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Flash Flooding Reported in at Least 12 States; Toyota on Trial; Digging Up the Real Mona Lisa?; Powerball Winners Revealed; A Father's Pain; DNA Test Reopens Cold Case; Leah Remini Versus Scientology; Tough Love; "I'm Not a Toy, I'm a Human"
Aired August 9, 2013 - 07:30 ET
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CHRIS CUOMO, CNN HOST: Aw, I love the Boss. I'll take the Boss whenever I can get him.
Welcome back to NEW DAY, it's Friday, August 9th. I'm Chris Cuomo.
KATE BOLDUAN, CNN HOST: Hey there, everyone. I'm Kate Bolduan; we're here with news anchor Michaela Pereira.
PEREIRA: Good morning.
BOLDUAN: Coming up in the show, a cold case heating up. The FBI is reopening the investigation of a kidnapping from 1964, leaving a 49- year-old man to wonder who he really is.
CUOMO: I'm having a hard time even believing that story. I can't (inaudible) --
BOLDUAN: I know. It's fascinating.
CUOMO: Plus actress Leah Remini not backing down from the fight with Scientology. She claims the wife of the group's leader is missing. We're going to let you know what police are saying about that.
A lot of news for you this morning. So let's get right to Michaela.
MICHAELA PEREIRA, CNN NEWS ANCHOR: We're watching this rain that's in the forecast and it means more flooding will continue for the Midwest and South Eastern U.S. Flash flood warnings have been issued in at least a dozen states. The floods have been deadly. On Thursday, a woman was killed when she was swept away in her car near Jane, Missouri. Rescuers have had their hands full bringing other people that were stranded to safety.
Toyota on trial, the family of a woman who was killed when her Camry accelerated to 100 miles per hour before smashing into a telephone and a tree seeking $20 million from the auto giant. Attorneys for Norica Uno's family claim Toyota knew about accelerator problems, but failed to install a safety device that could have prevented her death.
Researchers are hoping to answer once and for all who was Mona Lisa? They're planning to do DNA testing on bones found in an old convent in Florence, Italy. They hope the results will tell them if they have found the woman who inspired Leonardo Da Vinci's masterpiece. They might also use the skull do a virtual recreation of her face to see how it matches up with the painting.
Sixteen workers from a county maintenance garage in New Jersey reportedly have won one of the three winning Powerball tickets. It's worth nearly $150 million. We still have not heard from whoever is holding the second winning ticket that was sold in New Jersey, the third winner, Project Engineer Paul White is from Hamm Lake Minnesota. He is the father of two teenagers and says that is he no longer stressing about how to pay for their college educations and breathing quite a sigh of relief I'm sure. Congratulations to all of them.
OK, any of you parents at home, do you have a baby who will not eat her vegetables? I mean, come on, who wants to eat that green mushy stuff, right? Check out how dad handles this, distract with the junk food, a Kit Kat bar and does the switch-a-roo! Nice work, papa-san.
CUOMO: The bait and switch.
PEREIRA: The old bait and switch.
CUOMO: Well done.
PEREIRA: You know she wasn't feeling it after, snap, that wasn't chocolate.
KATE BOLDUAN, CNN ANCHOR: Maybe she'll think whatever they're feeding her like the spinach is actually what a Kit Kat is. Eventually she'll eat her vegetables her entire life.
CUOMO: In my experience that can go south on you.
PEREIRA: What did you try trick them with?
CUOMO: Get them once. Get them twice and all of a sudden they're like puh! When it goes bad it's really bad for you, but that is strong ingenuity. I respect it. It's all about tricks with the kids. You do what you got to do.
We're going to return to the manhunt out west, imagine a man you've known, almost 20 years, suddenly implicated in the deaths of your wife and son, the kidnapping of your daughter. Could you go on? That's the question.
Brett Anderson is the father of Hannah and Ethan and he says what's keeping him going is finding his daughter, keeping the story in front of all of you, that for now, he's choking back the idea to that his wife and son are gone and the man who did it may well be his close friend. Take a look.
(BEGIN VIDEOTAPE) CUOMO: First of all, what's obvious here is that we feel for your pain and I'm very sorry to have to meet you this way.
BRETT ANDERSON, FATHER OF MISSING TEEN AND BOY: Thank you very much, I appreciate that.
