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Rare April Nor'easter; Protection from Masking; More about Shooting Victim Mathew Steffy-Ross; Pelicans Rally Past Suns; Depp Takes the Stand. Aired 6:30-7a ET

Aired April 20, 2022 - 06:30   ET



LINETTE LOPEZ, COLUMNIST, "BUSINESS INSIDER": A cheaper Netflix with ads. And I wouldn't be surprised if in 10 years the streaming services we know look a lot more like the cable we used to know.

KAITLAN COLLINS, CNN ANCHOR: Which is so fascinating because everyone thought streaming is replacing cable in that sense.

Linette, thank you so much for joining us this morning, breaking all that down for us. It's fascinating.

LOPEZ: No problem. Thanks for having me.

COLLINS: We have more on our breaking news.

Just moments from now is going to be that Russian deadline that we told you about for the Ukrainians to surrender in the last Mariupol stronghold which the Ukrainians have said they will not do.

Plus, prosecuting Putin. Ahead on NEW DAY, meet the Ukrainian official who is building the war crimes case right now and vows to make the Russian leader pay.

And a TV analyst turned freedom fighter. Why a TV analyst just quit to go to Ukraine to help the forces there fight.



JIM SCIUTTO, CNN ANCHOR: Overnight, crews working to restore power after a rare April nor'easter left more than 315,000 customers in the dark. However, the region can anticipate warmer temperatures by the end of this week.

CNN meteorologist Chad Myers covering this as always.

Any relief in sight, Chad?

CHAD MYERS, AMS METEOROLOGIST: Really by the weekend, yes. But, still, only up to normal. We are still not going to be well above normal except down across the deep south. Temperatures now feeling in the 30s across the northeast.

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So here we go. Here's where the snow is right now. It is really winding down, but really we hope so because a foot and a half of snow fell across parts of upstate New York in the past 24 hours.

Now our attention kind of focuses on the potential severe weather across the deep south and then really the warmup across the deep south as well. Temperatures even in Nashville will get over 80 degrees by Friday. The warm air is definitely on the rise.

Temperatures in New York still in the 50s and the 60s. But look at this next map. Look at what happens down here across the south and the southwest. Temperatures making a run at 90 out to the south.


SCIUTTO: Chad Myers, send some of that warm weather our way her in Lviv. We would take it here.

MYERS: All right.

SCIUTTO: Well, the Justice Department says it will challenge a court ruling that struck down the transportation mask mandate if, says the DOJ, the CDC determines it is still needed for the public's health. The decision raising the question, can masks protect you even if no one else is wearing them.

So, let's speak to CNN's senior medical correspondent Elizabeth Cohen.

You know, listen, this decision did not arise from the CDC judgment of he pandemic. It came from a single judge's ruling here. But for folks at home who are watching right now, if they feel more comfortable, if you and I feel more comfortable wearing a mask on an airplane or a train, does that still protect you?

ELIZABETH COHEN, CNN SENIOR MEDICAL CORRESPONDENT: It goes a long way to protecting you, Jim. Now, of course, there's going to be more stuff in the air because other people won't be wearing masks.


COHEN: But, still, masks will provide a high level of protection. So, let's take a look by mask type.

So let's say you're on a plane and other people aren't wearing masks but you're wearing one. An N95 will reduce the number of inhaled particles that you're going to be getting by 20-fold, compared to if you weren't wearing a mask. A surgical mask by nine-fold and a cloth mask three-fold.

Now, of course, there's going to be a lot more stuff out there so that nine-fold or three-fold or 20-fold won't go as far. But, still, it's going to reduce your chances of getting Covid. Now, to flip this around, if you're a healthy person and not so concerned about getting Covid, you might still want to wear a mask to protect other people. There are people who are immune compromised where their vaccines didn't work. There are children undergoing chemotherapy where vaccination really didn't work well for them and they're really the vulnerable ones. If you wear a mask and you happen to sit next to one of these people, you will be going a long way to protecting them



Well, that's always been this from the beginning, right? It's not just about yourself, it's about others.

COHEN: Right.

SCIUTTO: But, unfortunately, not everybody sees the light on that.

COHEN: That's right.

SCIUTTO: Elizabeth Cohen, thanks so much.

More on our breaking news out of Ukraine.

We are getting word that two zoo workers -- zoo workers who had stayed behind to help feed animals have now been found dead. Who's responsible?

Plus, just in, a Russian billionaire is slamming the war he calls, quote, crazy. He's making a demand to the west as he does.

And back in the U.S., two teenagers fatally shot at a party in Pittsburgh. More than 90 rounds were fired. We will hear from a family member of one of the victims.



COLLINS: This morning we're learning more about one of the two teenagers killed over the weekend at a Pittsburgh Airbnb party where nine others were also shot. Investigators say as many as 200 people were inside the house when the shooting happened. And one of the victims was 17-year-old Mathew Steffy-Ross. A school administrator described him as kind, respectful and considerate of others, adding that he loved music and had a promising future.

