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>> tonight, free at last. a nobel prize winning dissident released from her long house arrest in myanmar. might it finally mean democracy for a nation with 50 million people? i've jeff glor. also tonight, running for mayor, former white house chief of staff rahm emanuel officially enters the race in chicago. madoff auction. the investment scammer's mean know, personalized slippers and more go on the black to now pay back his victim. and clean sweep-- fans of the "harry potter" game quiddich battle for the world cup and turn new york city into hog wart's on the hudson. captioning sponsored by cbs this is the "cbs evening news" with jeff glor. >> glor: good evening, for two decades she's been the world's
best known political prisoner. tonight, aung san suu kyi is a free woman, released from house arrest by the military government of myanmar, the asian government formerly known as burma. this release is encouraging her supporters around the world tonight. her long-term future and that of her country-- the second-largest in southeast asia-- remains in serious doubt. we begin with celia hatton. >> it was a seen seven years in the making. myanmar's opposition leader aung san suu kyi taking her first steps of freedom among joyous supporters. off camera the nobel laureate declared "people must work in unison. only then can we achieve our goals." the goal? democracy in myanmar. suu kyi heads a massively popular political party opposing myanmar's military dictatorship is. in 1990, the party won a land slooid selection but the country's ruling generals refused to relinquish power. suu kyi spent 15 of the past 25
2-1 years in detention. today's release was celebrated across the globe, from the thai boarder to the streets of paris. inside myanmar, renewed hope on that suu kyi might engineer a revolution. the mother, aung san suu kyi, is free, so we will be free from the military junta soon, explain this is follower. suu kyi's unwaivering position won her a nobel peace prize in 1991 which was accepted by her family while she remained under arrest in myanmar. by liberating aung san suu kyi, myanmar's military junta could be showing it feels secure in its grip on power just six days after an election victory most believe was rigged. >> they have so mangled, mismanaged and dishonored the election process that they really need to do something positive to mitigate international reaction to their
behavior. >> reporter: it's unclear whether aung san suu kyi is free to enter politics again or whether that will land her back in detention. either way, she'll likely remain a thorn in the regime's side. >> she'll stay there there. she made that choice a long time ago. >> reporter: aung san suu kyi is not wasting time figuring out the terms of her release. she's already told her supporters to meet her at her party's headquarters on sunday. celia hatton, cbs news, beijing. >> glor: for more on this release now we're joined from myanmar by a correspondent for britain's sky news. we are withholding her name tonight because she's reporting from that country without official permission. good evening to you and thank you for joining us. you were there when she was released. what was the reaction like? >> it was absolutely electric. thousands of people poured through the streets of rangoon towards aung san suu kyi's home. they broke down the wooden
barricades and they were chanting. it was absolute deafening sound that they were making. then after a short period of time, aung san suu kyi herself came, she was calm, she was dignified. >> glor: the reaction after she was released quickly became fairly muted because people are worried about their safety. >> yes. that's right. political gatherings here are illegal and it was really incredible seeing people starting to gather throughout the day. they all know that as soon as she went back into her house they melted away into the night and i've been traveling around tonight and i can tell you they are pretty quiet. that is the one reason they fear of what the regime may do. >> glor: we'll be watching from here. i know you'll be watching on the ground. our correspondent from britain's sky news in myanmar. thank you very much. president obama is in japan this evening, the final share of an asian trip that's seen its share of disappointments. chief white house correspondent
richard reid is in yokohama traveling with the president. >> for america this is a job strategy. >> reporter: president obama made one last sales pitch in asia today, continuing the theme of his trip-- opening asian markets to u.s. goods. >> we don't want to lose the opportunity to create new jobs back home. >> reporter: the ten-day trip-- the longest of his presidency-- saw mr. obama take his pitch directly to india where he touted deals worth $10 billion between india and u.s. corporations, including military cargo planes from boeing. >> today's deals will lead to more than 50,000 jobs in the united states. (applause) 50,000 jobs. >> reporter: he and the first lady also took in some local culture. next stop, indonesia, where he lived from age six to ten. and where he hustled to leave the country as a cloud of ash from an erupting volcano approached the capital of jakarta. then it was on to two major
economic summits. in south korea he failed to achieve a trade agreement but said he's confident it can still get done. >> it can be a win for the united states because it would increase the export of american goods by some $10 billion. and billions more in services, supporting more than $70,000 jobs back home. >> reporter: but failure to secure the deal and failure to reach accord on the trade imbalance with china left mr. obama without a major victory. he now returns to washington to face a newly empowered republican party and a major battle brewing over extending the bush tax cuts. >> it's hard to see any reason for republicans to compromise on their principles at this point. just, you know, six weeks or so before they take power. obama has to... would love to make some deals with the outgoing democratic congress but it's hard to see how anything major is going to happen. >> reporter: many analysts say this trip overall has been a disappointment for the president. not surprisingly, the white house disagrees. they insist that in the long run it will pay dividends as asian economies open their markets to
