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>> tonight a very personal reaction to the zimmerman verdict. >> trayvon martin could have been me 35 years ago. >> the president explains why the verdict has caused a lot of diin for african-americans. bill plante was there. analysis from john dickerson and marc morial of the national urban league. >> michelle miller on record temperatures and power demand in the east. in the west, bill whitaker on an aerial assault on a wildfire. barry petersen tells us lessons learned from the colorado theatre massacre may have saved lives in the boston bombings. and on the road, when steve hartman saw what was in this man's basement, he got to wondering if he had anything in his attic. >> why would anybody want that? >> because they're crazy. crazy captioning sponsored by cbs
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this is the "cbs evening news" with scott pelley. y. >> good evening, scott's on assignment. i'm jim axelrod. we begin tonight with some extraordinary moments at the white house. president obama made an unannounced appearance in the briefing room this afternoon, six days after the verdict in the george zimmerman murder trial. president didn't question the verdict. but said he had some thoughts he wanted to share about the reaction to it. he then spoke for 17 and a half minutes in a remarkably personal tone about trayvon martin, race relations, and providing more support for young african- american males. bill plante joins us now from the white house, bill? >> reporter: a complete surprise, jim. and that was intentional. the president wanted to avoid raising expectations. he told his staff just yesterday that he wanted to speak out as the president, but also as an african-american. from the heart. >> when trayvon martin was first
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shot, i said that this could have been my son. another way of saying that is that trayvon martin could have been me 35 years ago. there are very few african- american men in this country who haven't had the experience of being followed when they were shopping in a department store. that includes me. there are very few african- american men who haven't had the experience of walking across the street and hearing the locks click on the doors of cars. east happens to me, at least before i was a senator. now this isn't to say that the african-american community is naive about the fact that african-american, young men are disproportionately involved in the criminal justice system, that they're disproportionately both victims and perpetrators of violence. the question for me at least,
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and i think for a lot of folks is, where do we take this. we need to spend some time in thinking about how do we bolster and reinforce our african- american boys. and this is something that michelle and i talked a lot about. there are a lot of kids out there who need help, who are getting a lot of negative reinforcement. and is there more that we can do to give them a sense that their country cares about them, and values them. and is willing to invest in them. >> reporter: jim, in the end, the president was optimistic. racism hasn't been eliminated, he said, but each new generation is making progress in changing attitudes. as he put it, we should be doing everything we can to encourage the better angels of our nature. >> bill, thank you. the president also said it maybe time to take a hard look at
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those stand your ground laws. >> if we're sending a message as a society in our communities that someone who is armed, potentially has the right to use those firearms, even if there's a way for them to exit from a situation, is that really going to be contributing to the kind of peace and security and order that we would like to see. >> for more on all this we turn to john dickerson our cbs news political director and marc morial who is president of the national urban league and former mayor of new orleans. john, let's start with you. it has been nearly a week since the verdict. there are a number of demonstrations set nationwide for tomorrow. why did the president wait until today to say something? >> the president launched-- watched news coverage and talked about the verdict with friends and family. he expected to be asked about it in interviews earlier in the week. when he wasn't he told aides
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yesterday that he would address it today. the goal was that on the eve of the marches and protests he wanted to try to act as a bridge between the african-american community that felt such anguish and those who might not understand their feelings. his goal was not to challenge the outcome but as he said four times, he wanted to put those reactions in context. the risk for the president is not political so much. he's not up for re-election. but that his message will be misunderstood by people who thought he was either trying to undermine the verdict or inflame. barack obama made a bet when he ran for president that there would be an audience for the first african-american president. he made the same bet today that there would be an audience for this message even on a supercharged issue like this. >> marc, rarely if ever have we heard the president seek so-- speak so personally and with such candor about race. were you starting to wonder if you would ever hear the president speak about race like he did today? >> i think the president did today what was exactly needed. and he did what any president should do and that is to respond
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to what is a crisis in this nation when it comes to the emotional reaction surrounding this verdict, and the underlying issues of race. but i also think he spoke as only barack obama can, from a deeply personal perspective. and also i think he did it in a way that harkens back to really the predicate that elected him. the idea that he was a different kind of president, that he could build bridges, foster healing and understanding in a nation. any risks to the president are far outweighed by the benefits to the nation, the benefits that this nation should finally, i think, begin a conversation and not drop it, to confront the challenges that the racial divide continues to inflict on us as a nation. >> marc morial, john dickerson, thank you both. the heat wave in the eastern half of the country held on for another day. in milwaukee three deaths are being investigated as possibly heat related. the areas in dark red on the map are where temperatures were 90
