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your headlines right now. >> welcome to al jazeera america. i'm john seigenthaler in new york. here are tonight's top toys. connecticut officials say they still have no motive for last year's elementary school shooting. the report corner firms that the shooter did act alone, but investigators say because of fears of a second shooter police waited outside six minutes before entering the elementary school. afghan president hamid karzai said he will not sign a security pact with the u.s. until new conditions are met. karzai met with security adviser susan rice, who urged him to sign the deal to allow troops to remain in afghanistan unti until 2024. president obama is urging
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critics of the new iran nuclear agreement to give diplomacy a chance. the agreement eases sanctions against iran. in exchange for a halt in nuclear development. several in congress say the deal goes too far and it's too easy on iran and they want the sanctions to continue. those are the headlines at this hour. i'm john seigenthaler. "america tonight" with joie chen is coming up next. i'll see you back here for more news, and remember you can always get the latest news on www.aljazeera.com. >> on "america tonight" the final word on sandy hook and why a devastated community may be left with more questions than answers. also tonight, she's the teen queen of the ring. the 85-pound boxer who is
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knocking down stereotypes. and getting fresh fruits and vegetables to people living in a food desert, a green machine, a healthy twist on fast foods. >> we stripped it down. primed it and painted it. it's not like any other bus you've ever seen. ♪ >> good evening, thanks for being with us. i'm joie chen. shy of one year since that horrible day in new town connecticut when 20 first graders and the educators who cared for them were slaughtered in their classroom now hundreds of interviews, thousands of
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investigative pages and evidence in hasn't, the investigative report on the shooting at sandy hook has been released. it concludes the shooter was a deeply disturbed young man who acted alone but it suggests that it is not a report that will bring closure to chose who lost so much on that day. >> what we now know does not answer the single most important question. why? why did he do it? what was the motive? what did 21-year-old adam lanza kill his mother in her bed, drive to her school and launch his rampage? there were disturbing details of the report. an isolated young man who covered his bedroom windows with black trash bags and communicated with his mother only by e-mail. the video games that he left behind, "school shooting" ; "left for dead "; "doom."
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a check from his mother to purchase a pistol. he kept articles detailing the killing of children. a soft portrait of a gun pointed at his head. a video snippet of children bees shot. perhaps most tellingly the report concludes that he had been obsessed of mass killing since the columbine school shootings in 1999. >> this report should have been released weeks, months ago. >> reporter: this report was expected to be released in june, and much of the information had been leaked to the media already, frustrating the community. >> we had the drip by drip revelations and premature disclosures which add to the pain of the families. now there should be some closu closure. >> now there are thousands of pages in this report, but some of these organizations still are seeking to have released. but an element of the investigation we often see accessed in the news media, the 911 calls from that day are not
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being released. that is in accordance with connecticut law. joining us to follow up on the report is monty frank. his daughter attended the sandy elementary school. thank you for joining us. you have been so involved. we use the closure but i'm not sure that would fully represent the emotions. i don't if there is a way to bring closure. does this report end this chapter and allow families to go forward? >> well, i hope it does. you know, my fear is that we'll continue to have this dribble of information that comes out. every time another report comes out or additional information gets leaked, it only serves to tear open the wounds and hinder the healing process. >> i would be concerned about that, and i understand there are some efforts in the journalism
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community to try to release the rest of the information in the interest of public attention to be brought to everything that happened. do you see that as being an effective tool? is that something that the general public really should know? the full scope of the investigation? >> i don't think so. you know, there needs to be a balance between first amendment rights, peopl people's curiositd the rights of the community. you know, is it really all that important that the details of what occurred at this school come out? when it's only going to serve to again hinder the healing process of the town. cause people in the town to have to block out media. today we had media trucks and helicopters hovering in town. that only serves as a reminder of what occurred back in december. you know, we have kids who every time this occurs we have to
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explain why they're there, what's the latest, and it just continues the conversation that no community should really will have to have. >> again, you're coming to the anniversary itself. >> we are, and the anniversary itself is going to be another event that again reopens the wounds. we have in town a tremendous first select man, and she has been meeting with community officials, and we're engaged on this period where we're asking people to honor new town, honor the victims by doing an act of kindness, doing community work and charity work in their own communities. we hope that's the message that comes out of new town. people can have dialogues of not what occurred in the school but how we can be nicer to each other, reach out to our neighbors, and perform acts of kindness. >> i know that your own
