tv CBS Evening News With Scott Pelley CBS June 22, 2015 6:30pm-7:01pm EDT
>> take it down, take it down! >> pelley: message received: late today south carolina's leaders said they want the confederate flag removed from the statehouse grounds. also tonight searchers find a vital clue in the hunt for two escaped murdererrings. -- murderers. swift reversal. an preponderance caves in after a pop star protest. and seeing is believing in the mysterious world of henry kupjack. >> anything that's made by man is easy to copy. captioning sponsored by cbs this is the "cbs evening news" with scott pelley. >> pelley: the state that fired the first shot in the civil war may be the last to retire the colors. the confederate battle flag at the state capitol has long been
the third rail of south carolina politics, even after the massacre at an african american church last week the flag remained at full staff while all others were lowered. state law forbids anyone touching the banner. that left many people seeing red, and late today after 150 years of history, politicians could see which way the wind is blowing now. aixa diaz begins our coverage. >> it's time to remove the flag from the capitol grounds. [cheering and applause] >> rose: the [cheering and applause] governor nikki haley did today what many have wanted for years. >> this is a moment that we can say that that flag, while an integral part of our past, does not represent the future of our great state. >> reporter: republican tim scott, one one of only two african american senators, stood next to her as did u.s. presidential candidate lindsey
graham. as recently as friday graham defended the state's right to fly the flag. >> this is part of who we are. >> reporter: but today he agreed the flag has to go. >> now after the shooting, there's just no way to keep the flag. i think it's a roadblock to our future. put it in a museum, move forward. >> reporter: the confederate flag began flying on the capitol dome in 1961, in the middle of the civil rights movement. in 2000, it was proved to the confederate war memorial on capitol grounds and is the only flagged that cannot be lowered without a legislative vote, so after the shooting, when the other flags at the statehouse were lowered the confederate flag flew high. since the church murders the outcry against the flag has grown. reverend nelson rivers. >> if you call that your heritage, you have heritage of hate because the flag represents hate, hate of others, especially me as an other. >> reporter: today is just the beginning. removing the flag is not up to the governor. a two-thirds vote of the legislature is required. >> it's time.
it's time to do my job. >> reporter: state representative doug brannon, a republican, says he hasn't had the courage to submit a bill against the flag until now. >> the switch that flipped was the death of my friend senator pinckney. i've been in the house five years. i should have filed that bill five year ago, but the time is now. >> reporter: suppose who support the flag, like paul graham, the sons of confederate veterans, say the flag is being unfairly targeted. >> if i thought this would change anything at all, i would personally be the first one to want the take it down, but it will not change anything. what it will do is it will embarrass and shame people who had nothing to do with this event, nothing. >> reporter: south carolina's extended legislative session ends this week. scott, the governor said that if lawmakers don't act in time, she'll use her authority to bring them back into session to ensure a vote. >> pelley: aixa diaz as the capitol for us tonight. thank you.
turns out the confederate battle flag is an option on the license plates of nine states -- alabama, louisiana georgia maryland mississippi, north carolina, south carolina, tennessee and virginia offer sons of confederate veterans plates. that's an historical society that says it condemns race bice. the only state flag left with the confederate battle emblem is mississippi. in 2001 64% of the voters there turned down a redesign. on friday, president obama will deliver the eulogy for the reverend clementa pinckney, pastor of the emanuel church one of the nine killed during bible study last wednesday. in a radio interview released today, mr. obama said racism is "still part of our d.n.a." then he doubled down with six letters that perhaps only the president can get away with
saying in public. mr. obama speaks for himself in major garrett's report. >> racism, we are not cured of. >> clearly. >> and it's not just a matter of it not being polite to say nigger in public. that's not the measure of whether racism still exists or not. it's not just a matter of overt discrimination. we have... societies don't overnight completely erase everything that happened 200 to 300 years prior. >> reporter: the white house said the president did not plan on using the "n" word, but that he had no regrets. it was the first time he has used that word in public as president. but he has not shied away from being provocative in the past. mr. obama used the "n" word more than ten times in his memoir "dreams from my father." he read a passage in 1995 at the cambridge, massachusetts, public library. >> they would have it named for that, too, a name that could
cage you just as good like paranoid or militant or violent or nigger. >> reporter: historians note presidents truman, johnson and nixon used the "n" word in private conversation at a time when it was deemed more acceptable. known public presidential utterance came from bill clinton in 1995 when he discussed seeds of hate in america. >> like when five children in an upper-class suburb in this country write the hated word "nigger" in codeword in their school album. >> reporter: everything president obama said except for one word he has said before about america's racial progress, the legacy of its tortured past and the work left to do. scott, it appears in this case the president chose language to shock so that he might be better heard. >> pelley: major garrett at the white house. mange, -- major, thank you.
