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Two Teens Accused of Shooting Baby Arrested; Giant Snowstorm Pounds Colorado; Supreme Court to Hear DOMA & Prop 8 Arguments; Pope Francis's First Palm Sunday Mass; Close Encounter with a Great White; 40th Anniversary of "Dark Side of the Moon"; Al Pacino as Phil Spector; Interview with Designer Afriyie Poku

Aired March 24, 2013 - 22:00   ET


DON LEMON, CNN ANCHOR: Hello, everyone. Don Lemon here. Everything you need to know for tomorrow.

Right now, it's been officially spring for four days so explain this. Snow flurries, arctic wind and a pounding of hailstones in bowling green, Kentucky today. This is on the edge of a severe cold front that dumped several inches of snow on Indiana, Ohio and Missouri.

That heavy snow had shut down interstates and grounded flights all across the Midwest today. Those of you in western Pennsylvania, well, watch out. You are getting this snow storm next. Warning to you.

The Supreme Court will consider same-sex marriage in less than two days. Right now people are camping out next to the Supreme Court trying to score a front row seat to history. The court hears the first case on Tuesday on California's Proposition 8 ban on same-sex marriages. The second case will be heard on Wednesday. It centers on the Defense of Marriage Act.

To Paris now where hundreds of people clash with police at an anti-gay marriage protest. You can see police fought huge a crowds with tear gas and riot gear. Protesters are against the proposed law allowing same-sex couples to marry. French lawmakers approved the marriage for everyone bill last month. It's up for a vote in the Senate come April.

A week from Easter and tenses of thousands gather to hear the new Pope lead Palm Sunday prayers. The Pope broke with tradition at the start of the ceremony, greeting the crowd in an open jeep instead of a bulletproof Pope mobile. During his message, Pope Francis urged followers to shun corruption and greed.

Have you notice that had your gas is cheaper? We are on a four-week streak where gas prices are on a steady decline. The Lundberg survey reports the national average is 3.71 for a gallon of regular unleaded. That's 22 cents cheaper than a year ago this week. The most expensive gas is in Chicago. Cheapest is in Billings, Montana.

A pre-historic family's road trip rose to the top of the box office this weekend.

(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP) UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: My name is Eep (ph) and this is my family, the Croods. Oh I've been in a cave forever.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Three days is not forever.


LEMON: "The Croods" earned more than $44 million. "Olympus Has Fallen" came in second with about $30 million, "Oz, the Great and Powerful" ranked third with $22 million.

And some incredible video out of South Africa to show you. Some divers were hoping for an up close experience with a great white shark and got a lot more than they bargained for.


UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Down, down, down.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: He went through.



LEMON: The thrillseekers used bait to attract the shark to the boat, but the shark ignored it and went straight for the cave and the divers inside. We have much more on this story later on this hour so make sure to stay tuned.

CNN's Susan Candiotti spent the day with the people of Dayton, Ohio, today, a city keeping warm with basketball fever. Look.


UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Supposed to get eight to ten inches of snow. And you know, kids will be off school tomorrow so they can celebrate the victory.


UNIDENTIFIED MALE: That's right. Who cares?

CANDIOTTI: Basketball fans in Ohio leaving the big game bracing for treacherous road conditions with snow expected to blanket the region overnight.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: When it comes, it comes. This is Ohio. We get snow.

CANDIOTTI: Isn't this the first full week of spring?

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I haven't seen one flower yet, one.

CANDIOTTI: No joking around in Colorado where the storm shut down 150 miles of i-70. A major pile-up on i-25 shut down that highway and left a tractor trailer in flames.

In Kansas city, churches canceled services ahead of about eight inches of snow. Until now, winter seemed to be on the way out in Dayton. The whole month of February recorded less than four inches of snow. This storm alone may make up for that.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I don't like snow. I don't like cold weather. I'm a fair weather person.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: It will be cold. I don't mind it.

CANDIOTTI: Could this March Madness be one final taste of winter?

What do you think about getting a snow storm when it's already springtime?

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I don't know. Everybody says spring is around the corner.


LEMON: That's what everybody says, but even Punxsutawney Phil, not happening.

Susan Candiotti with us live now. Susan, what is going on? Is it April or is it December?

