tv CBS Evening News With Scott Pelley CBS February 12, 2015 6:30pm-7:01pm EST
>> pelley: tonight, thousands mourn three muslim student 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. 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 how good journalism can be. >> reporter: i'm from 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. >>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 hurryied to southeast asia in 1971 because as he put it, history
was being made. >> reporter: civilian casualties were not announced bus 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 rep taifgz 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 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. >> 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 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 lawyer 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 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 criesms committed. the killings have gained worldwide attention on social media sites with the hashtag muslim lives matter. the murders have expoadz a feeling among some muslims that they are facing racial intoperance. osama auirshaid is with the american muslims for palestine. >> we want, 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.
as jeff pegues reports, comey is also confront something hard truths about his own agency. >> much of our 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
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 surveillance of martin luther king jr., who as this document noted uncover dreg torinformation. 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 issueso "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. mobile is the biggest of a dozen
alabama counties that refused to comply with the the judge's 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 holland 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 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 oféó 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. 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 pushes pushes of air will be moving in this weekend. temperatures in the single digits and subzero highs. by sunday, highs in the 40s in the florida panhandle. 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. over 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 have 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 stakht now is a continuing recovery of the u.s. economy. >> reporter: jonathan gold is it with the national retail federation which estimates it could cost $2 billion a day if the slow-down 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 stockmyer run trucking company where's losses are 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 fridays. negotiations for a new contract scott, have been on and off since last may. >> pelley: john blackstone, on the waterfront, john, thanks. a murder vaem family gets to weigh in on whether the killer should die. 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. er when i wouldn't give a little cut a second thought. ♪ ♪ when i didn't worry about the hepatitis c in my blood. ♪ ♪ when i didn't think twice
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>> 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 came a development they never expected-- a qatari judge hearing the case asked them to decide what punishment the man should face if convicted. >> 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 we would consider that after what he has taken from us. >> reporter: the next question was hard tore answer-- did they want him to get the death penalty? so you potentially have the power to spare this man's life or to put him to death. 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 in 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. >> pelley: anna, thank you. fascinating story. in a moment, bob simon find joy in the congo.
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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 neerd we had no idea what to expect but the maestro seemed comfort and began the evening with a bang. the music was written by german composer carl orf 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 favorite. amanned was a commercial pilot until 20 years ago when his airline went bust. so like expilots often do, he decided to put together an orchestra. he was just missions a few
things. you had no musicians. huno 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. it wasn't always gent welhis patients. but they survived.
you he 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. 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. 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. ♪ ♪ ♪ >> reporter: it's called the ode to joy, last movement toafen's last symphony. it has been played with more expertise before. but with more joy? hard to imagine.
( 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 access.wgbh.org
who stabbed a 30-year-old capitol hill man inside the donovan hotel? it's a video d.c. police want you to see. >> reporter: i'm surae chinn. with heavy hearts friends remember claire knight who died in a collision with a school bus, this story from middletown, maryland. >> reporter: big time pushback on metro's machines to raise fares and decrease service -- plans to raise fares and decrease service, so now they are looking for alternatives to raise millions. >> maryland is just a little richer tonight. it's where a $1 million powerball ticket was sold in our area. >> and it's rg3's birthday, but his best trent won't be delivered for another few months. our -- present won't be delivered for another few months. our g story, a blast of arctic air is on the way. good evening. i'm derek mcginty. >> i'm jan jeffcoat. wind chills will go below 0 tonight in some spots, chief
meteorologist topper shutt tracking this cold snap and another one right behind it. >> winds have gusted to 30 miles per hour in manassas and 37 downtown. that will drive wind chills below 0 tonight. by 9:00 winds will be gusting in excess of 30 miles an hour across the entire metro area. by 10:00 tonight winds are still gusting to 36 miles per hour. by tomorrow morning still windy, but by the time we get to tomorrow morning temperatures will be cold enough to where the wind chills will be below 0. 10:00 tonight single digits wind chill, even downtown. then by morning 6 below wind chill in gaithersburg, 3 below in leesburg and frederick. if you can keep the kids in the car and warm till the bus comes, probably a good idea tomorrow. by 9:00 wind chills 5 below to 5 above and we are looking at a wind chill advisory for montgo