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Unarmed Man Shot Dead By Police; Colorado Ravaged By Floods; Hammering Out Syria Deal; Summers Says No To Fed; Typhoon Slams Japan, Thousands Evacuated; Get This Party Started; Whipping Up A Comeback; Buttering Up The Fan Base; Pigskins and Pediatrics; Flacco Plays Frank On Coach

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CHRIS CHESTNUT, FERRELL FAMILY ATTORNEY: -- and the police chief's decision election to arrest the officer, but there are a lot of unanswered questions. Why was this officer even with a barge and having a gun? What are the policies and procedures? What is this training that would allow an officer to react so irrationally, so inhumanely?

There are a lot of questions to be answered. You know, what about the one who called the police? Why would she assume that because someone is knocking on her door at 2:30 in the morning that he is going to rob her? I mean, since when does a robber knock on your door and ask can I take your belongings? So there a lot of questions surrounding this investigation, this was a senseless death and we need answers.

CHRIS CUOMO, CNN ANCHOR: You do make the point though it is unusual in a positive way that there have been charges so quickly. We have to see what happened with them. It does seem the police department is moving forward with their investigation aggressively.

Let me close with this, though, if I can go back to you, Georgia and Willie, what do you want people to know about your brother and your son? They're learning about him only from the sessions that cost him his life, what do you want people to know about who he was?

Georgia, please start with you and Willie, if you want to finish.

GEORGIA FERRELL, JONATHAN FERRELL'S MOTHER: Jonathan was a very happy outgoing person. He is a good kid. Jonathan was so loving. We would sit there and try to think of something bad about him. There was nothing we can think of. I can't think of a bad thing he had done as a child no more than any time he get sick, he want to speak with me because he loved being near his mother.

WILLIE FERRELL, JONATHAN FERRELL'S BROTHER: As a brother, Jonathan has been, you know, as a brother to me and brother to so many others around the community, the community and around the state of Florida that have came in contact with Jonathan, he had always been a great person, always somebody who was willing to help no matter what the situation was, always cared about somebody, no matter if he did know, always willing to give, always willing to know, was always happy no matter how upset. It's hard to make him upset. And any situation, but Jonathan was the one, the greatest man I ever came in contact where even though that's my brother, that's somebody I dearly love. I know everybody else who came in contact with him through high school, elementary, and people who probably never even really met him or heard a word about him never heard nothing negative or bad about him.

He was always a great person. Always have a smile on his face, and always lover making people happy. So that's something real small to sum it up.

CUOMO: We know he was a great athlete.

CHESTNUT: -- American kid. He was an athlete, a gymnast, a football player, an academic, a chemistry major, this is an all American young man who survived a horrific accident. He is crying for help and is showered with bullets.

CUOMO: Well, Mr. Chestnut, we hope the answers come. We know that the entire society needs to hear about these situations and see how they are carried, but more specifically, to you, Georgia and Willie, your entire family, our thoughts and prayers are with you. I know that this is terrible for you no matter what the outcome of the investigation and we wish you well. Thank you for coming on this morning --



CUOMO: -- and all the best to you going forward.

WILLIE FERRELL: Thank you for having us.

GEORGIA FERRELL: All right, thank you very much.

CUOMO: Kate.

KATE BOLDUAN, CNN ANCHOR: Thanks, Chris. Coming up next on NEW DAY, rescue efforts in Colorado hampered by that severe rain. This weekend, parts of that state already devastated. So is there any relief in sight for the people of Colorado? We are going to get a live report from the ground.

Also ahead, trying to win back her fans and her fortune, Paula Deen is starting to re-emerge. Could she make a comeback?


BOLDUAN: Welcome back to NEW DAY, everyone. It is Monday, September 16th. Coming up in the show, here's a live look at an unprecedented effort under way this morning. Just look at it, crews trying to right the wreckage of the doomed cruise ship of the Costa Concordia. Why there could be a second disaster if things go wrong. There is a lot at stake with this operation. COUMO: OK. What do you think about this? This is one of those "you make the call" stories. Many have the misfortune of missing the birth of their baby, sometimes job or duty just calls, but what about when it's football that comes calling. Baltimore Ravens Quarterback Joe Flacco, that's who are looking at, he had to miss the birth of his baby to get the job done against the Browns. Does that change it? Does that make it more less OK? What does his wife have to say? We are going to tell you that story then you can decide for yourself.

