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Intern Killed by Neck Fracture; Conclave of Cardinals will Begin Tuesday; Vice President Maduro now Interim President of Venezuela; Chavez to be Embalmed; Chinese Immigrants Evicted; Tough Week for Justin Bieber

Aired March 8, 2013 - 12:30   ET



FREDERICKA WHITFIELD, CNN ANCHOR: The young woman killed by a captive lion in California two days ago was not mauled to death, according to her father. He has the story he told CNN.

MICHAEL HOLMES, CNN ANCHOR: He was talking to Anderson Cooper last night. Let's have a listen.


PAUL HANSON, DAUGHTER KILLED BY LION: There was no mauling by the lion. It was more likely a quick suffocation and neck fracture. There was no blood. They think it was a quick death followed by just some injuries of the lion that was probably just playing too hard.

And also, she was so happy. Her last two months there as an internship at Cat Haven were the happiest of her life. Her mother and I agree we have never seen her happier than the two months she's been there since January 2nd when we got there.


HOLMES: Such a tragedy. Paul Hansen told Anderson that he had a premonition that something bad would happen to his daughter while working with those lions.

WHITFIELD: The 24-year-old Dianna Hanson died Wednesday in the animal's enclosure at a big cat sanctuary. She was working as an intern there.

HOLMES: Also in the United States, the CDC is warning of a deadly new virus not seen in humans before.

WHITFIELD: This is terribly frightening. Highest risk are people who recently traveled to the Middle East, related to the same family of viruses that cause the common cold. It causes fever, cough, shortness of breath, it's very confusing --


HOLMES: Could be anything really. But 14 of these cases have actually being documented. Eight deaths. No cases yet reported in the U.S. WHITFIELD: Turning back to the pope now. We now have a date to choose, or at least in which a new pope could be chosen.


WHITFIELD: The start of the process.

HOLMES: The Vatican announcing a short time ago the conclave of cardinals as it's called will begin on Tuesday.

WHITFIELD: CNN's Jonathan Mann takes us inside the process.


JONATHAN MANN, CNN CORRESPONDENT: It's the oldest, enduring electoral system in the world, and many of its traditions have been unchanged for centuries. The conclave, which means locked with a key, dates back to a time where cardinals were locked in until they chose a new pope. Now it's the world that's locked out, figuratively speaking, as much of the conclave will take place behind closed doors.

The gathering begins with a morning mass in St. Peter's basilica. In the afternoon the 115 voting cardinals, those under 80 years old, enter the Sistine chapel where each will take an oath of secrecy. The penalty, automatic ex-communication.

After the oath, preparations are made for the election, taken by secret ballot. Lots are drawn to select three cardinals who will help collect ballots. Three more cardinals to count the votes, and three others to review the results. Printed on the ballots, the words eligo im summum pontificem, meaning I elect as supreme pontiff.

Each elector writes the name of one candidate on the lower half of the ballot and folds it in half. The cardinals are not allowed to vote for themselves.

Then in order of seniority, the cardinals take a ballot to the altar. Each places a folded ballot onto a small disc and then the ballot is dropped into a chalice. Once all the votes are cast, the ballots are tallied and the results are read aloud.

More than a two-thirds majority is needed to declare a winner, in this case 77 votes. If there is no winner there's another vote. If there is still to winner, two more votes are scheduled for the afternoon. Voting continues, up to four ballots a day, until there's a winner. The ballots are burned after each session an incinerator inside the chapel, sending off the most famous smoke signals in the world. If there's no winner, they're burned with a chemical that gives off black smoke, telling the crows waiting in St. Peter's square that a new pope has not yet been selected.

When there is a winner, the ballots are burned alone, giving off white smoke, a sign from the cardinals that they have chosen a new pope to lead the church. Jonathan Mann, CNN, Atlanta.

(END VIDEOTAPE) WHITFIELD: What an extraordinary piece of real estate there.

