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Golden Globes Tonight; Prepping for the Inauguration; Gun Control Debate Continues; Reviewing Holiday Spending; "Fifty Shades of Grey: The Musical"; Remembering Costa Concordia A Year Later
Aired January 13, 2013 - 17:00 ET
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MARTIN SAVIDGE, CNN ANCHOR: It is 5:00 p.m. on the East Coast, 2:00 p.m. on the West Coast. If you are just tuning in, thank you for joining us. I'm Martin Savidge in for Fredricka Whitfield. And here are the top stories we are following right now at the CNN NEWSROOM.
President Obama will frame - reframe, that is, the gun control debate this week on Tuesday. Vice president Biden is expected to present his recommendations to the White House on how to reduce gun violence in this country. A ban on assault weapons likely to be among those proposal.
New York Senator Charles Schumer today asked Wal-Mart and other retailers to stop selling those guns voluntarily.
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SEN. CHARLES SCHUMER (D), NEW YORK: Hard to believe that Wal-Mart, the nation's largest retailer is being so irresponsible in this issue. And I would hope that people would think twice about going to Wal-Mart if they insist on this attitude.
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SAVIDGE: Gun shows meanwhile are thriving ahead of any possible action in Washington. The National Rifle Association president, David Keene, said Washington is to blame for the buying frenzy because American are afraid that President Obama will chip away the second amendment. You will hear more of what the NRA president had to say today on CNN's "STATE of the UNION" with Candy Crowley and that will be coming up.
Tomorrow, marks one month since the school massacre in Newtown, Connecticut, a town hall has been scheduled for tomorrow and resident he is today are meeting to discuss what to do with the Sandy Hook elementary school which now stands vacant.
CNN national correspondent, Susan Candiotti is in Newtown.
And Susan, is there any consensus among the people who are speaking about what to do?
SUSAN CANDIOTTI, CNN NATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: Oh, Marty, I think at this stage, people would be surprised if there would be a consensus. I mean, it's so early and so fresh in everyone's mind. After all, 27 people were killed during that terrible mass shooting, including -- including several children ages six and seven. And at this meeting, we heard a range of opinions about what should happen. This meeting lasted about an hour and a half.
And I was struck by the number of Sandy Hook parents who were here. One of them said this was such a horrible thing that happened that they should just tear down the school and instead put a memorial there. Some saying the children are too frightened to go back. Another parent countered that children should be strong and not hide from adversity and that they should be helped through this, that a school should be rebuilt on that site but perhaps also a memorial as well.
But another parent saying, you know, we have to be sensitive to all different ideas. In the end, many of the parents said it ought to be the Sandy Hook parents whose children still go there, that they should be able to get together and let them weigh in first before a final decision is made. Again, this is the first, Marty, of a number of different public forums that will be held to talk about this - Marty?
SAVIDGE: Such a painful debate. In the meantime, I'm wondering if people are also weighing in on this debate over gun control.
CANDIOTTI: You know, we didn't hear I have no that today other than to broadly say that security has to be an issue at schools. However, tomorrow, there will be a news conference sponsored by an advocacy group here in Sandy Hook that came together after this tragedy and they will be talking about different ideas to talk about for example, gun control or improving security at schools, to improve mental health care in this country. And so, an official conversation on many different subjects is now under way in this town as it continues to try to heal -- Marty?
SAVIDGE: Susan Candiotti, thank you very much.
New York's governor, Andrew Cuomo, has declared a public health emergency in his state over that flu outbreak, but the situation could be starting to improve in some parts of the country. The CDC has released new numbers showing that the high numbers are declining in some states. Now, it's still a dangerous situation with widespread activity reported in 47 states. The CDC's latest count shows 20 children have died across the country as a result of the flu.
Overseas there's been another shocking incident of gang rape in India. The latest happened this weekend in the northern state of Punjab. Police have arrested six suspects much the manhunt is on for a seventh. The 29-year-old woman was taken to an undisclosed address after she got on a bus and raped all night. The attack is eerily similar to an assault last month where a group of them gang raped a woman and brutally beat her after she boarded the bus. She later died and that attack sparked protest and international outrage.
In Egypt, former president Hosni Mubarak will get a new trial. His lawyer believes the retrial could take place within two months. Mubarak's currently serving a life sentence for ordering the killing of peaceful protesters during the Egyptian uprising. The 84-year-old was deposed after 30 years in power.
