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[06:00:30] VICTOR BLACKWELL, CNN ANCHOR: New disturbing developments in the Dennis Hastert scandal, there could be three victims in this sexual abuse case. What we're learning from sources at this hour.
CHRISTI PAUL, CNN ANCHOR: And new this morning, a Florida inmate mysteriously winds up in a coma after being transported in a prison van from the courtroom to jail. Now he's dead. It's a story similar, eerily, to Freddie gray's death in Baltimore, except for one thing. This man is not African man.
BLACKWELL: And also new this morning, for the first time, we hear from the daughters of the Duggars family, who shared details of abuse by their brother and they defend him.
PAUL: Always so good to have you company with us. I'm Christie Paul. Thanks for being here.
BLACKWELL: I'm Victor Blackwell. Always good to be with you. Let's start with these new accusations in the scandal involving Dennis Hastert. CNN has learned that three people are now potentially accusing the former House speaker of sexual abuse.
PAUL: Hastert was charged with bank fraud and lying about his bank accounts. The cash was allegedly hush money to keep one of his victims quiet. Now we're learning new information from CNN sources that indicate there could be two other alleged victims.
CNN's Polo Sandoval joins us now with more about these three accusers. Polo, what have you learned this morning?
POLO SANDOVAL, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Hi, Christie and Victor. Good morning. You know, the details have been kept very vague at this federal court document, so it really has taken several days for us to truly begin to put these pieces together.
We now know that that second individual was approached by the FBI, questioned by federal agents and that individual maintains that they are not the one, or at least they were not the one who received some of these $3.5 million.
And now this morning there is yet another woman, who is coming forward saying her late brother is on that list of three people.
SANDOVAL (voice-over): Jolene Burdge tells ABC News her brother, Steven Reinboldt shared a dark secret with her before his death 20 years ago.
JOLENE BURDGE, SISTER OF STEVE REINBOLDT: I asked him, Stevie, when was your first same-sex experience? He just looked at me and said it was with Dennis Hastert.
SANDOVAL: Burdge says her brother told her he endured years of sexual abuse at the hands of Dennis Hastert during the late '60s and early '70s. At the time, the man who would become House speaker was a teacher and high school wrestling coach in York Ville, Illinois.
Reinboldt was a student and equipment manager for the team. Burdge says her brother first told her about the alleged abuse back in 1979 when he revealed to her he was gay.
BURDGE: I said, why didn't you tell anybody, Stevie? I mean, he was your teacher, why didn't you ever tell anybody? He just looked at me and said who is ever going to believe me?
SANDOVAL: Federal prosecutors say Hastert lied to the FBI about trying to pay $3.5 million in so-called hush money to a person identified in court documents only as "Individual A." Burdge tells ABC News she is not that individual. She says she confronted Hastert on the day of her brother's funeral.
BURDGE: I want you to know that your secret didn't die in there with my brother.
SANDOVAL: So again, this morning, the list of alleged Dennis Hastert victims there at about three and really could potentially be growing or at least there's concerns that that could happen.
We should mention Hastert has kept quiet. No comment from him. He is expected to appear in court on Tuesday in Chicago for his initial appearance on these federal charges.
He could break his silence there in some way. We should mention, though, Christie and Victor, he did deny these allegations when they initially surfaced in 2006.
PAUL: Back in 2006. So just to clarify here, we've got "Individual A," who was paid money. We've got the second alleged victim or person that the FBI did speak to who was not receiving money. And then we also have Steven Reinboldt, whose sister just spoken up. Do we know anything about the second person the FBI spoke with, Polo?
SANDOVAL: You know, Christie, that's one of the key questions right now, exactly, who this individual is. As you mentioned there, we have Steve Reinboldt. We have the initial individual who is being mentioned in this federal court documents and then this other person that CNN sources mentioned, this second individual.
So I think the key question now throughout the next couple of days is who that person is and really perhaps will there be more victims in this thing. I think it's a story that, of course, is far from over as we continue to get closer to that initial court appearance that we have Dennis Hastert on Tuesday.
