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"Rolling Stone" Cover Controversy; Trayvon Martin's Parents Speak Out; Zoraida's Brave Fight; Countdown to the Royal Baby

Aired July 19, 2013 - 08:30   ET


CHRIS CUOMO, CNN ANCHOR: Welcome back to NEW DAY, everybody. It is Friday, July 19th. I'm Chris Cuomo.

KATE BOLDUAN, CNN ANCHOR: Good morning, everyone. I'm Kate Bolduan. We're joined by news anchor Michaela Pereira and she has the five things you need to know for your new day.


Good morning, everyone.

Here we go, at number one, gritty and graphic pictures of alleged Boston bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev right before his capture. They were leaked in response to the latest "Rolling Stone" cover which critics say glorifies that terror suspect.

The end is in sight for the sixth day heat wave blistering the Northeast and the Midwest. Forecasters say severe thunderstorms tonight will help drop those hot temperatures.

California's mountain fire, meanwhile, has now burned through 35 square miles, forcing 6,000 people to evacuate their home. Crews are using water dropping aircraft in hopes of containing the flames.

New video of a Philadelphia building coming down. A camera on the front of a bus shows that deadly collapse last month. Six people died, 14 others injured.

And at number five, a royal cliffhanger. We are on stork watch as debate swirls over the duchess of Cambridge's due date, where she'll give birth and even the baby's name.

You know, we are always updating our five things to know, so be sure to go to for the very latest.


CUOMO: All right, thank you very much, Michaela.

Trayvon Martin's parents are speaking out about the George Zimmerman verdict and the way their son was portrayed during the trial. Here's what they had to say to Anderson Cooper.

(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP) ANDERSON COOPER, HOST, CNN'S "AC 360": You all had talked ahead of time about not being there on the day the verdict came down. Why did you not want to be there on that day?

SYBRINA FULTON, TRAYVON MARTIN'S MOTHER: We didn't want to be there because we were told by the court system that there were -- you couldn't do any outbursts. How could you be quiet? How could you not say anything? How could you not show any emotions? So I think by us not being there, it took the sting out of people seeing us react to it, because it literally broke us down.

COOPER: When you heard the verdict on television, you broke down?

FULTON: Yes. Yes.

COOPER: Did it come as a total shock?

FULTON: It came as a complete shock for me. And the reason I say that is because I just look at people as people and I thought for sure that the jury looked at Trayvon as an average teenager that was minding his own business. That wasn't committing any crime. That was coming home from the store and were feet away from where he was actually going.

COOPER: Does it surprise you how much the jury seemed to agree with the defense's version of events?

TRACY MARTIN, TRAYVON MARTIN'S FATHER: My answer to that would be, what if it was their child that was murdered, that was shot in the heart? Would they feel as though it was their child's blame -- to blame for their death? I think that was a very insensitive statement coming from her. From the beginning of the trial, she had her mind made up.

COOPER: You believe she had her mind made up from the beginning of the trial?

MARTIN: No doubt. No doubt.

COOPER: As you know, juror B37, and I assume the other jurors as well, didn't discuss race in the jury room. She clearly does not believe that race played any role in the profiling of Trayvon Martin in -- at any level in this case. What do you think of that?

FULTON: I think that's a joke because he clearly said in the 911 calls that it was a black teenager, an African-American teenager. So that was the profile. Trayvon had every right to be in that community. I don't understand why she wouldn't see that. But then again, there's the disconnect. There's definitely a disconnect.

COOPER: Do you think if George Zimmerman had been black, he would have been allowed to go free that night after shooting somebody?

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Absolutely not. That's ridiculous. If the roles were reversed and Trayvon Martin shot unarmed George Zimmerman, he would have been arrested right there on the spot, hour one, minute one, second one if he wasn't shot because when a black man has a gun, it's a different ball game.

COOPER: What change do you hope to effect?

FULTON: The change that we hope to effect is with the laws. We want to make sure that any teenager that's walking down the street can feel safe, that they won't be killed and that they will make it home safely. Another thing we hope to accomplish through the foundation is to connect families that are victims of senseless gun violence. God wanted us to be the spokesperson. So, hopefully, we can find some positive, some bright side out of all of this.


BOLDUAN: All right, thanks so much. We're going to get back to much more of that and follow that story because the protests are going to continue and you're (ph) going to be following all of that for us.

All right, coming up next on NEW DAY, a visit from a friend. Where is she? There she is. We're going to see her in a second. Zoraida Sambolin will be here two months after bravely revealing her decision to have a double mastectomy -- there she is - in her battle against breast cancer. She's going to join us to give us an update.

Hey, Z.

CUOMO: She looks great. She looks great.


CUOMO: It's great to see you. Hey, Zoraida, see you in a second.

SAMBOLIN: Thank you.


BOLDUAN: Welcome back to NEW DAY, everyone.

Now for a very personal story for all of us here at CNN. Our friend and "EARLY START" anchor Zoraida Sambolin has been very candid and very brave about her battle with breast cancer. Well, Zoraida is here to join us to give us an update on how things are going.

