tv Alex Witt Reports MSNBC July 4, 2021 11:00am-12:00pm PDT
good day from msnbc world headquarters in new york. welcome to alex witt reports. here's what is happening at 2:00 p.m. eastern, 11 a.m. pick. demolition crews have taken over in surfside florida. the part of the being that's still standing would be demolished in the next 24 hours. officials say certainly before tropical storm elsa makes land fall over florida. >> this morning, the crews were about 80% complete with their preparation to bring the building down. as you know, the fact that the building is being transplanted to be demolished as stopped the work, which is critical. we need to get back to work as soon as possible. we need to get this building taken down. and we need to move forward with the rescue of all these people still left in the rubble. >> as for the numbers, they
remain unchanged. 24 confirmed dead. 121 unaccounted for. search and rescue teams have retreated until the demolition is complete. crews are placing tarps over the pile of rubble closest to the remaining structure. officials are reassuring residents of negotiate buildings that the demolition will not create further instability and they are keeping families in the loop. >> all the families have been informed about the up pending demolition and how it's proceeding. both the families of those missing their loved ones and the ones who have survived this tragedy. we have already created a very thorough process for cataloging of any personal items that we find in the efforts. and we will continue to use the same great care with items that we identify following this demolition. >> before the building comes down, investigators are preserving as much evidence as possible w 3d imaging and other
technology. some debris is being trucked to a secure site as we await the demolition of the building, we go to florida where officials gave an update. >> essentially what you have are two dangerous fronts this rescue effort is confronting. number one, the planned demolition of the remaining part of the 12-story building that did not collapse just ten days ago that building, the mayor deciding that it should come down before that second dangerous front arrives, that being the potential winds from tropical storm elsa, which is expected to begin hitting here this in miami area at some point potentially as early as tomorrow morning. winds could go from 20 to 60 miles per hour, which led to officials' decision to take down
that building. now the question is, usually buildings are brought down with much more planning. this, with a lot more urgency. take a listen to the mayor of miami-dade county addressing this planned demolition. >> the team is using a method of demolition called energetic felling. this uses small, strategically placed debt nations and relies on the force of graft to bring the building down in place on this foot print and the collapse area is confined to the immediate area around the building. however, dust and other particles are an unavoidable by-product of all types of demolition. as a precautionary measure we are urging residents in the immediate vicinity toist please stay indoors during the demolition. >> there are still 121 unaccounted for individuals, family members, friends, who are
looking to hold on to some sort of hope that their loved ones may be beneath in a rubble surviving. others we talked to hoping they can just recover their body and concerned this demolition could only make sorting through this rubble even more difficult. the mayor saying they will place a tarp over this existing rubble before building this building down so they are more easily able to clear that new material and get back to their rescue mission. it may happen tonight. may happen tomorrow morning. what we do know, the winds from tropical storm elsa are expected to hit here in the miami area as soon as tomorrow, too. >> let's get more on tropical storm elsa. meteorologist michelle grossman has the latest forecast. michelle, good to see you? >> good to see you, joe, you know, just thinking about this painstaking mission in the most perfect weather is unimaginable. you throw in the heat, humidity, the tropical conditions, and then the potential for strong
winds, heavy downpours, even isolated tornadoes is unthinkable. let's give you the latest and the timing of what we can expect of where we will see impacts in florida. this is the latest as of the 2:00 advisory. it just came in from the national hurricane center. winds are ott 60 miles an hour. we are not expecting it to become a hurricane again. winds moving northwest at 14 miles per hour. moving at an average speed. it is now 40 miles south-southeast of cuba. here's the mission as we go over cuba tonight. it is mountainous. we could see this storm weaken. that's going to be the tell tale story of this storm as it leaves cuba and emerges back into the gulf tomorrow morning. sunrise through wednesday morning, we could see winds in south florida. it will be affecting florida
through wednesday night and into the carolinas on thursday. we have a tropical storm warning for key west. a tropical storm watch for parts of the west coast of florida. so for today, heavy rain in cuba. we will see the potential for mudslides. increasing winds in florida. that really picks up on monday as that storm emerges back into the gulf. for surfside, we will certainly be watching this very, very closely, joe. we are looking at the potential for winds gusting at 30 miles per hour. also think of this hurricane. it is big. it has bands. it is going to stretch. even though the center of the low is to the west we could see heavy downpours and could see isolated turns thinking of everyone involved in the mission here. >> michelle, thanks so much. joining us now is allyn kilsheimer, founder of kce structural engineers. he hare hoard by the town of surfside to investigate -- he
has been hired by the town of surfside to investigate the collapse. i want to know more on your thoughts on this planned demolition. what exactly is involved in this process. >> the gentleman who has been hired is one of the best. they place explosive charges at various elements in the building. they are timed so you can control which charge goes off, by doing that you can kinds of control how it is going to come down. the difference here is usually that's done with a building that's still standsing and you just want to take it down. this building has been compromised. the parts that are still remaining have been compromised. so it may or may not behave the way a normal building would behave as far as coming down as planned. >> we heard the mayor mention that term that many of us probably haven't heard before, energetic felling. how safe is that?