PAUL: All righty, Polo Sandoval, always appreciate it. Thank you, sir.
SANDOVAL: You bet.
BLACKWELL: All right, as Polo just discussed there, Hastert is scheduled to make his first court appearance next week. Joining us now to talk about this, HLN legal analyst and criminal defense attorney, Joey Jackson.
[06:05:06] Joey, let's first go with just talking specifically about the case and the federal charges. What we're learning about these potential three victims, will they have any impact on this case or these charges?
JOEY JACKSON, HLN LEGAL ANALYST: Well, good morning, Victor. Here's the issue. The bottom line is that there's something that needs to be proved in the indictment and that's twofold.
The first issue that needs to be proven is whether or not he lied to the FBI. That issue has nothing at all to do certainly with prior victims of any type of abuse, and so his lawyers are going to be arguing that that shouldn't be factored in the actual charges or in any type of sentencing.
The second issue has to do with the structuring of any type of transactions that were financial, and certainly that issue as well, the attorneys will argue has very little to do with any type of transactions that were structured.
Obviously the whole purpose that those transactions were structured in that way, Victor, was to evade the requirements and keep everything secret, but since it's not an underlying matter that needs to be proven, the issue will be we want to keep that out of this charge as it moves forward.
BLACKWELL: So, Joey, I wonder, we've had "Individual A" as we said, the second person that the FBI is looking into potential allegations, and then the accusations made by Jolene Burdge about Steven Reinboldt. Is there any potential that they have some civil recourse against Hastert?
JACKSON: Well, the problem, Victor, unfortunately, is that you have statute of limitation issues. Those statute-of-limitation issues are in place for a variety of reasons. Obviously in the event that this is true, you feel horrific for the victims of any type of abuse, but there's a timeframe in which you have to move forward in these matters. The statute of limitation is generally in play for a number of reasons, based upon the evidence, based upon the finality, in terms of wanting to get a matter resolved, based upon people not being available to testify.
And as a result of that, there may be very little recourse for the victims in any type of civil abuse that he engaged in.
BLACKWELL: All right, HLN legal analyst and criminal defense attorney, Joey Jackson, thank you so much.
JACKSON: My pleasure, Victor, have a great day.
BLACKWELL: You, too.
PAUL: Also new this morning, apparently because of a CNN investigation, a federal agency is launching an inquiry into a West Palm Beach, Florida Hospital, where at least nine babies have died after open-heart surgery since 2011.
Take a look at Davey Brandow, almost 2-months-old when he died on Tuesday. There he is. That makes him the 9th infant to die at St. Mary's Medical Center in Florida following open-heart surgery. Now the hospital has a 12.5 percent mortality rate for open surgery. That's more than three times the national average.
BLACKWELL: Yes, the federal centers for Medicare and Medicaid will conduct the investigation because most of the patients who had this surgery were Medicaid patients.
PAUL: Tenita Health Care which owns St. Mary's didn't respond to CNN's request for comment on the federal investigation, but chief medical correspondent, Elizabeth Cohen, is going to join us live with more in the next hour on this exclusive report so do stay close.
BLACKWELL: Look forward to that. Also, investigators are now questioning the third man in the Boston terror investigation. Was he part of the alleged plot to behead officers? We'll look into that.
PAUL: And the sisters of Josh Duggar, defending their brother, who admittedly molested them more than a decade ago.
(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: I do want to speak up in his defense against people who are calling him a child molester or a pedophile or rapist, some people are saying. I'm like, that is so overboard and a lie really.
(END VIDEO CLIP)
PAUL: Stay here for more of last night's interview.
[06:12:15] BLACKWELL: This morning, new details are coming out about the Boston beheading terror plot and a third individual who met with the suspect, Usaama Rahim, just two days before Rahim was shot and killed by police.
He's being called an individual of interest. He's been taken in for questioning and investigators have searched his home. Now, we're also learning the surveillance video of Rahim's shooting, that will be released to the public.
His funeral was yesterday. His brother tells CNN he wants to know more about this death. And he also apologized for earlier comments that police were reckless.
