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remembering actor philip seymour hoffman. the office of the new york city medical's office said an autopsy did not reveal the exact cause of death. more studies will be needed. i'm thomas drayton. "america tonight" is next. >> on "america tonight" - enforcing the law or breaking it. our indepth look at crime and punishment. new york city's controversial tactic and why the new mayor is putting a halt to the fight against stop and frisk. >> it can be stig mattizing. you are viewed as a criminal because of how you are and the way you look >> a terror alert ahead of the sochi olympics. airlines on the look out for toothpaste - a possible bomb-making ingredient.
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>> there is more to it. we return to a story about a haitian teacher and an extraordinary generous gift from an "america tonight" viewer. >> good evening, i'm joie chen. many american cities face the same challenge - finding and stopping the biggest threats to innocent citizens, especially the ones that may be hiding among them. many police departments around the country look to the controversial, but until now codified in policy tactic used by new york city pd called stop and frisk. it was a tactic aimed at making the streets safer, but unfairly
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they've abusively targeted people of colour. the practice hit home close to home for the brand new mayor, who promised to take action. our indepth look at crime and punishment. sara hoy finds he's taken the first stop to doing that. >> when i come outside i'm standing there across the street and the officers say "hey, you, come over here." on one hand it's like this is another day. that day i was like, "no, man, i'm teaching." i'm a professional. i'm on lunchbreak. a guy can't work? >> this man was on his lunch break when stopped by new york city police officers in 2006. he was teaching second grade in the bronx and was stopped. >> my story is no different. >> clarkson was the target of
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stop and frisk, a tactic where police stop and question people on the street and search them. clarkson said the officers claimed he was coming from a known drug area, and wanted to know if he was carrying anything illegal. stopped. >> i've been stopped since i was 13. it's a normalized part of your life. you expect it to happen. >> in 2008 clarkson was one of federal plaintiffs who filed a lawsuit against the city of new york for discriminatory stop and frisk. by law an officer can stop someone if there's a reasonable suspicion that person has engaged in or will engage in a crime. police can frisk anyone they believe is armed and dangerous. according to the center for constitutional rights the new york city police department conducted 523 stop and frisk in 2012.
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with blacks and latinos - they made up 84% of them. the lead attorney for the lawsuit against the city said stop and frisk practices has a lasting effect on individuals and communities. >> it can be stig mattizing because it happens over and over again. the message is sent that you are viewed as a criminal. they view you as a criminal not because of what you were doing, buts who -- but who you are and the way you look. >> the lawsuit said they were unconstitutional. a federal judge agreed and former mayor, michael bloomberg, appealed the decision. >> it was sad. everyone in the community knows, but a judge has to say it's unconstitutional for the city to realise it. the new
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c comcampaigned on stop and frisk, referencing his son. >> we talked to donte about the fact that he will be stopped. parents all over the city are having that conversation. >> bill de blasio, the only campaigner to make good on stop and frisk. >> bill de blasio last week made good on it, stopping the stop and frisk appeal. >> there'll be no stop and frisk. we came to a settlement. >> what is the settlement? >> it's a simple idea. the new police commissioner says this, you can't break the law to enforce the law. it's as simple that is. >> city officials announced the decision at a community center in brooklyn, an area known for
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stops by the police. in a 6-minute video, the police commissioner said the department policing. >> i intend to focus on police actions and less emphasis on the numbers and more on our impact. >> the stop stop and frisk was years in the making. there were times where we wondered whether we could get to where we wanted to be. to have the city of new york government to recognise what folks have been feeling and admit that it's wrong and have to change is a big deal. >> clarkson was empowered by the lawsuit. for him the victory was bittersweet. it took a lawsuit to change. it's a new day for new york and his eight month old daughter. >> i want my daughter to walk in the city of new york, without feeling that she is a villain or a criminal.