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organizations that been quite active to bring action to gun control issues. does this in any way fuel that effort? >> we're not right now focused too much on the gun safety legislation. at this point in time with the anniversaries coming we're coming to reset the dialogue. we'll get back to that in january. right now the new town foundation is focused on an effort that we're having in washington on the 11th and 12th of december where we bring in victims of gun violence all over the country to perform community work, to do charity work in the schools, and to have a national vigil at the national cathedral on the 12th. we're bringing in families from all over the country to attend that vigil. >> so at some level if there was something that new town or sandy hook will be remembered for, it would be for something that
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furthers community action in a positive way? >> that's right. we will not be defined by this tragedy. we refuse to let this tragedy define what we're all about. we're trying to create a legacy where we begin the dialogue about changing the culture in this country so that hopefully tragedies don't occur like this again. >> monte frank, thank you for being with us tonight. >> thank you. >> after the break hear some mixed emotions. iran strikes a deal but not everyone is buying it. >> and later on in our program souped-up and chalk full of healthy ingredients how the green machine is getting people back on their feet. >> some people be sick all the time. we got to learn how to eat the right kind of food.
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no matter what. >> antonio mora, award winning and hard hitting. >> we've heard you talk about the history of suicide in your family. >> there's no status quo, just the bottom line. >> but, what about buying shares in a professional athlete?
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>> either iran's deal is a
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positive or negative. the deal would limit iran's nuclear program in exchange for easing of sanctions. sheila mshe'll sheila macvicar. >> reporter: a hero's return. to restore the economy ending isolation. this interim agreement will lead to the release of $8 billion of iranian assets making it easier to sell oil and buy embargoed materials like airplane parts. no wonder some iranians are pleased. >> i think everything is going to get better. already on the street the value of our currency is up, and the price of gold is lower. it's obvious things are
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improving. >> reporter: in israel prime minister netanyahu was blunt. >> this agreement has made the world a much more dangerous place. it's a historic mistake. >> reporter: netanyahu wants to insure that iran will never have the capacity to produce a nuclear weapon. israel argues that iran cannot be trusted and the deal gives too much away. >> we think it's important to keep the pressure up. not to ease pressure to get iranians through the heavy lifting, dismantle their centerfuges and uranium producing reactors. >> to stop producing or installing the centerfuges to carry out the enrichment. iranians say it's only to create
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yonuclear power. >> you never know, if this willr six months. >> reporter: in that six months they must reach a final comprehensive agreement with iran. if that effort failed all that was accomplished in the geneva talks expires. >> the comprehensive agreement which will require enormous steps in terms of transparency and accountability. >> reporter: john kerry insists the burden is on iran to prove it's nuclear capacity is only for peaceful purposes. but american allies saudi arabia agrees with the concerns. >> i just want to see this all
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the way through. we've seen what is happening in north korea. they now have nuclear weapons, and i don't want to see that happening in iran. >> reporter: another place where we all may benefit if this deal works, the price of oil. easing it could add 1 million barrels a day from iran's pre-sanctioned level. and the price of oil could go down as much as 19%. the reverse is true. if the deal falls apart, watch for volatility in the oil markets. >> yes, that's something that we're all looking at especially during this holiday week and everyone is looking at gas prices. we have senior fell low at brookings institute and author of a new book "unthin "unthinkable: iran, the bam and
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u.s. strategy." >> this is a good deal but it's a small deal. there is no question this is going to lead iran farther away from a nuclear weapon at the end of the six-month period of the deal than it is right now. but that said it's a six-month deal that does nothing but freeze iran from where it is. if we don't have a bigger comprehensive deal that puts an end to iran's nuclear weapons program they will be able to very quickly restart and move back down that direction. >> it's not something that in the six months you're going to pull iran back from? >> you'll pull them back a little bit. there is an important provision in this deal which is that, you know, to have a nuclear weapon you need uranium enriched in 90% purity. right now it's 5% and 20%. the 20% is the big concern, and one of the provisions of this deal has iran taking all of that 20% and turning it into 5%.
