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♪ seven missing u.s. sailors now confirmed dead and the navy speaks out about the collision with its destroyerer. the u.s. president getting some r&r over the weekend, but the federal investigation into the alleged russian meddling, it's waitinger for him when he returns to the white house. and theresa may finally meets with survivors of the grenfell fire tower, but is it too little too late for the embattled prime minister? >> from cnn world headquarters in atlanta, we want to welcome our viewers in the united states and around the world. >> we're coming to you live from atlanta. this is "cnn newsroom."
and we have breaking news out of japan the this hour. search and rescue efforts are over after a u.s. warship collided with the merchant vessel saturday. >> a navy official tells cnn seven sailors reported missing from the "uss fitzgerald," they are dead. they were found in the ship's flooded berthing departments. >> the focus was on the ship's grieving families and crew. >> we have transferred the remains to the ucosca naval hospital. the families are being notified and are being provided the support they all need at this difficult time. please keep them in your thoughts prayers. >> kaori enjoji has more on
this. we're getting a better sense of what it was like on that ship. >> yes, george. we have a idea of panic and the collision that occurred between the fitzgerald and a containership about a day and a half after this incident. it was sheer panic and frenzy. and as the seven fleet described, the damage was so great in some of the areas where the seamen were living and the captain's quarters, as well. here is what the vice commander had to say about the scene during the collision. >> it was traumatic. as to how much warning they had, i don't know. that's going to be found out during the investigation. but it was a significant impact that the crew had to fight very hard to keep the ship afloat. >> he also said it was a heroic effort to try and keep the water
out of the ship to prevent it from sinking. it came back to yokosca and only early this morning when the divers got a chance to go in were they able to identify the bodies. >> kaori, the vice admiral talked just a bit more about the extent of the damage on the ship. what more did you learn, can you tell us? >> well, unless this news conference a couple hours ago, what we were relying on were the visuals and we could only see what happened above the water line, which was extensive already to begin with. but now we know the serious damage was beneath the water line. we're talking about the berthing area, the machine room, the ship's captain's quarters, all of these seem to have suffered extensive damage. we still don't know what triggered the collision in the first place. but they did tell us an investigation has now been been launched. it is going to be under way. he wasn't ready to tell us when this investigation would be able
to wrap up, but he did say they are going to start repairs on the uss fitzgerald. and judging by the commenced to that, that it may take months before the repair is complete, you can tell and you can fathom how great the extent of the collision and the damage incurred by the vessel was. >> so, between, you know, we know that there will be investigations under way. we understand a bit more about the damage. and the main thing we now confirmed that the seven missing sailors have been confirmed dead. thank you so much for the reporting. joining us now to talk more about this is lieutenant colonel rick francona. let's talk about the next steps here, the navy to launch a fact-finding mission, we understand. but there could be a multitude of investigations considering the circumstances here from japan to the philippines being involved. >> exactly. you've got a u.s. navy ship, a
pill mean flagged commercial vessel taking place in japanese waters. so a lot of different agencies are going to have a say in the investigation. but the bottom line will be that the u.s. navy will want to know what happened to its warship out there. there are very strict rules that govern passage in these commercial lanes and they're going to figure out who violated it, if there was any violation, and how to prevent this in the future. >> and we now know that the seven who were missing, now confirmed dead. but this process now under way to notify next of kin. >> yeah. this is one of the worst things that can happen. this underscores the sacrifices that the men and women of our armed forces face every day. this was not a battlefield in afghanistan, a battlefield in iraq, syria, this was a rather routine transition from one place to another. they were heading for port, they were heading for home in yok is
on uka and it's one of the things our men and women face every day. >> what can you tell us about this u.s. warship itself? basically, what would its mission have been in that part of the world? >> this is the arley burke class destroyer. there's still some of them being built. it covers the entire range of weaponry, anti-aircraft defenses as well as surface combat. so it's kind of the workhorse of the fleet. there's a lot of them. they've been tried in combat. so it's -- you find them everywhere.. the. >> the big question that many people are asking, just looking at this particular warship, very sophisticated piece of equipment. how could this have happened? >> that's the big question everybody is asking right now.
