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>> hi everyone, this is al jazeera america. i'm john siegenthaler much the missing newborns, allegedly stolen in st. louis. the anguish and anger as the mothers come forward. the troubling new report on america's health care. light and shadow. residential buildings rising higher in new york, stunning brightness for some, darkness for others. plus. legendary from church choir to chart topper. one on one with music icon,
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dionne warwick. new information tonight about a troubling story we have been following out of st. louis where dozens of black mothers may have been lied to, told their newborns had died, instead their newborns were stolen and put up for adoption. diane eastabrook is in chicago with more. diane. >> yes john. the city of st. louis says it's getting dozens of dozens of calls from families where they feel their family members have been illegally adopted from the homer g. phillips hospital. trying to identify adoption
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records from centuries ago. >> seeing her mother for the first time over skype is raising hope for similar reunions. >> when i saw her moving and her mannerism and everything, i said that's me. that is me! >> reporter: medical staff at homer g. phillips told her her premature baby died the shortly after birth 50 years ago. >> back then, doctors and nurses were held with such high esteem, you believed it. and mine was believable because i was so early. >> reporter: earlier this week price's attorney filed a petition to unseal her adoption papers. albert watkins says she was stolen. >> there is a rule out there that says you can't traffic in human babies. you don't need a policeman to explain that to you. you can't take a baby from a
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mom. >> since then dozens of people have contacted watkins office hoping they too may find long lost family members. maria gallagher thought her step mom lost five babies at homer g. phillips. >> were you suspicious? >> i always wondered bud that was it, nothing else was done. >> what was it like for you knowing you have some other siblings? >> it would be wonderful. >> while the hospital has been closed for 36 years birth and death records still exist and if there was terrificking, the city could be accountable. >> be the city of st. louis could be on the hook for millions in restitution? >> millions, i don't think you can quantify loss of a baby for 50 years thinking that that baby is dead. >> and watkins says he has had to assign yet another attorney
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to weed through applications people are bringing into his office to identify potential family members. it could take weeks if not months to find out if there are more people that have reserves relatives that were illegally adopted from that hospital john. >> areva martin joins us. areva, does the statute of l limits runlimitations run out on this? >> if the claims are true who was involved? i imagine that the city district attorney would also like to take a look at it, if any of the individuals are still alive. when i first heard the story john i immediately heard about the forced sterilization cases we've covered on the network before. families in the hospital he in the 20s and 30s in different parts of the country and forced to be sterilized, the way that
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these women are learning that they may have had children that were stolen from them. >> all right, if the city could be held accountable are we talking about negligence here? >> well we're talking about more than negligence. we're talking about people intentionally taking live babies from mothers and eerts selling themeither sellingthem to adoption agencies or giving them. were they given away were they sold to adoption agencies or to individual families? so there's a lot of information to be yet revealed about these children that were allegedly taken from them in the hospital. >> so you're saying the city might be responsible for this? >> we know the hospital was owned and operateby the hospital, the city is responsible responsibly for everything happening in that hospital they are responsible for staff women who gave birth
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that the beashes babies were not removed illegally or improperly. so a lot offing questions to be answered by these city officials. as the piece said, the hospital has been closed for over three decades now. >> if it's true it's a horrible story. is there anything other case like this? >> like i said, i think for me it conjures up images of black women, women who were disabled, saying that they were forced to be sterilized in state run institutions. that's what we're talking about. not a private hospital but a hospital that was run and operated by city officials in the city of st. louis. i think those cases give us a good comparison of what happened in those cases. because the statute of limitations had run and those women were not entitled to get civil damages the state stepped in andal actual law was passed to allow those women to recover.
