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instructor and long-time n.r.a. member. >> when i see the scale of the personal indulgences, the frequency of the cronyism, that's really been incredibly disappointing. >> reporter: and while the n.r.a. opposes universal background checks, some lawmakers now see an opening. >> their day has come. their day is over. we can get this done. >> reporter: but a defiant n.r.a. told us no one should be writing the group's obituary. the n.r.a. took in $170 million in member dues alone last year, and it has the president's ear because it spent $30 million to help him get elected, norah, in 2016. >> o'donnell: nancy cordes on capitol hill, thank you. today the dow gained back nearly half of the points it lost yesterday, as the trade war with china escalated. tonight it's american farmers who are worried. china says it will stop buying agricultural products from the u.s. mark strassmann went to an
almond farm in california where the news hit hard. >> reporter: california farmers grow more than 80% of the world's almonds. and china, their third biggest customer, is walking away. >> we're very concerned as we roll into this harvest season. >> reporter: in northern california, dave phippien's third-generation family farm grows and processes 42 million pounds of almonds a year. their biggest worry: without the chinese as customers, almond prices will drop. >> as a farmer and a grower, you feel rather powerless. and so you're hoping that the handler that you've chosen to market your almonds with has some kind of pathway that opens up markets. >> reporter: for all california farmers, china is the third biggest export market, worth $2.27 billion in 2017. $500 million of that was almonds, second only to pistachios as a total cash crop. dale moore is with the american farm bureau federation. >> here we are again going through battles over a number of issues, and farmers and ranchers
are right in the crosshairs. yes, this is definitely a body blow when they made that announcement. >> reporter: president trump tweeted this morning: our great american farmers know that china will not be able to hurt them. their president has stood with them. we read phippen that tweet for his reaction. >> i don't want to be nonchalant about the pain, but, more isn't better. we would like the see the trade settled sooner rather than later. >> reporter: it's not just farmers who feel like casualties in this trade war. soon every chinese import could be hit with a tariff of between 10% and 25%, which means all of us could pay more for anything made in china, norah, from iphones to toys to appliances. >> o'donnell: fascinating. mark strassmann, thank you.
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toni morrison, the world- renowned author and champion of the oppressed, died last night at the age of 88. morrison once said, "if there is a book you really want to read but it hasn't been written yet, then you must write it." but few could wield the power of language like toni morrison. here is michelle miller. >> reporter: toni morrison was more artist than author. for nearly than 50 years her words painted a portrait of black life. >> most of my writing of the black topic, the black family, the black community is part of my life, but a lot of it was inquiry. >> reporter: through 11 novels spanning more than four decades, from "the bluest eye" to "song of solomon" and her pulitzer prize-winning "beloved," morrison turned pain into poetry.
she would become the first black woman to receive the nobel prize in literature. in 2012, barack obama awarded her the presidential medal of freedom. >> toni morrison's prose brings us that kind of moral and emotional intensity that few writers ever attempt. >> reporter: a long journey from lorain, ohio, the daughter of a welder and a domestic worker. born chloe wofford, she would go by toni while attending howard university. after a divorce, she raised two boys alone, working full time as a book editor. in a 2004 interview with "sunday morning" she talked about her passions. >> what is it i have to do that's so important that i'll die if i don't? and there were two things, and the first one was mother my children. and the second one was write. >> reporter: morrison's writings would influence a generation and capture the imagination of oprah winfrey, who would produce and
star in the film adaptation of "beloved." >> you don't never have to worry about dinner. she a charmed child. >> reporter: about the agony of a mother who has to choose between the life of her daughter or a return to slavery. >> she reaches into the depths of pain and shows us through pain all the myriad ways we can come to love. >> reporter: for morrison, her mission was to empower. >> i didn't want to speak for black people, i wanted to speak to and to be among. it's us. >> reporter: a legacy left in her pages. michelle miller, cbs news, new york. >> o'donnell: when morrison accepted her nobel prize, she said that the language we use may be the measure of our lives. and in her case, what a life it was. she was beloved. still ahead right here on the "cbs evening news," the pilot of a major u.s. airline is accused of being too drunk to fly. the shocking arrest photo that prompted immediate changes in one police department.
