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let's start with jonathan in new orleans. it was solemn for much of the day. also because it's new orleans august two 9th for a lot of people in this city is a hard day. it's a reminder of how the city
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and how many so many peoples lives dramatically changed so quickly. as years have gone back, ten years out fohurricane katrina tell us that the city has rebuilt. people have comeback and rebuilt their lives thinking about this day and reflecting on katrina has gotten just a bit easier. >> for some t may seem odd to celebrate on the anniversary of a disaster. but true to new orleans, this parade in the lower ninth ward is about resilience. >> about people coming back, clinging to roots and demand to go rebuild. >> their home was destroyed during hurricane katrina. she returned and celebrate sush valling. >> that's what we do. celebrate life. earlier in the day, a softer memorial. mayor mitch landrieu and nan
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nancypnancy pelosi laid a wreath for knows whose bodies were never identified. every august 29th is painful for mohasaf mohammed. >> the devastation of our city, lives lost of our friends and neighbors, the abandonment by the federal government. >> like so many did following the storm, mckenzie jones, a teacher from baton rouge traveled from new orleans volunteer joining a citywide day of services. >> teaching and talking about katrina for the last two days with my students and really talking about the resilience of the city. i think that shows here today with everybody who volunteered not only at this place but other places, too. >> even with time, many of new orleans' stars have yet to heal. while it's tough to count all that was lost, the second-line
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parade is perhaps a symbol of what new orleans didn't lose: distinct culture and will to bounce back. >> overcoming, res rurrection. it's just not a party. it is a way, kind of, to move through the grief and back into the joy. that's what second lines are for. >> so richelle, today really wraps up the end of what's been an eventful week. yesterda yesterday, president obama was here. former president clinton is here in new orleans speaking at an event at the smoothie king center where the nba pelican plays and he is there at an event called power of community. >> event is designed to really not just remember those people who lost their lives but to thank all of the volunteers in the community who really have helped this city bounce back. richelle? >> jonathan martin, live in new orleans. while much of the focus post katrina remains on new orleans, teb years ago, the eye of the storm turned directly over
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mississippi. tornados and crushed the region killing 238 people along the gulf coast. alan shaufller lives us from biloxi to see how the recovery has been going there. allen? >> richelle, on this important anniversary, you really get a sense that this is a day and a weekend for recognizing transformation, just dealing with a tremendous change that this storm brought to the coast, to the economy, to the people on that will morning when it hit and the 10 years since ♪ >> the day starts in biloxi with song and prayer at a public memorial service. the names of mississippi's katrina victims read aloud. among the crowd, people who came here to help 10 years ago, having a reunion around the biggest natural disaster the country ever faced. karen and loretta traveled from
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brooklyn and san francisco just to be here for karina plus 10. >> it helps bring your life in perspective. it helps make you realize my petty little problems happening day-to-day don't really matter that much. and this is even the reunion is a constant reminder of that. >> i think it was transformational for all of us. it changed us as people, just being able to know that we could be helpful. >> trans formational for ritsa jones. she was 12 years old. >> i cried and that changed my life i should get into emergency management and help out and make sure the people around me are prepared because it really hurt my heart. >> there is progress all along the gulf coast. casinos desnatured are back bringing thousands of jobs, millions in tax revenues. and drawing tourists and their wallets to the white sand beaches of the gulf. you don't have to look far beyond casino row to see how
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much work remains. across the street from the beach, a 12-story der elect retirement home stands vacant and fenced off. drives what used to be busy neighborhoods and in many places, vacant lots far outnumber houses. >> they were built to be early headstart facilities. >> carol burnett runs a nonprofit for low income women and children in east biloxi, a mostly african-american and vietnamese community. she said not enough people was spent here to help people washed out by the storm and calls it a missed opportunity. >> we had a moment where we could have made it different. we could have made it better. we could make it more equitable, built job opportunities a supply of affordable housing, built public transportation systems. >> i think they did a wonderful job, but they could have did a little more. >> larry will born grew up here in neat, new federally funded
