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the world of fashion loadses a true original. oscar dela rensa dead at 82 the white house is speaking out about a report, an investigation by the associated press says former nazi guards have been getting social security benefits for decades. an obama administration spokesman says it should not be happening. morgan radford has more. >> caroline maloney calls for an investigation saying the use of american money to pay off war criminals is a misuse of taxpayer dollars. 69 years after world war ii ended we are learning that dozens of nazi war criminals and nazi guards may have collected billions in social security money. >> the united nations of america, the country that was one of the two principal leaders in leading the fight against the nazis is rewarding the
perpetrators by paying them money and pension. >> reporter: an investigation by the associated press says they collected the benefits after leave the united states, and some are still getting the money, the report pointing to a local loophole allowing the u.s. government to pay benefits to encourage nazi suspects to leave the country. the department denies doing that. >> i think there was a pruption that the people would be -- presumption that these people would be tried on criminal charges once returning to their country of origin. that was a fantasy. 10 of the 66 people deported or expelled from the united states are charged, let alone prosecuted. if my memory serves me right, only one was punished. >> one came to the u.s. after the war and started a plastics company in ohio. he lived there until 1989 when
the u.s. government found out he had been a guard at auschwitz where almost a million jews were murdered. he still collects social security benefits. >> translation: i don't know about the pension, i never asked. i know he's wealthy. when he came to germany he bought a villa. >> reporter: he gets $1500, twice what a normal croatian returns. more than half of the nazis investigated got to keep social security payments. caroline maloney is calling for an investigation. >> the loophole needs to be closed, not only now, but in the future so far the social security administration has not named the number of payments or suspects. the a.p. used the freedom of
information act to appeal the refusal, it is awaiting those results. >> morgan radford, thank you troy sleighton served as a prosecutor for the l.a. distribute attorney's office. what do you think. story? >> it seems outrageous. the average american tax payer should be outraged that hardworking money put into the social security trust fund would go to former nazis who imprisoned and killed millions of people. >> why weren't these accused tried at nuremberg. >> it was a military tribunal the americans, russians, french and british participated in it. they only prosecuted about 130 of the worst of the worst. >> so what other options did the u.s. have to punish these people? >> well, here is the problem.
because american law and the united states constitution only allowed nazi criminals, nazi war criminals who committed crimes against americans to be prosecuted here in america, that left very few options. and so what we tried to do, or when i say we, the american government at the time, the late '70s, what they tried to do was to get the people back to their countries of origin so they could be prosecuted in their home countries. >> what about the loophole allowing the u.s. to pay social security. >> it seems outrageous now, looking back on it. but what they were trying to do is encourage these people to leave on their own, because the only other ops was to put them in deportation proceedings. unless they showed - the u.s. government - that they had lied on their immigration paperwork about what they had done or some
sort of material misrepresentation, then they may not get deported. then we'd be left with these accused nazi criminals remaining here in the united states, free as a bird. >> you are saying pay them to leave? >> what they did was they said if you leave on your own accord and renounce your own citizenship, we will allow you to continue collecting the social security benefits that you would otherwise be entitled to if you were to remain in the united states. >> so should the u.s. government have put them through deportation hearings? >> they could have, but like i said, the danger of that is the government could lose. unless the government was able to show that they had lied when they emigrated to the united states, then we just can't strip people of their citizenship because of alleged crimes that they may have committed previously in their lives. >> is there a resolution for
this, or not? >> well, what - representative maloney - what she wants to do is pass legislation that would prohibit continuing payments. i see this as a problem because, again, that pesky united states constitution says that the government can't impair an existing contract. if they had a deal with these people that they would leave and renounce their citizenship on the condition they get to continue collecting the money, then it seems they can't go back on their word, nor do we want the u.s. government to be known as making a deal and going back on it, no matter how abhorrent the result is. >> good to have you on the programme. now for the latest on ebola. the center for disease control issued new guidelines for health professionals dealing with ebola patients. the changes come after intense criticism of the c.d.c.'s
initial response. the new rules includes changes to protective clothing, training, and a trained monitor to assist in removing clothing. in dallas, most of the 48 quarantined after coming in contact with thomas eric duncan have been cleared. 43 people, including his family and his fiancee are now free to leave their homes. heidi zhou-castro has more. >> reporter: monday's dawn is approaching. for the families stirring inside this apartment, it brings the end to a long, long night. >> all day i see relief. my kids can go to school and i can go to work. >> reporter: this family lives with here with four children. they called the hospital for their uncle thomas eric duncan. he died. the family is in mourning and asked us to remain outside and
not show their faces. they fear discrimination from the community. >> they fear it will jump on people. >> reporter: ebola spreads with direct contact of bodily fluids with a person showing symptoms. this family is not sick. the c.d.c. says the viruses incubation period is over. you guys were healthy the entire time, no one had a fear. >> yes, we are happy. >> the family of six is among 44 people that dallas county health department declared ebola free on monday. they are free to resume their normal lives. >> we understand this is a trying time for the families. we wish them all the best moving forward. >> reporter: but they fear moving forward will be difficult, especially for the children, ages 2 to 11. as the school bus pulls away with their older ones aboard. there is a fear they'll be bullied. >> that's our worry.