u.s. goods, creating jobs for americans back home. jeff? >> glor: our chief white house correspondent chip reid nooerg the end of a long trip. chip, thank you very much. well, the president was winding up his trip to asia, his former chief of staff was in chicago making his plans official today. rahm emanuel formally announced he's running for mayor of his hometown. cynthia bowers was there. >> reporter: at his invitation-only announcement ceremony... >> and that's why today i'm announcing my candidacy for mayor. (cheers and applause) >> reporter: ...a man known for his sharp elbows made it official. he wants to lead the city with big shoulders. emanuel enters a race that's possible only because of the surprise departure of richard j. daley, the consummate politician who united this fractious city for more than two decades. >> this office doesn't come up very often. not very often. >> reporter: so it's a once in a lifetime opportunity, really. >> once in sometimes several lifetimes. >> reporter: while in congress,
emanuel was credited with helping democrats win back the house in 2006, his "take no prisoners" style led barack obama to appoint him chief of staff two years later. but this month the house that rahm built came tumbling down. democrats were sent packing and emanuel's aura of invincibility was dimmed. now he's back home on the local stage, but that didn't stop him from playing to the hollywood crowd. at a recent big-ticket fund-raiser that attracted big-time democratic donors and drew criticism from fellow candidates. >> no doubt he's hobnobing with the stars sipping champagne talking with the celebrities. but we've chosen our own form of hollywood. right here in chicago. (applause) >> reporter: efforts to portray emanuel as an outsider could be a tough sell. he was born here and perhaps more than anyone else represents this city's bare-knuckled party machine politics. in that respect he's the
ultimate insideer. >> emanuel we know is tough. the question is can he be tender? that's going to be the big issue for him. >> chicagoans aren't shy with their opinions. of course, some of us use better language than others. >> reporter: emanuel doesn't have much time to find his softer side. the election is less than three months away. cynthia bowers, cbs news, chicago. >> glor: forfor the fourth straight day alaska election officials have been counting write-in ballots in that state's still-undecided senate race. as ben tracy tells us tonight, senator lisa murkowski hopes to make history by beating tea party favorite joe miller. >> reporter: the ballot counting near downtown juneau is being broadcast on local television. 30 election workers sorting through 93,000 write-in ballot with minders from each side looking on. after an often-bitter campaign between two republicans, the fight continues. joe miller filed a lawsuit demanding that any ballots with even minor misspellings be thrown out. alaska's election officials say
they will respect the intent of the voter. >> so it could be one letter, it could be two letters. certainly as it gets farther away from the correct spelling, the more opportunity there is for disagreement on the counters and a determination that it should not count. >> reporter: murkowski's campaign went to great lengths to make sure voters knew how to spell her name and it may pay off. they even handed out bracelets with her name on it. the only somethat that? it was illegal to bring them into polling places because it's considered campaign materials. and to confuse voters, 160 people-- mostly miller supporters-- registered as write-in candidates. >> among the 160 names, a lisa m. lackey who is running as a write-in candidate. so if you see "lisa m." on the candidate the question is did the voter intend to vote for murkowski or lackey? >> reporter: it may not matter. write in had 40% of the vote while joe miller had 34%. with the majority of the 93,000 ballots now counted, nearly all of them have been for
murkowski, setting her up for an improbable victory. >> the whole conservative movement got behind miller and thought that murkowski was done for is dumbfounded that this was able to happen. >> reporter: murkowski could become the first senate write-in candidate since 1954 to win, but miller isn't backing down still hoping the write-in won't write him off. ben tracy, cbs news, los angeles. >> glor: the cholera crisis in haiti appears to be getting worse and stretching the country's health care facilities far beyond their capacities tonight. a new u.n. report says some 800 people have already died. it says 12,000 others have been hospitalized. it also says up to 200,000 haitians might contract the disease. the first snowstorm of the season is packing a punch in minnesota. officials there declared a snow emergency in the twin cities and power has been knocked out to 65,000 people. the storm is expected to bring a foot or more of snow. still ahead on tonight's "cbs evening news," going, going,
>> glor: the victims of bernie madoff's massive ponzi scheme got some payback today. buyers lined up at a government auction in new york to bid for the trappings of madoff's lavish life-style. everything from a ring to a piano. elaine quijano was there. >> reporter: this steinway baby grand once sat in the living room of bernard madoff's manhattan penthouse. today it was on the auction block. >> sold at $42,000. >> i was going to buy one so i anything youred, well, get one with a little history to it. >> reporter: this was the section auction of madoff and their wife's belongs from their manhattan home and beach house on long island to benefit the
victims of his ponzi scheme. this 10.5 carat diamond ring was the top seller by far. $550,000. beyond the big-ticket items were onces with more symbolism, like the bull that belonged to a titan of wall street. this leather bull foot stool sold for $3,000. cigar fish nat add in does bid competitively for madoff's humidors, these leather cigar holders sold for $1,300. this woman who says her investment fund lost money with madoff paid more than $9,000 for a gold tiffany clock with an engraving honoring madoff's distinguished service to the financial industry. >> this stuff is vanity crap they bought with other people's money. >> reporter: today's auction is expected to net about $1.5 million for madoff's victims. the u.s. marshals plan to hold at least one more sale of madoff's belongings next spring, mostly items from his recently sold home in palm beach, florida.