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>> i know you have a special interest you grew up in the area. areva, thank you. now to baltimore where the state of emergency has been lifted an the national guard is gone. what remains is a police department under fire. charges were filed against six officers for the death of freddy gray while in custody. the department has a long way to go the mayor said to rebuild trust with the black community. >> in order to achieve the kind of sustainable and significant reform that we want to see that i want to see that the citizens want to see in baltimore i am requesting the department of justice conduct a federal pattern or practice investigation into the baltimore city police department. >> the department of justice has not ruled out the mayor's request. i.t. comes one day after she met -- it comes one day after she met with the new attorney general loretta lynch in
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baltimore. is jonathan betz following a story, jonathan. >> john this troubles a lot of privacy advocates worrying the government ising overstepping its bounds to use surveillance planes over demonstrators. few are aware that high above planes were circling, west baltimore above the area where riots broke out and then tweeted about it tipping off their presence. certainly information about the registrations and the flight path of the planes appeared on social media fights. one propeller driven the other a small jet flying formations for several hours at night for up to three days this past weekend. precisely why however remains a mystery that troubles civil liberties activists. >> the that raises some questions because there are
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powerful new technologies that are used on aircraft by law enforcement. that sweeps up information about people. >> helping baltimore police run surveillance on neighborhoods possibly to manage crowds. but privacy advocates worry it could be more. possibly for hours or days at a time. or activists worry agencies were using the fleans planes to track cell phones. >> in ways that basically watch an entire city and watch everywhere everyone is going and watch more than the protests them sefs. we have l information that the police department considers that on a routine basis. >> so far the baltimore police haven't plaind what those planes were doing. while paifnger at authorities brewed below. now who offenses the planes is unclear. the tail number of one of them
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is not yet known. the aclu has now filed a request demanding information about those planes and what exactly they were doing. >> all right jonathan thank you. john brennan special agent with the fbi and specializing in domestic terrorism. >> thank you. >> being did it have the technology then? >> we don't know what technology is being used on the planes. that's a lot of the reason why the aclu wants more information. certainly surveillance planes have been around for decades. in 1989 they determined they didn't need search warrants as long as they were at least 400 feet above private property. the use of these planes last been a technique that's been around for a long time. >> what do they use the information for? >> it's unclear what information they are collecting in this particular instance but what we
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know from other types of law enforcement activities they could obviously the optics that have been developed are extreme and can read license plates around detect faces perhaps. but also, electronic surveillance. they could be using these sting ray devices that capture cell phone communications and information about whose cell phone is in the area. so there's a lot of information that could have been collected. and i think a lot of what is driving the concern about this instance isn't the facts that there were planes above the crowds. but rather, that this technology has moved so fast and the law really hasn't kept pace. >> it's a violence, some would think it's a violence of civil littleliberties. >> that's the planes that were just up looking at the violence taking place. >> and help police identify agitators when the government has talked of in the past. >> in the recent past, there's a
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lot of filming of different protests and photography of protests so clearly that type of activity infringes on people's first amendment. >> because of the new technology we're now facing a law enforcement system that can learn so much information, from just a protest a political protest, if you might. >> absolutely. and that creates quite a chill where people who might being interested in the issue might not be sure where they fall on either side want to learn more but afraid if they show up at a protest and get a photograph or captured often a video tape of, someone might make assumptions on them that might have implications in the future. >> but of course there was violence at this protest and law enforcement might argue you need this kind of surveillance to stop a violence. >> absolutely. if they had an appropriate purpose they should make that known. it's the lack of transparency that's causing the concerns and the fact that over the last several years many times we've
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only found out about grerve aggressive surveillance being taken when we've seen abuse. it's up to the government to be clear and up-front about what methods they're using and what forecast they're collecting with these types of activities. >> we'll see whether the government is up front. michael, thank you very much. thank you. >> chicago will become america's first city to pay reparations to victims of police abuse. the controversy surrounds former chicago police commander john burge. dozens of men almost all of them african american said they were tortured by police under his guidance. burge and his police commanders deny the violence. each victim could get up to $100,000. up next, the tough restrictions on californians. and inter-sex children, the
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heartbreaking decision for parents when a child's sex is unclear at birth.
