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roads. fallen trees and mudslides crippled the island's road network and stalled the relief network. >> all right, now, just wait for it. >> reporter: lieutenant colonel marcus mainz: >> you see us getting to structures, like f.a.a. towers. >> reporter: these marines were the first on the ground, launched by air and by boat from the navy's u.s.s. "kearsarge." there are 20 helicopters or fixed aircraft around the island of puerto rico. no longer are they doing search-and-rescue missions. they're now in full relief mode, delivering vital supplies, generators, food, water, even tarps so people can try to get their lives back to normal. many on the island don't have running water, so marines are taking salt water from the harbor and filtering it into drinkable water. others are canvassing
>> we have fuel trucks sitting out there in what we call a quick-reaction force with marines who are ready to go, mamed out what hospitals they need to go to, and we'll get there before the lights go out and people die. >> reporter: three-star general jeffrey buchanan arrives later tonight. he'll link up with fema and local officials to help coordinate the relief effort. his top priority: get the relief supplies in the port out to the people that need it the most. anthony. >> mason: omar villafranca with the aid effort. also in puerto rico is dr. jon lapook following the growing health crisis. with hospitals crippled, there is a rush to evacuate patients in dire need of treatment. >> reporter: it's life or death on the tarmac as this premature baby awaits evacuation to the mainland. the baby was born four months early, weighing only one pound, three ounces. he desperately needs surgery to correct a severe eye condition that could c
he's been on a ventilator since birth. without that breathing tube? >> those lungs are not mature enough to support the transfer of oxygen to his blood. >> reporter: dr. marcu federico maestre arranged with fema to medevac the baby out of san juan. why is this baby in so much trouble? the baby has to mature his heart and mature his eyes and his rise not maturing. he's has hemorrhages in the eyes. he has to have surgery done in order to take that blood out, and that cannot be done here. >> reporter: why can't it be done here? >> because we don't have the infrastructure working right now. >> reporter: these are the crucial minutes. we have learned the batteries for the ventilator have run out. the baby is being manually bagged, this is a time that's really important. there's no room for error during this high-tech handoff from the ambulance to the airplane. next stop, shreveport, louisiana. we both just watched the
how do you feel? >> i feel great. it was so emotional to see that plane take off and take that baby to a safe place. this baby will have a chance, and the only chance was on that plane. >> reporter: for that baby and other patients, it's been risky to rely on emergency power for critical equipment like ventilators. 44 of the island's 69 hospitals are now reportedly operational, but communication and power problems continue to cripple the medical system here. anthony. >> mason: dr. jon lapook, thanks, jon. that's just the situation in the hospitals. we still don't know the situation in rural areas. with communications down, many parts of puerto rico are cut off. so today, david begnaud left san juan and headed west. >> reporter: this is one of the hardest hit towns on the western tip of the island. on our way in, we passed a military convoy, one of the first siewns that help was finally on the way. maria tore into this island more than a week ago, leaving a trail
of destruction. 1500 homes no longer have roofs in aguadilla. here the desperate waited for fuel for the eighth day in a row. the line stretched for miles. on the ground, many crowded at this grocery store that only has food for another two weeks. carlos mendez is aguadilla's mayor. do you need more help? >> of course, i do. i need more help. i need fema. i need you that are listening to me. we need help. but we're going to get out of this. i'm sure that we will. >> reporter: fresh water was enough to make this young boy smile. >> i'm very happy. >> reporter: faviola perez brought two cartons. it will be her fill for the night. she's been waiting for days. >> we have to keep hope alive. it would be a mistake not to get up again. when you go down, you have to get up, and that's exactly what we're doing. >> reporter: they have stopped serving water tonight. the curfew is about to go into effect and people are not supposed to be out on the street. but the people will be back tomorrow, and so will the water
they've got four of these in town. four for 60,000 people. anthony. >> mason: david begnaud with one of the first looks at the situation in the western part of puerto rico. louisiana congressman steve scalise, the house republican whip, returned to the capitol today for the first time since he was grievely wounde wounded n assassination attempt more than three months ago. our norah o'donnell was there when speaker ryan broke down in tears as he welcomed scalise back. norah's story about his battle back is coming up sunday on "60 minutes." but tonight, chief congressional correspondent nancy cordes has the story of the national homecoming. ( applause ) >> god blets united states. >> reporter: it wasave triumphant moment for scalise and an emotional one for his colleagues. as the house majority whip walked, on his own, into the house chamber.
