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this morning on this morning on "world news now" -- race track tragedy. the indy car pileup as vegas this morning on "world news now," racetrack tragedy. the indy car pileup in las vegas that killed one of the sport's most popular drivers. >> champion dan wheldon died in a 15-car crash after his car burst into flames. it is monday, october 17th. good monday morning, everyone, i'm dan kloeffler. >> i'm yunji de nies. indycar drivers and fans are mourning after the chain reaction crash in las vegas killed a beloved driver, dan wheldon. the indy 500 winner and native of great britain was truly a star of this sport. >> shocking a lot of fans and a lot of people. also this morning, all eyes on republicans running for
president and the money that they've raised. rick perry slumping in the polls. his wife is making some controversial comments. he is the leader, though, when it comes to raising cash. >> yes, is he the leader when it comes to all this attention. we hear so much about herman cain. and later this half-hour, uh-oh, starbucks' dire prediction that coffee may become extinct. what will we do for so many especially on the early morning shift, caffeine is a necessity -- see what is behind this nasty headline. >> i am going to check out for the story the i don't want to know the results of that one. first, new details in the crash that killed race car driver dan wheldon. >> the two-time indy winner died when his car flew over another vehicle and hit the fence. the racing world is mourning the loss of one its most popular stars. >> reporter: what started on a high note in the las vegas indy 300 ended with a horrific fiery 15-car pileup early in the 11th lap. >> there it is right there. >> reporter: cars went airborne crashing into each other and the
wall. debris flying, littering the track. dan wheldon was one of four drivers taken to the hospital. followed by an agonizing two-hour wait. and then. >> indy car is very sad to announce that dan wheldon has passed away from unsurvivable injury. >> reporter: tears and heartache over the loss of a great racer, beloved friend and colleague. >> lost one of my best friends, one of my greatest teammates. >> we are all going to miss him. a little bit of everybody in indy car racing died today. >> reporter: the race was canceled. drivers took a five-lap salute to wheldon. ♪ >> we get into the cars and we know we risk our life whether it is a test or race. you go the length of a football field in less than a second. unfortunately when things happen in front of you and you don't have reaction time, bad things can happen. >> reporter: wheldon was trying to win a share of a $5 million bonus in the final indy race of the season at las vegas speed way. earlier this year the popular 33-year-old driver won the indianapolis 500 for the second time.
but this was only his third start of the season. wheldon scaled back on his racing to spend time with his family. his wife susan and his sons, a 2-year-old and a baby born in march of this year. dan wheldon's life and career so tragically and abruptly over. abc news. >> unbelievable. and to see so young, born just in 1978. >> i know. it's so tough for families too, because they understand that drivers are taking on this kind of risk, going 220 miles an hour down the racetrack. a lot of things can go wrong, unfortunately. a sick scientist working at the south pole is on the way to getting much needed medical help. a rescue plane has picked up renee nicole douceur from her remote outpost. now headed to a research station in antarctica. eventually will make her way to new zealand. doctors believe douceur suffered a stroke six weeks ago. she spoke about her condition
just before her rescue. >> i am just sitting here waiting, who knows what's going on inside me? i am very concerned about my health and the possible ramifications and consequences for staying here. >> fortunately she is on her way to getting help. saturday called off the rescue plane, the plane couldn't fly to the research station because of the weather conditions. douceur hoping to get back to her beloved home state of new hampshire. a shocking story in philadelphia. three people are under arrest this morning after police found four mentally challenged, malnourished people chained inside a locked basement. investigators say the conditions were deplorable. a 15 x 15 room with barely enough room to stand up. one possible motive, cashing in on the victims' social security checks. the fbi is looking into whether the suspects may be part of a large human trafficking operation. to a story now that has a lot of people talking.
going into its second month, the occupy wall street movement showing no signs of backing down. in fact despite a weekend full of arrests in the united states and worldwide, organizers say that they're much more energized than ever. abc's t.j. winick breaks down the first 30 days by the numbers. >> reporter: 1,500 protestors showed up that very first day. outside of wall street, you noticed. saturday, 6,000 marched from wall street to times square. [ chanting ] >> reporter: and that was just new york. some 250 cities in the country have joined the protest. around the world, it's more than 1,000 cities. mostly peaceful. except for this clash saturday in berlin and rome, where rioters shattered windows, and set cars on fire. rome says it will cost them $1.4 million to clean up the mess. back on wall street, where it all started, police say they have spent $3.4 million in overtime.
