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smart or successful, but as far as we're concerned, she can be anything she wants to be. >> come on, let's rock out. ♪ the number of global ebola cases passes 10,000. but as the world steps up efforts to combat the disease, there's disagreement about how to contain it. a community shattered and in mourning. people in the u.s. state of washington try to make sense of a deadly high school shooting. we'll look into that. and later, a google executive steps out of cyber space to take a plunge from the edge of space. and hello and welcome to our viewers in the u.s. and around the world. i'm natalie allen. we begin with a grim milestone in the battle against ebola. while there are isolated cases in the u.s. and europe, the disease continues to flourish at its epicenter in west africa and
there is no end in sight. the world health organization now counts more than 10,000 cases with most of them in liberia, sierra leone, and guinea. so far nearly half fatal. and the disease is spreading. more than 50 people are now quarantined in mali. that includes at least 40 in a town where a 2-year-old girl died of ebola friday and about a dozen are quarantined in the capital after the girl traveled there last week. she was the country's first confirmed case. mauritania has responded by closing its border with mali. the government had already banned travelers from its ebola-affected neighbors. the u.s. is imposing new travel restrictions over the ebola threat. starting monday all those entering the u.s. from ebola-infected areas will be subject to 21 days of monitoring. plus new jersey and new york now require a 21-day quarantine for
all health care workers returning from west africa. illinois is beginning a similar quarantine policy for travelers who have had direct contact with eboeola patients in the region. this after a doctor who had treated ebola patients in guinea became new york's first case of the disease. but a nurse now under forced quarantine in new jersey is crying foul after her initial tests came back negative. she says the policy could lead to medical workers being treated like criminals and prisoners. there has been some pushback concerning those guidelines. doctors without borders worries the rules may deter health care workers from traveling to africa. earlier i spoke with dr. alexander garza, an associate dean at st. louis university's college of public health. he says it's a fine balance between public safety and personal liberty. >> the president had said this is a national security issue, and i believe he's right in that this is a threat to the american
security. but with all that being said, i think the quarantine measures that are in place in new jersey and new york are a bold step ahead of where most people are when it comes to setting up procedures and things like that for taking care of ebola. and i heard some of the talk coming out of the different governors and things like that. but in the case that did occur in new york city i think it was handled very, very well. dr. spencer of course notified the authorities when he became feveral. the public was assured there was no risk to them. its with a little bit stunning to some people that this measure was taken by new york and new jersey with having this quarantine measure in place now. >> well, i guess maybe because they did it seemed to have
worked well with this doctor being extremely responsible, but then we had the cases in texas of someone getting on an airplane with a fever, of getting on a cruise ship that had been under surveillance. so it seems one extra step to take. >> sure. >> do you think that it's the right thing to do in these airports which are receiving people who've been in these hot zones whether they're a family member or just a citizen traveling or health care worker? >> yeah. so you're balancing a lot of things here. the health care workers are obviously at increased risk because that's what they do. they go in and take care of very, very sick patients and they're exposed to a lot of virus because that's what they're doing. where a lot of the general traveling public coming from these countries may or may not have been exposed to the virus. so trying to figure out what their risk is is challenging as
well. the other factor i think you need to consider as well is a lot of these health care workers, or the majority of them are american citizens who do have some rights as american citizens on whether they can be held in quarantine or not. now, obviously the state does have the power to issue quarantine orders. so that's not a question. but the question is balancing those personal liberties versus the interests of the state and where that falls down is where the governors are making their decision. now, obviously, there does have to be some consideration in protecting the public, and that is crucial. but balancing that with prudent measures and understanding civil liberties is also prudent. and it's not an easy task by any stretch. it's easy for me to sit here and talk about it, and it's much more difficult for a leader or
for a politician 20 mato make t decision. but it has to be made on scientific evidence. it has to be based on the best possible intentions. so you're balancing a lot of different things. the civil liberties of the individual versus the need to protect the public. and that's never an easy place. >> right. and we have a case right now with the nurse who was detained in newark who didn't have a fever and she's very upset by her treatment. >> right. >> so we've already seen underreaction, confused reaction, perhaps a little bit of overreaction in the situation, and certainly there will likely be more of that because this epidemic, we've just passed 10,000 cases in west africa. what does that say to you? >> well, it says to me that we still do not have a good handle on what's going on in west africa. and i agree with tom frieden from the cdc who says the only way we can reduce our risk here in the united states is by reducing the number of cases in west africa.