gentleman from louisiana seek recognition? >> to speak out of order, mr. speaker. ( applause ) >> reporter: scalise started by thanking the heroes who saved his life. >> david, you are my hero. >> reporter: capitol police officers david bailey and crystal griner. >> when i was laying there, not long after the first couple of shots were fired, i could hear a different caliber of weapon. ( gunshots ) and that told me they had immediately engaged the shooter. and let me tell you, if they didn't act so quickly, and even after being shot both themselves, continue to engage the shooter and ultimately got him down, which not only saved my life but saved the life of a lot of other people that are here in this chamber today. >> reporter: luckily, he said, one of those people was ohio congressman brad wenstrup, a doctor and former army medic. >> who would have thought that god would have put brad out there on that field with me because the tourniquet
applied, many will tell you, saved my life so i could actually make it to the hospital in time with all the blood loss. so, brad, where are you at? >> right down front. right down front. >> reporter: scalise has had to relearn how to walk. how are you feeling physically gifeel great. ob, i have a lot of work to go in rehab. >> reporter: in an interview to air this sunday on "60 minutes," he told norah o'donnell he was unconscious for most of the first four days. >> i found out later just how much damage was done internally. i mean, my femur was sheared. the hip and pelvis had serious damage where the bullet went through, and, you know, did some damage to areas that had to be shored up with steel plates and they day phenomenal job of rebuilding, you know, kind of the-- rebuilding humpty dumpty. there was a lot of damage inside that had to get fixed. >> they put you back together again. >> they put me back together again. >> reporter:
the hospital, then in an in-patient rehab center. he is now back to work, but he is still going to be spending a lot of time at an out-patient facility working to regain his strength and mobility. anthony. >> mason: so great to see the congressman back. nancy, thank you. you can see norah o'donnell's interview with congressman scalise this sunday on "60 minutes" and first thing tomorrow on "cbs this morning." twitter executives were on capitol hill today for the investigation of russian interference in the u.s. election. but senators were not happy with the answers they got. here's jeff pegues. >> their response was, frankly, inadequate on almost every level. >> reporter: mark warner, the top democrat on the senate intelligence committee, publicly scolded twitter executives for not being more forecast coming during a meeting on capitol hill. >> their action have not matched their words in terms of their
threat. >> reporter: both twitter and facebook have been under pressure to be more transparent about russia's use of social media to influence the 2016 election. facebook has acknowledged at least 3,000 ads during the campaign that had links to russian trolls. >> black lives matter! >> reporter: including one designed to amplify the divisions over the black lives matter movement. sources say it was carefully crafted to both support the movement and portray it as threatening to some residents of baltimore and ferguson, missouri. frank cilluffo is the head of center for cyber and homeland security at george washington university. >> they pick up on divisive issues. they serve add a megaphone. they legitimize fringe entities and on it goes. >> reporter: and the russian efforts continue. just this past weekend, as some n.f.l. players protested during the national anthem, russian trolls flooded social mea
the hashtags hiroshima boycotted then.f.l. and hiroshima takeaknee. like facebook, twitter is also conducting a review and has found that russian accounts, said it took action against 200 accounts already. >> mason: two of the n.f.l.'s oldest rivals face off tonight, the green bay packers and chicago bears. green bay is planning a stadium-wide show of solidarity during the national anthem. demarco morgan is at lambeau field. >> reporter: tonight, packers players say they will be linking arms in unity during the national anthem, just like they did at sunday's game, and quarterback aaron rodgers hopes fans will do the same. >> this is about equality. this is about unity, and starting a conversation around something that may be a little unconfidential for people. >> reporter: packers fan meghan kempen does not support the protest.
anything. it's just stirring the pot, essentially. i think if you're going to kneel, you need to take a stand, make go out and do something. >> reporter: this week many n.f.l. players and some owners took a knee, bowed their heads and joined arms in solidarity after the national anthem after president trump said n.f.l. players who do not stand for the anthem should be fired. today he ripped n.f.l. owners. >> i think they're afraid of their players, you want to know the truth, and i think it's disgraceful. you have to have people stand with respect. >> reporter: some high school athletes have also taken a knee, like these soccer players at maine's traip academy. in louisiana, a principal has written a letter requiring student athletes to stand saying failure to rise will result in movement from the team. >> i'm going to lock warms everybody around me. i will be standing up. i will be taking my hat off and sing the national anthem like i usually do. >> reporter: the denver broncos released a statement ng
stand in unity sunday with other teams. anthony, the national anthem will be shown live in its entirety tonight here at lambeau field. >> mason: demarco morgan at lambeau field. thanks, demarco. the national anthem will be televised live. pregame coverage of football begins at 7:30 eastern. right here on cbs. and coming up next on the cbs evening news, an apology from a cabinet secretary for high-cost travel. and hugh hefner and marilyn monroe.
