Overheard on CNN.com: 'It's time America takes a stand against evil'
Alex Teves, 24, was beloved, even inspiring an "Alex Teves Day" at school. He died in the Aurora, Colorado, theater shooting.
July 30th, 2012
07:14 PM ET

Overheard on CNN.com: 'It's time America takes a stand against evil'

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.

Family and faith got readers talking over the weekend. Here are five of the conversations we noticed on Monday as we wandered in to work.

1. The Alex Teves challenge

Alex Teves died shielding his girlfriend from the rain of bullets during the Aurora, Colorado, theater shooting. His father, Tom Teves, wants the media to stop naming and showing images of the gunmen in mass murders. His "Alex Teves challenge" has gotten a powerful response from readers.

Look to the good in humankind - look to heroes, says grieving father

One reader compared the image above to a powerful painting.

lxNay: "That image above, with Alex gazing at the ocean, is exactly like work by the German artist Caspar David Friedrich. In particular, 'Wanderer Above the Sea of Fog.' That is quite a profound image, breathtaking actually. When I think of Friedrich's work, I imagine a solitary man contemplating his destiny and future. I wonder if that is what Alex was doing? What a loss. My thoughts are with the family and families."

Many people shared condolences and said they wanted to take the challenge. FULL POST

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Filed under: Colorado • Justice • Media • Overheard on CNN.com • U.S.
July 30th, 2012
06:08 PM ET

Mash-up: Olympics coverage, stuck Superman

The CNN Daily Mash-up is a roundup of some of the most interesting, surprising, curious, poignant or significant items to appear on CNN.com in the past 24 hours. We top it with a collection of the day's most striking photographs from around the world.

Aurora victim's father on media coverage

Tom Teves doesn't want his son Alex's legacy to be defined by a gunman. When the Aurora, Colorado, theater-shooting suspect first appeared in court last week, Teves was there. Teves blames news outlets, including CNN, for playing a role in perpetuating mass shootings.

You make him out to be a madman. He knew he was going to be on television. These guys are playing you like fiddles. Either you're not that bright - I used a better word than I was thinking of - or you don't care and you're using it to sell advertising, and then you're the worst thing on the face of the Earth.

I see your Olympic flame and raise you a lightning bolt

Some folks in London have complained that they can't see the Olympic flame from outside the Olympic Stadium. There's a natural remedy for that.


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July 30th, 2012
12:31 PM ET

Colorado theater shooting suspect charged with 142 total counts

[Updated at 12:31 p.m ET] The suspect in Colorado shooting case has been charged 24 counts of first-degree murder.

Holmes was charged twice for each victim who was killed.

Read the full complaint

There are three different classes of murder charges in the state of Colorado. One set of charges is because Holmes is accused of shooting after deliberation, referring to the planning of the attack. The second set of charges is because he is accused of having an attitude of universal malice, manifesting extreme indifference to the value of human life.

Holmes was also charged with 116 counts of attempted murder, one count that is a sentence enhancer because of violence and one count for possession of explosive devices.

Arapahoe County District Attorney Carol Chambers said last Monday that deciding whether to pursue the death penalty would involve input from victims and their relatives. A capital case would require a finding of either extreme indifference or deliberation.

[Updated at 12:17 p.m ET] James Holmes, the man accused of opening fire this month inside an Aurora, Colorado, movie theater, has been officially charged with a total of 142 counts, including first degree murder in relation to the shooting.

[Posted at 11:30 a.m. ET] The man accused of opening fire this month inside an Aurora, Colorado, movie theater will have his second court appearance Monday, when he is to face formal charges.

James Holmes is suspected of killing 12 people and wounding 58 during a Batman film premiere on July 20. He is also being held in connection with the subsequent discovery of his booby-trapped apartment, which authorities think he rigged before the massacre in the Century Aurora 16 multiplex.

Holmes is to be led Monday morning through an underground tunnel that connects the courthouse to the Arapahoe County Jail, where he has been held in isolation without bail.

