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drizzle and a few spots to start the week. warmer heading to friday. >> more news for you at 6:00. see you back then. on this sunday night, violence in virginia. tension between those on the left and right boiling over again in charlottesville. the new clashes coming 24 hours after the protests turned deadly as we learn more about the woman who died and the driver accused of killing her. what he didn't say? the outrage voiced by some over what the president left out of his call to bring pep in our country together. teen detectives. a group of teenagers makes a surprising discovery about a promise never kept when a new arena went up in boston. and golden tunes from interstellar space to your living room. a 40-year-old album finding new relevance. "nbc nightly news" begins now.
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>> announcer: from nbc news world headquarters in new york, this is "nbc nightly news" with kate snow. good evening. there was more violence in charlottesville today. fallout from the clash between white nationalists and counter rotesters yesterday's dueling rally turned deadly when a car plowed into a group of those who oppose the alt-right. we learned today that 32-year-old heather heyer was killed by that speeding car. he's now charged with second degree murder. when the organizer of the unite the right rally tried to speak to the press today there was violence again. our tom costello is on the 2k3wr0u67bd ground in charlottesville and joins us live. >> reporter: we're at the epicenter here behind me. behind me is that
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robert e. lee statue. they're now launching civil rights investigations into that woman's death, most of the white supremacists seem to have left town today but there was that violent alteration when their leader tried to hold a press conference. 24 hours after violence tore through the heart of charlottesville, police snipers were on the roof today as unite the right protester leader jason ke kessler tried to lay blame for saturday's violence. >> what happened yesterday was a result of the charlottesville police officers refusing to do their job. >> reporter: but hundreds of people shouted him down, suddenly the crowd surged chasing kessler from the microphone, hitting and eventually tackling him before police moved in. he had to run behind a police line to escape the counterprotesters. we learned the identity of the woman who was killed
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saturday when a driver plowed through a crowd sending bodies flying. 32 heather heyer a local paralegal, her mother, devastated. >> i'm trying to honor my daughter and the way that i know she would want to be honored with speaking up for what she believed in and in the way she believed in it without hate, without anger, without fear. >> reporter: the alleged driver, 20-year-old alex fields of ohio is charged with second degree murder. his mother claims she didn't know where he was going this weekend. >> i just knew he was going to a rally. i mean, you know, i tried to stay out of his political views. >> reporter: but a former high school teacher said fields had white supremacist leaning. >> he thought the nazis were great and what hitler did was great. >> reporter: on saturday, the kkk, white nationalists clashing with anti-white nationalists group in charlottesville. >> look at the weapons they're carrying. >> reporter: virginia's governor laid some of the blame on the device rhetoric himself. >> i told the president this yesterday.
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he's got to stop. they got to stop the rhetoric, they got to stop the attacks on individuals. we got to work together. >> reporter: virginia is also grieving the loss of state troopers berk berke bates and they knew both men personally. >> going over to that family yesterday and seeing those two young children breaks your heart. these people are responsible. >> reporter: walking the mall in charlottesville, chug morgan, born and raised here, was near tears today. >> having these hate mongers come to my city, just have broke my heart. it really did. >> reporter: one sentiment you hear a lot here is angers that they've been marching under flags that americans have died fighting against but observers say both sides came looking for a fight to this thing. one suspect today arrested, misdemeanor charges for assault on mr. kessler. in addition we know alex fields the 20-year-old driver will be in court tomorrow. kate? >> tom costello in
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charlottesville, thank you. president trump called for unity after yesterday's violence but for some including members of his own party the message fell flat and today many called for a more forceful denouncement of white nationalism. nbc's kelly o'donnell reports. >> reporter: for a presidency forged by blunt talk what donald trump did not say is politically deafening. >> hatred, bigotry and violence on many sides. on many sides. >> reporter: the president seemed alone in spreading blame for the violence. his omission choosing not to call out white supremacist groups, some known to support him. >> i would urge the president to dissuade these groups that he's their friend. >> call this white extreme supremacist evil, let the country hear it and let the world hear it. it's something that needs to come from the oval office. >> reporter: a wave of criticism flowed on
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twitter, from national voices from both parties. today first daughter senior advisor ivanka trump was more direct. there should be no place in society for racism. white extreme sich sichl--sue prem sichl, a statement that said the president's condemnation of violence includes white supremacyist. kkk, neo-nazi and all extremist groups. but candidate donald trump insisted labels did matter over the term radical islamic terrorism. >> anyone who cannot name our enemy is not fit to lead this country. to shovel a problem you have to be able to state what the problem is or at least say the name. >> reporter: today national security advisor defended the president. >> when he condemned bigotry and hatred on all sides that includes white supremacist and
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neo-nazi. i know it's clear in his mind. >> reporter: while white house scaramucci said the president fell short. >> i think he needed to be much harsher as related to the white supreme sichl. he related to the nature of that. >> reporter: homeland security advisor was pressed to be more explicit himself. >> let me say i condemn white supremacist and white nazi groups and all the other groups that espoused this kind of hatred. >> reporter: the president also did not weigh in on whether the deadly violence should be treated as domestic terrorism. his national security advisor who thinks this is a form of terrorism said that the investigation must determine if it meets the legal requirements for that distinction but h.r. mcmaster says that would be the right call. kuwait -- kate? this weekend's events in charlottesville all started over an effort to remove a confederate statues, such symbols of the past which many call haithful are just part of what's driving the tension and animosity we're seeing. we go back to charlottesville now with that part of the story. >> reporter: the chaos in charlottesville had been building for months. since the city voted in april to remove the robert e. lee statue
