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arizona home a house of horror. first on "cbs this morning," a new report says that schools are not protecting students from drinking water contaminated with lead. why critics say most state regulations are too weak to be effective. the usc student speaks out being approached by the alleged mastermind behind that college admissions scandal and a dean who tells you what you can do. we begin with a look at today's "eye opener," your world in 90 seconds. >> i gave him the kind of funeral that he wanted. i don't care about this. i didn't get thank you. that's okay. we sent hill on the way but i wasn't a fan of john mccain. >> the president keeps going after the late senator john mccain. >> i had told my dad seven months after you die you'll be dominating the news and all over tweet. he would think it's hilarious. >> the fbi joined the
investigation into how boeing's new 737 jet was certified. the governor of iowa warns the midwest floods are just starting started. levee systems in the region are overwhelmed. >> this is not funny. >> new zealand's prime minister is banning semi out rattic rifle sales following the two attacks. >> this must end. >> a mother in arizona is accused of abusing her children. behind the scenes of her family's popular youtube series. >> all that -- >> what is that? >> a bizarre light spotted over downtown los angeles. turns out a pair of winged suit flyers. the. >> 22-jarrett ranch dressing -- >> shopping got easier with instagram. >> it has officially launched in app purchases. >> no way this doesn't lead to me to accidentally buying a thousand golden retrievers.
>> on "cbs this morning." >> president trump taking his feud with the husband of senior white house adviser kellyanne conway to defcon one. >> he is a whack job. >> more than anything in this, i hope they wind up on "dr. phil". >> first of all, george conway, you're out of line. why don't you pipe down and support your wife's career instead of making her life a living heck. pardon my language. pardon my language. it can't be fun or funny in the conway house. >> no, it can't. >> kellyanne said she's worried about her children and what they may think about the whole country is wondering what's going on. >> what that is all about. >> it is tough. >> welcome to "cbs this morning." norah and john are off. you are in good hands because -- your name? >> my name?
you for got it. >> no, i didn't forget it. i just wanted you to say it, anthony mason. >> david begnaud. >> we are all here. we are following breaking news on the investigations into the boeing 737 max jet crashes. indonesian investigators this morning confirmed that an off-duty pilot was in the cockpit of the same lion airplane that experienced trouble one day before a deadly crash. they did not say whether he helped stabilize that plane. the lead investigator says the off-duty pilot was not in their initial report on the october crash because investigators had not spoken to him yet. >> boeing 737 max jets are grounded in the u.s. and around the world following the indonesia crash and another five months later in ethiopia. 346 people were killed in the two disasters. kris van cleave is at reagan national with the latest. kris, good morning.
>> reporter: well, good morning, the fbi is joining a growing list of agencies demanding answers to include the department of transportation inspector general, members of congress and the defense department. after last week's crash of ethiopian airlines flight 302 a boeing employee received a subpoena to retain records relating to the approval of the 737 max. department of transportation inspector general agents told employees at the faa's seattle office to do the same. david gomez is a retired executive with experience in crash investigate. >> what did the faa and boeing know? when did they know it, and did they tell anybody about it or did they hide that. >> reporter: the probe is focused on the possess to approve the 737 maekts's safe and airworthy that by design allows the manufacturer to certify much of the plane itself. >> if there is any documentation to prove there was a problem and
didn't resolve it or didn't reveal it that could put them in jeopardy. >> reporter: boeing is the nation's largest exporter, one of the biggest defense contractors and there was an ethics investigation launched into patrick shanahan, a former boeing executive to see if he inappropriately pushed for boeing products. senator richard blumenthal asked him about it last week. >> do you such such an investigation? >> yes, i do. >> reporter: shanahan in a statement said he is committed to upholding his ethics agreement with the department of defense. boeing executives are expected to testify in front of a senate committee next week about the 737 max. anthony. >> so many questions still there about that plane, kris, thank you so much. there are new concerns this morning about air quality after a massive fire at a chemical plant in texas. janet shamlian is in deer park
where they issued a shelter in place warning. good morning. >> reporter: good morning, we are four miles from the plant. a shelter in place has been ordered for the entire city as a precaution. six school districts have canceled classes and parts of the highway have been shut down. now, officials are saying there is no immediate danger or concern for residents, that this is purely precautionary, hazardous material trucks have been sent to the plant and taking air readings throughout the city. the texas national guard has been called in to set up a perimeter. there was a significant flare-up yesterday at the plant. flames and black smoke could be seen for miles. that fire was put out a short time later. benzene is a known carcinogen and can cause drougsyness and dizziness if it is inhaled. it is a highly flammable chemical that is naturally found in crude oil, in gasoline and in cigarette smoke. it is worth noting that in the four days that this fire burned,
authorities said that there was no danger to the public. the company said that too. >> janet, thank you so much. the historic midwest floods are getting worse a week after that disaster started to unfold. a new levee breach yesterday on the missouri river forced the evacuation of the entire town of craig, missouri. in just hours. officials now estimate the cost of the flooding in four states to be in the billions of dollars. in iowa, the governor said she will ask president trump to quickly announce a disaster declaration to help with recovery efforts. don dahler is there. what does it look like? >> reporter: it's still wet. this is main street. the water gets a lot deeper the further you go in that direction. but, of course, it's never a good idea to go wandering around too much in flooded streets. taking a look from the air now you'll see much of this is from the missouri river.