The U.S. is experiencing some pretty strange weather this week. Southern California and Arizona are shivering as temperatures there have plummeted 30 degrees below normal. But parts of the east coast, folks are walking around in shorts. The spring-like weather, though, is sadly not expected to last long. Weather forecasters say by the middle of next week it will be cold again. It is January.
Less than three hours from now, stars will start strolling down that red carpet for the much-anticipated golden globes.
CNN entertainment correspondent Nischelle Turner joins us now from Beverly Hills.
And Nischelle, what's happening there?
NISCHELLE TURNER, CNN ENTERTAINMENT CORRESPONDENT: Well, Martin, you know when I talked to you just about an hour ago, the red carpet was pretty bare. Now it is starting to fill up with the likes of the industry types, people like us, the journalists, the hosts, people that will be interviewing all of the celebrities.
Now, I'm going to do the lady-like thing and take a step down here and show you a little bit where we are on the red carpet, because I'm kind of connected to everything. We are here at almost the end of the red carpet of the Golden Globes. Now, this is a massive red carpet here and I can't even begin to show you where it starts because it goes all the way around the corner here and all the way to the front where the picture takers come and then here at the end is CNN and the celebrity thirst toast there at the Moet station and then head on into the awards ceremony.
Now, they do like to partake in the bubbly here at the 70th annual Golden Globes. They -- all of Hollywood says this is the party. This is the awards ceremony where they come, get to let their hair down a little bit, see all the people they haven't seen in a really long time and just have a good time and somebody will even take home an award or two ---Martin.
SAVIDGE: You know, I also think a lot of people are excited about the hosts for tonight, Amy Poehler around Tina Fey. Do you agree?
TURNER: Yes, absolutely. I'm one of them too. I'm raising my hand. You know, this is kind of a ladies night tonight because Tina Fey and Amy Poehler will be hosting the Golden Globes. We have also got Jodie Foster getting the Cecil B. Demille award. And so, there is going to be lots of women that are ruling the evening this evening.
Now, Tina Fey and Amy Poehler have promised to do some really, I guess, interesting things on the awards show. They are going to be a little edgy, we know that. But they are good friends and I think they are going to bring a level of comedy we haven't seen in a really long time. They are just funny. Not just the funniest women in Hollywood, they are some of the funniest people in Hollywood, Martin.
SAVIDGE: Well, you know, we all envy you, Nischelle. Good luck tonight. Have a wonderful evening. Say hello to all the celebs for me.
TURNER: Well, get your tux on. Get your tux on and get out here. Come on.
SAVIDGE: I will see what you can do I will have to charter the concord I think to make it in time, but thanks.
If you need more Golden Globes, how about the parties, the fashions and of course, the beautiful people? I will be getting the inside story from a senior editor at "US Weekly."
No lone gunman in the JFK assassination. We have heard that before. But this is the first time, the confirmation that his brother, Bobby, thought so as well. That story ahead.
And then on the anniversary of the "Costa Concordia" disaster, the ship's captain says he was not responsible for the wreck.
SAVIDGE: Is the big celebration what happens once every four years. Yes, we are talking about the inauguration of the president. All the bands, the drill teams and the stand-ins are at the Capitol today, rehearsing for next week's second inauguration of Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden. And Athena Jones now joins us live from Washington.
And Athena, it seems they really wanted to make it look like the real thing, especially when you look at the stand-ins and detail they went to.
ATHENA JONES, CNN CORRESPONDENT: That's right. It was a full dress rehearsal done in realtime, you saw the fife and drum band playing, the marine band, you had members of the military matching in formation and you had those stand-ins you mentioned for President Obama and the First Lady, for Vice President Biden and even two young girls there to stand in for Sasha and Malia. And folks are saying that the people standing in for the first couple actually resemble the first couple. We'd chance to speak with them and the woman who is standing in for the First Lady said she tried harness a little bit of Michelle Obama's style so I think they had some fun with it today, Martin.
SAVIDGE: yes. I'm sure they did. Let's talk about crowds. Of course, you know the first time of the inauguration was historic. It is still historic, I'm wondering, will the crowds be the same?
JONES: Well, you know, we asked the Chamber of Commerce about that, about what expectations are. Let's listen to what the president of the Chamber of Commerce told us.
