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Aired October 08, 2007 - 15:00   ET


DON LEMON, CNN ANCHOR: He used a rifle. He killed six people his own age or younger, one an ex-girlfriend. His fellow cops tried to get him to turn himself in. New facts come to light in the weekend massacre in Crandon, Wisconsin, but many more questions remain.
BETTY NGUYEN, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Also, what became of a small plane that took off last night from Boise, Idaho, for Shelton, Washington? Well, 10 people were on board. None has been seen or heard from since. We are on the story.

Hello, everybody. I'm Betty Nguyen, in today for Kyra Phillips, at CNN Center in Atlanta.

LEMON: And I'm Don Lemon. It's a very busy day right here in the CNN NEWSROOM.

LEMON: Just after 3:00 Eastern time, and we're following the search for that small plane that disappeared somewhere between Boise, Idaho and Shelton, Washington. It happened last night. Ten people are said to be on board that plane.

For the very latest now, we want to go to our Kathleen Koch. And she joins us now.

Details on the search. What do you know, Kathleen?

KATHLEEN KOCH, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Well, Don, right now we know that it's a small plane, a Cessna 208 Caravan. It has nine passengers and a pilot on board.

It's owned by a skydiving company that is based near Seattle, Washington, called Skydive Kapowsin. Now, the company says the plane left Boise, Idaho, last night at 7:30 p.m. It was due back to Shelton, Washington, between 10:30 and 11:30 last night.

They were facing some strong headwinds, but they never arrived. The FAA northwest region spokesman, Mike Ferus (ph), says that they put out an alert at that time, checking all of the other airports in the area that the plane might have diverted to, but all those checks came back negative.

Right now, Yakima County search-and-rescue teams are combing an area, a very rugged region of Cascades Mountains near Rimrock Lake. That's south of I-90 and north of Mount Rainier. The sheriff's department put out a press release saying that a camper in the area reported hearing an aircraft Sunday night and that one of the ground teams has spoken with the camper, but a spokesman for the sheriff's department, Tina Wilson (ph), says right now they have not yet located the plane.

Skydive Kapowsin co-owner Jeff (ph) Farrington, though who I spoke with this morning, tells me that the plane does have an emergency locator transmitter on board. He also says that the teams normally carry a couple of sleeping bags and sometimes some snacks.

He said the plane has been regularly maintained. It hadn't had any mechanical issues that they know of. Now, as to the weather at the time, I'm told it was clear, it was gorgeous in both Boise and in Shelton, Washington, with VFR, visual flight rules, and good conditions in between. So, right now, Don, the pilot goes on -- I mean, the search goes on, and the search for the pilot and the nine young people on board.

LEMON: Thank you very much for that late-breaking information on that Kathleen.

KOCH: You bet.

LEMON: And to sort of get more information about it to clear this up just a little bit more, on the phone with us is Nisha Marvel. She's with the Aviation Division of Washington State's Transportation Department.

And, as I understand, Ms. Marvel, the aviation division here is coordinating the air search for this plane?

NISHA MARVEL, WASHINGTON DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION: That's correct. It is based out of Yakima Airport.

We have set up a command post there, where we're sort of just taking leads, coordinating the ground search, and coordinating the air search, which involved two smaller volunteer planes and two helicopters.

We had pinpointed that location in that southwest area near Rimrock Lake.

LEMON: And you're talking, this area near Rimrock Lake, this is where someone said they heard -- they saw a plane and then heard a noise, like a plane crash, is that correct?

MARVEL: That's correct.

They reported seeing a low-flying aircraft and then hearing a crash. And then several hours later, the co-owner of the message aircraft notified emergency personnel and indicated that the plane was overdue and she was unable to reach some of the people aboard the aircraft.


And, Ms. Marvel, as we look at these pictures from our affiliate KIRO, I want to ask you about -- I see snow here on the mountain. It does look like a very -- it looks like very rugged terrain. Tell us about the search effort here. How many miles are we looking at, the type of terrain? And is this sort of a needle in the haystack, sadly?

