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>> tonight, a reality check on how america's economy is weathering the storm. destination unknown. risking everything for a better life. >> our special report on the
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uncertain future for the thousands of desperate people trying to enter europe. dead end. >> of the entire homeless population, approximately 20% of those individuals and families are living in their vehicles right now. >> california's surging homeless population, and the push to lift the ban on sleeping in cars. [ jazz music ] >> plus him hometown, jazz giant terrence blanchard on the city that he was born and raised in, new orleans. >> to me they embody the whole idea of what it mines to be resilient. >> ten years after katrina. ♪ >> asian markets are just now open for trading. markets closed down again on tuesday for the sixth day in a row. the new york stock exchange
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opened optimistically this morning, but finished the day back in the red, dropping nearly 205 points. the loss wasn't as steep as yesterday, but after another tumultuous day investors remain nervous about what comes next. john terrett is in the newsroom with more. >> they, john, the dow jones industrial average, the best measure of the u.s. and global economy almost wiped out yesterday's losses until worries over china simply overtook investors once more. >> what a different a day makes. the biggest point drop that was ever seen with red across the big board, a sea of green could be seen most of tuesday until the final hour of trading when things fell apart. at the bell the dow jones down 200 points, most of that loss coming in the final 20 minutes. the reason for the positive vibe
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for most of the day, a move by the chinese government overnight. lower interest rates. a way of boosting china's slowing economy. >> the chinese reckon their economy will grow 7% this year, but few economists believe that. it may be as low as 3% and 4%. still, why did the dow jones industrial average bounce back at all for most of tuesday when there is still so much uncertainty in the global economy? it's time for a reality check where most americans focus their attention on homes, investments and jobs. things are pretty good and in the economy we're operating in, the u.s. is still in healthy shape. but still after the last few
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days it's best not to peek at the 401k until it dies down. as for the 2008 financial housing collapse, the sector is on its feet, and there are plenty of homeowners in florida, arizona and california still remain underwater. >> the housing market looking pretty good. consumer confidence looking pretty good. today we're getting news that is reminding us that we have pretty good fundamentals in the united states. maybe we should start looking at those a little bit more and not worry so much about the market in china. >> china is not the only problem on the world stage. europe is having a tough time, and where 40-dollar oil is starting to hurt. back at home the unemployment rate is the lowest it's been. that's good, but many of the jobs created this past six years are low wage and once considered part time. so the focus moves now to the federal reserves open market committee meeting in september to decide whether to raise u.s. interest rates.
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if it does, it risks the only vagil fragile recovery on the economy, and the signal goes out that even the u.s. struggles to find footing. trading has begun in asian stock market. we have a live picture of that to show you. it shows that the nikkei is down. it's the shanghai market that people care about, and that will get under way in the cause of the next hour. just to reiterate, the reason why the dow jones is down so much 20 minutes today, traders feel that they don't know enough about what is going on in china. they don't want to be caught in the wrong place overnight. >> it's all about the volatility. thank you very much. in the u.s. president race, in hints tonight that vice president joe biden could be getting ready to run--could be.
