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hello, again, everyone. thank you so much for joining me. i'm fredricka whitfield. right now, desperation setting in as cities from the gulf coast to the northeast deal with the aftermath of hurricane ida. at least 50 people are dead across the northeast and many are facing flood warnings again today. and we're just learning president biden will visit new jersey and new york tuesday to survey the damage. the death toll in louisiana and mississippi stands at 13. many hard-hit communities there are running short on food, fuel, and other supplies. in louisiana, the desperation is turning deadly. a man was killed after reportedly cutting in line at a gas station. fuel supplies are growing more scarce by the day. police say the shooting proves how desperate people are. >> it's unbelievable that people can't act like adults in this situation. ladies and gentlemen, the services are here. we don't have enough gas.
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we don't have enough gas being delivered to stations. we don't have enough generators on. the longs are line. everybody is out of control, but for somebody to lose their life over getting gas is absolutely ridiculous. >> and it's not just the fuel. this morning, power outages are still reported for more than 700,000 people in louisiana. those outages complicating recovery in communities hard hit by that ferocious storm. cnn has a team -- has team coverage on the ground, monitoring the situation in the northeast and of course in louisiana. we'll start in new orleans. nadia romero is there for us. you spoke with people heading to evacuation centers today. and what are they saying? >> reporter: yeah, fredricka. people are frustrated, they're fed up, and they say, enough is enough. just think about it. they've been almost a week now without having power, which means no ac, all the food in their house is spoiling. some of them have major damage from their roofs being open to the elements and having mildew and mold in their home.
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they're just trying to find some relief. take a look behind me. this is where people are coming. this is the convention center and lined up are these charter buses that will take them away from new orleans. i spoke with one woman who said, i've had enough, i've got to get out of this state. some of these buses are going north of louisiana to shreveport. others will take evacuees to texas. and you see, there's all of this staff out here helping to get them registered, to figure out what their needs are. i spoke with one man who said, he's been dealing with this for too long. he's had enough and he wants to find some relief. listen to the man we met earlier, terry, talk to us about why he's leaving. >> what are you looking forward to? why are you leaving your home to go in an evacuation center. what are you looking for that they'll have, that you don't have now? >> clothes and, you know, you know, just a clean bed and be cool, you know? it's too hot. it's too hot. you know, you see how the weather is, you know.
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if you were 60 or 80 years old, how would you feel sitting there, you know? can't come down the stairs. can't get in the elevator. >> it's just so tough for terry and everyone who lives in his apartment building. he says they're all older folks. he has a limp himself, walking with a cane. he doesn't have access to his medication. so he got on one of these buses. the bus he's on is taking him likely to shreveport, louisiana. we've seen three coach buses leave. there he is, actually waving at me on the coach bus right now. we've seen three of these buses leave in just the last ten minutes. that's how quickly they're trying to get people out of here and get shelter, food, clothing. the basic necessities. fred? >> oh, i know they are relieved to be on that air conditioned bus right there, for starters, and probably very anxious to get better comfort once they get to those areas. thank you so much, nadia. really appreciate that, nadia romero. all right, in the northeast now, many areas are still underwater this morning after
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the historic flooding there. cnn's evan mcmotorist san toro s in paterson, new jersey, for us. so you just spoke with the mayor. what did he tell you about what they're looking forward to in terms of recovery? >> reporter: the mayor told me we are still very much in the middle of this crisis here in paterson, new jersey. we just got word in the "cnn newsroom," just a few minutes ago that president biden will be coming to this area on tuesday. he'll be coming to manville, new jersey, about 50 miles south of me, and up to queens in new york. where the most deaths in new york city were found. people who were trapped in those basement apartments when the water came through, knocking walls down and flooding very quickly. when the president comes to new jersey, he's going to see scenes like this one here in patterson, where you can still see, this is still very much an ongoing crisis. this water is standing here. you have cars that are submerged. this is still happening, as we are watching things, days gone by, since this emergency flash
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flooding, this historic flooding in this area. i spoke with the mayor earlier today about what he's been going through, what it was like here, and what he thinks about the future here in patterson. >> about 300 people have been rescued to date. very daring rescue here in the north side of our city. there have been countless cars that have been left abandoned, about 100. we have 30 families that are at the emergency shelter that we opened up and our streets are strewn with debris. it's almost apocalyptic, because when you talk to your residents -- and i want to reassure them that fema is coming to patterson today, our congressman is on this as well. we have american red cross in patterson. but just to contextualize it, it's like one epidemic after another within the banner of a pandemic that's occurring. >> reporter: so you think about this, you think about this moment where, as nadia was talking about, people seeking out shelter down there in new orleans. they're doing up here, too. that's the size and scale of this crisis caused by ida. the president coming here to new
