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this is al jazeera america. live from new york city, i'm tony harris, with a look at the top stories. a warrant is issued for the arrest of the president of ukraine. defense secretary chuck hagel, presents a cut to the defense budget. and drug king el chapo. apprehend.
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ed. a disease similar to polio, doctors not exactly sure what it is. >> ukraine's former president, viktor yanukovych on the run, days after authorities removed i him from office, no one knows where he is. ukraine's parliament has appointed the speaker as the nation's interim president. and interim don't should be in mace by tomorrow. the eu's on policy chief visited the country, this as the ukraine appeals for economic assistance. and the u.s. is ready to help. jennifer glasse is in kiev. does anyone know where ukraine's most wanted man is right now?
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>> reporter: tony, we think he might be in the south in crimea. that's where the tail went cold today. the foreign minister gave us a state of flux, there's no at the press secretary at the interior ministry right now so he had to issue this statement on facebook and on his bawg. blog. he gave us a chronology how vurk yanukovych went first to kharkiv then to donetske where he was once governor, stopped by border bard and wenguards and went sou. that's where he let his secret service guards go, that's where they think president yanukovych
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is. as you said the most wanted man in ukraine, tony. >> the u.s. says it's willing to help ukraine. do we know what that means exactly william. >> reporter: well, it's definitely going to mean opinion. we heard jacob yanuk, warns that there are going to have to be economic reforms here in this country. the economy is in shambles, it was voted the most corrupt country in europe. but despite all that, white house press secretary jay carney vowed the united states will help. >> the united states working with partners around the world, stands ready to provide help for kook as it takes the romps it needs to to get back to economic stability.
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this program could compliment imf program by putting ukraine in a position to ref more in health and education. >> reporter: and that's going to mean billions of dollars, tony. ukraine was about to be $11 billion in deficit, a $15 billion promise from thrawz only allowed them to set their budget. ukraine is looking for $35 billion over the next two years. >> jennifer let's talk about russia for a moment here. the prime minister had some interesting things to say about the interim government in kiev. >> that's right, russia not happy with the interim government. they don't think it's legitimate government. uncertainty of the situation here is not in russia's interest and is a threat to russian citizens. it also said it was surprised at a other governments recognize this interim government, that
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governments around the world recognized this interim boston and its plan to hold elections on -- government and its plan to hold elections on friday. said elections would be held by december. but the russian priement dimitri med serimedvedev had these word. >> we are close nations and cannot avoid each other. having has to be implemented but strictly today we have no one to negotiate with. there is no government in ukraine. the whole complement of actors there, raises big doubts. >> the creuns are watching the east very quickly. they are worried that once the olympics were finished, russia
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might turn its attention to ukraine. the industry so dependent there and the west really wanting to be towards europe. that's how this all started. concerned what might happen if russia might try to exert its influence here. >> let's bring in james jatris, deputy director of the american institute in ukraine, james good to talk to you again. what do you make of the president, yanukovych's disappearance? and certainly there is an arrest warrant out. he is as i mentioned just a moment ago to jennifer, the ukraine's most wanted man at this point. >> well, he certainly is the most wanted man of the new authorities. however you want to characterize them in kiev. i think we need to ask some serious questions about what exact hi they control. as far as i can tell they don't necessarily control even the city of kiev which is still dominated by the guys with the
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helmets out there on the street. and i don't know to what extent the government really has any kind of reach, certainly in the eastern and southern part of the country. although many people there, the power base of president yanukovych, may be just as well happy to see him go because of how badly he mishandled this crisis and also the allegations of corruption. >> james you're kind of describing a power vacuum and that would be deeply concerning. >> it is. and i think unfortunately, that is the result, in part, of western policy that undermind repeat -- undermined a compromise political solution. it is not about president yanukovych, it is about the very dwighted nature of ukraine as a country. western facings identified themselves 100% with the opposition and helped to produce the result we have now which is okay fine, 100% victory on the streets of kiev in overthrowing
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an elected government. now what are you going to do with it? >> you seem troubled with that notion that the idea that a democratically elected government was enoverthrown principlably in independence square, the maidan. >> i am concerned that anyone in the concept of law and democracy should be troubled. it is a very bad precedent by any country to think that by putting pressure on the governmental authorities with clubs and molotov cocktails you could underpine a government and force it to flee from power. not to say they didn't make some mistakes on their side. but now that leaves us with a situation, remember colin powell's rule, pottery barn: you break it, you pay for it. now we're talking about whether the west, the eu, the united states, the imf are going to come in, $35 billion. now let's remember one thing that caused the crisis back in
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november, when yanukovych did not sign the association agreement with eu they were promising the $1 billion assistance deal, and that's why he signed the russian one instead. >> for no other reason than to pass the tough antidemonstration laws. >> he did and i think he handled that very, very badly. things like wearing face masks and carrying cudgels in the street, try to do that in washington and see what that does for you. >> what happens to this interim gust such that it is? good i think it has to be two things. they have to be worried immediately about economic and fiscal stabilization and that's got to be a joint international effort. but they have to reach out to the eastern part of the country,
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the southern part of the country, not necessarily to mr. yanukovych but to somebody representing those interests and say, we need to step back and exrocompromise, rather than say, we win you lose. >> james jatris. thank you for joining us. secretary of the defense chuck hagel cutting back on the department. there were build yups during world war ii and draw downs in peace, now the pentagon wants to downsize the army even more. lisa stark is in washington, talk us through the cuts being proposed by secretary hagel.
