Thursday, April 15, 2010
iReport roundtable: Thursdays at 3:00 p.m. ET

Please join us here in the blog for our weekly CNN iReport roundtable. We're looking forward to talking with you about what's going on here on CNN iReport and answering your questions.

 

It's been a really busy week here at CNN iReport, so we want to show off some of the amazing content you've helped create:

'I am transgender, and I want my voice to be heard' -- Jordan did a great job of capturing the struggles these men and women face in their daily lives. We're particularly proud that the CNN iReport community treated these stories and the submitters with kindness and respect.

Katie was in Los Angeles to get people at the TEDx conference excited about CNN iReport. She also got to meet a bunch of our Southern California iReporters.

We also heard from iReporters covering the unrest in Kyrgystan and Thailand as well as death of Poland's president  and the Iceland volcano.

Christina's past and present story came out last week, but it is so cool we didn't want you to miss it. It's an amazing glimpse into the history of your part of the world.

 

iReporters also got to help interview the cast of the movie "Kick-Ass" and Chris Rock and Martin Lawrence from "Death at a Funeral." iReporters also got to talk to "Avatar" director James Cameron and golfer Phil Mickelson, who was fresh off his win at the Masters.

To top it all off, we got a visit from Jonx and his wife, who were in town from Switzerland. Plus, the lovely painting WausauFamily's granddaughter made for us just came back from the framer – now we just need to find a place to hang it.

 

Thanks for a great week.

 

We'll open comments at 3 p.m. We look forward to talking with you then.

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April 15, 2010
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Hi everyone.

April 15, 2010
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Howdy!

April 15, 2010

Hello, made it this week:)

April 15, 2010
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Hey guys! What up.

April 15, 2010

While we wait for more to show up- Any idea where or IF the meteor hit??

April 15, 2010
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Hi @DaElmer -- I saw on the news they saw it in Wisconsin, I think, but that's all I know.

April 15, 2010
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Howdy!

April 15, 2010
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Hola kids

April 15, 2010
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Hello! Happy Thursday!

April 15, 2010
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@DaElmer -- I'll check it out after this.

April 15, 2010

I posted an I-Report right after hearing about it. Massive views and comments about it- http://www.ireport.com/docs/DOC-432505

 

April 15, 2010
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So, any photography buffs out there?

April 15, 2010

Watching and waiting for this weekends assignment:)

April 15, 2010

tyson, you have been to my page to ask that question..lol I like taking pictures..

April 15, 2010
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@DaElmer - no "weekend assignment" this weekend - our 8 week project has, sadly, come to an end. It's been amazing. But good news - we're going to take a short break and start a new series of challenges. And, like last time - we're inviting our community members to help share assignment ideas.

April 15, 2010

meant- Haven't been..lol

April 15, 2010
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Greetings from ICeland

April 15, 2010
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Also - we've got some more good news to share. This week we launched a new photography series with our friends at CNN.com/Living. Each week, we'll invite you to share images on one of three topics - design, fashion, and pets!

April 15, 2010
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This week's subject is graffiti. We're looking for examples of incredible street art from across the globe.
April 15, 2010

:( Any news on when the "We Are CNN" video's are going to be put together?

April 15, 2010
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Hi @ander -- Are you doing okay, with the volcano? We've been amazed by all the photos and videos you guys have sent us.

April 15, 2010
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Hi Ander! Hope you are staying safe in Iceland.

April 15, 2010
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Hi Ander!

April 15, 2010
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Well ,here in Iceland graffity is illeagal-

April 15, 2010
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We were really excited that we now have so many iReporters in Iceland. Do you guys know each other? If not, I'd love to get you guys in touch.

April 15, 2010
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Hi all,

 

Tyson, yes on photography and on Graffiti.  In fact, Saturday there will be an anti-graffiti project here in Rome. It is a huge problem here. It's a clean up event involving Americans and Italians. 

