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>> tech know, every saturday go where science meets humanity. >> this is some of the best driving i've every done, even though i can't see. >> tech know. >> we're here in the vortex. only on al jazeera america. >> an u.s.-led raid of an al
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quite cave in yemen. sloppy roads and hundreds of flights canceled as people begin the travel for the thanksgiving holiday. >> and we begin with newly released surveillance video shows police in cleveland, ohio, shooting and killing a 12-year-old boy. tamir rice died on sunday. the police who shot him said they thought the toy gun that rice was waving was real. for more we go to roxana saberi. >> reporter: police released the video and audio recordings so people can come to their on conclusion of what happened. the audio recording seemed to point to a lack of communication from the 911 dispatcher to the officers who arrived at the
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scene. this surveillance video is silent and grainy. but it shows 12-year-old tamir rice on saturday waving around what appears to be a gun. the man sitting in gazebo behind him said that what looks like to be a fake gun at people. >> i don't know if it's real or not. >> the dispatcher then radios two officers. >> mr. is a black male sitting on the swings pulling a gun out of his pants pointing it at people. >> rice hangs around, talks on a control and sits in the now empty gazebo. officer timothy loman yelled at the boy to raise his hands. >> the shots fired. male down. black male, maybe 20, black
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revolver. >> rice died hours later. >> this is an obvious tragic event where a young member of our community lost their life. we've got two officers that were out there protecting the public that just had to, you know, do something that nobody wants to do. >> loman and the driver are on administrative leave as the investigation continues. the gun was fake. it was this bell le pellet gun, but the tip that identifies it as a pellet gun was missing. >> the police sent the parents a letter. they called for calm saying we ask for the public to
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demonstrate peacefully. demonstrators called for a grand jury to indict the officer who shot rice. >> i don't know why they did that. he wanted to play basketball in the nba. he loved everybody. >> police have about three months to finish their investigation and then a grand jury will look to decide to indict the officer who shot rice. >> hundreds of demonstrators stormed city hall in st. louis today. it comes amid widespread protest two days after a grand jury decision not to indict officer darren wilson in the shooting of michael brown. brown's parents say they support peaceful demonstrations. >> for the ones that are protesting in a positive way. some people have their own agenda. i won't say that i'm mad at the
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people for doing what they're doing, but their agenda is not what i asked for. it doesn't have nothing to do with us. yeah, everyone who is protesti protesting, we appreciate that. >> protests in solidarity with fergusons spread throughout the country. nearly 200 protesters were arrested in los angeles overnight. demonstrations drew tense between a group started throwing debris on a freeway. and more than 100 chicago residents gathered in front of the mayor's office last night to protest the ferguson grand jury decision after camping for hours protesters left city hall and marched downtown. john terrett joins us live from ferguson, missouri.
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what is the latest there? >> good afternoon. we've heard from the governor of missouri, jay nixon, in the past few minutes, who says that the additional 1500 national guard troops added to the authorities last night were helpful, and they'll continue to monitor the situation over the thanksgiving weekend to see if any further national guard troops are required. as you can see in ferguson that it's snowing very hard, but that did not deter protesters from protesting outside of city hall in st. louis. now our producer was present, she said you didn't see anybody storming the building, but protesters went into the lobby and confronted security guards and they were shouting shame, shame. three people were charged with failure to disperse and one with assault. that's the latest from st. louis. in harlem, from new york, the
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reverend al sharpton was praying over the family of michael brown, and prayed for erik garner, 43 years old, who died after the police choke hol held i am on staten island. and another man who was shot at an complex in brooklyn. >> officer darren wilson spoke about what happened on august 9th. what are people saying about that particular interview? >> well, mike brown's mother went on television, and a lot of people in ferguson believed that officer wilson basically put on a pretty good act last night in that television interview. he had a long time to prepare for it, that he has an agenda and a strategy, and a lot of people were really looking for him to show some kind of remorse or some kind of apology, which
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they say never came. that upset them greatly. let's have a listen by the words spoken in that interview. we're hearing it for the first third in this new cycle. >> i reached out the window with my right hand and to grab his forearm so i could push him back and so i was not trapped. i felt the intense power that he had. the way to describe it was like a five-year-old holding on to hulk hogueen. >> dern williams has a lot of supporters and probably around the country as well. they're not appearing on television, but they're vocal on the internet. they've raised $400,000, which he'll be able to use possibly for a defense fund if it comes to that, but his friends know that his police career in ferguson and around the country is over. he'll have to find a new way of making a living in the future.