CANDIOTTI: Oh, listen, three hours ago when you were talking with me, remember the streets were just wet, and then the sun went down and, boom, the snow started falling, so it is really coming down now. Though, we only have about an inch so far, the forecast has always been for the most of it to come down in the overnight hours, and that is what we are expecting, up 208 inches. The roads are already getting treacherous, a bit icy. The morning commute could be difficult, but we're seeing a lot of snow plows out already. We will see how things look in the morning, Don.

LEMON: The correct answer to that is it's March, Don, and you should know that.

Thank you very much, Susan Candiotti.

Tom Sater is watching this snow storm and hail storms from the CNN severe weather center. Tom, I know people in these places are used to snow, but come on. It's almost April and this is serious stuff.

TOM SATER, AMS METEOROLOGIST: Yes, it is. We joked about it earlier. It is not really, you know, the third week of March. The 52nd day of February.

Yes. Snow, it's not unusual in parts of Colorado where they had it, but we're going to break this down for you.

Let's start with all the warnings here because in pink are the winter storm warnings, and notice how it's just right along i-70, the same interstate that had problems in Colorado, in towards Kansas, all the way across Indianapolis, Columbus, Pittsburgh you're into trouble. But then, we get into D.C., and we are not looking at any advisories. This is good. I'll show you the radar in a moment. However, the warnings pick up towards Atlantic city. New York city, you're into an advisory which means about two, maybethree3 inches. This is going to continue for a while so the radars really tell the story.

We've got this area of low pressure kicked out of Rockies right? We got a heavy miles of snow that is going to transfer its energy to a coastal storm.

Let's go back to St. Louis where ten days ago it was 74. They have more snow on the ground than all winter long, nine inches, two more to go. Advisories and warnings in effect there, I should say. Then you get up to areas around Champaign, Illinois, good six to ten. Indianapolis, a good six to ten. You get a little bit of a break.

It has been mainly thunderstorms to the south. Bowling Green, Kentucky, large hail. This bright banding you see here is going to change over to sleet and then snow. Columbus you're looking at least six to ten inches. Your warnings continue until the afternoon. Pittsburgh, four to six. Thousands of schools will be closed here, but as the energy gets transferred to this other one, I want to show you in the higher terrain above 1,500 feet, maybe in the panhandle of West Virginia, western Maryland, easily over a foot of snow. But the thousands that live in Washington will most likely have to go to work again, kind of like the last storm. Schools may not be closed, rainfall trying to change over, bursts of snow from time to time, but I really think just some slush in the morning commute.

New York city looks like two to three inches. Starts as rain mainly and changing in the morning hours. I think the morning rush is fine. It will continue to snow into the evening period, but Atlantic city, this is where we'll find a coastal storm. It is not going to be a nor'easter, Don, which is good news. It is going to continue to shove and move its way out into the Atlantic, but one year ago today, it was 80 in Chicago. I think old man winter is working out. This one is gets stronger, the winter goes on.

LEMON: That's hard to imagine, a nor'easter for Easter. That would be funny.

SATER: There you go.

LEMON: Thank you very much. We appreciate it, sir.

SATER: Sure.

LEMON: In the meantime, a popular reality show stunt angered a lot of U.S. war veterans. The outcry grew and grew over the past few days and now the show has responded, on air. That story coming up later here in the NEWSROOM.


LEMON: Will the Supreme Court say "I do" to same-sex marriage? The supreme justices' questions during arguments this week may reveal which way they are leaning when they take up challenges to the Defense of Marriage Act and California's Proposition 8, which defines marriage as between a man and a woman.

I talked about the landmark cases before the Supreme Court with our political panel.


LZ GRANDERSON, CNN CONTRIBUTOR: I'm not really sure where their courage is going to lie. Certainly, I think, just technically in California is the easiest route. It is prior to sensible route. And when you talk about addressing the entire nation, you are talking about imposing something on the entire nation.

I guess it can go either way. Many of us did not think Justice Roberts would come out and find a way to support health care reform so certainly it's very difficult to look at this point to look at the scenario placed in front of us and try to decide where the Supreme Court is actually going to lyrics.