that's got all of us puzzled. granted, they're operating in a very congested shipping lane. if everybody was following the rules, of course, this wouldn't have happened. so somewhere something went wrong and we have to figure out what that is. of course, the "uss fitzgerald" had a complete deck crew, the communication center was up and running, observers, so they would have known that the vessel was out there, but they could not have foreseen the collision. that's what we have to find out, what happened in those very few moments before those ships collided to bring them close together. >> lieutenant colonel rick francona, thank you so much for your insight. back here in the united states, the congressman shot during a congressional baseball practice is showing signs of improvement now. >> steve scalise had additional surgery saturday for injuries sustained in wednesday's shooting. he, of course, arooifd at the hospital in very critical
condition. here is ryan nobles with more on his update. >> very encouraging news for congressman steve scalise, the house majority whip, the third most powerful republican in congress and his family has announced that his condition has been upfwraded from critical to serious. they released this statement, quote, congressman steve scalise is in serious condition. he underwent another surgery continue but continues to show improvement. he is more responsive and is speaking with his loved ones. the scalise family greatly precious the outpouring of thoughts and prayers. the hospital said it would be the final update for the weekend. this is important for a number of reasons, obviously, the first being the update in his condition and the fact that he's been able to have conversations with his family. doctors described on friday that the congressman was in a constant state of sedation. they have been able to reduce the sedation a bit for him to have some interaction with hit family, but not much. the fact that he's been able to
have a conversation should make this a little bit easier for his family. the congressman shot during baseball practice. the man who was the shooter found with a list of names after the shooting opinion he was, of course, killed in the response. this, an important development for the congressman as he continues his long and lengthy road to recovery. ryan nobles, cnn, washington. >> all right, ryan, thank you. the first family left the white house saturday to spend time at camp david over the weekend. that's the official presidential retreat in western maryland. it's the first time the trumps have been there since he took office. >> and as we know, the fefrt lady and their son, barron, just now moving to the white house. but when they get back to washington, the ongoing russian
meddling investigation will be waiting. scott, thanks pore joining us. i want to ask you, what does it indicate that lawyers are being hired? >> it indicates what we have known for some weeks. this is a very serious investigation into the possible links between trump's associates and russian officials. the president himself is now a subject of this investigation. as is his son-in-law, jared kushner, a top white house adviser and, indeed, it's only a few days ago that attorney general jeff sessions appeared before an intelligence committee to try and reduce the pressure on him over his meetings with russian ambassador sergey kislyak last year. >> and we have rosenstein who stepped in when sessions recused himself.
so where this turns is anyone's guess, right? >> and let's be clear. president trump went after rod rosenstein on twitter. he said the man who told me to fire james comey, which is actually incorrect, but the man who told me to fire james comey is now the one standing in the way of him dealing with the investigation. what trump is trying to do is to get rosenstein to fire the special counsel. trump wants rid of mueller. but rosenstein has to be the person who carries out that k s dismissal. rosenstein doesn't want to do that. he was already upset that he was used as a foil in comey's firing last month.. that's the big question, will trump not only try and fire robert mueller, but fire
rosenstein when he refuses to carry out the dismissal. >> all the while, the president calls this a witch-hunt. is there any credence to what he says about that? >> we may want to talk to the folks in salem, massachusetts, about whether this is the greatest witch-hunt in history. but trump likes to play the victim. the fact is, there is no deep state, the cia, fbi, other murky agencies in a vast conspiracy that is trying to unseat this president. there is evidence that the russia interfered in the 2016 russian election. there is evidence that it may have been in contact with trump officials about that interference. by any necessary means of american democracy and american law, you have to investigate that evidence and see where it leads and trump is trying to shut it down through twitter. >> but it's been going on for
months now. of course it's had a hitch or two. comey, being part of that. but what if this goes on and on and for a while and the american people just don't hear anything that's a serious indicator of wrongdoing? do they lose perhaps faith in this investigation. >> remember, it was two years for the break-in at the watergate total and richard nixon's resignation to avoid an impeachment. we're only a few months into tt downtown's presidency. and we do have evidence. it isn't that nothing has been happening. we have evidence that russian finance may have gone into the trump campaign or in to trump advisers. we have evidence that there was
meetings between trump's associates and russian officials which may have been about that interference. it takes time to establish that evidence. the fbi and congressional committees want to do as thorough of a job as possible. still ahead, britain's prime minister speaks up about the response to the london fire disaster. and in france, the new president is expecting another triumph in today's final round of parliamentary elections.
