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Earthquake Strikes New Zealand; Report From Christchurch, NZ on Damage; Hurricane Earl's Path; Videos, Tweets Uploaded From New Zealand Earthquake; UPS Plane Crashes in Dubai; BP Removes Blowout Preventer; Fidel Castro Speaks in Cuba; Teens and Botox; Hamid Karzai's Brother Makes 'List U Don't Want 2 Be On'; Search for Acid Attacker

Aired September 3, 2010 - 16:00   ET


RICK SANCHEZ, HOST: By the way, a lot of -- we're going to do a quick shift right now. We have got a lot of stuff going on.

Let's begin with, well, a triad of breaking news as we move forward here. As we begin this hour, we have a lot of international stories going on. I want to welcome all the men and women who are watching us overseas on Armed Forces Network in Kuwait and in Iraq, as we usually do at this time, three big stories that we're following for you right now.

Go ahead. Hit that banner. Hit that animation, Rog. This is where we will begin, Earl, obviously, heading now for parts of Massachusetts. And the reason it could have potentially more impact here is because of that part of Massachusetts you see right there, Cape Cod, that finger that sticks out.

That's going to be walloped by those winds that are stronger than the backside winds. In other words, look at this hurricane, right? And draw a line right down the middle of it. You see if you draw a line and you divide it in two, everything you see there to the west or to your right as you look at the screen, those winds are stronger than the winds on the left.

And the ones that are going to get hit by this peninsula around Cape Cod are the ones on the right or to the east, so obviously it could have a more severe impact than what happened in North Carolina.

Now let me take you to New Zealand. We have got new pictures coming in there. And let me take you -- let me bring you up to date on what's going on. Oh, my goodness. All right. This is the first time that I have seen this. These are brand-new pictures coming in from New Zealand now to show what appears to be at least what these pictures reflect as a disaster zone.

This is the city of Christchurch in New Zealand. They have been walloped by an earthquake magnitude 7.0. We talked to one of the residents there a little while ago who told us that the impact and the damage is quite severe.

This is from TV New Zealand. They have just now started broadcasting the pictures from there. Apparently they have just gotten to the scene and we have got some sound now from one of the residents there in town. Let's hit that if we got it, Rog. Watching this raw.


UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: We have got no power. We have got no water.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: We were so scared. It was terrible, the whole -- like, we had mirror fall down, dressers fall down, the whole -- painting fall down. The lights were just going nuts.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: And where are you going to head to?

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Up the hills, up as far as we can go to get away from (INAUDIBLE) tsunami.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: What about your house? How is that?

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Pretty scary. (INAUDIBLE) my fish tank.


UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Oh, it was very noisy and it moved around a lot. It shook very hard. And it seemed to take a heck of a long time to stop. We (INAUDIBLE) we're used to (INAUDIBLE) but this was a bit much.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I was so scared, I -- like, I was starting to feel like I was going to start crying.


SANCHEZ: Look at those. By the way, you heard that one woman mention there as we were looking at those pictures, I'm just going to get in my car and drive as far as I can. I'm worried about a tsunami.

There were questions about tsunamis earlier, but I think that it's been pretty much downgraded, right, Bonnie?

And I think the reason for that is, is this thing hit on land, right? I mean, this thing...




SANCHEZ: As close as it may have been to the coast, it wasn't -- it was still inshore.

SCHNEIDER: That's right. The epicenter was about 35 miles from the coastline and also 35 miles from Christchurch, but close enough that you can see where we were seeing those -- the video just coming in, that it was in that strong to very strong shake zone. This is the shake map.

Here is the epicenter, 7.0, and here is Christchurch just to the south of that. So, this was in a highly populated area, an area with a lot of old stone structures. Usually stone structures are the best ones because they are the oldest and they stand up the strongest in an earthquake.

SANCHEZ: Yes. Right.

SCHNEIDER: But, remember, it doesn't take much to knock a few pieces of rubble down. And that's when we see the disintegration.

SANCHEZ: Hold on, Bonnie. Maybe you can help me with this, but we have got a neurosurgeon on the line now who is joining us there from Christchurch. I believe he is a resident in Christchurch.

This is Dr. Sebastian Koga.

Doctor, thanks so much for establishing contact with us, for making yourself available.

First of all, I hope that you are OK and your family is OK.

DR. SEBASTIAN KOGA, EARTHQUAKE EYEWITNESS (via telephone): I am perfectly fine. Thank you, Rick. And good morning.

