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>> this is al jazeera america. i'm john seigenthaler. >> region in crisis. dire new warnings out of yemen and syria. the impact of war putting thousands of lives at risk. ferguson's future. >> i decided to be the change that i wanted to see. >> new hope for a city scared by violence. the election that could make history. rolling stone retraction a failure of journalism at nearly
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every step. what it could mean for reporters and rape victims. plus lady day. [♪ singing ♪] >> celebrating a jazz icon who taught america how to sing the blues. >> we begin with urgent humanitarian crisis. in yemen those who can get out are crowding into the sanaa airport waiting for flights to safety. those who can't are quickly running out of food and water. in syria a major refugee camp is being describeed by an u.n. official as beyond inhumane, a
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hellhole. sincerelief agencies have been unable to bring in any supplies. more now from stephanie dekker. >> they speak of incredible fear. these are some of the people that managed to get out of yarmouk. the syrian international aid agencies showing pictures of factions helping them get to safety. >> in a matter of 30 minutes they could have executed all the people you see in this school. they said if we catch you working with the palestinian group fighting or with the government they'll cut our heads off. they have no mercy. >> for the first time video of isil has been posted online showing the palestinian refugee camp. they've been fighting palestinian groups and others here for the past six days. this camp has been besieged by
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the syrian group. it has no running water or electricity. now the on barredment in what used to be a densely. lated camp is now making the situation worse. although most of the people have made it out the people who try to survive here are trapped. >> we can't pay for anything. we're not on anyone's side. we want the whole camp to be safe. >> the palestine liberation organization is trying to solve the crisis. the lack of medical supplies is making it impossible to treat the wounded. isil storming the camp has come as a shock here. the mere presence terrifying people. the u.n. is warning of a humanitarian catastrophe if the fighting does not stop. stephanie dekker, al jazeera, beirut.
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>> isil's presence marks its deepist push into the camp yet. it was set newspaper 1957, and palestinians refugees in syria. about 150,000 people have live there had. many fled when the war in syria began four years ago. now there are roughly 18,000 palestinians and syrians living there. dozens of palestinians in gaza protested the take over of the yarmouk camp. they gathered in front of the u.n. headquarters calling for immediate assistance. a spokesman for the group said that the u.s. has a duty to secure the safe exit of women and children. what are you hearing from syria and how serious is the
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situation there? >> you know, it's one of those situations where it can get worse. the situation in the yarmouk camp, it's catapulted the people back 100 years. your chances of survival are slim. even healthy people who are not injured are having trouble finding drinking water or food, and this is--this is a place that has been under siege for two years. and two years ago people were suffering from all sorts of ailments relateed to starvation. now it is just really beyond the pale. >> so how is isil's control affecting aid workers and the ability of people to get things to the people who need them?
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>> you know, organization also coordinate with the syrian regime to bring aid to the camp because the regime has had it under control for the past two years. the syrian army, the rebel groups inside the camp, and the humanitarian organizations deliver the aid to the civilians inside. but now with isil inside, how is the international aid organizations supposed to work? they can't negotiate with isis. they can't trust them. they can't agree on a cease-fire. can you please hold your fire until we deliver raid and help civilians. this is not happening now and it's not going to happen any time soon as long as isis fetterers inside yarmoukisis fighters are in yarmouk. >> what will happen to 18,000 people trapped in yarmouk.
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>> the u.n. said this is one of the worst humanitarian crisis since world war ii. i would like to remind people of the siege of leningrad. certainly the siege of yarmouk is on a much smaller scale in world war ii people started eating their shoes the leather on their belts the mice and anything they can get their hands on. the yarmouk camp is certainly not on that scale. but it definitely is long those lines. this is the--one of the greatest disasters that we're witnessing. >> it's good to see you again. thank you for your insight. we appreciate it. >> now to yemen yemeni militias backed by warplanes from the saudi-led coalition took a strategic junction from the
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al-anad air force base. now they go against the fight of houthi rebels. meanwhile for the yemen citizen the situation is getting worse. >> you yemen descend into fur chaos. fighting has cut off supplies like food, fuel and water pushing this already improve relinquishinged nation to the brink of a full-scale humanitarian crisis. in the capitol of sanaa, a food shortage is causing panic. what little there is of staples like brown wheat has doubled in price. >> the sack of wheat is $40. to people cannot afford to eat any more. >> some people come and buy 20 sacks. many others just want to get one sack. i've been trying to buy one for the last two days. >> in aid no one the south store shelves are just as empty.