CUOMO: Was there ever anything about him that you found suspicious? I know the easy answer is no because you wouldn't have had him around your family, but searching your history now, was there anything there?
ANDERSON: You know, I have come up blank. I have been through every scenario in my brain. There was nothing ever to show any indication of this. Everybody you could even talk to loved him. He would give you the shirt off his back.
CUOMO: Now, we have heard these rumors, as have you, that your 16- year-old daughter, Hannah, had become uncomfortable around him, that he had expressed a crush. We don't know the context. We don't know what really happened, but have you heard anything about that until now?
ANDERSON: I have not heard anything about that. If I had heard something about that or my wife had heard something about that, it would have been cut off.
CUOMO: Tell me about your kids, Mr. Anderson. Tell me about Hannah. Tell me about Ethan.
ANDERSON: Give me a second. Ethan wore his heart on his sleeve. He would do anything for anybody, loved everybody. He was just my buddy. And Hannah was just a beautiful, beautiful girl, very good student, hundreds and hundreds of friends, and there is nothing bad to say about my kids. They never did anything to anybody. They were always wonderful.
CUOMO: When you found out that they found your wife in the house and that she's gone, could you believe it?
ANDERSON: No. I could not believe it. I can't fathom what happened in Jim's head, what happened. He obviously just lost it.
CUOMO: They are going through this very difficult forensic analysis of what happened inside the house. They know they found your wife there. There's another body they're trying to figure out. Is not knowing the most difficult part for you right now?
ANDERSON: I know that they're looking for DNA and everything, but I wish -- I hope that's not my boy, but I have to kind of think that it is. That's kind of my mindset right now. So right now a lot of focus is on trying to get my daughter back alive.
COUMO: What is the hardest thing for you emotionally in dealing with this?
ANDERSON: I believe the hardest thing emotionally is still to come when I have to go and start cleaning out their apartments and rooms. But I have a lot of support here with me and we'll try to get through it.
COUMO: Look our hope is that the pain that Mr. Anderson is going through, the reason he's coming on TV is he wants to keep it fresh in everybody's mind right now because James DiMaggio is out there, Hannah is out there and he's hoping that the best chance is that one of you see something, one of you sees the vehicle, sees a picture, connects it with people and calls the authorities, and that's why he's keeping hope alive for him right now, not dealing with everything that's so tragic in front of him. So we'll keep telling the story until hopefully we get a good answer.
BOLDUAN: Obviously no one can imagine the pain he's going through. I mean, this is his last, last bit of hope is that he will be able to get his daughter at least back safely. It's just unimaginable. My heart goes out to him.
CUOMO: We will be there for him.
BOLDUAN: We will all along the way.
All right, to another story that we're following this morning, a strange twist now in a 50-year-old cold case. The FBI is reopening a 1964 kidnapping case after a shocking new DNA test. A newborn baby stolen just one day after being born is miraculously reunited with his family or so they thought. Now a 49-year-old man is left wondering who he really is and police are scrambling to find out what really happened.
CNN's Ted Rowlands is in Chicago picking this up part of the story, amazing tale.
TED ROWLANDS, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Absolutely. Paul Fronzack's parents never told him about his past until he stumbled on a box of old newspaper clippings. At the time when he was a kid, they said don't worry about it, Paul, you are who you are. But he said it nagged at him throughout his whole life. So a few months ago, he got a DNA test and he figured out that he actually wasn't who he thought he was.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I think it would be a great thing in the end.
ROWLANDS (voice-over): Paul Fronzack is determined to find out who he really is. His story goes back to April, 1964 at Michael Reese Hospital in Chicago. Chester and Dora Fronzack were celebrating the birth of their baby boy Paul when a woman posing as a nurse kidnapped the 1-day-old newborn. It was front page news and as police searched, the heartbroken parents could do nothing but wait.
Then just over a year later this little boy was found abandoned in Newark, New Jersey. Investigators thought he might be Baby Paul because his ears were similar, but with DNA testing unavailable, they couldn't just hand him over. The Fronczaks were sure it was Baby Paul so they adopted him. The boy in this home video grew up as Paul Fronczak living a great life in the Chicago suburbs, but as an adult, decades later living in Las Vegas with a family of his own, Paul decided to take a DNA test because he'd always had questions.
