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because that child has to watch what he eats and exercise. the whole school had this program. bullying, i was bullied too. you will stands up together as a united front thank you. it is a pleasure >> the honor is mine that's our time. i'm tony harris. thanks for watching. have >> thanks tony. we begin with the new hampshire primaries now just four days away. the candidates are crisscrossing the state, ratcheting up the rhetoric. for many, this is a do or die vote. lisa stark is live from manchester, new hampshire. lisa. >> randall, it is a mad dash to the finish line. voters like to see the candidates close up. there is a big democratic event tonight, the republicans will have an event on saturday.
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this state has a lot of independent voters and they are still making up their minds. as snow blanketed the state the candidates did too. >> yes, we are going to move this country in a very new direction. >> we have a democratic president, once again, in the white house! thank you all new hampshire! >> on the republican side candidates held rallies and town hall events. >> i don't have that too much either. >> donald trump has been ramping up his campaign schedule after his second place showing in new hampshire was snowed out. leading the race in new hampshire. >> two issues, one is, they are sick and tired of the elites, in their own party and barack obama. and trump is hitting a nerve with those voters.
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>> reporter: but trump support at around 30% has plateaued. >> i'll vote for anybody but trump. >> the fight is ferocious for that number 2 spot. ted cruz and marco rubio have the edge but cruz cannot rely on the evangelical vote. >> new hampshire is the second least religious voting in the country. >> chris christie claims rubio is not ready to be president. >> i'm ready. i've attested as paul said, i have been tried, i have been pushed, i have been shoved, i've been knocked down around gotten back up. >> reporter: while jeb bush has added his mom to the campaign trail took out a full page ad explaining why he is the best choice, except him to gang
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up on rubio when the debate happens on saturday. >> you must be doing something right if they gang up on you. >> pivotal, especially in a state where voters tend to make up their minds at the last minute. >> the rally last night was for marco rubio, tomorrow is for chris christie. i'm definitely not going with the democrats. >> the democrats dooukd i dukedt their own debate argue who is the true progressive. sanders remains lady in the polls, with working class white men, and substantially among younger people, including younger women. >> i think hillary is a great candidate but not the candidate for me. >> clinton thos i knows that ife gets the nomination she'll need the enthusiasm of these young
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voters. >> i know you are not for me now but i am for you. i will work hard for you. >> voting is next tuesday in the first in the nation primary and randall the secretary of state is expecting a record turnout saying he expecting around 550,000 people to go to the polls. >> thanks a lot lisa stark. we'll move on to our political contributor, bill snider. mr. schneider, among democrats bernie sanders holding a big lead in preference polls, how important is the youth vote for sanders victory in new hampshire? >> youth vote is what is propelling him, he beat hillary clinton 6 to 1 in voters under 30, the millennial generation. >> what do you think the young democrats find bernie sanders
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much more -- i don't know -- likable than hillary clinton? >> several reasons. bernie sanders attacks the establishment. he's constantly accusing hillary clinton as being part of the democratic establishment. young people are not part of the establishment. they never are, they are too young and haven't acquired power and prestige and influence yet. any time you attack the establishment young people are going to respond. a lot of people see hillary clinton a part of the past, not their past but the old times, her husband was the president in the '90s. bernie sanders is older than hillary clinton but looks like the candidate of the future because he hasn't been a candidate until the last year or two. >> he's leading but isn't hillary clinton way ahead with respect to candidates and that's what's counting, right? >> she isn't ahead in the
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delegates but superdelegates, party function ris, members of e members of congress, they have signed on with hillary clinton because they think she can win. they are worried that as office holders, if bernie sanders gets noimtion, he'nomination, they ad have signed on with hillary clinton. >> do you say that marco rubio was also a winner? >> he was a big winner because you know, there is a sort of secondary primary going on in the republican race. there are four candidates who are trying to become the king of the mainstream republican vote. chris christie, jeb bush, marco rubio and who is the other one, there is one more -- christie, rubio, bush and kasich.