HOLMES: And we were talking about how beautiful.

WHITFIELD: It's really a remarkable thing to see. And as you're in there, you cannot believe, wow, Michelangelo really did this?

HOLMES: You think, wow, he was good at this.

WHITFIELD: Yes, he was really good! Impressive.

HOLMES: Well, Venezuela has already had seven days of mourning. Now officially they're going to say good-bye to President Hugo Chavez.

WHITFIELD: And one guest everyone is talking about Iran's president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, there. A live report straight ahead.


HOLMES: And let's take you to Afghanistan right now. The new U.S. defense secretary visiting American troops.

WHITFIELD: Chuck Hagel making his first war-zone visit since becoming defense secretary. He says his number one job today is to thank the soldiers and marines in person.

HOLMES: He's also meeting with the Afghan president, Hamid Karzai. NO doubt there'll be plenty to talk about there. Meanwhile, President Obama says he will not engage in any kind of, what he calls, chest beating over Iran's nuclear program.

WHITFIELD: Sources say Mr. Obama made the remarks last night during a meeting with Jewish-American leaders ahead of his trip to Israel. He says the U.S. will continue to work towards a diplomatic resolution to prevent Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons.

HOLMES: He repeated that no options were off the table, and that includes military ones.

WHITFIELD: Onto Venezuela now. The Vice President Nicolas Maduro will be sworn in tonight as the country's interim president.

HOLMES: Maduro is going to hold the office for 30 days. This is according to the constitution. There needs to be new elections by then. Maduro, of course, replaces Hugo Chavez who died Tuesday of cancer at age 58. He was in office for 14 years.

WHITFIELD: Chavez's funeral is under way right now in Caracas. We're learning more details about how long the former president will lie in state and what will happen with his body ultimately.

HOLMES: Let's go to CNN Shasta Darlington. She has been following all of this from Caracas. Let's talk about what's happening now. Bring us up to date on that. And also what happened to the body. It's going to be around for a while. SHASTA DARLINGTON, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Exactly, Michael. Right now what we're seeing is the official state funeral. It's a fairly formal affair, as you can see. There are some 30 heads of state from around the world. We have the Iranian president, Ahmadinejad, but they're mostly from Latin America. And that's because this is a type to recall and reflect back on Hugo Chavez and his legacy.

He's the man, this charismatic but controversial leader, who tried to unite leftist revolutionaries around the world and particularly in Latin America. Every president in the region has come through Venezuela in the last three days. We've heard the national anthem. A lot of presidents stood up and did sort of a guard of honor next to the casket. Now we're hearing more music and prayers. This is just a way for them to recognize, even if they don't agree with him ideologically, all of the dreams that he had for this region, Michael.

Now this is just the beginning of the funeral proceedings and ceremonies will actually continue. He will continue to lie in state for another seven days. They had to extend this because so many people turned out. Tens of thousands of Venezuelans turned out to say good-bye. They ended up waiting in the hot sun for up to 12 hours at a time, sleeping outside. It became so worrisome that they decided to extend this period. And then the big announcement came. They decided to embalm his body. So, in fact, what the vice president Nicolas Maduro said is they want him to be able to be seen for the rest of eternity. Just like the rest of the revolutionary leaders. So he will be embalmed and placed in a glass case inside the revolutionary museum, Michael.

WHITFIELD: And for how long then, Shasta this is Fredericka for how long then on display, so to speak?

DARLINGTON: Well, Venezuelans can line up to see him for the next seven days, but the embalming, he said for eternity. He will be on display for eternity in the museum. Just as we've seen in other countries. The idea being also that this would be a way for the leaders taking over to prolong his legacy and show that the Boliverian revolution as it's known won't die. They really need to fire up the bases and try to keep all of the support that Hugo Chavez had in Venezuela, that he built over these 14 years as the president. They want to maintain that support. And Maduro isn't this charismatic leader like Chavez was. So they're relying on a lot of things like the idea of embalming his body to fire up the bases, Fredericka.