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BARBARA LANG, PRESIDENT, WASHINGTON D.C. CHAMBER OF COMMERCE: What we are hearing is 600,000 to 800,000 people coming into the city. You compare that to 2008/2009, the 2008 election/2009 inauguration, it was almost two million, 1.8. Those of us in the in business community would love to see two million people in our city. But no, we are not looking anywhere near those numbers.
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JONES: And so, you heard not as many people this time. But still, hundreds of thousands of people expected to descend on the mall. You know, you don't need tickets to descend on the mall. You do to have be in the seats behind us. And so, lots of people coming either way. It is going to be a boon to businesses. But one thing the Chamber of Commerce president told us there is hotel space you as long as you are willing to spend a good chunk of change, averaging about $600 a night.
SAVIDGE: Well, that is always the case. If you get the money, there's always room.
Do we know if the president or any other officials are actually part of the run-through or will be part of a run-through?
JONES: No. They are not doing - they are part of the run-through. They just the stand-s in. And you know, I should tell you that the official swearing and it is taking place next Sunday on January 20th, that is the constitutionally mandated day that the president must be sworn in. But the big public ceremony will be on Monday and we are certainly hoping that the weather is nice and warm, at least warmer than last time around when it was freezing. Right now, they are expecting it to be high 40s and partly cloudy -- Martin?
SAVIDGE: And I guess I should ask, are there are any special guests anticipated?
JONES: There are special guests. Beyonce is slated to sing the national anthem. Kelly Clarkson is going to perform "My Country 'Tis of Thee," and James Taylor plans to perform "America the Beautiful." So, some big music stars will be taking part on that Monday - Martin.
SAVIDGE: All right. It will be a great time. Athena, thank you very much.
The gun control debate who will be our next Secretary of Defense and whether your taxes are going to go up. In case you missed them, they were some of the topics on the Sunday political talk shows. To save you some time, we brought together the bright points. Take a look.
CANDY CROWLEY, CNN CHIEF POLITICAL CORRESPONDENT: Do you think you have enough support on Capitol Hill to keep an assault weapons ban from passing?
DAVID KEENE, NRA PRESIDENT: I think right now, we will. When the president takes all the power of the office, if he is willing to expend the political capital, you don't want to make predictions, and you don't want to bet your house on the outcome. But I would say that the likelihood is that they are not going to be able to get an assault weapons ban through this Congress.
SEN. CHRIS MURPHY (D), CONNECTICUT: The fact is that the NRA does not represent gun owners anymore. This is not your father's NRA. It represents gun manufacturers. Less than half of their funding comes from their member, and they make tens of millions of dollars off of the purchases of guns.
SEN. BOB CORKER (R), TENNESSEE: I think another thing George is going to come up and just his overall temperament and is he suited to run a department or big agency or big entity like the Pentagon?
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: You have questions about his temperament?
CORKER: I think -- I think -- I think there are numbers of staffers who are coming forth now just talking about the way he has dealt with them. I have certainly questions about a lot of things.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: One of the things interesting about this issue of temperament, I know there's a close relationship between the president and Chuck Hagel. I have traveled with him. I understand it. But I also understand that Chuck has the wherewithal and the ability to speak truth to power.
SEN. JOHN MCCAIN (R), ARIZONA: What is his view of America's role in the world? Whether he really believes that the surge was the worst blunder since the Vietnam war, that clearly is not -- that's not correct. And that's in fact, it's bizarre.
GEN. COLIN POWELL, FORMER SECRETARY STATE: Hey, guys, how are you? How are you doing, man? How are you doing? Good to see you.
DAVID GREGORY, MSNBC ANCHOR: I challenge you a little bit to you say on what basis are you still a Republican? Do you feel like this Republican party has left you or have you left it?
POWELL: I think the Republican party right now is having an identity problem. And I'm still a Republican. But in recent years, there's been a significant shift to the right and we have seen what that shift has produced, two losing presidential campaigns.
I think what the Republican party needs to do now is take a very hard look at itself and understand that the country is changed. There's also a dark -- a dark vein of intolerance in some parts of the party. What I do mean by that? What I mean by that that they still sort of look down on minorities.
SAVIDGE: Did you open your wallet for the holidays? We will find out this week how the Christmas shopping season went, plus we will have our big market look ahead.
And it's gone from the bestseller's list to the New York stage. "Fifty shades of grey," the musical. We have your sneak peek of the hottest show out there.
SAVIDGE: Talk about some serious pocket change. The Treasury Department now says it won't be minting a $1 trillion coin to avert a federal government default. The coin would have been deposited into the federal reserve but never been in circulation. The federal government has already reached that debt ceiling, by the way, of nearly $16.4 trillion.