and if you think about it purely from a statistical point of view, the probability of cases continuing to occur in the united states, it's going to continue as long as there's an increasing number of cases in western africa. and so really the way to defeat this problem is to defeat it at its source, which is in west africa. regardless of all of the quarantine measures and things that we put in place here in the united states to take care of the problem, it's really going to take a concerted international effort in west africa. >> dr. alexander garza speaking with me earlier. the u.s. army's 101st airborne division has officially taken over the u.s. mission to fight ebola in liberia. the change of command took place saturday in monrovia. the liberian and u.s. governments were represented along with various u.s. agencies assisting in the battle against the virus. the division is charged with building field hospitals to
provide 1,700 additional beds plus several testing laboratories. coming up here, a u.s. mayor talks about the horrifying school shooting that has devastated his town. hear from him and the students who fled for their lives as the shots began. also, vigils across canada for the victims of two attacks in one week. we ask a security official what changes need to be made to keep soldiers from becoming targets. shh! taste better in our savory broth. vegetables!? no...soup! oh! soup! loaded with vegetables. packed with taste.
fired inside the cafeteria during lunch killing one student and injuring four others. he was a student there. two of fryberg's victims are his cousins. doctors say the next few days are critical for the recovery of all the teenagers who were shot. fryberg killed himself at the school. the city's mayor says the police have been training for something like this because sadly it does happen in the u.s., and their training may have saved lives. >> i have no doubt that that is what helped with the rapid response, the ability to evacuate, and complete two full sweeps of the school and find additional kids that were still in lockdown and even a couple that had minor injuries. so that training paid off, and i can't say enough about our ems
and our police personnel and their professionalism. >> students and parents returned to the school saturday to pick up their belongings. jeff deboies from cnn affiliate was there with the children and adults who are trying to cope with what happened. >> it's pretty hard to walk back in knowing what you see all that happened. >> reporter: marysville-pilchuck students lined up today, many of them reluctant to return to the scene of the horrific crime. security made sure students went to the right place to collect their belongings left behind in a moment of terror. >> honestly, i can probably never look back, like look at the cafeteria the same again. after knowing what happened there. knowing that there was blood, there's blood on the floors. >> reporter: according to sources, once detectives finish processing the crime scene in the cafeteria overnight the backpacks left behind were taken to the gymnasium to keep students from going anywhere near the lunchroom. backpacks left in classrooms
were also taken to the gym. >> this is unbelievable. i can't imagine what my 14-year-old is going through. this is not something a child should have to suffer. this is not something anyone should have to suffer, but a child. >> reporter: carol jason says one of the victims who died was like a daughter to her. the best friend of 14-year-old breanna johnson, who is still in shock. >> it's just hard because i know that my best friends got shot and i don't really know how to process it right now. >> reporter: but the school district wouldn't he release backpacks and belong togz anyone other than the rightful owners. so students and parents make the somber procession back to the school, relying on each other for support. >> this community's really kind of bonded together through this. >> as you could see them pulling up to the school, it's a bleak rainy day there. but there was literally a bright spot at the high school on saturday. take a look. a local news photographer took
this picture of a rainbow that appeared briefly over the school after the rain subsided. hockey fans across canada joined together for an emotional and cathartic moment saturday. ♪ o canada ♪ our home and native land ♪ true patriot love ♪ in all thy sons command >> after a violent week in the country the national hockey league honored the soldier and police officer killed in separate attacks in ottawa and quebec. fans attending hockey games in toronto, montreal, and ottawa sang "o canada" in unison before the pucks were dropped. and what a lovely anthem it is. it was the first home game for the ottawa senators since the
