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Aired June 22, 2013 - 08:00 ET
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ALISON KOSIK, CNN ANCHOR: Extreme pet grooming and Fabio's sensual invitation. Just two of the things John Berman learned on the Internet.
KOSIK: Good morning, I'm Alison Kosik.
VICTOR BLACKWELL, CNN ANCHOR: I'm Victor Blackwell. Looking forward to seeing what that Fabio thing is all about.
KOSIK: It's really funny, actually.
BLACKWELL: 8 o'clock here on the East Coast. Thanks for starting this NEW DAY with us this Saturday.
The Food Network says it is dropping Paula Deen; this comes after the queen of Southern cooking admitted in a lawsuit deposition that she used the N word in the past. Deen and her brother are being sued for sexual and racial harassment by a former manager at their Savannah, Georgia, restaurants.
KOSIK: Deen apologized in two statements online, first in a professionally produced video, but apparently that was not what she wanted to say. So what she did, she removed it and posted an amateur one.
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PAULA DEEN, CELEBRITY CHEF: Your color of your skin, your religion, your sexual preference does not matter to me. But it's what in the heart -- what's in the heart and my family and I try to live by that. And I am here to say I am so sorry.
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BLACKWELL: Yes. One apology, then another, and then another. Let's find out now from our Nick Valencia, is in the newsroom.
Nick, how is she reacting overall to this?
NICK VALENCIA, CNN CORRESPONDENT: This is going to be really difficult to recover from. Racial incidents, I mean, they're notoriously difficult to recover from and right now Paula Deen and her camp in full fledged damage control. They're apologizing. She's released that -- two videos so far, Victor, one that you said, that she didn't think was good enough, so she releases another one, which she tries to come across as very sincere, begging for forgiveness.
And despite all the criticism that she's receiving, so far, there are still people that are coming to her defense. Take a listen.
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UNIDENTIFIED MALE: People are going to jump on it and believe what they want to believe. And they're going to add what they want to add. But one thing I can sit here today and look you in the face and tell you, that woman can't be a racist. She can't have a heart against black people with all that she's done and all that she continues to do.
And that's why I'm here today with you, just to be a character witness for Ms. Paula Deen because she's a beautiful person, beautiful spirit.
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VALENCIA: And that character witness, local pastor in Texas, she says -- he says, "How can she be a racist? She's done so much to help young black boys and girls. How can somebody like that be a racist, Victor?
KOSIK: You know what, I've got to ask you this, Nick. A lot of -- you looked through that deposition; a lot of outrageous things are said in it. But talk to me about this plantation-style wedding that she talks about.
VALENCIA: It's really bizarre in a lot of ways, Paula Deen incriminates herself. At one point she's asked by the plaintiff's attorney if her brother, if she thinks her brother is racist or racist against African-Americans. It sure did take her a long time to answer that question. And also saying some bizarre things about having a plantation-style wedding for her brother.
We've got a statement here from the deposition that says from the plaintiff's attorney, "Is there any possibility in your mind that you've slipped up and used the N word."
She goes back to say, "No, because what these men were, they were professional black men doing a fabulous job." But then she goes on, Alison, to characterize them as slaves and wanting to have this sort of Southern traditional plantation-style wedding going back to an era that's no longer accepted here and using a very ugly word that at one time was condoned.
And in fact, Alison, her camp tried to -- I wouldn't say justify it, but tried to sort of couch her statement by saying, you know, Paula grew up in a different time. She grew up in a different era. She grew up in a time when schools were segregated.
So it's going to be very interesting how this all unfolds going forward. She's already been dropped by The Food Network. She has a lot of other sponsorships and deals. We'll be taking a close look at that to see their reaction to all of this.
BLACKWELL: Nick Valencia, thank you.
VALENCIA: You bet.
KOSIK: Now to Washington, where formal charges have now been filed against the man who admitted that he leaked government secrets. I'm talking about Edward Snowden. And the secret information about the NSA's surveillance program. Snowden is still in hiding; he's last seen in Hong Kong.
Joining me now from Washington this morning is CNN White House correspondent Dan Lothian.
Dan, good morning. First of all, lay out to me what the charges are and does the filing of formal charges now begin the extradition process?