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protected by the police, not from the police. >> sara hoy back with us. the mayor made the decision to drop the appeal. what happens. >> the paperwork has to go through, once through the courts, the citizens, the community, other stakeholders reform. >> what will it look like? what will make a difference? >> there's a number of reforms, such as policemen wearing video cameras, changing forms, training, there's a long list of things that has to happen. the appeal has gone, so it's how do we move forward. >> that has been going on, has been policy for a few years. how big an undertaking is it to reteach officers what they can and can't do. new york city is the largest city in the united states. >> it has one of the largest police departments. those involved are hopeful it
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will take time, people need to be patient but they'll get the ball rolling. that's what the taking away the appeal did. it's moving forward. >> sara hoy following up on stop and frisk. some variations of it is important in other parts of the country. joining us is donnell white, vice chairman of the detroit police conference and director. nwacp. that puts you in an unusual position when we talk about a policy like this. is this something that is in use in some other form within the detroit police department. >> thank you for having me. certainly it is a very unique position that i find myself in. on one hand wearing a civil rights and social advocacy hat. and on the other as police commissioner, upholding community policing and oversight of law enforcing agency.
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sfop and frisk is an upheld practice by the supreme court, used by cities like detroit and other municipalities. the difference we find is not if the practice is used, but whether it is being misused as we saw in the says of new york. >> misused. how do you make sure it's used appropriately in detroit. >> well, i think a key component is what you find in the role and responsibility as a police commissioner, and my colleagues, is that we have civilian oversight of the policy. we are currently under federal decrease by the depp of the -- decrees by the department of justice, where data is kept. from that data you can articulate the disparities that exist and how the practices are implemented, particularly in communities. so that you don't see, like you saw in areas like new york,
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where 89% of the individuals were incident. and 87% were people of colour, where clearly there's a practice that is misproportionate impacting particularly young males of colour. >> in a situation like this, when you are a community, a community leader trying to deal with crime, rising crime, foint crime, certainly there is an important value to a tactic like this. where does the line fall for a police officer and detroit? >> sure. i think here you find a nexus between safety not only of law enforcement officials, but the community and the citizen impacted by the policy. and on the other side of the spectrum you have the issue of constitutional rights. the 4th amendment speaks clearly, that you do not have the right to be searched and
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seized inappropriately by law enforcement. no matter whether you are in detroit and new york, and i have family in new york. cousins andre and morelli. whether it's here at home, coming from a family of law enforcement. i don't want them to be surprised by individuals with arms either. there's a thin line. i believe most officers will adhere to the constitutionality of policing. there are those that take it. unfortunately they go too far. i think that's why it's imperative to have leadership on the civilian side and the department that can uphold the policing. >> unfortunately sometimes we talk about abuse of any kind within law enforcement and a community, you almost have to wait until something goes wrong
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before there's action or outcry. here lies the opportunity. i would venture to say let's not wait until something goes wrong. we have the opportunity to be proactive. i'd urge local communities to reach out. have strong advocacy questions, reach out to the chief of police and ask what are the numbers, how are young boys of numbers being impacted. therein lies the opportunity to educate and unfortunately we as young males of colour. particularly those with children, have to have a hard conversation with your kids about how to survive a law enforcement encounter. i believe the nefarious practices ultimately lead to
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situations like george zimmerman and the trayvon martin ceremony. >> sorry, we'll have to go here, mr white. we'll follow up on the story and appreciate your insight. thank you for being here. >> thank you. >> thursday on "america tonight" we'll continue the indepth crime and punishment story and we'll look at hawaii. it may seem like paradise, but there's meth amphetamine use and the crimes this come with it. we look at a program called "hope" and how a tough love approach is stopping criminals becoming repeat offenders. >> you can explore more about the way america prosecutes and punishes its on as we probe what is and is not working in the u.s. justice system. >> mother nature's wrath struck