CNN justice correspondent, Pamela Brown, has more now on these new developments.
PAMELA BROWN, CNN JUSTICE CORRESPONDENT: Well, Victor and Christie, we are learning more about that third individual, who was listed in the complaint as part of this terrorism conspiracy here in Boston.
He apparently is a Rhode Island resident, who was friends with David Wright and Usaama Rahim, and Paul Murphy talked to him over social media last march and he claimed at that time that he was in touch with an ISIS fighter.
BROWN (voice-over): Indications Rahim became suspicious. The FBI was on to him in 2012 and bugged his phone on Facebook under the alias Abdur-Rahim. He wrote, "I heard some clicking noises on my phone."
He says an FBI agent called him and told him, Sir, we have some allegations regarding you. I came by your house a few times, but kept missing you."
Law enforcement officials confirm Rahim, who police shot and killed in Boston on Tuesday, had been on the FBI's radar for the past couple of years. They say he met on a Rhode Island beach Sunday with his nephew, David Wright and an unnamed 24-year-old man.
That man lives here in Rhode Island with his parents. Police searched the home Wednesday and a law enforcement source tells CNN agents have spoken with him, but he has not been arrested.
The three allegedly plotted to behead activist, Pamela Gellar, in New York before Rahim changed his plan and decided to attack police officers in Massachusetts on Tuesday, according to the FBI.
RON HOSKO, FORMER ASSISTANT DIRECTOR, FBI CRIMINAL INVESTIGATION DIVISION: The trick of this is frankly let the person get close enough so that they're taking a substantial step forward, that their efforts, their actions are prosecutable.
BROWN: CNN communicated with the third individual through Twitter back in March as part of reporting on Americans, who follow Jihadists. He indicated he was in touch with terrorists online including with ISIS. He claimed an alleged ISIS fighter was telling him to come to Syria to fight with the terrorist group.
This as CNN is learning known ISIS members overseas were communicating through peer-to-peer communication with at least one of the three men, encouraging a terrorist attack in the U.S.
Court records show Rahim bought three military knives on Amazon that were delivered to him in the last week. Boston Police Commissioner William Evans believes he intended to behead officers.
[06:15:04] WILLIAMS EVANS, BOSTON POLICE COMMISSIONER: When they have the knives and what's happened across the country and across the world, the beheading of military and police officers, we can insinuate that that's why they have the knives and based on that comment, that's what we believe they're up to.
BROWN: We have learned that the family of Usaama Rahim has viewed that surveillance video showing the shooting where he was shot and killed on Tuesday. The family disputes any allegations that Rahim had anything to do with ISIS -- Victor and Christie.
PAUL: All right, Pamela Brown, thank you so much. Let's bring in CNN law enforcement analyst and former FBI assistant director, Tom Fuentes for us. Tom, good morning to you.
TOM FUENTES, CNN LAW ENFORCEMENT ANALYST: Good morning, Christie.
PAUL: Do you think once that surveillance video is released, what questions will it answer?
FUENTES: Well, I think it already answered questions to the members of the community from the clergy and others that saw it to show that the police acted pretty much in self-defense. That he was coming toward them. The individual was not shot in the back and that's what happened during the confrontation.
The police officers and FBI agents were backing up, which indicates that the person was coming toward them. They saw enough to be satisfied. Now, Christie, I'd like to add this is a classified investigation normally.
And very little of this would become public if it hadn't been necessary to use deadly force on Rahim. And what the police and FBI are trying to do is maintain the cooperation within that community that they didn't act recklessly.
They didn't just gun him down and fall into that whole narrative, which wasn't helped by the brother saying that he was shot in the back and he was crying to his father, I can't breathe.
So they're trying to quell all that and that's why they hurried up with that release. Otherwise, that wouldn't have been out there. PAUL: So let's talk about the third individual here that authorities are talking about. He's being called an individual of interest. But some people might think how is that different from a suspect? Is that just semantics?
FUENTES: Yes, it's just semantics. They come up with these exotic terms to try to make it -- to try and down play. Otherwise people are saying if he's a suspect, why don't you pick him up. You arrested David Wright. Why isn't he in custody?