we don't know how they'll be treated and we won't be there. >> reporter: she is worried about her mother. the apartment she shared with thomas eric duncan has been cleaned and gutted. everything inside, down to the flooring, was incinerated. now she is without a home. >> they destroy her life in america. since she live in america, that's her life, whole life, they destroy it. >> reporter: her church is stepping in to help. family members say they are tapping into her deep religious faith for strength. >> everywhere is expecting the family to come out with the virus, god say no, he is always on our side. an unidentified patient treated for ebola has been released from emory hospital. this is the third person to be successfully treated at emory. dallas nurse amber vincent is
being treated there. she contracted the virus after being in contact with dunk. i.s.i.l. stepped up its attacks in iraq, with a string of blasts in baghdad and the north. the u.s. and allies are making moves of their own. turkey said that it will allow kurdish peshawar fighters to cross into syria to join the fight against i.s.i.l. the u.s. announced it dropped aid to syrian kurds on the ground. that aid include weapons, ammunition, medical supplies. this despite concerns that aid meant for innocent civilians is landing in the hands much i.s.i.l. mike viqueira has more. >> good evening, we have been told by american officials preparing us for the fall of kobane at the same time saying it was not a strategic target in terms of the coalition's goals. remember they talked about attacking i.s.i.l. within syria, the command and control centers, communication centers, the ways in which they produce revenues - some of the oil fields and oil
production facilities from bashar al-assad's government, as well as in iraq. now they say this has become a military target to american officials. they say that i.s.i.l. is marshalling forces outside kobane. that's been obvious for weeks. and presenting themselves as targets. therefore, the coalition will take the opportunity to diminish their military capability. it was in iraq where we have been told that the coalition was going to attack the forwardly deployed military assets of i.s.i.l. they are having problems enough as it is in iraq, the coalition, as i.s.i.l. grows closer to baghdad, within a few miles of the baghdad airport. in syria we are told the town of kobane is a humanitarian mission. a top official telling reporters that the united states wants to prevent a massacre there. here is what the secretary of state john kerry had to say while travelling in jakarta, indonesia, on that score. >> it would be irresponsible of
us as well as morally very difficult to turn your back on a community fighting i.s.i.l. at this moment. >> the administration trying to keep the pressure on turkey to step up its involvement. they have seen headway and are allowing the kurdish forces to transit through turkey into kobane, to help break the siege. the american military announcing over the weekend ammunition, military supplies and weapons were being supplied to the syrian kurds fighting i.s.i.l. forces. turkey has problems, historic animosity with the kurds. they are softening their position somewhat. president obama was on the phone with president recep tayyip erdogan over the weekend. turkey with a long way to go towards cooperating with the military mission against i.s.i.l. mike viqueira, thanks.