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jersey to take a look for himself. people in places like paterson still drying out and hoping to get rescued. it's an ongoing thing, fred, and it's incredible to see it and see the scale of it. >> it's incredible by way of these images that you're showing us. i can only imagine what looks like in person. i have to wonder, evan, the buildings behind you, is there anyone in these buildings? are there people who are still wanting to be rescued or perhaps don't want to leave their properties? what is the swituation? >> reporter: we know here in new jersey, there are 25 deaths that we know of, a number that may still be going up. there's rescue operations going on in the other part of the city. here on wednesday, a mayor telling us about that massive operation involving boats and fire department, trying to get people out. they think that they've got everybody at this point, people in some shelters. but obviously, other parts of this region are still places where active rescues are going on. you know, time is running out for situations like that. but they're really trying to
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find out people who are still alive and deal with the people that are passed away and have not yet been found. >> a miserable situation. evan mcmorris santoro, thank you very much for that. so governments around the world are being forced to examine the role of climate change. kim cobb is the director of the global change program at georgia tech and so good to see you. so you were one of the lead authors of the 2021 u.n. report on climate change. so help us connect the dots. help us explain what worole climate change is having with these powerful storms and the frequency of these storms. >> well, first, we really have to start with the basics here. the united nations report calling out greenhouse gas emissions, fossil fuel emissions, driving warming across the planet, it's unequivocal. that's not news, of course.
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we've known that for decades. what is new about this report is new and stronger lengths between that ongoing warming and any number of climate and weather extremes, including tropical cyclone strength and including extreme rainfall. we all saw the role that a warmer atmosphere that can hold more water vapor and deliver more rainfall. both of those things conclusively linked to climate change caused by fossil fuel emissions. >> so this warmer weather is behind the strengthening. these storms that seem to become even more powerful. that's based on the research that you have uncovered. so what if anything can be done now? because i've certainly heard a lot of scientists who have said, if you were to make an impact, it should have been done 10 or 15 years ago. is there anything and what are those things that can be done now to address or perhaps even
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stop these storms or the frequency of such from becoming even bigger? >> well, first, it's never too late to turn to science to help inform cities and communities across the country about how to prepare and be climate ready through better preparedness, but also thinking about infrastructure investments that need to be made, to come up to speed with where we are with the climate crisis, given that it's only going to get worse in the coming daecades. what we need to do is quickly move to deep and sustained cuts in greenhouse gas emissions, so by mid-century, we'll see reduced risk from some of these accelerating climate change impacts and of course, reserve the right to cool later this century. that's what's at stake right now over the next decade. >> so is it going to be your view that these areas that have been destroyed, will some of these areas be uninhabitable? will it mean, because of the track of these storms, or what
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we're learning about these storms, that there just might be areas of this country that have been inhabited, that can no longer be developed for such? that they really just cannot return, if communities, as we knew them? >> well, obviously, the toll from this kind of damage is lasting. in fact, it will extend across generations. and we've seen that from the devastating hits of past storms across the coast communities in recent past. and so, these are big costs, paid by lives, livelihoods, and frankly, billions of dollars to our economy over year. so that's what's at stake right now, when you think about how you want to invest in climate-ready communities, whether we want to begin to turn the tide on what we're doing with fossil fuel emissions and get serious about what's at stake. >> and we're looking right now at images of the result, the consequences of wildfires out west. i mean, what correlation do you
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see between the destruction caused by these wildfires and the kind of destruction that we are also witnessing from these flash floods, hurricane winds, et cetera? >> yes, i mean, the term record-breaking has become a near-weekly occurrence. obviously, the wildfires out west devastating now year on year on year. and this is also conclusively linked to warming caused by fossil fuels in the new united nations' report on climate. this is soil heating up, drying out, vegetation drying out, and creating a kind of fuel for the rapid, large fires we're seeing out west. >> wow, it is fascinating. kim cobb, thank you so much and thanks for the work you're doing to help educate us all about what more we can do to try to improve matters as best we can. thank you. and as the cleanup continues from ida, many scientists and politicians are sounding the alarms about climate change. what can we do to address the
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cnn as learned that the white house may have to roll back its plan for coronavirus booster shots set for later this month. only the pfizer vaccines might be ready by then. moderna says it has submitted its data by friday, but it may take a few weeks longer to move forward with moderna's shot. the u.s. is averaging 166,000 new covid cases each day according to johns hopkins. that's a 7% increase over last week's average. and with the holiday weekend upon us, the cdc is urging anyone who is not vaccinated not to travel. turning now to the battle over abortion rights in texas, a
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judge has issued a temporary restraining order against the state's largest anti-abortion group. the order blocks texas right to life from suing planned parenthood under the state's strict new abortion law. the law allows private citizens to bring civil suits against anyone who assists a pregnant person seeking an abortion in violation of a law. it also bans abortions as early as six weeks into pregnancy, and that's before many women even know that they are pregnant. president biden is denouncing the new law, calling it almost un-american, saying it creates a sort of vigilante system. joining us right now, amy hagstrom-miller. she's the ceo and founder of whole women's health, an independent women abortion provider, in five states including texas. so what is your reaction to this texas judge's temporary restraining order? >> i think it's a step in the right direction.
