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Same-Sex Marriages Resume in California; Zimmerman Murder Trial; Ditching Paula Deen; President Obama in South Africa; Where Is Edward Snowden?; Excessive Heat Warnings in South California, Arizona, Nevada
Aired June 29, 2013 - 06:00 ET
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ALISON KOSIK, CNN ANCHOR: Who punched first? You'll hear from the neighbors who were there.
CAROL COSTELLO, CNN ANCHOR: It's been almost one week since he left Hong Kong. But the world is still asking where exactly is Edward Snowden? Our team of reporters around the world is on his trail.
KOSIK: And then there's none. Paula Deen's business partners can't seem to run from her fast enough. And if you want a copy of her new book, well, you're out of luck.
Good morning, I'm Alison Kosik.
COSTELLO: And I'm Carol Costello. It's 6:00 Eastern Time. This is NEW DAY SATURDAY. Thank you very much for joining us this morning.
We're going to take you live to South Africa now where President Zuma, the president of South Africa, is now holding a joint press conference with the president of the United States, of course, President Barack Obama.
As you know, Nelson Mandela has been on life support so we're eager to hear what President Zuma has to say. Let's listen in.
PRES. JACOB ZUMA, SOUTH AFRICA: We already see immense value in a strategic position such as Briggs and IPSA and look forward to strengthening the U.S./Africa partnership. We're pleased with the growing bilateral trade and investment. There's 600 U.S. companies in South Africa which have created in excess of 150,000 jobs.
The U.S. is also a major export market for South African products. South Africa, in turn, is your biggest market in Africa. Accounting for more than $7 billion of exports. We reaffirm the need for the extension of the African growth and opportunity act which expires in 2015.
Our initial trade has reached the levels proceeding the global recession largely due to the act. And arising out of this visit, we would like to see increased investment in the South African economy for mutual benefit. We've placed on the table bankable projects which range from infrastructure development to skills development for the use and also across a number of sectors lacking information and communication technologies, agriculture and the green economy. We've asked that and obtaining these investments should be the drive for regional integration, industrialization and localization of supply and manufacture.
Mr. President, youth development is a key forecast area for South Africa given that a third of our population is under the age of 15. This is a key feature of a national development plan. Therefore, we welcome our corporation in education, especially the school capacity and innovation program as well as investment.
COSTELLO: All right. We're going to break away from this. As you can hear the president of South Africa talking about a better trade relationship with the United States. And it wasn't long ago that President Obama told the world that he wouldn't be visiting Nelson Mandela at the hospital. He doesn't believe he needs a photo op there because of course it's a private time for the family who is still gathered around Nelson Mandela in his hospital bed.
We'll keep two men -- we'll keep monitoring when the two men talk about Nelson Mandela. We'll talk you back to South Africa.
KOSIK: We will do that.
Now in South Africa, everyone's thoughts are on Nelson Mandela. His ex-wife Winnie Mandela says the beloved former president is doing better but she said his health remains delicate. The 94-year-old Mandela is hospitalized in stable but critical condition with a lung infection. Winnie Mandela thanks well wishers.
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WINNIE MANDELA, NELSON MANDELA'S FORMER WIFE: We are here to say thank you very much. And there may be problems here and there when of you get carried away with the reports and the talk about our father in the presence. We are just here to thank you very much for your support, and we had no idea of the love out there for us in our particular situation.
(END VIDEO CLIP)
KOSIK: Many South Africans have gathered outside the hospital praying and leaving balloons and messages for Mr. Mandela.
COSTELLO: President Obama and the First Lady Michelle Obama will meet privately with Mr. Mandela's family later today. The White House saying the Obamas will not go see Mr. Mandela at the hospital out of deference to his peace and comfort and to his family's wishes.
Mr. Obama has been holding a news conference with the South African president, Jacob Zuma, we showed you that a few moments ago. And in a few more hours, he'll greet -- the President Obama, I'm talking about. He'll greet youngsters in Johannesburg's Soweto District.
But let's talk about what's happening here, here in the United States because, boy, it is hot out west.
KOSIK: It is hot.
COSTELLO: Where temperatures this weekend could plunge to a sweltering 129 degrees.
KOSIK: That's like skin melting off your body degrees.