retired army veteran mike lyons, a fellow at the truman center. i asked why the u.s. dropped supplies in syria. >> there was a humanitarian mission that had to be accomplished. >> i asked this question many times: too little, too late. >> yes, why all of a sudden now. the group could have used this. turkey looks on the borders and wants a stalemate from both sides. the fact that they fired the mission, once a strategic mission, is now tactical. >> groups are coming together, you need a chart. you have the peshawar, iraqi kurdish fighters. >> iraqi kurdish fighters, y p.d., kurds inside turkey. multiple groups supporting kobane. it's a symbolic victory - the
kurds versus i.s.i.s. at this point. >> how well will the groups get along? >> i think the peshawar forces coming from iraq show great competency. i believe you'll see the troops inside kobane let them have the mission. they are ready to fight, they are ready to defend. i don't think there'll be an issue. they have the same goal. in fact, this will work to unit the kurds and lead to possible unification country. that is what turkey is afraid of, especially when you bring the groups together. >> turkey is as much concerned about the kurds as i.s.i.l., is that fair. >> they want a stalemate to happen. they don't want the kurds inside of syria to be that successful. >> is the coalition holding together? >> look at the theatres, the iraqi theatre is different to syria. there's an emergency taking place in iraq. we are focussed on syria.
the question is what will happen in the next few days. will the ammunition, supplies and stock help the seem in kobane. >> we see kobane, and think there's an emergency there. when you say there's an emergency in iraq, what do you mean. ? >> 70% of anbar is controlled by i.s.i.l. they are 8 miles from the city. there are probing bombing. >> they are going back at the mosul dam. >> they go back where they perceive weakness, if they think they can take the security forces that are there. >> and the u.s. launches air strikes. >> we have people on the ground that can follow up. i.s.i.l. does not quit. >> we hear the stories, they have been going on for weeks, i.s.i.l. makes a move forward and pulls back, the u.s. has air strikes and it has impact, but
there doesn't seem to be that there's an organised strategy here from the united states and the coalition, or is there? >> no, there isn't. it's reactive. if you engage in war you have to go on the offense. we are reacting inside of syria, taking the targets of opportunity out of kobane. it's a function. iraqi military forces not ready to go on the offensive and take back the city. until it happiness, we'll take it on the chin in certain places. >> mike lyons, thank you now to detroit. the city's leaders facing criticism from, of all places, the united nations. u.n. officials say the water shut-offs are a violation of international law aimed at bys own citizens s -- at its open citizens. more from bisi onile-ere.
>> we are concerned because african-americans living and facing water shut offs in detroit are making inhumane choices. >> reporter: the water shut offs are a violation of international war, say the two united nations officials visiting the city. the repertoire on housing and another guest whose field is water and sanitation spent three days on the ground. >> we were shocked by the proportions of the disconnections and the way it is affecting the week. -- the weak. the poor it makes an impact on low income americans, in a bankrupt city that is black, and where nearly 40% of the residents live in poverty.
they spent hours talking to residents who have gone days, months, without access to running water. more than 24,000 detroiters have had their water turned off. hundred are losing water every day. some addressed the u.n. officials parliamently. -- parliamently. >> one of the problems we have is when the water is turned off, the state can take your children. >> the detroit state department began to cut off water in spring as it tried to collect $90 million in unpaid bills. it parked out rage. the city rolled out a plan to provide financial help to those in need and resumed the shut-offs. >> i never said that water should be given for free. we want fairness and affordability. >> reporter: they presented a
number of recommendations, including restoring water and establishing a water and sewerage affordability standard. the city's response... >> we will not change what we are doing. they didn't give us the facts. our facts are we increased the number of people on payment plans. calls for assistance dropped by 60%. that's the data we are working on. >> reporter: the u.n. cannot force the city to do anything. the goal is to work with detroit on finding a salesian. -- a solution. toyota is widening its recall of front air bags made by a supplier. listen to this - the bags can malfunction and shoot shrapnel into the chest and face. 20 million vehicles may be affected made by toyota, and six other companies. the danger is so extreme toyota is telling customers not to have
front seat passengers until it's fixed. g.m. have had 29 die due to the ignition switches, it can cut power steering, turn off air backs and cause the cars to stall next - chicago violence, the high and personal cost for a family business. plus, a possible return to the cold war days. swe sweden on alert after a sighting of what may be a russian submarine.
