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all day on cbsn bay area. >> cbs this morning is up next. have a great tuesday everybody. ♪ good morning to you our viewers in the west. and welcome to "cbs this morning." it's tuesday, february 23rd, 2021. i'm gayle king with anthony mason. that is tony dokoupil. president biden and vice president harris mourn the 500,000 americans who died in this pandemic in a solemn memorial at the white house. how mr. biden empathized with those who have lost loved ones and his message of hope. >> the wife of joaquin "el chapo" guzman is arrested in virginia for her alleged role in his cartel. why it may lead to a breakthrough in the fight against drug trafficking. disturbing new information about elijah mcclain's encounter with police in colorado before he died in the hospital.
what a new report means for his family's fight for justice. and amazing video and sound from "perseverance" on mars. more than 130 million miles away. >> yeah, what's happening up there? but first, here's today's "eye opener," it's your world in 90 seconds. >> as we acknowledge the scale of this mass death in america, remember each person and the life they lived. >> 500,000 dead from covid-19. a once unthinkable milestone as the president orders flags to half-mast. >> while we're fighting this pandemic for so long we have to resist becoming numb to the sorrow. federal investigators say metal fatigue appears to be the factor in the mishap involving a united airlines plane forced to make an emergency landing saturday. confirmation hearings are under way for judge merrick garland for attorney general. garland has bipartisan support. >> i respect you and i think
you're a good pick for this job. >> the results in the investigation of the fatal arrest of elijah mcclain criticizes how police handled the entire incident. >> they didn't have the right. there's nothing he could have did. >> the u.s. supreme court has cleared the way for a new york prosecutor to get former president trump's tax records. >> all that -- >> seattle mariners president and ceo kevin mather resigned following disparaging remarks about players who can't speak english. >> and all that matters -- >> the parachute has deployed and we're seeing significant deceleration. >> new images show nasa's rover "perseverance" on mars. >> i hope everybody kept their hands in at the time it was in motion. >> on "cbs this morning" -- >> bells ringing at the national cathedral honoring 500,000 americans who have died from covid-19. >> the cathedral tolled its funeral bell 500 times.
once for every thousand americans lost to the virus. >> it's so unbelievably sad. welcome to "cbs this morning." i think about this, guys, a year ago, most of us had not even heard of covid-19, coronavirus. and here we sit. >> a year ago this time there were no deaths, zero. now we're at half a million. >> i'm so glad we've done this, to take an important moment for national grieving and reflection. >> president was very kind, are very empathetic. >> intimately aware of what loss is and can do for a family. he spoke from the heart. we're a nation marked by mourning as we mark 500,000 lives lost in the pandemic. as you were just listening the bells of washington's national cathedral tolled yesterday 500 times, once for every thousand americans killed. the white house has ordered flags flown at half staff for
five days. and last night the bidens and the second family held an emotional moment of silence. it is the first official event ever at the white house to honor those we've lost. weijia jiang is at the white house this morning for us. good morning to you, as we were just saying joe biden knows loss intimately, spoke directly to american families who have lost someone. what was his message? >> reporter: good morning, tony, he used exactly, his own personal pain to empathize with others. while he did honor the lives of the more than half a million people lost he also asked americans to repurpose their grief, to prevent even more deaths. >> today, we mark a truly grim heartbreaking milestone. >> reporter: president biden said he felt he knew those who died of covid-19. and certainly, the heartache of their loved ones. >> i know all too well, i know what it's like to not be there when it happens.