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it's not nearly enough protection for all of us at risk in the state of texas from these vigilantes. i think planned parenthood took a smart step. it blocks one organization from suing. unfortunately, there are many organizations and many folks hostile to those of us providing abortion care and those of us who are helping people access abortion care throughout the state. so like you said, we really need the administration to step in and our legal options are far from over. we will be taking many more actions in the days and weeks to come, in order to secure not only people's rights to safe abortion care, but our ability to provide safe abortion care in our communities with the compassion and dignity that people deserve, all throughout texas. >> what are women saying to you, particularly those patients who perhaps had upcoming appointments or have been seeking advice. you have counseled. i mean, what are they saying
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within the last 48 hours? >> this has been a remarkably difficult week for our staff, who are essential workers who have kept our clinics open all throughout this pandemic. this week, they have to sit with patients and look them in the eyes and deny them the very abortion care that they need, that they have decided is the best option for them, with their families and with all of the situations i think all of us are dealing with during this pandemic. many of us have had to make difficult decisions and important decisions about our families and about our education and our work. this is the context in which people face unplanned pregnancy. and for many people, the decision to have an abortion is very important decision that they need to have access to and it needs to be done compassionately and promptly. these laws that are already on the books in texas, make it difficult even before sb-8, for so many people to access care. there's barriers and delays and now we add this on top of it.
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and the vast majority of people who are coming to our clinics being denied the care that they need, being told basically that they have to continue the pregnancy against their will. >> so you are describing in part some of the short-term anxieties, but what about long-term anxieties that you're hearing expressed already from women? and even those who are working in your clinic. those who have been acting and are very proud of the service that they have been able to deliver, but what are you all thinking, long-term now? >> the folks that work in our four clinics in the state of texas are the same people that come in our abortion care services. primarily, women of color from the community, people who are parenting already, who are trying to, you know, build a life for their families, just like our patients are. there's really no difference. any of us at some point in our
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lives may need to face an unplanned pregnancy and needs to be able to consider the option of abortion. we all know people and love people who have needed an abortion in their lifetime and i just ask, is this the kind of environment that we want people to encounter. i think long-term, the damage and impact that this can have for people who are forced to carry pregnancies against their will, there's maternal mortality health outcomes, there's damage in the way that we all are looking at access to abortion and safe abortion in this country in the long run. i think they are playing some political football with people's lives. and i wish the politicians, if they weren't so cruel, i wish that they could hear the kinds of anguish and the kinds of stories that our patients are telling us about what they need in their lives and the situations that they're dealing with and abortion is supposed to be available. not just in extreme situations, it's supposed to be available to
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all of us when we feel that we can't continue a pregnancy. >> the u.s. supreme court has spoken. what are your expectations about what this white house department of justice can do? >> so, i am encouraged that the administration is finally paying attention. you know, governor abbott signed this bill into law months ago. and we have seen a trajectory of ramping up, of the regulation of peop people's bodies and surveillance and violence for the last decades, and most especially, the last few years in this country. i think we have the face act we can look at, we have hipaa violations we can look at. we have federal marshal protection that we could look at. i think the women's health and protection act could be, you know, really sort of looked at much more deeply, not just in the house, but in the senate. and we could really have some efforts from washington what could really come in and protect those states that abortion rights are most at risk and
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where people really need leadership from this administration and from all of us. >> all right. we'll leave it there for now. amy hagstrom miller, thank you so much for your time. appreciate you joining us. >> thank you so much for covering this story. still ahead, life after ida. anger, frustration, and now violence. a man shot and killed over a spot in a gas line. the jefferson parish sheriff joining me live, straight ahead. oh my, with chase freedom unlimited, i earn all this cash back? oh, i gotta tell everyone. hey rita, you can earn 3% on dining, inclcluding takeout! bon appetit. hey kim, you earn 5% on travel purchased through chase! way ahead of you. hey neal, you can earn 3% at drug stores!!! buddy, i'm right here. why are you yelling? because that's what i do! you're always earning with 5% cash back on travel purchased through chase, 3% at drugstores, 3% on dining including takeout, and 1.5% on everything else you buy. chase. make more of what's yours. age is just a number. and mine's unlisted. try boost® high protein with 20 grams of protein for muscle health.
