyn what his thoughts were about what Garrido said. He said it was sick.

So how can this family heal after so many years apart, after so much trauma? Ahead, forensic psychologist Dr. Helen Morrison gives us some answers here on the most news in the morning.

COSTELLO: And we're tracking tropical storm Danny right now. Forecasters says it's a disorganized system, but it could gain some strength today from the Carolinas to New England. Nobody one tracks a disorganized storm better than our Rob Marciano.

He's live in Mystic, Connecticut this morning. He's actually at a dog days festival, and he's going to introduce us to some amazing actual dogs.

ROBERTS: Pooches.

COSTELLO: Right. But first you'll talk about that little disorganized storm out there.


ROBERTS: Michael Vick returned to the field last night. What was the reaction like for the fans? We'll show you. It's 13 minutes after the hour.


ROBERTS: Welcome back to the Most News in the Morning.

The story hard to believe, the situation nearly impossible to comprehend. Jaycee lee Dugard was kidnapped in 1991 at the age of 11. Nearly Two decades later she's been found alive. Police say she's been living in tents and sheds in the backyard of the couple who took her.

And one of her alleged kidnappers is also the father of the two daughters. Authorities say that they're already starting to bring the family back together.

But you have to wonder, where do you even start in that process? For more, we're joined this morning by forensic psychiatrist Dr. Helen Morrison. Dr. Morrison, thanks for being with us.

What mental state do you expect that Jaycee Lee Dugard and her two daughters are in? By all accounts, she only left that back yard once in the past 18 years, and that's when she was taken to Garrido's parole officer. She hasn't been to school since she was 11 years old. Her two young girls have never been to school.

What kind of mental shape do you think they would be in?

DR. HELEN MORRISON, FORENSIC PSYCHIATRIST: Could you imagine? It's would be a little like being a time traveler, of being introduced to a world that you have absolutely no concept.

You're going to be overwhelmed, first of all. Secondly, you have had a change of identity. Your name has been changed. Third, you have no idea of what's out there. You remember some of the things before you were kidnapped, but those gradually faded into the background, and that's not real for her anymore.

The only reality she has is the life that she's lived. So she has to be overwhelmed.

ROBERTS: She was reunited with her mother yesterday. She would be a virtual stranger to her mother -- 18 years is a long time to go past. What are reunions after long separations there like? And do you expect that they would be able to renew the relationship, pick it up again?

MORRISON: Not right away. This is going to take time. First of all, she was 11 when she left. She's 29. In her parents' mind, she's still the 11-year-old girl. And to have those two children brought in, one the same age she was when she was kidnapped, will take a very long time, first, for trust, second, for being able to be introduced to a world that's so foreign to her.

And to also, in a way, and a lot of people are not going to understand this, to miss the people with whom she's lived for the past 18 years.

ROBERTS: You think that she would actually miss them?

MORRISON: Yes, because that was her life. That's what she knew. That's the only thing she had. It's a little variant of what we call the Stockholm Syndrome where you become identified with your kidnappers and in many ways, you become attached to them.

ROBERTS: Now, what about the legal case here? She's going to be the backbone of the prosecution's argument against Phillip and Nancy Garrido. Do you think that investigators will start interviewing her right away? Will they give you some time to reintegrate in her old life before they start talking to her?

How do you think that will go, in your experience?

MORRISON: They began interviewing her yesterday when she was seen with the parole officer and told police who she was. But they're not going to go in gangbusters, or they shouldn't, be. She'll put up her defenses, and put up a wall that's a psychological wall. And they're going to have to take some time with her.

The individuals who kidnapped her seemed to have become a little fanatic in how they're trying to present themselves. And so this will be a very interesting case.

ROBERTS: And in fact we've been playing a little piece of that interview that our affiliate KCRA did with Phillip Garrido. Let's get a little bit and get your analysis of that. This is him talking about how he's changed his life in the past 18 years.


You're going to hear the most powerful story coming from the witness, from the victim.

If you take this a step at a time, you're going to fall over backwards. And in the end, you're going to find the most powerful, heartwarming story.