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and the united nations warns the city may soon run out of drinking water. >> we've been out water for days now. >> the urgent need of medical care. >> people are arriving every hour and hospitals do not have the capacity to provide treatment. >> strikes against houthi target targeting survivors wait for treatment and for a moment to bury their dead. the red cross has asks for a humanitarian pause in the fighting. opening and land, air and sea routes. it is now trying to find anyone willing to provide a cargo plane for the trip into the troubled capital. the near and middle east
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spokesperson for the red cross and she joins us from geneva. welcome. obviously yemen has been in the news lately. but the humanitarian situation there has been desperate for some time. talk about the problem. >> there are a number of problems in yemen today. the fighting has been intensifying every passing day. which means for the people, for the civilians especially, every day it's getting worse than the previous one. there are ground combats airstrikes and all of them put together in a country where people have already endured years of conflict, drought and a number of situation of violence. so it is getting extremely difficult for the people. many of them are locked up in their house for days now. >> how difficult is it for aid
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workers to do their jobs? >> it is not easy at all. >> we have teams in four places in yemen. there has been fighting on the ground as well as airstrikes. they have lost within one week three volunteers. three workers have been killed. they were shot dead when they were trying to save others' lives. >> you say that the medical supplies are come to go sanaa. do you have a timetable? >> to bring in one cargo plane. right now according to the needs, we need to bring 48 tons of medical supplies to yemen. so far we have not been able to bring any to yemen simply because it's a conflict zone and not many airlines are willing or allowed to go to yemen today.
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we have permission to bring one cargo plane in. >> can you give us an idea of how widespread the december dis desperation is for people. >> now that this conflict flick has started, it's been more than a week now there have clashes every day and that's why many people are not able to go out of their homes. hospitals are inundated with patients and they cannot cope with the influx any more. in many areas people don't have water, and in places there is no electricity, so yes, the situation is extremely ply kateed and it is getting worse every passing day. >> thank you very much for joining us. >> thank you. >> lufthansa airlines said it was not required to tell germany
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aviation officials that co-pilot andreas lubitz suffered from depression. of lubitz told the flight school about it at the time. moving on this country. concerns of sexual assault on college campuses. university of virginia said it will sue "rolling stone" magazine about a report of rape on college campuses. columbia university school of journalism has spent three months reviewing the discredited article. the study found fault with rolling stone's reporting editing and fact checking. >> this failure is not the subject's or sources fault.
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it was the product of failed methodology, and we didn't feel that her role in the stories should be subject of a report that was seeking accountability for a failure of journalism. >> we will have much more on this story at the half hour in-depth including the harm it may have done to victims of sexual assault. plus an election in ferguson, missouri that could make history if those who took to the streets in protest now take to the polls.
