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come quickly without finding employment. >> people are coming here from greece, trying it out, staying few weeks, staying with friends, trying to figure out a situation for them and then they disappear. you don't hear from them. or they will come back a few months later. or you'll find out that their brother came and they left. >> reporter: many believe it's inevitable more greek will make their way here. >> every day i have five contact, five people from greece. asking me about new york and if they can come here and if we can help them to make a new start. i think in the winter it will be very hard. going to be even more people here. >> reporter: she says she hopes to go back to greece one day. >> greece is close to paradise. i think at the end we'll make it. we just have to be patient and go through this. >> reporter: until that time these are the streets of dreams for many who come from a troubled land thousands of miles away.
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civil action groups urged americans to take their money out of big commercial banks today. this is one of the ads for the move your money and bank transfer day movements. a national survey shows 650,000 customers have joined credit unions since the day bank of america announced plans time pose a debit card fee. the bank has since reversed that decision. occupy wall street is planning a dump your bank day on tuesday. a possible step in the right direction for greece, the prime minister met with the country's president today just hours after barely winning a vote confidence. he says he'll do whatever he can to form a coalition government. his next objective to push through approval of an international bailout package. and world leaders pledged support for the greek debt deal at the g-20 summit in france. they wrapped up the meetings by unveiling a two paying action plan. the plan is short on specifics and leaders admit it will be
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hard for some countries to follow through as they try to get their own financial houses in order. here in this country some 215,000 customers of connecticut power and light are still without power. one week after a freak fall snowstorm. connecticut's governor warned residents of another cold night tonight and urging home to take advantage of warming centers across the state. the utility vows 99% restoration by sunday night. an outpouring of tributes today for andy rooney. the veteran broadcaster died last night following complications from minor surgery. he 92. rooney started his career as a writer before retiring last see spent 60 years working for cbs, first behind-the-scenes and then in front of the camera. earlier i spoke to one of rooney's "60 minutes" colleagues, bob simon. >> he was awfully, awfully nice. he invited me to lunch.
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he would call now and then to see how i was doing. he's a sweetheart of a human being which didn't always come across in his commentaries. >> oh, wow. now that he went into minor surgery. were you and people who were close to him kind of blind sided that he was not recovering well? >> frankly, i wasn't blind sided and the reason is i've known a lot of guys who die quickly after they retire. it's just something that happens. i don't understand it. i don't know if any doctor understands it. but i've seen it happen before. so when andy left i was thinking, i hope he has some good years ahead of him but i wasn't sure that he did. >> at 92, and he was writer and during his farewell that so many of us watched on 60 mains few weeks ago he stressed that, i'm a writer. but he also you talked about kind of one of the things that got under his skin that he wasn't comfortable with is that he didn't like being recognized on the streets.
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did you ever kind of see that was something that aggravated him. >> that's right. absolutely. when we went out the dinner together most correspondents love it when somebody comes up and says i think you're great i can have your autograph. andy hated it. he just wanted to have his dinner. the most unique thing about andy professionally is that every other correspondent in television news fills a slot. there's a white house correspondent. a foreign correspondent. an anchor and when they leave they will be replaced. andy fill did not fill a slot. he was andy. he can't be replaced. his slot will be retired the way joe dimaggio's number 5 was retired. the only guys i think who might be able to do it are mark twain and will rogers but i'm not sure. >> they are not available. so, you know, andy rooney, he
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had this very unique position as you just described it. pictures did not tell his stories like most television correspondents, we'll rely on pictures to help tell that story. did he kind of craft this position to be that final punctuation of "60 minutes" every sunday? was that his own enterprise or was it something that evolved because of the character that was andy rooney? >> i think he just does most into it. as he said in his final statement, his final piece which i thought was his finest moment, he said writers don't retire, i'm a writer, therefore, i won't retire. that's how he always thought of himself. wrote for other correspondents because he was such a good writer and then at some point he just started doing his own pieces and being who he is he became who so. but he never thought himself as a television personality even though he was certainly one of
