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is next on al jazeera america. >> welcome to al jazeera america. i'm jonathan betz with tonight's headlines. syria's main rebel group will attend a peace conference in switzerland. 75 coalition members voted in istanbul. the majority favoured attending the talks. it will be the first face to face meeting between the assad regime since the civil war in 2011. >> a new jersey mayor is accusing chris christie's office of retaliation. demanding that she approve a real estate project for her city to receive millions in aid after hurricane sandy. chris christie's office denied the claim. >> information about the company behind west virginia's toxic
chemical spill. freedom industry's filed for bankruptcy and owners created a new company to bail freedom out. in the wildfire that began two days ago in the foothills in california, it is still burning tonight and covers 1900 area, acre area north-east of loz los angeles. there's little they or anyone can do. >> those are the headlines. "america tonight" is up next on al jazeera america.
>> good evening, i'm joie chen. you're watching "america tonight," the weekend edition. think for a moment about the things you can count on. one of them we hope is help, emergency help when you need it. we teach the kids if there's an emergency call 911 and the help will come. there are situations in which those three simply numbers, 911 will not bring help. it is a serious and extensive enough problem that the scc launched an inquiry sparked by the death of a texas mother and the daughter who tried to get help for her. "america tonight"'s sara hoy has the story. >> last month kerry hunt agreed to meet her stranged husband at this east texas hotel so he could visit with his young children. instead of a family meeting things went wrong. >> my oldest granddaughter and her two siblings were in the room. she tried dialling 911 from the
hotel room and could not get out because she didn't know to dial a 9 first. >> once at the hotel brad alan dunn allegedly stabbed the mother of three to death in the bathroom while the children listened in. after four unsuccessful attempts the 9-year-old shuffled her siblings to safety. >> the neighbour next door to them opened the door. breanna told her what was going on. i looked in my grant daughter's eyes, i'd never want another 9-year-old to go through that. i don't know what she saw or heard. i haven't asked her. i can just imagine. nobody should have to go through that, especially when it's happening in front of you. >> "america tonight" travelled to marshall texas to the hotel where the incident happened. we spoke with the hotel staff
here to see what happens when you do dial 911. the systems hadn't been updated. we wanted to find out what happened dialled 911 from the room. you get a busy signal. because of that henry hunt wanted to make a change. he started an online petition to pass a law requiring direct access to emergency services. my 9-year-old granddaughter tried and she said it wouldn't work. i felt guilty, it's our job as adults to make sure it doesn't happen again. >> the commissioner vowed this week to look into the matter. in a statement he said:
>> trey fogarty dedicated to improving 911 services says the issue is more common than people think. >> for every day it goes by without federal legislation millions of americans in hotels, college dormitories and ordinary office buildings are put at risk because they can't reach 911. updating systems to support access to 911 could potentially save lies. after learning about the incident, hotel general manager cj clayton took matters into her own hands at her newly opened suites in long view texas. >> the measure of my business is to make people safe. i have children also. i would not want my child feeling she could have saved my life if she had dialled 911 and
couldn't do that because of our system. configuring the phone system took hours. we are lucky because we are new. if they are older, there's a limited scope. >> there's no words to explain how i felt. it was just phenomenal. we didn't have to approach her. she just did it. she knew what was right and couldn't - she hated that something happened, and she did it. >> as far as justice is concerned we'll let god sort that out. right now i'm working on what i think we need to be working on. that's where i want to take it. that's the justice, for this to be law and standard across the nation. >> although they can never have kari back, the hunts are not giving up a fight for a new law that could be standard across
the nation. >> the hotel group where dunn was killed told "america tonight": >> earlier in the week i spoke with fcc commissioner, who was moved by kari dunn's story. i asked if something could be changed. >> it's such a simply fix. usually it's a matter of recalibrating technology that exists. if breanna dunn reached on outside line, there's no telling what would happen. that is probably replicated over the country every day. >> you reached out and talked to kari dunn's father, what did he tell you. >> he told me he never expected the issue to get a public
response. he was hoping for 100 sits. it's at 422,000 sits, and he said that he was grateful to me for taking an interest in the issue. i told him, "this is our obligation." the s cc's primary goal is to protect the safety and life of property through communications. this tragic case will hopefully have a silver lining. >> how did you domino about this. >> a -- come to know about this. >> a letter was september to the fcc alerting us -- sent to the fcc alerting us about this case. i couldn't believe that this poor 9-year-old witnessed this desperation, and tried to dial 911. >> and never reached anybody. i reached out to mark, and asked him to come to my office. he described the issue and he said, "we don't know of the scope of the problem." i
announced monday i'll start an inquiry to figure out the facts. i sent a letter to the ceos of the top hotel chains. i asked "it someone dials 911 from a hotel room, what happens", and if they don't reach a trained personnel, how do we fix it. >> can the fcc mandate the change? do you have authority to control what the individual hotel companies or institution that uses dial 9 first. >> as mark pointed out, and as i believe myself, the greatest barrier and not regulation or law as awareness. >> cj clayton managers the suites down the road. >> the woman stepped forward and said... >> becoming aware of the issue was enough to insent vis her to change the situation. hotel operators and guests over
the country. it's a no-brainer for them, that hopefully awareness will be the tonic needed. >> to underscore the point, the neighbouring hotel went in and reprogrammed the phones. we saw a number of places in our earlier report, a number of parts of this country have dead zones. it's not just a matter of the hotels being at issue, but there's significant parts of the country where 911 is not an option. what do we do there? >> that's a key gap, a basic function that people expect out of a communication system. that when there's a crisis you dial 911 and you reach someone that will help you. something that i and my colleagues focussed on are that there are no more gaps. as technology evolves, internet and others become ubiquitous. we have the core functionality.
