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people to go off and go to college, but then to come back and apply it here where it counts. >> we said why not video games. >> that's really cool. it's an evil spirit. >> we're a living culture. we're a strong culture. >> this game is to celebrate. >> al jazeera america - proud to tell your stories. >> this is al jazeera america live from new york. i'm erica pitzi. hirhere are today's top stories. turkish residents protesting a deal that will send thousands of stranded refugees from europe back to their country. and in the race for the white house for wisconsin on tuesday. how important is it from this stage of the presidential race. plus the rnc chairman weighing
in on the convention controversial. renewed questions about rail safety after a deadly crash between an amtrak train and a construction backhoe in pennsylvania. plus a woman's journey from war-torn afghanistan to the u.s. and a group helping women like her making the transition to american life. >> we begin in hour with turmoil in turkey. outrage over refugees about to arrive from greece. people who arrive are marching, chanting, and signing petitions against an agreement that takes effect tomorrow. now it calls for refugees to be housed at a nearby camp that is now under construction. >> here in the seaside town they
have been creating a reception center here at the dock made of tents. we understand that this is where the first batch of several hundreds refugees and migrants are coming back from the greek island of lesbos. there have about protests in the town by those who say they don't want refugees setting up a permanent camp here. they say they're worried about crime, the effects on the job market and the effects on tourism. the government said that it has no plans, the people will be processed and sent on into camps further inland. we don't know where that will be. the turkish interior minister said that this deal has been having its desired affect in reducing the numbers of people trying to get in from greece in western turkey. he said that the numbers are 300 a day and the cost guard has been picking up people and
preventing them from crossing. certainly what we're hear something that it's becoming more difficult. the security has been tightened, but there are still questions about the fairness of all this. the many will be immediately deported to their home countries. and we spoke to one academic who said by putting anyone in any legal return it could act as a spur to encourage them to try to get in illegally across the sea. >> that was harry fawcett reporting. now many refugees who were seeking freedom now find themselves prisoners being held against their will on the island of lesbos. public access to the community is ban, but they obtained video from inside of camp and spoke to the man who shot it. >> these are the people who face deportation if their requests
for asylum are rejected. a young syrian man inside sent this video to us because journalists are barred from entering. we managed to see them from inside the fence. he told us that there is anxiety and uncertainty. >> i defected from the syrian army and i can't be sent back. what will happen to those who are sent back to turkey? do syrians qualify as refugees are just some of his questions. it is a concern expressed by the united nations which fear that asylum applications are not being properly processed and safeguards are not in place. >> we feel there are still deficiencies and gaps in countries that are thanksgiving still need to be addressed.
but the e.u. insists there will not be more deportations and international laws will not be violated. the e.u. external agency has deployed a compan to accompany the refugees back. choices many do not want to take. and many have family members who have reached northern europe before it shut its doors. >> but it has not stopped arrivals. it may have slowed but authorities in greece say that 2,000 people have landed on
their showers. the deportations may send the message that the doors are closed at least through illegal channels. >> donald trump's popularity is wanning with some voter groups and ted cruz and john kasich are trailing in the polls, so maybe delegates would support an alternate candidate all together. >> when you have five, six, seven rounds it is possible that a person can be nominated that is not one of the three, but my position is, and i think it's absolutely correct our nominee is likely to be one of the three people running. >> g.o.p. frontrunner donald trump appeared on fox news saying he's not concerned.
>> i have great polls from nbc nationwide. i think we're doing very well. don't forget, it would always be better to wind. i like wisconsin. i like the people of wisconsin. i think they like me. i've had tremendous crowds. we've had tremendous response, and i think i'm going to do very well in wisconsin. >> on the democratic side hillary clinton was asked on nba's meet the press about the controversial over her e-mails. now the state department said it will suspend its review of the issue while the fbi finishes it's own investigation. >> has the fbi reached out to you for an interview? >> no, no, they haven't, but back in august we made clear that i would be happy to answer any questions that they may have. >> are you concerned this won't wrap up before the convention? >> no, i'm not because i don't
think anything inappropriate was done. i have to let them decide how to resolve their security inquiry but i'm not at all worried about it. >> and joining me now to talk a lot about what is going on within this presidential race is professor of campaign management at new york university. she joins us here in studio. thank you for being he here. >> thank you for having me. >> first things first. >> look, wisconsin is where westerny sanders needs to win if he's going to take it to hillary clinton's home state of new york. and on the republican side you have a huge fight between ted cruz and donald trump. it looks like cruz has the edge and that will stop trump's momentum. so critical. who would have thought. >> who would have thought. let's talk about this interesting thing going on here.