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the most recognizable people on television in the united states. >> cbs's bob simon there. jurors in the conrad murray trial have the weekend off. they started deliberating yesterday but ended the day without a verdict. cnn ted rollins has more from outside the courthouse in los angeles. >> reporter: one full dave deliberation, no verdict here in los angeles. the jurors will be back at 8:30 in the morning on monday morning. at one point they asked to see some evidence. they brought the evidence into the jury room. we don't know if they are going through evidence together in agreement to sort of doing their due diligence, or they disagreeing on any specifics. course there's no way to know that. no way to know what's is going on inside that room. there's a lot of people outside of the courthouse and inside the courthouse who are watching and waiting very, very patiently. the judge will not allow this jury of seven men and five women to deliberate over the weekend, or outside of court hours. so they will be back at 8:30
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monday morning along with a lot of the media and a lot of the people outside of this courthouse. ted rollins, cnn, los angeles. representative gabrielle giffords promises to go back to work. the arizona congresswoman was shot in january during a public appearance. a new book by her husband mark kelly will be released late they are month. giffords wrote the last chapter. she made a surprise appearance in congress to vote on that debt ceiling deal. this is the time of year when many seniors are thinking of applying to colleges. "u.s. news and world report" named the colleges with the lowest accepted rates. cooper union only accepted 8%. three schools tied with 7%, stanford university, harvard university and alice lloyd
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out there with a better way. now, that's progressive. so before the break we named four of the five colleges and universities with the lowest acceptance rates. claiming the top spot it's the curtis institute of music in philadelphia. which accepted only 4% of all applicants this year. the curtis institute has a total undergraduate enrollment of only 123 students. tuition and fees are $2300 for the 2011-2012 school year. returning to greece and its troubled economy, the prime
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minister says he'll do whatever it takes to push through an international bailout package. time is running out to save that country's finances and if you think you shouldn't care, think again. earlier i spoke with mark zandi from moody's a na li ticks about why the greek crisis impacts every single one of us. >> we're tethered at the hip with europe and if europe has trouble we do too. the most obvious and direct link is through the stock market, a large number of our big multinational corporation do lots of business in europe and their stock price reflects what's happening there. and if you go back to the start of the european debt crisis, almost a year and a half ago the stock market as been up, down, all around and largely gone nowhere. there are other links but that's the most key and immediate one. >> how is it that people can feel, i guess, more confidence if confidence is the right word in their 401(k) while greece
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tries to work out its money problems? >> well, you know, i don't think you can. i mean the ups and downs in our stock market and people's 401(k)s and other pension assets is directly related to what's going on in europe almost day-to-day. you know it's not only that stock market has gone nowhere for the last year and a half or two years, the problem is the volatility, it's the ups and downs. with that kind of -- those kinds of swings it's very difficult to know, you know, what you're worth and so that has a big impact on people's thinking, on their psyche and ultimately on their spending and the broader economy. >> greece's prime minister papandreou is trying to convince his country citizens to accept new austerity measures. but some greek may not wait around much longer. >> reporter: break time at athens' new york business college. a bunch of students are set getting qualified and then
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quitting the country. >> do you feel your country needs people like you? >> they do but there's no opportunity. people are closing, stores are closing. strikes are making it very hard for people to even go to school and work. >> reporter: his friend thinks it's more deep rooted even than that. >> if you take a greek guy, greek guy lives in greece he does do nothing. if you move him to australia or canada anywhere, he will do great things. >> you think our leader -- >> reporter: there's a special course here on greece and the crisis and an attempt to try to buck the trend and keep the young back home. >> it's all about finding the presence of mind to go against a lot of what has been built and declared debunk. it's something that only younger people can do. >> reporter: but it seems the younger generation feel the principles of democracy broke down long ago. they said they feel cheated by
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their own politicians and parents and grandparents, creating a mess of monumental proportions that no one seems able to fix. talk to older generations and they will freely admit much of the blame lies with greek society. >> i believe that we have to earn our living. it was the last ten years, we were living with loans. not only the last ten years, since our revolution of 1821. we have bankrupt five times, maybe more. and we don't get the lesson out of that. >> reporter: in 1821 field marshall fought for independence from the ottomans and won. now they wait for a fate that may be far worse. sadly for greece many of the young who could fight for its future say they are not prepared
