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>> mitchell: tonight the battle for libya. moammar qaddafi's grip on power continueses to wane as opposition forces move closer to the capital city of tripoli. i'm russ mitchell. also tonight, under rebel control, in the areas freed from qad ofi-- qaddafi's rule citizens take their first steps toward a new government. budget battlegrounds. on another day of huge demonstrations in wisconsin, governors in other states debate the best way to control their own soaring deficits. this is captioning sponsored by cbs this is the "cbs evening news" with russ mitchell. >> mitchell: and good evening. libya remains a violent, dangerous place tonight. and one day after president obama said moammar qaddafi must leave, the embattled libyan leader said he is to the going anywhere. this as libya continueses to become a tale of at least two governments. here's the latest. while qaddafi forces have
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tripoli on lockdown, rebels have taken a town near tripoli and some areas are forming local governments. the u.n. has imposed sanctions against libya. and the u.s. navy has moved several ships into the red sea in preparation for a possible move into the mediterranean sea. we have a team of correspondents covering the battle for libya. and we begin tonight with kelly cobiella in tripoli. >> reporter: good evening. the one thing qaddafi has going for him is control of tripoli. it was quiet again here today but there were reports that his enemies had scored a victory close by. the government said it wasn't true. and they took us there to try to prove it. the town was heavily armed and guarded, not by qaddafi's men but locals. flying the country's old flag, adopted by the rebels in the east. >> crowds of armed men greeted us in the town square showing posters with qaddafi's head on a rat's
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body. they battled government forces for three days. >> qaddafi is down. no government. we are free. >> reporter: more than a dozen people reportedly were killed in the clashes. more are in the hospital. the regime calls the rebel in zawiyah terrorists, agents of al qaeda. they told us they are fighting for their future. >> we need freedom. that's all we need. we need freedom. >> down, down, qaddafi. >> i'm 30 years old and never saw any -- >> down, down qaddafi. >> we need young peoxle. that's what we need. >> reporter: with a revolution on tripoli's doorstep, government troopses have blocked the main road to the city. the regime still controls tripoli and most of its two million people. >> these people are crowding around this bank because they've gotten the message from the government. there's a $400 gift waiting for them and they've come to collect. an attempt by the qaddafi
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regime to buy loyalty and perhaps time. >> baqushish, arabic for bribe. everyone we meet in tripoli tells us they love their leader, whether that affection is real or driven by fear is hard to tell. >> you live here, we die here. it's our country. libya is our people. and for myself, i believe it,. >> reporter: colonel qaddafi talk spoke with serbian people and told them the libyan people support me. small groups of rebels are surrounded and will be dealt with, russ. >> mitchell: kelly cobiella in tripoli. thank you. >> in eastern libya, rebels continue to gain ground and now they are organizing to form a new government. mandy clark is in benghazi, libya, tonight with the latest on those big changes and what could be next. >> reporter: this is what people power in eastern libya looks like up close. volunteers from the town of
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al baydah are stepping up to take jobs that the qaddafi government used to do. these men have gone from street fighters to traffic cops in just a few days. but the next step is to form a local government. >> we organize. >> reporter: protestor organizer wajdi al gueir took us to a tent where the planning gets done. young men sign up for jobs and there's a bag for cash donations. arab satellite channels provide the latest news. >> you see elections happening if in the future. >> of course, we should, people here they didn't come to the streets for money or for financial gain. they want freedom. they want elections. they want a fair system. they want a country with a constitution. >> reporter: there is a group trying to put together a provisional government on a national level. libya's former justice minister mustafa abud ajleil is in charge. he promises elections in six months but first qaddafi has to go. >> because. >> reporter: if things go
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wrong for qaddafi, he will kill. he's suicidal. he is a deranged person, he told us. qaddafi's forces have already shown their willingness to kill. al gueir showed us videos from the first day of the revolts in al baydah when protestors faced a murderous assault. >> it is unbelievable. people taking live ammunition with their body. >> reporter: the streets of al baydah were peaceful today. the people there hope this victory is not a temporary one. protestors in ben gazive-- benghazi are feeling empowered enough to offer to march to tripoli if the rebels there ask them to do so. but there's a major problem with that plan because the town which is qaddafi's hometown and stronghold lies in between benghazi and the capitol, russ. >> mitchell: machbdee clark in benghazi, libya, thank you. the number of those trying to get out of libya continues to grow. and for many of those
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leaving the passages leading to danger and uncertainty. allen pizzey has the latest on that from the libya tunesia border. >> reporter: the toll from their escape from the violent has been high for these refugees. with no idea of what to do next, they are dependent on the kindness of strangers. boy scouts hand out sandwiches to those who stagger through the last barrier into tunisia. but the welcome is also wary. the tunisian government is worried about the number of refugees but has no choice ex -- except to take them. ed libyan side of the board certificate too dangerous to leave anyone strand. >> everyone at the check points was in a uniform, this man says. everyone had guns and we didn't know who any of it was. so far more than 45,000 foreignerses have fled libya through this border crossing with no end in sight. officialses fear they may be on the verge of a hoourn crisis if the fighting escalates. most of the people here are
