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Wall Street Experiencing Sell-off; Jury Selected for George Zimmerman Murder Trial; Immigration Bill Continues Its Way Through Senate; The Heat Win Game Seven; Angelia Jolie Reports on Syrian Refugees

Aired June 21, 2013 - 07:00   ET


RENE MARSH, CNN CORRESPONDENT: -- right into the path of another aircraft. An air traffic controller frantically works to avoid a disaster.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: JetBlue 1264 hold right there. JetBlue hold, hold.

MARSH: Thankfully the pilot hears him just in time. Crisis averted.


MARSH: All right, and again, the FAA not giving any specifics so far on exactly how close these two planes came to each other. But just to give you a sense, they say on average, they shouldn't be any closer than three miles. So three miles is the standard. Of course, we're following this and as soon as we get more details, we'll get that to you. Kate?

KATE BOLDUAN, CNN ANCHOR: All right, Rene Marsh, thanks so much.

CHRIS CUOMO, CNN ANCHOR: It was just a horrible day on Wall Street. The markets plunging, a 353-point drop, this after another triple- digit drop Wednesday. Let's bring in Christine Romans. Good morning, Christine. What are the futures doing?

CHRISTINE ROMANS, CNN ANCHOR: They're up right now about 100 points, but they lost a lot yesterday. And it was every market around the world, stocks, bonds, commodities, everything moving. Here's what happened.


ROMANS: It was the worst single day for the Dow this year, dropping a whopping 353 points. No sector was immune to the selling. Banks battered. Manufacturers mauled. Home builders hosed. So what happened? Experts say there are two reasons behind the selloff. The first started Wednesday when Fed Chairman Bernanke said the Federal Reserve may soon slow down the amount of money they're pumping into the economy each month.

BEN BERNANKE, FEDERAL RESERVE CHAIRMAN: We will ease the pressure on the accelerator by gradually reducing the pace of purchases. ROMANS: The second, overnight Thursday, bad news from China. Manufacturing production fell for the first time in eight months, a sign that one of the world's most powerful economies isn't growing as fast as it had been. The pros on Wall Street say this was bound to after months of gains and record highs. And in fact, the Fed pulling back might be a good sign that the economy is getting better.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: There is no fear. There is no panic that's going on. But I think we do know that it's going to be a nice slow orderly process to see if our economy can stand on its own again.

ROMANS: That doesn't make yesterday any prettier, and stocks were only part of the bad news. A metal meltdown, two-and-a-half-year lows for gold and silver. Gold, the shelter from the storm in the recession, is dropping like a rock, losing a quarter of its value so far this year.

But don't be too afraid to peek at your 401(k). Even after yesterday's dramatic drop, the Dow was up more than 12.5 percent this year.


ROMANS: Interest rates on treasury bonds also hit a two-year high. That means higher mortgage rates could be coming. Higher car loan rates could be coming. That could be around the corner. But don't despair. Some overseas markets recovering a bit. Stock futures in this country are up about 100 points. Buckle up. Volatile, yes. I think it's good to be volatile until we know what the fed is going to do. It could be volatile until the end of the year.

BOLDUAN: The autopsy is done. And the results are due in. They expect later today in the death of "Sopranos" star James Gandolfini. The early reports are an apparent heart attack. We are learning much more about just what happened to Gandolfini. CNN's Nischelle Turner is joining us with the latest.

NISCHELLE TURNER, CNN ENTERTAINMENT CORRESPONDENT: Kate, we are learning more this morning about the night he died. According to the head of the film festival in Sicily, his son Michael was worried about how long his father had been in the bathroom. And because he did not answer Michael's knocking, he alerted the hotel staff who knocked down the door and then called emergency services.


TURNER: New details are emerging in the sudden death of "Sopranos" star James Gandolfini who died of an apparent heart attack in Rome. Gandolfini was staying at this hotel with his family when he fell ill in the bathroom, his 13-year-old son, Michael, reportedly making the frantic call for help. Doctors attempted to resuscitate him for 40 minutes but were unable to restart his heart. Gandolfini was also traveling with his wife, Debra Lynn, and their nine-month-old daughter, Liliana. As his family waits for autopsy results in Italy, his television family is sharing more about the man they describe as generous, loyal, and humble. JAMES GANDOLFINI, ACTOR: Tell her she can stay with us if she wants.