should residents in nearby apartments be concerned at all? >> generally speaking, no, i don't believe so. i mean, the building to the north was already vacated some time ago. the building to the south, the tower is a substantial deference away. i think the biggest concerned a dust and debris that will follow as this thing comes down. in those apartments that still have people in it, they need to get their maintenance guys to get up there and put filters across where the incoming air comes into the building because it will -- this dust and debris will -- can get in there and clog up their incoming fresh-air systems. >> let's talk more about the investigation which you are going to be a part of, taking a look at how exactly this happened. so, first of all, when you take a look at the carcass of this structure, at first does anything about it stand out to you as a potential clue to this
cat-- catastrophic failure? >> i got here friday night and saturday came up with a list in my head of about 40 or 50 pon possible causes. i nominally eliminated only two of them so far. the rest is under investigation. the investigation is in its infancy. we are not able to get on the site where the rescue guys are working because we don't want to interrupt anything they are doing. i looked at the building from up in the air, from sideways. i looked at photographs. i looked at and heard about all of these reports from people about what they saw or heard -- whatever. we have been looking at drawings. we have been doing your own computer models of the original
modelings so we can have an engineering model we can apply different forces to and we will oversimplify. take out a column in our model and see if that makes the building fall down. this is just various possibilities. >> let's --? we are turning over all the stones that are possible. >> let's look at one of the issues that has come to the surface. the photos showing the amount of steel used in the columns of the tower. here's what the surfside mayor said last night about this. let's listen. >> i took those pictures. and i gave those to our engineer. and he's reviewing them now. you know -- you know, we are also looking at the sister building. we are going to be x-raying ground-penetrating radar. we are going to be looking at the content of the steel in the columns in those buildings. >> alan, what are you hearing about that? if the x-rays show the same amount of steel was used in the north tower, would that be a red
flag? >> first of all, i think these are technical terms and sometimes they are getting messed up. you have horizontal reinforcing that's in the slabs themselves, and then you have vertical reinforcing in the columns. what we have been looking at so far is sometimes some of these horizontal bars -- let's say there are supposed to be 16 bars in a ten foot area. some of these would fall in the width of a 24-inch wide column. the old drawings say that 25% of the bars should run horizontally through the columns. we are not talking about vertical column reinforcing at this point at all. in the photographs that the mayor took and the photographs that i took and other photographs -- i walked around this site several times up tight and personal, i don't see the 25% bars running horizontally through the columns. that doesn't mean that it's a problem because when you are
placing rebar -- i mean we have been designing buildings for 53 years. it doesn't always go in the way we want it to go in. it doesn't mean it is a problem it just means it's different. that's all i can say about it so far. it's not the vertical reinforcing in the columns that we are currently looking at. we will be looking at that. we are looking a the horizontal reinforcing in the slab, where it goes through the column. >> alan, we appreciate you taking some time to speak with us about this. we know you are busy right now. have a good fourth of july. >> thank you, too. following breaking news out of ocean city maryland. all of the city's fireworks shows are now canceled after a fireworks display exploded on the beach this morning. it happened while an employee for the fireworks company was setting up for tonight's display. police say the employee suffered minor injuries. no beach or boardwalk patrons were heard. in a statement the city said all planned fireworks shows have been canceled due to an
abundance of caution. the breaking news out of italy. pope francis in the hospital today. he is set to have surgery on his colon. the vatican says the operation was planned. let's go to nbc's reporter at the vatican. what do we know about this operation? >> this came as a surprise to pretty much everybody, especially the pilgrims who only eight hours ago were standing in front of the pope in st. peter's square. he was at the mass on sunday. he looks as every time we see him. he even said at the end of his prayer, pray for me. he always does that. but this time, probably pilgrims around the world will be praying a little harder because two hours after the prayer the vatican issued this surprise statement saying the pope was going to a scheduled surgery for