You know, that will come out later why he isn't at the moment. It's possible that if he was the conduit to communication overseas with ISIS, that maybe he's still in a position to do that kind of communication.
And it would be easier to leave him under the supervision of agents outside of the jail to do it as opposed to take him into custody and kick in the whole criminal justice system.
But much of what's come out about this case, first of all, the FBI had a wiretap on Rahim. It wasn't speculation that he was going to do anything. He placed a call that was recorded at 5:00 a.m. Tuesday morning to David Wright saying, I can't wait any longer.
They were going to go out of state to behead somebody. They don't indicate right in that phone call who, but they say that I can't wait. The boys in blue are out here. I'm going to do it now. I'm going to act today or tomorrow.
And that's why they approached him on the street before he could get on a bus, before he could stick that knife into somebody. And, you know, when he pulls out a 14-inch knife and comes at them and refuses to drop it, that's when they had to take the action they did.
PAUL: All right, well, Tom Fuentes, always appreciate your voice on this. I know you're sticking with us for some more conversations throughout the next hour or so. Thank you.
FUENTES: Thank you.
BLACKWELL: This is a story that so many people are talking about this weekend. Let's start with what we know. This Josh Duggar sexually molested four of his sisters, but now two of his sisters are defending the 27-year-old. We're going to hear some of their emotional new interview.
Also, a story that's very similar to what we saw out of Baltimore with Freddie Gray. Police transport a man in the back of the van, you see it here. He goes into the van, but when they go to take him out of the van, he's unconscious.
Then he slips into a coma and dies. Deputies say nothing went wrong, but the family is crying foul. We'll get into the details of this one.
Also, look at this video, thousands of people protesting at the G7 meeting in Germany. President Obama is heading their way later today. We'll tell you why they're protesting.
PAUL: New this morning, for the first time, we are hearing from the sisters of Josh Duggar, the sisters, of course, who were sexually abused by their brother and you know what? They are defending him.
BLACKWELL: Jessa Seewald spoke with Fox News last night admitting her older brother made, quote, "bad choices," but arguing that he's not a rapist or pedophile.
(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)
JESSA SEEWALD, SISTER OF JOSH DUGGAR: I do want to speak up in his defense against people who are calling him a child molester or a pedophile or rapist, some people are saying. I'm like, that is so overboard and a lie, really.
I mean, people will get mad at me for saying that, but I'm like, I can say this, I was one of the victims, so I can speak out and I can say this and set the record straight here.
Like in Josh's case, he was a boy, a young boy in puberty and a little too curious about girls and that got him into some trouble. And he made some bad choices. But really, the extent of it was mild inappropriate touching on fully-clothed victims.
(END VIDEO CLIP)
PAUL: Now a second sister, Jill Dillard, cried while she was talking about the release of her brother's police records.
(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)
JILL DILLARD, SISTER OF JOSH DUGGAR: I couldn't believe what was going on. Whenever I heard the police report had been released, I said what -- they don't have a right to do this. We're victims. They can't do this to us.
(END VIDEO CLIP)
BLACKWELL: All right, make sure to stay with NEW DAY all morning. Next hour, we'll be speaking with psychologist and author, Wendy Walsh about the Duggar scandal.
[06:25:01] OK, time now, 24 minutes after the hour. Let's take a look at some other stories making headlines right now.
PAUL: First of all, Vice President Joe Biden's son is going to be laid to rest this morning. Beau Biden died last week after a battle with brain cancer. He was just 46. President Obama's attending the funeral and delivering the eulogy. You see there too Beau Biden's wife and two of his children. BLACKWELL: Colorado is being slammed by some major tornados accompanied by heavy rain. Look at this. Flood emergencies have been issued as well. Several homes have been damaged. And people there say they saw parts of a house flying by.
PAUL: Wow. Thousands of protesters have taken to the streets to demonstrate against the G7 meeting in Germany. They say global leaders have failed to act on pressing global issues. President Obama's going to be at this summit. We're going to have a live report for you on that in the next hour.
