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While Visiting Pakistan, Bush And Musharraf Discuss Major Issues; Hundreds Detained By Pakistani Authorities Trying To Curtail Protests Targeting President Bush; Man Released From Jail To Donate Kidney Still On The Loose; The Future Of Weather Protection For Homes; Teams Play Around The Globe In the World Baseball Classic; Arabi, Louisiana Still A Ghost Town Six Months After Hurricane Katrina; Counting Up Profanity In Movies Is A Real Job; Pentagon Funding Research To Test Brain Implants In Sharks

Aired March 04, 2006 - 07:00   ET


TONY HARRIS, CNN ANCHOR: Now in the news, right now, President Bush is in Pakistan visiting President Pervez Musharraf. Both are talking about the war on terror and the disputed region of Kashmir, nuclear issues and the controversial cartoons depicting the Prophet Mohammed.
The latest from Pakistan is just ahead.

The president's visit to Pakistan is under extremely tight security. Tens of thousands of Pakistani protesters have taken to the streets. Authorities have detained protest organizers, including a popular politician.

In Iraq, seven people are dead and another 15 wounded from a mortar blast. It went off at a busy Baghdad market roughly seven hours ago. Minutes afterward, a roadside bomb in southern Baghdad exploded near an Iraqi police command center. Three people were wounded. Two other bombings killed two more people and wounded five.

BETTY NGUYEN, CNN ANCHOR: A lawsuit forces the Pentagon to identify detainees held at the Guantanamo Bay prison. A judge rejected claims by the Bush administration that reviewing names and nationalities of prisoners would violate their privacy or endanger the families. The Associated Press has sued under the Freedom of Information Act.

The deal with an Arab company to manage six U.S. ports will not get even more scrutiny. Following a 30-day Treasury Department led review, Dubai Ports World formally filed prepares to undergo a more intense, 45-day investigation. Now, a dispute over the deal centers on whether the Dubai-based firm would pose a national security threat.

HARRIS: In Hawaii, it looks like the flooding won't subside any time soon with more rain forecast for the island today and emergency orders in effect, activating the National Guard and disaster relief centers. Minor landslides, flooded homes and closed roads are reported, but no deaths or serious injuries.

How are you doing, Betty?

NGUYEN: Have you been there?

HARRIS: We're starting there together.

You know, I promised this year that I'd be neater around this desk.

NGUYEN: Yes, well, it's not working.

HARRIS: I'm busy...

NGUYEN: You've already fallen...

HARRIS: Where's the trash can?

It really -- it really isn't ready.

NGUYEN: Can we get started?

HARRIS: Yes. Yes. There's a show to do.

Good morning, everyone.

From the CNN Center in Atlanta, this is CNN SATURDAY MORNING.

7:00 a.m. on the East Coast, 5:00 p.m. in Islamabad, Pakistan.

Good morning, everyone.

I'm Tony Harris.

NGUYEN: And I'm Betty Nguyen.

We want to take you for being with us today.

HARRIS: And coming up in our hours this morning, the bittersweet business of rebuilding in Biloxi. Why some voters shunned the Mardi Gras madness to tackle another task at hand.

Plus, President Bush putting some distance between himself and his domestic dissatisfaction. But no matter where he goes, will Americans forgive his second term blues?

And major league baseball swings outside the border to attract international fans. We'll tell you across the pond through the woods and "Beyond The Game."

NGUYEN: Our top story, though, this morning, President Bush's arrival in Pakistan light on pomp, heavy on security. That's partly due to a terror attack two days ago in Karachi, where a U.S. diplomat and three other people were killed.

CNN's Suzanne Malveaux is traveling with the president in Islamabad.

SUZANNE MALVEAUX, CNN WHITE HOUSE CORRESPONDENT: Well, Betty, of course, there was an elaborate ceremony for President Bush, the welcome ceremony to Pakistan here. It took place in a government completed fortified in an area known as the Red Zone, far, far away from any potential protests or terrorist elements that may put the president's trip in jeopardy.

I have to tell you, though, opposition group leaders rounded up the days before the protests. Very light today.

Simply the meeting between President Bush and Pervez Musharraf was historic. The main focus, of course, the allies in the war on terror. President Bush coming here to praise the leader for his cooperation, but at the same time making it very clear that he wants him to do more when it comes to cracking down on al Qaeda and the Taliban.


GEORGE W. BUSH, PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES: The best way to defeat al Qaeda is to find -- is to share good intelligence to locate him and then to be prepared to bring him to justice.