And did we really open our wallets over the holidays? This week, we will get a pretty good look at just how much retailers rake in. Hal Sirkin is a senior partner and managing director of the Boston Consulting Group. He is also author of the U.S. manufacturing renaissance and he joins me from Chicago.
Welcome, Hal. Let's talk about retail sales.
HAL SIRKIN, SENIOR PARTNER, BOSTON CONSULTING GROUP: Good to be with you.
SAVIDGE: And also talk about housing start numbers for December. But what do you think this is going to tell us about where our economy is and where we are going?
SIRKIN: Well, the economy has been had a rocky period, especially because of the last fiscal cliff. We were concerned that companies and consume verse stopped spending. But what we will find out this month is whether that is true or not.
Most important is retail sales. Retail sales and the consumer account for about 60 percent of all of our economy. Except the consumers are spending the economy tends to do well. In the month of November, before the fiscal cliff, retail sales grew by about 0.3 percent, not a bad number. And what we are seeing from some of the economists that provide consensus forecasts is the number about 0.4 percent. Now, that 0.4 percent would be a very good sign if the economy hits that number, so we all should you can hopeful that it does.
We are also looking at other things like housing starts. As we all New York the housing market has been down for a long period of time it is starting to rebound and it is a very, very important part of our economy. What we saw housing starts in November where 861,000 and the consensus forecast shows a number about something like 876,000. That would be about a 1.7 percent increase, which would also be a very good sign for the economy. If we can hit the 0.4 on the retail sales and the 876,000 or higher on the housing start that would be great sign for the economy. It would mean that the fiscal cliff really didn't bother the economy that much at all.
SAVIDGE: Yes. Well, certainly, keep our fingers crossed on that. But we are also, you know, I think, getting some news about inflation this week and it's perking up a bit. What's driving it?
SIRKIN: Well, what we have seen in inflation has been rises for many factors but there's one thing that is taking place that I think all the consumers are happy about, is that we are watching energy prices decline and that decline in energy prices has caused the producer price index, that's what the companies basically spend, to drop by 0.08 percent in November. What we are looking for, from a consensus forecast, is a little Dr. Minor drop of another 0.1 percent. So, a rather big change.
And from a consumer perspective, we saw the consumer price index drop from 0.3 percent, negative three percent, 0 .3 percent, and we expect basically flat inflation for the month of December. So, you know, again if those numbers hold, we will have very low inflation and increases in housing starts and retail sales and that's big plus for the economy. If it doesn't, we will be in a little bit of trouble.
SAVIDGE: Yes. Let me ask you about the flu. It's been a story, of course that people worry about physically, but what's the economic story? Because, you know, it does cost us potentially billions of dollars could it actually make a measurable dent, say in the economic growth?
SIRKIN: Yes. The flu is a real issue. And this year, we have a particularly bad flu season and we are seeing a lot of workers not showing up to work and we see people not buying things because, of course, they are homesick. You know, some of the forecasts I've seen that this could be a 0.5 percent impact to the economy, which is fairly significant, something in the order of $10 billion or more, and a loss of productivity for the economy, all big factors. This is something that does make a difference and I would urge everybody to do things like get a flu shot and wash their hands and if you're sick, stay at home for the benefit not just for you but for our economy.
SAVIDGE: That's right. It sort of do something good for the economy. Get a flu shot.
All right. Hal Sirkin, thanks very much, senior partner and managing director of the Boston Consulting Group. As always, we appreciate speaking with you.
SAVIDGE: No lone gunman in the JFK assassination. Now, we have heard that claim before but this is the first time, confirmation that his brother, Bobby, thought it was (INAUDIBLE) that acted along. That story ahead.
And millions of women made this book their guilty pleasure, now "Fifty Shades of Grey" is a musical and I'm serious about this. Stay here for a preview.
Plus, go inside the Golden Globes. We are talking to stars, the parties and, of course, the gowns.
SAVIDGE: For those of you just joining us, welcome. Thank you very much for being with us. I'm Martin Savidge in for Fredricka Whitfield. And here with the stories we are following now from the CNN NEWSROOM.
Vice President Biden's gun task force makes its recommendations to the White House, that will be on Tuesday. It was commissioned in the aftermath of the Newtown shootings. Expected among the proposals, universal background checks, restrictions on ammunition magazines and a ban on assault weapons.