The loved ones of a Florida man want to know why he died in police custody after just an eight-minute police transport from court to jail. Mitchell Martinez somehow wound up unconscious and later died. We'll tell you what we know happened.
BLACKWELL: Plus, the pope is in Bosnia being greeted by thousands of people. We'll tell you what he's saying today.
BLACKWELL: Bottom of the hour now. Thank you so much for staying with us. There is a lot going on this morning, and we're starting with the new accusations in the scandal involving Dennis Hastert.
PAUL: We're learning now from CNN sources that three people are accusing the former House speaker of sexual abuse. Remember, Hastert was charged with bank fraud and lying to the FBI about his account, but the cash was allegedly hush money to keep one of his alleged victims quiet. So we're now hearing of a new victim reportedly questioned by the FBI. This person did not receive payments from Hastert. The former House speaker is expected in court, though, next Tuesday in Chicago.
BLACKWELL: A federal inquiry has been launched into a Florida hospital after a CNN investigation revealed its mortality rate for open-heart surgery was more than three times the national average. Since 2011, at least nine babies have died following surgery at St. Mary's Medical Center in West Palm Beach. The ninth, Davey Brandow (ph) died this past Tuesday. We'll have more on this story throughout the morning.
PAUL: A Florida man died this week after being transported in a police van. His story isn't making the kind of headlines we saw maybe with Baltimore man Freddie Gray. He also died after being transported back in April. But we want to introduce you to this man, Mitchell Martinez. He was arrested for three counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon back in April of 2013. He was out on bond, but went to court on a probation violation last Friday. His bond was revoked. He was transported from court to jail. This was an eight-minute ride to the jail. But when police took him out of the van, he was unconscious. Nick Valencia picks up the story from there.
(BEGIN VIDEOTAPE) NICK VALENCIA, CNN CORRESPONDENT: From a courtroom to a coma in a matter of hours. Last week, Mitchell Martinez got into a jail transport van in Vero Beach, Florida. About three miles and eight minutes later, the 35-year-old is in cardiac arrest. He dies four days later.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Upon him entering the van showed zero signs of distress.
VALENCIA: At a press conference on Monday, the Indian River sheriff said there was nothing out of the ordinary about the transfer. He defended his officers' actions.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: He was segregated into a separate, if you could call it a cell, you can call it a cell within the van. There was absolutely no indications of anything unusual. There was very light traffic. There were no detours, no stops.
VALENCIA: According to the sheriff's office, there were seven other inmates who were in the van. None of them heard or saw anything.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: There were no other inmates that could touch him. No officers that could touch him.
VALENCIA: When asked about jail transport protocol, a spokesman for the Indian River sheriff's office told CNN we offer the inmates the opportunity to either buckle themselves up, or if they need assistance, we can buckle them in. He says the inmates are quote, "not required to be buckled."
On a memorial Facebook page for Martinez, speculation swirls, specifically how did he end up with these red marks on his neck. Friends also curious about why the video freezes here.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: What do you believe in your heart happened?
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I believe foul play.
VALENCIA: Ryan Monto (ph) has known Martinez since high school. Brad, as he called him, was supposed to be the best man in his upcoming wedding.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Brad's been in good health for 27 years. All of a sudden he's just -- he's dead in eight minutes for no reason. It's kind of quick and abrupt. Just a shock to everybody that knows him.
VALENCIA: For Martinez's friends and family, the circumstances surrounding his death don't add up. They say Martinez was burdened by his court date last week, wanting only to clear his name. Now after his death, the family says it may be the Indian River sheriff's office that's going to have to clear theirs.
VALENCIA: The family of Martinez tells me that when they heard about his death, they immediately thought of Baltimore and what happened to Freddie Gray. They say they plan on launching their own independent autopsy. We should mention officially the death investigation into Brad Martinez is pending toxicology reports.
PAUL: Nick Valencia, thank you so much.
