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it will focus solely on printing. all right. he's changed the world once. mark zuckerberg wants to do it again. he has an ambitious plan to bring internet access to anyone anywhere in the world and he's not the only tech titan with a very new idea. see the other wacky projects from the biggest names in tech. "cnn newsroom" starts right now. hello, everyone. i'm fredericka whitfield. here are the top stories we're following for you. california, a wildfire shows no signs of slowing down. we take you inside the fire zone where evacuees are sharing their stories. and syria gives the green light to u.n. weapons inspectors but a senior u.s. official says, it may be too late to find any evidence of an alleged chemical weapons attack. plus, family and friends are desperate for any word about this pennsylvania school teach who's been missing for a month
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now. he went on a hiking trip and hasn't been seen since. this time, starting in california where the huge wildfire is still burning in and around the western edge of yosemite national park. more than 133,000 acres of forest are scorched. firefighters are on the front lines right now but it's still only about 7% contained. nick valencia is joining us from just outside the yosemite. it is far from being under control, right? >> reporter: they're working against a lot of odds at this hour, fred. we're at the rim or the vista. it's called the rim of the world. you have probably seen this before. i'll ask your cameraman to pan throughout to give you a sense of what firefighters dealt with throughout this entire week. if you have come through yosemite and used highway 120, you have probably seen this
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before but perhaps never like this. this is scorched as far as the eye can see and gives you a sense of what firefighters are dealing with. and this also is no stranger to fires. this is a monument given to a firefighter david eriksson who rost his life in 1997. when we talk to residents, they mentioned the complex fire and how this fire has a lot of similarities and more dangerous than that. the good news is some areas have been lifted, have had their evacuation orders lifted and some people are starting to go back but when you look at this, you recally understand that the scope of the devastatiodevastat. this came up to the lip of the edge and jumped the mountain. there's green trees but as you just saw, fred, just as far as the eye can see. and look at all that smoke. that haze. that's also some of the conditions that the firefighters are working under. it's difficult for our crew at times to breathe this stuff in. you can only imagine the front lines, especially at this hour. at this hour when the sun is
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high, these dry conditions are just even made more dry. those canyon winds blow the flames all over the place making it more unpredictable. earlier when i was at the groveland fire station where residents were getting updates from the local fire department about whether or not they can go back, i caught up with some evacuees and one told me what she's been going through the last couple of days. vicki, you have seen a lot in your five years in the u.s. forest service, a lot of fires. what does this compare to, those that you have seen in the past? >> no fire is a good fire. i have never seen headers the way i did earlier in the week this week, and it was astounding to see the power of what i witnessed earlier. so our main objectives right now, structure protection, just making sure we keep everyone safe and protect that park at all costs. >> it was a little nerve wracking knocking on my door. this is new for us.
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i never been in an area where they had bad fires and then we came up here yesterday morning, it was very thick coming through the valley and then cleared. we're hoping we're okay. >> reporter: and it's been difficult for everyone that's affected by this fire. just in the few days and the two days that we have been here, this fire has grown to more than 15,000 achors and as you mentioned, fred, just 7% containment. fred, back to you. >> nick, thanks so much for keeping us posted. so the winds in that fire area have been dying down just a little bit but the conditions overall are still feeding the flames. alexandra steele is in the severe weather system. >> hi, fred. the weather is not cooperating. a myriad fronts. temperatures, rain and wind. so in term s of the temperature, the temperatures in the morning not as low or cool as they have been earlier in the week and the fire activity picked up earlier in the day. also, the fire's creating its
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own weather pattern. it's so ferocious now and so large and what's happening is that smoke column is building up, it's breaking down and collapsing on itself and when it collapses it sends the downdrafts and wind gusts in opposite and disparate and hard to know where it's coming. strongest winds late this evening and in to the overnight hours. sustained winds between 16 and 20 miles per hour. gusts even stronger than that. and you can see that here in this legend when the winds really fire up. really late in the day and overnight. so, on so many fronts, the temperature staying in the 70s. no rain at all to cool things down. and also, of course, the strong winds. and the temperatures during the morning hours. on so many fronts, this fire does not get a break from the weather at all, fred. >> all right. thanks so much. okay. we are also getting in some pretty amazing images from nasa.
