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he pro-am. not too late. >> see you in 30 minutes. thanks for watching us at 5:00. the "cbs evening news with scott >> pelley: tonight, thousands >> pelley: tonight, thousands mourn three muslim students gunned down in north carolina, but was it a hate crime? more snow is headed to places that have too much already. bitter cold, too. and we'll remember bob simon, a reporter's reporter, who turned words into sweet symphonies. ♪ ♪ ♪ >> reporter: and if you ever questioned that music is the universal language, watch this. ♪ ♪ ♪ a german-speaking teacher tutoring a french-speaking african how to sing an aria in italian. captioning sponsored by cbs this is the "cbs evening news" with scott pelley. >> pelley: good evening.
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this is our western edition. we're beginning with an ending and we're doing this to give you a better idea of what's been lost. there was a car wreck in manhattan last night-- nothing remarkable, except the one person killed was bob simon. simon was in his 19th season on "60 minutes," and before that, he'd spent nearly 30 years on this program. he was among the most courageous and gifted reporters of our time, and he reminded us just how good journalism can be. >> reporter: i'm from the bronx. and in fact, it took a long time before cbs would put me on the air because i had such a thick bronx accent. we're going to pick up an american. >> pelley: the voice would become unmistakable, the perspective indispensable. >> reporter: they don't know how many communists they're up against. they do know the enemy bunkers are less than 30 feet away. >> pelley: bob simon hurried to southeast asia in 1971 because
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as he put it, "history was being made." >> reporter: civilian casualties were not announced, but it was another case of destroying a village in order to save it. >> pelley: once you've covered a war, he said, there's nothing like it. so after he left vietnam on one of the last helicopters out, he went back to war 34 times, asking questions that were straight, simple, devastating. >> reporter: general, you've got the reputation for being a first-rate israeli officer. why are your soldiers killing so many kids? >> pelley: simon took risks, and the people who liked to control information hated him for it but the audience was always the wiser. >> reporter: the israelis had no idea we were filming them, and the israelis put up with the palestinian boys and just beat the hell out of them. i mean, very vicious. they were beating them with stones. we got that-- we filmed it, and that created a big scandal. >> pelley: during the gulf war in 1991, simon was captured by iraqi forces, along with
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producer peter bluff and their crew, roberto alverez and juan caldera. >> reporter: and we eventually wound up in the secret police headquarters called the mukhabarat, and treated very badly. >> pelley: they were beaten, threatened with death, but released after 40 days. >> reporter: as you can see, we've lost a little weight. we've aged a little, but we're fine. >> pelley: simon mastered something about television that others missed-- the power is in the words, and with fine detail and sleight of hand, he delivered the truth you never saw coming. >> reporter: does anyone know her name? >> no. we don't know her name. >> reporter: she died quickly, this girl with no name. sarajevo is going slowly, to the grave embarrassment of all those countries who decided to let it happen. >> pelley: war was not his only adventure. he went into the wild often. >> reporter: whoa! >> pelley: especially in these latter years.ep
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>> reporter: you want to rub her down? go on, rub her down. an animal is never duplicitous. it's very refreshing to go see them after you've spent a lot of time interviewing politicians. >> pelley: even in the arctic, simon enjoyed the more civilized side of life. >> reporter: the scotch is 20 years old. the ice is about 2,000. there are strange bubbles, and the idea is rather enchanting. >> pelley: someone once asked, after all he'd seen and done what simon wanted to be remembered for. "irony," he said. "i'd like to be remembered for irony." a little bit later in the broadcast, we're going to show you one of bob's most beloved stories-- another favorite subject of his, the triumph of the human spirit. today, more than 5,000 people attended funeral prayers for three murdered muslim students in north carolina. the police say they were shot by a neighbor in chapel hill in a
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dispute over a parking space but their families don't buy it. vicente arenas is in raleigh. >> reporter: the massive crowds that came to mourn made it clear that muslims here feel a bubbling tide of resentment that has boiled over. >> they were just three innocent souls. >> reporter: khadidja berriziga was a friend of the murdered couple. so, more than just a dispute. >> definitely. definitely more than just parking spot. definitely a hate crime. >> reporter: she joined the prayers, as the caskets carrying deah barakat, his wife, umm yussuf, and his sister razan abu-salha, were carried across the soccer field. mohammad abu salha is the girl's father. >> police, investigate. please look carefully. i have talked to lawyers. i have talked to law professors. this has hate crime written all over it. >> reporter: 46-year-old craig stephen hicks allegedly shot the three victims on tuesday night but police have said they believe the shooting happened
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over a dispute about a parking space outside the building where the suspect lives. police stood with muslim leaders today and said they continue investigating every angle, including whether a hate crime was committed. the killings have gained worldwide attention on social media sites with the hashtag "muslim lives matter." the murders have exposed a feeling among some muslims that they are facing racial intolerance. osama auirshaid is with the american muslims for palestine. >> we want, do not demand that we be treated in a privileged way, but we demand to be treated no less than any average american. >> reporter: and just a short while ago, vigils started here at north carolina state university for the victims. scott, all three attended classes here. >> pelley: vicente, thank you very much. today, f.b.i. director james comey acknowledged that some police officers have racial biases, and there is a disconnect with the community they say serve.