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to stick around. now to the u.s. economy. it added 80,000 jobs in october. the unemployment rate dropped a tad from 9.1% to 9% even. so, what will it take to see a meaningful improvement in the job market? christine romans talked about solutions with economist diane swank and peter. >> the jobless rate stands at 9%. that number has nearly dounld when you look at the underemployment rate that includes those who want to work full time but can only find part time work. that's 16.2%. each month brings slight progress at best but what other long term real solution. diane, let's start with you. we've gone over the problems. what needs to happen to return to the days of 200,000 jobs added each month and 5% unemployment? >> it's going to be difficult. there is missouriy fix. we've always talked there's a
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silver bull tloebt shot. that said there are things that could be done in the margins and changes in regulation. easing up on regulation. if we had more fiscal stimulus. that would help. we won't get it to go along with the on going monetary stimulus. i think it's important the issue we talked about discrimination against long term unemployed. we got to eliminate that. that just can't happen because you close those workers out for good out of the labor force and many states now pass anti-discrimination laws where you can't say i won't look at you unless you're employed or been unemployed for six months or more than a year. we also have to do things like die, the unpaid internships to make sure we keep our young engaged in the labor force at some level. if they are not earning any money they are at least getting skills. there are things that be done on the margin to keep them employ scrabble. the key issue is not to have a whole lost generation at the
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older and younger end of the spectrum. >> peter, my advice to people fill the gap on your resume if it says jobless need not apply. >> one thing older workers can do is get out and do volunteer work. you can only send out so many resumes. do something every day. if you budget your time properly you can do some of the thing that young people do and that can lead to other work. i don't mean internship ps but volunteer work where you continue to apply your skill. >> that was christine romans discussing jobs. here's something that will perhaps make you happy. can you guess which star is the most popular on youtube? is it rihanna, justin bieber or lady gaga? the answer next. this is $100,000.
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and now it's possible to stream your favorite youtube videos, check emails and share photos fright your television, it's called smart tv. and it's hitting the store shelves for the christmas season. our technology analyst is joining us from toronto to explain. so, mark, exactly what is smart tv. something tells me it's not something just for relaxing. >> sure. can you if you want to relax or be as engaged as you want. we have smart cars and smart phones so why not smart tvs. they are referred to as internet tvs or connected tvs. in a nutshell essentially bringing the best of the internet to your big screen television. these new crop of televisions have internet access so you can then enjoy dozens of apps not unlike what's on your smartphone or tablet. that can be everything from streaming video service like
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netflix and youtube or hulu plus and block buster to streaming music like pandora. social networks like facebook and twitter. then of course on demand weather and news and sports 0 scores all on your big screen tv. it's streaming content be it media information. >> oh, my goodness. who is making these internet enabled tvs and do they offer the same kind of service and perks. >> all the major tv manufacturers offer some flavor of internet tv today and i'm sure they are going have greater success with internet connected tvs than they have with 3-d tvs. some have both by the way. all the major players. but the second part of your question is about whether or not they all have the same services. the short answer is no, many of them share common ones like netflix or youtube. some have a complete web browser so you can access the web as if
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you're in front of your laptop. for example, samsung and lg have more than 100 different apps with their smart tv platform. they branded it smart turns v. panasonic has on demand gaming sfraeming video games, you're playing the content over the, in the cloud, if you will. and sony has a few exclusives. one of them is they are the only tv maker that has google tv which is their own service that they license and also curiosity. you'll get a little bit different content with every partner. some offer skype chatting like what we're doing now through their tv. pretty cool stuff. poised to be a pretty big deal in 2012. >> full service television. once you buy a smart tv what else do you need to get going? is there a way to add internet access to an existing tv? >> so, you do need a high-speed internet connection. that's number one.
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some smart tvs are internet connected tvs give you a wired or wireless opening or both. if you have a wi-fi network you want it fast enough to stream video. you want the latest speed for wireless routers. some prefer to have a wired connection. so number one you do need, if you have an internet tv, you will need a high-speed internet connection, but if you are perfectly happy with your existing tv but you want to tap into all this really cool interactive and streaming content you can buy a box and connect to it your tv. it pollution into any hdmi slot in the back or side of your tv and that includes apple tv which is what i use and that gives you access to streaming tv shows and movies on itunes and other cool advantages. there's also a boxy box from d-link. there's roku.
