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OPCW Wins Nobel Peace Prize; Astronaut Scott Carpenter Dead At 88; McCartney Rocks Times Square; Blind Man Beaten In Philadelphia; Amazon CEO's Father Found; Farewell To Finn

Aired October 11, 2013 - 07:30   ET


JOHN BERMAN, ANCHOR, CNN'S "EARLY START": -- prize. Inspectors from the group are currently in Syria attempting to dismantle the Assad regime's chemical weapons stockpiles. The Nobel Committee cited the OPCW for its extensive work over the decades to rid the world of chemical weapons.

A loaded handgun taken inside a Pennsylvania town hall brought a meeting to a sudden and scary stop. This happened during a tense hearing for a police chief that made profanity-laced internet videos about the second amendment and is now trying to save his job. It turns out one of his supporters dropped the semiautomatic handgun on the floor. It didn't go off. The meeting was moved to a nearby courthouse where weapons are prohibited.

Astronaut Scott Carpenter has died. He, of course, was one of the original Mercury 7 astronauts and the second American ever to orbit the earth. The head of NASA mourning the loss, calling Carpenter a true pioneer, indeed he was. He died from complications of a stroke in Denver at the age of 88. John Glenn is now the only living survivor of the original Mercury 7.

You'll never guess who showed up in Times Square yesterday for a little music, recognize him? That is Paul McCartney, Sir Paul McCartney. The former Beatle is performing a surprise lunch time concert right in the heart of the big apple. He announced the show on his twitter account an hour before his performance. McCartney played a few songs from his latest album which is called "New."

MICHAELA PEREIRA, CNN ANCHOR: How easy is it to keep something like that a secret?

BERMAN: There has to be setup there.

CHRIS CUOMO, CNN ANCHOR: He's aging amazingly.


CUOMO: His voice is the same, great.

BERMAN: Hope for all old men like us.

PEREIRA: It felt intensely personal coming from the two of them, didn't it? Thank you so much. We want to turn to a story that's really causing a whole lot of outrage. A horrific crime caught on tape in Philadelphia, blind man brutally beaten in broad daylight. The video shows several bystanders witnessing the attack. Now police want to know what caused it and here is the pivotal question, why no one stepped in to help?

CNN's Zoraida Sambolin is here with much more. I think it's shocking to so many of us that nobody thought to help this poor man.

ZORAIDA SAMBOLIN, ANCHOR, CNN'S "EARLY START": It really is I think at the center of the story that is most shocking. Philadelphia police have identified a 29-year-old man. He's wanted for aggravated assault. Why no one stepped in to save this helpless victim remains a mystery.


SAMBOLIN (voice-over): The pictures are horrifying, a blind man seen here on police surveillance video being savagely beaten on a Philadelphia street. Police have now released pictures of a suspect, Mustafa Guyton. Officers say Guyton lives near the intersection where that beating took place. They say the 33-year-old victim was walking down the block when the suspect approaches him.

Though the camera panned away, you can see in the next shot, the suspect kicking the victim and stomping on him, injuring his face and head. Police say after the brutal attack, the suspect picked up a backpack and walked away. Police did not indicate any possible motive for the attack. Even more shocking, is that it appears that three people walked by, witnessed it, and seemingly did nothing.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: You know, it's despicable, really.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: The guy that does it walks away like nothing happened. It's kind of ridiculous.

SAMBOLIN: Residents of the neighborhood were just as disgusted that this happened.

CLARENCE PETERKIN, RESIDENT: It's really bad, especially people that can't defend themselves. The guy is blind.

SAMBOLIN: This is not the first case of bystander apathy. In Queens, a Good Samaritan homeless man was fatally stabbed coming to a woman's aid and was ignored by pedestrians walking by. And in this surveillance video, a Philadelphia transit officer struggled with a fare evader as multiple witnesses watched without calling police.

DR. FRANK FARLEY, PROFESSOR, TEMPLE UNIVERSITY: People just might not want to get engaged because they think that the perpetrator may be carrying a gun. Being a Good Samaritan these days is riskier than it used to be.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: When you see something like that, you want to jump in, but is it the right thing to do for your own safety?


SAMBOLIN: So the police are hoping that the release of the surveillance video and the photo of the suspect will help locate that suspect. Police have also said the victim told them that he did not recognize his attacker's voice. So they are searching for any information about the crime, about the suspect.