SANCHEZ: What's the situation? What are you seeing as you walk around?

KOGA: I am standing in front of Christchurch Hospital, which is the major trauma center for Canterbury area and Christchurch. And I am relieved to say that we have not had any fatalities and the emergency services have been bringing in injured people, mostly with walls or objects having fallen on them, lacerations, mild head injuries, but as I said no fatalities.

The public response has been very calm. The civil authorities here have asked the citizens to not rush to hospital unless they truly suffered severe injuries. And we hope there is no one buried under the rubble who cannot make it here, but so far we have done fine.

We have probably seen 70 to 100 patients this morning.

SANCHEZ: What time was it when the first impact was felt?

KOGA: It was around 4:40 a.m. It was a prolonged impact. It felt like it lasted for minutes on end, followed by a quick succession of four significant aftershocks. And those have been now spaced out in time. I just felt the seventh or eighth one while waiting on the phone here with you a few minutes ago.

SANCHEZ: Wow. Where were you when the impact was first felt? And what did do you?

KOGA: I was at home sleeping. I awoke actually suddenly before the -- before the shaking began and just stood in the doorway. My house was intact and I immediately left for the hospital.

All the lights went out. The city fell in darkness. Sirens started sounding. And I came to check on our patients and to help in the trauma bay.

SANCHEZ: What are you doing at the hospital? Are you working off of generator power at this point?

KOGA: We have generator power in the emergency department and in the operating theaters. We had no power on the wards. Our neurosurgery ward had part of the ceiling collapse and the patients were pretty swiftly moved together with the neurology patients.

The nurses have been doing a fantastic job assessing them by flashlight waiting for the sun to rise this morning. And as daylight broke, we saw an increased presence of air patrols and fire engines and police cars trying to assess the extent of the damage and to make sure no one is buried under rubble.

SANCHEZ: And the answer to that question, really, is unknown at this point, right? Because at least from what I can see in some of these pictures, it looks like there are some buildings, not all, but some buildings that were devastated.


KOGA: Indeed.

Christchurch is an old town and even part of our hospital was built some years ago with different building standards. And so there is no telling now what the true extent of the damage is. As I have said, we have just had the first couple of minutes of daylight.

And it's uncertain of the damage. I can say that we know the airport is closed down. There are cracks on roads. As I came here this morning there were cracks in the road and there have definitely been disruptions in power, phone, and rail service, and so forth.


KOGA: So, given its Richter score, I'm still impressed by the low number of casualties and I'm thankful for it.

SANCHEZ: Well, you have a city there of about 380,000, as I check the numbers of your population. That's an awful lot of people. What do you do if you're one of those residents of that city and you have just experienced something like this?

I have never been in an earthquake. Do you go back into a building, into your house, or is everyone standing out in the street waiting to be told what to do? What do you see?

KOGA: People -- particularly due to the darkness in the middle of the night, I think, there was a bit of panic. People on the Pacific Rim are pretty well educated about standing in doorways and reinforced areas... SANCHEZ: Huh.

KOGA: ... and then going outside far from other buildings, which is exactly what I did this morning. I have been through the Kobe earthquake in Japan, which was of course a greater magnitude, but much higher devastation.

New Zealand doesn't have quite the same urban -- level of urbanization and there aren't too many very high structures in the city. And so I'm hopeful the victims will be few. There are certainly many people without a home. The junior doctor, the house officer helping me this morning turned up to work and said, I'm here to help you with the patients. And about the 10th patient later suturing everybody up, cheerfully, he said, by the way, I have lost my house and I have no roof, and here I am at work.



KOGA: And so the attitude is pretty impressive.

SANCHEZ: Dr. Koga, that is impressive and it's impressive for you to be able to come on and tell us your story. And, you know, we -- kudos to you, too, sir, because we know that you, as you described, 4:00 in the morning you were awakened.

Rather than dealing with your own situation, you immediately put on your clothes and ran to the hospital to see what you can do to help your patients and anybody else who might be coming in as a trauma victim. And that's, you know, a real sign of somebody who oftentimes is more apt to consider other people's needs than their own. And we congratulate you for that, Dr. Sebastian Koga, one of many people who we have been in touch with.

Because we use social media, I have been in contact during commercial and my team in the control room is contacting folks there in New Zealand who have been Twittering to us now for the better part of the last hour about what they're experiencing, what they can share with us.

