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Entertainment News; Samsung Unveils New Smart Phone; Steubenville, Ohio, Rape Trial Begins

Aired March 14, 2013 - 15:30   ET



BROOKE BALDWIN, ANCHOR, "CNN NEWSROOM": Bottom of the hour, I'm Brooke Baldwin.

We have technology and sports and business, health, science, showbiz news. Hitting it all, it's the "Power Block," beginning with this.

Say goodbye to Google Reader. Google will shut down its popular RSS feed on July 1st. The company says Google Reader lost popularity, lost users in the age of Twitter and Facebook.

Fans tweeted their despair, "please, no!" "RIP, Google Reader."

This fan really taking the loss a little hard. Quote, "Google prepares to push the button. Remember when the Web promised mind expansion?" Deep thoughts.


UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Who is this Gatsby?



UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Mr. Gatsby doesn't exist.


UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I beg your pardon. Mr. Gatsby would like to speak to you, alone.


BALDWIN: This is one of my favorite books of all time. It is now a film, "The Great Gatsby," based, of course, on the classic F. Scott Fitzgerald novel starring -- you saw him -- Leonardo DiCaprio, set to open at Cannes Film Festival this year.

This is a break from tradition that's been raising some eyebrows because typically films that open the French film festival make their premiere there. "Gatsby" opens in a wide-release here in the U.S. a week before the festival.

First lady Michelle Obama on the cover of "Vogue" magazine for the second time. Look at her in that blue.

Mrs. Obama, part of the magazine's "shape" issue, which "Vogue" says focuses on the quote "beauty and well-being of women's bodies."

Past covers here this month have included Brooke Shields, Scarlet Johansson, Gisele Bundchen.

The issue hits newsstands March 26th.

McDonald's taking a little healthy turn. The fast food giant launching an egg-white breakfast sandwich in an effort to boost sagging sales. Mickey D's making a push to attract the more health- conscious person, if you will.

If you are counting calories, a McDonald's egg sandwich with yolk, you have 300 calories; egg-white, 250. The healthy alternative launches April 22nd.

Meanwhile, painful loss for the L.A. Lakers, especially painful for Kobe Bryant. Watch with me. Watch the ankle, if you will.

Kobe had a chance to tie the game, the Atlanta Hawks, final seconds last night, misses the shot. Here he goes down, falls to the floor with a severe ankle sprain.

The Lakers say he is out -- ouch -- indefinitely.

Did the Hawks win because of a dirty play? Kobe thinks Dahntay Jones did it on purpose.


KOBE BRYANT, L.A. LAKERS: Well, you know, first and foremost, I think officials really need to protect shooters. Defensive players can't contest shots, but you can't walk underneath players. That's dangerous for a shooter.


BALDWIN: Dahntay Jones tweeted a response, quote, "Tape doesn't lie. Ankle was turned on the floor after the leg kick-out that knocked him off balance. I would never try to hurt the man."

Have you ever given your child a pill to sharpen up his or her mind, make them a little more focused?

There is a name for that. It's called neuro-enhancement and a new report says it is just plain wrong.

Senior medical correspondent Elizabeth Cohen has that. Elizabeth?

ELIZABETH COHEN, CNN SENIOR MEDICAL CORRESPONDENT: Brooke, a group of pediatric neurologists have gotten together to say enough is enough.

They say, basically, that they are tired of parents coming in wanting ADHD for their children who don't have ADHD. They say that parents sometimes come in and want them as study aids, in other words, maybe to turn their "B" student into an "A" student, because these drugs do help people focus.

But doctors say they are really only for people who actually have ADHD. Part of the problem is too many problems are acquiescing to parents' requests.

Parents and doctors need to remember these are serious drugs that can have serious side effects. When children take them, they can develop irritability, or insomnia, or loss of appetite, or, in more rare instances, heart arrhythmias.

So, children should only take these drugs when actually they need them. It's important to get a very clear assessment from a doctor.

Is your kid just sort of normal and maybe spacing out at times, or do they truly have ADHD?


BALDWIN: Elizabeth Cohen, thank you.

Now onto some huge science news. Physicists believe they have found the so-called "God particle."

Remember when this giant Hadron collider happened here. The scientists were working with this huge machine to try to find something. It is called the Higgs Boson.

It's basically the thing that gives mass to every object around you and me. So, they actually did find this particle, eliminated all possibility of it being anything but the Higgs Boson "God particle."

And this is huge news in the science world. Now, those researchers want to know one more thing, just what kind of Higgs Boson particle is it?

And this next story, I tell you, I like to do a lot of different things, skydiving, not one of them. And this is why.

A skydiver fell thousands of feet when both his parachutes failed -- both. Craig Stapleton survived with bumps and bruises, a dislocated shoulder, amazingly, falling from the sky here, no broken bones, crash landed Sunday on some freshly plowed dirt in a vineyard -- hopefully, there was wine nearby for this poor guy -- inches from metal spikes sticking out of the ground.


UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: I was pretty sure I was about to watch my friend die.

CRAIG STAPLETON, SURVIVED SKYDIVING FALL: I completely lucked out. I mean, God watches out for idiots and puppy dogs, and he just let me live and walk away. (END VIDEO CLIP)

BALDWIN: Stapleton has done about 7,000 skydiving jumps, and this terrifying fall, he says, will not be his last, because guess what? He says he will skip this weekend, but maybe go next week.

Chad Myers, are you with me on this whole ixnay on the skydiving thing?

CHAD MYERS, AMS METEOROLOGIST: I had a chance to do it in college. Guys were doing it for 35, 45 bucks, and I said, you know what? No.

BALDWIN: I've had a chance to do it. No, thank you.

MYERS: No, thank you. He was doing about 30-miles-per-hour when he hit the ground, and that's why he actually survived. It wasn't completely undeployed here. The parachute was a little bit opened, and so that trying to slow him down a little bit.

Without that, he would have looked something more like a bullet going down because terminal velocity of man or woman without a parachute is 120-miles-per-hour, and he was not doing 120, because the parachute was slightly open.

This is a picture of what he was trying to do, but there's going to be another parachuter over here. They were going to deploy this flag and kind of like they do when they land like on the Super Bowl and stuff like that.

But there are going to be two divers, two skydivers here, holding the one flag. Well, the flag got kind of caught up in what it was trying to do and it got caught up in the parachute and the parachute couldn't open up all the way.

He tried to pull the reserve parachute. It also collided and clogged up there, and just could not get this thing slowed down enough to not hit the ground at least a little bit.

But he did survive it, an amazing picture. And he thinks, though, a little bit of the plowed ground, the soft soil, certainly slowed down the impact a little bit, rather than hitting a body of hard water or, certain, concrete.

BALDWIN: Sounds like he got lucky, landing in a vineyard, drinking a little wine.

MYERS: I love his quote. "God looks out for idiots." That was his quote.

BALDWIN: Idiot, he says, calling himself one.

Chad Myers, thank you very much.

MYERS: You got it.

BALDWIN: Now to this. Samsung launching its Galaxy S4 phone tonight. A lot of bells and whistles on this one, including eye-tracking technology.

But will it take a bite out of Apple? Ali Velshi here in New York, he joins us next.


ALI VELSHI, CNN CHIEF BUSINESS CORRESPONDENT: From the CNNMoney Newsroom in New York, I'm Ali Velshi. This is "Your Money."

Huge anticipation for the launch of Samsung Galaxy's S-4. Now, the predecessor, the Galaxy S-3 briefly outsold iPhone last year.

The new version of the S-4, the Samsung Galaxy. is going to be unveiled tonight in New York City at Radio City Music Hall. Here's an invite, by the way, if you didn't get one.

Like all big product releases these days, if you don't have a staged flash mob break out in a public place, you don't have a product launch. Here's Samsung's version from Times Square this week.

What's all the fuss? Well, we haven't played with it yet, but here's what it might have, eye-tracking technology to let you change pages or scroll using only your eyes. That's kind of neat. It may have touch- less gestures, so you can start a text or answer your phone without touching anything.

Deals with credit card companies to let you pay for online goods seamlessly and, looking forward to this, wireless charging.

Now, it's setting the stage for another leg of the smartphone wars, and it is a war. Take a look at Apple stock. Since a year ago, it's down from there. It's really down from where it was in the middle of last year when it was above $700.

What's the problem with Apple? There's concern that there just isn't enough in the pipeline, not enough new products, not enough buzz.

Apple is expected to release an update to the iPhone 5 and an update to the iPad mini, but it's not enough to keep people going.

Meanwhile, Samsung has been pouring money into marketing. In 2012, Samsung spent more on marketing than Apple, Coca-Cola, Microsoft, HP, and Dell combined, and it's giving it market share. That's the important part.

These are cell phone shipments in the last three months of 2012. Samsung accounted for 29 percent of them. Apple, just 22 percent, Huawei out of China, a little less than 4 percent, Sony, 4.5, ZTE, 4.3 percent, and everything else, 35.5 percent.

Now, BlackBerry has made something of a comeback since the launch of the BlackBerry 10, not available yet in the United States, will be next week, and the new version with an actual hard keyboard will be around in April.

But take a look at this stock from last year till now, had a really, really rough year. People thought BlackBerry was just out of the game.

And then, as this BlackBerry 10 showed up, it had a bit of a pop at the end of the year, went down a bit more, but it's back up to 15 bucks. We've talked to people who say this stock could go up to 40, 50, or 60 bucks.

But Samsung is really leading the buzz battle. The stock is up 55 percent in the past year. This is trading in Korea, by the way. It's roughly flat since the beginning of this year.

Now, you may not see the lines outside the stores with people camping out like you do when Apple has a new product. There aren't a lot of Samsung retail stores anyway. They sell it through other retailers.

But consumers, especially young consumers, are into its products. And today's launch may indeed be a telling moment in the smartphone battle.