COSTELLO: That's like unbelievable. That's the forecast for Death Valley this morning. Phoenix and Las Vegas won't be much cooler. The mercury there is expected to reach 118 degrees.
The early summer heat wave is already causing public health problems as you might expect. Almost 200 people were treated for heat-related injuries during an all-day concert yesterday in Las Vegas. Thirty others ended up in the hospital.
Officials are advising people to drink lots of water and stay in the shade. Duh? Right.
And they're taking steps to avoid the worst-case scenario, a power outage that would of course knock out the air conditioning.
KOSIK: And excessive heat warnings, they are blanketing Southern California, Arizona, Nevada as well. What is -- what is driving up these temperatures?
I want to know how long is the heat going to last. Let's go to meteorologist Alexandra Steele in the CNN Severe Weather Center.
What do you think, Alexandra?
ALEXANDRA STEELE, AMS METEOROLOGIST: All right, well, I'll tell you why, and the problem is it's really going to last for quite some time, straight through the weekend, into next week. We talked about these temperatures, 125. We'll see it. A rare stake is 125 degrees. So we're talking incredible heat.
All right. Here's what we're seeing, it's the jet stream extreme. Ridge of high pressure to the west, bulging air, all driving north. But here the antithesis of that on the eastern seaboard. Low-pressure in control with this trough. So with the west, we're talking about 120 degrees because of this high. On the east, so much of the east is seeing cooler than normal temperatures and a ton of rain. It's two sides of the same coin.
To the west we go, the dome of high pressure, high pressure air sinks, it compresses and, thus, it warms. You've ever pumped up your bicycle tire and then you feel the kind of the warmth on the rubber? That's what's happening. And the problem is it's lasting for a long time and also nighttime temperatures, right now, it's 96 degrees in Phoenix. So it's the nighttime air that's not going to drop below 90 degrees.
So here's where it is from Vegas to Phoenix to Yuma. These are rare. We all have this extreme heat warnings. And also, temperature wise, Salt Lake City, Las Vegas, Death Valley, Phoenix, all will see record temperatures.
To give you a little perspective, Las Vegas should be hot, right? It should be 103. Today 116. The record for the day is 115. So record- shattering temperatures but it's not just a two-day affair. You can see even through Monday, we're at 115. And Tuesday and Wednesday as well.
Death Valley, look at this, 129, all-time record temperature on earth is 134. And you can see where, look at this, and that's how incredibly high.
So of course it's part and parcel to the west and to the east and we'll talk about the eastern part of the country, guys, and show you how that is so related to the heat out west.
KOSIK: Already, Alexandria Steels, thanks. You know, I -- I wonder if it's a dry heat.
COSTELLO: But it's a dry heat.
COSTELLO: all right. Let's move on to some other news this morning. Same-sex couples are tying the knot once again in California. A federal appeals court cleared the way for them to do that yesterday. Two days after the U.S. Supreme Court dismissed an appeal over same- sex marriages. One of the first couples to say their "I dos" two women who were plaintiffs in the court case.
Reporter Chuck Clifford with our affiliate KRON has more.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: We're ready.
CHUCK CLIFFORD, REPORTER, KRON: Around 3:30 Friday afternoon Kirsten Perry and Sandra Steer waited nervously outside the San Francisco County Clerk's Office. Inside the staff was scrambling to figure out if indeed they did have the green light to move forward with same-sex marriage. But after about 20 minutes the couple was welcomed in to begin the process.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Here's some marriage license applications.
CLIFFORD: At that same moment, Attorney General Kamala Harris was standing nearby, she was literally on the phone instructing other county clerks to begin issuing licenses. This is the call she made to Los Angeles. KAMALA HARRIS, CALIFORNIA ATTORNEY GENERAL: You must start the marriages immediately.
CLIFFORD: After filling out the application, the couple joined hands on a balcony under the rotunda. The attorney general did the honors.
HARRIS: I now declare you spouses for life.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Tell the world how you feel.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: We're so happy.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: So happy.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: I'm happy.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Joyous. Looking forward to many other weddings. We want to start to going to weddings.
(END VIDEO CLIP)
COSTELLO: Congratulation. Our thanks to San Francisco affiliate KORN's Chuck Clifford for that report.
KOSIK: Jurors are getting the weekend off in the George Zimmerman murder trial. They've been hearing from witnesses all week about what they heard or saw the night Zimmerman called Florida teen Trayvon Martin. A neighbor who took the stand yesterday described a fight he witnessed between the two.
