tv CBS Evening News With Scott Pelley CBS June 24, 2015 6:30pm-7:01pm EDT
>> pelley: the boston marathon bomber apologizes and pleads for mercy in a courtroom packed with his victims. also tonight the pastor gunned down in a south carolina church lies in the capitol as more states outlaw confederate flags and statues. do you have to wear a seat belt in the back see the? we have new research on the risks. and we'll meet an entrepreneur who turned pocket money into millions by discovering a hole in america's skies. captioning sponsored by cbs this is the "cbs evening news" with scott pelley. >> pelley: for two years, he revealed nothing except for a scribbled screed against america and an obscene gesture in a
holding cell. but today facing a sentence of death, dzhokar tsarnaev apologized for bombing the boston marathon. he and his brother killed three injured hundreds, then later executed a young police officer. this was sentencing day and don dahler was there. >> reporter: looking straight ahead at judge george o'toole dzhokar tsarnaev spoke in a halting voice without notes. he talked about the victims' patience and dig tee and what he called "this horrendous thing" he put them through.
tsarnaev asked allah for forgiveness. survivor lynn julian was unwilling to give it. >> he threw in an apology to the survivors that seemed insincere and just thrown in because he was supposed to. >> reporter: earlier bill richard, whose eight-year-old son martin was killed and six-year-old daughter lost a leg, addressed the court. "he chose hate. he chose destruction. he chose death. this is all on him. we choose love. we choose kindness. we choose peace." a procession of people who were at the marathon that day spoke about their hidden injuries-- hearing loss, medical bills nightmare, p.t.s.d., lost jobs, failed marriages concussions depression, waking up in the middle of the night screaming. but many, including heather abbott, who lost a leg wanted tsarnaev ton whatever his goals were, he failed.
just o'toole told tsarnaev his motives were a monstrous self-deception that cost him his own humanity. with that he sentenced him to 17 life sentences on top of the six sentences of death imposeed by the jury. quoting shakespeare the judge said "the evil men do lives after them. them." that's not likely to happen any time soon. appeals could take years if not decades. scott, since the federal death penalty was reinstated in 1988, the united states has executed three people. >> pelley: don dahler on the trial for us beginning to end. dorng thanks very much. in south carolina the suspect in the charleston church massacre will likely face federal hate crime charges in addition to nine counts of murder. today, one of the murdered, clementa pinckney, pastor of emmanuel a.m.e. church, was carried to the state house in columbia. he was met by his family and governor nikki haley. pinckney's widow and one of their daughters hid from the
gunman and survived. pinckney was also a state senator, and he was remembered by senate colleague vincent sheheen. >> one of the things that's missing now that senator pinckney is gone is the peacemaker the guy who was always calm, who would remind us of the better angels of ourselves. clem was that senator. that's a big hole in the state senate, but in a way he's doing that right now. >> pelley: pinckney's desk was draped in black topped with a white rose. thousand waited for hours to pay their respects. fridays at the funeral, president obama will deliver the eulogy. the attack came during a bible study one week ago and this evening, the faithful are gathering again at emmanuel a.m.e. church. michelle miller is there. >> we are still saddened by the loz. we still try cry. we still grieve.
we still have broken hearts. but we serve a god who's able to carry us through. >> reporter: reverend norvel goff is leading bible study at mother emanuel church tonight. why? >> because i think it sends the right message. no evil in this world can overtake the faith in which we have. >> reporter: goff is the head of the church district and has been named interim pastor. what will be the first bible passage that you will read tonight? >> well, one of the first ones, the lord is my shepard, i shall not want. it's the 23 psalm. >> reporter: eunice coakley and blondelle gadsden say they'll be there in the same sanctuary where their sister myra thompson was killed as she led last week's bible study. how do you go back there? >> i knew all of them personally.
