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neighborhoods. we're going to leave you with a picture of rockefeller center in new york, america tonight is next. >> on "america tonight", a policeman, a street clash and a difficult suspect. did the officer go too far to gets a mentally ill man under control. >> at that point the officer must have got frustrated and unloaded his weapon 14 times. why would an officer shoot someone 14 times. >> "america tonight"s christopher putzel on the hard question. are we asking too much of the
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police? also, the story you won't see at the movie. the bridge, bloody sunday. and the ghost of sell ma echoed in the struggle today. >> he did not die in vain? >> no i don't feel this was in vain. >> a trip to alabama and the long journey still ahead. is it the end of the road for a holiday tradition. >> you couldn't have christmas without hats. 50 years of lights, working doors and honking horns. will santa bring it back next year thanks for joining us, i'm when. the list grows longer ferguson,
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staten island and milwaukee, where another community will not prosecute a police officer for his role in the death of a young black man. another incident that could ignite more unrest and raise more questions about how to keep law enforcement from going too far. a new state law in wisconsin aimed to do that. >> "america tonight"s christopher putzel found in its first major test, the family of a mentally iltest failed to give him justice. christopher putzel introduced us to dante hamilton's family. >> maria moved her family from indiana. >> i decided e didn't want them to be statistics. ahead choice to bring them here, so they could get involved in the education and be involved in community sports.
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>> reporter: that dream of a new beginning ended april 30th. >> he has weighing here. >> reporter: that afternoon maria's youngest son dante hamilton was sleeping in the park. dante suffered schizophrenia and his family said he often slept outside. dantre and the officer began to argue. >> the officer pulled out the ballon and started to strike him. witnesses are saying that dantre never struck the officer. he was standing in the defensive manner. at that point the officer must have got frustrated and unloaded his weapon. why would an officer shoot somebody 14 times? >> we feel like it was a hatred, emotion from maybe getting his baton taken. now an investigation into that shooting has been completed.
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the district attorney of milwaukee decided not to file charges. >> violence occurred between officer mani and mr hamilton. (b), during the course of the struggle officer mani deployed the baton. (c), during the course of the further strughtle he disarmered the baton, and some of the witnesses saw officer many striked. the hamilton family hoped for a different result. dantre was killed after a new state law was signed. requiring that investigations be done under the new law. the new law was the culmination of a 10-year mission for michael bell. his 21-year-old son was shot and killed by police under disputed circumstances.
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what can you tell me about your son. 21-year-old kid. had flaws, promise. that picture - he was bandaging his younger brother's knee. the younger brother was crying. i brought up the camera and snapped it. it was the last photo taken of him. >> reporter: on the night of november 7th, gour. michael was stopped by the police while driving a friend's vehicle. captured on the dashboard camera the situation escalated. . >> in later statements the officer said they'll continue to violate their arrests in spite of being dazed hundred of times. >> michael was bept over,
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holding the officer in a bear hug. the officer screamed "he's got my gun." >> he stated in my mind by kp issued gun was taken away from me. an independent investigation raised a possibility. one supported by witnesses and forensic tests. >> a theory you had is that you thought the officer might have got the gun hooked on social media. >> he knew something was tugging on his gun. >> how are you. >> nice to meet you. >> bell's mother kim, an eyewitness to the shooting never showed the media what she saw until now. >> mike's hands, you could see them. he had his jacket. he put the gun on my son's head. we were screaming for help. and it didn't go off right away. and then the gun went off, and i
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saw my son fall to the ground. i spell to the ground. >> i know. >> reporter: michael bell began to research how police shootings were vetted in wisconsin, and was disturbed by what he found. >> i didn't under at the time that the police collected the data, and they give that to the da. he made the decision on the data. in the 129 years to be 1885. we could not find a police department. an inquest jury or a fire anythings that said that any shooting was unjustified. he vowed to fight. >> if a police officer takes a life. let's say the department involved in the shooting vets itself. >> we have to fight back. he began to gather together a team. families that had experienced violence at the hands of
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wisconsin police. they sort comfort and huddled together to plot reform. >> it remind me of ferguson. i'm glad everyone is still fighting because i don't know how to fight. if i didn't have everywhere in this room. i don't have a lot of fight because i don't know how, without people. >> the group honed their message to a fine point. when police kill should they judge themselves. nearly 10 years after bell's son was killed. they established independent investigations, it was signed by the governor. the team was there. mothers of other boys killed by police officer. fell behind the governor as he signed the bill. >> how did you feel when the law was passed? >> i felt like i accomplished my mission. i did everything i was supposed to do. that's what it felt like when i