MALVEAUX: The president also, of course, addressed the controversial program, this nuclear energy deal that President Bush just offered to India. The Pakistanis, of course, would like the same kind of offer. President Bush made it very clear today that the U.S. is not ready to offer fuel or nuclear technology to Pakistan.


BUSH: We discussed the civilian nuclear program and I explained that Pakistan and India are different countries with different needs and different histories. So as we proceed forward, our strategy will take into effect those well known differences.


MALVEAUX: And some of those differences, of course, Betty, that he is talking about is A.Q. Khan's history. That, of course, is the father of Pakistan's nuclear bomb, who is believed to have spread nuclear secrets and technology to Iran, North Korea and Libya.

Clearly, the president making the separation, the distinction between the treatment of Pakistan and India when it comes to that nuclear deal -- Betty.

NGUYEN: Suzanne, the president arrived in Pakistan amid thousands of protesters. Walk us through some of the security measures, the extraordinary security measures that are taking place.

MALVEAUX: Well, Betty, it really was quite amazing. President Bush, Air Force One really flying in a veil of darkness, under cover of darkness last night. That is because reporters were told to pull down the shades of the windows. The lights on the plane simply went out as the plane landed. And then there was somewhat of a decoy, if you will. President Bush getting out. There was a long motorcade on one side and then two Black Hawk helicopters on the others side, a blockade set up so that you could not distinguish whether or not the president whisked away in his limousine or if he was actually in those choppers.

Much later the assumption was, was that he actually did get in one of those choppers. You saw the motorcade speed away down the deserted streets, heading to the embassy, a fortified complex, extraordinary security measures that have been taken. Really, only the other time we know of that happening is when the president actually went to Baghdad, that you have those shades pulled and the lights come on Air Force One landing in darkness -- Betty.

NGUYEN: Yes, just the visual picture, the image of that that we're seeing after you telling us about it just seems very remarkable.

CNN's Suzanne Malveaux in Islamabad, Pakistan.

Suzanne, thank you.

HARRIS: Yes, look at these scenes. Hundreds of people have been detained as Pakistani authorities try to curtail protests targeting President Bush.

Let's turn now to CNN's senior Asia correspondent, Mike Chinoy, who is just outside Islamabad with the very latest.

He joins us by videophone -- Mike, good morning.


Well, there was an attempt at a protest here in Rawalpindi, which is a city just a few minutes drive from Islamabad. But it didn't get very far. A few dozen people tried to gather, but police stopped them.

The opposition had called for a march from Rawalpindi into Islamabad, but police were not going to permit that. And overnight Friday, hundreds of opposition activists were detained, as well as some key opposition leaders.

One of them was Imran Khan, who is a member of parliament, a former cricket star. He's now under house arrest. We couldn't see him but we were able to reach him on his cell phone.


IMRAN KHAN, OPPOSITION POLITICIAN: I'm being surrounded by police and have been confined to my house. George Bush's professed foreign policy aim is to spread freedom and democracy in the Muslim world. And here he's coming to support a military dictator.


CHINOY: All right, so the irony here, of course, is that as the police were ensuring that no major protests took place, President Bush and President Musharraf were talking about democracy, Mr. Bush saying how important it was for Pakistan's future. President Musharraf himself insisting he's trying to move toward democracy and yet the opposition blocked today from staging any kind of major protest.

HARRIS: Very interesting.

Mike Chinoy for us.

Mike, we appreciate it.

Thank you.

NGUYEN: Federal authorities are still looking for this man and a woman. Take a good look. And they need your help finding them. Byron Perkins is a Kentucky prisoner who disappeared more than a month ago. He was released from medical tests so that he could donated a kidney to his sick son.

A Washington State woman says she spent time with the couple earlier this week while vacationing in Mexico. The woman, who wants to stay anonymous, says she recognized Perkins while watching a story on CNN at the Phoenix airport. She talked to our Anderson Cooper.


UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: I feel free (ph) about his son, which I think is the most surprising thing for us, for him to actually flee the country when his son was in need, because he was very proud of his son. He talked about him continuously, the fact that he wanted to be a Marine. And he was very proud of him and said he was going to grow into be a fine man. And he was sure of that.


NGUYEN: Take a good look. Here are the pictures of Dana Perkins and his girlfriend Lee Anne Howard. If you have seen them, authorities want you to call 1-877-WANTED-2.

And we want you to know that here's our question today. We want to know what you think. How would you punish this fugitive father? What kind of punishment should he get for this, taking off when his son needs a kidney, a kidney that he was saying he was going to provide to him?

E-mail us your thoughts. Our address is

HARRIS: And here are some of the other stories "Making News Across America" this morning.