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disturbing images of an arrest sparked outrage on social media. the police officer who is black says the white officers are not being disciplined, but as jericka duncan reports, the incident has prompted the department to make changes. >> reporter: the photo taken by a witness shows the officers leading the black man through the streets of galveston on horseback tethered to what looked like a leash. houston n.a.a.c.p. president james douglas: >> when i looked at the picture, i saw an utter disrespect for another human being. the first thing that came to my mind was this was 2019 and not 1819. >> reporter: police chief vernon hale said donald neely had been warned several times against trespassing before he was arrested. but still, douglas said the image is disturbing because it harkens back to the dark days of the antebellum south when black people were forced to walk
alongside mounted slave owners and during the civil rights movement, mounted patrol units often evoked fear among peaceful protesters. >> if this individual had been white, this never would have happened. >> reporter: but in a statement, the chief apologized, saying, "my officers did not have any malicious intent at the time of the arrest." he goes on to say, "we have immediately changed the policy to prevent the use of this technique." all because of a picture that spoke volumes. >> o'donnell: jericka duncan joins us tonight. so, do we know, did these police officers have those body cameras on them? >> reporter: they did. and they were, in fact, activated, but the police officers tell us right now they want to focus on the community, not about releasing that video. >> o'donnell: all right, jericka, thank you. up next, why the boy scouts sex abuse scandal could be a lot worse than what we thought.
we have shocking new details tonight from a new lawsuit against the boy scouts of america. nearly 800 former scouts have come forward with new allegations of sexual abuse in almost every state. the suit accuses the organization of covering for sexual predators. the boy scouts of america says it has turned over information from the plaintiffs to law enforcement. a pilot for unieatted airlis appeared in court in scotland today after allegedly being too drunk to fly. glendon gulliver and his copilot were arrested before a cross atlantic flight to newark, new jersey. their flight had to be canceled.
chapter 11 is in store for two retailers. barney's new york is closing 15 of its 22 clothing outlets. chicago, las vegas, and seattle are among them. barney's flagship manhattan store stays open. and perkins and marie callendar also filed for protection from its creditors. 19 marie callendars and 10 perkins have closed. still ahead, a young boy's challenge: do good for goodness sake. finally tonight, the original idea came from a children's book in the 1990s. why not counter random violence
with random kindness? 11-year-old ruben martinez of el paso was feeling anxious after the violence of last weekend. his mom, rose gandarilla, suggested... >> i said, why don't you go think of something that you can do to make yourself feel better and to maybe help someone? >> what he thought of is the el paso challenge, daring people around the world to honor the 22 who died by performing 22 acts of kindness. >> like mowing a lawn, donating to charity. >> ruben has taken the challenge himself, bringing food to el paso's first responders. and others have followed his lead. >> made me feel amazing that everybody is showing acts of kindness around the world. >> and as ruben proves,
sometimes the best cure for feeling bad is doing good. and if you would like to help the victims of el paso in dayton, we posted some ways you can do that at cbsnews.com/help. that's the "cbs evening news" for tonight. let us know how you are practicing kindness. i'm norah o'donnell in new york. good night. captioning sponsored by cbs captioned by media access group at wgbh access.wgbh.org if welcome to the overnight news. i'm nicki batiste. president trump will visit both dayton, ohio and el paso, texas today. the cities experienced twin shootings that left dozens wounded. the massacre has been labeled a hate crime and targeted mexicans. a lot oof people in el paso aren't happy with the president's visit saying his z
racialeratered. >> reporter: the pain still raw. >> it's eceoing louder. epter: n emerging about the massacre. they sayours from dallas, texas to el paso. he went the to the walmart to eat, went back to his car, got his ak-47 and started shooting. he also posted an online manifesto embracing white supremacist views. police chief greg allen says she's shown no remorse. >> he basically appears to be in a state of shock and confusion. >> a crusius family statement says he was parntdly influenced and informed by people we do not know.
el pasons are putting on a brave face. we are learning several protests are planned here for tomorrow including one near the hospital where several victims are recovering. it's along a route the president is expected to travel. ohio's republican governor is calling for stricter gun laws out sad mas canker in dayton that left nine dead and dozens wounded. we're learning more about the gunman who was shot and killed by please. >> reporter: this has given authorities the pick canture of a dangerous young man with a lust for blood shed. >> he a history of obsession with violent mass shootings and had expressed the desire to commit a mass shooting. >> reporter: today the fbi had a
mass shoot to determine who and what may have influenced 24-year-old betts. why he chose the dayton entertainment district for his attack. fbi special agent. >> we're trying to understand the best we can why this horrific attack happened. >> reporter: most of the vet 's profile includes recollections from those who knew him, including ex-girlfriend. >> he was interested in what made terrible people do terrible things. i didn't think he would go shoot strangers. one of his victims, died in the hands of deongreen. next to him on the green the 22-year-old sister megan was bleeding to death. green recalled the chaotic moments. >> the shooter's sister is laying up against the taco stand ask me to call the police because she's been shot.