Here's CNN's Martin Savidge with more.
MARTIN SAVIDGE, CNN CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): What Jonathan Good saw the night Trayvon Martin died goes to the heart of the Zimmerman case.
MARK O'MARA, GEORGE ZIMMERMAN'S DEFENSE ATTORNEY: That night that you saw, the person who you now know to be Trayvon Martin was on top, correct?
JONATHAN GOOD, NEIGHBOR: Correct.
O'MARA: And he was the one who was raining blows down on the person on the bottom, George Zimmerman, right?
GOOD: That's what it looks like.
SAVIDGE: Good lives in the subdivision where the shooting took place. He was watching from his patio about 15 to 20 feet away. Zimmerman that night was wearing a red and black jacket. Martin, a dark hoodied sweatshirt.
O'MARA: The color of clothing on the -- on top, what could you see?
GOOD: It was dark. O'MARA: OK. How about the color of clothing at the bottom?
GOOD: I believe it was a light white or red color.
SAVIDGE: But that's not all Good says he saw. He witnessed physical blows being thrown. And then a style, mixed martial arts.
O'MARA: What you saw was the person on top and in MMA-style straddle position, correct?
O'MARA: Now as further described, was it not, as being ground and pound?
SAVIDGE: Good also testified about one more key question, that voice screaming for help in the darkness he believes belonged to Zimmerman.
O'MARA: The voice screaming for help however many times, that you heard it, it was just one person's voice?
GOOD: When I heard it outside? I believe it was one person's voice, yes.
O'MARA: And you now believe that that was George Zimmerman's voice, correct?
GOOD: I never said that.
O'MARA: Do you believe --
GOOD: I said it could have been but I was not 100 percent sure.
O'MARA: I'm not asking for 100 percent certainty. I'm asking you to use your common sense to tell us if you think that was George Zimmerman's voice screaming for help, the person on the bottom.
GOOD: That's just my opinion.
SAVIDGE: The next person to take the stand was another neighbor, Jonathan Manalo, who was the first person to talk to Zimmerman seconds after the shooting.
O'MARA: Were you the first person after the shot that came into contact with anybody out there, the defendant and the victim on the ground?
JONATHAN MANALO, ZIMMERMAN'S NEIGHBOR: Yes.
SAVIDGE: A prosecution seemed to be focused on Zimmerman's state of mind, zeroing in on the phone call Manalo made that night. A handcuffed Zimmerman had asked Manalo to call his wife for him.
MANALO: I had a connection right away. And I said, your husband is involved in a shooting. He's being handcuffed and is going to be held for questioning at the Stanford Police Department. And around that time, he kind of cut me off and he says, just tell her I shot someone.
O'MARA: Did you have a response to that?
O'MARA: What did you say?
MANALO: OK, well, he just shot someone.
SAVIDGE: Manalo also testified that Zimmerman had to look at the man who had just been beaten up and even snapped this cell phone picture of Zimmerman's bloody head. On cross-examination, Manalo seemed to encapsulate Zimmerman's entire defense, quoting what Zimmerman told him moments after the fatal shot and with the body of the teenager lying sprawled nearby.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: This guy was beating me up and I shot him.
MANALO: And I had to defend myself and I shot him.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I'm sorry?
MANALO: I was defending myself and I shot him.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: So this guy was beating me up, I was defending myself and I shot him, is what he told you?
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Without hesitation?
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: And from what you could tell at the moment, it seemed completely true?
SAVIDGE: Testimony later from a police officer who was one of the first responders on the scene seemed to align with Zimmerman's claims.
JOHN GUY, ASSISTANT STATE ATTORNEY: Was his jacket pushed up in any way?
OFFICER TIMOTHY SMITH, SANFORD POLICE: I don't believe so.
GUY: Did you see any tears in his jacket?
SMITH: No, sir.
GUY: What, if anything, did you notice about the condition of his jacket?
SMITH: The back of it was wetter than the front of it. And it was also covered in grass.
SAVIDGE: The last person on the witness stand on Friday was a physician's assistant. She was the person that treated George Zimmerman the day after the assault took place. In a way, her testimony actually bolstered both sides. She did say that George Zimmerman had suffered a number of injuries that seemed consistent with taking a sort of beating. On the other hand, the prosecution pointed out, those injury did not seem to be that severe, not life- threatening as George Zimmerman has maintained his life was on the line when he shot Trayvon Martin.