We're contacting them and moving back and forth the information, so we're just glad that we're able to use this tool to cover this story for you. We will share more of this story, as well as what's going on with Earl. We have got Bonnie standing by. We have got correspondents standing by.

This is RICK'S LIST and we are going to be right back.


SANCHEZ: All right.

Hurricane Earl seems to be making a beeline for parts of Massachusetts and that area there. In fact as we put the loop back up, you're going to be able to see it. Welcome back, by the way, everyone. I'm glad you're here. As you can see, we have got a lot of developing stories that we're following for you.

We began with Earl and then obviously the menu has expanded somewhat.

The outer bands are being felt in parts of Ocean City, Maryland. That's where we have some of our correspondents as well.

And I understand now that we have someone standing by to talk to us in Nantucket. Is that right, Angie? The dock master there is George Bassett and George Bassett is good enough to talk to us now.

Are you there, sir?


SANCHEZ: You're at the Nantucket Boat Basin. I, being a boater myself, know how things get when there is a storm approaching and you have a boat and you either need to get it the heck out of the way or tie it up or you have to help everybody else around you either get theirs out of the way or tie it up.

I can only imagine how busy things are around you. Describe it for us.

BASSETT: We do have a 240-slip marina and at present a great deal of transient boaters left, but I have 106 boats that are moored in the marina right now. Preparation is the name of the game. We have a team of boys and we've all gone around and made visits to all of the yachts and boats ranging in size from 20 feet to 110 feet.


BASSETT: We've assisted everyone. We kind of doing what we call spider webbing. We just put lines out, double, triple lines, mainly in the directions that we feel the wind is going to come from and then, of course, up here in New England, once the storm goes by it usually blows like heck out of the northwest.

SANCHEZ: Yes, well that's the problem with this, you know, we're talking about a hurricane, so it's spiral in nature and it's counterclockwise. And if we put that thing back up again, you're going to see that the storm is essentially going to be pushing toward you because you guys are sticking out there, unlike the Carolinas, for example.

So you're really going to get a lot of offshore flow. You're going to be getting, literally, the Atlantic Ocean being thrown into your direction, which probably, Bonnie, wouldn't you say is going to increase for him the tidal surge to what?

Is this thing -- by the way, is this thing coming across during high tide or not? I don't even know this.

BASSETT: Well, no. This thing is really taking its time a little bit and originally yesterday we thought we were going to be in much more of a serious problem with it coming off Nantucket sometime around 8:00 tonight. Now it's more delayed towards midnight to 2:00 a.m.

SANCHEZ: When is high tide for you there?

BASSETT: That puts us at pretty much low tide.


BASSETT: So that is a great help.

SANCHEZ: Yes. It will be helpful.

SCHNEIDER: It will be for storm surge.

SANCHEZ: What kind of storm surge are we looking at, Bonnie?

SCHNEIDER: Well probably at least two to four feet above normal, but it's important to note that Nantucket will probably be one of the worst places for wind damage. That's where we could see hurricane- force winds like we saw in North Carolina.

So as the storm approaches, it is moving, as he said, a little bit slower than the original, but now it's still moving at a fast enough pace that we're anticipating some of those rain bands coming in. Here's Cape Cod right here, that is Nantucket on the map.

SANCHEZ: So point with your finger where he is once again, so our viewers know.

SCHNEIDER: Right here.

SANCHEZ: He is talking to us from right there.

SCHNEIDER: Nantucket, which is the more eastern island. There's two islands, there's Martha's Vineyard, Nantucket. Here's Woods Hole (ph) which is you take the ferry to Martha's Vineyard or Nantucket.

But you can see right here the more eastern part of Nantucket will feel, I think, some of the worst winds. That's where there is a hurricane warning and the hurricane warning is in effect straight into the evening hours, Rick.

SANCHEZ: George, this thing is heading right for you. You going to stick this thing out and try and protect those boats or what are you going to do? Have you made up your mind yet?

BASSETT: Well, at this point we have no choice. We have all the boats in here, we have a team ready to be up all night. Right now it's just sit and wait.

The wind is out of the east-southeast. It will be going to the east and then northeast, that's where we expect the most velocity of wind to come from. And eventually, as it passes by tomorrow, it should blow a little bit from the northwest. SANCHEZ: What are the maximum sustained winds that he will experience tonight if things stay as they are, Bonnie? Not gusts, but the maximum sustained winds that he will get there in Nantucket.