MARVEL: It can be a needle in the haystack.

It's mountainous terrain, and so it can definitely be hard to spot. But the favorable part of the story is that the weather conditions are good for flying right now. We have had teams flying since early this morning, and all indications is, the weather is going to hold up and we're going to be able to keep doing the aerial searches.

And, of course, that helps with visibility, just being able to see things from the air. And it helps the ground teams as well.

LEMON: Yes, it's starting to get dark a little bit earlier, but I'm sure you can use as much daylight as possible with this search.

Nisha Marvel, spokesperson for the Washington State Department of Transportation Aviation Division, who is coordinating the air search for this mission, we thank you.

MARVEL: Thank you.

NGUYEN: Well, we're also monitoring a news conference out of Memphis, Tennessee, where police are questioning at least two people in the killing of a student on the University of Memphis campus.

Taylor Bradford is the 21-year-old football player who was shot on September 30. You see his picture right there, shot shortly before police found him in his car, which had crashed into a tree. Again, at least two people are in custody for questioning, and, Friday, police were trying to find men seen in a car parked near the apartment on the night of that shooting.

Again, we will be monitoring this news conference for anything that develops. In fact, we're going to take you there live right now and listen to some new sound from the chief of police.


LARRY GODWIN, MEMPHIS POLICE CHIEF: Taylor was tragically shot and killed on the night of September 30. And, since that time, the Memphis Police Department homicide investigators have worked around the clock to solve this senseless crime.

Over 200 individuals have been interviewed, countless man hours reviewing video, reviewing evidence and other investigative procedures. The three -- these three arrests are the result of hard work of the investigative services, citizens' tip, and the cooperation of Crime Stoppers.

Thanks to their assistance, DaeShawn Tate, 21, Victor Trezevant, 21, Courtney Washington, 22, have been arrested and charged with murder and perpetration of attempted aggravated robbery. The investigation has revealed that Taylor was targeted for robbery, and he was specifically targeted by these perpetrators on the night of September 30. The investigation into this incident was led by the Memphis Police Department homicide unit, with cooperation of the University of Memphis Police, our organized crime unit, CAT, PSN, Safe Streets Task Force, and members of the Shelby County Sheriff's Street Crimes Unit, along well as uniformed officers of the Memphis Police Department.

I will tell you that the investigation is ongoing. We do expect additional arrests in this case, and, thus far, none of the persons charged are students of the University of Memphis.

NGUYEN: Well, there you go. That's some new information in this investigation.

According to police there, three arrests have been made and they are charged with murder. None of those arrested is a student, and the police chief that you just heard there say that these three targeted Taylor Bradford for robbery.

And again, Bradford was killed on September 30. Shortly after, police -- actually, shortly after the shooting, police found him in his car, which had crashed into a tree. And the latest is that three people have been arrested, and more arrests are expected. We will stay on top of this story -- Don.

LEMON: Absolutely. That press conference happening in Memphis, Tennessee.

This one just happened a short while an in Crandon, Wisconsin.

Here's what they said -- 30 rounds from a rifle, that is what Tyler Peterson fired off in the small town of Crandon, Wisconsin, early yesterday morning, when he killed six young people at a house party.

Now we're hearing from the family of the 20-year-old Peterson, who said he was a full-time student, sheriff's deputy and part-time police Crandon officer. A statement was read by a local pastor just moments ago.


PASTOR BILL FARR, PRAISE CHAPEL COMMUNITY CHURCH: "... Crandon community, our hearts go out to the victims, their families, and their friends.

We are grieving for your losses. We are very sorry for what has happened. This huge tragedy has deeply affected everyone, including us. We also feel a tremendous amount of guilt and shame for the horrible acts Tyler committed. We are struggling to respond like most of you. We do not know what we should do. Like us, many of you are asking why and looking for answers.

There is nothing that happened before or after yesterday's events that has given us any insight into why. We may never receive the answers we all seek. Like those close to Tyler, we are in shock and disbelief that he would do such terrible things. This was not the Tyler we knew and loved. We do not know how to act.