PEREIRA: They really believe it's random.

SAMBOLIN: Absolutely they do. So the big question is what would you do if you were in a situation like that? People were chiming in on Twitter this morning, saying I'm not quite sure how I would react. What if that person had a gun, what would you do?

BERMAN: You don't know until you've been there, but obviously the hope is somebody would have the courage to do it.

PEREIRA: Even strength in numbers, a few people --

SAMBOLIN: I think that's a very important point, Michaela. You see three people in this particular video and they're all just watching and doing absolutely nothing. If they all would have ganged up on this person it would have had a different outcome.

CUOMO: The truth is, this is what usually happens, right. We tried everything, Good Samaritan laws and how you protect people when they get involved. The police say pick up your phone, dial 911. That's what you need to do. Unfortunately, that isn't done very often either.

PEREIRA: All right, Zoraida, thank you so much. You have a good weekend.

SAMBOLIN: Thank you.

CUOMO: We're going to take a break. When we come back, a weird mystery and it has another twist. You know who Jeff Bezos is, right, founder of Amazon, estranged from his father. There's a book coming out now. They found his father and guess what his father knew about his son? You'll want to hear it. I almost gave it away.

CUOMO: Well done. Way to hold back. These two men on the screen, President Obama and congressional -- you see John Boehner there. President Obama and congressional Republicans, we know they're communicating. The question that is on America's mind, could we see debt ceiling deal today?


PEREIRA: Chaos has erupted in the studio because you brought doughnuts in and nobody can focus. Welcome back to NEW DAY. The one person who can focus in the face of a doughnut is Indra Petersons.

INDRA PETERSONS, AMS METEOROLOGIST: It's not my type of doughnut. We are watching the delays here, especially out towards LaGuardia. We're still talking about two-hour delays. As you look at the rest of the map it's the only place right now we're currently looking at these long delays at the airport.

The reason for it, yes, we still have the storm off the coastline, currently right around Pennsylvania to Maryland. Light rain so that's not really the reason why it's actually those strong winds that are still in place. Remember we had that dome of high pressure in place.

So with that, the storm is not being allowed to move, the other side of it. High and low pressure means strong north easterly winds out towards LaGuardia now. There will be a trouble spot even as we go throughout the afternoon. As far as how much rain we're expecting, from 1 inch to 3 inches, the bulls eye of this right around Jersey and right around Baltimore.

Everyone else in the mid-Atlantic is about 1 inch to 2 inches. It's over three days, pretty light. It doesn't end over the next several days. That's the big story there still seeing above normal temperatures in the Midwest. We watch the severe weather into the Dakotas today. The reason that matters, you're talking about heavy rain where they saw a lot of heavy snow.

We'll be looking for threat of flooding in that region. The rest of the country, notice these are your major hubs, Chicago by Saturday, Dallas-Fort Worth also Saturday, New York City could be trouble spots as we go through the weekend. You'll want to watch for that -- Michaela.

PEREIRA: All right, Indra, thanks so much for that. We will watch it with you.

CUOMO: All right, imagine this, you find out of nowhere that your long lost son is a world famous billionaire. Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos has been estranged from his biological father since he was 3. In a new book out next week, author, Brad Stone revealed that he found Bezos' estranged father in Arizona.

PEREIRA: Not only did Ted Jorgensen not know that his son is the billionaire founder of Amazon, he didn't even know if Bezos was dead or alive. Our guest Brett Larson, the host of "Techbytes" is here to provide insight. What an extraordinary development and also a turn of events, and the fact that was a journalist that brought this to light.

BRETT LARSON, HOST, "TECHBYTES": Exactly. And very odd that -- I mean, he went through a lot of steps to track this guy down because he knew that this person existed, Jeff's father, and he went over to Arizona, eliminated half the list. Found him randomly through articles of unicycles.

There was a new site where he found pictures of a guy on a unicycle named with the same name as this Jeff Jorgensen guy and then went to Glendale, Arizona and found him. Randomly, the photo from the news article that he found was hanging in the bike store. The guy had no idea this was his son.

CUOMO: OK, hats off, good reporting.

LARSON: Yes. CUOMO: I have a little bit of a gut feeling on this. Was this right? Was this the right thing to do? They're estranged.


CUOMO: I know it's reporting.

PEREIRA: It's nobody else's business.