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take a look at this shot of the yosemite fire from space. the fire is just that big. and you can really sigh the burned out areas and the smoke it is generating, as well. amanda knox will not return to italy for retrial in the 2007 death of her british roommate. that's what a spokesman for her family says. italy's supreme court plan to retry the case this fall. the court says the jury that acquitted knox two years ago didn't consider all of the evidence. it is still possible that italy could request knox's extradition from the u.s. a 12-year-old boy has lost his fight against a brain-eating parasite. according to the facebook page that was providing updates, zachary rana died yesterday afternoon. the site says he is on a ventilator so his organs can be donated. his family says zachary may have lost his battle but he won the war. doctors had been treating him with an experimental drug. donald trump is facing a huge lawsuit from the state of
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new york. the state's attorney general says the billionaire mogul's trump university committed fraud and scammed students for thousands of dollars. if the state gets its way, trump could have to fork over $40 million. we'll go to new york for the full story with cnn business correspondent alison kosik coming up shortly. all right, the sound of bombs there and accusations of chemical weapons used go on in syria. the syrian government now says it will allow u.n. inspectors, weapons inspectors access to the site of the alleged chemical attacks but they're also warning the u.s. not to take any military action. our chris lawrence is live for us right now from the pentagon. so chris, is it too late now to find any evidence, any real evidence of chemical weapons attacks? >> reporter: no. i think just the opposite, fred. i think they already have enough
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evidence and they're near certain that there was a chemical weapons attack and that the syrian regime was responsible for that. a senior administration official tells cnn the belated decision by the regime to grant access to the u.n. team is too late to be credible. including because the evidence available has been significantly corrupted. as a result of the regime's persistent shelling and other intentional actions over the last five days. we now know that president obama has been making a flurry of calls, he was on the phone with the president of france. we know earlier he spoke with the prime minister of the uk. it seems to be that they now have enough information and now what's happening is the allies are getting together to decide what is the best way forward. >> and chris, what are the options that the u.s. is considering? >> reporter: well, no boots on the ground. no no-fly zone. what we're hearing is potentially what's being
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considered at least standoff options. fighter jets, firing from outside syrian air space. perhaps cruise missiles fired from one of four navy destroyers in the mediterranean. one of those moved closer to syria. all are equipped with tom hawk cruise missiles to hit land targets from the sea and we know the pentagon recently updated the list of targets potentially to go after not only command bunkers but the actual delivery systems, the artillery batteries and launch systems that could be used to deliver chemical weapons. i'm told by sources that basically all of these options are limited. they're designed to deter future chemical weapons use, not to change the situation on the ground, much less overthrow the regime of a bashar al assad. >> chris lawrence in washington, thank you so much. >> yep. tomorrow is back to school
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day for students in nazareth, pennsylvania. one of the most popular teachers vanished a month ago. next, we'll look at the mysterious circumstances surrounding his disappearance and the latest efforts to find him. [ male announcer ] a guide to good dipping. little carrot. little bit of hummus. lonely wing... well we have got the perfect match for you. of course you can't beat the classics. delish... sabra hummus. dip life to the fullest. sabra hummus.
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in california, authorities are trying to solve a mystery that has a family and a school community on edge.
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they're looking for a popular pennsylvania high school math teacher who vanished during a hiking trip to mammoth lakes. 39-year-old matthew green would have started classes tomorrow but he hasn't been seen or heard from since mid-july. >> i want to be hopeful but yet at this point it's so hard to be hopeful. >> reporter: it's hard because her brother matthew green is missing. the avid 39-year-old hiker and high school math teacher from pennsylvania who loved being outdoors vanished more than a month ago while vacationing in the mountains of mammoth lakes, california. his family said he went there to camp, hike and climb. he was at the shady rest campground nearby. his family says he was supposed to pick up his car and then meet some friends. he never picked up his friends and his friends say he never showed up. >> so there's really not a lot of clues to go by.
