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Aired March 23, 2007 - 10:59   ET


HEIDI COLLINS, CNN ANCHOR: The mystery has fascinated Americans since the 1920s. This morning, relatives of legendary escape artist Harry Houdini talk about a plan to exhume the magician's body. Houdini died in 1926.
At the time, it was said he died of a burst appendix. But there are persistent theories now that Houdini might have been poisoned, possibly my mediums and physics he was fond of debunking.

There was no autopsy after Houdini's death. His family is hoping modern forensic science can determine the cause of death.

TONY HARRIS, CNN ANCHOR: And good morning, everyone. You're with CNN. You're informed.

I'm Tony Harris.

COLLINS: And I'm Heidi Collins.

Developments keep coming into the NEWSROOM on Friday the 23rd day of March.

Here's what's on the rundown.

Assassination attempt in Baghdad. A bold suicide bomber striking inside the compound of one of Iraq's deputy leaders.

HARRIS: Britain demanding Iran release 15 British Marines. The service members taken while on patrol in the Persian Gulf.

COLLINS: A popular and legendary coach is killed in Jamaica. Police thought it was a heart attack. Now they call it murder.

Death by strangulation in the NEWSROOM.

HARRIS: And at the top this hour, the assassination attempt in Iraq. A suicide bomber targets one of the country's deputy prime ministers.

Let's get you straight to Baghdad right now and CNN's Kyra Phillips.

Kyra, good morning to you.

Do authorities have any clues yet on who the suicide bomber was? KYRA PHILLIPS, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Well, Tony, they definitely believe it was an inside job. This was somebody that was able to get through guns, checkpoints, an armed compound, and worked his way on to the steps and into the home and workplace of the deputy prime minister.

Now, today is a day of prayer. It's Friday. In Arabic, it's Salat al-Jumu'Ah. And basically, there's a curfew time from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. in the afternoon, and people like the deputy minister and Iraqis throughout this country spend time in prayer. Apparently, this was the time period that this suicide bomber made his way inside this home and detonated his vest.

Now, question, how could one man cause so much devastation to a home and to a number of people? The latest numbers right now, nine people -- at least nine people killed, 15 injured. It's because of little ball bearings like this.

This is what's inside that -- this is what was inside, rather, that suicide bomber's vest. There was a plastic explosive inside that vest, then thousands of these little ball bearings basically explode, causing injury and death to those around that suicide bomber.

And you can even see the destruction inside the home. You can see where those ball bearings went up against the wall and actually left these indentations throughout the walls in this compound.

Now, the investigation obviously continuing. Trying to find out who leaked information, who got this suicide bomber in, where somebody wasn't doing their job. That's the question.

It looks like it could have been from one of those checkpoints, allowing this man to come through, somebody actually working within the inner circle of the deputy prime minister. Right now, we're being told he's at a hospital inside the fortified Green Zone, U.S. military working on him.

According to the prime minister, Nuri al-Maliki, he says he visited the deputy prime minister and that he is OK. Still conflicting reports, though, Tony, about his condition.

HARRIS: Yes. Hey, Kyra, you listed a number of questions yet to be answered. I have another one for you.

What do we know about the deputy prime minister's background?

PHILLIPS: Well, it's interesting. He's Sunni. And in his area of Zora (ph), the district area of Zora (ph), where he is from -- Zubaie, his family name, come from that name -- there is a tremendous battle going on between al Qaeda and the Sunnis.

And here's what's interesting. We found an interview that was done with him last year. I know we've got some video. And I'm going to translate to you what he said within this interview.

He was actually asked by our Ryan Chilcote why it was taking so long to appoint a defense minister, why it was taking so long to appoint a minister of national security. And here's what he said.

He said, "We should know that the situation in Iraq, particularly the security situation, is dangerous. We're trying to establish ministries that will control security here. It's a sensitive issue, and there are needs here that need to be dealt with and approached carefully."

Very interesting. A year ago, he was talking about how -- how security was the number one priority, how they needed to take their time to appoint certain ministers to secure this country. Now he himself the target of an assassination attempt -- Tony.

HARRIS: A bunch of irony to all of that.