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there's logitech. a few products will add that. some blu-ray players have smart tv built in. if you aren't going to run out and buy a new tv you can still take advantage of this smart tv revolution. >> that's incredible. just in time for this holidays. what a coincidence. >> thanks. >> thanks so much. >> thanks. >> for more hi-tech ideas go to from smart tv to a real life drama playing out in front of the cameras. the involuntary manslaughter trial of conrad murray is in the hand of the jury. nancy grace weighs in on the case. um... try the number one! [ jack ] yeah, this is pretty good. [ male announcer ] half a day's worth of fiber. fiber one. what's in the mail? well, it just might surprise you.
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out. take it out you're awake. it's only to be used as a surgical anesthetic in an operating room. conrad murray order four gallons, they've gallon of milk for michael jackson alone. when he says he's weaning him. so after that came out in court i think that all of their arguments fell flat. they also argued in his defense that and he was little fish in a quote big dirty pond. in other words a lot of doctors had jackson hooked on drugs. but those doctors aren't the ones accused of culling him. >> quick verdict in your view then? >> well, remember i was the one who said simpson would go down on double murder. i believe there will be a guilty verdict. it's all over but the sentencing. however in california that sentencing may be very lenient. he may get straight probation for killing michael jackson. >> all right. let's switch gears a little bit. the other reason you're out in los angeles, "dancing with the stars". you're still in the game. so you and tristan, you had a
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very different competition this week. the big group dance. a lot of pressure on that. do you feel there's greater pressure, pressure on the group dance versus when it's you and tristan, you know, competing? >> well the thing about the group dance that's a shocker that scored, that group score was anticipated to everyone's individual score. >> yeah. >> how does that work? >> well, i guess we went into two teams of three. i don't know which one. i had a split opinion on the first. i thought thought our own dance was the most important one. but, again, it's kind of -- you're taking it at your own hands and helping out the team. you need to work as a team in that scenario. they were equally as important. >> what i hate is that outfit. i was literally in an asylum cage wearing a straight jacket outfit and a crazy wig. okay. i didn't like that part. i liked the dance a lot and i
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want prepped me for this week and that was a tango and we're doing a tango this week which was very hard. >> unanimous sip grace and tristan macmanus. this just in to cnn. boxing legend joe frazier is in a hospice in philadelphia. he has liver cancer. he apparently suffered pain last month and then went to the doctor. he fought mohamed ali. another look at our top stories. andy rooney was a man of letters and words delivered with great wit. he died last night. rooney retired from his job as a commentator at "60 minutes" in october. he won many accolades in his long career and sparked controversy. rooney was 92. in texas this is what's left of a bus carrying students and
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faculty from abilene christian university pap 19-year-old woman was killed when the bus struck a concrete culvert and rolled over. several other passengers were ejected and suffered varying degrees of injuries. a sanitation worker in stanford, connecticut says he bought the winning $254 million powerball ticket. amazing luck, right? not so fast. apparently the man says he can't find the winning ticket now. he bought it a local mini mart. >> he said that's his number but he can't find the ticket. i don't know what to say. >> how upset? >> he was a little upset. >> he better find that ticket. the international atomic energy agency meantime will release a new report on iran. it's expected to include the most explicit charges by the iaea to date. joining me now to talk about this is state department senior producer. what is about it this iaea
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report that you can tell us? >> reporter: fred, in recent reports there's been concern that iran's program is not for peaceful purposes as they say it is and they have been trying to develop a nuclear weapon. now we understand from diplomats the charges in this report are irrefutable. case is made that iran has been trying to develop a nuclear weapon. been simulating computer models trying to develop a nuclear war head which is how they deliver a nuclear weapon to a country. so, we understand these are the most damning as we said charges to date that the iaea is going to be putting out in this report and this is going to give a lot of leverage to the united states and other countries as they seek to increase pressure on iran. >> how might the u.s. respond to this especially in the wake of that iranian bomb plot? >> reporter: it could definitely strengthen president obama's hand. the u.s. will use this report to ratchet up the pressure on iran, mo financial economic
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measures, possibly more political pressure trying to get more political pressure at the u.n.. they say countries like russia and china will see this report and even they won't able to deny the evidence. we under president obama said when he was in cannes he discussed the upcoming report with president sarkozy at g-20 and leaving for asia next week where he'll talk to leaders of russia and china saying we need to put up the heat on iran. >> there's this drum beat, this resounding drum beat involving war possibly with iran and israel would play a role potentially. explain more about this. >> reporter: well the u.s. is down playing these reports. we heard from reports in israel that prime minister benjamin netanyahu had been looking to the cabinet to authorize some kind of military strikes suggesting that they are considering it. i spoke to officials. they said when iran is loud about these type of charges, when we see a lot of reports then we don't worry so much. but when they go quiet that's
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when we worry. on the other hand, military officials are saying they are concerned that possibly israel would attack iran and they are going to be looking at israel and iran very carefully. right now the u.s. is saying it wants to use diplomatic measures, economic pressure, political pressure on iran. isn't considering military options although you always no they never take anything off the table. >> that's right. thanks so much. so many americans need assistance during these hard economic times. one man is doing all that he can. >> i find the situation is getting worse. they need food. they need help with their utilities. this is 2011 in america. we should be helping each other. >> a cnn top ten hero next one the newsroom these dogs wake up too early!