welcome back. the eye tall.an coast guard said it rescued about 800 migrants. those rubber boats werer trying to make it to europe. >> so many people on that boat. the international organization for my fwragz says more than 65,000 my fwrants have used the mediterranean route to get to italy and that's just this year alone. a rising death toll, a
growing anger and embattled leader. theresa may meeting with the victims was not good enough. >> saturday, she met with some of the survivors at number 10 downing street. >> protesters were back on the streets in london this weekend. fred pleitgen has been following this disaster. the death toll could still rise. >> yeah, it certainly could still rise, george. one of the things that we heard yesterday about the death toll is that it was the 30 people who were already confirmed dead and on top of that, they had 18 that they said were still missing and -- or 28, i should say, who were still missing and they think that those people are --
there's no hope of finding them alive any more because the tower was so badly damaged in that fire. i want to show you where i am right now, george. we're at the nottingham methodist church. you were talking just a second ago about that moment of silence that's going to be observed on monday. at 11:00 a.m. local time here, there will away memory yol service at this church that is going to take place. this is one of the places where people lay down flowers, pay their respects, as well. as you can see here, many people have done that. there is growing anger but at the same time, this is a community that's very much in grief. i can tell you from having been here over the past couple of days, you really do feel that this sa very close-knit community and many of the folks who live in this area know people inside that building and many of them watched this tragedy unfold, as well. so this is a community that was hit very, very hard. of course, the first sunday after the disaster is one of those days where people, you know, pray for those who were affected by this and will come out here to this memorial
service that's set to take place in the church right here about an hour and a half from now, george. >> there is a sense of grief there on the streets across london. there's also that sentiment of anger, fred. what has been the response to the prime minister's comment that support was not good enough after this happened? she herself has felt the backlash since this fire occurred. >> yeah. she certainly has felt the backlash and many of it was because of the way that many people felt that she conducted herself as we see more people coming here to this wall and, you know, just taking a moment to look at the flowers, so look at things. of course, many people laying down flowers of their own. but you're right, theresa may has been under a lot of fire. that's because of the initial response that took place with the local authorities. many people believe not doing what they should have done in the early stages. and i think a lot of it was also about the flow of information. and that's something that theresa may also said when she met with the folks who were arvegd by it yesterday at number
10 downing street, she said in the early stages, people needed more and better information and that was not something that's forthcoming. then of course now it's the immediate aid people are going to get. she put together this fund of 5 million pounds, that's about $6.5 million that is going to be used and is already getting distributed and if that's not enough, more will be forthcoming, as well. but then it was the way theresa may conducted herself that many people didn't the like. she came initially to this area here, met with firefighters and first b responders, but didn't really meet with the community and people who were affected at that point in time and that did rub people the wrong way. she has invited those people to number 10 downing street. but it does look as though it has done a lot of damage to her reputation. people here did feel that she was detached. the queen came out here with prince harry and met with people who survived. jeremy corbyn, her political
rival, also came out and met with people. it is the case that she is a leader at this point in time is embattled and this certainly has not done a lot to shore up her leadership. so there is that anger, not just at theresa may here, but also at the local authorities, as well, where many people believe there was a big outpour of support from within the community, there were people making donations b, coming out, offering their apartments. they feel that the officials, they are the ones where the response was lacking, george. >> the officials certainly taking a great deal of pressure from this. but fred, that scene behind you tells the story. that community, throughout west london, people coming together on to remember the dead and the survivors. fred pleitgen live for us in london, thank you. the face of the french parliament could soon change drastically. people there are voting in the second round of the partmentry elections and the president, president macron could win a
majority. that could help mr. macron push his social and economic reforms. many of those running in his party are total new commerce. our melissa bell speaks with them. >> now campaigning as part of emmanuel macron's movement to become a member of parliament. villani is one of 525 candidates standing for macron's movement. about half are new to politics and, like him, hope to bring to parliament more than just their ambition. >> i know about science. and science is more important than ever in the public debate. even very technical questions are now everyday debate about climate change or artificial intelligence or you name it. i've been a teacher and very much involved in the scientific culture. this would be important because one of the crucial things needed in politics now is people being
able to explain, not thinking that people are too dumb to understand the complexity, but explaining the complexity in simple terms. >> jean-michelle hopes to bring another set of skills to parliament. the former head of france's elite police force says security is why he joined macron's movement. >> he's a man that can bring people together, and more importantly, for the cop in me, he's a real commander in chief. >> autoed candidate is marie saha, the former bullfighter is taking to the government what she brought to the ring. >> there is an extraordinary movement that is happening in france. with the real renew of the political class. if i can be a part of that, i can be very proud. i'm going to try and meet with people to tell them they don't need to be scared. >> the match candidates will