 

April 15, 2010
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@DaElmer - we haven't seen the "We Are CNN" video yet, but word on the street is it's really cool - and we hope to share it with you soon.

April 15, 2010
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The topics are going to change every week, so there will be something new coming soon.

April 15, 2010

Question about Graffiti, the city I live in covers it as fast as it appears.. Does it have to be street graffiti? There is a wall of a local mall that a young woman painted...

April 15, 2010

Wow, our FIRST rain drops in Iron Mountain.. Come on rain:)

April 15, 2010
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No i dont know the other ones, but we are having a little volcano action again , and it is getting the United Kingdom angry

April 15, 2010
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ander! How's it goin' there? Volcano action is up in the news news, fo sho.

April 15, 2010
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@alisonv Hi Alison! I'm so impressed by how tapped into your community you are.

@DaElmer sure, that sounds great.

April 15, 2010

Thanks Tyson, hoping to see my little part too:)

April 15, 2010

hi all

April 15, 2010
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I am uploading a video , to show the location of the volcano .

everything is ok , the ash is going to europe and closing airports

April 15, 2010

Volcanoes, Meteors and Earth Quakes.. ALL IN THE SAME WEEK?

April 15, 2010

Do they have an idea of WHERE this ash is going and how it could effect the world?

April 15, 2010
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There's a gallery in this story that will tell you what you need to know about where the ash is going http://www.cnn.com/2010/TRAVEL/04/15/iceland.flights/index.html

 

April 15, 2010
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Hello everyone.

 

Photography buff here.

April 15, 2010
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Hi FredThorne

April 15, 2010
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Yes they do know - and it depends on the wind direction ,and how it goes.

it is in hte 30.000 feet altitude,and there is the jet stream,so it can move fast around .

if the wind would be now from the north east, the US would not be happy .

 

April 15, 2010

I logged on to twitter to hang out with Rick Sanchez and noticed you (irpot.com) was having a roundtable. Just wanted to let the producers know how much I really love seeing how far ireport.com has come. My Olympus died, and I cannot afford processing for my 35mm, so I haven't been out shooting cool stuff. Hope all is well. I really miss uploading ireports daily.

April 15, 2010
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Hello everybody.

April 15, 2010

Thanks David:) Looking to get some good "Spring" stories out there soon. I found an Eagles nest along side a road, it sits on top on a high electricity tower..

April 15, 2010
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Sorry to hear about your camera Fred. We'll look forward to having you back regularly.

April 15, 2010
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Hello Everyone.

 

Yes, Tyson, very interested in telling stories through Photography...  graffiti is a big art form here in Hawaii

April 15, 2010

Welcome Ewillies & Fred:)

April 15, 2010
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Finally have my cameras back. My wife had all our gear working in Asia for the last 6 weeks.  She returned yesterday.

April 15, 2010
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So does anyone have any questions or anything they want to talk about today?

 

April 15, 2010

Don't everyone type at once:)

April 15, 2010
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How about some more information on the CNN/Living assignments coming up ...

April 15, 2010
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@DaElmer

Seems kinda quiet!

April 15, 2010
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I have a few iReports I'm working on...Next week is Earth Day, so I'll be doing a few for that!  Then Sanjaya from American Idol goes to the same cupcake place I go to, and he's getting involved with a charity with them, so I'm going to sit down with him sometime soon and talk with him about it!

April 15, 2010
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Hi Ewillies! How are you?

 

Ok, I'm still wondering about the black line on the iReports. The Not Vetted for CNN.  Isn't there another way that could be done without actually blocking part of the video/photo?  Couldn't it be a square in the corner or actually above the box instead of in it?

April 15, 2010
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@KyleHD I love that you have a regular cupcake place.  That's awesome.

April 15, 2010
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Davidw, last week you were asking about teaching tools and such...  How about some instruction on Photojournalism in telling stories with photographs...