We want to express or love and support to everyone affected, but are unsure what would be appropriate. We are hurting for all your losses, as well as ours.

May God bless you all. You are in our thoughts and prayers. With great sorrow, the Peterson family."


LEMON: And we have also learned that Peterson fired shots at a responding police officer's car after that massacre. That officer was wounded. Peterson is dead, but authorities haven't confirmed the cause. Earlier reports said a SWAT team shot him.

NGUYEN: Straight to the newsroom now and CNN's T.J. Holmes with the details on another developing story.

It's been a busy day, T.J.

T.J. HOLMES, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Been a bit of a busy day, but some good news I guess for the U.S. Marshals Service. They have one of their 15 most wanted. They can check him off that list now; 35- year-old Anthony Ray Artrip, who had been holed up in a Knights Inn motel just outside of Pittsburgh, in Morgan, Pennsylvania, specifically.

They do have him in custody. This man was wanted after escaping from prison in June on three counts of a bank robbery he had been convicted of. He was waiting to be sentenced. He escaped.

And, in the meantime, he was a suspect since he escaped in five robberies that took place in four different states. So, this was a man who was armed and dangerous, and had not been laying low they said since escaping from prison in June, continued to rob banks, they say. He was holed up in this hotel. They pulled him down out of an attic, apparently no one injured in the incident, no U.S. Marshals Service officials and no authorities injured in this.

He has been taken into custody. So, one person they say was armed and dangerous and one of their top 15 most wanted off that list now -- Betty.

NGUYEN: All right, T.J., thank you for that.

HOLMES: All right.

LEMON: Autopsy results are in on the Chicago marathon runner who died yesterday in record heat. It turns out it was a heart condition and not the sticky weather that killed 35-year-old Chad Schieber, a Michigan police officer.

Now, the heat and humidity did cause dozens of runners to fall ill. At least two remain in critical condition. The race was finally halted about midday, though.

NGUYEN: Well, we want you to take a close look at this digital image. See it there?? International police unscramble an online photo that could lead them to a suspected pedophile. We have details on how they did it ahead in the CNN NEWSROOM.

LEMON: It's amazing technology there.

And check this out. There was an awkward moment on the campaign trail brought to you by a man in a wheelchair and Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney. You will see it and hear it ahead in the CNN NEWSROOM.

NGUYEN: Plus, too many bodies, not enough graves, how the nation's shrine to its war dead is about to change.

We have that ahead in the CNN NEWSROOM.


LEMON: Sixteen past the hour. Here are some of the stories we're working on for you right here in the CNN NEWSROOM.

We heard a statement just last hour from the family of Tyler Peterson, the gunman in this weekend's Wisconsin shooting rampage read by a pastor. The statement says the family is shocked and doesn't know why Peterson, a sheriff's deputy, did it. Police says one of the six people he killed at a house party was a former girlfriend. Peterson is also dead, reportedly killed by police.

Life in prison and perhaps more to come. A Missouri judge has sentenced Michael Devlin to a life term for holding a young boy captive for four days. Devlin is also accused of holding another boy for four years. He's expected to plead guilty to everything in a series of hearings this week.

A deadly hot-air balloon accident in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The balloon's basket hit some power lines and tipped, sending a woman 70 feet to her death. Albuquerque is hosting its annual balloon fiesta.

NGUYEN: Well, as more World War II veterans die and the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan drag on, Arlington National Cemetery grows even more crowded. But changes are in the works.

Our senior Pentagon correspondent, Jamie McIntyre, joins us live with those details.

So, how exactly are they planning to expand, Jamie?

JAMIE MCINTYRE, CNN SENIOR PENTAGON CORRESPONDENT: Well, Betty, it's a very busy time for Arlington National Cemetery, just a stone's throw from the Pentagon here across Route 27.

There were as many as 6,700 funerals last year at Arlington Cemetery. And, as you said, the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan are one factor. About 400 veterans of those wars are buried in Arlington National Cemetery. But the big pressure is from the end of the World War II generation.