SCHNEIDER: The maximum winds would be, I would say, anywhere between 70 to 74 miles per hour. Maybe a little bit stronger, because that's why they're under, I put this here to show you, they are under a hurricane warning.

SANCHEZ: So he is going to be right in that hurricane -- Category 1-Hurricane zone, in other words.

SCHNEIDER: Yes. Yes, that's exactly right. We're not expecting a direct strike, but we are expecting them to be in that wind field of hurricane force winds.

SANCHEZ: That's pretty serious stuff.

Hey, George Bassett, you're a good guy to share your story with us. We wish you well. Stay safe and we'll be in contact with you throughout the evening. OK?

BASSETT: Very good. Thank you so much.

SANCHEZ: I appreciate it.

When we come back, the very latest pictures that are coming in now from New Zealand. We've gotten more pictures than some of the ones that we shared with you before and some look quite devastating of what these people have experienced there.

These are some of the first stills we got, but you should see some of the ones, some of the video, the actual video that we're getting now from New Zealand television.

As we go to break, let me share a tweet with you, OK? This is from somebody who is there in Christchurch and I told you, we've been getting tweets from people for the last two hours from Christchurch telling us, we follow you, we're watching, here's the information, and now they're sending us videos and pics as well.

"Things off shelves, chimneys down, power off, but otherwise fine. I think we came off lightly." That's just one of the folks who is trying to communicate with us from Christchurch, and we'll be hooking up with many of them with something we call "Beyond 140 Characters." You'll get to know what we're talking about.

Stay right there.


SANCHEZ: This is when we have a huge advantage and when I am so grateful that we decided a long time ago that we would in many ways marry social media with regular news media, on days like this when we are able to cover a breaking story by incorporating you and what you are sending us as far as information, video, twit pics, iReports. Let's start with this tweet from somebody in Christchurch, New Zealand, where they've gotten that 7.0 magnitude earthquake. You see it right there. He writes -- this guy's handle is polarbearfarm -- he writes, "Last one: I got to save my battery."

What's he talking about? He's talking about pictures like this that he has been sending us. Look at this. This looks like right there in the center of Christchurch. Look at the front of the building. It's gone. See right there where it says fruit center? Look above it. It's all gone. Looks like everything above there is literally on the street.

And now we've got a series of iReports to show you. Here is the first one, this is sent to us a little while ago with a message about everything in the house has fallen down, dishes broken. This is what it's like inside people's houses.

This is what it looks like outside people's houses, you see the bricks on the street. I mean, all things considered, this is not devastation, for example, as we saw in Haiti, but it's pretty serious.

And last we checked no confirmed fatalities, casualty count still unknown. But as you can see, this is an earthquake that can do an awful lot of damage. Look at what is left of that car.

As we continue to communicate with you on social media and on Twitter, we'll continue to share your information and in some cases, make contact with you as well on the phone so that other people can hear from you.

Stay right there. This is RICK'S LIST. We're going to be right back.


SANCHEZ: Take a look at this picture that I'm going to show you, and you can see the red glare in the middle. That red glare represents what is a plane crash, a 747 no less.

We know all of those on the plane died, but how about those on the ground? That's what we're trying to find out about this crash.

We'll be right back with more on that.


SANCHEZ: Hey, welcome back.

We bring you lists every day and I want to catch up now on some of the stories that we're following for you, which we call "The Round- Up List." And as usual, we begin this list with number one.

An American UPS cargo plane has crashed in the United Arab Emirates and the bodies of two crew members have already been recovered, this is according to Emirates News Agency. The Boeing 747 went down in an uninhabited area near Dubai's International Airport. The plane had just taken off for Cologne, Germany. As to what brought it down? Still don't know. We're going to bring you more on the developing story as it becomes available. We'll stay on it.

Number two, BP is saying it's close to the next step in permanently sealing the deepwater horizon well in the Gulf. The company removed the damaged blowout preventer today. That device was latched to a vessel to bring it to the surface.

Fishing it out was to take place last week, but it had been delayed because of some of the choppy seas. BP removed the ceiling cap from the unit just yesterday.

Here now, number three. A weaker sounding former Cuban President Fidel Castro who gave a lengthy speech at a rally in Havana today. Let's see how weak he sounds. Turn the sound up a little bit, Joe.

My message to the university students, he says. Yes, he does sound a little weaker. Donning his traditional olive green uniform and cap he spoke for 44 minutes. It's first time he has led an open air rally since a near death illness four years ago.