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>> in the middle of california's worst drought on record sweeping new restrictions on water usage. the new plan limits cities from watering public property and it also sets mandatory conservationing policies for agencies who provide water. jennifer london is in los angeles tonight. jennifer. >> john, it's called the drought of our lives. be impacting everyone and everywhere in the state of california. jerry brown took the unprecedented step of issuing mandatory you are water restrictions,ing cutting water usage by 25%. we have a better idea what that actually means and where those cuts will actually come from. in a small organic farm in camarillo, phil mcgrath knows
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what to do with less water. >> farming organically that's really hard but farming without water, that's a big trick. >> he's been farming the land for 37 years has seen it all wet years dry years but nothing like the last three years. >> we just haven't had any rain. and it's just more insects it's the cost of water is three times higher than it was three years ago. it's only going to get more expensive. >> reporter: we first meth mcgrath more than a year ago. at that time, the drought was a concern. now it's a crisis. >> it means collaborating. >> reporter: last month californiacalifornia many governor jerry brown called for 25% water reduction across the street. a law for implementing what that will look like. it requires 400 water producer
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to cult usage between 8 and 36% depending how much they used in the past, that means lawns can't be watered cars can't be washed and ornamental sprinklers will be cut off. use 25% less water. the he governor's restrictions, stop short of placing further restrictions on farmers but requires them to produce a drought managements plan showing how much water they use. the amount of water they are allocated for irrigation and when you consider 80% of california's water goes to farms across the state it's possible even larger reductions could come in the future. >> californians we have to save water. and every way we possibly can. and we have to pull together. and there will be some heartache here. >> what's the water that we're seeing here in the creek? this is not coming from the
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mountains. >> right. this is not like this is snow melt. this is not coming from -- >> it isn't rain. we haven't come from rain. >> it's not rain, it's effluent from a lot of facilities, and a lot of dry weather runoff which basically comes from the streets and storm drains which is mostly people watering their lawns. >> liz is with l.a. water keeper an organization looking to protect and restrict water supplies. >> should california having acted for mandatory restrictions earlier? >> we have advocated for mandatory restrictions earlier than now. i believe there was a lost opportunity earlier than now since the governor dlierd dlaird declared a drought. i would say there's a lot of californians that don't realize we're in a drought. >> expanding on restrictions already in place since last july residents were restricted
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to watering two days a week and only watering with hoses with automatic shut off nozzles. good first steps but a lot more needs to be done and done now. >> we would like to see state agencies actually put a limit on how many gallons per capita per day used in california and that should be based on current uses. so not only should there be a 25% reduction statewide but we should look at the biggest water users and ensure that they're make the biggest reduction so that we have a quinlt distributionequitabledistribution of water among the state. >> causing heartache as the golden state continues to turn brown. again the new plan that was approved 50 state water board yesterday, john, that will gob into effect in jung bull ought californians are called upon to restrict and limit their water usage now. >> jerchgjennifer you've got
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information on a california community that's already completely run out of water right? >> east porterville since last august thousands of residents have been without running water for months, some of those residents without running water for years. and what's happened is their private wells have run dry because of the drought. and john it's really hard to forget some of those images we brought you of the dried up faucets and the toilets that can't be flushed. the counties of tulare is being delivering bottled water and delivering external tanks to be filled up to provide some emergency water relief. last february, a few months as, we reported from east portserville again that the neighboring city of porterville which does have water and had been providing some of the that emergency water to fill up those tanks, well the city was saying you know what? that emergency water delivery
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will have to stop because we're worried about providing water to our own residents. so then it was looking like this water crisis in east porterville was going to turn into oa catastrophe as we turn into the summer months. today al jazeera has learned that the city of porter porter vim and theporterville and the county of tulare have reached an agreement to fill up those water tanks. >> thank you jennifer. >> a victory against the federal government. jonathan martin. jonathan. >> john, a lot of people have been waiting to hear this decision for a long time. how much the federal government will have to pay for these damages and whether this case will be given class action status. the mere fact that the judge says the federal government is liable for some of the flooding damage a lot of residents have
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waited a long time to hear. every few weeks for nearly ten years, elmo barnes has returned to his old neighborhood in st. bernard parish to maintain the lot where his house used to stand. >> my house was completely underwater. when i meefd into my new house we carried everything everything in in a carlos hampler. >> a decade later barches barnes says they're finally seeing juftsdz. a federal court being says be the shipping canal was largely to blame. the u.s. government must pay for damages. >> justice is being told that you were right and something else was wrong. the things that happened to you
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shouldn't have happened. they didn't do enough homework. they didn't say what was going to be the consequences of us digging this canal. sit going to widen? >> the corps built the mississippi canal or mrgo, plk go. mr. go thing judge found the stick mile cadge had been poorly constructed and maintainand had substantially eroded and caused storm surge that was exacerbated by hurricane katrina and other storms. judge susan braden called the canal a ticking time bomb. >> an environmental law attorney at tulane university. >> back in the days they didn't have to think about the environment. but she said you should have foreseen this. and us since this was so
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foreseeable, you are going to be responsible for whatever happens. super. >> reporter: >> reporter: it's a hardfought vic industry for st. bernard's parish. the court found this case was different, since the mrgo canal was built for nave gaition. >> i think more broadly what's more important is that what resounds from this decision is the people can hold their government accountable and they have the mechanism to do that. >> reporter: the canal was closed in 2009. the department of justice told al jazeera it's reviewing the js judge's decision, it's unclear if it plans to appeal. and just how much the government will pay in damages remains to be seen. >> these are not easy damages to calculate and again not every person is going to have the same basis. i mean you've got local governments suing.