find out on sunday night whether their campaigning and the meeting they held have actually paid off. emmanuel macron will find out whether he's won the second part of his gamble. last month, he became president without the benefit of an established party, something that's unprecedented. now he's hoping to secure a majority in the parliament, the likes of which have never been seen in the fifth republic. back in the united states, politics, u.s. republican senators have kept democrats in the dark while they draft a bill to repeal and replace obamacare. >> but it's not just democrats who are upset about that. we'll have the story as cnn continues in the united states and around the world this hour. stay with us. if you have medicare
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4:29 a.m. here on the east coast. welcome back to the viewers in the united states and around the world.. >> the commander of the u.s. fleet in japan says the quick thinking of the crew kept a ship from sinking. seven u.s. sailors died in the crash which cut a huge gash in the water line. their bodies were found in the flooded compartments where they slept. iraqi forces are storming mosul. thousands of civilians remain trapped there. the iraqi army recaptured eastern mosul from the terror group earlier this year. britain will observe a moment of sigh lens on monday to
pore the london fire victims. theresa may spoke after meeting with some of the survivors saturday. police say 30 people were killed in the fire. another 28 are missing and presumed dead. the president of the united states, donald trump and his family, are spendsing his first weekend at camp david. the official presidential retreat located in western maryland. mr. trump left washington after saying that he was under investigation for firing the fbi director james comey. after nearly five months as president trump's go-to to guy at the white house, the vice president mike pence has been busy navigating some awkward situations, you could say, for his boss. >> he has certainly been a loyal sold your, but things keep getting more complicated. our randi kaye reports. after the firing of fbi director james comey last month, vice president vice president mike pence insisted the president based his decision on recommendations he received. >> let me be very clear that the
president's decision to accept the recommendation of the deputy attorney general and the attorney general to remove director comey as the head of the fbi was based solely and exclusively on his commitment to the best interests of the american people. >> but the very next day, president trump put his vice president in an awkward light by telling nbz he made the decision to fire comey on his own. >> what i did is i was going to fire comey, my decision. the. >> you had made the decision before they -- >> i was going to fire comey. >> and on top of that, even though pence said publicly trump's decision to fire comey was not resident related to the russia investigation -- >> there is no evidence of collusion between our campaign and any russian officials. that's not what -- let me be clear with you. that was not what this is about. >> he was proven wrong again. >> when i decided to just do it,
i said to myself, i said, you know, this russia thing with trump and russia is a made up story. >> also on russia, back in january after then national security adviser michael flynn misled the vice president about his contacts with the russian ambassador, mike pence went on national television defending flynn's actions. >> they did not discuss anything having to do with the united states decision to excel diplomates. later, a spokesman for flip said he couldn't be sure the topic of sanctions hadn't come up in conversations with russia. he was soon fired, but not before embarrassing the vice president. in february after trump blasted a judge for blocking his immigration ban, referring to him as a so-called judge, pence, once again, was on clean up duty. >> the president of the united states has every right to
criticize the other two branches of government. i think people find it refreshing that they not only understand this president's mind, but they understand how he feels about things. he expresses himself in a unique way. >> even before the election, there were moments on the campaign trail that proved awkward for pence. like when this "act sell hollywood" tape came out. >> when you're a star, they let you do it the you can do anything. when you're a star, they let you grab their [ bleep ]. >> soon after, when several people accused trump of inappropriate behavior, he did just that. >> what he's made clear is that that was talk, regret can talk on his part and there were no actions and he's categorically denied these latest allegations. >> mr. vice president, a loyal soldier, can he spite it all. the cuban government is
lashing out at the u.s. after president trump announced he's rolling back efforts by barack obama to normalize relations between both countries. cuba says is u.s. is in no condition to lecture it about human rights. >> it cited racial discrimination, police abuse and the republicans health care bill which it says will deprive many americans of coverage. a havana resident struck the same cord. take a listen. >> cuban residents are not scared. we got through the october crisis and we are willing to go through maniel more crises. not just october, but september, december and the coming months. president trump announced friday that he will impose tighter restrictions on those travel to go cuba and on doing business in cuba. more now on the americans health care bill, sources tell cnn that democrats are considering whether to force a
stop to other business in the chamber next week because of protests. >> they're upset because the legislation has been kept tightly under wraps. we get more on this story now from our congressional correspondent, phil mattingly. >> here is what we know about the senate republican health care negotiations. they're happening. and that's about it.. at least at this point. this has all been behind the scenes. there's been no hearing, no public negotiations at all. and that's by design. they make clear, senator majority leader mitch mcconnell wanted to do this behind closed doors. he wanted to give his members the opportunity and space to negotiate on some at the vicive issues, whether it's medicare or the tax credit. all of these are issues that within the republican party, within their own conference, there are major, major problems. but the result of that is nobody has any idea, at least outside the room, of what's going on.