[ chanting ] >> reporter: occupy wall street claims to speak for 99% of americans. that top 1% now holds almost 36% of the nation's total wealth. this as most americans struggle. the u.s. unemployment rate frozen at 9.1%. perhaps that's why 37% of americans according to a recent poll support the protesters. when you are covering the rallies protestors tell you they want bank reform and tax reform. but press them on how to get that done and their answers are considerably more vague. one thing is clear -- they're not going away any time soon. t.j. winick, abc news, new york. the who's who of silicone valley turned out in droves last night to pay their respects to apple founder steve jobs. stanford university hosted an ultra private memorial service. security was tight. google ceo larry page and media mogul rupert murdoch among vips seen arriving at the campus
chapel. jobs died 12 days ago of cancer. a company memorial scheduled for wednesday. thousands of people were in washington, d.c. to dedicated the martin luther king jr. memorial. it is a towering granite memorial on the national mall. president obama addressed the crowd saying "as tough as times may be, i know we will overcome. king's children and several civil rights leaders invoked his "i have a dream" speech and reminded the younger generation to carry on the fight. >> on to politics now, republican presidential candidates are gearing up for yet another debate, this time it's tomorrow night in las vegas. the poll numbers are in constant flux. campaign cash is coming in. here is abc's david kerley. >> reporter: rick perry may have fallen like a rock in the polls, but he's the top fundraiser, raking in $17 million, $3 million more than mitt romney. >> 999. >> reporter: while herman cain
is soaring in the polls he raised less than michele bachmann. he says that is changing. >> within the last two weeks we raise the $2 million. our fundraising is now beginning to pick up. >> reporter: while cain and candidates are picking up donations, they're also collecting criticism. being out of touch with 14 million unemployed americans. >> if you don't have a job, and you are not rich, blame yourself. >> reporter: the latest example from rick perry's wife in an effort to show compassion to an unemployed man compared his situation to her son's. >> our son lost his job because of federal regulations that washington has put on us. he resigned two weeks ago. >> reporter: perry was not laid off, he quit his job at a big bank so he could go campaign for his father. >> some of these republican candidates, you know are not -- using the common touch right now. and you are seeing the reactions of it from some people that say, these guys just don't get it. >> reporter: every one of
leading republican candidates is worst at least $1 million. calling for self reliance, blaming the government plays to the conservative base, but that will make it more difficult to attract those struggling in the weak economy. herman cain moved up in the polls with his catchy tax plan, 999. but cain now admitted that some americans will pay even more taxes under his proposal. david kerley, abc news, washington. >> you know, it is so hard because you don't want to fault some one for being successful. you saw the numbers on mitt romney. $250 million. that being his net worth. hard to relate to somebody in that circumstance. >> we complain about the fact campaign season gets earlier and earlier. i think that's why we, i think that's why it plays out. you do try to see the relateability gap. when you do have $250 million how do you relate that to someone who doesn't have $250
million? >> i wouldn't mind having that problem. >> i've only got $25 million. any way drenching thunderstorms. northern rockies wet out there for you. >> 60s, boise, colorado springs. 75, albuquerque. just 55 in billings. 50s from minneapolis to kansas city. 67 here in new york. 84 in atlanta. 86 in new orleans. >> the perfect time in new york right now. not too hot. not too cold. >> gorgeous. >> we get for it two days that's about it. after a pair of decisive victories, the world series match-up is set. it is going to be the st. louis cardinals hosting texas rangers on wednesday night. >> that's right, wild card, cardinals stomped the brewers, 12-6. little more than a month ago cards were trailing by 10 1/2 in the wild card race. >> they certainly stepped it up in september. they're going 15-5 in the last 20 games. you know what, still a little smarting from the rangers beating my tigers.