so i'm trying to call, so i'm trying to juggle both but most of my time with my dad. a ground swell of support for victorer gun laws nation wide, meanwhile, the it nra is in turmoil. >> reporter: a protest cap as summer of turmoil from within. >> in may these documents showed the long-time leader wayne lapierre may have spent more than $300,000 in member dues on designer clothes.
nra president oliver north left, so did top lobbyist, chris cox as lapierre accused them of of extortion. and members stripped of committee assignments after they sought information about the impruprity. no the tax exempt stattess is being investigated. >> i think scale of the personal indulgence is the frequency of the cronyism. that's disappointing. >> reporter: and while the nra opposes universal background checks, some law makers now see an opening. >> their day has come. their day is over. we can get this done. one of the greatest authors of our time has passed away, toni morrison.
her work "beloved" won a pulitzer prize and the midfl of freedom. she was 88 years old. >> reporter: toni morrison was more artist than author. for more than 50 years her words painted a portrait of black life. >> a lot of it was -- >> reporter: through novels spanning more than four decades and her pulitzer prize winning "beloved" morris turned pain the to poetry. she would be the first black woman to receive the nobel prize in literature. in 2012 barack obama awarded her the presidential medal of freedom. a long journey from lorraine, ohio, the daughter oaffconstruction worker and domestic. after a divorce, she raised two
boys alone, working full time as a book editor. in a 2004 interview with "sunday morning" she talked about her passion. >> what is it i have to do i don't it?mportant if and th the first one is loving my kids the second is writing. >> her writings would capture the imagination of oprah winfrey who with would produce and star in the filmed ad apitation of "beloved." about the agony of a mugt whoor has to choose the life of her daughter or slavery. >> she reaches into the depth of of pain and shows us through pain all the myriad ways we can come to love. >> her ms. was to empower. >> i didn't want to speak for black power.
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this is the cbs overnight news. welcome back to the "overnight news." in the wake of the mass shootings in el paso and dayton, ohio's republican governor is calling for stricter gun laws. he wants universal background checks for gun sale so-called red flag laws to take wem weapons away from people being dangerous by a court. there's also a growing call for action in washington. >> it's irresponsible that we don't take action. >> reporter: 2020 presidential candidates have been blanketing the air waves since the shootingsings in texas and ohio. >> there's a better path we can go down.
>> it's unspeakable and hard to talk about. >> reporter: there's some difference in the details but they generally support expanding the national background check system and a renewing a ban on military-style assault weapons. and how exactly a ban on assault weapons would work is unclear. according to a 2018 report there are roughly 638,000 machine guns in circulation in the u.s. which includes assault rifles. julian castro and joe biden support a national assault weapons buy back program. >> we can make a major effort to get them off the streets and thouftd hands of people. >> reporter: cory booker is among those pushing for national gun licensing.
>> you should have a license to buy a car and you should have a license to buy a gun and possess it. >> reporter: and klobuchar and others want to close the so-called boyfriend loophole that stop people who have abused eroassaulted someone to still buy firearms. and they're willing to work with democrats to implement the red flag laws. they've been calling on mitch mcconnell to recall the senate and take up gun control legislation. senate republicans are quote prepared to do our part to engage in bipartisan discussions to protect our communities without infringing on american's constitutional rights. the fbi has opened a domesticb terror investigation into last month's mass shooting at food festival in gilroy, california. the shooter killed three people and wounded more than a dozen others before turning the gun on
himself. gilroy is now one of 850 open domestic terrorism cases. 80% involve racial extremism and a majority involve white supremacist. >> the internet has provided a dangerous avenue. >> reporter: work with the government to strike. investigators believeb the alleged el paso shooting posted a manifesto on a platform called 8chan, later taken down by cloud flair. >> it does not remove hate from the it internet. >> reporter: wired internet and chief, editor, nick thompson says taking down the site won't stop hate speech. >> it makes it harder for the
community to not thrive but the people who spread the hate, it doesn't completely take them off line. they can go somewhere else. >> reporter: he says they're going to sites like gab. >> it popped up by people kicked off twitter to organize a round as they like to say free speech. as others say far-right radical commentary. >> or they're returning to mobile apps. >> one common service is telegraph. er. >> reporter: they should make platforms like these a priority to determine who is likely to turn violent. that's been used to fight extremism with isis. while it's be used to inspire domestic extremists, it can be used to stop them. a former department of homeland security lead analyst who authored a 2009 report on the
stood for centuries. when shop keepers hangout their shingles here, they're a sample of the signature product. a traditional handy craft known as shibori. shibori, literally to sleeve, press, or ring involves manipulating fabric from folding, crimping and twisting. which is why artist says tie dye rr doesn't begin to convey the splendor. the hairs were fine still and pain staking effort with die dye and technique. it was an art form but it was commerce not art that set it as
the shibori mecca. the villagers hit on the idea of tex tiles for travellers, displayed by the boats with colorful streamers, they were a smash hit. there are hundreds often used in combination with names like wood grain and fly. i understand it takes as few days for most people to get the hang of this. but to become a professional level artisan takes years to do this much more efficiently and accurately. pleating and binding fabric. it's also been unique and not always predictable.
