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ray swarez. the growing path too communities and where the best hope for safety in lie in the heavens. a bid to clear the roles? or an effort to keep some voters from the polls? >> there clearly is an effort to suppress the votes of african-americans and young people, eld people, elderly people. >> america tonight investigation, double voters, ahead this hour.
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and in the fight against ebola, the most valuable weapon in the battle may be the survivors and their super blood. ♪ >> and good evening. thanks for joining us. i am joie chin. we are fascinated by the surreal spectacle of volcanoes. on hawaii's big island, it is a minute by minute crisis after a scorching river of lava bears down on homes and lives in its path. the lava flows just a few hundred feet from the main road leading into the town of pohoa, population around 1,000 crawling forward at 6 to 9 feet an nation national guard troops have been deployed. there has been an evacuation
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advisory although not ordered at this point. schools have been closed. at the edge of this molten flow, america tonight's adam may met a family bracing for the worst. >> there is no stopping this river of lava headed straight for the hawaiin town of pohoa on the big island. >> we are referred to hippie town u.s.a. >> in danger from lava. >> the lava is going dom down this hill here? >> okay. >> and by sect pohoa. >> christine tice is 1 of 950 people who call pohoa home. she lives downstream from the lava with her husband and four young children. >> in our neighborhood, it's pretty much just a waiting game until the lava speeds up and comes down the hill. >> are people concerned they are going to lose their homes? >> yes. absolutely. there is a big sense of uncertainty. we don't know what it's going to
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do, which path it's going to take. pretty much all we can do is get out of its way. this is mother nature we are talking about. >> the theiss family moved here from connecticut three years ago. family members gave them this house because they were struggling financially. christine is a college student studying pharmacology. wal-mart. >> we actually don't have insurance. you know, with our situation, it's that we don't have a mortgage. so we weren't required to have insurance, and boy, are we regretting that now. >> i would imagine, losing this house would be really tough on you guys. >> we have no way of recouping that loss. and right now, we can't even sell the house to get out from under it because all of the property values in this area have tanked. >> as property values plummet, residents in this tight-admit community are gripped by uncertainty.
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it's hard to predict exactly when and where the lava will flow and there is no way to stop it. >> this type of lava consists after a fluid. lav that. kind of breaks out into individual fingers. it's very erratic in its behavior. it can move in kind of fits and starts. so that is a challenge to forecast its behavior. >> matt patrick is a researcher with the u.s. geological survey at the hawaiin volcanopen observatory and the rocks we are standing on, we are walking on? >> tefras is the technical term. it was shot out of the volcano in an explosive eruption. >> we met him at the edge of the source of the active. acting for thousands of years. >> that magna chamber, which is below us, about a mile or more supplies the eruption here at the summit, which you can see by the fume. >> that's a lava lake that's consistently churning.
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there? >> yes. yes. >> the big island of hawaii has six volcanos and kilowa is the most eruptive. it started in 1983. some of these lava flows are 80 feet deep. these flows have wiped out 200 homes and caused tens of millions of dollars in damages. but this time, the lava is charting an entirely new course. for the first time in recent history, heading directly towards a densely populated area, pahoa? >> this is an unusual find because we have long-term, simultaneous eruptions as well as on the flank. the activity is really dynamic. we see changes day-to-day. >> for a time, the lava went underground filling natural cracks in the earthly. but now, it's back on the surface, burning everything in its path and threatening to slice pahoa in half.
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the downtown business district with the eclectic shops could be cut off from the main road to hilo, the closest big city. some business owners are seeing an uptick in customers as visitors come here to say goodbye. >> people coming to pay their respects. people coming to take a last glims. loads of photographers coming over to take pictures of pahoa. but we are here. the town of pahoa is rallying. if you walk around the town, you will see signs that say, we are staying. >> leslie lei owns the bar and grill, ranked the best restaurant despite the possible disaster, she is very gung-ho. >> the county and the state have been so good at preparing us. everybody has a plan a, a plan b. but, you know, it's mother nature. so we are just sitting tight. >> what does this restaurant mean to you? >> it means a lot.
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you know, for the pastime, we have great, you know, response from the community. i have a great staff here. i was only supposed to be here for six months and it's seven years now. so, it's home. >> hawaiin officials have started constructing alternative roads to pahoa. some have even suggested building a bridge over the river of lava. but all of that will take time. and the theiss family can't way. >> wait. >> what is your plan? >> just to pray that it kind of goes around us, you know, and that we don't lose too much access, you know, and if we can't get to a supermarket, if we can't, you know, if it's going to take three hours to get somewhere, who will be able to stay here? the whole district could get cut off at least temporarily. >> with your kids, that's take?