shooting last wednesday. and as funeral preparations continue for the two killed canadian soldiers, communities across canada mourned with candlelight vigils. flowers, flags, and breathes were set near the national war memorial in ottawa, where corporal nathan cirillo was gunned down. public visitations for the 24-year-old reservist will be held sunday and monday in his hometown of hamilton, ontario. in the wake of these attacks we're seeing military personnel were targeted a top canadian security official spoke with cnn's attic a schubert. he said while changes in safety measures are on the way a policy requiring how canadian service
members wear uniforms in public will stay the same. here's that interview. >> what about security changes specifically around parliament hill? because it seems extraordinary that the attacker was able to get inside the way he was and then even the prime minister had to be bundled to safety. so what kind of changes are now being looked at around that area? >> well, that's right. it's our security partners, of course. the rcmp and others who look after security on parliament hill. and although they responded very quickly, it is very upsetting that this individual was able to get in. i think it's reflective of a society that has been very open and wary. probably not as wary as we need to be. and i think that level of vigilance is something that's sinking in to awful us certainly in uniform across our bases and across the country. >> does this mean a change in mindset, particularly that canadian military staff
specifically are now being targeted? does there need to be a change in attitude that yes indeed, they are targets and that we need to be more aware? >> we have to be very careful. these are two individuals with some connections no doubt about it, but two individuals who have a few things in common, mental illness, drug addiction, and self-radicalization. and there will certainly be others like that in canada. but i think we do have to be very careful not to overdo our measures and distance ourselves from the public who admire and support us. and our job is to protect them. so we accept risks in operations overseas. it's a bit of a recognition of society today, yours and ours, that we also accept some risks at home in carrying out our duties. >> now, one of those safety measures, for example, is that anyone who is in uniform going home is now recommended to not wear their uniform. can you tell us why that's the case and why that's an important
precaution. >> no. novth, we did take that for about a day and a half after the attack in ottawa, and it was only within ottawa that the order was given. we've now rescinded that order. we're back to traveling in uniforms to and from work, and anywhere in the work area for ottawa, for instance, that means traveling from building to building as well. i think it's very important ground to make sure that we don't cede that to a level of terror that is out of balance with what we actually do analyze the risk to be. >> stopping attacks like these is so difficult because in many cases they are spontaneous or they're inspired from overseas but there's no way to trace and track every single individual. so how does the country then prepare for the possibility of another attack like this? >> it's a very important question. this is what we're all analyzing.
certainly the canadian armed forces. but with our great partners, the royal canadian mounted police and secis, we analyze all the indicators that are out there. and there are new ways of doing that. and they aren't even classified. many of them use social media that give us indications through chatter. we have to get smart at that and smarter at that. we have to make sure we're picking up the clues that might actually have been there in some ways in this case and make sure that all the tools are there to deal with it as effectively as possible and as early as possible. >> well, thank you very much, general lawson, for giving us your insights on that. >> thank you, atika. once again, a new policy for canadian military already in place, service members are being asked to remove references to their jobs on social media. that includes removing photographs of them in uniform. well, we are just hours away from the polls opening in brazil. this presidential election runoff is being called the
there's president dilma rousseff of the leftist workers' party, or p.t. supported by millions who climbed out of poverty and into the work'sing class thanks to social benefits and subsidies. "i'm going to vote for dilma," says this community organizer. "i'm worried about going backwards in terms of wealth distribution." then there's the challenger, neves. a centrist social democrat preferred by the markets and the middle class. he's vowed to rein in inflation and boost growth after a recession in the first half of the year. for many he just represents change after 12 years under the p.t.