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>> john terrett for us in missouri. thank you. police raiding an al-qaeda hide out in yemen. they havthe agency has been working in covert warfare for years, and there are no images of what happened. the hostages included six yemenis, one saudi, and one ethiopian national. an american was among them, but that was not the case. the department of defense said that yemen's president asked for america's help with the rescue. it all went down near the border with saudi arabia, an area where the u.s. has increased drone strikes targeting al-qaeda. the rescue happened in the background of an up rising. shia rebels have taken control of yemen's capitol for two
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months now. and today yemen's main oil pipeline was attacked. the valued resource is caught in the middle of the fight involving shia houthies, sunni tribesmen, al-qaeda and yemeni forces. we have more. >> reporter: this is a major attack that targeted the main pipeline that links the cities where most of the oil and gas is exported to international markets. this is not the first time that disgruntled attack oil installations. tribesmen in that area have always been independent. some question the legitimacy of the government. they say despite the fact that they live in a very rich area most of the revenues end up in the pockets of corrupt officials, and that the
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government has never invested back in marib, building the infrastructure or improving the living standards and the living conditions of the local population. marib is a delicate issue for the government for different reasons. al-qaeda has moved some of its fighters to that area. sunni tribesmen are amazin amassing tribesmen there. the officials say that the move is just to secure the oil and gas installations from being captured by al-qaeda, but people say that this is just another attempt by the houthies to further expand in different parts of the country. >> let's bring in jim walsh. a research associate. jim, good to see you. thanks for your time. >> good to see you, my friend. >> jim, i want to ask you two questions. i want to know what the american interest is in yemen.
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but i also want to know what the u.s. mission is there right now. >> great questions, and those are always the first questions to ask. what are our interests? what are our objectives. it could be a lot of different things. it could be peace and stability in yemen. it could be human rights. but it's not those things. it's one thing. it's counterterrorism. al-qaeda i in the arabian peninsula is based in yemen. they have focused on it for years. all the u.s.-policy interests would have float down to the bottom and counterterrorism is the interest here. to use drones, special operations force, classic counter terrorism and tools to degrade those groups in yemen. >> well, wait a minute. how complicated is that counter terrorism mission here. you have houthies in charge of the capitol.
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forces fighting the houthies and yemeni forces. how complicated is this mission. >> it is extremely complicated. the u.s. officials said if you want to know anything about this operation, ask the yemeni government. they ran it, and then with a wink and nod. if there is a sitting president--there is a new president. the ot old auto contract was finally pushed out. there are extremists, ethnic minorities and tribes, the tribes cut off the oil. that's just the tribes acting independently to get leverage on a government they don't trust. we're trying to fight terrorism in the middle what have is a complicated and difficult issue. we don't want to undermine the president saying we're the ones who ran the operation. iit doesn't look strong if
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foreigners come in to fight their battles for them. >> thnothey cited yemen as a success. to look at it today that success does not look very inspiring. >> i have to agree with you. it's true. yemen, as long as there has been a yemen, i started looking at yemen back tracing its history beginning in the 1950's when it had a civil war. i was studying that period, i know i look it, but i was studying that period. there was always tribes and factions. the good news is that the shiite minority, the houthies, who are very good fighters, probably the best fighters in yes then right now, they hate al-qaeda, and they are going after al-qaeda. that's good news. it would be best if there was a
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central government that worked, that could bring everyone together in a power-sharing arrangement. right now it's the guys with the guns calling the shots, figuratively and literally, and that's who they have in government right now. >> thanks, jim. hundreds of police in hong kong have cleared the main protest site in the pro democracy movement. that movement may be taking a turn with the arrest of two leading activists. rob mcbride has hour report from hong kong. >> reporter: declaring that this was the day they had to move out or face arrest. even confrontation with student leaders, who have complained of excessive police force. >> a few minutes later joshua wong was under arrest again. one of the first to be grabbed as the police started clearing
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the barricades, pushing demonstrators back. >> because of the force of the police is too strong for us, and we have no weapons. >> the police tactic at the moment seems to advance a few meters to secure the roads and remove whatever obstacles there are there, and arresting anyone who obstructs them. in doing so they're moving the demonstrators back to a smaller and smaller area. >> the protest camp in mong kok has been the site of some of the worst demonstrations, and many here applauded the police actions. >> are you happy? >> yes, very happy. >> even among the supporters of the campaign for democracy there has been growing dissatisfaction after two months of occupying roads with no apparent success. >> is this the end of the movement? >> no, absolutely not. >> this will never be the end. it's only the beginning. >> the occupation of other sites on m hong kong island continues.