Some 16 million Americans served in that war. There's still an estimated three million World War II veterans alive, and they're dying at a rate of about 1,000 a day. So, Arlington Cemetery, which is the nation's premier national cemetery, has plans to continue operation for years to come.

They're doing a couple of things. One is, they have expanded the 600-acre cemetery to include -- to make better use of 40 additional acres that are inside the current cemetery grounds now, and they're expanding outside the grounds for the first time. They're going to be, in the next 10 years or so, taking over, if you're familiar with the Washington area, the Navy Annex, which is right next door near the new Air Force Memorial, to provide thousands more graves.

The bottom line is, they believe that by expanding the cemetery gradually over the next decade or so, they will be able to keep the cemetery operating at least until the year 2060. And that's going to be accomplished by those expansions.

Some of it is a little bit sensitive, though. They're taking some wooded acreage around Arlington House, which was the home of Robert E. Lee. And that's got some people upset, because they are going to be taking some of those trees down.

But, don't forget, Arlington National Cemetery started back during the Civil War, when the Union soldiers deliberately buried their war dead on the home of the Confederate general -- Betty.

NGUYEN: Yes, established in 1864, with some 300,000-plus people buried there. Jamie McIntyre, thank you for that update.

LEMON: From London to Paris, but it's no pleasure trip for a British inquest jury. They're following the last hours of Princess Diana -- details straight ahead.



NGUYEN: So, sure, you can get songs for free over the Internet, but do you really want to? Listen to this.

Jammie Thomas was ordered to pay $222,000 for illegally sharing 24 songs online. It was the first time one of the music industry's lawsuits against individual downloaders had gone to trial. Many defendants settle by paying the record companies a few thousand dollars. But Thomas decided to take them to court.

And she talked about that decision on CNN's "AMERICAN MORNING."


JOHN ROBERTS, CO-HOST, "AMERICAN MORNING": The Recording Industry Association of America had offered an out of court settlement to you, pay several thousand dollars, I think it was somewhere in the neighborhood of $5,000. You decided to take this to court to court, why?

JAMMIE THOMAS, FINED $220,000 FOR SHARING 24 SONGS: Because I didn't do this and I was not going to be bullied by the RIAA or anyone else.

ROBERTS: So, you say you didn't do this.


ROBERTS: They say they have evidence that you did. I mean, what did you do?

THOMAS: They have evidence that the IP address that was assigned to me by my ISP was used, and they have evidence that that ISP was on the Kazaa network using a user name that I have publicly used.

ROBERTS: Let me ask your attorney.

Mr. Toder, what will you do now? You have this judgment against you, $220,000. Are you going to continue to fight, or is she going to have to pay?

BRIAN TODER, THOMAS' ATTORNEY: Well, the record companies are pretty giddy, but really they have opened the door to an appeal that may stop this whole machine of theirs dead in their tracks.

There was an issue as to whether or not simply offering these recordings was in and of itself an infringement vs. an actual sharing. And that issue has never been squarely addressed by a court of appeals, and we certainly plan to do something about that. And, if we prevail on that, this whole harvesting that they do client by client is gone.


NGUYEN: All right, so here's how it shakes out. If Thomas loses her appeal, which her attorney says she could have a quarter of her paycheck garnished for the rest of her life. The 30-year-old single mother of two makes $36,000 a year.

LEMON: Well, both fans and children love them, so what's got so many cute, cuddly mascots on the run? CNN is jumping hurdles to bring you the mascot mayhem -- straight ahead in the CNN NEWSROOM.


LEMON: I like that music.


LEMON: Hello, everyone.

I'm Don Lemon live at the CNN world headquarters in Atlanta. NGUYEN: Yes, hi, everybody.

I'm Betty Nguyen in today for Kyra Phillips.

Blurred no more -- check it out -- a suspected pedophile's digital mask stripped away by technology.

LEMON: And now that his face is exposed, all authorities need is a name and a place.