you can tell which side i am going to be pulling for wednesday night. >> you know you love to see an underdog. i went and saw "money ball" this weekend, and that's all about the underdogs. you know, the as going through the whole period of really toughing it out and then having the 20-game winning streak. wonderful movie. and it really makes you love baseball. >> i always go back to "league of their own." anyway, we'll be back with more "world news now." ♪
prison before that for a murder he did not commit. abc's david muir has the fascinating details. >> reporter: he walked out to the boxing ring for a match he had been preparing for for nearly 30 years. 52-year-old dewey bozella with a wish to box and win as a free man. >> my worthy cause was my freedom. >> reporter: at 9 years old the boy from brooklyn new york watched his father beat his mother to death. he even lost his brother who was killed in a violent fight. at 17, dewey moved to upstate new york hoping for a fresh start. within months he was arrested accused in the brutal killing of a 92-year-old woman. the only evidence -- two local criminals who swore dewey did it. he got 20 years to life. >> i would die before i tell you i did. >> reporter: for years in prison he swore his innocence in the prison's boxing program he discovered the strength to fight for his freedom. >> that was my peace. >> reporter: he would spend his days in the prison's gym, and met a visitor to the gym he would befriend and fall in love with.
he earned his ged, bachelor's and masters in theology. >> dewey never gave up. even though dewey was behind bars, he woke up every day loving life. >> reporter: the innocence project found bozella, a team of lawyers that would fight. they discovered all the physical evidence, any link to dna had been destroyed years ago by police. kept looking finding the lead detective now retired who gave them the break they needed, the case file. inside it, a confession, years ago, from some one else. >> all of a sudden we had evidence showing that the people's witnesses were lying. that another suspect actually had confessed to the crime. and the prosecution had hid it. both pieces of information, from dewey for 30 years. >> reporter: nearly 30 years later, dewey won his freedom. conviction overturned. in front of thousands, the 52-year-old took on a boxer 22 years his junior. and dewey won.
>> i would look to say that you know, dreams do happen, you never give up hope. to always believe in yourself. >> reporter: a victory he waited nearly 30 years for. david muir, abc news, new york. >> gosh, the story gives you chills. >> lot of inspiration as well. >> absolutely. well, switching gears now, coming up, something dire is brewing in the coffee industry. >> this is an ugly story. could coffee become a thing of the past? a headline that those of us on the early morning shift do not want to report the but still, it is next. g of the past? a headline that those of us on the early morning shift do not want to report the but still, it is next. want to report the but still, it is next.
pinto, very disturbing. >> reporter: here men such as juan valdez handpick coffee with pride. >> reporter: imagine juan valdez without his beans. >> imagine if you had run out of coffee. >> reporter: the taster's choice couple without something to taste. >> i wouldn't want to live in a world without coffee. >> i'm double fisted with my coffee here. >> reporter: a work force without its morning jolt of java, legions of uncaffeinated zombies slogging through the day. >> probably my fourth cup of coffee today. i'd be pretty miserable. >> reporter: director of sustainability for starbuck's warned members of congress this is no joke. jim hanna told "the guardian" newspaper, what we are seeing 10, 20, 30 years down the road if conditions continue as they are, potentially significant risk to our supply chain which is the coffee bean. this ad run by union of
concerned scientists warn heavy rain, long droughts and insect infestations linked to climate change threaten the future of your morning joe. in barista speak, no venti, grande, not even a tall. starbuck's may hedge its bets investing in smoothie and juice bar chains. >> not the same thing. that is a lot of calories. compared to coffee. >> reporter: more bad news, another report out warned the future may also be bitter for chocolate. global warming it says could make parts of africa too hot to grow cocoa. >> world without chocolate and coffee? that doesn't sound fun at all. i'll have to explore other planets by then. >> not a world i would want to live in. >> reporter: skeptics of global warnings are brewing unconcerned. a tempest in a coffee pot. abc news, chicago. >> god, i love people take this seriously. >> take away air and donuts while you are at it. a little extreme.