it came rushing in when hundreds of miles of levees were overbreached and within minutes hamburg became a town submerged. in hamburg, iowa, nothing was spared. the homes and businesses of the nearly 1200 people would live here were totally submerged. >> no place for the water to go. >> reporter: major general scott spellmon and his team assessed the devastation from above. you signed up to protect people, to help people. how does this affect you personally to see this town underwater? >> you're dealing with people and communities that are having really the worst day of their lives and we understand the frustration. we want to do everything we can within our authorities as fast as we can to help them. >> reporter: as we rode through main street it was only passable by boat. they built a second levee in 2011 that kept this dry. the problem is, the army corps of engineers asked them to lower to five feet high to meet
federal regulations and this flood was nine feet. >> it just rolled in. >> reporter: kathy crane has been the found's mayor for 12 years. >> this is a tough community. we're little and we're not wealthy. we are not wealthy. >> reporter: how are you going to rebound from this. >> we are asking for help. we want to keep our businesses here, want to keep our homes and we want to keep our citizens they're our people. we've known them all our lives. >> reporter: now we have noticed that the water has been slowly receding. i wouldn't be able to be standing here just two days ago. but the residents are concerned that with those levees basically destroyed, the town might still be susceptible to more flooding over t f next few months. >> don, so many people that are suffering right now and where you're standing on main street looks like a lake. thank you. new zealand banned the sale of military-style semiautomatic
weapons, assault rifles and high capacity magazines six days after the deadliest shooting in its history. the swift action comes in response to the attack on two christchurch mosques that killed 50 people. the gunman used weapons purchased legally online. the prime minister said a complete ban should be in place by april after the passage of new legislation. >> i absolutely believe there will be a common view amongst new zealanders, those who use guns tore legitimate purposes and those who have never touched one that the time for the mass and easy availability of these weapons must end. >> the ceo of one of new zealand's largest gun retailers supports the measure. he said weapons of war have no place in our business or our country. new zealand already had much stricter gun laws than the united states and no constitutional right to bear arms. by one estimate there have been
nearly 2,000 mass shootings in the u.s. since sandy hook in 2012. those are defined as incidents when four or pore people are shot. some u.s. lawmakers have proposed a similar ban on assault weapons but no legislation has been passed. >> they do things very differently in new zealand. the prime minister there making very clear this issue is not up for debate and received i read vee little if any opposition to this. >> it is interesting how little resistance there's been. >> and how quickly. >> whoo, yeah. >> six days. we are receiving conflicting reports about whether isis has been defeated in the last territory it controls in syria. at its peak in 2015, isis held an area in syria and iraq almost the size of indiana but four years later the militants have lost nearly all that certificate. the final battleground is in baghouz where charlie d'agata
was been reporting. he sent us this report. >> reporter: u.s.-backed syrian soldiers here tell us there's still some fighting to be done and that last isis camp needs to be fully searched before they'll declare an outright victory. but from what we've seen, it's certainly close. we've never seen battle-hardened front line soldiers this laid back. one look at their faces was enough to know the final fight against isis had just about come to an end. after weeks of air strikes, heavy bombardments and close quarter fighting finally come down to this. that's all that's left of isis. and it's tempting to describe the scene here as almost peaceful. without the backup of 2,000 american troops on the ground and tens of thousands of u.s. and coalition bombs from the air, victory would have been impossible. but the bulk of the fighting came down to the syrian democratic forces. what does it mean to you?
"it's a mix of great happiness and sadness" this officer told us. "many of our comrades have been killed this this fight." what they lack in equipment by using mud for camouflage they more than made up for with courage. now, the defeat of isis on the ground is a major milestone but tens of thousands of isis members and supporters have melted away and they will continue to pose a threat to the security of this region. for "cbs this morning," charlie d'agata in eastern syria. >> two female jetblue employees are suing the airline and two of its pilots after they say the men drugged them and raped them. according to the lawsuit they met the flight officers eric johnson and dan watson during a lay over in puerto rico in may and claim the men shared beers with them but it was laced with a drug and after that point, the rest of the night became a blur.
the women joan jane doe 1 and 2 and a third crew member ended up in a row tell room where jane doe 1 said eric johnson raped her and a third crew member. they reported it to police and to jetblue but claim no action was taken by the airline. an attorney for the women says it's not just about the money. >> they deserve justice. they deserve compensation for what they've undergone and more importantly they're very concerned about the -- the way in which jetblue handled this, the way in which many companies handle these types of claims and allegations. >> jetblue says it cannot comment on pending litigation but the airline takes these violations very seriously. we were not able to reach the accused pilots or their attorneys for comment. president trump is refusing to tone down his attacks on senator john mccain despite
growing pushback. in a five-minute rant the president criticized the arizona republican during a speech at an ohio military tank factory yesterday. mr. trump said he never got a thank you for mccain's funeral. his comments were met by silence from the audience which included many military veterans. republican georgia senator johnny isakson called the president's recent attacks deplorable. paula reid, once again. here we are and all i can think about is the mccain family. >> reporter: good morning. the president says his deepest grievance against him was his vote against a signature campaign promise to end obamacare and as he heads out on a grueling 2020 trail he's working hard to convince voters that john mccain is the reason he wasn't able to deliver on his promise of better health care. >> so i have to be honest, i've never liked him much. >> reporter: president trump once again blasted the late
senator john mccain for thwarting an effort to appeal obamacare. >> he said two hours before he was voting to repeal and replace then he went thumbs down. badly hurting the republican party, badly hurting our nation. >> reporter: attacking a decorated veteran seems an odd choice when speaking at a plant that makes military tanks. the patriotic crowd which included many veterans cheered the president's arrival but fell silent when the president dove into petty grievances complaining he was never properly thanked for mccain's funeral. >> i gave him the kind of funeral that he wanted, which as president i had to approve. i don't care about this. i didn't get thank you. that's okay. we sent him on the way but i wasn't a fan of john mccain's. >> reporter: mccain carefully planned his funeral before he died last year but mr. trump was conspicuously not invited and spent the day golfing and tweeting.