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each week we're shining a spotlight on our top ten cnn honorees and their work as you vote for the one who inspires the most. the cnn her joft year. this week we're re-introducing you to sal dimiceli.
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he assists hundreds of people each year helping to provide food and utilities. he joins us live from lake ge he in varks wisconsin. good to see you. congratulations for being a top ten. >> thank you very much. >> so, you write a column in your local newspaper. it tells readers about people's situations and how help is needed. is this the basis of time to sheep now getting local people to help one another? >> it's the beginning of a network that we've been doing for quite a few years. i feel all across america the same thing can be done. we've bennett working for numerous years from different government entities, a lot of private entities of different businesses giving back to their communities. and everyone else coming together to volunteer. >> so help explain how it works. you hear of someone, their need, you visit the home to get a full understanding of what they need
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before actually providing any supplies or assistance >> a few decades ago instead of going golfing and that, growing up in poverty, i went out and looked for those that were suffering. after a while i started doing my column, coming out and networking where people can write in for help and also people could write in for others that they know that they need help but have pride and won't ask for help. once they write in for help i review the letters. i open them up in chronology cal order and i take the ones that are very severe need out of food, utilities off, being evicted, becoming homeless and then i investigate each situation and make sure that it's for real not somebody trying to take advantage. i love helping the elderly, the children, the handy capped, those that can't fend for themselves and also good americans who would like to work, fallen on hard times especially now in the recession in a love helping them and their
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families. >> this really is very personal for you. you know what it was like as a child to live in poverty. how does that experience make you that much more effective in helping other people? >> if it wasn't for my mother's tears that i saw as a little boy growing up, the time is now would not exist and i would not be helping all these people. as i grew up, our utilities now and then would be off. the electric would be off. we would have little or no food. my mom would be crying all the time. at 12 years old i went for my first job. i was told as the man looked at me you're not 16. i was a malnourished 80 pounds and he said i cannot hire you. i said please my mom is home. the electric is off. i got my first job. running home i made a vow to god i wouldn't forget those roots.
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i live good but everything else i give back to help the poverty stricken. >> that's why you're a top ten cnn hero. thanks so much, sal dimiceli. all the best and congratulations and best of luck too as we're about to meet all of the top ten cnn heroes for 2011 and people will be voting for the one that inspires them the most and you can do that at home at cnn all ten will be honored live at cnn all-star tribute on december 11th hosted by anderson cooper. can you vote online, your tablet, your mobile phone. go to right now. our centennial open house, l november 1st through the 7th.