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he's meeting with strategists preparing to announce his candidacy. >> in the midst of on going conversation with his family and advisers, he could be seen building the framework for a presidential campaign. as partly of these efforts and gun to identify potential campaign staff. over the weekend the vice president met with elizabeth warren a progressive favorite to discuss the campaign. we've been advised that the vice president has repeatedly told staff that he has not yet made a decision to enter the race, but everyone agrees he's planning additional conversation with his family members, who are still grieving the loss of his son bo. now they say he favors the 2016
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run, and he will get in if he feels that his campaign would be competitive. berni sanders said that the vice president will be a strong and compelling democratic rival. >> i have known joe biden for many years. we served in the senate together for six years. you're not going to find a guy who is more decent than joe biden is. >> the focus on biden comes as frontrunner hillary clinton continues to face questions over her private e-mail system as secretary of state. now with the fbi investigating clinton her poll numbers continue to erode, still the clinton campaign said that it is not nervous about joe biden's possible entry into this campaign, and clinton officials insist that her campaign remains strong and is in a great position to win the democratic nomination. >> but you have to think maybe not going as planned for the clinton campaign, and let me just ask you this, what about timing when it comes to joe
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biden? >> well, that's just it. hillary clinton in terms of timing, this is not where she wanted to be. his team seems to think with the e-mail controversy hanging over clinton and all the damage that it's causing there is no need for biden to change the political focus to put it formerly on him. there is an old saying in politics that well-known candidates reach the height of their popularity before they join the race, so biden is considering not making a former announcement until september. meanwhile strategists are mapping out ways he could run the clinton lift on economic issues and build the ties of working class voters. >> a year before the elections. >> still a year. >> let's go to senior correspondent mike viqueira for reaction from the nation's capital on this. mike? >> well, john, two things have ignited this frenzy here probably three. as david reported the first was
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the secretive meeting leaked out possibly by the biden camp with the meeting with elizabeth warren, who has become a liberal icon. people assume there is room on the left, berni sanders is exemplifying that, room to the left of hillary clinton on the democratic primary. and then biden is seriously considering a run and possibly leaning towards making a run and making that announcement in the course of the next month or probably later. and then there were comments yesterday from the president's spokesman josh earnest, who came to the white house podium at the very moment that vice president biden and president obama were having their regularly scheduled month. they do it weekly. it was the first they had since president obama got back from a very day from his two-week vacation. and instead of keeping arm's length from the speculation around politics as the spokesman normally does, this would put president obama in a very tough spot, there were implications in
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the comments made by earnest that the president might actually be leaning biden's way when it came to a head to head match up. he said it was an intensely personal decision, that's how the president views the decision on the part of joe biden and at that moment they were considering a possible biden run. here is a little bit more from josh earnest. >> the president has indicated his view that the decision that he made, i guess seven years ago now, to add joe biden to the ticket as his running mate was the smartest decision he made in politics. that should give you some sense of the president's view of vice president's aptitude for the top job. >> so the president thinks that biden would be ready to sit in the oval office, and the implication of that earn, john, that it was the best decision that president obama ever made to choose him as running mate leaves open the possibility
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eimmediately asked by the reporters what about the choice president obama made about choosing hillary clinton as secretary of state. that falls behind the choice of joe biden as vice president. >> thank you very much. dave leventhal at the center of public integrity, forming an editorial partnership for investigative political reporting, let me start, dave, with you, and talk a little bit about biden. first of all, what do you make about what is being liked today about the possibility of biden running? >> it's not surprising at all. look, joe biden wants to run for president of the united states. he has run two other times. he has been vice president for going on seven years right now. this is somebody who has spent his entire lengthy political career aiming towards the white house. there are obvious practical considerations, not the least of which is a tragedy that happened with his son a couple of months
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ago. clearly this is a personal decision that he's going to make, and one that very much could be in the balance and you have to take him at his word that it's a decision that simply isn't made yet. >> why would josh earnest step into this? >> it's unclear. well, of course, joe biden is the vice president of the united states. he's a heartbeat away from the president say today. today he occupies a different perch that some of the other candidate by virtue of that. as somebody who has been barack obama's number two for a term, and a half, this is something that a lot of people have been asking about and ultimately we got an answer. >> so let's talk about presidential candidates. i know you've been working on a story regarding some strange presidential candidates, talk to me about that. >> about a week ago there was a
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presidential candidate. he was a 15-year-old kid from iowa. he filed paperwork running for president of the united states under the name dees nuts. i can't believe i'm saying this on television. but it's something that i just said, and there was official paperwork, and it created an absolute sensation, a polling firm went to north carolina, asked a question about this candidate relative to hillary clinton and donald trump, legitimate candidates. he polled% 69 polls and it just blew up from there. ultimately what it did is it created an inspiration for many other americans to do what they technically can do, which is run for president by filling out a form. sending it to the federal election commission, without paying a dime. >> how can a 15-year-old do it when you're supposed to be 35? >> it doesn't matter what the constitutional particulars are.