>> this is a new bizarre low. >> reporter: several months later meghan mccain is still defending her father. >> he would think it was hilarious that our president was so jealous of him that he was dominating the news cycle in death as well. >> reporter: and in the wake of these recent attacks, some republicans are telling the president to knock it off. including senator lindsey graham. >> i don't like it when he says things about my friend john mccain. >> reporter: the president appears unmoved. he seems to relish mccain as a foil. someone who embodies the establishment and was willing to compromise with democrats but it's unclear how this will resonate with his base. >> paula, thank you. did you play the powerball last night? the largest powerball jackpot of the year rose more than $600 million. no one hit the winning numbers in wednesday night's drawing. they were 10, 14, 50, 53, 63 and the powerball was 21. this is the 24th time in tay row there has not been a winner.
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this is extraordinary? this has this is a kpix 5 news morning update. >> good morning. it's 7:26. i'm michelle griego. president trump is expected to issue a new executive order today on campus free speech and it appears to be targeted at uc berkeley. video surfaced showing a conservative activist being punched at the school. governor gavin newsom wants to clean up contaminated water in california. he wants new fees and animal and dairy farms to pay for improvements to public water systems. a deal to extend the
welcome back. we are going to start on highway 17 where chp has issued a sig-alert, a lane closure of 30 minutes or more. the number 2 lane is blocked due to an overturned vehicle. 101 is starting to load up. 16 minutes to the 680, 280 connector. and northbound 280 getting busy through downtown san jose. a beautiful day on tap for the bay area. a mix of sun and clouds and enjoy the break from the rain because it's not going to last long. daytime highs in the low to mid- 60s for many locations right around where we should be for this time of year. rain returning tomorrow. and drier and sunnier for the weekend and rain chances beginning next week.
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a new study suggests early exposure to pesticides may increase a child's risk of developing autism. researchers at the university of california studied pregnant women who lived within 1.2 miles of an area heavily sprayed with common pesticides. they found those women were 10% to 16% more likely to have children diagnosed with autism than women who lived farther away. the author's acknowledged the study has limitations and call for further research. there's new research that reveals some pickup trucks which struggle to protect their front seat passengers in the event of a crash. in a recent test, the toyota tundra was the worst performer. experts say the truck's older design could be the reason for its poor performance. toyota says it's looking for new ways to improve the truck. the ford f-150, and the ram 1500 and the nissan titan were rated the most effective at protecting those front seat passengers.
>> the mother behind a popular youtube channel featuring her adopted children is charged with abusing them in the home. machelle hobson was reearrestedr child abuse, and child neglect. the youtube channel racked up hundreds of millions of views. it has since deleteded channel. jamie yuccas explains what those children allegedly endured inside the house. it looks awful. >> terrible. good morning, bianna. the children told investigators said they haven't been to school for years and the claims of abuse as you said are sickening. they describe being beaten, pepper sprayed, starved and locked in a closet for days if they flogged their lines or refused to appear in the videos. >> i need your help! >> the child stars of the fantastic adventures youtube channel fend off ghost, a menacing gingerbread man. >> hello fantastic adventures.
>> even an alien babysitter, but the children say they faced real-life horrors, too, at the hands of their adoptive mother machelle hobson. police found the kids pale and malnourished when they went to their home last week. ricardo alvarado is with the maricopa police department. >> i understand, too, was there a little girl that said she was hungry. >> the officers provided her a bag of chips and she was reluctant to eat the chips because she was arc trade her mother would smell it on her breath and be in trouble for it. >> she locked them for days without food, water or bathroom breaks, forced them into ice baths. >> police said hobson's adult son ryan sometimes snuck them food when they were locked up and their 19-year-old daughter megan tipped them off. youtube initially said they would not remove the videos
until hobson was convicted. on wednesday the entire channel which had more than 800,000 subscribers and 250 million views was terminated. the videos were very lucrative for the family says "wired" news editor brian barrett. >> they were easily clearing six figures and potentially a lot more than that. in fairness, these problems are hard to solve, but it's clear that they need to try a little bit harder. >> police say hobson denied the allegations of abuse including pepper spraying the kids, locking them up or forcing them to take ice baths. she's due bath in court last week. hobson's two adult sons were arrested in failing to report the alleged abuse. >> just a horrible situation there. >> thank you, daughter megan. thank you very much. attorneys for new england patriots owner robert kraft are trying to prevent video evidence of a prostitution sting from being released. the 77-year-old billionaire is among 25 men charged and accused
of paying for sex at a florida massage parlor. kraft denies the charges. li cindy yang is the former owner of the spa. she told our west palm beach affiliate wpec she had nothing to do with the business after she sold it about seven years ago. >> first thing i start a business i do a facial and body treatment and the massage. i know the massage parlor. >> yang has not been charged in relation to the prostitution. congressional democrats want to investigate whether yang has been a chinese spy or whether she sold access to president trump. yang denied having conversations with mr. trump. first on cbs this morning, a new report shows a dangerous pattern of contaminated drinking water in our nation's school. ahead, why groups -- why one group says the federal government should now help the tech students, and if you're on the go subscribe to our "cbs