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>> no. >> that's absolutely not a riskic take especially because one of my children i mattish. another has an immune system deficiency. so we can't be three hours from the emergency room. >> that's not an option for us. >> the state spent $6 million so far but officials estimate an additional 16 million is needed to deal with the damage from the lava flow. the governor said it would exhaust state funds. in the meantime, officials have evacuation. >> do you think people back on the mainland understand the gravity of this situation? >> you know, we are making the best of it, but i would
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just get. >> at the ends of last americ "america tonight" reports on little alicia rudd. >> how are you doing, young man? >> at a washington, d.c. stop? >> help us find relisha. >> two detectives hand outed posters with her picture hoping someone, anyone, might remember where they last saw relisharudd. >> wednesday was her 9 the birthday: reason enough says the chief of police to take
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another crack at finding that one piece of evidence that will help investigators figure out where relisha might be. she has been missing for almost eight months. >> it could be just a small piece of information somebody thinks is insignificant. >> we got a late start on relisha. >> specifically what will have you been doing? and where have you gone to search for relisha? >> still trying to determine the cause of why relisha is missing. there is a lot of investigative work going on. because we are doing that jointly with the united states attorney's office, we are prohibited from giving any of the details about some of the work. >> chief cathy lanier has been mum on many since police found the body of a januaitor at the shelter where relisha lived and befriended her family against shelter policy. police say he committed suicide and was the last known person to have seen relisha alive. >> do you think she is alive? >> my hope is that she is alive.
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i think back to all of the stories that i have seen from around the united states where young women, typically, or young girls have gone missing and years later are found alive and now reunited with their families. and that's kind of my hope. >> monday, community members, police, and advocates in the group black & missing handed out flyers in the last three places relisha was last seen alive. >> i think we should extend to the florida and atlanta. >> derricka wilson says she trafficking. >> until someone proves me wrong, i am going to belief and we will hang on hope. someone over there may hold the key. the key is what someone in this area. we just need them to come guard. >> those closest to relisha have mainly stayed out of the spotlight until this month. >> dear heavenly father, i come to you today to ask that you
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guide relisha and all of the missing children home safely, back to their loved ones. heavenly father, i ask that you touch anyone with any daughter. >> this facebook video shows the 9-year-old's mother believes someone she knows is the one with the key to finding relisha rudd. >> heavenly father, i ask that you strengthen and guide and give half of my family the courage to tell the truth. >> for now, family and police are counting on this flier and this photo to help them bring relisha home. laurie jane glehall, washington. ahead after the break, days before america votes 2014, why an attempt to clear illegitimate voters from the roles may away.
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>> so you think this is a tactic voting? >> could be. scare anybody going to jail. i don't want to go to jail for something stupid like that. >> an american tonight, double voters when we return. later this hour, super blood. why the best hope to save lives from ebola may lie in those who have survived it. pop francis has become one of the most influential leaders of the past consid consider this" only on "al jazeera america." >> a brutal drug war >> this here were the remains of 31 people that were found... >> thousands disappearing >> the cost of kidnapping and killing a human being is almost zero >> fault lines,
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tonight, we look again to a controversial anti-voter fraud campaign ahead of next tuesday, when america votes 2014. more than two dozen states are now using a system called cross check which employs digital name matching to find anyone voting in more than one state. our investigation led by found flaws in how double voters. we found minorities manage targeted eamore than othervoter. >> it's the first day of early voting in georgia, and this poling station is buzzing. with a race for governor at an open senate seat in the balance, thesegans know every vote counts. but not everyone who wants to vote will be allowed to. >> suppress the vote? don't you know that.