Newtown, Connecticut, tomorrow, by the way, marks one month since a gunman killed 20 children and six adults at the Sandy Hook elementary school a town hall meeting has been scheduled. Today, residents met to discuss what to do with the now-vacant school. Proposals range from tearing it down to turning it into a planetarium.
And some scary moments for people in a movie theater in northern San Diego. Police officers stormed that theater yesterday and shot a man who apparently pulled a hand gun on them. The 20-year-old may have ran into the theater after he got into a fight with his girlfriend and people on the street saw him with a gun. No one else was hurt in the shooting. The suspect now is in critical condition.
And now checking some stories that are trending on the Internet at this hour.
The Golden Globes are tonight. We will have a live report on not just what to expect at the ceremony itself but a sneak peek on which parties actors are headed to after the event. That's just minutes away.
Meanwhile, Tim Tebow's brother got so excited after the Ravens defeated the Broncos, he couldn't resist tweeting it out. But since he lives in Colorado, well, it seems not everybody in Denver shared his happiness that night.
And from two shades of Tebow to "Fifty Shades of Grey". If you like the story of "Fifty Shades of Grey," well, you might enjoy watching the musical, too. Although it is hard to imagine. But don't expect it to be anything like the book.
Our Felicia Taylor takes a look at what the stage version could be like.
FELICIA TAYLOR, CNN CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): Racy, Raunchy, Risque? Some might call it soft porn. It's the book that made women squeal with pleasure.
Now on stage, others are belting out a different kind of tune in its honor.
The spoof is a titillating spectacle with plenty of sensuality. The stage version parodies as the erotic bestseller by centering around a middle aged ladies book club obsessed with the more colorful parts which become the butt of jokes through a series of sketches.
Here we are with the cast of "50 shades" at their dress rehearsal to get a first look at the scenes before they actually hit the great white way.
JODY SHELTON, MUSIC DIRECTOR: A couple of friends of mine actually came to me with the idea. And initially, I said what a terrible idea. I'm not going -- I can't make that funny, a very serious thing, you know, about sex. But I was convinced and we started writing these songs and they were really, really funny.
TAYLOR: This musical production is as erotic and decadent as you would expect. The collaboration of comedy writers creating an ultra- spicy script. It's all capitalizing on the frenzy caused by this dirty sensation.
And if you have an image in mind of Ana and Christian, you just might be surprised.
CHRIS GRACE, ACTOR, CHRISTIAN: I think this is the role I was born to play. I read in the book he has dark hair. So, it's like I'm perfect for this.
TAYLOR: Now this kinky musical is taking its show on the road, traveling to many different cities across the United States and it's all because of this book, "Fifty Shades of Grey," which is now nearing a half a billion dollars in sales, having sold more than 65 million copies worldwide.
Hollywood is also trying to cash in on the frenzy. But for now, fans can get their fill of Ana and Christian on stage.
Felicia Taylor, CNN, New York.
SAVIDGE: What happens after the Golden Globes is usually the real talker and of course, when the stars hit the many parties that are happening around town.
Bradley Jacobs who is the senior editor with "US Weekly." He knows all about that parties. By the way, look at that, wearing his own shades of grey there.
What are the stars doing right about now, Bradley?
BRADLEY JACOBS, SENIOR EDITOR, US WEEKLY: Right about now? Let's see. Well, their glam squads are putting their final touches on their nails and hair and little things in their hair and all that. They are checking their hem lines. They are making sure, of course, that the girls are secure, because nobody wants to be the next Tara Reid.
Hopefully also, they are having something to eat because it is a long days, their days really just beginning. They are going to get to the red carpet and they are going to be pushed and pull and they are going to be photographed hundreds of times by dozens of different photographers. A very long day, a whole awards ceremony to sit through and then, they have all those parties to go through. So, hopefully they had a big breakfast, slept a good night's rest and they are ready for the marathon ahead.
SAVIDGE: Yes, really is a marathon. So, how competitive are the designers when it comes to direction the stars, getting them to look as good as they do?
JACOBS: The dresses are big business. We ran a story in "Us Weekly" this year about how Halle Berry was upset with her stylist. She shared a stylist with Sandra Bullock. And the stylist according to Halle and according to our source, was spending too much time on Sandra.
You know, we interviewed Amanda Seyfried the other night at the national board of review in New York and she was saying just five days away and she still hadn't decided on her dress forth Golden Globes.