First stop, Michigan. A quick thinking 6-year-old girl -- listen to this, Betty -- managed to call 911 to get some help for her mom when she collapsed. But it wasn't that simple. The girl called from a cell phone that couldn't be traced. She didn't know her phone number or her address. So the dispatcher had trouble figuring out where the girl lived. But in a flash, he came up with the perfect solution...


UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Does your mom drive a car?

UNIDENTIFIED CHILD: Yes. She drives a Grand Prix.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Walk with the phone and go to the garage.

UNIDENTIFIED CHILD: Go to the garage?

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Tell your mom you'll be right back.

Look at your mom's license plate, OK?




UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I want you to read me off those letters.


UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Very good, Hunter. You're doing a great job for me.


HARRIS: How about that? Was that good? Smart. Quick on your feet. The dad arrived home at about the same time as the ambulance. He says mom, well, had an anxiety attack.

In Georgia, two Camden County sheriffs' deputies have been fired for using excessive force against a suspect after a high speed chase. The officers were caught on tape earlier this month -- here it is -- kicking and punching the man. No word on whether the deputies or the suspect have hired attorneys or plan to pursue the matter further.

Former Congressman Randy "Duke" Cunningham is waking up in prison this morning. He was sentenced yesterday to more than eight years in prison for taking upwards of $2 million in bribes. The sentence is related to a criminal conspiracy that involved at least three defense contractors. The sentence is the highest ever for a former member of Congress.

And look at this. It looks -- what is this? It looks like an entire city block is on fire. This blaze broke out last night at a warehouse in Pompano Beach, Florida. The warehouse was full of propane tanks and wooden pallets stacked three stories high, we're told. And that, of course, fueled the flames. One firefighter suffered minor injuries.

NGUYEN: Look at that picture. It's just remarkable.

HARRIS: Isn't it?

NGUYEN: Well, you know, they say better late than never, and that's...

HARRIS: Better never than late? Is that it?

NGUYEN: No, better late than never.


NGUYEN: And that's probably what Katrina survivors are thinking, because still to come, some congressional bigwigs flex their muscles in the region. And we'll have a look at what they saw, what they said and how they plan to help.

HARRIS: Plus, check your calendar. It seems like it just wrapped up. But in four months, the hurricane season will be back.

Will your home weather the storm?

He's today's "Welcome To The Future."


UNIDENTIFIED MALE: If we could rebuild our house, it would look exactly the same. But we don't want to do that.

I've lived in this area of New Orleans my whole life. My wife and I bought this house in 1999. And this was going to be where we were going to raise our kids.

Basically, we had to throw away everything we owned. It's a horrible thing for anyone to have to go through. I never expected in my life that I'd have to go through something like this. And I never ever want to go through it again. So when I rebuild, I want to rebuild with that in mind, so that I'm not subjected to this repeat again.

MILES O'BRIEN, CNN ANCHOR: Hurricane Katrina tested construction materials and techniques in unprecedented ways. But in the future, Michael and others like him will find some new ways to withstand nature's fury.

(voice-over): Bob Hill is with the National Association of Home Builders. He tests new building materials, from foundation to rooftop, to make sure they can stand up to Mother Nature. Hill's team conducts moisture tests on plywood, simulates the force of high winds on walls, even mimics flying hurricane debris.

Among the new ideas, impact resistant film for windows, dry wall that is less likely to harbor mold and fungus and homes with highly reinforced safe rooms, where occupants could take refuge in a storm.

BOB HILL, NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF HOME BUILDERS: I'm confident that when properly installed, the products that we test will certainly improve the damage resistance of the house. (BEGIN VIDEOTAPE)


NGUYEN: For those of you just waking up with us, here are some of our top stories today.

President Bush is in Pakistan, allowing (ph) anti-terrorism ties with Islamabad. But at a joint news conference with Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf, Mr. Bush gave no sign he will share U.S. nuclear technology with Pakistan.

They are mushing on in Alaska. Take a look. Eighty-three sleds and their packs of dogs are taking off on the 1,000 miles Iditarod race, all the way to Nome.

And it's no paradise in Hawaii. No. The National Weather Service cancels a flash flood warnings for Oahu. But after a foot of rain, flooding and minor landslides, the National Guard is being mobilized to help that situation there.

HARRIS: Well, yes, it's like days and days and days of rain.

Oh, there's Bonnie Schneider.

She's got the map up.


NGUYEN: Glitz, glam, action -- celebrities are ready to strut their stuff on the red carpet tomorrow, but only a few will go home a winner and only one film will get best picture.


UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: He doesn't drink. He's a Buddhist...