HOLMES: And he had a fractious relationship with the United States and others, but this is a man who was a politically effective leader but economically a disastrous one in many ways. Will the culture of Chavizmo (ph) as it was known, survive with new leadership there?

DARLINGTON: Well, there are going to be a couple of issues here. On the one hand, the way that Hugo Chavez funded all his socialist policies, going into the barrios, building schools, building health clinics, providing jobs and education and free houses was through oil revenues. This is a very oil rich country. Luckily for Maduro, who is likely to win the next election, he will still have access to those oil resources. On the other side, over the last 14 years there has been a problem that Hugo Chavez has used the resources to fund these projects and instead of reinvesting them, the oil industry has been depleted. It's really been stripped. So what you've seen is the oil production has fallen and Maduro will have to deal with this. He won't have the same resources over the next year that Hugo Chavez had. And so he's going to have to hael with rising inflation, unemployment, a terrible issue in the black market. The Bolivar (ph) is traded on the black market instead of the real market. These are all issues he's going to have to deal with. And he won't have the same resources, Michael.

HOLMES: Shasta, thank you so much.

Shasta Darlington there.

Yes, currency is devalued like, I think, 90 percent over the last decade. And for an oil-rich country, the economy is really shattered. Hyperinflation, everything is a bit out of control.


WHITFIELD: Well, yes, this devotion still.

HOLMES: Yes, you wouldn't want to inherit that, really.

WHITFIELD: No, you wouldn't. All right.

Well, a group of Chinese immigrants living in New York being kicked out of their homes.

HOLMES: Yes, a sad story, this, we'll tell you why next.


HOLMES: We're going to take you now to one community in Chinatown in New York where they're asking, where will we go?

WHITFIELD: They live in a tenement. Their rooms are basically cubicles, only 54 square feet.

HOLMES: That's amazing. Imagine that. But now their living conditions are deemed dangerous and they're being forced to leave.

WHITFIELD: Poppy Harlow shows us this is all about the Chinese immigrants and this is all that they can afford.


POPPY HARLOW, CNNMONEY.COM CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): Mr. Wong (ph) has lived in this tiny room in New York City's Chinatown for more than 30 years. He came to the U.S. alone in 1977.


HARLOW (voice-over): We met Mr. Wong (ph) when we reported on the conditions where he and his fellow Chinese immigrants were living -- HARLOW: Good to see you again. Can we come in?

HARLOW (voice-over): -- here on the fourth floor of 81 bowery. They work low-wage jobs. Many live two (inaudible) rent just a few hundred bucks a month, it's all they can afford.

This week Mr. Wong and the other residents were evicted, told the conditions are too dangerous.

HARLOW: Many of the residents are still at work. But when they come home they're going to find out that they can't stay here anymore because of concern over the safety of the living situations here.

JOSEPH WOZNICA, DEPUTY ASSISTANT CHIEF, FDNY: The amount of debris and fire breeding conditions that could cause this place to develop a fire and not be extinguished properly, which will put the residents in danger.

HARLOW (voice-over): Danger from what the fire department said were gas leaks, makeshift ceilings the residents built on their rooms for privacy block the sprinklers.

WOZNICA: Yes, there was two major gas leaks. There's numerous indications of cigarette smoking, matches, candles, things of that nature, which can easily ignite the combustible debris.

HARLOW (voice-over): But Mr. Wong (ph) doesn't want to go.

HARLOW: How do you feel, Mr. Wong (ph)?

MR. WONG (through translator): They force us to live that we have no long-term place to stay.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: He's been here for 30 years. Nothing has ever happened. It's safe.

HARLOW: I mean, this is -- but you see, Mr. Wong (ph), look up.

This, the sprinklers cannot get through here. This is what the fire department told me they're worried about.

HARLOW (voice-over): Some say the landlord, Donald Lee (ph), wants to see them evicted so he can rent for more money.