DAN LOTHIAN, CNN WHITE HOUSE CORRESPONDENT: Well, it certainly does begin that long legal process. Now this is -- what we're looking at here, very serious charges. This complaint was filed in U.S. district court in Alexandria, Virginia, last week, Friday, but only became public yesterday evening.
Edward Snowden being charged with espionage for unauthorized communication of national defense information and willful communication of classified communications intelligence in addition he's being charged with theft of government property. Again, this is just one step in that long legal process to get Snowden back here to the United States and into court.
Snowden all along has admitted that he leaked this information because he believes that the Obama administration has not been transparent and, in fact, that the president has expanded some of these surveillance programs, the White House has said that Congress has been briefed all along or has had the opportunity to be briefed.
And other administration officials and the NSA have said specifically that dozens of terror plots have been (inaudible) blocked because of this information.
KOSIK: So is this it? Or could there be more charges that come later?
LOTHIAN: You know, there could always be additional charges. As you know, this is still early in the investigation; the Justice Department had launched this investigation. So there could be additional charges down the road.
But I should point out that Snowden, who we believe is still in Hong Kong, has said that he would block all attempts to bring him back here to this country to answer to these charges and at least some lawmakers at this point, prominent lawmakers, are saying that the U.S. should demand his extradition as soon as possible.
KOSIK: OK. Dan Lothian, thanks. Snowden is getting a little help behind the scenes from WikiLeaks and its founder, Julian Assange. Assange says his legal team has reached out to the admitted NSA leaker, and I'm sure Assange is going to have a lot more to say on the subject when he publicly speaks next hour.
And you'll be able to see that live right here on CNN. He's going to be speaking to the media from the balcony of the Ecuadorian embassy in London, that's where he was given asylum from deportation to Sweden.
BLACKWELL: Southwest Airlines is getting planes back in the air after a computer glitch grounded 250 flights and canceled several others late last night. The bug affected a system that scheduled take-offs so it did not affect any flights already in the air. Now Southwest says it is using a manual system while the main system is being backed up online.
Another computer glitch that is this time for Facebook. The site says it accidentally shared personal information for 6 million of its users. Now because of a problem with its download your information tool, this bug shared information like phone numbers and e-mails with its users, but only between people already connected. Facebook apologized, and says the problem has been fixed.
KOSIK: New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez, he hasn't been charged yet.
BLACKWELL: But yet is the operative word. As police investigate the murder of a 27-year-old whose body was found less than a mile from the NFL star's house. Right now, Hernandez cannot step outside his home without reporters hounding him. Eager to hear him say anything about the investigation.
CNN's Alina Cho joins us now.
What's the latest on the investigation now, Alina?
ALINA CHO, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Victor, good morning. Three search warrants have been executed, but there's no word yet on what investigators have found. That could take up to a week.
What we can tell you is that Aaron Hernandez, in the house behind me, for now, remains in seclusion.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Thank you very much, Aaron.
CHO (voice-over): This is Aaron Hernandez August 2012, in the glow of signing a five-year contract extension with the New England Patriots worth as much as $40 million, nearly a half million per game.
AARON HERNANDEZ, TIGHT END, NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS: All I can do is play my heart out for them. Make the right decisions and live like a Patriot.
CHO (voice-over): That was 10 months ago. This is now. The 23-year- old Patriots tight end is trailed by the media wherever he goes, leaving his lawyer's office on Friday, coming home, an O.J. Simpson- like helicopter chase on Thursday followed by this exchange at a gas station.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Can you tell us anything you want to say? What happened on Monday night? Can you just tell us what happened on Monday night?
CHO (voice-over): Investigators are looking for clues in the mysterious death of 27-year-old Odin Lloyd, whose body was found in the woods, less than a mile from Hernandez's home about an hour outside Boston. Police are not calling Hernandez a suspect, but investigators have searched his home.
Lloyd's sister confirms the two were friends and went to a Boston nightclub together Friday night. Olivia Thibou says there was even a deeper connection; Lloyd's girlfriend and Hernandez's fiancee are sisters.
OLIVIA THIBOU, LLOYD'S SISTER: I'd like to know why. He's a very great guy. What could he have possibly have done to anger anybody to do that?
CHO (voice-over): Hernandez's attorney says neither he nor his client will have any comment at this time.