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vowing a free review of the full 20 years that the u.s. spent fighting in afghanistan, promising to learn from america's longest war as secretary of state anthony blinken announces plans to travel to the region in the next week. the pakistani intelligence chief was in kabul to discuss border and regional safety with taliban leaders earlier today, as the fighting continues between the taliban and an afghan resistance movement. cnn's sam kyla joins me now from doha, qatar. so, sam, what is the latest? >> well, if we start with the visit in strategic terms of the pakistani head of the isi, that's their equivalent of the cia in the united states, fred, but much more importantly than that, certainly from the former afghan government perspective and nato's attitude towards the isi over two decades, the connection between that organization and the taliban is very tight, indeed. so this was a very significant
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visit. very well known to each other, the abl and the isi, and i think, arguably, the isi putting pressure on the taliban to get it together to form a government and i think also, to try to establish and continue to head in a moderate direction, so that international communications can be established across borders out of the airport and that the humanitarian issues inside afghanistan can be addressed before there's a flood of refugees for pakistan. because that for pakistan would be extremely disabling. whilst all of this is going on, fred, there's continued fighting in the panjshir valley with the last holdout elements of the northern alliance that was the tragic forces alongside elements of the afghan foreign army fighting alongside taliban elements. that followed a process of failed negotiations that have led to this fighting.
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the scale is very difficult to establish. both sides admitting that there have been casualties and independent confirmation of that, the local italian hospital, fred. >> i want to ask you about this very bold move. a protest organized by women's activists calling for equal rights. well, that protest turned violent, didn't it, in afghanistan? >> yeah, second day in a row where we've seen these demonstrations and there was a similar one out in the west of the country in herat, but in all of these cases, they were small in number, very, very brave, indeed. and in the case of the latest series of demonstrations by women demanding equal rights, they're accusing the taliban of having attacked them. one woman at least has posted on social media showing injuries to her -- the side of her face,
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where they were pistol whipped or whipped with electric cables or some such. so an illustration of the extraordinary bravery of afghan women particularly in kabul, but not only in kabul, testing the promises made by the taliban that there would be respect for human rights and particularly women's rights, fred. >> all right. sam kylie in doha, thank you so much. and this quick programming note. next saturday marks 20 years since the september 11th attacks and we remember the heroes, the victims, and the survivors. cnn films presents "9/11 airing tomorrow night at 8:00 p.m. on cnn. we'll be right back. so, no more tossing and turning. because only tempur-pedic uses a proprietary material... that adapts and respsponds to your body. so you get deep, uninterrupted sleep. and now save up to $700 on adjustable mattress setets.
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enhanced the license plate, find it on google earth, and with the car, on google earth at the location that we were at. so my detectives were certainly going to catch him last night, but he turned himself in last night with the firearm that was used in the purple. and so he's now in our custody. >> and certainly, this is no excuse for a shooting anyway in a gas line. but clearly, people are very frustrated about everything that's taken place. so how are you -- how are you able to address this with the citizenry. what is it that you all can do, what are do you offer. i mean, what are you seeing in how people are exhibiting their anxieties? >> well, gas is shortage. i think about 13% of the gasoline that is produced at either the refineries that are down right now in this area. gas will be short across this area, even with the power coming back on, it's going to take a few days to get those refineries back up and running.
