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welcome to al jazeera america. i'm john siegenthaler in new york. here are the top stories. >> the boston red sox are the champions of baseball. at fenway park they beat the st louis cardinals 6-1, winning 4-2 the series. this is a live picture at fenway park. the first time the red sox celebrated a championship on their home field in 95 years. earlier in boston president obama said he takes full responsibility for the problems with, the website for the affordable care act. he said the millions of people who are receiving cancellation notices from health insurance companies will get plans they'll like more. health and human services secretary kathleen
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sebelius faced tough questions from a republican controlled house committee. social security payments will increase next year, not by much. the cost of living adjustments will go up 1.5%, the smallest increases since the 1970s. they are tied to inflation, which has been low. >> those are the headlines at this hour. "america tonight" with joey chen is coming up next. i'm john siegenthaler, see you back here tomorrow night. remember, you can get the latest news online at
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sat down on the couch with me. >> athletes with the greatest risks may not be the ones that you think. >> good evening, and thanks for being with
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us, i'm joy chan. powerful politicians. aljazeera's investigative unit is about to take you inside of an elaborate sting. it's made for hollywood and could upset the balance of power in california. josh bernstein has tonight's exclusive report. >> los angeles, a city where fame and infamy go hand-in-hand. >> tax credits work. >> here, everything seems larger than life, including it's politicians. state senator, ronald calderon. he's one of california's most influential lawmakers, and he's the tart of an ongoing federal investigation. according to a sealed affidavit, contained exclusively by aljazeera's investigative unit, the senator is for sale.
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a politician willing to influence legislation in exchange for money. the fbi's secret file alleges the senator was caught up in an elaborate undercover sting. agents posed at owners after independent film studio looking for legislation. according to the affidavit, they created a bogus company, approached the never and allegedly paid him off. >> he not only tried to affect the legislation, but he accepted money in so going. >> james is a retired fbi investigator with 30 years experience in white collar laundering. he reviewed it. >> they had to establish bank accounts, and they had to have incooperred a company. they needed a business license. it's a very extensive, lengthy
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operation. >> back in june, the fbi raided the senator's office. he's under investigation for bribery, conspiracy, fraud. and no charges have been filed. but the document repeatedly identifies several other lawmakers. in california, you can get a lucrative tax charge if it's under $1 million. calderon was willing it make it for apres. during the year-long probe, the undercover agents met at in of the swankiest restaurants. the conversations were recorded. money is not an object. calderon wanted his family added to the payroll. he told the agents, any help
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that you can do for my kids, that's diamonds for me. his daughter was hired. it under lines our democracy. >> rapper ti, it cost almost had thousand dollars for a vip table and drinks. no evidence that the gift was ever disclosed as required by state law. >> it would be a crime. so the prosecutors will bring those of violations, because it's easy for a jury to understand when they see somebody receiving gifts and not reporting it
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>> the calderons are a political dynasty. three brothers who have had a grip on power for 30 years. charles is a leader in both the state assembly and the senate. thomas was an assemblyman, and he's now a highly paid political consultant. that's a long run when we talk about political dynasties, but 30 years is a long time for any family to have routine political influence in a state as big as california. >> lewis destipio is at the irvine. >> the desire to maintain influence within the same family. so initially, having elective offices from one family to the next, using those not to serve the constituency, but to serve themselves, and that's the allegation against ron, that he
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used his power in the legislature to reward his brother. >> the affidavit refers to the senator's brother, thomas, as the so-called deal maker. many of those deals are taking place in some of the world's most lavish golf courses. calderon seems to be taking it all in stride. in just one week, we followed the embattled senator to four different golf courses. at the world famous pebble beach resort, he attended a fundraiser for thomas', california for diversity. they were lined with lobbyist, weathe wal-mart, shell oil and others
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all showed support. the liquor was flowing, and calderon was holding court. despite an ongoing federal probe, the senator is still rubbing elbows and raising money. his brother, thomas, the alleged deal maker, runs the non-profit. agents contributed $25,000. accord together affidavit, the never and his brother are building up a non-profit so they can pay themselves down the road. californians for diversity. how would you categorize that non-profit? >> looking at the affidavit, it looks like a slush fund to me. they have been set up and his brother has been established to run it, and money has been calderons. >> at a meeting in medium, the senator allegedly accepted an envelope full of cash.