You're live right here in the CNN NEWSROOM.

All right, here's the big question this hour -- where are 10 people believed to be missing from a skydiving plane that took off right there where you see it, Boise, Idaho -- and heading out to Shelton?

They -- 10 people on board. They left yesterday at 7:00 p.m. And now there is a search underway there.

We spoke to one of the people searching for them. The Washington State Department of Transportation and Aviation spokesperson says they have fanned out across the area looking for these 10 people. According to an eyewitness, he saw a plane flying low and then heard what sounded like a crash. So they're looking for that area trying to figure out -- in that area -- trying to figure out exactly where that plane is.

The good news, they say, is that this plane had some sort of homing signal or device and equipment on board that would render the folks, if they're in an area or in a place where they can do it, to be able to send some sort of search beacon or search signal.

But, again, 10 people are missing here. This is happening in Yakima County, you see that Washington area -- Washington State area. We're going to continue to develop -- to follow this developing story for you and bring you the very latest right here in the CNN NEWSROOM -- Betty.

NGUYEN: Well, we're also following the investigation into the shooting death of a University of Memphis football player. His name is Tyler Bradford, just 21 years old. There's a picture there. There have been some new arrests.

And let's take a listen to what the Memphis chief of police had to say just moments earlier.


CHIEF LARRY GODWIN, MEMPHIS POLICE: We're pleased to announce that an arrest has been made in the murder of Taylor Bradford, 21, a member of the University of Memphis football team.

Taylor was tragically shot and killed on the night of September 30th. And since that time, the Memphis Police Department homicide investigators have worked around the clock to solve this senseless crime. Over 200 individuals have been interviewed -- countless man hours reviewing video, reviewing evidence and other investigative procedures.

The three -- these three arrests are a result of hard work of the investigative services, citizen's tips and the cooperation of crime stoppers. Thanks to their assistance, DaeShawn Tate, 21; Victor Trezevant, 21; Courtney Washington, 22; have been arrested and charged with murder in perpetuation of attempted aggravated robbery.

The investigation has revealed that Taylor was targeted for robbery and he was specifically targeted by these perpetrators on the night of September 30th. The investigation in this incident was led by the Memphis Police Department homicide unit, with the cooperation of the University of Memphis Police, our organized crime unit, CAT (ph), PSN, Safe Streets Task Force and members of the Shelby County Sheriff's Street Crimes Unit, along with uniformed officers of the Memphis Police Department.

I will tell you that the investigation is ongoing. We do expect additional arrests in this case and thus far none of the persons charged are students of the University of Memphis.


NGUYEN: OK. So three arrests. They are charged with murder and, according to the district attorney, if convicted, they could get the death penalty.

LEMON: Shock, disbelief and no idea why he did it -- the sentiments of 20-year-old Tyler Peterson's family after the Wisconsin sheriff's deputy gunned down six young people at a weekend house party. We heard a family statement and much, much more last hour.

CNN's Susan Roesgen brings us up to date from the small town of Crandon.


SUSAN ROESGEN, GULF COAST CORRESPONDENT: The news conference here at the high school answered some questions, but left others unanswered -- namely, what was the motive?

Law enforcement would not speculate on that.

We do know, however, now that Deputy Tyler Peterson went to the off campus party early Sunday morning and got into some kind of argument. He left the party, went into the parking lot, got a rifle out of his pickup truck, went back to the party, and shot and killed six people, critically wounded a seventh. Then he ran.

J.B. VAN HOLLEN, WISCONSIN ATTORNEY GENERAL: After fleeing the scene, Peterson was a fugitive. Peterson had telephone conversations with law enforcement officials, including Crandon chief of police, John Dennee, confirming he was the shooter.

ROESGEN: The Wisconsin state attorney general would not say how Deputy Tyler Peterson actually died, except that it was in a shootout with other law enforcement officers.

Also at this news conference, a local pastor read a statement from Deputy Peterson's family. The statement said the family is deeply grieved not only for their loss, but for the losses suffered by this community. The family says they want to reach out and help the victims' families, but they don't know how.