a 21-year-old suspect is in custody in these killings, and jeff pegues has learned what police have found in his computer. >> reporter: investigators have searched through at least one of dylann roof's computers and have no indication that other individuals were involved in last weekend's shooting. authorities also continue to analyze a 2,400-word manifesto trying to figure out how the 21-year-old allegedly turned into a murderer. officials tell cbs news there is no reason to doubt that roof is the author of the document, which starts by saying, "i was not raised in a racist home or environment." the manifesto was posted to a web site that was registered in february, but roof writes that his world view changed after trayvon martin was shot and killed by george zimmerman in 2012. he found that the web site of the council of conservative citizens had pages upon pages of brutal black-on-white murders. i was in disbelief. roof writes that african americans are stupid and violent and that black-on-white crimes
someone has to have the bravery to take it to the real world, he posted before the shooting. "i guess that has to be me." >> the council unequivocally condemns violence or illegality of any time. >> jared taylor is a member of the council of conservative citizens. >> what we present is the truth about race relations in the united states. what people decide to make of that is their business. >> reporter: the southern poverty law center, which tracks hate group, calls the council a white nationalist race group successful in recruiting roof to the radical right. they're also investigating whether roof also posted to a white supremacist and neo-nazi web site. >> pelley: jeff pegues on the investigation for us from the beginning. jeff, thank you. there is a new hard lead tonight in the hunt for two escaped killers in upstate new york. they broke out of a maximum-security prison more than two weeks ago and we have more now from annane werr.
>> reporter: police started seargchin the area overnight. by dawn they had fanned out into the woods dotted with cabins used for hunting. the search follows the discovery of evidence at one hunting cabin deep in the 5d ron dak woods. the items were found in the last two days. authorities ran tests and got a d.n.a. match to at least one of the escapees. new york state police major charles guess. >> it's a confirmed lead for us. it's generated massive law enforcement response, as you can see. and we're going to run this to ground. >> reporter: the area is about 22 miles from the prison. restaurant owner terry bellinger told us the man who owns the cabin had reported see manning run away. police interviewed the witness for two hours in bellinger's restaurant. >> he was visibly shaken. you could tell he was out of his element. he walked into camp and there was a water jug on the table that they typically don't use at
that camp. and apparently there was a jar of peanut butter. >> reporter: he says cabins here are frequently left unlocked because people trust each other but also as a refuge for campers stranded in the woods, but not for escaped say you're not worried? >> we're all handgun carrier, we have our pistol permits so most of us are pretty well protected. >> reporter: this new search came after police spent the weekend searching an area hundreds of miles from here along the pennsylvania border. scott, there were two reported sightings there in two counties, but police say those were unconfirmed. >> pelley: anna, thank you. today pilots who fly from adulant air have questioned its safety. they say the company has been cutting corners along with costs. kris van cleave has more on this. >> reporter: in a letter to the board of allegiant airlines, a board representing the union complains about the bare minimum
approach to maintenance and safety. the letter cites 38 potentially dangerous incidents including engine failures, smoke in the cockpit and radar issues. june has seen several mechanical issues hamper flight, including this emergency landing at the tampa-area clearwater airport where passengers had to evacuate the plane using emergency exit slides after smoke was noticed in the cabin. this picture shows passengers standing on the wing of an allegiant jet in boise. they evacuated after possibly seeing smoke outside the plane. the airline is an ultra low-fare high-fee carrier that operates older planes that can be bought cheaply. contract negotiations with the pilots have stalled and the airline calls the claims by the union an effort to manipulate the public. allegiant maintains its safety record is among the best in the aviation industry. in a statement the f.a.a. says when a carrier experiences internal issues like labor unrest, the agency increases its oversight of that airline.