>> glor: the navy commissioned its newest warship today, a destroyer named after hero marine corporal jason dunham. dunham's mother took part in the ceremonies. her son was awarded the medal of honor posthumously for throwing himself on a grenade in iraq. germany lifted its ban on passenger flights from yemen today but said it's still blocking air cargo from that country. the discovery of two package bombs from yemen last month has triggered a closer look at scar go screening in the u.s. now as well. tonight, here's our chief investigative respondent armen keteyian. >> reporter: you're looking at a gaping hole in aviation security-- a hole so big, about
one billion pounds of cargo fly right through it every year. cargo on passenger planes coming into this country that never gets inspected. >> to the extent it's not screened, we believe that represents a potential vulnerability. >> reporter: steven lord, a director at the government accountability office, wrote this revealing report on air cargo security released in june. in it he found a significant percentage of inbound cargo on passenger planes is not required to be screened. the report also noted there remains no technology approved to screen large palates and containers in a way that meets federal standards. and while the t.s.a. estimates 65% of inbound cargo is screened, the report found the estimates are not based on actual data. >> we found some data reliability problems. so we didn't have a lot of confidence in their numbers. >> reporter: in march, a t.s.a. administrator told congress that the agency has a long way to go.
>> it could be a couple more years before... beyond august 2010 that we would have 100% compliance with some of those foreign countries. >> reporter: now it says it could be as late as 2013 before all cargo on inbound passenger planes is inspected. one reason: the air cargo industry has resisted 100% inspection, arguing in these letters to congress obtained by cbs news that screening must be accomplished in a manner that allows for the free flow of commerce. congressman ed markey says that argument no longer flies. >> so we can no longer allow the cargo industry to block the implementation of strong, tough measures that prevent al qaeda from exploiting once again the weaknesses in our security in aviation. >> reporter: while the t.s.a. has taken significant steps to tighten air cargo security, the fact remains it wasn't screening that found these latest bombs, it was a tip. armen keteyian, cbs news, new
>> glor: they are never before seen photos of the beatles. dozens of pictures taken 42 years ago now on display at the university of california, berkeley. the publicity shots of john, paul, george and ringo were taken in london in 1968 right after the beatles recorded their white album. also in california, 17-year-old senior yun hi choi is the bell of bellflower high. yun hi was selected homecoming careen and crowned on the field of the homecoming football game. yun hi says the best thing about school are her friends. these are the first pictures of an indigenous tribe that lives in the amazon basin of peru and
was discovered only last year. peru's national museum showed the pictures taken by cameras set up to detect illegal logging. the museum said the tribe had no previous interaction with the outside world. still ahead on tonight's "cbs evening news," quiddich anyone? the battle is joined for the harry potter game's world cup.
>> couric: they swooped in from 16 states and 46 colleges all for a sport born out of wizards and witches flying around on broom sticks and j.k. rowling's imagination. they swooped in from 16 states and 46 colleges. all for a sport that was born out of wizards and witches flying around on broom sticks and j.k. rowling's imagination. >> when you first hear about it you're like there's no way this can work in real life. when you come out and see it, it's an awesome game.
you don't have to be a "harry potter" fan to appreciate it. >> glor: the quiddich world cup in new york city. it's a sport described as a cross between rugby and dodge ball. it's also... >> complicated. there are over 700 rules in quiddich. >> glor: 17 players from each team. the chasers try to hurl volleyballs through hoops. the beaters try to stop them. >> it's hard to describe. but when people come and see it they get it. >> glor: of course, transforming a game that requires magic in the movies requires a healthy dose of imagination in real life. >> i don't want to be taken too seriously. all of our announcers are improv comedians. we're all going to keep it tongue in cheek. some players have advocated getting rid of the brooms. i say no way because that keeps it ridiculous. that's how i want it to stay. >> glor: quiddich is even manufacture challenging because it's played basically with one arm. >> it's hard to run with a broom between your legs. quiddich is not for the meek.
it requires mental and physical toughness. >> glor: these may not be your typical college jocks but they're not bookworms bound to libraries. >> people say you're playing quiddich? it's so nerdy. we say, yeah, watch the game, it's a contact sport. it's rougher than you think. >> i don't know what a nerd looks like but if you looked it up in the dictionary what a nerd looked like it wouldn't be me. so if quiddich is for the nerds, hey, i guess i'll be a nerd. >> glor: that's the "cbs evening news" tonight. later on cbs, 48 hours mystery. russ mitchell will be here tomorrow night. i'm jeff glor, cbs news in new york. good night. captioning sponsored by cbs captioned by media access group at wgbh access.wgbh.org
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