"my vote will go for -- rousseff won the first vote in the first ballot this month but not enough to avoid a runoff. since then third place candidate, popular environmentalist marina silva, pledged her support for aecio neves. now it's a dead heat. pollster paulinho says they have opposing strategies. "aecio neves has to convince the emerging middle class that he's the vehicle of change," he says, "whereas dilma rousseff must show her rival will undermine the conquests of the last few years," he adds. last year a million people took to the streets to demand better schools and hospitals and denounce political corruption. the most recent scandal involves an elaborate kickback scheme with state oil company petrobras. it's too close to call for now
but for whoever wins the real challenge is going to be to simultaneously narrow that income gap and jumpstart the economy. shasta darlington, cnn, sao paolo. >> so we'll be following the runoff again. it begins -- the voting begins in just a few hours there in brazil. well, they are cleaning up in athens this weekend after flash flooding friday turned roads into raging rivers. we're not exaggerating, are we, ivan? >> no, not at all. that is literally what happened here. just incredible scenes coming out of the region there as a result of the kinds of rains that they don't even get in the entire month. so here's the deal. 52 millimeters is what athens gets in the entire month of october. that's two inches. they got 90 millimeters, or 3 1/2 inches, in two hours. so obviously, that resulted in a mess. take a look at the scene. this is what was left to be cleaned up after the river went through it. and now let's show you what transpired during the afternoon.
look at this thing. that is just one of the most impressive flash floods i've seen there. and as you can imagine, all that water coming down in a short amount of time and there you see a bit of a slope on that road there. and, well, gravity took over and took carsing and everything in its path, and thankfully not people as we understand. so no significant injuries. because my goodness, as you can see here, that could have turned out much worse. waters are now beginning to recede. so that is certainly excellent news. the cleanup is going to be under way. and the reason this all happened, look at this 72-hour loop. usually we don't show you three days. but i just wanted to kind of underline the point here that this low has not moved all that much. so from the adriatic moving into the balkans in just three days. and it's still there. we're still raining over the same areas. although the low now is less intense and i think over the next couple of days we'll begin to wash this thing out and become a lot dryer across this region. it's also pulled a lot of cold
air because of its persistence here, we've been draining some very chilly temperatures all wait down to the south, so we're comeping the moisture from the med, bring in the cold from the north, and you get yourself a little snow in parts of bulgaria and that will be accumulating in the next couple of days. case in point look at these temperatures here. mild to the west. but as this trough has dug in here, look at temperatures now going into the minus column across many areas here, and that'll be the case throughout the next few days. further north and west we have some quiet weather across the southwest but here we have a feature rolling through. although not going to be bothering london. mostly to the north. scottish hills. ireland will begin having some showers here but i think we'll be doing okay. perhaps a bit of a gust of wind through the afternoon. but notice most of the action stays to the north. so the big game coming up in just a few hours now, kickoff 16 degrees, this will be 13:30 gmt,
9:30 a.m. zpif on good authority that natalie allen will be staying away after the newscast watching her atlanta falcons take on detroit -- >> i just might for a while, to see the londoners' response to our little football export. >> what do they call it there? i guess football football. >> american football. >> yes indeed. we'll get them hooked on it. >> i hope so. thanks, ivan. we're going to talk now about that air-bag crisis we're seeing in the united states. the u.s. decht transportation is looking into their traffic safety authority's recall of lethal airbags. the airbags made by japanese supplier t. kata explode when activated and have been blamed for at least three deaths. they've been shooting out shrapnel and killing people. here's cnn's rene marsh. >> reporter: more cars could be recalled over exploding airbags that shoot metal shrapnel at
passengers. that from a senior administration official. right now the focus is vehicles in states with warm, humid climates. but the pressure is on to expand the recall nationwide. meantime, federal prosecutors are looking into whether japanese airbag manufacturer takata was truthful about when it knew of the defects, and lawmakers on capitol hill, they're questioning if the government agents that handles recalls is doing enough to keep drivers and passengers safe. now, this week the national highway traffic safety administration, they put out an urgent warning to nearly 8 million car owners to immediately get defective airbags replaced. some of the airbags, they expand so fast the metal inflator ruptures, sending metal flying. that could cause serious injury or even death. now, ntsa first said 4.5 million vehicles were affected but later corrected that. it's actually nearly 8 million.