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so that does mean that they will be farther away. the expert are arguing over how much? there are so many ways to skin the nuclear cat. it depends on the centerfuges and what typeish and these numbers get meaningless. the important thing is that the iranians are taking a important symbolic step that will lead them farther away than when we started. >> and we're engaged. >> absolutely. that's the hope. we're in a process of engagement in this six-months period where we'll negotiate a final settlement to the problem, that's key. >> prime minister benjamin netanyahu states this is a historic mistake. how much is due to his own domestic issues. >> i don't think we know in all that is being said by prime minister netanyahu. some say he's just playing bad
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cop. he holds the hardest right line in the hope that that allows barack obama and john kerry to negotiate middle to our side than the iranian side. that said his language has been so harsh, and so many of the things he has been doing looks like it's just meant to kill the deal that it's not entirely clear if that's really what he he is up to. i think there are a lot of people afraid that he's really trying to kill this deal outright. that would be a historic mistake for israel as well as the united states. >> can we talk more broadly within the region about the impact of the relationship like this, and what it means for you as policy elsewhere, and our relations with saudi arabia, syria, what other impact could there be here? >> well, we're going to have problems with saudi arabia and our other allies in the region. we need to remember for the saudis, the gulf arabs, the
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sunni arab states they see themselves as engaged in a region-wide war with iran at its proxies. and quite frankly they're not interested in this deal. for them the iranian nuclear program is a problem. they do want to see that ended. but more than that they want to see the united states on their side helping them fight this war against iran. what they're afraid of is if the u.s. signs this deal with the iran we're going to wash our hands of the middle east. we're going to walk away and not participate with them in this struggle against iran and some of them are afraid that we'll join the iranians. i think that is a wild misrepresentation of what is going on. i think it's exceptionally unlikely that the u.s. would apply with iran against our allies in the region. but i do think that it is a real concern. one thing that i am nervous about, will this make it possible for the obama administration which has not shown much interest in the middle east to simply say okay we got the nuclear deal with the iran. that issue is off the table. now we'll pivot to asia and
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forget about the middle east. i think that would be an unfortunate outcome after this deal with iran. >> in terms of the iranian interest in syria, and how president obama drew a red line and then backed away from the red line. syria will be disarmed of its chemical weapons. how reengaged iran plays out its other interests. syria, and particularly hezbollah, another threat posed to israel and other sunni arab states? >> this is a very important issue. again, it gets to the same set of issues, which is america's interests in the middle east are not going to end with an iranian nuclear deal even if we can get it. we've got other interests in the region. question of what happens with syria is very interesting. it's a hopeful one. if we can get the nuclear deal
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with iran this could be the start of a wider rapport with the iranians that could include a deal on syria that would end iran's support of the assad regime. if that were to happen that would be positive. but there is another possibility out there. we don't know what it would take to sell this deal to tehran. it does seem like the ayatollah is behind the deal. but we don't know how much resistence there is from iran's hard liners. what i worry about is the possibility that to sell the deal to the hard liners both rouhani and the supreme leader will say don't worry guys we're just accepting the deal to get rid of the sanctions but you can go nuts everywhere else. go crazy in syria, iraq, bahrain, that would be a terrible outcome.
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>> we appreciate your insights. the book "unthinkable ,iran, the bomb and the u.s. strategy." coming up we'll look at resolv resolving food insecurity. >> one of the most unique city buses you'll ever see. there are no passages instead rutabagas and all sorts of vegetables. we'll show you how this bus is helping to solve aor community problem. >> plus the wicket winter weather, and how this storm could blow away your thanksgiving plans.