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with snow and freezing rain, a fierce winter storm pummelling the mid west and the north-east. 15 states have been put under weather advisories. 1500 flights have been cancelled and hundreds of thousands of people are without power. new york and new jersey are running out of salt, creating an icy nightmare. there's two months of winter to go. it doesn't look like the weather will let up soon. >> al jazeera meteorologist kevin corriveau has been track the the storm. it's a repeat of everything so miserable all over again. >> i'm tired of it myself. what we are dealing with is the storm we are seeing now is beginning to make its way towards the north-east. as you can see, the storm was very large. we were talking about 1300 miles. for here in new york, it is misty conditions, and a lot of
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problems we are seeing towards boston. northern hampshire is getting the snow. towards the south, we have had a lot of snow on the ground, occurring all day. those are the advisors, these are the numbers. we saw 15 inches, 12.2 in massachusetts. boston had eight. and in central park we had four, on top of 6 inches two days ago. the road crews have been good, getting the main roads cleared, and what we see, unfortunately is the temperatures will dive down through the evening. now in new york we are 33 degrees, boston at 26. we had a bit of melting going on during the satellite hours and during the heat of the day. the temperatures are coming down. the thing that i'm worried about is the melting that occurred during the day will refreeze overnight. and not so much on the main highwayed because those are --
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highways, because those are clear, but the rural roads and the side walks being slippery. towards pennsylvania, all the people without power we are talking about temperatures into the teens. back to you. >> carve , thank you very much. >> when we return, a healthy prescription. the new push to stop smoking - plies pressure when and where it starts.
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and >> packet of cigarettes, please. >> what's a pack of smokes cost?
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>> your teeth. smoking can cause gum disease that makes you likely to lose them. what are cigarettes costing you? >> those thoughts are jarring. those public announcements, public service announcements you can expect to see a lot of in a campaign led by the f.d.a. aimed at young people, if you notice, before they get an urge to light up. against the backdrop a move by one of the nation's biggest pharmacy chains could be a game changer. c.b.s. will stop selling tobacco-related products by the end of the year. it's a headline grabbing move. business is business. what is the impact. a fraction of the overall revenue, $123
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. >> they are working with patients with chronic conditions like high colesteral, diabetes. smoking is empathetical to needs. >> c.b.s. won applause including barack obama who responded: >> the antitobacco forces have been seeking a boost. the number of adult smokers fell. off. >> joining us in the studio tonight is dr vaniac jaw from the george washington medical faculty and part of tobacco free rx.
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your company is trying to get pharmacies and others to quit smelling tobacco, because of selling cigarettes and health care at the same time. >> that's right. i have been working on the effort, joining in a number of decades. >> you think about it. if we stop and thing about it, it makes sense that you have both. why did this happen though? >> i think it happened because c.b.s. recognised that it can no longer maintain the appearance of being a health care establishment, and also sell the death. >> part of the function is that c.b.s. has been increasingly involved in the clinics, health care services on site within the pharmacy. in that light, where you have medical practitioners coming into the pharmacy, did that make it a bigger challenge for them to continue to sell cigarettes in that environment.
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>> i think it's a great point. it made it a starker conflict of interest, that they'd have health care providers. they have the pharmacist, but other providers diagnosing and treating ailments and selling cigarettes that the customer encounters when they enter and leave the store >> it has to do with the messaging and the practice of selling. these pharmacy convenient stores sell alcohol, for example. is there a similar activity to limit the inconsistency there? >> i don't know about any efforts related to alcohol and pharmacies, >> you are a pulmonologist. >> yes, but it's important to recognise that the degree and the amount of harm caused by tobacco products in this country makes everything else pale in comparison.
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there is no safe amount of cigarette. although there is a safe amount of alcohol. okay. tobacco is responsible for almost half a million deaths in this country annually. nothing else comes close >> do you think ultimately these decisions are driven by ethical interests or concerns or a simply business interest. "gee, this is not the biggest part of our revenue, maybe we should focus on the health care part of what we do." >> if we assigned a percentage, it's 80% business and 20% ethic am. c.b.s. had the opportunity for the last 50 years to make the ethical decision to not sell cigarettes, because 50 years ago the surgeon general's report came out letting everyone know it was deadly. we had to wait until 2014 for it to happen. >> there's other big players.