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as jeff pegues reports, comey is also confronting some hard truths about his own agency. >> much of our history is not pretty. >> reporter: calling racial bias an epidemic, f.b.i. director james comey said it influences officers on the beat every day. >> two young black men on one side of the street look like so many others that officer has locked up. two white men on the other side of the street, even in the same clothes, do not. the officer does not make the same association about the two white guys. >> reporter: comey called out residents as well, asking them to acknowledge the pressures and dangers police face. >> if they take the time to do that, what they will see are officers who are human, who are overwhelmingly doing the right thing for the right reasons. >> reporter: late last year, when grand juries in missouri and new york failed to indict police officers in the deaths of michael brown and eric garner, anger and frustration led to protests. the murder of two new york city
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police officers further inflamed tensions. in black communities, the f.b.i. itself has a checkered history. in the 1950s, the bureau, under then-director j. edgar hoover authorized the surveillance of martin luther king jr., to, as this document noted, uncovered derogatory information. as of september 2012, of the nearly 14,000 agents, only 7% are hispanic, and less than 5% african american. >> it is an imperative for all of us in law enforcement to try to reflect the communities we serve. >> reporter: scott, when it comes to race and law enforcement, comey says he doesn't believe there's been a healthy dialogue, and he doesn't want these issues to "drift away." >> pelley: jeff pegues covering the director's speech in washington today. jeff, thank you very much. today, a federal judge ordered mobile, alabama, to start issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples.
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late today it did. mobile was the biggest of a dozen alabama counties that refused to comply with a ruling that made same-sex marriage legal. the judge's order today applies only to mobile, and it's not clear yet whether the other counties will fall in line. there was a breakthrough today on a cease-fire in ukraine. in europe's bloodiest war since the balkans, rebels armed by russia have taken much of eastern ukraine. what's the way out? here's elizabeth palmer. >> reporter: the fact that ukraine's president petro poroshenko shook hands on the deal doesn't mean he likes it. but it's the best international negotiators, including german chancellor angela merkel and french president francois hollande, could get from vladimir putin. it says that the fighting that has now killed 5,000 people will stop on sunday at midnight. heavy artillery, like multiple rocket launchers-- the weapon of choice for both sides-- will be withdrawn to create a buffer
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zone. and humanitarian aid will flow freely to the civilians caught in the cross-fire, who will finally get some peace. but the actual cease-fire deadline is three days away, and right now, the battle is still raging, especially around the strategic road and rail hub of debaltseve. tonight, the ukrainians say russian-backed forces are making one last push to capture this crucial area before they're finally forced to stop shooting. and, scott, even with this cease-fire looming, the ukrainians are saying even more heavy armor has rolled across the border from russia into ukraine in the last 24 hours-- tanks and missile systems, not what you'd call an auspicious start. >> pelley: liz palmer reporting from our london bureau tonight. liz, thank you. parts of new england that got six feet of snow in three weeks could get another foot this weekend. in boston, the mayor is considering dumping the snow into the harbor.