chicago continues to struggle with gun violence almost every day. this past weekend shootings killed three, wounding 19 others. a final home makes sure victims get a proper funeral, whether or not the families can afford it or not. >> over 100 families i personally had to deal with in 2012, whose loved ones were victims of homicide. >> reporter: for spencer running a business is a blessing and a curve. he's been the president and c.e.ceo
of a funeral home. he will never forget the body of a 6-month-old, killed while sitting in her father's lap, while gunmen approached their car and opened fire. >> it's tragic to bury a young adult, but a 6-month-old baby - that's a terrible situation not only for the family, but the funeral home also. in the high crime south and west of chicago where homicides happen, the business of death is thriving. >> what do you say to the mums? i don't know where they find the strength to go on. one foot in front of another. we are a better city than that. we are better people. >> and it goes back to the old saying, you know, mother's and father's shouldn't be burying
their children. >> that's right, but that is not the case in so many communities. >> we named the chapel the martin luther king chapel. it's the largest chap el. >> my father taught me, and i'm teaching my children that we should be there for any family no matter the circumstances financially. our nation statement for the business is that we should never turn anyone away. our business is designed to give anyone who has a death in their family the opportunity to give that - their loved one a decent funeral. [ siren ] >> reporter: but he takes solace in the service he provides. get the violence and death, he has faith. >> this is not all there is. there is something else that comes after this, that is more
special than life itself. now, for a look at the weather. a nor-easter is gearing up to slam the north-east this weekend. heavy winds, rain, coastal flooding is expected. meteorologist kevin corriveau has the details. >> that's right, it's all in the making. right now what we are looking at is the rain coming in across the ohio river valley, and you can see the circulation associated with what will be the nor-easter, coming across lower pennsylvania now. that will make its way off the coast. that's when things will get messy. by tomorrow night we'll see rain from new york to maine, but massachusetts, and the rest of new england will see the heaviest of the showers. we think over the next couple of days, 48-72 hours, in new hampshire, main and
massachusetts. we can see between 6-8 inches of rain. on top of that you mentioned the wind, which will be a problem. up to 40 miles per hour. along the coast. meaning coastal flooding and power outages. some people there, as well as if you travel to portland, prove dense, boston, hart ford, we see major problems on the highways and airports. delay will be an issue. >> if you make it to the weekend things will be clearer. clear skies and textures ba -- temperatures back to normal early voting in texas, with the voter i.d. laws on the books. violence breaks out at a pumpkin festival. yes, a pumpkin festival. dozens arrested. authorities promise there'll be more.
of a performance that some say glorifies terrorism more arrests following violence at a pumpkin festival in new hampshire. it sounds like a story out of a cold war spy thriller - the hunt for a mysterious submarine off the coast of sweden. it's happening and paul is here with the details. >> this story is trending as hashtag red october. there is no hard proof, but widespread suspicion that a russian submarine is poking around or may be in trouble off the coast of sweden. on friday swedish navy ships started to scout the baltic sea, the biggest operation since the end of the cold war.
