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>> tornado. >> yup, tornado. >> tornado. >> axelrod: the plains just can't catch a break. another round of severe weather pounds the region. on the carolina coast, the weather worry is tropical storm ana set to make landfall tomorrow. never mind fines. beverly hills drought dodgers also face shaming. hundreds of employees of zappos, both the online shoe retailer, rather than work at a company without bosses. and it's band camp for baby boomers who won't be quitting their day jobs. >> i could play "smoke on the water" with the best of them. captioning sponsored by cbs this is the "cbs evening news." >> axelrod: good evening. i'm jim axelrod.
and this is the western edition of the broadcast. pick a kind of severe weather-- hurricanes, tornadoes, flooding, hail, even blizzards, and tens of millions of americans are dealing with it tonight. on this mother's day weekend the calendar packed with college graduation ceremonies, much of texas is under a tornado watch as parts of oklahoma, kansas and colorado which also this week had to deal with eight inches of hail. other parts of colorado are under a winter storm watch along with wyoming, nebraska, and south dakota. the black hills could get more than two feet of snow. three weeks before the official start of hurricane season, tropical storm ana has the carolina coast in its crosshairs. but we begin tonight with don champion in woodward, oklahoma. >> reporter: at least one person was killed when a tornado touched down this afternoon near sysco, texas. elsewhere, heavy rains caused flash flooding on land already
saturated by storms earlier in the week. today marks the fourth day in a row states like oklahoma and texas have seen severe weather. baseball-sized hail broke car windows in amarillo, texas, this morning, and last night, a severe storm blew out the windows of the y.m.c.a. in norman, oklahoma. it's rained so much in the town of shawnee, just outside of oklahoma city, officials are worried a dam could soon breach. much of the state is under a flash flood watch. more than 60 reported tornadoes have swept across the southern and central plains in the last week. >> oh, it was scary. >> reporter: in places already cleaning up from storms, the threat of more severe weather only adds to anxiety. part of this roof was ripped off by a tornado wednesday. >> as long as everybody was safe, that's what counts. material things don't matter. it's the lives. >> reporter: a sign of strength among people used to weathering the worst of storms.
and tornadoes are possible tonight from texas to colorado. the severe weather threat is then expected to push east tomorrow and lessen on monday. jim. >> axelrod: don champion, thank you. now to the carolinas, also bracing for severe weather, as tropical storm ana approaches from the atlantic. mikaya thurmond of cbs station wral tv is in carolina beach north carolina. mckaya, bring us up to speed on what's happening there. >> reporter: jim, even though this looks like a normal saturday afternoon, things are expected to get very serious very quickly. ana is expected to deliver about five inches of rainfall just this weekend. the tropical storm could bring winds up to 60 miles per hour, which is a dangerous situation for surf and rip currents. beachgoers and sailors should take on a very seriously, as they could be taken out to sea. on the land, we are expecting some scattered power outages, as well as broken tree limbs and minor damages to porches, as
well as sheds. ana could bring water to the coastline, which would lead to flooding in low-lying areas. >> axelrod: mikaya thurmond in wilmington, north carolina thank you. the typhoon is also on the list of severe weather we're reporting on tonight in the pacific. typhoon noul is bearing down on the philippines, expected to make landfall within the next 24 hours. thousands have been evacuated from an area that has also been affected recently by an erupting volcano. the hard reality in california not enough water. starting june 1, california cities have to cut their water use from 8% to as much as 36%. among the 36 percenters, beverly hills. carter evans shows us how they're cracking down to drought dodgers. >> reporter: in beverly hills, where most megamansions have huge, manicured lawns, the landscape is about to change dramatically. >> a big lawn looks a little odd to us. it just seems inappropriate.
>> reporter: facing down the drought, andrea spatz ripped out her lawn. her backyard grass is now replaced with less-thirsty plants. >> we're trying to lead by example. >> reporter: california's water board says beverly hills is one of the state's biggest water wasters. the city is now on notice-- cut consumption 36% by next year, or pay the price. >> the city does not comply with these cuts, that we can be find up to $10,000 a day. >> reporter: julian gold is the mayor of beverly hills. >> 50% or 60% of the water we use goes to watering grass. we can't afford that anymore. >> reporter: the city has already limited lawn watering to two days a week and is considering fining individual water wasters up to $1,000. a lot of these could afford triple the water bill, maybe 10 times the water bill. >> fines are not the answer to the question. even somebody who's got a megamansion with a huge lawn and tons of money has to understand that at the end of the day, if there's no water coming out of the faucet, it's their faucet, also.