>> in the area, and we heard expert, some of the areas are remote. they might not have cellular service, there might be reservations or park areas - will there be additional adjustments. will the fcc man the change. >> it's crucial to ensure communication technologies that are at exposals are put to use. in the course of my duties, we went to a rural town in alaska. in some places they don't have cellular services. a broadcaster might be the way to reach someone in need. we have to think broadly. because we are a vast and diverse country. >> fcc commissioner joining us here. after the break, the students of immigration - what it's like to learn america. a documentary next.
>> the story of immigration is one that resonates with almost all of us. children grow up listening to parents and grandparents telling us about the struggles endured as they come to a new land. for young immigrants pressures are different as they adapt to american customers. here is a documentary "i learn america." >> i am brandon garcia. i've been in the united states for four years and come from guatemala. my dad says i'm going to the united states. he was coming here halfway,
mexico, and was killed. when i was two and a half years old my mum decided to come to the united states. she had to leave nee in guatemala. when i was 11 she told me that i could come. then we went to the border. it was the hardest thing that we had to go through. there were 30 people, two kids, and younger kids. for three days we walked. we only rest five times. and there were shooting stars, a lot of shooting stars. every time i passed one, we started thinking of my dad. that's when a plane comes by. it was an army plane. i hope nothing bad happens to
me. they tell us we have to keep going or we get caught. we started walking. we had to go down, up, down, up. we walked up the hill. the leader was like guess what day is today. it was christmas. the christmas i will never forget. i spend christmas. i started crying. i mean, i made it. i made it to the united states. when i came to america, my goal was to see my mother. after 10 years, it was totally different. for 10 years she didn't know me.
it was kind of like putting two persons in a room kind of to meet each other. mum started to tell me she's your sister, your brother and your dad. i only wanted it to be me and my mum. it was so confusing. that took a long time. it's still going on. i don't know my bum well. >> the documentary is "i learn america", we turn to john harriman, the principal at the international high school. your school is not only home to this young man, but so many other children from many places in the world. >> yes, thank you for having me
today. yes, our school is - we have 350 students, and they come from 39 different countries, speak 20 languages, so it's a diverse place. >> what is the shared experience that they have. you say 20 different languages. it must be hard to bring them altogether with a common theme. much like we think about education, this is part of the richness of the school. there are many challenges involvement in coming to a new country, and the one's described and featured. there are many riches brought to our lives. we work hard with the students and families. coming to the united states, and adjusting to a new life and being successful. >> why is it necessary to do that. i mean, i suppose there's a way
to look at it as saying doesn't it make sense to bring students of different cultures and languages together, or would it make more sense to disperse them. >> as part of the internationals that work for public schools, and our schools came into being as a response to finding a place where students as emimmigrants could -- as immigrants where we feel safe and the support that families need. it started with one school in long island city in queens. over the years it spread through new york city and on the west coast coast we had schools. it's weren't to provide support for students with the different needs, and being a school of immigrants allows us to focus on that. >> what is the big et cetera need on day one, when a young
person comes into your school? >> the biggest need is ensuring that they feel safe, and the students and their families understand that this is a place where they are welcomed, where they'll be protect, their language will be protected and their own culture, customs and past will be honoured. in the first it's finding ways to help the students be in a place where they can take risk with language. behind the students that come to your school, as brandon referred to, there's a challenge, an intergenerational challenge when the young people come to your school. they become part of an american culture. >> exactly. every experience is different. the experience of being an adolescent, coming to this country is a unique one. oftentimes there has been separation from the family, and there's the reun itting and