KOSIK: Martin Savidge, thanks.
And later, Trayvon Martin's stepmother shares her perspective on the trial and gives insight into who Trayvon Martin was. This is a CNN exclusive.
COSTELLO: Did you want to buy a Paula Deen cookbook? Well, sorry to say you're flat out of luck. We'll tell you why a whole bunch of Amazon customers are about to be disappointed.
KOSIK: Another blow for celebrity chef Paula Deen. Her publisher Random House now says that it will not publish her latest cookbook. And (INAUDIBLE).
COSTELLO: I know. It's pretty surprising. This is the very same cookbook that shot to the top of Amazon's best-seller list months before it was set to come out. The show of support from Deen's fans after all that controversy.
KOSIK: Alina Machado has more on the long list of corporations that are ditching Deen.
ALINA MACHADO, CNN CORRESPONDENT: QVC has announced Paula Deen will no longer be appearing on any of their shows for now. Sears said Friday it was phasing out all products tied to the brand. The announcements come as CNN learned Deen has hired a crisis management firm.
MACHADO (voice-over): Despite her repeated apologies --
PAULA DEEN, CHEF: And I hope that you forgive me.
MACHADO: -- and her explanation on national television.
MATT LAUER, THE "TODAY" SHOW: Are you a racist?
DEEN: No. No, I'm not.
LAUER: By birth, by choice, by osmosis, you don't feel you have racist tendencies? DEEN: No.
MACHADO: The number of companies ending their ties with Paula Deen continues to grow after she admitted to having used the N word in a deposition taken for an ongoing civil lawsuit filed by a former employee.
DAVID JOHNSON, CEO, STRATEGIC VISION: She's making the issue worse every time she opens up her mouth.
MACHADO: On Thursday Target said it would discontinue Deen's products. Home Depot announced it had stopped selling her kitchen and cookware line. And diabetes company Novo Nordisk suspended its relationship with Deen. Several others including Wal-Mart and the Food Network also have called it quits in recent days.
JOHNSON: Your big sponsor, your big corporations are going to stay away from her.
MACHADO: "Forbes" ranked Deen the fourth highest paid celebrity chef last year. Estimating her endorsement earnings at $17 million. Her fans have flocked to her Facebook page to show support. There's even a "We Support Paula Deen" page with hundreds of thousands of likes. Some members of the African-American community have also come out in her defense.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Was it right? No. I mean she could have used another term, but, hey, it was a mistake that she made.
REV. GREGORY TYSON, SR., FIRST JERUSALEM MISSIONARY BAPTIST CHURCH: She can't have a heart against black people with all that she's done.
MACHADO: Actress Stacy Dash showed her support in a tweet saying in part, "God does everything for a reason, Paula Deen, only God can judge your heart."
(On camera): I spoke with the vice president of a travel company who arranges Deen Themed Cruises. She tells me they have no plans to cut their ties with Deen. She also says since the controversy broke, people have been calling her office to show their support for Deen and also asked about her cruises.
Alina Machado, CNN, Atlanta.
KOSIK: And if you actually go to her Amazon best-seller page, you can still see "Paula Deen's New Testament" and that's her soon-to-be- released cookbook. But you can't click on the link anymore. There's no order information. She's really taking hits all over the place.
COSTELLO: That's just incredible. Some other publisher will pick her up, I'm sure, right? Because those orders have already been placed for the book, so you'd want to make some money, right?
KOSIK: Money talks. COSTELLO: You would think that will just be a good business decision.
KOSIK: Money talks. You know, when it comes down to it, maybe some of those -- some of those decisions that were made by some of the folks who dropped her may come back and pick her back up again after sort of the dust clears.
COSTELLO: We'll see. It's a lot of dust to clear though, right?
President Obama says his thoughts are with Nelson Mandela. We'll hear from the president in South Africa next.
COSTELLO: Welcome back to NEW DAY SATURDAY. President Obama just spoke in South Africa, alongside President Jacob Zuma, the president of South Africa. And as expected he talked about Nelson Mandela.