scott, the f.a.a. did not say whether it found any safety concerns. >> pelley: kris van cleave in the washington newsroom. kris, thank you. there was a brazen attack on afghanistan's parliament today. the taliban claimed responsibility. no lawmakers were killed, but two civilians were and up to 40 others were hurt. here's charlie d'agata. [explosion] >> reporter: live tv showed the moment the explosion from a massive car bomb rocked the parliament building. it filled the room with smoke and panic. [gunfire] outside a siege was under way. afghan security forces battled taliban militants armed with automatic weapons and rocket-propelled grenade launchers. the taliban timed the assault just as lawmakers were meeting to confirm the new defense
minister, masoom stanikzai. police said six taliban gunmen were killed, seven, including a suicide bomber. it comes as afghan forces have been fighting a resurgent taliban that's been taking over new territory in the first summer offensive since the end of u.s. combat operations last year. taliban fighters captured parts of kunduz province and are threatening to overrun the country's fifth largest city and a vital supply route to the north. attacks in kabul have been on the increase, too and while afghan security forces responded quickly today the taliban proved it can still strike at the heart of the capital. in an effort to lure potential recruits, the taliban have launched a 24-hour hot line for afghan forces looking to defect. our colleagues in kabul called those numbers today, scott and the taliban claimed they're getting about 20 calls a day.
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like since? >> it's a whole different ballgame. >> reporter: over the last decade dean's royalty checks have plummeted. >> i would say i make 3% of the royalties that i used to make. >> reporter: dean and other artists earn so little because so many listeners now get their music through free streaming sites like pandora or illegal downloads. pandora and subscription sites like spotify pay songwriters fractions of a penny to play a song. for instance, pharrell wrote "happy," a pop hit in 2013. in one three-month period, pandora played his song 43 million times. his royalty check was $2,700. songwriters have appealed to congress to change how streaming sites pay royalties. ♪ when i think about ♪ roxie dncs new hope for better
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maryla >> pelley: you might do a double take when you see our final story. it begins with a trip back in time and dean reynolds is our guide. >> it looks like an inviting california family room from the 1930s, or this one the regal hall of a french palace dating to the 16th century. but they are actually amazing reproductions right down to every minute detail, an exacting task if not an exact replica. these are instead miniature masterpieces created by henry kupjack. >> about half an inch. >> reporter: so on this side... >> these are the american rooms.
>> reporter: year after year his tiny tableaux and those of his father eugene before him have been among the most popular stops at chicago's art institute. >> this is not exactly a living room. >> reporter: the latest, kupjack's elaborately decorated 19th century pullman train car. >> this is probably the fanciest railroad car ever built. >> reporter: at his southside warehouse, the painstaking nature of his creations for museums and private collectors, comes into focus sort of. >> how small can you go? >> we use magnifications to paint china. >> reporter: china dishes? >> yes. anything that's made by man is easy to copy. anything made by nature is a lot harder. >> reporter: in kupjack's world, what equals a foot is an inch. >> we start about $1400,000 and
go up from there. >> it takes about six weeks to recreate a room, or in this case a 1980s office with a computer and this phone. how long would it take you to make that? >> that took all day. >> reporter: all day? >> all day. >> reporter: fundamentally kupjack says he's an illusionist. >> when you're standing ined from of them, we want the fool you so you think you're standing in a full-sized room. you could have fooled me. dean reynolds, cbs news chicago. >> pelley: small world. that's the "cbs evening news." we're going to leave you with one more look at the stowaway cat. and for all of us at cbs news all around the world, good night. captioning sponsored by cbs
a few days ago i was diagnosed with cancer. it's an aggressive b cell non- hodgkin's lymphoma. >> maryland governor larry hogan opening up with his very personal and challenging news. thanks for joining us. i'm debra alfarone. >> i'm derek mcginty. the governor described his cancer as aggressive and advanced, but he's not going to let the diagnosis slow him down. governor hogan is ready to tackle this next challenge and he already has a bit of of humor about it. >> reporter: governor larry hogan says he has dozens of tumors inside his body right now,