At his court appearance, which starts at 11:30 a.m. ET, he is expected to face 12 charges of first-degree murder, charges of attempted first-degree murder and charges related to the booby-trapped apartment.

In his initial court appearance last Monday, the 24-year-old former doctoral candidate - his hair dyed various shades of orange - appeared dazed and did not speak.

Arapahoe County District Attorney Carol Chambers said last Monday that deciding whether to pursue the death penalty would involve input from victims and their relatives. A capital case would require a finding of either extreme indifference or deliberation.

Authorities have remained silent about a possible motive in the case.

More on Colorado shooting:

HLN: What's jail like for suspect?

Pastor: Where God was in Aurora

July 30th, 2012
12:22 PM ET

Swimming, gymnastics, diving headline Olympics on Monday

The hearts of the host nation were broken Monday when teen diving star Tom Daley failed to bring home a medal in the 10-meter synchronized platform event.

The 18-year-old and his appropriately-named partner Pete Waterfield finished fourth, with favorites Yuan Cao and Yanquan Zhang of China taking gold.

The United States drew level with China for the total number of medals so far, with 13 apiece, but seven of China's are gold, compared with three for Team USA.

American swimmer Ryan Lochte will be hoping to add to the U.S. gold haul with the 200-meter freestyle final later Monday, a day after his anchor leg of the men's 4×100-meter relay fell short to the French - who eliminated Lochte's lead and clinched the gold medal.


Filed under: Olympics
Live or later: What's your ideal Olympics coverage?
A wartime appeal for Britons to maintain a stiff upper lip has morphed into a myriad of Olympic memes. NBC is the target here.
July 30th, 2012
12:17 PM ET

Live or later: What's your ideal Olympics coverage?

Which Olympic viewer are you? The one who wants to know what happens live when the rest of the world does? Or the one who enjoys NBC's prime-time mashup, with the best event shown in the United States hours after medals have been awarded in Britain?

If you're the latter, you've probably been thrilled with the London 2012 Games coverage.

But if you're the former, you might have been among the thousands railing over the weekend against NBC for not understanding the digital age in which spoilers trickle through every nook of the Internet before the event you've been waiting four years to see finally airs.

As a wired (and wireless) society, now even more so than during the 2008 Beijing Olympics, the tactic of using a tape delay to save the best events for nighttime viewers - also the most lucrative audience for NBC - has become harder to pull off.

Yes, NBC is airing all the events live online if you have a cable provider. But if you miss that showing, log on to Facebook, check your favorite news site or heaven forbid check social media, you're bound to catch a spoiler. Mostly, that's because NBC does not show many marquee events until about five hours after they've happened.  (We should note this debate occurs regularly when East Coast viewers spoil finales or award shows for the West Coast.)

The tape delay of events on TV and the resulting online spoilers have led to a massive outcry from the Twitterverse and given the aggrieved a place to lodge their complaints. The spoiler problem has also spawned its own hashtag to make the point clear.

In the minds of a growing number of digital users, the Olympics have been a big #NBCfail. And folks online are making sure NBC knows how they feel.

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July 30th, 2012
07:43 AM ET

Monday's live events

The race to the presidency now turns toward the general election in November.  CNN.com Live is your home for all the latest news and views from the campaign trail.

Today's programming highlights...

12:30 pm ET - White House briefing - Press Secretary Jay Carney appears to have the day off, but that doesn't mean the media will take it easy on Deputy Press Secretary Josh Earnest.  Topics expected to be discussed include "fiscal cliff" fears and Syria.

2:00 pm ET - Senate, House back in session - This week should be the final week of work for House and Senate lawmakers before their August recess.  The House will consider whether to extend the Bush-era tax cuts, while both chambers will debate efforts to avoid the so-called "fiscal cliff".

CNN.com Live is your home for breaking news as it happens.