KOSIK: He talked about the AIDS program as well in South Africa, as well as Zimbabwe and the harassment of citizens there that needs to stop. But really we're focusing on Nelson Mandela because of his condition.
COSTELLO: Let's listen to the president.
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BARACK OBAMA, PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES: Our thoughts and those of Americans and people all around the world are with Nelson Mandela and his family and all of South Africa's. The struggle here against apartheid for freedom, Madiba's moral courage, this country's historic transition to a free and democratic nation has been a personal inspiration to me. It has been an inspiration to the world.
(END VIDEO CLIP)
COSTELLO: Nelson Mandela has been an inspiration for so many people around the world. Talk about your ultimate civil rights fighter. Nelson Mandela was it.
KOSIK: Really is.
COSTELLO: Of course he remains on life support in a South African hospital. President Obama will meet with Mandela's family a little later today. We'll keep you posted on whether anything happens.
Let's talk about something else this morning on the hunt for Edward Snowden. There's been no sign of him since he left Hong Kong for Russia. But our CNN correspondents, they're on the tail, and now Snowden's father wants to make a deal with Washington. We'll tell you about that next.
(COMMERCIAL BREAK) KOSIK: Bottom of the hour now. Welcome back, I'm Alison Kosik.
COSTELLO: And I'm Carol Costello. Thanks for being with us. Here five things you need to know this morning.
Number one, excessive heat warnings are blanketing Southern California, Arizona and Nevada. The temperature in Death Valley this weekend could climb to 129 degrees. Phoenix and Las Vegas could see 118 degrees. The hit wave already causing health problems. Almost 200 people were treated for heat-related injuries at a concert yesterday in Las Vegas. Officials say people should drink lots and lots of water trying to stay in the shade or indoors. And they are taking steps to avoid the worst case scenario of power outage that would knock out all air conditioning.
KOSIK: Number two, same-sex couples in California are hurrying up. They want to get married after this week's historic Supreme Court decision on marriage. Yesterday Kris Terry and Sandy Stier were the first to be married. And afterward, they spoke with California's attorney general who performed the ceremony.
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KRIS PERRY, PLAINTIFF IN SUPREME COURT CASE: It's a great day in San Francisco. It's a great day in California. It's a great day in the United States of America because Sandy and I are married. And this is the first day of the rest of our lives together. And we could not be more elated.
SANDY STIER, PLAINTIFF IN SUPREME COURT CASE: And today's a special day for us. We have waited a long time for this day. Kris and I fell in love 14 years ago. And we knew that our relationship would last. And our family would last. And we wanted our love to last and to be dignified by the institution of marriage. And we've tried to get married. And finally, we got to really get married today. So today's a wonderful, special day for us.
(END VIDEO CLIP)
KOSIK: Perry was the lead plaintiff in the Supreme Court case that led to the overturning of California's Prop 8.
COSTELLO: Number three, this Texas actress has been charged and indicted now with mailing letters laced with ricin to President Obama and the New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg. Ricin is poisonous. Less than a pinpoint can kill a human being. The red-headed 35-year- old has had small roles in blockbusters like "Twilight" and "The Blind Side" as according to her IMDB page. She faces up to 15 years in prison if convicted.
KOSIK: Number four, an American student has been killed in protest in Egypt. 21-year-old Andrew Pochter was stabbed while watching demonstrations in the coastal city of Alexandria.
The violent protests seen here are between supporters and opponents of Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi whose one year anniversary in office is tomorrow.
COSTELLO: And number five, Edward Snowden's father wants to make a deal with the Justice Department, a deal he says may persuade the NSA leaker to return voluntarily to the United States to face up the espionage charges. In a letter obtained by CNN, Snowden's father demands that his son remain free prior to trial. Not be subject to a gag order and be tried wherever Snowden chooses. Of course, the one thing everyone wants to know right now where is Edward Snowden.
KOSIK: We have CNN correspondents stationed across the globe from Russia to Cuba to Ecuador. Karl Penhaul is in Moscow. Patrick Oppmann is in Havana and Matthew Chance is in Quito, Ecuador. Let's begin with Karl.
KARL PENHAUL, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Well, Aeroflot Saturday flight from Moscow to Havana has just left a few moments ago from Sheremetyevo airport and there was absolutely no indication that Edward Snowden was on board. He certainly didn't come through the public lounge and there was no indication either that he climbed up the stairs of what was (inaudible) to get to the aircraft. So that begs the question, is he still here in Moscow airport.
