tv ABC World News With Diane Sawyer ABC June 21, 2010 6:30pm-7:00pm EDT
tonight on "world news" -- spoiled summer in the gulf. we learn one of the big fears may never happen. we're there as oily birds are ready to fly again. claiming credit -- the man a cused in the times square bomb plot pleads guilty and says the plan was bigger than we knew. shooting spree -- in chicago, 52 people are shot in one weekend. cheerleader challenge -- is cheerleading every bit as a sport as volleyball? it's the big court battle. you decide. and good to grow -- a young girl helped by an ingenious idea.
we begin with breaking news tonight about the man who planted the car bomb in times square on may 1st. he appeared in court today unrepentant and with some strong warnings for america. foremost among them that more attacks are on the way. brian ross is here with details about faisal shahzad and what he said about the attacks, when, whom. >> reporter: he said he was part of the answer to the u.s. killing of the muslim people and that more attacks would continue against the u.s. homeland till the u.s. was out of iraq and afghanistan. his only regret seems to be the bombs did not work. >> he didn't say how many? >> reporter: he did not, but more were coming, and he described in detail to the federal judge the process by which he went through his radicalization, his training, to become a terrorist. >> how did he get connected to al qaeda? >> reporter: he says it took six months for him traveling around pakistan to finally hook up with the taliban of pakistan. there he was given the connections traineding for five days in how to build bombs.
he consulted about the attack, aiming for times square on a saturday night. >> it's been so mysterious. he's a 30-year-old father of two who grew up in the u.s. as we know, worked here. was educated here. what happens next to him? >> reporter: he showed great anger about the u.s. and a kind of calm, determined approach to what he did. he said he built three bombs within that vehicle, the nissan pathfinder, one of fertile ziser, one with gas cylinders, none of them worked, and he regretted that. >> he did want it to be bigger than we knew at the time? >> he wanted to be in times square with as many people injured as possible. the judge asked hip, you are a soldier of muslim but there are no soldiers in times square. he was asked, even the children who were there? he said the drones in pakistan don't know if they kill children. >> faisal shahzad speaking in court just moments ago. we thank you, brian ross. by the way, in afghanistan today, gunfire broke out as
president obama's special envoy to the region, the u.s. ambassador, arrived in marjah, the town which marines have been trying to secure since they seized it from the taliban in a turning point bat last winter. miguel marquez was there. he is embedded with u.s. troops in afghanistan. >> reporter: it was supposed to be just another high-profile visit to a crucial town. then -- [ gunfire ] this is one of the unpredictable things about afghanistan, in marjah in particular. a gunfight broke out. it's not clear who exactly the afghan national police are shooting at and they're still shooting. [ gunfire ] >> reporter: marines told us several insurgents shot at the v-22 aircraft carrying holbrooke. he took it in stride. >> i've been shot at in other countries, a lot -- other countries actually. >> reporter: marines have been fighting here for four months and have succeeded in driving
out taliban fighters and beginning to build a functioning government. but -- as quick or dramatic as expected. >> it's a complicated situation. >> reporter: complicated and volatile. less than a minute after holbrooke left, a huge explosion rocked marjah's government center. afghan police told us three suicide bombers were planning to attack the delegation. the only casualties, the bombers themselves. but a sobering day given that the next u.s. mission ousting the taliban from kandahar involves a much larger city. miguel marquez, abc news, marjah, afghanistan. from afghanistan, we return to this country and the oil spill. on this first official day of summer. there's a video that says so much. empty beaches. the tourists have vanished. we have been pushing for the facts for days about exactly how
much beach has been hit. tonight we have a partial answer. louisiana has said today 239 miles, roughly 60%, of its coastline have been impacted by oil. mississippi told us less than 1%. florida puts the figure at 11% so far. and we still await numbers from alabama. the total oil leak since the rig explosion is nearly 160 million gallons. it would fill about half the entire state building. and sharon alfonsi is? lafeet louisiana where this week brought home the stark reality. >> reporter: we are getting to the point where a lot of families here are running out of money. they can't find work. all those jobs. and now tourism are drying up. either aspect of life in the gulf has changed.
tourists now replaced by tar balls. even the day-to-day routine here. around the gulf they're used to getting up early to fish. unable to do that, they now do this, lining up at 3:00 in the morning for grocery vouchers. that's where we met marni. her hours have been cut in half. she's never had to ask for help. the oil spill is destroying her livelihood. >> now it's a problem. >> reporter: on this day, tempers flair. those waiting fearful they won't have enough vouchers. >> we know there's a large amount of people. we've increased the numbers. >> reporter: she got a check for $300 but her rent is $600. >> i should have money put aside from this week and next week to pay my rent. i don't have it.