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>> journalist palace compiled a list of 500 eligible people is in question due to cross check. he pounds one of them in this apartment building said to be housing up to 10 double voters. >> here joseph edward naylor -- that's you. right? also, it allies joseph edward naylor. you are suspected of voting twice, which is a crime. is that -- is that true? >> no. >> you know that this -- >> yeah. i know. i registered. >> but you never floated louisiana? >> no. >> how many years ago? >> man, '98, '93. something like that. >> so we are talking 20 years ago? and they have you down for voting >>? >> i thought it was state law. >> he received a post card from the county registrar asking him to verify his address. he says he sent it back, but he is still not sure how or even if
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his name will appear on the voter's list. >> are you going to vote in this election? >> okay. >> i want to vote then they are going to try to get me to do some jail time, i want to know ahead of time. >> you are concerned you could be arrested? >> my livelihood is more important than participating. felt cause me to go to jail? take me off of the list. i don't care. i don't want to go to jail. >> so you think that this is then a tactic to scare people away from voting? >> it could be. am scare anything voting, scare anybody going to jail. i don't want to go to jail for nothing stupid like that. >> well, cross check could discourage some from voting, its supporters say it's a necessary tool. >> having requirements for
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activities. >> jack wenters is the former head of the republican party in fullton county georgia. >> in this state, voter id to show up and vote. do you think there is a lot of fraud? >> the press would indicate there have been some fraudulent registrations turned in but i think the legal process is the right way to determine. the answer to that. and it is underway right now. >> hallis and his team did a statistical analysis on more than 2 million names on the crosscheck list. their projections found names like jackson, washington, garcia, and kim are over represented. according to the u.s. census bureau, 53% of all jacksons and ninety % of washingtons are african-american. 91% of all garcias are hispanic and 94% of all kims are asian. >> i mean if you know an asian
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person, you probably know two people with the same name. so, i would say that that, using that as a marker fraudulent activity, that's very troublsom. you could see how that would systematically pull out certain ethnic groups, especially asian ethnic groups. >> helen ho and sang park are members of a non-profit providing legal aid for asian americans in georgia. >> in alternates of our, you know, ethnic community did, korea is a good example, vietnam, there are only certain number of last names. then when we all immigrate to america, we tend to spell our last names even if there might be an actual difference in language in our home countries, we'll, you know, homogenize it so we will all be kims, kims or with vets, nguyens. >> how does the asian community vote? democratic, republican? >> nationally, south asians and korea americans tend to vote democrat. but we, about 30% of asian
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americans don't align with any party. i think that's why both parties tend to see our community as up for grabs. however, in 2012, the majority obama. >> so this could be a threat to asian american voters if they are tagged just because they have a common name. here is park. >> yeah. >> lots of park, park, park, park. there you are, sir. sang park. sorry. according to the state of georgia, someone with you or someone like you voted sang park voted in swannee, georgia, an hanondale virg. >> mr. park? >> he lives in less than objection, he says. >> someone else with your name. >> yeah. same name.
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>> well... >> it's ridiculous that they would go out and vote twice. ♪ if >> across town at martin luther king's old church in atlanta, grace and politics mix with the gospel. it. >> we are having a real struggle to maintain our basic right to vote. [applause.] >> reverend rafael warner has been at the center of an effort
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to get more african-americans to the poll did. he said claims of fraud tend to target black voters. >> think about it. it's high-risk and almost no reward. i mean the risk for engaging in voter fraud is criminal prosecution. what's the reward? what does it take? how many imaginary voters or double voters do you have to create in order to actually sway an election? so the rewards are almost -- are zero. and the risks are very high. and so this whole idea is -- is fant after the cal. >> here we are in what used to be reverend king's congregation with a long march to voting began. >> sure. >> half a century later, are you marching backwards?
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is there a new voattempt at vot suppression in this state? >> there clearly is an effort to suppress the votes of african-americans and young people, elderly people. clearly, there is a kind of partisan cherry picking that's going on, but as the pastor of this this church, i am reminded that martin lutheder king, sr., led a voting rights campaign in 1935, 30 years before the voting rights law. and so that's the nature of the democratic process. it's a process. it's not a final product. and unfortunately, there are times when we think we won certain battles and we find ourselves fighting those battles all over again. and it's our job to stand up. >> joining us is powell. you were in georgia and put a lot of time into this. this is a race that's going to
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need a lot of observation because so much tension has been put on a rather competitive -- what became a very competitive race down there. is that an area of concern for you? >> oh, yeah. it's neck and neck horse race, and both for the governorship and the united states senate. now, you are talking about over half a milliongans, over half a machine georgians, criminals voting twice. some are going to show up and find they are not on the voter roles. ballots. >> that's if someone fights for them, those ballots can be count. the rates and control of the united states senate may come down to accused duplicate voters who filled out professional ballots. >> a lot of concern for that. looking ahead to tuesday as well, across the battleground states, other areas where you
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might be looking for things that will stands out that will be new causes for concern. >> yes. well, two other states, obviously we've gonorth carolina where there was a hot race. we were down there once again, they have been sending outleters. they've got a list of 190,000 suspect dupliccat voters. they haven't arrested anyone but they could block their vote. and of course, we have kansas, the home of interstate cross checks. two races there one is a very tight u.s. senate race which could be affected by interstate cross checks, again, 100,000 voters at risk. none have ever been arrested in kansas. and the inventor or the promotor of interstate cross check, himself, mr. kobach, in a very tight race for rely because a lot of kansasns are wondering why he is running around the country spending kansas taxpayer money finding these so-called states.