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>> and now a snapshot of stories making headlines on new york
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tonight. a new fbi report out. hate crime rates slightly dropped last week. there were 5800 hate crimes i in 2012, and ode to thanksgiving. in san francisco the president said he will cooperate with house republicans. he said he'll carve the comprehensive bill with border security and pathway to citizenship into pieces. expect a side of winter chill with your thanksgiving dinner. flights are been canceled out of dallas, fort worth and other delays leading up to the holiday. the wicked weather moving east and all travelers are warned about more delays. this holiday storm has caused a dozen deaths and countless accidents on the road. but the worst is far from over. the massive winter storm is expected to hit 20 states by the time it's over with.
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it began out west in california with heavy rain, powerful winds. by the time the storms slammed into the sierra nevadas, it brought five inches of snow. moving east the system caused dangerous driving conditions in new mexico, texas and oklahoma. and to for more than 43 million people expected to take the roads or skies for thanksgiving it is not a matter of if they arrive but when. it might take a while. al jazeera meteorology kevin corriveau is tracking the storm. that is rough traveling. >> meteorologist: we're calling it a winter storm. it's not winter yet. here across texas and oklahoma they received 7 to 10 inches of snow. as a lot of people there know when it does snow they can't get it off the roads. the big problem they're going to
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see is it's going to melt during the daytime and then refreeze during the evening. a lot of that water will become slippery. we're looking at winter weather advisories here because we're not done with the weather yet. it has pushed over to the east. the temperatures are coming down. as you can see right now we're looking at freezing from lubbock and it's cold up from the north. major problem especially if you're on the highway. >> we're talking about the rain forecast for the coastal areas, but what about icing in other inland states in the days ahead? >> meteorologist: absolutely. it all depends on where it's going to go. we're going to be watching a new air coming up from the gul gulff mexico. anywhere west of the low pressure is going to be a combination of freezing rain, which is extremely dangerous
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here along the border area, and then snow across the northeast here it is going to be the rain still quite a problem with major airports new york, la yard i can't airport is going to be a mess, i know, washington, philly, and boston is going to be a problem. this storm will be moving more towards the east. >> so i guess we're looking at all that potential for snow, where are holiday travelers having the biggest problems with snow? >> meteorologist: it's really going to be the north. we think it's going to be up here across northern new england. in these areas we don't have the biggest airports in the region. a lot of people travel the area and so the snow will be a big problem. many are thinking virginia, pennsylvania, they're thinking six to eight inches of snow and drifting as you said could make it more like a foot. so very dangerous on the
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highways. you have highway 93, 91, up state new york, pennsylvania, here on the interstate, major problems there. >> my goodness. we're going to keep a close an eye out, and we ask you, too, as well. 24 million americans live in so-called food deserts. areas where access to healthy affordable food is difficult. in these communities meals often come from convenient stores, fast-food restaurants, diet related food problems are commonplace. now the city of memphis has come up with an unique solution. here is the latest in our series of "what works." >> betty is planning to cook a healthy dinner. so she's stocking up on staples that are hard to come by in her low income community.
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>> i'll do squash. i love squash. >> betly lives in what is known as a food desert, and like many of her friends, betty doesn't drive. now its easier for betty to get the food she likes. thanks to this mobile marketplace called the green machine. it's a remodeled city bus selling fruits and vegetables as an affordable price. it rolls through memphis nearly every day. >> what did you get in the bag? >> i got some cabbage. >> let's look at what is in here. >> we got good ol' cabbage, open it pup. up. this is my squash. >> a place known for its delicious barbecue but not so much for its nutrition. many are obese and many suffer
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from diabetes. >> this is one the only stores in town to guy grocery. >> what kind of groceries are here. >> we don't have vegetables here. we have potato chips, drinks and cookies and candy and all that. >> as the head of her neighborhood association betty helped develop the idea of the green machine. she went door to door asking people what they needed most. people said regular access to fresh, healthy food. >> how available are vegetables. >> it was needed bad. we just hope and pray somebody will come in the neighborhood and open up a store. but a lot of people be sick all the time, and we got to learn how to eat the right kind of