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houses. what he misses most is the human element. >> the people from around -- from this community, that's what's missing. and we want everybody to come back home. >> right now, this home, this gulf coast, is a mix of highs and lows, of lingering post katrina blight balanced by progress. and by music. on this weekend, a katrina anniversary romp by the black water brass band transforming a street corner once 20 feet under water into a place of joy. it's estimated that had a million volunteers came to this part of the country right after that storm hit and in the year since. a million. they are honored here, and many of them, as we found out this weekend, found great transformation, personal transformation as a result of katrina as well as the people who live here. richelle? >> all right, allen schauffler from bill objectioni, minutes, medias min gabe bre yellow, a
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college student who took a year off to produce a documentary from the point of view of a displaced student. she joins us live at 7:30 eastern, 4:30 pacific. our next hour, a deeper look at katrina's impact on the gulf coast. more live reports from new orleans and biloxi at 8:00 o'clock eastern, 5:00 o'clock pacific. >> we turn now to the retrial in egypt of three al jazeera journalists. today, a cairo court sentenced mohammed, fahmy and greste to three years in prison. greste was sentenced in absentia after he was gorted to australia why in february. fahmy and mohammed were taken in to custody after the verdict. the legal saga began in 2013 when all three were arrested and falsely accused of aiding the now-b now-band muslim brotherhood and spe spreading false news.
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al jazeera has said today's verdict is another deliberate attack on press freedom. we will not rest until bahar, peter, 340e78d, the six are freed and formally acquitted of the trumped up charges against them. meanwhile rights groups, freedom of the press advocates, family members and supporters continue to denounce the jailing of the journal ichtsz. many view the case as indicative of a wave of oppression being enforced by the new egyptian regime. >> wenally find this verdict absolutely unacceptable. we said it before during the first stages of the trial that the charges were just outland h outlandish. this verdict confirms that this is a gross miscarriage of justice. >> it's a nightmare. it's a nightmare for them. it's a nightmare for press freedom in egypt. it's such a dangerous situation. it goes to show that there really is no free expression in
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that country and the judiciary has no interest in protecting human rights but rather, that they are simply a tool for the political regime of the day. >> this is a government which has decided that it is hostile toward any independent press. we have already seen a number of e gyms journalists having been targeted. many have fled into exile. now, the message to the international press is you will not be allowed to come to egypt and report independently. >> earlier today, the state department issued a statement urging the egyptian government to redress the verdict saying it undermines the very freedom of express necessary for stability and development. al jazeera's natasha gname has all of the details from today's verdict in egypt. >> hope, then heart break in an egyptian courtroom as two-minute journal histories return to prison. a retrial was supposed to give bahar mohammed, mohammed fahmy and peter greste a second opportunity to clear their
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names. instead, justice was denied yet again. >> i don't know how i am going to survive this without him. >> the judge said he wanted to make clear to the people of egypt that these men were not journalists and dr.ed videos for air. then he sentenced them to more prison time: three years for office. ahmy and grestede, three and a half for mohammed. they have already spent more than a year behind bars. greste won't serve the time because he was deported to australia, but it will inhibit his ability to work as a foreign correspondent. >> it's outrageous. it's just devastating for me. i mean i know my heart is with bahar and fahmy. >> journalists inside the courtroom described a tense and angry atmosphere after the verdict. from the beginning, the case has been called a sham. leaders including president obama have joined journalists
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across the globe condemning it. the men have been convicted of aiding the muslim brotherhood which the egyptian government now deems a terrorist group. >> they were arrested on false charges. they were convicted without a shred of evidence. at no point during the long, drawn-out retrial did any of the unfounded allegations stand up for scrutiny. >> the canadian government is the galloneding fahmy's immediate deportation. his attorney says now that the egyptian judiciary has proven it's driven by politics not truth, it's time for the president to pardon the men. >> it sends a dangerous message there are judges in egypt who will allow their courts to become instruments of political repress and propagandaa. >> for now, the legal fight continues, but greste says they need the global community to fight with them by continuing to promote the free aj staff campaign. natasha gname, al jazeera. >> joining us from sydney,
