Overheard on CNN.com: Former fat kids' memories of teasing, overcoming obstacles
Kids are becoming increasingly concerned with weight at a younger age.
March 16th, 2012
06:57 PM ET

Overheard on CNN.com: Former fat kids' memories of teasing, overcoming obstacles

Editor's note: This post is part of the Overheard on CNN.com series, a regular feature that examines interesting comments and thought-provoking conversations posted by the community.

CNN is putting forth a series exploring the true meaning of beauty, and the latest story is about the attitudes children have toward weight issues (both their own and others').

Fat is the new ugly on the playground

Many of our readers commented and said, hey, that's been going on for as long as children have been children.

Eric: "Fat is not the new ugly. Fat is the original ugly. When I was a kid, fat kids were automatically considered ugly. I'm not saying this to be mean. Children are very primal. They are not politically correct, and are quick to be critical about irregularities. A slight blemish on an apple is enough to make them not want to eat it. As we grow up, we learn to ignore our predisposed prejudices and focus on what is important."

This person could relate to being taunted as a child, and hopes her 10-year-old daughter won't have the same problems.

ibtia32: "Fat is not the 'new' ugly. It's been a source of misery amongst kids for years. I was persecuted in school 25 years ago for being overweight, to the point that I would beg my mother to let me stay home. I have awful memories of childhood and worry every day that my 10-year-old daughter may at some point deal with the pain I once did. Ironically, I am a much stronger person because of it and always pay attention to the ones others show less to. I would have given anything back then to have just one person tell me it was OK to be me."

But this person said they were motivated to become better after the teasing they got. FULL POST

This Week's Top Videos
March 16th, 2012
03:06 PM ET

This Week's Top Videos

Editor's Note: This post is a recap of the top five videos on CNN.com from the past week. So in case you didn't catch our best videos during the week, here is your chance to see what you missed.

The top videos on CNN.com this week featured a jaws-like shark swarm, a new high-tech Dreamliner, the story of a mother's dramatic reunion and some horrifying video of torture and death in Syria as the uprising there reaches the one year mark. Click below to see the videos that impacted so many others this week.

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Sharks go on feeding frenzy

Sharks off the coast of Australia go on a feeding frenzy. Australia's Network Ten reports.

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Syria: Torture captured on video

CNN's Arwa Damon reports on torture captured on video carried out allegedly by Syrian soldiers.

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Child survives family's slaughter

In Syria, a rescue operation to retrieve bodies of a massacred family turns up a child who lived. Arwa Damon reports.

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Mom reacts to son found after 8 years

Dr. Drew talks to Auboni Champion-Morin, whose son was found after being kidnapped 8 years ago.

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Go inside Boeing's new 787 Dreamliner

Lizzie O'Leary reports on whether the new Boeing 787 is everything it's cracked up to be.

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Overheard on CNN.com: Wait in line? For an iPad? Tablet trend irks some readers
iReporter Kevin Galliford found a huge line of people waiting to buy iPads at New York's SoHo Apple store on Friday, March 16.
March 16th, 2012
02:50 PM ET

Overheard on CNN.com: Wait in line? For an iPad? Tablet trend irks some readers

Editor's note: This post is part of the Overheard on CNN.com series, a regular feature that examines interesting comments and thought-provoking conversations posted by the community.

Two of the most talked-about topics today are the new iPad going on sale and reaction to the preview of the tablet-friendly Windows 8 operating system. Some readers are quite excited and some are not.

New iPads hit stores Friday

iReporter Kevin Galliford took the photo shown at the top, depicting the long line of customers waiting to purchase the device at an Apple Store in New York. And Harry Crosland of Columbia, Maryland, says he managed to be 35th in line and talked to the guy who was first. Crosland shared his initial impression of the device:

"The iPad, from a precursory glance, is nearly indistinguishable from the iPad 2. I feel no difference in the weight or size of it. As a matter of fact, my old case (I bought a front and back protector for the iPad 2) fits my new one perfectly. The Retina Display is definitely noticeable and some pages seem to load up a bit faster."

Apple devices have an uncanny ability to polarize our tech readers, and the new iPad is no exception.

Giantsfan17: "Best Business Model Ever: Convince people they need to buy the same few products every year."

This reader is a fan.

DRinNC: "I'm taking my grandson to the Apple store today because he wants to come along when I get my new iPad, little does he know that he's walking out with one too. Say all the bad things you want about Apple and it's fans, but the look is his face will be priceless."

But this one wasn't so sure. FULL POST

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Lin's star fading as Knicks falter
Jeremy Lin talks with New York Knicks interim coach Mike Woodson during Wednesday night's game in New York.
March 16th, 2012
12:36 PM ET

Lin's star fading as Knicks falter

"Linsanity," the worldwide craze over the exploits of New York Knicks point guard Jeremy Lin, has flamed out quicker than the lifespan of a firefly.

"R.I.P. Linsanity" read a headline emblazoned on a tombstone pictured on the back page of the New York Post on Friday. "Briefly beloved Broadway smash hit, February 4, 2012, to March 14, 2012," the remaining inscription said.