CHO: And law enforcement sources tell "The Boston Globe" that they've obtained video of Hernandez and Lloyd together just hours before Lloyd was killed. That does not answer the question of whether Hernandez killed Lloyd.
But one big fallout from the case already is that the football player has lost a big endorsement deal. The company that makes Muscle Milk has dropped him as a pitchman, effectively immediately.
Victor and Alison?
KOSIK: OK, Alina Cho, thanks.
BLACKWELL: President Obama got the cold shoulder in Europe. But why are his former friends turning on him? We'll ask David Gergen and Donna Brazile.
Plus one man trying to make violent video games even more realistic. Wait until you see this. His own wife says she's disgusted by what he's done. We'll have that story just ahead.
BLACKWELL: It's 13 minutes after the hour now. A promise of progress and partnership. That's what President Obama gave the world when he was elected. He said he'd repair international relationships, broken during the Bush administration.
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BLACKWELL (voice-over): Well, people were filled with optimism. Remember this image? As evidenced by this massive crowd in Berlin, this was 2008, 200,000 people showed up to see him speak, before he became president.
He returned to Berlin this week to this -- 4,500 people. The invited guests there.
He also got an earful on the NSA secret surveillance from Germany's leader Angela Merkel.
Joining me now is CNN contributor Donna Brazile.
Donna, good to have you. I want to ask you, crowd size aside, what's the problem for the president on the international stage?
DONNA BRAZILE, CNN CONTRIBUTOR: Well, first of all, it's a fractured world. Every day there's a new development, whether in Brazil, turkey or other countries, Syria. We woke up this morning to find out that Qatar was providing some of the arms left over in Libya to the rebels in Syria. So, this is a fractured world.
But look, President Obama is laying the foundation for peace treaties with Russia and reducing tactical warheads in Europe and reducing the nuclear arsenal. He's built a very broad international coalition to impose some of the strongest sanctions on Iran. He's reset relations all across the world.
But there's no question that you know we still have many problems with China, cybersecurity. You saw two weeks ago in his conversation with the president of China, we still have some areas to work out. But the bottom line is, I think the president promised to get the United States out of Iraq. We did that. Afghanistan, we're winding down. But there's a lot more to do. But he's laying a good, strong foundation.
BLACKWELL: He made a lot of promises, and some would ask if he's not only not keeping those promises but going in the opposite direction, as evidenced by some on the Left who would say that this NSA surveillance program is not something that would have been championed by Candidate Obama.
How big of a problem was that for him, as he went to the G8 summit and tried to just make a few stops through Europe?
BRAZILE: There's no question that the revelations that we've learned over the last couple of weeks has hurt the administration. I think the administration is getting out front to explain it to the American people. We need more transparency.
Congress should continue to hold oversight hearings, not just in the intelligence committees, but also some of the other important committees to ensure that our privacy, our right to privacy, is not being compromised by our goal of protecting and securing our nation.
BLACKWELL: Let's bring in CNN's senior political analyst, David Gergen.
Now, David, in 2008 we expected to have better relations with the Middle East and Russia by this time. Was then-Candidate Obama too ambitious or is this just a failure?
DAVID GERGEN, CNN SR. POLITICAL ANALYST: I don't think he was too ambitious. The world, I think, probably expected too much of him. He remains popular around much of the world today, as Donna has said. I think he can still get big things done in the second term.
But the days of huge adoring crowds and Nobel Peace prizes do seem long ago and far away. And I think that's partly because the world's problems have grown more intractable, especially the Middle East, with Syria; the biggest issue is going to be Iran, continues to be Iran.
The world's economy is fragile, it's slowed in China. It seems stagnant in Europe. But it's in part also, I must say, because there's a perception that American influence is receding around the world, that we were not as active a leader as we were.
And if I may add, I think there's one other element here, President Obama is finding, as things get tough, just as he is on the home front when he doesn't have as many friends as he would like to have, I think, or as many in the White House would like to have, he hasn't really formed those kind of relationships overseas that can help him when times get tough.
He's got a good relationship with Angela Merkel in Germany.
But if you look at say President George H.W. Bush, he had the biggest Rolodex in the world and there were many instances in which that came in very handy.
I think the president's paying something of a price for going his own way. But again, remember, he's still popular in Europe. And he still can get big things done.