ROBERTS: He acknowledges, Dr. Morrison, that Jaycee was a victim. But he also sounds fairly delusional.

MORRISON: Well, he certainly sounds grandiose, yes. And it sounds like so many people that we hear about who have changed their lives because they've been visited by something that has made them see that they were bad in the past, and now they're perfect.

It's a little bit like brainwashing for the victim, because if she's led to believe that this has suddenly become a caring, wonderful lifesaver, when they have her on a witness stand, they're going to have to be prepared for some very difficult defense cross-examination.

ROBERTS: Right. And one question that I had, trying to reintegrate her back into society -- obviously, she's got to go to school again. She's got so many parts of her life that she missed in the past 18 years, she can't recapture, but things that she didn't learn. Where do you start?

MORRISON: You start by not pushing. She's going to be, as I said before, so overwhelmed. The Internet, cell phones, HD television, new foods, new surroundings. And so, it's a gradual introduction and some very, very careful -- taking care of -- sort of putting them in a coon.

The other question is, whatever happened to that 15-year-old that she has? Was she abused? What happened to the 11-year-old? Although this individual says he has never did anything, he slept with them every night.

ROBERTS: Dr. Helen Morrison, a lot of questions unanswered. And we'll see how this goes. Thanks for being with us this morning. Really appreciate it.

MORRISON: Thanks for having me.

COSTELLO: How do you get used to not being a prisoner?

ROBERTS: She said a variation of Stockholm Syndrome where she might actually identify with these two.

COSTELLO: That's just unbelievable. I hope it doesn't go to trial. You know? In a way, I just hope they have enough evidence to throw them in jail for a long, long time.

ROBERTS: You mean plea deal or something like that? We'll see.

COSTELLO: Coming up next, is it art or pornography? Our Jason Carroll with the controversy brewing over a nude model in an art museum. She was arrested even though there were nude statues and paintings all around her.

ROBERTS: It's OK when it's art. When it's a real person, it's a different story.

COSTELLO: That's right, when it's a statue, it's art, when it's a real live nude woman its pornography.

We'll come back with much more after this. It's 22 minutes past the hour.


ROBERTS: There you go, a little preview from Jason Carroll this morning.


COSTELLO: You don't want to know what we're saying off camera.

ROBERTS: Although -- when I say this, you may get some idea? So when does nude become lewd? After a naked model was arrested for being photographed at the New York's Metropolitan Museum of art, there are new questions this morning about the line between art and pornography. We'll know it when we see it.

Jason Carroll here to try and separate the two for us. Good morning.


It's a question that's so difficult to answer. And it's also a question about when art goes too far, where art belongs, a lot of questions here. It all stems from what happened at the Metropolitan Museum at Art. There are literally hundreds of nudes at the Met, and their collection dating back to the time of antiquity.

One contemporary artist thought, in a way, it's time for another nude. The folks at the Met say, he should think again.


CARROLL: In Central Park, the musical, "Hair," performers bare all too rave reviews. Times Square, the self-described "naked cowboy." This is New York, a city where artistic forms of nudity are celebrated, for photographer Zach Hymen, a perfect backdrop to shoot his unconventional nudes.

ZACH HYMAN, PHOTOGRAPHER: For the most part it's been pretty exciting for everyone involved.

CARROLL: Hyman shot in Times Square, even a subway.

CARROLL (on camera): How did this whole idea come about?

HYMAN: Well, the idea started actually right here.

CARROLL (voice-over): Here is the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Hyman says the Met's classic nudes not only inspired his work, it gave him the idea of where to shoot his next project with model K.C. Neil.

CARROLL (on camera): Were you surprised when they actually came up and you found out, they're going to arrest me?

K.C. NEILL, MODEL: Yes. Yes. Absolutely. I didn't really know what to expect.

CARROLL (voice-over): Neil now faces charges of public lewdness and endangering the welfare of a minor. Her attorney says the museum overreacted, and she should not have been arrested. DON SCHECHTER, NEILL ATTORNEY: The museum is an art institution. An art institution, by its very nature, is supposed to be open-minded and subject to new ideas.

CARROLL: To which the museum spokesman Harold Holzer says...