CNN's Kyra Phillips in Baghdad for us.

Kyra, thank you.

COLLINS: Up, up and away. And into the history books. A 23- year-old Florida student taking off very, very shortly. We've been monitoring this live shot for you.

He's gotten into the plane there. Let me tell you what this is.

Taking off on a round-the-world flight. Barrington Irving embarking on a flight around the world. He's looking to be the first black person and youngest person to make the solo journey.

He's majoring in aerospace at Florida University -- at a Florida university, I should say, Memorial University. He was born in Kingston, Jamaica, and raised in a very tough area of Miami.

He shared some of his story on CNN's "AMERICAN MORNING".


BARRINGTON IRVING, TO TAKE ROUND-THE-WORLD FLIGHT: Basically, my only hope was getting out of the inner city with a football scholarship. I had football scholarship offers and then turned them down. And, you know, I was introduced to aviation at the age of 15. And from that point, I was hooked.

Well, the whole purpose of doing this, I created my own nonprofit organization called Experience Aviation. And we're trying to address the shortage of youth pursuing careers in aviation. And this flight really serves as a beacon, attract as many youth to the aviation industry that is in desperate need of professionals.



COLLINS: So let's go back to this live shot, Tony. It's such a cool story.

You know, he got some of his inspiration -- heard him say he turned down a football scholarship.


COLLINS: But prior to that he'd gotten some of his inspiration from that man. You see him in the back there with the -- I believe it's the United Airlines uniform there. And that is Captain Gary Robinson, also from Jamaica, flies for United, a 7 -- a 777, I should say.

He was invited -- or he invited Barrington into the cockpit when he was quite a bit younger, and he was sold from there. He said, I'm going to learn how to fly a plane.

HARRIS: Yes. That's great.

COLLINS: So what he did was, he went out and tried to commission someone to build him an airplane. And they said, are you nuts? But there was a company who got him the airplane.

He then had to go out and find all of the components. So he brought them all the parts. Then they put it together. Chevron, I guess, kicked in some fuel.

And now we are just minutes away from this young gentleman, Barrington Irving, getting in that plane, which is now the fastest single-engine piston aircraft in the world. So he found some good parts, I'm thinking.

HARRIS: Yes. You know, there are moments -- we sit up here every day and we literally know that we watch history unfold here. And sometimes we don't necessarily recognize it at the moment that it's happening. But upon reflection, we understand it and can put it into proper context.

But we are watching a little bit of history unfold right here before our eyes. And I look at this kid. You know, you sort of beam with pride, an African-American man here in the chair next to you, Heidi, watching this young kid do something that is -- that is going to put him in the record books. If he makes it, great. The attempt puts him in the history books.

As you see him get some hugs, I'm just thinking about how proud his family must be of what he is attempting to do here this morning.

COLLINS: Yes. And you know what? It's going to be a long journey, I mean, as you would imagine.

Even though it is the fastest single-engine piston aircraft, it's going to take about five weeks, they expect. And it's interesting, too. As you look closely at the aircraft there, you can see -- where is that shot we saw moments ago? They put these extended fuel tanks on, because there's not really going to be any -- you know, air refueling with this type of aircraft. So he needs a lot of gas to get around.

HARRIS: Inspirational figure, aspirational figure this morning. How positive is that? Just thinking about those parents, how proud they must be this morning.

COLLINS: Yes. We also have a cool tracking system on -- on his flight that I believe Microsoft was involved in, too. A lot of corporations getting involved in this event.

So we're going to continue to follow it and show you that tracking system as he takes off and starts flying around the world. Who can say that? Not very many people.

Moving on for now, though, an international incident in the Persian Gulf this morning. Britain saying 15 of its Marines have been seized by Iran's navy.

Our Jamie McIntyre following this story now from the Pentagon.

Jamie, get us up to speed on this.

JAMIE MCINTYRE, CNN SR. PENTAGON CORRESPONDENT: Well, Great Britain is now saying that it believes members of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps Navy, which is separate from the regular Iranian navy, were responsible for taking into custody, detaining, 15 Royal Marines who the British say were legitimately conducting operations in the northern Persian Gulf. These are Marines from the HMS Cornwall, a British ship that is one of the coalition ships patrolling the northern Gulf.