BLACKWELL: Donna, I quickly want to switch topics on -- with you because you wrote something about the Paula Deen controversy. And I want to ask you about this.
We've been having this conversation with a lot of people in Washington and in New York. But as a woman who was born and reared in the South, the question I put to you, is Paula Deen a racist? Or is this the uncomfortable articulation of a woman born in the '40s and raised in the South in America?
BRAZILE: Well, first of all, I'm not going to label her as a racist, because I don't know what's in her heart. And I don't know of any incident whereby I personally can attest to that.
But I can tell you that what stupid judgment on her part to -- you know, when you read that deposition and you read the allegations in the lawsuit, clearly she should have apologized much earlier. She should have settled the lawsuit.
Coming out yesterday with that weak statement didn't help her cause. I think The Food Network was justified in terminating her contract. But I would hope, because I believe in redemption and reconciliation, when someone of her stature asks us to forgive her, to give her another opportunity, I, for one, would love to do that.
I would hope others would, because I do believe that she is going to make an attempt to, you know, do a better job in the future of communicating her feelings and her thoughts and her actions without reverting to a bygone era. It's a bygone era.
I'm along with my good friend, David Gergen; he's also from the South. And we know our region has come under so much pressure these last 40 years, but we've made so much progress. Let us not allow Paula Deen's words or whatever happened to set us back, because we're on a road to a better future. And I'm glad to be part of that future.
GERGEN: Yes, Victor, let me just add to that. I totally agree with Donna.
But there is another story that's growing up in the South that is so much more heartwarming.
I was just in the part of the Old Confederacy in the northern part of Virginia, just a stone's throw from the old Battle of Bull Run. There is a new five-star resort hotel that's coming in shape. It'll open in late August, and it was built and financed by a highly successful African-American woman. That is a change.
Sheila Johnson, who helped to start Black Entertainment Television, is financing and building this thing. And it just -- to see that so close to Bull Run, just tells you we're coming to a new day in the South. And I know both Donna and I would welcome that. I'm sure you do as well.
Donna Brazile, David Gergen, thank you so much.
KOSIK: Violent, shoot 'em up video games have been blamed for bloody mass shootings. Even the NRA has pointed the finger.
Victor, I know you talked with somebody who's invented something to make these games even more realistic.
BLACKWELL: Yes, his name is David Kotkin and he wants to create a controller. He's doing it actually to feel and look like a G-36 rifle. And he says his own wife hated guns so much, she made him get rid of all the real guns.
(BEGIN VIDEOTAPE) BLACKWELL (voice-over): Call of Duty, the military style video game franchise has sold more than 125 million copies. Games like this one are among the most popular in the gaming industry. But they are simple toys compared to the Delta 6.
BLACKWELL: So this is the Delta 6.
DAVID KOTKIN, OWNER, AVENGER ADVANTAGE: Yes.
BLACKWELL: What is it?
KOTKIN: The Delta 6 is a realistic gaming gun.
BLACKWELL (voice-over): An inventor in Miami is developing a controller that he hopes will change the way gamers play. It's a video game controller designed to replicate the look and feel of the G-36 semiautomatic rifle.
KOTKIN: If I do my job right, you're going to feel like you're shooting a real gun.
David Kotkin runs Avenger Advantage, like a lot of inventors he works from home. But don't be fooled by the living room workspace. Sales of his 2010 Avenger controller allowed him to retire from his career as a high school art teacher.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Sniper! Second story window!
KOTKIN: It's not just the realism that's different than most gaming guns. It's the functioning.
BLACKWELL (voice-over): To reload -- tap the magazine.
To steady the shot, pull the Delta 6 in closer.
KOTKIN: So basically when I go like that, it's zooming.
BLACKWELL (voice-over): A sensor helps to simulate peering through the scope.
KOTKIN: What you want to do is hold it like this.
BLACKWELL (voice-over): And Kotkin wanted me to feel a feature of the controller.
KOTKIN: We have a wheel in there, that actuator that spins and then every time you shoot, it shakes a little bit and gives you that feeling of that rounds are happening.
BLACKWELL (voice-over): Kotkin says he came up with the idea for the Delta 6 after his wife made him get rid of his real guns.
KOTKIN: I started doing this. And when I put the headphones on, and the kickback, you know, I don't have -- it satisfies that need of shooting.
