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may they scatter, flatter, batter, and shatter peace. >> let it be written, let it be done. (laugh) johnny, thank you. this is "al jazeera america" live from new york city. i am erica pitzy. tony harris has the night off. florida is under a state of emergency as tropical storm erica moves closer. a dozen deaths are already blamed on the storm. former president george w. bush visits louisiana and mississippi 10 years after devastating hurricane katrina. we will have extensive coverage on the state of recovery. president obama tells jewish americans that u.s./israeli relations should quickly improve
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once the iran nuclear deal moves forward. ♪ >> the gulf coast remembers the wrath of one storm as another churns in the caribbean. forecasters say tropical storm erica has the potential to dump several inches of rain on florida next week. as that storm moves west, the u.s. is marking 10 years since hurricane katrina ravaged the gulf coast. more than 1800 people died in one of the worst natural disasters in american history. former president george w. bush returned to new orleans today to praise the city's comeback. his administration was severely criticized for its response to the storm. jonathan martin joirnzo joins us live from new orleans. good evening, jonathan. how was the former president received? >> reporter: erica, good
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eveni eveninging to you. he was received pretty well by the people he came in contact with. it's important to point out this was a very brief stop for the former president. he made one stop here in new orleans at a charter school, a charter school he visited before on the first anniversary. he did not go through neighborhoods like we saw president obama come through they're, to the lower 9th ward to neighborhoods struggling 10 years later. >> a warm welcome for president george b. bush who returned friday, 10 years after what many considered one of the low points of his presidency. >> welcome, a sharp contrast to the days following hurricane katrina when he first flew over the devastated city without touching down and then when he did visit, publipraised his fema director at a moment when anger with the agency's performance was rising. >> brownie, you are doing a heck of a job! . >> but on this anniversary visit, the former president was
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greeted at the eastern charter high school by a marching band. he danced and posed for photographs with students. >> in a cruel twist, hurricane katrina brought despair during what should have been a season hope, the start of a new school year. students who had recently gone back to school suddenly haul no school to go back to. >> back then, warren eason was one of katrina's casualties. the city's oldest public school was badly flood and almost abandoned before reopening again a year later as a starter school. >> historic schools like this one and others that we see a termination to rebuild better than before. it is a spirit much stronger than any storm. >> while the school and many others like it offered bright spots in new orleans recovery, for some, the bush response in those days after the storm is still a painful memory. >> it's him grandizingto, saying something about what he thinks he did.
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i wouldn't want to see him. i don't know how the man can talk to -- could look me in the face and talk to me when my father was out here for two weeks after the storm with nothing, living on crackers and stolen cokes from the convenience store. >> but the former president chose not to focus on the past. he praised the city's comeback, particularly its schools and new orleans switched to an all charter system after katrina. since the storm, the city's four-year graduation rate ask up to 73%. >> more than 9 in 10 public school students in this city call a charter school home. administrators at these schools have the freedom to slice through red tape and the freedom to innovate. parents of these schools have choices if they get dissatisfied and the results of these schools have been extraordinary. >> although mr. bush's legacy has been contentious, some were able to put his response to katrina in perspective. >> he failed in some ways, but he also helped the city in ways
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when i talk about the recovery and helping to fund, initially fund. right? nobody is perfect. so erica, we heard today the mayor of new orleans praise the former president. we heard state lawmakers praise the former president. but when it comes to people who live here in the lower 9th ward, again what many consider ground zero it's hard to find people who have positive things to say about former president bush 10 years later, because a lot of people really just have personal stories and they feel that they have been forgotten not just by his administration but even by some of the local leaders here erica. >> jonathan, we know tomorrow is the actual anniversary of when the storm hi the city. what does the city have planned? >> reporter: there are a ton of events really happening across the gulf region, particularly here in new orleans. there is a wreath laying tomorrow morning, remembering those 1800 lives that were lost during the storm. also, there is going to be a day of service where a lot of people are getting out and really hoping to clean up some of these