This, again, took place in the northern part of the Persian Gulf, right where Iran and Iraq come together, near the Shatt-al-Arab waterway and the Alfal (ph) peninsula there in the northern part of the Persian Gulf.

According to a U.S. military official who is monitoring events, the Royal Marines had stopped a ship they thought might be smuggling automobiles. They conducted an inspection and were getting back in their small inflatable hull craft to go back to the big ship, when at least six vessels from the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps Navy showed up and disputed, saying that they were in Iranian waters. The British insisted they were in Iraqi territorial waters.

And the British commander who's in charge of the task force insists that this was an entirely different operation within the waters of Iraq.


COMMODORE NICK LAMBERT, HMS CORNWALL, TASK FORCE 158: This was a normal, routine boarding. It took place fairly early this morning, about 9:00 local time, under the auspices of UNSCR-1723 (ph) and under the instructions of the Iraqi government to patrol on their behalf their territorial waters.

So we were boarding. It was a vessel that was trading in the area which had passed one or two trip wires that we were concerned about. For example, its flag and its (INAUDIBLE). So the boarding party went in to carry out a routine boarding operation.


MCINTYRE: Nevertheless, the 15 Royal Marines were detained by the Iranians and taken along with their two small boats to Iran. The British government, of course, is protesting. It has called in the Iranian ambassador to the British Foreign Office.

And the British Defense Ministry issued a statement that says, "We are urgently pursuing this matter with the Iranian authorities at the highest level. The British government is demanding the immediate and safe return of our people and equipment."

And Heidi, this is not the first time this has happened. Back in June of 2004, six British Marines and two soldiers were taken from a boat on the Shatt-al-Arab waterway and held briefly in Iran for several days, even shown on television blindfolded before they were eventually released -- Heidi.

COLLINS: Quickly, Jamie -- and maybe I'm making a bigger deal of this than I should -- but this Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps Navy, not being part of the regular navy, what do we know about that group?

MCINTYRE: Well, it's part of the, you know, the Iranian Revolutionary Corps, which is -- you know, it's more radical, and sometimes they claim to not be completely under the control of the Iranian government. The same sorts of groups that sometimes are operating within Iraq.

So it remains to be seen what degree the Iranian government takes responsibility for these acts. But presumably, they're taken back to Iran -- they will be.

You know, the other question, I think, is just really -- is how intentionally provocative is Iran trying to be? As we mentioned, these kinds of things have happened before. But now they're happening at a time when tensions between Iran and the Western world are at an all-time high. The U.S. has got a build-up going on in the Persian Gulf with an additional aircraft carrier there.

So, is Iran trying to make a point as well? We'll just have to see how it plays out.

COLLINS: Yes, absolutely.

All right. Jamie McIntyre from the Pentagon for us.

Jamie, thanks.

HARRIS: And this just in to CNN. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales has been conducting satellite interviews with local reporters and anchors across the country this morning, touting the Justice Department's Project Safe Child campaign and, all designed to help keep our kids safe. But of course during that questioning, there were a couple of queries about the U.S. attorney flap.

Take a listen. (BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)

ALBERTO GONZALES, ATTORNEY GENERAL: Were there mistakes made in an implementation of the decisions? Yes.

I stand by the decisions that were made. I accept responsibility for the mistakes that were made in the implementing of the decision. But at the end of the day, what I want to reassure the U.S. attorney community and the American people, is that -- is that there was nothing improper. No improper motives in connection with the removal of these political appointees.


HARRIS: There you have it, Attorney General Alberto Gonzales saying, again, that mistakes were made, but that he stands by the decision ultimately to fire the prosecutors. The House and Senate Judiciary committees, as you know, won the authority to subpoena Justice Department and White House officials to testify about the firings.

What happens next is anyone's guess. But we will, of course, continue to follow it for you here in the NEWSROOM.

Bombs, bullets and bucks -- they are the weapons of war in Iraq and Afghanistan. And also in Congress.

Within the hour, House Democrats could pass their first binding challenge to the fighting in Iraq. The bill provides more funding, but also demands that combat troops come home by September of next year.