HARRIS: Still to come, a look at the nominated films that are sure to give you, well, kind of a filthy earful. Yes, better not let your mother hear...

NGUYEN: Haughty now.

HARRIS: ... some of these words.

NGUYEN: Plus, it's pop quiz time. It's America's favorite pastime. But how many major league baseball players are born outside the U.S.? hmmm, that's a good one. A, more than 10 percent; B, more than 25 percent; or, C, more than 50 percent? The answer may surprised you.

Find out when Rick Horrow joins us live as we go over the pond and through the woods for "Beyond The Game." HARRIS: And be sure to jump in on whether -- it's not his time yet. We sort of just -- there's a rundown that we have to follow here.

We'll be right back.


Hey, come on, come on.

NGUYEN: That is nice. That is nice.



HARRIS: OK, so here's the question -- how many major league baseball players were born outside the U.S.?

A, 10 percent; or, B, 25 percent; C, 50 percent?

Well, if you said B, you're right. Today, more than 25 percent of the players in the major leagues born outside of the United States.

So it's no surprise that league officials have launched a major campaign to attract fans from beyond our borders. And that's what this week's World Baseball Classic is all about.

Joining us now, the author of "When the Game Is On the Line," CNN sports business analyst Rick Horrow.

And he's just back from the Winter Games in Torino, Italy -- good to see you, Rick.

He joins us from his usual spot in West Palm Beach, Florida.

OK, let's set this up.

Here's what the World Baseball Classic is all about. For the next three weeks, international teams will play in tournament games in Asia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. The finals will be in San Diego on the 20th. So the World Baseball Classic kicked off yesterday at the Tokyo Dome, where China, Japan and Korea play to see who advances to round two.

Now, Rick, the ratings are expected to be astronomical in China. My goodness, 1.3 billion potential viewers.

And, Rick, is that really what this is all about, exposing the game to other parts of the world?

HORROW: Yes, that wasn't a rundown, that was a filibuster you just caused.

HARRIS: That really was.

What was that?

HORROW: What was that?

HARRIS: That's your producer at work here. That's what that's about.

HORROW: Yes. Tell Eddie we've got some issues, OK?


HORROW: Here's the bottom line -- $4.7 billion in major league baseball revenues and about 10 percent of it come from outside our borders and they want to double it or triple it. Your comment about China is correct. But, also, 800,000 tickets are expected to be sold for this event worldwide. That's just about as many or more than the Olympics themselves.

But the international flavor -- Venezuela's ratings are going to be off the charts. Right after this game, they're talking about playing regular season baseball games in England, in Paris and potentially Rome, Amsterdam. They're talking about China, also, because of that 1.3 billion television population. They'll watch anything. Clearly, baseball is key.

And that's what this classic is really all about.

HARRIS: Hey, Rick, let's talk about a bit of a controversy behind this. Some of the owners, including George Steinbrenner of the Yankees, don't like this idea at all and they're worried that the regular season opens, what is it, April 2. And in Steinbrenner's case he's got star players out there.

What happens, what's the fallout if the Jeters and, you know, the A-RODs of the world get hurt in this thing?

HORROW: Well, you've got to remember, my friend, Steinbrenner has about 203 million reasons, maybe more than others...


HORROW: ... to worry, because that's his payroll number. It's twice as many as anybody else's.

But here's the thing. Baseball's average franchise value is about $330 million. That's 20 percent higher than last year. Two thirds of the teams are making money versus not a few years ago. And 77 million fans. So the business is doing well.

But you've always got to take risks to grow the business.

Remember, spring training games are happening now and they're essentially meaningless.

HARRIS: Right.

HORROW: And the hard fact is that a pitcher can blow out his arm just as easily in a meaningless spring training game than playing for his own country between now and San Diego on March 20th. That's what this is all about, again.

HARRIS: OK, my friend, what's your fair ball this week?

HORROW: Well, the fair ball is interesting. It is the frenzy of March madness. We'll cover that more next week...


HORROW: ... up until Indy. And the bottom line is I have a personal story.

HARRIS: Oh, boy.

HORROW: Duke University, by the way, the top rated team in the country, they lost to Florida State in an upset. Now they're coming home. Tonight's a big game, Duke and North Carolina.

Now, the copy of the student regulations here, they are printed to talk about tent city, Caville (ph), Coach Kashevsky (ph), 100 tents, 12 students, six months. They sit out in the cold. The only way they can go back into their dorms is a temperature of 20 degrees or under, just to go into Cameron indoor stadium tonight.

And, by the way, my daughter goes to UNC, the Tarheels...

HARRIS: Oh, boy.