April 15, 2010
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Good suggestion, allisonv.  I've been thinking the same thing. 

April 15, 2010

I'm volunteering this weekend as well as donating 100 house plants to a good cause:) Hoping to get some good video as well..

 

My neighbor across the way collects rain water for his garden.

 

My town is a TOXIC one as it is turning out, the city's BIG Secret.. Lots of stuff my way..

April 15, 2010
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NOw there is on the local news here - that another flood is coming down from the volcano and glacier, and peole are told to go on high ground.

it is coming down in about an hour

April 15, 2010

well, I am looking forward to the new set of weekend assignments. I'm still packing around my crappy video cam keeping eyes peeled for good ireports.  Hope to be a regular contributor again soon.    anyhow, i am out, take care, love you guys! :)   

April 15, 2010
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That's a good question Alisonv. I don't know if that's possible or not. I don't think we'll be able to move the not vetted bar in the near term.

 

One thing that I would suggest is that people leave a little bit of extra headroom at the top of your photos, so that the bar doesn't cover the important stuff.

 

 

April 15, 2010
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@DavidW I go every week! So good!

April 15, 2010
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Is anyone doing video edting on a PC instead of MAC and what are you using.  Final Cut does not come on PC.

April 15, 2010

Ander, you better listen and head for high ground then... Keep it touch on I-Reports..

April 15, 2010
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I use Microsoft Movie maker -- it is simple and free

April 15, 2010
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David, it is really almost impossible to gauge that when you are shooting a photo or video. Especially if you want to use the photo/video elsewhere. Is it that difficult to change? 

April 15, 2010
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Anything else on the photography assignment?

April 15, 2010

HHanks could have just contacted me here..lol Just called me, got to re-shoot a video:)

April 15, 2010
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Buna seara, everyone...

April 15, 2010
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Any staff still here?

April 15, 2010
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Buona sera yourself, Romania!  Funny how similar the languages are, isn't it?

April 15, 2010
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@JoyfulGypsy we wanted to let everyone know that this is one of the new things we're going to be rolling out.

 

April 15, 2010
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Alrighty then.  Back to work.  See you next week. 

April 15, 2010
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Slow news day? :)

April 15, 2010

They must be watching the LIVE Police chase on CNN

April 15, 2010
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@davidw - There you are.  :o)  You wanted to let everyone know what is one of the new things you'll be rolling out?  

April 15, 2010
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It is unfortunate when the bug or the not vetted bar cover part of the image.

I'll try to see if I can get specifics on how big the bar is to help you judge.

It's really important that people be able to tell immediately whether a story has been approved by CNN. That's why the bar is so big.

April 15, 2010
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I have a question.

 

How do some iReporters get press passes?

April 15, 2010
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Si....Come va, Alison?

I just got back from Sibiu...very Italian, shops, gelato, mmmmm....

A nice break from the country life!  Looking forward to posting some new things this week and catching up with all of you online.

April 15, 2010
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Anyone coming to Hawaii sometime in the future?

April 15, 2010
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@TeamIReport

As a "neutral" observer, I am seeing that the Right has had information they've wanted aired much more often than those who've actually had factually accurate information. It almost seems that in order to appease those who like to claim that all channels except FoxNews are liberal, many anchors (and likely producers) are being careful in allowing all sides to be aired even if factually incorrect without much challenge. Rick Sanchez lately has been excellent in forcing all sides to defend their statements.

 

Since I am able to talk to "CNN Insiders" here, I hope that producers will understand that CNN because of its preoccupation with balance and the perception thereof seems to be losing what has made CNN, simply real news. Balance does not mean entertaining obviously wrong information. Just look at how much America really knows about taxes and other obvious information. CNN is losing its hardcore (reliable) viewer to other mediums.

 

I know that CNN must remain competitive and do programs that can attract that cherished demographic. Please try to get to the powers that be that your brand's viewership will fluctuate but that the CNN brand is one that everybody likely will return to.