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it just simply matters under the law the way that it works right now the regulations in place say that anyone regardless of their qualifications can fill out this form and technically become a presidential candidate. the way it works is that the federal election commission, they're not responsible for verifying the validity of these filings. it doesn't mean that because you filed a form that says you are a president obama didn't that you're going to do anything, but it led to this whole cast of characters that we have obi wan kenobi were "star wars," and captain picard and a whole bunch of characters you can't say on television. i talked to the chairperson of the federal commission, they said there is nothing we can really do about it although she said that i like the idea of having a nominal fee to file the paperwork so we can separate the
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wheat from the chaff a little bit. >> how many are out there? >> since this character came on the scene about a week ago there have been about 250 new presidential candidates. most of whom you never heard before, but some really clowns out there, including three people who registered presidential paperwork under the name joe biden even though joe biden is still deciding, the real joe biden, whether he's going to run for president. we have bill clinton, the ghost of ronald reagan, and it goes on and on. anyone who wants to be a joker, a jester, or a wise cracker has the ability to do what this kid from iowa did. >> very comfortable. dave, thanks. firefighters in washington state are making some small gains as they battle a dozen major wildfires. with dry air and lightening in the forecast, they may soon have more fires to deal with. the biggest one covers 260,000 acres. state officials are asking for
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new help. >> an historic first request of washington for volunteers to fight the massive fires burning across the state. robert has returned to his hometown compelled to come help. >> i'm very compete connected to the community and the people here. i feel responsibility to do what i can. >> an astonishing 5,000 people from near and far called, e-mailed or simply marched through the doors of city hall asking what they could do. >> it was way more than we expected. it's been a humbling experience to go through, and see all the people offering up anything that they could. i got a call from alabama who said, i got boots in a bag and i can come on up. it was great. >> about 50 volunteers who had firefighting certifications had been helping fire crews since sunday. priority training was given to a few hundred people, many of them
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loggers and farmers with special heavy equipment who are unable to work right now because of the fires. firefighters are grateful for the reinforcement. >> we don't have a lot of resources, a lot of fires going on. we're covering a lot of ground. >> 12 major fires are raging in washington. one fire, at okanagan complex fire is the largest in state history. they're in the midst of the most challenging fire season ever. they're looking to other countries for help. australia and new orleans has answered the call. they sent 70 firefighters. they gathered up joining firefighters in washington, oregon and idaho. but the fight to save homes and property will be lengthy. >> if we could get a good rain, that could be hard to get, but there is a chance we'll get some rain sometime in the next 30 days. that would be a deal changer
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here. >> until then firefighters on washington's biggest fire are wrestling with more than 1,000 miles of active fire. as you heard no rain in the forecast, and there is a possibility of lightening could start tomorrow all the way through friday, and the okanagan complex fire was started by fire. >> thank you. now to serie-a where a family of four reportedly suffered from symptoms of chemical agents. family victims arrived friday after a mortar attack north of aleppo, rebels say that the shells came from the village to the east, and contained mustard gas. earlier this month, the u.s. accused isil of using chemical agents against kurdish forces. and isil released the destruction of a 2,000-year-old tem them in palmyra syria. isil fighters reportedly destroyed the temple on sunday. it's the latest of isil attacks on cultural world heritage site
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in the region. the united nations is calling it a war crime. the espn has benched major league pitching turn analyst curt schilling. he posted this image to his twitter account today. the message was up for ten minutes before it was deleted, but the package was done. espn called it completely unacceptable. schilling tweeted, this was a bad decision in every way on my part. coming up on my broadcast. the new new orleans. the people who left after katrina, a and why others choose to make it their home. and the sharks off the coast of los angeles. we'll be right back.