Now, the area that we've been describing, the transit lounge, is rather a large area. In fact, when you come into this airport in transit you have access to three terminals, terminals D, E and F. If you walk those from end to end, it's about three quarters of a mile three quarters of a mile through restaurant, through coffee shops and through the duty-free area. But I don't believe he's hiding in plain sight there. We've been combing this area now for several days.
We also looked in the VIP and business lounges. No sign of him there either. There are a number of side doors and back doors marked "For Authorized Personnel" only. My thought is that at this stage somebody has possibly helped him out through one of those side doors.
What we also know, as it starred this week, the Venezuelan president is due to travel here to Moscow. There is a thought, one might want to watch that flight from the Venezuelan president back to South America. Maybe Edward Snowden will be hitting a ride on that presidential flight. But over to Patrick and see what he has for us in Cuba.
PATRICK OPPMANN, CNN CORRESPONDENT: You know, how does Edward Snowden get from Russia to Ecuador? One of the most likely routes appears to be through here, Havana, Cuba, on the regular Aeroflot service. So, all this week, journalists have been boarding the 12-hour flight hoping to get that Snowden interview. So far, though, no one's even gotten a glimpse of him. It's not even clear if Cuban officials would allow him to transit through the country.
Of course, if he would arrive here he would be joining dozens of others U.S. fugitives given political asylum in Cuba over the years. But Snowden may have bad timing. Cuban officials have recently said that they would like to have better relations with the United States. And unlikely that would happen if they help this fugitive escape from U.S. authorities. Matthew Chance has more in Ecuador.
MATTHEW CHANCE, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Patrick, thanks very much.
Well, here in Ecuador it's meant to be we believe the final destination of Edward Snowden. We know that he's making asylum request here. That request, though, according to Ecuadorian officials has not yet been processed because Edward Snowden has neither managed to reach the territory of Ecuador, nor any of its diplomatic missions. There's also been a denial issued by the Ecuadorian government that they've issued Edward Snowden with some kind of refugee travel document. That may have made it much easier for him to leave his position that we believe he's in inside Moscow Airport. They're saying the travel documents he has are no longer valid. They were never valid, in fact, according to the central Ecuadorian government.
Nevertheless, Rafael Correa, the country's president, taking a big risk even considering giving an asylum to Edward Snowden. It may be good for him politically, he's built his political reputation on being an outspoken critic of the United States foreign policy. But economically it could have profound implications for the country's trading relationship with the U.S. Back to you. Alison and Carol.
KOSIK: OK. Matthew Chance in Quito, Patrick Oppmann in Havana and Karl Penhaul in Moscow. We've got it covered everywhere, don't we?
COSTELLO: We do. And we still can't find him.
COSTELLO: The woman who has raised Trayvon Martin for 14 years finally breaking her silence. Trayvon Martin's stepmother says he was not a thug, would not have started a fight with George Zimmerman. Our exclusive interview with Trayvon Martin's stepmom coming up next.
But first, here's a look back at the week's headlines in pictures.
COSTELLO: The woman who helped raise Trayvon Martin for 14 years is speaking out. Alicia Stanley was married to Martin's father Tracy for years, though they had separated before the shooting. In a CNN exclusive interview, she told Anderson Cooper about the kind of kid Trayvon was.
ALICIA STANLEY, TRAYVON MARTIN'S STEPMOTHER: I want people to know that Trayvon was a kind person. He was a loving person. He loved children. Babies, you know, before this happened, I really believe he would have been working with children because he adored children. And just let people know that he's not what the media make him out to be. Like he was this thug. He wasn't that.
ANDERSON COOPER, CNN ANCHOR: Are you watching the trial?
STANLEY: I'm not watching the trial. My --
COOPER: Why? STANLEY: It's hard for me. I mean, to see and hear the things that led to his death, it's hard for me. And I don't care to hear it. I don't care to hear that. I don't.
COOPER: Do you have any doubt about what happened?
STANLEY: I have no doubt that he didn't start that fight. He didn't start the fight. What I'm saying is that - he did - it was a fight. There's no doubt, it was a fight. And Zimmerman had to put his hands on him to cause that fight. He was defending himself. So for people to say he tried to kill him and he this and he that, I don't think anyone would have him standing somewhere in the dark and being approached by someone they don't know, and being pushed around, and you're not going to defend yourself.