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australia, peter greste. could you take me through the range of emotions you have had in the hours since this verdict has been announced? >> well, richelle, it's pretty straightforward. outrage and anger and shock really. those words still feel pretty hollow and feel pretty inadequate to express the way i feel right now. as we heard in that report, what really breaks my heart is what this means for fahmy and bahar. they are innocent men. their families don't deserve to suffer like this. they don't deserve to go back to prison. bahar has a 1-year-old baby who celebrated his first birthday on friday, and this is devastating for them. this is devastating for fahmy's wife. they just married about a month ago. and so, you know, this is wrong on so many levels. even more than that, this is wrong when it comes to
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fundamental natural justice. we did nothing wrong, as we heard in that report. there was never any evidence that the prosecute offer presented to suggest that we present -- that we broadcast false news. i would like to see the prosecutor show publiwhat it was that we produced that was false. remember, everything that we did by definition is a matter of public record. and throughout this whole process, throughout the past two years, since the moment we were arrested, the processing cuter has never presented anything that confirms that allegation. we had no inappropriate relationship with the muslim brotherhood. we were not colluding with them. we were simply reporting as any good responsible journalist would, talking to an organization that was an integral part of the egyptian political scene at a time when the country was going through extreme political turmoil and changes. >> peter, what do you think the egyptian government, the judiciary, is trying to do? what message are they trying to send to journalists, and, also,
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to their own citizens? >> look, i really can't interpret their intent. what i can interpret is the effect of this. what this, with the absence of any evidence and the absence of anything that confirms the allegations against us it's hard to come to any conclusion other than that this verdict was politically motivated. what it does is sends a very chilling message to journalists right across the region who were hoping to work in egypt. it says that the egyptian authorities will not accept any alternative now. they will not accept any voice that is different from the official narrative. and that's why we really need to fight this. we need to fight this, obviously, to get my colleagues out of prison, to clear the names of everyone including myself and others who were convicted in absentia. but we also need to defend the fundamental principles of freedom of speech, the rule of law, of due process, because egypt's democracy really hinges
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on that. everyone understands and acsentences that you cannot have a functioning democracy unless there is a free space available for rational, open, debate and discussion. that's the media. and this will closes that space down. >> so what are your next steps, peter? >> well, i need to consider, consult with my lawyers and others to try to work out the best way forward here we are certainly looking at every legal average open to us including appeals -- legal avenue and presidential pardonons. itch speaking to the australian foreign minister and she said she will use every available means to support our case and we will call for the support of other political figures and diplomats as you mentioned in that report. president obama who has spoken out in support and i have met president obama, in fact, in washington earlier this year, and he also said that -- or expressed his support and said that he would be speaking to president sisi to remind him of
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their obligations. now, this is -- i think this is absolutely crucial. the political leaders that have the clout to influence egypt need to remind egypt that they now have an opportunity. president sisi has an opportunity to correct an injustice. remember the world has been watching this case in particular to see just how strong egypt's committees are to rule of law and freedom of speech. the president has an opportunity to correct this injustice. we need political and diplomatic figures around the world to remind the president that this is simply unacceptable. >> peter, thank you. at this moment, as you and i are speaking, mohammed fahmy and baher mohammed are locked up. peter, thank you. we will carry your news conference live as well in the next hour. thank you. coming up less than 24 hours after uniform officer is ambushed in houston t? >> it's horrifying. it's an act of cowardice and
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brutalit brutality, the likes of which i have never seen before. >> in custody, a suspect charged with capital murder. >> hundreds rally on the streets against police brutality. we will is ask local activists if the civilian oversight can curb the statistics.
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30-year-old man with capital murder for killing of a houston area deputy. following the arrest, harris county sheriff ron hickman said his attorneys can return to the streets to, quote, hold a delicate peace that was shattered last evening. courtney has the details. >> tragedy struck a houston suburb last night. >> i have been in law enforcements 45 years. i don't recall another incident this cold-blooded and cowardly. >> this chevron gas station northwest of houston, 47-year-old deputy darren goforth of harris county was shot dead execution style in full uniform. he had left an accident scene at around 8:30 p.m. when he stopped by the station. >> he was at the gas pump, pumping his gas into his vehicle. a male suspect came up behind the deputy and shot the deputy multiple times. the deputy then fell to the ground.
