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Highest Bidder Gets Mansions; Controversial Migraine Treatment; Red Sox Beard Hair On The Auction Block; Thirty Dead in Roof Collapse at Latvian Mall; When Cell Phones Fly

Aired November 22, 2013 - 06:30   ET


MICHAELA PEREIRA, CNN ANCHOR: Surveillance video at a kid's play gym called the jump yard in Ohio captured parents fighting as staff members frantically tried to pull children out of the way. The fight apparently involved about 20 adults. CNN affiliate WKYC says three women and a man were charged with assault and endangering children.

There's so much to say about that. Families, we are complicated, aren't we?

CHRIS CUOMO, CNN ANCHOR: So much to say and nothing to say at all. It just says it itself, looking at that situation.

All right. Mick, thanks.

PEREIRA: You're welcome.

CUOMO: We're going to take a break here on "NEW DAY".

When we come back, do you know that 30 million Americans get migraine headaches? And for many of them, they don't know what to do to stop the crippling agony.

Well, Dr. Sanjay Gupta has news on a controversial surgical procedure that just might be the cure.

KATE BOLDUAN, CNN ANCHOR: Plus, we could be on the verge of a new era in air travel. Will passengers soon be allowed to make cell phone calls during flights? What do you think?


BOLDUAN: Let's go around the world starting in Latvia. The roof of shopping mall collapsed in Latvian capital, killing at least 33 people and that death toll is expected to rise.

CNN's Phil Black has more.


PHIL BLACK, CNN INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: Latvian emergency services are involved in a delicate search and rescue operation listening for noise that indicate survivors and trying to get to them without causing further any disturbance in the rubble. The almost double collapse happened at the time when the supermarket was busy with after-work shoppers. Part of the building was going under construction. Construction materials have been stored on the roof, and authorities believed it's likely that's what caused the collapse.

Back to you, Kate.


BOLDUAN: All right. Phil, thank you so much.

And in London, three women are free after decades in captivity. It's an eerie similar case to what happened this year in Cleveland.

Atika Shubert has that story.


ATIKA SHUBERT, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Well, British police say they rescued three women from 30 years of domestic slavery. Decade in an ordinary house on an ordinary street in South London, one of them apparently spending her entire life inside that house with limited contact with the outside world.

Well, police made two arrests yesterday morning, a 67-year-old man and a 67-year-old woman. But they were released on bail overnight. They have not been charged but they will have to return for questioning in January.

In the meantime, police are still investigating.

Back to you, Kate.


BOLDUAN: Atika, thanks so much for that.

And to New Zealand now where angry birds isn't just your favorite game. It's happening in real life.

CNN's Pauline Chiou explains.


PAULINE CHIOU, CNN INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: Kate, you probably heard of the game "Angry Birds". Well, on New Zealand's south island, it's real life. Like a scene out of Hitchcock movie, mad magpies are swooping down on postal workers. Several people have been scratched or in some cases knocked off their bicycles.

Residents of the town of Ashburton have resorted to carrying weapons to fend off the swooping birds and farmers have offered to shoot them down. This is nesting season and magpies are known to attack to protect their young.

Back to you, Kate.

(END VIDEO CLIP) BOLDUAN: What? That is incredible.

PEREIRA: Oh, no.

CUOMO: You know you're in a good space when the major international threat is magpie mating season.

BOLDUAN: That's right.

CUOMO: That's good.

BOLDUAN: I was impressed by that woman on the bike. She stayed on the bike and swatting them away.

PEREIRA: We need a badminton racquet just --

CUOMO: Good balance.

BOLDUAN: That's what I'm saying.

PEREIRA: Let's talk about something I'm sure is going to raise your ire. Air travel could get a whole lot noisier if a new FCC proposal gets approval.

The agency is considering a move that would allow passengers to talk on their cell phones in flight when the plane is above 10,000 feet.

We bring in the host of "TechBytes," Brett Larson, who I feel may have similar angst about this.

BRETT LARSON, HOST, TECHBYTES: Yes, as someone who travels frequently.

PEREIRA: This is a proposal.

LARSON: Right.

PEREIRA: It's not official yet. They're considering it.