>> what do you think of the democratic party? >> i think we're going to see that play itself out. unfortunately for the cline ton campaign perhaps for new york. you see a lot of momentum. bernie sanders coming out of those western prime ministers where he was winning by huge margins, and it may take it to her home state. you see this divide progressive liberal left of the party and they have elected bill de blasio as the progressive mayor of the country. there is a lot of moment it, um, there. if he can close the gab or win in his home state that will get the momentum going forward. a party that has moved progressively to the left. >> that's why bernie sanders is pushing so hard for a debate in new york, before the prime minister.
>> let's talk about republican-contested convention. do you really think that the establishment will find a way to make someone other than these current candidates the nominee? >> if trump does not do well from wisconsin to new york and some of these new england states, ted cruz thinks if he can get to 300 of donald trump that is very possible. instead they bring someone where it's paul ryan or mitt romney from the outside. it's hard to imagine but it has happened in the past and it could happen this time around if they cannot coalesce behind one of these candidates after that second ballot. >> meanwhile you have supporters
of trump saying there are going to be days of rage if you go against the plurality of donald trump. and donald trump is saying there could be riots. that's a concern, possibly here. >> this is a concern and also a misunderstanding of the rules. these are the long-standing rules of the republican party. and donald trump's camp of course they want to say that the people picked the nominee. that's not the case. the delegates elected to the convention pick the nominee. if they're going to talk about violence in cleveland, that is a huge, huge problem. and of course paul ryan and others in the party have come out and made that case. they've got to look at the rules. i think they understand them, and they need to stop making these statements which really, really are so unfortunate. >> meanwhile, it seems that rules seem to change by the day. >> rules change. [ chuckling ] >> keeping with today senator
lindsey graham was in cairo and they had this to say. let's glitch our message is pretty simple. don't let the politics of the moment make you believe that america has fundamentally changed in terms of the way we view the world. it haven't. look, mr. trump is saying, and it's been said throughout our history. i don't know how this nominating process ends, but here's what i do know. congress is going to be around no matter who is president. we represent, i think, the heart and soul of the republican party. >> okay. clearly the senator is trying to ease egypt's fears over a possible trump presidency here.
saying that congress has a real power any way. so what do you make of that? >> you know, this is a message that lindsay graham and others in the republican party and even the president has been trying to tell you are allies and others overseas. don't worry despite the rhetoric on the trail you have nothing to worry about. in this environment it seems like an important message because there are a lot of given some of the over the top rhetoric particularly on the republican side. >> especially in this political climate that we're experiencing cras across the world. thank you for being here. well, this evening questions remain about a deadly amtrak that killed to people and injured three dozen passengers.
>> amtrak train 89 was bound for savannah, georgia, sunday morning carrying 341 passengers and seven crew members. around 8:00 a.m. as the train passed through pennsylvania, something went very wrong. >> i felt like the train hit something and there were three or four really big bangs, and it hit the tracks. >> there was a fireball, kind of a frightening few seconds. we didn't know what to do. >> there was an explosion. a loud bang and the train decreased the speed to halt and there was a cloud of jell-o smoke surrounding the train as we stopped. >> two people died in the derailment, both long time amtrak employees who were working with the backhoe who caused the accident. dozens were injured and taken to
an area hospital. it was not clear why the backhoe was on the track, but there is investigation. the accident took place 20 miles south o. a new york train derailed. amtrak trains derail about 30 times each year although passenger deaths are relatively rare. an investigator for the national transportation safety board said that daily records have been recovered and this morning's accident is not the first this year. last month another amtrak train derailed in southwest kansas sending more than 30 passengers to hospital. >> this has been something that has been a concern over the past few years as we've seen different derailments and different states even across the country. where are we in terms of train
safety when it comes to federal boil, really? >> well, the rail infrastructure in this country is quite old, and there has in recent years been a debate whether there was enough being done to upstate it. as part of that effort. >> thank you so much. in the wake of attacks in brussels and paris, france is added armed marshals on trains with orders to shoot. officials announce the new security measures today. the march valleys will wear plain clothes. a team of profilers will monitor 40,000 strain station cameras for suspicious behavior plus arms and explosive detection devices will be add.