(END VIDEO CLIP)
KOSIK: We knew ten-year-old Sarah Murnaghan fought an uphill battle to get new lungs. Now new information about just how steep her climb was. What Sarah's mom revealed about her daughter's fight for survival.
KOSIK: We have an update this morning on Sarah Murnaghan. She's a ten- year-old whose story touched off a national debate over lung transplant rules. You can see Sarah there without the breathing mask she had to wear before she got new lungs. Sarah's mom revealed just yesterday that her daughter who suffers from cystic fibrosis actually had two lung transplant surgeries. CNN's national correspondent Jason Carroll has been following the story. Jason.
JASON CARROLL, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Alison, Murnaghan's mother said doctors told her it was a miracle that Sarah survived two lung transplants. It got so critical doctors told the family that Sarah had a 50 percent chance of dying in the second surgery. But she only, they said had a one in the million chance of surviving with her first set of transplanted lungs.
So here's what happened, back on June 12th, that's when she received the first transplant. Her parents telling everyone who had been following the story that things went well. But later that night, a code blue emergency was called. The donated lungs simply were not working. Sarah's family says doctors told them she would not survive the week.
So she was put back on the transplant list. And because she was so sick, and because of a change in rules, the change that happened because of her and her family, she was approved to be listed for adult lungs. So, on June 15th, the second surgery took place. Her mother explained why she kept the second surgery so private.
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JANET MURNAGHAN, SARAH MURNAGHAN'S MOTHER: This all happened very fast. And we weren't expecting it. And frankly, we were told in those three days that she was going to die. And so, it was never something that we wanted to keep a secret for any period of time. But it was something that we felt like in that moment, we weren't prepared to live out her dying in public.
(END VIDEO CLIP)
CARROLL: Sarah's mother said since the second surgery, her lungs have improved with each day. But she and doctors still caution it's going to be a long road to recovery. She will have another surgery on Monday on her diaphragm that should help with her breathing a little bit more. So, it's going to be a tough time for her, it's going to be touching, though, for a while but for now, Sarah Murnaghan is proving to be just as tough as her parents always said she was. Alison.
KOSIK: OK, Jason. Jason Carroll, thank you.
COSTELLO: A dangerous heat wave is roasting. And I mean roasting the West. We'll tell you where the temperature this weekend could spike to a sweltering 129 degrees.
COSTELLO: No surprise here the New England Patriots are distancing themselves one step further from murder suspect and former player Aaron Hernandez. Jared Greenberg is here with more, in this morning "Bleacher Report," good morning.
JARED GREENBERG, BLEACHER REPORT: Good morning, ladies. In the world of the NFL Aaron Hernandez no longer exists. The accused murderer has been wiped from the league's website and now his former team doesn't want his number 81 jersey showing up around town or future Patriots games. Days after releasing Hernandez from a $40 million contract, the New England Patriots are allowing their fans to exchange Aaron Hernandez jerseys at no additional costs. The organization says they understand why parents wouldn't want their kids donning the one's proud number 81, and they can stop by the team store today in the mall to pick out a new jersey. A welcome gesture by the Patriots faithful.
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UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I mean who wants to hang on to a Hernandez jersey?
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I'd go and get a Brady jersey.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: I think it's a great initiative. I think a lot of people are going to take them up on that, too. To smuggle --
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GREENBERG: Lance Armstrong not only owning up to doping up these days. He says it's impossible to win the Tour de France without performance enhancing drugs. The seven time Tour winner told the French newspaper the prestigious race is a test of endurance for oxygen. This besides (ph) in case you'd realize that. Previously, Armstrong admitted to Oprah Winfrey that doping was part of the job. All of this is perfect timing as the 100th Tour de France got under way earlier this morning. All right, happy story time. In Chicago, they were partying like it was 2013. Literally. 2 million Blackhawk fans apparently don't have jobs or they just did their best Ferris Bueller impression.
It was a scorcher in Chicago as well, over 40 people Friday afternoon were taken to the hospital for heat-related issues, but the festivities went on. For the second time in four seasons the Windy City celebrating a Stanley Cup champion. They love their hockey in Chicago.
KOSIK: So people passed out because of the heat? That's so sad.