TURNER: Edie Falco, who played his wife, Carmela, on "The Sopranos" says she's devastated by his sudden passing, saying "My heart goes out to his family as those of us in his pretend one hold on to the memories of our intense and beautiful time together. The love between Tony and Carmela was one of the greatest I've ever known."

Gandolfini's television daughter Jamie Lynn Sigler says she's heartbroken, saying "I spent ten years of my life studying and admiring one of the most brilliant actors, yes, but more importantly, one of the greatest men. Jim had the ability, unbeknownst to him, to make you feel like everything would be all right if he was around."

The Emmy-award winning actor touched the lives of those he worked with and started a television transformation.

RON SIMON, CURATOR, THE PALEY CENTER FOR MEDIA: There was never a character as dark and complicated as Tony Soprano on American television. Gandolfini sort of created an archetype. Tony Soprano would become the catalyst for so many other dark, secretive characters.

TURNER: Outside the Gandolfini family New York apartment, fans are leaving tributes to a man whose work and presence they'll deeply miss.


TURNER: The head of the emergency department at the hospital in Rome where Gandolfini's body was taken says there could be a full report issued later today after the autopsy. But then it is up to Gandolfini's family whether or not they release those results to the public.

BOLDUAN: Nischelle, thank you.

CUOMO: The Trayvon Martin trial is going to begin on Monday. A jury has been seated in a second-degree murder case. This morning we're learning more about just who will decide George Zimmerman's fate. To start with, all six of the jurors are women. CNN's Pamela Brown joins us with that. Good morning.

PAMELA BROWN, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Good morning to you, Chris. This is a case that captured national attention. Selecting a jury who hasn't already made up their minds of Zimmerman's guilt or innocence has been no easy task. An usually small jury has been seated to begin the trial on Monday.


BROWN: After almost two weeks of jury selection, six women, five of them white, chosen to decide the fate of George Zimmerman in his second-degree murder trial.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: And is this jury panel acceptable to you, sir?

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Yes, your honor.

BROWN: All women and most of them familiar with guns.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: My son just has -- I guess like a hunting rifle and some bb guns.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: My brother-in-law has hunting rifles.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: I used to have a concealed weapons permit.

BROWN: Florida is a firearms friendly state with more than a million concealed weapon permit holders. An attorney who spent more than 15 years handling firearm cases says having an all-female jury could actually help Zimmerman's defense.

CORD BYRD, FLORIDA FIREARM ATTORNEY: Anyone can use a firearm to defend themselves against a larger, stronger assailant. So I don't think it necessarily -- I think the women will understand the self- defense aspect of this case.

BROWN: Zimmerman says he acted in self-defense when he shot unarmed 17-year-old Trayvon Martin. Prosecutors say Zimmerman, a neighborhood watch volunteer, unjustly profiled martin because he was African- American.

PAUL CALLAN, CNN LEGAL ANALYST: I think the fact that there are Caucasians predominating on the jury probably will go in Zimmerman's corner. And I say that because I think that African-Americans when they see Trayvon Martin, they see their own child.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: I think that female jurors are partial and very sensitive when the victim is a child.

BROWN: Zimmerman's defense attorney is urging the jury to keep an open mind.

MARK O'MARA, DEFENSE ATTORNEY: We, as human beings, constantly make immediate decisions and assumptions. We talked about that earlier. In this unique set of circumstances, you are told affirmatively not to do that.


BROWN: If convicted, Zimmerman faces 25 years to life in prison. The jury will be sequestered. Four alternates will also hear this case, two males, both white, and two women, also white.

CUOMO: By the way, it bears repeating. The reason there are six jurors and not 12 is this isn't a death penalty case.

BOLDUAN: And that's unique in Florida. This morning we are closer, I guess, to an agreement on immigration reform. A Senate deal calls for an additional $50 billion to strengthen border security, and it also doubles the number of border security agents to 40,000. Let's talk more about this with our chief national correspondent John King. John, there is a lot that's going into kind of this extra bit of compromise. But what I really have noticed in the past day is that the architects of this immigration bill are out selling this hard. John McCain is one of them. Let's listen to a sound bite, and then we'll talk about it.