LARSON: Considering it.


LARSON: They considered is back in 2004.


LARSON: They considered doing it. So many people said oh, no, including the flight attendants union. No, we have enough stuff to deal with, like people on their -- well, especially now that you can use your gadgetry on the plane. You have that distraction.

So, imagine sitting next to someone for six hours. At that point, I'd rather sit next to a screaming child with an ear infection, because that would -- at least it's like monotonous rather than like businessman. PEREIRA: Right, or gossip girl.


BOLDUAN: Do you think we're in a different time now, they considered is once before, there was outrage so they didn't move forward with it? Do you think folks are becoming more interested?

LARSON: Surprisingly, there's been a backlash already in the less than 12 hours that it's been since they said this. Petition was started on the White House website to get the president to step in and say no, we're going to do an executive order. You're not going to talk on cell phones.

The flight attendants' union has spoken out. Business people are like that's the last place I can go and not be bothered by people yapping on a phone. And it's going to be bad.

And the rule -- the etiquette rules on cellphone use are, if you're in a place where people can't get away from you, you shouldn't use your cellphone.


LARSON: No one pays attention to that. You know, like, when you're in line at Christie D's (ph), or when you're in the locker room at the gym, I don't want to hear what's going on. Do the people that you're talking to want to know you're standing there with your junk hanging out yapping on the phone.

BOLDUAN: That took it to a totally different level.

CUOMO: I'll take it to the other side.


LARSON: Listen, that's crazy --

CUOMO: You've got a cell phone, you want to use it. I'll take the other side.

By the way, this is a great chance to jump on Twitter with #newday and drink a big glass of haterade and just pour it on. And we'll discuss it throughout the morning.

But I think you've got a cell phone, you want to use it. We make accommodations on other things. I don't like having fettered (ph) restrictions by the airlines.

PEREIRA: Well, I would love to fetter your restrictions, but I think the problem is now that cellphones have become so ubiquitous, I think there's a move from people to increase the etiquette. You know, I've been called out for walking down the street texting with head down. That's not safe.

LARSON: No, it's not. You walk into people or walk into traffic. PEREIRA: You walk into an intersection, you trip over something. You walk into a manhole.

CUOMO: You're a straight line walker, though.

PEREIRA: I'm bobbing and weaving now.

BOLDUAN: From a technology standpoint, is that a problem? Can you flip the switch and --

LARSON: Well, there's extra equipment they would need to put in. They would need to put picocells on the airplane to relay it down to the ground. Because if you try to make a call from above, all the cell towers, all the cell towers are going to say, oh, we can't work and you're going to cause a bunch of problems.

BOLDUAN: Let's hope it's --


PEREIRA: But then also, there's the safety aspect of it that flight attendants are reasonably concerned about, right?

LARSON: Exactly, I was on a plane on Tuesday that happened to have the you can now use your gadgets rule. I was surprised, during the safety instructions, nobody was paying attention. I know a lot of people are like it's not important. But I know how to fasten my seat belt or whatever.

There are some things they need to tell you. You have to be in the moment.

CUOMO: So, you're locked in during the safety briefing.

LARSON: I do pay attention on that guy.

CUOMO: Brett Larson --

LARSON: I read the thing.


LARSON: I read the thing. I count the seats to the exit and then I look on the door to see which way the hand has to go and then I tuck that away and put my head phones on.

PEREIRA: Fly with Brett Larson. He was a Boy Scout.

LARSON: I will elbow people out of my way to get to the door.

BOLDUAN: So, you're not saving.


LARSON: I will open the window and get myself out first.

CUOMO: You need to read the form because Brett Larson is there and he only wants to beat you to the door.

PEREIRA: Isn't that a rule, you only have to run faster than me?

CUOMO: You have to save as many as I can.

LARSON: I would help out, I can lift the door, the thing out of the window.

BOLDUAN: Brett, show them your shoes. He has new shoes.

CUOMO: Those are nice. Look how cool they are.

BOLDUAN: Very few men can pull that off.


LARSON: It looks like I stepped on a Smurf.

BOLDUAN: You stepped on a Smurf.