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at one point, he said all future payments should go through californians for diversity. but that's not all. senator is under investigation for allegedly accepting $25,000 in biebs from this man, the former ceo of pacific hospital in long beach. the bribes were officially disguised as payments to his son. the fbi claims that the senator helped delay a bill for a robot to put invoices to the workers' compensation fund. he's paid more than $1 million. the senator declines comment, so we cat up with him as he was arriving at another five star resort. >> he's turning right into the
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country club. consume, senator calderon, josh bernstein, aljazeera. can we ask you questions about ongoing legal remembers >> i'm here for a conference, and i'm not going to discuss any of that. >> the fbi said that you accepted tens of thousands of replace. >> i'm not going to answer anything retain now. >> what's your relationship with michal drobot. >> please, i'm not going to answer >> you're a state senator in one of the largest states in the country, don't you feel the public has a right to hear from you? >> sure, they will. >> when will they hear from you >> they hear from he all the time >> what do your children do for a living? the other day i was on the golf course with you at pebble beach. and you were holding up a bang bragging about how this is going your get out of jail free card.
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and you were going to use it as a badge. >> i don't know what you're talking about. >> you were standing at the greens in pebble beach >> please, gentlemen, i'm not going to discuss it. >> don't you think that your con stretch went have a retain to hear from you? you're under a federal probe. are you going to resign if you're indicted? >> calderon has been a star in california politics finish a decade, but in the end, he may be best remembered for falling hard in an elaborate undercover sting. filed? >> that's important to note. no charges have been filed much these are civil allegations being raised. and it's important to note that we reached out to thomas calderon. we sent him a list of questions, and he received it, and signed for it, and no response. pacific hospital of long beach
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has declined our repeated requests for an on-camera interview. he answered some of our questions by phone. he denies wrongdoing, and he says that he has never received money from anyone for legislation >> why now >> this is a state senator, who is still in office, and these are very very serious allegation. senator calderon chairs the insurance committee, and he has campaign accounts to run for state comptrol. they raided his office five months ago, and we feel that the public has an overwhelming retain to know, so they can make a decision when it's time to vote. >> we want to tell our viewers, you can see the whole affidavit on the aljazeera seat. >> it's important that we did redack the names of the undercover agents.
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>> we would like to follow up with more after the break. political corruption in california. determining using some sort of subjective interpretation of their policy as to whether or not your particular report was actually abusive, because if it
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doesn't contain language that specifically threatens you directly or is targeted towards you specifically, they may not consider it abuse. they may consider it offensive. and in that case they just recommend that you block that person. >> i don't want to minimise this, because i mean, there's some really horrible things that are on line, and it's not - it's not just twitter, what has happened through social media and the anonymity of the net is that you see websites, hate-filled websites targetting all sorts of groups, popping up. there has been a huge number of those that exist as well. (vo) al jazeera america we understand that every news story begins and ends with people. >> the efforts are focused on rescuing stranded residents.