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middle class students are not making the grade. a report from the think tank third way finds middle class students are consistently underperformers and underachievers. only one in four is likely to graduate from college. in this perry's principles, steve perry offers some perspective. >> reporter: one of the most interesting things about this report is it dispels the myth
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natural you move to the suburbs you're actually going to get a better education. what we're finding is that across the board america's schools are falling short of the expectation of american parents. as a result, we're seeing that our children are being beaten by international comparison to other schools in other countries. so we need as a country to do a better job of providing students with a choice actual access to opportunities outside of the traditional school in which the children can find the school that fits their needs best. one of the reasons that the middle class students are not going college is the fact that truthfully a third of them when they get there are taking remedial courses. that's at four year colleges. percentage of students taking remedial colleges at community colleges can be 70%. >> coming up meet a little girl who has a priceless reaction to her birthday surprise, viral
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now we want to take you to carrollton, iowa, to an unassuming private amish community being rocked by a rash of strange assaults. these five men were arrested on kidnapping and burglary charges. they're accused of arming themselves with scissors and battery-operated clippers to hack off an important symbol of the amish face, men's beards and women's hair. all five thought to be members of what some believe is a breakaway amish cult.
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gary tuchman has a rare inside look. >> reporter: in rural eastern ohio, the amish have lived for generations in peace and solitude. but recently in the middle of the night, an amish woman in this house called 911 -- >> carroll county, 911 -- >> we have terrorists here, somebody is terrorizing us. >> reporter: then her husband took the phone -- >> i opened the door and asked what they want. the one guy reached in, grabbed me by my beard and pulled me out. >> reporter: grabbed him by his beard and started to cut it off. myron miller is at least one of four amish men in ohio who have been victims of bizarre beard-cutting attacks. that's right, beard-cutting attacks. fred abdullah is the sheriff in this county. >> it's degrading to amish men.
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>> reporter: myron miller was attacked by five men. he talked, but like many amish who don't like publicly, didn't want to face the camera. >> it doesn't make sense why somebody would just start cutting beards to terrorize people. >> reporter: myron miller's wife did not want her face on camera at all. there we go. okay. this is my first time putting a horse on a buggy. but she offered to take me in a horse and buggy ride to talk about the fear and the community. amish people aren't used to being scared. >> we never locked our doors before this happened. but now that this has happened, we are locking our doors. >> reporter: and this is who they say they're trying to keep out, these amish men, who were arrested in connection with the beard-cutting case of myron miller. this was a court hearing for three of the five men arrested. they are all now free, out on bond. but the sheriff says the men were ordered to do the beard-cuttings by one particular man. >> i've dealt with a lot of
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amish. they're just beautiful people. but i can't compare sam mullet to the ones i've met. >> reporter: some say he's dangerously manipulative over his flock. but why the beard-cutting? it's a profound insult to the amish. and it's been used as a weapon to punish people who might have been assaulted them. >> sam mull ut is a domineering individual. nothing moves in that community without him saying it's okay. i've said that he is a cult leader over the years because they will do anything he tells them to do. they once said they would die for their father. that's how severely he has them brainwashed. >> reporter: we went in search of sam mullet and we found him. he wasn't very pleased to see us.
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if the sheriff says you're a cult, what's your response to that? >> we're not a cult. >> reporter: have you ordered men to cut people's beards off? >> i have not ordered. >> reporter: but he denies he or his sons committed the attack. >> i could have probably said, you're not going to do this and maybe they wouldn't have right then, but sooner or later it would have happened anyway. >> reporter: why do you think these people had their beards cut off? >> we're getting in too deechlt it's too long a story. >> reporter: do you think those people did something wrong? >> i'm telling you i'm not interested. >> reporter: to myron miller's wife who later decided she would appear on camera, there's no doubt who's behind the attacks. who do you believe is responsible for all this? >> sam, sam mullet. >> reporter: she says sam mullet is angry at her family because her family helped one of mullet's sons leave his father's group. >> if they ever do arrest him and he comes out, he's able to get out on bond. he's not going to go down easy.
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>> reporter: sam mullet hasn't been arrested but authorities say they're building a case against him. >> i can't take any chances with this guy. >> reporter: meanwhile, no arrests have been made in another case, an amish woman was victimized by a hair-cutting attack. amish women consider their hair to be god's glory. the sheriff says mullet is behind the attack. and now the federal government has decided to get involved. the fbi is now investigating the situation. what's your feeling about that? >> we're not guilty, so i have nothing to hide if they want to come and check us out, we'd be glad to see them here. >> reporter: sam mullet claims people have a vendetta against him. that he wants to be left alone and that he is the righteous one. >> people are spreading lies around about us and the way they're treating us by getting the sheriff, getting the law and everything are asking for a big punishment from the man up


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