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john kasich. these are the republican voters and there are a lot of them as we go on through primaries. these are the republican voters who are mainstream and worry about ted cruz or donald trump leading the republican ticket. they think that either of those candidates if they become a nominee would be a catastrophe in november. right now rubio has stood out from the others after iowa as the leading alternative. >> and yet trump still leads in the preference polls. is there any chance of a repeat in iowa where he was leading there but lost? >> there is certainly a chance of that. i think rubio is catching on, new hampshire is a mainstream state. rubio has supporters, a lot of his supporters are fans, did they show up at the caucuses not so much. the primary is a little bit easier to participate in than the caucus. he has got to translate his fan
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support into actual votes. >> in your opinion, what candidate has the best organization among republicans? >> among republicans? i don't think it's donald trump. my guess is christie is doing really well in new hampshire, he's worked a lot there, i don't have evidence but i think he has a strong ground organization, jeb bush last olot of money and strong ground organization as well. he's hanging on for dear life. if he did as poorly in new hampshire as he did in iowa, i'm not sure he can hang on. >> with respect to new hampshire and the outcome there, who is look at it as a make or break moment? we've heard that kasich said if he doesn't do well he's going to pull out. >> yes, south carolina has always been a king maker for the republican party, that's where the democratic constituency are
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likely to be heavily african american. hillary clinton is depending on minority voters, african americans and latinos in nevada to deliver her and especially if she loses to bernie sanders in new hampshire, he's a local, coming from vermont next door, that's very likely to happen. it's an important race in south carolina really for both parties. >> we'll see who leaves new hampshire with the big mo, momentum, that a candidate said some years back. the pace of job growth slowed last month. the department of labor said 150,000 jobs were created in january, half as many as in december. but the unemployment rate fell below 5% for the first time in five years, average hourly wages rising one half of 1%. president obama took advantage of the latest unemployment numbers to tout the state of the u.s. economy and as mike viqueria reports the president
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used the increased wages and reduced unemployment to score some political poirchts points. >> reporter: good evening randall, it's been clear since the presidential campaign began in earnest, that the president has become annoyed, the candidates talking down economy, saying the economy is bad, he says the economy is good and has something to tout. on friday morning, when the unemployment figures come out on the first friday of every month showing the news was in fact good, the unemployment rate down to its lowest since 2008, 4.9%, down a 10th of a percent since december. many believe the economy is hovering near full employment. best news of all that wages are finally heading up. all this despite weakening economies in china and europe. the president deciding to take
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that victory lap appearing in the white house briefing room to tout the new numbers. >> as i said in my state of the union address, the united states of america right now has the strongest most durable economy in the world. i know that's still inconvenient for republican stump speeches, as their doom and despair tour plays in new hampshire. i guess you cannot please everybody. >> now in the bargain, the president hopes to boost the chances of the eventually democratieventualdemocratic nomu one of them get into the white house in january, they will inherit the legacy issues on health care and the environment. in the bargain helping preserve his own legacy, randall. >> mike viqueria in washington.
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secretary of state john kerry says peace talks are still under way, but the syrian government stepped up its assault on aleppo. al jazeera's disloard haal jazes more. >> the suffering continues, tens of thousands of syrians are again on the move. those who have arrived to the turkish border are not being allowed in. these people are from the northern country side of aleppo, many came on foot, many came with nothing. there is no safe area for these people as the government pushes ahead with a major offensive in the province. >> translator: we left our homes because of the bombings by the russians, the iranians, bashar and the shia army, we wand erdogan to let us in. >> reporter: for now, there is no indication that the gates will be opened.
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officially, turkey has an open door policy for syrian refugees but strict conditions have been put into place, and turkey has been under a lot of pressure dealing with the 2.5 million syrians in the country. >> but under pressure villages and towns in the aleppo country side have become waste lands, there have been hundreds of russian air strikes since the government's ground strikes started earlier this week. the air strikes are not just targeting the front lines. neighborhoods have better than hit. people have abandoned their homes their livelihood. the ongoing government offensive has cut through latter of rebel controlled territory in northern syria. this has severed the opposition fighters supply lines but they are still fighting back. a number of factions have created a joint command and are calling on all men in the area
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to take up arms. the opposition's fighting for its survival in this corner of syria, the last stronghold of the group called the moderate rebels. this is one remaining road that supplies the rebel controlled eastern districts of aleppo city, for now the cost telelow d is still open about it is the only way in and out but the syrian military has said that it is just a matter of time before its troops and their allies reach this junction that would allow them to close the circle around the city and yet another opposition controlled area in syria would find itself under siege. dismoard, azeina khodr, al jazey turkey-syria border.