and a senior administration official says a review is under way to ensure a mistake like that doesn't happen again and the agency's safety culture is also under review with a focus on its risk management procedures. essentially, they want to find out, should ntsa have acted with urgency to recall these cars sooner? rene marsh, cnn, washington. well, coming up here, they have taken up arms to protect their people from isis. we'll show you the all-women kurdish army on the front lines facing the same dangers as the men. also ahead, ernest hemingway and george orwell are just two of the many writers whose books line one of baghdad's colorful street markets. and people say this particular market is helping keep baghdad alive. we'll have a report. ♪
in the u.s. and around the world. i'm natalie allen at cnn center. our top stories, the world health organization now counts more than 10,000 ebola cases worldwide. almost all of them in liberia, sierra leone, and guinea. the w.h.o. says nearly half the cases have been fatal. flowers adorn the gates of a u.s. high school where a teenager, a student opened fire friday on his fellow students, killing one and wounding four others. two of the victims have been identified as the cousins of the shooter, jaylen fryberg. the wounded are all in intensive care at local hospitals. in the canadian capital of ottawa hundreds of people gathered saturday night for a candlelight vigil honoring two soldiers killed this past week in suspected terror attacks. nathan cirillo was shot as he stood guard at canada's war memorial, site of this weekend's
vigil. well, allied commanders say u.s.-led forces conducted more than 20 air strikes against isis militants friday and saturday. they say u.s. warplanes destroyed an isis artillery site near kobani. kurdish forces continue battling isis for control of that city on the syrian border. they say they hope to see peshmerga reinforcements, ground troops, cross the border from turkey soon. those kurdish fighters, as we mentioned, filling the role of the ground force, the u.s.-led allies desperately need in the war with isis. and as ivan watson reports, they include a strong contingent of females. >> reporter: meet nerk's newest de facto allies in its coalition against isis. these are kurdish fighters from a group that calls itself the ypg, or people's protection units. and within the last week the u.s. for the very first time
began dropping assistance to ypg fighters defending the syrian town, the border town of kobani against isis militants. and the u.s. air power has also been striking isis militants that have been laying siege to that town to support this faction. now, the ypg, if you look at their iconography, if you look at their symbols, they seem very similar to another kurdish faction here in the middle east that's known as the kurdistan workers' party, or pkk. and here's where it gets complicated. the pkk is considered a terrorist organization by america's nato ally, turkey, because it's been fighting a guerrilla war for some 30 years against turkey. the u.s. officially labels the pkk a terrorist organization. and less than five years ago the u.s. was helping turkey bomb pkk
fighters in the mountains of northern iraq. but now the enemy of an enemy makes this group the u.s.'s friend in its battle against isis. now, these militants have gathered here in northern syria in one of three mini kurdish statelets that have grown up in this region since the civil war began in syria, and they're commemorating some of the people, some of the fighters who've been killed in the battle against isis, which has been going on for quite some time. if you look over here, many of these women have lost sons or husbands in this war. [ chanting in foreign language ] >> and as you can see, they're chanting "long live apo." that's the name of abdullah ojulan.
he is the leader of the kurdistan workers' party, or pkk. he's in prison in turkey. and that's part of why america's decision to ally itself with these fighters is so controversial with its nato ally turkey. ivan watson, cnn, reporting from northern syria. >> that's northern syria. now we turn to lebanon. heavy fighting there in the northern city of tripoli as military forces battle islamist gunman. reports say nine soldiers were killed along with two militants and two civilians. 13 soldiers were injured. both sides used heavy weapons and rockets, devastating parts of the popular tourist location. a journalist in lebanon says the gunmen are sunnis believed to support isis. >> i suspect some of them certainly share some of isis's
goals. or maybe it's just an alliance of convenience. it's very difficult to say. but one of the side effects of what's happening in syria with isis's fight against the syrian government there, one of the side effects is that it's roiling affairs here in lebanon and exacerbating tensions between different communities. right now you've got people who are fighting because they feel their community, the sunni community in lebanon is being marginalized, has been set aside in favor of the shiite community and specifically hezbollah. they accuse the army of doing hezbollah's bidding. and of course every time they target the army and then the army reacts, well, then it's sort of -- it continues this cycle, a vicious cycle. >> the fighting started friday when lebanon's army launched a security operation targeting the militants in tripoli. to iraq now where one particular street marked by bloodshed years ago now thrives.