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egyptian. they are growing impatient with their own government which has been slow to help them. >> waving the tunisian flag to thank their hosts stranded workers staged a miniprotest march. >> where is our government, they chanted. we want to go home. the tunisian authorities undoubtedly liked the message but they still have their own hit call problem. violent protests over the last few days in the capital where three people were killed lead to the resignation of the interim prime minister. a move he said was in the service of tunisia's revolution. the hope is that it will relieve tension in the political transition. there was a little relief for some egyptians later in the day. several hundred were moved out of a community centre where they had been housed to catch a plane home. but it was little more than a trickle to ease the flood. allen pizzey, cbs news. >> mitchell: elsewhere in the region, police firing
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tear gas and rubber bullets killed at least one protestor today in oman which sits in the world's most important oil tanker route. state run media said protestors set fire to cars and a police station. >> for more perspective, we're joined by former undersecretary of state nicholas burns, good evening. >> good evening, russ. >> mitchell: as mentioned earlier qaddafi said he is to the going anywhere but if he is forced from power, what could be next in libya? >> this is a very difficult dilemma for the obama administration and countries watching this drama. qaddafi is an evil and vial dictator and no one is going to be sorry to see him go but if he does lose power in the next couple of days or week, it is a civil war right now t is unclear who would replace him because there is no natural opposition that has been allowed to grow in libya over the last 42 years when qaddafi has been in power. he has subjugated and destroyed all the institutions which could be
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competitive with him. perhaps one of the former army generals that has turned against him in the last week. perhaps one of the radical islamist groupses that have been looking at libya as a target of opportunity. >> u.s. ships moved into the region of as far as you are concerned how possible is military intersense-- intervention in this case. >> i think now the united states had to focus on the safety of our citizen, on the evacuation of our-- that is the primary duty and responsibility. now we can coalesce with other countries, france, italy, nato that have a long history to put some military pressure on the libyan government. i don't see the wisdom of an intervention by american military forces but if there are things we can do to isolate and sanction the qaddafi government to put further pressure on him, that's the right thing to do for the united states right now. >> nicholas burns as always, thank you for your insight. >> thank you. >> mitchell: and still ahead on tonight's "cbs evening news", cash-strapped governors meet in washington, with wisconsin on their minds.
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>> mitchell: that standoff at the wisconsin state capitol is reach a critical point this evening with at least some union supporters baying police orders to leave the building. while others remain. as witt johnson tells us the wisconsin standoff is making it self felt all the way to washington. >> reporter: for 12 days protestors have refused to leave wisconsin's capitol. still in the battle over collective bargaining, governor scott walker isn't budging. >> we're broke and it's about time somebody stood up and told the truth in this state and said here's our problem, here's the solution and acted on it. >> reporter: the debate has gone national. rallies this weekend from california to new york have attracted staunch support from both sides. this as the country's governors descend on washington d.c. for their annual winter meeting. labor unions, the rights, pay and benefits of public workers have become new talking points. >> there may have been a time, a century ago where public
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employees were mistreated or vulnerable and many, and underpaid. if that shall did -- that was ever a problem we have overfixed it. >> reporter: indiana governor mitch daniels a possible presidential contender stripped away collective bargaining six years ago. he takes credit for cutting his state's debt by 40%, and deficit is now under $300 million, just 2% of their 2011 budget. but some states have gone the other way. >> in indiana doesn't have a budget surplus, montana does. >> reporter: democratic governor brian schweitzer of montana worked with unions two and a half years ago. he started the negotiation by cutting his own salary. and in return union workers agreed to go to years without increasing their pay. >> we are a partnership. that's a good way to start the conversation, not with a large stick that says we don't value what you have to say and we don't want to hear your voice. >> reporter: 46 states and the district of columbia are projecting budget shortfalls next year. ten are taking on collective bargaining but the muscle of
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organized labor show those signs of fatigue. here at the white house tonight president obama sand the first landi are hosting a black tie dinner for all of the governors in town. governor scott walker of wisconsin did not attend the meetings earlier today. he is not expected at tonight's dinner either. russ? >> mitchell: thanks. in sports baseball has lost one of its greatest, hall of fame outfielder duke snider died today in california. he was 84 years old. one of the original boys of summer, snider played 18 seasons, and lead the brooklyn dodgers to their only world series title. tony guida has more. >> the dodger goes ahead, 3-2. >> reporter: if the dodgers were royalty in the brooklyn of its 1940s and '50s, field was their tackle and edwin donald snider was their lead. the duke of flatbush they called him. snider strutted on the diamond whether he was slugging home runs or taking in extra base or climbing the centerfield wall to