SEN. JOHN MCCAIN, (R) ARIZONA: There is great skepticism out there because of what has happened in the past. And I think this will give people confidence that we are serious. And this is a trigger -- a lot of them will say this is a trigger. There is no trigger.


BOLDUAN: So they're clearly trying to get this over the goal line. They're adding these kind of extras in there, but from what you see in Washington, is it enough?

JOHN KING, CNN CHIEF NATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: Well, you've seen some senators say yes, but some conservatives say no. And Kate, you're a veteran of this debate. The last time this issue went off the tracks, it was the Bush, Kennedy, McCain Bill. Tea Party conservatives, other conservatives who don't like these bills don't trust McCain. While he knows the issue in and out and can talk to you about the minutia of immigration policy, probably not the best spokesman if you're trying to win over Ted Cruz, the new Tea Party senator from Texas.

But Senator McCain is out front on this issue. He can help explain it to the American people. He's not the best salesman for the people where the president and Senator McCain have issues.

CUOMO: John, it feels like the process isn't selling all of these guys well to the American people. Tell me what I'm getting wrong here. You made the compromise, $50 billion you're going to put to border security when they know you can't completely secure the border. It's 2,000 miles long. Even with 40,000, you'd have one person every 250 feet if you line them up. We know it's still going to be porous. And $50 billion of taxpayers' money towards something they know isn't a fix. What message does that send?

KING: Well, it sends the message to conservatives that we're going to do almost everything we can to answer your biggest question, which is border security. We spent a lot of time to path to citizenship. This bill will die if they can't get enough conservatives to come over first in the Senate, then more important in the House, and be convinced that you're getting at least dramatic improvements in border security.

You're right. There's no way to stop everything. At least nobody's found a way to stop everything. But the bill is dead on arrival in the house if they don't convince more conservatives they're doing more on border security.

But to your other point, unlike a lot of bills they vote on quickly, they limit the number of amendments, at least this one has an open process. That is one thing where the Tea Party guys are saying thank you. You're allowing us to have amendments on the floor, to have an open process, a longer process. Is that going to help? We'll see.

BOLDUAN: It sounds like it's going to be a messy process if history repeats itself. That's for sure. John King, nice to see you. Thank you.

KING: Thank you.

BOLDUAN: See you soon.

CUOMO: Big issue for people to see whether or not these guys down there in Washington can do our business well, or if it's all about these compromises that make sense only to them.

BOLDUAN: But people do want to see compromise, though.

CUOMO: They do. Let's hopefully see it. Just because it's 50 billion bucks doesn't mean it's not compromise.

A lot of news this morning. So let's go over to Michaela with all the headlines.

MICHAELA PEREIRA, CNN ANCHOR: I do. Good morning to you, and good morning to you at home. Making news, as many as 100,000 Canadians may be forced to evacuate because of extensive flooding. The rushing water so powerful entire homes have been washed away.


UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Holy -- there it is.


PEREIRA: A state of emergency is in effect in Calgary, and mandatory evacuations are in place for 20 other communities. Parts of southern Alberta are facing rising floodwaters, and they could get even more rain. So far we're glad to report no reports of deaths or injuries.

Let's bring in our meteorologist Indra Petersons for more on the flooding. It is concerning, the amount of rain in such a short amount of time they've had. And it's not expected to subside?

INDRA PETERSONS, AMS METEOROLOGIST: Well, unfortunately, no, it's not. They literally got more rain in 24 hours than they typically see in the entire month of June. So when you look at this video, there's two things going on. You're not only getting heavy rain, but you're talking also about a storm system staying in one place. It's almost like that rain cloud over your house that doesn't move. That's unfortunately what happened. The rivers there rose anywhere from six to 10 feet in several hours. Not a good situation. Look at these numbers here. This is what they saw in 24 hours. Of course they're looking at flooding with numbers like this, what Michaela was talking about. Here's the low right now. They're continuing to see rain today, even tomorrow. Sunday they're going to get a break. As I move out of the way, notice what's expected to come in by Monday and Tuesday. This expected to move in meaning more rain on the way for them. So definitely not a good situation. We're already seeing that flooding currently.