despite the threat of more attacks, the books market, artwork, and lively debate have not stopped. here's cnn's ben wedeman on baghdad's street of hope. >> reporter: when you're looking for a book in baghdad, any book, you'll find it here on mutanebe street every friday. whether it's an old copy of hemingway's "farewell to arms," orwell's "animal farm" or "1984," or something more recent. there's an arabic saying that goes something like this -- cairo writes, beirut publishes, and baghdad reads. for almost half a century karten malak has catered to baghdad's voracious readers. but it's not just about the books. >> it keeps baghdad alive. >> reporter: some tried but failed to kill that spirit. in 2007 a car bomb here killed
26 people. the book sellers and customers, however, were determined to keep the market alive. >> the show must go on, and we must enjoy our life. >> reporter: and despite everything somehow they do. what's amazing about baghdad is that despite the often grim headlines one reads coming out of here that the people have managed to maintain the ability to function, at least to try to find a way to function in a normal manner. in the park just off mutanebe street an artist will draw your girlfriend's picture. you can listen to music. ♪ or join lively debates on any subject under the sun. you can talk bay variety of
topics. economics, politics, or literature, says saad kashkuk, a clearing agent. "sometimes it gets a bit heated but in the end we're all friends." teacher hala tamimi is a regular participant. "sure there's a future," she says. "like it or not, even if there's only one iraqi left, we have a future and i'm thinking of the future." this is just a tiny corner of baghdad, of iraq, but here in addition to books and banter you can find hope. ben wedeman, cnn, baghdad. >> we often show you scenes of car bombs and carnage in baghdad. nice for ben wedeman to bring us that story of another slice of life there in the city. still ahead here, an exercise in democracy. images of the hong kong street protests coming up. you wouldn't do half
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this is live video from kiev, ukraine of voters going to the polls, which are now open there, for a landmark parliamentary election. this is the first such vote since the ouster of russian-backed president viktor yanukovych back in february. current president petro poroshenko hopes his party will win a clear majority so pro-western reforms and a peace plan for the east can be implemented.
but 27 of the 450 seats in parliament will remain empty because voters in pro-russian parts of the east will not be able to cast ballots. pro-democracy activists in hong kong had planned to hold a referendum today to decide whether to accept government proposals for more reform talks. for four weeks campaigners have occupied major roads in the city to oppose increased central control of hong kong elections. the referendum would poll the protesters by cell phone on whether to accept concessions offered by the government or to stay on the streets. the occupy movement has captured the world's attention, and documenting the protests right from the beginning is photojournalist alex ogle. earlier he spoke with cnn's kristi lu stout of the pictures he has captured of the protests. >> this is from a bridge overlooking the main protest
site in admiralty, and it was just kind of clashes going back and forth. maybe calm for five minutes and then everyone pushed the police line. it was just before they used the tear gas. and they were just using the pepper spray, and this is kind of a big beper spray from a backpack, just kind of pumping it kind of crowdwide. that's why the umbrellas come in handy for the protesters. >> this is also an issue for cnn photojournalist as an issue of safety. >> right. >> with the use of pepper spray, tear gas, et cetera, sometimes sporadic acts of violence would break out. how do you protect yourself as a photojournalist while being on the story and capturing it? >> i mean, goggles is the main thing because i think getting in your eye would be -- i've had it on my arms or on my legs before it just kind of splattered. but i think in your eyes and your mouth would be the most painful and debill eigitating. >> so you're holding the camera wearing goiggles.