And he had a specific topic. Castro urged students at the University of Havana to do their best to prevent nuclear war. Interesting.

Brooke Anderson is going to be joining us for a fascinating report on how Hollywood celebrities may be inspecting our kids. Wait a minute. Inspiring our kids to get Botox. Teenagers getting work done.

BROOKE ANDERSON, CNN ENTERTAINMENT CORRESPONDENT: Yes. Can you even believe it, Rick? They're not pushing 30 or 40 or 50. These kids are pushing 20 and they are getting Botox. I'm going to have a full report on that, coming up.

SANCHEZ: That just seems like it defies the reason one would think someone would have Botox. We'll have more in just a little bit. Stay right there. We'll be right back.


SANCHEZ: Welcome back. Allergan, the maker of Botox has agreed to pay $600 million to settle a federal investigation. It's also pleading guilty to unlawfully promoting its product for unapproved uses like headaches and pain and cerebral palsy.

Botox is best known for smoothing out wrinkles, right? We all know that lots of celebrities and even non-celebs use this all the time, but you're going be surprised by who else is lining up for shots -- teenagers.

Listen to what some young patients told our Brooke Anderson. Listen to this.

(BEGIN VIDEOTAPE) ANDERSON (voice-over): Cosmetic surgeon Harrison Lee is about to administer Botox to his newest patient. Marlene Contreras isn't pushing 40 or even 30. She's pushing 20.

(on camera): How old are you, Marlene?


ANDERSON: 19 years old.

(voice-over): Botox isn't just for wrinkle ridden adults anymore. More and more young people are getting it.

(on camera): What are you having done today? I'm having Botox on my right eye.

(voice-over): With plastic surgery plastered all over magazine covers, teenagers are surrounded by young, Botoxed role models. Heidi Montag, Kim Kardashian.

(on camera): What do you think when you look at those magazines?

MARLENE CONTRERAS, 19-YEAR-OLD BOTOX PATIENT: The first thing I think is they're so beautiful and they just seem perfect.

ANDERSON (voice-over): The American Society of Plastic Surgeons reports almost 12,000 Botox procedures were performed on teenagers last year for cosmetic reasons. That was up 2 percent from the year before.

(on camera): And Dr. Lee has more than one young patient today. Here we have Rita. Hi, Rita.


ANDERSON: So how old are you?


ANDERSON: And tell us what you're having done.

MARGARITA DENUNO, 21-YEAR-OLD BOTOX PATIENT: I am getting Botox around the eyes so when they smile -- big smile.

ANDERSON: OK. Dr. Lee, do your thing.


ANDERSON (voice-over): Rita Denuno told me celebrities influenced her, too.

DENUNO: Yes, definitely.

ANDERSON (on camera): Anyone in particular?

DENUNO: Jennifer Aniston. I don't see how she stays so young. ANDERSON (voice-over): But it's not just in Hollywood where teens are falling under the sway of Botoxed celebrities.




ANDERSON: In Dallas, Texas, Dr. Bill Johnson is preparing to treat an 18-year-old.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: A poke here and a poke here.

ANDERSON: He says young people who get Botox now can avoid wrinkles down the road.

DR. BILL JOHNSON, COSMETIC PHYSICIAN: The evidence really does exist that there is benefit.

ANDERSON: Treatments can run hundreds of dollars a pop and wear off after several months. Kristin Stevens says Botox is worth it.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: So that when I'm 40, I won't look 40.

ANDERSON: She admits to being influenced by celebrities.

KRISTIN STEPHENS, 18-YEAR-OLD BOTOX PATIENT: Being a woman obviously I would look at stars all the time and say that I wish I looked like them. And most of them have had Botox.

ANDERSON: Some stars are speaking out against teen Botox.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: It's botulism, people. Just remember.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: I don't think it's right. I mean, don't you want to see when I'm happy? Don't you want to see when I'm sad?

ANDERSON: Some cosmetic surgeons also frown on Botox for teens.

DR. LINDA LI, COSMETIC SURGEON: They don't need it. It is a waste of their money and they should have wonderful, animated faces. They won't be able to express themselves facially as much and that can be a problem especially with very emotional teenagers.

ANDERSON: The Botox web site features before and after videos of mature Botox users. It cautions that the muscle paralyzing toxin can spread to other areas of the skin and have severe side effects. Allergan which makes Botox told CNN it's not approved for anyone under 18.

CONTRERAS: You just want to maintain your skin, flawless, wrinkle free.