she said i've been doing this for 50 years but there has ntd been a single piece i'm totally satisfied with. i'm always thinking how could i make it more fabulous? the artistry, like much of the creations will end up here at the dyeing factory. tending the basket of indigo dyes is hot, sweaty work. with few specially dyers left. at last, dyeing is complete and the binding threads come off and it maintains its crimps and folds. beyond caught anotton and silk, trying it on leather and other nontraditional fabric. it's turning a coral like lamp shade and cashmere-like sweaters. when it comes to the creative
potential, artists say they've only begun >> well, if you like colorful clothing, how about colorful basketball courts? >> reporter: at the rainbow recreation center, the basketball court has become a giant canvas. >> when i see a park in disrepair, it makes me want to bring the space to life. dan peterson is the visionary behind this transformation. his love of basketball began as a teen. >> danny from way downtown money. fast forward to 2015, he found himself on a badly neglected court and was inspired to repaint the free-throw line. >> something i felt i needed and something i felt i could do. >> reporter: he realized instead
of bringing people together, cracked, crumbleing courts are often seen as barriers that drive families away. so peterson launched project backboard and reshaped 22 courts across the country into magical murals. >> playing on koerlcourts that like this may cause you to think more creatively. they may start imagining what if. >> colorer is a little bit of a new thing for me. >> reporter: artist was inspired to design the oakland court. >> it's more of a table element but it also has this archway. >> reporter: he says his abstract images represent home and a sense of community. >> it's important to have this space to take pride in and feel safe. >> reporter: does this mean diversity? >> yes. >> reporter: these children worry about the violence on the
street. so having a beautiful place to play make as powerful statement. >> it's so impactful when you show these kids that they matter. >> reporter: what did you think when you saw the color? >> i was watching them from the swing. i wanted to join in and help. project backboard teams with with sponsor like nba 2k. the cost around 50 town rr dlf it's so important to develop those skills and be a leader. that's why we build these courts and it's so important to us. >> reporter: and teamwork seems to be a slam dunk at the rainbow recreation center. >> i used to by mean before i came here but now i'm nice to everyone. everyone knows my name.
steve hartman now with some words of wisdom h a bunch of old koots at a favorite coffee shop. >> reporter: like at delises and doughnut shops across the area, there's a group of regulars, senior citizens that sit at the same table, sip a single cup of coffee and claim to know it all. >> we solve problems of the world. >> of the world. >> reporter: and what a shame that all that wisdom, all that good coffee clash advice basically goes to waste but no one listens to them, no one until now.
now every saturday they take their local coffee club to the farmers market and under the banner, old coots giving advice, they do what they've always done. they never expected anyone to really stop. >> it was more of a joke and low and behold. >> one person, then three, and then they formed a line. >> reporter: and that's hoathe old coots became one of the most pop kw4 popular booths. they address everything from landscaping issues. >> get a new house. >> reporter: to life's greatest mysteries. put your money in dip coins. that sounds like bad advice because it often is. dear abbey, they're not.
what qualification did they have? >> we hear a question and we go how are we going to answerer that? >> lik this one who was faithful. the biggest surprise. that's how they grow. those words of wisdom. they did seem to help people, proving seniors are the greatest untapped resource. if you can't find one at your local farmers market, they're usually available wherever coffee is sold. >> alwaysoveve hartman story. from the cbs broadcast center in
new york city, i'm nicki batiste. have a great day ngd by cbs it's wednesday, august 7th, 2019. this is the "cbs morning news." president trump heads to el paso and dayton today, the sites of two mass shootings where he's expected to receive a mixed welcome, this as new disturbing details about the gunmen. now the dayton shooter's ex-girlfriend is speaking out. >> if you just label him as a monster, we're not going to solve anything. new overnight, a scare in new york's times square. jitters from the recent mass shootings spark a panic and send tourists running.