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you've got people who had house he. people who you know marinas businesses have something different at stake. >> if a judge grants class action status, elmo and others in the lower 9th ward could be eligible to sue for restitution. >> i don't foresee restitution but what would i like to see is these mistakes don't happen again. >> reporter: john, we did speak with one of the lead councilmen who sued the federal government successfully and the councilmancilman said, whatever we get most of it will likely be used on various flood protection projects. if we get anything like katrina ever again our residents would be better protected. john. >> jonathan martin, thank you. america's latest old derailment was in north dakota this morning.
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people in a small town were told to leave their homes after a small tank train caught fire. since 2006, america and canada have seen more than 2 dozen oil train derailments resulting in fires, spills or even death. coming up on this broadcast: health care in america. how pregnant women in the united states could be more at risk than in developed countries. and how tall is too tall? new controversy over manhattan's towering skyscrapers and the long shadows they cast.
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>> hi everyone, this is al jazeera america. i'm john siegenthaler. legality warning a troubling report. how the u.s. stacks up when it comes to caring for mothers and children. a parent's dilemma. a rare condition at birth. a wrenching choice. the complications and
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controversy over gender ambiguity. tall order. superhigh, super-thin skyscrapers. the being debate over the big apple buildings transforming the skyline and the buildings below. plus. ♪ don't make me over ♪ >> an interview with one of the most famous singers of all time.e. according the an international child advocacy group, being u.s. ranks one of the worst. bisi onile-ere has more. >> the report looks on the best and worst countries to be a parent. one being maternal mortality. child advocacy group save the children. women in the united states face
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a 1 in 108,000 risk of death. an american woman is ten times the chance to die in childbirth. according the 2015 mothers index rank the united states came in 33rd. the study also looked at infant mortality rates. and in a survey of 25 of the wealthiest capital cities, washington, d.c. had the highest mortality rate. its infant mortality rate is higher than stockholm. it is also a factor in the survival rate of its babies. in 2013 in the city's poorest neighborhood there were 10.9 deaths per 1. 1 you 100 births.
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100 births. in recent years d.c. has cut its infant morality rate in half. poorest neighborhoods continue the have the highest morality rates. bisi onile-ere, al jazeera, new york. >> and with us, is a physician and professor nyu medical center. what is your reaction to this report? >> i feel this is pretty alarming. to be doing so poorly on these measures is really concerning. >> what does its tell us about medicine and what does it tell us about the relationship between medicine and poverty? >> the relationship between poverty and health is pretty clear. if you are poor you're not going to have access about the same health care.
