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>> tonight after the verdict. >> we the jury find george zimmerman not guilty. >> following george zimmerman's a quilt-- acquittal late last night president obama calls for calm this afternoon. we'll look at what's next with mark strassman, michelle miller and jack ford. >> making the american farm and the american farmer safer. the push to prevent deadly accidents in the heartland. >> the storm and the soldiers, terrell brown says even sandy didn't prevent one town from helping wounded warriors. >> and moving people by staying still. bill whitaker on the magic of the pageant of the masters. >> this is th captioning sponsored by cbs this is the "cbs evening news." >> good evening, everyone, i'm jeff glor with a west
coast edition of the broadcast. and reaction continues pouring in following the acquittal late last night of george zimmerman. after a jury said he was to the guilty of murdering trayvon martin, the president released a statement this afternoon saying in part, we are a nation of laws. and a jury has spoken. i now ask every american to respect the call for calm reflection from two parents who lost their young son. we have a series of reports this evening, beginning with mark strassmann in sanford, florida. >> we the jury find george zimmerman not guilty. >> reporter: george zimmerman was a free man. behind him his wife shelly sobbed in relief, prosecutors sat ten feet away looking dazed. attorneys mark o'mara and don west defended the verdict. >> we are ecstatic with the results. george zimmerman was never guilty of anything except protecting himself in self-defense. i'm thrilled that this jury kept this tragedy from becoming a travesty.
>> reporter: prosecutor bernie de la rionda insisted zimmerman had profiled trayvon martin. >> who was following who, isn't that what this case boils down to that was our theory. we respect the jury's verdict but what it boiled down to was a kid minding his own business being followed by a stranger. >> reporter: 16 hours after deliberations began, jurors rejected the state's murder and manslaughter charges. martin's parents in court to hear every day of testimony were absent for the verdict. they declined to be interviewed afterwards. tracy martin, the teenager's father talked to us on the eve of the trial. he said a not guilty verdict would be hard to accept. >> still going to continue to let trayvon's voice be heard through us. going to try to make sure that other families don't have to go down this same road that we have to go to. >> reporter: a half hour after the verdict, he reacted on twitter. even though i am broken hearded, my faith is unshattered. i will always love my baby
tray. before the shooting, zimmerman was studying for a career in law enforcement. that dream is over. his lawyer said he will spend the rest of his life looking over his shoulder. >> he has to be very cautious and protective of his safety because there is still a fringe element who have said, at least in tweets and everything else, that they want revenge. >> reporter: after more than a year of restricted movement, zimmerman has had his gps monitor removed from his ankle. he can come and go as hee pleases again, but jeff, he will never have his whole life back. >> jeff: mark strassman, thank you very much. some who on jkted to the jury's decision say a legal battle is far from over. with that, here's michelle miller. >> reporter: in the heat of the florida night, there was celebration, confusion and disbelief. >> they found him not guilty? >> no, no! >> reporter: of the 100 or so gathered outside the
seminole county courthouse, most were disappointed by the not guilty verdict. anthony and barbara mcclean brought their four-year-old son from georgia. >> i was just hoping after watching this for so long, and just feel better, feel like we're going get justice for this. >> when do we want. >> reporter: protestors gathered at mostly small, peaceful rallies across the nationment by sunday, opposition to the verdict included demonstrations in oakland, washington, d.c., and as far away as spain. but those applauding the decision say justice was served. tim mclaughlin spent four days watching the trial. >> i felt like they got it right based on what i saw, you know. i just don't think the state proved guilty case against him. >> there is more that not just can be done but should be done. >> reporter: civil rights leaders convened at the naacp national convention in lore lando, sunday. its president says he will deliver an on-line petition with more than a quarter of a million signatures
requesting the u.s. justice department charge george zimmerman with violating trayvon martin's civil rights. dan sawyer who was at the chourt courthouse rally believes there are no winners in this case. >> it's like a monumental decision. and you know, and i felt like both parties are at a loss. you know, that both this happened. >> reporter: in a statement this afternoon the department of justice said this, jeff. an investigation remains open as it reviews evidence from the state trial to determine if any civil rights laws were broken. >> jeff: mitchell miller, thank you. >> for more now we joined by cbs legal analyst jack ford. from an emotional perspective a lot of people were surprised from this. from a legal perspective, you were not. >> shouldn't be, jeff. you know, this was a hard case for the prosecution from the beginning. ordinarily prosecutors in murder cases will have some combination of eye witnesses or confessions, compelling dna evidence or forensic evidence. the prosecution here had
