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>> hi everyone. this is al jazeera america. i'm jeeg. john siegenthaler. >> game changer. the stunning new report on e-cigarettes. health officials say they help people quit smoking. >> to reduce their harm from smoking. >> they're now considering giving them out for free. born in america, but denied a birth certificate because
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they're parents are undocumented immigrants. a student stands charges of rape, afternoon allegation spas of a culture of predatory behavior. plus sky high. >> there have been more attempts and failures on this climb than any other route in the him la hl yahs. himalayas. >> we talk to the film maker who dared to climb this route. we git tonight with an an astonishing report on e-cigarettes. today a major study says they are up to 95% safer than traditional cigarettes. what's more, the study shows
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they could actually help people kick cigarettes. courtney kealy has more. >> a study says e-cigarettes help people stop smoking for a short and medium term. >> we don't know the long term risks but we haven't seen any evidence of e-cigarettes having danger. >> able to stick to e-cigarettes or quit smoking completely. >> the estimates which have been done by a variety of experts suggest that e-cigarettes are significantly less about 95% less harmless than smoking. >> the battery operated e-cigarettes convert nicotine into inhalable vapors.
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>> we are not recommending these products to nonsmokers and there doesn't seem to be an appetite to use them among nonsmokers. >> never smoked before, became regular cigarette smokers, but a new study in the journal of the american medical association seems to contradict that. >> more than four times more likely to start smoking than those who haven't used e-cigarettes. >> participate in a study that has many professionals alarmed. >> this uptick that we're seeing in adolescent e-cigarette use could potentially down the road lead to a new generation of tobacco smokers. >> threatening to derail two decades of progress and reducing teen smoking. according to the centers for disease control, cigarette use among teens has dropped significantly from about 36% of high schoolers in 1997 to less
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than 16% in 2013. but from 2013 to 2014, e-cigarette use among middle school and high school students tripled. clownt, acourtney kealy, al jaz. >> doctor, what does it mean to say that electronic cigarettes are up to 95% safer than regular cigarettes? what does that practically mean? >> that's a good question john. the 95% estimate is based on opinion of experts. it is not an empirical finding that is a result of findings. e-cigarettes are too new to know what the harm or health effects would be. but the principle is accurate, there's no question that e-cigarettes are safer than traditional cigarettes but that needs to be viewed in the context that traditional cigarettes are the most deadly
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product on the planet. >> but if we don't know that for sure, if we haven't really done enough studies about the dangers of cigarettes e-cigarettes, becs the problem of people inhaling heavy metals, or these production are delivering that we don't know about. >> carbon monoxide which is created by combustion, e-cigarettes do not burn they heat or vaporize 9 nicotine. at the same time that doesn't mean they're safe. >> the idea is that you would give these -- that some health officials might give these people who smoke cigarettes, e-cigarettes to help them wean off regular cigarettes, that it? >> that's exactly it.
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that's the potential that e-cigarettes have. i think everyone agrees on that issue that if we could use e-cigarettes to wean people off of cigarettes and have them ideally to use as a bridge to be nonsmoking and none-cigarettes, that would be the optimal situation. but the reality is at least in the united states, the majority of people who use e-cigarettes continue to smoke at the same time. >> they use both e-cigarettes when they are inside and a place where they're not supposed to smoke and then they smoke outside? >> right. and that's problematic because then you're getting more nicotine, you're making probably less likely to be successful in quitting. what we don't know and what this u.k. report really didn't answer at all is whether this dual use of cigarettes and e-cigarettes is a short transition to becoming totally smoke-free. in other words giving up cigarettes. we don't know that, the data aren't available in that area
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and needs more research. but we do know that permanent dual use of both smoking your traditional cigarette and also smoking an e-cigarette is not the way to go. >> we have more to learn. doctor, good to have you on the ram. >> thank you. >> tonight firefighters are battling all over the united states. in the west, especially, several fires grew in size and intensity, threatening more homes. they have blazed through thousands of acres of eastern and southern parts of washington, sabrina register is in the that state, sabrina. >> because of really gutsy conditions in the next 24 to 48 hours two towns in central washington are going to be evacuated. winthrop and twist. winthrop is a very, very big not in population but a big tourist
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town so this is really going to take another toll just like it has on chelan. wildfire has destroyed this business here and many others. many are in harm's way. the good news, help is on the way. more than 2600 firefighters are already on the front lines in washington state. two squads from joint base lewis mcchord will join the firefight. >> this is the second time that the active duty personnel have helped in fire suppression. >> reporter: fire managers say there are several even larger fires burning in the state.