But I will say this though, that if any of the justices are concerned about their legacy and being on the right side of history, that could become a factor into how they decide to vote because they all see the tide has turned. And what you don't want is your name to be next to bigotry. What you don't want is your name to be on the wrong side of history so I think that may influence the conversation among the justices as well.

LEMON: But listen, we are talking about the law here, Ana, and the justices don't vote on public opinion. They vote on the constitution on what they think is legal and lawful.

ANA NAVARRO, CNN CONTRIBUTOR: That's right. They vote on the constitution. Pamela Harris was correct today when she says the court has decided on marriage 14 times, and it's found it to be a fundamental right of Americans.

Now, also, Don, regardless of what the court decides, and I agree with LZ, it's very hard to predict this court, it's surprised us in the past, but regardless of what the Supreme Court may decide, this issue is not going away.

Adam and Steve are not going to be married because the Supreme Court says -- goes against it. There's going to be children that are children of gay couples that are still going to exist. We're still going to have the practical issue to deal with. Are we going to tell those children that their family is deserving of less recognition or that they come from a dysfunctional family? Are we going to tell that couple that they have less of a right to love each other?

So this issue is not going to go away. And we have to remember, let's put a name and face to this, the case that's going in front of the Supreme Court is Edith Winsler, 83 years old, spent 43 years with her partner Thea. If it Thea had been Theo, Edith Winsler would not have had to pay the $600,000 necessitate taxes she had to pay when her partner died. That's what we're talking about. That's the kind of equality, but regardless of what the court decides, Edith and Thea are still going to love each other and still going to be a couple.

LEMON: Yes. But, the thing is that Edith and Thea don't want separate but equal treatment under the law when it comes to civil unions or marriage and that's what the whole thing is about.

GRANDERSON: And it's not separate and equal. That's the whole conversation.

NAVARRO: Absolutely.

GRANDERSON: There's more than 1,000 laws that are separating, you know, same-sex couples heterosexual couples who are in the same, you know, comparable relationships. More than 1,000 laws. Essentially, I pay more taxes for other reason than my sexual orientation, than no other reason how I was born. So it's not even separate but equal. It's separate but unequal.


LEMON: And while the entire nation is watching it, millions may be directly affected by the decision of nine people in Washington. You will hear from one of those couples next.


LEMON: People are already lining up outside the Supreme Court building in Washington trying to get front row seats to legal history. The court takes up same-sex marriage in less than two days. Justices will hear arguments for the first case Tuesday involving California's Proposition 8 ban on same-sex marriage. The second case centers on the Defense of Marriage Act, which defines marriage as between a man and a woman.

As the Supreme Court prepares to tackle that issue, same-sex couples across the country are watching.

CNN's Joe Johns has a story of a couple, one couple in the D.C. area who are hoping history will be made.


JOE JOHNS, CNN CRIME AND JUSTICE CORRESPONDENT: The battle over same- sex marriage in California has been going on for years and coming up this week it finally arrives at the U.S. Supreme Court. We talk to one of the couples involved in the case who, win or lose, have already assured themselves a small place in history with their legal challenge.

JOHNS: Jamelle Thomas and Karane Williams had been together four years before they got married last October. Don't let the wedding dresses fool you. Their lives are not all satin and pearls.

JAMELLE THOMAS, AIRMAN, U.S. AIR FORCE RESERVE: Well, I'm an airman in the United States Air Force Reserves and --

KARANE WILLIAMS, METROPOLITAN POLICE OFFICER: I'm a police officer with the Metropolitan Police Department here in D.C.

JOHNS: Which makes this couple a case study in how America's married but unequal approach to same-sex relationships can play out.

THOMAS: As an airman, you get a constant reminder that, you know, you are second class.

JOHNS: Jamelle is a federal employee but the federal Defense of Marriage Act bars recognition of same-sex marriage by the government, which affects more than 1,000 federal benefits for spouses, everything from filing taxes and receiving death benefits to who gets called as next of kin.

THOMAS: I had to list Karane as my sister just so that someone would call her in the event that I'm killed or missing in action or I'm hurt on the job. She can't be my emergency contact. She can't receive my remains.