ANDERSON: This is 19-year-old Marlene's first Botox treatment. She may be back for more. (on camera): You put a lot of pressure on yourself to look perfect and beautiful.

CONTRERAS: Quite a bit.


SANCHEZ: And Brooke Anderson joins us now live from Los Angeles. You know the part of this I don't get, how is an 18-year-old coming up with hundreds and hundreds and hundreds of dollars to have these things done?

Because I understand Botox, you don't just do it once, right? You got to do it every couple months or whatever it is, right?

ANDERSON: That's right. The effect wears off so you have to maintain it every few months and it's not covered by insurance. It's all out of pocket. These are people, Rick, who don't have a lot of disposable income, right?

One girl in our piece works part-time as a waitress while going to school. But they all told me they would commit hundreds of dollars of hard earned money every few months to get Botox if they're pleased with the results.

You know, when they talked about being influenced by celebrity images in magazines I said, wait, wait. You do understand, yes, these celebrities are beautiful in many cases, but in large part it's a facade.

There's photo shopping. There's air brushing, lighting, makeup tricks and they told me, yes. They understand that many times there's little connection to reality, that it's an unattainable standard that has been set.

But they look at it as a competition to be perfect and they don't want to be left behind. And Rick, if I could just say one more thing, an Allergan spokeswoman takes issue with Christina Applegate's comments that Botox is botulism.

She said that is medically inaccurate and she wants us to know that you cannot contract botulism from Botox. But the moral of the story is a lot of young people putting a whole lot of pressure on themselves. It's sad.

SANCHEZ: Well, let me give a little advice to those young people if they're listening right now as someone who is as imperfect as they come, perfection is either - is neither important nor attainable. So stick with what you got. Keep going. Stop trying to go into that foolishness. That just seems crazy.

And that kind of money and everything else is just -- you know, almost has as much to do with social psychology as with the physics of whatever this operation is.

My thanks to you, Brooke Anderson, for bringing us that story. It really opens a lot of people's eyes. When we come back, are you sick of bail outs? Sick of corruption? You may not believe what somebody is asking American taxpayers to do now. It's the list that you don't want to be on. It's just ahead.


SANCHEZ: Here we go. Latest advisory from my friends down at the National Hurricane Center has just been released and Bonnie has it in her hands as we speak. Is that it?


SANCHEZ: Are you reading it?

SCHNEIDER: I just grabbed it right off the presses for you, Rick.

SANCHEZ: What it's say, good news or bad news?

SCHNEIDER: I think pretty much we're at the same news, but it's getting better. Right now, it's still a category one hurricane. You can see the maximum winds are still at 80 miles per hour. I want to show you a look at the track and some of the areas also that we're watching.

You can see as early as 2:00 a.m. Saturday, this should be downgraded below hurricane force, and weakening, but it's important to note that we still have a very wide wind field and we still have advisories posted for strong winds as it passes just to the east of the islands of Massachusetts including Nantucket and Martha's Vineyard where we will see strong winds.

Here's the track not really changing heading up into Nova Scotia. The movement has picked up a bit since the last advisory. It's now moving to the northeast at 22 miles per hour with the storm center 220 miles from Nantucket. So still watching very closely for at least tropical storm force winds, possibly gusts even stronger than that.

SANCHEZ: One of my best friends when I was at the University of Minnesota was a fellow named Bob Krieg. He was in a wheelchair and Bob could do some amazing things in a wheelchair, great, great guy.

We used to hang around together all the time. I want you to see the very beginning of "Fotos" today because it reminds me of Bob. Here's "Fotos."

Watch a couple of failures, but then he finally nails it. That might be the first ever double back flip landed in a wheelchair. That's right. That's 18-year-old Aaron Featheringham.

He is confined to a wheelchair, but it doesn't stop him from rocking extreme aerial feats. Is that wild or what? Kids, do I need to tell you this? Do not try this at home.

That's guts. Next, not many people get to see a horse race from this perspective -- jockey-cam. This is what 40 miles an hour looks like atop 1,200 pounds of thoroughbred.

The jockey attached a tiny camera to his helmet to capture this very cool view of the race. By the way, that's the Del Mar track, very famous in California.

One more.

Hey, hey. Let's calm down up there. What's going on?

It's in the stands at the U.S. Open last night. Hard to say who did what first, but a couple of spectators start throwing insults.

This is a tennis match, folks!

And then they went over -- look at this. What's going on? No wonder they're in the cheap seats.