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(vo) we pursue that story beyond the headline, past the spokesperson, to the streets. >> thousands of riot police deployed across the capitol. (vo) we put all of our global resources behind every story. >> it is a scene of utter devastation. (vo) and follow it no matter where it leads, all the way to you. al jazeera america. take a new look at news. >> and welcome back. he woo want t -- we want to cone our discussion. also with us is james wedick who is a retired fbi agent who ran the corruption job in california. >> you said something about the badge he had on the golf course. >> we were in pebble beach attending this
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fundraiser for california in diversity. we were watching what was going on. i was standing on the golf course at the greens where they get ready to tee off. the senator is there were a prominent lobbyist from sacramento and several other political players in california. i'm within five feet of him. and he is holding up a badge. and he is showing it to this lobbyist. and he is saying this is my badge. this is my get out of jail free card. and he is talking about the fed investigation. and the lobbyist asks him where did you get it? he said there is a guy we brought in from spain he is an ncis agent and he gave us this badge. >> that is incredible. one thing after another. there was a woman involved as well. >> yes. they managed the undercoverred fbi agents according to the affidavit managed to convince the senator to hire one of their
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alleged girlfriends, inside of the state capitol. and uncover fbi agent. she has no experience. she is a model. no job existed at the time and the senator created the position to make that happen. he had to according to the affidavit get the approval of senator stein burg. she was getting a paycheck and taxpayers were footing the bill and she never showed up to work. and josh you can help us with understanding how much and what you know about all of this. when you hear something like that. the girl friend how does that help? >> the affidavit clearly explains on two separate occasions cal calderon offered to crecreate a position for the girlfriend. and on the second occasion he is looking for $5,000.
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it gives the agent the ability in the department of justice to follow that path. because you can't just get a job at the state capitol. it has to be approved by senate rules and you need the cooperation of many. in that ir instance it gave the abilities th agents the ability to follow who was involved. if there is criminal kument -- cull p ibility. you have legislation being influentialeinfluenced and you y being paid cash. i don't doubt that the evidence is there. they have the checks and they will bring charges. >> twenty-five years ago you conducted when you were running the corruption des, in it the -k in the state of california out
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of sacramento. you conducted a sting known as i shrimp scam. similarities here in. >> interestingly enough. five were lawmakers and one in particular was the chairman of the senate insurance committee. so 20 years later we have someone sit theein sitting in tt committee where people seek their approval, legislation and it's been suggested in the affidavit that they have been able to pay money to incur favor infavoritism. >> there are several other lawmakers named in here darrel steinburg and and others. does that indicate that this case may go far beyond the call calenda
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calle call calderons. >> i'm sure if they have the evidence they'll bring charges. moving forward on that. you just wait for another shoe to drop. you have previous history of seeing these guys before. calderon was averaged whe aroune last investigation was done. don't these people learn. the affidavit suggests there was serious crimes ongoing. i don't know how you develop the affidavit. but it suggests serious crimes and it suggests repeat offenders the public needs to be mind full. furl. mind -- mindful. and it will instill competence in our government that sometimes today it needs help. >> and something important to point out. through out the affidavit they talk about electronic surveillance.
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they were using wire-taps and monitoring the senators cell phone and his e-mail and text messages. jim during some of the conversations that are talked about in the affidavit, it seems like the agent is really having a push calderon. and he is saying we can't have that conversation. we can't say, you give this and i will do this. are there any entrapment issues here? >> no , i clearly looked at tha. at this point in time cal deron's criminal intent. he is looking at appearances and is not the least offended he is breaking the law. >> he is coaching the agent to clean up the conversations rather than let's not tion pate- participate and not interested in the money. >> the allegations regard r rege alleged healthcare fraud
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involving pacific hospital in long beach. there was a loop hole in the law that allowed them to submit inflated invoices because they were billing separately for a medical implant. it appears that several lawmakers were to close that loop hole. and then the cal cal derons were given money and they came in and blocked that for a year from happening. what is your take on that? >> it showing his criminal reach if you will. not only is he able to affect his friends in the movie industry. he is able to loot millions of dollars and help his friends loot millions of dollars in california tax healthcare program. we want to ry to remind our vief there is any reason to go and look at it further josh has provided it and we have taken the 124 124 pages of the affidat and put it on al jazeera website. so anyone that wants to go and do the department and work that
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you both have done to see value -- evaluate it and see what it meanings. >> sometimes it enhances the investigation it generates leads where there were none. >> another lengt legendary politician etd wardhe hadedwards is back i. he is thinking of making a many could back. we asked him if the rumors are true. >> are you seriously thinking of running for govenor? >> i think about it all the time. i have been in politics since 1954. and i have never thought about being in an election and i have had as much encouragement from people anywhere i go to run. >> now? >> i now. i tell you if you go around the state and ask around you would be surprised what you find.