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i know your organization is pushing on those to do that. >> absolutely. >> doctor and professor of medicine at the medical factuality associates. >> when we return, a warning about a potential threat facing olympic visitors, and we'll meet a young athlete travelling at top speed to meet her own goals at the games and in her life as a >> fault lines hard hitting... ground breaking... truth seeking... al jazeera america's breakthrough investigative documentary series. >> this is where colombia's war continues... >> decades of violence... familes driven from their land... >> we have to get out of here... >> now the people are fighting back. >> they don't wanna show what's really going on >> fault lines
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>> now, a snapshot of stories making headlines on "america tonight." new york city police picking up leads tied to philip seymour hoffman's final days, arresting
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four people in connection with the drugs found in philip seymour hoffman's apartment. more than 350 bags of heroin were found in the dealer's den. >> a chemical spill will move thousands out of state. the associate press reports freedom industries will move the chemical to a coal facility. last month it poisoned the state. >> condemn nation on the vatican, a u.n. human rights committee criticising policies allowing priests to sexually assault tens of thousands of children. >> sochi - the countdown - two days after the opening of the sochi winter olympics. there's concern about security in the air, specifically air travel. department of homeland security sent an advisory to airlines
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flying to russia. intelligence suggests that terrorists may smuggle explosives tonne planes using toothpaste tube. the advisory is directed to airline flights outside the united states and bound for russia. intelligence does not suggest there's a threat to planes flying into the united states. >> and we have learnt that billy jean king will miss the opening ceremony. she'll miss the ceremony because of her mother's failing health. the tennis great thanked the president for naming her to the delegation. king was appointed, and caitlin hale and figure skating champion brian dalcona. a move seen as a shine of disapproval of antigay propaganda la. >> will sochi be ready to
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welcome the world? our digital producer has been following the online trends. there has been a lot of talk online about what people are seeing as they arrive in sochi. what complaints are you picking up on. >> journalists are complaining. >> they complain all the time. >> from everything as innocuous as finding bees in their food. >> bees and honey. open honey, you'll find a bee or their hotel rooms are missing door handles or light bulbs or bathrooms as two skiers noted, have no stalls, so you are literally next to each other. to serious such as uncovered mann hols. you could walk down a street and free fall down. sometimes they are scary and funny. a reporter with the chicago
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tribunal gets to a hotel and a receptionist says water isn't working, but if it is, don't use it on your face. water was restored. she tweeted the photo, showing you what it looks like >> it looks like tea. >> don't use it. maybe the american athletics team should have trained in west virginia, the site of the west virginia spill. she washed her face with evian water, like a kardashian. >> we put a lot of interest on the remaining days much every olympics it's a rush to get to the finish. is this all that different. are the circumstances all that different. particularly among people who games. >> we are hearing from a lot of team, rosie marianne - demono, sorry.
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she said this is similar to past games. ice hockey player sydney crosby said it was not unusual. it was similar to rachel vanlandingham, when he looks at the size and space. some people are drawing parallels and will say things like our hotel doesn't have a floor, but every room has the photo of vladimir putin. is it fair to characterise this as only in russia. when you think back to other olympics, where people raised similar concerns and the fact that social media was not popular, it's not fair. in the context of thinking how much they spent, $51 billion more than in previous history, it raises questions about where the money is going, and interesting thoughts about the subtropical climate and how it has higher costs in terms of setting up olympics, and questions about corruption, and
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a lot of accusations have been circumstance eye lated about -- cirquulated to friends and that's where the money is going. >> criticise when the olympics comes to town. our dijal producer -- digital producer, thank you for keeping an eye on that. >> the olympic spotlight illuminating antigay laws. on thursday we look through the eyes of two russian skating champions, one of whom is gay. >> 2010 when they won the gold medal. i became a gay activist. what i know now, that 87% of russian population is not happy about gay people. it's not their fault. government forms the neckive tuds -- negative tuds -- attitudes towards the people.