CNN Congressional Correspondent Andrea Koppel has the latest for us on Capitol Hill.

So Andrea, good morning to you.

Do Democrats have the votes they need to pass this legislation?

ANDREA KOPPEL, CNN CONGRESSIONAL CORRESPONDENT: We'll find out in a few minutes, Tony. But they are expressing confidence.

We've heard from Steny Hoyer, from James Clyburn, who's the vote- counting whip, indicating that they believe they have the votes. In fact, they would not have brought it to the House floor, other Democrats have told me, if they didn't believe they had those votes.

They need 218. And what has made this bill and the debate around it so interesting is that it isn't just the Republicans who presented a mostly united front against this bill. But you've had a core of at least 75, 100 Democrats, many of them on the left wing of the party, anti-war, as well as those conservative Democrats, who have been opposing this bill. It has been tough slogging for Speaker Pelosi and her team, and would have been a huge embarrassment to her if this bill goes down. What in the end they believe pushed it over is that Nancy Pelosi told these Democrats in countless meetings over the last couple of weeks that if they do not support this bill and if it goes down, she's going to have to introduce another bill that would be what's known as a clean bill, which would only have money for the additional supplemental, for the war spending, the emergency war spending for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. And there would be no language whatsoever in there that had to do with setting a date certain for troops to withdraw.

But there are those like Dennis Kucinich, who has already thrown his has in the ring to run for president, who is in the staunchly anti-war camp, who is absolutely furious and says he is going to be voting against this bill.


REP. DENNIS KUCINICH (D), OHIO: Now Congress is telling the American people we have no alternative but to continue the war for just another year or two, and then we'll be able to end the war. So war equals peace. I don't think so.


KOPPEL: Now, what Republicans have argued is that, in addition to setting a date certain, which they believe would tie the hands of commanders on the ground and send the wrong signal to U.S. enemies around the world, they also believe that the bill has $21 billion of additional pork, which they say is absolutely unnecessary.

Here is Patrick McHenry, Republican from North Carolina.


REP. PATRICK MCHENRY (R), NORTH CAROLINA: And appropriate $74 million for a particular type of peanut storage, $25 million for spinach. It appropriates $50 million, even for a Capitol Hill power plant. And they do this in the name of funding the troops.

I think this is, again, Washington hypocrisy at work.


KOPPEL: Now, Democrats, Tony, respond that there are also billions for Hurricane Katrina and for emergencies like helping Walter Reed clean up its act -- Tony.

HARRIS: Congressional Correspondent Andrea Koppel for us this morning.

Andrea, thank you.

COLLINS: Want to go ahead and bring this story to you once again. We see, Captain, as it says, Captain Barrington Irving, 23- year-old guy here, try to fly around the world. You know, what's so big about that? HARRIS: Come on. Come on. Yes.

COLLINS: The first African-American, youngest pilot to attempt to do this. He is just about ready to get in that cockpit and have a seat for, oh, about five weeks.

So it is a very interesting story. All that he has done to be where he is today. Started his own nonprofit organization to try to get young kids interested in aviation. It's called Experience Aviation. He's been successful with that.

He used to go out to airport, like every weekend, and wash planes and -- you know, try to get a hold of some money in order to pay for those very, very expensive flying lessons. Went ahead and got that license. And now is going to attempt to fly around the world.

He collected all of the components and went to an aviation manufacturer, built this aircraft, and now, as we've said before, it is apparently the fastest single-engine piston aircraft in the world.

HARRIS: Look at this.

COLLINS: So maybe -- I don't know, maybe it won't take him a full five weeks.

HARRIS: I don't know. Yes, exactly.

I don't know if he's nervous. I'm a little nervous for him. Big-time cameras on him, all the people looking and watching. And all fingers crossed.

And maybe we can get a check on weather conditions. He's flying out of Florida?


HARRIS: Is that where he's flying out of, Florida?

COLLINS: He sure is.

HARRIS: All right. Let's bring in Rob Marciano.



HARRIS: Fighting cancer again. A medical setback for Elizabeth Edwards. We will discuss her diagnosis with a cancer specialist in the NEWSROOM.