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to the edge. worried about their children, the town bans dancing. in enters kenny wormald, playing kevin bacon's role. he challenges the law to the preacher itself, dennis quaid. let's say the end is one huge dance party. some are saying this is a renovation rather than a remake. take a listen. >> it was thumbs up. >> two thumbs up all the way. >> best movie ever. >> awesome. >> there were some portions that i really -- are really boring. but the dance part, that's, that's what i like. the dance part. the last part. >> they could have added more from the original so to make it more appealing to the public. >> i thought the acting was really good. i think the original "footloose" was better. >> i would give the movie 3 1/2 stars. >> i am giving the movie 3 1/2 stars. my only thing about this movie is i wish they added more of a modern spin to the plot itself.
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this morni this morning on "world news now" -- rescue mission. the research scientist who believes she suffered a stroke at the south pole is finally on her way to getting medical attention. >> renee douceur made an unusual dramatic call for help and help finally arrived. it is monday, october 17th. good monday morning. i'm dan kloeffler in for rob nelson. >> i'm yunji de nies. renee douceur boarded a rescue plane at her south pole outpost, and the mission will have two steps. she is at a research station now, five hours from the south pole. her next stop will be in new zealand where a team of doctors are ready to examine her. >> long trip ahead. and still our other top story of the day.
the terrifying indycar crash in las vegas that killed the champion of the indianapolis 500. dan wheldon died in a chain reaction pileup. it is a huge shock to fans and fellow drivers. >> heartbreaking video there. and later this half-hour, the struggles in the gulf of mexico. i'll take you to new orleans and show you why the catch is far from normal for shrimpers. not only heartbreaking, the shrimpers are going broke. first, that scientist from the united states may soon get the medical care she desperately needs. a rescue plane picked up renee douceur at the south pole. >> her journey will eventually take her to new zealand. abc's david muir reports. >> reporter: the cargo plane picked up renee nicole douceur taking her away from the south pole to the doctors waiting for her. flying from chile, the cargo plane was stopped short because of blizzard winds and blinding snow landing at a research center five hours away from renee. she e-mailed abc news before the
plane picked her up, last picture inside my dorm room. leaving now to go outside to wait for plane to land. cheers, renee. the new hampshire woman is finally on her way, gone from the south pole two months after what she believes was a stroke, telling abc news she needed to get out. her speech and vision is already impaired. you can hear it in her strained voice. >> as i am just sitting here waiting who knows what is going on inside me. i don't know what is going on inside me. >> reporter: she is 58, working at national science foundation research station. >> i am very concerned about my health and the possible ramifications and consequences for staying here. >> assuming it was a stroke because that seems to be the most likely diagnosis. they didn't have all the modern equipment, don't have mri scanner. i don't think they have a ct scanner. >> reporter: now there will be a stopover before they arrive in new zealand, the closest hospital with mri and c.t.
scans, and there is enormous concern over the flight itself given cabin pressure and oxygen levels. >> first available, aircraft, unpressurized, increases potential risk to her. >> reporter: there have been similar rescues before, 1999, jerri nelson fitzgerald, the only physician at a south pole research station, she diagnosed and treated her own breast cancer, performing a biopsy using ice and anesthetic. she waited months before she got out. administering chemotherapy while waiting. douceur's family is waiting to hear from her. writing she's been lucky so far, but it's impossible to tell how much danger she is in until she gets to the hospital. david muir, abc news, new york. >> gosh, must be so terrifying. you have been reporting on this story. tell us a little bit about it. >> i was e-mailing with her yesterday. she said she was really hoping the weather was going to hold she was speaking with a meteorologist down there. he said that if this plane doesn't get out at the time it got out it might not have been until next thursday. winds were going to start picking up.