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in central washington residents like dave real pick up mask to help combat the smoke from the erik nearby fires. he worries more about wind than poor air quality. >> there was supposed to be another storm coming like last week, that could start up contend, that is very concerning. >> causing flames to jump a river and destroying a building supply company that brent and his family have owned since the 1970s. it started so fast his workers were able to leave with only computers in hand. >> s. >> all the lumber was inside, we thought we're the titanic, we're not going down. >> in the west, 80 fires are burning in five states. flames near campground by fresno california forced more than 2500 people to flee. and for students in one part of northern california air purifiers and filters are being
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installed for first day back to class tomorrow. >> our teams are not able to practice either. they are in the gyms with hel ha filters or driving over to wafer, idaho. >> after a wildfire tore through the town destroying over 40 homes, hot, dry conditions persist throughout the west, strange manpower and resources. >> there is a lot of fires going on across the nation. when we get to planning level 5 we know we're at the point of tampleg the resources we already use -- taxing the error errors s that -- error resources that we already use. >> that help is really needed. you know john we have noticed just in the last couple of hours the wind has really picked up here. the good news, if you can see
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behind me the visibility is a little bit better. i would imagine that the air quality is also a little bit better. the wind has been moving and pushing all the smoke but of course it comes at a price. fire crews are extremely worried about the gusty wind for the next 24 to 48 hours and they are certainly hoping for the best. >> sabrina, thank you very much. and now to the war in yemen and a new report on the tragic consequences for country's children. according to the united nations eight children are killed or maimed every day. nearly 400 have been killed since march and 400 more have been recruited by armed forces. also today, a new estimate says it's 6 million yemenis are in desperate need of food. and in syria reports of another brutal assassination by i.s.i.l. the group is believed to have beheaded an 82-year-old scholar. galed al asad is the director of the ancient roman ruins in
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palmyra. neave barker reports. >> for half a century, he was a guardian of palmyra's ancient roman ruins. it is here where the 82-year-old academic was believed to be beheaded by the islamic state of iraq and the levant. ancient buildings and amphitheater drew tourists from around the world. as head of antiquities he oversaw world of research, and gaining national recognition. >> he was so much involved in part of the city and part of the culture and the history and the archaeology of that place that he would live there and die there if need be and he did pay the ultimate price. >> reporter: in better days assad showed foreign dig fridays around the site. then the war came to palmyra.
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forces peppered the ancient buildings with bullet holes and then after capturing the site from government forces i.s.i.l. arrived. assad stayed in palmyra to help evacuate the valuable contents but was taken hostage and reportedly interrogated. i.s.i.l. has destroyed thousands of sites across the middle east. fragments of human history have been successfully smuggled out of the conflict zone but it's not known how much damage was caused at palmyra, some sold on the black market, to help finance the campaign. their human cost is clear. this video shows 25 men in a packed amphitheater before their apparent execution. now the beheading of halad
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assad, who devoted his life to palmyra. now at the mercy of i.s.i.l. neave barker, al jazeera. >> in washington, how minority leader nancy pelosi now says democrats have the volts to keep the iran nuclear deal alive. meanwhile there's new controversy tonight over iran's nuclear program, the associated press reports on a secret agreement between tehran and the international atomic energy agency. , once allegedly used to develop nuclear arms. this deal is separate from the one negotiated with the u.s. and five world powers. according to the report, the countries were briefed and endorsed it. next, the hillary clinton campaign, how severe the allegation he are.