none of that. they did what they could with what they had. but it was an uphill battle. not impossible but uphill for them. plus they were confronted with a defense that had a real defense. more often than not a defense might simply be let's see if you can prove it here they had a defense of self-defense and a florida law that assisted them in that. so i can see where people pite disagree with the verdict, but they shouldn't be surprised by it. >> jeff: that said, george zimmerman is not out of legal jeopardy. what's next for him? >> i think it's fair to assume there will be some civil lawsuit against him looking for financial damages for the deaths of trayvon martin. the interesting issue will be whether the justice department will get involved in a criminal civil rights prosecution. again, historically the justice department will get involved in a state case if and usually only if there is either a failure of an investigation or refusal to prot cus when there should be. or some fundamental flaw with the trial it is not enough just that a lot of people disagree with the verdict. here i think the department will take a look at t but
unless they find some sort of flument flaw, the fact that there was a weak prosecution case, but a good job by the prosecutor doing it, all of that would probably add up to them saying, you know what, this is not something that we're going to get involved in. >> jeff: jack ford, always good to see you, thank you. >> thunderstorms triggered flash floods in parts of colorado this weekend. lightning strikes and torrential rain pounded denver on saturday and more stormy weather is forecast through midnight tonight. that's not the only severe weather taking place right now. and for more on that we're joined by jeff from our miami station wfor.
we're talking here about a big heat wave affecting a significant portion of the country. where and how long does that last? >> yeah, crank up the air conditioning. this is going to be a prolonged heat wave. it's going to be the eastern two-thirds of the country. a very big part of the united states. the jet stream is very far to the north, actually trapping all the cold air and cool air up in canada, high pressure is building a big mountain of warm air right in the nation's middle. and that means places like the northeast, the ohio
valley, all the way west of the plain states, temperatures in the low to mid 90s, pretty of all this upcoming week, with feels like temperatures 100 plus. >> jeff: jeff, quickly, also flash flooding it in texas. what's happening there is this. >> yeah, there are flood watches that are in effect for texasment but actually some of this is good news. and here's the reason why. they really need the rainfall in texas. and boy, are they getting, in western oklahoma, now, moving south into texas. they have been in a severe to exceptional drought for the past few
years, and the good news is over the next two to three days we're expecting a widespread 2 to 5 inches of rain, especially in central and northern texas with someplaces getting up to around an isolated eight inches of rain. so this is not a drought buster but it is certainly drought relief. >> jeff: jeff, thank you. >> storm clouds are also looming over the u.s. senate this we can when more than 1100 executive branch nominations remain stalled. democrats have a plan to break the logjam but
republicans are crying foul. we have more on what some are calling the nuclear option. >> reporter: the senate showdown has been building for some time. just last thursday the gloves came off between senate majority leader harry reid and minority leader mitch mcconnell. >> if anyone thinks through the first of this year that the norms and tradition of the senate have been followed by the republican leader, they are living in gaga land. >> if we don't pull bang from the brink my friend will be remembered as the wrs leader of the senate ever. >> today senator reid downplayed the impact of the proposed changes. >> no, no, i want everyone to hear this. the changes we're making are very, very minimal. >> reporter: but reid's plan would involve a historic shift changing the rules on the number of votes nedded to confirm executive branch nominations. democrats want to approve names submit bid president obama, including nominees to the labor department and consumer financial protection bureau.
currently 67 votes are needed to change the rule. reid wants to change that number to a simple majority, 51. senator mcconnell calls the move the nuclear option. >> we have never changed the rules of the senate by breaking the rules of the senate in order to diminish the voices of individual senators. >> reporter: the rule change could backfire on democrats, if republicans regain control of the senate in next year's election. congressional expert norm ornstein. >> they've got many more of their own members up in 200-- 2014 than republicans. and if the senate turns worse, and people start to blame incumbents, are they going to blame the republicans for obstruction or are they going to say a pox on both your houses. >> reporter: tomorrow all 100 senators have been summoned to a rare closed door meeting with the hopes of diffusing the tension. >> jeff: jeff, thank you. we learned today a number of world-class sprinters have tested positive for banned substances. the first tyson gay is the
american 100 meter record holderment and was a triple world champion in 2007. he now says will not compete at incomes month's world championships in moscow, following this result. two jamaican runners including former world record holzer powell and sherone simpson also tested positive. later older pieces of art brought to life in new ways. the "glee" star corey monteith found dead at age 31, and the growing number of deadly didn'ts on american farms. those stories when the "cbs evening news" continues. it was very painful situation. i'm very athletic and i swim in the ocean. shingles forced me out of the water. the doctor asked me "did you have chickenpox when you were a child?" the pain level was so high, it became unbearable.
