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battlefields of afghanistan over these last six months. 228, up 35% over the same period last ear. there was a time that it was called gangland chicago and maybe that time has returned. the cops tell us it's the gang member who has turned some neighborhoods into free-fire zones. more people were cut down today so we asked our chicago correspondent dean reynolds to give us a better understanding of what's going on in america's third-largest city. >> reporter: across chicago, nine people were killed between friday and sunday and two more were gunned down just hours ago-- a murder rate of two a day. >> this is like beirut was in the '70s. it's war. that's why we've got to keep doing it. >> reporter: pastor robin hood lives in chicago's north lawndale neighborhood where three of the victims were killed. >> people are scared to come out
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of the doors. they're scared for their kids to sit on their porches and play in the playgrounds. it's total fear. >> most of the violent crime in the city, is it gang-related? >> yes. >> reporter: chicago police suspects problem has a lot to do with drugs, guns, and gang wars. >> one of the most violent disputes that we have that we're trying to get a handle on in the city is an internal dispute in one of our gangs. it's the largest gang in the city. they have an internal dispute where they're fighting and shooting at each other. >> reporter: chicago has the largest gang population in the country with approximately 100,000 member who commit 75% to 80% of the city's homicides. >> we're looking for ways to get the goal at zero. zero murders, zero shootings. >> reporter: the violence increasingly claims innocent bystanders like the pregnant 17-year-old girl wounded by a stray bullet through her living room window on saturday.
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chicago's police force of 12,000 officers has a lot of ground to covering the something mccarthy hopes the public understands. do you say "hold on the cavalry is coming" or is there anything you can tell them >> i tell her i'm sorry that that condition exists and i feel responsible for it. >> reporter: the police here are targeting high-crime areas for more frequent patrols and a new law signed yesterday by illinois's governor holds gang leaders responsible for the crimes of their organizations. >> i think we can change the culture of these gangs, at least it's something we're trying to do. while at the same time doing law enforcement. >> reporter: mccarthy says data don't always show it but police are making progress with increasing undercover operations and greater infiltrations of the gangs themselves, scott, as well as a crackdown on the narcotics traffic which is the fuel that keeps them going. >> pelley: dean, thank you. so what happens to a straight-a
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student who's navigating the gangs in chicago? later in the broadcast byron pitts introduces us to a young man who hopes his dreams can survive. a key witness took the stand today at jerry sandusky's trial. sandusky, a long-time assistant football coach at penn state, is charged with molesting ten boys over a 15-year period. the witness was mike mcqueary, another former coach. armen keteyian was in the courtroom. >> reporter: in a decisive voice mcqueary testified to seeing sandusky standing behind a little boy, pinning him from behind against the wall in a football facility shower in february, 2001 in what mcqueary called an extremely sexual position. "you don't expect to see anything like that ever" he told the court. mcqueary testified the next day he reported the incident to legendary football coach joe paterno. "i made sure he knew it was sexual, it was wrong. no doubt about that." before mcqueary's testimony, the
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day started when prosecutors called one of the alleged victims. the young man, now 18 years old, spoke through tears, describing sexual abuse beginning around age 12. "i didn't know what to think" he said. "i was puzzled. i didn't know what to think." he said he first met sandusky at a summer camp for the second mile, the youth charity sandusky founded. the witness said the abuse took place in the basement of sandusky's home, a progression that began with nightly good night kisses and led to oral sex. the witness described the first time it happened saying "i kind of blacked out and didn't want it to happen." under questioning from lead prosecutor joseph mcgettigan the accuser testified the sex continued for three years until 2008 when he said he cut off contact with sandusky. he testified he told his mom and a school guidance counselor but he said he was told sandusky has a heart of gold and he wouldn't do something like that and they didn't believe me. in an hour-long
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cross-examination, defense attorney joe amendola spo cused on seeming inconsistencies in the accuser's story, including the number of times he claimed he was sexually abused. "i don't remember who i told what to" the accuser responded in one of many such exchanges. "i didn't know what to do. i was scared. i didn't want to be ridiculed." another school official that mcqueary informed was gary schultz, the vice president who supervised the campus police. mcqueary believing in informing schultz, scott, he was alerting the proper authorities. >> pelley: armen, thank you very much. we showed you that big wildfire in colorado yesterday. well, it's still out of control and now it has 62-year-old woman. her home is one of 125 buildings that burned as the fire spreads across 68 square miles near fort collins, colorado. barry petersen is with the