LARSON: I'm sorry papa Smurf.

CUOMO: That was very good. Very good.

BOLDUAN: What were we talking about?

LARSON: Cell phones on airplanes.

PEREIRA: Oh, my.

LARSON: If you're on a plane watching us on in-flight television --

PEREIRA: Tweet us, text us.

CUOMO: Yes, what do you know, because it's going to be a pressing issue.

LARSON: It's going to go on for a while.

CUOMO: Indra Petersons, I'm looking for a little support here. You're with me on the you should talk on the phone if you have it, you're throwing me under the bus.

INDRA PETERSONS, AMS METEOROLOGIST: Absolutely not. Are you kidding me? Annoying neighbors is bad, number one. We always put the ear plugs in and now your neighbor is still talking? Negative.

BOLDUAN: We all hate everyone. Like I don't want to hear what you're saying. I'm not saying I'm innocent of it.

PETERSONS: Yes, I'm sorry. No way. To listen to that for hours and hours, absolutely not.

All right. Let's talk about the weather, guys. We're talking about big changes here, cool temperatures really spreading across not only the Ohio valley but even into the Eastern Seaboard today. Look at the temperatures, that was today.

Now, take a look at Saturday, 30s already in St. Louis. Boston is still kind of in that middle zone, seeing those 40s. Atlanta about 58, we're dropping you now into Sunday.

And you're going to see that huge change here in these temperatures by the time you wake up on Sunday morning.

Chicago, your highs will be in the 20s. D.C., we're talking about temperatures really kind of still in the 30s and New York City also talking about 32 degrees. This is the story that will be lingering this weekend.

Of course, it's not cool temperatures we're going to be seeing some gusty winds as these cold front kicks on through. New York City, by Sunday morning, almost 40 mile per hour winds will be out there. Same thing for Cleveland, Chicago gusting to 30 miles per hour.

So, cold and windy and rain will be mixed in. Here's the system that's really bringing all that cold air, light system as far as rain is concerned, maybe only about an inch of rain, kind of around the northeast. Farther down to the south will be the heaviest rain. Timing of it throughout the day in the Northeast today and it's kind of pretty much kicking off by Saturday morning or so.

There you go, you can see the light rain about an inch, maybe 1 to 3 around, let's say Arkansas, around Mississippi, some of the heavier amounts. Not really the story.

The big story continues to be out west where they'll be talking about heavy rain and snow. I'm glad we're not there just yet. They're getting about a foot of snow in California, though, which means the ski trip, the snow-cation, may be on my list.

BOLDUAN: In the distant future it feels like, though. Thanks, Indra.


CUOMO: Coming up on NEW DAY: plastic surgeons stumble on it a promising discovery, possible cure for migraines. A little controversial, though, we'll tell you why.

What else we got, Mick?

PEREIRA: Well, want to be like Mike? Yes, you do. We're going to show how you could be for a price. We're going to give you the behind-the-gate look, coming up.


PEREIRA: Want to be like Mike? Welcome back to "NEW DAY". Michael Jordan's Highland Park, Illinois home named the Legend Point Estate hits the auction block today. The highest bidder will walk away with keys to quite a mansion. Let's pretend I'm real estate agent just for a moment and give you a tour. Let's take a look at the house. Yes, you might recognize that number. The famous six-time NBA champ, his number right on the gate, and you can see right there, a little basketball emblem. 56,000 square feet on 7.4 acres. What's inside, Michaela, you ask? On the grounds, it's pretty impressive. You've got a putting green, you've got a pool, you've got tennis court, a great living room.

Here's the thing, though, $29 million if you even want to be a player in this game, you have to be able to provide a $250,000 deposit. And you're saying, this is Michael Jordan. Yes, of course, it comes with an NBA regulation size court. Did you see that? Did I mention it had nine bedrooms, 19 bathrooms and a 15-car heated garage? This home has a lot of sentimental value to the basketball legend.

They raised their three children there, and of course, he won six NBA championships while living there. If you want a tour behind the gate to Michael Jordan's compound, go to OK. I've done my real estate job. Chris, back over to you.

CUOMO: Wow! That really impressive.