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blighted communities and at the end of the day, an evening ceremony, really the big ceremony for the city where former president clinton will be here as the keynote speaker along with new orleans mayor rich landrieu. >> reporting live in new orleans. thank you. new orleans was not the only stop on president bush's trip to the region. he visited mississippi's gulf coast which also had to rebuild. alan shaufller joins us from bay st. louis mississippi. good evening. how are rebuilding efforts there? >> reporter: i have to say right now, it's mixed a lot of encouraging signs of progress and a lot of work still to do. erica, if you are looking for the mete meteorological bull's eye for this storm, where katrina hit and hit hardest, this is it. the mississippi gulf coast, bay st. louis, to the east past christian to the west. these were towns that got just obliterated. in wave laptopland, they had a
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30-foot storm surge, standing water over the telephone polls. >> town was wiped off of the map. we were there the other day. the main street used to have dozens of businesses on it. now, it has five or six. still, there is progress being made, and considering where they started, the former mayor of that town, waveland, says they have actually come a long way. >> actually pretty amazing. remember 97% of the residential structures were uninhabitable or gone. all municipal buildings, all infrastructures. >> reporter: absolutely amazing. about $300 million put in to rebuilding infrastructure in that area. new sewers, new electricity and, of course, all along this coast, new causeways, bridges, marineas, et cetera. there has been a considerable amount of work done here, but you just see empty lots and for sale signs all over the place the. eri erica? >> alan, what about the people along the gulf coast there in
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mississippi? do they feel that they have truly recovered from the storm? >> march -- >> you know, that, too, is mixed. to the east of us in gulfport and bol objectioni, the casinos have come back, eight new or rebuilt casinos that have drawn a lot of income and jobs to the region. economically those major population hubs are sort of getting boosted back. some of the poorer neighborhoods like east biloxi, there are places that are lot after lot after lot where people haven't come back and rebuilt where driveways go up and just end. there is no house there where it feels like there should be. so many people in this area left before the storm or during the storm and just haven't come back. >> we had the opportunity to rebuild in a way that was -- that was structurally different,
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and yet 10 years out, the structural inequities essentially remain the same. >> missed an opportunity? >> an opportunity. >> reporter: some disappointment over the opportunity lost. she runs a nonprofit that for 90 years has been helping low-income women and kids in east biloxi. she said she would like to see more low-income housing, more effort to promote job training programs, more effort to set up some kind of child care system, that it was a great chance that was just missed in this rebuilding. the casinos are fine. they bring in a lot of money, provide a lot of jobs but there are a lot of areas that are still just sort of barely alive. >> that must be tough to see, alan, 10 years later here alan shau schauffler, thank you there is more on the aftermath. coming up in this hour, stay with al jazeera america for a special report: katrina: after
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the storm" at 8:30 eastern, 5:30 pacific here on "al jazeera america." florida has declared a state of emergency as tropical storm erica makes its way through the caribbean. it is blamed for at least 12 deaths on the care bean island of dominiqua. heavy rain caused roads and bridges to collapse and led to mudslides that are blamed for many of the deaths. let's bring in kevin corveau. >> it has changed quite a bit. it has been one of the most inconsistent storms. it's an example that even a weak, unorganized storm could cause so much devastation across the region. this is an image of, erica, as the sun is going down, see the shadows coming into play. the center of the storm is located just out here to the south of the dominican republic right now. you are seeing a lot of precipitation, a lot of winds along the shore as well, if t
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the-mile-per-hour winds with this tropical system but i want to show you what the hurricane center is saying with the newest track. this is the one that has come out at 5:00 p.m. they expect the storm is going to go over haiti, which is not a good thing at all because of the deforestation across the island there. then they expect the storm to cross over that northeastern coast of cuba. because of that, they are going to bring it down to a tropical depression as it weakens a little bit. as it goes back over the keys with the warm water, they are going to bring it back up to a tropical storm, make landfall at this point with this track somewhere around tampa and then we are looking at, again, a tropical depression. this is how much the storm has changed from wednesday to thursday to friday in the tracks. first we were seeing here across parts of the bahamas on wednesday, and then we had an east coast landfall for florida. now, we are looking at a west coast landfall. so there has been a lot of inconsistencies. this is the time frame on saturday evening. we are going to see cuba.