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if we think of globally that could mean housing for example. if you can't pay for good housing how can you keep yourself safe and clean? you play not have access to vaccinations or prenatal care, to keep you in good health or safe drinking water. not extreme poverty we see globally but to see that disparity between the rich and the poor it's very lawrnlging. >> how do you go about addressing thatting issue in the united states? >> with the forecast you would affordable care act some of this is related to our general lifestyle social being economic factors political factors, if you even think of our lifestyle we're used to going, go go go. and finally addressing a problem once you have a problem, rather
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than preventing the problems. >> how are some developing countries handling this issue better than the united states? >> to be fair to the u.s. in terms of some of these issues, we have a lot more people living with chronic being health care conditions. when you look at the pregnancy rates, and stuff people who might not carry these babies to full term or who being may have being had miscarriages, we see sicker children being born, and to be fair ous we may be doing better in that sense. in terms of the other developing countries, they are doing more to be investing in health care and other important problems. >> good to see you. >> nice to see you too. >> it may be rare but it's often that babies are born with ambiguous gender, called
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intersex. ash-har quraishi has more on this. ash-har. >> good evening, john. intersex advocates say both parents and children need better logic support. psychological support. that community has been slow to embrace. owner is today pigeon figones does not identify as he or she he prefers to be called they. living as a girl and believing she was one. but pegones said her parents said she would not develop as ogirl and could never have children. >> i wanted that more than
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anything, even though i couldn't do it. >> what did they say? >> they told me i had cancer when i was born and my ovaries and i was smart enough to know what the ovaries were and what cancer was and i believed them. >> reporter: but pegones never being ovaries and genetically has xy chromosomessing being. the condition is known as intersex or disorders of sex development dsd. >> i think it's either an individual that is born with not just uniform male or female parts but they can have combinations of both. >> about one in 2,000 americans are born with ambiguous genitalia. being usually doctors and parents would decide what sex the child would be and the ambiguous yen genitalia would be
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removed. surgically creating a vagina whb pegones was 11 years old. >> i wish with all my being and latter that they would have left me exactly how he was born. >> do you feeling like you were cheated? >> yeah, i feel like i was cheated. >> without sex organs, some patients must take a balance of being hormone pills for rest of their lives. >> if i don't take them i get hot flashes and osteoporosis and all that stuff. >> it was the scariest decision of her life says liz. two years ago her son was born with being ambiguous genitalia. which her and her husband decided to being surgically
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being being change. >> we were willing to take that risk to make him look as normal as possible. and to this day i do not regret the decision that we made. >> when you found out had he ambiguous genitalia what was your biggest concern? >> will he be a normal boy will he function like normal boys? will he ever have children? there is not aguarantee. there'sa guarantee.there's a lets hope i bleach. >> individuals should be consulted once they are old enough to choose for he themselves, officials say. >> they are bad to predict how the patients is going to identify. male role or female role. that kind of choice it seems we've learned is best left up to the patient him or herself. >> it's one reason why a program at louring hospital in chicago
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technical being including consultation with urologists and physicians. >> but there's got to be a balance struck between undergoing surgery for a child early on who really can't consent to it and the balance that a parent has to have in terms of them feeling comfortable with i have a boy or i have a girl. >> correct. >> how do you deal with that issue when it comes to deciding if a surgery is right to do? >> there's no truly right or wrong decision. the decision that's most appropriate is the one they feel most comfortable with. and in a perfect world we probably would never do surgery early on unless there's some medical reason this it had to be done. >> still pegones now an intersex activist says nobody but the child should have the right to
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decide be be to have surgery. >> they took out my testes without asking me. they should be signing a document that says we're not going to do these surgeries anymore. >> reporter: it's a debate that continues the raise questions about informed consent, gender identity and patient rights. and john, intersex activists say necessary being being procedures should be done but a decision for gender reassignment or irreversible cosmetic surgery should be left for a child decide for themselves. >> very difficult addition decisions being ash-har, thank you. architects can create super-tall super-skinny buildings and they cater to the
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super-rich. jake ward last word on how they are built. jake. >> the specific conditions of new york have created a new kind of mutant. architects that has to go to great lengths to standing up straight and to keep people comfortable at the top of these penthouses. there's a new kinds of sky crepe iser going up in new york city. super-tall knife like being skyscrapers. be honestly it feels like you can see china from up here. this apartment costs $95 million but we managed to get inside when it was still under construction. >> fresh air beautiful view. >> silvian marcus is the engineer behind pretty much every tall tower in manhattan. >> there are so many buildings aas i'm looking around --