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>> if you couldn't run for the governorship, would you pick another office that you could run for? do you feel you have all of this time you want to spend in public seservice. >> in louisiana the govenor is the guy that runs things. he makes the appointmentses and decides the policy issues i don't know if i would be comfortable. depending on who the govenor is or what his policy is i don't know if i would be comfortable to be under him. >> soldad sat down with the govenor with are the where theyd about politics and new baby. >> sex crimes on campus. a woman's broken faith.
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>> now is snapshot of stories making headlines on america tonight. three senior journalists pleaded guilty to hacking phones. the pleas were entered before the trial of the two he had edi. >> leaks from edward snowden showed is the nsa broke into google and yahoo data centers. enabling them to tap into text individua video and audio messages every day. >> kathleen sebelius says has been a frustrating website. but it's safe. >> all week we have been focusing on sexual violence and college campuses. it's hard to know exactly how
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many rapes take place on campuses nationwide. why? some blame colleges reluc reluctant for not wanting bad news exposed. tonight the story of a young woman who trusted her college, her male friend and her family. after her assault she was left with doubt on who would pro prot her. she spoke to sarah hoy. >> it never occurred to laura dunn that i is that a campus party condition unsafe. >> it was my second time drinking ever in my life. i was there with people who i was trying to get to know. there was free shots and i ended up having a lot of shots, over seven. and i was cut off from the bar.
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so i was getting very, very drunk. and it was about that time two men started to pay a lot of attention to me. laura was a student at the yrt university of wisconsin madison. she and the two men left the frofraternity to head to the net party. she thought she was safe. they were friends of friends. >> they started to walk me the wrong way. i said that is not not the dirn of the party. they said no it's fine. we are stopping by the apartment it's fine. and i had a few more shots and i was leaning on to one of them and we started to walk. >> and they were leading me into an apartment and i fell face first on their stairs and they picked me up and carried me up. >> alcohol is the fuel in 60% of sexual assaults. collidinincluding rape. either the victim or the perpetrator or both were drinking which can
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intensify behaviours and risk. it's almost like it was not happening to my body. and at one point, one of them got on top of me and started pressing himself into me. and i remember putting my hands up and saying, "no, i'm a virgin, please stop ." the attack deregulatio destroyed hee of trust. a long time love relationship ended and she quit the rowing team. >> i had nightmares, i couldn't sleep. i lost weight. i was anxious all the time. i was having all of these problems. >> laura dunn was not only a victim of rape but a ca campus culture that is not hol hem healthy for women and men. >> lawyer are studies students and sexuality. >> is there a hook up culture? >> that is a big question.
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people have been having sex in college for a long time. people are much less apologetic about it. people see it as the norm. when i was in college we called it a one night stand or sleeping around. you were supposed to be a little schreyer aboushyer. people talk about it as a fact of college. add to that there is a huge pressure to drink and over drink and that makes things complicated as well. if you are really drunk you can't consent. we don't do enough to teach young men about that you can't have sex with someone that is incapacitated that is rape. >> phillips has interviewed hundreds of college students about their sexual assault. it doesn't help that women and men are bombarded with sexual images from childhood on. >> people take in these scripts from the time they are little
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music videos billboard and victoria secret ads and cosmo. it's everywhere in the culture there is eroticizing and sexuality mixed with physical force. ♪ don't you wish your girlfriend was hot like me ♪ >> it's a scary picture. you are supposed to be hot and out there and up for anything. but at the same time you can't cross the line and be slutty. it really focuses on male entitlement to sexuality. it frames masculinity about being about power and agression and getting offerin everything n sexually. >> i step on campus as a freshman. on one hantd hand i have been d with has to mes messageses . i'm supposed to dress a certain way and i supposed t to know everything about everything. >> when you step into the
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culture and nobody has talked to you about the sexuality education. the messages that are playing out are the tapes in your head that you are absorbing all of your life and the cul culture hs never corrected. >> when do you start or stop. you become this terrible tease. >> she made a film "flirting with danger." >> i gave him a blow job to satisfy him so i wouldn't have to have actual sex with him. she says in her research hooking up and alcohol go together. >> i will always ask in my research and say does alcohol have anything to do with this? and they look at me and of course it has everything to do with it. that is not to say that alcohol or drinking causes rape. it doesn't. somebody choosing to take advantage of somebody that is drunk is what is causing rape.