 

Sorry for this diatribe but I mean it with complete good intent.

April 15, 2010
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@JoyfulGypsy -- I think most of the iReporters, who have gotten press passes for events have basically built up relationships with P.R. people who they've met by covering stories.

April 15, 2010
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Tutto bene, Romania. Sono solo un po' stanca!

 

@Thinkwin...I wish!

April 15, 2010
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David, hi.  I have a question...I never got any feedback on the lamb piece...was it too graphic?  Nu stiu...I wanted to share some real cultural experiences...suggestions?

April 15, 2010
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@alisonv

Hi Alison. Love your walking piece. You have a lot to see in close vicinity!

April 15, 2010

I would love a press pass, not like I need one around here HOWEVER when there is BIG events it would be nice.. There was a shooting a few years ago and only press were allowed into a news briefing..

April 15, 2010
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Ryn

I agree with DaElmer. I have been looking forward to spring photos, gardening,nature and all her glory. I posted a couple but there really isn't a place for them so they get lost. There are lots of spring festivals now.

Also can we hear more about the CNN Living assignments?

Good to see you Fred! Hope all is well.

Ander keep to high ground.

April 15, 2010
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@RomaniaScene -- It was a little graphic, but I think the reason we didn't approve it was that it was in so many different parts that we really couldn't do anything with it. I think that if you had edited it into a single shorter video it would have been a strong slice of life story. I'm sorry we weren't in a position to give you feedback at the time.

April 15, 2010
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@ThinkWinWin

I do video editing on the PC with Roxio. Works great for my simple stuff but it seems very powerful as I use not 1% of its features.

April 15, 2010
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Hello, I'm late but have a couple of questions before you close. Hope I'm in time.

 

I was wondering what the deadline is this month for the Economy Tracker story? Last month it was the 24th...

April 15, 2010
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Hi Ryn,

I don't have all the details about what the living people are planning, but they're looking at design, fashion and pets. I know that they're going to use a broad definition for those topics, so gardens could easily fit under design.

April 15, 2010
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@davidw - As a PR person I have a relationship with, would you or anyone else at CNN iReport be able to get me a press pass?  I've been in many situations where I could have scored much better pictures if only I'd had access to what those with a press pass have. 

April 15, 2010
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Not a problem...I was looking for comments is all I guess.  I appreciate the advice, too!

April 15, 2010
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Thanks EWillies! It is true that there is so much beauty here! I'm interested in seeing how things go with the graffiti removal.  It's called "Retake Rome" and it should be fun to see a beautiful bridge cleaned up. I HATE graffiti! 

April 15, 2010
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Hi Ryn - now the Civil Defence,is flashing on state tv, evacuation, big flood coming, fast and with some icebergs

April 15, 2010

Hi everyone.

April 15, 2010
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Thanks EWillies1961

April 15, 2010
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Ryn

Thanks David!

I use Roxio as well EWillies.

April 15, 2010
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Romania, sounds interesting. I'll go have a look.

April 15, 2010
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@EWillies1961 thanks for your note. That's tough criticism for sure - and I'm certainly not the most-qualified person to respond. I would however, be happy to pass along your concern to my colleagues from the politics unit.

April 15, 2010
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Tonight is your deadline to ask video questions of music superstar Usher - http://www.ireport.com/ir-topic-stories.jspa?topicId=324241

 

as well as "American Idol" castoffs (future superstars?) Katie and Andrew - http://www.ireport.com/ir-topic-stories.jspa?topicId=426914

April 15, 2010
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I don't know what the deadline is for economy tracker and Katie should be on an airplane right now, so I can't ask her. I'm sure she'll let everyone know.

April 15, 2010

CNN tends to use videos that are between 15-45 second long.. My opinion of course.. Quite a few of mine are longer..