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the legal fight over immigration and the constitution.
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comcast business. built for business. >> hillary clinton is the front runner in the democratic race for the white house but she is losing ground in the polls. and increasingly playing defense with the press. the questions of her use of a private e-mail server as secretary of state are mounting and those questions don't seem to be going away. david schuster joins us now. >> john it is exactly one week since the fbi took control of hillary clinton's e-mail certainer and there is everything to believe that the investigation is intensifying. law noirm enforcement forces sae bureau is treating this case as
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opotential criminal investigation. clinton says she did not break any laws. >> i did not send any classified material and i did not receive any material which is marked or classified which is the way you know something is. >> u.s. criminal code section 18 title 24 makes it a misdemeanor punishable up to a year in prison, keeping documents at a unauthorized location and violation of a statute does not depend on the document or materials being stamped or marked as classified. an intelligence community inspector-general has already reported to congress that at least two of the clinton e-mails his office reviewed out of 40 contained material considered top secret, the highest classification. fbi sources note that agency director james comey has inherited officials in the past.
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evidence that david petraeus, the former army general and cia director, turned over information oto the person he was having an affair with. was sentenced to probation. clinton argues the petraeus reference is unfair. in contrast clinton says her personal e-mail system, if linked to government information, it was inadvertent. >> in retrospect this hasn't turned out to be convenient at all. i regret this is such a cause celebre. >> relevant to administration and congressional requests. they turned over those e-mails to the state department, not in digital form with the metadata attached but in 55,000 printed pages. then they deleted e-mails they considered personal and tried to
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erase the home server. >> in order to be as cooperative as possible, we have turned over the server. they can do whatever they want to with the server to figure out what's there or what's not there. that's for the you know people investigating it to try ofigure out. >> reporter: law enforcement officials say the fbi will be able to recreate at least some of the deleted information on the server. and in addition to tracing the handling of classified material, officials say investigators will try to determine if mrs. clinton failed to turn over or tried to eliminate e-mails that might have been of interest to congressional investigators. such conduct could qualify as obstruction of justice. a felony under statute congress updated in 2002 and that mrs. clinton as senator voted for. in the meantime, law enforcement sources say dozens of analysts and investigators are now working on the e-mail examination. >> nobody talked to me about it.
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>> reporter: even as the clinton campaign tries to dismiss it. clinton defenders are stepping up their response by attacking the nation's systems for designating and classifying information. it is often difficult to track but national security officers say some of the information in cloipt's e-mailclinton's e-mailo sensitive she should have recognized that. ignorance they point out is not a viable defense. >> david thank you very much. on the republican side, donald trump maintains his double digit lead over opponents. also doubling down on his controversial immigration proposals. he has called for a massive wall along the mexican border. he supports massive deportation and now says that children born here to undocumented immigrants should not be considered americans. >> i don't think they have american citizenship and if you speak to some very, very good lawyers that i know some would disagree but many of them agree
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with me. you're going to find they do not have american citizenship. >> reporter: . >> the 14th amendment grants citizenship to all born or naturalized in the united states. , in texas, a growing number of u.s. born children are being denied birth certificates because their parents are undocumented. heidi zhou-castro is in dallas with more. heidi. >> john so 25 families here in texas are suing the state in federal court alleging it is in violation of the 14th amendment. these are american born children whose undocumented parents have been unable to present the state required i.d.s when applying for that i children's birth certificates. the state says this is about security but the families call it discrimination. an american flag flies outside the texas hospital where this baby was born almost two years ago to an undocumented mother. the mother, juana, asked us not
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to use the name or show the faces. she was a warrior from birth juana says of her now one year old. she spent 20 days in intensive care and i'm fighting for her now. proof to show the child is a u.s. citizen. after being brought to the u.s. herself as a child, she had two other children who had no trouble getting birth certificates. the mexican consulate, matricula consular, were good enough. the same documents didn't work. when they were presented this year. they told her the matricula consular is no longer valid.