Apparently a lot of f-bombs and slaps and shouting. Other fans then got into it. The security guards had to come up.

I mean, you would think this is a game between the New York Jets and the Miami Dolphins at the old Orange Bowl or something. No.

Come on, people. Isn't tennis supposed to be a sport of refined ladies and gentlemen? Maybe not.

That's "Fotos." And you can see them for yourself by going to my blog at


SANCHEZ: Man, we've got some folks visiting with us right now, and they're going to watch us as we do -- you guys, raise your hand if you know about "The List U Don't Want 2 Be On" when you watch -- yes. See? Yes, I knew, you guys, I'd get a chuckle out of that.

It seems to be one of the most favorite parts of the show. So let's do it on your behalf. Ready?

All the time we hear politicians say that America sets the standard, that other countries look up to us and what we do.

Well, guess what? It's true. So true, in fact, that we may now be a role model for even what we don't do so well.

Time now for "The List U Don't Want 2 Be On."

This is Mahmood Karzai. He's the older brother of, you guessed it, Afghan President Hamid Karzai. You ready for this?

He is asking you -- you out there -- give me a shot of these folks.

Raise your hands, folks, out here in the audience. You ready? Go ahead. Raise your hands. Yes, you.

He is asking you for a bailout. Another one. You heard that right.

You see, Afghanistan's biggest bank is in trouble. And the top two executives, the largest shareholders of Kabul Bank, quit this week. They're accused of making hundreds of millions of dollars in shady loans to themselves and government insiders.

Yes, allegations of corruption involving the government. The bank denies everything and the U.S. insists American taxpayers will not be propping up this bank as we've done with so many others.

Here is what you need to know. The Kabul Bank is very important to Afghanistan. It handles paychecks for thousands of Afghan soldiers, police, public workers.

But you say, I know, haven't we done enough for that country? And now Afghans are rushing to withdraw their money out of fears the bank is about to go under. Another problem.

So Karzai's brother is telling a reporter that it would help if the U.S. could support the bank to the very last penny. Yes. Full disclosure, he is the third largest shareholder in the bank. Of course he wants that. So he's got a stake in this.

Are you kidding me?

The Afghan people are suffering at the hands of many people in power. We've seen the corruption.

As for us, we're already giving our blood, our time, our billions of dollars. And now you want a bailout amid allegations that the bank ripped off its own people and has shown corruption through and through?

Outrageous. We've done enough, most Americans would say, bailing out so many banks in this country.

And it's why on this day Mahmood Karzai sits highest on "The List U Don't Want 2 Be On."

Wolf Blitzer is standing by now. He joins us to let us know what the heck is going on in "THE SITUATION ROOM."

And there's been -- I'll tell you, the last couple of days, we've just been brimming with breaking news, Wolf. What have you got coming on?

WOLF BLITZER, CNN ANCHOR: Yes, a lot of news. But you know, Mahmood Karzai, what he says about that bank in Kabul, Rick?

SANCHEZ: What does he say?

BLITZER: He says it's too big to fail.


SANCHEZ: Let's see. Where have I heard that before?


SANCHEZ: I'm not quite sure. Good God. All right.

BLITZER: I don't think American taxpayers want to spend $100 million or $200 million bailing out that bank, especially after they bought all that real estate in Dubai that went down in value. That's obviously not going to happen.

SANCHEZ: Well, no. And I think, too, when you look at this, it's very likely that this White House, this administration would let it happen, because they know that as soon as it does, guys like you are going to be talking about the story and the American people aren't going to -- and especially now with the midterms coming up.

So what else you got? What's big today?

BLITZER: Well, there's huge stories happening today. We're going to pick up where you're leaving off, this hurricane. We're going to watch that, obviously, Hurricane Earl, the earthquake in New Zealand, this plane crash, this 747, UPS crash in Dubai.

We've got these horrible job numbers that keep coming up month after month after month. You look for some silver lining. There is a little silver lining, but it's still not good, 9.6 percent unemployment.

We're going to speak to Mark Zandi, the economist.

And guess what? More bad news. He says -- and he's an economic forecaster -- he says that 9.6 percent in the next few months is going to be above 10 percent, approaching 10.5 percent unemployment. So it's not very encouraging.

SANCHEZ: Wolf Blitzer is coming up in "THE SITUATION ROOM," and may I say that he looks very dapper today.

BLITZER: Thank you.

SANCHEZ: So this should be a very good newscast.