>> reporter: the president's first wife and baby daughter were killed in a car crash. he lost his adult son beau to brain cancer. >> i know what it's like when you are there. holding their hands. and the look in their eye as they slip away. >> reporter: the somber ceremony was a departure from former president trump who did not hold a moment of national mourning or a memorial service. but repeatedly downplayed the pandemic. >> we have it very much under control. >> it's not my fault that it came here. it's china's fault. >> november 4th, you won't hear too much about it. >> reporter: dr. anthony fauci on monday seemed to partially blame the previous administration for where we are now. >> i don't think it's, you know, all donald trump, or all this or all that. it's a combination of things. and certainly, the lack of involvement at the very, very top of the leadership. >> reporter: more than 44
million people in the u.s. have been vaccinated so far. putting the biden administration's goal to vaccinate 100 million in 100 days within reach. as some states experience critical vaccine shortages, mr. biden signaled hope. >> this nation will smile again. this nation will know sunny days again. this nation will know joy again. >> reporter: and in a promising sign, the acting fda commissioner said the administration is looking for ways to modify vaccines and therapeutics to tackle those variants of the virus that continue to spread. gayle. >> weijia, thank you very much. many policy decisions on this pandemic in washington, and locally, are driven by the data, which we had no way to gather just a year ago. here at cbs news, we rely on a tool developed by johns hopkins university that helps us understand exactly where we are in this battle. our lead national correspondent, that's david begnaud, spoke to one of the people behind the site. david, good morning.
the numbers are just unthinkable. the numbers matter here and they keep climbing. good morning. >> good morning, my friend, it's sobering to hear. if you go to google and typed in johns hopkins coronavirus dashboard this is what's going to come up. if you look at it, this is all the cases in red. look how many on the eastern half of the country. this is the premier source for coronavirus data in the world. since it launched its had 1 billion page views. to give you a sense of its impact, when the president addressed the nation last night, he said that 571,000 people lost their lives to covid. that exact same number had been published on the dashboard yesterday afternoon. not the cdc's website. the dashboard is run by a team of women, most of them are moms. and we spoke to the woman who is running it all from her own home. it's dinnertime at the blauer house where beth blauer lives with her two young children. upstairs is the online classroom and right down the hall is the office where beth is leading a
team. a team of data scientists at the johns hopkins coronavirus resource center. >> anytime you see data analyzed or you see a map or chart or a graph, we're powering that. >> reporter: blauer is responsible for all of this. the university's covid dashboard. it's been used around the world to track and understand the coronavirus pandemic for nearly a year now. here's how it works. as americans around the country test positive or end up hospitalized with the virus or get vaccinated, that information gets published by federal, state and local health officials. and then it gets vetted by blauer's team. >> we have a team of researchers that will go to every public website and look and see who's reporting, how they're reporting it, how they're defining how things get reported. >> reporter: then they pull in all of that data to get as complete a picture of the outbreak as possible. and then they share it with the world. >> we are committed to making this as effective as possible,
not only for our public users, but also for governments who are having to use this data to navigate p public decisiononmak. >> reporter: the data drive the shutdown, thereby, the reopenings? >> exactly. whether or not your kids have school or this data is powering the decisions that my parents are making when they go to the grocery store. are they going to actually venture out? are you going to actually wear masks? >> reporter: blouer told us a story that's a reminder, she and her team have all had personal experiences with covid. for her it became all too real when her 10-year-old daughter madeline caught the virus. >> she hadn't been anywhere but school and home and she got very sick and it was terrifying. one of the most devastating parts of that was she looked at me and goes i'm a dot on your map now. it tore my heart out, it was awful. >> boy, david, that tears my heart out just hearing it.