a die ver particular you lowsis of the colon. even though the vatican is keeping it very simple, very short, that statement was essentially saying the pope is going to the hospital for a scheduled surgery. the fact that they kept it so short, that statement, you always need to read through the lines with the vatican, they are trying to down play the importance or the gravity of the surgery even though this is a -- kind of a standard procedure a standard surgery, we are still talking about an 84-year-old man, and when the 84-year-old man is the pope, everyone is keeping an eye because this surgery could have complications. of course we will hope it will not. joe? >> we will hope for the best. we know you will keep us updated. claudio, thank you so much. now to the other top stories we are following today. first at the white house, where in just a matter of hours, 1,000 people will gather on the south
lawn for an independence day barbecue and fireworks display. the event will cap off a weekend of the administration celebrating a return to normalcy. >> and this year, not only will we celebrate our independence, we will celebrate our nation's resilience. because this year, america is coming back together. >> the question is president biden declaring independence from the virus too soon in the white house has fallen just shy of its goal to have 70% ofall adults with at l o dosf the vaccine. today that number currently stands at 67%. concerns are growing about the unvaccinated as the more transmissible dealta variant spreads. a new poll from the washington, d.c. and abc news those 20% of americans say they will definitely not get the shot. most hesitant group being republicans. 47% say they are not likely to get vaccinated.
over on capitol hill, new reaction today from congressman jim clyburn on whether former president trump will be called to testify before the select committee investigating the january 6 th insurrection. >> if it comes to it, wherever the facts lead -- they may be able to get what they want and need without him testifying. i would not want to see a former president testifying in such a situation as this. but if that's what it takes, you know, to get to the bottom this -- because this is more than any one person. this is this country. we are celebrating today. >> let's go now to the white house, where crowds are able to walk right up to the property's fence for the first time in more than a year. nbc's mike memberly joins us now from the white house. yesterday he was surrounded by funnel cakes and ferris wheels. now it is back to the normal run of the mill everyday white house
stuff. >> a different scene here. >> the barriers are down. tell us about that. were they taken down for the celebrations tonight? >> the timing is speck use on a day when you see pedestrian foot traffic anywhere close to the marl malmuch higher than it has been in the last few weeks. a u.s. secret service spokesperson simply saying they remain committed to both guaranteeing the security of their protectees, in this case the president, as well as ensuring public access to these areas. what we have seen really is a gradual draw down of what could be called only a fortification of the areas north of the white house over the last year. slowly they began to let people into lafayette park, the park just north of here. now people actually allowed to have access to pennsylvania avenue. it was striking to me i have got to be honest, as i saw people at the fence of the north lawn. as we talk about the security posture on the north lawn, it is a different scene on the south lawn where president biden is
set to welcome the biggest crowd that he has hosted throughout this year. a big fourth of july celebration on the south lawn to mark independence day. it's really part of a balancing act that the white house has to walk. both celebrating the ways in which american life has returned to something close to a prepandemic normal and also continuing to warn americans to get vaccinated and be on guard with the increasing prevalence of the delta variant. listen to the top coronavirus advisory today. >> we are seeing increases in cases in those areas where there is lower vaccination rates. it is really important that people get vaccinated. the good news is confidence in the vaccine, those saying they are willing to get vaccinated, as increased across time. so we will continue to make it even easier to get vaccinated, answer people's questions. it's free, it's convenient, most
pharmacies which are within five miles of 90% of americans have no appoint walk-up. they will continue to deploy mobile clinics to bring vaccinations to where people are. >> the president set the goal of 70% of adults getting at least one of the vaccine shots by independence. they are falling a few points shy but that's not stopping them from welcoming the thousands of individuals who will be here on the south lawn for this celebration. the white house in the last few hours releasing details of the crowd. a marine veteran whose wife sent a letter to the white house. a distance learning teacher arc volunteer at one of those drivethrough vaccination stations. these are some of the frontline workers who will be attending the party. president biden is expected to make remarks at around 7:30 this evening. a u.s. general says hope is more important than ever in afghanistan right now. but is open all they have?