Thanks, Wolf.

BLITZER: Thank you.

SANCHEZ: I love it when I get him to smile.

As we move on, this woman's attacked by a stranger, her face horribly scarred. And now she is appealing for help. Find the person who threw acid on her. What a story.

Remember when we let you hear what she had to say yesterday? This is a big update on this story, and it's coming up in just a little bit.

Stay right there. This is RICK'S LIST.


SANCHEZ: Hey, welcome back.

We told you yesterday about this amazing young woman in Vancouver, Washington. She was the victim of an acid attack that left her face burned, but her spirits undampened, right? Remember?

Well, today police have released a composite sketch of the woman that they think did this.

Joining me now to talk about all of this is Kim Kapp. She's in Vancouver. She's part of the Vancouver, Washington, Police Department. I always want to say Canada when I say Vancouver, but this is in the United States.

Kim, thanks so much for being with us. We appreciate you taking time to join us.

How is this investigation going? Who are you looking for?

KIM KAPP, VANCOUVER, WASHINGTON, POLICE DEPT.: Well, detectives were finally able to meet with the victim for a longer period of time due to her hospitalization earlier in the week. Her time we could spend with her was pretty limited. Yesterday, detectives went and spent time with Bethany, developed information related to a suspect description, and were able to also develop a composite which we put out to the public.

SANCHEZ: We've got it as a matter of fact.

Let's show it, Roger, if we have that composite.

We received this earlier today, and I think we can share with our viewers now what this composite looks like of this woman. There it is right there.

See her? That is -- all right.

As we look at her, tell us what you want our viewers to know about this person and any specific hints you can give us to help find her.

KAPP: Well, what we believe is that, obviously, any witnesses to this incident are probably still in our local community. So hopefully anyone locally that's watching in the area of 9th and Columbia, which is the downtown area of Vancouver, we had an incident that occurred Monday the 30th around 7:15. That is when the attack occurred, and the victim was later helped minutes later by some pedestrians walking by.

SANCHEZ: Well, here's what -- let me just bring our viewers up to date on this thing. That woman, that composite you see right there, that woman came up to this woman and said something to the effect of, "Hey, pretty lady." And then she took something out and spilled it on her face, and it turned out to be a very corrosive acid that literally has eaten through some of her skin.

These are the very latest pictures. And you saw her comments she made yesterday wearing that full headband, which has really gotten our attention because she seems to be very understanding of what happened, but she still wants to know who this woman is and why she would do it.

I would imagine as a police officer, you guys must be concerned that this woman could do something like this again, right?

KAPP: Of course we're definitely concerned about public safety, and we are encouraging, as we always do, people to practice good personal safety in park and areas where there's a lot of foot traffic. You know, don't go out at night too late and try to practice good safety.

But we are also looking for people who can help to identify this person and/or may have seen the suspect running away, or perhaps even witnessed the incident, not realizing what was going on, thinking it was really not that important.

SANCHEZ: Or going to motive as well. Why would she do something like this? I mean, that's -- yes, I can understand sometimes the motive of robberies, et cetera, but why just go up to somebody and hurt them in this way?

Have you got any sense of what the motive might be?

KAPP: We don't. Unfortunately, without having a suspect or someone that we can talk with, there is no motive. That's the million-dollar question.

SANCHEZ: The best way that you'll be able to find someone like this -- and I'm sure you know from your experience as a police officer -- is someone will have a conversation with this woman and she'll say something that'll be suspicious, right? So you want people to look out for someone who might say something about bragging or whatever, right?

KAPP: Well, that certainly is one option, yes. That's oftentimes how tips come in is that, you know, someone knows the person and they are talking about the incident.

The other way of course is that a passerby, again, may have seen the incident unfolding, not realizing it was anything more than perhaps an argument or two people having a discussion. And now it's jogging their memory that they're hearing about the story and realizing, you know what? I was there and maybe I did see that person, and I'm going to call. So that's what we're really hopeful for.

SANCHEZ: Right. Well, listen, I'm glad we can help you, because we really care a lot about this story. We've been covering it since yesterday. That is Kim Kapp. She's the PIC, ,which is what they call them there in Vancouver, Washington, the public information coordinator, as opposed to the public information officer.

My thanks to you.

My thanks to all of you at home.

We'll see you tonight at 8:00 p.m. for the primetime edition of RICK'S LIST.

Here now, Wolf Blitzer and "THE SITUATION ROOM."