BLACKWELL (voice-over): He invested $50,000 of his own money to build prototypes, then raised almost $200,000 online to mass produce it.
BLACKWELL: What has your wife said about this?
KOTKIN: She thinks it's a nightmare. She thinks it's disgusting, she thinks it's terrible.
BLACKWELL (voice-over): Possibly because she knows that violent video games have attracted some now infamous players.
According to investigators, the shooters in the Newtown, Virginia Tech, Norway and Columbine tragedies were all shooting game fanatics. Still, Kotkin doesn't see the harm.
KOTKIN: This cannot hurt anybody. This is electronics inside of this. This is just a regular controller.
BLACKWELL: But you're training the player to hurt someone.
KOTKIN: Well, you have a point there.
Have I made it too good? Sometimes I wonder.
BLACKWELL (voice-over): Kotkin acknowledges the controller is not for everyone, especially children. He says he's looking beyond his critics.
KOTKIN: I can't be worried about this person or that person or my wife even.
I have to think, OK, how can I make this great? As long as it's my morality, is I'm not hurting anyone, I can live with it. I can do it.
KOSIK: He says he's not hurting anyone.
KOSIK: It's hard to -- hard to imagine.
BLACKWELL: There are a lot of parents, and he acknowledges that there will be some parents who say, there's no way my kid should have this. That's why he says it should be for players 17 and older. But if you look at this video, he says that kickback, when it's complete, it should be enough to shake your arm as if you're really firing rounds.
KOSIK: So realistic.
BLACKWELL: He hopes to have it out by Christmas, $300. And he tells a story that's really important; it tells you this guy's philosophy.
He says when he was in elementary school, his teacher asked him to draw his nightmare. Every kid in the class. Everyone else drew stick figures and people who had died in car crashes. Because he's an artist and he's talented, he drew almost realistic what it would look like for people to be in a car crash. Every other kid's drawing went up, his did not. His point is, why should I suffer and everyone suffer? I did the best job of everyone, the best possible job, but I'm being punished because it's too real.
And that's what he says with this gun. Is it the best way to play a shooting game? But because you can't take it, whoever the you is at time, the player is being punished.
KOSIK: I can only imagine lots of people are going to come -- go out and buy it.
He says it's going to change the way people play this game.
BLACKWELL: Yes, he says it's going to change the way people play this game.
KOSIK: All right.
Moving on, an American teen missing in Ecuador almost a week and no clues. After the break, his father's going to join me live to update his search for his son.
KOSIK: Welcome back.
It was a trip of a lifetime, now it's nothing short of a nightmare. Last Sunday Father's Day, August Reiger, a high school teen, vanished while hiking with his family in the mountains of Ecuador. The trip was the young valedictorian's graduation present.
His father Chris joins me live on the phone now he's in Quito, Ecuador. Tell me Chris any leads at this point? Any updates to share with us this morning?
CHRIS REIGER, FATHER OF MISSING TEENAGER (via telephone): No. There's really nothing new. They went yesterday, they -- even though they've done a very thorough search of the really relatively small area, I mean, it's a mountainside that you can see from our hotel. You can see the whole -- the whole of it where these trails are.
And they've -- even though they have searched just extensively with military people and dogs and helicopter and all kinds of stuff since it started, really. They did one more search yesterday in a couple of localized places where I really feel, you know, it's actually possible he could have been.
A lot of the places they searched way up on the mountain. I just know he couldn't have gone up there, but it didn't hurt to look.
KOSIK: Take us -- take us back to last weekend --
REIGER: But they've found nothing. KOSIK: -- take us back to last weekend Chris. Tell me what you remember your son was just five minutes ahead of you guys on the hike. Was it like your son to wander off? Is that unlike him to do something like that?
REIGER: Oh, yes. Totally unlike him oh yes. I mean, yes. We were going up, going to take this trail that all of the tourists take here. Nothing you know remote or dangerous or anything like that. It just makes a loop on this mountain overlooking the, you know, this town. And we started up, you first -- there is kind of the halfway through the loop there's -- you get up on the ridge where they have pavilions and there's a cross up there and we started about halfway up to that, stopped at a little overlook thing. We started walking on and then he walked faster on ahead. And his brother was trying to keep up with him but he kind of fell behind.