From the CNNMoney Newsroom in New York, I'm Ali Velshi. That's it from me. Same time tomorrow.


BALDWIN: A rape trial putting an unwanted national spotlight in a small town in Ohio, Steubenville, the town where the Big Red high school football team really brings the community together.

But, today, and for really ever since last summer, it's been a community divided over this case.

You have these two star football players. They are charged with raping a teenage girl during a night of partying that happened last August.

Trent Maze and Ma'lik Richmond are in juvenile court today. Prosecutors called several teenagers to the stand. They attended the parties on the night the alleged rape happened.

Then you have the pictures like this one. Cell phone records also expected to play a huge role in this case.

I want to bring in two voices, former federal prosecutor Sonny Hostin and criminal defense attorney Drew Findling.

And I want you to listen to this first because one of the players told ABC that the girl was a willing participant in the photo we just showed.


MA'LIK RICHMOND, ACCUSED RAPIST: After that I didn't think it was fun, but at first during that moment ...


RICHMOND: Yes. UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: It was a joke picture?

RICHMOND: Yes, ma'am.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: So you weren't carrying her out?

RICHMOND: No. My friend texted me and he said that she was saying that you guys raped her.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: What did you think when you read that?

RICHMOND: I just texted him like, what are you talking about? You're playing. Stop playing with me.


BALDWIN: Sunny Hostin, let me just begin with you, sitting next to me.

Hearing that, a joke photo.


BALDWIN: You have this young woman tied at her hands and ankles.

HOSTIN: And they're sort of carrying her.

BALDWIN: Carrying her.

HOSTIN: You know, I've got to tell you this case is so much about social media and the way our teens today sort of react to situations.

In Ohio, Brooke, it was interesting that people that see and witness a crime are required to report it. But rather than do that in this case.

Fifty or some odd teens took -- they didn't call for help. They took photographs, posted it on the Internet, texted it to each other, and I think that's, you know, such a big part of this case.

He is saying it was a joke photo. No one thought, the 50-some-odd teens there, no one thought they saw anything out of the ordinary.

So this, in a sense, is going to be a difficult case, I think, for the prosecution because while you would think, wow, that photo is something else, I don't know. No one seemed to think anything untoward was going on.

And it's just shocking. It's sort of a reflection of where we are today.

BALDWIN: Where we are today in our society with social media and teenagers.

Drew Findling, as a defense attorney, you hear her saying basically this would be a tough case for the prosecution. How does the defense present this? You have these photos. As a defense attorney, what do you think?

DREW FINDLING, DEFENSE ATTORNEY: I'll tell you something. This is a difficult case for the defense, and here's the reason.

Everybody's forgetting. This is being tried in juvenile court. This is not before a jury. This is being treated in juvenile court in front of a judge and, when you try a case in juvenile court, the judge will always take into consideration what's in the best interests of the child and that would be the child accused.

So, even though when you're defending these cases you're arguing reasonable doubt and burden of proof, in the back of the judge's mind is, if these children -- because the law considers these two young men children -- need some kind of rehabilitation.

That's of a greater interest to him than really their presumption of innocence.

BALDWIN: We're going to follow this trial as today is day two, of course, in Steubenville, Ohio, as this alleged victim is also expected to testify.

Drew and Sunny, thank you very much.

HOSTIN: You bet.

FINDLING: Thank you.

BALDWIN: Coming up next a new addition to the Most Wanted list.


BALDWIN: The FBI has added a new member to its ten most wanted list. It is this man, a member of a notorious international gang MS-13 accused of stabbing an elderly man in the heart then tossing his body out in the mountains in Colorado in 2011.

The victim's daughter spoke just a short time ago.


MICHELLE LIMON, VICTIM'S DAUGHTER: I would just want justice to be served because I will be able to sleep better at night knowing that everybody's paying for what they did.


BALDWIN: A $1,000 reward is offered for information leading to the man's arrest.

Honda has recalled more than 180,000 cars in the U.S. Take a look for yourself.

Honda says there is a problem that could cause the cars to brake when the driver isn't hitting the brake. Yikes. No accidents or injuries reported there.

Coming up today is a special day for those math geeks who love numbers.


BALDWIN: Happy "pi day." Check the calendar. March 14th, remember this? Pi?

Going back to math class, the ratio of a circle circumference to its diameter. Have to love our iReporters. One actually memorized the first 314 digits of pi in homage to the day.


LULIS LEAL, IREPORTER: Five, zero, two, eight, four, one, zero, two, seven, zero, one, nine, three, eight, five, two, one, one, zero, five, five, five, nine, six, four ...


BALDWIN: And on that note, that's it for me. No memorizing pi for me, but I will tell you that it's been great being with you.

I'm back up in the morning, 7:00 a.m., on "Starting Point" with John Berman.

Here's Wolf in "The Situation Room." Hey, Wolf.

WOLF BLITZER, CNN ANCHOR: Brooke, thanks very much.