in brussels the airport is up and running 12 days after after the airport explosion. the the makeshift facilities in place only allow the airport to operate at 20% capacity. >> this is a symbolical and emotional moment for the airport community. this is the first flight terrorist attack. we're turning a page, a page full of blood, but we have to rebuild this airport and we will do so. >> officials say that they hope to have the airport running at full capacity by late union. just in time for peak vacation season. coming up, making the transition to a new life in america. we'll introduce you to a group
helping afghan women. >> and our last storm brought widespread damage from the which had messiah to the east coast, and it's not over yet. a new storm will bring temperatures way down. more on that coming up. >> in our next hour in the week ahead. thjournalism in the digital world. that's coming up at 8:30 eastern, 5:30 pacific. stay with us.
>> in 201370 refugees arrived in the u.s. one of them was a 42-year-old single mom who fled from war-torn afghanistan and pakistan in hopes for a better life for her and her father. roxana saberi takes us through one mother's journey, adjusting as a refugee in the united states. >> 42-year-old satara would have never imagined this sight two decades ago in the taliban's afghanistan, her 11-year-old daughter would never have made it to school. >> sara had grown up in afghanistan she never would have had a good life. there is no safety, no education, and even today it's bad. >> being a woman in afghanistan comes with its own challenges. for satara being a single mother was one of them. after her marriage failed she decided to join her parents in pakistan. >> whatever little relief i had, it was taken away by the talib taliban. fights, terror, everyone knows
the relationship between afghanistan and the taliban. >> eventually she decided to apply for refugee status. >> my friend told me about u.n.'s hcr's refugee program, and said i would be easily approved being a single mother with a child. >> after two and a half years of background checks satara made it to the u.s. in 2013. >> it was hard for me to believe that i was finally going to the u.s. >> in new york she was introduced to women for afghan women. it's a non-profit organization based in new york and kabul helping afghan women resettle in the u.s. founded in 2001 the organization helped 580 afghan women last year. nahid, the group's program director, said that life in afghanistan has improved for women when they are allowed to enter politics and finish
school. >> it doesn't take just a few years to build it back into place where it was. >> women for afghan women hell me with social security, food stamps, i.d. and other matters. i used to get scared of traveling, but now i go on my own. >> it doesn't stop there. satara now has a job in a restaurant. she's learning to speak english and to drive. all things she never would have dreamed off back home. >> now i speak english. i go to buy groceries. i go to school. >> you will see satara in the classroom, who came to the united states just a couple of years ago with no knowledge of english, and they put her into
fourth grade when she did not know how to read or write in english. >> no matter where i go, if i'm not able to speak in english my daughter steps in as my translator. >> i think it is hard for people, and they can work a lot of things, and the they are able to answer the questions and do their home work by themselves. >> satara and sara has come a long ways from their lives in afghanistan and pakistan. the refugee program has made them self-sufficient, and more importantly, they say life is good. roxana saberi, al jazeera, new york. >> dangerous winds across the midwest and northeast left two people dead in massachusetts after a tree fell on their car. and in indi in indiana gusts blew over chipotle sign fell on
this car while the driver was trying to get out. let's bring in meteorologist kevin corriveau with the weather. you're talking about a snow forecast? >> we have a lot of snow. actually, in some places temperatures are going to go down to the 20s in some locations. the next storm system is coming and that's a problem. let me show you what is happening here. you can see the first system causing the wind damage and then we have another one coming over the great lakes right now. that is the clipper system that will bring over the snow. i want to show you all the wind damage reports that we're seeing in the last 24 hours. we see these yellow dots, that is where we've seen some sort of wind damage report coming out of this previous storm right here. 64 mph winds. we're not over yet. up towards parts of
massachusetts and maine we're dealing with winds. portland, maine, have gusts up to 46. and vermont, new england, and maine, the winds are going to be dropping off as that system pulls away. here is the other system, and this is the one that's going to be bringing snow into some locations. not all locations. not here in new york, but we're also going to be seeing some cold temperatures across the region. we do have winter storm warnings across the great lakes area. that's mostly because of lake-effect snow as well as up here towards massachusetts, across parts of the hudson river valley. then down a little bit more towards the south. we have freeze watches in effect. long island and new york right now does have a freeze warning in effect because temperatures are going to be going down considerably. we're going to be seeing those temperatures, erica, into the 20s. not tomorrow morning but as we go towards tuesday morning. >> this is not okay. >> it is not. >> we're in april, kevin, no.