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while protests become heatinged the yellow umbrella symbol looks a bit battered. >> a temporary law allows israelis to rescind the rights of those who are not israelis. >> reporter: like all israelis living in occupieisraelis--like all palestinians living in wes west jerusalem. she did not have citizenship, she now will have to go back to the west bank. she's lost her home. she's appealing the demolition order on her home. and family numbe and there are
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many opposing the measure like this, they're appealing to prime minister benjamin netanyahu t --all human rights groups in the country an and, indeed, internationally oppose these measures saying that it amounts to collective punishment. >> ruth bader ginsberg is recovering from a heart surgery. she has been on the court since 1993. the east coast preparing for a white thanksgiving. a nor'easter bringing snow on one of the busiest travel days
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>> today is travelly one of the most busiest travel days of the year. flights have been canceled, and storms in the northeast stranding passengers home trying to get to grandmas. >> reporter: hopefully they'll make it. >> thousands more flights delayed. this comes in one of the busiest travel seasons since up. >> this year is busier. there are 46 million people traveling by air and by car. a tenth of those by air alone. and because of the weather it will be busier and we'll see more cancellations. >> on the road the snow is piling up, making it a slow go for drivers. rebecca is here. the nor'easter, they can move in quick and move out, but they can do a lot of damage while they're over the area. >> meteorologist: not on this
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day of all days of the entire year, but like you were saying you thought it might be worse. >> yes. >> meteorologist: i think a lot of people heard forecasts that sounded like a lot of snow on the ground. >> yes. >> meteorologist: the reason why we didn't get much snow on the ground yet the track of pressure is inland. that is sucking down a lot of warmer air and keeping things too warm for snow and changing things to sleet and slush in a lot of places. that's making not just the road slippery but sidewalks. it is treacherous to walk around and in new york city there is rainfall with slushy areas outside. let's go to the misery map for flight delays.com. >> the misery map? >> meteorologist: yes, this is where the most misery is. from new york city to d.c. and impacts chicago. now we're getting most of our flight delays here. let's take a look at a quick run
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of flight delays anywhere from three to four hours from laguardia, newark, philadelphia to jfk, one to two hours. we had the airport in new jersey close. and closer to the coast its slushy rain. >> impressive in meteorological terms. impressive. that would add to the misery index as well. appreciate it. winter does not officially start for a no now, but the great lakes are already icing over. you're looking at images from last winter. but icing on lakes superior, an huron, it's the earliest ice formed since people began recording these type of things 40 years ago. ice usually starts forming in mid december. sweeping new moves to improve air quality, the
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administration proposed rules to pro vent smog-forming pollutions that effect asthma and other health problems. libby casey, what will these proposed regulations do. >> reporter: it goes after ozone. that's one of the sixth pollutants regulated under the clean air act. we're talking about smog. now the last time emissions regulations for ozone were capped was back during the bush administration six years ago. at that point they limited 75 parts per billion, but that's not as strict as the advisory board recommended. now the obama administration hopes to tighten it down to 65 to 70 parts per billion. here is are the counties across the country that will have the
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hardest time adapting to these proposed changes. you'll see that them in the darkest blue. dark--darkest areas. they'll put out a final rule next fall. >> what is the reaction in washington to the proposed rules. >> industry is pushing back. the petroleum institute is saying that pollution is getting better across the country, and that will hurt jobs. environment committees on capitol hill vowing to fight this, and house speaker john boehner saying this:
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>> reporter: the house speaker points out what this rule can do to the economy. the president thought about doing this three years ago, but begged off at the time. it was in the eve of his midterm election rather his mid election, his 2012 election, and the said that the economy could not take it at the time. environmentalists sued because that have delay and the courts said they had to come up with something by december 1st. that's what brought us here tray. the economists want the regulations to be even tighter than proposed and they point to the costs of diseases. >> a 12-year-old boy shot and killed by police in cleveland, and the michael brown case in ferguson. just two case where is police say they were--they had to use lethal force. we'll look at why officers sometimes make that choice. the university of virginia now vowing to stop rapes on campus after a scathing new report.