JOHNS: Karane, on the other hand, as a District of Columbia employee, gets the benefit of being married because the local government in the nation's capital recognizes same-sex marriage. But only nine states in the District of Columbia have taken that step so Karane loses status as a spouse just by crossing the Potomac River into Virginia.

WILLIAMS: Why do we have to be married locally but federally it's nothing, we're friends. We wear a ring symbolically. So it's ridiculous.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: What the bill does --

JOHNS: Now the Defense of Marriage Act, also known as DOMA, first passed by Congress and signed by President Clinton in 1996 is being challenged at the Supreme Court.

AMY HOWE, SCOTUSBLOG.COM EDITOR: It's being asked to decide there, whether or not Congress can pass a law that treats same-sex couples who are already married under the laws of their state different from opposite sex couples.

JOHNS: Defenders of the law say Congress has as much right as the states to make its own definition of marriage.

AUSTIN NIMOCKS, ALLIANCE DEFENSE FUND: DOMA is important because Congress said it was important. I mean we send our elected representatives to Washington, D.C. and they chose to say that marriage is one man and one woman for purposes of federal law.

JOHNS: And conservatives say the founding fathers never contemplated gay marriage.

CARRIE SEVERINO, JUDICIAL CRISIS NETWORK: Because it is clearly not what anyone understood as marriage at the time of the framing of the constitution.

JOHNS: Still, same-sex families pay taxes and don't get the same benefits and the issue with DOMA really gets complicated if they have children who are also excluded from benefits.

THOMAS: When we have kids I would like them to be born in a post-DOMA United States.

JOHNS: Still, California as one of only a handful of states that gives most of the benefits of marriage to same-sex couples and domestic partnerships. One question is whether any ruling by the court on California could affect all of those other states in the same way.


LEMON: Joe Johns, thank you very much.

I mentioned this just a few minutes ago. A popular reality show has now responded after an outcry from war veterans. The show has issued a rare on-air apology. That's ahead.


LEMON: In small town in Georgia, it's a weekend of sadness and shock and also anger. This is where a mother and her 13-month-old child were both shot, allegedly by teenagers who pulled guns and demanded money. The mother was shot in the leg. The child in the stroller was killed. People who heard the gunfire called 911.


UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: It appears that her baby has been shot.

911 DISPATCHER: OK. Listen to me, ma'am. Is the baby breathing?

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: I don't know. The baby's in a stroller. I just came out the door. She is trying to get the baby out now.

911 DISPATCHER: OK. Hold on. Did you hear any shots in the area where it happened?

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Listen, the baby is shot. The baby has been shot.

911 DISPATCHER: Ma'am, listen to me. We've got people en route to you. I have to ask you these questions. So did you hear any shot in the area?

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Yes. I heard the shot.


LEMON: Police have two teenagers in custody, one is 17 and the other 14. They are charged with murder tonight. This weekend the child's mother spoke to CNN. She has a message for those boys she says killed her child.

(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP) SHERRY WEST, CHILD'S MOTHER: That I hate you and I don't forgive you, and that you killed an innocent human life and that I hope you die for it. And that's how I feel.

MALE REPORTER: No one would blame you to feel that.

WEST: You know, because this is the second child that people have taken from me in a tragic way and that I'm so afraid to have any more babies now. I try to raise really good kids in a wicked world so -- so I hope he dies for what he did.


LEMON: Well, this is one of the suspects, a 17-year-old named De'Marquis Elkins. His family insists that he was with them at the time of the shooting. Police are asking the community for help, hoping more witnesses will come forward.

A key defense witness in the Jodi Arias trial could face more jury questions tomorrow. Dr. Richard Samuels is back on the stand. The prosecutor will continue to cross-examine him. Samuels says Jodi Arias suffers from PTSD and that's why she can't remember certain details about killing her ex-boyfriend. The next witness for the defense is expected to be a domestic violence expert.

She is a Seattle college student who spent four years in an Italian jail, but could Amanda Knox go back to prison for her roommate's death?

Senior CNN international reporter Ben Wedeman has more on the case.


BEN WEDEMAN, CNN SENIOR INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): An emotionally overcome Amanda Knox is led from an Italian courtroom moments after learning she was free at last: the murder conviction against her and her former boyfriend, Raffaele Sollecito, overturned on appeal. That was October 2011. They had spent four years in prison for the 2007 sexual assault and murder of her roommate, British exchange student Meredith Kircher.