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>> one of the most popular beaches in hawai'i is closed after 500,000 gallons of raw sewage spilled in honolulu. heavy weekend rains caused the sewage system to back up. the waste entered storm drains leading to with a can waikiki. in california sharks are making a comeback giving conservationsist a rare
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opportunity. jennifer london is in sunset beach, california, more on that, jennifer? >> john, it's a beautiful sunny day here at the beach. but just last week about the 200-yard stretch of the beach was closed after an 8'0"-foot shark bumped the board of a surfer. no one was injured but it's worrisome and concerning for beachgoers. but scientists, on the other hand, are excited. so much so that they're jumping in the water to swim with the sharks. kelly french hay not be the best guy to get in the water with. >> and his fin comes out of the water, and it's heading straight at me. >> a great white shark encounter, not once but three times. >> it just dawned on me, oh my gosh, he's here. >> the shark's name is fluffy? >> yes. >> fluffy? >> we have a lot of juvenile sharks here in southern
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california, and the firm that we coined for them is fluffy. right as he got about parallel with me in the water, i realized, oh my gosh, it's a big shark. he basically broadsided me on my surf board and knocked me sideways a couple of feet. >> what are you thinking now? >> i'm just holding on for dear life. >> while most ever tangle with a great white shark, surfers and swimmers are seeing them more often leading to warning signs on the beaches and headlines from around the world. >> we're going to go out in our boat and meet the lifeguards. >> but for chris low, the summer of the shark is one of california's greatest conservation stories. >> i'm really excited, and the reason is because here is a population of animals that has been negatively impacted by people. either due to fishing, loss of food or habitat for over 100
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years. i look at white sharks, the recovery of white sharks as a sign we've done amazing things in bringing our ocean health back. >> we met lowe on a recent sunny southern california sunday morning. we met to the shark lap. these coastal waters are known as a nursery for young sharks. here they learn to hunt and feed. on any given day lowe estimates there could be hundreds swimming just below the surface. normally once the sharks mature and the water temperatures drop, they leave and head to south of mexico. but over the last few years they decided to stay. scientists want to know if warmer ocean temperatures are one of the reasons. the only way to do that, tag juvenile great whites to learn more about their movement. off the coast of sunset beach local lifeguards assist in the water while the huntington beach police department help spot
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sharks from the sky. we just met up with the two lifeguards on the jet skis. they're going to take the two researchers out to the water to tag the sharks. they already had one sighting about a 6'0" long shark. yesterday they saw seven. graduate students slip in the water side by side with the ocean's acompetition predator, the goal, to place small electronic tags on six juveniles. >> a lot of people see these sharks and think that's a killer. you see these sharks, and what do you think? >> that's a baby. that's a cute little baby. >> but it's still a killer, no? >> well, if you're a stingray, sure, i would be scared if i was a stingray. but for the most part these little sharks are naive. their moms give birth to them, and they don't know what to do. you would expect as the shark population goes up the number of times people see sharks will increase. we're seeing that. but what we're not seeing is
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people being bitten by sharks, which tells me that sharks are not out to bite people. we're hoping that the more we learn and the more reshare to the bubble about what we learn, the less people will be afraid. >> you're 3 million times more likely to die in a car crash. as for the surfer we met earlier. >> you've had two shark encounterers. one shark attack. i am thinking i don't want to go in the water with you. you seem like an unlucky guy. >> i'll be honest with you, jennifer, i've had people say that to me a lot. statistically i'm the best person you would ever want to go surfing with? >> why? because you've had three shark encounters. >> i've had two shark encounters and one shark attack. statistically you will be safer with me surfing because i've had those encounters. it would be astronomical for me
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to have another shark attack or shark encounter. >> you're probably one of the safest guys to be in the water with. >> absolutely. let's go surfing. >> i did deadline his offering to surfing, john, du, chris lowe does dismiss the idea that sharks see humans as a food source. if they did want to eat us we would be seeing shark attacks every day in hawai'i and off the coast of southern california here. we did speak with the lifeguards, they said they haven't seen any sharks, but yesterday they did see a couple. >> jennifer london, thank you very much. still at the bottom of the hour searching for a better life. the challenges for thousands moving to europe to escape war, famine and poverty: homelessness in los angeles, it
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goes way beyond what can be seen on the streets.
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>> hi everyone, this is al jazeera america. i'm john seigenthaler. >> desperate journeys. a search of refugees fleeing war
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and poverty. >> turkey, greece, now we're going to macedonia. >> searching for a solution to europe's biggest migrant crisis since world war ii. out of sight they're called the hidden homeless. >> now mushroomed into serving 112 people or more per night. >> more than 200,000 americans off the streets but living in the shadows. race in recovery. ten years after at a trina. new orleans is a big draw but are new arivals making it harder for long-time residents to return. plus native son ♪ i'll talk with great terrence blanchard about how he and the rest of new orleans found inspiratio inspiration in the devastation of katrina >> europe is facing it's biggest refugee crisis since world war ii.
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the leaders of germany and france are calling for an unified response. europe has been overwhelmed with a number of people seeking refugee on its shores. many of them are fleeing war zones and poverty. germany expects to take in 800,000 asylum seekers just this year. greece is one of the most popular routes in europe for refugees. the greek government has not been able to keep up with the thousands arriving on their shores. jonah hull reports. >> of the many stages in their long journey before and still to come, this 12 hour kerry crossing from the aegean island of lesbos has been the most comfortable and secure. they've arrived safely on dry land. >> we don't have countries. many escaped from their countries. >> are you happy to be here?