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there have been three protests, counter protests and now violence. >> it's extremely painful. i was in tears yesterday to see that. it hurt. i want -- it hurts. >> you will not replace us. >> reporter: organizers of saturday's planned rally had said it was meant to honor history and save the statue. >> it really is a sad day in our constitutional democracy when we are not able to have civil liberties like the first amendment. >> reporter: but west bellamy, charlottesville's vice mayor is among those leading the charge to remove it. >> they want to mask their real reasons for committing not only domestic terrorism but trying to invoke fear in the community behind the statue. but this is clearly about white supremacist and we're not going to have it here, period. >> reporter: since 2015 when dylan roof massacred nine black
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parishioners, parts of the south have rushed to remove symbols. three states have far more confederate symbols in public spaces than any others, georgia, north carolina and virginia with each more than 80. but beyond preserving the past, experts say there's been a resurgence of something deeper, a rebranding dubbed white nationalism 2.0. a generation of young white men who wear khakis, polo shirts 56shd and are active online. >> it's hard to overstate how emboldened people are by the election. they believe that their ideas are becoming more acceptable and therefore they don't need to hide behind computer screens and they can go into our public squares and have rallies for white nationalism. >> reporter: tonight in this picturesque college town, there is anger. >> preserving history and recognizing history does not mean celebrating monsters of history. >> reporter: we just learned that organizers of the planned vigil tonight
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on uva's campus tonight have cancelled the event because of what they call a credible threat. things are quiet and authorities hope they stay that way, kate. >> reporter: thank you. as gabe mentioned there has been a growing movement of organized white nationalist protests across the country. just today in denver and los angeles, large crowds marched in solidarity with charlottesville. as they denouned racism. steve patterson is in seattle, washington which today has become the latest point of friction. >> reporter: we are at the tip of this fear the tip of the spear here of counter protesters up against a police line. this has been the scene now for about 20 minutes straight. what happened here counterprotesters had been marching for at least the ten, 20 minutes. what they're trying to do they're trying to get at a group white nationalists. they call themselves patriot prayer. that group now is about two blocks away in a square. police have built a police line pretty much on every point
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along this march from downtown seattle. what they've been trying to do is prevent those two groups from meeting which has led to a lot of frustration with the counter protesters trying to get at patriot prayer. that means that has led to police pushing the line back, trying to disburse the crowd, and what we have seen is one arrest and the use of tear gas to push this crowd back. at this point right now the crowd has sort of disbursed. trying to look for another way in, back to where those white nationalists are and it's led to a number of conflicts between counterprotesters and police. kate? >> will continue to follow that. turning to north korea now. president trump's national security advisor said today the u.s. is no closer to war now than it was a week ago, but on meet the press this morning, general h.r. mcmaster said the best way to prevent war is to be prepared. with north korea's leader threatening to
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fire missiles into the waters near guam, that tiny island remains on edge. for people who call it home, this is not exactly new territory. >> reporter: for generations on the island of guam, the natives known as chamuro. have heard the drum beat of war. here you won't fine panning but on this sunday the quiet solace of prayer, most who call this island home are catholic, today worried about a conflict between the united states and north korea. >> we are caught in the middle and you're damned if you do and damned if you don't. it's not the first time. guam has been colonized, invaded and occupied. the spanish, japanese and americans have all spilled blood here. today the island remains as beautiful as it is strategically important. the air force, navy and coast guard cover a third of the island
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with plans to increase their presence. the most western base on u.s. soil. the military is woven deeply into the fabric of this island, locals have one of the highest military participation rates anywhere in the country. yet they can't vote for president. >> guam is a tip of the easp r. i think we should have a say. we should vote. >> reporter: a declared target for north korea in guam. they proudly wear the american uniform even if they have no voice over entering war. >> they have a great stake and they've paid their dues to united states, no doubt. >> reporter: on this island of 160,000 american citizens, family is a way of life as is tourism, the military and fear over the next fight. >> the threat just live your day, your daily life. if it happens, it happens. >> reporter: on this sunday, on the doorstep to conflict, many are turning to their faith, praying
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for peace in paradise. nbc news, guam. >> and stay with us. we'll be right back.
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supremicism the president this past week called the opioid crisis a national emergency. one of the deadliest drugs sweeping through many communities now is fentanyl. it's made with chemicals in a lab, chemicals commonly produced in china and it's becoming easy for americans to obtain as
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jacob soboroff found out in his series, one nation overdoses. >> reporter: the synthetic opiod fentanyl is causing carnage like you've never seen. and investigators say it's only a click away. >> it's causing carnage like you've never seen. >> reporter: back at my desk, the nbc los angeles bureau, my producers decided to put that to the test. >> buy fentanyl. the first thing that pops up is buy 3m fentanyl online from ching labs. it clearly acknowledges the deadly affects still they offer to sell it directly to the united states. so my name we've come up with a fake name. richard stevens. i am interested in getting fentanyl sent to us in the united states. submit. and then just a few minutes later, whoa, he already came through.