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making it unable for parents to get drivers license which the state refuses to issue to undocumented immigrants or a foreign passport with a valid u.s. visa. it wasn't always like this but a slow shift in policy began in 2008, when the state said it would no longer recognize the matricula. unprecedented number of undocumented immigrants crossed into texas and as the state launched a lawsuit against the president's executive actions on immigration. >> the timing is interesting. it coincides with the influx of immigrants, the families, mothers and children that came in. >> reporter: it was then that dozens of undocumented immigrants seeking paperwork for their undocumented children began complaining of turning away. >> what were they going to do?
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were u.s. citizens and had no birth certificate. that was amazing to me. >> representing 28 immigrant parents in a lawsuit against the state of texas. >> just like everyone else who has children born in the u.s. they have a right to have a birth certificate for that child so they can get medical services for them, so they can enroll them in daycare and school and baptize them and every other parent gets to do but not these parents only because of their immigration status. >> i asked juana what's wrong if the state's current policy works to dissuade border-crossers from giving birth here? she says she understands the policy but her daughter shouldn't pay. the mother is having trouble enrolling the child in daycare.
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what's going to happen if she's in an emergency juana asks, they can't treat her because she doesn't have a birth certificate? the office that denied juana a birth certificate did not respond to al jazeera's requests for interviews. i wanted to know why this office is denying this woman a birth certificate? >> whatever the state rules we have to follow. we don't make our own rules. >> i understand but the u.s. constitution says anyone born in this country is a u.s. citizen. >> i have to ask [simultaneous speech] >> did eventually take our questions. >> are you undocumented immigrants who have had children now are the ones being denied the service? >> no, i'm not aware of that. basically when an applicant
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comes we request the information that is required by the state. >> reporter: texas has asked a federal judge to dismiss the lawsuit, arguing a state can't be sued without its own consent. a spokesperson for the department of state health services declined to speak on camera but wrote, dshs provides certified birth certificates without regard to the requesto requestor's immigration status. the documents used to obtain the matricula are not verified. asking for another way for undocumented parents to prove their identity. accepting a passport without a u.s. visa. >> it's the most largely accepted form of i.d. whether you have a visa is completely irrelevant. >> the court is considering whether to dismiss the case or allowing it to move forward. >> translator: she should have
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the same rights as a child born to american parents, juana says. since she is too young to fight, i will fight for her. juana's daughter may be denied enrollment in preschool and the mother's desperation will grow. should we emphasize that the state of texas john is not making an argument against the 14th amendment. it is not denying that these children are u.s. citizens. however the problem that this lawsuit allegation i alleges isw appears to be in conflict with the united states constitution. >> some say taking advantage of young girls was part of the culture at this new england prep school. and in new orleans, after katrina, those that desperately need help. help.
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>> "inside story" takes you beyond the headlines, beyond the quick cuts, beyond the sound bites. we're giving you a deeper dive into the stories that are making our world what it is. >> ray suarez hosts "inside story". only on al jazeera america. >> hi everyone, this is al jazeera america, i'm john siegenthaler. st. paul's trial, elite bordering school, rocked by a
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rape allegation. why prosecutors say there's a culture of sexual exploitation. katrina's legacy, progress for some, others still treading water. the mayor speaks. >> basically left their property for somebody else to take care of. >> and the city still on the mend. high point. the new documentary on an inspiring and terrifying journey. >> it was so stunning and so quiet and it just felt like we're in outer space. >> we'll talk to the director and climber who braved one of the hardest routes in the world. ♪ baby baby i need you >> plus dancing days, the founder of k.c. and the sunshine band talks about the hits the hard times and what he's planning next. >> but we begin with the rape trial in new hampshire that prosecutors say is shining a light on a culture of sexual
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coercion and abuse at one of new england's most elite and exclusive prep schools. on lebre, was a student at one of the prep schools when prosecutors say he raped another student. the accuser took the stand today and says lebre took her to a remote location, removed her clothing bit her and raped her. >> i didn't want any of this. i was so confused, i didn't know what else i could do. i had already said no. and i had already moved his face physically. i didn't know what else he could understand. >> st. paul school has a long list of prominent alumni including secretary of state john kerry. officials there say the conduct