PEREIRA: And we know the military's been called in. Hopefully folks there are getting support. Indra, thank you so much for that.

Continuing on with news developing at this hour, the company that did a background check of NSA leaker Edward Snowden itself under investigation. The inspector general's office looking to a possible systemic failure with the firm's vetting practices. Also, Reuters reporting hiring screeners at contractor Booz Allen Hamilton found possible discrepancies in a resume Snowden submitted but they hired him anyway.

Brazil's president postponing a trip to Japan and calling an emergency cabinet meeting to deal with a wave of anti-government protests in her nation. There are reports of more than a million people taking part in demonstrations across Brazil. Those protests began last week over transport fees but have also highlighted government corruption and the cost of hosting next year's World Cup.

A county chairman for the Republican Party in Illinois has resigned after he trashed a GOP candidate for congress. Jim Allen wrote an e- mail to a conservative website and called Erica Harold a street Walker and love child of the Democratic Party. She is a lawyer, and she's a former Miss America. Party officials had called for Allen to step down.

I want to show you some amazing video from China. A group of delivery men spotted a two-year-old girl dangling from a fifth floor window. They get ready to catch the toddler and broke her fall. One of the heroes here broke his arm. Another suffered neck injuries. But they certainly delivered the goods by saving this little girl's life and breaking her fall. My goodness.

CUOMO: You see in the video, the girl does hit the ground, but stopping the momentum --

PEREIRA: Absolutely, slowed it down.

CUOMO: We see these stories every once in a while. This one was important to watch. You know why? It shows how much momentum even a child's body carries. So this is really hard to do when these people fall.

BOLDUAN: You don't often see the actual fall happening. We always talk about it after the fact. But you see really how --

PERIERA: They were injured. She was not. Which is tremendous.

CUOMO: All over the world, same problem. Got to watch our kids especially near windows.

BOLDUAN: So true.

So other news we are watching this morning, the king LeBron James keeps his crown. Last night the Miami Heat won the NBA championship for the second time, second year in a row. LeBron led the Heat with 37 points, over the very tough San Antonio Spurs. Rachel Nichols, worst assignment of the week, is in South Beach. Where I'm sure they and you are probably still celebrating. Morning, Rachel.

RACHEL NICHOLS, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Well, this gives you an idea, I was just texted a photo of the rapper Drake, Pat Riley and LeBron James all partying together in a club. I don't know how you guys would like to be a fly on that wall. But they are hardly the only ones celebrating what is already being considered one of the best NBA finals series ever.


NICHOLS: They fought to the very end, to the very last possible minute of the very last possible game of the season. If sometimes sports is about fantastic feats of athleticism, this NBA finals was about unrelenting determination. Two past champions bringing out the best in each other, but only one was left standing.

LABRON JAMES, MIAMI HEAT: The saying hard work pays off was a true testament what happened tonight. Last year I said it was the toughest thing I had ever done. This year I tell last year, he's absolutely wrong. This was the toughest championship right here.

TONY PARKER, SAN ANTONIO SPARKS: Obviously, we're very disappointed, you know. We had a great opportunity in game six. And tonight, you know, we did a great fight, but just couldn't get over the hump. That's life, sports.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I thought they gave everything. We've got a bunch of guys who, you know, aren't going to give in, keep playing with each other, for each other, and really feel the responsibility to each other. You know, I expect nothing less. And that's what I got.

NICHOLS: The San Antonio Spurs had every right to think they had won this series three days ago. In a potentially clinching game six, they were up by five points with less than 30 seconds to go. But the Miami Heat fought, and fought some more. Pushing the finals to a thrilling seventh game and ultimately a second straight title. Afterward in a champagne-soaked locker room, players took extra time to savor the moment.

DWAYNE WADE, MIAMI HEAT: I just wanted to soak it in, you know. We go through life so fast. We never really get to enjoy moments. It seems like they go past us. So I just wanted to take that moment, soak it in, holler at my homeboy, Larry, right here and just have my own moment.