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>> he wants to create a more agile force. you talked about the army, after 911 there were 570,000 army troops. it was already scheduled to go down to 490,000. secretary hagel wants to bring it down to 450,000. but other areas would see increases however, special ops would see an increase of reportingly 3,000 members. he is shifting forces. secretary hagel insists this would not compromise national security. >> this country should be assured that we will retain the capability to defend our country and our interests around the world. i believe that our allies as well as our adversaries will understand that. thr there is no military in the world that is anywhere fear as
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capable as the american milita military. >> reporter: now the secretary had some harsh words for congress or some warning words should i say. he mentioned the sequesterrer, the military has had a break for two years. he said that would hurt national security and he also told congress hey, i'm coming back to you because we still need some base closures. congress is very reluctant to do that but secretary hagel says it really has to happen. tony. >> lisa these are recommendations as we mentioned at the top. does the pentagon have the backing from congress to support this plan? >> everybody believes the answer is no. many of these proposals have been floated over the years, they have gone incorporate on capitol hill. folks on congress doesn't want to go back to their constituents and say we cut the military, coasted these bills, limited these appropriations.
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>> lisa, thank you. this may mean that the military will rely more on contractors. over the last decade the united states had a spent more than $200 billion or contractors in iraq and afghanistan. last summer, when there were 65,000 troops in afghanistan there were 108,000 contractors, that is one and a half contractors for every soldier. the longest-serving member of congress is retiring. 87-year-old john dingle has stated that he will step down at the end of the year. has served at the house of representatives for 58 years, he was just 29 when he was elected to serve out the term of his late father. his father had hemmed the seat since it was created in 1932. egypt's interim cabinet submitted its resignation today. the move could pave the way for the nation's military chief to
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leave his post as defense minister and run for president. al jazeera nicole johnston has the latest. >> what is significant for this cabinet resignation is what does it mean for minister abdul a fattah alsisi. now the other factor that is underway in egypt at the moment is there's a great deal of civil unrest. we're seeing strikes and protests from all sorts of different organizations such as the doctor syndicate, pharmacists, as well as textile workers even garbage collectors. this resignation by the government could be a way to put a lid on those protests to show the people that the interim government is listening to the concerns of the people by appointing a new cabinet. >> nicole johnston for us.