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the suspect then continued over to him and shot the deputy again multiple times as he laid on the ground. >> i witnesses said the shooter shot him in the back of the head and three times in the back. after an intense manhunt covering harris county on saturday morning, authorities got a tip that led them to copperfield, about 1 and a half miles away from where the shooting occurred. >> today, the assistant district attorney's office accepted capital murder charges on a black male 9-15 of-84. he does have previous criminal history that includes charges for resisting arrest, trespass, evading detechniand disorderly conduct with a firearm. >> the pistol was recovered. they have not commented on a possible motive in the shooting. deputy goforth was a 10-year veteran of the police force. wen deputy goforth leaves
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behind a wife and two children. our hearts go out to them. >> courtney key lee, al jazeera. >> meanwhile in chicago today, protesters are hoping to turn the nation's attention back to police brutality against minorities. they filled the streets at a rally calling for a civilian oversight of chicago's police departme department. andy rose gen has more. >> with police as their escort and guide, 1,000 protesters let police have it. they marched to bring awareness to allegations of police brutality claiming that over 100 black men have been wrongly killed or tortured by chicago police since 2007 and how many more, they say, are hair aced by police on a regular basis. >> police stop us day-to-day. they come up on us. what you got in your pocket? where are you going? doesn't matter where i am going. why are you stopping me? >> reporter: they have a specific goal in mind, the creation of a citizen oversight
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board to review police actions. >> the reason we are having this is the police are out of control. and they are not being held accountable by those who have been given the responsibility and the duty to hold this accountable. >> large-scale demonstrations nothing new for chicago police. i asked one of them how they felt about protests so specifically against them. >> put these in. >> which are? >> ear plugs. >> a lot of nasty stuff? >> you can't allow it. you have to let it go off of you like water off of a duck's back. people are entitled to their opinions. we have to put up with it. >> at the same time as the demonstration on chicago's south side, there was a far quieter discussion about race. this youth empowerment day was part of this weekend's commen rask event marking sixty years since the murder of emmett till. he was tortured and killed after whistling at a white woman in 1955. his mother insisted on a public
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funeral and an open casket so the world could see the brutality of her son's murder. the resulting outrage was a pivotal movement in the civil rights moment. alvin sykes co-founded the emmet till justition campaign. >> what we wanted to instill with the young people here is with knowledge and youthfulness together, we are pursue and achieve justice in this country. >> meantime, protesters doesn't know if what they were doing would affect change in policing but their goal of just being heard certainly was. andy rosgen, al jazeera, chicago. >> coming up, hurricane katrina displaced thousands of college students in new orleans. up next, how one former college student documented the harrowing experience of living true the storm on film. how katrina changed the way people and pet did are evacuated in times of emergency. >> i am jonathan betz in new
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orleans. tises moment, exactly 10 years ago, the city's world famous canal street was filling with water. i was living here. this was my home. we will look back at what has changed and how far the city has come. much more ahead from new orleans.
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and you can find it on al jazeera america. >> ten years ago today, the worst disaster in u.s. history was unfolding, hurricane katrina made landfall on the gulf coast. shortly after, the levee in new orleans broke. reflex as the gulf remembers more than 1800 people who died appear the entire country reflects on what went wrong and what is still being done to rebuild. we obtained coverage from the gulf. jonathan betz is in new orleans. allen schauffler is in biloxi. let let's start with jonathan in new orleans. ten years since hurricane katrina. new orleans has been in the process of rebuilding since then. the city is now different. how so?