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and that's kind of the pitfall of the investigation right now is where could he have gone? >> reporter: air and ground searches haven't produced many clues. his family and friends launched a find matthew facebook page. >> this is one of our best friends and deserved our best effort. we'll focus on the pages missing from the guide book and probably had with him but we're looking at an area that's probably going to be 20, 30, 40 acres of mountains. >> reporter: police aren't sure what happened to matthew. it's a missing persons case for now. his family just wants answers. >> at this point, no matter what the outcome, we just want to find him e. you know? we just want him back. we want to know what happened to him. >> and that's cnn's brianna keilar reporting. a pair of eyeglasses that may have belonged to matthew greene were found by a hiker. they're trying to confirm
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jodi arias could be sentenced this fall. a judge could set a date for the penalty phase retrial tomorrow. plus, we may get a decision on a defense motion to ban cameras in the courtroom during that phase. in may, arias was convicted of killing her ex-boyfriend travis alexander but the jury couldn't reach a unanimous verdict on arias getting life or death. a new jury will be selected to decide the penalty phase of this
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case. criminal defense attorney carrie hackett and mo ivory are both here with me. oh my goodness. you know, it was already a marathon trial. and now, folks are going to kind of go through it again, ladies. but this time the penalty phase, very unusual. so, a jury has to be selected. does this mean that they're going to, mo, hear evidence, testimony, just like a mini trial again? >> sure. just when you thought you had enough of jodi arias, right, she's back? it will be treated like a brand-new trial but just dealing with the phase of sentencing and ether she will die by lethal injection or whether she'll serve life in prison without parole. there can be evidence. in fact, jodi herself could testify again. >> really? >> yes. >> like 18 days. >> yeah. she won't be subject to cross-examination because this is about her sentencing and not necessarily about the testimony in the case which they have already found her guilty. >> what's the deal with the motion of no cameras?
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this is a five -month trial. very televised and watched. how can it argue or why would it not be appropriate in the penalty phase? >> the best argument is that the original jury was hung and couldn't make a decision about whether or not jodi should be sentenced to death or life in prison. if that original jury was subject to all of this media information and speculation about whether she did, in fact, do it and they couldn't reach a conclusion, wouldn't that lend itself to a situation where it would be in the best interests of this court, this jury, the judge pull this altogether and move forward for the jury not to see media? >> it's one thing for perspective jurors to be questioned. >> right. >> and they, you know, are evaluated but now we're talking about it going to another level. we're talking about twitter account that is are being requested. to what degree? >> they want to look at the totality again and the jurors
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will go through the same selection process as the other jurors. have they heard about it? who hasn't heard about this? i don't think the judge wants to -- >> their opinion, strong opinions. >> sure. not just enough to waive -- >> i think that the question more is not whether they have a strong opinion but whether they believe they can be fair and impartial despite having that opinion? just about everybody has an opinion about this case. >> a lot riding on potentially tomorrow, a lot could come out of that hearing. let's talk about bob filner. we talked about this. maybe three weeks ago, when there was a great call by so many people after the allegations of sexual harassment for him to resign. we saw at the end of last week he is willing to resign but there are conditions. the city is still going to finance in large part his legal battle. to what degree, carrie? >> that's right. they finance up to $98,000 in private attorneys' fees.
