BREAKING: Judge Sets $150,000 Bond for Zimmerman

After George Zimmerman took the stand during his bond hearing and told Trayvon Martin’s parents that he was sorry for the loss of their son, a Florida judge Friday set Zimmerman’s bond at $150,000.

The judge set a number of conditions, including GPS monitoring. The judge said Zimmerman wouldn’t have the opportunity to be released Friday, because his attorney and state authorities needed to hammer out the monitoring and other logistics.

Friday’s bond hearing also included testimony from one of the state’s main investigators in the case, with Zimmerman attorney Mark O’Mara challenging the state’s assertions. Under questioning, the investigator said the state didn’t have evidence to contradict Zimmerman’s account that Martin started the fight that led to the shooting, but he did say evidence did call into question other parts of Zimmerman’s account.

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Melanie on Larry King

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On last night’s “Larry King Live,” the suspendered one revealed that Eddie’s people are claiming Scary demanded a $9 million mega mansion from the funnyman — a claim that Scary never outright denied.

After she was finished bobbing and weaving, Scary also revealed that she and Eddie tattooed their names on each other — and claimed that the ink proves that they were, “very much in love and wanted to have a family together” adding, “You don’t tattoo somebody’s name on your body if it’s brief and unimportant, let’s put it that way.”

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The Hotness on CNN Stud anchormen

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T.J. Holmes is a news anchor for CNN/U.S. Based in the network’s world headquarters in Atlanta, Holmes joined the network in September 2006 and anchors the weekend edition of CNN Newsroom.

Holmes came to CNN from NBC11 in San Francisco. As an anchor and reporter for the station, Holmes served as a go-to correspondent for live reports across the Bay Area and California and traveled to Greece to cover last year’s summer Olympics.

Before joining NBC11, Holmes served as a weekend anchor and reporter for KTHV-TV in Little Rock, Ark. He began his career at KSNF-TV in Joplin, Mo., where he started as a producer, eventually becoming a general assignment reporter and then a weekend anchor and reporter.

Holmes graduated from the University of Arkansas with a bachelor’s degree in broadcast journalism.

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Anderson Cooper anchors Anderson Cooper 360°, an unconventional, wide-ranging news program airing on CNN/U.S. weekdays. Cooper, who joined CNN in December 2001, served as CNN’s weekend anchor before moving to prime time in March 2003 following the war in Iraq and then to a two-hour, late evening timeslot in November 2005 following Hurricane Katrina.

Since joining CNN, Cooper has anchored major breaking news stories, most recently the devastation caused by Hurricane Katrina along the Gulf Coast. He traveled to Sri Lanka to cover the tsunami and was in Baghdad for the Iraqi elections. Cooper also anchored much of CNN’s live coverage of the funeral of Pope John Paul II in the Vatican City as well as the Terri Schiavo story in Florida. For “America Votes 2004,” he moderated a Democratic presidential candidates forum the network sponsored with Rock the Vote.

In addition to reporting for CNN, Cooper also provides reports for CBS’s 60 Minutes. Dispatches from the Edge, Cooper’s memoirs about covering the South Asia tsunami, Hurricane Katrina and other news events, recently topped the New York Times Bestsellers List and other bestseller charts.

NBC says material from killer should not have aired

By Siva Vaidhyanathan

MSNBC contributor

On Wednesday NBC News chose to air portions of video, photographs and documents sent to Rockefeller Plaza by Cho Seung-Hui in the hours between his initial dorm-room shootings and the subsequent classroom massacre at Virginia Tech on Monday.

While introducing the package on Wednesday night, anchor Brian Williams was careful to emphasize that NBC News had agonized over the decision to air portions of the video and select photographs. He seemed sincere about the concerns that NBC would be sensationalizing the moment.

“We know we are in effect airing the words of a murderer tonight,” Williams said as he introduced reporter Pete Williams.

But those words were not just of a murderer. They were of a sick man who had regressed so far into delusion that he considered his actions necessary. He claimed he had no choice but to slaughter the 32 people who became his victims. Airing the video ultimately was disrespectful to the victims and their families. It also was exploitative of Cho’s condition and that of all severely mentally ill people.

The effect of releasing such material goes far beyond the simple circuit of broadcaster and viewer. Now loosed upon the world, people soon will morph these files into all sorts of statements to serve their own agendas, both positive and negative.

No broadcaster can control how its work is used in this age of cheap and easy editing technology and distribution. But every broadcaster should expect the worst. And with this material, that’s precisely what it will get.

We will soon see irresponsible, hateful mashups on YouTube. We will see sick attempts at humor, bigoted jokes about Korean immigrants and chilling calls to violence. And we will see a proliferation of hateful material that will be an assault on the mentally ill and their families.

All over the country, families of mentally ill people are worried that because of Cho’s attacks and his frightening visage on our screens, our society will further turn against their loved ones, moving from malign neglect to outright hostility.

Shooter’s twisted video rant

Virginia Tech killer Cho Seung-Hui said in a video mailed to NBC News that his shooting rampage could have been avoided but “you forced me into a corner.” In another of the disturbing videos the killer alleges: “You had a hundred billion chances and ways to have avoided today.”

You can watch the chilling video here.

My heart and prayers go out to the families of the victims of this massacre.