The sports cover of Friday's New York Post

Lin, a 23-year-old Harvard graduate, burst onto the basketball scene in early February when then-Knicks coach Mike D'Antoni called him off the bench as the Knicks struggled against the New Jersey Nets. Lin responded with 25 points, leading the Knicks to victory. A seven-game winning streak, including a victory over All-Star Kobe Bryant and the Los Angeles Lakers, followed, with Lin coming up with clutch plays to lead the way.

The winning streak lifted the Knicks from also-rans to playoff contenders. Lin jerseys sold out in sporting goods stores. Lin got a special invite to participate in an All-Star weekend game for the league's future stars. International attention spiked, and Lin had to ask that reporters in Taiwan leave his grandmother alone. Even President Obama took notice.

And everywhere were the puns using the Asian-American's last name: Linsational. Linspiration. Linderella. And, of course, Linsanity.

But like a Wall Street stock, it's performance over time that establishes equity, and that's where Lin's value has withered.

The Knicks have lost eight of their past 11 games, and Wednesday, D'Antoni resigned, replaced in the interim by NBA veteran coach Mike Woodson.

Woodson emphasizes defense and ball control on the court, the opposite of the fast-paced style that was favored by D'Antoni and suited to Lin's game, according to New York media reports.

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Guilty verdict in Rutgers webcam spying case
Dharun Ravi listens in court on Friday.
March 16th, 2012
12:06 PM ET

Guilty verdict in Rutgers webcam spying case

[Updated at 8:01 p.m. ET] A former Rutgers University student accused of spying on and intimidating his gay roommate by use of a hidden webcam was found guilty Friday of all counts - including invasion of privacy and the more severe charges of bias intimidation - in a case that thrust cyberbullying into the national spotlight.

Dharun Ravi, 20, was also found guilty of witness tampering, hindering apprehension and tampering with physical evidence, and could now face up to 10 years in jail and deportation to his native India.

Sentencing has been set for May 21.

The New Jersey jury was confronted with a series of questions on each charge after it asked for clarification on what constituted bias intimidation. Though it found Ravi not guilty on several questions within the verdict sheet, because he was found guilty on at least one question on each main count, Ravi was convicted on all charges and could now face the maximum penalty.

[Posted at 11:30 a.m. ET] A verdict has been reached in the trial of a former Rutgers University student accused of spying on and intimidating his gay roommate by use of a hidden webcam.

If convicted, Dharun Ravi could face up to 10 years in prison and deportation back to his native India.

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Gotta Watch: Wild antics on 'Toddlers and Tiaras'
Alana Thompson stars in TLC’s “Toddlers and Tiaras.”
March 16th, 2012
11:39 AM ET

Gotta Watch: Wild antics on 'Toddlers and Tiaras'

Alana Thompson is the 6-year-old known as “Honey Boo Boo Child” on TLC’s “Toddlers and Tiaras.” Her huge personality and hilarious antics made her a favorite on the reality show, but she and her mother have also been the subject of several controversies this year. Alana has been seen using “pageant crack” and dancing on a bar. Yesterday, mother June Shannon defended her daughter on HLN. You’ve Gotta Watch this pageant family.

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Not a ‘sleazy bar’

Alana Thompson’s mom sets the record straight on the notorious video showing the little girl dancing on a bar for dollars. Learn why she defends the event.

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Bar dancing

If you missed the video that caused this controversy in the first place, we’ve got it for you. This YouTube video shows Alana dancing on top of a bar. You’ve got to see what she’s wearing.

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‘Pageant crack’

How do those tiara-wearing toddlers get so peppy onstage? Many of them inhale sugary Pixie Stix to get an energy boost. Watch to decide what’s in Honey Boo Boo’s mysterious “go-go juice.”

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Clooney arrested during protest outside Sudanese Embassy
Actor and activist George Clooney, who just returned from a trip to Sudan, is taken away during a protest outside the Sudanese Embassy i Washington on Friday,
March 16th, 2012
10:51 AM ET

Clooney arrested during protest outside Sudanese Embassy

Actor George Clooney was detained Friday morning during a protest in front of the Sudanese Embassy in Washington.

On Wednesday, Clooney testified before Congress about "a campaign of murder" under way in Sudan, where villagers run for the hills to hide from bombings on a daily basis.

"What you see is a constant drip of fear," Clooney said, a day after returning from a trip in which he and a small team of fellow activists managed to enter one of the most devastated areas, the Nuba Mountains in South Kordofan.

"We found children filled with shrapnel, including a 9-year-old boy who had both of his hands blown off," Clooney told the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

Clooney said the attacks are being orchestrated by Sudan's government, led by President Omar al-Bashir, government official Ahmad Harun and Defense Minister Abdelrahim Mohamed Hussein - the same three men, he said, who previously orchestrated long-documented attacks in Darfur.

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March 16th, 2012
09:07 AM ET

Attorney: Suspect in Afghan massacre heading to Kansas base

The U.S. soldier accused in the killing of 16 Afghan villagers will arrive Friday afternoon at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, said his attorney, John Henry Browne.