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eric fisher is our chief meteorologist at our cbs boston station wbz. eric, what's next? >> scott, the cold and the snow has been relentless, and one of the bigger arctic pushes of air will be moving in this weekend. high temperatures in the single digits and subzero highs. by sunday, highs in the 40s in the florida panhandle, single digits and subzero numbers moving into the northeast. and along with all that cold a new storm. blizzard watches are up tonight, including much of maine and the coastal areas of new england. this is where we cold see the combination of heavy snows and very strong winds, the system moving in. it picks up on saturday night. the brunt is overnight and into sunday, and over a foot of snow is possible, and, scott, these are the same exact areas that have been shattering snow records the past three weeks. >> pelley: eric fisher, thanks. along the west coast, some of the world's busiest seaports are virtually shut down. shipping companies locked out union dock workers from seattle to san diego today. here's john blackstone. >> reporter: the container ships anchored off long beach haveto
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been waiting for days to unload, caught in a labor dispute that has left the coast guard to manage a floating traffic jam. captain jennifer williams. normal conditions a ship like that, it comes, unloads and leaves again. >> that's right. normally, they come into port, they offload their containers and they're finished. they leave. time is money. >> reporter: a single ship can carry 15,000 containers. a labor dispute has slowed imports and exports to a crawl at 29 west coast ports. >> at stake right now is a continuing recovery of the u.s. economy. >> reporter: jonathan gold is with the national retail federation, which estimates it could cost $2 billion a day if the slowdown grows into a full lockout or strike. >> the west coast ports account for 12.5% of the g.d.p. for the united states. >> reporter: truck drivers spend hours waiting in long lines to deliver shipments that often go nowhere. bill and gloria run trucking company where's losses are
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growing. >> we have had loads of oranges. they sat here for 23 days. you can just imagine what oranges turn in 23 days. >> reporter: moldy oranges are part of the increasing cost to farmers. washington apple growers are losing more than $6 million a week; meat and poultry processors $30 million a week. california almond farmers and rice growers are months behind in shipments to asia. >> it's almost like a slow death that we're dying right now. >> reporter: with containers stacked high all along the west coast, the two sides are back in negotiations today for the first time since friday. negotiations for a new contract, scott, have been on and off since last may. >> pelley: john blackstone, on the waterfront. john, thanks. a murder victim's family gets to weigh in on whether the killer should die. >> reporter: was there a feeling at all, a moment of wanting revenge? i mean, he killed your sister. >> pelley: will they choose life or death? that's next on the cbs evening news. ive a little cut a second thought.
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tricia snisky and heather shapiro are jennifer's sisters. >> two years later, and it's still really hard to imagine that this did happen. >> reporter: the guard reportedly confessed, but the trial was continually delayed. then, just a few weeks ago, cameey a development they never expected-- a qatari judge hearing the case asked them to decide what punishment the man should face if >> i was shocked. and i didn't even consider that they would take the family's wishes into consideration like that. >> reporter: one option they were given was a reduced sentence for the alleged killer in exchange for blood money of $56,000. >> it is very insulting that they would even think that weft would consider that after what he has taken from us. >> reporter: the next question was harder to answer-- did they want him to get the death penalty?ot so, you potentially have the power to spare this man's life or to put him to death.
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what is that like? >> it's difficult. it's a real hard decision. we... >> reporter: for either of you was there a feeling at all, a moment of wanting revenge? i mean, he killed your sister. >> yes. in the beginning, i felt like that. but once you calm down and try to think rationally, we don't want to be anything like him. >> reporter: the family asked for a sentence of life ins prison. >> life's sacred to us. we don't want to take another life because he did. we just don't feel it's right. >> reporter: her sisters believe the choice they made would have been jennifer's, too. >> i think jennie was so forgiving and loving towards everybody, that she... she thinks that we did the right thing. this is what she would have wanted. >> reporter: now, a u.s. embassy official in qatar told me on background they believe the family will have a significant impact on the judge's sentence. scott.le >> pelley: anna, thank you. fascinating story.
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jack's heart attack didn't come with a warning. today, his doctor has him on a bayer aspirin regimen to help reduce the risk of another one. if you've had a heart attack be sure to talk to your doctor before your begin an aspirin regimen. >> reporter: beauty has a way of turning up in places where you'd least expect it. >> pelley: bob simon, beginning one of his most memorable "60 minutes" stories.