But first this morning, the damage estimates in Colorado are only getting worse. Officials say flooding now has destroyed or damaged about 19,000 homes. As many as six people believed dead. More than 1,200 people remain unaccounted for. Search and evacuation efforts are being slowed by yet more rain.

Let's give you the latest right now from the situation live in Longmont, Colorado, George Howell -- George.

GEORGE HOWELL, CNN CORREPONDENT: Chris, good morning. So the best visual to show you what we're talking about from this weekend is right out there. You can see St. Grain River. One resident told me it is running ten times as highs, faster than it would typically run on a given day. That's a result of the rainfall that we saw on Sunday.

It basically, you know, sent rivers rushing, streams rushing again. It temporarily brought to a halt the rescue operations that we saw. We do expect those rescue operations to resume, but again, hundreds of people are still unaccounted for, Kate. We know that at least a 1,000 people have yet to be rescued.

BOLDUAN: Still so much at stake, it's clearly unfolding as we speak. All right, George, thanks so much for starting us off. So is there any relief in sight for the people of Colorado and the rescue crews trying to reach the stranded victims. Let's get straight to Indra Petersons. What are you expecting this morning, Indra?

INDRA PETERSONS, AMS METEOROLOGIST: You know, the key is that we still have thunderstorms in the forecast. Let's talk about what happens or remind everyone what was so severe in the region. We had all this moisture coming in out of the south and the real key here was it was going up the mountains, up the Rockies. So it felt like that rain literally never ended.

They felt 15 to even 20 inches of rain within the week. That's more they sometimes see in the entire year. The good news is you can see dry air is moving in. So we're not going to see as much of the rain, but that key ingredient is not just about one to three inches still possible in the forecast. It's how fast it comes down and unfortunately, we have the threat today for an inch of rain even as little time as say half an hour as long as that is in the forecast.

BOLDUAN: All right, we'll keep on top of it. Thanks, so much, Indra. A lot of other news as well, so let's get right to Michaela.

MICHAELA PEREIRA, CNN ANCHOR: All right, good morning, everyone. Here are your headlines at this hour. The world is expected to get its first look at U.N. weapons inspectors' findings in Syria. This is happening as Security Council powers work to turn a U.S.-Russia framework on Syria's chemical weapons into a concrete plan. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry taking part in a closed door meeting with his French and British counterparts in Paris this morning to build that plan.

Former Treasury Secretary Larry Summers says he is no longer interested in succeeding Ben Bernanke as chairman of the Federal Reserve. He notified President Obama Sunday. Summers feared an ugly confirmation battle in the Senate.

Today, President Obama will mark the fifth anniversary of the start of the financial crisis with a ceremony at the White House. CNN will bring that to you live at 11:40 Eastern.

Japan reeling from a typhoon, packing heavy rain, and 100-mile-per- hour winds, one person has died. Dozens have been injured. Hundreds of thousands of people have been ordered into shelters because of flooding there. Workers in Fukushima are trying to minimize the storm's impact on the crippled nuclear plant there.

Billboards showing some love for Pink, the pop singer has been named Billboard's woman of the year. Pink's album, "The Truth About Love" has sold 1.7 million copies since it was released. Pink will be honored with the award in December. Past recipients include Beyonce, Katie Perry, and Taylor Swift. Our congratulations. We're big fans of Pink here on the NEW DAY set.

BOLDUAN: Yes, very, very cool. Thanks, Michaela.

CUOMO: It's like an evolution going on there, too.

PEREIRA: Absolutely.

CUOMO: You might like it. Coming up on NEW DAY, Paula Deen, does she deserve a come back? We are going to show you the reception she got at a cooking show in Texas. You judge for yourself what happened there.