HARLOW: Do you think that you keep this place up in adequate shape that it's safe for the residents?

DONALD LEE, SLUMLORD: Yes, I do. I want to but I am warning them, you know, but they are not listening. They do whatever they like.

HELENA WONG, E.D., CAAV: The people who live here are generally the lowest paid workers, our invisible workforce in the city. People do not choose to live in a single room and are here by default, but have made a community.

HARLOW (voice-over): A community that in the past they have fought to keep. The residents here were evicted in 2008, also after a safety inspection. But after protests and a lawsuit, they were allowed back in.

HARLOW: Will you fight again to get back in here?

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Yes, he wants to come back and live here again. If he doesn't come back here, where is he supposed to go? He has nowhere to go.

HARLOW (voice-over): The Red Cross is putting Mr. Wong in a hotel, but the limit is three days. After that it's not clear where he will go -- Poppy Harlow, CNN, New York.


WHITFIELD: That is heartbreaking.

HOLMES: That is so sad. I mean, you can see both sides of the story. It's so sad for him, but, boy, it does look like a fire trap, doesn't it?

WHITFIELD: It does, but the need is still there.


WHITFIELD: All right.

Teen sensation Justin Bieber, fresh out of the hospital and of course he's ready to hit the stage.

HOLMES: Oh, thank goodness. I have been worried sick. I was. We're going to have a live report up next.



HOLMES: I didn't know we could talk so much Justin Bieber during one commercial break, but we did.

WHITFIELD: (Inaudible) say enough.

HOLMES: He is having a bad week in London. He got a lot of -- caught a lot of flak, as we say in my country, for being two hours late for a concert. Then he gets sick at another performance.

WHITFIELD: Poor Biebs. (Inaudible) now.

Let's bring in Erin McLaughlin.

So, Erin, explain what happened and how is he feeling now?

ERIC MCLAUGHLIN, CNN CORRESPONDENT: It certainly has been a tough week for Justin Bieber, Justin Bieber and members of his entourage clashing with paparazzi outside his hotel today. They had a rather heated exchange. Take a look at what happened. (BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: What are you doing? What are you doing? What are you doing?


MCLAUGHLIN: Well, to say the least, the video really highlights what seems to be a rather tense relationship between Justin Bieber and members of the paparazzi here in the U.K. Justin Bieber appearing to respond today to the altercation via Twitter. He has around 35 million Twitter followers.

He wrote, quote, "Sometimes when people are shoving cameras in your face and yelling the worst thing possible at you, well, I'm human."

Rough week. Rough week indeed, Michael and Fredricka.

WHITFIELD: Oh, wow, yes, rough week, and that's aside from the whole concert debacle and being ill and then --

HOLMES: That's a lot of beeps.

WHITFIELD: Yes, that's a lot of beeps for the Bieb.

HOLMES: Yes, he's only 19, though. I mean, you know, there's a lot of pressure on him, I suppose.

MCLAUGHLIN: Well, there's an incredible amount of pressure on Justin Bieber. I mean, just last night he ended up in the hospital, apparently, with shortness of breath during the middle of his concert. He had to stop performing to go backstage to be treated with oxygen by EMT officials who were on hand.

He was able to finish his performance. But afterwards, hospitalized. He was discharged around 3:00 am. That incident preceded by his concert Monday night when, as you mentioned, he was hours late. He was booed universally on stage before he could even perform. So it's been an incredibly bad week for Justin Bieber, but he's also under an intense amount of pressure and scrutiny here in the U.K.

HOLMES: Oh, boy.

Erin, good to see Eric McLaughlin there, surprisingly not raining in London. Who would have thought?

WHITFIELD: And that's a huge crowd there, too, inside of that stadium.

All righty.

All right. Scientists say they have discovered an entirely new life form.

HOLMES: Yes. You tell them about that. I'm out of here. Have a good weekend. WHITFIELD: Oh, really? OK. You have a great weekend.