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food. >> reporter: betty discussed her problem with ken reardon, the professor of city planning at the university in memphis. >> how big of a problem is food insecurity. >> it's invasive among poor and working class people. >> reporter: he tried to bring supermarkets back to the area. >> one of the representatives of the i don't national chains said i would love to cap my career in a city that i love, but i couldn't bring this to my management team. they would laugh me out of the boardroom. >> is that fair that they don't want to come there? >> absolutely not. it's irrational. they're giving up a market share that they could be selling to. >> reardon went back to the
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drawing board. there was eugene, a deacon at a local church known for its work with the poor. champion i don'champion said it was one of his parishioners who came up with the idea of the green machine. all they needed to do was come up with $150,000 and find a vehicle. >> they gave us a bus. we stripped it down, washed it, primed it and painted it. it's not like any other bus that you've ever seen. >> the first day that you launched this, what was the reaction? what was going through your brain? >> just as excited as people who were getting on the bus. they were amazed that it had gone from just an old bus sitting idle to now a vibrant part of our community. >> nearly 2,000 people boarded the bus during it's first few weeks in service. the green machine starts the day
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at a produce warehouse on the outskirts of memphis. it's stocked with fruit, plums, grapes, watermelons. and lots ever greens. they always go fast. david carter is another person who made the green machine possible. his family business supplies the produce, marking it up only $1 per case. >> being in the produce business all of our life we push healthy eating. we want to be part of making people change their diet thes. >> carter's family owns six retail stores in memphis, none of them in the inner city. he said the green machine solved the problem faced by companies like his. >> to sustain in a produce-only environment you got to have a lot of volume. a whole lot of volume because it's one of the lowest marketed items in the grocery store. there would not be enough volume there to sustain a brick and mortar building. but the expenses, like the bus, the expenses aren't nearly as they are in a building.
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>> reporter: we're on our way to the next stop on the green machine route. by the end of the week this bus would have stopped at 18 different locations throughout memphis. >> reporter: it stops in all sorts of places including a complex for the disabled and a residence for the elderly. that's where we found ruthy browsing for the best deal. >> what would you do if this place did not come to you? >> i would be sad because then i would have to wait for my daughter and she works cary wishes that it would stop closer to her house. she relies on family and friends to take her to the store. most of the poor in her neighborhood do not have cars. >> vegetarian bean, pork and piano. >> she stalks up on canned goods because they never knows when her next trip may be. when we met up with her, it had been a month since she made the trek. the green machine has been such
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a success there is a long list of communities that want it to come to them. deacon champion can relate. he grew up eating all the wrong things. >> right now i'm eating probably as healthy as i ever ha have iny life because every day i eat something fresh. >> for someone like deacon champion the green machine may not repair a lifetime of poor eating habits but for future generations it may have a big impact thanks to people like betty isom. >> i think one of the important things that is understanding the role of grandmothers and aunties in the african-american community, and the fact that if you're significant elder maternal figure in your family is cooking differently and offering different things t when go to her house that will stimulate the curiosity of children. >> the fried food is not good for you.
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>> the green machine is part of the community's recipe for a healthy future. >> and there is also a nutritional component to the green machine. the goal is to teach the customers how to use the items that they buy in a healthy way. the bus offers free recipe cards and the nba basketball team will be offering trading cards on the bus with fitness tips from the players. everyone is getting involved. >> convince me. does it really work? do people come out to buy or is it a novelty. >> it's been going for a few months but they have repeat customers and they've been able to sustain the bus for the next couple of years. they're talking about adding buses as well, as many as two other buses to accommodate the other communities. this is a five-day aweek program. you need access to these fresh vegetables seven days a week. so kevin reardon's plan is to set up a co-op marketplace that
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is run by the community and owned by the community. he hopes that will sustain it since no one else is coming to the town. >> if there is demand, if people show there is interest in it why don't groceries come in, why aren't they there? >> how is it that a whole community doesn't have access to fresh vegetables. some of these grocery grocery stores are dominated by suburban management who may be nervous or don't know how to interpret entering a market like this. he talks about getting a commercial loan. it's difficult going into a community that appears to be on the economic decline or population declining to secure finances. and then he also talked about how regional chains have disappeared in exchange for bricks box stores. having these large service areas. despite the research he supplied he they're not willing to make the commitment to these smaller