It was a tabloid case that riveted the media, attracting an army of journalists to the medieval time of Perugia where Knox and Kircher had been studying Italian language and culture. Knox's tearful return to her family home in Seattle, Washington, seemed like the end of her ordeal.

But it may not have been the end after all. The prosecution is demanding a retrial and will appeal the conviction before the Italian Supreme Court in Rome. The wheels of Italian justice, however, grind slowly. If the acquittal is overturned, the case could go back to an appellate court. If that happens, Knox might have to return to Italy. If she refuses, the Italian authorities could appeal to the U.S. government for her extradition. If the acquittal is upheld, it's case over.

Rudy Guede, a native of the ivory coast who was raised in Perugia, is serving a 16-year prison term for Kircher's murder.

This is the Supreme Court building where Knox's case will be heard. Her lawyers will be present as well as the prosecutor for the Supreme Court. There will be no new evidence, no witnesses, simply a review of the reasoning behind the ruling that set Knox free.

Ben Wedeman, CNN, Rome.


LEMON: All right, Ben, thank you very much for that.

At half past the hour, almost. Time to check the headlines on CNN. Dead of winter? No. Almost April. A fierce spring storm, snow storm, a springtime snow storm hammered St. Louis today. Also Kansas City, Indianapolis, and it's coming down hard right now in central Ohio as well. The storm brought airports and highways to a standstill in half a dozen states today.

The Supreme Court is set to consider historic cases on same-sex marriage in a couple of days. The political stakes are huge. President Barack Obama announced support of same-sex marriage. Rob Portman recently became the first sitting GOP senator to support same- sex marriage. Some opponents say voters should decide the issue, not Supreme Court justices.

A huge crowd gathered to hear the new Pope lead Palm Sunday prayers. The Pope broke with tradition at start of the ceremony, greeting the crowd in an open jeep instead of a bulletproof Popemobile. During the message, Pope Francis urged followers to shun corruption and greed.

It is probably everyone's biggest fear about the ocean since we all saw "Jaws." Well, most of us, at least. Up close in person with a great white shark. That story and how this happened. We've got that next.



UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Stand back. Stand back, stand back.


LEMON: Talk about a close call.


UNIDENTIFIED MALE: He went through.


UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Stand back. Stand back, stand back.



LEMON: A group of tourists barely avoided an attack by a great white shark. Look at this. It happened off the coast of South Africa. A pair of divers entered into a diving cage hoping to catch a glimpse of the predator. Well, they got more than they bargained for. The shark ignored the bait and instead stuck its head into the cage trying to get the people inside.

Here it is in slow motion.


LEMON: Wow. It almost appears to get a-hold of one of the divers, but they were able to quickly swim to the bottom of the cage until the shark swam away. Incredibly, neither of the divers was injured.

Al Dove is a director research and conservation at the Georgia aquarium and joins me now by phone.

So Al, shark diving, I mean, it is a really huge tourist attraction in south Africa. I would imagine other places and other parts of the world. It's dangerous.

ALISTAIR DOVE, DIRECTOR RESEARCH AND CONSERVATION, THE GEORGIA AQUARIUM (via phone): It is dangerous to some degree. Certainly there's a thrill-seeking element involved, but you have to question the wisdom of creating a tourist experience where you're baiting the animal that is, you know, the ocean's top predator and to create an experience of this nature. It's one thing to go diving and to see them in their natural habitat doing their natural thing. It's another thing all together to create a baited experiment, and in this case, as you said, they got a bit more than they bargained for.

LEMON: Al, thank you for saying, that because I said if you get in the water with those sharks, then whatever happens, then that's what happens. That's where that shark lives and essentially they are baiting, it correct? And to do that, by baiting it like that, is that unusual behavior for them, for the shark?

DOVE: It is certainly unnatural behavior for them. I think one thing that is very hard to tell from that video even though it looks dramatic, whether that shark is actually going after the diver. I know it looks that way, but you have to realize that this is a species that doesn't have hands or arms and their way of exploring their environment which is to use their mouth which, unfortunately, is full of really sharp teeth and mounted on top of several thousand pound of powerful fish.