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>> the city has changed in the past decade after america's worst natural disaster. parts remain the same. the culture of the heart of the soul is a new orleans soul. the french quarter, the city's canal street, all of the tourists remember but if you go outside the tourist district, a lot of neighborhoods in new orleans have changed and look very, very different. there is a new influx of younger people coming here, starting businesses. the entrepreneurial rate here as grown which is good news for the city. in neighborhoods like the lower ninth ward which you remember was horrible hit by katrina's flood waters have not recovered. only four out of 10 homes in that neighborhood have been rebuilt. what used to be a very deposition urban neighborhood fields very rural. empty lots stretch for blocks. the foundations of homes remain. there are in some cases steps leading up to what used to be a home and now lead up to nothing. it's a haunting scene down
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there. there was certainly a lot of frustration in that neighborhood that the city has not come further. >> talk more about the demographics of the city and how that has changed. >> that has certainly been a defendant big point of interest for many new orleansians. you might remember mayor nagan after the storm declaring new orleans will crimea a chocolate city. there was a concern the city's black population would not be able to return in numbers that other demographics might. >> and unfortunately, we just lost jonathan, but we will be talking much more about the anniversary, specifically new orleans throughout the night and in our next hour. keep it here. in the meantime, we are going to turn to allen schaufler covering the angle live in biloxi, missile i know you have encountered a lot of volunteers who came back for today's memorial. what did they do after katrina and why did they come back?
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richelle, interesting, sort of an odd phenomenon that i didn't really expect to encounter here we have run into groups of vowel untears who came here after the storm and they had been working to clean up wreckage, to muck out homes, to get rid of mold in homes that had been flooded, all kind of different work. administrative tasks, physical labor, all kind of things. we ran into people who were with animal revenge u groups from around the country. one from passado safe haven in our seattle area. another was a group of engineers, structural engineers who were reuniting here for a 10-year reunion. another group from the all hands volunteer or u.s.a. volunteer group, coming back to reunite to get together after a decade. it turns out it was an important event for them, too. absolutely life changing for many of them to get a chance to come here and help so many people who were insomuch need. very interesting fphenomenon hee richelle.
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>> what else is planned for biloxi right now? >> bill objectioxi started off prayer service, memorial service, and right now you, me, and everybody else is missing the concert at the coast, the great mac rebonac, betser known as dr. john and trombone shorty, beginning and ending the day here in biloxi with a little bit of music. >> that is certainly appropriate. all right. alan schauffler in biloxi, mississippi. you can hear the waves. gabriel was al college student when katrina struck. she has produced a documentary about the storm and its aftermath called picking up the pieces. college life after katrina. she joins us from new orleans tonight, and we appreciate you joining us, yasmin, if you don't mind me calling you by your first name? >> no, sister. i appreciate you guys having me. >> you were in school in new orleans when katrina struck. not only did you complete
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school. you went on to law school. can you tell us what it was like to have to persevere in the aftermath of this storm? >> there were a lot of mixed emotions after hurricane katrina for me personally, and just knowing that i had an education, i had a future was one of the things that kept me moving forward. so, it's been kind of reflective to look back 10 years later and realize i wish i could talk to myself 10 years ago and say, you know, things are going to be okay, and that you guys are going to persevere. it's exciting to be a part of being back in new orleans today. i have been up and down all day thinking about being home and talking to you guys today. so, it's just been interesting. 10 years later. >> what were some of the down times? did you have to take a break? what were some of the difficult times? >> well, with your student loans, sometimes, there is this
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grace period that's 90 days according to the federal government. if there is an emergency, you have 90 days to start paying your locations or go back to school or be in default. so, i found out that i had some friends that didn't really know that information. so, i just really had to go back to school really quickly. i got a master's degree that i probably wouldn't have gotten, had i not had that 90-day grace period that required me to go back to school and i didn't want to be in default of my student loans. that was an interesting time to be in school and, you know, taking courses that you really weren't interested in, only because you didn't want to default on your loans. so that was a sticky time right after katrina. >> you say that almost as if it's no big deal but i don't think you really realize that that's a lot of pressure. that's a remarkable thing that you were able to do. >> i mean a lot of students did it. it wasn't just me, you know. i think legislation, you know, more or less kind of needs to be changed. and that was one of the things i
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have been challenging my young students to help me be on the frontlines of. right? because 90 days is not a whole lot of time for anyone to think about whether or not they have to go back to school and, you know, you don't even know where you are going to live. so, it is an interesting moment for someone to be at a crossroads and they only have three months to decide that. so, yeah, it is, but as a human, sometimes, you have to just take things as they go. so, it is hard, but, you know we've got to do it, you know. >> tell me about your documentary. >> it's about college students really, and it kind of paralegals this notion that there were a bunch of different stories. some people, you know, got into certain schools and they had a great time and their school was taken care of. other people were loaded down with loans, were kicked out of their school, and had to go back to their old school. some people lived in trailers. and so it's kind of a chronological story of different people and what they experienced. some of them went to uno.