COLLINS: No more price breaks for college students. Paying more to prevent pregnancy.

Ahead in the NEWSROOM.

HARRIS: They went from a homeless shelter to the street of dreams.


UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Our room at the shelter is half the size of this. Everything (ph) right here. And to know that we're going to live in this whole thing to ourselves, it's just amazing. It's a new beginning.


HARRIS: Who is putting the homeless in million-dollar mansions? The answer in the NEWSROOM.


COLLINS: Elizabeth Edwards facing the fear of almost every cancer survivor, a recurrence of the disease. She and husband John Edwards revealed yesterday her cancer is back. This time, in her rib. Doctors say it is not curable but it is treatable.

Dr. Marisa Weiss is a cancer specialist and president of She is joining us now from New York.

Thanks so much for being with us today.

I want to begin with this. The Edwardses said that the breast cancer has spread to her bone. But this is not bone cancer. Explain to us, if you could, the difference between breast cancer in the bone versus bone cancer.

DR. MARISA WEISS, ONCOLOGIST: Absolutely. Well, breast cancer starts in the breast, and it can figure out how to break into some of the blood vessels and lymphatic channels and travel to other parts of the body. And when breast cancer does spread, bone and lung and lymph nodes and liver is a place that it likes to go to.

COLLINS: Yes, because I think that we heard at least two different mentions when -- I think her name is Linda -- Dr. Linda Carey -- spoke at that press conference as well. She did sort of mention the fact that other organs were involved. Does that, then, obviously, make it much more serious?

WEISS: Well, once breast cancer has spread to other parts of the body, we call that metastatic. And it is a serious situation. But the good news is that Elizabeth Edwards and so many other people around the world who are facing the same real threat and challenge, there are so many new treatment options for them that can help combat the disease. I mean, they can take from chemotherapy, hormonal therapy, targeted therapies, radiation therapy, alone or in combination, to really give them a great chance at getting the cancer under control for an extended period of time.

COLLINS: And again, back to this question about it being not curable, but treatable, they also made that reference to diabetes. It's like having diabetes. You know, you're always going to have it, but it's certainly treatable. Is that a good parallel to make?

WEISS: Well, in general, breast cancer stays low key for a period of time while it's being -- while it can be treated. In a way like diabetes, but breast cancer is quite different.

It does tend to be progressive. And it can -- it can involve more areas of bone. Or it can involve the liver. Or it can also involve the lung.

So breast cancer is different from diabetes in that it can progress to involve more areas. And each time there is a suggestion that a new area may be involved, despite current treatments. You go back to your doctor and you say, we need a new strategy, tell me what's new out there that we can use.

Women turn to all the time asking us this exact question. And the patients that I see, I see them very regularly over time just to check in, make sure we know what is the extent and nature of the problem, is the current treatment working, what is your quality of life, how are you feeling?

What's your energy like? Do you need to push back? Do you need to take a rest? Or can you keep on moving forward?

I mean, every woman today has such a busy life, and there's never a time for breast cancer. We can't fit it in. And I know that that's a challenge that Elizabeth Edwards faces, but...

COLLINS: Well, yes.

WEISS: Yes. You can't stop a woman with a purpose.

COLLINS: Yes. And boy, that certainly is the case now. Not to mention the two children, 6 and 8 years old, that the Edwardses have as well.

I just wonder, how is this likely to go -- I don't want you to speculate, but I know you have seen so many cases similar to this -- by way of her energy level, by way of doing a presidential campaign, like 11 stops within a couple weeks. This is very typical.

WEISS: That's right. It is typical. And fatigue is a very common side effect of breast cancer treatment, as well as a side effect of the breast cancer itself. So she's going to keep on pushing to do all those campaign stops. But it's also true that this has given her new purpose, new determination. And she's going to -- I think she can keep on by his side and speak to the women of this country who are also, you know, working hard to protect and cherish their lives.

COLLINS: Right, mindset so important.

WEISS: But she's going to have to kick back sometime, and she's going to have to say, you know what, I can't make every appearance. And also sometimes I'm going to need privacy. You guys have to give me a little time out here so I can kick back and spend time with my family, take a rest, take the medicine I need, and maybe I won't be able to be by my husband's side physically at all times.