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got the bill passed. >> do you think he would be happy? >> yes. [ chants ] >> reporter: but the decision not to prosecute the officer that shot dantre hamilton led many to believe the struggle the is far from over. in what is becoming a common site, the failure to indict a police officer in a controversial shooting sparked protest. >> this is a fight that we are going to endure. >> yes, sir. >> we are going to stay strong. >> yes, sir. >> we are not going to waiver. we are not going to let it pass. we are not going to turn our backs no more. >> no compromise. >> hamilton's mother is hoping for more than outrage. her son was schizophrenic and police are not equipped to deal with the growing number of mentally ill on the streets, and beliefs the police need a new
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approach. >> his name, his voice to be heard. we are going to dedicate our lives to changing it. i'm not leaving any more. >> the hamilton family vowed to continue to protest the decision. federal investigators are stepping in to take a look at the case, and the family hopes it will take a more objective approach to milwaukee authorities to see if the former officer violated civil rights laws when he killed dantr, hamilton. >> with law enforcement facing scrutiny, there's push back. the slaughter of two new york city patrol men in their squad car underscoring a growing concern for all officers. will the time of travel turn anger and attacks against them. "america tonight"s sara hoy is in brooklyn. >> i feel the same as my
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neighbourhood. i felt this way, all of us felt this way since they happened. they didn't just kill the officers, they killed a pile of us. after the cameras go home, we have to live here. >> as the memorial for two murdered new york city police officers grows in brooklyn, residents along with fellow police officers continue to pay respects in honour of the two new york city police officers shot and killed while sit engine their car saturday afternoon. >> you have to heal first. and if you are not going heal from the first and the second and the third and the fourth keep repeating what do you think people will do. they were angry. someone did something about it. i can't say i was surprised. i saw this coming. unfortunately it will not be the last. let's sit down and get a dialogue and talk about this. let the he'lling begin.
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>> new york city mayor bill de blasio called for an end to the protest until after the funerals for the slain officers. new york city council asked its members not to speak to the press, including brooklyn councilman who needed to cancel his interview with "america tonight". . >> let's accompany the families on the difficult journey, let's see them through the funerals, then debate can begin again. >> officers rafael ramos, and wenjian liu, were gunned down, assassinated in the words of police, as they sat this their patrol car. one, the father of two children, including a 13-year-old the the other newly married. >> the liu family would like to express gratitude to the police department and our neighbours, the new york city community.
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friends and coe workers for the help and support provided. >> their deaths come amid waves of protests and frustration towards police nationwide after grand juries in new york and missouri declined to indict white officers social for the deaths of two unarmed black men. >> frustration that is also turning to tension from police towards new york city's mayor. officers turned their backs on bill de blasio when he visited the hospital where the officers died. pat lynch, head of a police union says the attack could be blamed on violence, during the recent protests against police, and mayor bill de blasio, who criticized the eric garner decision and police tack sticks. >> that blood on the hands starts on the steps of city hall. in the office of the mayor.
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>> let's not repeat the mistakes of the past and use this individual to profile communities. we cannot allow the tragic moment to destroy us. we have to somehow find a way to turn it around and use it as an opportunity to heal, to bring everyone together. >> eric garner's daughter was among those that visited the memorial. >> i have family that's n.y.p.d. i grew up around family reunions. the family - i feel like this is a mental health crisis. it didn't have anything to do with race or anything. it was a mental health crisis. he didn't have the proper way to express his anger. despite the call to end demonstrations, eric's other daughter is scheduled to attend a rally on the steps of the sproourt in staten island where
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the organizers are specific, saying agitators and voiment protesters are not welcome. >> in a moment, we view conflict and the police through a grim time in our nation's past. >> he hit me in the back of my neck. and it hurts. then the second hit felled me. and i fell to the ground. >> remembering summer and reminding ourselves of clashes that shattered a nation and gave rise to real change. ahead in the programme we travel other footsteps history. >> there's not a single place where you look into the eyes of the pilgrims and say you are walking in the footsteps of christ. it's only the first opportunity. >> in this holiday season,
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correspondent nick schifrin at the sea of gala lee and in a place where faith is united.