HAROLD HOLZER, MET SPOKESMAN: We have no stake or opinion on the legal issues and sort of wish that the whole thing would go away.

CARROLL: The incident raising an age-old question, what is art? In 1999, police arrested noted photographer Spencer Tunic after he staged a shoot with 150 nudes in Times Square. Tunic's argument then very much like Hyman's now.

HYMAN: If it's questioned as art, then I think it has to be art.

CARROLL: We put the question to a few people after showing them a small sampling of Hyman's work.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Art. Definitely art.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: That looks like pornography to me.

CARROLL: The reaction, no surprise to K.C. Neill.

NEILL: Art is about people either loving it or hating it, and therefore creating this amazing conversation.

HOLZER: The bottom line is, the Metropolitan Museum is deeply interested in exhibitions and maybe less interested in exhibitionists.


CARROLL: Well, ultimately, it's up to the district attorney to decide whether or not to pursue the case. As for Hyman, he says he'll continue to shoot his nudes in public. His work currently on exhibit at the chair and mating (ph) gallery right here in New York.

I understand where the Met is coming from. They didn't have permission to shoot when they went inside there.

COSTELLO: There's the question. They didn't ask first.

ROBERTS: But they didn't get arrested for trespassing. If they didn't get permission, that's the charge.


CARROLL: I understand that, too. Maybe that would have been one of the charges there. But you can understand both points here. His attorney says, look, they went a little too far. But charged with endangering the welfare of a child?

COSTELLO: So what exactly went on?

ROBERTS: They were in the hall of armor. CARROLL: Correct.

COSTELLO: And she took off her clothes.

ROBERTS: Took off her clothes and running toward the camera.

CARROLL: And they took a picture.

COSTELLO: And all the people who were looking at this...

CARROLL: Apparently some of the people looked and said, wow...

COSTELLO: She looks great.

CARROLL: She looks good.

ROBERTS: And according to eyewitnesses, many people were so engaged with the art, that they didn't even notice.

CARROLL: Exactly, exactly.

But you heard from the museum's position. They just want the whole things to go away. But also from their position, they say, look, we have curators here who decide what art comes to this museum. And people come to the museum and expect to see a certain particular type of art.

ROBERTS: And when a little piece of art sneaks in the building without them knowing about it, they get upset.

CARROLL: They get very upset.

COSTELLO: Especially when they're naked.


ROBERTS: Jason, great story, thanks so much.

Coming up at 29 after the hour, here are this morning's top stories.

The feds says there need to be new rules for pilots flying over New York's Hudson River. A small plane and a sightseeing helicopter collided earlier this month, killing nine people.

The NTSB is now recommending helicopters and fixed wing aircraft fly at different altitudes over the river. Officials are also questioning the "complacency and inattention to duty of the air traffic controller and supervisor who were on duty at Teterboro airport during that crash."

COSTELLO: Plus, proof identity theft can happen to anyone. The Fed chairman, Ben Bernanke, said he has been a victim. Months ago his wife's handbag was stolen. In it, the family checkbook, credit cards, and her identification.

Bernanke says his family was just one of 500 cases traced back to one crime ring.

ROBERTS: And say goodbye to those annoying robo-calls. The Federal Trade Commission is slapping a ban on prerecorded telemarketing calls unless the company has your written permission to call. And that's not likely.

The FTC boss says Americans have made it crystal clear how irritating we all think robo-calls are. The ban starts on Tuesday.

COSTELLO: We'll see if it works.

The warning coming from Washington -- swine flu could come back with a vengeance this fall. A government report says the worst case scenario, up to 90,000 people will die here in the United States, and half the country could be infected.

But this is the first time we've been told the disease could turn deadly. So how worried should you really be? For more, I'm joined by the director of the CDC, Dr. Thomas Frieden. Good morning, Doctor.


COSTELLO: OK, so the White House puts out this warning that 90,000 people could die from the swine flu. You guys have sort of backed off the numbers. What are we to believe?

FRIEDEN: Actually, there's no disagreement between the reports that the presidential commission put out and CDC. We've been saying all along, influenza is very unpredictable. It can also be very severe.