(END VIDEOTAPE) NICHOLS: You know, guys, in 2007, LeBron James was only 22 years old. And that was when he was playing in his first NBA finals. He was swept by the same Spurs team. And afterward the veteran Tim Duncan gave LeBron a hug. And I he said, kid, it's going to be your league soon, and then he jokes, thanks for letting us win this one. Last night there was another very sweet moment. Duncan and LeBron hugged again, and the passing of the torch was complete, because there is no question, this is 100 percent LeBron James' league now.

BOLDUAN: Yes, he has made it. He's on the scene and he's not leaving any time soon, that's for sure.

CUOMO: And he's feeling really great this morning. He's probably feeling really lousy, but he's feeling really good. Thanks, Rachel.

Coming up on NEW DAY, open sesame, or as papa used to say, open says me because these car thieves are now using a device that police can't figure out. They walk past the car. They push a button. All of a sudden, boom, the doors open. Even the manufacturers don't know how they're doing it. We'll tell you the details.

BOLDUAN: Also, Angelina Jolie returning to her role as special envoy for the United Nations for the first time since going public with her surgery. We'll look at her report exclusively for CNN.

CUOMO: And time to get your heart beating. Look at our little boy, there he is, Grayson. This is him hearing his father's voice for the first time. A 3-year-old boy born with an unusual medical situation, doctors with the miracle fix. He's here with his parents this morning. It will be great to meet Grayson on NEW DAY.

BOLDUAN: I could watch that video over and over again.


BOLDUAN: Welcome back to NEW DAY. Angelina Jolie returning to her role as special envoy to the United Nations for the first time since announcing her double mastectomy. Jolie visited refugee camps in Jordan overflowing with people fleeing the conflict, the civil war in Syria. CNN's Erin McLaughlin is in London following this story. Hi, Erin.

ERIN MCLAIGHLIN, CORRESPONDENT: It's so secret that Angelina Jolie is an advocate for refugees around the world, most recently for those fleeing the conflict in Syria. This week she traveled to a refugee camp in Jordan. And for the first time for CNN, she filed an exclusive account on what's happening there.


ANGELINA JOLIE, ACTOR: Every 14 seconds, someone crosses Syria's border and becomes a refugee.

MCLAUGHLIN: The voice of Angelina Jolie hard at work. A clear signal the star is not slowing down since news of her preventative double mastectomy. JOLIE: Refugees struggling to survive in villages, towns and cities across the region.

MCLAUGHLIN: She filed this exclusive report for CNN, produced by the United Nations. It's an effort to highlight the surge of refugees out of Syria. It includes her personal interviews with some of the families who have fled the conflict. Filmed during her most recent journey to this refugee camp in Jordan.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE (through translator): We want the situation to get better so that we can go home.

MCLAUGHLIN: Angelina recently drew crowds throughout Europe. She was by Brad's side for the press circuit for his new film. Now she's trying to draw attention to her work as a U.N. special envoy for refugees, which has brought her to Iraq, Afghanistan and Turkey. Here she is touring the Congo in March, even though she was between required surgeries. For the past year, her focus has been primarily on Syria and its children.

JOLIE: It's impossible to imagine any mother standing by and not stepping up and doing something to prevent this.

MCLAUGHLIN: Angelina talks to the mother of a teenager named Basil (ph) who was killed in the conflict.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE (through translator): Basil (ph) was everything to me. I loved him so much.

MCLAUGHLIN: The report highlights a haunting truth, that the facts of the Syrian conflict are staggering, and the situation is getting worse. By the end of the year, the U.N. estimates half of Syria's population will be in need of help.


Angelina Jolie declined CNN's request for an interview, keeping the focus on the refugees in her story, just further proof that she's a mother, a director, an actress and also a tireless advocate against human suffering. Kate?

BOLDUAN: Erin, thanks so much for putting the spotlight on that. Let's bring in Michelle Tam, senior editor of "People" magazine to talk more about this. We're seeing this report that Erin brought us about Angelina Jolie back to work. For the first time we're seeing her since her surgery became public, right back into the job. I guess that shouldn't really even surprise anyone.