get those temperatures up. >> meteorologist: we kept our jackets. >> we did, and they're still out. thank you so much. well, coming up, he was wrongfully convicted, released from prison, but never compensated. still ahead the fight to help an exonerated man get a fair settlement. and it is one of america's most magnificent natural wonders, but is too much development threatening the grand canyon? we'll explain coming up stay with us. be destroyed. >> were the apache consulted on this before it was put into the defense bill? >> no we were not consulted at all. >> it takes a military bill to again attack the apache. >> the mining operation will generate $61 billion of economic benefit >> look at all the things they took from us. seventy percent unemployment. that already tells you where its going.
it's not going to benefit anybody here. >> we are being left behind. >> we don't have economic development that we should have here. >> we need to be out there telling them what we need and what's required to take care of our people. >> any time they see a social worker it's like seeing a police officer. the immediate response is they are here to take my kids. >> the continuing legacy of anti-indian sentiment, while it may not be as vicious and overt as it once was, the fact is american indians remain at the bottom of every socio-economic indicator. >> louie is an example of what makes this 95 percent native american school work. a former student who cared enough to come back home and help. >> they're really pushing for education, really pushing for people to go off and go to college, but then to come back and apply it here where it counts. >> we said why not video games. >> that's really cool. it's an evil spirit. >> we're a living culture. we're a strong culture. >> this game is to celebrate. >> al jazeera america - proud to tell your stories.
>> welcome back to al jazeera america. i'm erica pitzi. here are our top stories. greece will take back refugees whory life illegally in greece. a reception center has been constructed in turkey and tents are being placed inside the camp there. refugees are currently being housed on the greek island of lesbos. reince priebus said that the g.o.p. could nominate a candidate who is not even currently running on fox news sunday he acknowledged if there is no clear winner after the first round of voting at the convention delegates could choose a brand new candidate. investigators are looking at data and video recorders to determine the cause of the amtraks derailment. two amtrak workers died.
more than 30 passengers were hospitalized with injuries not considered life threatening. well, a new documentary examples president obama's tenure in the oval office. it's called "the limits of hope: inside the obama white house." the four-part series airing here on al jazeera includes se key interviews with insiders including president obama himself. >> you and i, we will change this country. we will change the world. >> for millions the election of barack obama to the oval office marks the new era of hope. the energic young president is poised to take on challenges of his time. >> we will be closed one year
from now. >> now is the time to finally keep the promise of affordable accessible healthcare for every single american. >> the president was so happy other than his marriage i don't know that i've ever seen him quite that happy. >> but obama discovers that change will be harder than predicted. >> am i frustrated that we're not taking boulder steps? absolutely. >> listen, i'm president of the united states, and i can't make anything happen. >> he stood up in place and said that's it. i'm finished. >> he said, yo you know, i don't sleep at nights very much. >> he called me a name that i haven't heard before or since and stormed out of the room. >> with unique access to the president and the inner circles, this is the obama years, battles, key moments that reshaped america and the world.