you know, those numbers on the map really, really matter. i think it's so important, i'm so struck that this woman is just doing this, operating out of her home, with her kids upstairs, working on their schools, just shows you all the work that's going in to keeping us informed. these numbers matter. >> reporter: yeah, gayle, it's important to remember, a lot of those dots are people, they're faces, right, they're names, people like pamela orlando, she was a new jersey frontline covid nurse, a single mom to two boys, she had had breast cancer and beat it, she documented with her cell phone her daily declinene e to covid because she wanted people to see what the virus could do. alfredo and susan in a pabatel, they died a week apart at the same hospital where he worked and she begged not to go to, fearing she'd die alone. they both died alone. jordan bird, he was taking community classes and getting straight a's, the 19-year-old
was a custodian at the same tallahassee, florida school district where his mom jacqueline worked. they both died of covid, just weeks apart. david lemire from lafayette, louisiana, his father told me he had a deep faith. he and his brother were both hospitalized with covid. david is the one who died. he had asthma as a child but didn't really suffer with it as a teenager, david was just 19. and maria merkader, she fought cancer multiple times and she kept beating it but it was covid that took her life. maria was our beloved cbs news colleague, and she was a friend. we miss her dearly. >> that's when it gets personal. but everybody watching this, either you know someone, or -- >> that's right. >> you know someone who knows someone or it's affected you. it's a very personal story for everybody at all times. david, thank you very much. it's important to hear the
stories. >> maria's loss really hit home for us. there are large racial disparities when it comes to who is getting the covid vaccine. in baltimore, maryland african-americans make up more than 62% of the population, but only about 32% of the vaccinations there have been administered to the black community. our national correspondent jericka duncan takes a look. >> thank you for wearing your mask. >> reporter: that's the voice of kobi little, he drives this truck through baltimore. educating vulnerable communities on the coronavirus, and now the vaccine rollout. little is president of the baltimore city naacp, he says pol policymakers and health care providers are overlooking the needs of the black community. >> i'll give you an example. in this phase rollout one phase
is for seniors 75 and above. in baltimore city the life expectancy of an african-american man does not reach 75. >> this is not unique to baltimore. >> reporter: there are several factors contributing to vaccine inequities says mark martin, maryland's deputy director for the office of minority health and health disparities. >> i hear you say hesitancy and access are big issues when it comes to vaccinating the most vulnerable populations of people. but we spoke to a 62-year-old woman from baltimore -- >> and i haven't been notified to take my shot yet. but i'm waiting. >> reporter: who said she registered at three different locations two months ago to get this vaccine and she hasn't received it yet. >> we continue to work through the registration process, again, one of the things that we try to do is just stand up these vaccination sites as quickly as possible. >> reporter: in addition to expanding vaccination sites martin says the state is turning to churches for help.
>> we are not prepared to fight a virus that is killing persons. >> reporter: churches like new psalmist baptist where the pastor says it's not just about saving souls, it's about saving lives. he wants to turn his church into a vaccination site. do you think it's more of a problem of vaccine hesitancy, or not having the access at this point? >> i think it's both. i think it's an information problem and i think it's a logistics problem. people don't understand, you don't have cvs stores and giants and markets all over large sections of certain african-american communities. they don't exist. row how does that translate into not being able to get a vaccine? >> it all flows down because the economic infrastructure to build those persons up doesn't exist. so half of them don't have cars. >> reporter: martin says the health department's next step is
bringing mobile vaccine units into the heart of the communities that need them the most. how soon do you think that could realistically happen? >> as soon as possible. again -- >> reporter: what does that mean, two weeks, three weeks, two months? >> hopefully within the next couple of months for sure. >> reporter: the city's health department, as you heard, could not give us a timeline as they say it really depends on when those doses come in. as for access the state health department just recently, as of last week, opened up a call center making it easier for people to register to get that vaccine by phone instead of online. tony? >> as the report shows there are decades of disadvantage and you're not going to fix that in a number of days. jerica, thank you very much, we have to try, of course. a new report in the death of an unarmed black man. d black man encounter with police finds the officers were stopped him were wrong. 23-year-old elijah mcclain died in 2018.