MICHELLE TAP, SENIOR EDITOR, PEOPLE: Nobody should be shocked by this at all because actually, throughout the process with the surgery, with going through all of what she's been through, she actually has been at work. You know, we'll remember earlier this spring, she was in the Congo right before her surgery. She was on the red carpet just weeks after having the surgery with Brad Pitt. It's really business as usual for Angelina Jolie. BOLDUAN: And she is -- these are issues that she's in the refugee camp. These are issues really near and dear to her heart. She is a U.N. special envoy. She has really kind of mastered the art of using her celebrity to kind of highlight and bring attention to issues that she might not think is getting attention.

TAM: Absolutely. But really interesting is Angelina Jolie really considers these issues prominent before her celebrity. You know, World Refugee Day is something that's very important to her. It was always going to be at the top of her priority list before everything else. She is a celebrity, but these are her passion projects. And she's really invested in them whether or not she would have been a celebrity or not.

BOLDUAN: And during this trip, were there any concerns about her health? Any comments on her health? Do we hear anything from her other than that laser focus on the issue?

TAM: Absolutely not. What's great is that Brad Pitt even said it's business as usual for Angelina Jolie. Ever since she's had the surgery, you've seen the three priorities in her life really come to the top, which is humanitarian work, her family, and her job as a celebrity and as a director. She has a project coming up later on this year, and she's continuing to prepare for that.

BOLDUAN: She's very aware, she knows people are very interested in her work but also her health and how she's highlighted this issue. What does that tell you about Angelina and where she keeps her focus on what she wants to make sure people are focusing on?

TAM: What's really interesting is her passion projects are what come to the forefront for her. She really wanted to expand the conversation about women's health by coming forth about her double mastectomy. And she's really using her voice to lend power and to lend, you know, the spotlight to --

BOLDUAN: She takes a lot of time to control that message.

TAM: Exactly. She's lending the spotlight to those issues that matters to her most.

BOLDUAN: It's great work. Michelle, thank you so much. Great to see you.

TAM: Thank you.


CUOMO: All right, Kate, listen up if you have a car. This morning police across the country say they are stumped by a rash of car thefts where criminals appear to open locked cars with a mysterious hand-held device. Nobody, not even the car manufacturers, know how it works. Here's CNN's Kyung Lah.

(BEGIN VIDEOTAPE) KYUNG LAH, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Long Beach, California. A man walks up to the car, and using a small box, opens it. Right next to him, another man also using a box opens that car. The problem, they're thieves. No keys. Now they've swiped all valuables from the cars. In Chicago, exact same scenario. A man by the sedan unlocks it, no key, alarm disabled by some mystery device.

STEVEN DOI, THEFT VICTIM: You feel you've been outsmarted. I thought I had everything on lockdown.

LAH: The same thing happened to Steven Doi of Corona, California. His car's computer system was hacked, but the crook didn't get away clean. Doi's dash cam caught the suspect pacing, holding some mystery box.

DOI: I was, like, whoa. You just see this guy start walking right in front of the car. Sure enough in the video, can you hear the door locks go pfft.

LAH: In just 18 seconds, the crook emptied out $3,000 worth of electronics. Same device, different cities.

MIKE BENDER, AUTO THEFT EXPERT: Same device, same premise --

LAH : Mike bender, ex-cop and auto theft expert, calls it the latest high-tech crime tool hitting New York to L.A.

BENDER: You see the device in his left hand.

LAH: And like police across the country, he doesn't know exactly what it is.

BENDER: But the ease that this is working and the frequency that we're seeing it reported throughout the U.S. means it's only become a greater problem.

LAH: Bender says your car is a rolling computer. What it takes to break in, not sledgehammers but hacking devices.

BENDER: If you can hack into NSA, you can hack into GM.

LAH: Federal agents may be closing in on what these boxes are. Law enforcement sources tell CNN they have one of these boxes in Texas. They're now trying to figure out if this is the same device used in all of these car burglaries. Kyung Lah, CNN, Los Angeles.


CUOMO: Trying to do some reverse engineering there. Their concern is that they'll be able to figure out how to use the box to start the car. And then they literally will take your car. Although, still, the highest number of thefts are done by breaking the window.

BOLDUAN: Exactly. Still the old-fashioned way seems to be effective. Even though none of it should be effective and happening.

Coming up next on NEW DAY, the mystery grows, a football player reportedly seen on tape with a man who is now dead. We'll have more details on their connection.

CUOMO: Plus, how about this guy?