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uno students for a long time lived in fema trailers that we all know had formaldehyde in them. this different myriad of experiences college students had is what the documentary is about. but we are picking up the pieces because despite all of the other obvio obstacles, everyone was determined to get their education. that's what picking up the pieces is about. it's about college students. like you said, everything was tough. there was like this light in front of us that was kind of like that diploma or that degree or that ph.d. or that md or, you know, your bachelor's degree that you really knew that you had to keep going. so, it was a positive energy. >> you clearly have something to say, and i am glad people are going to be able to hear what you have to say ms. yasmin gabriel. wonderful talking to you? >> thank you for having me. >> as well as the enormous human toll, the storm took the lives of tens of thousands of animals. some refused to evacuate without
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their pets and some died because of that. many more non-human family members were left behind to fend for themselves as katrina made landfall, more than 100,000 animals remained in new orleans and the surrounding areas. only 15,000 pets were rescued because official disaster response had no provision for the their evacuation. only 3,000 were ultimately reunited with their families. the number of animals that died at hurricane katrina is unknown but it's estimated to be in the tens of thousands. the storm changed the way people and their pets are evacuated in times of emergency. joining us now is francis baptista, co-founder of best friend animal society. he is in utah tonight and we appreciate you joining us. let's, if you look back, 10 years ago, at hurricane katrina and these moments people are making these desperate decisions about whether or not to leave their animals, can you tell me
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some of the instances that stick out in your mind? >> thank you, richelle. yes, we were handling animal did that came into our emergency shelter. we had teams out in the field, and then, of course, we were working to reunite these pets with their families. we had many forms come through what was interesting was it cut across all economic and rachel lines and the stories that people told about ient being forcibly instructed to leave animals behind, sometimes at n gunpoint or simply they were not permitted to take them in evacuation boats or however it worked out. these folks were heartbroken and they were turning over every stone to try to be reunited with their pets. sometimes it was successful. as you say, the most part, it wasn't. that was so tragic and sad. the heartbreak and humiliation
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these folks had from the storm and not being able to protect their little pet was just insult to injury gu for the animals, it was a tremendous disaster. everybody was shocked after the sp spotlight shifted from the super dome and the evacuations and the news crews going around the city inbosis with the patrolling with the national guard focusing on these images of dogs stranded on the roofs of cars or cats swimming in water. people all over the country were why aren't you stopping? why aren't you picking them up? of course, it wasn't their charge. it wasn't their duty. they had nowhere to take them in any event. to their credit, the national guard and the military were really the first to set up kind of just makeshift animal rescue camps that then, when the rescue organization such as best friends animal soft came in and hit the ground a few days into the storm, they were able to step in and take on a lot of those animals.