there are reports it began thursday night when swedish intelligence picked up an emergency distress call in russian, a mystery vessel was spotted twice on friday and sunday, and that's when an unidentified person in stockholm snapped this grainy photo. in the center, there was something long and white and a small are black object on top, possibly the top of a submarine. military officials are searching for evidence of foreign under-water activity which could be a submarine, a mini sub or divers. speculation is running wild. there are reports of a man in black, spotted waiting near a swedish military island, and there are reports of a russian ship steaming to the region. a mysterious russian tanker. russia denied it had vessels in
swedish waters and suggested if anything it is a touch submarine, supposed to be in the area. the dutch say no, their subways anchored in estonia over the weekend. all this ipp -- intrigue and maritime mystery is a lot of fun, but with what is going in ukraine and tensions in crimea, it's not. >> if you are sweden, it's not fun. >> not at all. >> the midterm elections are two weeks away. the president cast his ballot in illinois. when reporters asked who he voted for, he would not name names, but last night at a rally he said he planned to support fellow democrat dick durbin, and governor pat quinn. >> the supreme court will
enforce photo i.d. laws. critics say it will prevent 600,000 texas residents, many minorities, from voting. a court decision was unsigned, did not explain the reasoning, and there are 31 states that have voter i.d. laws. attorney reeva martin joins us from los angeles. >> hi. >> are these laws instituted to intentionally keep voters away from the polls? >> well, that's what the law court found in this texas case. there was a nine or 10 day trial. after the trial the judge issued an order. in the order the judge found the voter i.d. law was discriminatory and designed to suppress the vote of african-american and latino voters. >> a higher court made a different decision, and so... >> yes, the appellate court
overturned the injunction that the lower court issued, which would prevent the court decision, but there was no opinion by the supreme court. there was a blistering dissent by the three female justices on the court, and they tore into the appellate court for overturning the decision by the lower court, noting that the law was intentionally discriminatory, and essentially it constituted a poll tax, the likes of which we saw during the jim crow era, where obstacles and hurdles were put in the way of african-americans going to the polls. >> let me push back. why shouldn't american citizens have to prove who they are when they walk into the polling place. >> i don't think that's the issue. in this case the court noted that the majority of the voters
who vote at the polls are african-americans and latinos. you and i may say why don't they have identification and driver's licences. statistics show 20 million americans don't have state issued yoigs, and, therefore, they wouldn't be able to vote in the texas elections. if you vote by mail, you don't have to show identification, and, again, the demoembarrassing showed -- demographic showed white voters are more likely to vote by mail, and they are not impacted in the same way. >> especially in texas, it could have a huge impact on the campaign, on the election. absolutely. they expect, as you have noted, 600,000 voters, primarily black voters who will be denied an opportunity to vote in the midterms. we have been hearing all this talk about the swing states or democrats losing the senate.
this is an important point to look at as we look at voter suppression laws. >> does it make sense for the country to institute a national i.d. card? >> well, you know, again the issue is how do you get the cards? what about elderly people, young voters, student. in texas you can apply for a particular identification, but the place where you go to get the cards, you know, could be 20-30 miles from a home. there's a cost associated with it. again, the concept that this is essentially a poll tax because it's costing a person money to pay, you know, an amount of money to get the card in order to vote. i don't know in getting a card is the answer, but in texas, you can get the card, but you have to drive 20-30-40 miles for this
identification. immigration is going to be an issue. many children were sent to louisiana, and the cost of educating the children could be more than $20 million a year. jonathan martin has more. >> good morning. >> these children and 1400 others like them are at the center of a fiery political debate in louisiana. so is this spanish teacher who is no longer teaching spanish. >> i'll figure out a way to work through it. i like what i do. i believe that's the key. >> here at the high school in baton rouge, this woman is in charge of a brand new newcomers class, where they teach basic english to migrant student who recently crossed the border. >> say again. their english vocabulary is limited, limited to words like thank you and good morning. say it again, class. >> federal law requires public
schools to educate all children regardless of their immigration status. for all 1400, they cap cost taxpayers more than 20 million a year. at terra high, the number of undocumented students pushed some class sizes normally capped at 20 to 30 students. since july there has been an increase of students that only speak spanish. teachers and administrators are not allowed to ask about the immigration status. the issue is so controversial that i don't think about it. >> my job is to educate them, make sure they get the best education. >> but that can be challenging when children, some with no formal education arrive and enrol throughout the year. since she is one of the only bilingual teachers, she juggles the job of three people,
teaching classes and is called on by other teachers to translate for migrant children in core subjects. so you are not just an english teacher? >> no, i'm the algebra teacher if you need, the world geography teacher if you need to be. >> reporter: two students that left honduras say they are staying with family whilst awaiting deportation hearings. >> translation: in honduras i wasn't doing badly at school. the only thing i need help with is english. >> translation: i have help from two attorneys. that's why i would like to be an attorney. if a person needs help, i want to help them. >> reporter: school administrators would like more teachers. there's two issues - one is finding teachers certified to teach english as a second
language and funding. for a teacher who loves teaching, so many non-english speaking kids is a challenge. as the issue impose, the price and politics is at the forefront for many a programme note to make shoe you tune in for "america -- make sure you tune in for "america votes 2014" we are learn more about the moments leading up to the death of michael brown, and what it means for the white police officer who shot him. the unarmed black teen was killed in august sparking weeks of protest and civil rights probe. new reports that brown's blood was found inside officer darren wilson's car, gun and uniform could bolster the policemen's defense. attorney reeva martin is back from los angeles.