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so one of the most critical needs we have is fuel and lines are blocks and blocks and blocks long. so you're seeing a lot of people trying to cut in line at the last minute, causing disturbances at that gas station, and it's, you know, been a regular call. and unfortunately, we can't be the line police. something i said yesterday, and i'll repeat, you know, you should have learned in kindergarten not to cut in line. when someone is line for several hours and when they get up to the front and someone cuts in front of them, rightfully so, they're mad. and that anger has been turning into violence, whether it's someone showing a gun, in this case, an actual murder. and that's just something that's unacceptable. we need people to act like adults, have a little patience around here. we'll get through this. jefferson parish will come back quickly. i have in doubt, but we need time to be able to get that critical infrastructure back in
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place and for people to have a little bit of patience. >> yeah, let's talk about the struggle now, this universal struggle for basic survival. cnn spoke with this young man who was holding his 3-month-old baby, who was relying on gas and the fuel for his car in order to get air-conditioning, in order to survive. listen. >> and it's been kind of hard, you know, with a 3-month-old baby and no water, no lights, none of that. it ain't really easy. we wake up all morning crying, you know, so, it's really difficult. >> i mean, this is awful. it's miserable. what can you do and what is being done to help people? >> so, you know, on any of these storms, you know, you know the critical services have not only come back from the regular services that we have, but we're distributing food, we're distributing water, ice. that's why we ask people to
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leave beforehand. it's not necessarily the damage to your structure, it's having the ability to refill the needs of our community. not everybody has the means to leave and so people that stay, we want to be able to give them as much as we can, but they're going to be limited over a period of time. and so i've asked people, look, if you stay there in the storm, everything's okay. if you have the means to get out of town, leave now. go out of town for a vacation for a couple of days, give us the ability to kind of catch up. i have no doubt by the end of next week, the metropolitan area of new orleans and jefferson parish should be back closer to normal. you know, obviously, grand island and lafitte, some of our hard-hit areas will take a longer period of time, but we'll be able to dedicate more resources to those areas when the populated areas kind of come
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back. those are the things that we're just asking, if you don't need to be here right now, get out of here. because there are people like the gentlemen that you just played, they're struggling. >> except sometimes we wish it were that simple. sometimes, people don't even have the means in order to get out, and so now here we have, you know, this level of pain and heartbreak that is taking place and right now, people just need some answers about what kind of help they're going to get right now. >> and we have four pod systems open now in jefferson parish that are distributing the ice, the water, and food. so we can get people through to get those needs. gasoline is our biggest problem right now. >> yeah. >> we can get electricity up. we'll get more stations online, but more stations online doesn't necessarily help the gasoline problem until we get the refineries up and running. and i know they're working hard to make that happen, but we're still a week away from normalcy and we just ask people to try to avoid those lines, avoid
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spending gas in your car. that way, if you need it for later, you can get it for your own generator, but you're not causing more problems. >> very tough circumstances, indeed. sheriff joseph la pinto, thank you so much. thanks for taking the time with us. appreciate it. >> thanks. >> as the cleanup begins from hurricane ida, there are people in louisiana starting the rebuilding process, actually. including a 2008 cnn hero of the year, liz mccartney who helped after katrina. >> because of the timing of the tides, i think ida pushed a lot of water into places that don't normally experience flooding that are outside of new orleans, but were really taken offguard. typically, you can go to the communities in the outlying area to access the resources, to help people recover. with power out in baton rouge, it's become a much trickier situation. we have teams to assist with
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pucking and gutting and mold remediation. what we've been able to do is help homeowners understand how they can buy the appropriate materials that actually kill mold spores and then learn how to dry their house out, so when they do start to rebuild it, their house doesn't have any mold in it and they can live safely in it. i want to say thank you to everybody who is supporting people who have been impacted by hurricane ida. the immediate response is really important. the long-term recovery is going to take more time. and so we ask you to stick with it. come on down and volunteer. share your talents and help us make these communities even stronger in the future. >> it will be a long road indeed. for more information, go to cnnheroes.com.