PAUL FRONCZAK, ALLEGEDLY KIDNAPPED AS BABY: And I started thinking honestly, what are the chances that out of the kidnapped baby from Chicago that I am their kidnapped child, found in New Jersey two and a half years later? It's pretty wild.
ROWLANDS: The results confirm that Paul actually wasn't the baby stolen from the hospital. He now wants to find out his true identity and now, nearly 50 years later, because of Paul's DNA test, the FBI has reopened the case in an effort to possibly find the real Paul Fronczak, a little baby stolen in 1964.
FRONCZAK: I just I think it would be really cool if we actually found the real kidnapped baby.
ROWLANDS: Now Paul's parents don't want any media attention, they're in their 80s. They do support his efforts. He is getting some help from ancestry.com and apparently they've already found a few distant cousins that he is hoping to reconnect with. Meanwhile, the FBI has reopened this case. They apparently found the old files and they are going to start to search for that still missing baby who is now 49 years old. Kate and Chris, it is an amazing story.
BOLDUAN: Amazing story. Thank you so much, Ted, for bringing it to us. Talk about starting all over again.
BOLDUAN: He obviously loves his family that he grew up with but wow.
CUOMO: I mean, obviously that's the bond with them is there, but I can't get my head around it. There's another baby then also, right? His parents if he's not his parents' baby where is the baby they thought they had?
PEREIRA: Likely that baby, 49-year-old person has no clue.
CUOMO: And that baby is not the kidnapped baby. That's a bizarre story.
BOLDUAN: We'll follow that one really closely.
CUOMO: Thanks to Ted Rowlands for that. We're going to take a break now and maybe help me figure out half of that.
Coming up on NEW DAY, these extreme videos from a furious Pennsylvania police chief, what do you see here, just free speech, just talking about gun control or is it unworthy of his office? We'll get his side in a live exclusive interview. BOLDUAN: Another story we're following, California police still looking for the wife of a scientology leader after actress Leah Remini files a missing persons report. What are police saying coming up.
CUOMO: Welcome back to NEW DAY. It is the latest chapter in actress, Leah Remini's battle with scientology following her dramatic break with the church. There are reports the actress filed a missing persons report for the wife of the church's leader.
Pamela Brown is following the story for us. Good morning, Pamela.
PAMELA BROWN, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Good morning to you. Ever since Leah Remini left the Church of Scientology speculation as to why she left. Her sister has said in an interview last month that it all started when Remini questioned the whereabouts of her friend, Michelle Miscavige, the wife of Scientology Head, David Miscavige. Now it appears Remini is trying to take steps to find her and in response to this, the church is calling her latest action ill-advised, ludicrous self-promotion.
BROWN (voice-over): The Church of Scientology lashing out at former "King of Queens" star and talk show host Leah Remini after she cut ties with the church and reportedly filed a missing persons report for Shelly Miscavige, the wife of the head of the church, David Miscavige. CNN tried to reach Remini for comment, but she didn't reply.
Ms. Miscavige has reportedly not been seen in public for several years. Remini's sister, Nicole, said in an interview last month with My Talk Radio in Minneapolis St. Paul that her sister's problems with Scientology started when she asked David Miscavige about his wife's whereabouts at the wedding of Tom Cruz and Katie Holmes.
NICOLE REMINI, LEAH'S SISTER (via telephone): That's part of the reason why Leah started questioning things so like where is his wife?
BROWN: According to Nicole that question led to others and ultimately to Leah leaving Scientology.
REMINI: If she's not anywhere weird, produce her.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Right.
REMINI: You know what I mean, just produce her. Why is it so whacky? It's whacky because you won't answer the question. You won't produce her because Leah has been like, give me her number. Let me call her. Where is she?
BROWN: But early Friday morning a commander with the LAPD told CNN they followed up on the report and Shelly Miscavige is fine. Detectives had a face-to-face with Miscavige and say she is not being held against her will. The case is now closed. The Church of Scientology also released a statement Friday morning saying in part, "The entire episode was nothing more than a publicity stunt for Ms. Remini, rather than move on with her life and career, Ms. Remini has aligned herself with a handful of untrustworthy lunatic tabloid sources who obsessively harass the church to advance their selfish agendas."
BROWN: The Church of Scientology also says that the missing person's report has been nothing more than a distraction for the LAPD. The question remains where is Shelly Miscavige? In an earlier statement to CNN, the Church of Scientology said Ms. Miscavige is doing just fine and is still very active in the church as she has always been.