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and above today. it was 99 in boston and at laguardia airport in new york city. both records for the day. michelle miller is in new york. >> reporter: in jersey city 23 firefighters battling this blaze in triple digits were overcome and had to be treated for heat exhaustion. by 3 p.m. friday both new york state and new york city hit all- time highs in power usage. these air conditioning repairmen had worked 22 of the last 24 hours. they have had a 60% increase in calls, forcing owner to turn a lot of work down. .> this is really killing us. we can't work in this kind of conditions. >> it really puts a toll on your manpower. >> man, vehicles, everything, everything is overheated, everything is hot. >> reporter: new yorkers were doing everything they could including going to movie
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theatres opened early to cash in on overheated customers. these people arrived at 9 a.m.. >> gives us an hour and a half to two hours worth of time off our feet, out of the sun and in the air conditioned air. ki reporter: for those looking for it relief is on the way, thunderstorms are expected to roll in on saturday and that should drop temperatures into the 80s. >> michelle, thank you. as oppressive as this heat wave is new yorkers should consider dealing with one twice as long which is exactly what happened in 1953. the average high temperature during 12 days that summer was 95 with a high of 102. and air conditioning 60 years ago was still a rare convenience. in the west an approaching storm could bring rain that would help in the battle against a wildfire east of los angeles. stt it might also bring strong winds that would feed the flames. the fire has already burned 39 square miles. 700 more homes were ordered evacuated today. bill whitaker is there. >> reporter: this fire is still spreading, climbing higher and deeper into dense mountain forest. the terrain is tough, the hot dry conditions even tougher,
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here air power is crucial. >> we specialize in initial attack. >> reporter: casey jones is estervisor of a u.s. forest service helicopter attack team. they fought a dozen western fires this summer. >> when there's a lack of landing areas, we have the ability to drop ropes and insert firefighters into remote areas. they can then just go to work. >> reporter: 19 choppers ferried crews and water, 2-d c-10s and two massive c-130 cargo planes dropped retardant. 29 aircraft in all are fighting this fire just three miles from the town of idyllwild. the fire came within a few hundred yards of the garner family's house it was saved by helicopter water drops. the garner ranch is now the helicopter staging ground. meg garner. >> they are truly heroes. they are our heroes. and i have lived here all my life. and this is the fire that we, you know, we fear every year.
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>> reporter: jim this fire is so bad because the vegetation is so dry. as dry as things usually get in august. and there's a lot of it. most of this fire area hasn't burned in 80 years. >> bill, thank you. a state judge in michigan today ordered detroit to withdraw its bankruptcy filing saying it may not be constitutional. it's just the beginning of the hegal battles over the largest municipal bankruptcy in u.s. history and the $18 billion the city owes. mark strassmann is in detroit. >> reporter: detroit owes $100,000 creditors money that it 100,000 creditors money that it doesn't have. the motor city is running on fumes. 60% of its residents have left since the 1950s and its unemployment rate is 16 percent. kichigan governor rick snider. >> this is the time to say enough is enough in terms of the downward decline of detroit. the 700,000 people of detroit deserve a better answer. >> reporter: detroit's negotiating a $340 million deal to get big banks to accept 75%
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of what they're owed. but other creditors including ninicipal bondholders could end up with pennies on the dollar. and city workers owed $9 billion in benefits and pensions oppose this bankruptcy the most. you've been picketing and protesting. this is not how you planned to spend your retirement. >> no, no. >> reporter: david retired as a city employee last january. he spent 22 years working as a union chemist. >> you have to decides what's important and then you fight, and do what has to be done. >> because it's your retirement that is on the line. r> it's my survival on the line. >> reporter: you take home $1,750 a month in your pension. low much of that could you really afford to lose. >> none of it, none of it. we don't live high off the hog in this household. >> reporter: this may also be the most complicated municipal bankruptcy ever. a federal judge and so many aleditors have to agree. and many residents are afraid that services will get worse in a city, jim, where police
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average an hour to respond to an emergency. >> mark strassmann reporting for us tonight from detroit, thank you. etcretary of state john kerry tonight said that israeli and anlestinian representatives have agreed to meet face-to-face in washington. it is a first step towards launching peace talks which nroke down three years ago. the massachusetts state police sergeant who snapped the photographs of dzhokhar tsarnaev being arrested has been summoned to a hearing. sergeant sean murphy released ede photos yesterday without authorization and could be suspended. murphy says he did it because he was furious over a rolling stone tver he believes glamorizes the boston bombing suspect. >> we now know how one of the victims of asiana flight 214 died. ied the lifesaving lessons hospitals have learned from the colorado massacre when the "cbs evening news" continues. continues. see this? this is what chlorine bleach did to my dress.