A lot of dresses become available at the last minute because stylists hoard them. They say, well, my clients might want these four or five different dresses and I'm going to hold them in the last day. And then, they finally get released back into circulation in the final 24 hours before the Globes and that's when other people get to try them on. So it's a very last-minute thing for many of these actresses.
SAVIDGE: Fascinating to get that behind the scenes. What are the hottest parties tonight?
JACOBS: Well, of course, there is the Warner Brothers party which Ben Affleck will be at and all his "Argo" people, that's at the Beverly Hilton. There is also the Weinstein company party at Trader Vick's. that is where you going to see all the "Django Unchained" people, and that's Leonardo DiCaprio and Jamie Foxx. And then, the "Silver Linings Playbook" people like Jennifer Lawrence, who is likely going to win tonight along with Bradley Cooper. They will be at the Weinstein party. There is also Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, the hosts tonight, having their own party at the Soho house, where those people lucky enough to be invited to that one.
SAVIDGE: Yes. Well, you know, everything is so carefully managed. I'm wondering what is it we don't see on TV that you get to see.
JACOBS: I have been to all these award shows multiple times. And the thing that always fascinates me are the seat fillers. Backstage, there are just plenty of people all dressed up in tuxedos and ball gowns but they are absolute nobodies. They are just there to fill a seat if, say, someone like Jessica Chastain has to use the ladies room, she can't just get up and go, somebody has to come and sit in her seat and that person needs to be dress aid appropriately in case a camera goes over Jessica's session. You don't want to see empty seats. This is Hollywood. You want to see butts in seats. That is one thing I have always loved about the behind the scene scenes there.
Also, not only does the Golden Globes have a lot of booze at table but there are booze backstage. The champagne is flowing. There is plenty of wine. You want to keep these people happy backstage. You want to keep them loose and so it is hardly a dry night.
SAVIDGE: Hardly at all. All right, well, Bradley Jacobs, senior editor with "US Weekly," good luck. Have a wonderful time tonight. And if they ever need a seat filler, please drop my name.
SAVIDGE: Thanks very much. At a more serious note, no lone gunman in the JFK assassination. And of course, we have heard that claim before. But for the first time, confirmation that his brother, Bobby, thought so, too. That story just ahead.
And he was called a very lucky man but after winning the lottery, he ended up dead. Police say he was poisoned, but that is not the end of the story. Find out what's happening now in this investigation.
SAVIDGE: Was president John F. Kennedy assassinated by a lone gunman? His brother, Robert Kennedy, didn't believe it according to his son, Robert Kennedy Jr. He spoke at an event in Dallas and said his father publicly support the warren commission, which said that Lee Harvey Oswald acted alone. But privately, he was much more critical of that conclusion.
Robert F. Kennedy Jr. said his father thought there was enough evidence he asked the Justice Department for an investigation. And he wanted to look into the connection between the assassination and the Mafia, the CIA and other organizations. But he never publicly voiced those concerns because he thought it would take away from the civil rights fight that was gripping the country at the time.
It is a mystery. A million dollar lottery winner turns up dead. Now, a judge has spread a permission to have Urooj Khan's body exhumed and the case is battling.
SAVIDGE (voice-over): This is a story of how a simple scratch may have killed a man. Farooj Khan moved to Chicago from India in the late 1980s and became an American success, eventually owning a string of dry clearance and real estate, settling into this house on the city's far north side with his wife and teenage daughter. By all accounts, he was a hard-working, well-liked man, with just one weakness. He loved those scratch off lottery tickets.
JIMMY GOREEL, CONVENIENCE STORE OWNER: He was heavy on that, you know. I would - you know, there was a time woe buy a whole book. We are talking about the 30 tickets in a book, that's $600.
SAVIDGE: He would win, sometimes hundreds, even thousands. Then. last June, he bought two tickets and scratched off a fortune.
GOREEL: The second one was the lucky one.
SAVIDGE: And what did he win?
GOREEL: A million dollar, the whole million.
SAVIDGE: He was all smiles in this Illinois lottery picture. Friends say he was excited about the good he could do with all that money.
But a month later, instead of living on easy street, Kahn was dead, in the Rose Hills Cemetery. On the evening of July 20th, Khan's wife said that she made dinner here at home and then he went to bed a little less than an hour later. She said she was awaken by his screams of agony.