this is what i have to do. >> i will go because i have no fear because i know god's in his holy temple. >> reporter: malcolm graham's sister cynthia heard was another victim. he said the families have bonded in the last seven days. >> the charleston nine is as one and so we're working together and comforting one another and trying to be there for each other. >> reporter: how are you holding up? >> well, through faith. >> reporter: reverend goff says the lesson at bible study tonight will focus on community. >> love your neighbor as you love yourself. do unto others as you would have them to do unto you. these are the tenets that many of us have grown up, and that's what you see in charleston. >> reporter: and reverend goff allowed us inside the sanctuary where the shootings happened without our cameras. there were flowers at the altar a shrine to the memory of those killed last week. but, scott, there were also people holding meetings, going
about church business, planning the funerals that begin tomorrow. >> pelley: michelle miller outside the church for us this evening. michelle, thank you. today, more states repudiated the confederate battle flag after the murders in the african american church, and omar villafranca has that. >> reporter: for more than 50 years, confederate flags have flown on the grounds of alabama's state capitol but that ended this morning. alabama governor robert bentley: >> we looked at the laws. there was nothing that said that it should be flown. there was no reason that i could not remove it, so that's exactly what i did. >> reporter: and in mississippi today the state flag also came under fire. both of the state's u.s. senators and the state speaker said it's time to change. but governor phil bryant said no. >> the people voted on this flag in 2001. it was on the ballot, overwhelmingly supported the current flag in the state of mississippi. i don't think that we need to go about trying to supercede the will of the people. >> reporter: in virginia, the governor wants to remove the
confederate flag from license plate. four other states may follow. a symbvery and racism to many, the confederate flag has been a source of pride to others. chuck bond is with the sons of confederate veterans. >> it's a flag of more than honor. it's a flag these men took into battle. it was not a political statement these men were given. these men were given their lives for their homeland. >> the backlash stretches asinar fort as minnesota. and here on the campus of the university of texas at austin, a monument to jefferson davis the president of the confederacy was spray painted with "black lives matter." many students want the statue removed. student president xavier rotnofsky: >> taking it down is a powerful nej that battle against the institution of racism. >> reporter: the university is considering removing the statue. meanwhile, the army says it has
no plans to change the names of several installations named after confederate officers. scott, the army says the names represent individuals not ideology. >> pelley: omar, thank you very much. in another big story tonight flash flood watches are up across the plains in the midwest. the northeast cleaned up today after powerful storms took down trees and knocked out power to thousands of homes and businesses. vinita nair is across the river from philadelphia in clarksboro new jersey. >> reporter: bill deitrich started clearing debris. his daughter and grandsons early this morning. he's helping out his 89-year-old mom, whose home and neighborhood in clarksboro, new jersey, were pummeled in the storm. >> anything that was in its path, just knocked it out. >> reporter: how many trees are we talking about that are down and how old are some of these trees? >> geez, we've got a half a dozen here and a couple in the back. >> reporter: tuesday night's storm knocked out power to more than 400,000 people from new england to virginia.
jeff garisee commute on amtrak toorg an extra five hours without food, air conditioning or water. >> at one point they said a tree fell down on the power lines and the tree was on fire, they said. >> reporter: chief barry jenkins with east green witch township police said his entire town of 11,000 will spend a second night without power. he predicts it will take five to seven days to restore the power but all summer to clean up the mess left behind. how does this compare in terms of storms you've seen before? >> this, by far is the worst. just because it's-- it's not one road. it's not, you know, one area of town. it's the entire town. >> reporter: here in southern new jersey, the wind hit 70 miles per hour, strong enough to rip that steeple right off the top of the church and scott, there are more thunderstorms in the forecast for the next two days which could make the cleanup even more challenging. >> pelley: vinita, thank you very much. well, there was a silver lining
as the storms cleared out yesterday evening, many in the east saw spectacular sunsets. this is how it looked in washington, d.c. the rains washed away pollution allowing the fading sunlight to bounce off the clouds to dramatic effect. tonight air, wildfire is getting uncomfortably close to dozens of homes north of louis l.a. in santa clarita. more than 85 achers are burning and powerful winds are making it hard to put out. a trailer park in this canyon has been evacuated. tonight, more than 30 americans are hostages overseas. that figure was revealed by the white house today as the president rolled out a new strategy for freeing them and helping their families. major garrett's at the white house. >> it is true that there are there have been times where our government regardless of good intentions, has let them down. >> reporter: it amounted to a
