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May 31st, 2012
02:10 PM ET

How to Die: TIME columnist Joe Klein on the lessons he learned after losing his parents

Figuring out what care to give an elderly or dying parent is tough for any child.

Noted columnist and author Joe Klein tells his personal story in this week's TIME magazine cover story. In the piece, he describes the tough road he faced managing the care for his parents in the final months of their lives, and the solution he found that made this difficult process a little easier.

Filed under: End-of-life issues
May 31st, 2012
01:58 PM ET

Online education, revolutionized: Khan Academy's Sal Khan previews his All Things Digital appearance

You probably wouldn't recognize his face, but Sal Kahn's voice is known by countless students.

Kahn founded the "Khan Academy" three years ago with video tutorials on a wide variety of subjects, including photosynthesis, calculus, the Bay of Pigs invasion and more. He has a knack for breaking down and explaining tough topics. Approximately 6 million students view the videos each month, and Khan is changing the way we teach kids.

He's going to be speaking at the Wall Street Journal's "All Things Digital" tech conference taking place in California today. He talks to Soledad on "Starting Point" this morning to talk about how his technique is revolutionizing education, and not just for kids.

Filed under: Education • Technology
May 31st, 2012
01:27 PM ET

Mass. Gov. Patrick on Mitt Romney's jobs record, says fees added during his administration 'still a tax'

The Obama campaign is launching a new attack strategy today after weeks of hitting GOP candidate Mitt Romney for his work at Bain Capital. The new tact aims at Romney's record as governor of Massachusetts, trying to discredit the Republican nominee's time spent there.

This morning, Obama senior strategist David Axelrod led a news conference in front of the state house in Boston to try to push that message as well.

On "Starting Point" this morning, Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick (D-Mass.) talks with Soledad, and response to the criticism leveled at Romney for his job creation record. He also says that the fees added during Romney's administration are similar to taxes. When pressed on President Obama's recent polling, Patrick makes a statement that takes Soledad by surprise, emphatically stating "I don't care about polls."

Filed under: 2012 Race • Politics
May 31st, 2012
01:14 PM ET

Indiana student Elizabeth Olivas explains visa mix-up leaving her stuck in her native Mexico

Elizabeth Olivas and her lawyer Sarah Moshe on the visa issue prohibiting her from returning to the U.S. for her high school graduation.

Filed under: Uncategorized
May 31st, 2012
01:12 PM ET

Councilman Al Hoang works to clear Diane Tran's truancy from her record

An unusual case out of Houston, Texas is catching the nation's attention. It involves Diane Tran, a 17-year-old girl who was thrown in jail for truancy after missing 18 days of school this year.

But what makes Tran's case unusual is she hass essentially been abandoned by her parents, and she missed school to work two jobs to support herself and help her two other siblings.

Texas law says when students miss more than 10 days in six months, they must face a judge.

On top of this, she's an honors student. With her story now public, there's a big push to clear her record and get her help.
One person leading that charge is Al Hoang, a councilman in Houston.

Filed under: Truancy
May 31st, 2012
11:46 AM ET

Charles Manson tapes to shed light on old cases? Criminologist Casey Jordan explains

Criminologist Casey Jordan on if old audio tapes of serial killer Charles Manson could lead LAPD to solve cold cases.

Filed under: Cold case • Crimonology
May 31st, 2012
11:02 AM ET

Animal Planet movie sparks fascination with mermaids – show creator Charlie Foley explains his fictional documentary's success

Charlie Foley, executive producer of Animal Planet's fictional documentary "Mermaids: The Body Found," on the public's increasing fascination with mermaids.

Filed under: Mermaids
May 31st, 2012
09:09 AM ET

Get Real! Pregnant mom busted while under the influence at a tattoo parlor

Pregnant mom Stephanie Santana was arrested while under the influence at a tattoo parlor with her young daughter.

Filed under: Get Real
May 31st, 2012
07:49 AM ET

Starting Point playlist for Thursday, May 31, 2012


Criminologist Casey Jordan was on set today, and she kicked off our playlist with Fiona Apple's "Criminal." The Grammy and VMA-winning song is the biggest hit of Apple's career, and has been included in VH1 and Blender's "Best-Of" lists.

Margaret Hoover was back on our panel today and, as always, picked a couple of great songs for the playlist. Today they were Fatboy Slim's "Praise You," his only U.S. Top 40 hit, and Arcade Fire's recent rock hit "Rebellion (Lies)."

Hoover was joined on the panel by Marc Lamont Hill, Ph.D., the Columbia University professor and journalist. First up from Marc's playlist was Erykah Badu's "Honey." The 2008 hit included a 30-year old sample of jazz singer Nancy Wilson.

Marc also picked Stevie Wonder's "All I Do," a track from his 1980 album Hotter than July. Wonder is one of the most successful artists in the history of popular music, both as a singer and as a songwriter.

Kanye West made our playlist for the second day in a row, this time with "Amazing," a pick from Starting Point anchor Soledad O'Brien. The song is from his best-selling 2008 album 808s & Heartbreak. Soledad also picked Beyonce's "Video Phone."

Will Cain rounded out the panel with a couple of acclaimed songs: Bob Seger's 1978 hit "Hollywood Nights," and Don Henley's "Boys of Summer," which Rolling Stone included in its list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.

Charlie Foley, who created the buzzworthy documentary Mermaids: The Body Found, stopped by today's Starting Point and brought along a fitting song for our playlist: "This Is the Sea," a song from the 1985 album of the same name by The Waterboys.

Finally, Christine Romans contributed a song today: "Keep Your Hands to Yourself," the early eighties hit from the Georgia Satellites.

May 31st, 2012
06:53 AM ET

Starting Point live blog for Thursday, May 31st, 2012

This morning, "Starting Point" is live at 7am Eastern. Soledad O'Brien will be joined by panelists including columnist Will Cain, CNN contributor Margaret Hoover and Columbia University's Marc Lamont Hill. Our panel will be talking about the following top stories:

First private capsule to dock at space station begins return flight to Earth

Report: Gunmen kidnap 2 U.S. tourists in Egypt's Sinai region

Judge gives tapes to LAPD in 'Manson family' investigation of unsolved murders

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[UPDATED 7:02am Eastern] CNN's Jill Doughterty has an update on the two Americans who were kidnapped at gunpoint in Egypt. She says U.S. state department is in touch with Egyptian authorities to resolve the situation. Says the two Americans were on their way to a resort in Dahab when they were held up by gunpoint.

Filed under: Live Blog
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