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March 16th, 2012
07:38 AM ET

Friday's live events

The race to the Republican presidential nomination remains up in the air.  Watch CNN.com Live for up-to-the-minute news and views from the campaign trail.

Today's programming highlights...

Continuing coverage - New iPad goes on sale - We'll be inside and outside Apple stores nationwide as fans purchase the latest incarnation of the iPad.

8:25 am ET - Romney at breakfast - GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney returns to the campaign trail with an appearance at a pancake breakfast in Rosemont, Illinois.  He'll later travel to Puerto Rico for a rally in Old San Juan at 7:00 pm ET.

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Arrest made in case of missing Alaska barista
March 16th, 2012
07:35 AM ET

Arrest made in case of missing Alaska barista

[Updated 6:03 p.m.] Police in Lufkin, Texas, have made an arrest in the case of a barista abducted from an Anchorage, Alaska, coffee stand in early February, Anchorage police said Friday.

Israel Keyes, a construction worker from Anchorage, was arrested after a traffic stop in the Texas city on Tuesday, Anita Shell,  Anchorage Police Department public information director, told CNN.

“He was arrested for fraud and related activity in connection with access devices, which is a felony,” said Shell, adding that she couldn't comment further because the arrest warrant in the case has been sealed.

The arrest was a multi-force effort by the Anchorage police, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, local law enforcement agencies in Lufkin, Texas, as well as the Texas Rangers.

Samantha Koenig, an 18-year-old barista, was snatched from her parking lot coffee stand by a hooded man on the evening of February 1.

Authorities still need the public's help in finding the missing woman as well as information related to Keyes since January 1, the Anchorage police said in a statement released Friday.

"He's the only person charged in this case," Anchorage Police Detective Slawomir Markiewicz told reporters on Thursday. Police would not elaborate on details of what the detective called a "sensitive" case.

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March 16th, 2012
04:39 AM ET

4 dead, 4 missing after fishing boat sinks off New Zealand

Four people have died and four others remain missing from a fishing boat that sunk near the southern tip of New Zealand after being hit by a "rogue wave," the police said Friday.

Rescuers found one survivor on Thursday from among the nine people who were on board Easy Rider, the 40-foot fishing vessel that sunk in the seas off sparsely populated Stewart Island, which is about 30 kilometers (19 miles) from the New Zealand mainland.

Easy Rider is believed to have gone down in the early hours of Thursday morning but was not reported missing until after 2 p.m. that afternoon, said Inspector Lane Todd, the area commander for the New Zealand police.

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Afghan police: ISAF helicopter crashes in Kabul, kills 5
An overhead view shows rescue workers and army personnel at the site of a helicopter crash in Kabul, Afghanistan, on Friday.
March 16th, 2012
03:16 AM ET

Afghan police: ISAF helicopter crashes in Kabul, kills 5

A NATO-led International Security Assistance Force helicopter crashed Friday in Afghanistan's capital city of Kabul, killing five people, an Afghan police chief said.

ISAF confirmed the helicopter "went down" but said the cause of the accident was unknown. "There was no report of insurgent activity in the area," said Capt. David Yaryar, an ISAF spokesman.

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March 16th, 2012
02:34 AM ET

Kofi Annan to brief U.N. on Syria visit

Kofi Annan will brief the U.N. Security Council on Friday about the deteriorating situation in Syria as the deadly conflict enters its second year.

Annan, the U.N.-Arab League special envoy on Syria, met last weekend with embattled Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in the hopes of finding an end to the bloodshed.

His briefing on the visit will be held via closed teleconference.

More than 8,000 people have died in the conflict, according to the United Nations, but opposition activists said the overall toll is more than 9,000, mostly civilians.

The U.N. and officials from the Organization of Islamic Cooperation plan to go on an assessment mission led by the Syrian government to the provinces of Homs, Hama, Tartous, Latakia, Aleppo, Deir Ezzor, Rif Damashq and Daraa to asses the humanitarian need.

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March 16th, 2012
01:30 AM ET

North Korea says it plans satellite launch in April

North Korea plans to launch a satellite using a carrier rocket in April, the country's official news agency said Friday, a move that would violate U.N. Security Council demands.

Previous satellite launches by the North have been widely viewed as ballistic missile test launches in disguise.

The last time Pyongyang carried out what it described as a satellite launch, in April 2009, the Security Council condemned the action, saying it breached a resolution forbidding North Korea from conducting "missile-related activities."

The Security Council demanded that North Korea not conduct any further launches.

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March 16th, 2012
01:28 AM ET

Band yells racial chant at player during NCAA tournament

A university president apologized after members of a school's band yelled "where's your green card" at a Hispanic player during a NCAA basketball tournament game Thursday.

The incident was captured by television cameras and occurred during the Southern Mississippi and Kansas State game at Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

As Kansas State point guard Angel Rodriguez shot free throws several people can clearly be heard saying the green card chant.

Rodriguez did not change his expression during the chants and helped push Kansas State to a victory by scoring 13 points.

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