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on subbed evening, key west. and then as we go towards monday, we are looking at a lot of intersection toward florida. a lot of rain is going to be falling there. i don't think we are going to be seeing a lot of problems, erica in terms of wind, but i do think that florida is going to be seeing a lot of rain and possibly some flooding as well. we are going to need to see the newest track at 11:00 p.m. >> keeping on it. meteorologist kevin corriveau, thank you. theless legal case over the nsa's bulk clenings program has been kicked back to a lower corporate. today, a federal appeals court reversed a ruling that declared the program illegal. jamie mcintire joins us from the penta goodeon. i know this ruling gets pretty technical. to be clear, it does not specifically address the constitutionalty of the program. is that right? >> reporter: that's right, erica. this case at this level was at a federal appeals court was decided on what you might call a technicality. at procedural ruling. the case overall is about the nsa's authority to collect meta
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data on u.s. telephone customers to create a database to look for pattern as they search for terrorists. in this case, the plaintiff, the person suing the nsa, was larry claimant, a public interest lawyer, and what the court ruled essentially was that he didn't actually have legal standing to bring the case because he couldn't prove that his phone number was among those collected by the nsa. he is going to go back in the case then remanded to a lower court but the constitutional question about whether this is legal or not was not decided at all by this court. the plaintiff -- claimant is going to refile the case using the verizon business customers whose numbers are in the case as a reason to keep the law -- legal fight going. but in some respects, this has been overtaken by events. congress has passed a law barring the nsa from doing this. the nsa is in a transition to begin to transfer all records to phone companies and then in the future, according to the law, they will have to get a warrant
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to go to phone calls if they need to good -- phone companies to get those records. in some respects, this case is a bit moot. >> despite the procedural ruling here, is the whitehouse taking this as a win for the administration? >> yeah, a win, but just a little win really. the white house today, spokesman john earnest pointed out that while this ruling technically reinstates the nsa's authority to collect that data and basically said that was the white house position all along. >> i think the ruling of the court is actually consistent with what this administration has said for some time, which is that we did believe that these capabilities were constitutional. i think we argued as such in front of the court. however, the president believed that there were important reforms that could be put in place that would both better protect the privacy and civil liberties of the american people while also making sure our law enforcement and intelligence officials had the tools they need to keep us safe.
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>> so that was the white house position and basically that it was constitutional. but really the president agreed this was an unwarranted intrusion of the privacy and that's why these new reforms passed by congress, signed by the president will be taking place. erica? >> national security correspondent jamie mcintire, thank you. there is a new job in the obama administration created to ensure the safe return of american hostages overseas. the white house has just appointed its first hostage affairs envoy. jim o'brien, a former president envoy to the balkans will report directly to the secretary of sta state. in june, the white house ended a long-standing policy of not allowing the families of hostages to make ransom payments. several people are now under arrest in austria after the discovery of dozens of bodies in an abandoned truck. the owners and driver of the vehicle are among those in custody. the victims, most likely refugees, included 4 children. the youngest between one and two years old.
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today, u.n. secretary banke moon says he is horrified. more from austria. >> the racemes of the bodies are being driven away for autopsy. we already know the 71 people who were crammed into the back of a truck must have suffered ana agonizing death, probably by suffocation. the police can only look for scraps of evidence as to who they were. >> of course, we are sure that these people were refugees and more precisely were probably a group of syrian refugees. >> austria is a transit company for people hoping to region germany but it's also become a destination in its own right. the number of asylum seekers this year almost two times the total of 2014. this is outside vienna, the refugee reception center is overflowing and the streets are full of people from the middle east and africa, somalia,
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niger nigeria, iraq, afghanistan and, of course, syria. iman el syde fled from dada. >> we find here nice people, good people. look, always give us food, medicine. very nice people here yes. >> this extraordinary wave of new rivals has evoked sharp discs in austrian division. the right-wing freedom party which has a tough anti-immigrant message is expected to do quell but we have met austrians who have come here specifically to help people in need like katie who has come with her boyfriend and mother to hand out clothes, toys, books to whoever wants them. >> i think it's the least we can do because these people have been through things that we can't imagine, and they have been through hardships and so
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the least we can do is try to make it easier for them to be integrated and make a new life. >> austria's government says there must be a coordinated european response to treat these people humanely to determine who should have the right to stay and to prevent more strategies at the hands of human traffickers. barna bephillips. >> in libya, more than 100 refugees drowned when their boat capsized. red crescent officials say some died after being trapped inside the boat. also, the u.n. refugee agency says up to 200 people are missing and feared dead after two simultaneouslers' boats carrying an estimated 500 people capsized off of the western libyan coast. authorities in norway say more than 100 syrian refugees have biked into that country this year exploiting a legal loop hole that only prohibits crossing on foot. they entered through the
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country's border with russia. the government says it will stop by silk entry and close -- bicycle entry and close the loop hole. >> president obama hosts a webcast to talk about the iran nuclear deal and the administration's commitment to iraq study group plus reforming the courts. why some people in the st. louis area are getting a free pass when it comes to traffic violations. stay with us.