Kahn was rushed to a nearby hospital but it was too late. He was pronounced dead. Doctors say the 46-year-old died of natural causes. But later that week, an urgent call came into the cook county medical examiner's office from a concerned relative.
DOCTOR STEPHEN J. CINA, COOK COUNTY MEDICAL EXAMINER: This person must have made a compelling case, enough this was serious, but this was serious enough to order a full battery toxicology including some unusual agents, you know, such as cyanide and strychnine.
SAVIDGE: Both deadly poisons. So, acting on the caller's information, lab technicians retested Khan's blood and discovered an old killer.
CINA: When it came back in late November, it was definitely if the lethal range in the published literature for cyanide in the blood.
SAVIDGE: I called up scientist journalist Deborah Blum, author of the "Poisoner's handbook." Blum sais cyanide poisoning is a horrible way to do and screaming are part of it.
DEBORAH BLUM, AUTHOR, POISON EXPERT (voice-over): And then talk about the classic sty need death scream, almost an involuntary contraction of your dying muscles.
SAVIDGE: So, it is almost a trademark then of cyanide?
BLUM: It absolutely is.
SAVIDGE: But how did the poison get into Khan and who could have been responsible? The answers may rest in Khan's stomach. It is one reason the medical examiner wants his body exhumed.
I would think, one of the things you would clearly focused is what was the last meal or the last food consumed. Would that be an interest?
CINA: Well, as part of any autopsy, we look for the gastric contents, and some cases we analyze them if it was relative to the case, so. In this case, we certainly would be looking at the gastric content. But that is part of any forensic autopsy.
SAVIDGE: Khan's window is a 32-year-old (INAUDIBLE) and now inside here running the family business. I asked her for an interview but she said she was not ready to talk. She did tell me though that she and her husband were very much in love, and that she misses him beyond words and she supports the exhumation of his body, hoping it will reveal the truth.
But probate court documents suggest all is not so well between Khan's widow and his siblings. They paint a picture of a family deeply divide over control of Khan's estate, especially his lottery wings, that after taxes came to about $450,000. Today, no arrests have been made in Khan's murder but this Khan's neighborhood, rumors spread and fingers point as a deadly duo as old as time may have struck once more on Chicago's north side, greed and poison.
GOREEL: That if it was truly murder, that's sad, that get to the point where we, I believe when they say money is the root of all evil, it is true.
SAVIDGE: By the way that exhumation is expected to take place on Thursday.
A well-known immigration activist fights out against her own mother's deportation. She thinks she is being targeted. Immigration officials say that's not true, another side to the dream act.
A year after the "Costa Concordia" disaster, we will soon learn the fate of the captain and his crew.
SAVIDGE: When President Obama ordered that illegal immigrant students be allowed to apply to stay in the country, it was hailed as progress, especially by the Latino community. But as our Nick Valencia shows us now, things can get complicated when the students can stay but not their parents.
ERIKA ANDIOLA, UNDOCUMENTED ACTIVIST (through translator): I can no longer be Erika the daughter and the mother. Right now, I have to be Erika the activist, the one who has helped people stop their deportation.
NICK VALENCIA, CNN CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): Erika Andiola, a leader of the immigrant youth movement, never thought the person whose next deportation they she would be trying to stop would be her own mother. But this week, Andiola watched as immigration and customs enforcements agents took her mother and adult brother into custody as undocumented immigrants. She tweeted helplessly from Phoenix, Arizona, as it happened.
My mother and brother were taken from my house today right in front of me and my little brother by ICE. Is this how it feels?
MARIA ARREOLA, MOTHER OF ERIKA ( through translator): They detained me and said I had no right to a lawyer, that I was practically deported already. They wanted me to sign and I didn't want to sign anything.
VALENCIA: She didn't have to. Her daughter used social media to issue an emotional appeal for help and her network of local and national immigration activists sprang into action. By Friday morning, ICE officials were blanketed with petitions demanding the release of Erika's mother and brother and citing prosecutorial discretion decided to let them go.
ARREOLA (through translator): When the man from the consulate told me your daughter is making a big movement and you, they are going to let you out. I kept calm. The whole time I didn't cry or anything, but when I heard that I began to cry and cry.
VALENCIA: Andiola's mother had been under a standing deportation order since 1998 when she tried enter the country without documents and had been stopped by local police for speeding back in September.