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through arab eyes only on al jazeera america >> the st. louis county grand jury decision not to indict officer darren wilson sparked a national debate. in the last two weeks alone two young black men were killed by accidental or unnecessary use of force, according to your opinion of it, and today the police department released dispatch recordings. let's have a listen.
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>> in no means is this an effort to try to explain the actions of the division of police or the young man. we're honoring the wishes of the family in releasing this also in the spirit of being open and transparent with our community. >> and joining us now is leo maguire, the sheriff of burgan county police force in new jersey, where he oversaw 500 law enforcement personnel. thank you for being here. >> great to be here 37. >> you saw that video. what is your take. >> what a tremendous tragedy in the united states where the law enforcement are looking to do their job, protect and serve, protect the public, and here we have a young man, for whatever reason decides to be brandishing the weapon like he owned that
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turf, when i saw the video-- >> take a look. this is problematic. if you're an officer responding to this, i know there is information from the 911 call that apparently was not related to the officers responding. >> communication is big. >> but that video is problematic, and i'm trying to put myself--yeah, put myself in the mind of an officer responding. i don't have to do that. you're here. what is an officer thinking? >> because of the proximity that you're showing right now, the proximity of the officer coming out of the passenger side, cleveland is obviously a two-man patrol within close proximity, maybe less than ten feet. the officer sees the young man lifting his shirt, reaching for what he clearly sees is a weapon because this is only happening at 3:30 in the afternoon. it's obviously the light something good. he sees what appears to be the butt of a weapon. he sees it under the shirt, he
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immediately uses deadly force. >> keeping in mind these officers have reached from dispatch. they arrive. they see this scene. this feels justified to you? >> well, certainly everything that you're looking at on videotape is justified of using deadly force. sometimes the video doesn't show everything as we know from many, many incidents in the past. but in this particular case we see the boy over a period of six, seven minutes on that video brandishing the weapon, walking backwards when someone is walking down the sidewalk showing the weapon, who probably was the person who called, and then police call and sure enough, there is someone--they don't know-- >> something has to be done about these bb guns. i know there is supposed to be thrown. >> it was removed. it was either painted over or removed. >> yes, let's switch gears. do you have issues with the testimony provided to the grand
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jury? let's start there, by darren wilson in the ferguson case? >> are you talking about the interview-- >> no, i'll deal with the interview later. >> the grand jury--things that were presented to the grand jury, i applaud the prosecutor for his transparency. now too often we know the grand juries meet in secret, which is problematic to a lot of people, especially in high-profile cases like this. i fully expected, regardless of the evidence that was presented, whether or not it was a good use, good is not the right word. a proper use of deadly force in a particular case, i believe that there was going to be an indictment. >> come on, leo. >> i did. i said that to you two months ago. >> i think you did. did you. you thought there was going to be an indictment. >> in my county we've had in my recollection two officer-involved shootings of
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unarmed individuals. was was one in 1991. garan officer chased down the man. patted him down. the kid takes off, and he shoots the boy. turns out that the weapon as inoperable was attempted to be fixed, but again it looks like a weapon. that went to trial. and it was in the courthouse in bergen county. that was a not guilty plea. >> why did you think this case would go to trial. >> i thought it was going to because of the sensibilities involved. the public has a right and a desire to know all of the evidence. now, they know that the grand jury was there. they're not believing what was presented to the grand jury any way. >> and inconsistencies, and shouldn't inconsistencies in the testimony be hashed out in court? >> well, they can be. and it's up to the grand jurors themselves to identify the
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veracity of the person giving the statement. >> i agree. i've been on a grand jury, and you get to ask questions. >> you do. >> but what we don't get from the transcript is the tone of the questioning. and what we keep hear something that prosecutors have the ability to shape-- >> they do. >> the questioning in a way to get a desired result. >> in this particular case it appears, though, that the prosecutor did everything in his power not to shape it, and that's bringing him some objection from the public as well saying, hey, listen, you confused the jury. usually the prosecutor says here is the charge, here is the charge, here is the charge. here's the evidence that fits it. in this case he gave them the whole ball of wax and they could choose five different charges here and they chose none. >> let's hear a little bit of the interview with george stephanopoulos and deron williams.