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♪ ♪ first on "cbs this morning," a new report says u.s. schools are not doing enough to protect students from drinking water contaminated with lead. the report found, quote, a pattern of widespread contamination of drinking water at schools nationwide. there's currently no federal rule requiring schools to test their drinking water for lead if they get their water from a public water system. anna warner shows how one group is pushing schools and the federal government to take action. anna, good morning. >> good morning. well, just nine states in washington, d.c., have mandatory testing laws. a government study last year found only 43% of school districts said they test for lead in drinking water. about a third of those districts
said they found elevated levels of lead and many parents likely have no idea their children may be drinking it. >> in her boston home, julie ma preps water bottles for her 5 and 6-year-old daughters to take to school the next day. their elementary school's water fountains were turned off due to lead contamination. >> i'd gotten a letter from the superintendent saying that her school was one of the schools that tested above the 15 parts per billion and that as a precaution they were turning off all water fountain each though there was one fountain that was tested. >> that was three years ago. since then the district has brought in bottled water for students to drink. >> it's concerning. i really would like to get the lead out of the water supply as fast as possible for the students. many of the schools don't even know if they have it and haven't been able to make those changes. >> she's right. a new review of school drinking water standards in 31 states and the district of columbia finds regulations in most states are too weak to protect children
from lead contamination in their school's water. john rumper co-authored the report. >> if the 32 states including the district of columbia that we surveyed 22 failed to protect their kids from drirpginking wa >> it's the fix urs. fountains, faucets and other parts that contain lead. the report cites an ohio school that had 100 times in drinking water. and one drinking fountain at a massachusetts school with nearly 1500 times the lead action level. all of those have been replaced, but the group is pushing for all schools to simply get the lead out by replacing fixtures or at a minimum, installing and maintaining filters on every faucet or fountain used for cooking and drinking. >> do you not think that some school districts are going to say, look, we're pressed for funds as it is.
how are we going do that? >> first, not every solution will cost hundreds of thousands of dollars. so filters are, you know, $100, $200, some of them are even less so that's a low-cost solution, but you're absolutely right. at the end of the day not all communities are going to be able to tackle this problem on their own and that's why we're excited to see states that are stepping up and showing leadership in helping communities invest in reducing this problem. >> but rumpler says the federal government needs to step up, too, with more funding and a stricter standard for lead since children's health experts agree that no amount of lead is safe for children. on wednesday, epa administrator andrew wheeler told cbs news he plans to update drinking water regulates. >> regulation that hasn't been updated in over 20 years, and this is a proposal that we're going to be putting out this summer they think is going to help a lot of areas make sure and ensure the public that they have safe drinking water.
>> wheeler says, as part of that, the epa will look at the possibility of requiring testing for school drinking water. if you're a parent and you want information about your child's school you'll have to reach out to your school district. again, pediatric experts say there is no safe level of lead exposure for children. it impacts their growth and learning. >> most parents would have thought schools must test for lead, right? i think so, too. parents think it just doesn't matter. of course, they'll test the water especially what we saw in flint and michigan this would be a national issue. >> sometimes the testing is tricky and just because it's tested doesn't mean there's no lead in it. >> any database for parents to go to to see if my school was checked? >> isn't that a good idea? >> never assume because it makes a blank out of blank and blank. [ laughter ] >> thank you, anna. >> up next, we'll take a look at the morning's other headlines including what's causing a spectacular ice shard to
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this is a kpix 5 news morning update. >> good morning. it's 7:56. i'm kenny choi. cell phones could be banned in california classrooms under a new bill. some teachers argue that phones are a distractions and phones are already off limits at drake high school. the wall street journal is reporting that levi's is selling shares. and phil collins will perform at the chase center this fall. the concert is october 17th. and tickets go on sale next
good morning. taking a look at traffic. traffic alert continues if you're on highway 17 just a heads up before you head out the door. expect some delays. a trouble spot at brush with the number 2 lane blocked. westbound 24 a bit troublesome this morning. a motorcycle accident around camino pablo. sluggish off 680. and 880 at 92 slow and go. and you can see that sunshine on the life traffic cameras, and here's a beautiful view with the treasure island camera. the low clouds and you can see blue skies out there as well. a mix of sun and clouds as we head through the day. a beautiful day and a mainly
duty pilot was in the same lion air that experienced trouble one day before the deadly crash. >> boeing executives are expected to testify in front of a senate committee. >> it was a significant flare-up yesterday at the plant. a shelter in place has been ordered now for the entire city as a precaution. >> those lev yeaees destroyed, town might be susceptible to more flooding over the next few months. >> still more fighting to be done, and that last isis camp needs to be searched before they declare an outright victory but from what we've seen it's close. >> as the president heads out an grueling 2020 campaign trail we's working hard to convince voters that john mccain is the reason he wasn't able to deliver on his promise of better health care. >> a brewery in england recently had a pint burst causing beer to spray out of the roof and on to the streets. have a look. this story literally combines the two things britain is most known for, rain and beer.