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>> voters in ferguson month m
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will go to vote tomorrow. the first election since the city was thrust into the national spotlight. diane estherbrook is outside of city hall. nine candidates, three empty seats and a lot more than local politics at stake. >> that's right. one of the first things these new members are going to be dealing with is how they comply to some of the changes that the city faces with its police department and municipal court mandated all at a time when refs are coming under pressure. with its charred roof and boarded up facade, this building is ready for demolition. >> was your business here? >> i had sections b and c. >> janeici lost her antique store when rioters torched the building last november. since then she has been waiting for the owner to rebuild. >> do you know how much you lost
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to date? >> i know from last year it was at least $30,000 i've lost in sales. >> ferguson still bears painful scars both physical and financial from last summer's riots. some of the businesses think that foot traffic is off 20% to 40% compared to last year because of closed businesses like this. they think a lot of their former customers are not coming down here any more because they think it's unsafe. boutique owner said that many of his regular customers have been no-shows since the rioting last fall. >> we have to get the people back here, get the doors swinging. we can put as much inventory as we want to on the counters again, but if we don't have the traffic flow we can't flip the inventory. >> and sales taxes are as a large revenue stream. they fund half of the city's current budget, and both appear to be under your. the city would not tell us if
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it's missing targets for sales tax revenues but it is it "z" say that the number of tickets issued by police dropped by 4,000 in the five months following the riots falling from 5800 all wait down to 1400. and in a recent interview with al jazeera the active police chief acknowledged the financial strain. >> how are you going deal with that? >> that's for my budget guys. they'll have to deal with it. >> residents at this candidate's forum wanted to know how they would improve business along west florida floor sent avenue. >> soon giant eyesores will be coming down and new buildings will be going up. >> one of the things that we'll be doing. we started all the necessary
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utilities. >> they're just days away from leveling a building that used to house a beauty supply house. >> how long until tenants are able to go in there. >> if this demolition proceeds in the next couple of weeks and we get our permits we're looking at, worst case, three months. somewhere in that neighborhood. >> janeice andrew's building is slated to be demolished and rebuilt but not soon enough for her. she was hoping to be back in business by mother's day. >> if traffic does not pick up within the next few months they're worried they may have to end up closing. >> diane the police department will watch closely what's going forward, and is the city looking at other revenue streams to make up for this budget gap? >> at the moment we don't know what they are. we know that other communities have faced similar situations.
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hear in ferguson they could look at raising the fees on building permits and that sort of thing. again, that's going to be on the backs of businesses. that's the last thing you probably want to do. >> the big question before has been turn out. what is the voter turn out expected to be tomorrow? >> hard to say you know. in the last mayoral election, a little over a year ago the voter turnout was 12% of the registered voters. you would hope that it might be high higher, by they're expecting hailstorms tomorrow. that and could keep people away from the polls. >> thank you. rand paul is expected to announce his bid for the 2016 presidential election on tuesday. senator paul has largely followed the footsteps of his father ron paul. on the other side of the aisles
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hillary clinton expected to launch her election campaign in the next two weeks. she reportedly plans to run for president of the white house with smaller events to bring her closer to the voters. and tomorrow chicago voters will chance the city's next mayor in a special run off election. incumbent rahm emmanuel is facing off against cook count commissioner jesus chuy garcia. one month since her baby was shot and killed a block from her home they're trying to stay strong. >> we're confused and puzzled. no way that a kid should have died the way he died. >> the 17-year-old was shot in the chest on his way home from the gym. he died at the scene.
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>> it's like he's outside. i'm like, he's outside? i walked up and seen him laying there. >> the basketball shoes he was wearing when he was skilled still remain. the trophy is a constant remind reminder of a life cut short. he was an accomplished athlete and she still gets calls from college recruiters about her son son. >> it hurts because we are still getting letters and getting calls. we have to admit that he's not here any more, that hurts. >> tackling the gun violence in chicago that has plagued south and west side has been a key issue for chicago's run for mayor. in july while at a slumber party a stray bullet shot through a window striking a fifth grader in the head and killing her. at the time a visibly shaken rahm emmanuel has lost.