Susan Roesgen, CNN, Crandon, Wisconsin.


LEMON: Guilty on two counts -- and that's only the beginning for Michael Devlin. In a Missouri courtroom this morning, Devlin admitted kidnapping 13-year-old Ben Ownby earlier this year and also pleaded to one count of armed criminal action. The judge immediately sentenced Devlin to life in prison.

Police found Ownby in Devlin's apartment four days after he was abducted.


LOYD BAILIE, OWNBY'S UNCLE: It will be the best thing for my nephew. He won't have to relive this -- this thing in court. He won't have to go back and revisit all of the things that no child should have to be put through.


LEMON: Found with Ownby in Devlin's apartment was Shawn Hornbeck, now 16, who had been missing for more than four years. All this week, Devlin is expected to admit to more than 80 charges in connection with the abductions and abuse of both boys.

NGUYEN: Raising the ante in the hunt for a sexual predator. For the first time ever, Interpol has released a suspect's picture. Check it out -- a man who has posted online photos of himself sexually abusing underage boys.

Now, earlier, in THE NEWSROOM, I spoke with the assistant director of Interpol's trafficking in human beings unit about why they released the photo today.


KRISTIN KVIGNE, INTERPOL: We have very little indications as to the nationality -- or, rather, no indication as to the nationality or identity of this person. We know where he has been perpetrating. We know there is a large number of young boys he's been perpetrating against. We have not been able to -- our police community -- to find out his identification -- his identity.

NGUYEN: Which is why you've released it to the media, so that we can take a look at it and possibly help.

Now, you say you don't know his identity or his nationality but you do know about the crimes that he's accused of committing, the number of boys. Tell us where they're from and what you know about these crimes.

KVIGNE: We know that he has been perpetrating in Vietnam and Cambodia. And it's a series of child abuse images that have been released to the internet and that we have retrieved from the internet.

NGUYEN: There are some 200 photos showing him abusing young boys. And in this case, we're going to talk about how you were able to restore this image, because usually when images are presented to the media, we just see a picture. But you're showing us how you were able to digitally and technologically restore this picture.

How has that been able to help Interpol and other agencies in finding predators online?

KVIGNE: Well, the unswirling of the face was done by German police initially, and back in 2004, before they forwarded the images to us. So the work had been done there.

But I think the important thing is to understand that perpetrators can try to hide their own identity on the internet. But the police is equally equipped to unravel that and find their true identification -- identity.


NGUYEN: Again, that was investigator Christine Kvigne.

And if you'd like a better look at that picture, all you have to do is go to for more.

LEMON: From London to Paris, but it's no pleasure trip for a British inquest jury. They're following the last hours of Princess Diana. We'll have details for you straight ahead in the CNN NEWSROOM.


LEMON: Well, a decade has done little to diminish fascination about the death of the people's princess. Jurors in the British inquest are visiting Paris to see key locations of Princess Diana's last hours.

And CNN's Phil Black has the latest, including his own retracking of Diana's fatal route.


PHIL BLACK, CNN CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): These are among the last images of Princess Diana and her boyfriend, Dodi Al-Fayed, on security cameras at The Ritz Hotel, along with bodyguard Trevor Reese and the hotel security bus, Henri Paul. They leave through the building's rear service door.

(on camera): That's this exit, here on Rue Cambone. Around 20 past midnight, the group walked out and got into a Mercedes. The cars they had been using earlier in the evening were left at the front of the hotel. They were positioned there as decoys to fool a waiting crowd of photographers, as the princess and her lover slipped way.

(voice-over): But not all the paparazzi fell for it. Some caught images of the group as they left -- Henri Paul at the wheel, Trevor Reese the front passenger, with Dodi and Diana in the back. With photographers in pursuit, the car accelerated down Rue Cambone, turning right into Rue de Rivoli and onto the Place de la Concorde.

(on camera): The car was heading for Dodi's apartment. The most direct route would have been turning right from the Place de la Concorde under the Champs d'Elyse.