COLLINS: Understood completely. Dr. Marisa Weiss, we certainly appreciate your expertise here today.

WEISS: Thank you for having me.

COLLINS: Thanks so much.

ANNOUNCER: Live in the CNN NEWSROOM, Heidi Collins and Tony Harris.

HARRIS: And just want to update you and I story we reported moments ago. T.J. Holmes following up on the story in the CNN NEWSROOM, that rat poison, in fact, is believed to be the source of some pet food contamination. There has been something of a mystery as to what has been behind it. And CNN has confirmed this information as well, that rat poison is, in fact, believed to be the source of the contamination. Now to figure out the ingredients in this particular rat poison, and now that we know that that is in fact what it is, perhaps veterinarians across the country will be able to better able to treat some of these pets who have been exposed.

The war in Iraq, the battle on Capitol Hill. House Democrats say they're about to pass the first binding challenge to the fighting in Iraq. We see John Murtha there, as the live picture comes up. A vote is expected within the hour on a landmark funding bill. It provides $124 billion for the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, and it mandates U.S. combat troops return home by late summer 2008. Changes to the bill are likely in the Senate where lawmakers oppose a firm deadline for troop withdrawals, and President Bush vows to veto the bill if it ever reaches his desk.

HARRIS: It was a shocker for sports fans around the world really. The death of Bob Woolmer. Today, another jolt. Police say the legendary cricket coach was murdered. An initial pathology report finds Woolmer died by manual strangulation. The 58-year-old coach of the Pakistan team was found unconscious in his Jamaican hotel on Sunday. His team had just been eliminated from the World Cup cricket competition by a relatively unknown Irish team. All members of Woolmer's team were fingerprinted.

From the newsroom top the operating room.


UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I know every Monday, I've got my time. I have my O.R. and it's all ready for me to go.

I'm Dr. Sanjay Gupta. I'm an attendant of neurosurgery at Grady Memorial Hospital.

Our Dr. Sanjay Gupta take us inside one of the busiest trauma centers in the country straight ahead in the NEWSROOM.


COLLINS: A gruesome discovery in northwest Dallas. Police say a would-be burglar was found dead in the vent of a convenience store. The store's owner discovered the man's legs hanging out of the vent hood when she opened up her business. Police say the man was apparently trying to break in by going through the roof, and suffocated in the vent hood. The man is said to be in his 20s. His body has not been identified.

HARRIS; They were homeless in paradise. Now they're living rent free on Honolulu's millionaires row.

Tanya Watkin (ph) with Affiliate KHON has more.


TANYA WATKIN (ph), KHON REPORTER (on camera): What is your impression so far?

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: I'm shocked. I'm overwhelmed.

WATKIN (voice-over): For Dorie-Ann Kahale and her six kids, billionaire Ginshiro Kamamoto (ph) has given them the key to a new life.

(on camera): Do you ever think of yourselves as moving into Kahala (ph)?


WATKIN (voice-over): From homeless shelter at Barber's (ph) Point to luxury home on Kahala (ph) Avenue for $150 a month, or so they thought. It seems Kamamoto had another surprise in store.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: What? It's free rent in this.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Oh my God! Thank you.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Thank you, Lord. Thank you.

DORIE-ANN KAHALE, NEW TENANT: I have to tell my children, pinch me, half of the time. I just can't believe we have received what we have received.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Our room at the shelter is half the size of this area right here, and to know that we're going to live in this whole thing to ourselves, it's just amazing. It's a new beginning.

WATKIN: Two blocks away, another new beginning. Lynn Worley and her five kids from Wyaneye (ph) were evicted with no place to go when they learned a friend had contacted Mr. Kamamoto on their behalf.

LYNN WORLEY, NEW TENANT: I prayed so hard and cried so much for, you know, god to drop something from the heavens, and he did. And he really, really did. WATKIN: Kamamoto also gave his tenants money to get settled in. Their lease is for at least 10 years. Rent's free. Their sole responsibility, utilities.