when it is 70 below that is really what dictates the scheduling. >> so scary, time is of the essence in any medical situation, especially this one. >> a risk they assume when they go down there. at the same time you never plan for something like that. our other top story now this monday morning, an autopsy expected to be performed on the body of race car driver wheldon. two time indy winner was killed in a terrible accident on the track in las vegas. espn's scott goodyear, a former driver himself, covered the race. >> reporter: we say that motor racing has the highest highs and the lowest lows. i can assure you for all our drivers in the tribute lap those five laps they did going around the racetrack, a tribute to dan, were the toughest five laps they have ever done with tears coming out behind theirvisors, and it's -- their viez visors, and it's something you can never
experience. >> the race car drivers, we have to block this possibility. and unfortunately when it happens it is really hard. >> days like today, is it worth it? no, absolutely no. but it is what we, we push each other. push ourselves. push our team to win these races and championships. it is what drives us forward. it's what we love. then you see that happening to dan. you go, you know what? it doesn't matter. >> for him, motor racing was his life but also was his family. because he drove part time this year, won the indianapolis 500, did a couple races late this season. he spent immense time with his family. actually been a season he has cherished. as drivers, we're always on the road doing promotion and testing. for dan this was a season he loved he got to spend a lot of time with his new family. we get into these cars and know we risk our lives, a test or race.
this track is very fast here at las vegas motor speedway. a mile and a half track. much like other ones we have driven. and the speeds are high. you go the length of a football field in less than a second. unfortunately when things happen in front of you and you don't have reaction time, bad things can happen. the sport is continuously getting safer, but with the car going up into the catch fence, unfortunately i don't think that was something that we could prepare ourselves for. >> espn's scott goodyear with the report. there had been earlier concerns there was aggressive driving early on in the race. going 225 miles an hour. is definitely going to raise concerns. >> absolutely. very crowded track. 34 drivers competing. obviously very dangerous sport. you look at that accident, it is just terrifying to think also his family being there. and he has two very young sons. also leaving behind a wife. >> absolutely. very difficult for the family. moving on now, the occupy wall street movement is entering its second month more determined than ever. protestors are stepping up acts of civil disobedience to draw attention to the 99% suffering at the hands of the 1%. hundreds arrested over the weekend in cities nation and worldwide. organizers say donations are pouring in. americans of all ages, races and walks of life gathered on the national mall to dedicate
the martin luther king jr. memorial. among them, the president. dr. king's children, and some of those who marched with him more than four decades ago. more now from abc's ron claiborne. >> reporter: they gathered by the thousands at the monument to honor the man who dreamed of just this kind of america, comfortable with its diversity. >> in this place, you will stand for all time. among monuments to those who fathered this nation, and those who defended it. >> reporter: at the ceremony, many too young to have lived through the tumult of the civil rights movement. >> this is a way for me to be able to experience him and see what he was about. >> this is something no one ever actually thought would be able to be done. >> reporter: there were veterans of the movement. and king's own children. >> free at last, free at last. >> reporter: during his lifetime, martin luther king jr.