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assemble we're looking at your portfolio right? >> yes yes. >> for him the height isn't the challenge. the challenge is in manhattan you have to make it very thin. >> the slenderness of the building, the width of the building multiplied by 15 is equal to the height of the building. >> think of a child's ruler. its slenderness is one unit wide to 12 units tall, in terms of buildings that is very skinny. the world trade center had a ratio of 1 to 7 but this tower has 1 to 15 ratio while looking down on the world trade center and the new one. that creates its own set of problems. robert goodwin is designing a new slender tower for a turkish developer. >> they understanding structure in the building as being something that holds i it up. there's a weight that you have
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to keep up. but the nature of tall buildings, even ones far less slender than this, is much more bb the way thatthe way about the wrind interacts. ifwrind -- wind interacts. >> the building is moving absolutely. you don't feel it. we are able to engineer the building in such a way that the people will not perceive the movement. >> a pair of 650ton pendulums on the roof counter the building's movement and five lengths of the tower there are no windows to let the wind through. in spite of all that it's still unnerving to be up there. >> i've been up here the better part of an hour and i can't get used to it. my hands are shaking and are sweaty. however this is future of high end residential living. >> the u.s. invented are high
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rises in 1885. thanks to elevators and steel frame construction. carol willis says the super-thin sky scrape are money makes it possible. >> there are now ten of those buildings that are just beginning to emerge on the skyline. i'm sure there will be more in the next coming years. it seems like there's a new one announced every day. there's not agreater punch of power than a wowf wow factor stepping into a space in the sky. >> in the end these buildings are about be power. >> we didn't say there's a gym in the basements or a pool somewhere. one of the floors has something where you could have a chef's table where could you have a dinner party for a lot of people. you have a smaller apartment but you might want to have a party for 50 people. >> these super-slender towers
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are the newest in new york, superwealthy will see that from on high but for others, this form of engineering only serves to elevate the rich only further from the rest. the sense of elevating the superrich, you buy an apartment through an llc and investors from other countries are coming to new york city to put their money into a $95 million penthouse, holding it there as an investment property and the signs are that it's going to pay off. >> as you know it's a big controversy in new york but it's also a worldwide problem right? >> well, there are sort of -- there is this new world of very very high-end architecture that can do this kind of thing. we see it through the emirate countries, but it's specifically new york that makes this
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possible the specific constraints of the small lot sizes and what are called ear rights. the rights to buy your neighbor's tig unused space above your neighbor's property and consolidating it to your own. all of this make this unique to new york city. while this is ultrarich, global wealth is an international phenomenon it is this particular building type that is a unique product of the specific constraints of new york john. >> all right jake thank you very much. >> in new york city these superskinny buildings are creating big problems on street level, block outs light. especially in being being parks being chairing the parks committee he has introduced legislation to create a task force olook into what he dawls he calls the looming threat of shadows from sky scrapers.
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did you start getting calls? >> immediately. these towers are going to be taller than one trade center. but they are only blocks from central park. >> before you had really really tall buildings you had really tall buildings right and they casting shadows too? >> this is on a whole 'nother level. >> how is it different? >> projecting far up to the 70s or 80s in the park. >> you mean a building -- >> on 57th street. >> on 57th street casts a chad owe 20 blocks 30 blocks -- >> more than a mile into the park. most prevalent in the afternoon when people are coming home from school when kids are in the playgrounds and most pronounced in the fall and the spring where people wants the warmth of sun light. this is taking away a cherished resource and it's got to be accounted for. >> so the richest in new york, or from outside new york own some of these apartments. real estate developers have a lot of money and lot of
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political power in new york. how do you stop it, if you want to stop it? >> this matter to new yorkers. here in manhattan most people live in apartments. we don't have backyards. we don't have rooftop decks. we do to the parks for sunlight. this is excited activists recently, we are losing something in perpetuity. these buildings aren't coming down. >> didn't the council and other city leaders realize when they approved these buildings that this was going to be a problem or did they just not realize it? >> we didn't approve them. that's what's incredible. developers are being ever more creative in exploiting loopholes in the building code, they are doing this without public input or review, and this is offensive to people who feel we should have a say particularly when it affects our parks. these were built as of right with no zoning variances under existing law exploiting massive
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loopholes to be sure. >> what do you think needs happen? >> we've got to examine the effects on communities. there's got to be public review and we've got to account for impact on our precious parks. >> we'll see you in the future and see whether you are successful on that. >> look forward to that. >> ing my interview with be dwond on her music her faith and battling racism in the 1950s.