>> reporter: this morning relief fund administrator told "good morning america" claims from victims will be filled faster. >> we've got to turn the claims around much faster. -- individual comes in and asks for emergency assistance, that person should not have to keep coming back. >> reporter: there is little help it will get better soon. tony hayward announced he will not attend an oil conference. a spokesman says he is committed to the gulf relief effort. relief so many people here are increasingly desperate for. one bit of relief could come on wednesday. a judge is going to decide whether or not to lift that ban on deep water drilling. that is controversial. that could put thousands of people back on the water. >> as you know, there was some word today. some good news to report about hope taking flight.
38 pelicans rescued have been cleaned and released. it's the biggest release since the oil leak began. >> reporter: they were brought in and now freedom. >> we helped restore these birds. >> reporter: 38 of these pelicans were trucked from this wildlife refuge in southern louisiana to new orleans. >> we know they have a pretty good chance. >> reporter: today even more birds brought in. so far over 700 have been captured alive. they're scrubbed from bill to foot. most survive the process. some don't. today the scramble to protect wildlife continued in earnest. bp finally gave 11 smaller companies a shot. all of them profess to have the solution. >> this pulls up oil so fast.
>> it can hold up to 75 times its weight. >> reporter: this kitty litter-type substance cleans up the oil. still, some worry that many of the efforts to clean the oil are causing as much damage as the spill itself. this environmentalist was shooting a plea on youtube that cleanup crews were trampling a nesting area. [ inaudible ] -- ten feet of that nest. >> reporter: immediately after those pelicans were released they took flight. some were alone. eventually they reformed the group. even though it took them hundreds of miles away, found them a pretty decent new home. >> to learn more about how you can help with the wildlife rescue effort, go to our website abcnews.com. and one other note. a month ago we talked about the
fear of the oil leaking to what was called the loop current. maybe spreading oil all the way to the atlantic coast. up the coast and beyond. word tonight at least at this point that is one thing that is not happening. the oil is not in the loop current we are told. moving on now. one year ago we began this broadcast with the latest news from iran where demonstrators flooded the streets to protest the tainted elections. you'll remember one young woman became the symbol for the revolt when she was shot dead by government sources. jim sciutto who was in the thick of it a year ago has returned to tehran. some of them since have been tortured. many of them banned by the government from any contact with opposition leaders or the press. he had to meet with them in secret. >> reporter: the streets of tehran, a sea of anger a year
ago, people excitedly telling us they were on the verge of a revolution. >> we want freedom. we want freedom. >> reporter: and willing to pay any price. neda agha-soltan, whose shooting death was seen around the world, galvanized outrage, and hope. everyone vowed her death would be a rallying cry to freedom. >> reporter: in all of my trips here, this is the most nervous, the most scared, i've seen members of the opposition. we met him, we'll couple him ahmed, in a public park after midnight. arrested twice and tortured, he's now hiding from police. they don't know where i am right now, he said. "each night i spend in a
different place." if you go to prison, how many years? everywhere we go, we're followed. we change taxis several times on each trip. and send text messages in codes since the government monitors cell phones. >> if they want they can come to our house and take us, very easy. >> they are coming for activists one by one. next, i think it will be our turn. >> reporter: a husband and wife pair of activists, we'll call them mehdi and maryam, arranged to be interviewed in a moving car. both had been beaten and injured. [ inaudible ] still the present tests are getting smaller and smaller. at the grave today, protesters pay emotional tribute. undercover police lurked among the mourners. a man just came to us and very
quietly whispered to us very quietly that security officers, intelligence officers are watching the gravesite and he said in no uncertain terms we should leave, that it's not safe. as we said good-bye to mahdi and maryam, they told us their only choice now is to leave, along with many other activists. and as they go, so does much of their hope for change. jim scuitto, abc news, tehran. >> so much hope one year later underground. still ahead on "world news" -- what is going on in chicago? 52 shootings in one weekend. the landmark fight over cheerleading. once and for all, is this a sport or not? and the inspired idea helping the young girl avoid years of surgery. woman: i just joined extracare advantage for diabetes
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>> they're waging war in the streets of chicago. and we're losing children every single day. >> reporter: most of the shootings took place in poor neighborhoods -- far from downtown and tourist attractions. one reason much of the city seems to be shrugging its shoulders. >> i think people just say, "oh, it's a bunch of gang bangers shooting at each other." unfortunately, though, a lot of innocent people get caught in the cross-fire. >> reporter: the losses are staggering. today, this family learned that their 17-year-old was found shot to death just this morning. >> this is crazy. they didn't have to kill my son. >> reporter: a dozen gunshot victims came here to stoger hospital. one died, others are hanging on. >> we had a yong girl. come in that was shot in the back and will probably be paralyzed. >> reporter: for the rest of her life? >> for the rest of her life. >> reporter: the shootings, now commonplace in a city where gangs are powerful, guns plentiful. beyond the guns and gangs, the city is coping with a street culture in which, all too often,
the silliest squabbles lead to deadly force. >> i think people have just grown up thinking, "if i'm mad at you, i'm going to grab my gun and shoot you." >> reporter: the city seems all but numb to violence. chris bury, abc news, chicago. coming up ahead here on "world news" -- a serious court case asking who are the better athletes, cheer leaders or volleyball players? that make us americans are the things we make. this has always been a nation of builders, craftsmen. men and women for whom straight stitches and clean welds were matters of personal pride. they made the skyscrapers and the cotton gins. colt revolvers, jeep 4 x 4's. these things make us who we are. as a people, we do well when we make good things and not so well when we don't.
