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welcome to "world news." tonight -- better days. surprising employment numbers today rising hopes the economy y be finally turning corner. fighting mad. shouts, shoves and many questions at packed town hall meetings on health care reform. what's behind the outrage? fighting the flu. human tests of the flu swine flu vaccine begins. charlie's gift, the girl who became a similar billion of hope coping with autism. and the bus driver making a special delivery every night. and the bus driver making a special delivery every night. he is our person of the week. captions paid for by abc, inc.
good evening. it is a measure of just how bad things have been with the loss of another quarter million america jobs last month is seen as a sign of progress, that what happened today when the government said 240,000 jobs were lost in july, fewer than anticipated. unemployment rate actually declined to 9.4%. numbers suggest the steep decline in the economy might be easing. so, betsy stark joins us again tonight. >> reporter: the economy has lost jobs for 19 straight months. under normal circumstances, today's numbers would be apalg. given where they we have been, they are another sign the worst is behind us and the seeds of a recover are being to take hold. at the white house today, the president took some credit for today's jobs numbers saying the stimulus plan had rescued the
economy from castro fee. >> today, we're pointed in the right direction. >> in the first three days on of this year, panicked employees were slashing jobs at an average pace of nearly 700,000. that has eased to about 30,000 a month. >> that period of freefall is over. >> if everything sticks to script, 6 to 12 months we'll feel better. >> reporter: 34-year-old who lost his job as a bank sales manager a year ago is already feeling better. so, when do you start this job? >> monday. >> reporter: monday? >> yes. >> reporter: he just got a new job in banking. though it comes with a $50,000 pay cut. >> it's almost a salary in itself to lose that much. >> reporter: even with a smaller
paycheck, he's one of the lucky ones. nearly 15 million unemployed americans are still looking for work. record 5 million have been looking for more than 6 months. many industries continue to lay workers off. there were more cuts last month in retail, construction, manufacturing and transportation. some of those jobs, particularly at auto, housing and fines companies are probably gone forever. >> probably a lot of sectors where jobs have been lost are not coming back. >> shell-shocked employers will wan to see a solid recovery before they start hiring again. before they hire, they'll try to make do with the workers they already have by giving them more hours. signs in today's report companies are already adding hours. wall street certainly embraced the jobs report as evidence of an improving
economy. the dow jumped nearly 114 points. and the nasdaq was up 27. turning next to health care reform. members of congress are back home holding townhall meetings. in meeting after meeting there's been a disruptions. white house spokesperson robert gibs said we can discuss these issues without being uncivilized. >> reporter: snapshots from the health care debate. in michigan. >> i want to answer to the question. is the money coming out of my paycheck? >> reporter: in georgia. >> they decideder we're just stupid. >> reporter: in florida -- >> i don't want the government to do it for me. >> reporter: after people were told they can only submit
written questions, a town hall meeting with a michigan congressman got ugly. >> i have a question for this young man. i have a question for this young man. >> reporter: the man refused to sit down, so he and his wheelchair bound son were ejected by the police we tried to get a sense of what's going on at these town hall meetings and who's showing up. >> it's health insurance and who's paying for it? >> i don't like it. >> reporter: most of these people don't like the democratic health care plan, they're not happy with republicans, either. >> let me ask this question -- how many people here think democrats spend too much money? >> how many people here think republicans spend too much money? >> reporter: what's outrages them is being called the mob. >> i'm very upset by that.
>> they're telling us we're a bunch of nuts out here. i'm a 20-year veteran in the air force. >> reporter: everyone we spoke to here lives here. >> most of this legit mate dissent. >> reporter: some simply want answers. >> i have more questions. i don't have that much confidence in it. >> reporter: even those inclined to support health reform have their doubts. >> 500 pages. i have read it. >> reporter: you read all 500 pages. >> i did. even after reading it, i'm not clear on what they're trying to say. >> reporter: apparently reformed a voe kalts have a lot more explaining to do. we're joined by our chief washington correspondent george stephanopoulos. i don't think i have seen this widespread pattern of angry
discourse on any issue before. >> you have to go back 25 years, late 1980s, when congress passed health care reform. this is widespread anger you're talking about is really something. the town halls seem to have taken on a life of their own. republicans have to be worried they're going to befined by their most tempered voices. >> is the white house concerned, george, that this congressional recess, with members going home and getting this kind of reaction, are they worried this is going to hurt the chances for health care reform when congress comes back. >> they're worried, but they also see it as a possible opportunity. the whole effort needs a bit of a breathing space. there's concern on both sides about how quickly this has all been done. they know they have to address these real questions about what this reform will mean to
individual americans. and their families. especially those who have health insurance. and that's why the white house is going to emphasize things that the reforms that the insurance companies can't drop you if you get sick. and they know they haven't done a good enough job in hammering that home. george will have much more on this sunday on his program this week. there was confirmation today on what we reported last night, a cia missile fired by a drone aircraft killed the most wanted man in pakistan. baitullah mehsud. martha raddatz was on the story last night. and joins us what was a major blow to extremist threatening pakistan. >> reporter: strong intelligence work on the part of the u.s. and pakistan did mehsud in.
u.s. aircraft predator kept its secret air bases in pakistan ready to launch. the imagery from these aircrafts is beamed back to military bases in the u.s. at 1:00 this wednesday in pakistan, communications intercepts led officials to believe mehsud was staying with one of his wives. soon after, a predator aircraft september back an image. he and his wife on the roof. she was massaging his legs, apparently causing him pain from diabetes. that's when the missile was launched. today the taliban confirmed mehsud's death. >> a massive funeral has been held. virtually impossible for anyone outside of that village to gain access. >> reporter: today, the taliban was already meeting to choose
mehsud's is successor. fighters he sent into afghanistan killed could wantless u.s. troops. in this interview mehsud, we said, we paid to god to give us the ability to destroy the white house, new york and london. very soon, we'll witness the miracles of jihad. >> this is an individual whose title as murderous thug was well deserved. >> reporter: there's no guarantee that his death will mean violence is reduced when al qaeda's leader was killed in iraq today, little changed. today pakistan vowed to continue to attack mehsud's network. >> we hear word today that the top terrorist in indonesia may have been killed as well?