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>> in afghanistan, death sentences were handed down in one of the motion watched murder trierls in thetrials in the world. libby casey is here. libby. >> public beating of a 27-year-old woman wrongly accused of burn being the koran and a mob beat her to death and set her body on fire. this brutal crime was captured on video and witnessed by countless people. some say this trial has opened the eyes to mob justice particularly in afghanistan. >> it had a big influence on the public perception. it was good that this case was taken very much seriously. lots of cases l women were
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milkilypublicly killed and not brought to justice. >> the defendants have the right to appeal. in the next hour we'll see why so many people along with her family are disappointed with the trial. john. >> thank you. spacex tested a part of its un unmanned aircraft today. designed to bring the crew to safety in case of an emergency. the test lasted about two minutes. the capsule safely parachuted into the atlanta. spacex is looking to send astronauts into space in 2017. it's safe to say dionne warwick is one of a kind. working withing hal david and burt bacarack.
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she joined me with an enlightening conversation. i asked her what her life is like today. >> i'm happy working around the world, putting the butts in the seats, singing the songs they love which i'm grateful for. ♪ ♪ >> what was the first burt bacharach and hal david song you ever did? >> don't make me over. they broke a promise. >> tell me. >> i was on doing demonstration records as well as background work of their music and there was osong a demo that i did called "make it easy on yourself". i fell in love with the song. they kept badgering me, saying you've got to record you've got to record. i said only if. i heard this gravelly voice
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singing, "make it easy on yourself" with jerry butler, i said, wait a minute, that was going to be my song. i was not a happy camper when i finally met with them. last thing i ever think you can do is make me over. hal david being the brilliant lyricist he was put pen to paper and came up with "don't make me over". ♪ don't make me over ♪ >> did you plan to have the success that you did? >> i don't think any of us did. known as the triangle marriage that works in the industry, because everything was so completely different than anything that was being done in that part of the 60 is's we kind
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of carved our own limb nearby little niche out that nobody was doing. in that time. >> your name is interesting to me it wasn't warwick. >> it is still warrick. >> we call you that but what happened? >> the first label they got my name wrong. they dropped the r and put a w. i was really pissed, i really was. that's my name, you know. and my grandfather who is warrick, a mints i must add my
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biggest fan he said don't worry about it, warwick is your stage name and that's what it is. my stage name. be ♪ before i put often my makeup notes. >> someone who broke barriers. did you experience racism in the industry and what was it like? >> i didn't know what it was. i thought it was funny. be [ laughter ] i did my first tour in the south. i decided i wanted to get a drink of water i went up to the front where they had the water fountains. that's where it hit me, my goodness there was a white side and a colored side. so there was this white woman who came up to the fountain to bend down to drink i bent down to drink at the same time we bumped heads and i said oh my goodness. i know i'm not supposed to say anything to you but i must say
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don't you think it's kind of strange, you have your side and i have my side but the water is coming out of the same pipe? i thought the woman was going to choke. she almost fainted. that's how stupid that really was. what's the reason for it? >> what do you think it is that kept you going and has continued you to have the strength to go on? >> you know, that's exactly the big god in the sky. my faith is very very strong. very very sincere. and it will be for as long as i'm with you. and i truly believe that god is the one who has the plan. and i always say we make plans and god laughs. he's got plan for me. i know i'm not finished yet. i have too much to do. >> we're glad you're here and still sing and glad ohave you on
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the program. nice to see you. >> nice to be here. >> that's our program. i'm john siegenthaler, the news continues with antonio mora and libby casey. i'll see you back here tomorrow night.
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>> sealing the deal. israeli prime minister benjamin netanyahu clenches a new agreement with neftali bennett to form a new government. a first for syrian president bashar al-assad, publicly admitting to set backs in the battle against forces trying to top oftotop topple him. bl judgment day in afghanistan. four men get the