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reports say several buildings collapsed following an earthquake, one of them a 17 story apartment building, hundreds of people said to be trapped under the rubble, 2 people killed more than 150 hospitalized. >> a united nations panel says wikileaks founder julian assange has been unlawfully detained. the british government has rejected the ruling, al jazeera's barnaby phillips has more. >> reporter: the sweet sensation of victory. that's how julian assange described this moment. after years of frustration and loneliness inside the ecuadorian embassy he savored this appearance on the balcony. >> however what right does this government or the u.s. government or the swedish
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government have to deny my children their father for five and a half years? >> reporter: in geneva, the decision was based on the fact that assange has never been formally charged with the rape. >> favors the investigation is still preliminary, no charges have been filed against him but still he's deprived of his liberty, if this is not arbitrary, what is arbitrary detention? >> but the british and swedish governments insists he is in hiding. the iranian counterpart was scornful of the panel's findings. >> i reject the finding, it's right that he should not be able to escape justice. this is a frankly a ridiculous
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finding by the working group, and we reject it. >> julian assange's wikileaks posted thousands of secret united states government documents on the internet revealing classified and often embarrassing details of u.s. and international diplomacy. he says he fears that if he's sent to sweeten he would be handed over to the americans. julian assange is back in the news but it's not clear how much else has changed. the u.n. panel's findings are awkward for british and swedish governments but the british police are still adamant if julian assange steps down from the ecuadorian embassy to the streets of london he will be arrested straight away. perhaps the british, swedish and ecuadorian governments will try behind the scenes to reach some sort of a diplomatic compromise.
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otherwise it's hard to see how this matter will come to an end. barnaby phillips, al jazeera, london. the two religious leaders will meet in cuba as both men visit latin america last week, the churches which separated in the schism of the 1400s. a simple spectacular vision in . there were no reports of injuries but people in the area are being warned, not to come within about a mile of the volcano. up next: finding food in america. walmart's decision to shut down dozens of stores is leaving some communities with few options.
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plus super bowl quarterback's peyton manning's own investigations of an al jazeera documentary.
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>> a construction worker with a cell phone caught the moment a crane collapsed in new york city today. 38-year-old man who was sitting in a parked car was killed when that crane crushed it. three other people were injured. the crane was being lowered when it fell to the ground. there were heavy winds at the time but it wasn't clear if that contributed to the collapse. the end could be near for
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that months-long gas leek in southern california. porter ranch leak could be capped by the end of next week. the gas has been spewing out of the well since late october. today walmart is closing the last of 154 stores it recently announced would be shutting down. now some of those stores were in rural areas where grocery stores are few and far between. al jazeera's jonathan martin reports from fairfield, alabama where the government says is becoming a food desert. >> some residents tell us they are feeling the impact, especially seniors and many in the community who don't have transportation. less than ten miles outside birmingham, alabama, fairfield is a city that has seen its share of hard luck.
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a quarter of the residents live in poverty and what was the area's biggest employer a steel plant laid off a thousand workers last year. >> this is traditional downtown fairfield. >> but the commissioner said no one was expecting walmart would sunlt shut itsuddenly shut its . >> it is devastating to the community. >> walmart's closing leaves a food desert. many in fairfield don't own cars and 20% of residents are seniors. >> fairfield no longer has a grocery store in its city limits. a grocery store in a community is a hub. people have to have groceries, they have to eat. >> walmart supplied our pharmacy, clothing food, all other little necessities that we needed. >> reporter: walmart recently closed more than 150 stores across the country. fairfield is one of three
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communities that it's left a food desert, at least a fifth live in poverty and a third live more than a pliel from a mile fa supermarket. without walmart, the nears grocery store is just a few miles away but the problem is getting there without transportation. there is a lack of public transportation and you have to walk this busy highway where there's no crosswalk. >> 89-year-old eleanor says the added distance is, she will have to liar someone to pick up her groceries. >> we do without, unless we have a family member who is going to bring your food, you know. >> reporter: walmart issued a statement in part, we're now focused on charitable giving and expediting the process to work with potential buyers for these locations. mayor coachman tells us that he and other officials pleaded with
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walmart not to close but worried those efforts may have come too late. >> now we must go to the drawing board to find out how we can survive. >> reporter: and here in downtown fairfield you can probably see that half of the businesses are closed or boarded up. walmart was another blow to this community that has already been struggling. right now, no word on whether another retailer will come in to fill the vote that walmart has left behind. >> that's jonathan martin. next, the zika virus, how to avoid getting it from sexual contact. and how san francisco's homeless are being side lined for the big game.