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>> a lot of attention . al jazeera invest investigative jifrnt, greg purchase alast, thank you for being with us. welcome. >> you can find out if you have been accused of double voting in the cross check system. find out if your state participates in it and if your name is on the list. check out more coverage on double voters at your opportunity to vote comes, of course, next tuesday. what do you expect in return? it's your chance to sends a message to lawmakers in our america tonight digital project. we call it dear congress. you can make your own board, tweet your picture to us, with the hash tag, dearcongress or e-mail it to us at deargressi and join "al jazeera america" for complete round-up of analysis, our specially night coverage begins at 7:00 p.m. eastern.
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when we return, a growing political challenge rising from a health crisis. >> they make huge sacrifices to protect this country that we love. when they come home, they deserve to be treated properly. >> she defined the quarantine after working in the ebola hot zone. now, she is daring her governor to do something about it. >> we take a closer look at why survivors may hold the key to saving more lives in the outbreak. >> on techknow... >> these are some of the amazing spider goats >> small creatures, big impact >> how strong is it? >> almost as strong as steel >> inspiring discoveries changing lives >> this could go in a human body... >> right >> this is for an achilles tendon >> techknow every saturday go where science meets humanity >> this is some of the best driving i've ever done, even though i can't see techknow >> we're here in the vortex
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wichita kansas airport killing four and injuring another 5. the aircraft lost power after takeoff and crashed as it tried to make its way back to the airport. 100 people were in the building at the time of the crash although officials now say that everyone has been accounted for. a defiant nurse as to the growing debate over healthcare workers and quarantines during the ebola outbreak. earlier, casie hick objection took bike ride with her boyfriend. she recently returned from west africa where she was treating ebola patients. she was held in quarantine in new jersey against her will when she first got back to the states and has sense tested negative. >> when someone is asymptomatic, there is no risk for them transmitting infections so to imprison me in my house for three weeks, i am not willing to stand here and let my civil science-based. >> president obama is frustrated too.
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he called health workers in the hot zones heroes. after the criticism over mandatory quarter teens, new york and new jersey announced age insentencetive program for medical personnel to work in ebola-hit west africa. >> medical experts are rushing to find a cure. the answer may lie in the blood of those who have survived. >> one by one, they were air lifted and admitted to fight for their lives. and one by one, the three americans who contracted the ebola virus were successfully treated, able to walk out of the hospital on their own. nina pham ashokomoka received blood products from dr. kent brantley, the first ebola patient to survive in this country. nbc cameraman mucto makest says how important. thank you to dr. kent brantly
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who's generous blood donation played a pistol role in my recovery. brantlyts colleague nancy wright bowl gave as well. her blood was used to treat craig spencer. >> i am very grateful and i feel like it's a great privilege to be able to give dr. spencer some blood. there were so many people involved in help to go save my life, and i just am very happy to be able to donate to someone else is who needs blood. >> here is why the blood of ebola survivors is thought to be so powerful: after beating the varieties, immune systems develop virus fightingly proteins, anti-bodies that target the virus and keep it from coming back. those anti-bodies can last for a decade or more. antibody-rich plasma is blood. >> theoretically, the anti-bodies produced from an individual who has been infected
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and recover might have some clinical benefit to the patient who has now just been recently exposed or is sick. >> you note the experts are reluctant to call it a cure. >> at this point, the verd exhibit is out. we don't know that this works. clearly those people who survived may have survived without ever having received the product, and this is a really answer. >> nearly 5,000 ebola victims have died already and with the virus still spreading, the race is on to find what works. >> it's very likely that this will continue to burn in africa as an infectious disease forest fire until we get that vaccine. >> that's why every emphasis we can place on the research and development and the actual manufacturer of an effective and safe vaccine must be made. it really is the magic bullet. >> joined now by virologist working with bloody blood from there. i first want to ask you about