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>> i don't have anything left to say to these monsters. how do they have the strength to go on. we're a better city than that. we are better people. >> in response the mayor unveiled a plan to put more cops on the streets over the summer weekend but fell short of adding the officers he promised before his bid. it's something that opponent jesus chuy garcia has seized upon. >> why? broken promises. four years ago when rahm emmanuel ran for mayor, he said he would hire 1,000 additional police officers. what happened to that promise? >> still violent crime in 2014 dropped by 16% from 2013. the total number of homicide in chicago fell from 500 in 2012 to 4507 last year 407 in the last
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year. the number of homicide has risen 26% compared to last year. >> crime and violence is always an issue especially during political season. >> nick duncy said it's a real issue that becomes politicized. >> it's very difficult for an incumbent office holder in in a place like chicago it's difficult to use this as any kind of an issue. generally what they try to say is that things are better than what they used to be and then manufacture on and change the subject. for challengers this is political gold. it's straight out of the political playbook. you always handle the incumbent for what he should be doing. >> it's been a tough issue for the player, touting gains in crime fighting while. >> we will not rest until every parent in this city enjoys the
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same sense of securities that others experience and have come to expect. >> the steady flow of guns flowing into chicago is an at the heart of the problem. still a recent "chicago tribune" poll suggests mayor rahm emmanuel is leading garcia 58% to 30%. >> do you look at these candidates and think they may be able to help with this problem? do you think they're in touch with what is happening? >> i think they are. one thing with the two candidates where not give rahm a chance. he had four years. he came in to this mess, and he's trying to clean it up. >> which ever candidate gets that chance, the real question is whether or not he can stem the tide of violence before more mothers have to bury their children. >> john, the polls open at 6:00 a.m. tuesday.
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while rahm emmanuel has a sizable lead, the garcia side remains confident. both sides will need high voter turn out from their supporters, which may be a challenge given the easter and pass overholidays overholidays. >> ash har quaraishi. thank you. still ahead the rolling stone retraction. the reaction on college campuses and in news rooms across the country. plus getting serious an interview with whistle blower edward snowden. and crisis on the coast. why thousands of sea lyon pups are beaching themselves.
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>> hi everyone, this is al jazeera america. i'm john seigenthaler. >> the retraction. a journalistic breakdown in rolling "soap" magazineroll rolling "rollingroll "rolling stone" magazine. and why a faulty report could hurt sexual six of sexual assault. photos of abraham lincoln and the civil war. and lady day's legacy. jazz icon billie holiday still inspiring 100 years after her birth. >> it was a blockbuster article about an alleged gang rape at a fraternity. now that fraternity plans to sue rolling stone.
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jonathan betz with more. >> now the story has formally been retracted and there are serious questions about how the piece even got published. jackie's story has been crumbling for months. but now a scathing new review. the columbia university school of journalism declared rolling stone failed to engage in basic even routine journalistic practice when reporting a woman's claim she was raped by seven men at an university of virginia fraternity. rolling stone formerly retracted its story after columbia professor investigateed at "rolling stone's" request. finding it's reporter and editor allowed their trust in one source to override the basic rules of journalism lead to go a
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situation where they failed to double check even the most fundamental details of her story. they failed to contact three friends she said would back up her story. >> the problem outlined are the problems of methodology. the problems of newsroom standards and procedures. >> uva's president noted: and the fraternity plans to sue the magazine. rolling stone's publisher acknowledge problems but said they started with the source. a woman only identified as jackie calling her a really expert fabulous storyteller. the author first defended the piece to al jazeera, among others. >> i think they've known for a long time that a great harm was done to this particular student. >> now that writer is apologizing, calling columbia's review a brutal and humbling
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experience. she and her editors will keep their jobs. >> they've been employed at rolling stone for decades. it's appropriate for rolling stone to sort out that accountability. >> the fraternity didn't say when it will file their lawsuits but they said that said if they had thoroughly vetted out their stories they may have avoided this. >> taylor joins us now, it's good to have you on the program. after you started looking into this, you were done there on another story, is that right? >> i had been reporting in charlottesville on hanna graham, the student who when the missing. in my reporting i ended up
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meeting a lot of sources i used in my "rolling stone" story. >> you talked to the woman known as jackie, and what did she tell you and were there alarm bells going off when you started interviewing her? >> we began reporting this story because uva is a flagship unitier university and it is in our coverage area. our goal was to rereport it ourselves. to basically do our own version of it as best that we could. and in the process of that reporting our goal ultimately, of course, was to talk to jackie the main subject of the article. after meeting with other source who is were also quoted in the article, eventually they led me to jackie. and she and i met for the first time. she told me her story. it was stunning, the details provided by the account were shocking and the story that she gave was of a brutal gang rape at a frat house. >> did you believe that she was