challenge and transition, and there's the challenge of adolescents. it's wonderful. you see the teenagers are struggling, translating for parents. they may not understand documents and things happening around them and depending on their child, and there's who colour dress for prom do i wear, it's a nice mixture of making the stories known and showing that it's complex and different and in other ways it's like every other teenager going through things. >> as an administrator, you face this. i suppose you worked in other places as well. as an administrator the challenge is to bridge these two world. >> exactly. part of change is making sure that our students are able to - and the broader community, and those outside of the school coming in, can understand that these resources are brought to the community and our lives and
country. bridging that gap is an important one - whether we are working with external organizations or partner organizations or other schools that may not have a large amount of population. >> thank you for being with us. >> al jazeera america presents "i learn america", on sunday at nine eastern. you'll hear more of brandon's story. >> and here an "america tonight." stealing education. parents are striving for better by navigating around the zip codes. >> try to be vij land about creating a registration system that confirms that the children enrolled in the school actually live in the district because the people who live in a wealth ci district are funding the education. >> they are personally funding the schools. it all comes on the backs of the
taxpayers. if you say there's a kid from newark sneaking in, we are not paying for that kid. >> every year thousands of students try to ditch their neighbourhoods and illegally enrol outside. we go indepth with soledad o'brien as she explores the crackdown on the practices. and the measures to solve the differences. after the break we'll have the exclusive look at an oscar-nominated film from the descendant of a man who was healed "12 years a slave."
actor, best director, best adapted screen play. it tells the story of solomon northup. not all his descendants knew of his journey. 150 years later hidden details are coming to light for one of them, northup's great grandson clayton j. adams. he took our correspondent on a walk in the footsteps of his ancestors. >> for 15 years clayton j. adams has been in search of solomon northup his great great-grandfather, but in search of himself. >> i thought i knew who i was. i knew my history, my
grandmother, that was as farce as i could go back. thinking i know who i can, and reading this and realising there's more to me than two generations back, because it's hard nor afghan americans to trace their history because of the slave trade to me was a missing piece of my life. i didn't know it was missing. >> step after step so'oialo none north-up's autobiography, a motion picture, served as a roadmap, providing an act of how, as a free man, he was kidnapped and sold into slavery. i accompanied clayton down pennsylvania avenue, and he retraced the steps with solomon spent his last free days. >> this is where solomon stayed at in washington city, and the
place he was kidnapped wh brought down to the williams slave tent to be sold into slavery. >> this is the last place he was a freeman. >> this was the last place where he was free, and this is my first time being at this spot in all of my childhood in washington d.c. the book is so detailled i felt i was there with solomon, seeing it through his eyes. now i could see in his eyes what he was seeing before he was kidnapped. >> after solomon was drugged by two kidnappers, he woke up a few blocks away in shackles at the williams slave pen where the faa building stands today. >> which drbz is the capital. >> it is right down this way right now. the air and space museum is in the way of the view that he would have had.
>> that means that this definitely is the corner, because he stated in his book that when he regained consciousness and looked out the window, that he directly saw the u.s. capital, and that's how he knew that he was still in washington d.c., and wasn't sold down south to slavery. >> days ago i was with my family. in my home. now you tell me all is lost. >> a few days later solomon northup was taken to louisville, where he endured the next 12 years as a slave. >> solomon's story is part of american history. >> solomon northup's story is part of american history, it's
happened too long, his story represented thousands of cases. we are proud of solomon northup for his perseverance, faith, love for his family and letting him know he has been passed on in generations, and i make sure my children know and their children know as well. >> clayton j. adams said he attempted to watch the movie three times, but was so overwhelmed with emotion, he was never able to make it to the end. when he read from an original copy from solomon northup's book it was apparent why. the last page of his book he states, "my narrative is at an end, and i have no comments to make upon the subject of slavery. those that read the book may form their own opinions of the peculiar institution what it may be in other states i do not
profess to know. what it is, and the reason of the red river is trulli and faith fully delineated in these pages, this is no fiction, no exaggeration. i hope to lead an upright though lowly life. and rest. and rest at last in a church yard where my father sleeps." so in his book his last request was when he die, to lay right next to his father, which is a grave site i have visited many times. unfortunately solomon is not there. his last request.