frankly, some members inside don't. take a listen to what senator lisa murkowski said on alaska radio. >> yeah, i've got a proob with it. if i'm not going to see a bill before we have a vote on it, that's just not a good way to handle something that is as significant as an important as health care. >> those senator republicans, including lisa murkowski, including several who voiced these concerns are going to have to decide how to vote on this. republicans can only lose two of the 52 senators in their conference and still have an opportunity to pass it and the reality is this. they haven't solved these big problems b that they still have on these the yushl issues. and time is running out. senate majority leader mitch mcconnell has made it clear to his counsel he wants to try and vote before lawmakers leave for the july fourth holiday. that gives him ten working days to try and get this done. where are democrats right now? they're upset, very upset.
senate majority leader chuck schumer inviting mitch mcconnell, all republicans .all democrats to a meeting to have a lengthy discussion, negotiation, debate about health care. mitch mcconnell's team says if you want to sit down with us, you're saying you won't negotiate unless repeal is off the the table. now we're in a political had back and forth. the reality is democrats aren't involved in had this process. they won't be involved in this process. that's frustrate to go many of them. the bigger frustration now is the frustration we're hearing from republican senators. will that set this process back? >> so we'll have to see how that plays out. still ahead, a jury fails to reach a verdict in the bill cosby trial. >> so is the case over? what prosecutors are saying
the judge in bill cosby's aggravated ip decent assault case says he will set a new date for a trial in months. >> the jury said they couldn't reach a verdict after 53 hours of deliberations. they certainly tried. brenda has more. >> just one hours into their sixth day of deliberation happened the judge a note saying we the jury are deadlocked on all counts. and the judge declared a mistrial in the case, telling the jurors, quote, i feel bad for you all. do not feel like you've let the justice system down. cosby remained stoic in court while the judge addressed each juror. spt prosecution said it will try the case again. andrea costan, the woman who accused cosby in a 2004 case
said she will stand trial. cosby's wife, camille, wrote a letter. >> how do i describe the district attorney? heinously and exploitively ambitious.. how do i describe the judge? overtly arrogant and collaborate, the district attorney. how do i describe the counsels for the accusers? totally unethical. how do i describe many but not all general media? platantly vicious entities that continually disseminated omissions of truth for the primary purpose of greedily selling, sensationalism, at the expense of a human life. >> the montgomery county district attorney expressed his gratitude for the jury's work and said some good did come from this. he said constant was able to face her accuser for one and he
also noted too often cases like this don't even get reported, never mind come to trying. dozens of women have accused cough bees of assault. this is the first criminal case to have gone to court. now in central portugal, we are covering a story. at least 43 people have died in a wildfire there. >> unfortunately, george and nal natalie, the death toll continues to rise in this tragedy. this is about 200 kilometers just outside of lisbon where victims who were trying to flee from this wildfire were caught as the fire actually surrounded them and we're start to go learn more information about this, but the portuguese officials are calling this the greatest wildfire tragedy in recent history. take a look at some of the footage and you'll see exactly why and what people had to contend with. this is a fire that spread very, very fast in a very small town about 200 kilometers north of
lisbon on saturday. some villages are still completely rounded by this blaze. the government says it doesn't have enough firefighters to combat the sheer size of this fire. portugal's public safety issued high temperatures, strong winds that continue to fuel the flames. check out this nighttime photo behind me of the flames that were burning still early this morning. scary, scary moments to say the least. here is the iberian peninsula. there's spain, there's portugal. we zoom in just north of lisbon. it's really this hot spot. this is a product we use from nasa where we can pick up on the various wildfires across the planet. and you can see kind of the general layout across this region. there are sloping hills. it's not a particularly mountainous terrain, but i can imagine that this area has been extremely dry because the temperatures there have soared, record breaking territory with daytime highs in the upper 30s and lower 40s celsius.
and the hot weather is going to continue across portugal and into spain, as well. look at that deep, dark shading of red just situated over the southwestern sections of europe. it's fought going anywhere because there's basically nothing to push it along, no major cold fronts. this is the forecast for today. we don't like to see this in a fire stricken area. windy conditions continuing for the afternoon. 36 degrees for daytime highs. this is lisbon. and you can imagine the entire central area of portugal still expecting temperatures in the middle and upper 30s today. there is some cooler weather in the forecast, but we have to wait until the middle of next week. now, madrid is setting record high temperatures. people doing whatever they can to just beat the heat and, unfortunately, today or rather monday, 41 degrees is the anticipated daytime high. and that could shatter what is their all-time temperature for the month of june, which was set back in 2015, 40 degrees.