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>> yes. >> ten in one family. >> from turkey to greece, now we're going to macedonia, serbia, hungaria. >> have you heard about the troubles on the route the last few days? >> i've heard so much. >> are you worried about that? >> yes, yes. >> this is the fifth ferry load to arrive since last month. that's 12 and a half thousand people in a single week, and many more make the journey by other means. the european front line, there are well over 10,000 people waiting to get on to ferries like this, and that number is growing by a thousand new arivals from across the sea from turkey every night. the authorities in greece are utterly overwhelmed offering little besides a simple registration document that allows the refugees to pass through the country and leave. >> this is the paperwork they gave you telling you you could stay in greece for three months and then leave.
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>> yes. >> and is that what you plan to do? >> yes. probably. >> they'll need transport north towards the macedonian border, and the bus companies know an opportunity when they see one. >> what are you handing out here? >> bus to take them. >> from where they can connect to another bus. >> yes. >> some take the metro towards the train station in athens. seven-year-old zana is the only english speaker in her family of eight. >> there were people die. >> in syria? what did you see there, bad things? >> yes. >> do you feel excited about the future? >> yes. yes. >> for the young perhaps there is excitement in this movement between countries.
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the adults with them will hope that nothing ahead is worse than what they've left behind. jonah hull, al jazeera, athens. >> the senior external relations officer for the middle east and north africa at the united nations office of the my commissioner of refugees. unhcr. give me your reaction to what you just saw. >> first, thank you for having me, john. what we've seen is the syria crisis reaching basically the doors of the world. these are very have you neryible people--these are very vulnerable people. and they're trying to reach safety. we have more than 4 million people since four years basically right now living under poverty line in many of these countries, and they're desperate to reach safety. after four years they're
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realizing this is going no why. >> worst refugee crisis since world war ii. the united nations created after world war two, and yet has the world failed to take care of these people? >> so far, the lack ever action and lack of solution is creating these problems. not just for europe but the neighboring countries. europe has received around 270,000 people since the beginning of the year. but these numbers are exiting syria every month almost. we have a country like turkey where 2 million syrians are registered. they're living in not a very good situation. they're losing hope, and many of these people have decided to make the way to europe. >> what is different about this refugee crisis and other refugee
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crises? we've seen hundreds of thousands of people be displaced before. is it the sheer number? >> the crisis has reaches all measures. what we are facing right now in almost half of the syrian population is displaced. it's not just the four million refugees. it's 7.5 million people displaced within the country. and sooner or later these people will leave we're living in miserable desperate situations, and at the end of the day they will make their way out. >> thousands coming to the united states as well, but europe is feeling the brunt of this. there is a political situation going on around the world when it comes to immigration. they're not always being welcomed with open arms. >> no, they're not. the solution to all of this is
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at the end of the day political. all we can do is give them an as perrin to end their suffering but at the end of the day it's a political solution. >> i know you're syrian born. can you talk personally about your emotions when you see that sort of-- >> it's heartbreaking. i'm syrian myself. i've been working with the united nations for 14-15 years. working basically on different crises and different refugees, but it just so happens that i'm working on the crisis of my own country. but at the end of the day we're professionals. and we are-- >> you also have the heart and soul and this has to touch you. >> it does touch me, but sometimes you have to disconnect in order to provide and work professionally. >> how bad or how good of a job is the united states and other
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countries doing to take care of these people? >> the united states does provide good assistance. usually our biggest donor. the international community as a whole do help, do help refugees, but again the solution is political. >> what does that mean? >> we are the humanitarian arm of the u.n. we just provide assistance. >> who is responsible for taking in these refugees. which countries should be taking in refugees, and who is getting a pass. >> it's not fair that countries like italy or greece, who just emerged from an economic crisis, to receive all these refugees.