With us now is Mathew's great aunt, Bonnie McLain, as well as two of his mentors, Miles Porter and Lee Davis.

And, first, I just want to start by saying, thank you all for joining us this morning because I can't even imagine your grief right now. And so we're very grateful that you're coming on CNN to talk about this.

And so, Bonnie, I want to start with you given -- just -- can you tell us about what you've learned, what happened that night, what was going on and what led to this?

BONNIE MCLAIN, GREAT AUNT OF SHOOTING VICTIM MATHEW STEFFY-ROSS: I want people to understand that what I've been told from others who were there, they thought they were going to a spring break party. It had been advertised on social media as such with a $5 fee to come. And it was -- and they thought they were going to a spring break party. So, I just want people to know that they were doing what kids do. They go to parties when they're at that age. And it's very important for people to know that. They went there to have fun.



COLLINS: Yes, understandable. That's something that, of course, a lot of high schoolers do, a lot of 17-year-olds, especially.

And, when was the last time that you had spoken with Mathew?

MCLAIN: I had spoken with him Saturday night.

COLLINS: Before he went to the party?


MCLAIN: It would have been before he went to the party, yes.

COLLINS: What can you tell us about what he was like? And for any of you, Miles, Lee, please also weigh in, what was he like, because we've heard, you know, from the school administrator who was talking about what a good friend he was and that they thought he had such a promising future. You know, just 17 years old. It's such a young, precious age.

MCLAIN: Yes. Mathew, I can -- I can say these words about him. Mathew was actually one of the brightest lights you could have ever seen. His whole persona was like a bright light reaching out to other people. He was loyal, kind and compassionate. He had learned how to become an -- he was learning how to become an advocate for himself, as well as his peers. He had begun to advocate for them in the school setting. He had learning to advocate for them through the youth enrichment services program and starting to mentor other kids there where he had become a part of that program.

He was learning about business through one of his mentors who is here today, Mr. Lee Davis. And he was starting -- he was starting a clothing line. And I'm going to let Mr. Davis talk more about that.

But he was loyal. He was learning how to negotiate -- travel through this life and use his kindness for good. That's what he wanted to do. Everything he did, he wanted to do it for good, to help somebody. This was in this kid's heart.

COLLINS: Mr. Davis, what can you tell us? I do -- I did read about this t-shirt line that he was starting.


COLLINS: And I know he wanted to surprise you, Bonnie, with this. What was in the works behind the scenes on this?

DAVIS: Well, again, when I -- when I met Mathew a few months ago, we initially didn't hit it off because he just thought I was just an average guy coming in to say the same things that everybody say to kids when they come to the school and have these groups. But after a while, after a couple of groups, he realized that I wasn't the average guy and that we had a lot in common as far as how we grew up and some of the things that we went through. And so the ice was broken.

And as I got to know him, he told me, you know, what his ambitions were and some of his goals. And within that he let me know that, you know, he had a passion for fashion. And he wanted to, you know, get into that and start a clothing line. And he wanted to start out with t-shirts.

And he knew exactly what he wanted to do. He wanted to do t-shirts, and then go on to jeans, and then possibly polo style shirts and then suits. So, he had a goal and vision in mind. And then I -- I just helped him, you know, flush that out through design processes and, you know, him being in my office free-hand designing his logos and all that stuff. And then we just got with somebody to really bring it to life.

And so the logo that you guys see was the logo that we came up with. And that's the end result. And that was going to be on the t-shirt that were going to come out May 1st.

And, again, you know, one of the biggest things that he let me know is that, you know, the first t-shirt had to go to Aunt Bonnie. He -- you know, that was his main thing, his main goal. And then anything after that was just going to be icing on the cake.

And so, you know, hopefully we can make that dream happen. We've got the t-shirts coming. And we're going to give them out. And if Aunt Bonnie wants to use those t-shirts at some point to raise money or to do some things in Mat's name, then, you know, she has the blessing to do that as well.

COLLINS: And, Miles, how did you get to know Mathew?

MILES PORTER, MENTOR OF SHOOTING VICTIM MATHEW STEFFY-ROSS: Of course. So, I met Mathew around two years ago working for youth enrichment services. We run our male mentoring program. And he was actually already in the program before I even was hired. So he was already -- it was already a family atmosphere. He already knew everyone there. But once I came, there was just something about him that made us gravitate towards each other. Like Lee said, it may be our similar backgrounds, where we grew up. But I was someone that he trusted. And once Mat did trust someone, he would do anything for them. He was loyal. His compassion was probably one of the biggest things that stood out to me as miss mentor. We would speak maybe daily or every two days. And then when a few days wouldn't go past where we didn't speak, he was reaching out to me to make sure I was OK. DAVIS: Right.

PORTER: And he's my mentee. So, that just shows what type of person that he is.