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they choose to do that. they could choose not to. >> i should have been more assertive when i was trying to tell him i didn't want to u maybe my "no " was not no enough. >> who shares the responsibility here. >> we do have this notion in culture that zero is some guilt. a man has 99% of responsibility and i have one percent responsibility and it as though it erases his responsibility. >> you were drinking. it doesn't matter if you never drank before and did doesn't matter if you were cu cut off se how you were still supposed to protect yourself and know better. >> laura struggled emissionly over a year. a professor in class started to
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talk about rape on campus. she says that 20 to 30 % of victims report and that means 70 to 80% of people were silent. i realized i was the silent group. i realized my silence was a part of this problem. the moment that class got out i walked across the street and i reported very awkwardly that i had been sexually assaulted. >> the dean's office advised laura to go to the university of wisconsin campus police. the campus police sent her to the ma madison police. she felt the case was falling through the cracks and she finally told her parents what happened. and at first her parents blamed her. >> i remember walking into the into house aand my mom was in the livingroom. i said mom i have been assaulted. she just walked out of the house she didn't have a reaction, she just left.
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>> i forget how my dad came in and i had to tell him. and i sat down woo on the couchh me and the very first thing he said was "what were you wearing?" si couldn't believe my father said that. every reaction made it worse. it was not are you okay? we love you. >> her parents eventually became supportive and even encouraged her to go to the media to get the story out. the university of wisconsin ultimately said there was no way to determine what really happened. so consent was moot. >> i said that was absurd. my consent is the heart of sexual assault. it's not moot it's always an issue. when you grow up people always say they will protect you. fathers and brothers and they will throw down and kill someone if they hurt you.
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but the reality is when it happens people just sh shrug. you were drunk what do you want me to do. >> now 22 laura wants the culture to change. it doesn't matter where you drinks or what you wear, you should be safe to tha have that right to your yourself. >> laura is working to keep others safe. >> i realize what happened to me is not my fault. >> she is speaking in public and is a third year law institute and specializing in title nine issues. >> sometimes you are not believed we cannot let that stand. >> she is now in the right place at the right time and it's hard won. >> those men that harmed me will never be locked away for what they did. they'll be able to live their lives without anyone knowing who they are and what they have done. i can change the laws and that will encourage campuses to
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prevent this problem in the first place. i think that is justice. laura dunn spoke to our correspondent and continues to speak about her experience. at many university we wonder what is in place to support victims of the sexual assault. megan joins us from tucson. she is the lead author on a brand new report on sexual assault policies. megan thank you for being with us. >> i want to getted to the get to the result of your survey. >> so it's true that schools are doing well in some ways to address the problem. but they truly are not comprehensively addressing it. of the policies in the cam puses campus accountability project schools
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offer counselling and fewer of them their policyings are indicating that they provide peoplarprimary prevention progr. and there is a long way to go. >> what does a young victim need in the immediate after math of an attack like this? >> i think that there is so much. and it's so complicated to navigate these systems and so, we just heard this really incredibly powerful story and you know you can imagine as a survivor of sexual assault someone who is just experienced tremendous trauma. on top of coping with that having to turn to the internet, and turn to your school's policies and figure out exactly what to do. and that can be inkre incredibly confusing. and in our policy data base, we have students answer and we then fact checked students answer to an assessment tool.