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raped? >> i don't know what happened, no. i'm not in any position now especially, to say what happened. i know less now than going in because i've met so many people and interviewed to many people who thought they knew a version of the truth that ended up being entirely different. >> the story that was in "rolling stone"--your story turned out to be very different story than what was in "rolling stone" is that right? >> sure, probably the most crucial thing we did early on in our reporting is that we met and contacted the three friends who are quoted in the story who met jackie in the immediate aftermath of the account. those three people who i interviewed told me a significantly different story than whats with portraited in rolling stone. the details were different. the facts of the case were different and the way they portrayed jackie were different. that's when we now there were inconsistencies in the allegations. >> what do you think rolling stone should have done
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differently? >> i was able to locate though three people, three sources i developed being on the ground in charlottesville in a period of days. it took me while to earn everybody's trust to get to these people, but once i spoke with them, they were open and happy to talk with me and told me had they been contacted by "rolling stone" they would have spoken with the reporter had she reached out to them, but she had not. >> you would think if "rolling stone" tried to get those people that would have immediately raised some warning signs. >> they and other people that i spoke to were the first to she me that there were significant doubt abouts jackie's account of course. >> now you did your story fairly quickly compared to the columbia report that has just come out. i mean if "rolling stone" really
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wanted to delve into it quickly and turn this around and try to make it right if it's possible to make it right they could have done that quickly couldn't they? >> we took several days to do our reporting but i was given an open-ended target. i had no deadline i was working against. my editors told me to follow the truth wherever it would lead us. that's where we came with our first story in early december, and then a week later we followed up with a second up. >> many news organizations have had trouble with stories that weren't true. "washington post" has had one in its past. but you clearly know about the importance of journalistic integrity and guidelines. what are the glaring problems that you see with the rolling stone article? >> we didn't immediately identify any problems, but we did see this as an opportunity
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to report what was described as maybe the most horrendous account of a brutal gang rape on a college campus anywhere. our job was to use our own resources and our ability to rereport the story using what was available to us. in the course of that in a matter of days weeks at most we were able to uncover there were significant doubts in the original gas stations. doing that meant being on the ground, talking with people and having long conversations and building a level of trust with sources on the ground people would tell me what they determined to be the truth of the matter. >> taylor, it's good to talk with you. thank you very much. >> thank you. >> according to the department of justice statistics 80% of sexual assault on campuses go unreported. and only 16% of those sexually
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assaulted get help from victim help agencies. laura, what does this report and this retraction from "rolling stone" mean for women who may have been sexually assaulted? >> i don't think it actually impact survivors in day-to-day decisions they have to make. obvious italy there is an issue of whether survivors want to use formal forms of justice. jackie chose not to, and there seems to be lack of a paper trail or ability to fact check her trail. if anything i think this shows that victims should come forward and provide evidence and provide
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that. survivors aren't necessarily fitting the mold of what jackie's story was. it was selected to be sensational. but sexual violence happens and real lives are destroyed. >> you said it was selected to be sensational. let's start with a quote from the columbia university report. the reporter and editors had hoped their investigation would sound an alarm about campus sexual assault and would challenge virginia and other universities to do better. instead the magazine's failure may have spread the idea that many women invent rape allegations. your reaction? >> i don't think that's the take away from the columbia report. there is always a risk whenever there is a sensational story that turns out not to have support for it, but uva really
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had a spotlight flashed on it. they pointed out how uva had been lacks in response. and if you know uva's history it had been under federal investigation since 2011. jackie was not the only survivor in that story. there were several others whose full names werer were out there. this story was much bigger than jackies. i don't think the take away is just to focus on her story j. >> you would argue that even though this columbia report and the "washington post" story all cast doubt on the validity of the facts in the rolling stone article and in jack astory that this actually may help sexual assault victims tell their stories in the future? >> ironically yes. i think we're having a natural conversation about how to investigate these cases and to do so in the proper way.