April 15, 2010
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@alisonv

We have very little grafitti in Texas. You know we have the death penalty and we still send them to the chair often:). And now the Perry wants to secede, I may have to move back to Panama:)

April 15, 2010

Ander- ARE YOU SAFE?

April 15, 2010
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Another question has to do with the huge number of spam I've seen lately in the comments section of blogs. I notice that altho' sometimes the users are removed, the spam stays up. Is there no way to get rid of those posts?

April 15, 2010
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How about fashionable pets?  Or architecturally/personally designed home gardens on or off the rooftops?

April 15, 2010
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Ryn

Keep us updated Ander and take care.

April 15, 2010

HHanks, loading it right now..

April 15, 2010
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@david, thanks! I emailed Katie, perhaps there is a response in my mailbox today...

April 15, 2010
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@JoyfulGypsy -- I'm not a PR person. We haven't set up any interviews for anyone. People have done that on their own. On occasion, I get calls from people wanting me to cover something, because I'm still on their lists as a tech writer. I encourage them to invite iReporters.

 

 

April 15, 2010
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Ryn

Hi ireporttwo!

April 15, 2010
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@Ryn @JoyfulGypsy, etc - I suppose I can share a few more details on the new photography series ;) - next up, worst hair day, followed by dog owners who look like their dogs, oh and there's definitely a Springy, gardeny, flowery assignment coming soon.

April 15, 2010
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@Alison...remember...cultural exchange...Peace Corps experiences...I didn't enjoy it at all!

April 15, 2010
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We are working to clean out the spam in the blogs. It's a big job.

April 15, 2010
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Ryn

Tyson

That's what I am talking about. :)

Thanks

April 15, 2010

Hi Ryn enjoyed your reports this week.

April 15, 2010
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Dog owners that look like their dogs?  Damn... that is rough.

April 15, 2010

How about a assignment on something in our lives that we which we didn't have to deal with?

April 15, 2010
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I may be heading to DC this weekend for a NASA Earth Day tweetup at the National Mall. I was one of 40 people chosen. Is that a story that might be of interest? There is a chance I won't be able to go, but if I do go I'd like to interview people...

April 15, 2010
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Wow mcintron, that sounds really cool. We'd love to see that. I'll bet you'll get to meet a lot of interesting people.

April 15, 2010
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@mcintron - for sure! What goes on at a NASA tweetup?

April 15, 2010

See everyone next week! I got to go get my boys from School:) Great Day Everyone! Don't forget to see all the comments and links on my I-Report from last night about the Meteor..

April 15, 2010

wanted to say "wish"

April 15, 2010
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@davidw -  I wasn't implying iReport has set up any interviews for anyone.  I realize people have done that on their own.  I'm not interested in interviews.  I'm just trying to figure out how to get a press pass so I can get into events, etc. to get better newsworthy pictures. 

April 15, 2010
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Ryn

Some cat's look like their human, so do some snakes. lol

Thanks ireporttwo

April 15, 2010
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@david, I realize spam is a huge problem. But I'm surprised that for instance, in these blogs, not only is it still there, but the users haven't been banned.

April 15, 2010
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I've got to head out. I hope everybody has a good weekend.

I hope you'll all take a look at all the stories in the blog post.

It's really impressive how much iReporters are influencing CNN's coverage.

April 15, 2010
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Catch you guys next week. I'm always happy to hear your suggestions for assignment ideas. You can send me a private message or simply email me at Tyson.Wheatley@CNN.com

 

Would especially love to hear your ideas for the next series of Weekend Assignments.

 

April 15, 2010
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Drum bun, David!  Will check them out now that I am sans vacanza!

April 15, 2010
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Have a good weekend everyone. Looking forward to the new photo assignments in 'Living'! :)

April 15, 2010
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I have to report this:  I received a check for $250 from the Obama administration; since I am a disabled veteran.

Now my CPA says I have to pay the $250 (entire $250) back with my taxes...today.  Wow, what an insult.