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attorneys of his choosing. that's the only concession. because he was a government employee, they would be liable for his acts since he was in management position. >> because the accusations while he was an employee. but now that he's gone, you know, there's no connection with the city anymore as a former mayor. why does the city have to continue to pay? >> relating to miss jackson, his director of communications, you know, she is the first -- once you see gloria allred, right, you know there's money involved. so she is making sure that that suit is covered under the city of san diego's finances. so there's the $98,000 and then also going to cover that particular lawsuit where his former director of communications so he is the -- the city is on the hook for that which is very unfortunate for the citizens of san diego because i think he's blatant about what he's done and in complete denial of responsibly for his actions and then in the end it's the teixeiaxpayers to
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for it. >> i think she'll recover damages bah without the concession, the city would be in a position where the mayor may be there indefinitely. he had the heels in the ground and he wasn't budging so i think that this is a fairly small concession to make in light of the city's responsibility from the legal standpoint. >> you ladies, attorneys and lawyers that you are, attorneys fees are very high. skyrocketing all the time and litting over $98,000, seems like that's maybe a drop in the bucket considering the voluntarily quvolume of cases. then what? >> he is on the hook and responsible for it and i don't think anybody is worried -- >> public servant not likely to have a lot of money. >> a lot of public servants have a whole lot of money. i don't know that we know for sure he doesn't have a lot of money. he was a congressman for many, many years and we see they're some of the wealthiest in the world. >> working outside of that public service work. >> the other side of this is he
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could face criminal allegations. >> interesting. fascinating stuff. okay. we'll have you back, of course. good to see you both. appreciate it. thanks so much. all right. there's more straight ahead. bait and switch? a scam? deceptive in every way. that's how the state of new york describes donald trump's for-profit school. here what donald trump has to say about the accusations and the state is demanding from him. and why the billionaire claims that he's the victim here. ñó5wó ñw?ñçñññw?ñçó]ç9wjyó
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all right. welcome backment i'm fredericka whit feel. thanks so much for joining us. a large wildfire is still burning around the western edge of yosemite national park. warm, dry conditions are expected to continue in the area throughout the week. jerry sandusky's adoptive son and six other victims of the former penn state assistant football coach have settled their lawsuit against the university. attorneys for the victims confirmed today the final agreements in the jerry sandusky child sex abuse cases. but the amounts of the settlements are being kept confidential. investigators in louisiana say an 8-year-old boy shot and
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killed his 87-year-old caregiver after playing a violent video game. police say the boy was playing grand theft auto 4 minutes before he grabbed the gun in the home and then shot her. the child told police that it was an accident. he won't face charges under a louisiana law. a child under the age of 10 is exempt from criminal responsibility. and tomorrow, president obama awards the medal of honor for conspicuous gallantry to army staff sergeant carter. carter risked his life to get ammunition to fellow soldiers in a deadly taliban attack in afghanistan nearly four years ago. the names of all eight men who died on that day are engraved on a steel band that carter wears on his wrist. and donald trump is facing a huge lawsuit from the state of new york. the attorney general says the billionaire's trump university committed fraud and scammed students for thousands of
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dollars. cnn business correspondent alison kosik is in new york to tell us what this is all about and how much money this state is trying to get out of donald trump. >> reporter: the new york state attorney general's office is trying to get $40 million for what it says trump school wrongly took from people atte attending seminars and the allegations are shocking considering donald trump is one of the most famous billionaires. now, new york state is suing donald trump and the investment school trump university for making false promises about its classes with the lawsuit calling it an elaborate bait and switch. that students were told if they took part in seminars that they could learn trump's investing techniques. the lawsuit's claims read like a menu of accusations. i says the university was a sham, that it lured prospective students to a free 90-minute seminar that merely served as a sales pitch for another seminar. a three-day seminar that cost $1,500. the lawsuit says once that these
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students were in this three-day seminar, it became what calls an upsell to pay for yet another year-long seminar of $35,000. the lawsuit also says that during that three-day seminar, speakers actually urged students to call their credit card companies in the breaks to request increases in the limits but the lawsuit says in reality it was so students could buy even more classes at trump university. now, donald trump tweeted his response saying this. that lightweight new york state attorney general is trying to extort me with a civil lawsuit. we also spoke with trump's attorney saying that the suit has no merit and no more than a cheap publicity stunt to deflect from the weak job performance and that 98% of trump's former students were satisfied with their experience. fredericka? >> all right. thanks so much, alison kosik, in new york. former boxing champ mike tyson admits to being a vicious
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alcoholic and vows to get on the right path but can he rehabilitate his life and image? we'll take a look at the challenges he may face, next. [ female announcer ] birdhouse plans. nacho pans. glass on floors. daily chores. for the little mishaps you feel use neosporin to help you heal. it kills germs so you heal four days faster. neosporin. use with band-aid brand bandages.