>> that's right. he's suspected in every major attack in indonesia including the recent well-planned suicide blasts at the ritz carlton and mar yoth hotels. police believe he was killed in a gun raid today. all right, martha raddatz in washington. still ahead on "world news" -- new guidelines for schools faced with swine flu outbreaks and testing begins in this country on a swine flu vaccine. we get reacquainted with an autistic teenager, unlocking the mystery of her condition. and he feeds hundreds of hungry people every week on bus driver's salary and he's our person of the week. this is humiliating.
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an swine flu vaccine got under way. seven other vaccine centers start their trials next week. a vaccine isn't expected until at least mid-october. today the government released new governments for schools on how to deal with an outbreak now. >> we want schools to be thoughtful about this, a handful of children sick, let's keep them home. >> reporter: for students and teachers become ill, keep them isolated with mask until they leave schools. emphasize hand washing. >> we're thinking that a wave will happen in october. >> reporter: she fully expects that swine flu will hit her s suburban washington school district. they're bringing in masks and happened sanitizers. >> normally when you would teach the health curriculum. >> it's taught at different
times in p.e. >> reporter: the government stressed today that if swine flu becomes more deadly, then schools will have to take more drastic actions including actively screening students for fevers and other symptoms. a big challenge for many schools that lack adequate health staff. only 45 per sent of schools have a full-time nurse. >> they may have her for a few hours a week or they have a nurse that's responsible for four, five, six, seven schools. >> reporter: making responding to a health crisis all that more difficult. lisa stark, abc news, false church, virginia. hillary clinton is on a seven-nation tour of africa with serio serious agenda. secretary clinton showing her moves on the dance floor. we got this from youtube, the dance started after television cameras had been ushered off.
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fleischmann, a severely autistic girl who's astounded experts by breaking there her shell. we first met her last year. and john mckenzie went back to see her again. >> reporter: for most of her young life, also easy for people to dismiss carly fleischmann. with her flalg arms and violent outburst and carly cannot speak, not a word. but today, through her writing, this 14-year-old is helping to unlock the mysteries of autism. >> our brains are wired differently. as we first reported last year, carly received daily intensive language therapy, then when she was 11, out of the blue, she slowly began to type.
simple words at first. gradually full revealing thoughts. >> translator: i want to be able to school with normal kids. >> you promised. did you lie to me? >> i started looking at her as sort of sassy teen age girl. >> reporter: today, carly's writing a novel and twitters regularly. >> carly obviously had skills that we were not aware of and she needed a vehicle to express herself. >> reporter: but she has to be motivated. >> finish up, you're doing great. >> reporter: when i tried to get carly to type, she refused. her fingers hovering over the keyboard forever. until i mentioned i had a teen aged son. >> come on, we want to hear what you have to say. >> reporter: for carly the real breakthrough, finally, she can
connect with her family. >> translator: dear dad, i love when you read to me and i love that you believe in me. i know i'm not the easiest kid in the world but you're always picking me up. i love you. >> i go through many sleepless nights to hear that. i'll spend every penny we have to hear that. >> reporter: john mckenzie abc news, new york. and john's going to have much more on carly tonight on "20/20" right here on abc. read excerpts from carly's novel, online at the world news blog. when we come back -- a new york city school buzz driver with the proverbial yal heart of gold. our person of the week. p.a.d. peripheral artery disease? hmmm. more than doubles your risk for a heart attack or stroke. so i hear. better ask your doctor about plavix. plavix can help protect you
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in his tiny kitchen, he cooks more than 100 meals a day every day and gives them away, free, to people in need. >> yesterday, there were 130. we're going to make today between 130 and 140. it depends. we try to make it 120, 130. >> reporter: his stove has broken down twice over use. he uses his sister's stove upstairs as well. you can only imagine their gas bill. jorge's not a missionary, he's a school bus driver. five years ago, he saw food being thrown out. and asked if he could give it away instead. then he started to cook and cook. he's given away more than 70,000, using half of his weekly salary on supplies and every night at 9:30 he's at this subway station in queens,
feeding the hungry. then three years ago, for a time, he was out of work himself. >> i had no job for one month and half. by day, during that time, i look back and i got enough food all of those days and i pay all of my bills on time. how? god knows. >> reporter: jorge has witnessed the toll this recession has taken. >> 50 to 70 guys showed up to eat. >> lot of people lost their jobs. and they are broke. >> looking for food, because, you know, we don't got a job. >> reporter: in response, jorge formed his own nonprofit organization. and now donations are helping him enormously.
>> when they get in the line and i hand them their meal, they got thing so eat tonight. that's the best way we get paid. >> and so we choose jorge munoz. in five years, he's not had a vacation, but he says he doesn't want or need one we learned of jorge from a viewer, dorothy brown and we are indebted to her suggestion. and that's "world news" for this friday. i'm charlie gibson. i hope you had a good day. for all of us at abc news, have a great weekend.