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>> acan i ask you this: for people who don't have pets, can you -- and they really don't understand it. right? they would say it's a no-brainer. you would just leave the pet. just go if it's between you and the pet. can you explain to someone who doesn't have a pet why it's really not that simple? >> well, i don't know that i can explain it in a way that would make sense. however, you can think about something that is totally dependent upon you, is innocent, is devoted, has no other agenda but to be attentive to you, to be your friend, someone who often is a consolation, on for older folks, their only companion and for many families, the pet, dog, cat, whatever it might be, parrot, ferret, goldfish, you name it, is part of the family. it's something that they regard as part of that circle of life in their -- in their immediate circle. to abandoned that is really a breach of the contract and the
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contract established with them. it's not a matter of whether or not you value the life of animal. as animal welfare organization, we believe the lives of every animal have intrinsic value but there is an obligation and a commitment we make as an individual that's human beings and our word is our bond. we have given our word to these creatures and they are dependent upon this. >> what has gotten better since katrina when it comes to evacuating with animals in what's why en better? >> one of the things that was a wat shed moment forces katrina and as you mentioned, richelle, many people refused to evacuate because they weren't allowed to take their pets. some of those people died. congress in response to this passed what's called the pet's act. it stands for the petty evacuation transportation and standards act. basically what it says is a local mun icipality at the couny or parish level in louisiana wants to receive fema funding,
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they need to have a plan in place to evacuate pets with their families and then on the downstream side of that, the sheltering component of that has to have some capacity to accommodate pets. they don't shelter pets requewi humans for allergies and all sorts of reasons but side-by-side sheltersering. so there might be a shelter for folks in al high school and then out in the football field, they will set up kennels for pets. >> pretty significant. i am going to have to wrap now, but -- >> i appreciate it. thank you very much, richelle. >> that wonderful progress. francis baptista, thank you very much. in our next hour, a deeper look at katrina's impact on the gulf coast. more live reports from new orleans and biloxi coming up at 8:00 o'clock eastern, 5:00 o'clock pacific. coming up just ahead, the big money business of college
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football. can you guess which coach has a big salary than the others? you probably can. we will tell you after this. >> while erica has been downgraded, we are watching the amount of rain we are expecting to see in parts of florida over the next few days. flood watches are now in effect. more on that when i return.
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one of the world's most active volcanos is on the big island of hawaii tonight. it began erupting early thursday morning, sending a thick ribbon of lava into nearby forests. they say the volcano poses no threat to surrounding communities. hurricane ignacio is tracking, a category 4 hurricane more than 600 miles off of the island of hilo. it will pass by the island early next week bringing surf and rip current. erica, the tropical storm that killed more than 20 people in the caribbean has fallen apart over eastern cuba. the remnants are expected to hover over the island before heading out to the gulf of mexico and skirting south
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florida. florida's governor declared a state of emergency on friday in anticipation of that storm. kevin corvieu is here for the rest of the weather. the storm that wasn't except for us. >> for florida, they will get quite a bit of rain. it's amazing because erica never got above 50 miles per hour. it caused so much damage across parts of dominica as well as the dominican republic and port reek a where they had power outages. let's look at what is happening right now. we are looking at the clouds over cuba, but it has just come across parts of haiti. haiti is extremely susceptible. look how they are dealing with it right now. see the flooding. flash flood something very common across haiti because of mountainous regions but they have no trees and the soil does not hold the rain very well. the infrastructure is very, very difficult in that area. they are now cleaning up from those areas. parts of dominican republic,
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they saw over 24 inches of rain just in an 18-hour period. so what can we expect in we expect that the remnants of the storm are going to make their way up towards parts of florida. that's going to be the big problem there. and because of that we do have the flood watches and warnings that are now in effect for central as well as southern florida. we can expect to see over the next 24 to 48 hours even 72 hours in the region anywhere between six and yap eight inches of rain starting tomorrow. of course, it's going to be the western part of florida that's going to see the majority of the rain and as we go towards monday, as you can see, it's going to start to go up the coast but towards the panhandle, we will watch that carefully. one thing i want to mention, though, is the waters here are very, very warm. i do not thing we are going to be seeing reintensefication or regeneration of the storm i am not going to rule it out at all. we will watch that carefully over the next couple of days. for miami, very rainy tomorrow
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as well as monday. after that, the storm or the remnants of the storm start to push away. now, down towards hawaii, here is ig nationof ignacio. this is the track of the storm as it makes its way to the north of the hawaiian eye lands, we think. because it's going to be so close, we think we are going to be seeing, of course t flooding, a lot of rain and storm surge. thauchlt. still to come, the high-stakes multi-billion dollar industry of college athletics. the money at play might surprise you.