DR. THOMAS FRIEDEN, DIRECTOR, CTRS. FOR DISEASE CONTROL & PREVENTION: -- very unpredictable. It can also be very severe. We're concerned because in past pandemics, you've had a mild spring wave followed by a severe fall wave. We agree completely -- there's a need to prepare for various scenarios, including very bad ones.

CAROL COSTELLO, CNN ANCHOR: So, included in one of those scenarios, 90,000 people could die from the swine flu.

FRIEDEN: That's one of the things in the range of possibilities and that's why we're focusing so much on preparation. We need to do a lot to get ready. We need to make sure that at this point, we track where flu is and the report had excellent recommendations along those lines. We also need to ensure that when flu is here, people who have underlying conditions, like diabetes, heart disease, lung disease -- women who are pregnant -- if they get fever promptly get treated to avoid getting severely ill and those same people get first on line for the vaccine when it becomes available. Which we think will be in about six weeks.

COSTELLO: You know, I certainly understand the dangers of the flu. But the last time the swine flu reared its ugly head, we were accused of creating an unnecessary scare. So that's why I'm asking you these questions about how afraid we should be. Because I think that the last time we dealt with this, it turned out to be not so bad. And people kind of said, oh, the swine flu.

FRIEDEN: Each year seasonal flu kills more than 30,000 Americans. This particular strand of flu is different because it infects lots of children and young people can get infected at a higher rate. It caused very large outbreaks in schools and other areas in the spring. And caused a lot of social dislocation too. Kids not going to school, parents not being able to go to work. So there's a lot we do need to do to prepare. And it's very different from the last time in that before swine flu emerged and then it went away. Here, it emerged. It has spread all over the world. And it is continuing to spread in the U.S. throughout the summer. That's very unusual. But only time will tell what will happen in the fall and winter. And we'll be tracking it closely and providing the information on what happened.

COSTELLO: And I know that in universities across the country, there have been outbreaks of swine flu among students. And that brings me to the vaccine because it's still being tested in some instances. There's not enough for everybody. So how do you make sure that everyone is protected from this type of flu?

FRIEDEN: First off there are simple things everyone can do. If you have a fever, if you're sick, stay home. It's better for you, it's better for your community. Cover your cough, cover your sneeze and wash your hands often. These three simple things can make a really big difference in how many people get sick. And when the vaccine becomes available, we're working very closely with states and localities throughout the country to make sure that as soon as it does become available, it's available at doctor's offices, in some states there will be vaccinations in the schools. We'll have ways for people to get the vaccine, particularly those at highest risk, such as people with diabetes, asthma, lung disease, heart disease, and pregnant women.

COSTELLO: The vaccine is still being tested. Do we know it works?

FRIEDEN: So far it looks like there's an excellent match between what the vaccine is protecting against and the strain of flu that's circulating. We'll continue to check that and the National Institutes of Health to do a series of studies which will help us to find out. But we're not waiting for those to prepare the vaccine. We're getting everything ready as quickly as it can be gotten ready.

COSTELLO: Thank you so much for joining us this morning, Dr. Thomas Frieden from the CDC.

ROBERTS: So, there's a situation going on across the river over in Englewood, New Jersey. COSTELLO: Yes?

ROBERTS: Do you know what my part in that is?


ROBERTS: A tent.


ROBERTS: A tent would be to house Libyan leader Muammar Qaddafi. The whole town is up in arms over this. There is a no tent regulation in Englewood, they're trying to apply it to this. We'll talk to you about all of that and tell you what's going on. Coming right up, 35 minutes after the hour.


ROBERTS: Live pictures this morning from the JFK Library and Museum. The body of Senator Ted Kennedy lying in repose today. And the body will be available for viewing until 3:00 this afternoon. He was known as the lion of the Senate, working for decades on social issues. But there was a quieter side to Senator Ted Kennedy. Almost every week away from the cameras, he found time to read to children. Jim Acosta caught up with some of them and has that story now from Washington.