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there has to be a fair distribution system. >> we've talked about this a lot on the program, but we look forward to talking with you again. thank you very much. thank you very much. >> in los angeles, a survey was done by an non-profit economic round table and found 900,000 people were homeless between 2002 and 2010. and that 13,000 people are on public assistance become homeless every month. the report also says that in the average month over 100,000 children experience homelessness. we get more now from america tonight's. >> up to understand that it's very humiliating. >> the only life that paula and her two daughters have known for the past four years is the one they've lived out on the road
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stopping once in a while for take out. making grocery runs, and pit stops for gas. >> because their lives resolve around their minivan. they're among the hidden homeless, the roughly 213,000 americans who live in unsheltered spaces. >> you really cut yourself off from everybody and everything. i mean, we had to avoid any of emily's friends seeing the car if i were to go to the grocery store and see one of our old neighbors we would hurry up and leave. >> paula lived an enviable life for more than two decades. celebrating christmases, watching her daughters into adolescence. living with her ex-husband in this side of town. >> it was a fairytale, the american dream. i didn't have to work. i could spend on my kids as much
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as i wanted. >> but after long drawn expensive divorce she went broke. >> everything went to my debts and lawyers. >> do you remember that first day in the car? >> yes, i do. i remember it really well. it was scary. it was depressing. and really what goes through your head is i just kept thinking how could this have possibly happened to you, and this mantra was just repeated over and over, i wanting to home. i just kept avoiding this one thought in my head that said please, you don't have a home to go back to. >> 18-year-old emily is now a college freshman, after years of studying under street lamps during high school she was awarded scholarships, and she can now rent a room at her friend's house, but she remembers the uncertainty about even the most ordinary things. >> the first concern is space. another big concern is
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bathrooms. will the bathroom be taken? will they be cleaned, will we have gas to go to that bathroom? when will it close? >> paula is negotiating a suit case and microwave along side the drivers side seat in what in a few minutes will become her bed. >> when i'm ready to go to bed, i just take all the stuff that i piled over here all day long. i guess you could sort of--it's not really a night table, and i just put it up on the dashboard, and just get it out of the way. >> they have been able to find asemblance of stability through an initiative pioneered by santa barbara. the safety parking program works with churches, businesses and other groups willing to host a small number of homeless in their vehicles overnight. it's a multi pronged effort that goes well beyond the chance of getting a good night sleep. santa barbara might become the model of other cities, after
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years of hiding, barbara has had the courage to tell her story. >> that's my crusade to get people to change the stigma of homelessness. as i had to because i didn't want to be associated with the homeless community, which is why we stayed to our ourselves for so many years. >> al jazeera, santa barbara. >> and coming up next on the broadcast, ten years after hurricane katrina. >> citizens of the city, you know, they to me enbody the whole idea of what it means to be resilient. >> my conference with terrence blanchard on the unbreckible spirit of his hometown. the courage to stop it. >> but is it leading to abuse more than it's helping? >> he would prescribe what he felt was appropriate... the result, she died. >> faultlines checks into rehab to investigate who's responsible for the hidden epidemic.
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>> i was just doin' what the doctors told me to do.
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>> there's a court case in russia grabbing headlines around the globe. the u.s. is calling it a clear miscarriage of justice. >> ukrainukrainian filmmaker was sentenced to 20 years in prison. russia said that he planned terrorist acts in crimea. but others say that this is simply a political power move. they sang the ukrainian national anthem in defiance as they were sentenced. critics have compared the sense
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to a barbaric inquisition. the alleged abuses by russia and the international outrage over the case, john, which is growing. >> absolutely. we'll see you then. ten years later new orleans is still recovering from katri katrina, the city is on the rebound. rebuilding and reimagining itself. it's tracting new arrivals. and many fear that the change could leave long-time residents behind. jonathan betz has more. >> for generations, the family has called new orleans home. now she can't help but notice how different the city and it's people look. >> i hope a lot of black people still come back. >> it's been a concern since katrina emptied new orleans. >> this city will be chocolate at the end of the day. >> how to make sure some people aren't left behind in the boom
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of rebuilding. >> i think the issue near and dear to my heart is to make sure that those individuals who were born new orleansens, they don't feel as if this new orleans is moving forward. >> new orleans is mostly black, but while 67% used to be black, it's dropped to 58%. >> many people who are coming here are white, and folks feel it's a whiter city. >> a new class is emerging. some drawn by adventure. others attracted by an opportunity. >> the online business quickly grew into four stores. >> in los angeles you have to be beautiful. in new york you have to be smart and successful. in new orleans, you can be you. that's what i love be being
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here. >> leaders say people of all calenders are coming for opportunities hard to find any place else. >> before katrina, i thought there was a network, that is now open to new people, new ideas. >> people like patrick, who moved from new york to new orleans and started a digital company. >> how many times do important cities in america go through a complete renewal and you're invited to participate in that process. that's an once in a generation opportunity. >> but many worry that change is keeping others out. >> new orleans is now a lot more affluent than it was prior to the storm. disproportionately you have more blacks who can't come back because of the economic situation. >> officials say an it's more complicated. there are still as many people living in poverty, and many prefer to move to the suburbs.