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this is the image of a turning point, the long simmering anger of plaque communities seeking fairness and justice, in echo of an angry time in our nation's history. weeks ahead of the key anniversary the parallels of that time and this are impossible to ignore. those who challenge the system, justice, and the power of ordinary people to move a nation and change the law to do extraordinary things. [ singing ] >> you can never remember sell ma and forget the bridge. ma and forget the bridge. davidson highway leaves down and heads north, is where the first sustains to the last long -- first steps to the last long
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journey to john crow began. [ sings ] >> and here a local woman, barely known outside of her home town became the image of bloody sunday, south-easterned the world. n [ sings ] -- seen around the world. [ singing ] >> today amelia boyton is 103, but recalls the terror of that day. as officers tried to stop the marchers demanding the right to vote. >> beating them with sticks, with clubs, anything they had. they began to beat the people, and they did everything they could to get the people to run back while they were beating them. on the bridge over the river.
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amelia was one of hundreds to face the forces of a renegade sheriff. >> finally he hit me in the back of my income, the back of my shoulder, and it hurt, but i - i didn't know what to do. i had no idea what i should do. and then the second hit felled me and i fell to the ground. that i was unconscious. >> even then the torture didn't end. an officer pumped tear gas into here eyes and mouth. >> then somebody came and said to the state trooper that somebody dead over there. and he said "somebody's dead.
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if anybody's dead, we are going to let the buzzards eat them. >> amelia doesn't die. this is the emergency log at the hospital. among the 17 injured, amelia - tear gassed. her image on front pages across the country, along with the others beaten that day, inspired another movement. >> reporter: you are a minister from the north, a white guy. you had no stake in this, why did you come. >> i knew that things were wrong. i saw the broadcast of bloody sunday. hours later clerk heard the call. >> there may be some tear gas ahead. >> martin luther king asked the nation's ministers black and white to join him for a march to montgomery. it wasn't just a show of
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yooupty, king knew that white ministers would keep the attention focussed on selma, and put more pressure on president johnson. no one could have predicted what came next. >> you are act to stop. stand where you are. >> reporter: is it hard for you to be here now? >> i've gotten used to it. i've been back here a number of times. i have gotten used to it. there still is within the - that old terror... >> nearly 50 years after bloody sunday, we walked with clark olson on the clock that changed his life. >> this is walkers cafe. >> reporter: olson joined two other white ministers for a quick meal. >> the place was jam-packed. i guess they ran out of everything but chicken - fried chicken by the time we got there. >> moments after the freo left the cafe -- trio left the cafe,
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they were surrounded by white agitators. do you know what this is? >> yes, i do. they called out "hey, you, knickers." we whispered to each other, just keep walking, just keep walking. >> a scuffle, panic and a crack as something slammed into reed's skull. >> i heard that club hit jim's head. >> olson was at his side, as reed faded. >> i held his hand, jim's hand, and he squeezed my hand tighter and tighter and tighter. as the pain worsened in him. and then his hand relaxed and he
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went unconscious. two days later, jim reed was dead. at the church, protests turned to prayer, and the fire at that time spread across the nation. thousands gathered in boston, chicago, new york, san francisco and so on. thousands gathered to keep vigil. when he died again, thousands gathered. a moment repeated today "hands up, i can't breathe." [ chanting ] >> reporter: and now, as then, the president spoke for justice. >> i speak tonight for the dignity of man.
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president johnson spoke saying there were times in man adds unending quest for justice. >> history and faith meet to shape a turning point in man's unending search for freedom. >> such was in lexing tonne, and concurred. >> and there long suffering men and women peacefully protested the denial of their rights as americans. many were brutally assaulted. one good man, a man of god, was killed. >> that was jim reed. >> 70 million americans tuned in to see johnson. urged congress to pass a voting rights acknowledgement dr kink didn't attend. he was at me, giving reed's
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eulogy. >> justice followed a slow path for the bright future that was spoken of here. the marchers made their way to montreal. johnson was able to force through the voting rights act. amelia saw her community voted by black leaders, and in time a pastor was hermed on the corner where he became a martyr.