Zoraida, it is so great to see you and I know our viewers will say the same. How are you doing?

ZORAIDA SAMBOLIN, CNN CORRESPONDENT: I'm doing really well, Kate. I'm really happy to be seen. I've got to tell you, I had a couple of bumps in the road, but I have survived them and I am well on the road to recovery here and hopefully back at work really soon.

But, you know, we documented this journey. I had a producer that worked with me, Rose, and a camera guy, Kevin. And so we're going to take a little step back and go back to kind of the beginning when I went into surgery. I have this piece for you.

(BEGIN VIDEOTAPE) UNIDENTIFIED MALE: And we pray for good reports.

SAMBOLIN (voice-over): My day start with a prayer.


Doctors believe there is cancer in a duct in my left breast and that may not be all.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: We would have to go to plan b if one of those biopsies were positive.

SAMBOLIN: I'm joining a fast growing population of women removing both breasts because I am fearful of more cancer.

SAMBOLIN (on camera): And that's what I'm focused on, that I will feel confident at the end of all of this that the cancer is gone.

SAMBOLIN (voice-over): A lumpectomy and radiation have shown to be as effective.

SAMBOLIN (on camera): Can I just have a minute?

SAMBOLIN (voice-over): But I have two children and I'm afraid to risk the cancer coming back. This year, over 230,000 women were diagnosed with breast cancer. Nearly 40,000 women died. I don't want to be one of them.

SAMBOLIN (on camera): I'm hoping to hear, in an ideal world, you know, all the cancer is gone, lymph nodes are good, no cancer in the right breast. That, I guess, would be the most positive outcome I could have here.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: We're going to head up.

SAMBOLIN (voice-over): The doctors will get a critical answer as I sleep. Has cancer escaped the duct and reached my lymph nodes, creating a dangerous pathway to my immune system?

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Get it out of the way and send it off.

SAMBOLIN: The operating room falls to silence. Doctors get the first results of the biopsy.




UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: The lymph nodes are two (ph) negative nodes.

SAMBOLIN: The lymph nodes are negative for cancer. A few moments later, more biopsy results.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Is one lymph node (INAUDIBLE) negative for carcinoma, left basic (ph) biopsy which is benign breast tissue.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: OK. Thank you very much.


SAMBOLIN: Both sides are negative. My family gets the news before I do.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: The lymph nodes on both sides, the left and the right, were OK. The fact that the lymph node was OK is good.

So far so good. Very welcome.

KENNY WILLIAMS, ZORAIDA'S FIANCE: I just got news that I'm going to have my wife with me for who knows how long. I mean but she's not going to die of breast cancer. That's not going to take her away.

NICHOLAS HARRIS (ph), ZORAIDA'S SON: I was actually - I went to take a deep breath because it was a huge sigh of relief and the fact that she was going to be OK.

SAMBOLIN: But with cancer, the news is never fully reassuring. The cancer wasn't confined to a left breast duct as doctors had assumed. It was invasive on the left side and an early carcinoma on the right. I acted before it appeared in my lymph nodes. And that made all the difference to me and my family.


SAMBOLIN: I've got to tell you, it's still hard to go back and look. I mean I'm fine, I'm doing great my prognosis is excellent. But when you go back and you look at that and you see your son and you see the suffering and -- that my whole family went through, it's kind of difficult. It's also hard.

I've got to tell you Kate to see "Zoraida's Brave Fight" because I haven't been brave along the way all the time. And I really want to thank the folks on Facebook, in particular, because we've opened up a great dialogue. And they've really helped me get through it and a lot of the women now are allowing me to help them through their journey. So that has been incredibly empowering. I can't tell you.

BOLDUAN: And Zoraida, I mean you're so brave to document this journey because it's difficult enough but then to have cameras around when it's happening. It's truly amazing. So what is -- what is the road like from here on out?

SAMBOLIN: The road is great. I'm in the middle of reconstruction right now. And that's going really well. You know, I've got some decisions to make whether or not I'm going to go on tamoxifen, it's an invasive cancer on the left side. So I've got to you know really do a little bit more research and figure out whether that's the next step for me.

But other than that, my prognosis is excellent and I'm doing really well and I feel really strong and healthy. I've got to tell you, even when I caught an infection, I went to the doctor and I thought, I have a fever. And he said to me, but you look great. And typically when you know people are sick they don't look well.

And I said, I know. And I do feel good, but, you know, one of the things I've learned here is to really listen to your body, to take a step back and to take your time in recovery.


SAMBOLIN: So, it's so far I've got to tell you, cancer has been a blessing. It's taught me a lot of lessons.

PEREIRA: You know Zoraida you have -- you have helped so many other people that are going through this right now and that's what we really thank you for. For sharing that journey for you, you had a lot of family around and a lot of love on this end and on that end.


PEREIRA: And in that room with you, you can tell there's a lot of love for you.

BOLDUAN: So take your time, but come back soon.

CUOMO: It wasn't --

SAMBOLIN: I've got to tell you, I've been -- I've been sitting in bed watching you guys religiously. Congratulations.