KAHALE: Kamamoto is the best dreams we could ever have. I told my children, we need to take care, now, of what we have received.

Tanya Watkin, KHON News.


COLLINS: Thieves guzzling up gas from down below. That story coming up in the NEWSROOM.


HARRIS: Long hours, stress, life and death responsibilities. Realities for medical residents working in hospitals across the country. It is something CNN Chief Medical Correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta knows all about. When he is not in the NEWSROOM, Sanjay is off in the operating room at Grady Memorial Hospital here in Atlanta as an attending physician training residents. This weekend, he takes us behind the scenes of what we call "Grady's Anatomy." Here's a preview.



UNIDENTIFIED MALE: On time, sir, how about yourself?

GUPTA: Living a dream.

I know every Monday, I got my time. I have my O.R. It's all ready for me to go. I'm Dr. Sanjay Gupta. I'm an attending of neurosurgery at Grady Memorial Hospital. My job is to perform operations, take care of patients. But simultaneously, and I think in some ways equally importantly, to train residents.

Let's prep and drape.

LOU TIMNOYEN (ph): When an attending neurosurgeon hands you the scalpel, you're almost more excited than nervous. My name is Lou Timnoyen, I'm a fifth year neurosurgery resident at Grady Memorial Hospital. I don't know if that apprehension will ever go away.

TIMNOYEN: Good god, he's really busted up here.

GUPTA: Glad to hear that Lou is nervous. I'm nervous. I think everybody should be nervous.

TIMNOYEN: We're losing too much blood.

GUPTA: I think if you're not nervous, you might be a little too cocky. And I think that that's the biggest enemy of all. UNIDENTIFIED MALE: This patient was in a deer stand 15 to 20 feet up in the air and the deer stand must have given way.

Sort of get a sense, all these bones look pretty nice, then all of a sudden this bone is just gone, crushed.

TIMNOYEN: We're bracing ourselves for pandora's box that we open every time we go into surgery.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Bring the por (ph) machine that way.

TIMNOYEN: We try and position everything perfectly. We try and study all the films perfectly.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Doesn't give me the soft and fuzzy feeling.

TIMNOYEN: We can't control what variations of anatomy may be.

Give me another weapon. I'll try this one again.

GUPTA: A lot of times, no one even has to say a word in that operating room. I know exactly what's going through their minds. I know Lou's feeling at any given moment without saying a word. I know exactly what's going through his head because I was there.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: So we're not going to put any screws in the 4-5, right?

GUPTA: No, I'm trying to expose three right now.

TIMNOYEN: As a young neurosurgeon, you want to say, OK, what would I do if I didn't have a net? I can tell you, it's nice to have a net because Sanjay will tell you how many jams he's gotten me out of.


GUPTA: Goal is to get him mobilized, get him up to a wheelchair. He's not going to walk again, he's a paraplegic, but we want to get him to a wheelchair and and we want to make sure that he continues to have use of his arms.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: That's going to work, Sanjay.

TIMNOYEN: That case could not have gone any better. That was -- that's what we show up to work for.

GUPTA: I think we're going to be in good shape here.


HARRIS: Man that is fascinating stuff. "Grady's Anatomy," a CNN special investigations unit special Saturday and Sunday night at 8:00 p.m. Eastern and only on CNN.

COLLINS: People at the East River mart need a lesson in decimal points apparently. Instead of $2.79 a gallon, they were practically giving away gas.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: They screwed up on the gas thing. Gas for premium's only 27 cents a gallon.

COLLINS: What's wrong with that? A price that's a blast from the past, in the NEWSROOM.


HARRIS: So how about this, another price hike for college students. This time, in what they pay for birth control pills. Drug companies are ending discounts because of a change in the Medicaid rebate law. It essentially ends an incentive for drug companies to give college kids a price break. Prices for oral contraceptives are doubling and even tripling at student health centers. That has health officials worried that some students will start using less preferred contraceptives or stop using them altogether.

COLLINS: A gas station gas leads to a game of telephone and that leads to a driver's bonanza, 27 cents a gallon. In the NEWSROOM.