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the supreme court is deciding whether the government has the right to regulatine housregulategreenhouse gas emis. libby casey is in washington, d.c. for us. what's at stake in this case? >> the epa does have the right to regulate greenhouse gas emissions. whether the agent is allowed to regulate moving sources like cars or buses. the question is about stationary sources, things like coal fired power plants. any new plants coming on line the epa says would have to undergo a fairly rigorous permitting process. if they were large in size. well, some states, republican-led for the most part and some energy groups have pushed back against that and the case made it all the way to the supreme court this morning. so what's at stake is actually
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fairly narrow. it doesn't relate to all plants. it just is relating to these large ones. but it is symbolic in many ways, because it gets to the question of how far the obama administration can push forward with regulations. >> and as you know libby everyone tries to draw conclusions based on the questioning from the justices. what did you hear in the questioning today? >> we really got a sense right from the outset that the court is fairly divided in this issue along the traditional lines. the liberal justices seem to push back at the attorney for the energy interests, pushing the attorney in and justice soto mayor, justice kagan, there are so many sources of pollution on your side, since you can't, shouldn't it be left to the regulating agency to really figure out what that is and deal with it accordingly? on the other side of the bench we saw the more conservative
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government. they pushed the government attorney and said in essence it feels like the epa was overstepping the bounds that congress had laid out. the key justice, might be just kennedy often the one who determines how the case falls and he had interest being push back for both groups. we are waiting for the decision, should come out in mid june. >> most of these cases usually come down to justice kennedy. libby good to see you. a mysterious polio incident has been detected in as many as a dozen children in california. concern for a new virus. melissa chan. what are authorities dyeing dealing with here? >> officials are very careful to
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say this is a polio like illness. the symptoms are quite similar. doctors can't diagnose this, it could be a virus, might not be a virus. the troubling thing is they're seeing cases where children are losing feeling, paralyzed essentially in one to four limbs and this happens very quickly within 48 hours. that's why doctors are deeply concerned. >> wondering if heal officials are concerned that this might be a virus cluster of sorts. >> well, doctors know that it is taking place in california. they don't know anything beyond that. and they're very careful to say that this is not an outbreak, we don't want anyone pa panicking, parents panicking, this is a rare phenomenon, we're looking at ten cases over 18 months. but it is a concern because they can't diagnose this thing.
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they are talking about it because they want to educate both the medical community and parents so everyone is aware and they can potentially start connecting the dots and figure out a little bit what this mystery illness is tony. >> melissa, no cases outside california? >> no, but doctors are trying to spread the word and hopefully now that they've talked about it, doctors outside the state will be looking at similar cases and saying, gee, this is part of the mystery illness cluster we're looking at and of course, hopefully with more knowledge from other states doctors can figure out a little bit more about what this troubling mystery illness is. >> melissa chan, good to see you. thank you. coming up on al jazeera america, netflix cuts a deal with comcast to speed up internet ceas. but some say that meanings higher fees for users. and a big push to stop kids from buying guns on facebook.
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>> the justice department today says it wants businesses to
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notify consumers sooner if their data is stolen. attorney general eric holder urged businesses to quickly inform consumers and law enforcement. target waited a long period of time before notifying customers. a pretty nice day on wall street. dow up 113 points and the s&p 500 just short of its all time high. corporate deal making, investor confidence, rick newman is a writer at yahoo finance. let's start with this big deal between netflix and comcast. netflix my understanding here,
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has agreed to pay comcast for faster and more accurate access to comcast customers am i right here? >> that's right. it gets a little technical but netflix has been using third party, middle men if you will, to try to get performance through comcast. netflix will now be going directly to comcast, cutting out the middle men, and instead of paying the middle men, they will be paying comcast for services that ought to improve the speed with which netflix users get their programs on the other end of the pipe. >> wait a minute, rick, is this the first step to charge more for high speed service? >> it might be. but this does not be the problem with net neutrality, as it's called, that a lot of consumer advocates have been worried about.
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the concern and the government recently ruled that this is actually allowed and they won't be able to regulate this. the court actually decided this. the deal is that you know, companies can make deals with each other. and if you want to get better treatment, through internet service provider, you can pay more. now netflix hogs a ton of bandwidth because it is so much streaming video. they take up 30% of all internet bandwidth on some nights they are using a lot of the pipe and they will be basically sort of paying for the share of the pipe they're using and guaranteeing they will get sort of premium service to their own customers. there is no reason to think that this is likely to push up costs for netflix users because for netflix they were basically paying this money to somebody else before. it's not sure the total cost will go cup but a deal -- go up
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but a deal between the two companies. it will have the effect of squeezing out smaller firms. >> there you go. >> but in this case there aren't any startup companies trying to compete with netflix. in this case it is not a problem. >> i might not be trying to compete with netflix tomorrow but i raise the funds to cobble together 100, 150 documentary titles, i want to jump into this game. am i going to be hampered by paying netflix for greater bandwidth? >> theoretically it is a problem. tall way back to 1970s when mci wanted to break into the market and challenge the goliath, at&t. they throttled back and made it difficult for the upstart. we could see that. it's just not happening in this case and this is kind of a
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situation where yes, it is a theoretical concern. we just don't have any real life examples yet of where this is likely to be a problem. so we're certainly on the lookout for it. >> i wanted to ask you a couple of questions but i'm flat out of time. we'll bring you back and let's do it on another day. rick is a senior writer for the exchange at yahoo finance. thank you. sure thing. >> a group of mothers, say it's too easy for buy and trade guns for kids on the internet. roxann siberi as has the story. >> here is a 30 round magazine for $968. and in some of these post office you'll find comments and messages setting up deals to trade the weapons. the group moms demand action for gun sense in america wants facebook to stop the posts.