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president obama today urged american jewish groups to get behind the nuclear deal with iran. those groups have been at the center of lobbying efforts by people for and against the deal. kimberly halkett has more from washington. >> reporter: the u.s. president appealed directly to jewish americans in an online web address that an agreement with iran is israel's and the region's best hope for peace. >> it deal blocks every way, every pathway that iran might take in order to obtain a nuclear we hope. >> the online appeal -- nuclear weapon. >> the online appeals comes weeks after netanyahu addressed opposition of the nuclear agreement. he argued it would make the middle east less safe. >> this is a very dangerous deal. it threatens all of us.
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there will be more attacks and more people will die. >> reporter: support for and against the agreement between iran and the six world powers designed to limit iran's nuclear program in exchange for sanctions relief has deeply divided the u.s. jewish community. roughly 46% support the deal. 31% oppose. with so many still undecided, major u.s. lobby groups like the american israel public affairs committee or apac are spending millions lobbying members of congress to oppose the deal. >> i think the president is trying to overcome some perceptions that he is not favorable to israel and that he is not takingis's interest into s
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>> the most serious tensions one which included a exchange of artillery. as well as the shear size, the exercise is interesting in terms of the types of scenarios being rehearsed here there is a war-time scenario but a peace-time which involves south korea responding to an enemy provocation. going after the source but also supporting forces and the command posts responsible for it. that's very much a physical playing out of the president of sou south korea's response policy to any kind of north korean provocation. she is here watching on as this exercise is carried out fresh from what many people here in south korea see as something of a vindication of her government's hard line stanchion in terms of the negotiated settlement. the president is looking to
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maintain her twin track approach, a harsh approach toward the nuclear testing being open to cultural exchanges, between families divided by the fighting between north and south that ended in 1953, also plans for more regularized meetings between northern and southern negotiators. in october, there is 7th anniversary of north korea's ruling worker's party which many say could be marked by some kind of rocket launch a nuclear test. it could be these new slightly warmer relations between north and south and the last few days. >> coming up, overcoming obstacles. how a 12-year-old girl went from being evacuated from the 9th ward to being agra graduate. plus a new start for some of the girls rescued from boka haram. how one or fannage is helping them to learn to cope.
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arch. former president george w. bush returned to the gulf coast today as the region marks 10 years since katinka hosszu. mr. bush and his wife, laura visited louisiana and mississippi. they toured the warren eastern charter school in new orleans to
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highlight improvements in education. the former president says the school is an example of how new orleans has bounced back. >> the resilience is the same resilience that this city showed the world in the wake of hurricane katrina. the work of making a stronger and more hopeful new orleans goes on. you have achieved a lot over the last tep years. with belief in success and a faith in god, new orleans will achieve even more. >> the state took over new orleans schools after katrina and nearly all are now charter schools. critics are questioning whether they made any real progress. taletha holly was a 12-year-old girl when hurricane katrina hit new orleans' 9th ward. after living in the superdome
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and the astrodome, she is a graduate of howard university and has started a new job in baltimore where she joins us this evening. good evening to you, taletha. thank you so much for joining us. >> thank you for having me. >> so you lived in texas and you are now in maryland. but seeing how much your home town of new orleans has rebounded since the storm, have you ever considered moving back? >> i have considered moving back. it won't be any time soon, though,
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this this >> i remember just just kind of being in shock and surprised and not really knowing what was really going on. the one time that i actually started to cry was when my mom and my sister and i were almost broken up. one of the solids was asking us if, you know, two could go and one could stay or something like that. and we begged and pleaded for us not to be broken up. the first time that i saw the devastation that had happened to my city was when i wasability watch cnn at my aunt's house when we left the astro dome i felt like my world had come to an end. >> even though it's been a decade >> it seems like this is still very real for you, those
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feelings are still pretty raw. >> they are. a kind of negative feeling of nostalgia comes over mere as i 10 years ago. >> there were times that i split my holidays when i was in college, go back for madis gras. every time i am there, i try to make one trip back to my old neighborhood which is still devastate to go this day to see a place that is almost