ROB MARCIANO, AMS METEOROLOGIST: And if you live across the south, you might have some green pollen on your car. It's that time of year. And it's still the cold and flu season. These red states where flu is wide spread. Texas, the south, the northeast, Ohio, Indiana, Montana, Washington, even Colorado. Hope you're feeling well today. The CNN NEWSROOM will be right back.


COLLINS: Some bold gas thieves at work. It happened here near Olympia, Washington. Police think somebody opened a manhole-type cover to the underground tank. They sucked up about 1200 gallons of gas, just so you know, that's worth about $4,000. A similar theft happened about two years ago in Oregon. Those thieves were caught using a hose to suck gas from an underground tank right into a trailer.

HARRIS: Well, he told somebody, and she told somebody and soon, everybody knew about the 27 cents a gallon gas. Everybody except the station owner. Mark Daly from our affiliate KARE reports.


MARK DALY, REPORTER FROM KARE (voice-over): They were pumping petroleum at East River Mart this morning, but it was a far cry from business as usual.

UNDENTIFIED MALE: Hello, how are you?

DALY: The honest answer is not so hot. Last night, shortly after closing, a customer pulled up to a credit card pump and bought some premium at the whopping price of 27.9 cents a gallon. That's more than $2.50 less than it was supposed to be marked.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Well, obviously, that's a heck of a deal, that's for sure.

DALY: The bargain pumper apparently called a friend who called another friend and eventually someone phoned a heavy metal radio station to let everyone in on the bargain gas.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: They screw up on the gas thing, gas for premium's only 27 cents a gallon!

DALY: It wasn't long before a line of cars stretched around the block.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Yes it sounds like the word really got out. Like I said, there was a number of cars there when officers arrived at the scene. And there was enough people that it was causing a disturbance to the neighbors in the area.

DALY: Police believe the owner accidentally made the markdown while reprising. The morning manager insists that someone tampered with the pump.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I don't know. I cannot answer for this, you know, why somebody did it, you know?

DALY: The station claims up to 3,500 gallons of fuel were pumped in just two hours. That would put their loss near $9,000.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Well, that's stealing. Basically, you know.

DALY: If not criminal, certainly not considerate.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: It would have been, I think, appropriate for the police or the owner or someone to be called to try and remedy the situation.


COLLINS: Yes. You think?

LEMON: Nine thousand bucks.


LEMON: Tony, you can pay them back, go on, help them out.

HARRIS: Us together, maybe. Pool our resources. Would we be willing to do that?

LEMON: OK, I think that's too bad though. Why don't I get to what's coming up and then after in the CNN NEWSROOM. It is Friday, you know.

A routine inspection in the Persian Gulf raises international hackles. Britain says 15 British royal marines were seized today by Iran's Navy after they boarded a merchant ship to check its cargo. So far, no word on where those British marines are being held. We'll get the latest, live from Tehran and 10 Downing Street. Plus, devastated and outraged, can you imagine? Pet owners file suit over food that's sickened or killed their beloved animals. With dozens of brands under suspicion, what can you feed your pet?

Dr. Jeffrey Werber is known as a veterinarian to the star's pets. He'll join us live and he'll also answer your questions about pet food. E-mail us at CNN NEWSROOM at

I have a dog.

COLLINS: Got to be careful.

LEMON: Have a great weekend.

COLLINS: I cook for my dog, no, I'm kidding. I don't cook for my dog.

LEMON: Have a great weekend guys.

COLLINS: All right, we'll see you in a few, Don.

Yes, we want to take a look at this again. He's in the air, everybody, look. This is Captain Barrington Irving. Little tipping of the wings there. Not sure if he's still doing the touch and go's or if he's actually on his journey around the world to be the first person -- youngest person, first African-American, to do this. Looks like he might actually be going. Can't really tell.

But anyway, great video to look at as he embarks on this five- week-long journey. There's the touch and go a little bit earlier. Hopefully it will happen. We'll follow this story for you. I think it's a great one.

Meanwhile, CNN NEWSROOM continues just one hour from now.

HARRIS: "YOUR WORLD TODAY" is next with news happening across the globe and here at home. I'm Tony Harris.

COLLINS: And I'm Heidi Collins. Have a terrific weekend, everybody.