JIM ACOSTA, CNN CORRESPONDENT: John and Carroll, it's one of the defining legacies of the Kennedy family -- the call to serve. It's a call that's been answered by countless Americans and it's one that Ted Kennedy answered himself.


ACOSTA (voice-over): It was one of Ted Kennedy's last public appearances. President Obama signed the Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act, the largest expansion of national service programs since the great depression. As the president revealed, service was more than policy for Kennedy, it was personal.

PRESIDENT OBAMA: Even in the midst of his epic fights on the floor of the Senate to enact sweeping change, he's made a quiet trek to a school not far from the capitol week after week, year after year without cameras or fanfare to sit down and read with one solitary child.

ACOSTA: It was this school and this little girl named Laurenia.

LAURENIA THOMPSON, READ TO BY SEN. KENNEDY: He said that this is (INAUDIBLE) and you get to read a page.

SEN. KENNEDY: One, two, three!

ACOSTA: They played rock, paper, scissors to decide who would read first.

Was it fun reading with him?


ACOSTA: Her mom says it was more than fun.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: He really impacted her as far as having a hunger to read.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: As a United States senator, he's read every Tuesday at a local school in Washington, D.C. as part of an "Everybody Wins" program.

ACOSTA: Kennedy's role in the "Everybody Wins" mentoring program was highlighted in a tribute at last year's democratic convention. One of his earlier students now in college.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: It gave me someone to want to do well for and make proud.

ACOSTA: Lavonia Pateau witnessed Kennedy's visits for five years.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: He came in, read with the student, they talked, they had a good time and he would slip back out the door and that was the end of it.

ACOSTA: There's that expression of talking the talk and walking the walk.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Yes, and he definitely walked the walk.

ACOSTA: Now there's a new generation on that walk.

MONIQUE HYACINTHE, AMERICORPS VOLUNTEER: For him to be able to take an hour out of his day out of the week to come read to a child in the schools, I mean, no one has an excuse to say I'm too busy.

ACOSTA: Monique Hyancinthe and Jenna Greenspan just signed on with "Everybody Wins" as part of the Americorps program, inspired by the Kennedy family's call to service.

(On camera): These aren't figures from another time.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Not for me. It's a generation I almost wish I had experienced.

ACOSTA: At the school the senator visited so often, two books are left behind, signed, best wishes, Ted Kennedy.


ACOSTA: Kennedy pushed through that expansion of national service programs at a critical time, with so many young people looking for jobs these days, Americorps says its applications have tripled. John and Carol?

ROBERTS: Jim Acosta for us this morning, Jim thanks so much.

COSTELLO: Here's what's on the A.M. rundown in the next 15 minutes. Rob Marciano has literally gone to the dogs. It's Friday and that means another edition of Rob's Road Show. He's in Mystic, Connecticut today for dog days. We'll go there live to see the talented pooches Rob's rounded up so far.

At 7:50 Eastern Time, the New Jersey town is trying to keep Libya's leader away. After Muammar Qaddafi and Libya welcomed the Pan Am bomber back with open arms, our Jill Dougherty shows us how far angry residents of Englewood, New Jersey are going to keep him and his tent from the neighborhood. That may or may not happen when he visits the U.N. next month. That is 7:55 Eastern.

If you think a $9 trillion federal deficit is just too big to get your arms around? Christine Romans shows you how you may be the one paying for it. As if that's news to you. It's 41 minutes past the hour.


COSTELLO: Welcome back to the most news in the morning. It is Friday so that means Rob Marciano is on the road for "Rob's Road Show". He popped up at a giant yard sale in Tennessee, a yo-yo competition in Florida, even a tractor pulling championship in Ohio. Now he's gone to the dogs. Rob, you're in Mystic, Connecticut, I can't wait for what you're going to show us.


COSTELLO: That's a great dog you have with you.

MARCIANO: Mystic -- well, yes, the dogs are coming. I'm in a boat, Mystic known for its boats. This is a historic sea port of 80 years.