Some other big numbers we have for you this morning, 36 million. That's how many Americans suffer from migraines and a growing number (INAUDIBLE) pain. They're actually undergoing migraine surgery. Our chief medical correspondent, Dr. Sanjay Gupta, has more on this controversial treatment.

DR. SANJAY GUPTA, CNN CHIEF MEDICAL CORRESPONDENT: Hey, guys. You know, nearly ten years ago, plastic surgeons at the Cleveland Clinic, they noticed something curious after performing certain operations known as brow lifts. Some of the patients came back saying that they used to have frequent migraines that then went away after the operations.

Now, the surgeons became intrigued by this and they began to experiment. And today, they start to toss around this word cure or at least something close to it.


KOREN HA, SUFFERS FROM MIGRAINES: I just want to have a life. I operate on half a life.

GUPTA: Koren Ha says she has about 15 good days a month.

HA: Hold on.

GUPTA: The other 15, she deals with crushing migraine pain.

HA: It feels like a boa constrictor around my head. It feels like a snake going like this. I tried oxygen tanks. I tried acupuncture. Every migraine medication, every seizure medication, anti-depressant, everything.

GUPTA: Well, almost everything.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: And what are we doing for you today?

HA: Surgery.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: What kind of surgery?

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Migraine surgery.

GUPTA: Migraine surgery. It's a controversial treatment for what many neurologists say is an intrinsically brain-based problem.

DR. KAVEH ALIZADEH, PLASTIC SURGEON: So I'm just going to make a couple marks.

GUPTA: Koren's plastic surgeon said the tight muscles and connective tissue are literally choking her nerves, especially in the neck and that may mark the beginning point of her migraines. So he plans to make incisions and remove bands of muscle in what he says are trigger points, frown lines around the eyes, the temples, the base of the skull, basically, relieve the pressure.

ALIZADEH: We have patients that are almost three years out and they're still reporting no headaches.

GUPTA: To be sure, migraine surgery has its detractors. The American Headache Society calls migraine surgery a last resort option that is not appropriate for most suffers. We caught up with Koren 12 weeks now after surgery. Her headaches, she says, are down to three a month.

HA: Three a month for me is very good. I had a tough recovery, but it's definitely working for me.


GUPTA (on-camera): Now, it's safe to say that, look, many neurologists are still skeptical that this can be a cure for migraines, but Dr. Alizadeh says the procedure can be very helpful to a certain group of patients. So to see if someone is a good candidate, surgeons will often test by injecting Lidocaine or Botox into the suspected trigger points. If that helps, they say the operation could be a more permanent fix. Guys, back to you.

PEREIRA: Sanjay, thanks so much. Interesting. You can see "Sanjay Gupta MD" all weekend.

"Must-See Moment" time. This one is weird. I'm going to tell you, it is, not something you see every day.


PEREIRA (voice-over): A guy walking his pet through the park, a pet dinosaur that is.

CUOMO (voice-over): I knew they were real.

PEREIRA: You knew they were -- a YouTube channel called whatever teamed up with the creators of these extremely life-like dinosaur costumes and pulled quite the practical joke. Folks that thought they were out for their usual leisurely walk-through New York Central Park. They even crashed a couple's wedding photos. They scared plenty of kids, even some grown-ups and the dogs were quite concerned.

I don't know how to protect you, master. This is a dinosaur. This is outside of my wheel house.


BOLDUAN: All people were completely -- I mean, you know?

CUOMO: No. Not in New York City.




CUOMO: Mostly -- the only dogs are scared, but those little New York specific pocketbook dogs that they have here, and I wish the lost of raptor would just snapped one of those bad boys up --

BOLDUAN (on-camera): Some call them yappy dogs.

PEREIRA (on-camera): Maltese, they're adorable.

CUOMO: Only in New York. People like --

PEREIRA: Only in New York.

CUOMO: Get your dinosaur out of my -- way. Get your dinosaur out of my way.


BOLDUAN: Make sure you pick up --


CUOMO: That's a good one.

All right. Coming up on "NEW DAY", exploit Obamacare. That's the big message in a new GOP playbook. Find out the plan to keep attacking the Affordable Care Act.