BLACKWELL: We mentioned earlier this case draws a lot of similarities to the death of 25-year-old Freddie Gray. Of course, he died while being transported by Baltimore police in April. You know that story well. Let's bring in CNN law enforcement analyst, former FBI assistant director, Tom Fuentes.
Tom, Nick reported, as we heard from the Indian River County sheriff's office, that these inmates are not required to be buckled in, and to give them the option of buckling themselves in, although they are shackled. If they need help, they'll get it. How common is that and should it be as common as it is?
FUENTES: It's a good question, Victor. We don't know what happened in this case. We don't have the autopsy results.
It doesn't appear that he died as a result of some type of injury or reckless driving on the part of the driver. I think it's just too soon to rush to judgment on this. Let's get the autopsy results, find out exactly what he died of. If he just had a heart attack due to stress or something medical along those lines, that the police would have no indication of when they put him in the van, and the other people that were riding in the van, they're all available to be interviewed by the police and by the FBI if there's an investigation at the federal level. So there will be plenty of opportunity for all of the witnesses to say what they think happened inside that van. And specifically, what he died of.
BLACKWELL: You make two good, important points here, that we don't know what his state was before going into court. He came in off the street into court and was taken into custody. According to the sheriff there, there were several of the other people who were in the van who had been interviewed, and at least according to the sheriff, they've said that nothing unusual happened during that ride. They are not calling it a rough ride, according to the sheriff. But let's get specifically to the reaction to this case versus what we saw at this point in the Freddie Gray case. There were protests. There were calls for charges and firings. We're not seeing that here. Any indication to you why we're not seeing that here?
FUENTES: Well, I think -- you hate to say the obvious, but I think it's because of a lack of what people would call racial motivation or racism on the part of the police that can be identified. They had other people and the group of people that were put in that van. Unfortunately, these vans that are used to transport prisoners, of themselves, are dangerous. You see the inside of that. It's all steel. It's designed for the fact that some prisoners are going to get sick in the back of that vehicle and make a mess, and then they have to hose it down. It's not designed as a luxury shuttle bus to the airport type vehicle. And that's part of the problem, too. But in this case, we don't see an indication that the all-steel interior of that van had something to do with his death. We don't know that yet. Again, we just don't have all of the facts concerning what he died of.
BLACKWELL: Guys in the control room, let's put up the photograph of the red marks on Mr. Martinez's neck. When you see these red marks, Tom, is there anything you know of that could be in the van, could be used as part of restraints that would cause these?
BLACKWELL: No, okay.
FUENTES: I don't know of anything -- there's no way the police are going to put something around his neck in the back of that van. And from what you see in here, there was no indication of a need. He's standing calmly as they open the door and get ready to have him get in the van. So you don't see that. And if the police were trying to hang him in the back of that van, it would be pretty hard for the other prisoners to not be aware that something's going on, that he's being handled in a way that would be extraordinary, let's say, compared to a normal ride to the jail.
BLACKWELL: Yes, and the sheriff said he did not have those marks while he was in the custody of his department. At least in that van. He still, at least until the time of his death, was in their custody. Tom Fuentes, thank you for joining us this morning to talk about this.
FUENTES: Thank you, Victor.
BLACKWELL: And of course, stay with us. Next hour, we're going to talk more about this. We'll talk live with a close friend of Mr. Martinez.
PAUL: Just ahead, the deadly MERS virus has now infected a South Korean on a U.S. air base. We're going to get the latest in this developing story and a live report for you. Also new this morning, Pope Francis is in the Bosnian capital of Sarajevo. It's been 18 years since a pope has visited that city. A live report there for you, next.
BLACKWELL: Right now, Pope Francis is in the Bosnian capital of Sarajevo. He's holding mass at a stadium. Thousands upon thousands, look at the crowd, all gathered there to pray with him.
PAUL: His visit comes 18 years after Pope John Paul II traveled to the city. We want to bring in CNN's Vatican correspondent Delia Gallagher. Delia, talk to us, if you will, please, and if you can hear me, as to why this visit is so particularly significant.