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>> that's the guy that was remembered. >> not heroic. not heroic. >> didn't intend to me. >> not a hero, just an every man that might have lived and died a quiet life. had it not been for tragic coincidences leading to a street corner in selma 50 years ago. instead cks jim reed became a reminder that the sacrifices of a few people can change history for all of us. >> jim reed did not die in vape. >> no, he didn't. >> even when you hear further. >> no. >> i don't feel that this is all in vain. i feel it was a step history. >> for me to have been there is a great thing in my life. but i know that's not the end of
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the story. >> in selma we fount a community trying to reconcile its past with racial justice. the city is preparing for the 50th anniversary of bloody sunday this coming march. a movie about the days, selma opens this week in theatres across the nation. >> when we return. another community in crisis. toxins in their water. north carolina neighbours, and the fears they turned up with their own investigations. later in the hour, is it the end of the road for a holiday tradition. >> there's nothing i enjoyed more than being in a dark room with the headlights on and driving the truck around. furniture on the floor, because it was real. it was a real toy that looked
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and behaved like a real truck. the lights and sounds of the truck. and why a christmas favourite is gearing up for a big change.
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>> ahead of 'em is a humanitarian crisis where tens of thousands of people are without food, water, shelter. >> a special one hour look at global attacks on free press. monday 9:00 eastern. on al jazeera america. is now a snapshot of stories making headlines on "america tonight". coming soon to a theatre near you. sony says the interview will premiere on christmas after all. in some theatres, the studio cancelled the release after receiving threats from hackers. major airport security breach at the height of the travel season of former delta airlines charged with snuggling gun, some loaded from a car oi-on bag. the gun run went on for years.
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a baggage handler is accused of sneaking a firearms in and handing them off a ban on gay men, allowing them to donate a year after their last sexual contact. a new plan replaces a policy when the aids epidemic was spreading. the age si recommended the updated policy in 2016. is it a grab down. the e.p.a. sought out a ruling on coal ash, the by-product. power plan executives say the new rules hit too hard leaving too many questions about the guidelines ahead. environmental activists say they do not go far enough. at the north carolina river where a spill raised the nation's concerns, we found a community with forwards for its future. >> reporter: this gushing water is tox irk. what you see triggered outrage,
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lawsuits and questions of corruption. 39,000 tonnes of coal ash. >> arsenic, chromium, led in a lot of cases. >> deadly chemicals seeping into north carolina's water supply, remnants of decades of coal-powered forge for homes, cascading from a pipe in the danube river. >> this cannot fail. we take this seriously. we feel we failed with dan river. it was a break that should not have happened. >> duke energy, the largest utility company in the u.s. is under-federal investigation as a criminal grand jury is conducting a look into the activities and the regulatory agencies. the senior a journey at the law center say that's the dan river site was the smallest coal an
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ash pit, but with devastating expects. >> the dan river spill is yet to be resolved. duke spill 39,000 times of pearl ash into the river. and they remove 3,000 times and admitted they couldn't clean up the river any further. >> miles away from the dan river spill, a shattered camp overlooks the basin. as toxic ponds rot into the groundwater. close to homes, surrounded by government gates, in is dukeville by the locals. it's tested for tox i'ms by environmentists, residents and river keepers. >> you guys are not drinking your water. so you have jugs of water that you have to drive to get to. >> yes, we do. >> how about bathing your kids. >> we don't bathe the kids in the water. the ped electrician feels like it's not in the best interests of the chin -- children right
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now. >> so you have to pour it in the bath tub. >> yes, or do a little shower. >> they built this home 400 feet from the coal ash pond and had little concerns for safety. since the dan river spill, sherry and others have worries. >> reporter: you have a coal ash pond behind you with toxins in it. what are you concerns? >> my children. that's the number one concern. just my children. what is this going to do to them. how will it affect them. we didn't know for so long what will come of this. >> reporter: just down a country road live joanne and ron, who never realised there was so many toxins in coal ash until a community meeting. >> you and your husband created a map, showing 72 people in your
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area that had some sort of deadly disease. >> right. >> reporter: here are the coal ash ponds. across the street cancer. over there, cancer. >> three brain tumours. >> brain timure. >> brain tumor. across over the street had another brain tumor. >> we have heard questions and concerns from residents near the plant who hear so much hype about coal ash, and we take seriously their concerns. we are not finding any evidence that goal ash has impacted groundwater near our facilities that has not been addressed. the company has been proactive. >> i do not call it hype. i call it serious. there's a lot of people near that had cancer and died. a lot of brain tumours. >> duke energy says they have offered to come out and conduct joint sampling of the water to put residents at ease. joanne thomas has her own
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version. >> duke power came down here. they are part of it while there. they wept downstream from where this was coming in and tested. i said everywhere else has been testing where the water is coming in. >> we'll get that later. they never did. >> their tests were different from hours. >> i got to ask you, how are the test results so different between the river keepers and duke on the water sample lipping. >> i think that it's really about a collection message. one of things we are finding is the groups are taking turbid samples. according to duke, that allows the metals to read at coal ash. yakkon river keeper will scott says they are following federal guidelines. whose guidelines are everyone supposed to be abiding.