BOLDUAN: Also ahead, charges dropped against the girls accused of bullying Rebecca Sedwick to her suicide. Today, we will talk to one of those girls, along with her attorney, Jose Baez. Does she feel like she did anything wrong?


CUOMO: Did you see the game last night? Two football teams going in very different directions. You got Drew Brees and the red hot Saints. You've got the Falcons. So, what happened? Let's bring in Andy Scholes. He's got this morning's "Bleacher Report." Hello, my friend. Happy Friday.

ANDY SCHOLES, BLEACHER REPORT: Hey, Chris. Happy Friday to you as well. You know, before this season, it was the Falcons, not the Saints that were the Super Bowl favorites. But, hey, it certainly hasn't worked out that way. Second quarter last night, Jamie Graham is going to haul in a 44-yard touchdown from Drew Brees and he's going to celebrate by dunking on the field goal post, but check it out. He accidentally bends it.

Stadium workers had to come out and fix it, causing a brief delay. New Orleans' high scoring offense didn't put up huge numbers in this game, but they did enough to beat the Falcons 17-13.

All right. Trending on, it happened again in Oklahoma City. For the second straight game, a fan hit a half-court shot to win $20,000. This is getting ridiculous. Brad Brucker is the fifth Thunder fan to knock down the shot this calendar year. But hey, guys, he's the only one that got to celebrate with Jay-Z and Beyonce. They were sitting court-side for the game.

All right. Want to own a piece of Red Sox history? Here's your chance. Gillette and a few Red Sox players teamed up to shave their beards and they're auctioning off the razor along with the facial hair for charity. Take a look. This ball of hair came straight from the face of Shane Victorino. It's on eBay right now going for more than $1,600.

Big Papi's beard right is at $4,300. You know what, guys, some people say this is gross. I love it. You know, you always have a chance to own a piece of history, but how often do you have a chance to own a piece of a person who made history?

BOLDUAN: I still think it's gross, Andy. It's very, very gross.


SCHOLES: Curt Schilling's bloody sock, it went for $92,000 when it was auctioned off. I Think Big Papi's iconic facial hair -

CUOMO: I can't wait for somebody like, you know, goes for the full pinky, you know? Make a little cash, get the kids into college.


SCHOLES: That would probably ruin his career, Chris.


BOLDUAN: Christmas presents, everyone. Christmas presents. Thanks, Andy. Have a good weekend.

SCHOLES: You, too.

BOLDUAN: We're now at the top of the hour which means it's time for the top news.


JOHN BOEHNER, (R) HOUSE SPEAKER: I think it's now obvious that the reality of the president's health care law simply doesn't match the promises.

CUOMO: New this hour, the playbook. CNN has obtained a 17-page outline of how Republicans plan to attack Obamacare. No suggestions to improve it in there, no alternatives presented. Smart politics or pure obstruction?

BOLDUAN: Also new this hour, the accused. She's the 13-year-old girl accused of bullying another teenager, driving her to suicide. Charges have been dropped and she joins us live.

PEREIRA: The moment that changed the world. Fifty years ago today, John F. Kennedy was killed. We celebrate his life, his legacy, and examine those lingering questions of just how he died.

CUOMO: Your "NEW DAY" starts right now.

ANNOUNCER: This is "NEW DAY" with Chris Cuomo, Kate Bolduan, and Michaela Pereira.


CUOMO: Welcome back to "NEW DAY". It's Friday, November 22nd, seven o'clock in the east. And today's the day of remembrance across the country, the 50th anniversary of President John F. Kennedy's assassination. You're looking live at Arlington National Cemetery. That's where the eternal flame burns at the Kennedy grave site.

A little more than an hour from now, a wreath laying ceremony will be held there and in a few hours, there'll be a memorial at Dealey Plaza in Dallas, the first official ceremony ever held at the site where JFK was shot in 1963.

And historic move in the Senate. Democrats triggering the so-called nuclear option to change filibuster rules. Now, the Senate can pass most of the president's choices for federal judgeships or executive nominees with a simple majority instead of the 60 votes they needed before. Democrats said this was a needed fix to a broken system. Republicans are calling it a power grab.