DELIA GALLAGHER, CNN VATICAN CORRESPONDENT: I can't hear very well, but I'm going to go ahead and give you a little rundown of what's been happening since we arrived here in Sarajevo just a few hours ago, from Rome, if you can hear me. This is the closing song of the mass, so all 65,000 people here are
singing quite loudly. But when we were coming on the plane with Pope Francis from Rome, he said that he was coming here with a message of peace. Sarajevo, he said, is a city which has suffered for a long time, but it is on the path to peace. And that, indeed, has been his message here at this mass.
One of the things that he said is that even if we don't have war on our doorsteps, we have a sense, an atmosphere of war because of global communications today, because of the Internet. So he's speaking not only to the people here, in Bosnia and Herzegovina, who of course have suffered one of the bloodiest wars in Europe since World War II, but he is giving a message to the larger world to say that even if you're not experiencing a war, all of the little conflicts around the world, the pope says, add up to kind of a piecemeal third world war, according to Pope Francis.
And one of the things that he is encouraging the ethnic communities here to do is to forgive, is to learn how to purify the memory of the past. He says, be honest about what happened in the past, but know that now you've got to move forward and move together. (inaudible) this is a country which has three separate entities trying to govern all together. You have the Serbian majority, Muslim population, and you have a Catholic minority. There are a lot of difficulties to be met by this. The pope says Sarajevo is kind of the Jerusalem of Europe. It has synagogues, mosques, and churches all together and should be an example for the rest of the world for peaceful co- existence.
BLACKWELL: Delia Gallagher in Sarajevo.
Loud, 65,000 people there with Delia. Thank you so much.
PAUL: So we're going to have a full story for you about this deadly virus that struck a South Korean soldier on a U.S. air base. There could be up to 50 cases and four deaths.
And witnesses describe a bloody scene at Friday night's Red Sox games. A baseball bat flew into the stands, struck a woman. We'll tell you what happened and how she's doing now.
BLACKWELL: First, we want you to meet a person who is a former CNN hero, whose food program recently hit a new milestone by feeding more than one million school children around the world every day. CNN's Anderson Cooper has the story.
ANDERSON COOPER, CNN ANCHOR: The Scottish Highlands are his home, but for decades, Magnus McFarland Barrow has been changing lives around the globe. Every weekday, his program Mary's Meals provides free nutritious food to school children in 12 of the world's poorest countries.
MAGNUS MCFARLAND BARROW: Are you encouraging the porridge here?
It brings many children into school. Their health improves, and then we see amazing results with academic performance.
COOPER: The work earned him global recognition as a top ten CNN hero.
BARROW: Being honored as a CNN hero in terms of raising awareness was just incredible. At that time, we were feeding 400,000-something children. Since then, we've more than doubled.
COOPER: Among those now benefiting from Magnus's work are AIDS orphans being educated by Marie DeSilva (ph) in Malawi. She was also honored as a top ten CNN hero.
BARROW: We have this really strong collaboration.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Magnus changed our lives. Now children are focused, they don't miss school, and they're graduating.
COOPER: But in May, Magnus reached an incredible milestone. Mary's Meals now feeds one million children around the world every school day. That's five million meals every week.
BARROW: A million is just a mind boggling number. But it really isn't mission accomplished. This is the beginning. There's still another 57 million children who are out of school, who are hungry. So we go on.
BLACKWELL: Amazing, amazing work. If you know someone who should be a CNN hero, let us know at CNNheroes.com.
PAUL: A Korean Air Force member stationed at a U.S. air base in South Korea has tested positive for the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome or MERS. MERS is a viral respiratory illness. It's got symptoms of fever, cough, shortness of breath. And South Korea has 50 confirmed cases of MERS. Four people have already died.
BLACKWELL: Kathy Novak is joining us live from Seoul with details. Kathy, what do we know about this latest victim?