>> i'm temperamentally optimistic, and i tend to take the long view ♪ amazin amazing grace ♪ ♪ how sweet the sound >> and joining me from london is paul mitchell, the director of this documentary. thank you 1067 for joining us paul. so what was the real goal behind making this documentary? i mean, what were you hoping that the american people would learn from it? >> america is at a moment of change, and i really wanted to see how under boo obama it happens. it's about what happened inside the obama white house, and his presidency.
but in some sense i hoped it would tell us more about how america as it is now got to where it is from 2008 to today. >> you know, we got to see a more inside look at some of these bathroom deals and how they go down. what did you think was the most interesting moment during filmmaking? >> meeting the obama team was really interesting. i had worked on films on the clinton presidency. i had done stuff in the bush years, and it was really fascinating team. i mean, there was extraordinary diversity. there are more senior women. more senior african-americans than you would ever know. and even the ones that you knew would have fights with each other still seem to be pretty loyal to each other. >> no doubt throughout his presidency president obama has received massive blockades at every turn from republicans.
what do you think is behind that real visceral opposition? >> i--i think it sort of depends where you're talking about. i think there--if you like the professional republican leadership, those people like speaker boehner or paul ryan, who they were in opposition and they didn't like being in opposition, and they wanted to fight it. for somebody who campaigned on a that he would bring some new era of bipartisanship the easiest way to defeat him is to be partisan. that's one group. there is this other group who are feeling dispossessed, ranger, that this isn't the world that they grew up in, and maybe that world never existed. and the republican leadership was able to energize them, and then unable to control them.
>> i guess what i'm trying to find out here, you spent three years on the inside, did you get a sense that racism was a driving factor? >> it's quite funny. nobody will ever say so, but you kind of think it has to be in that sense of the passion driving a lot of these people seem to be above and beyond the normal level of political discourse. but among the professionals you never see it. you don't. it's just--but i think the more you get down into the weeds of the grassroots, then yes, but it's very, very hard to know. certainly inside the white house people never said so, and they're always very careful not to say so, whether they think so. i don't know, they never said so to me. >> you interviewe interviewed
the president in this march. do you think you have a true portrait of obama even though your access was somewhat limited. >> we always knew from the beginning that it would be like climbing the mountain and he would be the summit and that we would mess up and we wouldn't get there. i think also the idea wases that we ought to know what we were doing by the time we got there. >> you know, president obama ran on a platform of hope and change. and yet, you're calling this documentary the limits of hope. is that a little cynical? or is it just reality of american politics? >> well, it might be just the reality of reality. very self consciously set that bar of hope higher than anybody could achieve because it makes you achieve something. and in terms of how we called it, it's hard to say that, okay, this is the story that we want
to tell it's trying to tell the story of how that hope was translated into reality or not translated into reality. >> right, thank you so much, paul mitchell from london for us. you can see his four-part series "the limits of hope: inside the obama white house" right here beginning this thursday, april 7th, at 10:00 p.m. louisiana man sent 30 years on death row for a crime he did not commit. when he was released in 2004 the state refused to pay him any compensation. 15 months after he was released ford died from lung cancer. his lawyer is still fighting for him. >> that's how i feel most of the time. prayed out. hopesless, sometimes.