>> reporter: if the over- watering continues, he says, it may get personal. >> i'm going to go knock on their door and tell them to stop. >> reporter: is that what it's going to come down to? >> i think it's going to come down to neighbors policing neighbors. >> i think it has to become more like smoking, not wearing seat belts where there's a little bit of a public shaming, where being a water waster is considered bad in itself, even if you can afford it. >> reporter: money may be no object, but without water, even those rolling in the green, may have trouble staying green. carter evans, cbs news, beverly hills. axelrod: liberia has now declared itself to be ebola- free. the announcement was treated with caution and jubilation. the ebola outbreak killed 4,700 liberians. yesterday marked 70 years since end of world war ii in europe. in russia, they marked today as victory day, which means an elaborate display of military might.
but as charlie d'agata reports the pageantry was notable not for who was there but who wasn't. >> reporter: russia rolled out the big gun today, high-tech tanks and long-range missile launchers rumbling along red square. 16,000 troops marched to a cordpraffed lockstep while military aircraft roared overhead. cameras were placed in every conceivable position to capture president vladimir putin's parade. but nowhere to be seen today were the world war ii allies that helped bring victory over nazi germany. the orchestrated pageant wasagea boycotted by president obama and the leaders of britain and france because of the ongoing conflict in ukraine. instead putin was joined by leaders from countries like china, india, cuba and venezuela. that wasn't the case 10 years ago when president george w. bush sat right next to putin
enjoying dozens more world leaders in honor of the 60th anniversary. the soviet union paid a heavy price through world war ii losing more than 26 million soldiers and civilians, more than any other country. throughout europe, commemorations were held to reflect and remember those lost in war. in paris, they closed down the champs elysees for cavalry. u.s. secretary of state john kerry laid a wreath at the tomb of the unknown soldier. and across britain this morning, church bells rang out, signifying an end to the years they had hung in silence during the war. on a day that's supposed to serve as a reminder of sacrifice and unity against a common enemy, jim, of president putin took a swipe at the united states during his speech saying, "we've seen attempted to create a unipolar world, a phrase he's often used to criticize
america's role in world affairs. >> axelrod: charlie, thank you. what if your boss said we're getting rid of job titles. if you don't like it, we'll give you three months' pay, plus benefits, and you can leave? that is exactly what played out recently at zappos, a company which now has significantly fewer workers. here's jericka duncan. >> reporter: zappos.com c.e.o. tony shay is trying relatively new management style called holacracy. >> instead of power being centralized at the top of a hierarchy, it's a way to really distribute that leadership throughout the organization. >> reporter: business consultant anna mcgrath helped zappos make the transition and estimates at least 200 companies worldwide have implemented holacracy. she said most businesses have fear-driven environment where's people are afraid to speak up. >> what holacracy does is make really clear weekly and monthly
meetings to process any issues-- what we would call tensions -- so that you can really drive the organization where it needs to go. >> reporter: could it be too many voices? because there are reasons why certain people have certain titles. >> we integrate voices to actually create the roles and accountability. >> reporter: with holacracies there are no titles but some zappos employees have reportedly expressed concern, saying there's a lot of uncertainty around how compensation will be determined under a system where employees fill multiple roles instead of holding specific titles. so far, 210 of the 1,503 work version decided it take buyouts and leave the company. in a recent memo to employees, shay said, "self-management and self-organization is not for everyone, and not everyone will want to move forward." a spokesperson with zappos says the decision to move hazard holacracy was not for financial reasons.
>> axelrod: at commencement exercises today at tuskegee university, first lady michelle obama spoke of her personal experience with racial insults. >> and over the years, folks have used plenty of interesting words to describe me. one said i exhibited a little bit of upitty-ism. another noted that i was one of my husband's "cronies of color." cable news charmingly referred to me as "obama's baby mama." >> axelrod: mrs. obama suggested her experience is not unique. a new program at the university of colorado is actually spreading that kind of language. but as mark strassman reports,
the goal is to make it disappear. >> reporter: at the university of colorado, everyone on campus is being tested. >> we want students to be uncomfortable when they read that? >> reporter: judewon kebede, a senior here, helped create these signs posted on campus. they attack race, religion, and sexual identity. one reads, "your mom must be the janitor because she's mexican." another assumes an arab student must be a suicide bomber. is there one message that hits you the hardest? >> i think probably the "go back to africa" message probably hit me the hardest just because that relates directly to my identity. >> reporter: are you uncomfortable when you read that? >> i'm been uncomfortable being told that. >> reporter: the 500 signs are intentionally offensive and were approved and paid for by the university. >> close to 70 bias-motivated incidents on the campus this year since august. >> reporter: bronson hilliard is an assistant vice chancellor here where 21% of the student
population is minority. >> people need to see the ugliness of it and confront it directly before we can change it. >> reporter: but many posters have been torn down. the approach, like the posters offends brian shimamoto, a university employee. >> they wanted people to stand up and say, "whoa. what is this about?" and they got that reaction. the problem was, the people they were trying to help, some of us felt revictimized all over again. >> reporter: judewon kebede says progress sometimes involves pain. >> we are telling you this is not okay to say, that these narratives that students have been told are not okay. >> reporter: a clear sign this campus is taking a new path to inclusion. mark strassman, cbs news boulder, colorado. >> axelrod: president obama has now mended a broken heart. an 11-year-old girl by the name of rebecca kelley from vermilion, south dakota, drew this picture and sent it to the president writing, "this is my heart because you haven't visited south dakota."