LARSON: That was my initial take. I was like leave well enough alone. This is not the time to step in. Granted there's a book coming out next week about Amazon. It's a biography. It's not necessarily authorized, although ironically it will be sold on at a deep, deep discount. He did the research, found this guy and comes to the conclusion that this guy didn't know you existed.

BERMAN: Well, based on what you know of Jeff Bezos then, you know, how happy or unhappy will he be now that this man has been identified?

LARSON: Well, I mean, from what we know all along, he never did the search on his own.

CUOMO: If he wanted to find him, he would have.

LARSON: Right.

CUOMO: That's the assumption.

LARSON: Exactly and the adoptive father, clearly a bigger role in Jeff's life. He actually initially invested in Amazon, was very supportive in his life all along although interestingly enough, his biological father and himself have very much the same business mentality.

You know, this bike shop is known for being customer service friendly. The bike shop has low prices, Amazon has low prices. They're cut from the same cloth. The big question is, are they going to meet each other?

PEREIRA: This is the thing where I want the cameras to pull back and let this happen on its own in his own time. As an adopted person myself, I'm intensely private about these kind of things. I'm happy to share my story. You would be forced into a situation before you're ready. That's not healthy.

LARSON: We don't know a lot about Jeff's private life. Unlike say Steve Jobs or Bill Gates, we knew a lot about Steve's life, also someone who was adopted and also did not meet his father.

PEREIRA: Both of them have that start in life.

LARSON: Yes, captured in that same text, type and title.

CUOMO: It will be interesting to see what Mr. Jorgensen will do with the information.

LARSON: He just found out his son is a billionaire.

PEREIRA: He hasn't had time to process the information. Brett Larson, always a pleasure to have you here. You go have a great weekend. Find technology stories to bring us.

CUOMO: Have a doughnut.

PEREIRA: Have a doughnut -- and he's having a doughnut.

All right, next up on NEW DAY, a final farewell to the late Cory Monteith. How the cast of "Glee" honored their friend and fallen star.

CUOMO: And she's been called the bravest girl in the world, Malala. She can go by one name. She's that big, that important. She kept standing up for girl's education even after being shot by the Taliban. Christiane Amanpour brings us her extraordinary interview with this special young woman.

PEREIRA: But first Anthony Bourdain visiting Sicily this Sunday on "PARTS UNKNOWN" airing at 9 p.m. Eastern on CNN. He learns the language of food and in Sicily, food gets everything started.


ANTHONY BOURDAIN, HOST, CNN'S "PARTS UNKNOWN": What do we have here?Let's identify these products. Capicoala.


BOURDAIN: Panchetta. That looks good.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: This is local. This is ricotta.

BOURDAIN: The bread?

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: The bread is from the uncle and they have salami and sausage.

BOURDAIN: This cheese? And what do you call these?


BOURDAIN: Right, beautiful. That's good.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: The best moment of the day.

CUOMO: Indeed.



PEREIRA: Welcome back to NEW DAY. Last night "Glee" aired an emotional tribute to Monteith. He played Finn Hudson on the hit show until his death in July from an alcohol/heroin overdose. A.J. Hammer joins us live this morning and of course, he is the host of HLN's "Showbiz Tonight." It is your NEW DAY debut. Good to have you here -- A.J.

A.J. HAMMER, HOST, HLN'S "SHOWBIZ TONIGHT": Nice to be here thank you.

PEREIRA: We heard from some of our producers up late watching the show talking about the fact that they cried the entire time, really emotional. Have you heard other fan reaction to the episode?

HAMMER: There wasn't a dry eye in my House for sure and the fans have been reacting in that way as you'd expect. Everybody unanimously agreed that they handled this really, really tough subject matter obviously perfectly and as best as they could. It was gut wrenching, it was heart-wrenching, emotional throughout.

There was some humor in it, of course, but I think what they accomplished and fans felt included. We didn't have a chance to say goodbye to either Corey or Finn. We weren't at the funeral and looking at the prism from a fan myself I really felt like I was a part of something and felt connected.

But I do think if you'd watched this episode last night, having never seen "Glee" and never known about Cory Monteith or Finn you would have been drawn. It was quite powerful.

BERMAN: They didn't address how Cory Monteith or Finn died. They just left that out there, I wonder if it was a missed opportunity for the legions of "Glee" fans that maybe they missed a chance to send a message about drugs.