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>> we don't think it makes sense, someone is taking a short cut. is it you or duke. >> we are doing what the e.p.a. recommends, what duke is doing. duke energy is the most influential company in north carolina, it spends millions on political contributions and some say have a close relationship with state regulators. are they good neighbours, is the company slogan once said. >> part of what we want is for the management of duke to fully under the dangers that their company's practices are foisting on the people of the state and our river, and we think they are beginning to realise. one of duke's alumni worked 29 years at the energy giant. he cut the budget and workers.
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duke says they will have all 32 coal ash ponds in the state cleaned up by 2029. that comes at a cost between $2 billion and $8 billion. for residents, daily lives are a struggle as many will not use the water supply and worry about their future next - communities reunited. in the season of faith, history teaches us time may erase all differences. >> this community is one community. they are not divided into different communities. actually, it's not divided into jewish people. what does it tell us, 20 centuries later, that we have so much in commonly. >> nick schifrin at the sea of gala lee in the place where
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worship began.
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in the season of peace on earth we pause for a reminder. and a forgotten unity, that now uncovered could provide an important modern lesson in a place sacred to many of the faithful, even those of different faiths.
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nick schifrin visited the little spot on the sea of galali where worship began. >> at christmas time in the holy land, if you gave him the right place, you may find jesus's footsteps below the surface. when they stuck here they plan to unearth a hotel site. they unearth what would be the first church. >> it was like i can be hart of something. of history. >> volunteers that come from all over the world to work here, bible country, where jesus was said to have inspired first followers and heal the sick or he may have walked on the water or the shores of gala lee. they discovered where jesus might have first breached. jesus comes to this place. his community is one community, they are not divided into
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different communities. it's not divided through the jewish people. what does it tell us, 20 seconds later, that we have so much in common. >> for years the father didn't know the site's significance. >> we are working on a 1 century street. >> at first they were happy to discover a marketplace. they were shocked to discover jewish ritual bath. the best history. this is the best level. you can see the steps here. it's really beautiful. then a few feet away, a few inches below the soil they found this design. it's a pattern that has a significance of eternal life. >> and the motorcycleaics. the effect of having a mosaic was unheard of until this discovery. then the benches for the faithful. >> you could imagine him in the
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center of this interstep, over here by the pillar. why not? >> and then, this was here for 2,000 years, no one knew about it. i think this was the first time they found it in the country, here. this is contemporary to pompeii. >> they realised this was one of the oldest synagogues. on one stone the oldest menora. another had groves for atora. >> and the side for the stone. he's opening up the scroll and rolling out the spools here. so then... >> it fits in. >> it's held in place. >> that rabbi that father kelly is talking about? >> there's a group of people following the rabbi. this is the beginning. >> the beginning where every road and step is historic. >> jesus come here, made the people real in the sip going in
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the markets. >> palestinian archeologists may be muslim, but feels jesus's presents as much as anyone. >> no one imagined that we'd have a clear, clear city from the first century. what he touch. >> and the copies he used. >> they revealed when the synagogue was built. >> i think altogether the coin and they put it together. i see that history. >> israel and the catholic church hopes to make it a pilgrimage site. it's understandable they are enthusiastic. don't just take it from them. >> until now, nothing compares from here. italy and istanbul - this is the most impressive site anywhere. >> there's not a single place where you can look into the eyes of the pilgrims and say you are walking in the footsteps of
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christ. it's the first and only opportunity, and seeing it come alive. >> copies will fill a museum, and the church is hoping to attract tourist. the 1-year-old may have no idea what he's looking at. his 29-year-old mother hopes the site feels him with faith as it does for her. >> in the west, is the bible real, it's deniable. anyone questioning the word of good should come here, and you can't go home an atheist. >> the site is not just about jez us, some say it's where mary magdalen was born. >> jesus makes her an apostle. >> reporter: she was not the only woman supporting jesus.