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he found it in the congo, a country plagued by war, where people have very little. they do have something you wouldn't expect-- a symphony orchestra. >> reporter: we caught up with them as they were preparing outside their concert hall, a rented warehouse. ( applause ) as curtain time neared, we had no idea what to expect, but the maestro seemed comfortable and began the evening with a bang. ♪ ♪ ♪ the music, "carmina burana," was written by german composer carl orff 75 years ago. did he ever dream it would be played in the congo? it wouldn't have been if it hadn't been for a strange twist of fate. amanned was a commercial pilot until 20 years ago when his airline went bust. so, like ex-pilots often do, he decided to put together an orchestra.
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he was just missing a few things. you had no musicians. you had no teachers. you had no instruments. and you had no one who knew how to read music. >> no, nobody, nobody. >> reporter: he talked a few members of his church into joining him. they brought their friends which brought more problems-- "we only had five or six violins," he said. "but 12 people wanted to learn how to play the violin, so they took turns," he said. "one would play for 15 or 20 minutes at a time. that was very difficult." but more instruments started coming in. some were donated, others rescued from local thrift shops in various states of disrepair. then it was up to albert, the orchestra's surgeon, to heal them.
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he wasn't always gentle with his patients. but they survived. you took the wire from a bicycle? >> bicycle. >> reporter: the brake of a bicycle and turned it into a string for a violin. >> yes. >> reporter: and it played music? >> yes. >> reporter: sylvia's life has gotten more demanding since she started in the orchestra 17 years ago. she's got three kids now. there are no daycare centers in the neighborhood, so the kids are always with her, never far from her fiddle. but when she turns from mother to musician, she says she has left this planet. she's not in the congo anymore. opera vocalists came to teach technique and diction. and if you ever question that music is the universal language, watch this. ♪ ♪ ♪
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a german-speaking teacher tutoring a french-speaking african how to sing an aria in italian. ♪ ♪ ♪ >> bon, bon. >> reporter: the boys' choir has quite a repertoire now-- bach, mendelson, handel, and, of course, beethoven. the week we were there, the orchestra was rehearsing beethoven's 9th symphony. not exactly starter music, but amman was determined to take it on, and like a good general, he reviewed all his troops. the choir? okay. the strings? not bad.
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but the full orchestra? not quite. "french horns," he said, "you're hitting it too hard." finally, it all came together. and on the night of the performance, in this rented warehouse, beethoven came alive. >> ( singing beethoven's 9th symphony ) ♪ ♪ >> reporter: it's called the "ode to joy," the last movement ♪ ♪ >> reporter: it's called the "ode to joy," the last movement of beethoven's last symphony. it has been played with more expertise before, but with more joy? hard to imagine.
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( applause ) >> pelley: sunday, on "60 minutes," we'll have bob's latest story, the hunt for a cure for ebola. he finished it yesterday, hours before his death, working with one of the broadcast's best producers, tanya simon, his daughter. what a finish, a story on "60 minutes" with your own daughter. not even bob simon could have written a better ending. and that's the cbs evening news for tonight. for all of us at cbs news all around the world, good night. captioning sponsored by cbs captioned by media access group at wgbh g
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your realtime captioner is linda marie macdonald. the president of the united states back in the bay area tonight right now. barack obama is in the middle of our rush hour commute! his visit shaking up thousands of people's plans over the next few days. good evening, i'm ken bastida. >> i'm veronica de la cruz. the president stepped off air force one at sfo just about 30 minutes ago. he arrived with members of the bay area congressional delegation. his first stop, san francisco. he is headed up highway 101 to the fairmont hotel tonight, then tomorrow to stanford for a cyber security summit. after he is done there, the president attends a fundraiser back in san francisco on russian hill. for those of us not invited to
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spend time with the president, his visit could cause some headaches. the last time he was in san francisco, people were stuck in traffic for hours. mike sugerman is outside the fairmont hotel with his own story of being inconvenienced by the visit. >> reporter: i made it. it i went up four or five of nob hills getting here but i did. i find a waiting committee for the president. are you guys here to see the president or stuck? >> we're stuck! >> i'm waiting. >> stuck. >> reporter: a lot of people stuck here and this is not the only corner. >> some of you are complaining that you have been stuck in traffic for hours. >> reporter: yeah, remember that? >> check this out. gridlock in san francisco! >> reporter: boy, was there gridlock in san francisco october 10. it was a friday, the start of fleet week and obama fundraiser south of market. >> we got stuck here five hours, came to do a little shopping and then, yeah, it's been crazy. >> reporter: he


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