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does not remit the culture or values of those schools. >> join us is reuben fernandez, a professor, he spent two years studying the lives of students at elite bordering schools. the best of the best, the culture of elite bordering schools. what does it tell us about the culture at these elite skills? >> thank you for having me. the incredible courage it must have taken for this young woman to come forward these accusations and to share this story. because one of the aspects of the culture of elite bordering schools that this story highlights is the secrecy of trying to maintain the image of the schools at the expense of oftentimes stories like this one. this young woman was probably
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put united lot of pressure to not bring this story forward because of the implications could it have of the image of the school. >> we don't know what will end up happening in the end but do you think there are changes that need to be made in the culture of some of these schools? >> i think it's very important to talk about these issues, transportly -- transparently, ad people have to be held accountable. the students have to be held accountable and the institutions have to be held accountable to the parents to the students, that's certainly part of the culture of this place that is not put on display, that is not thought of. we think of them as the best schools,. >> we think of thems as the best schools don't we? >> that's correct. a lot of accomplishments that the students make are accomplishments that perhaps they would have done even if they had gone to the local
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public school. so we have to sort of think what exactly makes them the best? is it because they are the best, they provide the best education or in a way they are skimming the best out of the public school system? which is to say they don't provide excellent education but a lot is going on behind cloachecloseddoors that is not s it should be. >> reuben thank you for being here. >> thank you for having me. >> president obama will be in new orleans for the 13th anniversary of the hurricane katrina. he will visit neighborhoods that have rebounded and those still rebuilding for the most costly ever disasters in u.s. history. tens of thousands of properties abandoned and in disrepair. city officials say they have made progress but many residents are still skeptical. jonathan martin talked with mitch landrieu and he is in new
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orleans tonight. jonathan. >> good evening, john. any city hall meeting in new orleans, blight seems to be the issue that they still have, there are thousands of blighted properties across the city where neighbors never came back, many did not come back to repild. rebuild. while many agree there is progress, the amount of progress is open for debate. even ten years later, the abandoned lots are visible around the city. cleaning up the most visible scars from the storm. >> we have now taken blight down faster than any other city in america. we created blight-stat, we have plate reorganized our attack on private property. people basically left their property for somebody tolls take care of.
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>> reporter: following katrina, they said there were 45,000 blightproperties in new orleans. that's been reduced by 10,000. but many efforts came from nonprofits renovating and rebuilding. that was the case in the gentilly neighborhood. >> this neighborhood requires you to do something. we have a neighborhood association. they're not going to let you stand around and do nothing. >> reporter: but a couple of blocks away jocelyn's neighbors never came back. >> it looks like a jungle. you don't know what's in here. >> her neighbor carl has been fighting to get this property next ohim, torn down. >> i went to city council five
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weeks in a row, i'm ticked off, nothing is being done. it pulls down the value of my home and everything, the whole neighborhood. >> the website shows the long violation of the home, from sanitation, rodents to exterior problems. 19 current violations in all. in 2011 home was first determined unoccupied, two years later, it was declared a nuisance. now, it could be demolished. councilwoman latoya latrell introduced a an ordinance that would tack the control of code violations onto the owner. still new orleans lacks an
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overall strategy. >> you start to drill down on those properties and you create a tip and you move from there on out. >> reporter: even now it's not fully clear how many blighted properties there are. the postal service stopped keeping tally years ago. tracked several blighted properties since 2006 but he admits that his statistics don't create an overall picture. >> reporter: some have argued that it's unfair that we reduced blight by x number of homes, 10,000, 20,000, when there's not an accurate list of those homes. >> people can say whatever they want. i don't think there's any doubt that we've moved the ball in the right direction. >> but for carl edgefield, it's
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not fast enough. >> somebody not doing their job and that's it, that's the bottom line. >> reporter: and john, while there are pockets of blight, blight spread across this city, ten years later, the highest stock of blight remains in the lower ninth ward and still less than half of the residents have come back. >> jonathan martin, thank you. the former owner of freedom industries pled guilty today. charged in a west virginia chemical leak that left 300,000 people without drinking water in 2014. robert ray is in charleston. robert. >> john good evening, indeed he pled guilty to federal violations, three different counts on contaminating the water system here. he will be sentenced in mid december. he could face up to three years