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>> there are new concerns about the zika virus in america. diagnosed in 14 states and the district of columbia. there is growing evidence that mosquito bites are not the only way to transmit the zika virus. brazilian scientists say they have found the zika virus in urine and sal hav is a lie hav .
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each discovery is a surprise and a lesson for us. >> casual kissing increases the risk of being infected with the virus. health officials in brazil and the u.s. say people have already been infected by sexual contact and blood transfusions. >> the advice of some governments to women to delay their pregnancies ignores the reality that many women and girls simply cannot exercise control over whether or when or under what circumstances they become pregnant. >> the c centers for disease control has issued guidelines for those traflght traveling tos where the zika virus is being transmitted. the cdc has already urged pregnant women to avoid traveling to nearly 30 location in the caribbean, central and
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south america and the pacific. >> if you are pregnant and in the continental u.s. don't travel to a place that has zika spreading. we are seeing a serious fetal malformation that is affecting hundreds or thousands of infants in brazil. >> the outbreak is not stopping thousands from descending on rio de janeiro for carnivale. the u.s. territory has seen more than 20 case is and the outbreak is having an impact on tourism. senate democrats sent a letter to president obama urging him to develop a strategy to address the spread of the virus. they wrote, it is necessary to enhance efforts to control outbreaks, counter the spread of the disease and ultimately reduce the potential for outbreaks in the united states. but some public health experts say an outbreak in the u.s. is
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unlikely. >> much of our lifestyle, socioeconomic lifestyle, actually avoids contact with mosquitos, we're very good about it. >> it threatens to disrupt this summer's olympic games in brazil. lucia newman reports. >> i.t. seems the construction of stadiums and other infrastructure is on track for the summer olympics here in brazil. but the road to rio has become rocky because of the epidemic of zika the mosquito-borne virus suspected of causing severe birth defects and neurological problems. although brazil's president has described the epidemic as a serious threat, organizers have dismissed suggestions that the games be cancelled or postponed.
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>> translator: we have a city that is very well prepared for the olympic games and very well prepared for public health emergencies. the olympic games will take place in the:00 of the year whether the disease -- the time of the year when the disease carrying mosquitos are not active although they deserve all care and attention. >> although these are summer olympics will be held in the southern hemisphere's winter, which means it will be cool or warm. >> we are expecting, a historical series showing that the tbiept durin aedes aegypti r time, is not necessary to have a an epidemic during winter time. >> but less does not mean none. they should say plan for the worst, hope for the best, if
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olympic planners are hoping for the weather, then a wetter or hotter time could ruin their projections. >> and the bay is seriously contaminated with sewage. nonetheless, authorities are promising stepping up fumigation and other measures to control mosquito breeding grounds to protect visitors and the 10,500 athletes coming to rio equipped with not only hopes for a gold medal but also plenty of insect repellent, just in case. lucia newman, al jazeera, rio de janeiro. rio de janeiro. >> dr. marty three have found the presence of the zika virus in urine and saliva.