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unrecognizable except for a few landmarks and to know that i will never be able to show my kids and my family where i grew up and where i used to play and the levees that i used to kind of roll up and down as a kid and have my brother push me up and down in my barbie car, i will never get a chance to show my kids or my friends that. when we go home or when i want to take my friends back to new orleans to see where i live or where my family lives, it will never be to my old neighborhood. >> you know, taletha, you certainly real a success story having been through so much and going on to graduate from howard university. you have actually said before that katrina benefitted you. what do you mean by that? >> i think we go through everything for a reason. i don't think anything happens by chance, and it just so happened that i had to go through something really traumatic in order to be successful. with the help of a community of
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people, a number of individuals who saw to it that i would make it out and that i would be successful, particularlin an organization called communities and schools at my high school had a focus group tailored toward hurricane katrina survivors in all grades, 9th through 12th, and we just sit and talk and reminisce or get out whatever feelings we had and we felt comfortable in that focus group. >> helped me a lot with coping and transitioning and moving on. >> and you talk about that community of people, some of those folks survivors that you have met along the way, stayed in touch with. how important are fellow survivors to your life? i me certainly there are survivors out there that have talked about fellow survivors being so important to them to cope throughout this time. how has it been for you? >> a tremendous help. i don't think i could have gotten through any of it without
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my friends who were my peers who were going through it at the same time as me or my family who i went through everything with together. they are very important. you know, it's allegation good to have a buddy to say i went through the same thing. so you are not alone and to know that you are not alone means the world to you when you feel like you are weird or bad or, you know, like you should be moving on a lot faster than you are. and when there is somebody to say, no. take your time. like it's okay, it really does help. and it makes all of the difference, i think, in your growth. >> all right, taletha holly, thank you so much for sharing your story, and good luck to you in baltimore. >> thank you so much. a large group of vietnamese people also fled new orleans in the wake of katrina. they had originally settled in the city when they were forced to leave their homeland after the fall of saigon in 1975. "america tonight" host joey chen
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joins us life from new orleans. thank you so much. what has this community done to try to recover from hurricane katrina? >> reporter: yeah, erica, you know what is so much a part of this weekend's conversation is the resilience that new orleans has shown in the 10 years after and the places where communities have been able to come back, where neighborhoods have been able to come back, as in this part of the lower ninth ward that we are standing in now. a community that has not gotten quite as much national attention but has strived hard, worked hard to come back together and rebuild itself is this unusual vietnamese community in new orleans east, and it is one that has learned not tonal rebuild once but twice. >> this is your family? >> yes. >> can you tell me who is who? >> kim hun nguyen reasons the downpour that came and the storm that destroyed her family. an uncle who worked for the
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americans, another gunned down by the vc, a brother, her own father. . >> killed. >> reporter: only she wasability leave vietnam during the 19 certainly 5 fall of saigon and lived to tell her family's story. >> did you think you would ever see vietnam again? >> it's been 40 years and i have not returned because i despise the viet kong. i do not want to go back. >> fate guided her to take a place in a new vietnamese community on the other side of the world. sunday services are standing room only at mary queen of vietnam parish in new orleans east. >> the church is the center of the community. >> a few miles from the riverboat docs in the french quarter night clubs, vietnamese refugees were first drawn to put down roots here 40 years ago,
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just six weeks after the fall of saigon. a local parish welcomed 100 families, 1,000 quickly followed. >> everybody hear about this america in vietnam. they know right away, this is a community. >> new orleans east? >> new orleans east jury. >> their catholic faith led them to build what this pastor calls america vietnam but the new rivals soon discovered more reasons to feel at home. >> what is it? >> basil. >> a climate that could support the same vegetables they had grown in vietnam. the community grew for three decades until katrina. >> new orleans east bumps up against the ninth ward, the city's hardest hit area. >> hundreds of people had been wrongley told there was food, water and shelter waiting for them on the other side. >> it was an eerie echo for