Andiola also is undocumented but was among the 100,000 so-called dreamers, a college student given a work permit and Social Security under President Obama's deferred action program. She is well known in immigration reform and law enforcement circles for her lobbying effort for dream act legislation and her activism against Arizona's tough stance against illegal immigration.
Her family believes because of that, they were targeted by ICE agents. In a statement to CNN, an ICE official dismissed the accusation, saying, quote "ICE agents did not target these individuals because of their family member's role with the dream act coalition. Additionally, this arrest had absolutely nothing to do with the DACA. Instead, it was based on information from a prior arrest."
Still shaken from the experience of her mother's and brother's detention from her Arizona home, Andiola pleaded with President Obama to look at people in this country illegally as if he was looking at his own family.
ANDIOLA (through translator): Look at his wife. Look at his two daughters. Tell him to think about what it would be like if one day someone comes to your house and tries to remove one of his daughters. Simply look in your heart, we are not just a story in the newspapers, we are people. We are humans. You have to stop these deportations and you have the power to do that.
SAVIDGE: And Nick Valencia is here with me now.
And Nick, what is the status of her mother and brother?
VALENCIA: Well, Martin, for now, they are safe. I spoke to an ICE official just a few short hours ago, and she said as we mentioned at this piece, they cited prosecutorial discretion. In this case, all these cases are case by case bases. So now, there is no timeline on if or when the family will be deported. And as I mentioned for now, they are safe.
SAVIDGE: Yes. But it still hangs over their head?
SAVIDGE: Until it resolved.
All right, thank you very much. SAVIDGE: Well, the anniversary of the Costa Concordia disaster, people are remember the victims today. And we will soon learn the fate of the captain and his crew.
SAVIDGE: Today marks one year since the Costa Concordia disaster. And the cruise ship is still lying on its side in Italian waters. This was is scene on the Italian coast tonight.
That was a siren commemorating the exact time the ship sank a year ago.
CNN's Miguel Marquez looks back at the accident.
MIGUEL MARQUEZ, CNN CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): A world turned upside down. A luxury cruise liner strikes a massive rock. It shutters to a stop, begins listing heavily then starts to sink.
DEAN ANANAIS, SURVIVOR: The fear it was basically terrifying because especially what really terrified us is how when panic started.
MARQUEZ: Dean and Georgia Ananais and their two daughters were among the 4200 plus aboard the Costa Concordia. Thirty two people died that night. The Ananais family waiting over five hours for rescue said their good-byes thinking they, too, would perish. One investigation found the ship's captain Francesco (INAUDIBLE) failed to order abandon ship in a timely manner.
GEORGIA ANANAIS, SURVIVOR: If they had trained their personnel to know what to do, and gave the word to back everybody wanted to get on the lifeboats. I guarantee you everybody would have survived.
MARQUEZ: While changes to procedure and technology have been made to the cruise line and across the industry, some say it's not enough. The industry watcher, Cruise critics, say standards of employment, training and evaluation of cruise line staff at all levels can be better and be made more consistent.
Any day now, an Italian prosecutor is expected to request that nine Concordia officers and crew including the ship's captain face criminal charges. Today, the Costa Concordia is a fixture on the landscape on Google earth, it looks like a surreal manmade island. The crew line hopes to raise and remove the ship this summer.
Miguel Marquez. CNN, Los Angeles.
SAVIDGE: A young teacher gives her life to protect children during the Sandy Hook school massacre. Now, her hometown wants a name a school after her. Find out what is happening tomorrow if they make this a reality.
Plus, Oprah and Lance Armstrong. She is sitting down with the disgraced cyclist. The questions everybody wants her to ask.
SAVIDGE: A brave teacher tops a look at what's happening this week.
The town council of Stratford, Connecticut, meets tomorrow to consider naming a school for Victoria Soto. Soto gave her life to protect children during the Sandy Hook school massacre. She grew up in Stratford.
On Tuesday, Congress is expected to vote for another on relief money for the victims of hurricane Sandy. They House voted for a $9 billion package before the holidays and this time could approve the remaining $51 billion initially promised.
And then, Wednesday, the consumer price index is released. Gives us a measure of just how much prices are rising across the country. We could see it spike as the economy continuing up.
And then on Thursday, you'll be able to see Oprah Winfrey's big interview with Lance Armstrong. He's reportedly going to admit to doping.
That will do it for me. I'm Martin Savidge. You can always find me on Facebook. CNN NEWSROOM continues right now with Drew Griffin in for Don Lemon.
Have a great weekend.