presidential apology to families of americans held overseas. >> many of the families told us that they at times felt like an afterthought. that ends today. >> reporter: the u.s. will maintain a decades-old policy against paying ransom or offering concessions to hostage takers but the justice deparment will not prosecute families that pay on their own. there have been no prosecutions of that kind, but threats were made, and that unnerved many families. for the first time, the government will facilitate conversation families and kidnappers, and the president has created a so-called hostage recovery fusion cell inside the f.b.i. to coordinate military, intelligence, and diplomatic efforts to free american hostages and to communicate with their families, like the parents of journalist james foley the first american murdered while in isis captivity. the foundation created in foley's honor released a statement praising the white house for examining the previously inadequate response to the kidnapping of american
citizens abroad. republican congressman duncan hunter dismissed the white house approach as "pathetic." >> nothing, i don't think will improve based on the way they have this set up tactically. the f.b.i. is still in charge. there's no f.b.i. agents in somalia. in yemen afghanistan, pakistan in syria, in any of these places. >> reporter: even the harshest critics of the administration do not believe allowing private ransom payments will increase the frequency of hostage taking. scott, the conscience is family payments will be much smaller than what the u.s. government could provide. >> pelley: major garrett at the white house this evening. major, thank you. bobby jindal, the republican governor of louisiana today became the latest to run for president. jindal, who is 44, calls himself the youngest candidate with the longest resume. son of indian immigrants, he was educated at oxford, and he's been governor nearly eight years. there are now 13 republicans
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>> pelley: today, we googled "how to get rich quick "and there were 15 million results. there is one sure-fire way and that is to solve a problem that bedevils the rich and famous. that made a millionaire out of one stay-at-home mom and mark strassman introduce us. >> come on. let's go to work. >> reporter: jennifer guthrie recently moved to new offices offices in charlotte, north carolina. her aviation staffing company is growing so fast, this was the fourth time she has moved in four years. you started a business with no capital, made $800 the first month. >> that's right. >> reporter: and how much did you make last year? >> 12 million.
>> reporter: $12 million. >> yeah. >> reporter: and how did that happen? >> well, it's been a long journey. >> reporter: that journey began in her basement back in 2002. her company in-flight crew connections, found a niche market that was untapped in the southeast, staffing flight crews for corporate and private planes. you didn't have, like, huge dreams in the beginning. >> not to be where we are today. i just wanted to have my own business, have the american dream, have a family, have a house, you know, have a little extra income. >> reporter: and now you have it. >> now we have it. >> reporter: guthrie started with one other employee, her ex-husband. she has 16 full-time employees today, and issued w2 income statements for 526 pilots, flight attendants, and technicians she hired last year. kathy duffy is one of them. what's the craziest request you got from somebody. >> oh, definitely flying a dog by itself, an animal by itself, and having special treats on
board. >> reporter: it was just the dog on the plane? >> it was just the dog. >> reporter: when the recession hit in 2008, the market for private jets went into a sarah palin tailspin. guthly lost two-thirds of her business. she cut back, hung on to as many clients as she could and business is soarg again. in-flight crew connections has grown in the last four years. >> i don't have a boss that's standing over my shoulder making sure what time did i come in and what did i do today? i have to answer to myself, and that's a lot of pressure. so how's it going today? >> it is going good but -- >> reporter: guthrie wishes she had work for all the jobless pilots and flight attendants who call. for her moving her business again is a reminder that the sky's the limit. mark strassman, cbs news, charlotte. >> pelley: and that's the cbs evening news for tonight. for all of us at cbs news all around the world, good night.
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about this time yesterday, all of us ever in full blown storm mode. >> but it's beautiful out there now. we're happy with that, but a lot of people are still cleaning up what was left behind. >> a lot of people picking up pieces today, and also mourning a loved one. police have identified the victim in