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this weekend, cnn is revisiting the defining moment when president george w. bush learned of the september 11th attacks while in a classroom of second graders. in a new special report, cnn's victor blackwell goes back to that harrowing day through the lens of those children and their beloved teacher. here's a preview. >> what do you do in that moment? >> i cry, i pray, and i ask "why?". why and how? i really needed a moment. >> you mean, something
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definitely impacted her. it was deeper than what we seen. >> we knew as daniel as loving, caring. it's a really different take from our teacher, kind of jarring. we've never seen her like this. >> how long was your moment? >> it could have been two minutes, it could have been three minutes, but i knew i had to get back to my kids. i didn't want them to think that they had done something wrong. so i had to let them know, it was not their fault. >> something in the way that you presented it to us, like, allowed me to understand that, like, the human side of it that like i am not the most important person right now. like, he's got something he has to do. people are hurting. he has to leave and that's okay and it's not our fault. >> i think after that, that's when they cut on the tv for us. >> those americans who are looking at these horrific pictures. >> and then it all came together, like, i grasped how
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serious it was. >> i think myself and maybe other students thought it was like a movie or something. >> it didn't look real. >> the tv was here? you took them to a different room? >> the monitor that president bush had was in his office next door. the memory of it might fluctuate a little. after i came out of the room, i told them what happened. the pictures and the images that they saw, they might have seen them when that door was open, but the tv never came in here. i was very careful about how much i exposed them to and what i said to them. >> that was the first day i learned the word "terrorist," too. >> yeah. >> victor blackwell is with me now. victor, that is so powerful to hear. hear these second graders, i mean, got a lesson right away by being exposed to those images, as the teacher said, being exposed to those images and why she thought that was really
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important for them at that time. >> yeah, we all got a lesson that day. even as adults, imagine, you know, what it meant for then 7-year-olds and how she had to relay it to them. you know, this is the only place you're going to see this story together on the 20th anniversary. and now 27. they're still working through this. how that day impacted their lives. some of them went off to the military. some right after sarasota came to new york. some have had some struggles in life. but what surprised me was that there is, for most of them, a sense of guilt that they described. a survivor's guilt, i compare it to. where they are so intimately attached to this day, they're in the pictures, in the textbooks, but they didn't lose anyone. so they're often reluctant to talk about it, but as lazaro said, they have a duty to tell the story. to make sure that that part of the day is recorded, but they
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don't brag about most of them brag about being with the president on that day. >> did they express that it was actually rather difficult, you know, for them to relive in, in telling the story and recalling what they felt 20 years ago with you? or have they done it so many times that they feel like they've found a way in which to do it? >> they've done it many times. but also, their memories are connected to how well mrs. daniels, the teacher, made sure that it wasn't traumatic for them at the moment. she told them what happened, but left a lot of it up to their parents to have the conversation at home. she actually sang to them that day. and you'll see in the special that the children join in on the song she sang for them. >> she's the teacher that she wants all of our kids to have.
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victor blackwell, thank you so much. look forward to the special, front row to history, the 9/11 classroom airs tomorrow night at 10:00 p.m. on cnn. all right, so 18 years ago, a young man went fishing in alaska and was attacked by a brown bear. dr. sanjay gupta brings us his remarkable story of survival in today's "the human factor." >> reporter: in 2003, dan bigly was a free spirit and a back country guide in alaska. that summer, the 25-year-old and his friend headed out on a fishing trip. bigly said good-bye to his girlfriend. >> i told her i would call her when i got off the river. and unfortunately, that was a promise that i was unable to keep. i had had lots of bear encounters and this one was very, very different, very unique. the bear comes ripping around the corner and she was upon us. she was standing on top of me basically with either claw
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digging in. she cocked her head sideways and bit down across my face. every single bone in my head had been broken except for my mandible. >> reporter: but they were so remote, it would be five and a half hours before bigly got into surgery. >> i'll always remember them telling me that i would always be blind. i realized early on, it would be easy to slip into a life of bitterness. >> reporter: waking nightmares haunted him for years. he got therapy and made up his . six years after the attack, he got his masters with social work and is now a clinical director working with families with trauma. >> these experiences often cause people to disengage from life, but the more engaged, the less disabled. bigly and his girlfriend got married and had two kids. >> the bigger my life gets, the smaller my disability gets.
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hello, again, everyone. thank you so much for joining me. i'm fredricka whitfield. right now, millions of americans are still reeling from the impacts of hurricane ida. hundreds of thousands without power. at least 50 people died in the northeast and many

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