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the u.s. is taking a major step toward ending the country's longest war this fourth of july weekend. american troops are now out of bagram, the largest u.s. airbase in afghanistan. it's likely pushing the time line for a full withdrawal months ahead of the president's september 11th deadline. but the taliban is moving in, capturing several districts from fleeing afghan forces overnight. they now control about a third of all 421 districts and district centers in the country. the top u.s. general in afghanistan expressed concerns earlier today. >> the loss of terrain and the rapidity of that loss of terrain has to be concerning. hope actually matters, and morale actually matters. as you watch the taliban moving across the country what you don't want to have happen is that the people lose hope and
they believe they now have a foregone conclusion presented to hem. >> joining me now, california congressman john gare mendy a democrat member the house armed services committee. a lot to talk about. you heard the general expressing concerns about the taliban's gains. do you have concerns as u.s. troops fully withdraw, about extremists filling the void or even the possibility of civil war there? >> well, there has certainly been civil war going on for about 60 years in afghanistan. so this is not new. the taliban did control it over 9/11. that's why we went there, to take out al qaeda, which we did. but then we stayed. what we didn't do was to put in place, back in the early 2000-2005 period a stable government n. fact, we left. bush decided to get out of afghanistan, mostly, and go over
to iraq. and most of the troops transferred, leaving a serious insurrection or civil war in place. it has never ended. today it's time for america to go. we are not going to be able to solve a problem there that's existed for perhaps centuries as the various tribes have contended for power, leadership, and their own influence from that part of the country from which they were from. yes it is going to be difficult. but i do believe there will be stability. and ultimately there is going to have to be a negotiated settlement or else there will be a civil war. negotiations are possible. they have stalled out but i think they are going to get going again now that the current government understands that america not going to be there to hold them up forever. >> i want the play for you another exchange the general had with abc news earlier concerning the future of afghanistan. let's take a look. >> would you have liked to have seen a small force stay here?
>> the -- let me hold on that one. >> i will give you a similar question. if the taliban keeps making gains, should the u.s. consider keeping a small force in the region at all? >> well, we will have a small force in afghanistan, probably less than 00 or 700. beyond that, we are not so far away. and we will still have the ability to strike out if that's useful. but, really, the fundamental point here is for negotiations between the government and the taliban. if that can work, and they were close to that at one point before trump decided that we would leave this year. that was actually put in place, or in effect, by trump. and of course biden has continued that, and given us specific date. it's going to be difficult. this has been a difficult country for perhaps 2,000 or 3,000 years. there is always contending power
structures in afghanistan. there has been forever. and it is not going to change. the question is, what does it mean to america? what does it mean to our safety? and that's our principle concern here. of course we are concerned about the afghan citizens, women, children, and the like, but that's something that ultimately we will not be able to control. this is afghan community. they are going to have to sort them out themselves. we will help. we are not leaving. we are going to continue to provide a lot of foreign aaid assistance of all kinds. we will keep our embassy and our ability to strike is just over the horizon and will arrive, if necessary, wherever it might be useful. >> congressman, let's turn to the january 6 select committee, house minority leader kevin mccarthy is set to make recommendations to speaker pelosi about which five republican lawmakers should be apointed to the committee. do you think he is going to make
good-fate recommendations? >> no, i don't. he has given no indication that he will. he has said things publicly that anybody that would be appointed by speaker pelosi, republicans, would lose their seats on committees. we will see if he follows through that on. we have had no cooperation, none, none from mccarthy, none from the republicans, on trying to set up a commission to address this insurrection. it's a serious insurrection. we need to understand why and how, and then what we might be able to do about it going into the future. but, no, i have no confidence that mccarthy will put forth people, members of congress that really want to get to the bottom of it. my guess is he will appoint fire brands who are simply going to be disruptive. >> i also want to ask you about notice of while we have you, you and your colleagues passed a $750 billion transportation and water bill. how is this different the
bipartisan compromise on notice of that's been making news? and do you have any concerns that this bill you just approved, which does address climate change, could lose some key elements as this process moves forward? >> i don't think so. over my shoulder you will see old highway 40, the road from the west coast to the east coast. that was replaced by interstate 80, which is just to the north of where i am right now. i am in fairfield, california, just finished a parade here on old highway 40. we need a modern infrastructure program. the bill that we put out of the house of representatives is very similar to the compromise that was put forth in the senate. the numbers are in a similar vein. the difference is that in the house bill we are going all-out to address climate change. we are not going to dawdle. we are not going to wait. we are going to move forward in setting in place the modern infrastructure for an electric transportation system. and also how that electricity
will flow across this nation. the grids as well as the production of green energy. that's what we are going do. now the senate -- >> all right. we will see what happens. >> -- unbeknownst to most people -- indeed we will. >> congressman, thank you for joining us. many fourth of july. we thank you for taking time on your holiday. reopening america is not as simple as lifting mask mandates and heading back to the office. it is more complicated than that for a lot of people. my next guest flains explains why. that's next. that's next. with secret, outlast anything. no sweat. secret. all strength. no sweat. if you wanna be a winner then get a turkey footlong from subway®. that's oven roasted turkey. piled high with crisp veggies. on freshly baked bread! so, let's get out there and get those footlongs. now at subway®, buy one footlong in the app, and get one 50% off. subway®. eat fresh.