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can it be transmitted that way? >> we are not totally sure. those studies have not been done, so from a scientific sense it hasn't been done, we don't know. >> and is sexual transmission is that new? >> no, it isn't really new. we had evidence that this was going on before. in fact there was a case in 2008 of a couple of researchers that were doing work in senegal, one of them, both of them men, one of them came back and had relations with his wife who had not traveled and she became sick with zika. we had seen that in the united states before. >> so knowing that sexual transmission is possible then the advice being given is that men obviously should use condoms with respect to women who have traveled in the region where soik izika is present? >> that's correct, that's what the cdc has advised and they are
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absolutely right to advise that. i had hoped they would do that sooner because the information is really out there but they've done it and that's a very, very good thing. >> so what is a significance of a public health emergency being declared in puerto rico? >> it's a wonderful thing just as it is wonderful that governor scott declared it here in florida for a number of counties. what that does is it allows the government to release funds to do the kinds of actions that are necessary to reduce the risk for the community. most importantly, this means that right now, while we're still in our cooler months, that we can go ahead and spray the kind of sprays that we use for larvae of mosquitos and that will reduce the number of adult mosquitos that eventually come out when the weather warms up. >> well, if it's a good idea for puerto rico and good idea for florida what about other states,
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with mosquitos all over the mid south and actually all over the entire country. >> right. but primary, it should be done in those places where there's a likelihood that there will be travelers coming into that state from places that -- where the virus is active. or in the case of puerto rico, there's been 21 cases, 20 of which were acquired in puerto rico, so it's very, very grave in puerto rico. it's important in florida because we've had 12 imported cases and we have the mosquitos and we know that we're going to be probably importing more cases during this outbreak that's going on right now. and once mosquito season starts it would become a problem if we didn't confront it immediately. and that's going to be true of the various states of the united states where the mosquito exists and where they have this kind of exchange with the large number of people likely to come to
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their state possibly infected. so we now know there are 14 states where the zika virus is found to be present. how contagious is it, how concerned are you about the possibility of rapid spread? >> you mean within the tigz unitecontiguous united states? >> within the contiguous united states, yes. >> my concern is the fact that the mosquito exists, and that as long as temperatures are warming up as they have been as they were last year, then you're going to have a very large number of mosquitos that could potentially bite someone who is having -- has the virus and then imlifimlfdamplified within the o and transmitted. a case acquired in florida, for
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example, but what florida is going to do and what other states should do is immediately when they see a case acquired is put all the manpower and resources into the area exactly where it was acquired to reduce the mosquito population and prevent an epidemic. that's exactly what florida has done when there's been an occasional onesies and twossies so we don't get a an outbreak. >> thank you for joining us on al jazeera america. >> my pleasure. >> twitter says it is cracking down on content on i.s.i.l, social media platform, has shown
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its contacts. the way i.s.i.l. has used the site to spread its message and recruit new fighters to its cause. now to football. fans are counting down the seconds, to super bowl sunday and the kickoff but there are new developments in the story about one of the game's biggest stars. a new report suggesting that quarterback peyton manning was so concerned about questions on doping first raised by an al jazeera america documentary that he hired his own investigator to track down the claims. jonathan betz joins us. jonathan. >> before this documentary aired many people were already running interference. >> number 18, peyton manning! >> reporter: as the denver broncos star quarterback prepares for his fourth super bowl peyton manning faces questions. days before al jazeera's documentary aired about doping in sports, manning's attorneys
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hired private investigators to dig into questions about the broncos quarterback and human growth hormone. the post said investigators tried to track down charlie sly, a primary source in the documentary who is recorded saying he helped athletes get banned drugs. >> a bunch of football players take it and baseball players too. >> visitevisited sly's parents,o rattled the parents that they asked their daughter to call 911. >> there is someone at the door claiming to be an officer but won't present a badge. it seems like a very sketchy situation. >> what are your parents saying to him? >> it's lard to tell. it sounds like he's a private investigator. >> two days later, sly, who didn't know al jazeera was recording him at the time, tried to recount the story.