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i won't even tee it up. just listen. >> is there anything you could have done differently that would have revented that killing from taking place? >> no. >> nothing? >> no. >> you're absolutely convinced when you look through your heart and your mind that if michael brown were white this would have gone down in exactly the same way? >> yes. >> no question. >> no question. >> okay. i don't even know what to ask out of that. >> i knew you were going to show that part. >> you did? >> i did. >> why? >> absolutely, because it seems unreasonable-- >> if you think about it-- >> as a monday morning quarterbacking, if there was going to be anything, of course there could be something. >> but then it's state of mind. state of mind at the moment, right, right. >> exactly. >> later in the interview he said he can't an police officer again. is he right in that assessment? >> absolutely. and there a couple of different parts. one, if he has a stomach for it after such a celebrated case.
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>> right. >> and can you imagine him being an one-man patrol car in a midnight shift going back to canfield street, i believe, patrolling that neighborhood? it couldn't happen. not only would he never be respected, he would probably be dead. >> could he be hired by another jurisdiction? >> absolutely. i read today in the newspaper there was an officer-involved shooting where the officer was convicted of a misdemeanor manslaughter charge who was hired in oklahoma. >> tive read thai have to read that one. thank you for being here. >> my pleasure. >> minorities have always felt marginalized by the legal system, and when president obama was elected to office there was hope all that might change. our white house correspondent looks at whether his talk has translated into action.
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>> sorry, i don't have any more milk. >> for 34 years she has done this. feed the people of her community. she says it's only been getting harder. >> even the middle class don't have anything. and they're constantly every month taking people down sizing them, deleting them from the welfare rolls. >> it's not just these images. statistically across the country the african-american community continues to struggle even during president obama's time in office. >> unemployment for african-americans have barely moved. it's still at 12%. and many feel that race relations are bad. that's a dramatic increase from six years ago when the election from the first african-american president seemed to indicate a change in race relations.
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but now as president saying the country's past was not erased by his victory. >> frustrations that we've seen are not just about a particular incident. they have deep roots in many communities of color, who have a sense that our laws are not always being enforced uniformly or fairly. that's an impression that folks have, and that's not just made up. >> he's promising a renewed push to help the african-american community. >> hello, how are you doing? >> tara believes it will get better, even as she stands in line waiting for a hand out because her food assistance has run out. >> i'm hopeful and i'm willing. i know. i see it. i see the future. >> like generations before her she hopes it will be different if not for her but for her son. al jazeera, washington. >> so let's take a look at other stories making news around america today.
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roxana saberi is in with that for us. >> reporter: tony, a federal judge in arkansas has struck down the state's ban on same-sex marriage. but don't expect the usual russia on city a hall for marriage licenses as seen in other states. the judge put it on immediate hold for the state to appeal. no. florida two teenagers are accused of running a prostitution ring out of their high school. the 15-year-old boy and 17-year-old girl are charged with human trafficking. the pair tried to recruit girls to be part of the ring. one girl was coerced into having sex with an adult. that man is under arrest. change is coming to the university of virginia after a wake of bombshell report of sexual violence on campus. the school leaders held an emergency meeting where they vowed to take swift action. >> we will not tolerate this type of behavior. >> officials at the university
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of virginia vowing to crackdown on cases of sexual assault on campus. an emergency meeting was called in response to an explosive exposé. in it horrific allegations of gang rape during a party at a fraternity house two years ago. the claim was that the university failed to protect the female student. >> jackie's experience should not have happened, and nothing like it should ever happen again. >> reporter: university president teresa sullivan has asked charlottesville police to investigate the 2012 incident. authorities are requesting anybody who may know what happened that night to come forward. >> there were people in that room who saw and heard what is being called shocking and horrifying and gut wrenching. you i hope that there are bystanders who have the moral courage to come forward and help us with that investigation.