let's take this on. i believe the story in the "new york times" said that the officer said that michael brown pinned him in the police car and two shots were fired in the police car. how does this information fit into this puzzle? >> well, you are correct. we are hearing for the first time statements from the officer about what happened on the day that michael brown was shot. and what we are hearing from officer wilson is there was an altercation, a scuffle inside of his vehicle, and that michael brown tried to grab his gun, and in the attempt to grab the gun he fired two shots, and one shot, apparently, landed in michael's arm, and the other he believes missed michael. at stated, there was blood on the gun, the uniform and in the car. what we didn't here is anything about what caused the officer to continue to shoot at brown once the scuffle ended inside the
car. >> six times. >> there were shots fired outside the vehicle. >> six times after he got outside. >> absolutely. as you will recall, there were so many witness, self witnesses coming forth to say as michael brown left the car, he had his hand up vendi surrendering to t police, including the shots to the head that caused him to die. >> some suggest this information is out there because it reflect positively on the police officer. how do you thip -- how do you think, what do you think about that? >> i'm hearing that from protesters in the community. there is concern about the timing of the information. they think it's being leaked to the public to lay the foundation for the grand jury to come back without indicting the officer on criminal charges. i think it's good information. we are starting to get a picture
in terms of what was happening that evening. i think it doesn't answer the question about the shots fired as michael brown left the vehicle. for this officer to claim self-defence, he has to show that each and every shot he took that day was tape because he was in fear of his life. there was imminent harm being done to him by michael brown. the fact that there was a scuffle in the car is not the end of the story, we need to know why he continued to shoot as michael exited the vehicle. >> that raises more questions about the behaviour of the police officer. >> yes. if he shot michael brown in the arm inside the strike, if michael was running away, which you think is the logical thing for people to do, why would he continue to shoot? how was he in harm. how was his life in danger if michael was running away with his arms in the air as the
witnesses say. >> this information is supposed to be secret. how did it get out, do you think? >> there's a federal investigation that is happening parallel to the grand jury proceedings, and if you read the article carefully, it suggests the information is coming from the federal investigation into the shooting. the feds are looking to see was there a civil rights violation, was michael brown shot as a result of his race, as a result of being african-american, i believe the information was leaked to the public or disseminated because of that investigation. >> reeva martin, thank you for sharing your insight when it comes to gay marriage, president obama's opinion that it is a constitutional right. he thinks the equal protection clause should apply to gay marriage in every state, and he sided with a supreme court
decision not to intervene with the lower court rulings on same-sex marriage saying: on to a story from new hampshire. police in keene are setting up a task force to find out how a pumpkin festival erupted in violence. students near keene state college clashed with police. officers responded with tear gas. by the time it was over dozens were injured, and arrested. roxana sabary has more. >> reporter: police in keene are out to find those in these videos and punish them. >> the damage was disturbing, the conduct was disturbing. >> reporter: the riots broke out
after large crowds descended on the state for an annual pumpkin festival. >> they were using pieces of the fence to fuel the fire. they were jumping on pick-up trucks, and riot police came. >> some people threw bottles and rocks at the police officers. the police responded with tear gas, pepper spray and arrests. >> it has done wonders for little towns like keene. months ago the police station was mocked. they received an armoured vehicle called a bearcat from the pentagon, partly to keep the festival under control. >> it's a target. we are talking about america's premiere pumpkin festival. >> reporter: it was not seen at the riots. in a statement, the college
president said keepe state college does not tolerate the outrageous behaviour that occurred over the weekend, and it does not represent a great many of the students that taped the college. many of the students who helped clean up the mess agreed. >> we are all seniors, the past four years have never been like this, never this chaotic. this weekend marked the 25th annual pumpkin festival. some say it could be the last coming up next - why hundreds of people, including ru rudy giuliani are protesting against a performance.