a government call was sent out for volunteers to pitch in and help clean up all the beer. i think we have some footage of the response. >> made a very funny jock about beer and rain in britain. >> always does. i'm gayle king with bianna golodryga, anthony mason and david begnaud are here so you know you're in good hands and they are here because john and norah are off. we begin with this. we've got new details shedding light on the october crash of a boeing 737 max jet off indonesia. indonesian investigators confirm an off-duty pilot was hitching a ride in the cockpit of the lion air jet the day before if slammed into the java sea. that flight experienced problems but did not crash. that same plane appears to have have encountered similar problems the next day when it crashed with a different crew. all 189 people on board died that day. >> the fbi is assisting in a certification process for o the
boeing's 737 max jets. federal agents operating in a supporting role will help try to determine if there was any criminality related to the max jet's safety certification. now as we reported, the u.s. department of transportation has ordered the faa's seattle office and boeing to save documents linked to the process. >> reuters and the "new york times" are reporting the captain of the doomed ethiopian max 737 was not able to train on a new simulator before piloting the flight that crashed. ethiopian airlines did not comment to reuters. investigators say there appear to be distinct similarities between what caused the ethiopian and indonesian crashes. the supreme court is weighing the fate of a man sitting on death row right now, and whether racial bias played a role in a previous trial. curtis flowers has been tried six times for quadruple murder, but he maintains his innocence. the supreme court heard oral arguments in the case of flowers
versus mississippi yesterday and judge clarence thomas asked his first question in three years making the case even more notable. our jan crawford is outside the supreme court this morning with more on this. jan, good morning. >> reporter: good morning. well, for 30 years the supreme court has been clear. you can't remove people from juries based on their race, but defense attorneys say that's exactly what happened in curtis flowers' six tiles. first five were overturned or ended in had a mistrial. now they are determining whether race is a factor in his sixth. >> reporter: the justices said they were disturbed and troubled by the prosecution of curtis flowers who has been sentenced for the 1996 execution-style murder of four people inside a mississippi furniture store. all six trials were prosecuted but district attorney doug evans who eliminated all or almost all of the prospective black jurors every time. the killings rocked the small town of winona.
>> if you are black, they got snow last year the peabody award-winning podcast "in the dark" examined the different trials, finding that 61 of 72 jurors in his six trials were white in a county that's half black and every white juror when he was convicted voted guilty. evans told the podcast he was confident of flowers' guilt. >> that i will answer, definitely, no question at all. >> reporter: the family said of a victims that we're confident that the right person is behind bars. but flowers' lawyer sheri lynn johnsson told the justices his conviction was tainted. >> doug evans began jury selection, to seat as few african-american jurors as he could. >> reporter: in the sixth trial in 2010 flowers was convicted and the state supreme court upheld the death sentence saying this time evans had reasons not related to race for striking the prospective black jurors. the justices, liberal and
conservative, weren't persuaded. justice elena kagan, the numbers are staggering. justice brett kavanaugh. you can't just assume that someone is going to be favorable to someone because they share the same race. >> justice clarence thomas asked a rare question. he suggested that at the trial lawyers on both sides had race on their mind because flowers' lawyer struck only white lawyers but sonia sotomayor said that's because that's all that is left. we expect a decision in may or june. >> boy, jen, such an interesting case. on another question, on another note, have are you heard about -- what? >> okay. patty is telling me i cannot ask a question. i'm sorry. i thought jane was live. >> the question has been struck down. >> she is so good. >> i thought she was live. >> i've going to move on. thank you, patty. patty is going like that. got it.
a university of southern california student is speaking out about the recruiting tactics of the alleged mastermind behind the college admissions scandal. rick singer is his name. he pleaded guilty and led prosecutors to more than 30 parents. those indicted include actresses felicity huffman and lower love lynn. the student we spoke with has asked to remain anonymous. she says that rick singer approach her mother with an offer that seemed too good to be true, and we know how this ends, it was. carter evans is at usc with more on the story. carter, good morning. >> reporter: good morning. the usc student says rick singer solicited her mother as a client after a referral from a family friend. now at the time she thought his services were completely legitimate until he resurfaced as the face of this multi-million dollar scheme. >> knowing everything i know now, i just think thank god because that could have been me. >> reporter: in the midst of her college application process this, 21-year-old says her mother got a call from rick singer. >> he asked her what my grades
her. asked her what my a.c.t. score was. she told him and he said oh, those aren't getting her into ivy leagues. >> reporter: she says singer told her mom he knew how to guarantee admission into stanford. >> he goes oh, well, you know, is she athletically involved in any way, is she a star athlete? and my mom says this girl can't play anything. she's terrible at athletics and he kind of just said oh, it won't be a problem. she didn't think it was anything weird. just thought, wow this, guy must be so good at his job that it doesn't matter that my daughter can't shoot a basketball. >> reporter: she ultimately turned down the offer but the pitch apparently worked for others. davina isaacson seen here living court was named in the federal indictment along with the others. she got into ucla using fake soccer credentials. lauren isackson is listed as a midfielder on the 2017 team and was not pictured in the team photo and the site said she was
team captain for the woodside soccer club from 2012 to 2016, but a club official sells "cbs this morning" they have no record of her ever being there. we were hoping to learn more about what motivated rick singer by speaking with his lawyer don heller, but minutes before our scheduled interview wednesday heller told us an assistant u.s. attorney called and discouraged him from talking to the media, reminding him that his client was cooperating with the prosecution. in a statement, the department of justice told us mr. heller needs to decide what is in his his and his client's best interest. the government will not try this case in the media. >> i look back now and i think of him as this slimy salesman who probably pitched the same thing to every naive parent and kid. >> the usc student says she can see how a scheme like this can be fueled by the intense pressures of getting into college. >> it just kind of goes to show how easily people can be swindled into things and how our
culture values getting into prestigious universities so highly that people are willing to do things like this. >> reporter: now when it comes to some of the highest profile parents caught up in this alleged scheme, "full house" actor lori loughlin is due back in a boston courtroom next week and felicity huffman's next court date was postponed until next month. in the meantime, they are both free on bond. >> a lot of interest in this story. thank you very much, carter. ahead, former stanford dean of freshman and undergrad ate advising is julie lythcott-haims who is here. we'll talk to her and get an inside view and find out what schools are really looking for these days. how safe is the fresh produce you eat? registered dietician samantha heller is in our toyota green room to explain what pesticides in our food mean for your health. it's not good.