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>> there is nothing true about the story al jazeera plans to air. >> they to the the washington post they were only looking for more information and did not influence sly in any way. but manning has never denied the documentary's claim that hgh was shipped to his wife. although this week the broncos quarterback denied he used hgh. >> it's garbage, i can give you a lot of other words for it. >> full investigation. >> we'll work with law enforcement if they are involved but we will also continue our own investigations and work cooperatively with everyone to make sure we're taking this seriously that we find out the conclusions. when we find out the facts we'll slayer them as we have in the past. >> reporter: other athletes named in the documentary have also denied any connection to doping. and two baseball stars, ryan howard and ryan zimmerman are suing al jazeera. but it's manning on the offense
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even before the documentary aired. >> i'll guarantee you the investigation what it will find is absolutely a big fat nothing so that's how i feel about it. >> reporter: while the nfl says there's no timetable nor its investigation it will certainly not wrap up before manning suits up on sunday for super bowl 50. >> we'll see how the old man does against the young man. thank you jonathan. >> for the homeless of san francisco, the super bowl is also a game changer. al jazeera's jacob ward reports on the city's toaforts keep them out of sight. >> over a million people have descended on the city. for the city's most desperate residents the party has just made life harder. you would never know this but this is a choice environment for sleeping. homeless people tend to make beds here in this plaza and on the grass behind me here but all of that has gone away.
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they have been entirely displaced by the festivities behind me. >> this week, protestors marched around the edge of the super bowl village to call attention to the people pushed aside. new encampments spread out in the city. bob tried to make his place but police stepped in. >> they knocked me off at 10. that's why i'm tired now, i didn't get much sleep last night. >> for past ten years, san francisco estimated its homeless at around 6600 people. but that population seems to be growing older with an estimated 30% of them over the age of 51. bob who is 67 years old, says he usually sticks to the downtown area because it is the easiest way to avoid disturbing someone. >> i don't want to be on the sidewalk, i don't want to go
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into somebody's neighborhood because they don't me, i don't know them. i'm not out to scare anybody. >> it's unclear where the people displaced by the super bowl are supposed to go. america's cup warehouse hasn't been open for the period of time that super bowl village has been around and it's about a four mile journey from the center of san francisco where the festivities are taking place. it a wonder what the city thought. >> local city government has not done a good job of coordinating their efforts. >> the fans are here for the big game but with people with nowhere to sleep, the end of the fourth quarter means maybe they get to return to their usual spot. jacob ward, a al jazeera, san francisco. >> edgar mitchell the sixth man on the moon has died. the 85-year-old passed away at a
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hospice in west palm beach florida. mitchell and allen shepherd went walking on the moon, he helped design the lunar landing module, and after his journey into space mitchell devoted his life to mysteries of the human mind and the universe including aliens and ufos. up next, the stunning nina simone. i talk to the singer and civil rights pioneer.
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>> nina simone was a true original, a singer activist, the documentary, what happened ms. simone, is an oscar contender. i talked to her daughter. and her need to tell her
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mother's story now. >> it was a labor of love that my husband and i worked on for about ten years. >> i want to shake up people so bad, that when they leave a night club where i perform, i just want them to be in pieces. >> i made a pledge to my mother when she passed away, that to make sure that she would be remembered properly, in the way that she deserved and the way she would be remembered. ♪ i put a spell on you >> you've said she was one of the greatest entertainers of all time but she paid a price. what price? >> yes, oh my goodness, her heart her peace of mind, self-actualization, wards, being richard, so many material rewards and goals that many artists go for. not to mention, their own personal satisfaction. my mom, forewent many of those things in order to stand up for
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what she believed in. society no colored people in this country get to be second class fools ♪ >> in temps of the civil rights movement her dream of being a classical ploou sition, her dream pretty much went into the toilet because of the color of her skin. >> this is a very difficult recounting for you personally when you think about what your mother went through. for those who don't know the history of nina simone, she trained as a classical pianist, that was her goal, she had to get a job at some point, the owner of the club told her you have to sing. that led to her fame. yet there is a point she made a very political decision shortly after the deaths of the four girls in the birmingham church bombing. >> exactly.