a panel of and paramedics violated his rights. >> i have a right to stop you. >> reporter: according to the independent investigation, aurora police in fact had no legal basis to stop, frisk and violently restrain elijah mcclain. the findings offered little comfort to his foather lawane moseley. >> reporter: >> he's very missed. >> reporter: he was stopped by officers answering a 911 about,
quote, sketchy man in a ski mask. >> i am an inintrovert. >> relax, or i'm going to have to change the situation. >> reporter: the report found none of the officers articulated a crime that they thought mr. mcclain had committed or about to commit. >> stop fighting us. >> i'm trying. >> reporter: instead, officers put the 23-year-old in a tight neck hold. and then paramedics sedated the 5'6", 140-pound mcclain with another ketamine for a man weighing 50 pounds more than he did. all without conducting anything more than a brief visual observation. he suffered a heart attack on the way to the hospital and di s days later, sparking protests across the nation. >> i just wish they could have did something different. better training better -- everything, compassion. >> reporter: the report is calling for changes on how the
police department handles use of force cases including improving training and accountability systems. but mcclain's family is demanding more. what is your version of justice look like? >> fired. they shouldn't be police officers. shouldn't be paramedics, period. i asking a grand jury to look into possible charges for those three officers. anthony. >> omar, thank you. it's so clear, elijah mcclain should not have been died. should not have been stopped. >> should not have been stopped. >> the more you hear the worse it is. i didn't know he
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considered including former economic adviser gene sperling and shalanda young. she as nominates to be the deputy omb director. and would be the first black woman to lead it. as for confirmation hearings, merrick garland, his confirmation hearing continues later in this room today. garland was on track to be confirmed by a bipartisan vote. he became very emotional yesterday when speaking about his family's experience, and what motivated him to serve. >> my grandparents fled anti-semitism and persecution. the country took us in. and protected us.
and i feel an obligation to the countryd be prosecuting those involved in last month's capitol riot. anthony. >> such a powerful moment from merrick garland, nikole, thank you. this morning two senate joint committees will hold the first hearing on the january 6th sought on the capitol. we'll hear from two capitol police and two other officials who have resigned. more than 200 about arrested. we know little about moment of them and the people who became radicalized. ben tracy spoke to a woman struggling with her father's role in the capitol and trying to repair a relationship divided by politics. >> you know, i was always close to my dad and he was my rock growing up.
>> reporter: robyn sweet was talking about her father doug. was politics a part of his life. >> i don't remember as a kid politics. >> reporter: she said her dad's career at the shipyards back in the early '90s injured on the job. robyn's parents divorced and now doug works as a handyman in town. was there a moment when you realize something changed here. >> when charlottesville happened. my dad was there. >> reporter: unite the right, she said that's when her father fully embraced president trump's rhetoric about defending heritage. >> we will never allow an angry mob to tear down our statues and erase our mystery. >> reporter: and doug found a home in far right politics. >> we couldn't have a regular conversation. it would go down this rabbit hole like they're takieing
children and draining their blood to produce adrenochrome. >> reporter: it's become a basis in the online conspiracy theory known as qanon. >> what do you say to that? >> reporter: at the same time, robyn who is 35 was devoting herself to racial justice issues marking with black lives matter. >> we're going to walk down to the capitol. >> reporter: then came january 6th. >> my very first thought was, i bet my dad is there. i was afraid for him. i had people check his facebook. he hadn't posted anything. then i got really scared. somebody sent me a news report that listed him as arrested. >> reporter: doug sweet was arrested inside the capitol. >> i was really embarrassed for my family. for my son. for our town. >> reporter: to understand what happened to doug sweet, it helps
to understand where he comes from. matthews, virginia, a seaside town of 9,000 people, we were told by many in town that extremists and often racist views once hidden have been on full display in recent years. you can't miss the confederate flags that loom larger than any american ones. doug sweet wasn't the only person from this small town at the capitol. he's been indicted by federal prosecutors, along with a woman named cindy fidget for unlawfully entering the capitol. both have pled not guilty. >> i thought it would be more. >> reporter: sean cosby writes crime novel and was born and raised in matthews. >> the ideas that have happened at the capitol have bubbled under the surface since i was a kid. >> reporter: how much do you think what happened is racial
injustice? >> i think that's the bottom line, you have a lot of people incredibly afraid. they can't articulate it. >> i didn't go with any malice or intention of malice. >> reporter: this was doug sweet shortly after he was arrested. >> what other recourse do we have? they will not listen to us. >> reporter: we wanted to talk to him, but he declined a request for an interview. we went to the iand where he lives passing t largest confederate flag we've seen yet to see if he changed his mind. hey, doug -- >> that's not me. you have the wrong place, y'all go on. >> reporter: doug, i'm ben tracy from cbs news. >> i don't give a damn who you are. >> reporter: doug sweet is set to appear in federal court next month. >> you're on my property. so get out of here. >> at the end of the day, they're you're family. i feel like he really has been almost kind of bra as for robyn and her dad.