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>> this past week a 30-year-old man in iowa died inside a grain bin after he was trapped for an hour and a half grain bins and silos are familiar, often comforting landmarks on the march landscape but they can also pose real dangers. even for the most experienced farmers. in his 60 years on this iowa farm john hammes had cleaned out grain bins thousands of times am but last january was different. >> he was like found right here. >> reporter: the grain suddenly shifted and collapse on top of him. >> you just on the stop it. the grain kept coming down and it was putting us further down. and it just was macking it worse. >> jeff: the local fire department was on the scene in minutes, but hammes suffocated and died before they could reach him. >> it was just like pull, pull, you know, and it's like you couldn't do anything. >> we see it a lot with the firefighters and the farmers that we're dealing with. and i tell them that when you get up above your knees, you could very easily be trapped.
>> jeff: dan neenan teaches agriculture safety. he says these types of accidents spike in 12010 with 51 entrapments and 26 deaths nationwide. >> it's a growing problem because we're now producing, storing and moving more grain than at any time in, you know, history. and unfortunately, the incidents are also going up. >> jeff: after hammes's death, his daughter-in-law teamed up with neenan to teach grain rescue techniques. the two have now reached more than 200 farmers and firefighters across the state. >> i'm still going to be out there pounding the pavement and trying to do everything i can to get these guys the training and equipment they need. >> jeff: one of the biggest concerns is the cost. up to dling 7,000 per kit for the rescue tubes and up to dling 7,000 per kit for the rescue tubes and harnesses. mandy hammes believes it is a small price to pay. >> to go through a loss like this and lose a family member, nobody has any idea how difficult that is. to think that that would be my husband or my son out there again is just not an
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beautiful works of art brought to life literally, here's bill whitaker. >> at first glance this appears to be the work of michelangelo, and here say 16th century painting,ed family of henry the 8th. but king henry is an acker, one of hundreds who volunteer each night being transformed into famous works of art. >> i'm cast as the bathing beauty in this picture hollywood. >> jamey sweningson has appeared at the pga ents of the masters since she was 13. >> i have been cast as a hopi ca china doll, a dancer. people ask me how do you do that they ask me if i have a special talent and i just say, you know, i'm just able to stand still for 90 seconds. >> staying perfectly still can be challenging, especially for kids. every night jamie's nine-year-old son grant rides his painted horse. and when there's that urge to scratch, 90 seconds can be an eternity. >> you're like-- you don't
know if you should itch it or in the and then finally when the curtains open you're like-- feels much better. >> unlike other shows where special effects are used to create illusions, the pageant of the masters doesn't hide the magic. they embrace it. >> now it's time for our 7 cast members to enter. >> each performance reveals just how the sets come alive. and on stage look backstage. >> it's one of a kind. pageant script writer dan duling. >> it's basically showing awe a magic trick, showing you how the magic trick can be done and is done and still having that wonderful moment of aha. >> all that's missing is the magic of stage lighting to complete our tably. >> recommendington's, a dash for the timber. >> great art has the capability of stopping us in our tracks. and that's really the goal is to find those entryways
into the artistic experience that don't feel like a history lesson. >> kind of going through like the awkward teen phase and every night i got to be a beautiful french lady buying flowers from a merchant. so that's the magical part about t you know. >> the audience may experience history. the participants have been able to live it. bill whitaker, cbs news, los angeles. >> that is the "cbs evening news" tonight. later on cbs, "60 minutes." i'm jeff glor ocbs news in new york. scott pelley will be here tomorrow. good night. captioning sponsored by cbs captioned by media access group at wgbh access.wgbh.org
the nation to protest the ge zimmerman not guilty verdic we're watching the demonstratio hundreds in the bay area join many more to protest the george zimmerman not guilt verdict. no sign of 21 month old daphne webb. where police and volunteers took their search today. over the death of glee actor cory monteith at 31. kpix 5 news is next. ,,,,,,,,