BOLDUAN: Thanks.

SAMBOLIN: The new show looks great. The only member of the team that I haven't met yet is Michaela. So I'm really looking forward to doing that, Michaela. I'm giving you a big hug.

PEREIRA: I've got a hug with your name on it.

SAMBOLIN: Yes thank you.

CUOMO: And people will benefit from the sacrifice that you made there, too.

SAMBOLIN: Thank you.

CUOMO: I know it wasn't easy to have that camera around when you were going through it. It was hard enough dealing with managing your kids' emotions and I know that that's what mattered most to you. But your -- your fiance seems strong and confident; your kids as well.

And there's no question we need you back. Berman is a mess, Zoraida.

BOLDUAN: He's a mess without you.

CUOMO: John Berman is lost without you. He's not even here today.

SAMBOLIN: Oh give him hugs and kisses. I miss him desperately. Thank you, thank you, guys. I'm looking forward to coming back.

BOLDUAN: We love you. We love you, we'll see you soon.

SAMBOLIN: Thank you.

CUOMO: I will shake his hand firmly.

PEREIRA: A slap on the back maybe.

CUOMO: Take care. We'll talk to you soon, Zoraida. All the best.

SAMBOLIN: All right.

CUOMO: All right so we got great news from Zoraida and we're going to follow that up with -- you hear the music --


CUOMO: Some good stuff. Today's edition. A lot of us can't imagine running one marathon right. Imagine running 24 over a lifetime, right? Wrong, marathons back-to-back, 24 days. That's what four very dedicated runners in four different states set out to do all to benefit Children's Cancer Research.

The number 24 is significant because that's how many beds are in the cancer wing of Milwaukee Children's Hospital in runner Brian Gruender's home state. Currently they're on day 15 they actually run and stop and go about their day. So they run like 10 miles, go to work and do what they have to do but the rule is they have to make it through 26.2 miles every day.

Why are they are doing it this way to show the difficulty families deal with when battling cancer that they have to take on so much and still live their lives. One of the runners was unfortunately knocked out by injury but the others are still going on. On the 25th day the remaining runners will run an additional 24 miles bringing it to an ever 2,400.

Right. So a lot of commitment and it shows that metaphor of how a family struggles, manages to move on. They are doing it in their own way. If you'd like to support their efforts we encourage you to visit the Snowdrop Foundation

BOLDUAN: Right now.

CUOMO: Ok they are good things, it's a good story. There are lots of them like that out there. We know because we hear about them from you. So send them our way. Tweet us or post on Facebook with the hash tag NewDay. Let us keep telling you good stories.

BOLDUAN: Well that's some good stuff.

All right now to the story of a woman doing good for hundreds of kids. She runs a youth center in New Orleans that teaches you, you can solve problems without firing a gun.

Let's take a look.


LISA FITZPATRICK, COMMUNITY CRUSADER: A typical week for a child in Central City is that you'll see at least one dead body.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: There was a shooting here. I was just noticing they still haven't cleaned up the blood.

FITZPATRICK: Five year olds who have been in two shootings, 16-year olds with colostomy bags. I didn't want it to be normal anymore. I just decided I had to do something.

My name is Lisa Fitzpatrick and my mission is to teach conflict resolution skills to the children of New Orleans so they can avoid violence and stay alive.

I love New Orleans for its sense of community but there's an undercurrent of hopelessness.

Who can tell me what their sign says?


FITZPATRICK: Everything we do here is to build positive, social relationships. Our motto is reconciliation, never retaliation.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I was on the verge of getting ready to seriously hurt somebody. But Miss Lisa stopped us. She definitely taught me to be in control of myself. When I come here, I'm like a big brother. The way Miss Lisa influenced me is the same way that I feel like I'm influencing them.

FITZPATRICK: The successes are not necessarily going to Harvard, but when that kid makes a conscious effort to spread the message of nonviolence, that's the success.

I love you.



CUOMO: All right guys before we get to our great wait for the other Kate we're going to go to the couch, follow us in the little part of your screen.


BOLDUAN: Well, there you have it. All eyes are on that London hospital where the royal baby is expected to be born. And that is where CNN's Max Foster is right now. Hi, Max.

MAX FOSTER, CNN INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: Another day, another due day Kate. "The Telegraph" reporting that today was the due date. We don't know. All we know is that the baby, the Royal Baby hasn't been born. So, we're going into weekend stand by. See you on the other side, Kate and Chris.

BOLDUAN: Max we'll wait with you and we'll be right back.


CUOMO: All right, everybody. That does it for NEW DAY for Michaela, Kate and me.


CUOMO: Do they? That's because they're stitched on. Thanks for telling everybody.

Hope you have a great weekend. Thanks for spending your week with us.

It's time for "CNN NEWSROOM" with the one and only Carol Costello and it begins right now. Good morning, Carol.

PEREIRA: Happy Friday.

CAROL COSTELLO, CNN ANCHOR: Good morning. Have a happy Friday. Have a great weekend.

BOLDUAN: You too.

COSTELLO: "NEWSROOM" starts now.