MARCIANO: That's the key. We're -- one of the groups of dogs here, the canine search and rescue unit. We're going to demonstrate how they would search a victim like me or injured person like me out using their scent. So I'm hiding in this little dinghy, going to cover up. And then Denise and her dog Hamish are going to try to find me. OK, good luck, so here we go. Good luck here Hamish, I'm gone. There he -- he can't hear. He can't see me. Although I hear him whining. First thing he's going to do is once he finds me, he's going to run back to his handler immediately and then bring her over to me. Has he found me?

I guess that worked. Good job. Good boy Amish. Good boy. He's excited. He wants his toy, doesn't he?

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Yes, here you go.

MARCIANO: Good boy. Tell us a little bit about Hamish, his training and your unit in general? OK, I'm told they can't hear you, but from what you told me before, these guys go by -- and they're obviously rewarded by their toy. All right, dogs like these guys, help search and rescue people out in natural disasters, things like hurricanes, obviously. They're well trained, obviously. That's the latest from here, Mystic Seaport. We'll be back in about an hour to talk more about Danny. This is Hamish. His boys are over there, one of 50 different dogs here at Mystic Seaport Dog Days. Carol and John, I guess this weather cast has gone to the dogs.

COSTELLO: So glad he found him. I was getting worried about him being embarrassed on national television.

ROBERTS: We'll be going back to Rob at the dog days festival coming up in just a little while. Of course he's got the latest on the hurricane. It's not a hurricane.

COSTELLO: It's a disorganized storm out there that's causing rain for a lot of people.

ROBERTS: There you go. Barely even a tropical storm these days. Will it become a hurricane or not? We'll be affected by it.

Also, across the river from us here in New York City in Englewood, New Jersey, there was a no camping rule. And city officials are hoping that that will apply to Muammar Qaddafi who wants to pitch a tent on the grounds of the Libyan consulate building there. We'll find out where that fight is and whether or not Mr. Qaddafi will be able to get his tent. It's 48 minutes after the hour.


ROBERTS: The wounds from the 1988 bombing of Pan Am flight 103 over Lockerbie Scotland are still raw especially after last week's release of Libyan bomber Abdel Basad Amegrahi by the government of Scotland on compassionate grounds.

COSTELLO: Even though the United States has taken Libya off the state sponsors of terrorism list, one New Jersey town says Muammar Qaddafi is still unwelcome when he travels to the United States next month. Our Jill Dougherty with those angry residents.

JILL DOUGHERTY, CNN FOREIGN AFFAIRS CORRESPONDENT: John, Carol, right behind me here in Englewood, New Jersey is a residence owned by the Libyan government. Is this where Muammar Qaddafi could pitch his tent next month? The neighbors we spoke with say, no way.



DOUGHERTY (voice-over): Three weeks ago rabbi and reality TV star Shmuley Boteach says he came home to find his fence gone, a dozen of his trees chopped down, and a construction crew fast at work next door. A residence owned by the Libyan government. RABBI SHMULEY BOTEACH, LIVES NEXT DOOR TO LIBYAN RESIDENCE: Everything you're seeing, maybe 40 vehicles inside that property are for one thing, Muammar Qaddafi.

DOUGHERTY: When the Libyan leader attends the UN general assembly next month, speculation abounds he'll pitch his trademark bed wind tent that he takes on international trips on the lawn of this mansion in the affluent community of Englewood, New Jersey, the Libyan embassy refuses to comment. But Rabbi Boteach is pitching a fit.

BOTEACH: All of us who have watched Qaddaffi's stomach turning spectacle of welcoming the Lockerbie bomber as a hero do not want a man like him in the bed or lover of terrorists to be in our neighborhood.

DOUGHERTY: Bert Ammerman who lives just a few miles away lost his brother Tom in the bombing of Pan Am flight 103.

BERT AMMERMAN, LOST BROTHER IN PAN AM 103 BOMBING: I thought when Megrahi was released, that was the sad last chapter. I didn't realize that something else could kick you in the stomach or slap you in the face.

DOUGHERTY: If Qaddafi is allowed to set up his tent in Englewood, he says.

AMMERMAN: It's as if December 21, 1988 never occurred, it's as if 189 Americans were not massacred at 31,000 feet, it's as if 270 innocent citizens weren't murdered by Megrahi.