was a controversial figure to some. >> he went from being perhaps the most hated man in america to the most loved man and revered man in america. >> reporter: the 30-foot tall granite monument is not without controversy itself. some say the demeanor is too stern. others question the choice of a chinese sculptor instead of african-american. and more recently, there has been criticism of one of the quotations on the king memorial's wall. >> i was the drum major for justice, peace and righteousness. >> reporter: king said if you want to say i was a drum major -- >> if you want to say that i was a drum major, say that i was a drum major for justice. say that i was a drum major for peace. >> reporter: the poet maya angelou said dropping the key word "f" makes king seem arrogant. ♪ we shall overcome >> reporter: on this day at least, that argument was set aside by those who came to celebrate the man and his dream. >> president obama said he is there because he saw what we
might become. ron claiborne, abc news. the federal government is unveiling new plans today to protect cell phone customers. fcc and industry leaders want to prevent bill shock. wireless companies would have to warn customers when they're about to go over their monthly limits on voice, texting and data use. customers who may face huge charges for roping domestically or internationally would get a warning. companies would have to send free alerts to customers so there would be no surprise. that is something that i could use. >> because there is nothing like opening up the bill end of the month and saying, whoa. little too much on that one. that's when you start using the company phone. here's a look now at your weather this monday. south florida, you could be getting 4 inches of rain over the next 24 hours. also, showers from kansas city to st. louis and peoria. light rain in the mountains around rapids city, cheyenne, northern colorado. near record highs across the south.
>> that's right, 80s, dallas to atlanta. upper 60s in new york, boston. 50s, detroit to fargo. phoenix hits 96. sacramento, 83. >> 83. doesn't that sound nice right now? >> lovely. >> perfect. the world series is about to get underway. we wanted to let you know pan am games, they're happening. they're happening. they might not be getting as much attention. u.s. making a pretty good showing. snagging 15 medals opening day alone. >> unfortunately we can't say the same for one cheerleader. performing a dance routine. she misjudged her location and oops, right there, you see it, fell into the pool. but she did go on to finish the routine. dripping wet. with a smile on her face. good for her. >> i'm laughing with her. not laughing at her. but honestly. you are going to set up a cheerleading competition on the edge of the pool? really? all right. >> poor thing. inevitable. you put her right there. going to happen. >> exactly. get on the video there. we'll be right back with more "world news now." ♪ i know that it's over inevitable. you put her right there.
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pulling up these nets, what are you seeing? >> nightmares. it's terrible. really bad. it is all fish and no shrimp. >> reporter: what is to blame? shrimpers here all point to last summer's massive oil spill. at the time we saw firsthand those birds covered in sludge. had to be scrubbed by hand. but there was no way to scrub the wildlife below the surface. now researchers discovered what they believe are mutations in some of the smallest and most common fish in the gulf, the tiny kilafish. >> they act as a good canary in a coalmine. tracking this species will give us an idea of the effect. >> on the left the gills of a healthy kilafish. >> reporter: on the left the gills of a healthy kilafish. on the right, the brown is not oil but potentially deadly mutation. for now no one has been able to prove a direct link between the bp oil spill and the damage to the kilafish or crippled shrimping season. other factors, extremely dry summer and massive freshwater flooding could play a part. whatever the reason the result is the same. these boats are all docked. >> reporter: without the shrimp
-- what happens to all the boats? >> whew, wow, a lot of boats for sale. >> wow. >> heartbreaking to be down there. to talk to the people who have really done this for generations. some of them, 30, 40 years, and their father before them. they have never seen a season like this. and they say that what they believe is that that oil really damaged the larva so the shrimp aren't hatching. they think it will take four to five years if that to get this back. >> the shrimpers you talked to. everyone knew there was going to be some kind of ramification. did they think it was going to be this bad? >> they didn't. they said compensation bp provided is not enough. there is no direct link, nothing to prove this is because of the oil. hard to deny that must play a part. >> their livelihoods drying up in front of them. >> tough. coming up, still ahead, a