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things. so they're doing it themselves to make it sustainable. >> thanks so much for being here. this coming wednesday we'll have a very special edition of america tonight. we'll take on hunger in america for families who don't have enough to eat and the amounts of food wasted every day. this wednesday on "america tonight." looking ahead on "america tonight," former louisiana governor with a complicated league history. >> the first 15 grand juries he was still somewhat popular because he kept us entertained and the money flowed. the first eight years louisiana was rolling in dough and we were spending like drunken sailers. >> prosecutors have a common philosophy, the bigger the game the better the prize. and for a long, long time i was the big prize in louisiana. >> america tonight's special courscorrespondent soledad o'brn
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tuesday on "america tonight." after the break tonight, an 85-pound mighty might who is breaking stereotypes one punch at a time. india's queen of the ring is up next. >> only on al jazeera america. determining using some sort of subjective interpretation of their policy as to whether or not your particular report was
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actually abusive, because if it doesn't contain language that specifically threatens you directly or is targeted towards you specifically, they may not consider it abuse. they may consider it offensive. and in that case they just recommend that you block that person. >> i don't want to minimise this, because i mean, there's some really horrible things that are on line, and it's not - it's not just twitter, what has happened through social media and the anonymity of the net is that you see websites, hate-filled websites targetting all sorts of groups, popping up. there has been a huge number of those that exist as well.
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♪ >> the biggest news story and most disturbing come out of
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intrathe brutal gang rape of a 23-year-old student on a public bus in new delhi. that attack reinforced the narrative that indian women are powerless victims. but here is the story of a 85-pound bundle of fury, a 15-year-old girl living on the outskirts of calcutta who has big dreams of coming a world champion boxer. we caught up with her as she prepares for a big match.
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>> that's one powerful young woman. i'm sure we will see her again. it is not perfect. coming up here we'll have a
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photo essay entitled the "black portlander," from behind the lens coming up next. >> and now a techknow minute...
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♪ >> for a alfor all of its progre ideas portlan portland, oregon,e of the whitest cities in america. >> taking a photographer's journey here is al jazeera's tonya mosley. >> the 27-year-old photographer is in downtown portland looking for something hard to find. >> oh, here we go. >> black faces. >> i was wondering if i could take your picture, if you might be interested, please. >> the memphis, tennessee, native had no idea when she moved here thee years ago that portland was ranked as the
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whitest major city in america. only 6% are black. recently she began capturing the images of those rare black faces as part of a photo essay she calls "the black portlanders." >> what do you get out of this project? >> i think connection. >> portland is white by design. it not only excluded blacks from moving here, but wrote the exclusion in its constitution. >> before the civil war, oregonianers adopted three different times exclusion laws that made it illegal for a black person to come to oregon. >> theithe laws were repealed, t the legacy lives on. >> you just don't have the cultural context that you might find in larger cities.
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>> there are few obvious signs of plaque culture in portland, even where blacks were forced to live in segregation, a policy known as red lining. where have they gone? many have gone to the suburbs replaced by white families looking for affordable housing. blacks were refused loans to start businesses. green believes there is fertile opportunity for blacks to not only live but thrive. oh so while these black tourists from philadelphia were so shocked by so few black faces they made a game of it. if we see one, we say one. if we see three, we say four. we're adding on. >> i have six. dave has three. >> i'm at a measly one and a half, two. we're not doing too well. >> all said they would move here
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in a heartbeat, the neighborhoods, the art scene and opportunity. that's what is seen in this photography collection, the small but present black population and culture in portland. donna mosley reporting from portland. that's it for us. if you want to comment on any stories you see here tonight log on to our website at www.aljazeera.com/america tonight. and join our conversation on twitter or facebook page and we'll have more of "america tonight" tomorrow. ♪
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welcome to al jazeera america, i'm john siegenthaler in new york. conneticut officials released a report on the elementary school shooting in newtown, including photographs of shattered class. the shooters covered bed room windows and the guns kept at his home. investigators still say they have no motive >> long weather delays in a busy travel week. a storm system producing snow, sleet and rain in arkansas, mississippi and texas. president obama is u

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