HORROW: And my daughter's boyfriend goes to Duke. It'll be an interesting night tonight.

HARRIS: It really will.

OK, and before we run out of time, what's your foul ball?

HORROW: Well, the foul ball is the ongoing NFL negotiations. You know, they've been in labor peace since 1994 and if they don't resolve their issue by Monday, we're talking about free agency, no salary cap and nuclear war in the NFL.

I think cooler heads are going to prevail, but we'll have to check in next week and see what happens.

HARRIS: We'll do that.

The author of "When the Game Is On the Line," Rick Horrow, West Palm Beach.

Good to see you, sir.

See you next week.

HORROW: A shorter -- a shorter opening next week.

HARRIS: Absolutely. Thanks, Rick -- Betty.

NGUYEN: I knew you guys were going to argue about something.

As you mentioned, Tony, the World Baseball Classic got underway yesterday in Tokyo. Take a look. The first game for the U.S. though, is Tuesday against Mexico. But you can keep up with all the games on the World Baseball Classic official Web site, right there. The address? Check it out.

Plus, coming up today on CNN SATURDAY MORNING at 10:00 Eastern, baseball's Negro League makes history. And it comes at a time when interest in the game's memorabilia has never been higher. We take a look at the Negro League at 10:00 a.m. Eastern on CNN SATURDAY MORNING.

We'll be back in just a moment.


HARRIS: Arabi, Louisiana is just a few miles from the famous French Quarter, but this small town is still, well, a ghost town, six months after Hurricane Katrina roared ashore.

Welcome back, everyone to CNN -- there she is -- SATURDAY MORNING.

I'm Tony Harris.

NGUYEN: Hi, there, Tony.

I'm Betty Nguyen.

We're going on the take you there, to Arabi, in just a moment.

But first, we want to check the day's top stories.

President Bush continues his visit to Pakistan this hour. Mr. Bush and his Pakistani counterpart, General Pervez Musharraf, have been discussing the war on terror, earthquake assistance, the disputed Kashmir territory and democratic reform in Pakistan. President Bush is set to depart from Islamabad in just about five hours from now.

Definitely not a happy crowd here. Hundreds of protesters, including a popular Pakistani politician, have been detained in the hopes of limiting street demonstrations such as this one a little bit earlier.

HARRIS: In Iraq, seven people are dead and another 15 wounded from a mortar blast. It went off in a busy Baghdad market roughly seven hours ago. Minutes afterward, a roadside bomb in southern Baghdad exploded near an Iraqi police command center. Three people were wounded. Two other bombings killed two more people and wounded five.

British Prime Minister Tony Blair said god and history will judge whether he was right to go to war in Iraq. In a television interview, Blair stated he had struggled with his conscience over the decision to send British troops. Blair, a regular churchgoer, declines to elaborate when asked if he prayed to god before making that decision.

NGUYEN: Well, Christians are planning to march in Nazareth today after a Jewish couple set firecrackers off in a church yesterday. A mob beat them and then forced a three hour stand-off with police before officers could arrest the couple. Two dozen people were hurt in the aftermath.

It's a thumbs up for Blackberry users. There is a settlement in a lawsuit that threatened to cut off service to the popular e-mail device. Thank goodness there's a settlement, Tony.

More than $612 million is what it cost to keep you texting.

Well, it's back to the business of rebuilding along the Gulf Coast today. Members of Congress are on a three day tour of hurricane ravaged New Orleans and the Mississippi Gulf Coast. They'll see firsthand how the reconstruction is going.

Meanwhile, about 2,000 hurricane victims are still listed as missing in New Orleans.

Today, search teams will use cadaver dogs in a final door-to-door search at the Lower 9th Ward. This as crews prepare to demolish homes.

And it's cleanup day. Carnival organizations are asking folks to suit up with shovels, rakes and gloves to go out and clean up Mardi Gras garbage all along the parade routes.

So six months after hurricanes ripped through the Gulf Coast, there are still a few places in Louisiana that look like they did the day after the storm came through. The town of Arabi sits just south of the Lower 9th Ward, one of the most devastated areas of New Orleans.

CNN's Gary Tuchman spent time talking with a family still living in Arabi and has their story.


GARY TUCHMAN, CNN CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): The tens of thousands of people celebrating Mardi Gras on Bourbon Street were only a few miles away from the city of Arabi, Louisiana. But Arabi looks like it's on a different planet. Six months after Hurricane Katrina, houses still sit in the middle of the street. Neighborhoods still look like aerial bombing targets. Very little has been cleaned up. And the few residents who are left, like Rudy Aguilar, feel betrayed.