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>> we're going through this process. we're going to conduct a full review, and we'll see what happens. >> reporter: white house press secretary sarah huckabee sanders said health and human services secretary tom price's job is on the line after the president slammed his use of noncommercial travel yesterday. >> reporter: today, price said he'll pay back the cost of his seat on more than a dozen private flights. but he, along with treasury secretary steven mnuchin and e.p.a. administrator scott pruitt, are being scrutinized for spending more than $460,000 taxpayer on flights while slashing their own agencies' budgets. mnuchin has come under fire for using government planes with his wife. this morning, he couldn't escape the controversy. >> i can promise the american taxpayer the only time that i will be using mil-air is when there are,either for national se
to various different things there are no other means. >> reporter: mr. trump's white house hasn't issued guidelines for government travel so there's a wide range of behavior. billionaires like wilbur ross and betsy devos own their own planes and personally pay to use them for official travel. on the other end of the spectrum are housing and urban development secretary ben carson and labor secretary alex acosta who tell us they only fly commercial, unless they're flying with the president or vice president. secretary price apologized and said he won't take any more private flights. h.h.s. says he'll write a personal check to the treasury for almost $52,000. that still leaves the taxpayers on the hook for hundreds of thousands of dollars. anthony. >> mason: julianna goldman, thank you, julianna. up next, that used car you just bought could be under a recall. ...of these benefits to help you get better dental check-ups.
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last night of natural causes at the playboy mansion. he was 91. "playboy's" founder may be laid to rest beside its first centerfold, marilyn monroe. hefner owns crypt next to hers at a hollywood cemetery. dean reynolds now on hef's life and legacy. >> reporter: hugh hefner brought "playboy" magazine to life in 1953. that's marilyn monroe, kids, a time when bedroom doors in this country were firmly closed, and then hefner pushed them open. >> sex is one of the best things on this
i think we need to get our heads around that fact. >> reporter: the naked truth is that the photo spreads and his leering lifestyle in buttoned-up america helped introduce an enduring cultural debate about whether sex should be sexy. >> isn't that really what you're selling, kind of a high-class, dirty book? >> no, i don't think so. sex was a natural part of life. and nice girls like sex, too. now, in the middle 1950s, that was a revolutionary idea. >> reporter: the postal service once refused to deliver "playboy," deeming it pornographic. with gaudy mansions in chicago and l.a., hefner drew fire from the right, which saw him as immoral, and the left which saw him as exploitative. elizabeth fraterrigo teaches history at loyola university and wrote a book on "playboy." >> there was-- there was much to be gained in being
provocateur. you might say he courted controversy in some regards because it was good publicity for him. >> reporter: the joke was always that people said they read "playboy" for the articles. sure, they did. but you could find the words of john updike or ray bradbury in "playboy," interviews with malcolm x or martin luther king. as explicit sex migrated online, circulation of the comparatively tame "playboy" dropped from 5.6 million in 1975 to less than 600,000 now. perhaps the mission hefner began 64 years ago was accomplished. >> you have taken great pride in celebration of pleasure. >> yes, well, i don't see a lot to be said for the celebration of pain. >> reporter: dean reynolds, cbs news, chicago. >> mason: in my wildest dreernlings hef once said, "i could not have imagined a sweeter life." well, we hope he's in a better place, but i'm not sure that's possible. that's the cbs evening news. i'm anthony maso
anyone. >> it is morally incumbent upon us to help them. ♪ [ music ] tonight, we're asking like you, how is this happening? right now, thousands of relief workers and troops have been deployed to puerto rico as the crisis there continues following hurricane maria. more than 3 million people still without power. 90% of the homes have been damaged. nearly half of the people have no water. 16 people have been dead. it's estimated the