April 15, 2010
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Have a good weekend,and i hope that the volcano in Iceland does not affect your travel plans

April 15, 2010
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@Tyson...I hope to see some fun things that I can join in with here in Romania...we have lots and lots of gardens...and a few million canines, for sure.  Everyone, it's been a long week so La revedere until next time...and Sanatate!

April 15, 2010
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@tyson, sorry just saw your question...will email you.

April 15, 2010
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have a great weekend sorry I got late

April 15, 2010
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April 15, 2010
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I AM WRITING YOU TO TELL YOU WHAT IS GOING ON IN OUR COMMUNITY, ON FRIDAY APRIL 16TH 2010 AT A TAVERN IN LUXEMBURG WI. A HATE CRIME WAS COMMITTED. AROUND 11PM A GROUP OF WHITE MEN WERE AT AUGIES BAR AND GRILL TO WATCH THE NASCAR RACES, TERRANCE POWELL(A BLACK MAN) WALKED IN WITH HIS WIFE AMBER POWELL (A WHITE WOMAN WHO WORKS IN THE TAVERN) TO ORDER SOMETHING TO EAT. AS TERRANCE POWELL WALKS THROUGH THE BAR ONE OF THE WHITE MEN SAYS"YOU SURE ARE BRAVE COMING IN HERE BEING BLACK". TERRANCE WENT TO THE OWNER AND EXPLAINED TO HIM WHAT WAS JUST SAID TO HIM AND THE OWNER SAYS" DON'T WORRY ABOUT THEM JUST WALK AWAY" AND THATS WHAT TERRANCE DID. HE WENT TO THE OTHER SIDE OF THE BAR AND SAT DOWN. ONE OF THE WHITE MEN FROM THE GROUP WALKED OVER TO TERRANCE TALKING TO HIM WHILE A COUPLE OF MINUTES PASS THEN ANOTHER ONE OF THE GUYS FROM THE GROUP WALK OVER POINTING HIS FINGERS IN TERRANCE FACE AND STARTING A CONFRONTATION. A FIGHT WAS STARTED. THREE OF THE WHITE MEN CAME OVER HOLDING THE BLACK MAN DOWN BY HIS ARMS, FEET AND NECK WHILE THE OTHER 3-4 WHITE MEN KICK AND PUNCH TERRANCE IN THE FACE,CHEST AND HEAD. TERRANCE GOT AWAY AND RAN OUTSIDE TO HIS WIFE AND A COUPLE OF MINUTES LATER 2 OF THE WHITE MEN COME OUTSIDE AFTER TERRANCE AND ONE OF THE WHITE MEN WAS CUT. DURING THIS WHOLE THING THE OWNERS DID NOT CALL FOR HELP FOR THE BLACK MAN BUT WHEN THE WHITE GUY CAME BACK IN THE TAVERN BLEEDING FROM A CUT, THEN THEY CALLED THE POLICE. TERRANCE AND HIS WIFE WERE IN THE PROCESS OF LEAVING TO TAKE TERRANCE TO THE HOSPITAL WHEN THEY SEEN THAT THE AMBULANCE AND POLICE WERE STARTING TO SHOW UP. TERRANCE AND WIFE RETURNED TO WHERE THE POLICE WERE TO EXPLAIN THEIR SIDE OF THE STORY AND THEY PUT TERRANCE IN THE AMBULANCE TO HAVE HIM CHECKED OUT. THE POLICE SEEN THAT TERRANCE WAS ON  PROBATION AND PUT HIM UNDER ARREST. THE WHITE GUY THAT WAS CUT WAS ALSO