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touching up and down for 15 minutes. no serious injuries. next, a closely watched federal trial that got under way in connecticut today. the question at the center of the case, is cheerleading a sport? as much of a sport as volleyball? this decision could impact schools and athletes all across the country. here's linsey davis. >> reporter: no pom poms or megaphones here. the quinnipiac university cheerleaders are agile and strong. they see themselves as gymnasts. they think what they do is a sport. last year, the university agreed. they eliminated women's volleyball and replaced it with cheerleading. officially recognizing them as athletes. that didn't sit well with the volleyball team which filed a lawsuit against the school saying not so fast. the school says it was about cost. volleyball cost $70,000 a year for 11 players while cheerleading cost $50,000 for a team of 40. now it's up to the court to decide if cheerleading is really a sport.
they'll be looking to title 9, the federal law that defines a sport. and requires schools to provide equal opportunities for men and women to compete. >> for right now, it doesn't matter what they say, i know what i do. >> reporter: it's now in the court's hands. many in the women's sports community will be watching closely from the sidelines. linsey davis, abc news, new york. we sure want to know what you think. is cheerleading a sport? how should schools decide? weigh in at abcnews.com. coming up next, the great idea that makes such a difference in this girl's life. . the middle of this special moment and i need to run off to the bathroom. i'm fed up with always having to put my bladder's needs ahead of my daughter. so today i'm finally talking to my doctor about overactive bladder. [ female announcer ] if you're suffering,
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[ tires screech ] ♪ finally tonight a great idea. a medical invention for someone who could sure use a strangers breakthrough idea. here's dr. richard besser. >> reporter: 9-year-old morgan larue loved to play basketball until she was diagnosed with bone cancer last year. she was treated with chemotherapy and surgery, but if she did not receive an intervention, she faced the possibility of many more surgeries. >> you do a separate operation every four to six months. >> reporter: operations necessary because as she continues to grow, she will outgrow the prosthesis she was given to replace part of her
leg. >> the difficult thing for morgan, who has a lot of room to grow, is that, after the surgery, she could potentially have uneven leg length, very uneven leg length. >> reporter: and here's the amazing part, she won't face that childhood full of surgeries now, because of a new invention, engineered for morgan by this man, alec mcknight. >> this is where it will extend. >> reporter: this extendable replacement bone grows as she grows. how does that work? inside morgan's leg is a tiny magnet and gear box. when morgan places her leg into this larger donut-shaped electro-magnet, it creates an electromagnetic field, which moves that smaller magnet inside, activating the gears and extending it gradually. for every four minutes her leg is in the donut, it grows one millimeter. and there's no pain. during her first lengthening session, morgan played a video game. how long will it last? >> there'll be enough growth capacity in the implant to get her out to her full height. >> reporter: strong enough for her to play sports and live a
full life? >> she can go play basketball and ride a bike. she can live as full a life as she can hope to. >> reporter: what does she hope to do now? >> run and jump and play. >> reporter: hope not just for morgan but for hundreds of children who will benefit from inspired ideas. dr. richard besser, abc news, new york. >> magnets to do it. it's great to spend some of this longest day of the year with you. have a great first official day of summer. and we'll see you back here tomorrow night. good night. ♪
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