so if they reach 41, yeah, they are going to be you can taing about this for quite some time. this is a developing story. it's tragic to see the fatality numbers go up, but we're going to find out more answers as time goes on, definitely. >> we'll see you gx next hour. >> thank you. the final round of the u.s. open is coming up in a few hours. >> and american justin thomas has already made history. our patrick snell has more. >> this was a historical day for justin thomas, 24 years of age and already rewriting the history books. a fifth 63 in u.s. open history. that is historical because it's 9 under par, the lowest ever score in relation to par at a u.s. open. saturday marking 44 years to the day since johnny miller shot his 63 at this very tournament at oakmont. going low is nothing new for
j.t. earlier this year b, he shot 59 at the sony open in hawaii. he has four tour victories to his name. three alone this season and there's one iconic picture that really says et al. for me. before he made that historical putt on the very last green to clench that 63, head in hands, he said afterwards he was hungry, but he wanted to calm himself and compose himself before making that putt. after his round, i asked him just what making that putt and the significance of it all meant to him. >> i'm not sure when it's going to sink in or when i'm going to realize what i did, but i know one thing. if it happened tomorrow and the result is what i want it to be, then i'd probably have a little different dealing. but i'm just so excited to give myself a great chance to win this golf tournament and it's -- i felt like my game has been good enough to compete in the majors this year. so to be able to do so and have a chance tomorrow is just going to be great.
>> meantime, the tournament leader is 0-year-old american brian harmon who is looking to become the first left-handed player ever to win the u.s. open. he has two pga tour victories to his name, but never before has he made the cut at a u.s. open. in fact, he's never done better than tied for 26 at any major. could this be the year he finally gets the job done .makes a break through victory? we shall see. patrick snell, cnn, erin, wisconsin. coming up here, they go to school in one of chicago's most violent neighborhoods. >> but the seniors at this high school aren't letting that interfere with their education. we'll explain next. e to severe plaque psoriasis. be the you who shows up in that dress. who hugs a friend. who is done with treatments that don't give you clearer skin. be the you who controls your psoriasis with stelara® just 4 doses a year after 2 starter doses. stelara® may lower your ability to fight infections and may increase your risk of infections and cancer. some serious infections require hospitalization. before treatment, get tested for tuberculosis.
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>> i'm excited about college. i've been dreaming about going to college since i was little. >> like many, they can't wait pore college. >> oifb through so much my four years at this school. i actually had a child my junior year quarterback last year, .i was out of school for almost three months. >> despite missing months of class after having a baby boy, latasia will finish second in her senior class's finger hole, a senior class determined to defy the overwhelming odds that keep many of their south side peers trapped. every single senior, all 52 of them, have college plans. >> i want to go to medical school so i'm going to major in biology. i want to be a surgeon. >> i want to major in business sfwlp i want to go into business and then go to law. >> it's the first time in 20 years that an entire class at finger can celebrate that
achievelity. >> everybody in our class wants to do something with their life. >> situated in a neighborhood often plagued by begun violence, finger gained national attention when an after school gang fight led to a brutal beating whose murder was captured on cell phone video. tensions erupted after the fatal incident and gang fights were a common occurrence in the holeways at finger. interest get out of the street. i'm not going to say it again. >> in 2014, cnn featured the school in a documentary series chicago egeland to help empower and save students here. >> the climate in the school was absolutely abysmal. like massive gang fights in the hallways, 300 arrests that first year. >> then principal liz dosier implemented programs to steer kids away from the streets. one of the students featured in the series, lee mccollum gave a rare glimpse into his attempt to
escape from his gang-riddled neighborhood. but just last year, he was killed by a gunshot to the head. >> people talk town about chicago, but there's still some good that's still here. principal richard smith attributes the success to test prep and programs tailored to meet the students' needs. >> they believe they can be successful and they believe they can put away all the negative images or the perceptions that people have on of finger high school students. >> success that has seniors beam, confidence. >> it just feels good. i get to go outside, hey, what school do you go to? yeah, i go to finger. we got a hundred percent college acceptance. how about your school? >> ryan young, cnn, chicago. >> said it perfectly in the story. there are a lot of people trying to make a good difference. they made a difference there. all going to college.
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