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>> in the wake of the scandal the university is talking about a zero 20 tolerance policy now, . >> to say that i've done something now and i recognize that, and i'm willing to take my licks and deal with it. >> erica pitcy, al jazeera. >> one of the measures being taken to combat sexual assault at uva is to curb underage drinking. one student activist said that alcohol is just one issue. >> we do know from the research that alcohol is involved with a number of sexual assaults that occur on campus. but there would still be sexual
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assault because it stems from an issue of power and control and violence rather than just drunkenness. >> students have been protesting on campus since the report came out demanding change. it appears that the call has been heard. it's not often that puppies are found behind prison walls, but that's what makes a program in new mexico so unique. the correctional facility has become home to puppies and dogs that have been abandon: they care for them until the dogs can be adopted. >> we're not worthless. we're doing something that is worth something. we're saving lives. >> hundreds of dugs have been placed in homes and some of those women helped some of those dogs give birth to puppies. >> look how cute. >> it's a great program. >> too bad they can't keep the puppies. they have to give them away. >> thanks, appreciate it. >> you're welcome. >> the tech boom has created a real estate boom in northern
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california, but it has caused a huge disparity between the wealthy and middle class. in particular, first responders say it is difficult to live in the city they work in to protect and serve. melissa chan reports now from san francisco. >> reporter: andrew yee was born in san francisco, raised in san francisco, and now serves san francisco as a firefighter. he also almost got priced out of living in san francisco. >> i went to preschool all the way to high school here, and everything has changed since growing up. i think that the tech boom has driven prices pretty high, and it's been pretty hard to even rent in the city now let alone buy a house in san francisco. i think its unfortunate. you have teachers, police officers, sheriff, fire department, we want to be in the city that we work in. >> reporter: according to reports by the brookings institution the gap between the rich and poor is growing faster
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in san francisco than in any other major city in the country. families in the bottom 20th percentile saw their salaries drop $4,000 in the past five years. meanwhile, those at the 95th percentile saw their rise by $28,000. the median income here is $73,000, around ho how much yee makes. this means that they can no longer find affordable places to rent or buy. with the cost of living sky high, some first responders have been forced to move hours away. that worries officials in this quake-prone city. >> that's really a question of when the next one hits. when the next one hits we want our first responders to be living in san francisco. >> city hall is now offering first responders like yee up to $100,000 in down payment assistance to purchase a home or apartment inside the city limits. launched just last year the
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initial pool had enough money to help out about ten applicants. so andrew yee is one of the lucky few who benefited from the program. >> i was getting outbid by 20% over the listing price, and a lot of them were cash offers. i was just lucky to get a house in san francisco today. i just moved in two months ago, so i'm doing a lot of little project there is on my days off. it's a two-bedroom, one bath, small little house up on the hill. >> reporter: the city recognizes it would have to significantly expand the program for any impact. andrew yee said he would certainly like to see the loan assistance grow so more public servants like teachers, police, and firefighters can also have the opportunity to live in the city where they serve. melissa chan, al jazeera, san francisco. >> vents in ferguson, missouri, sparked a protest nationwide. will anything come out of the
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demonstrations? we'll discuss that next.
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>> the decision not to indict darren wilson in the shooting death of michael brown has prompted protests across the country. in atlanta 21 protesters were arrested last night. several demonstrators blocked a busy downtown street. police say at least two businesses in several cars had broken windows.