But he was ahead of us and when they've been -- you know and I just -- it wasn't definitely no more -- he couldn't have gotten more than five minutes ahead, probably not that much, maybe two or three, but he's just walking faster than we are on this mountain trail. And you know, when we got up to that ridge where they have, you know, seatings of a beautiful overlook I fully expected to see him.
KOSIK: And he wasn't there.
REIGER: And we did you know he wasn't -- he wasn't up there. My other son had gotten up there first and now he hadn't seen him. So that, you know, that concerned me because, you know, we have done things like this a lot. And he certainly might have gone up ahead of us and then waited, but to go off, you know, not waited when it wasn't obvious where to go, that -- nothing like that has ever happened. And we sat up there for about 15 minutes and he wasn't coming.
So I thought, well, he must have just gone on ahead. And so I was a little mad at him, you know, for doing that.
KOSIK: Yes, yes.
REIGER: I thought, well, we'll catch up to him later on the trail. But then the -- I thought at the time that it was really just one trail only that was just totally obvious. But when we started off to finish our loop, it became clear that it wasn't really that that obvious. And we even got a little bit lost -- not lost in the sense of lost like you go and just come back down, you see the town from -- from anywhere on the trail, but lost in trying to find this particular path that we wanted to loop on.
And so when I realize and when I saw that, I thought well, you know he might have -- he might have gotten on that loop back on a different way and maybe we won't, you know, maybe we're not going to see him until we get back to the hotel.
KOSIK: Well Chris Reiger --
REIGER: I've been worried too much. I just was a little bit you know like, I'm surprised that he would do that. KOSIK: Chris --
REIGER: But he's 18. And you can get lost. So I fully expected to see him when we got back.
KOSIK: Chris -- Chris I want to wish you luck in finding your son. And I really thank you for your time this morning.
REIGER: Ok. Thank you.
KOSIK: Thank you.
Six people seated and ready to rule the jury has been chosen in the George Zimmerman trial. But is having an all-woman jury expected to have an impact on the case? We're going to take a look.
But first, music superstar, Enrique Iglesias is trying to inspire his fans to become bone marrow donors. And he's doing it one concert at a time. It's this week's "Impact your World."
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ENRIQUE IGLESIAS, SINGER: Hi I'm Enrique Iglesias and we can make an impact on people in need. Love, hope, strength, is rock 'n' roll cancer organization.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: So this is just the eligibility.
IGLESIAS: They're getting people to register for bone marrow transplant. It's extremely easy. It takes one of these, one person. You've got a swab and that's it. So that's how simple it is. And that's how you can save someone's life.
I think part of the mission on this tour was that we get different ages in our shows and different ethnic backgrounds and I thought that a lot of people would sign up. I think it comes a point and you reach a certain age where you feel responsible.
Are you ready to get crazy?
You have a certain level of power. And by power I mean you can communicate to your fans, especially nowadays over Twitter, with Facebook, I feel like I can do something that's positive. It's a good thing.
(END VIDEO CLIP)
BLACKWELL: On Monday, we'll have the opening statements in the George Zimmerman trial. He's facing a second-degree murder charge for the death of Florida teen Trayvon Martin. After almost two full weeks of questioning, finally a jury seated -- six people, four alternates.
Joining me now is CNN legal analyst Paul Callan -- Paul good to have you. The prosecuting and the defense attorneys have referred to the jury members as five white women, one black or Hispanic woman. CNN doesn't have access to the jury questionnaires, can't independently confirm that. But only six jurors, is that normal in Florida, first? And is the fact that they're all women significant?
PAUL CALLAN, CNN LEGAL CONTRIBUTOR: Well, people are surprised, first of all that it's a six-person jury. And actually that's very rare in the United States. In most states felony cases are tried by 12-person juries. Florida has a rule, only six people unless it's a capital murder case, which this is not. This is not a death penalty case so six people decide.
And when you have by the way, I was looking at some of the studies on this when you have six person juries as opposed to 12-person juries they tend to reach verdicts more quickly but they tend to be less diverse. So that's the way it plays out with six-person juries.
BLACKWELL: The defense tried to block --
CALLAN: And --
BLACKWELL: I'm sorry -- go ahead. If you want to finish that thought.