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evacuees. >> reporter: as firefighters struggle, those evacuated from their homes like genevieve kidd can do little but wait and watch. >> right below that water tower where the trees are, underneath that, that's where our houses are. >> reporter: the worst of times for some has brought out the best in others. jennifer oliver delivered bags of toiletrys to the salvation army for evacuees. >> it pains me to see somebody without. you know, if you don't have these necessities, it really puts a damper on your mentality. >> reporter: as losses mount, federal officials insist they have enough resources despite $227 million in budget cuts since 2010. but they now face 19 large active fires across the west and the big air tankers that drop fire retardant are a key resource that is diminishing. there were 43 tankers a decade ago, only 17 now. this after one tanker crashed last week killing two pilots and
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another made an emergency landing when a gear failed to come down. >> the air tankers that are now available are dated and old. there's not enough of them. >> reporter: such a serious problem that colorado senator mark udall got a bill through congress to let the forest service sign contracts to lease seven modern next-generation tankers. >> what does worry me is literally having enough people and aircraft if we have another fire of this magnitude. >> reporter: the firefighter staging area is growing by leps and bounds. there are 600 firefighters camped out now, 800 by the end of the week. and, scott, there is good news tonight. cool, calm weather is giving firefighters hope they'll have this blaze 10% contained by the end of the day. >> pelley: better weather in the future, barry, thank you very much. in syria today the head of the u.n. observer mission there said the uprising against the dictator bashar al-assad is now a full-scale civil war.
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rebel forces control parts of several cities. assad's army is on aan salt to get them back. secretary of state hillary clinton said today that russia is sending new attack helicopters to assad's army few reporters can get inside syria but our elizabeth palmer is there and she drove to the center of the conflict near the city of homs. >> reporter: a police barricade marks the edge of the war zone fierce fighting made syria's highway north of homs too dangerous. but the u.n. was allowed through and we went with them. we found mile upon mile of devastation. most civilians have now fled from these towns but suddenly a family appeared on their way out too. "we're leaving if we have to walk" he told us. all along the road syrian tanks with heavy artillery were dug in some ready for action, others burnt wrecks after opposition
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attacks. and hung defiantly on an overpass the freeu÷l flag. the minute we stopped, out they came: opposition fighters hoping to talk to the u.n. until a syrian military helicopter showed up. the united nations says syrian forces have fired missiles from the air over the past few days. it was no longer safe to stay here. we're back with the syrian military now in their fortified check post on the main highway. things are quiet at the moment. there's a little crackle of gunfire. we can see smoke from explosions but they say that the fighting over the past few days near this village has been very heavy. we wanted to hear these soldiers' stories but they wouldn't speak on camera. just 200 yards further on inside the town of talbiseh, we met their opponents,.
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>> we will stay in this revolution until we take bashar assad out of this country. >> reporter: a delegation wanted to show us talbiseh's mosque, ruined in five days of heavy shelling. and to explain what the army had told us, too: syrian soldiers, as many as 20, were killed in the fighting. their bodies since dragged away and buried. back on the street, people saw the u.n. preparing to leave. that meant, they said, the shelling was about to resume. >> we need you to stay here! you will be with us. we will save you. you must trust us. they shoot at us. >> reporter: but the u.n. mandate is to observe, not intervene. the opposition was left to the town it controls. at least for now. >> pelley: elizabeth palmer has
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now made her way back to damascus and joins us from the syrian capital. elizabeth, these free syrian army soldiers, where are they coming from? >> a lot of them are deserters, they're young conscripts, badly paid, demoralized, frankly scared and they tell me that they wait until they're in an opposition area, they go on patrol, they made a plot with their friends they trust and when they can at night they just melt away and hope they're taken in by the local people and given shelter. >> pelley: young soldiers choosing sides in what the u.n. now calls a civil war. thank you elizabeth. there is a new twist in the george zimmerman case. now his wife has been arrested. reports of an explosion on a yacht turn out to be a hoax that costs taxpayers plenty. and you don't see this everyday. a possible twister near venice, italy, when the "cbs evening news" continues. we take it a da. that's how it is with alzheimer's disease. she needs help from me. and her medication.