my favorite part of the show. time for "the skinny." my favorite part of the show. time for "the skinny." you guys are going to love the first story. let me lead this off. bill clinton celebrated his 65th birthday. got to see the video. courtesy of our friends at yahoo!. this is usher, having a little bit too much fun. he ripped his pants. keeps on going, he powers through. like the cheerleader we saw earlier. >> i hate when my pants rip when i am dancing. >> especially in the front of a former president. >> he doesn't miss a beat at all. >> keeps on going. >> the real story, the one you have got. >> the real story. you have been pushing for usher. this one. >> people get caught up in a little bill romance. ♪ caught in a bill romance
if anyone can make president clinton blush it is lady gaga. giving him a serenade in front of secretary of state hillary clinton and his daughter chelsea right there. i mean, she really had some flirtatious moves. a few lines. >> she said her marilyn monroe moment. she really seized it there. she absolutely did. look at that. it would seem awkward for anyone else. but for the clintons, they loved it, they lived it up. it is. celebrity politics right there. great. fun night right there. and now we move on. a new romance, casually dating, bradley cooper and jennifer lopez. now their reps aren't confirming this. they have been spotted together. they're said to be dating. we've had bennifer. do we call them bradifer? something like that. she is newly divorced out on the market. looks great. i think she was named sexiest woman in the world. >> can you imagine if they had kids how beautiful they would be? >> just had the other kids. >> not that they're not beautiful kids. i know, we're kind of
jumping the gun. putting rings on fingers. and all sorts of stuff. yeah, wish them the best of luck for that. this is a very touching story, i thought it was great. zachary, played spock in "star trek" he came out in a very nonchalant way. doing an article for "new york" magazine. he said the reason why he came out was the fact that -- he was inspired by, a young boy that had committed suicide, he was gay, he made, it gets better video. zachary said that that encouraged him to say as a gay man, i need to come out live, proud and strong. very nice to see. plus he is 34. i'm 35. i'm thinking -- i could, i can lose my distraction abut dating actors right from that one maybe. >> really touching though. his blog, wrote about the young man. wanted to reach out. hopefully, let other folks know, it does get better. >> absolutely does. great story i like to report on. of course, coming up, turning bright lights in the blight. >> hollywood discovers a rundown, rust belt city.
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♪ >> well, finally this half-hour, gary, indiana, you know it as michael jackson's hometown. it is long past its glory days. but it is putting its proverbial best foot forward these days. >> it might not be the most scenic part of the country, but some who are looking for something specific, it is perfect for them. abc's chris bury went to gary to check it out. >> reporter: in the new "transformers" movie, they stage an epic battle here. in "nightmare on elm street," evil freddie krueger make it his lair. and in pearl harbor, those american planes are bombing it. not hollywood.
it's actually gary, indiana. a rust belt city that can't afford to tear down awful its abandoned buildings. so gary is renting out its ruins as ready-made sets. >> why not take lemons and make lemonade? why not squeeze a little economic value out of these structures. >> reporter: this old cement plant becomes chernobyl after the meltdown. in "transformers, dark of the moon." hollywood directors love buildings like this, gary's city methodist church. once a magnificent cathedral, now a perfect backdrop for scenes of decay and destruction. in the new thriller "altered," a killer priest lurks here, dispatching his victims in the old chap. >> this would cost hundreds of thousands to millions to re-create. >> reporter: from low budget zombie flicks to multimillion dollar block busters, filmmakers are flocking to gary's picturesque decline. >> industrial decay has a certain, charm.
>> reporter: once a booming steel town, gary fell on hard times after those jobs moved overseas. >> action! >> reporter: now the film industry is the own one thriving -- is the only one thriving location, a bargain for filmmakers, a blessing for gary. money helps train high school kids to work on movie sets like this. so gary is squeezing gold from its faded glory. but you can't see it from here, the movie theater is abandoned too. chris bury, abc news, gary, indiana. talk about turning lemons into lemonade there. >> midwest tenacity at its best. that's the news for this half-hour. don't miss our updates on face book wnnfans.com. ce book wnnfans.com. >> catch us on twitter. stay in touch. thank you for staying up with us. updates on face book wnnfans.com. >> catch us on twitter. stay in touch. thank you for staying up with us.d ;s