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and that assessment tool showed us that many students were marking unknown to the questions we were asking. >> and when our fact checkers went in and looked it was difficult for them to find the information too. the high number of unknown responses does tell us that these policies are unclear and they are inaccessible and this could be for anothe for a numbef reasons. >> schools need to be pro augusttivaugustaugusttivactive f providing emergency contraception. >> it's so important and it's important that students can access these medical resources. we did find that half of the policies indicate that schools are providing emergency contraception. but less than 10% indicate that schools are providing it at no cost to your is viefors.
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sigsigh --survivors. >> and you are suggesting what should be offered is an amnesty for the schools. >> yes. amnesty policies are incrowed incredibly important. and because of the association between alcohol and sexual assault. amnesty policy offers survive survivors immunity from alcohol and under aged drinking and drug use. if that is not in place and not documented and written down it could prevent a survivor from reporting to the dean of students office. and then with yo you wouldn't ke problem exists. megan. me. >> next time in our se series, we'll ask what about the rights of the accused? are the university giving them due process. a can chance encounter with a
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student led to ex-plugs. ex-plugs -- expulsion. >> they said we think you are guilty. and do you want to give a final comment. and i started to talk and i broke down and i was crying. and i was devastated and my lawyer grabbed me and said, stop talking it doesn't matter anymore. whatever you say at this point is not going to help. >> when i came in the door i would not want to see my child looking the way he looked. he alternated between rage and then he would just absolutely collapse down on the floor and just sob and sob. >> what was the hearing like? >> i think it was a kangaroo court. they decided the whole way. the administration had her back and they believed her story. >> later we'll here more of caleb's story and his mothers thursday on part of the week long series sex crimes on campus
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tonight. head injuries at the pro left ll are getting more focus. >> you remember the comments by brett farve. what about college not just football in soccer and basketball and other sports. in which players can take hard hits too. the developing mind is vulnerable. the new study find that the number of kids 129 year 19 yeard younger that reported brain injuries increased from 150 to 2000 from 2001. the number of emergency visits is up 57%. quite a bit. dr. joseph wright from the children's medical center is one of the authors on this report. we appreciate you being here. can you talk about the stats that we just saw. are there more athletes or more reports?
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what can iwhat is going on here? >> we feel this is a greater awareness around concussions averageandthis may be a fux o function of reporting among athletes. what we don't have in the united states is a surveillance system. one thing that the report calls for is a come prehe come compree surveillance system. >> so you want to track them? >> exactly. >> from what age. >> from five to 21. >> we want to drill down from youth and club sports and on through high school and college. >> in the iner t interviews thau have done, you did find a culture of resis resistance of g anything or acting when a kid has a concussion. >> it's a culture of resistance where athletes find a secondary gain from not reporting and that is something concerning and something we call for.