So they are exploring the environment. They bite on to things to find out what they are, and in this case it's possible there really was no malice intended here, that the animal was simply exploring the environment and probably gave a bit of a fright, too, when if managed to get stuck in the cage.

LEMON: Exactly. So the great white shark, one of the most dangerous species in the world. And I guess if you're in its environment, why would anyone want to get this close to it?

DOVE: Well, I think it's the, you know, it is the thrill-seeking activity. There is no doubt about that. What a magnificent animal. But it is true that this species is responsible for more attacks on humans, more fatal attacks on humans more than any other shark species and yet, it is still a vanishingly small chances though, got a much better chance of being struck by lightning than being attacked the by a shark in an unprovoked fashion.

Unfortunately, in this situation you have to wonder a little bit about how unprovoked that situation was when you're using bait to attract animal to you in the first place. And that create an unnatural association between the presence of humans and the presence of food. And I'm not sure that that is something that we really shouldn't be encouraging.

LEMON: Can't you just go to the Georgia Aquarium or someplace like that?

DOVE: You could. We don't have great white sharks in the aquarium. We do have whale sharks with larger shark species, but it's a plankton feeder, and you have nothing to fear from that one.

LEMON: All right, Al Dove, good information. Thank you very much for joining us.

DOVE: My pleasure.

LEMON: All right. If you live in a big city, you know how hard it is to find a parking place sometimes, but that doesn't explain this. We've got the story behind this car next.


LEMON: "The Amazing Race" sends its on-air apology to our nation's veterans tonight. Some viewers found last week's "Amazing Race" episode offensive because it showed this war memorial as a prop. Reality show contestants visited wreckage of a downed U.S. B-52 bomber to get their next clue.

Here's the apology.


NARRATOR: Parts of last Sunday's episode filmed in Vietnam were insensitive to a group that is very important to us, our nation's veterans. We want to apologize to veterans, particularly those who served in Vietnam as well as to their families and any viewers who were offended by the broadcast. All of us here have the most profound respect for the men and women who fight for our country.


LEMON: The American Legion says apology accepted. It adds, "America is a forgiving country. When you make a mistake, you own up to it." The winning Powerball ticket for $338 million was sold in New Jersey. The winning number: 17, 29, 31, 52, and 53. Powerball number, 31. The largest Powerball jackpot in history was back in November. It was worth close to $588 million.

When you see the video, you're going to ask yourself how did this happen? A car missed a turn on a steep hill and wound up on the roof of a house. Here's Leanne Souter of affiliate KABC.


UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: I was so scared and it was very bad.

LEANNE SOUTER (ph), REPORTER, KABC (voice-over): This woman and her husband were in this Cadillac when it went airborne and landed on a neighbor's house. She says they came down the hill and couldn't stop as they rounded the corner.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: As soon as we hit the corner, the air bag deployed and I don't even see where we're going from there because the view was obscured and I just heard that.

SOUTER (ph): She says when she opened the door she saw the edge of a roof and the back edge of the car came to rest on a retaining wall. Paul, who lives down the street, heard the accident.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: It was smash, crash, boom, and my neighbor, Brad Nelson, who is walking his dog says Paul, quick, I think there's been an accident.

SOUTER (ph): He grabbed the ladder and helped the winds off the roof. One man was inside the house when the crash happened, but he wasn't injured.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: There was one person inside the house but not in the area of the -- where the car landed.

SOUTER (ph): In order to remove the car, the fire department called for a crane to do the heavy lifting. The caddy has major damage, but remarkably the roof needs only minor repairs.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: My back is hurt and I don't think I broke anything and I consider myself and my husband very, very luck.


LEMON: That was Leanne Souter of KABC in Los Angeles.

Coming up after this quick break. The album that defined a generation hits a milestone. What's the celebration like? We'll tell you.



LEMON: Wow, boy, does that bring you back? Forty years since Pink Floyd unleashed that masterpiece, "Dark Side of the Moon" is one of the best selling albums of all time and has been added to the Library of Congress's National Registry. To mark the occasion, the group's official Web site has been streaming the album all weekend long.