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all right. now to that deeply personal confession from iron mike tyson. in an emotional news conference following his debut as a promolter on espn's friday night fights the former undisputed heavyweight champion of the world told reporters that he is a -- his words -- vicious alcoholic. he says he's tried very hard to stay sober. listen. >> i'm a vicious alcoholic. i haven't drank, took drugs in six days. and for me, that's a miracle.
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i've been lying to everybody else thinking i'm sober but i'm not. it's my sixth day. i'm never going to use again. [ applause ] >> wow. so deeply personal and you heard it in his voice like he was going to cry or on the verge of e moegally letting it all hang out. mike tyson, you know, revealing to reporters there and being asked about reconnecting with his former trainer, teddy atlas. so let's bring in reinvention specialist and founder of me university, marshon evans. this is remarkable because iron mike. i mean, the title right there says, you know, that he is just a force. he is iron. you know? he is steely and he can't possibly break down but he's revealing a big part of himself, this struggle. how do you interpret this? i know you mentioned this is the cry for help. but i thought this is after the cry. >> i think this is the right type of cry, actually.
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and i worked with a lot of professional athletes and entertainers as a sports and entertainment attorney and what i recognize is that particularly with men, whether they're football players or boxers, they're expected to be very tough and have it altogether and as celebrities we expect that of them but mike says he's tried everything and hasn't worked. >> which is so honest and so many people whether it's drugs or alcohol have gone through the same thing and he's revealing, peeling back the layers. >> we have to realize he's still a man who grew up with a broken childhood. his mom died when he was 16, his sister died when he was 24. >> his trainer being a father figure and then him passing away. >> his daughter passed away from that accident. >> treadmill. >> you have to watch celebrities rise and fall and we xergt thfo they're just people and his drama is playing out on the public screens and has to do with things he hasn't resolved
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as a kid. >> you see vulnerab vulnerable? >> yeah. you're letting everybody know who you are, the pain you've been dealing with. but you think in a way this makes it more dangerous? much more of a tight rope for him? >> i think it's a good sign because the first step of getting help is recognizing that you do need it and i think a lot of men, particularly male athletes, don't admit they need help. to do so is so transparently is a great thing but does he have the right agents and advisers to help him through the process. as someone that represented athletes, most people capitalize on the opportunity. is this the right thing for you right now, to go back in the media and the public eye if you're sick? if you're sick. he's been talented and the problem is not potential. i think a biggest problem is purpose. i think that he's a man looblgilooblg
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i looking for real significance. >> oh, i want to ask you more about that. here's another clip of mike tyson in a very personal, open way. >> i want people to forget the thing. i'm a mother -- i'm a bad guy sometimes. and i did a lot of bad things. i want to be forgiven and so in order for me to be forgiven i hope they can forgive me. you know? i want to change my life and live a different life now. my sober life. i don't want to die. i'm on the verge of dying because i'm a vicious alcoholic. >> that addresses it right there. purpose. you talked about, you know, wanting purpose. i wonder if this new venture, being a promoter, a new chapter in his life, gives him that new purpose, maybe that hope that he for a long time felt like he didn't have and that's why he sinks to drugs or alcohol. >> i think it's deeper and the question of reinventing the brand and business is secondary to how does he resurrect his life. >> what is his brand?