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the last thing we heard there: the importance of a vaccine. >> has been emphasized as a magic bullet but aren't we a ways off from seeing a useful vaccine in practice? >> we are several months off from that. and i do believe we need to make strides to get this outbreak under control much sooner than that. let's hope those vaccines work. >> indeed. now, for those of us who are laymen looking at this, the notion of a trans fusion, some sort of blood based treatment that could work for more people, after all, we are talking about there being a number of survivors in west africa today. wouldn't it be possible to start working with this blood-based treatment pretty quickly there? >> there are some people that are working on that. and there have been some studies in the past that suggest this might work. i think that we need to develop some more specific drugs in the long-term, though, that will
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knock this virus down and help people survive. >> what would be the challenge of a trans fusion? you know, some process of being able to regularly use transfusions in west africa with survivors in west africa? >> well, you have to match the blood to the -- to the patient. >> takes some time and skill. you need the equipment to be able to trans fuse the blood. >> that's not all that common in africa. and you need some skilled people to be able to do it. so there are some barriers to making that blood trans fusion widely available. >> is there any indication, though, that there is a guarantee on this, that it has been effective in the cases we have seen in the states? >> well, i mean it certainly hasn't probably done any harm. but in terms of the efficacy, those are basically anecdotal studies. the old studies are well. >> for those who have seen, all right. one of the survivors has given
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blood to another survivor. does this second survivor, the patient who has been treated with another patient's blood, does that person now able to like gee met clickcally improve the situation? >> to say can you take blood from the if treated patient and use it to further down the line? >> i don't think it's going to work that way some of the experimental drugs in development and some in our own lab will take anti-bodies from the blood and expand those anti-bodies exponentially in the laboratory and that's one reason why we hope to be able to grow those anti-bodies up, produce them in large quantities and use those as drugs to treaty bowl a and other related diseases. >> well, we hope that your work continues to be effective, and we look forward to hearing more. tulane medical center buy virologist, thanks for being with us? >> my pleasure. >> when a woman's love isn't
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enough to keep her child ? >> /* /- and why a new generation is vanishing from the streets of mexico. an al jazeera fault lines investigation after the break.
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the small town of iguala mexico, headed to a protest when they were taken away by police and since. >> as shocking as it is for so many people to just vanish into thin air, it is an ongoing crisis in mexico. tens of thousands have gone missing since the mexican government launched its war on the drug cartels there eight years ago. fault lines correspondent teresa bo traveled to some of the country's most violent regions to investigate. ♪
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>> a sign of her son hangs in fronts of her house in case anyone can help her find him. the last time she saw him, it was a tuesday evening. she had just gotten home from work. and he asked her if she would take him to a local motorcycle show. jose spent afternoons working in his uncle's mechanical shop in front of the house. >> he said... >> they road to the show on her bike. it was here in this small plaza just a short drive from their house in the town of piera lanka.
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>> when sarah went to the police, they told her she needed to wait three days to file a report. so she started searching, herself, something as simple as looking on facebook for information or leads. she did that. not authorities.
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>> all her money now goes to searching for jose. traveling to different places to meet prosecutors searching for possible leads or worse, to see if bodies discovered en masse graves might be him. it's left her a single mother almost in debt.
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>> states like where slives are key areas of control for criminal groups. it's an important transit point, both for central american migrants heading to the united states and for trafficking drugs. ki kidnappings are a source of income, forcing people to work for them. he is one of the thousands that have gone missing in receipt years as a mexican government struggles to battle cartels. families of the disappeared grass mexico have organized networks to support each other and try and help advance each other's cases.
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>> with so few investigations here, one of the most important questions: why was this person taken?