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college football season is almost upon us. in recent years from a game at the grid iron where college students hoping to make it one day in the nfl to a
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multi-billion dollar business. programs have become a high-paying entertainment industry. the numbers are eye-popping. the top 100 college coaches make over $200 million combined. the head coach is alabama. nick saban makes $6.5 million a year just in salary. university of oregon just built a $42 million support center for its players. the university of texas lisolics as much as $20,000 from fans called seat donations. those numbers are the tip of the iceberg. the author of "billion dollar ball: a journey through the big money culture of college," he joins us from philadelphia tonight. we appreciate you very much. you have written extensively about the economics behind college fwauchlt there are lots of fans, thousands of fans packed in the stadiums every weekend. but do you think the average fan
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is aware of the type kind of moe are talking about here? >> i don't: i don't think they have made any effort to make themselves aware of t this is the great secret of college fwauchlt everybody generally knows it's a big business but they really don't understand how that business model works, and the effect that it has on these elite universities, especially in the 65s super -- excuse me -- in the five super conferences which include about 65 schools. >> what effect does it have on these schools? what negative effect do you think it has on these schools? >> it has a range of effects. and those include everything from not just the school did but side. i mean the lost taxes because all of this is tax exempt thanks to congress and some mackinatihinations, the t. money, seat money is treated as though it were a charity. you mentioned academics.
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the treatment of football players, for example, versus the treatment of regular students at these elite universities, there is such a distortion there that it's unbelievable. football players have everything from class checkers waking them up in the morning or following them around the university to make sure this sign in and go to class to extensive tutoring, learning specialists, psychologists, life skills coaches and so on. >> it could also be argued that the schools make a lot of money off of those kids and then -- >> yeah. >> basically discard them. >> yeah. you can certainly argue that for some of the players. >> okay. >> but my point is -- well, no. seriously. i mean my point is that the academic support centers are a phenomena that has grown up in the last 20 or so years. schools are spending millions and millions of dollars on that. the two ways to think about it
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would be if you are the school that this is morally responsible. we at least 0 it to these athletes to try to, you know keep their eligibility and get them to get a degree. the other way of thinking about it is, it's one more example of the lengths that schools have to go to keep players eligible in order to have them on the field to keep this business model operating. okay. we are about out of time but i want to ask you this one last question. i think you have about 30 seconds to answer it. what do you think are the implications of the football coach being the highest played stated employee? >> i can tell from you talking with lots of professors that it's again one of the distorting et cetera. it depresses them. they think why is there more money available for professors, for hiring processors. nick saban patrol accounts would equal probably about 70 full professors at the university of alabama.
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clearly, they are not happy about that. >> all right. gill gall, thank you very much for the conversation. the book is called "billion dollar ball: the big money culture of college." thank you, sir. >> you are welcome. thank you for having me on . >> i am richelle carey in new york. the news continues now with del walters. take it away. >> this is al jazeera america. i am del walters in new york with a look at tonight's top stories. we are minutes away from the news conference by our colleague and aj journalist peter greste. he is speaking out about the fact of his fellow journalists in egypt have been sent back to jail. katrina after the storm, pausing to remember the hurricane that brought death and destruction to new orleans plus we are going to take a deeper look at what has changed and what hasn't in the 10 years since that storm. a sus specificed killer under arrest tonight accused of shooting a sheriff deputy execution-style.
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>> we begin with a story that is prompting international outrage. this is a news conference that is about to get underway right now in sydney australia. today, a cairo court sentencing baher mohammed, fahmy and peter greste, as you see here sentenced in abstentia, deported back to his native australia in february. the other two were taken into custody after that verdict today. all of this beginning in 2013. here is peter greste. >> a fairly briefly statement and i will take some questions from you guys. the first thing i want to say is that i am absolutely devastated, sickened, frankly, by the verdict that was handed down in egypt last night. i know what prison is like. i know what my colleagues are going to have to go


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