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>> and you can catch the fight for gay rights in russia, thursday on "america tonight." >> the eyes of the world are on russia. games have been overshadowed by a host of issues, including security, gay rights and russia's ban on adoptions by u.s. families. one athlete wants vladimir putin to lift the ban, and for her it is a personal issue. adam may has a story of tatiana, a paralyze the russian orphan turned american superstar. >> meet "the beast." that's what her friends call her. she's a record-breaking elite athlete. the only person male or female to win four major marathons in a single year. >> what do you think your
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prospects are? >> my goals are to make is top 10, which i did in the world championships, and make it into the violence. >> tatiana mcfadden is no tranger to the olympic games -- stranger to the olympic games or winning. she's a 10-time medallist who has been in a wheelchair her whole life. she's one of the fastest wheelchair racers in the world. but at the paralympics in sochi, she'll try something new. games. >> you're a track athlete. >> yes, it will be cold for me >> you took up skiing recently. >> yes, last year was my first time trying. >> that's right, mcfadden started skiing 13 months ago and just last week she qualified for the u.s. paralympics nordic ski team.
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she expects to compete in cross-country events and the biathlon. different terrain to what she's used to. >> you have a different stroke. it's about the power in your arm, back, core, all those things. and skiing is having the power mostly in your core, and being able to synchronise it with your arms. >> how she became an elite athlete goes back to her childhood. she was born with spina biff adda, a condition leaving her without her legs and her family. >> there was tatiana crawling on the floor with a bow in her fair. there was something about her. she had bright eyes. >> deborah mcfadden was the commissioner of disabilities for
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the u.s. department of health and human services. in 1994, she was on a tour of russian orphanages, as part of a humanitarian mission, and captivated by tatiana. >> yes, this is my camera, this is the suite. she was say, "da, da, da", and picked up the camera and played with the buttons. >> did you know that you were ? >> no, i went back to the hotel room and couldn't get her off my mind. tatiana told everyone, "that's my mum." she probably said it to everyone, but they told me she never said it. >> can you imagine what your life would be like if she never stopped in there. >> i don't think i would have lived this long. for the first eight years of my life i didn't go to the doctors
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or have medical treatment for the first six years of my life. >> watching her compete, it's hard to imagine when tatiana came to the u.s., she was so sick doctors feared the sick little girl wouldn't make it. >> i'm thinking, "i have to keep her alive." i thought i'd get involved in swimming. >> tatiana joined the bennett blazers. a program for disabled athletic children in baltimore maryland. tatiana was an immediate stand out. >> she was very spirited. she wanted to do everything. i mean, it's - her speed was phenomenal. she had a natural athleticism. >> the coach said "she's amazing", i thought, "yes, she is.
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look how she's trying this." as she progressed. she was winning the events. >> when did you decide having fun plays sports was not enough. olympian. >> in middle school i loved going fast. i wanted more. and i just - i had this competitive edge. >> when tatiana was 15, she california. >> she gets on the track and i don't want anything to do with coaching her. she was on the track. she said, "what should i do?", i said, "go past." and she made the team at 15. >> unbelievable. >> it was. the youngest person on the team. >> tatiana was off to the athens paralympics, where she won a silver medal in the sprints and
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a bronze in the 200m. >> she came around to the end of the track and when she saw me i was crying. she said, "why are you crying?", i said "it's a mum thing." >> at her high school, tatiana was inducted into the sports [ clapping ] >> getting the honour did not come easily. her family ended up in a legal battle with the school when tatiana was denied a spot on the track team. the battle led to a law, guaranteeing disabled students the right to join high school sports teams. >> i mean, it's the 21st century. how can you deny people. you have your own program. >> when tatiana won three gold medals in the 2012 summer paralympics, she decided to make her first trip back to russia, home.