But Henri Paul didn't do that. He was probably avoiding heavy traffic.

(voice-over): Instead, Paul continued around the square, exiting onto an embankment road that runs along the River Seine. It's a long, straight path. Witnesses say the car hit speeds of up to 93 miles per hour, or 150 kilometers per hour.

Then the driver did something that 10 years on hasn't been explained. Henri Paul continued straight ahead and didn't take this slip road. It's considered the most logical route to Dodi's place.

(on camera): In the murder conspiracy theory argued by Dodi's father, Mohamed Al-Fayed, that was a key moment.

Was access to the slip road blocked, either accidentally or deliberately?

Was the car being hassled by other vehicles?

Or was it just traveling too fast to make the turn?

(voice-over): The car instead entered the Alma Tunnel. Henri Paul lost control of the vehicle. It struck the corner of the 13th pillar while traveling as fast as 65 miles per hour, or 104 kilometers per hour.

(on camera): There are two enduring mysteries from those few violent seconds in the tunnel. Some witnesses say they saw a powerful flash of light. Mohamed Al-Fayed says that was a stun weapon used to distract the driver. And scientific tests show the Mercedes grazed another car before hitting the pillar. It was identified as a white Fiat. But neither that car nor its driver have ever been found.

(voice-over): Trevor Reese survived and recovered. Dodi Al-Fayed and Henri Paul were declared dead at the scene. Diana's heart stopped beating twice that night -- but she could only be revived once. At the Pitie Salpetriere Hospital, at 4:00 a.m. On August 31, 1997, Diana, the Princess of Wales, was declared dead. More than 10 years on, the circumstances surrounding her death are still a matter of debate.

Phil Black, CNN, Paris.


NGUYEN: Yes, they are, indeed.

Well, in another story, Barack Obama tells fellow Democrats not to be shy about their faith. The fight for faith-based voters in the presidential race -- that is ahead in the CNN NEWSROOM.


LEMON: Well, backers of the children's health care bill that President Bush just vetoed aren't backing down from the fight. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has scheduled a vote October 18th in hopes of dealing Mr. Bush the first veto override of his presidency. Well, she needs to change the minds of about 14 Republicans to salvage a $35 billion increase in the program run by the states. The White House is calling for a compromise, but Congressional Democrats aren't giving. The increase passed the Senate by a veto-proof margin.

NGUYEN: Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton may be shoring up a weak spot. As Clinton launches a tour across Iowa, a new poll shows her moving into the lead among the state's coveted caucus goers. The "Des Moines Register" survey shows Clinton's favored by 29 percent, while John Edwards had 23 percent and Barack Obama, 22 percent.

Clinton's Democratic opponents are hoping to stem her momentum by pulling out a win in the first presidential nominating contest.

Democratic presidential hopeful Barack Obama is playing up his faith in a Deep South primary state. Yesterday, the Illinois senator spoke to a congregation in Greenville, South Carolina.


SEN. BARACK OBAMA (D), ILLINOIS: We're going to keep of worshipping together and we're going to keep on building together and we're going to keep on praising together. I am confident that we can create a kingdom right here on Earth.

Thank you very much, everybody. God bless you.


NGUYEN: And he's going to keep on keeping on, because Obama is in the midst of a campaign phase he calls "40 Days of Faith and Family". He says it's important for Democrats not to cede the faith and values vote to Republicans.

LEMON: If you've wondered where Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney stands on medical marijuana, well, wonder now more. A man who says he takes it questioned Romney this weekend in New Hampshire.


UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Will you arrest me and my doctors if I get medical marijuana? MITT ROMNEY, (R), PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE: I'm not in favor of medical marijuana being made legal (INAUDIBLE)...

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: So will you have me arrested?

ROMNEY: Hi, how are you?

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: You're not going to answer his question, Governor?


LEMON: Well, how is that for an awkward moment on the campaign trail?

The questioner says he has muscular dystrophy. He claims only marijuana counters the side effects of his strong medicines and keeps him at a survivable weight.