hopefully, this movie will shed some light as to where he is now, 16 years of research, we still don't know. and if we can figure out where he is, to transport his body back to the cemetery so his final wish can come true >> clayton j. adams speaking with our correspondent. >> from script to scene, long before "12 years a slave" resonated with movie goers it was a memoire. a writer brought solomon northup's words to the big screen. it was john ridley, oscar nominated. i speak to him about what it meant to be the african american storyteller of "12 years a slave." >> it's interesting. in the initial phases it didn't
hit me. when i read the memoire i thought it was an individual document. when you write, for me there's a cool rebuke. it feels like mathematics. but when i saw the film for the first time, particularly with an awudience and you understand ho a group of people took history and gave it life. and when you are with 200 people and they move as one, touched as one, that's when i started to release how powerful the written word can be, and i don't mean just my written word, but when somebody leaves something behind and it lasts and survives and finds itself in time. that was really powerful. and that was really a strong moment, but equally powerful are moments when i travel around the world, and it's not just black american history, american
history. this is the history of all of us. it really is. as an american who has watched films about tragedies or seminal moments in other countries, it's interesting to have folks from another country come to america, look through the dust bin of our history, find something, lift it up and say, "how come you folks are not paying attention to something significant like this" >> under your feet. not only for us, but it is a diverse cast representing a change of what he think of in the hollywood machine. >> yes. >> it's a big responsibility. >> it's one of those things where in retro aspect you recognise the responsibility of taking a document that is special >> a personal story. >> to take a film and say we'll take all the individuals and put them into the mix and not mess it up. it's awesome in a way that for
me i tried to bereductive. i have two boys, two young men. if i was going to leave something i wanted them to be aware of, what is the measure of a man, a person, an individual? the characteristics in the story - that's what i wanted them to be aware of. that's for my kids, anyone's kids. if you think, "i'll preach to the world", that's awesome. if you look to the people nest to you saying, "what can i say to you?" that's what kept me focused. >> talk about the movie business, and this time for african-americans, the kinds of movies we have seen in the last year. extraordinarily films, not just yours, representing african-americans in ways that
you have to agree are new. >> they are new to the hollywood machine, you look at the films, and our film, "12 years a slave" "the butler", nelson mandela's movie, and "thing like a man", it's not just the wonderful high-minded aspirational films, it's just regular films for regular folks. it's great. there has been a shift in the marketplace, in the perception of the marketplace. there's always been an audience, a diverse audience hungry to see people like them, stories like them. >> do you know where you are? >> do i know where i am right now? >> right now. >> in the united states of america, in the district of columbia. >> in the museum at 6th and pennsylvania. >> which? >> which is where solomon northup woke up and looked to the capitol.
>> i did not know that. and that is pretty awesome. to see the capital here in this panorama, you know, it's awesome. i can't imagine what it would have been like for this gentleman born free to find himself in a slave pen and look at the rise of the symbol of democracy and wonder why he was separated from it. >> and if he would be free. >> a difficult thing about working on the project was i'm a man living in 2008. there was so many elements of this that were specific to a different time, place and era. i did not want to be additive in that story. i did not want to suppose i had better other perspective about slavery or freedom. and it's been very difficult when people say, you know, i saw
the film, it's a great script, i'm thank of for that. i know that solomon's words have been a guide. had this been a creative film maybe it would have been good, maybe i'm a good require in that regard, but the power and things like that, it's because he was able to communicate his life in a way that was central. to sit here and be comfortable and speak with you and an opportunity to speak with people and know this is the spot where that happened, i wasn't expecting that. >> as incredible as it is, solomon northup's story could have been lost to the dust bin of history if not for the film. we captured a live screen as john ridley met solomon northup's great-great-great-grandson for the first time here at the "america tonight" studios, and the museum as well, the site of
>> it's three years after a major earthquake and tsunami struck japan, "america tonight" returned to the tune of fukushima, to investigate fears after the crisis. according to the japanese government roughly 5 million tonnes of debris was released into the ocean. 70% sank, but the remaining 1.5 million tonnes is swirling in the pacific adding to the loads of plastic there. it's difficult to estimate how much trash is floating through the pacific, as adam may reports, it's easy to see the negative impact, even in paradise. >> beautiful beaches.
white sands and pristine blue water. the ocean means everything to hawaii. it attracts surfers from around the world and catch words on the famous north shore. families that save for the dream vacation and couples seeking a perfect get away. on a good year hawaii's tourism industry brings in over $10 billion. mark grew up on the beaches. >> this is my home. i feel a responsibility to do my part to make sure my children and children's children have clean beaches. >> he works for noah, the national oceanic administration. they have been trying to keep the the islands clean. >> it's a constant battle >> manual's job got harder.