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my mom came from a church upbringing, her father was a minister, she changed her name to nina simone so grandma wouldn't know she was playing worldly music. and when the four little girls were blown up in the church i kind of equate my mother's career in two parts. the part where she was singing love songs and happy to be playing and doing what she loved and being recognized and then there was the part of her career where she got mad. she broke when those four little girls were blown up in that church. and she never came back. she became the revolutionary that we all know and respect. >> a lot of her music wasn't played on the radio stations which is how artists became famous at that time. >> yes. and it depended upon what she was saying, when she recorded "i loves you porggy" it was all ovr
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the radio waves. she got all sorts of recognition. but when she decided to use the stage against greater good, mississippi god damn, she says that i specifically in the documentary. ♪ everybody knows about mississippi god damn." >> oftentimes those records were returned cracked in two. because of the decisions she made in order to feel like she was doing something of meaning, and use the platform in such a way that most artists especially female artists of color at that time were not doing. >> today how do you remember your mother? >> i remember her with great
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love. i miss her. believe it or not, i do, i really wish that we could spend time together with me being in the place that i am now, being the more wiser adult that i am now. i miss her very much. i'm proud of her. and i'm really glad that my pledge to her has been fulfilled, that she lives, and she lives properly, and the way that she deserves, and the way that she wants to be remembered. ♪ and i'm feelin' good >> lisa simone kelly, thank you for joining us on al jazeera america. >> thank you. >> another oscar nominated documentary is about the late singer amy winehouse. up next, my conversation with the directors of amy.
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>> the more people see of me, the more they'll realize i'm good for making music. >> and the grammy goes to amy winehouse. >> she was one of the truest artists i've ever heard. >> the world wanted a piece of her. >> amy was a girl that just wanted to be loved. >> this is someone who was trying to disappear. >> the oscar nominated documentary "amy" tracks the rise and fall of singer amy winehouse. she was troubled with a style all her own. she died at 27, of alcohol and drug addiction. were you a fan? >> i had her album had the
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records, i never met her never saw amy live. i wouldn't call myself a huge fan actually. i was intrigued by her, i wanted to get into the movie because i wanted to understand what happened to her. >> a lot of people when they hear about amy's alcohol and drug problems they think the worst of her but your film paints a more complicated picture. >> she said could i give it back. >> honestly in the u.s. most people might have thought she had a good voice but didn't think much of amy as a person. what i thought about when doing the research, this was a funny intelligent wit witty girl. >> happy birthday to you -- >> i didn't realize how talented she was, i didn't realize she wrote all the songs she created the music she played the guitar. she was really sharp really witty and it's all in the
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lyrics. everyone kind of wants to reach out and give her a big hug actually. >> her dad, what struck you the most about his relationship with amy? >> very complex situation. she was close to her father but her parents separated. that relationship sort of affected her, for her she had a childhood of not of lot of boundaries, to tell her to stop, if she went off the rails. she needed that kind of presence in her life. >> her father left when h she ws how old? >> that was a complicated relationship. i don't think her parents got divorced until she was nine, he was involved came back into her life when back to black was released. >> her father mitch winehouse has some serious problems with
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the film. how do you respond to his criticism? >> my film is called "amy" and that's what it's about she was ill and she died. i'm on amy's side, that was the main intention of the film. the main aim was to give her a voice and a presence and show how brilliant she was but show also, she made decisions, decided to change her management, i don't know if you pick who you fall in love with, but she fell in love with someone, and lots of people made decisions on her behalf and i think quite a few of them didn't turn out well for her. but i think it was important are that we show what was going on. >> i don't think that i'll be at all famous. >> by the way, why did you change the on camera interviews, and the part of genre talent?
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>> i come from a background of making drama and i like films to be kind of -- i want them as sen cinematic acinematic as possibl. want to be at the time present and not look back in time. talking heads, you have someone telling you something and you visualize what they're saying. i come at it a different way, making the story visual, with amy, they know how it ended. you may have known the ending so what i'm interested i suppose is on the journey. i want you to forget the journey, you forget they're no longer with us, but at the moment, enjoy the journey as it's going on and not necessarily enjoy i.t. in amy's case but enjoy the twists and turns, there's an opportunity there, there's an opportunity there, i'm not sure it's perfect for everyone but it's the way i like to work. >> thank you for being with us
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on al jazeera america, our profiles of all ten oscar nominated documentaries will continue in the coming weeks. that's it for now. i'm randall pinkston, "ali velshi on target" is next. >> i'm ali velshi. "on target" tonight, seeing and believing how eyewitnesses could get it wrong in criminal cases sending innocent people to prison. america is in the throes of a long overdue debate how to replace the american criminal justice system, offenders