BOLDUAN: Also ahead, Ravens Quarterback Joe Flacco did not miss many receivers yesterday, but he did miss one big reception in the delivery rom. More on a wild day for the Super Bowl MVP coming up in just minutes.


BOLDUAN: All right, welcome back to NEW DAY. Just months after a public downfall, Paula Deen appears prime for a comeback. Back in June, Deen as you will remember lost her Food Network job and several other lucrative deals after admitting she used the "n" word. Well, this weekend, she stepped back in the spotlight in a very big way.

Our Zoraida Sambolin is here with more on this, quite the beginning of a comeback maybe?

ZORAIDA SAMBOLIN, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Perhaps it is. She is back. I am going to say ya'all because it was Texas. The 1,500 fans cheered on celebrity chef, Paula Deen, during her appearance at a cooking expo in Houston this weekend. It was her first public appearance since a racial discrimination lawsuit against her was dismissed last month, and she was visibly emotional. Her re-emergence into the public eye has many wondering if this is just the beginning of her comeback.



SAMBOLIN (voice-over): A standing ovation for embattled celebrity chef, Paula Deen. She took the stage over the weekend at the Metropolitan Cooking Show in Houston. Emotionally thanking her fans for standing by her.

DEEN: It was an opportunity to learn. I learned a lot about myself and I certainly learned a lot about my business. I just want to thank you all from the bottom of my heart.

SAMBOLIN: This was Deen's first public appearance since a lawsuit filed against her was dismissed. The judge called her an accidental victim after a former employee accused her of discrimination and sexual harassment, sparking headlines, forcing Deen to admit she had used the "n" word in the past. Now her re-emergence could be a sign that the butter-loving chef is back.

DEEN: Do you mind if I double dip?


UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: There are no legal implications. Now it's really time for her to test the waters with her fan base.

DEEN: And I hope that you forgive me.

SAMBOLIN: Deen's legal troubles stirred up a devastating domino effect on her empire as her endorsements, TV shows and publishing deals dropped her one by one.

DEEN: These are tears of joy, you'all.

SAMBOLIN: Now, as Deen steps back into the public eye, redemption could be hers and corporations will be taking note.

MARVET BRITTON, BRAND STRATEGIST: Once they see Paula Deen recapturing the consumer's attention, that's when we will see those corporations returning and being back in the business of Paula Deen.


SAMBOLIN: Well, as you know, Deen has kept a low profile throughout this summer. According to her web site, she is scheduled to appear at the Metropolitan Cooking Show in Dallas this weekend. She also has several upcoming book signings. I have to tell you, she had two cooking demonstrations and tickets cost up to $400. She got a standing ovation of about 1,500 people. So who knows? It's a small sampling, right, when you look at the big picture but you never know.

BOLDUAN: It should be people are willing to pay those prices. It shows you one thing. All right, thanks, Zoraida.

SAMBOLIN: You're welcome.

CUOMO: We saw a flow of fan support throughout that. No matter how intense the allegations got, there was always a huge base.

SAMBOLIN: The question is do you believe her remorse, right? Do you really -- do you trust that? That is, it's true.

BOLDUAN: Her fans say yes. A lot do.

CUOMO: But you are right, a small sample. We'll have to see going forward. Zoraida, always a pleasure to have you here.

Coming up on NEW DAY, we are going to tell you about a bizarre shooting near Times Square. We'll tell you two bystanders sitting there with cell phones. People who were just watching wind up with bullets, why? We'll tell you.

BOLDUAN: Plus, of all the days for a star quarterback to become a father again? Does it have to be a Sunday? Joe Flacco misses his wife's big play because he was on the field. We'll tell you what happened.


CUOMO: Welcome back. I don't know how I feel about this one. Let's see how you feel about this. Let's see how you feel? Glory on the gridiron, well, can come at a price not just physically but also emotionally. Ask Joe Flacco, the Baltimore Ravens Super Bowl winning quarterback started Sunday's game against the Cleveland Browns, of course, but it was just minutes after the birth of his second child.

Let's bring in John Berman with more on what happens when pigskins and pediatrics collide.