Filed under: Congress • Elections • On CNN.com today • Politics
July 30th, 2012
05:04 AM ET

Syrian troops reportedly pound Aleppo; France vows to try to stop the massacre

The relentless and bloody battle for Syria's largest city raged on Monday, with regime forces launching missiles and shelling from attack helicopters, opposition activists said.

The reports of terror after more than a week of clashes between regime and rebel fighters, both of which are trying to secure the commercial and cultural hub of Aleppo.

The city has seen a mass exodus amid the violence. About 200,000 people in and around Aleppo have fled shelling and heavy weapon fire in the past two days, Valerie Amos, the U.N.'s under-secretary-general for humanitarian affairs, said Sunday.

With no end to the country's 16-month crisis in sight, French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said his country will take more action to try to stop the bloodshed.

"As France is taking over the presidency of the U.N. Security Council on August 1, we are going to ask - before the end of the week - for a meeting of the Security Council, probably at a ministerial level ... to try and stop the massacres and prepare for the political transition," Fabius told French RTL radio on Monday.


Filed under: World
Conrad Murray seeks new test in Michael Jackson's death
A California jury found Dr. Conrad Murray guilty last year of involuntary manslaughter in Michael Jackson's death.
July 30th, 2012
03:44 AM ET

Conrad Murray seeks new test in Michael Jackson's death

Conrad Murray wants a key piece of evidence tested which his lawyers argue could prove Michael Jackson injected himself with the drug that killed him.

Murray, who is serving a four-year prison sentence, is appealing last year's involuntary manslaughter conviction in Jackson's 2009 death.

A motion filed Monday by his lawyers asked an appeals court to order a test of the residue in a 100 milliliter bottle of propofol that prosecutors say contained the fatal dose of surgical anesthetic.

If it contains 10% lidocaine, then it would support prosecution expert Dr. Steven Shafer's theory that Murray rigged up an IV drip using the bottle and then left the room, Murray's motion said.

Shafer testified that lidocaine, which was found in Jackson's blood after his death, was mixed with propofol to ease the sting of the drug as it entered a vein in Jackson's leg.

"However, if the residue is 100% propofol, it would absolutely refute Shafer's final contention that was used to prove an IV propofol infusion," the motion said.

The defense theory was that a desperate Jackson, fearing that his comeback concerts could be canceled unless he found elusive sleep, self-administered propofol that Murray was trying to wean him off of. It contends that Jackson also swallowed eight lorazepam tablets while Murray was not watching.


Filed under: Crime • Justice • U.S.
July 30th, 2012
01:20 AM ET

Church refuses to marry black couple in Mississippi

Hurt. Devastated. Crushed.

Those are words an African-American couple used to describe how they felt when they were forced to change the venue of their wedding because of their race.

"Because of the fact that we were black, some of the members of the congregation had got upset and decided that no black couple would ever be married at that church," Charles Wilson told CNN on Sunday night.

"All we wanted to do in the eyes of God was to be man and wife in a church that we thought we felt loved. What was wrong with that?"

Charles and Te'Andrea Wilson had planned to marry this month at the First Baptist Church of Crystal Springs in Mississippi, but were asked at the last minute to move.

Their pastor, Stan Weatherford, made the request on behalf of some congregants who didn't want to see the couple married there, according to CNN affiliate WLBT. He performed the ceremony at a nearby church.


Filed under: U.S.
July 30th, 2012
01:18 AM ET

More damage expected after floods in North Korea kill dozens

Heavy rain across large swathes of North Korea has caused widespread flooding and killed dozens of people, state media reported, with warnings of more damage still to come.

The downpours have been rolling over the impoverished country for more than a week, sweeping away crops and destroying buildings, the state-run Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) said in reports over the weekend.

As of Saturday, 88 people had died and 134 had been injured, KCNA said. It reported that more than 5,000 houses had been destroyed or damaged and 12,030 homes inundated, leaving nearly 63,000 people homeless.

And the torrential rain persisted through Sunday, causing further chaos.

The highest numbers of deaths so far from the flooding were reported in areas of South Phyongan Province, northeast of the capital, Pyongyang.


Filed under: World