Well, it's not just debate, it's also debut. If you tune in to tomorrow's Republican presidential debate, you'll see and hear Fred Thompson for the first time on the podium with the other candidates answering questions. Now, the former senator from Tennessee got into the race last month and hasn't really been put on the spot yet. The debate will be in Dearborn, Michigan, and focus mostly on the economy.

NGUYEN: Well, after weeks of searing criticism, Idaho Senator Larry Craig is about to receive an honor -- induction into the Idaho Hall of Fame. Craig was largely unknown outside the state until news of his arrest in an airport bathroom sex sting. All officials say Craig was selected before the scandal broke. The director cites Craig's contribution to the people of the state.

Now, some of Craig's fellow Republicans say in light of what's happened, the honor is inappropriate and they should at least delay his induction, now scheduled for Saturday.

LEMON: Well, taking carb loading to a whole new level -- who's this year's waffle eating champ?

Well, pass...

NGUYEN: Who's that man behind the mask?

LEMON: I know.

Pass the syrup.

THE NEWSROOM will be right back.

Plus, the closing bell and a wrap of all the action on Wall Street. That's straight ahead.


NGUYEN: I feel like we're in a circus act here. Check this out -- they're warm and fuzzy runners across the pond, breaking a sweat for a very good cause. Some of Britain's most beloved characters race in a Mascot Grand National in Huntington, England yesterday. That annual event raises money for charity.

The Wacky Mackey Bear.

LEMON: The Wacky Mackey Bear.

NGUYEN: You know, him, right, Don?


NGUYEN: The Wacky Mackey Bear.

LEMON: Do you know (INAUDIBLE) today?

NGUYEN: Well, no, but he's there. He actually won the furlong race, running about an eighth of a mile while jumping over hurdles. Wow! Pretty coordinated. The costume competition was not without mayhem -- a soccer club mascot called Captain Blade...

LEMON: Oh, man.

NGUYEN: ...was being disqualified. He said he was cheating.

LEMON: Was he doping?

NGUYEN: I don't know. Maybe he was on "the clear". I don't know.


LEMON: Oops.



All right, let's say -- let's get a shot of Betty at brunch yesterday, on Sunday.



NGUYEN: Oh, yes, I can throw down.

LEMON: Sunday brunch and waffles, that sounds good, right?

Probably Susan, too. She can munch down on Sundays, as well.

But a waffle eating contest on a Sunday that's pushing 90 degrees in Dallas. Check that out. It takes a special breed of folks -- and plenty of them bellied up for the Waffle House World Waffle Eating Championship at the Texas State Fair.

That looks gross. NGUYEN: It does. It looks so nasty.

LEMON: After 10 carb loading minutes and a little more than 29 waffles, Pat "Deep Dish" Bertoletti emerged the victor. He earned $3,500 and he was not disqualified. Nobody there -- nobody accused of doping or "the clear"...

NGUYEN: Nothing like that.

LEMON: Just some clear syrup -- maple.

NGUYEN: I just want to know, who's the masked guy there, you know?

Who's that masked man?

LEMON: He's the masked waffle bandit, right, Susan Lisovicz?


Today they're setting records with the consumption of Rolaids. But you guys...


You guys have given me the perfect segue to eating fortune cookies.



LISOVICZ: Because, you know, usually when you open it up, it promises you health, happiness, love.

NGUYEN: Right.

LISOVICZ: Romance, all the things. Well, the largest maker of fortune cookies is based here in New York. Forget about it. They decided to do something more realistic. Like check these out. "The fact that others are bad does not imply that you are good."

"Love or money or neither?"

"If there is no love, there is no jealousy."

These are just some of the new, more contemporary fortunes that are coming out of Wonton. Not everyone is thrilled, because they are a little dark. But, then again, that's how the cookie crumbles, doesn't it, guys?


LEMON: Oh. That's how she rolls.

LISOVICZ: I still love them. And they are -- unlike waffles with lots of syrup -- they are low calories.