>> exactly. the first night you had these gas masks, kind of a full face thing. it's tough to focus and tough to see. >> let's bring in the next image, and it's of the bamboo barricades. bamboo in this kind of scaffolding essentially hong kong. and you captured it so it looks like a grid. and in the background the famous cityscape of hong kong. >> right. this kind of speak to the fint zential hong kong -- the nature of the protests here with the barricades that kind of spring up and they had all these materials. so these guys come and spring it up in about an hour. this was taken down the next day by the police. the amount of effort that went into thooez building these things and the protesters, they're not particularly -- they're not defending it. maybe in protests in other countries there would be more of a violent response to them -- to police coming and taking their stuff away but they kind of put their hands up and just kind of let the police take them. >> and while documenting the umbrella movement you also documented the human drama on
the streets. >> right. >> for example, this moment. and you see an older man using his fingers, stabbing in the throat of this young student protester. his reaction, his still reaction is remarkable. >> yeah. it's very stoic. this guy had been shouting, screaming at him for maybe five, ten minutes before this, and he had kind of one of the yellow ribbons, which is a symbol for the hong kong protesters. he'd ripped it off his shirt. and this student hadn't really reacted. and he was just coming at him. and he's got this kind of martial arts jabbing thing on his throat. and the guy was just kind of standing his ground. really kind of shows the generational gap. the old guy going after the young student. and he's just taking it. >> here we see just the raw agony of a journalist reacting to just being hit in the face with pepper spray. you were standing right next to
him before this happened. >> yeah. five minutes before. and we were together at the barricade. this is the monkok area this time last week. we were both at the barricade. police were trying to push people back. he was kind of pushing back, trying to keep his position. he's a journalist who was showing his credentials. and the policeman who kind of pushed a female colleague he was with, and he was pushing back, the policeman saying you shouldn't be doing that. and he got pepper sprayed in the face. and he fell to the ground. i just happened to be right next to him. and i tried to capture kind of the pain he's going through. >> and a final question for you because i know you're a very avid social media user. when you share all your photographs on social media platforms like twitter or instagram do you find your audience is more interested in some images over the others in and which ones? >> definitely. some ones like this one kind of took off immediately.
>> because of the news value or the emotion? >> the emotional resonance people can share saying this is happening right now. just kind of classic hong kong imagery. which people who've never been in hong kong but they have an idea of it in their head and maybe they're following the protests but not so closely, they get some kind of classic images which they can tell oh, that's hong kong and this is what's happening. sometimes it just spreads really quickly. >> it's pretty amazing photographs there. we appreciate his sharing them with us. up next here, plummeting from the stratosphere, this google executive claims a new world record. we'll take you behind his death-defying freefall. find out how fast he dropped back to earth. nineteen years ago, we thought, "wow, how is there no way to tell the good from the bad?" so we gave people the power of the review. and now angie's list is revolutionizing local service again. you can easily buy and schedule services from top-rated providers.
if you haven't seen it yet, a google vice president is going into the record books as the world's newest space daredevil. he set a skydiving record thursday by jumping more than 135,000 feet from the stratosphere over new mexico while wearing a specially designed suit. i would hope he would have a specially designed suit. he remained in freefall for about 4 1/2 minutes before deploying his parachute and then landing safely. the previous altitude record was set by austrian skydiver felix baumgartner. that was heavily covered as well by the media two years ago.
well, an arizona-based company, paragon space development corp., designed the spacesuit, the live support and other systems that made this jump possible. cnn's relisa desilva asked about the reaction when eustis landed safely. >> it was a combination of elation and trepidation. being engineers, we know that things are only -- are going to happen well if you've thought of everything, but you hope you haven't missed something. hitting the gone, getting back down on the ground and getting a clean instruction, meaning the pilot was healthy and in good shape, was a feeling i really can't describe. >> your company, paragon, designed the spacesuit that made this possible. tell us a little bit about how it works. >> okay. combined with some of our partners like ilc dover, we designed the spacesuit and all the life support systems with it.