>> throughout the main islands we identified two 7 metres fishing boats and rubbish from japan. >> radiation is not a fear. the problem is adding more debris to what is already there. >> a misconception is anything with japanese writing is from the japanese tsunami, but we have found other writings as well. >> does it amaze you how far it travels? >> yes, especially what we find. television, light bulbs. >> this beach is cleaned by the city. some of the remote beaches do not see the same treatment. >> every year or so we go to the north-western hawaiian islands.
>> the northern islands act like a fine tooth comb, filtering debris. it pushes waters from the pacific and everything in them in a clockwise circle. it creates a great pacific garbage patch and it is dense. 90% of that garbage is plastic. it makes for an ugly day at the beach. that's not mark's only motivation. >> the reason the project started was to minimise the potential impacts of entang entanglement for the sale and sea turtles -- for the seal and the sea turtles. >> the guys eat the plastic thinking it's food. it gets lodged or worse is something chemically leaching out of the plastic impacting these guys. >> jeff works with animals
affected by plastic at the sea life park. >> if we don't do something and can't treat the environment with more respect, it'll have an impact and maybe this guy will be gone. >> the plastic problem is not always evident. at first glance it may appear untouched. until you dig in and take a closer look. sift the sand and you find pieces of plastic from who knows where. >> we found out something staggering where a researcher developed a technique where he can ultrasound living birds and fund almost every bird had some degree of plastic ingestion. i couldn't believe it. i was stunned. >> every bird. >> every bird that came through the doorway. >> sea life park openings the doors to the public, to bring in birds injured by plastic.
>> this guy was wrapped in fishing line. the biggest concern we had is if it's too tight around a leg or wing, it can cut off the blood flow. the biggest problem we have is what you see here. if they ball too comfortable being around people, they are not the best candidate for release into the wild. >> the alternative is to let the bird sit on the beach covered in fishing line. >> the sat -- sad irony is that it atracks birds, it attracts fish and other wild life. plastic absorbs chemicals. fish ingesting the plastic ingest the chemicals as well, affecting the fish we meet. when we see the cargo nets we fish them.
>> fishermen like mike get the brunt of the debris, lines and nets from his own industry. he says fishermen are caught up in it too. >> it's a had ard. driving a boat. i remember an incident where the coast guard sends me an email asking if i could go to another vessel because they were fouled and it took them hours to cut it out. i make a living off having a clean environment. if i don't have a clean environment, i don't have fish. >> austin does his part, keeping debris out of the ocean both by reusing. >> this was debris. we use it as a chair. >> and what he doesn't sit on, he recycles. >> whatever we pick up we bring back and deliver to a special bin. >> nets to energy is hawaii's energy to turn plastic into pour. massive clippers used for
cutting through steal, sliced through files of nets. at the ipp sinnerator it joins the rest of the trash. >> they turn it back into energy, they burn it. >> with some co2 emission, the energy powers about 10% of the island. it's only putting a dent in the debris dilemma. >> the funding for clean-ups is not consistent. more plastic is left at sea, endangering wildlife and threatening the beautiful beaches that the hawaiian economy depends on. >> it's an endless flux of plastic. i'd like to be optimistic saying it's changing and getting better, but there's a lot of plastics. we are trying to do our best. >> every day there's more. during a clean-up mark's team recovered close to 100 plastic you tense ills, 300 plastic toys, close to 900 flip flops,
14 tonnes of trash in total. more than enough to keep him motivated. >> if you see trash on the beach pick it up, it'll end up in the ocean somewhere. >> if it does, mark may be the one picking it up. >> right now most fishing notes are made of plastic. according to the energy company in charge of the energy net project the number of nets is decreasing, but noah says it may be less plastic, less government money to collect rubbish on the beaches. >> you may find part of your supermarket expanding. meat replacement products are hot dishes. innovations have turned up the flavour making meals closer to the real deal. >> scientists from the university of missouri came up with a product that looks lick
chicken, tastes like chicken but was created in a lab. >> grilled, sauteed, processed, packaged. america's obsession with meat is ferocious. >> four pounds, better. >> and bigger is better when it comes to the appetite as evident in the fast food wendy's ad from the 1980s, epit omizing fascination with beef. we consume over 277 pounds per person per year. the demand for meet is spreading to now lights and experts predict we won't be able to contain it. >> already we are relying on meat sources more than we should be. >> the united nations estimates that meet consumption will rise 75%. the rising trend trigures a crop