later in the forecast, but not much of an impact for parts of hawaii. the area we are watching is in the gulf of mexico. it has the capacity to develop into a tropical system across the region. we'll see rain across mexico. between 18-20 inches is expected in this area. now, the models are not agreeing on the placement and the location of where this is going to go. a lot of models are saying that it is going to make its way over the you ka tan over the next couple of days and make its way to the car bian. if you have plan, i would watch the storm until it makes some progress. we don't know what the track is going to be over the next couple of days. temperatures tomorrow - 84, and up towards billings, 74. that is a look at the national weather. more news after this.
opera has a way of stirring passions. a new production in new york is causing more of an uproar than usual and a debate over freedom of expression. "the death of clinghoffer" is anti-sematic say protesters. it's based on a high-jacking in 1985. hundreds of people staged protests against the production. the show went on tonight, despite people like rudy giuliani showing up and protesting. david cody is the theatre editor for "time out new york magazine", and returned from the performance. what was it like? >> there was a lot of theatre outside the opera house and inside. getting to the opera, was a track. there was a lot of bull horn
inventive directed at people going to the met. >> telling people not to go. >> people were giving speeches saying you were supporting anti-sematic art. the show went on. >> you wept inside. anything unusual? >> it was about three hours, there was a little heckling. >> i heard there was a standing ovation. >> it's standard operating. this was created by pulitzer prize-winning artist. >> john adamson was the composer. >> explain what it is that people were offended by. >> it's palestinian
administration-front terrorists and clinghoffer, creating a moral equivalence, the opera does not do that. to call it anti-sematic, it's wrong. there are anti-sem etics in it but expressed by the terrorists. it makes dramatic sense, but is not advocating it. >> it is written in 1981. the opera had its car rear in 8 "81. >> what was the feeling back then? >> i think the reviews were mixed. there was protesting. klingho finishing finishing er's daughter saw the production. they disapproved of it. >> i read that their statement was included in the programme tonight. >> yes, they still don't approve
of the production, believing that it belittles the memory of the father. >> it's not like it's the only dramatization of the event. there was a film by burt lancaster. somehow that doesn't belittle the ents. >> the times brought in, do you think, brought out the angry protestor. is it ever going to be a good time for an opera about conflict in the middle east. >> you may say why not, but why would the met take on the project. >> it's an opera that should get his showing. it's not one that promotes a particular poif. and it's healing. >> how much damage will to do to the met. >> i don't know if they'll lose major donors. >> there was a heavy crowd outside. one congresswoman, the former man. who else? >> pataki, i guess.
>> and it's a thing between a former mayor giuliani and mayor bill de blasio in the last few hours, i guess. >> giuliani likes the opera and nose it. he has red it and seen it or listened to it, unlike other protesters. >> congressman peter king among others. sorry. >> the met conceded in terms of doing an hd broadcast. i don't know if there'll be repercussions afterwards. >> good to see you. thank you. we learn together, sadly, that oscar de la renta died. he was more than a fashion designer, he was an icon. >> reporter: simply put the red carpet wouldn't be the same without him. oscar de la renta, was the designer to the stars, and more. a trend setter. his fashions were worn by celebrities and royalty. as for first ladies, he was
second to nop. from jacqueline kennedy to michelle obama, his sometimes set the trend. hillary clinton wore his gown in 1997, and laura bush chose represent in 2005. he found fame with seams and stitches, but he started out as a painter, born in 1932. he dreamed of being an artist working with an easel. but it soon became clear his calling was with clothing. by the 1960s he was working for elizabeth arden, and by 1965 he had his own ready-to-wear label. his life wept beyond the fitting room. he was a business room, a philanthropist. his legacy will live on in his designs and what he will forever bring to the fashion world. last week his company appointed a new creative director as a successor to him. represent once said every season
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