CALLAN: No, there was -- obviously there was a second part of your question, I think, that had to do with the rest of the demographics on the jury, which is a lot of women on the jury. And everybody's looking at that saying, you know when I looked at it, I said, wow, six women on the jury, very unusual to have a single-gender jury. How is that going to play out?
On the surface, it looks like it would be good for the prosecution because Trayvon Martin was only 17 years old and you know, you think, mothers, particularly, would be sympathetic to the death of a child and they know doubt will be.
However, when you look at these sub -- sort of categories of the women on the jury only two of them have young children. Five of the six have sort of connections to gun ownership. They got members of their families who own guns or they have owned guns themselves. And several other factors that might suggest this could be a favorable jury for the defense when you -- when you analyze the actual women sitting on the jury.
BLACKWELL: A couple of issues that were decided this week by the judge. Defense tried to block the prosecutors from using the words "vigilante" or "wannabe cop" while describing Zimmerman. The judge said, no, that those terms are fine. Is this important to the case?
CALLAN: I think it is important to the case. And I have to say, Victor, it's very unusual, too. When you try criminal cases -- and I've been involved in a lot of trials as a prosecutor and a defense attorney -- there's sort of a lot of name-calling that goes on during when you're characterizing the defendant in the case.
Here we had a motion, hey, you can't say that he's a "vigilante". You can't he's a wannabe cop. You know, all of these things O'Mara was trying to prevent the prosecutor from saying. In the end the judge sort of split the baby. And he said, no, you can't say racial profiling but I'll allow you to use the term "profiling" to the prosecutor. This is what the judge said.
In her ruling in that respect, I think, really gave a lot to the prosecution because in most people's mind, racial profiling and profiling mean the same thing.
BLACKWELL: A lot of surprises thus far. This is expected to go for two months. But then again, jury selection was supposed to take three days. Paul Callan, thank you for joining us.
CALLAN: Always nice being with you Victor.
KOSIK: It's Saturday, time to relax. Maybe check out some videos on the web. Our Internet specialist John Berman doing that hard work for you, the best of the web coming up just ahead in this week's "What I learned on the Internets."
KOSIK: If there's one thing you should know about John Berman, it's that he loves the Internet. He can't get enough of it.
BLACKWELL: Yes, he loves it so much he calls it the Internets -- plural. And he searched high and low to find the best of the net in this week's "What I learned on the Internets" -- John.
JOHN BERMAN, CNN HOST: Good morning. You know, you'll be shocked to hear that the Internet is a remarkable resource. There is so much stuff to learn. Some things you never knew, other things you wish you never knew.
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BERMAN: I learned people do really, really weird stuff to their pets -- amazing and deeply troubling. These images from an annual extreme dog grooming competition in Pasadena, Florida -- it is all over Twitter with images of Sesame Street all over the winner. And then Yoda the dog probably saying "When 900 years old you reach look as good you will not."
On the subject of the force, some students in England proved they have it. And elevator stunt that played Jedi mind tricks with many.
I also learned, as weird as we are to our pets, we can be even weirder to ourselves. Why try jumping over a fire pit? Why walk on lava? Why surf in high heels? Ok, I know the answer to that -- because it's awesome.
And finally I learned Fabio knows how to sell stuff. He's marketing his protein powder by going to whole foods supermarkets and will give a lift to any eager customer. It looks like the cover of a romance novel and it looks like fun. And the best part, he's coming for me and Cuomo.
FABIO, MODEL: John I will be back in New York pretty soon. I promise you when I'm there, I'm going to come and pick you and Chris up.
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BERMAN: So Fabio really is coming for me. Not bad, right? Just one of the many benefits of the Internet -- guys.
KOSIK: Love the dumb things people do and put on YouTube.
BLACKWELL: The dogs?
KOSIK: I know -- the poor dogs.
BLACKWELL: It's hilarious.
KOSIK: And those women, surfing in their heels. Surfing is hard enough. Take it from me. I just took it up last summer.
KOSIK: It's hard enough.
BLACKWELL: So, you surf?
KOSIK: I do, now I surf. It's just a lot of fun. You can come with.
BLACKWELL: There's got to be like some Vine video somewhere or something like that.
