December 5th, 2013
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November 7th, 2013
01:01 PM ET

Sheriff admits flaws in search for woman found dead in hospital stairwell

How did a hospital lose track of a patient for two weeks?

That patient's family is finally getting some answers and they are troubling - after the body of 57-year-old Lynne Spaldingwas found in a stairwell at San Francisco General Hospital last month - two weeks after she'd disappeared from her room.

Exactly when and how Spalding Ford died remains a mystery. But more clues are surfacing about her final days:

September 19

Spalding Ford, 57, checks into San Francisco General Hospital for a bladder infection.

September 21

A hospital employee calls the sheriff's department in the morning and says Spalding Ford has been missing for 40 minutes, San Francisco Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi said.
The caller also describes the patient as African-American - even though the patient is later described as Asian in a sheriff's department log book. The sheriff's department oversees security on the hospital's campus.

Authorities make a perimeter search of the hospital grounds, but deputies didn't immediately classify the woman as a missing person.
Later that day, evening shift deputies stationed at the hospital didn't get briefed about Spalding Ford from the earlier deputies.

September 25
Four days after Spalding Ford's disappearance, the San Francisco Police Department asks the sheriff's department to pull surveillance video to see if there are any images of the patient leaving.


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November 5th, 2013
08:31 PM ET

Five shocking admissions made by politicians

(CNN) After months of dodging allegations, Toronto Mayor Rob Ford admitted Tuesday he smoked crack cocaine about a year ago - probably, he said, during a "drunken stupor."

"Yes, I have smoked crack cocaine. But ... do I? Am I an addict? No," Ford said.

Ford's controversial admission of smoking crack adds to a long line of politicians who were forced to come clean to the public with their indiscretions.

Here are few shocking confessions made by politicians:

5. John Edwards apologizes for affair with filmmaker Rielle Hunter

Former Senator and presidential candidate John Edwards admitted in 2008 to an extramarital affair with Rielle Hunter, a filmmaker hired by his presidential campaign. He denied being the father of her child until 2010.

4. New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer resigns over prostitution scandal

Former New York Governor Eliot Spitzer resigned from the empire state's top office after it was discovered he was involved in a prostitution ring. According to reports, Spitzer spent thousands of dollars over a period of several years as a patron of a high-priced prostitution service called Emperors Club VIP.

3. Mark Sanford admits to an extramarital affair with an Argentinian mistress: "I've been unfaithful to my wife"

Former South Carolina Mark Sanford disappeared for more than four days without any communication with his staff and family. Sanford told his staff that he would be hiking on the Appalachian Trail, but was in Argentina with his then-mistress.

2. Anthony Weiner resigns from Congress amid sexting scandal

Former New York Congressman Anthony Weiner was thought to be a front-runner to succeed New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg in 2013, but an inappropriate communication, which included lewd photos between himself and women he befriended on Facebook and Twitter. Weiner would deny the accusations. In an interview with CNN's Wolf Blitzer, Weiner said he was hacked.

"Hundreds and thousands of times, just about every week, people have spam and hacking that goes on. It seems like I was a victim of that."

1. Bill Clinton: "I did have a relationship with Monica Lewinsky that was not appropriate."

Bill Clinton spent nearly six months denying the affair with the then 22-year-old White House intern, Monica Lewinsky. One of his best-known sound-bites denying the affair came at a White House press conference, with his wife Hillary Rodham Clinton standing by his side.

"I did not have sexual relations with that woman, Monica Lewinsky"

Which politician admission would you consider the most shocking?

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October 18th, 2013
08:44 PM ET

Boston bombing survivor: "We can't change what happened"

(CNN) – "We just watched the marathon and then boom."

On April 15, Jarrod Clowery, a 35-year-old carpenter and his three friends were at the Boston Marathon when they heard an explosion. Clowery and his friends were only a few feet away from the second explosion when it went off. While they all survived, each of his friends lost a leg in the blast.

It's been six months since three people were killed and more than 260 were injured.

CNN's Erin Burnett spoke to Clowery about his life after the bombings.

Boston bombing survivor heads home

"I had a bit of a tough time when I got out of the hospital readjusting to normal life," Clowery says. "But recently in the past few months, I've been getting healthier."

Clowery was severely injured by the bomb that went off outside The Forum restaurant. All of his limbs were hit by shrapnel, hearing in his left ear has diminished by 20% and he's lost hearing altogether in his right ear.

Burnett asked Clowery how his friends are dealing with their injuries:

"One of my friends said we're going to be normal; it's just going to be a different kind of normal."

"You know those guys, they can't just get up and go like they did. And they still got a lot of healing to do."

Boston bomb survivor: "I am truly blessed human being"

Clowery's three friends each lost their leg.

"I'm walking and I'm talking and I get to do some great things to help people," Clowery says. "My friends they got a lot worse injuries then I did but they're in good spirits also."

Boston bomb survivor speaks out

Since leaving the rehabilitation facility in May, Clowery's days have been filled with working out at the gym, coaching his son's football team and starting a foundation called Hero's Hearts foundation.

Clowery says the foundation will recognize what he call 'real heroes' - first responders who don't get the recognition they deserve.

One Fund Boston to distribute nearly $61 million to marathon victims

The One Fund Boston, a nonprofit created to benefit the victims of the Boston Marathon bombings, gave Clowery $735,000.

Clowery has used the money to help a few friends, his son and his foundation.

"I want to be very careful with that money to make sure that it goes out the same way that it came in - that's positive."

Clowery tells Burnett he doesn't think about Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the suspects behind the Boston marathon bombings.

"Their story is their story," Clowery says. "It happened, it's got to be reported and I just choose not to get involved. I think, me and the other survivors have a chance to change things a bit by not giving them any recognition."

Clowery tells Burnett he is not planning to follow the trial.

Clowery says he can't run away from what happened. Every time he tells his story of the bombing, he replays that moment in his mind - the moment he was on top of a railing and was hit by the blast.

"We can't change what happened, but we can expose the good things that have happened whether it's my foundation, or the progress that some of the other survivors are making."

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October 14th, 2013
04:57 PM ET

OutFront at New York Comic Con 2013

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