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it's rarely, if ever, answered. >> why do you think there are so few investigations about mexico? >> fault lines here in the studio so many have heard about the situation in guero state that has aroused so much fury. is this an example of what you are report okay in your film? >> this is a pattern that we have been seeing over and over
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again about how the whole politics, corruption, state security forces, federal security fors are involved in this war that is ongoing in the country and guero is just one more example of what we have been covering. in our film, we traveled to the state next to the border with texas. we went to vera cruz. everywhere we went, we found similar cases, either people that have gone missing in this war between cartels but, also, a lot of cases of enforced disappearanc disappearances, the police, organization. >> you think about the -- just the anguish of the mother in your report and i am struck by that, and i think, you know, does she think people want her son for ransom? they can't be looking for money from her. this is not a kidnapping in the true sense. >> that's what drove us there. we had this question in our minds all the time, and why is it that people just go missing? i mean is it just a kidnapping? and we couldn't sort it out
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because there is different reasons wherever you go. but i think what's very serious in the country now is the lack of investigation. there is no accountability whatsoever. nobody is in prison. there is no, like, that's why guero has gotten so intention right now. why we are hearing so much is people are just angry. the state is failing to investigate many of the disappearances that have been happening in the country. people are doing the investigations, themselves. they have to go from one town to another with papers. this costs money. we are talking about poor people who have no resources. so, it's very, very serious. >> that's why we wanted to focus in our film about how people end themselves. >> teresa bo from our fault lines unit. ? >> thank you. >> catch teresa bow's full report "the disappeared" this saturday here on fault lines at al jazeera america. ahead, baseball crowned a new champion but this olden season wouldn't have happened for a lot
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of today's players without some real american triers. ground breakers like these guys, final inning when we return.
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>> it's a chilling and draconian sentence... it simply cannot stand. >> this trial was a sham... >> they are truth seekers... >> all they really wanna do is find out what's happening, so they can tell people... >> governments around the world all united to condemn this... >> as you can see, it's still a very much volatile situation... >> the government is prepared to carry out mass array... >> if you want free press in the new democracy, let the journalists live. and finally, from us this hour, san francisco celebrating
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another world series victory. many of today's sluggers wouldn't have been able to take the field without the heroes of the game who came about. now, university in california takes a swing at an important new project that will shine a bright spotlight on an ugly and dark time in our nation's history. "america tonight"'s michael olken with a story of two american treasures who are baseball's other giants. >> these are two americans treasurers, great men with great nicknames: jim "mudcat" grant and sweet lou johnson. >> in 1965, the son could hit a homerun and give us that ball game. >> he was the first african-american pitcher to win 20 games in a season. sweet lou was the hero of the 1965 world series.
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his l.a. dodgers beat mudcat's minnesota twins but it's what they endured off of the field as well as on that has researchers at usc's anenberg school of journalism interested. the school is putting together an oral history of african-americans who played baseball in the 25 years since jackie robinson debuted in 1947. usc intends to chronicle as many stories of hardship and racism as well as triumph as thing. >> first of all, because it's one of the most important things we can do. in the end, this is going to be, to me, the most important thing i will have accomplished in my academic career. >> the first player to be interviewed was mudcat. the conversation was supposed to last a few hours. instead, they went days. >> mudcat keeps an office filled angeles.
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>> i have a photo in here of me and satchel page. >> it's where we met up with him and his former r i have a l, sweet lou. >> a lot of our history is disappearing. we somehow have to maintain a certain type of scenario where time. >> that's why i have all of these pictures in here because of the history disappearing. >> what kind of history exactly? stories it that show the kind of restraint required of these men. >> made me bert. black ballplayers? why do they attack that ball? you guys really attack it. so, it's white. >> it's the deeper stories of real serious issues in american history and american culture that have resonanswer that should be saved. >> i think the worst time in my
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career was when those four girls alabama. >> was the worst time. i think that was something that i couldn't hardly take. >> if you think this project is all about terrible stories and hardship, listen to mudcat tell this one. it begins when his cleveland detroit. room. >> the president was asking me morning. i said, yeah, yeah, yeah. and i hung up the phone. well, they came up and they knocked on the door. and you can tell them anywhere. they dressed alike. they looked alike. and i said, oh, this must be something. so they knocked on the door, and i opened the door slightly. and she said we hate to bother
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you but really, president kennedy would like to have breakfast with you this morning. and i said, can you wait until i get dressd they said, yeah. i got dressed. i went down there and there was president kennedy. >> they discussed civil rights. when j.f.k. asked mudcat if there was anything he could do for him, grant told him about the delapidatek conditions and lack of supplies in the florida. >> he kept in touch with me and times did change. you know, we got a school. we got books. we got housing, which is still there to this day. our school is still there to this day. and i got this photo of me and president kennedy together shaking hands on some things that he promised was going to happen that actually came true.
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>> michael ok the u with two great american treasures. that's it for us. on our weekend edition, we go inside the isolated world of an amish community. the leader of it is behind bars now charged with a hate crime for cutting off the beards of other amish men. is he still ruling the community from his prison cell? we will investigate on americ"america tonight." if you would like to comment on any stories you have seen, log on to aljazeera.c enjoy the conversation with us page. good night. we will have more of "america tonight" next time.
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