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>> some things i remember, the sense of smell, and i remember, you know, a few things that were similar, you know, when i walked in and everything was so much smaller because i was walking on my hands and knees, everything looked big. it was quite small. >> if you get to get up on the platforms and accept another medal. what would that say to the people of russia? >> well, i would probably bawl, but i think it shows them that, you know how strong and how independent determined of a person i am, and that nothing can stand in my way. >> and medal or not, she continues to be an inspiration wood. athlete? >> tatiana >> without a question? >> yes >> what is it about tatiana that you
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look up to? >> she's won gold medals. >> tatiana is after more than gold when she arrives in russia. in a country where the president vilifies american adoptions, she'll be exhibit a for their defense. when you went back and stopped at the orphanage, was it hard to look at the kid and realise they don't have the opportunity. >> the only thing that is sad is knowing the adoptions between americans and russians stopped. it makes me sad. kids are born every day. next. >> people know that she was in an orphanage being being placed with this american family. she'll be something to watch. it could send a message. >> i think that's the point. to send a message that, "i am alive, i'm well and having a disability and being adopted helped me me who i should be." tatiana was born for a reason.
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she is a gifted athlete. she's a gifted academic student and, you know what, maybe she can show them that it's worth it family. >> adam may, tonight , baltimore, maryland. >> good luck. the paralympics in sochi begins on march 7th. >> when we return, there's much more to it. a haitian teacher and why his >> every sunday night al jazeera america brings you controversial... >> both parties are owned by the corporations. >> ..entertaining >> it's fun to play with ideas. >> ...thought provoking >> get your damn education. >> ...surprising >> oh, absolutely! >> ...exclusive one-on-one interviews with the most interesting people of our time. >> you're listening because you want to see what's going to happen. >> i want to know what works what do you know works? >> conversations you won't find anywhere else. >> talk to al jazeera.
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last year in the series on haiti and the recovering from the 2010 earthquake, our correspondent reported on a haitian school teacher who lost his school in the aftermath of the disaster. here is the original story. >> today aid agencies say approximately 300,000 material in porta prince live in deplorable conditions, family crammed into shelters made out of tarps and wood, this is 54, sitting in the suburbs. there are 5,000 people on the veets. the camp is run by mckenzie, a teacher. >> good morning. >> with help from his mother he managed to build is school with
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700 children. his school survived the aftermath. >> translation: we were forced to leave to turn the school yard into a parking lo. >> a u.n. agency rented the property from mckenzie's landlord and the school became a parking lot. now mckenzie teaches children in a tiny makeshift classroom. what makes it painful is it's virtually across the street from his old school. >> how does it feel to look at your school? >> translation: yes. each time i look at it, i try to avoid coming buy here, it hurts, okay. it hurts. it hurts. it hurts deeply. >> i know what you're saying, even though i don't speak your language, you feel terrible. >> it make me pain in my heart. >> it's hurtful. >>
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yes. >> mckenzie says he needs $9,000 us to build a new school. just $9,000 of the billions pledged to nongovernmental organizations. >> all he needed was $9,000. we have an incredible update. we are joined by sol ied add. this is beyond what you expect. people are generous, but wow. >> we had a viewer who saw the story when it reaired. he was so moved, he said watching mckenzie's face when he would smile and inside his heart was breaking. it moved him that he went to his bank, he had about $21,000 saved, put away, he took half the money and wrote a check to mckenzie so he could open the school. >> this is a person, doesn't know mckenzie.