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>> axelrod: after years of negative publicity, sea world finds itself in calmer waters tonight. this week, the company announced that attendance is up more than 5% this year. as erik sandoval of our orlando station wkmg reports, sea world is hoping a new c.e.o. and a new approach can turn the tide. >> reporter: sea world is fighting to stay afloat after a one-two punch sent ticket sales into a deep dive last year. already shaken by the the death of trainer dawn brancheau by a killer whale, sea world saw its reputation vilified after the repeated airing of the 2013 film "blackfish." the film implicated sea world in the death, claiming captivity at the park triggered the whales' aggressive behavior. >> they had the death of an employee and the death of their image at the same time. >> reporter: crisis manager lori booker. >> they actually gave fertilizer to the situation by not responding. people thought they aren't responding because it's true.
>> reporter: what followed was a tsunami of bad press. southwest airlines ended its partnership with sea world. celebrities like willie nelson canceled dates plus relentless social media attacks all had an effect on ticket sales. >> never underestimate the power of an activist-driven campaign. it can bring down an organization. >> reporter: dr. chris dold, sea world's chief veterinarian took the attacks personally. you were insulted. >> deeply, yeah. >> reporter: was there anything in that movie where you said "they have a point?" >> no, not really. there was a lot in that movie where i thought, man, they're completely misrepresenting what's going on. my walk-away feeling was we need to talk about what we do. >> there are some facts about sea world we'd like you to know. >> reporter: two years after "blackfish" was released, sea world is fighting back, spending $10 million on a media blitz. sea world is also releasing video of its backstage work as a zoological institution, like the
rescue of 19 manatees from a drain pipe. >> that's our passion. that's truly our soul. >> reporter: 30 days spot campaign, business is slowly improving but sea world's critics are not moved. >> it's incredibly frustrating. >> reporter: communications executive jill kermes. >> the people that work here 24/7, on call, to rescue animals. they are animal advocates. >> reporter: new c.e.o. joel manby, author of "love works," about compassion in the workplace, told investors this week this is the very first pitch in a very long game. erik sandoval for cbs news orlando. >> axelrod: so here's a dilemma some tourists in montana faced recently. take a picture of the bears or run from the bears? most chose to run, or at least walk away swiftly. a mama bear was apparently attempting to cross a bridge with her cubs when she encountered something akin to a swarm of paparazzi in a way, i'm sure some stars can relate to,
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band camp, not the kind with student drum majors, trombones and all that jazz. this is a band camp where the middle aged go, and some even older, to rock out. dean reynolds gets us plugged in. >> reporter: is this your only location. >> reporter: hugh hadlund is a small-town banker by day, but when night falls, he turns into something completely different. hadlund and his friends attend rock camp for dads. it's a group that encourages men and women, actually, to pick up that instrument they put down years ago and awaken long- dormant dreams. so you wanted to be on stage. >> i wanted to be a better guitar player, and if the stage came along, so be it. >> reporter: so you were a lousy guitar player? >> i was exquisitely good at being a lousy guitar player. i could play "smoke on the water" with the best of them. >> reporter: grouped according to skill these would-be performers ranged in age from their 20s to 80s.
they attend the once-a-week camp for a month in preparation for a real gig in front of a liveor audience at the end. the camp costs $229 for entry- level wanna-bees, and $329 for almost-ready-to-perform artists. >> i have a smile on my face when i get up and i can't wait to get here. >> reporter: a sometime musician and entrepreneur, mitch mcmillen founded the camp and is still amazed to meet so many people who are glad he did. >> there are tons all over the country. as of right now, we've been doing this for six years, and we have over 800 members. >> reporter: jean jarvis is a guitarist when she's not working with animals. laurie etchen is in marketing and singing. >> i think she's definitely the extrovert. >> reporter: but the introvert i'm told, goes kind of nuts on
stage. is that what happens to you? >> well, i don't know nuts. >> reporter: dying one's hair blue and downing shots before the big gig sort of does fit that description, though. no one is going to confuse their stylings with big-name entertainers, but for one shining night, these babies can really boom. dean reynolds, cbs news, st. louis park, minnesota. >> axelrod: and that's the "cbs evening news" for tonight. later on cbs, "48 hours." for now, i'm jim axelrod in new york. and for all of us here at cbs a news, thanks for joining us and good night. captioning sponsored by cbs captioned by media access group at wgbh access.wgbh.org
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