RUDY AGUILAR, ARABI, LOUISIANA RESIDENT: I feel like the United States of America has left my family behind, has forgot about us and gone on their business.

TUCHMAN: Rudy, his wife, Rosalee and three children share a cramped FEMA trailer in the front of their decimated home. They had a five bedroom house. Rudy was an environmental engineer for St. Bernard Parish.

AGUILAR: They laid me off. They eliminated the environmental engineering position.

TUCHMAN: Finding another job has been very difficult and the family is running out of money. Rudy, a Tulane University graduate, now receives donated Red Cross food to feed the family.

(on camera): Do you believe what's happened to your life over the past six months?

ROSALEE AGUILAR, STORM VICTIM: No, it's like a nightmare. I'm still -- I still feel like -- I just, if I wake up it won't be here. You know, it won't be reality. But it is, in fact, the reality. And that's what the kids -- that's my daughter keeps saying.

TUCHMAN (voice-over): Rudy Aguilar was born in this house. He doesn't want to move the trailer elsewhere because he wants to keep his eye on potential looters.

RUDY AGUILAR: The bat is for protection, for anyone who decides to loot.

TUCHMAN: And he also wants to rebuild the house. But he says working on it makes no sense, because the politicians haven't decided if people will be allowed to rebuild in this low-lying area. The Aguilars believe Arabi is not at the top of any decision-maker's priority list.

ROSALEE AGUILAR: We're in limbo.

TUCHMAN: The children play in the dirt and the germ infested refuse that remains from Katrina.

RUDY AGUILAR: My kids used to look up to me. Now they wonder why dad don't have a job, you know, why dad's constantly looking at the newspaper. You know, then you slip into a depression and you kind of lay down and don't want to move, you know.

TUCHMAN: Because Rudy was working the day of the hurricane, the family did not evacuate.

ROSALEE AGUILAR: I saw the water bust through the door like a tidal wave.

RUDY AGUILAR: I actually had to go underwater and come up here. When I came up, my children and wife was up there in their life preservers.

TUCHMAN: Understandably it was traumatizing for the children. Their dog disappeared during the storm.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: He was a German shepherd. So police probably took him. TUCHMAN (on camera): The police probably took him. I think so. You're right.

(voice-over): Almost all the residents in Arabi are gone. Many say they will never come back. The humor there is often a bit dark.

(on camera): If there was another hurricane, do you think you'd go far away from it?

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: I'd go to Timbuktu.

TUCHMAN (voice-over): But for now, they stay in a trailer what was their front lawn.

AGUILAR: Six months and look. Look around you. Six months, this is what I have to offer my family.

TUCHMAN: Their lives totally upended, their disillusionment continuing to grow.

Gary Tuchman, CNN, Arabi, Louisiana.


HARRIS: You know, there is no Academy Award for the film with the most foul words.

NGUYEN: But there are several contenders, no doubt.


NGUYEN: So let's find out who will get the Oscar when it comes to that.

Our Jeanne Moos...


NGUYEN: Yes, bleep, bleep.


NGUYEN: Has a report you should hear, yes, when we come back.

SCHNEIDER: Well, spring is just a few weeks away, but it's still feeling very much like winter in Upstate New York. We have some show showers just to the west of Albany, where wind gusts are 23 miles per hour, though it looks pretty out there. No snow currently.

We continue our live picture of Albany courtesy of our affiliate WTEM-TV. So look at that. The wind slowing that sled down there. I'll talk about the blustery weather there and across the country.

That's all coming up next on CNN SATURDAY MORNING.

(COMMERCIAL BREAK) NGUYEN: Here's a quick check of our top stories today.

President Bush is meeting with Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf this morning. He called on him to step up and help resolve tensions with India over the disputed Kashmir territory. Mr. Bush will head back to Washington after a state dinner.

Well, there have been a series of explosions in Iraq today. The most deadly attack was in a Baghdad suburb. Seven people were killed, 15 injured, when a mortar round hit a crowded market.

An Arab company seeking to manage terminals at six U.S. ports has formally requested an extensive investigation. The 45-day review is designed to find out if the Dubai-based firm would pose a national security threat.


UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: There's no people like show people. They smile when they are low.


HARRIS: Hey, grab the popcorn, make the predictions.'s Veronica de la Cruz joins us now with the Oscar buzz online -- good morning, lady.


Are you ready?

HARRIS: I am ready.

DE LA CRUZ: Are you ready?

Are you attending any Oscar parties?

HARRIS: Ah, no. No, no. But I've made some predictions and Betty's made some lousy predictions and...

DE LA CRUZ: Don't say that.