ON PROBATION BUT THE POLICE LET HIM FREE ALONG WITH ALL THE OTHER WHITE MEN THAT COMMITTED THE ASSAULT. TERRANCE WAS  CHARGED WITH AGGRAVATED ASSAULT AND HE WAS THE ONE THAT GOT JUMPED ON. THE POLICE SEEN THE SURVEILLANCE VIDEO AND SEEN THAT TERRANCE DID NOT START THIS FIGHT BUT YET THEY STILL ARRESTED AND CHARGED HIM. TERRANCE SUFFERED BRUISING ON THE OUTER SKULL,BRUISING AND SWELLING ON THE FACE AND HEAD, A FRACTURED ORBIT AND MANY SCRATCHES AND GRAB MARKS ON HIS NECK, ARMS, CHEST AND BACK. THERE WAS A LACERATION TO HIS UPPER EYE THAT RECEIVED STITCHES. THE POLICE REALLY DID NOT WANT TO HERE ABOUT WHAT HAPPENED THAT LEAD UP TO THE CUTTING.THE GUY THAT WAS CUT RECEIVED LACERATIONS TO THE RIGHT WRIST AND 2 CUTS TO THE ABDOMEN,AND NEITHER OF THEM NEEDED STITCHES. THEY GOT WITNESS STATEMENTS FROM THE PEOPLE THAT WERE IN THE TAVERN AND MORE THAN THREE OF THEM SAYS THAT TERRANCE DID NOT DO ANYTHING TO THESE MEN. THIS COUNTY IS SO CLOSED MINDED THAT THEY AUTOMATICALLY THINK THAT THE BLACK MAN WAS THE AGGRESSOR. WHEN TERRANCE PROBATION OFFICER CAME TO TALK TO HIM HE TRIED TO EXPLAIN THE SITUATION TO HER AND SHE TOLD HIM THAT SHE DID NOT CARE ABOUT WHAT HAPPENED BEFORE THE CUTTING AND THAT IT DID NOT MATTER TO HER. TERRANCE POWELL WIFE IS NOW GETTING THREATENING PHONE CALLS AT WORK AND HER FRIEND THAT WAS IN THE TARVERN THE NIGHT OF THE FIGHT WAS VERBALLY ABUSED BY THE GUYS THAT JUMPED TERRANCE BECAUSE SHE HANGS OUT WITH NIGGERS. THE NIGHT OF THE FIGHT, ONE OF THE MEN THAT JUMPED TERRANCE ASKED A ANOTHER MAN IN THE TAVERN (TONY) DID HE KNOW TERRANCE, THE MAN (TONY) SAID "YES I KNOW HIM & HE IS COOL" THEN THE MAN THAT JUMPED TERRANCE SAID "I DONT LIKE NIGGERS AND HE SHOULD'NT BE HERE". THIS COULD HAVE BEEN PLANNED. NO ONE HERE HIS LISTENING TO TERRANCE POWELL STORY AND I THINK IT WOULD BE GOOD FOR SOMEONE WHO IS FROM OUT OF THIS AREA TO COME TO INVESTIGATE THIS CRIME SO THAT IT IS NOT BRUSHED UNDER THE RUG. THE NEWS CHANNEL 26 GREEN BAY W.I. COVERD THE STORY BUT ONLY TALKED ABOUT THE STABBING AND NOTHING ABOUT THE JUMPING. THE GREEN BAY GAZETTE PAPER ALSO COVER THE STORY AND ALSO NOTHING ABOUT THE MEN THAT BEAT UP TERRANCE POWELL OR THE FIGHT PERIOD. I DON'T UNDERSTAND, I THINK IF THAT IS WHAT LEAD UP TO THE STABBING IT SHOULD BE TOLD HOW BAD HE WAS HURT AND HOW HE WAS FIGHTING FOR HIS LIFE. US BLACK PEOPLE AND OUR CHILDREN HAVE BEEN DEALING RACISM EVERYDAY BY THE RESIDENTS AND AUTHORITY FIGURES AND OTHER CHILDREN IN THIS COUNTY AND THIS TIME THEY WENT TO FAR.

IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS PLEASE CONTACT ME AT

 

tararobinson01@yahoo.com

 

 

THANK YOU FOR LISTENING!!!

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