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releasing this video to pressure facebook and its sister instagram. guns for sale. i spoke to one of the organizers today. >> we don't know how many minors, how many fennels, how many domestic abusers are getting this information today. there is no domestic oversight. we feel very strongly that facebook needs to step up, show social responsibility and fact this policy. >> facebook allows to you buy a gun online without a background check as long as you are buying from a private seller. while facebook doesn't stop pictures of guns they do ban ads promoting weapons and ammunition. moms will deliver a petition to facebook later this week. facebook is in talks with the mothers and they may change
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their position on guns. >> it was not aware of this. thank you. a notorious drug kingpin arrested in mexico. but will the u.s. be able to get el clapo extradited? now, u.s. questioning its relationship with uganda.
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announced a plan to shrink the army to its smallest size since world war ii. a mysterious illness in california, similar to polio. doctors have only seen the disease in chaff, but working with the centers for disease control to see if there are any other cases. joaquin guzman, el chapo, was arrested in mexico. made the sinaloa cartel one of the biggest, he was captured over the weekend on a tip from american law enforcement, in the u.s. guzman would face charges ranging from cocaine smuggling to racket eager to murder. adam rainy is live for us in
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mexico city. adam let's start here. what is that issue here in terms of the u.s. trying to extradite this man? >> well, there's legal, practical and political issues at play. illegally, el chapo, joaquin guzman, known as shorty in spanish, is charged over the weekend on some of those charges. so if the u.s. were going to put in that formal request from u.s. attorneys in chicago and new york as has been reported they would have to make a formal request of extradition and even if mexico were to accept those, would allow shorty guzman to file his papers. enrique penna nieto, even though
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he isn't that popular at home, wants to keep this man on board. telling us in the press whenever we act, no he must face justice here and that's largely for political reasons, not just legal ones. they have issues with prisoners breaking out because of bribe and corruption. they want to make sure this man stays behind bars. >> he is listed as u.s. h enemy number one. what impact do you think guzman's capture will have on mexico? >> well, for our viewers in the u.s., the drug war is impacting the u.s. heavily with all these drugs, but the price that mexicans pay is much higher. el chapo guzman on top of the organization, being responsible for the tens of thousands of
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deaths that have occurred here since 2006. so by arresting him you have the government and the president trying to say hook, we're doing our best to make this country safer. just in a speech earlier here today mexican president enrique pena nieto, says, it's whether they believe him or not. that high high debt paid for this. >> who could actually replace guzman, jonathan is here. >> lot of people talking about this, tony, much of america's drugs have come through mexico. cost the united states $51 billion a year. at least 70,000 people have died in mexico, the cartels have been ruthless to try to maintain
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control. rosetto has said to control more area than all. morales, is the head. no trouble assassinating mexican officials. its leader had been with a rival gang, the sinaloas we were talking about. a $5 million bounty remains on his head. the question is who will head the sinaloa cartel? he used to be a police officer and considered to be very powerful. the other i is ishmale, and the faculty that they have lost their leader, murders in mexico
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have dropped in the recent years, close to 20% in one year. mexico has doubled its force, close to 40,000 today and the arrest of joaquin guzman is one of the big gets recently. drugs remain a big threat, and tonstopping on the border that kills thousands. >> we have michael viho with us, the former head of operations at the drug enforcement administration. >> it's a pleasure to be with you. >> thanks for taking the time to be with us. help us separate, there was a lot of myths around this man, guzman. how many of the stories about, i could go into a list of them here but i don't have the time for that. how many of them are actually true? >> well, actually, very few of them are true.