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hello, we have a very potent fentanyl analog. we ship to u.s. we only accept bitcoin as payment method. warm records. >> wow. >> is it possible to get it to me without it being taken by u.s. customs? they e-mailed back again. three minutes, we provide a reship guarantee. also we use ingenious packaging. that is customer service. >> wow. >> would you be willingly to send me a picture of the packaging? ten minutes later we got a response. check this out. this is the package that the fentanyl comes in and this is the box that they ship it inside. i can zoom in i think. we didn't actually go through with the purchase so we don't know if ching labs actually ships fechbt fentanyl or if
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it's a scam. but the dea tells us the chinese company sells other illegal drugs online. that's a smuggling route a border wall with mexico won't stop. >> back in a moment with a big payout by a famous boston arena. why a group of teenagers who made it happen think it wasn't enough.
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so here's one from the david versus goliath file. a group of teenagers turned detectives. their efforts to make a difference in their community revealed a broken promise that the teens say is worth millions. the big company has at the center of it has offered to pay up on some of the iou, but not much. but is it enough? >> reporter: for kids working at hyde square task force, dance, music and theater come with the territory but by far their biggest
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performance this year is taking on the td garden arena home to the world famous celtics and bruins. >> we will keep up the fight until those in power do the right thing. >> they thought that they could get away with not following the law. >> who are the major players involved in this. >> reporter: while looking for money to build a new ice rink and activity center in their neighborhood, the group uncovered the deal between the state and garden back in 1993, in exchange for getting an okay to build the new arena, the company agreed to host at least three charitable events per year. they found not a single fund raiser had been held. the kids did the math. they figured the garden owes $13.8 million, $150,000 per fund raiser for 24 years with penalties and interest they sent the garden a bill. >> pay us the minimum, pay us what we think the minimum is to the community. >> we want $13.8 million and the reck y recreational center to be built.
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we want those two things and we're not going to settle for less. >> reporter: while that amount is not on the table today, td garden and the state department has offered some money, the garden offering $1.65 million and the state sending an additional million. for the proposed ice rink. td garden told nbc news, it applause the passion of the kids and invited them to meet. it told us it's working with the state on future obligations. >> you guys are tough. it's a good thing i don't owe you any money. >> we look at all the cards. >> trying not to laugh during your scene. >> reporter: the teens are meeting with the attorney general's office later this month. the next act in a high stakes drama, the finale not yet written. ron mott, nbc news, boston. when we come back, the message in a rocket billions of miles away finding a new audience here on earth.
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finally tonight, it's considered the best of humanity, a message from earth sent nearly 12 billion miles into space. now 40 years after the voyager probe's launch, our gift to the kos cosmos is available here on earth. >> reporter: gazing into space it's hard to imagine drifting out there some 13 billion miles away is a message. >> hello from the children of planet earth. >> reporter: just waiting to be found. >> we have ignition. >> reporter: you see 40 years ago when nasa launched voyager 1 and 2 in the solar system, each probe carried a gold plated record with greetings in 55
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languages, music from various cultures, not to mention nature's symphony. on top of that 115 images, a snapshot of earth for any extra terrestrials who may stumble upon the spacecraft. the golden record is getting a bigger audience. david peskovich, are reproducing the album for earthlings. >> it provides a sense of hope. a lot of people could really do well with some hope. >> reporter: after raising $1.3 million on kick starter they've created a box set with a book and records. >> and to think that people will be sitting down with this thing, you know, in their living rooms, right around the time of the 40th anniversary is just super gratifying to me. >> reporter: has this been an emotional experience at all? >> absolutely.
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>> incredibly emotional. >> reporter: among those who created the original records, scientist karl sagan and his widow whose heart beat is on the album. >> that was me. that was me and i am so eternally grateful and proud that it was me, because love sufficient -- suffuses that record. >> reporter: we may never know if that message is heard in space, but if it is, they'll get the best of life on earth. >> blue skies, a sunset, a string concerto, a baby's cry, human laughter and it's a lovely reminder of what it means to be a human. >> reporter: joe friar, nbc news, city of industry, california. >> now that is a great message. that is "nbc nightly news" on a sunday night. lester holt will be back tomorrow. i'm kate snow. have a great night. a show of
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bay area. the outpouring of support a day after the deadly violence in right now at 6:00. a show of solidarity from the bay area. the outpouring of support a day after the deadly violence in charlottesville. the news at 6:00 starts now. good evening and thank you for joining us. >> i'm terry mcsweeney. all across the bay area today people taking to the streets to denounce the violence in charlottesville they're also demanding the white house condemn hate groups by name. >> reporter: like we've all seen in recent months, these are all coming from the grassroots level, people getting these demonstrations together very quickly and a local pastor did that today.

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