of alternatives hoping to ease our reliance. >> here in california we have a small town with a cosy feel. it's the headquarters of a start-up with ambitions that are anything but small. >> i had a calling internally to do something about animal welfare component, the climate change, and human health. >> ethan brown is ceo of beyond meat. >> i looked at technology where if you could enjoy meet from plant matter. we take protein from the plant. we are taking it and creating a fibre structure that is reminiscent of meet. >> what makes your product unique. >> the fibrous structure. we are 70, 80% there. you can look at chicken breast and our product and you say, "i
can't tell the difference", that's when we stop. >> it's one thing to say your product looks and tastes like chicken. it's another to put it to the test. get ready for a throw down. we tooked up a chicken sandwich with no chicken. do you want to give it a shot? >> it does taste like chicken. >> anyway you of guys ready to give up a beef brisket for a chicken sandwich like this? >> not yet, but it's pretty good. >> you can see the full story behind beyond meat and join phil torres on his journey deep into the rain forest of peru as he tries to solve a mystery in the jungle. that's coming up sunday on techknow. ahead in our final thoughts, a native american fisherman pulling for a lot more than fish. a story from the american
heritage. meet marlin holden of sequim, washington. >> this country is rich, hugely rich in other cultures. different cultures have put a richness in our country that i don't believe any other country has. that's pretty amazing when you think about it. it makes me feel good to go out there and fish in the same waters that my ancestors did. it's a right that i have and i innocently that right. it's reliving what my ancestors did. it's not work to me, it's fun. i get good exercise out of it as well. i'm marlin holden, i'm a native american and a tribal citizens of the jamestown squal im tribe,
located in sequim washington. i'm retired. i'm putting more effort into fishing, climbing and crabbing and those natural resources. fishing is a very difficult area to make money and to feed a family. most of the young people can't do that. they are working or finding work or going to school, whatever it take into accounts to get a career. -- what it takes to get a career. we have to make a point to be out there, to keep our heritage going in the fisheries. so i feel really, really good when i'm out there. you go into a mode of relaxation and thinking about a lot of different things. your mind runs through a lot of different things so it's
enjoyable and it's relaxing to me. >> i was crabbing off the old village, and it was a nice warm summer day. when we are cleaning our traps, we change the bait. i threw this piece of bait out and two eagles came together and they grabbed one on one each end. they wouldn't let go. they were sitting nose to nose, wings flapping. i thought i had the answer. i reached in and got bait. they saw it splash after i threw it out. they never let go of the bait, squawking at each other. as the bait went down and i looked at that i thought, "you know, we humans are like that. we want to win no matter what." sometimes the own is right there, but we are nose to nose and neither will back off.
we both lose, like the two sea gulls did, one could have had a fat chunk of bait. it's important that i connect with my ancestors and the tribe as it is now. it's important that i'm responsible in my generation for the next seven generations. we have a big responsibility to pass on our knowledge of history, ancestry, rights to the next generations to carry on. you know, we need good examples to look at. i'm hoping that i'm a good example for the kids to look at, to know that the guys are out there digging clams. it's not a bad deal. maybe i can be doing that. it's huge, the responsibility. but it's one that i enjoy taking on because it is the future. >> marlin holden, sequim,
washington, and he is truly an american treasure. that's it for us here on "america tonight." please remember that if you would like to comment on any of the stories you have seen on the program. log on to the website aljazeera.com/americatonight. on the site you can meet the team, gate sneak previews of other stories we are working on. tell us what you want to see on our nightly program. please join in the conversation at twitter or facebook. goodnight. we'll have more of "america tonight" tomorrow. ... ...
>> welcome to al jazeera america. syria's main rebel group will attend next week's peace the majority favored attending the talks. will be the first face-to-face meeting in syria national coalition since the civil war began in 2011. another new jersey mayor is acutioning governor chris christie's office of pay back. christie's office denies the claim. new information about the company behind west virginia's toxic