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that requires fact checking. survivors who come forward even the marks fact checking is important. we don't want false accusations and all this really does even in my day job is that it counsels me that there is evidence and support so when i encourage survivors to use these systems they have support behind them. >> laura dunne. it's good to have you on the program again. thank you very much. the fate of the accused boston marathon bomber is now in the hands of the jury. prosecutor and defense delivered their closing arguments today. dzhokhar tsarnaev is charged with helping his late brother tamerlan to carry out the attacks. he's accused of killing a police officer who followed in chase following the bombing.
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former nsa inform informant edward snowden. >> how many of those documents have you actually read? >> i've evaluated all of the documents that are in the archive. >> you read every single one? >> well, i do understand what i turned over. >> well, there is a difference between understanding what is in the opportunities documents and reading what is in the documents. >> i recognize the concern. >> when you're handing over thousands of nsa documents the last thing you want to do is read them. >> i think it's fair to be concerned about did this person do enough? were they careful enough. >> especially when you're handling material like we know you're handling. >> the interview took place in russia where snowed den snowdon has been living since he fled the united states. snowdon said that americans should not have to change their
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behavior because a government agency is doing what he calls a wrong thing. wildlife major crisis involving see sea lyons. more than half turned up last month. we have more turned on that jake? >> 250,000 sea lions. mostly pups have been found on the coast of california. that is a new number, and that makes it harder for young sea lions find their way into young adult hood. >> the day before the sea lion pup was on the verge of death when they got the call that she had been found stranded on a beach four hours north of san francisco. >> it looked like there was a mother sea lion cruising up and
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down the shoreline and they didn't make the connection. so this sea lion seemed to be stranded. >> now she's at the marine mammal center in sauce leto leto{^l"^^}. >> the sea lion pups coming into our care are seven eight-month-old pups. they're little bags of bones. they're really in pitiful condition. >> according to the national oceanic and atmospheric administration increasingly warm ocean water is driving fish deeper out to sea which forces sea lion mothers much further to find food. the pups can't keep up, wind up alone and starving. this warming has happened before before. the 1940 arsenal, 50 arsenal 1940's and 50's and 90's saw
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the warming. but this is not el niño something new is happening here. this is the face of that reality. sea lions are an apex redder. when something is wrong with them something is very wrong with their food supply and environment. >> the fact that these mothers the moms of these pups are not able to find the food that they need gives us insight into the state of the ocean environment from the point of view of water temperatures from the point of view of fisheries. >> the center is seeing more of these cases each year, a rapid steady increase since 2016. in the first ten weeks of 2015 alone the center has received over 600 new patients, more than half the number they typically see in a year. the survival rate is 70%. >> this morning i started by taking out one of the decreased deceased that didn't make it overnight. >> even though the pens are already full the center can
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handle as many animals as necessary. if this trend continues humans may suddenly be the only hope for the sea lion population in california and around the world. >> now john, there is good news in the short term. the typical winds that bring cold water down, which makes san francisco weirdly cold in july and august mean that those winds have begun as a result, the food that these animals need should be moving closer to shore. but the weather patterns that drove this is unprecedented. there was no el niño to drive this and the hope is that in was a fluke year and not the new normal. >> coming up in the next hour, antonio mara is here with more. >> more than half of people on indonesia's death row for drug charges are from other countries.
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some countries are trying to fight for to save the lives of their citizens. a woman from the philippines we'll look at the crackdown on drug crime that is leading to these sentences. >> we look forward to it in the next 15 minutes. thousands of civil war era pictures including rarely seen photographs of abraham lincoln are changing hands. plus this. [♪ singing ♪] >> a legacy living on. how billie holiday is still inspiring young artists a hundred years after her birth.