we have much more news ahead. miami beach is struggling to handle the spring break crowds that sometimes just get out of control. see the emergency measures now in place. plus, in our price of admissions series, hear from a mother of five who says the college application process actually preys on the parents. and a desperate mom's plea in a war-torn nation gave her daughter the chance of a new life in this country. >> how do you thank someone for what he did for you?
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♪ on today's morning rounds, we look at the potential health risks from pesticides in our food. nearly 70% of conventionally grown produce sold in the u.s. was found to have pesticide residue according to a new report from the environmental working group. as we told you yesterday, strawberries, spinach and kale topped their so-called dirty dozen list of produce with the
most pesticide contamination. the report was based on usd a tests which have found that a sample of conventionally grown kale could contain up to 18 different pesticides. samantha heller is a registered dietician at nyu langone health and joins us this morning. good morning. >> good morning. >> my dad would literally spend two minutes washing any produce and he said don't you see these people spraying with people wearing astronaut uniforms? >> say it the way your dad. >> don't you see these people wearing astronaut uniforms? my question this morning is was he on to something? do we really need to wash better? >> i don't know if we need to wash better, but we do need to wash, and i think we forgot when we buy things like parsley or basil. they need to be washed when they are fresh, wash melons and lemons and "l.a. times," and that doesn't take off a lot of
pesticide residue. we do need to wash our fruits and vegetables but many of us forgot. >> does the washing take the pesticides off? >> takes some of the pesticides off but pesticides live in soil and water and the plant is sucking them up for the nutrients so they can be in the tissues of the plant as well. >> we hear pesticides and it freaks a lot of people are. how worried should we be? >> pesticides are toxins. people at risk are farmers and the sprayers that you see in the haz-mat-type suit and they can cause endocrine problems, like hormone problems, neurological problems and increased risk for cancer. we do want to minimize our use of pesticides and want to support local farmers farming organically and sustainably. however, when you're consuming some of the produce that is on the dirty dozen list that we can't afford maybe to buy organically or we don't have in our neighborhood, the benefits of how fantastic kale and strawberries and spinach are for you definitely outweigh the
amount of pesticides found in them so i don't want people to be paramade it they can eat the >> still better to eat spinach than a cheeseburger. >> always. >> since we're talking about dads. my dad and i made a gumbo and i said i want all organics and he rolled his eyes at me. if you can't buy organic or if you don't want to, what are the top three organics you can get and the top three you don't need organic? >> going by the dirty dozen, the top of the list were the strawberries, the spinach and the kale. if i were pregnant and had little ones i might buy organic baby food and for nine months focus more on the organic fruits and vegetables in that dirty dozen list, but if i can't afford it. >> right. >> if it's not in your area, it's still worth eating them. may want to eat less of them during those periods of time. fruits and vegetables are fantastic for us and i don't want people to get scared. >> why would i not want any
pesticides -- why would i want any pesticides in my bod? >> we live in an environment where pesticides can stay in our soil for decades. >> it's okay to eat it as long as you don't eat a lot of it. >> you have to look at the amount in the food. how much is in there and how much is actually going have an effect and increase our risk for the health issues that we mentioned previously in the epa, usd a is saying the amount in these foods is not enough to really cause a lot of problems. the environmental working group also says the benefits of eating these do outweigh the risk of the pesticides, so what we can do is buy organic when you can afford it. buy frozen when the food is not in season, save money doing that. don't use pesticides in your yard, try not to. try not to use them in your home gardens and encourage maybe your local supermarket manager to get local produce that's organic or grown with fewer pesticides and tell the big agri companies to use less as well. >> samantha heller, all very good advice. >> a young boy got a very emotional surprise in his martial arts class.
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♪ nice shoat of new orleans this morning, welcome tok to cbs this morning. and right now it is time to show you this morning's headlines, kentucky's career journal reports governor matt bevens says he exposed his nine children to chickenpox rather than getting them vaccinated so they would catch it and become immune. >> every single one of my kids got the chickenpox, got it on purpose, we found a neighbor that had it and i went and made sure every one of my kids was exposed to it. i had it as children, miserable
for a few days and all turned out the fine. >> bev indoes not support the vaccine for children entering kindergarten. parents can seek religious exemptions or prove the child was already infected. chickenpox can be serious and lead to complications and death from children. >> the miami her arld reports additional police officers are deployed to control spring break crowds at miami beach, local officials held an emergency meeting on tuesday to address what residents call a particularly raucous spring break this year. officials responded to a number of incidents including brawls and a woman who fell to her death from a moving car. cbs knoxville tennessee affiliate wvlt reports on an army staff sergeant who surprised his son at martial arts class. >> keep the gloves up, keep your hands up.
come on, shib. come on. is that all you got? >> daddy? >> rob says he was edeployed last year and arrived home earlier than expected monday, he said his son luka was very brave while he was away. luka received an honorary belt for his bravery from his martial arts center. what a reunion. >> every time i see it i get a lump. i love how the dad grabs his son's head. is that my dad? i love this one. >> these types are videos are the best on social media. >> never gets old. >> beautiful. >> never does. this week in our school matters series we are focusing on the price of college admission, especially when you play by the rules, which you're supposed to do.