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>> they want to play anyway. >> they want to play thank you it. you -- through it. and it's important for athletes and coaches and parents to be aware that concussion is an injury and it's a brain injury that requires attention. another thing is the impact of women having head injuries. this is a bit of a surprise. we have data from that in your report. women are getting concur concussions in a higher rate than men. >> women are as active or competitive as men. the data shows that young women at the high school and college level have rates of concussion that exceed that of male athletes. >> young women athletes, i want to see here in this graph, in soccer and in basketball not so much in lacrosse are exceeding the male athletes in basketball. how can that be. >> when you consider collegiate
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women, ice hockey is a big factor as well. and certainly this may be a reporting factor. we don't know. again the reason we require a monitoring and surveillance system. we want to bring in darious bell a former college football player at sf ru. u. you took yourself out of the game. >> i did take myself out of the game. but it was also due to help of my coach
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career? that is when i had to give it up. >> i started playing tackle football at five years old. >> and darious a perfect example of what you are talking about. we don't know what his early history may be. he may not be aware he was having concur concurbses concussions. >> even though i wasn't able to hear darious we are concerned about what happens with the young brain and possibilities for later life. this is what we want toic to ex. >> right darious? >> right. the thing about i it growing upi have heard that a mild concussion is any time you would be in somewhat dizzy, and even like growing up making certain
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tackles, i thought that was the game of football. i would make tackles and be dizzy behind it. or foggy. i can't give you a good example besides that. that happened a lot and i know it started in my younger career. >> now darious you work with younger players yourself. you are coaching them as well. what caution can you give them? >> i think the biggest thing about concur concussions now is the awareness is higher. as i was just saying growing up, my mentality about the game i was being a tough guy by playing through dizziness and stuff like that. and not knowing that i was hurting myself. my career ended because i feel like i did not give enough information to the training staff, i just basically played through a concussion. >> and darious was saying he just played through exactly what
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you are talking about. and that is the exactly the concerns you have. i appreciate you being with us here. and also darious thank you for being with us. >> all right, no problem. >> ahead on this program, america tonight, it's the size of central park and it's full up. what is ahead for the country's largest trash pit? >> every morning from 6 to 10am al jazeera america brings you more us and global news than any other american news channel. find out what happened and what to expect. >> start every morning, every day, 6am to 10 eastern with al jazeera america.
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>> audiences are intelligent and they know that their
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seven pounds. wonder what that is? it's the amount of trash generated per person per day. roughly 0% of that trash ends up in our landfills. zbl>>the largeest one is in la's sprawl. a little trash talk from whittier california. here is jennifer london. >> all of this trash tells a story. playing house, got milk and nothing but net.
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now? >> we are walking over at least 50 stories of trash. all dumped here. the nation's largest landfill. it rivals new yor new york's cel park and it's so large it generates it's own wind pattern. it is an eyesore squarely in the mid omiddle of two communities. thirteen thousand tons of crash gets dumped here every day. it's loud and it's smelly. this is why the residents wants the landfill shutdown. >> the operating permit has expired and the landfill is done. >> mike hughes is a happy man. >> it's closing and it's all good now. >> the smell is going away, the dust is going away and the noise is going away.
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it's something we wanted for a long, long time. >> at the time it was state of the art. it has state of the art technology. but in a environment like los angeles these are a thing of the past. there is no way politically we could build another land fill like this in is a setting like this. which is why this place is even more important. they run a massive material recycling center that will continue to o operate. from sorting to stacking, plastic, paper, kang cans all set to be recycled. they are hoping that this is the future and land fills like this are the past. >> when you look at the where we are going and the industry these are dinosaurs. >> the trash that has been coming every day for the past 60 plus years has to go somewhere.
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so eventually it will be trucked 200 miles away to blythe, california. >> doesn't the trash become another neighbourhood's problem doedoesn't the idea of not in my backyard move from this community to another community? >> absolutely. and unfortunately the way those types of decisions are made, it follows the path of athlete least resistance. >> when land fills shutdown like this and has to go further away there is a cost to that. >> mike hughes is more concerned about the lasting impact right here in his home. all of that trash has filled in the canyons and where we used to have is three beautiful canyons all you have is a manufactured hillside. we are glad to see our trash go away and go some place else.
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>> the trash may be going but it's definitely not gone. the discarded pieces of people's lives will become another massive mountain of trash in another community. >> that was jennifer london on mount trashmore. that is it for us on america tonight. we'll continue our focus on sexual assault at university and collegeses. america tonight looks at sex crimes on campus at 9:00 eastern each night. and on friday a america tonight town hall at 9:00 p.m. eastern here on al jazeera america. if you want to comment on any stories you have seen here tonight, log on to our website al jazeera do the come/americatonight. please join the conversation with us on twitter or on our facebook page. good night. we'll have more of america tonight, tomorrow.
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