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♪ strange fruit hanging from the
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poplar trees ♪ ♪ ♪ trees♪ >> she's simply known as lady day. she maid her first record in 1933 and since then american music has not been the same. her haunting voice inspired frank sinatra and cassandra wilson. andand a stunning album a tribute to billy halladay. i asked what made her voice so special. >> it's nothing like i heard before. the way she sounds is immediately interesting. no one sings like her. >> when do you remember first hearing billy halladay. >> i was three years old. i was going with my mom through her record collection. i remember thinking, wow this
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woman doesn't look like all the rest. i wanted to know more. and so my mom played the vinyl, and it was like, that voice. [♪ singing ♪] >> so you did a tribute album yesterday i had the blues. >> to me she is amy musical mother. she taught me everything about jazz about singing. >> how do you pay tribute to the artist. do you do extensive research and try to learn what she felt and thought? >> i do. i listen to a lot of rehearsal tapes. to me that says a lot about how an artist would work. she would stop her musician and say, no, no, i want to use funky. to sear someone say i want to do it funky in the '40s was like,
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wow, she was ahead of her time. >> yet so troubled. >> yeah, it was a hard time. you have to remember she was the most popular and highest paid black entertainer in her time. you can understand-- >> the pressure. >> the pressure, and as a woman. shy really is without precedent. [♪ singing ♪] >> she's the first kind of beyonce in a way. >> that's interesting. why do you say that? >> well, the microphone was a new invention. she was the new kind of singer to have an intimate voice and use that in a new way. and she lived lavishly. you could see in her photos she was beautiful. you wearing furs and minxs they had roll royces and she was a high roller. >> when i watch the video of strange fruit.
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a forms that i've done of "strange fruit," it's so different from what billy halladay did and it conveys so many different things. and it's so powerful. as you describe it's slow. and it touches an emotional chord. obviously that's what you're trying to do. >> to me strange fruit is a brutal brutal song. difficult in subject matter, and it should be. it's something that you have to look at and feel in your heart you know. >> am i hearing the sound of a whip? [♪ singing ♪] >> well, it's the sound of--it's the sound of slavery. whipcracker pickaxe breaking up the ground, or hands clapping. for me i wanted to bring it back to that time.
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>> very powerful music and you do it so well. thank you for joining us. >> thank you. >> you can download jose james' album. for generations this family has been collecting photos from the late 1800s. among them are some of the most important images of abraham lincoln. they recenty solid sold the photos to a library. >> the binake library at yale university along with private funds just purchased one of the largest collections of photographs of abraham lincoln in the civil war period. it's a famous private collection which was never valued before because it had been building in one family's hands for the last 120 years.
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this collection seems to hold something on the order of 57,000 pieces of which many thousands are glass negative originals from the mid 19th century. and the detail that it shows if well tone is sensational. you can see every hair on lincoln's face. you can see his pores his wrinkles and facial characteristics that changed during his presidency. there is one glass picture that every would recognize because it's the basis for the lincoln penny. this is the exact pro fail face fog your right taken in 1864, not by matthew brady himself but one of his extremely skilled operatives. brady had a guy named alexander gardner, an immigrant from
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scotland he took that famous picture of lincoln sharing straight at the camera, right at you. it's the only one of the roughly 120 photographs of lincoln in which he's looking straight at you. but also the old $5 $5 bill photograph. everyone recognizes that picture of lincoln. his son said that was the most satisfactory portrait of his father. and the collection that yale just bought has that glass negative. >> now our picture of the day. blue skies fireworks and an american flag opening day of major league baseball season in philadelphia and 13 other cities take a look at this. the empire state building. in honor of opening day it has rotating lights with all the dollars of teams in major league
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baseball. that's our program. thanks for watching. i'm john seigenthaler. i'll see you back here tomorrow night. the news continues next with antonio mora.
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>> beyond inhumane. thousands of refugees trapped in a war zone by i.s.i.l. fierce fighting. the battle rages on between the saudi arabia-led coalition and houthis in yemen. condemned to die. >> it's really hard for parents to accept their children's fate. if you know that your chi