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across the country have learned lessons from it. >> we need rescue inside the auditorium, multiple victims. >> the first wounded found in this surveillance video arrived at the university of colorado hospital in squad cars because ambulances could not get close to the shooting scene. >> yes, load them up. get them in get them in cars, get them out of here. >> reporter: the staff was trained for what was then considered a mass casualty event, getting up to 12 patients in an hour. but that night 23 arrived in an hour. >> these are injuries that are not common in emergency medicine. they are common in war. >> reporter: dr. richard zane who runs the emergency room says it taught them lessons like having an entire trauma team on one speed dial number and stocking a lot more supplies. >> have other respects learned this or learned from you to have a lot more of it this stuff on hand? >> the very thought of having 23 critically ill or injured
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patients all at the same time makes them rethink all of this. >> reporter: and on april 15th, the marathon bombing. boston's brigham and women's hospital faced an erie coincidence. they have 23 in the first hour, what happened here? >> we had 23 patients in the first hour. >> reporter: you never dreamed that would happen null aurora. >> we had never drilled more than 12 to 14 before aurora. >> reporter: but the doctor who runs the emergency room had studied aurora's response and hangalready made changes. like having more equipment on oond, more operating rooms ready. because of aurora brigham and women's was better prepared. >> and that must have helped the people who were flooding into this hospital. >> it did. every patient who arrived that day got care that would be virtually identical to the care they would have received if it had been the only patient to arrive that day. >> reporter: another lesson was a critical need of counseling
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for emergency room staff. doctors and nurses, overwhelmed by seeing and treating so many patients. this lingers. >> it does linger. we don't just expect people to suck it up and move on now. we know they need help. we want them to understand they need help and different people need different amounts of help. >> reporter: these hospitals share another testament to preparedness, jim. everyone who reached the emergency rooms in that first hour alive survived. >> with some lessons learned in aurora, thank you. a piece of space history lost for decades has been found. that's next. but getting heartburn and then treating day after day is a thing of the past. block the acid with prilosec otc, and don't get heartburn in the first place. [ male announcer ] one pill each morning. 24 hours. zero heartburn.
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>> liftoff, we have a liftoff. 32 minutes past the hour, liftoff on apollo 11. >> 44 years ago this week those mighty engines sent apollo 11 to man's first moon landing. the first stages fell into the ocean after liftoff. then earlier this year a team lead by billionaire jeff bezos recovered parts of two apollo ofgines from the bottom of the atlantic. today bezos confirmed that one of them is from apollo 11. another rare piece of history is going up for auction, an original copy of "schindler's list", one of only four known to exist it contains the names of hundreds of jews whom oskar schindler saved from the nazis by employing them at his factory, the bidding starts at $3 million. >> on the day after his 95th
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but if you make your way down these stairs, you'll find a cellar unlike any other cellar. and it's down here where 87- year-old retired insurance salesman fred hermes works on his hobby, there fronts of a live audience. >> it makes me happy to see the enjoyment they get out of it. >> reporter: yes, here in his basement where most of us keep our water heaters and paint cans, fred has a giant wurlitieser and balcony seats. fred built this theatre in the ground in 1959. it wasn't some of that he wanted a theatre as he needed a place to keep his organ and 39,000 3,000 pipes that came with it. he rescued the organ from the old michigan these never detroit. >> biggest organ ever made with five keyboards. >> reporter: what year is that? >> 1926, march, 1926, the same month i was born. >> reporter: do you feel a kindred spirit with that organ.
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>> i would say i think so. ns reporter: that explains his wurlitzer. what about the rest of the place. >> they started tearing down these beautiful movie theaters around the country. that is why i thought why not pick up the junk and make it look like a movie palace. >> reporter: which leads me to this question, why would anybody t?nt that? >> because they're crazy. >> reporter: a few years ago word out that he had the theatre and the tour buses have been stopping by ever since which is fine by fred. in fact he says he has a responsibility to share this place. >> this is beautiful. >> here's the way i look at life. this is a gift that god gave me. and i think, i owe something and that is why i have people coming around here. ♪ god bless america ♪. >> reporter: they say god works in mysterious ways. and if this is one of those ways, lord knows what he's trying to tell us. maybe follow your dreams, or share your passion, or maybe
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we're just supposed to appreciate the quirks of this great country like fred's home theatre. sweet home theatre. steve hartman on the road in racine, wisconsin. >> and that's the "cbs evening news" for tonight. scott will be along sunday on "60 minutes" and back here on monday. i'm jim axelrod. i'll see you tomorrow on the saturday evening news. good night. captioning sponsored by cbs captioned by media access group at wgbh
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have" it's the painful side-effecf the bay area tech boom: the hou market, becoming >> your realtime captioner: linda marie macdonald. i feel a bleak future for my daughter and my son, who will be forced to compete with individuals who's already acquired what they need to have. >> it's the painful side effect of the bay area tech boom. the housing market becoming too hot to handle. good evening, i'm allen martin. >> i'm elizabeth cook. it's not a city often associated with high-priced real estate. but the same forces driving the real estate market all around the bay area are in play in east palo alto. and some residents fear it could drive them from their homes. kpix 5 reporter mark sayre has been talking with residents there. mark, what are they telling you? >> reporter: well, elizabeth,
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east palo alto, of course, has a reputation for gang violence and murders but it's also surrounded by the biggest names in tech and that's changing the housing market and also the lifestyle here. >> in every aspect of our living we'll be pushed down and pushed out. >> reporter: if there is a face to the other side of the wealth generated by the bay area's booming tech economy, sonia spencer may be it. >> i feel a bleak future for my daughter, my son, who will be forced to compete with individuals who's already acquired what they need to have. we're struggling to get and stay above sea level. >> reporter: spencer has lived in east palo alto for her entire life. she's watched the tech industry boom all around her and with it fears that she is going to have to eventually move out of her hometown. >> there's a lo