HARRIS: Oh, I'm sorry.

DE LA CRUZ: That's not nice.

NGUYEN: I'm the reigning champ. I won last year. I'm the person to beat.

HARRIS: I'm sorry.

DE LA CRUZ: OK, we'll have to see about that.

NGUYEN: OK. DE LA CRUZ: Well, listen, if you have yet to make your predictions and you want to do a little research online, you know, before you leave the house ask yourself this -- how much do you actually know when it comes to Oscar trivia? Like I just said, do that research online at


DE LA CRUZ: If you've seen many films this year, this audio quiz tests your knowledge about all the nominees for best picture. And while stars are usually thrilled to be awarded with a statuette, that's not always been the case.

George C. Scott and Marlon Brando won Oscars for best actor, but refused their awards.

Check out other Oscar highs and lows in this gallery.

This interactive breaks down all the nominees per category.

Also, what would you say if you were holding an Oscar? For the first time, the statue is on display for people to hold and say a few thank yous, just for fun.

Don't forget, you still have time to play the "Inside The Envelope" game for a chance to win a home theater system and an HDTV. And to enter the "Inside The Envelope" game, hop online. Go to


DE LA CRUZ: And are you guys going to enter the game, since you're making your predictions?

NGUYEN: Well, we've made our predictions. I don't think we can legally enter the game because we work here. I wish we could, because I want that television.

HARRIS: Are there prizes?


DE LA CRUZ: There are. Did you hear, a 32 inch HDTV.


DE LA CRUZ: Home theaters are so...

NGUYEN: Veronica have...


DE LA CRUZ: Yes, you know, you don't listen to me.

HARRIS: Oh, come on. I was just -- I was just thinking about my picks. DE LA CRUZ: I say we get the dunce cap back out.

HARRIS: Here's a question. How many swear words can you say in 15 seconds?

NGUYEN: Oh, my.

DE LA CRUZ: Oh, not -- not me.

HARRIS: Veronica? Betty?


HARRIS: The clock is running now.

DE LA CRUZ: I have a halo above my head.

NGUYEN: I can say a few, but I won't.


NGUYEN: But probably not as many as you'll hear in the movie "Crash," which was nominated for best picture. The thing is, though, somebody actually counts up profanity in pictures. It's a real job, as Jeanne Moos found out.


JEANNE MOOS, CNN CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): Prepare to wash Oscar's mouth out with soap. The winner for most curse words in a film nominated for best picture goes to "Crash."



UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Give me the key. Come on, hurry up!



MOOS (on camera): Sorry if it's too much for you.

(voice-over): Every year counts the number of profanities in each of the best picture nominees, even the mildest profanities.

DAVID KINNEY, CEO, FAMILYMEDIAGUIDE.COM: Damn does count. Jesus Christ or oh God is a vain use of the Lord's name.

MOOS: No wonder the film "Crash..".


UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: He doesn't drink. He's a Buddhist, for Christ's sakes.


MOOS: ... racked up 182 profanities.



UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Look at the way your crazy (EXPLETIVE DELETED) then ask me that again.


MOOS: Second place among the five nominees went to "Brokeback Mountain."




MOOS (on camera): I don't remember much swearing in "Brokeback." Anal sex, but not swearing.

(voice-over): Actually, "Brokeback" contained 92 profanities, though some were so mild, they were easy to miss.




MOOS: The naughty words...




MOOS: ...are counted by...




MOOS: ... people called data capture specialists sitting in cubicles wearing headsets or taking notes in darkened movie theaters. The best picture nominee with the fewest profanities...



MOOS: ...was "Capote" with only five. "Good night and Good Luck" had six, though it had 67 instances of smoking.

Family Media Guide is a nonpartisan, for-profit business that counts all kinds of things.

KINNEY: Ever since Howard Stern went on to Sirius Radio we have had to create 24 new rules for words that we had never heard.

MOOS: As for the most profanity laced best picture ever...




MOOS: ... that honor goes to "Platoon."


UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Man, what you talking (EXPLETIVE DELETED) for, man? Hey, junior, you ever smoked any (EXPLETIVE DELETED)?


MOOS: As for those 182 profanities in "Crash," 99 of them consist of the "F word" in a movie that runs 100 minutes.

(on camera): So one "F word" per minute?


MOOS (voice-over): We actually heard four in six seconds.


UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Put your hands on top of your head, ma'am (EXPLETIVE DELETED).

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: And you keep your filthy (EXPLETIVE DELETED) hands off of me, please. (EXPLETIVE DELETED). You ...


MOOS: Oscar or no Oscar, "Crash" wins best bleeping picture.