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those who escaped the fall of saigon. they became refugees surrounded by chaos. >> it reminded me of the scene in 1975 because everyone was running away at the time. >> new orleans east became a second home worth fighting for. >> still, from this new soil grows a reminder that even for a community that twice lost so much, every harvest brings a second chance. >> one of the things we found in this community is that sense of resilience that we have seen in many other places in new orleans as well, erica. but this is a community that also has so, as we say, a sense that they know there are limitations to what can be done. for example, when the families we profiled in doing this story said, look. we know we have young men in our
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family. they might need to go for jobs or education in other parts of the country. they might need to leave new orleans for a while. but they believe this is really their home and they believe those young men will return just as they have to recommit themselves to life in new orleans east. erica. >> joie, does the community feel it is as strong now as it was before the storm? >> reporter: what's interesting, erica, is this community at one point was the most concentrated population of the vietnamese outside of vietnam. think about that. anywhere in the country. we have seen other vietnamese communities grow up, but this area, this little chunk, about one square mile area right around that church became the highest concentration of vietnamese anywhere in the world outside of vietnam. after the storm, things did change a bit. people did have to move to other areas. we see that now. we see it over and over again that the community is willing to come back. people come back to church, for
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example, fen they live in other parts of the city, that the family events on the weekend are really held back in new orleans east. so they have been able to rebuild. yes, they know that they are more dispersed than they were before the storm. but it is still their commitment to return to this as their home. "america tonight" host joie chen, thank you be sure to stay with us for a special edition for "america tonight: katrina after the storm" at 10:00 p.m. eastern, 7 pacific. it's been a contentious year for ferguson. first the you know rest following the shooting death of unarmed teen michael brown and a justice department accused the city of widespread discrimination, but now, we see the city is hoping a new law will change its image. a spotlight on years of
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discrimination against black residents: o one of the most striking issues revealed was the utes of fines and warrants to generate revenue for the city. >> the court wasn't taking into account anybody's ability to count anybody's ability to pay. >> most of the people with minor traffic violations are eligible. now, as far as withdrawing the warrants, we are withdrawing pretty much all of the warrants, but in terms of -- >> in numbers, what are we talking about? >> 10,000 warrants. >> gone? >> a lot of warrants, gone. >> that's exactly true. >> do you characterize this as
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wiping the slate clean when it comes to arrest warrants? >> it's not wiping the slate clean when it comes to arrest warrants. certainly they are being withdrawn but that doesn't mean they will never have an arrest warrant. the hope is that they don't because they are designed to get you to appear. the hope is that they will appear. >> all of the defendants will get new court dates in the coming months and will be given alternatives to settle like payment plans and community service. the idea is to lessen the fear of appearing in court. >> we are addressing those concerns and hopefully, if you are aware of that, you will come to court because you don't have those same barriers that you had before. all of the municipal courts in st. louis count each eyenounced they would withdraw minor traffic related warrants as part of an initiative called "fresh start." some say they don't offer the same protection as mandatory ones. >> there is nothing to prevent these towns from changing voluntary decisions today. tomorrow, they could make a different decision.
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they can decide we can go back to the older practices, the media light is shined away from us now. wet met employees at a tax preparation place and they said they were discriminated. >> i have been taken it twice as store manager. now, they are ticketing the person we have outside who is no longer in the little bit we c canty wae protesting a sign "honk for freedom". >> we caught up with kim holcomb who said they received four citations which resulted in two arrest warrants. you are not eligible for that waiver. what do you think about that? >> i think it's unfair. it's just the date. this happened to us in january when our warrants were issued. so, i still have to fight. >> so far, more than 2500 arrest warrants have been issued this
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year, none of which are eligible for withdrawal because they don't meet the cut-off. >> reporter: with everything that's gone on ferguson, judge mccellan says restore okay trust won't happen overnight but he hopes the warrant withdrawal orders here in ferguson and across the county are a step in the right direction. a ash-har cur erbi. >> the former prep student on trial for rape has been acquitted. in a split verdict, a jury found 19-year-old owen labri not guilty of raping a freshman girl at st. paul scoot last year. he was accused of forcing himself on the girl. he said they had consents annual sexual contact but not intercourse when he was 18. he was convicted on five lesser charges and will have to register as a sex offender. he faces a maximum sentence of up to 11 years. in nigeria, deadly attacks carried out by boko haram have left thousands of children without homes or families.