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there are a lot of myths as you very well know. mexico is a land of conspiracy. the only thing that is certain is that chapa guzman was definitely a routeless drug lord who killed thousands of individuals. probably more than osama bin laden and a lot of the terrorists that exist worldwide. he had an empire that stretched across the ghoab and he ran it with totalitarian authority. >> what's going to happen to the cartel now that the top guy is gone? >> well, initially there's going to be disruption. because again the supreme rural of the sinaloa cartel is chapa guzman. the fact is he is now gone and the only heir patter apparent is
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ishmael sambada. he is content to may stay in his mountain stronghold. it is unclear whether he will be the lightning rod for the sinaloa cartel, because he knows the resources of the mexican government as well as the united states will come forward with an avenging wind on him. >> michael let's talk about, you mentioned an interesting word to me, disrupt, being disrupted, disruption to the network. talk about the network in the global effort to get a hand on the drug trade. what do you think being disrupted, mexico, united states, europe, africa. >> well, the thing is he's established a pipeline to many countries around the world, australia, he uses the conned nencontinentof africa to funneld
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states. unfortunately we have the largest consumer market in the world. >> thank you michael, vehil, former head of the department of the drug enforcement administration. at he's 11 people have been killed in protests, calling for president nicholas maduro to stick the stagnant economy. daniel swindler has the latest from caracas. >> it's been another tense day here in venezuela. after the weekend, big 18th-and-pro-government rallies. administration blocked many streets to show force, there was no violence surrounding those
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incidents. also at the same time had motorcyclists here in caracas riding through the street in support of the government. duty to nicholas maduro in some states today. while the government has called the dialogue, wants to all sectors in the society in venezuela, there is still a big standoff. we talked to lillian, the wife of leopoldo lopez, if she would talk to maduro, she said no absolutely not, i don't talk to dictatorial regimes. wants a guarantee that he will be given the microphone, will be allowed to speak. the government is not giving him that guarantee. whether he will speak or not is still not clear. while each side is expressing an urge for dialogue, there does
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seem to be a big standoff, a great difference between the two sides. and always in the background this threat of the violence that in the last two week or so had seen 11 dead, many injured and many others detained. so really waiting to see what happens now in the next few hours. >> south korea and the united states have started annual war games, despite displeasure by north korea. field exercises will continue until april. north korea feels this is in preview of a confrontation. in uganda, the president has signed strict antigay legislation into law. under it, a homosexual can be
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sentenced to life in prison. malcolm webb has our report. >> all right our apologize. we have lost the audio on that package. we will get it to you later i promise. a push for a veto in arizona over new legislation that targets gays. maria innes ferre has that and other stories. >> thanks tony. some governors are asking -- some mayors are asking goafn jan brewer, opponents of sb 652 says
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it is restrictive against gays. sent a letter to brewer today asking her to veto it. in louisiana, the u.s. coast guard says the mississippi river has reopened after part of it was closed following an oil spill. cleanup crews have been working along a 65-mile stretch of the river. more than 35,000 gallons of crude spilled when a tug bolt and barge collided saturday. harold ramos died over the weekend. the chicago native began his comedy career in chicago writing jokes for playboy magazine. he was 69 years old. jackson county spelling bee had to take a break after 17 hours. the organizers of the bee ran
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out of words to stump the last two contestants. the final showdown between 5th grader sophia and sefned greater kash drag on to 2:00 a.m. sunday morning. they will face off again after new words are selected. >> no! >> take a listen to this. >> bell coast. bellicose. b-e-l-l-i-c-o-s-e. >> that is correct. >> and the winner will go to the national spelling bee in spring. they decided not to use a dictionary because they were afraid they would give them different levels of difficulty for the words. >> ran out of doggone words. all right, maria, appreciate it, thank you. from the subways of new york to art museums around the world, graffiti has come a very long way. morgan radford shows us how a
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group of artists in new york city has left a lasting impression. >> sharp has trowrnd lower east side, this is the birth place of the graffiti movement that began in the 1970s. ten meant building once home to sharp's mentor and very close friend martin wong. he is an artist that took the ren gatrenegade teenager under s wing. >> the neighborhood has stayed the -- has changed but stayed the same. >> subway cars to station walls all peppered with vivid paintings. all found shelter here, at abc norio, a collective of artists and activists.