Earlier I spoke with a music critic who talked about the significance of this amazing album.


BOB BOILEN, HOST, ALL SONGS CONSIDERED NPR MUSIC: "Dark Side of the Moon" sort of made all those psychedelic songs that they made that were always long, long forms, 18 minutes, very much more concise. And it think that was what did it. And I think it influenced -- look at sampling, look at what people did with sampling ten years later and look at what the cash register sound of money is. I mean, they did that with tape. But it basically put natural sounds, other kinds of sounds besides musical instruments into pop music which really changed, you know, the face of pop music in many ways.

LEMON: And you see the -- there's a copy of the album cover up on the screen. But, what do you think of the cover? It is a beam of light going through a glass prism. There is a figure one on the side. What's the meaning of that, do you think?

BOILEN: How many hours you and I sat and just stared at that cover while we listened to that record. I think it's about simplicity and things that are complex. I mean, here it is, you have a beam of white light. But what does white light made of? White light is made of so many different elements and all the different colors. So, even the most simple of things is complicated.

LEMON: Let's be honest here. A lot of potheads listened to this.

BOILEN: I think there's a real complicated, interesting story of drugs and creativity, alcohol creativity, long for authors, writers, painters and Pink Floyd are no exception to that, and listeners. And I think those sort of mind-altering things are help or make people think of things in different ways, you know. And there's a negative side to it and an awful side to it. There's a creative side to it and it's all part of the big puzzle of life and creativity.

I waited a year for that record to come out. No one knew what it was. And when that record came out, it was absolutely mind-bogglingly beautiful. I've loved Pink Floyd. But this was better than anything they had ever done. It was just a step above in terms of lyrics, in terms of sound. And so many things, it was what the album was made for -- to tell a story, to make you think, layers and layers of meaning. You can listen to -- still I've put it on the 40th anniversary on the day of, and I listened to it, side a and b. Still loved it.

LEMON: I still comb like album stores, vinyl stores. And you can find some really, really cool things. You know, I miss -- being nostalgic here. If you remember, every couple of weeks, every a couple of months, you go to the record store and they play the new records for you. You discover something. That doesn't happen much anymore, does it?

BOILEN: Well, I was the dude in the store. We played the stuff. And I remember we played that record over and over again in the store. And people would walk in, you know, there are records that have a vibe. Immediately, you walk into a room and it changes the room. And "dark side of the moon" was exactly that. It completely changed. When people walked into our record store, they were like, what is this? No one had heard stuff like this before. For the most part, right, on the radio, then, you could listen to Bread and Raspberries and, you know, just fairly bland music. And then there was Pink Floyd.


LEMON: Thank you, Bob. Walk down memory lane, another musical anniversary. This one with the band that often gets credit for helping invent rock 'n' roll. The Beatles' debut album "Please Please Me" was released on March 22nd, 1963. Songs like "I Saw Her Standing There," "Love Me Do" and "Twist and Shout" all classics now, and it all took a mere nine hours and 45 minutes to record the entire album. Can you believe?

Legendary music producer Phil Spector is the man who produced hits for that band, the Beatles, and other artists like Tina Turner.

Tonight, Al Pacino stepped into the role of Phil Spector in a fictional film on our sister network HBO. It focuses on the murder trial that forever stained he is legacy.


UNIDENTIFIED MALE: For what am I being punished for, for being the most successful music producer in the world?

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Did you kill that girl?


LEMON: I can't wait to get home and watch that on DVR. Spector was convicted in 2008 of fatally shooting actress Lana Clarkson in his mansion.

"SHOWBIZ TONIGHT" A.J. Hammer spoke to Spector's wife, Rachelle, to see if the director got it right.


A.J. HAMMER, HLN HOST, SHOWBIZ TONIGHT: So Fred, as the nation remains transfixed by the Jodi Arias case, "showbiz" dares to ask what's it like for a family member to be caught up in a real life music dram a. Well, the wife of music legend, Phil Spector, certainly knows all about that. She is on a mission to reverse Phil's murder conviction of Lana Clarkson. The actress was found dead ten years ago in Spector's home from a gunshot to her mouth.