So not exactly answering the question about where she is, but saying she's fine. The saga could continue though. Leah Remini is expected to write a tell-all book about her time in the Scientology Church. So we will see what the next chapter will be.
BOLDUAN: Well, well said and people will be interested in hearing what she has to say.
CUOMO: Appreciate it, Pamela. Have a good weekend.
BROWN: Thanks, you too.
BOLDUAN: All right, coming up next on NEW DAY, a NEW DAY exclusive with the Pennsylvania police chief who fired off his guns and his mouth in a controversially -- in controversial YouTube videos. Some of the folks he has sworn to protect don't want him to come back. What does he have to say about that?
COUMO: Plus some Friday fear for you. There's really only one person who doubts the authenticity of "Sharknado." We're learning more about the next instalment in this so bad it's good franchise.
BOLDUAN: Stop the insanity.
CUOMO: If it weren't true they wouldn't make a sequel. That's what science tells us.
BOLDUAN: OK. If Gaga says it, we do it. Welcome back to NEW DAY, everyone. It's time for the Pop Four and our Nischelle Turner.
NISCHELLE TURNER, CNN ENTERTAINMENT CORRESPONDENT: You know what, I have questions so I got through these first because I've really need to have a conversation with Chris Cuomo, OK. We're going to get to this, a mother's tough love is our number four story. Kelly Osbourne opening up about her tough history with drugs in the September issue of "Bridge Cosmopolitan," saying, it was so bad, my mom even had to put me in a padded cell once to scare me.
In the words of Kate Upton, "I'm not his toy. I'm a human." It's number three. Model Kate Upton told "El" magazine that after her first "Sports Illustrated" cover, she felt terrible about herself for a month. She felt objectified and ridiculed. She also said a lot of time people treat her like a typical dumb blond and she hates it.
Number two, "Blurred Lines," that big summer hit that almost wasn't. This according Robin Thicke --
BOLDUAN: Best song out there. It's impossible to not dance.
TURNER: He said the record company just didn't get this song, as much as everybody's moving to it, nobody got it. They didn't even want to pay for the video. What you think about that?
All right, so many possibilities, so little creativity. The "Sharknado" sequel is our number one story this morning. It's officially got a title. Sci-Fi has confirmed it will be named "Sharknado 2, The Second One."
CUOMO: The reason you don't embellish is because you don't add on to the truth. That's what all good reporting is about.
BOLDUAN: So you were on the Sci-Fi Channel.
CUOMO: They were smart enough to want to bring this to life. Sci-Fi talks about the history of earth among other things. You see the face I'm getting on this side? Listen, I cannot convince you of these things.
PEREIRA: I'm biting my tongue because it is your birthday.
TURNER: Let him have it.
CUOMO: You saw the shark in the subway the other day, right? Where is that from? Where did that shark come from?
TURNER: The second "Sharknado" hit and we didn't even know it. Happy birthday, Chris Cuomo.
CUOMO: Lunch is on me. I'll wear some of your fancy designer nice fitting clothes if I'm wrong.
BOLDUAN: This is your birthday gift. "Sharknado" is truth. There it is. That was your moment.
CUOMO: That's blasphemy.
BOLDUAN: We said that three times on the show today.
CUOMO: It probably happened. Deadly flooding in the Midwest, people have been pulled in from their homes. We'll stay on that story for you.
BOLDUAN: And also alarming new details about the alleged kidnapper and killer who sparked a nationwide manhunt. Police will have the latest information for us. They need your help, coming up.
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UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Glass started falling off the walls and the fridge flipped backward and busted.
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CUOMO: Water disaster. Across the Midwest and south, dramatic rescues caught on tape, including the daring rescue of this baby. We're live in the flood zone.
BOLDUAN: On the run, frightening new details about the man who kidnapped the 16-year-old after murdering her mother. He may be armed with explosives. Her grandparents speak out to CNN this morning.
PEREIRA: Shark hunt, the researchers risking their lives trying to catch sharks in order to save them. We take you along for that thrilling ride.
CUOMO: Your NEW DAY continues right now.
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ANDERSON: I believe the hardest thing emotionally is still to come when have I to go and start cleaning out their apartments and rooms.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: We have no idea what we were taking. Here's your stuff back. God bless.
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