well, today we'll explore the pressures parents face to get 1/3 children into top schools, in a recent survey of almost 12,000 parents and students 73% reported their stress level during a college application process was very high or high. we spoke with two moms about the challenges, susan boris from ohio got caught up in the college craze but five kids later she has some lessons to share with other parents. and california mom rosemond purdue says the pressure has been insane. >> when do your grades come of out? >> i will say that proudly i'm a helicopter parent. i was raised during the 70s and i had 70s mom, you, are you going to school today? it was like, whatever you want to do, nobody cared. and i am the opposite of that. so my oldest, i pushed her and pushed her because you're supposed to build your resume. and she was smart.
she turned to me and said i can't do everything. and i really was grateful to hear that from her because it was like i got schooled by my kid. >> play lacrosse. >> by the time i'm down to my fifth, he drove the whole process himself, we just kind of understood that he's going to be fine whatever direction he takes. >> the college prep class with ms. franklin, what do you have to be ready? >> it is relentless, constant, test prep coach, test prep classes, they have to do a certain amount of volunteer hours. what i'm trying to do is i'm trying to, in some ways, mitigate her stress. >> prosecutors accuse dozens of people, including two hollywood stars of paying millions to get their kids into top schools. >> the biggest problem in this particular story are the people preyedn parents' vulnerability and built a business around cheating the system. they were tiger moms looking to do the best they could for their kids and they chose a very wrong way to do it. we have to really step back and say how can college matter
enough that you'd be willing to do these things? it's an opportunity for education, the name is not going to define your future. >> the school she gets into is the school she was meant to get into and the best school for her is the school where she's happy. >> julie is a former dean of freshman in undergraduate advising at stanford university, shi writes about the college admissions race, called how to raise an adult, break freeway of the overparenting trap, prepare your kids for success. julie, we welcome you back to cbs this morning, stanford was on the list of one of the schools, were you surprised to hear that? a lot of people were surprised by the money involved and the brazen disregard for the law? >> i was truly shocked and that might sound naive. what i mean having been there for 14 years as an administrator there was nothing in me that anyone on that campus was capable of accepting bribes,
there's one bad actor, the sailing coach who accepted some bribes but i think of the place as being one filled of people full of integrity. >> let's talk about the book. i watched your ted talk, you talk about the checklist childhood and then also, i went to a state school in louisiana and i'm proud of how i turned out. >> as you should be. >> what would you say to parents about the fact you can go to a state school, or a school in oregon, like your son does, and turn out just fine, and maybe happier than going to harvard. >> there's a myth in america that you have to go to u.s. u.s. top 20 schools to have a great life. it's dead wrong wrong. >> where does that myth come from? i don't understand why some of my friends felt that way. >> i think u.s. news and world report has us all in a strangle hold, the sense you can judge a college the way you judge a soda or a pair of jeans, that brand name equals brawn, and they created this ranking, who's at the top of the ranks, there are
2,800 accredited four-year schools in america, and i will bet my kids' future on this fact the top 5 o% of them are magnificent, most of the state schools, small liberal arts colleges, and big brand names. >> it's odd coming from a former stanford admin tray store? >> that i would say that? i'm a proud graduate and proud of worked there, and i'm happy to say to america there are plenty of great schools, you're supposed to go to a school that is a right fit for you. some kids need a huge school or a small school. >> some kids need city school or country school. >> college favors the wealthy, do you think that's true? >> the scandal has shown us that it's not the black and brown kids stealing the spots, it's the wealthy parents who are snowplow parents preparing the road for the kid instead of preparing the kid for the road. doing whatever it takes within their means to get their kid to
that future. but the question is -- >> how is that good for your kid? >> it's terrible for your kid. your kid becomes a narcissistic entitled brat because you've taught them i will rig the system for you. >> yes. >> or their mental health is completely compromised because they've learned that you've rigged it for them and their sense of self is destroyed. it harms them when we overparent. >> no doubt. let me ask you, we've gone through this process with my step kids, what is the role that high school counselors play in talking to the kids, and talking to the parents about realistically what the best school is for their child? >> i think these days high school counselors can be in a real bind, particularly in schools where parents have money and affluence, the parent is expecting, i've got to get my kid into one of these places where the counselor knows there are so many great schools and your kid would actually be more likely to clooif at this school than the one you have on the list. >> has working with other people's children taught you about your own parenting? >> when i was the dean of
freshman at stanford, i saw those who had been overparented, reliant on parents to choose classes, talk to professors, resolve roommate disputes. then i saw the other kids who were self-reliant, had autonomy, i thought, how do i raise my kids so they end up like that instead of like this? and i realized, gayle, i was overparenting my own kids. >> working with other people's kids helped me be a better parent. >> anything to helicopter parents who are feeling guilted right now, the one thing they can do to change? >> the one-week cleanse, if you're the parent -- parents who overparent in this manner are doing it for their own ego. the elite parents have everything they need financially, why do they need their kid to go to one of these big brand name schools, for their own ego. if you're on your kid constantly, you need to know what grades they got today, how they did on the science test, the one-week cleanse is this, you go to your kid, and say i'm