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>> you know, i think his is brand of a fighter and boxer and e entertainer but that's not who he is as a person. you can lose yourself in the celeb tan the lights. he was on top. >> i wonder if people forget about that part of mike tyson and they got distracted with the other things, the biting of the ear of evander holyfield. >> those are symptoms. >> the tattooing of the face. in terms of branding, i wonder if those things rebranded him where the brand may have been incredible fighter and what a fierce, you know, guy in the ring. people forgot about this. >> the definition of brand is simply perception. creating a perception to get what you desire and what and i think what is a mistake is to brand on bad soil. if you don't know who you are and what you want, you chase after this paycheck or this movie or this opportunity or be a promoter. i think what i would do if mike was my client, take a step back, actually look at who you are,
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what you want. probably a question no one's ever asked him before and give him an opportunity to maybe not even be a boxer. to maybe not even be someone who's in the entertainment and public eye. what if he just wants to be a painter? >> maybe you will get a call from mike tyson. >> look at the person. >> what an incredible step and people can't help but to admire that and a moment for that mike tyson. thank you so much. appreciate it. all right. she survived two lung transplants, talk about courage and now 11-year-old sarah is getting ready to go home. she talks exclusively to cnn about the battle to get the life saving operations next.
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her fight for new lungs changed the rules for kids desperate for a transplant. now, after undergoing two lung transplant surgeries, 11-year-old sarah murnaghan is breathing without the help of an oxygen machine. jason carroll sat down with sarah and her family for their exclusive first interview since her transplant. jason? >> reporter: well, sarah has a very deep understanding in terms of just how sick she has been and for how long and during her first interview since having not
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one but two lung transplants, she talked about all she's had to endure. so many people have said that you're a tough, tough little girl. do you feel like you are a tough little girl? >> yeah. >> reporter: you do? >> very much. >> can you tell me why? >> because every time i face things that i thought were going to be hard and then i've done them. >> reporter: sarah is due to be released as early as tuesday, thursday at the latest. very exciting time for the family and i spoke to sarah's mother and father about her prognosis. >> she's going to fight and she's going to be okay. i fully plan to watch her graduate from college and watch her get married some day and do whatever it is she wants to do. and, you know, i believe those things are a reality. i just don't think they're as
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easy for her to obtain those things as somebody else but i think she is going to have them. >> reporter: fredericka, this puts it in perspective. when i was talking to sarah, she said, i'm not going for easy. she said, i'm going for possible. and it looks like this week it will be possible for sarah and her family. fredericka? >> all right. thanks so much, jason carroll. appreciate that. you can see jason's entirer have view with sarah and the family tomorrow morning on "new day" right here on cnn. but first, this week cnn heroes saw refugee girls in urban chicago struggling to get an education and to fit in to their new communities and took it upon herself to reach out to those who desperately need a place to call home. >> my family come to america because we want a better life. we are 12 people in the family. i got to chicago, i migrate.
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they put me in ninth grade. it's really hard. it i'm totally lost. >> it's even harder to be a refugee teenage girl. >> my name is blair and i help refugee girls find their place in america. in my free time after work i was tutoring different kids one girl is really struggling. >> hello. >> hi. how's it going? >> good. nice to see you. >> i had more because i'm a girl. cook food for my family. >> we started going on field trips. we started talking about college. things started to change. >> are you excited for classes? >> yeah. >> one of our biggest goals together is to graduate high school and be on a path to college. i'm sure there's other girls. >> girls! we are saw many. >> there are about 50 girls in our different programs. >> well, you are making progress. i'm so proud of you. you know? >> our mentorship program
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i have a dream. led freedom ring. >> as we mark the 50th anniversary of the march on
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washington we are recognizing some of the many civil rights leaders who worked alongside mart lieutenant king jr. one of those leaders is reverend c.t. vivian. and i recently sat down with him. could you have believed 50 years ago that the march would be as indelible, have this indelible place in history? >> we knew it would have an imprint but i never thought it would be this deep. now, think what we're talking about. really, without that victory, we wouldn't have an african-american president. and i never thought we would have one for this century. see, remember this. martin king led a moral and
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spiritual movement. he did not lead a political movement. and his remarks and his great statements don't back up a political movement. they back up a moral and spiritual understanding of life. >> so now you're on a mission. you continue to be on a mission. it's really been your life to be on a mission. the president made it clear that the 16 recipients of this presidential medal of freedom in his words goes to men and women who have dedicated their own lives to enriching ours. >> that's exactly right. >> so what does it mean to not only be one of the 16 recipients but to share this day, this nonnor with bernie banks, oprah winfr winfrey? >> it sounds good but let me tell you, if it doesn't allow you to help other people, it doesn't matter who you got them
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with and doesn't matter what the honor looks like. or where it comes from. you see what i mean? is that only the things that help you help somebody are really wort the earth. >> so in your view is not an honor to represent all that you have done but instead you say this is incentive to continue to do more. >> of course. of course. and you got it exactly right. we have proven that we can solve social problems without violence. if we choose. and that means at every level. >> all right. c.t. vivian honored as one of the presidential medal of freedom recipients. 50 years after that speech, do americans think the dr. king dream is achieved? >> hey, fred. it was martin luther king jr.'s dream, his speech and the massive march on washington became a crucial moment in the struggle for civil rights.