HAMMER: Well, I think people are saying that this morning. I actually think it would be very tough to work it into the plotline in the show because there was no context for that in Finn's character. They made the decision instead of doing that let's honor him.

There will be time for those kinds of things but they really did not address how Finn, the character, died either. I'll show you how they didn't address it in the show if we could take a look at that.


UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Everyone wants to talk about how he died, too but who cares? One moment in his whole life, I care more about how he lived and anyone who has a problem with that should remember that he was my brother.


CUOMO: For family, that is a constant struggle. This is an interesting discussion. Why? Because the top player is the emotion of dealing with loss, a young audience, a sensitive subject for them because of how they deal with it, then you get into the addiction aspect. For the family that is right, so much focus of remember that person at their best. Then you have for everybody else as a community and what you want to send as a message. The good thing is it's out there, wasn't hidden and that way there's something out there about it.

HAMMER: I think they needed to do this for the fans to honor Cory and that's what Ryan Murphy, the creator of the show wanted to accomplish. I think he did all the way through.

PEREIRA: Let's talk about behind the scenes, the cast we know is very tight knit, they worked together for several seasons, some of them teenagers themselves having grown up on the set. I can imagine it was difficult to come together and record that episode.

HAMMER: Incredibly difficult and of course, remember that Liam Michelle was also his real life girlfriend. When they were filming the episode he's never seen a crew leaving the room sobbing and what they did, this was evident, they used the first takes of many of the performances we saw because they were so raw and so real and that's one of the reasons we felt so connected to it last night.

PEREIRA: Anybody missing from the final episode?

HAMMER: Well, there were a few characters who weren't there, Diane Agram, played Bree.

PEREIRA: They were boyfriend/girlfriend early on.

HAMMER: I heard she wasn't going to be a part of it, there were ugly rumors going around what may have been going on behind the scenes and personality conflicts, the ones that I personally choose to believe are the fact there were scheduling conflicts and others with scheduling conflicts that couldn't be there.

PEREIRA: All right, A.J. Hammer, a sad day but helps the fans at home feel so connected to these characters and to these shows, hopefully provide a little closure for them as well.

HAMMER: I don't love the word closure when it comes to people dying but it feels right here. It feels right.

PEREIRA: It was your NEW DAY debut, thank you for getting up really early.

HAMMER: Where's my doughnut?

PEREIRA: Somewhere in somebody's hand, pry it away from them.

CUOMO: All right, we're going to take a break here on NEW DAY. When we come back, President Obama wraps up his sit-down with lawmakers today, going to meet with Senate Republicans, have them over to the White House, there are signs a deal to avoid default may be close. Lawmakers are trying to back us off, maybe it's an opportunity to get more done.

PEREIRA: Also disturbing revelations emerging in the death of a Georgia teenager. This young man was found rolled up in a high school gym mat, the death was ruled an accident, the family of the young boy are not buying it.




UNIDENTIFIED MALE: It's time for leadership. It's time for these negotiations and this conversation to begin.


CUOMO: Face-to-face, House Republicans meet with the president at the White House, new information on what happened inside the timing on a potential deal and what is on the table.

PEREIRA: Seeking answers, their son found dead in school, officials ruling it an accident. His parents, though, refuse to believe that. Now CNN has learned new details that raise new questions about the case.

CUOMO: Brave young girl, Malala, the teenager targeted for standing up for young girls in her country opens up to Christiane Amanpour. Your NEW DAY continues right now.

ANNOUNCER: what you need to know --


UNIDENTIFIED MALE: We have seen for ten days a government shutdown. We cannot waste any more time.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: I want to become a prime ministers of Pakistan. Through politics I can serve my whole country.


CUOMO: Good morning. Welcome to NEW DAY. It's Friday, October 11th, 8:00 in the east. Kate Bolduan off this morning. Michaela Pereira here with me, and John Berman as well. Now we've been talking this morning. The meeting at the White House, signs of progress between the president and Republicans

But still no deal to the end of the shutdown or increase in the debt ceiling. Defunding Obamacare had been the sticking point for the Republicans and the Democrats. Where is that in this new strategy? We'll talk with Ohio Republican Congressman James Lankford. He is in charge of the policy committee. Let's see what he has to say.

PEREIRA: We got a chance to sit down and talk to somebody who has had quite a story. The one and only Robin Quever, she is the radio star and Howard Stern sidekick.