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>> pelley: someone sent the coast guard and police out on what amounted to a very expensive wild goose chase and now they're trying to chase down the person behind the hoax. john miller picks up the story from there. >> reporter: 17 miles off the new jersey coast the distress call said there had been an explosion on board a yacht. >> we have three deceased, nine injured, we have had an explosion on board. we're taking on water. >> reporter: the voice of a person claiming to be the ship's captain-- professional, in control, calm and, in retrospect perhaps too calm. >> i'm in three feet of water on the bridge, i'm going stay by the radio as long as i can before i have to go overboard. >> reporter: a massive rescue effort was launched, helicopters and ambulances were rushed to a staging area to assist survivors radio calls painted a grim picture.
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>> we spent several hours searching the area of the reported distress and sinking of the vessel looking over 600 nautical square miles. >> reporter: with no sign of debris or a yacht or survivors the coast guard deemed the calm a hoax. it estimated the cost of the rescue effort at $318,000. but captain gregory hitchen said they had no choice. >> it's... as is always the case in this type of situation wes immediately prepare for what we call the worst-case scenario. >> reporter: so far this year, the coast guard has had over 300 hoax calls in the northeast region alone. retired coast guard captain kip louttit spent 30 years doing search-and-rescue missions. >> the hoaxes divert us from other search-and-rescue cases, they waste money and they endanger the crews. >> reporter: john miller joins us now. john, the coast guard usually keeps this kind of thing quiet, they don't want to encourage other people. why are they making such a big
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deal out of this one? >> reporter: because this was such a big deal. it used so many resources, it cost so much money and they have that guy's voice on tape and they think with millions of people hearing it a couple people will know who he is and maybe call in. he could go to jail for six years and face $250,000 fines. >> pelley: john, thanks very much. venice, italy, is always picturesque, but have a look at the pictures we got in the newsroom from there today. what looks very much like a tornado churning behind the city's legendary canals. if it was a twister, it never came near the city center but it did some damage to some homes nearby. at least one person was injured. the tough streets of chicago through the eyes of a young man trying his story is next. y;x
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> i know i have no future here. >> reporter: what do you mean? >> in the area i live in, i don't really expect to have a future here and it's just i want to do better for myself. >> reporter: 15-year-old yave
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yooshgs ivey have lived in this neighborhood. 260 people have been wounded but gun fire here, including teenagers. so for 30 days we gave i.v.y a camera to show us what it's like growing up here. >> just yesterday there were police surrounding the school that's at the end of our street. >> reporter: an army brat, ivey lived in japan and arizona before his parents divorced and he moved to englewood with his mother and sister. >> i'm not really used to what goes around here. i'm used to living in civilized areas. if but i've gotten used to living over here. >> reporter: at night ivey recorded candid video diaries. >> i actually saw this dude getting chased down my street by another dude who was firing a gun at him and my mom was like "what are you doing? get down."
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and i got down and, like, it was like, i didn't know what was happening. but my sister was really scared. >> reporter: he described the day he was confronted by a gang member. >> i guess he's trying to start something so he asked me, like, what i was. like he was trying to see if i was in a gang. i told him that i wasn't in one, i was neutral. i'm actually walking up to my school building. >> reporter: ivey attends irving prep academy, the only black all maul school in chicago. >> i want to own my ow3çy one day. >> reporter: be a entrepreneur? >> like bill gates. >> reporter: i.v.y says he finds relief at church and in writing music. ♪ i know your pain but please hang in there... ♪ >> reporter: tell me about the song. >> it was to try to encourage people that are going through hard times and just because you're give an bad hand in life it doesn't mean it's... you have
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to give up. >> reporter: for ivey where he lives does not define who he is. >> you can't be afraid of everything because if you're afraid, that hinders your progress in life. >> reporter: a life surrounded by violence but a young man filled with a determination to make it out. byron pitts, cbs news, chicago. >> pelley: and that's the "cbs evening news" for tonight. for all of us at cbs news all around the world, good night.
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