Weekend Supervising News Editors Samira Jafari and Sarah Aarthun - 404-827-1401
Head down, look straight ahead. Ear buds in, volume off. Don't make eye contact unless you need to. You're not in a known drug zone, or the sketchy part of town. This is simply how many women steel themselves when walking down a city street in broad daylight. Why? Because many women, regardless of age, weight, or appearance, say they've heard something along the lines of, "Hey baby, you want some of this?" or, "I like what I see." While some men might consider those statements to be compliments, to others, they are a threat.
Wearing a sheer leopard top, Rauda Alaita buzzed around her beauty salon in Damascus. She decided six months ago to open this little shop, paint its walls seafoam green and call it Aloe Vera. "Everybody told me you are crazy! Starting a business now?" Alaita said. Isn't it strange, running a salon in the middle of a war? "I think life goes on," she replied. "People are tired.
A verdict is expected as early as Saturday in the trial of the pope's former butler, Paolo Gabriele, charged with stealing sensitive documents in a case that has embarrassed the Vatican.
Singing folk songs and strumming the guitar at his campaign rallies, Hugo Chavez shows no sign that he's facing the strongest challenge to his 13-year rule in Venezuela. He has dismissed his much younger challenger, Henrique Capriles Radonski, as a "fly" not worth chasing, when challenged to a debate earlier this year. Chavez's opponents are confident that this Sunday, Capriles will unseat the long-ruling leftist leader, a refrain previously heard before eventual defeats.
He's 25, lives with his parents and works three part-time jobs. Millennials like Tyler York helped elect Barack Obama. But York is disillusioned with the president, distrustful of his challenger. He's learning that choices - personal and political - are rarely easy.
Former President Bill Clinton will campaign with President Barack Obama in Los Angeles Sunday, an Obama campaign aide told CNN .
A secularist is not just an atheist, nor is secularism only reserved for Democrats. The author of "How to Be Secular: A Call to Arms for Religious Freedom" takes on these myths and more.
SpaceX will begin its first official resupply flight to International Space Station on October 7, NASA announced Thursday.
Spain's football giant FC Barcelona has angered Muslim fans by inviting released Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit as a guest of honor to a derby game with rival Real Madrid on Sunday. Shalit was abducted in Israel by Hamas militants and held hostage for five years until released in exchange for 1,027 Palestinian prisoners. He was released October 18 2011.
PREVIOUSLY PUBLISHED ENTERPRISE
US-Latino-Immigrant-Voters (with art)
Forty years ago, Balbino and Rosario Guevara didn't vote. It had nothing to do with Nixon's landslide or the electoral implosion of the Democratic Party; they were living in El Salvador. And they were simply afraid. "I had two businesses: a restaurant and store. But then, the politics took a turn for the worse. ... People, even teachers, were being kidnapped. It was terrible," Balbino Guevara said. "I told my wife, 'I don't like this. We need to leave.' " The Guevaras watched helplessly as the country hurtled toward a brutal civil war. They fled to the United States in the early '70s, and suddenly, the ballot box became a key part of their identity.
US-Latino-Political-Celebrity (with art)
Eva Longoria is considered one of the most politically involved celebrities in this election cycle. But it's not a new role for her. She has been politically active for 20 years now, and it all started in high school. "My government and economics teacher gave us a project where we all had to volunteer during the election. We could choose whatever party, but we had to volunteer and help register people to vote. It was part of our grade," Longoria said. "So I caught the political bug from there." That was when the "Desperate Housewives" star was a 17-year-old student at Roy Miller High School in Corpus Christi, Texas, during the first Clinton presidential campaign. Years later, she was quite vocal during President Barack Obama's 2008 bid, and this year she is co-chairwoman on his re-election campaign.
US-CNNHeroes-Connie-Siskowski-Interview (with art)
Connie Siskowski is helping young people who have to take care of an ill, disabled or aging family member. Through her nonprofit, the American Association of Caregiving Youth, Siskowski has provided assistance to more than 550 child caregivers in Palm Beach County, Florida. CNN asked Siskowski for her thoughts on being chosen as one of the top 10 CNN Heroes of 2012.
New York City is demanding that documentary filmmaker Ken Burns hand over footage of the movie he made about five men who were wrongfully imprisoned and later exonerated for the rape of a woman in Central Park. The demand is part of the city's attempt to defend itself against multi-million dollar federal lawsuits filed by some of the "The Central Park Five," as the exonerated men had come to be known.
Pakistan-Slimmer-Police (with art)
Police officer Muhammad Azad spends an hour a day running laps because he is running out of time. If he doesn't trim two inches off his 42-inch waist soon, the police department in the northern Pakistani state of Punjab could demote or even fire him.
Paula-Kahumbu-Kenya-Lions (with art)
Paula Kahumbu initially opted for a career in wildlife conservation so she wouldn't have to deal with people. But working with wild animals in her native Kenya has taught her that it is near impossible to prevent some vulnerable species coming into contact with human communities --- often with damaging consequences.
Syria-Television-Rants (with art)
As former friends turn against Syria for its brutal crackdown on anti-government protesters, the country's state television -- the government mouthpiece -- has taken to insulting and belittling those regional leaders in scathing editorials read to camera.
Syria's shelling of a border town in Turkey has sparked fears that President Bashar al-Assad's attempt to snuff out a rebellion at home could turn into a damaging regional war between the two neighbors.