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in prison and a $300,000 maximum fine john. mr. southern, robert ray, al jazeera america. have you had a chance to go and talk to the many residents that your company put out over the course of the -- >> sir we are not going to be commenting to the media sir. >> moments later in federal court former freedom industries president gary southern pled guilty to charges relating to poisoning water for thrund,000 people. >> i believe the only true determination in these kinds of cases is to send the message that if you engage in this sort of conduct, you're exposed to jail time. executives are used to writing checks for things. they are not used to checking their three piece suit for a jailhouse. >> i feel anger and frustration. i hope that we -- i hope that there's some kind of restitution paid to the citizens and whether that's in the form of a chemical
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safety program, i'm keenly interested in the water company and what they did or didn't do. >> reporter: so is shelana mccoy who says she's still suffering from symptoms. >> i started getting sick at my stomach and lightheaded. >> in 2014 mccoy had a difficult time functioning at home and at work. yet doctors said the symptoms would go away over time. >> no one has monitored, no one has asked me do you still have health issues. >> reporter: mccoy says she has repeatedly contacted the water company the epa and has sought medical help since the spill but she is looking for answers from the government and those responsible. >> i was going to confront them. i wanted to get in their face saying do you know how many health problems you have caused? that's for me, a 40-something
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healthy woman. what about the children? do you understand that those dollars that you made have destroyed, has seriously injured lives? are you -- is it computing in your brain? >> many in charleston think the local government is just sweeping this all under the rug. >> they thought people were paying attention and so they passed a pretty comprehensive, especially to them, a comprehensive piece of environmental legislation. and then they, when people looked away, kind of stripped it. so i don't think much has changed there. >> and for those people who live in what is known as chemical valley, none of this comes as a surprise. >> the critical issue here i think is, people need to take responsibility for their properties. people need to be out there inspecting their tanks. especially if they could affect a water supply that serves 300,000 people.
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>> reporter: with the federal prosecution of freedom industries finished one big question remains for many here in charleston: is the water safe? >> you know, i don't think the water system is safe. we don't have -- no changes have been made. we still don't have a second intake. we don't have a source water protection plan. we don't have probably enough stored water. and so we are as vulnerable as we were on january 8th. >> reporter: a year and a half after the freedom industries spill left 300,000 people unable to bathe or drink the water for weeks on end. >> reporter: john, karen ireland who you just heard told us she is quite unhappy with the plea deal that the federal government made with prosecutors. gary southern could have spent 93 years in prison, that was the maximum sentence that could have
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happened. but as we heard today it's between 30 and three years, with a $500,000 fine and sentencing will be in november john. >> everest is not the tallest mountain in the world but the himalayan peak trails 27,000 feet, the shark's fin, reaching it became the mission and movie for jimmy chin. his documentary called maru, his story in first person report. >> climbing, became this total obsession and i spent years after college living the back of my car, in places like yosemite, i put together several expeditions to the himalayas and the karakom in pakistan. really all over the world. maru is this mountain in
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northern india and it's considered one of the toughest climbs in the himalaya because of its history and there have been more attempts and failures on this climb than any other route in the himalayas come it kind of had a respecting. reput. the film is really for me about friendship and loyalty, and there are aspects of climbing this have been very profound for me. but in kind of the mainstream consciousness, you know, people don't think of those things when they think about climbing. they think about conquering a mountain, you know, that it's all about the summit when that's about as far from the truth the
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climbing is for me. you know, there's a moment when we were about to go to sleep and we were hanging 10, in a ledge, a hanging cot with like a tent flap draped over it. the mountain is too steep, there aren't any ledges where you can sleep, you sleep on these poor ledges. there were these moments in the night when i would be just laying there and it was calm out and all the water had been melted, we were in our sleeping bags, the climbing was don't for the night and you just -- done for the night and you just got to look out on to the glacier into the himalayas and it was so stunning and so quiet and it fels likfelt like we were in our space. i treasure those moments.