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>> he's not haitian-american. he says he'd love to down the road visit the school that he'll help fund. mckenzie has already spoken to this viewer who asked to remain anone house >> this guy is not in it for the publicity. he's giving half of his savings. >> he said, "i've been lucky in life. the money - i won't be close to starving, and it's something i can do. and i hope you see that you can create a better world when you give to other people. >> this is a generous person. not in it for anything else. he's a young person. >> anyone 30s. >> younger than we are. >> younger than me. >> how much difference - $9,000 is it enough to put together something, a school. >> mckenzie. the school withstood the quake. ironically a u.n. organization took over his school building,
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and used the playyard as a parking lot. he had to find a new building and bring the 700 students back, he's located a building that he can use the funds for and is on the way to getting his school up and running. >> what has mckenzie said. >> he thanked the viewer and said he could not imagine the blessings that he wanted to give to this man from kansas, who helped him out. i said to him, "why? what motivated you." he said anybody can make a difference. you can do something that can change the world. >> you have to contrast this to all the money that has been put out by ngos, governments offered in aid. that one individual can take the savings and make a difference. >> there's a frustration at times. you see the stories and you want to help the individuals. sometimes getting the money to the individuals is so
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challenging as we reported in the original story. sometimes people want to say, "what do you literally need? here is how i can make a difference", anincredible story and generosity. >> i hope when he visits the school in haiti, one day soon - we'll tag along and do that story too. >> thank you. >> my pleasure. >> also about haiti and its future. the prime minister is looking at development through investment. he wrapped up a trip to the dovo economic forum. toms is macing a foot in haiti, committed to being the first footwear manufacturer in that country. we spoke with the haitian prime minister about his investment-based strategy.
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haiti is a populous country and so many that get the opportunity to leave, leave and go elsewhere, and get their education elsewhere and don't come back. that's a challenge. >> haiti is number one in the world. we have 85% of our educated hatians that lee and work in the united states, in europe, and we are trying to tell them that the country is a better place. it's the safest place in the carr bian. the country is doing so much better that we are inviting the hatians to come back to the country and help us in the rebuilding effort. >> haiti is thought of as an ngo nation. we wanted to be a country that sees long-term investors, that brings investment for returns and at the same time that's creating the jobs, and the taxpayer.
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in order to invest, in order to be part of the structure we are trying to diversify the investors. once we are successful at getting legitimate larm companies, and social -- large companies and socially responsible companies, they are socially responsible approach that has greatly helped. >> another thing that helped is the relationship with the united states, which allows goods in haiti and getting them to the united states. >> the united states has been an agreed partner. in the northern part it was billed $250 million. that has been successful venture, creating 2,000 jobs. >> you are proud of that. there has been criticisms, that was supposed to create 65,000 jobs. the reporting is 3,000 jobs. it's not going to happen overnight.
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there's a few prerequisites, and a point that is going to start to be -- a port is going to be built, an airport that is going to be finished. we finish the runway and the terminals, it's a work in progress. it gives us a platform. this is what - this is why we are happy to have that part. i mean, prior to that there was nothing. >> what has to happen for you to fe at the point -- for you to be at the point where you are, the destination where you are. >> we are taking it one investor at a time. in haiti, four years ago nobody would think that we are at a point where we have a lot more work to do. we understand that will take many years. we have to take one step at a time, having one investor at a time. we had a lot more investment this year than in 2012, and 2014 we want to do better than 2013. we want to do it certainly in
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the tourism industry. >> how do you get your pitch out there? you are a dynamic guy, a businessman. is haiti a smart business decision for a major multinational corporation. >> for example, looking at the track record. the company is happy with their investment and returns. potential. >> now, we are not asking for every business in the world to come to haiti. but we are asking those that want to come, and in the fields, for example, the textile industry, the tourism industry, the infrastructure, the energy industry, there's many opportunities, and we want to tell them and talk about it. and gauge the interest and show them success stories and she them stories of people taking the risk. >> that was "real money"'s ali minister. >>
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>> finally from us, we know talking on your cell phone while driving can be a risk. what about when the cars talk to each other. john henned ren travelled to chicago to check out a new technology designed to improve safety on the road. >> u.s. transportation issues call it the moon shot.
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>> the prospect of cutting, according to research, perhaps 70 to 80% of the collisions and accidents that are happening around the country. that is a huge advance in safety. overstated. >> it's a moonshot where we are halfway there no terms of the development. >> a u.s. government study will take talking cars from the realm of fiction to reality. today the focus has been helping to survive accidents, but now it is looking at preventing accidents by 2017. >> the potential of the technology is enormous. >> 3,000 drivers had wireless devices installed in their cars, communicating with other cars and roadside devices, warning of movements such as breaking.
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