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make another spectacular catch, snider played the game like he owned it and played his way into the hall of fame. >> duke snider who hit four homers in the 1952 world series. >> reporter: 407 home runs in all. snider was a father some slugger and a great centerfielder says his former teammate. >> he played the most difficult centerfielder in the major leagues and he played it very well. he had a very strong arm. >> new york had two others centerfielders in those days. a couple of guys named mantle and may. snider was often ranked third among them, pretty fair company for one of the boys of summer. tony guida, cbs news, new york. >> mitchell: just ahead on tonight's "cbs evening news", a sad new zealand homecoming for a world traveling tv host. . >> with diabetes it's tough to keep life balanced. i to keep in balance after 50,
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>> reporter: internet calls for pro-democracy protestses in 23 cities across china sunday quickly turned into violent showdowns between activists, foreign journalists and chinese authorities. stop hitting me, screamed the voice of america reporter stephanie ho. secretly taped by cbs news in china's capitol. she was pushed around but eventually released. other foreign journalists and an unknown number of chinese citizens were also taken away in beijing and shanghai. anonymous calls for sunday demonstrations first appeared on-- a u.s.-based web site detailing chinese government corruption taunting the police to crack down on anyone who turned up at the locations named in advance on-line. the government is trying to gain control of the situation by blocking them and mentions of the jasmine revolution and egypt protests from china state controlled internet. the government is using military like force, dogs, swat teams to stamp out any
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possible social unrest. no one is safe. dozens of bloggers and academics have been jailed or placed under house arrest for fears they will also become involved in the sunday protests. persistence will lead to victory said anonymous on-line organizers. they are calling for rolling protests every sunday until their demands for chinese democracy are heard. cbs news, beijing. >> mitchell: the death toll from last week's qert quake that damage in new zealand climb kodd 147 today with 100s still missing. the host of cbv-- cbs's the amazing race want back to see the devastation in his hometown with a team from the early show. he spoke with mayor bob parker about how the city can recover. >> i used to have my violin lessons in that room right there right in the middle there. this is the church i went every sunday when i was at boarding school. totally destroyed.
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>> good to see you. watch my left side. it's a little painful. >> what has it been like for you on a personal level. >> it feels very, very hard because there are a lot of people who are not going to come home. and that affects us very, very deeply. >> and i'm going to say as a new zealander how proud mi of you. >> thank you. >> and wish you all the best. and i will be back and i know we will rebuild this place. >> we will. >> and you can see more of his return to new zealand first thing toll on the early show. in california only seven miles from the oscars in hollywood it snowed? burbank for the first time in decades. you can see young folks took advantage to go sledding at a local government course. and coming up on tonight's "cbs evening news", a new approach to grade approximating in the classroom. grading teachers, that is. or a heart attack known as acs, -relan
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teachers more accountable. jim axelrod has a case in point. >> great question. >> reporter: lucas ketzer's math fews are paying close attention at the mesa school, outside denver. >> excellent job, megan. >> reporter: but on this day, his boss is watching him even closer. >> okay. about 30 seconds. >> reporter: she'll offer her critique a couple hours later. >> if i heed that advice and get better and challenge myself every day and do what's right for my kids, then i'll always have a job. >> reporter: what's going on in this classroom, the principal evaluating the teacher, has traditionally been at the core of the tenure granting process. tenure reform, however, is being driven by another kind of assessment, measuring how well kids do in any particular teacher's classroom. that has generated some controversy. >> looking good, how's school. >> reporter: colorado is leading the way. by 2014 teacher evaluations here about be based 50% on test scores and other performance measures. teachers will get tenure as
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students show improvement three years in a row and the state of colorado will be able to wear it as a real badge of honor. >> reporter: tenure has long been one of the most attractive benefits for a profession that didn't offer high salaries. once granted, usually after three years, it gave teachers protections against being fired unfairly. but just 2.1% of teachers nationwide now dismissed because of poor performance, reformers like those in the documentary waiting for superman have said the protections are too strong. >> the unions themselves are beginning to come around on this issue. and i think that speaks to an intense political pressure of being put on this issue rted colorado is one of ten states that's recently passed reforms that extend teachers probational periods. tied tenure to test data and make it easier to dismiss
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ineffective teachers. >> all we're saying is take those kids wherever you find them, and help them impov from where they started. >> and if teacher does that, they'll have job protection. >> and if you do that you will have job protection. >> and if you don't do that. >> you won't have job protectionses. >> reporter: i want it check on your level of understanding today. >> lucas ketzer agrees, like a growing number across the country, he feels a big part of improving public classroomses is toughening the grading system for the people running them. >> you get it? >> jim axelrod, cbs news, thornton, colorado. >> mitchell: and that is the "cbs evening news." later on cbs, 60-- "60 minutes." thanks for joining us this sunday evening, katie couric will be here tomorrow. good night captioning sponsored by cbs captioned by media access group at wgbh
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