we can tell by the images like the ones we are seeing here, many americans are excited to get back to the pre-krid normal. but not everyone. here's what some think the big reopenings as told to the "new york times." >> as things start to open up, i feel -- >> crowded scenes. >> every bar in new york city going to fell like st. patrick's
day. >> cinco demaya. do you know what i am saying. >> shake hands, give each other a hug. >>. [ sighing ] >> if they had to choose one word to describe how they feel, that word would be the one you see right there, dread. joining us now, emily. you saw her in that video. she is a disability rights activist in new york. emily, good to have you with us. this was a powerful video. i recommend it to everyone. it was six minutes long. i thought that word dread was powerful and seemed fitting. for you what invokes the strongest feeling of dread when you think of that precovid normal? >> thank you for having me. i want to be clear when i am talking about dread, it's not that i am not excited to be able to get back out into the world along with everybody else. what you can't see on the screen is that i am a wheelchair user.
i am one in four american adults who has a physical disability. because of that, i am incredibly concerned about returning to what we consider to be normal. i want to return to better. i want to return to a world that is more inclusive, more accommodating and more accessible. but right now i don't feel like that's the direction we are headed in. >> like many, you worked at home during the lockdown. that meant you could avoid some challenges you typically face when you had to go to work or to other places before the pandemic. help us understand, how did life, especially your work life, change during the pandemic? >> right, for me, to be honest, work didn't really change at all. i have been working from home as an accommodation for my disability since i graduated college in 2013. and when everybody else needed to suddenly switch over to working from home, it became something that we did overnight because we had no choice. so now we know that we can do it, we know that a virtual
working world is possible. and it doesn't just work for people with disabilities. it works for people who are caring for children, who are caring for ill family members. virtual worlds are better for everybody. and i have been advocating for along with the disability community for years. and i think finally we have caught on. so my sense of dread really comes from concern that we may again move away from what's made the world so accessible during the pandemic. and back into a world that's no longer virtual. >> when you talk about returning to better, not just returning to normal -- i mean, when it comes to work to travel, to getting around cities, what are the challenges that are fixable that need to be addressed? how can we be better? >> it is important to understand the occur pud -- curb pud
affect. what i am asking for and what so many in the disability world are looking for virtual curb cuts, allowing virtual capabilities to stay open to people. maybe transportation is an issue, maybe they need telemedicine. whatever the case may be, ensure that those virtual curb cuts remain there so everybody has equal opportunities to participate as we return to this new normal or this better world. >> president biden campaigned on building back better. the infrastructure bill is making headlines daily. do you think policy makers right now are doing enough, bringing up enough issues to address disabilities and accessibility? where should their focus be? >> i am glad you asked that question. i think there are certain policy makers who are prioritizing more
accessible infrastructure. for example, tammy duckworth is focusing on a better and more inclusive public transportation system. i am a new york resident. new york city transportation is a nightmare. it was a nightmare before the pandemic. it is going to be even worse now because of budgetary concerns. i absolutely think that when we are thinking about infrastructure, policy makers need to remember that we need to build back better because these systems were not accessible before the pandemic. and i know that we are in a budget crunch now, but if we are not focusing on making infrastructure accessible moving forward it's only going to be to the tret riment of everybody. >> emily, such an importantings to. we appreciate you taking time on this holiday to join us and talk about it. have a good 4th. >> thank you. you too. celebrating the 4th with a new sense of freedom, next. ...especially when your easily distracted teenager has the car.