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in a newly built spiritual center, it's a mace for women. >> here, in this column there's jossana and the wife, the mother of the sons of zebede. and a column that doesn't have any name, for all the women who have been pillars in the transition of the faith. >> and next door in the background in the yet to be used chapel. as it was for the christians, the faithful will pray on the sea shore. the preacher is in jesus's shoes, and he's providing the leadership. and this is a call for the preacher to be deeply personally identified with jesus. earlier pope francis blessed him. continuing in efforts to reach
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out. the vatican was shunned. nowadays culture pits us against each other. classize, racist, faith. >> it's a call for open arms, to more religions. >> the city is jewish. together, we make the future. in a time of so much conflict and division, we need it today. we need it to encourage us to look for the greater commonality that we share and that which divides us. >> a place where different faiths were united as the faithful, in this temple, this church. >> church officials believe thousands lived in magdala.
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meaning it's likely a bigger synagogue buried somewhere at the site. >> ahead in the final segment. another story in the spirit of the season. different, a time-tested holiday tradition. why a favourite for millions of kids is taking on a new path.
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production is huge... >> no noise, no clutter, just real reporting. the new al jazeera america mobile app, available for your apple and android mobile device. download it now there are some holiday traditions that you have to be from there to get. like riding the pink pig. our final story is probably best understood by kids that grew up around new york, new jersey. we found it connected with kids, former kids all the way down the
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east coast. it's the tail of an american treasure, coming to the end of a road. >> having a truck under the christmas tree. it was always the norm. >> you couldn't have christmas without hesz. >> not just at this home in the bronx, but under the tree in millions of homes for the 1960s until today. you could say it's just a toy truck. for generation, it's arrived with a little magic. there was nothing that really i enjoyed more fheeng in a dark moon with the headlights on and driving the furniture around the floor, because it was real. it was a real toy that looked and behaved like a real truck. >> a real truck. one you could only get at the gas station. they would always sell out before santa arrived. >> back in the day before gift
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cards and down loads. the thrill of the christmas morning and the discovery of blinking lights and working horn. in recent years maybe something more fantastic, like a space shuttle, or a shet. for 50 years every year, and original incredible vehicle under the tree. that's where the collection started for me. even a collector like frank has not been able to put together a complete set. >> so you have about 40. >> that's correct. >> and have you a little boy. >> i do. >> and how many does he have? >> 10 or 12. >> what you are saying is you, the dad, have more toy trucks. >> absolutely. >> than your little boy. >> that is correct. >> he looks at them. he knows they are dad's toys and can't play with them. >> dad has toys, he has toys. >> absolutely. a lot of daddies have toys.
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>> the trucks were the brain child of a man who appeared on every one. leon hesz, a self-made mogul and a long-suffering new york jet. he brought his passions together requiring that each toy be tough enough to withstand the stop of a linebacker. sturdy enough for a 5-year-old and created in the spirit of santa's workshop. fans who gained the possibilities on the facebook page can only guess at what each year's model will be. >> you are kind of obsessed. >> to a degree, yes. >> as i'm leaving to go to work. as i passed through and i'll just stop. i'll look at them, make minor adjustments, i feel my blood pressure going down, it relaxes
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me and i'll go to the rat race. >> this season marks a sharp turn for the truck. it's a big year because it's the 50th anniversary and the last year that hess will be selling their toy trucks. >> earlier this year the company sold off gas stations, but in a nod to correctors, they'll continue to sell the trucks, though only orn line. >> next year frank plans to set his alarm to wake up five minutes before the sale starts, to be among the first. >> i like this the best. >> he admits that it's a hard way to hang on to tradition. >> they realise what the collector feels about them, and keeping it going. >> it's still a heart break. >> it's tough, it's hard. >> if you have a little boy you will buy him an hess truck, if
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you don't, an aunt or uncle will. it's christmas, that's what you do if you are shopping, bad news. both of this year's models, the tanker truck and space shuttle have sold out. you may find them on ebay. there's next year - at least online. that's "america tonight". this weekend the sound of music. we'll profile the fiddler twins, a ukulele king and a promising talent with the broadway blues. hitting the high notes, a music special this sunday. >> if you would like to comment on any stories, you can log on to the website aljazeera.com/americatonight and join the conversation on twitter or facebook. join us next time for more of "america tonight".
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