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>> that's another misnomer. the assumption was the rich could return and rebuild there were a lot of people who chose not to return. >> it did not matter how much money you had. >> that's right. a lot of people--a lot of people may have had the means to return and chose not to. >> for henry and emmanuel there was not any other choice. she had to be home. >> i'm just hoping and praying that a lot of other people come back, too. >> until then as new orleans changes, many worry how to keep the spirit the same even if the city looks different. and the mayor told us that he does not consider the change all that drama. he said the city's culture transcends race, adding that new orleans will change newcomers before they change. >> thank you very much. jazz musician terence blanchard grew up in new orleans.
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both he and his family were impacted by the hurricane katrina. it's been ten long years, his mother just moved back into her home. >> it was an awful event. it was kind of like being in a hitchcock film. you couldn't imagine that this was real. i mean, when i first heard that new orleans was flooding it didn't bother me because it always floods, but i remember i was watching the news, and it shows a photograph called the circle food store, and there was 11 feet of water. that place is land locked, it's nowhere near the river or the lake, and when i saw that i could in the believe what i was watching. >> as the days went by, could you ever have imagined that it could guess worse? >> no, i couldn't have because i thought, you know, when i first saw that the city was in trouble my next reaction was this is the
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united states of america, and i thought that, you know, rescue crews, the military would be there taking care of people, you know, rescuing people. and bringing them to safety. when i saw what unfolded, i was in disbelief, to see that people were still stranded, the city was still underwater, and that a lot of people weren't receiving help. i have a friend of mine who lost his father because he just couldn't get in to him. he was in the superdome for a number of days. when you hear stories like that, it breaks your heart. >> compare new orleans ten years ago to new orleans today. >> when you look at new orleans today, what really amazing me is that it's like anything else, it's the citizens of the city. they to me enbody the whole idea of what it means to be resilient. you see the city ten years after, you see people moving forward, rebuilding their lives. the thing that has been really
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interesting about this entire process is that nobody is really celebrating or dealing with the ten-year anniversary in that way. sometimes for us to look at those images and going back and looking at those ideas, it's hard to do. because we moved so far past tahitian nally. mentally. >> you composed some music after katrina. the album i believe is called "a tale of god's will: a requiem for katrina." why was that important for you to do? >> we're all asking the same questions, why me? why us? why this city? what are we supposed to take from this? you know, me being a person of faith one of the things that i learned was that i just had to give it up to god, and really
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trust that something positive could come out of this. [ trumpet music ] >> and you know when we sa started to do the album, that was not going to be the title of the album. we were just playing music. while we were in the studio, that became part of the chant. all of the guys in the band said we think this is an appropriate title because there has to be a bigger pumps and bigger meaning. >> we talk about new orleans and music interchangebly before and after katrina, how much did music help to heal new orleans. >> music was extremely important in the healing process for everyone. ♪ i mean, i came here maybe a month after the hurricane, and the city was still in really bad shape. i remember being on rampant street. i was at a club, and my friend
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was playing there. he was playing in the club that was being powered by a generator. the thing that was interesting about it was that it was filled with relief workers. that's the place we were going to find some sense of normalcy in amidst all this craziness. in the coming months after that, the years after that, music has been the thing to help people heal, think about a community that was left to struggle on its own to survive. but when you look at it ten years afterwards you start to feel proud about it all. it was not about a red or were you state. it was not about political affiliation, political background, race or social--or anything like that. it was about being human. >> thank you so much. it's been a pressure to speak with you. thank you for. >> thank you for your time. >> join us for our half hour special. "katrina: after the storm."
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thank you for watching. i'm john seigenthaler. we'll see you back here tomorrow night. the news continues next with antoni antonio mora. >> america tonight opens the case... >> never thought that he would be killed for that. >> that started the push for racial justice. >> that was the first step in the modern civil rights movement. >> could new evidence uncover the truth about that gruesome night? >> i wanted people to hear the true story of till.
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