GREENBERG: Well, that's at least the reports they're telling us. Maybe there's some other activities going on. I don't know, CNN wouldn't fly me out there to find these things out.
COSTELLO: Thank you, Jared.
GREENBERG: You got that.
COSTELLO: An Iowa woman - she was fired from her job, I'm serious about this, because her boss said working with her risked his marriage.
KOSIK: So, what she did was, she sued. But she lost her legal battle last December, so now she's getting a rare chance to fight back. Listen.
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POPPY HARLOW, CNN CORRESPONDENT: This week Iowa's Supreme Court took a rare step with drawing a unanimous decision in Melissa Nelson's case.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: People think this decision is just unfair.
HARLOW: Dentist James Knight called Melissa Nelson one of the best dental assistants he'd ever had. But he fired her in 2010. Why? Because she presented "an irresistible attraction" for record, say, "threatening his marriage."
MELISSA NELSON, FIRED FOR BEING "A THREAT TO THE MARRIAGE OF HER BOSS" The reasoning was I was affecting his home life and his personal life and that it was time for me to go.
HARLOW: Records show Dr. Knight's wife demanded that he terminate Nelson's employment. Nelson sued claiming gender discrimination.
NELSON: I'm not attracted to him. I've never been attracted to him.
HARLOW: Nelson said Dr. Knight complained "her clothing was too tight and revealing." Not so, says Nelson.
NELSON: I just (inaudible) myself as this everyday person that (ph) goes to work.
HARLOW: Last December the all-male Iowa Supreme Court unanimously ruled Nelson's firing was unfair, but legal. And not gender discrimination, answering the key question, can somebody be lawfully terminated simply because the boss views the employee as an irresistible attraction.
NELSON: Hello, I'm Melissa.
HARLOW: She hasn't stopped fighting. In April, Nelson brought attention to her case on Comedy Central.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Were you a good hygienist?
NELSON: Of course.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: How many cavities, would you guess, I've had in my entire life?
NELSON: Open up.
HARLOW: Now, Iowa's Supreme Court is reconsidering its decision.
RYAN KOOPMANS, IOWA ATTORNEY AND BLOGGER FOR "ON BRIEF": It's really unprecedented. There is no new evidence, there is no fact that the Supreme Court missed. The only thing that's new here is the public reaction to the opinion, which is mostly negative, actually overwhelmingly negative.
HARLOW: Nelson's attorney said her client is "delighted" at the news. Knight's attorney said he is "confident that the Supreme Court will reaffirm its prior decision."
NELSON: I did my job to the best of my ability. I worked hard.
HARLOW: Now, in its December decision, Iowa Supreme Court pointed out that Dr. Knight hired a female replacement for Nelson. And argued that showed while the firing was unfair, it was not gender discrimination. Legal experts say what makes this case so unique is that the court is not considering any new evidence. But still agreed to reconsider its decision. That decision could come as early as next week or it could take months. Alison.
KOSIK: OK. Poppy Harlow, thanks.
OK. So, as the headlines on Paula Deen's past use of racial slurs continue to pile up, her business partners there drop the --.
COSTELLO: Oh, but somebody is cashing in. And wouldn't you know it, comedians are. Let's listen.
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JAY LENO: More problems with Paula. She's now been dropped by Walmart, Sears, Home Depot, Target and QVC. This woman has been dumped more than Taylor Swift. It is unbelievable. UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Target announced today they'll no longer carry her products in their stores, and the company Novo Nordisk announced they're suspending their partnership on the diabetes drug, Victoza. It's bad when even the disease doesn't want to associate with --
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UNIDENTIFIED MALE: There are rumors that Paula Deen is going to be appearing on "The View." First, (inaudible) and then "The View." I think she keeps saying, yes to all the assures because she's too scared to say another "N" word.
KOSIK: Watching this --
COSTELLO: That wasn't even funny.
KOSIK: I was wondering why Jimmy Kimmel had that thing across his face. But Carol you said you knew why?
COSTELLO: He opened a car door and accidentally the car door hit him in the eye. And he's had a black eye for the past week. But he sports it handsomely, doesn't he?
KOSIK: He does.
COSTELLO: All right, thanks for starting your morning with us. We've got much more ahead on the next hour of NEW DAY SATURDAY which starts right now.