JOHN BERMAN, CNN CORRESPONDENT: You know, he didn't just start the games minutes after his kid was born, he missed the birth of his second son, Daniel, that was going on in the hospital while he was on the field just before he warmed up. So now the question this morning that a lot of people are asking is, is there a conflict between being a good teammate and a good father?


BERMAN (voice-over): A big win for Baltimore Ravens Quarterback Joe Flacco, on the way to a 14-6 victory over the Cleveland Browns, he hit two touchdown passes, but it's what the defending Super Bowl champ missed that's really making headlines this morning. Flacco skipped the birth of his son in order to play in Sunday's game, but not before playing a trick on Ravens Coach John Harbaugh.

JOHN HARBAUGH, COACH, BALTIMORE RAVENS: Joe comes up to me at practice and tells me what's going on that Dana's at the hospital and she is in labor. I found out that he had a plan with some of the other players and the plan was he couldn't follow through with -- thank goodness -- didn't plan to tell me she was in labor and he was getting in his car headed for New Jersey to be there for it. I'm so glad he didn't do it.

BERMAN: Right before he took the field, Flacco got the phone call he'd been waiting for, his wife telling him she'd just given birth to their second child, a healthy boy named Daniel. Flacco told "The Baltimore Sun," no doubt about it, any time you have a child, it's one of your best days.


BERMAN: You know, it's really, really interesting. We were just talking about this while the piece was running, but in baseball they actually have a paternity leave policy. You can miss three games for the birth of your child so the team can bring someone on to replace you while you're gone.

CUOMO: Lot more games.

BERMAN: Lot more games 162 versus 16 and I think the question people have to ask isn't what should the Flaccos have done because they can decide for themselves. You know, Mr. And Mrs. Flacco, it's your choice. The question is what would you do -- Chris Cuomo?

CUOMO: Well, I believe that this is Flacco's getting flack here because it's football and if he were in another profession I think the analysis would be different. It is personal, but I think it's about football. You know, if the guy were a policeman or something, he's like I had to go that day, I'm in the middle of a big investigation --

PEREIRA: He's avoiding the question.

CUOMO: Would I do it, no. But for me --

BERMAN: You would have been there for the birth of your child.

CUOMO: I have to be there because to me family life is a motivation for my existence. My job's not enough. I'm not enough for myself. But not everybody's that way and people are often -- we are what we do, we are who we are and sometimes you got to love people for what they are and maybe the family regards him as that.

BOLDUAN: I'd love to hear from his wife. She was probably like get out there and play the game, I got this handled.

CUOMO: If she did -- if she wanted him there, I bet you he would have been there.

BERMAN: He just signed a contract so things are going well at the Flacco household --

BOLDUAN: She's like, you know, second child, I got this handled. You know what I mean? CUOMO: But from every indication he's a big family guy, you know, so.

BOLDUAN: Thanks, John.

BERMAN: Pleasure.

CUOMO: Did you just call him Sean?

BOLDUAN: No, I said John. Do not start this again. We will fight this out in the commercial break as we always do.

Coming up next on NEW DAY, a deadly brain-eating parasite found in one community's water supply, but people who live there are told that it's safe to drink as long as it doesn't go up their nose, into their ears or somewhere. Are they actually serious about this? We're going to break it down.

CUOMO: Plus, we're going to show you more pictures out of Colorado. We need to see it because the situation is getting worse, epic flooding, the rescue operation equally epic. The question is, is the weather going to continue to be a problem, is it going anywhere soon? We'll take you live to the scene.



UNIDENTIFIED MALE: All areas of roads, not just the asphalt taken away but the entire road bed.


CUOMO: Crisis in Colorado, the rains will not let up. The disaster is getting worse. More than 1,000 people unaccounted for, weather slowing efforts to save them. We're live with the latest.

BOLDUAN: Gunned down, two innocent bystanders near Times Square shot by police as they opened fire on an unarmed suspect. New questions this morning, and it's all caught on tape.

PEREIRA: Happening now, the most extensive salvage operation ever.