>> in his michael most glenn ford was a defeated man after 30 years on louisiana's death row wrongly convicted of murder he was released, because of a technicality, all he would receive is an apology. >> al jazeera sat down with ford as he was suing the state for compensation. at the same time he was losing his battle with cancer. ford died three months after our interview at age 65. his attorney, kristen winst. rom refuses to give up on his case. >> he never saw any former recognition from the state of louisiana that what happened to him was wrong and he died not knowing if he would be able to provide for his children or grandchildren. compensation was the way he would be able to do that once he was released. >> in 19th 84 an all-white jury
convicted ford in the shooting death of a jewelry store owner. there was no evidence that he had pulled the trigger or even at the scene. in 2013 nearly 30 years later the d.a. said a confidential informant sid identified someone else as the shooter and ford had never participated in the robbery or jury. but they said that he was not blameless since he pawned items from the victim. >> he still was wrongly convicted and he spent to much time in prison. >> under louisiana law, the maximum amount for compensation is $360,000. if the judge grants compensation
in ford's case, they hope that the state will have enough money to today. >> for a lot of these guys, this compensation is their only consistent income. >> it was ford's dying wish that compensation would be put in a trust fund for his children. >> he felt it was the least the state could do for taking 30 years of his life. jonathan martin, al jazeera, new orleans. >> well, there is concern over the beautiful grand canyon and commercial plans that would change it forever. developers want to build a resort on the eastern rim, including a controversial tram down to the canyon floor. as jennifer london reports, this is part two of our special report. >> leave it as it is, words made
famous by president teddy roosevelt when he designated the grand canyon a national monda national monumen monument. the south rich is the main tour center of the park, but now eyes are seen from the east rim seen here from the desert lookout. if developers get their way the view won't look like this any more. imagine a massive new commercial center perched on top the canyon. it would bring hotels, restaurant, imaximum theater, shops, on land untouched by tourists. it belongs to the navajo nation.
>> the grand canyon for me is a reputatio representation of who i am. >> when she first heard about the project she thought it was a cruel joke. >> to escalate development. when i first heard about it was through our local newspapers. drawings, the tram would go down to the bottom. i looked at it in the open newspapers, and i laughed. it's hilarious. someone is playing a joke. >> you didn't think it was real? >> i didn't think it was real. i thought it was like the onion news. >> why didn't you think it was real? >> because, it's unfathomable to dig into the heart of the side of the canyon to put in powers, to develop an area where i go to pray. i laughed, and i disbelieved,
and then the more i read i got angry. don't they know this is the heart of our sacred places? >> the developers con flounce partners say that the escalate project will bring jobs and prosperity in an area in desperate need of economic rescue. two past navajo presidents have thrown their support behind the project. but the current tribal leadership would not talk with al jazeera. on the website you can hear testimonials from tribe members. >> i'm ten years old. i like the grand canyon escalate project because it means a better life. >> this project directly benefits our people, and it will bring people from all over the world to experience navajo culture. >> but opposition among many tribe members is fierce.
they accuse developers of misleading promises. >> they came, opened the door and came in and said we're going to do this and cram it down your throat whether you like it or not. you don't desecrate your most sacred places. and then expect the people to be appreciative of that. you don't go to the sistine chapel and set up a ferris wheel and then give 018 cents on the dollar to the pope. >> they declined to make themselves available while we were here. >> your sister is not in. >> we did have a chance to talk with the park superintendent. >> the fundamental concern is that it degrades the overall experience. the views will be impaired by
the development within site of 30% of the park where the visitors come. the night sky will be jeopardized. there is no water in this place where they've designated for the development. >> how do you balance the need to protect something like the grand canyon, but also with the need to develop it and make it accessible to people? how do you balance those two things? >> other than a few parking lots and transportation system this place is--and you can look around--this place is what it was in the early 1900s. so what they've seen in the last 85-100 years is what people will come to experience. it's what is behind us that is most important. >> the timeline for the project is unclear, but one of the biggest points of contention is the proposed tram. the canyon floor is sacred to native tribes and is special to visitors because it is so remote and isolated. if you want to journey to the floor of the canyon you only have a couple of options. you can go by mule.