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two incongruous worlds collided. >> hood lums and bums sleeping around,-- then the following weekend dressed up like fashion plates, going to tonight clubs and hobnobbing. >> 1st notorious graffiti writers became mini celebrities. patrons of the 1980s downtown scene. >> martin wong had bought the painting from some kids who stole it who knew he was a collector of graffiti art. when he found out it was a futurea, he said oh my god i want one of lenny's paintings, i think he paids 200 fo paids $20. >> before his death from aids in 1599, martin donated his entire collection of street art to the museum of the city of new york. it's taken 20 years but now a
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showcase of the evolution of graffiti from its origination in the shadows to a genera admired all around the world. appearing all over new york just last year but respect for the form and a desire to preserve it is far from universal. most recently a developer's decision to wide wash five points which is a mecca for graffiti artists, is a trigger point. graffiti is still provoking powerful feelings. that is among those who embrace it and those who are happy to see where it came from, back underground. morgan radford, al jazeera, new york. >> we will go to the nfl combine, where all eyes are on michael sams.
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>> all right, let's get you back to the report on uganda's strict new anti-gay law. here is malcolm web. >> he has aids. that makes homosexuality double li difficult. this clinic provides services to people who have a high likelihood of hiv infection, section workers and 58 men. he believes the new law will make it impossible to get drugs. >> i don't think the government would allow us to be here, because they are made to think that the hospital itself is promoting us which is not true. >> here in parliament, the anti-homosexuality bill was passed in december. it increases jail time for
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homosexual acts and teachers must report homosexuals or they'll go into jail as well. he will sign it into law. it's widely supported here but attracted heavy criticism abroad, especially uganda's main financial supporter the u.s. president barack obama says he should not sign it. but that won't go down well at home . although gawnd's population is one of the fastest growing in the world he's concerned that could be reversed if everyone becomes gay. >> homosexuality is a malignance. it is a -- wasn't terrorism, the one you are fighting left and right, that wipes out the whole humanity. so what will be left of it?
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>> religion is important to people in uganda, here at the side of the street you can buy paraphernalia, just outside of a church. there was actually some religions leaders who played a -- religious leaders, who support the antihomosexuality bill. few people go to court or to jail and it is unlikely that the new law could be fully enforced either. but the rhetoric around it has made life increasingly difficult and dangerous. medics say the bill contro cont, malcolm webb, al jazeera,
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campala, uganda. a lot of eyes on missouri defensive end michael sam. sam announced he was openly gay two weeks ago. michael eaves joins us live now from the combine in indianapolis. michael good to see you. the combine is all about metrics, how fast you run how high you jump? >> yes. >> how did michael sam go here today? assemble when he got here this weekend, he tried to put the emphasis on him being a football player not a gay football player. he performed not as well as he had hoped to but he was hoping that his athletic skills would maybe value, push him up that draft board just a little bit. but in all the categories whether it's the 40 yard dash or the bench press or three cone drill, those are football drills, you do know he was middle of the road at best at
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any of those. that wasn't the performance he needed here. >> did his performance help or hurt his draft status? >> well, he came here tony as probably a fourth or fifth round draft pick and that is pretty much where most people think he will stay. he does have a pro day, coming up, he may have the opportunity to impress there. >> what impact does that have on michael sam, if any? >> well, they do have a relationship because they spent some time together prior to michael sam making his announcement a couple of weeks ago. there's always strength in numbers tony, i would assume and maybe in this endeavor they're giving each other strength and support. two different sports and two different people, i don't know where michael sam will end up. >> michael eaves, in indianapolis, i can tell you,
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reaction has been pouring in for maria innes ferre, tell us about it. >> this is the reaction that brooklyn nets put out, collins signing a ten day contract. he said #courage #groundbreaking. just a few hours ago, he wrote, it was great do see you jason collins on the court last night. he has shown an extraordinary courage and organization. bill deblasio, the new york mayor, commented. and remember a gay dude invented
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the high 5, and jason collins twoated this out this morning. what a great day, brooklyn nets over my home town lakers. thank you to everyone who has supported me through this journey. >> i tell you what in strictly basketball terms, the nets could use a big guy as they try push into the final playoff spots or maybe a little better. just thought i would drop that in there. >> they didn't win last night though. >> thank you, i appreciate it. a look at the day's top stories and much more when we return. this is al jazeera america. the most important money stories of the day might effect your savings, your job or your retirement. whether it's bail-outs or bond rates this stuff gets complicated. but don't worry. i'm here to take the fear out of finance.
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