Then we also recently hired Mat as well. So, he was kind of like a peer mentor. He helped out with a lot of office tasks and just things around the office. But the kids at our office are -- they're heartbroken. And they're -- they were telling me how much he was a mentor to them and how he was becoming a mentor for them. And it's just very unfortunate.

He worked on a few projects with us. He actually has a valiance (ph) wall for youth that passed away. So it's was just very unfortunate that this happened. But Mat's a great kid and I'm just sad that he wasn't able to reach his full potential before this happened.


COLLINS: Yes, I just -- everyone talks about what a promising future he had. And so I just want to say, we are so sorry again for your loss and for what's happened here. And I want to thank you, Bonnie and Miles and Lee, for coming on to talk about Mathew and to share his story because I think it's important

MCLAIN: Yes. Excuse me just one second. I just need two seconds.

I just want to mention, because I'm here on CNN, and this is national, that I want to mention Jaiden, the other young boy that died.


MCLAIN: I want people to remember him and remember that this child, like all these other children that were there, are our precious assets. And we have a responsibility toward them. They should not have to be our children for us to reach out our hands to them, for us to extend ourselves to them, to give them support, because the times for them are so tumultuous. We have a responsibility to them. I ask all of you to please remember that. Thank you.

COLLINS: Bonnie, that's very well said.

DAVIS: Thank you.

PORTER: Thank you.

COLLINS: Thank you, all three, for joining us this morning.

MCLAIN: Thank you.

PORTER: Of course. Thank you.

DAVIS: Thank you.

COLLINS: Up next, actor Johnny Depp is taking the stand against his ex-wife who accuses him of abuse. Why he says he -- that would never happen because of his childhood.

Plus, they have 10 more minutes to respond to the Russians before the deadline that has been set by the Russians is up. What the Ukrainians in Mariupol are prepared to do next and what happens if they don't comply with this ultimatum they've been given. We're live in Ukraine.



COLLINS: The New Orleans Pelicans shocking the Phoenix Suns in game two, a loss that is extra worrisome for the Suns given their best player was injured.

Andy Scholes has more in this morning's "Bleacher Report."

Andy, what's going on?


So, you know, the Suns had the best record in the NBA this season. This first round series against the Pelicans was, you know, not supposed to be their biggest challenge, but it might be now if Devin Booker is out of action for a few games. Booker was incredible in the first half last night. The only player in the past 25 years to score 30 points in a half of a playoff game without taking a free throw. Here he is making a buzzer beater at the end of the first. And watch here, dabbing (ph) up a baby that was sitting courtside.

But in the third quarter, Booker injures his hamstring right here trying to run down the play. He left the game and did not return.

Now, the Pelicans Brandon Ingram, meanwhile, scored 26 of his 37 points in the second half as the Pelicans pulled off the upset, 125- 114.

NBA playoffs continue tonight, Kaitlan. Game two between the Celtics and the Nets. We'll wait and see what Kyrie Irving has in store for those Boston fans tonight.

COLLINS: A hamstring injury cannot be good. Andy, thank you so much for joining us.

SCHOLES: All right.

COLLINS: Also this morning, Actor Johnny Depp's testimony is set to resume in his defamation case against his ex-wife Amber Heard. He says he was financially hurt when he heard -- when Heard wrote in a 2018 "Washington Post" op-ed illuding that he was abusive.

CNN's Jean Casarez has the report.


JOHNNY DEPP, ACTOR: My goal is the truth. My goal is the truth. JEAN CASAREZ, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Johnny Depp taking the stand Tuesday

for the first time in his defamation case against his ex-wife Amber Heard. "The Pirates of the Caribbean" star suing Heard for $50 million in a Fairfax County, Virginia, court over a 2018 "Washington Post" opinion piece Heard wrote about her experience with domestic abuse. Depp was not named in the article. Still, the actor claims it led to financial losses for him.

DEPP: It's pretty strange when one day you're Cinderella, so to speak, and then in 0.6 seconds you're quasimodo.

I didn't deserve that, nor did my children.

CASAREZ: On the stand, Depp described growing up in a home where he says his mother, who died in 2016, was abusive toward him and his siblings.

DEPP: There was physical abuse, certainly, which could be in the form of an ashtray being flung at you, you know, it hit you in the head, or you'd get beat with a high-heel shoe or a telephone or whatever was handy.

CASAREZ: And testified that abuse led to him using controlled substances at an early age.

DEPP: When I was 11 years old, I wanted to calm down. And I didn't know how to. So, I -- I would bring my mom her nerve pill, I would walk away and I would take one myself, to escape caring so much -- feeling so much.

CASAREZ: In 2016, Heard alleged that Depp bruised her face after throwing a phone at her in their Los Angeles home months earlier in December 2015. Depp has denied he did anything wrong and was not charged with any crime.

DEPP: There were arguments and things of that nature, but never did I, myself, reach the point of striking Ms. Heard in any way.


CASAREZ: Heard filed for divorce and a judge issued a temporary restraining order against Depp.