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joining us, with ebenezer baptist church in atlanta, reverend, always great to talk with you. thanks for your time. what are your thoughts, what do you say as you organize these vigils. what is your message to people? >> first of all, our hearts go out to the brown family. you know i'm a pastor, so funerals are always difficult, but the most difficult ones is when instead of the child burying the parent, it's the parent burying the child. we need to remember that at the center of this public discussion is a real family struggling with unspeakable grief. we're focused on them, but we're
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also we're in ferguson. i stood at the place where michael brown lost his life. i thought about the young people in my own congregation, and my message is that america can do much better than this. we have a covenant with one another, as americans and it's emphasizing the basic principle of equal protection under the law. we're not casting a guilty verdict against darren wilson. my great concern and regret is that he and michael brown did not get their day in court. michael brown's voice has been silenced in this process, and that's the great tragedy. >> we're seeing demonstrations in many major cities. we're outlining the demonstrations there in the atlanta area. what is the moment here? what is the moment that is available to us right now,
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seizing the moment to move forward. do you have any words? >> indeed, it is a crisis. as i look at the history of our country, and i think about the ongoing struggle for justice we ought not let a crisis go to waste. you know, rainbows often come after storms. in fact, that's the only time they show up. it's difficult to imagine that now, but we have to recommit ourselves to the hard work of fighting for justice. and this work has never been easy. dr. keen said that the arc of the university is long, it's long but it bends toward justice. we have to bend the arc. moments like these, as strategic as they are, we regret it. give us an opportunity to reassess who we are as american citizens. the truth is there are two distinct experiences in our justice system in america. one more white people, and one
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more black people, and i know who are listening who had different experiences who may find that shocking to hear from the pastor of dr. king's church. but the truth is dr. king's life we could not have imagined the criminal justice system with racial contradiction as deep and as pervasive and as what we're dealing with now. it's actually worse now than then. over the past 0 years america's prison, the industrial complex has 13% of the nation's population. anis 50% of the prison population. it must be seen in the wider context of america's prison industrial complex. this massive system of arresting young black men over the last 30 years has created a situation in
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which they're criminalized and stigmatized, and seen as public enemy number one. sometimes they're shot and killed by police officers, sometimes by night guardsmen in a neighborhood posing as police officers. it's the same problem, and we got to deal with it. >> reverend, demonstrations--are you holding a vigil on monday, the best with that, and it's great to see you again. and we'll have you on the program to talk about ways forward here in seizing this moment. >> we have a vigil at ebenezer monday night at 6:00 p.m. and we want to continue to raise this issue. ref. >> reverend, thank you. >> coming up on al jazeera america. groundbreaking work on the face. how a new center is trying to answer questions like can we make scars invisible? >> hello, i'm ray suarez. a holy city for jews christians,
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>> we begin with the growing controversy. >> answers to the questions no one else will ask. >> real perspective, consider this on al jazeera america >> a groundbreaking new medical research will open in london. doctors there were study new methods of facial reconstruction surgery. we're in london now with more. >> annie is happy. not unusual for a 10 monday old playing with her brother. but if you look closely she has a blood vessel tumor which stopped her from smiling. >> it was heartbreaking. she would be smiling at children looking at her from the buggy. she would look up at them trying to generate a smile back at her. but they would not be smiling
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because they were staring at her tumor instead of her face. >> the tumor was removed last month and now people smile right back. >> what is the psychological aspect of this young women who has a star here? and what is the psychological aspect of the people who see her? what you're going to think about is why can't we make scars invisible? >> the new center is designed to answer those questions. it will collect data on treating cleft palates and traumatic facial injuries. it will bring together surgeons, oncologists, restorative dentis dentists, hundreds of personalty. josh stevenson had a rare tumor growing in the back of his eye. >> the glasses act as a good mask. if i were to take the glasses off. you can see the extent of what's going on in gin.
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>> skin from josh's left hig thigh was used to enclose his eye. >> technology is help be facial reconstruction. models of 3d printers allow to help with risky operations. the face is how we breathe, how we eat. it's the most special part of our body. how we look is important to our psychological well-being. so it's about time that the world has a medical research center devoted to it. jesscal baldwin, al jazeera, london. >> it is a thanksgiving tradition right up there with football and family, right? the president pardoning a turk turkey. president obama issued his second executive action of the week, sparing a giant turkey from a dinner table. that's a good looking table. he pardoned two turkeys.
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named mack and cheese. look at the first kids. after making a bunch of noise, republicans didn't have much comment on the president's pardoning the turkeys. >> inside story is next. al jazeera america. >> from across the world, people have revealed, longed for and willing to die for jerusalem. today israelis and palestinians are locked in struggle over its future. it's inside story. >> hello, i'm ray suarez. for much ofhe

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