KOSIK: Oh no, I'm not putting that on video. But look at that. It's hard enough to surf, number one. And then I just don't know how they do it. You really have to use a lot of your core muscles when you surf and you really have to use them in those heels. They fall very gracefully -- look at that.
BLACKWELL: I didn't learn how to swim until I was 30. So the idea that I'd get on a surfboard now --
KOSIK: I'm impressed.
BLACKWELL: -- that's amazing.
KOSIK: Good body there.
BLACKWELL: And she's staying on.
BLACKWELL: All right.
KOSIK: All right. Instagram's latest update is being called a game changer. Only problem, we've already seen that feature before on another app that's been out for months -- oops.
But first, our Dr. Sanjay Gupta is on the trail of innovation.
(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP) DR. SANJAY GUPTA, CNN CHIEF MEDICAL CORRESPONDENT: This week on "THE NEXT LIST", changing the lives of children born with shoulder injuries.
CHRISTIAN MCMULLAN: When Nathan was born, nerves were torn in his shoulder and he couldn't move his arm at all.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: One of the things the doctors asked us to do was to help them understand what the shoulder blade was doing in individual patients.
STEPHANIE RUSSO: The type of research he does is very cutting edge and things that have never been done before.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: What we bring to the table is the ability analyze human motion without involving radiation.
JIM RICHARDS, BIOMECHANIC, UNIVERSITY OF DELAWARE: The long-term goal of that is to be able to provide us with somewhat of a "what if" scenario. What if we took this tendon and moved it to a different attachment point? How would it affect the child's movement? So a surgeon can in essence perform a surgery to see what the outcome would be on a computer before ever working with the patient.
DR. SCOTT KOZIN, SHRINERS HOSPITAL FOR CHILDREN: Jim's work is extremely innovative. He has changed the way we care for people.
GUPTA: Watch how Jim Richards' 3-D models are redefining the way surgeons treat children this Saturday 2:30 p.m. Eastern on "THE NEXT LIST".
BLACKWELL: Is this a social media game changer?
KOSIK: The duke it out session.
BLACKWELL: Ok, so this week Instagram announced video options. You can record for up to 15 seconds. The reason people love Instagram -- and I'm on there, victorblackwellCNN -- is that you can use filters to change the effect, the color of your image. Instagram says five million videos were uploaded on day one of the video release.
KOSIK: Ok. I'm going to one-up you here -- Vine.
BLACKWELL: Go ahead.
KOSIK: Vine was launched five months ago. It's true you only get six seconds as opposed to 15 seconds, the micro videos. But 13 million users are Vining it. I want to know which is better, Vine or Instagram? Here's my Vine. Look at this.
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KOSIK: Did you know it's a new day? Nick Valencia, did you know it's a new day? NICK VALENCIA, CNN CORRESPONDENT: It's a NEW DAY WEEKEND.
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BLACKWELL: Now, my video is intentionally in black and white. You can have color but I did this because I wanted to show the filter. Now, here is my Instagram video.
This is my first Instagram video. I noticed people start and stop for no obvious reason other than to change their voice. And level of emotion. 15 seconds might actually be too much.
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BLACKWELL: You watch those videos.
KOSIK: I did -- yes. I kind of like the 15 seconds more. You know more face time for you, Victor.
BLACKWELL: More face time. But you know, you watch the videos and people edit for no reason other than to be dramatic.
KOSIK: That's pretty funny. I know but you were very good in that.
BLACKWELL: Yes, I can be really dramatic.
KOSIK: I mean who knows? Maybe this will really take off because you get that extra time to put your face out there.
BLACKWELL: You know, apparently it's a new day as we learned from your video.
KOSIK: Yes, it is a new day.
BLACKWELL: And shout out to Nick Valencia for a cameo there.
BLACKWELL: So we showed you their pictures last week.
KOSIK: But pictures may not do these adorable little guys justice. These are the brand new additions to Tampa's Busch Gardens. These lion cubs arrived from South Africa last month.
BLACKWELL: Yes. The three cubs are just a few months old and they are playful. You see this is -- it's still a lion, though. I mean remember that. They might be cute but they're lions. You can see them in person all summer long and beyond at the park's Edge of Africa attraction.
Hey, thanks for spending your money with us.
KOSIK: We've got much more ahead on NEW DAY SATURDAY which continues right now.