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>> the film won the u.s. documentary audience award at the sundance film festival. the fight against al shabaab, antonio mora is here. >> john, al jazeera was given access by some of those troops, tasked with taking back territory seized by al shabaab. al shabaab is nobody for carrying out surprise attacks and in fact our cameras were rolling at a time. >> they have been flushed out of most parts of somalia,. >> somalia continues to train new recruits to keep up the fight against al shabaab. in the next hours, we will look at the challenges often the front lines, challenges very evident from the story we have
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tonight. >> antonio, thank you. lewis stokes has died, ohio's first black member of congress in 1968. he served 15 terms and led the house select committee on assassination, leading the investigations of the assassination of president kennedy and martin luther king, jr. stokes was 90 years old. is
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>> his name is harry wayne casey. you know, as in k.c. and the sunshine band. casey says the highs in the music business don't come without some lows. i asked him how does it come out of the gate with a hit single. >> my very first song came with a hit single. >> before number one did you know you had a hit? >> i few all my life ♪ do a little dance make a little love get down tonight ♪ >> what does it feel like to make a huge hit and you're going up? >> not on a down side but for me the top was very lonely and i remember one year my father gave
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me a silver bracelet that says, it's lonely at the top and it really was for me. i mean it's exciting. i was living the american dream. i was -- it was just so strange, because it was something i always knew all my life. i had a strong conviction i never wavered from it. like going through grade school they would put occupation, i would put entertainer. i just knew it. for what happened to me it was really kind of vary in a way spooky in a way, i had this strong conviction and it happened. ♪ that's the way uh-huh i like it ♪ >> was it the way you thought it would be, was your life at that point all you thought it would be? >> you know, the more i got into more hits i had and the more things that happened, i realized it was a little bit more political than i thought and some other things were going on. >> in the record business? >> yeah, in the music business. in the record business.
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and so that was a little disappointing. >> the intensity though of your success, give it up -- ♪ give it up baby give it up ♪ >> (shakes head.) shake. ♪ (shakes head.) shake. >> i'm your boogie man ♪ ♪ i'm your boogie man >> boogie shoes. ♪ keep your boogie shoes >> those are huge hits. >> for me to have one hit then two then three it was oh my god this is crazy. i did please don't go, the first number 1 song of 1980 then did i yes i'm ready, first number 1 song of 1980 then i did give it up in 84 then i retired and i was done. >> why were you done? >> you know what?
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i was tired. i just felt like my mind was -- my brain was just -- just empty. there was no more -- i couldn't think of another word to write, another chord to write. i was really tired of being told what to do, when to smile. all those things. i think i wanted to get back to the reality, to life. >> this was one of the lowest points in your life. >> it became a low point because of the craziness and the things, i started doing drugs at that time. so i was just tired. you know, i -- i wanted to get away from everything and everyone and i just -- >> you did disappear. >> i didn't know how to do it but to just stop and slow everything down and shut everything down and i'm done. >> you had to -- >> everybody was in my ear, saying why aren't you making records? have you listened to the radio
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lately? it sounds like you guys. why aren't you making music anymore. and i, just in here out there, next comment anybody else have a comment? >> and then? >> until the arsenio hall show. james brown would tell me you need to get back out there around perform these songs. you don't need to give this up. you need to be out there. and at the same time, he said arsenio hall, he wants to do a reunion, i said sure i'll do it. and at that moment the bells went off again. said you know what this is what you've always loved, why did you stop, what are you doing? get back out there and do it. ♪ get down get down >> thanks, it's great to miss you. >> thanks for having me here
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today, pleasure. >> that's our program. thank you for watching. i'm john siegenthaler. i'll see you back here tomorrow night. the news continues next with antonio mora. don't go away.
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