And now, HBO is telling the story in a movie called "Phil Spector." The film stars Al Pacino. It debuts tonight. and Rachelle Spector just told me on "SHOWBIZ TONIGHT" if she thinks they got it right.

RACHELLE SPECTOR, WIFE OF PHIL SPECTOR: I snuck into a screening last Thursday, which is pretty ridiculous that I had to sneak into a screening of a movie about my husband, but it wasn't as bad as I thought it was going to be, although Al Pacino doesn't portray my husband accurately. What was done in the movie was about the forensic evidence, and they reiterated throughout the film the fact that Lana Clarkson was loaded on pills and drugs and alcohol, was in a very depressed mental state and that she ultimately killed herself. And in the film, as you know, since you've seen, it they backed it up with forensic scientific demonstrations to show that my husband could not have been responsible for her death.


LEMON: Check out HBO's "Phil Spector." And be sure to catch HLN's "SHOWBIZ TONIGHT" with A.J. Hammer weeknights at 11:00 p.m.

A college student uses news case to pose a serious question.


UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I think he's not guilty. First time you got felt up, guess what? You were listening to one of my son songs.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Hey, Russ. Passed out on the couch. Guess what I'm going to do to her?


LEMON: The entire video after the break.



UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Hey, Russ. She's passed out on the couch. Guess what I'm going to do to her?


LEMON: Well, it's a video that's been going viral on the heels of the Steubenville rape case. A coed at the University of Oregon says she was frustrated by the case and decided to make her own video to show what someone should do in a similar situation.

Samantha calls her public service video a needed response. Here's a clip, the entire clip.


UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Hey, check who is passed out on the couch. Guess what I'm going to do to her? Real men treat women with respect.


LEMON: The YouTube video just went live on Friday. It's already received more than 727,000 views.

When you think of fashion designers, names like Armani and Calvin Klein come to mind, and there may soon be another name added to that famous list. His name is Afriyie Poku. I recently caught up with the emerging designer whose passion for fashion is what you may say is a higher calling.


LEMON: So is this it? This is where the magic happen?

Atlanta-based fashion designer Afriyie Poku remembers the exact moment he realized he wanted to be a fashion designer.

AFRIYIE POKU, DESIGNER: It was like 3:00 a.m. in the morning. I turned on this TV there was a guy in a yellow nice suit and he walked in front of the camera, posed and walked right off.

LEMON: The show, the house of boating (ph). The man in an orange suit, English fashion designer, Ozwald Boateng, the first black tailor on London's famous (INAUDIBLE).

POKU: As soon as I saw him, it was like this is the answer to everything that I want in life.

LEMON: At the time, Poku who came to the United States from Ghana with his family in 2000, was in school studying to be an electrical engineer, a career his parents handpicked for him. His experience with the sewing machine was limited to watching his mother sew African clothes and tail Oregon department store clothes to fit his 29-inch waist. Making a living creating clothes was something Poku said he never considered possible until watching Oswald Boateng. He skipped his first class that day to immediately get started on a career in fashion.

POKU: I grabbed my best sheet and cut my first pants. Let's just say both legs went in. Seriously, Poku was able to go in. That was it. Nothing else was able to fake.

LEMON: Poku dropped out of college much to his parent's chagrin and immediately started looking for an apprenticeship. He never found the right one so like a mechanic who deconstructs engines Poku taught himself.

POKU: I started by just buying clothes from the French store taken it apart and I learned construction and then trial and error.

LEMON: It wasn't until later that he realized he had quite a lot in common of the man in the orange suit, the one who allowed him to think a career in fashion was possible.

POKU: Everything was like he was cool, and then he just went and he also a self-taught. (INAUDIBLE).

LEMON: Though Poku never wanted to be just a tailor, it's that attention to detail and fit that helped him win the emerging design award and win both the people's choice and emerging designer award as Charleston's fashion week. That reaffirms the decision he made to follow his own dream, regardless of where it leads.

POKU: This is my way of life. This is my calling. I was put on earth to do this.


LEMON: Want to learn more about Poku? Check it out, under the living tab.

I'm Don Lemon at the CNN world headquarters in Atlanta. Thank you so much for joining us.

Have a great night and a fantastic week. See you back here next weekend.