that takes about four to five hours. or you can hike down. that takes about a day one way. the proposed tram would shuttle ten thousand people per day from the rim to the river in a matter of minutes. >> not everybody can go to the top of mount everest. not everyone can go to the bottom of grand canyon. not everyone is going to go to those places. we try to provide the full spectrum. what is proposed by the developers is an angle to say well, i just want to get as many people down to the bottom of the canyon. not because we say so, but because it's our mother. it's the grand canyon. >> jennifer london, the gran canyon, arizona. >> the project to dredge is bringing more jobs and businesses to florida. but environmentals say that it
mozart's classic opera, the marriage of figero, reimagined as an undocumented mexican immigrant. the original character was a servant to a count. this figero lives on the estate of a real estate tycoon. in this story his boss has his eyes on his fiancé susana. >> it's in english and spanglish so it is accessible to the audience. >> it is a chance to play characters that modern audience can relate to. including an aspiring actress and a star of hip-hop. >> it's a very interesting cast that we have here. it's a micros couldism of the american society. >> figero was first performed 230 years ago. at hearts it's a story that pits
haves against have notes. in this case an undocumented immigrant. the themes are as relevant at ever. >> production likes this are helping to draw new audiences to opera. >> to have a the name in the title that the audience is going to recognize. then you have a contemporary iconic republicans that people are also going to identify with, and it sounds like a mash up of some kind that you'll want to see because it's new and different. >> the writer wanted to create a work as revolutionary as mozart's was in his day. >> there are universal human rights that are fundamental. you know, in today's day and age, whether we're talking about undocumented immigrant workers in the united states or refugees in europe, there is a very similar dialogue. >> an important conversation that can be sung as well as
spoken. al jazeera, new york. >> and randall pinkston joins us now with a look at what is coming up in the next hour. there is quite a lot to talk about. >> coming up in the next hour, changes in the way that the public gets its news. it's the topic in the week ahead. we look back on the so-called glory days of news when you only had three tv broadcast networks, radio and your daily newspaper to rely on. today the options are almost unlimited, that has changed the whole structure of the journalism industry. millennials by pass tv all together. they get their news on smart phones. where is journalism headed? we look at high tech, industry print and promises to be aning i trying conversation. >> not to talk about the elephant in the room here. we only have a few days left
here ourselves, right? >> you are right. >> all right, randall, see you soon. the shipping channels in florida are being expanded. but that sits in a rare coral reef, and environmentalists are worried that the work could cause serious damage. >> john, this is a battle between ships like these and coral. when port miami was expanded, environmentalists said that it was the coral that lost. now with work to begin on another port, activists are afraid the same mistakes are about to be repeated. >> this scene horrifies divers. rare corals so covered in dirt it could be brushed away. for these reefs, burial means death. much of it caused by massive construction project, activists worry that the government will soon repeat. >> when i learned about what happened in the port of miami, i was shocked and disgusted.
and we just can't let the same thing happen here. >> phillippe coustou are criticizing the army corp of engineers. endangered coral reeves were lost, buried under sendment. now with that project done, the corp soon plans to repeat the work near fort lauderdale. >> clearly the plan in miami was broken. you can't assume that it makes sense to repeat it up here. it's falling. to say the least. >> the $400 million project is needed so mega container ships can dock at one of america's busiest ports. they say to increase business and protect jobs. but the two ports also sit in the middle of the massive florida reef track. 150 miles of rare coral hugging the coast.
one of the largest reef ecosystems, and the only one of its kind in the continental u.s. a treasure, the corp said, it is painstakingly strik trying to protect. >> we've learned a lot in miami and miami harbor. we've been studying this for 18 years, and we've worked long and hard to develop a plan that balances economic development also with protection of the environment. >> in miami only a few hundred pieces of coral were moved. now the corp will spend millions to relocate by hand more than 11,000. five acres of artificial reefs will be built. the crews will be more careful dredging and containing the dredged up sendment. >> we're careful in every stone in finding innovations and the best science there for the best decision by the environment.
>> but environmentalists want more assurances and more studies before work begins next year. to insure that nature is protected and lessons of the past will be learned. >> this will be a six-year project but the core will be caring for and moving coral long after the construction is finished. >> that was jonathan betz. a sinkhole is wreaking havoc. crews completed work on a sewer line damage by the sinkhole. the fix will prevent the pit from filling up with sewer water, but the massive hole is there creating major headaches. >> it is scary that it is so close and it is so large. it has been getting larger. but they seem to be on top of it. >> good news, though, people can once again use the water supply. >> well, that does it for me in new york. i'm erica pitzi. thank you for joining us.
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