as the u.s. emerges from the pandemic, fourth of july celebrations are looking a little more normal, perhaps a lot more this year in some places. we go to seaside heights new jersey. how are celebrations looking there? >> celebrations were great all morning, all day. it was a backed beach, packed boardwalk here. i was told 10,000 people purchased beach badges.
it just started raining now. there are people underneath here trying to shelt from the rain. that talks about just how weather-dependent this whole boardwalk business is. what it is, it has to to with the businesses. it is a real weather-dependent industry. memorial day was a washout. >> it feels awesome. >> freedom. away from work, away from my family, doing what i want. >> relaxation, have fun, kick back. awesome. >> you know, the one thing i keep hearing is the excitement and the fact that people are excited to see each other's smiles. >> i think that guy behind you is enjoying himself, too. thank you so much, happy fourth to you. next, the story of an
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i want to take a moment on this july 4th to get some thoughts from myto next guests. an iran and afghanistan veteran, a purple heart recipient who has climbed the seven summits, the tallest mountains in themm worl. impressive, to say the least. joining me now is benjamin brekhaimer. first we'll talk about the climbing in a second, but troops leaving afghanistan, bagram air base closing this last week. you have hadst wounded in afghanistan in 2009, approximately 2300 service members havepr died in afghanisn since 2001. what are your thoughts as the military presence there comes to an end?
>> good afternoon, thank you for having mete on. that's a great question. honestly, you know, the war on terror is the longest-running war in our nation's history. sadly our youngest women and men in service only know war of the i think it's time to give them a break. honestly, you know, this war can't be won by military means. i think pulling out of afghanistan is probably bestll r our nation atis this moment. >> all right. let's talk about your climbs. how did it start? >> is it started from childish reasons. unfortunately i got wounded, and after i got back from afghanistan and was in recovery, my wife left me, basically. you know, there was a part of me that kind of wanted to show her how tough i was, and she would
have to tough back in i climbed the dangerous mountains. that's whatou jump-started it.mp over the course of seven years, it's really developed into personal healing for me, as well as honoring the doctors, surgeons, nurses, technicians, therapists, by taking these two legs they saved and taking them to the highest places on earth. >> as we researched you, we found you were the subject of an nbc news article back in 2015. you survived an avalanche, triggered by a 7.8 earthquake in nepal. what was it like for you? you said in an interview that was more terrifying than the ied.t >> absolutely. i never would have thought an earthquakeug would be scarier tn being blow up. an ied you don't see. it happens instantaneously, but
seeing this huge white cloud rolling at you, is a pretty scary feeling. >> i can only imagine, i'm sure you would rather sort of not relive that again. of all the seven summits, which one is your favorite? >> that's a great question. mt. vincent was by far my most favorite. to land on union glacier, and seeing how pristine the land is, just snow as far as the eyes can see, it makes you think, when can i com come back and climb something different? definitely antarctica. >> i'm not bryced that mt. everest was not on the top of your list after everybody you've been there.
what is your message to your fellow veterans on this fourth of july? >> unfortunately, a lot of our brothers and sisters are struggling. my message is pretty simple. it's, hang in there. we i live in a society where we have instant gratification, and instant fixes at our fingertips. our bodies and our minds just don't have that luxury. sometimes itt takes weeks, months, even years to recover from something traumatic. it could be anything. it could be a divorce, injuries, financial hardships, death of a loved one. really my message is just to hang in there. 9 we all get slugged upside our head with a baseball bat at some point in you're life, and we rely on friends and family to help build us up. and don't be aid fray to step outside your comfort zone and try something different.
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pope francis hospitalized for surgery. plus donald trump makes his first public comments about the criminal indictments against his company and chief financial officer allen weisselberg. i'll speak with weisselberg's former daughter-in-law. and the conservatorship that continue to say control her. i do begin with surfside. we're looking live at the remaining pores -- portion of champ lane towers. they will in fact begin the process. earlier officials gave us insight into the process of how this demolition is expected to unfold. take a listen to this. >> the team is using a method of demolition called energetic