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one school is helping orphans get a new start in life as they learn to cope with the trauma they have experienced. >> reporter: this is what before doesn't want them to have, an education. the transition has not been easy. >> we are trying to gradually to bring them out of the bad experience, let them forget about some of the bad experience. we can't say it's a drastic process. it's a gradual process. they are coming out gradually from the bad situation. >> it's been six months since they have been here, trying to adjust. the children here may be making progress, trying to be kids again. most of them will live with the
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trauma they experienced for the rest of their lives. some of them have seen what no child should ever see. >> many are still in shock. young bolostory was sad. boka haram fighters decapitated his father in front of him. the traumatized boy says very little and is detached from the rest. >> he tells me he wants to be a doctor to help people in pain. his adjustment to life has been particularly hard. the impact of the violence are physical and psychological. he was struck in the face and the 4-year-old is having nightmares and behaves abnormally. the school which is run by the government has 100 children and more are expected. >> it's not that big of deal for us to take care of these children in the primary school. we believe pits determination
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and we have the determination. we shall not allow these children to be disadvantages in terms of their normal growth as individuals. >> back at the school, it's playtime. at least to help take their minds off of what they have been through. the teachers say they keep asking when their parents will come for them and when they are going home. >> mohammed debris, al jazeera, nigeria. coming up: it's not just about cleaning up garbage anymore. protesters in lebanon are now demanding from the government. >> music has been the essence of this city. >> inspires a community to rebuild its city. >> we gonna bring this city back one note at a time. >> and overcome hard times in the big easy. >> we are bigger, we're better,
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less than knees activists are calling for protests in beirut tomorrow as anti-government sentiment continues to grow. people are angry at how authorities have fall to deal with several issues including a garbage crisis. jamal is in beirut. >> reporter: at a glance, it would appear lebanon's rubbish crisis has been solved at least in the upper class neighborhood where the rubbish capes are empty but a few minutes drive away, you have to hold your nose. the smell is revolting, the run
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issue piled on street corners. after weeks of anti-government protests, authorities appear to be trying to resolve the problem or at least make it go away. waste is being taken off of the streets, but the question many have been asking is have been asking is where? >> the nature is here is breathtaking. but that, too, is under threat. >> we are on top of one of the dozens of mountains that are scattered around beirut, lebanon's natural has been at that time is one of those things that attracts so many each year. i will put this mask on now.
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the reasonable why i have to do this is because of this scene in front of me, the smell is disgusting. piles of rubbish that authorities have been dumping here for several weeks now. it's important to note that just a couple of days ago, the amount of rubbish here was maybe three or four times as much. locals tell us some of it was burned. others, they claim it was dumped into the sea. but the amount that is still here is huge, and this scene is replicated across several other mountains around beirut and that's what is putting lebanon's environment and the natural habitat at real risk. >> joey aub is calling on protest-of protest-offs. he is hopeful saturday's demonstration will not only help resolve the issue but usher in a new phase for lebanon. >> everyone knows the system they live is not a good system. this is something, as i said, even those who belong to political parties face it all the time. we want to show them that they
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can demand for something new, they can demand for the their rights as a lebanese citizen living in a nation. the basic system you would have in most developed nations at least. it's really as simple as that at the end of the day. don't have the basic standard of living. >> changing lebanon's rea llity could take years if not more. right now, a solution has to be found to deal with the country's rubbish because the environmental damage that could be caused could be irreversible. al jazeera, beirut. >> now, for a look at what's coming up at the top of the hour, john seigenthaler is here. >> hi, erica. at 8:00, trying to move beyond the devastation as the gulf coast looks back 10 years after hurricane katrina. we look at the struggles the region has still to overcome and how that storm single-handedly changed emergency response procedures for the federal government. all of this and more on our special report after the storm o land and on sea, thousands are
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dying to reach europe. whether countries help or not, the flow of humanity has not stopped. we will take a look at one greek island, how its dealing with an overflow of refugees, talk about rights they have as they seek a new life. also tonight, the iran nuclear deal: president obama made a direct appeal to jewish groups today but will it work? together -- to gather the votes he needs in congress? the backlash some in the jewish community face who support the president's plan. all of that and more coming up in about three minutes, erica. >> john, we will see you soon. it's official, the surviving giant panda can you be at the national zoo is a boy. the cub was born saturday to majong, the screw's top tore iss attraction. his twin died of new moan i can't. he is crying when mommy tries to leave the den. so far, no name for the new cub, though. i am erica pits e. john seigenthaler will be back
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>> i'm john siegenthaler. katrina's legacy. george w. bush returns to new orleans ten years after the storm. >> we are the resilience of a great american city whose levees gave out but whose people never gave up. >> tonight we look at the rebirth of the big easy and how far it has to go. plus our specialor