KATHY NOVAK, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Well, all of the victims, the four deaths that you have mentioned, they've all been elderly people with preexisting illnesses. The virus started with a man who had traveled back from the Middle East. He traveled to four different medical facilities before it was finally confirmed that he had MERS. And by then, he had spread it to other patients, people who were visiting those patients, and to doctors and nurses. And what we have right now is the biggest outbreak outside the Middle East here in South Korea. And every day, we're hearing of more cases. There are 1,400 people who are being quarantined. And the challenge now is to prevent it from spreading further, especially because we've heard of a doctor who before he realized he was infected went to a public event, and now authorities are appealing to anyone who may have been exposed at that event to quarantine themselves for two weeks and report to medical authorities if they show any flu-like symptoms.
BLACKWELL: Kathy Novak reporting for us from Seoul. Thank you so much.
American Pharaoh. I feel like you've got to say it like that.
PAUL: Say it with some oomph.
BLACKWELL: Like it's coming down the stretch!
PAUL: Here we go!
BLACKWELL: American Pharaoh seems to be the horse everyone is rooting for, at least most people at the Belmont Stakes tonight.
PAUL: Yes. The question is, can he pull off the triple crown? How hard is it really to win the equivalent known as a grand slam maybe in tennis or golf. We'll take a look at it. Coming up at the top of the hour, we do have some new disturbing developments we need to share with you into the Dennis Hastert scandal. There could be three victims in the sexual abuse case now. What we're learning from sources at this hour. Stay close.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: With a comeback win on Thursday, Serena Williams is back in the finals of the French Open for the third time in her career. But it wasn't easy, fighting a fever and the flu, according to her coach. The world's top-ranked player battled back for a three- set victory to beat Timea Bacsinszky and will now face Lucy Safarova, who is yet to lose a set in this tournament.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Serena Williams is the most powerful women's players we've pretty much ever seen. She has all the shots. She now moves very well on the clay. She's comfortable. She hasn't been particularly well. She had some injuries and a little bit of illness, but she's an incredible competitor. And here she is in another Grand Slam final. I see no reason why she shouldn't get her 20th Grand Slam title.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: A win today would mark the 20th Grand Slam singles championship of Serena's career, placing her just three titles away from passing Steffi Graf, who is second on the all-time list.
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PAUL: So take a look at this. Doctors say a woman is fighting for her life after being hit with a baseball bat at Boston's Fenway stadium last night. You see the video. The batter hits the ball. You just saw there. The bat broke. And he's left only holding the handle. Did you see that? The bat flew into the stands. It hit the woman along the third-base line. Witnesses say she was bleeding heavily. She appeared to be in shock. Certainly thinking about her. Hope her and her family are okay.
BLACKWELL: Absolutely. Today, jockey Victor Espinoza may finally win a triple crown with his horse, American Pharaoh. They seem to be the crowd favorite as the Belmont Stakes approaches in New York. Espinoza has been there twice before, and can I'm sure almost taste the win.
PAUL: You say it with such gusto. You should be there motivating him, Coy.
COY WIRE, CNN SPORTS CORRESPONDENT: Absolutely. Good morning, guys.
BLACKWELL: Good morning.
WIRE: We have a couple of questions today. This American Pharaoh situation, he could be the first one in 37 years to earn the Triple Crown. It's so elusive. And we wanted to know what you guys think. Is winning horse racing's Triple Crown the most difficult accomplishment in sports? Use #newdayCNN. We're going to throw some other thoughts out there. What about in golf? Nobody's won four majors in a calendar year. Tiger Woods came close, but he didn't win them in consecutive years. They were spread out. It was over two calendar years. How about Serena Williams, Grand Slam titles. If she wins that French Open today, that will be her 20th. The record is 24 by Margaret Court.
BLACKWELL: Imagine like in football, that would be a perfect season and the Super Bowl.
WIRE: 1972, the Miami Dolphins were the last to do it. The Patriots came close in 2008. A great one. How about baseball? Averaging .400 for an entire season. That's tough, too. What is sports' most difficult accomplishment? Use #newdayCNN. Let us know. We want to use your comments in the next hour.
BLACKWELL: There are a lot of Patriots fans I'm sure listening to you like you had to bring up (inaudible).
PAUL: There is so much to talk to you about this morning.
BLACKWELL: Next hour here on "New Day" starts right now.