it controls the pressure of the flyer, in this case alan. it keeps the pressure above no less than 5.3 pounds per square inch. i apologize. i don't know the metric for that right now. and then it also provides oxygen for him through a mask. it provides protection for the actual flight itself by being structurally strong enough that it won't be ripped apart going such high speeds in the atmosphere. >> yeah. faster than the speed of sound. he even created a sonic boom. >> oh, yeah. he made it up to mach 1.23 i believe is the official number now. which is a little over 800 miles an hour. >> and now, he was hoisted to that height by a helium balloon, unlike baumgartner, who used a special capsule. how were you able to achieve that? >> well, baumgartner had a special capsule but it was still suspended under a helium balloon. so the method of getting to the
high atmosphere was the same in that regard. the difference was our person was not in a capsule, it was just a spacesuit. so he was hanging from the spacesuit with a special harness device and that device released him when we got up to 135,000 feet. >> and the release, it required an explosive device to get releaseed from that helium balloon. what were the risks involved in that? >> not very much. these little explosive devices, they're really almost like a cigar cutter. they're a little guillotine. so a little charge fire that cuts the rope and then when the rope is released it released a mechanism that lets him go. it's not even noticeable. you have one of these fire next to you and you don't even really hear it. so they're used to very often in different things where you have to cut a small rope to allow something to release or otherwise work the way you want to. >> now, this is three years in
the making. it was kept a secret. why? >> well, because alan came to us wanting to stretch the technology and stretch the human condition or the human experience to even higher in space than had gone before and also wanted to do it in a different way because the capsule and suit method baumgartner used was a little more complex and we wanted to make it simpler. so there was never the intention for the media, the intention for the science zand engineering to be done so we could make this flight to the upper atmosphere much more common. this media was not part of the deal. it's also i must say from an engineering standpoint nice to be working without cameras over your shoulder the whole time. >> ben anderson, president and ceo of pear garagon space corporation, thank you for
speaking with us and good luck. >> thank you very much. >> they certainly had good luck with mr. eustis. by the way, alan uft sis a ph.d. he's on the senior leadership team in google. and he's known in palo alto as a thrill seeker. and what a thrill he just had. ivan cabrera, there are so many unbelievable aspects of this. the fact he had to explode a small explosive to untether him. >> i'm just stuck on the whole dangling thing. getting hoisted up -- >> and you have a graphic to show us how high he was dangling. >> yes. he went into the upper afrmt atmosphere. and of course we'll talk about the speeds here. the speed of sound, which would be in the 760s depending on your air temperature and where in the atmosphere you are. but there's a skydiver. natalie made me put my face on here because i skydiveed a couple years ago. and boy, i thought that was fast, but look at this.
felix at 822 miles an hour. faster than an airliner which would be 500 to 600. and there's alan at 843 with that mach 1.25. unbelievable. both breaking the sound bare year and people heard it. where did they go? here's the atmosphere here. and the troposphere, that is where the weather occurs and when you get significant thunderstorms you get the little anvil that goes right there into the stratosphere. but we fly right there. essentially at the height of mt. everest here. and this is where they went, upwards of between 39 and 41 kilometers here. and the interesting thing of course, that felix was in the capsule, so they didn't have to contend with the problem that we have in the stratosphere with something like this, which is the temperature actually starts rising here. so they had to reengineer the suit to be able to deal specificbily with the temperature differences. so quite an incredible feat here for them to do that. where are they going to go to
next? perhaps they'll jump from the mesosphere. it was a surprise it broke last night and we had no news about it. three years in the works. what's going on in seattle? you're watching us from the pacific northwest, perhaps you are not because your power is out now. numerous, about 100,000, 200,000 people without power across the region. because of this. 75 to 95-mile-an-hour winds. hurricane-force winds because of a big low pressure system that has crashed into the pacific northwest. what we had of the la week. and then we have another system the remnants of ana coming in the early part of the week with more of the same, more rain, mountain snows, and very gusty winds. >> yeah. a little unusual for that area. all right, ivan, thank you. that's our first hour. we've got much more ahead. we'll look at the race to find the vaccine for ebola. hopefully, that race will end by
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