alwaysen of you about a your grades and scores and that can make you feel that i don't think you care. but i know you do care, so for one week, i'm going to button it. i'm not going to ask you about those things. parents tell me there's more laughter in the homes, the parent/child relationship is healthier and happier because you're talking about life, not about the academics, you're making your kid feel like they matter to you because they exist. >> i never tried that, thank you. school matters the price of admission series continues tomorrow. you're watching "cbs this morning," we're going to talk to associate dean sara partberson. and ahead, a reunion 15 years in the making, such a good story, it's an incredible story of a mother who gave up her daughter to a stranger so she could escape from a war zone. and what happened when they all
♪ ♪ i want to thank you >> it's that feel good full-time, our series, a more perfect union what unites us is far greater than what divides us, we're sharing a story of an extraordinary union, imagine being so desperate for your child's safety you put her in the hands of a complete stranger and then you rely on him to do
the right thing. that's the situation one mom faced 15 years ago as she tried to get her daughter out of a war ravaged nation into the u.s. for medical care. dana jacobson shows how the mother picked the right guy to help and only now they're getting a chance to say thank you. >> 21-year-old maya hughes and her mother who goes by z called california home but 15 years ago the two were on an extended african stay in sierra leone. >> i wanted her to learn every bit of my background, get back to my roots. maya picked up the language within two weeks of when we got there and completely forgot how to speak english. it was a fun adventure. >> but sierra leone had just emerged from a devastating civil war and was not an easy place for a mother and small child. >> i hadn't thought of that, so
thoroughly to know that the country is still not in the shape it should be in. >> one night a fire broke out in maya's room, burning the mattress she was sleeping on. "z" raced to rescue her. >> i remember the pajamas i was wearing, i remember smoke. i don't remember much after that. >> she couldn't stay here anymore, and i gathered every penny i owned at that moment, went to the airport, only had enough money to go buy a ticket just for her. and that is where the story of tommy periola began. >> we can build things -- >> he's a former u.s. congressman, but at the time he was a young lawyer in sierra leone working on a war crimes port. he was there for his grandmother's funeral. >> the airline attendant said you're tom periolo right, which i got from time to time, and i said sure. >> we get to the airport to ask the counter clerk to see who was
traveling to the united states. she goes, that white man over there is traveling. i approached him, i said, excuse me, sir, i said, could you please travel with my daughter? it's an emergency. >> and, of course, my response was, umm, no, and may i repeat, heck no. >> and so i pleaded with him, and he finally said, okay, i'll do it. >> the two strangers boarded a plane to red home. but first they had to make a stop, and then a second stop before heading to the states, in all about 7,500 miles and 20 hours of travel. >> i was just crying and crying and he's trying to calm me down. >> it's a long and complicated journey that frankly had plenty of drama, and complications along the way. >> he was singing to me on the plane. singing in my language. >> it was basically one verse over and over again for about an hour. >> when they landed at dulles
airport in virginia, perielo got the little girl safely to her grandmother but it was too late to make his connecting flight. he missed his own grandmother's funeral. "z" joined maya a month after she sent her daughter to the u.s. for 15 years they never saw or spoke to the man, never had the chance to thank him until now. we arranged for a face to face reunion in new york city, after the trio reconnected by e-mail, thanks to one of "z's" cousins. >> for 15 years i felt like i had been looking for a ghost, a person that didn't exist. >> what was that like down stairs? >> that was crazy, unexpected. >> is this closure in a way for all of you, or is it the start of something else? >> well, i guess the start of something else. i want to call it closure, but it feels like a new beginning because i refound him. >> how do you thank someone for what he did for you?
>> you can't. >> you can't, honestly. i can never thank him enough, no matter what i do from this point forward, it will never be enough. for what he did. >> you have lots of reasons to say no to something, and there are moments to say yes, and i'm really glad that i did in that case, as crazy as it was. >> i don't want to cry, but i'm really emotional about it because i feel like he saved my life. if i would have stayed, i don't know where i would have been. i think it was destiny. it could have been anybody and anything could have happened and he brought me back here. i don't think i can say thank you, really. >> wow. >> what a decision for a mom to put her child with that stranger. >> uh-huh. >> they tried to reunite before but there were a series of missed connections, it never happened, why it took so long. >> and i bet his grandmother would have been proud of him. >> we'll be right back. ♪
this is a kpix 5 news morning update. >> good morning. it's 8:55. i'm kenny choi. today the oakland city council and redevelopment agency are expected to consider a deal to extend the raiders lease at the oakland coliseum. if approved it would keep the team in oakland. levi strauss is going public again. and the denim company is selling shares at $17 each for a valuation exceeding $6.5 billion. and take a look at this. phil collins will play at the
westbound 24 through, you'll see stop and go conditions. and you're busy coming off 680 out of walnut creek. a bit of a struggle there. a trouble spot westbound 80 at 580. not much of a problem towards the bay bridge. it's starting to thin out just a little bit. most of the delays are coming off the east shore freeway. and looking a bit better as you come off the 880 overpass. a beautiful day for the bay area with a mix of sun and clouds, and low clouds and you can also see blue skies. daytime highs in the low to mid- 60s for many locations. right around where we should be this time of year, 60 san francisco. 63 in redwood city. and 64 in san jose for a high and 62 for santa rosa as well as for napa. enjoy the break from the rain. it's going to be a brief break. the next weather system will bring the return of the rain
for tomorrow and drier, sunnier weather for the weekend. and unsettled weather monday, tuesday and wednesday of next week. to simone, i leave the van gogh. to harrison, the wine collection. to craig, this rock. the redwoods to the redheads. the rainbows to the proud. i leave these things to my heirs,