UNIDENTIFIED MALE: That's quite a mouth you have.

(END VIDEO CLIP) MOOS: Jeanne Moos, CNN, New York.


NGUYEN: They're wearing out that bleep button.

HARRIS: Look, I'm not impressed. If you want to get bleeping happy, you just can just hang out in the control room here.

NGUYEN: You just wanted to say bleeping happy.

HARRIS: How was that?

How was that one?

All right, hey, well, if you weren't awake, you are now, huh?

NGUYEN: Oh, yes, you are. That's good because CNN Water Cooler is next.

And a whale with an unusual talent is just one of the stories that you don't want to miss.



BOBBY DARIN, SINGER: Beyond the sea, she is there waiting for me...


HARRIS: That's Bobby Darin.

I want to say Bobby Darin.

NGUYEN: You ...


HARRIS: Bobby Darin...

NGUYEN: Come on, take a vacation.

You know that music can only mean one thing -- it's time for the CNN Water Cooler.

HARRIS: That's right, Betty.

NGUYEN: That was ...



It's a look at the oddball news items that make people go hmm. Today's Water Cooler begins under the sea.


HARRIS (voice-over): Fish and chips could be the next big thing in the war on terror. It's true. Yes, the Pentagon is funding research to test brain implants in sharks. If it works, the stealthy predators might one day be guided by remote control to track bad guys from deep beneath the waves.

Elsewhere underwater, check out this beluga whale in Japan. The ability to blow ring like bubbles is self-taught.

Above the waves, Helen Frankenthaler's abstract painting, "The Bank." A budding artist apparently thought the $1.5 million masterpiece needed a wad of gum. A Detroit museum was not amused.

From the bay to eBay -- America's flea market apparently is rife with riffraff. A new book documents the most outrageous rip-offs. Victims can also vent on the author's Web site.

And speaking of venting, scientists say geothermal activity is way up at Yellowstone Park to coincide with the huge form rising in the park, which sits in the crater of an ancient volcano.

Not scary enough? OK.

The film "Butterflies" will fix that. It's based on the macabre case of a real life German cannibal. The defendant, who is being retried for murder, is trying to stop the film's release.

And, finally, after watching "Butterfly," you may need a stiff drink. How about 184 proof whiskey from Scotland? You can watch the process on a distillery's Web cams. The spirits will be ready in about 2016.


HARRIS: I'll be there waiting. That little whiskey was last made 300 years ago.

NGUYEN: What do I say? That's from this morning.

HARRIS: I know.


HARRIS: And folks were warned at the time that two spoonfuls -- yikes -- could be fatal.

NGUYEN: Well, we also have an update to a Water Cooler story just from a few weeks ago. You may recall the California teenager who had two prosthetic legs stolen from her bedroom twice.

HARRIS: Well, the legs are back. The other day someone secretly put them in the mother's car when it was parked at the daughter's high school. So good news there.

NGUYEN: Definitely some good news.

And Bonnie Schneider is here to talk about, hopefully, some good news in the weather department, because we've seen all kinds of messiness out there.

HARRIS: Yes, we have.



HARRIS: Our e-mail question of the day -- how would you punish the fugitive father who skipped town, promised -- he was released from prison. Here's the story. He was released for prison for pre-op tests on the kidney he had agreed to donate to his son.

NGUYEN: His son, right.

His son is still waiting on this kidney.

HARRIS: Still waiting.

NGUYEN: And he skipped town. No one knows where he is at the moment.

HARRIS: So what would you do? How would you punish him.

This from Tod, who writes: "Catch him." First of all, no mercy here, Betty.

"Catch him. Perform kidney operation with no anesthetic. What the hell, since he's opened up, take his liver and a lung for later."

NGUYEN: Hey, where's that bleep button when you need it?

Tony, you can (INAUDIBLE).

All right, this person, Joshua from Alabama says: "They should remove the kidney and let his son decide if he should have more time added to his existing sentence."

HARRIS: See, no mercy.

This from Barb: "He's not a parent, he's a monster. A true parent would literally give their life for their child, not make false promises to them. When he is caught, he should have to donate both kidneys and spend the remainder of his days on dialysis."

NGUYEN: Wow! You're right when you said no mercy.

HARRIS: Yes, no mercy at all.

NGUYEN: It's still a good question, though.

A lot of people are coming in with the responses.


NGUYEN: Let us know, would you have mercy on him?

What do you think?

How would you punish the fugitive father who is on the run who said he was going to donate his kidney to his son but has yet to show up for that.

E-mail us,

HARRIS: The next hour of CNN SATURDAY MORNING begins in a moment.