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now, 50 years after his historic address, do you think king's dream has been achieved? according to a new pugh research center poll nearly half of americans say a lot more needs to be done in order to reach racial equality and the poll points out a big racial divide over whether king's dream is reached. nearly 8 in 10 blacks questioned said a lot more needs to be done. that drops to 48% of hispanics and 44% among whites. fred? >> all right. thank you so much, paul. tonight cnn recreates the march on washington through the firsthand voices of those that helped change history that day. we were there hosted by don lemon airs tonight at 8:00 eastern time. ♪ for a strong bag that grips the can... get glad forceflex. small change, big difference.
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look at the movies. top films in america this weekend. the butler starring forrest whitaker and oprah winfrey number one. jennifer aniston's "we're the millers" was second and third "the mortal instruments city of bones." what a combination. lots of news to keep your eyes open this week. we start with sports. on monday, the u.s. open starts in flushing meadows, new york. because of the draw, defending champ murray could face top seeded novak djokovic in the semifinals. tuesday, students go back to school in newtown, connecticut.
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students will be going to class in a neighboring school. the sandy hook school where last december's massacre happened is going to be demolished. on wednesday, president obama joins former presidents bill clinton and jimmy carter on the steps of the lincoln memorial to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the march on washington. fast food workers fed up with being paid the minimum wage are calling for a national day of strikes on thursday. they want to be paid what they call a living wage. $15 an hour. that's more than double the current federal minimum wage. workers in eight different cities walked off the job this year in protest over their pay. and on saturday, the u.s. military starts offeri ining benefits. their children will also be covered. all right. we have a fun couple of stories for you right now. you know that feeling when you wear the same outfit as someone else at a big event? usually people are humiliated. look at this. this is ricky fowler and jonas
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blix. two pro golfers with serious orange. both playing in new jersey this weekend. yeah. there they are. side by side. still hard to tell whether this was planned or whether this was just, you know, a little boo-boo from the sponsors. both apparently sponsored by puma. they have a great sense of humor about it and looking for the picture ops. a look at the new giant panda at the national zoo in washington, d.c. it was born friday. aw. had the first exam today. can you believe that is the giant panda, the size of your -- that's you, don. where is that aw coming from? the cub is healthy and the mom is doing well. she gave birth to a second cub yesterday but it was stillborn and really miraculous that this one made it. the zoo said it's cautiously
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optimistic. look. that was the hand. hand, hand, hand. that's the head here. that's how tiny. >> did you see the claws, though? >> yeah. they can hurt. >> it's cute now. >> but, you know, got to protect itself. such a cute little baby. that's sweet. hey, don! how are you? >> i'm great, fredericka whitfield. smooch it now. >> suddenly started talking. >> until the claws come out. >> very sweet. you will be sharing the new baby pan panda later on in your shows but straight aheadlight right now. >> like right now. get to it. you love each other but get to it. thanks, fred! top of the hour. i'm don lemon. you are in the cnn "newsroom." thank you for joining us. news reported first here on cnn about syria. syria is agreeing to allow u.n.