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we're a nation united if by anything by mourning this morning as we mark half a million lives lost in the pandemic. >> we did honor the lives of the mourning, more than half a million people, he asked americans to repurpose their grief. >> a new report on the death of an unarmed black man after an encounter with police finds the officers were wrong. >> elijah mcclain's family says the 157 page report confirms the aurora police department and medics violated his basic civil rights and tried to cover item. >> neera tanden's nomination could be in serious jeopardy for white house budget director. as for president biden's attorney general nominee, merrick garland, his confirmation hearing continues in this room later today. >> let this not be a story of how far we fell, but how far we climbed back up, for in this year of profound loss, we see profound courage and while we have been humbled, we have never
given up. we are american. we can and will do this. >> so right, we are america, we can't give up. i know we're all over covid, but covid isn't over us. >> that's right. got to keep saying that. have to keep going. got to move forward. the president is helping us do that as we mark this milestone. that's where we begin. a milestone that seemed nearly unthinkable a year ago. no one projected it, candles at washington national cathedral burned as the u.s. marked 500,000 deaths from the coronavirus. last night president biden led a vigil at the white house including a moment of silence to mourn those who are no longer here. it was first such event at the white house, flags will be flown at half-staff until sunset on friday. >> since the beginning of the pandemic, our lives to remember series has been serving as a reminder of what this pandemic has taken from families and communities nationwide. this morning we're sharing the stories of five of the remarkable people we lost.
>> sunny fox was a beloved television host. >> would you like to have your own television show? >> that's what i want. >> you want your own television show? >> he hosted "wonderama" on new york's wnew, the four-hour kids show had no budget, fox would say, so he made tv magic with his guests and with the kids themselves. >> which one? five ball into this pocket? fox's easy going charm captivated a generation of new york city children. he went on to be a game show host. >> thank you. >> and later a producer and network executive. a pioneering broadcaster, fox was not a comic, like most kid show hosts, for them, the kids
were the audience, he said, for me, the kids were the show. s sonny fox was 95. is meda worked as a registered nurse for 35 years. born in south carolina, meda grew up poor, and practically raised her five siblings. she dropped out of high school, but later inspired by her husband earned her ged and pursued a nursing degree. she became the first person in her family to graduate from college with honors. iris loved dancing, sewing, true crime shows, and her grandkids. ♪ you make me feel ♪ >> she stopped working early last year, but bravely came out of retirement during the pandemic to teach nursing students at a local college. it created a fire in her, said
her daughter selene meda-schlamel. she fearlessly went to the front lines to do her part. iris meda was 70. james glica-hernandez was a mental health advocate and musical director at california's woodland opera house for more than two decades. ♪ his life's purpose was about building people up, said his friend amy shoeman. he had so much pride in his family and his students. >> i love to be surprised, kids always surprise me. that's my favorite part of the show. >> in december, during his battle with covid, james posted several updates from the hospital. >> your love and support make all the difference in the world. >> james died a few weeks later, with his husband david by his side. james glica-hernandez was 61.
donnie kirksey was a staple in the chicago basketball scene for 40 years. he coached at every level of the game, and was a mentor and a father figure to hundreds of athletes. including former nba player and michigan basketball coach juwan howard. >> we lost a loved one, a guy that had a huge imprint on my life, helped me be the man i am today. >> donnie's family remembered him as the king of practical jokes. but also a man of humility and integrity. his wife dionne said i was living every woman's dreams, he was the love of my life. donnie kirksey was 57. stephanie smith was an alumni coordinator at her alma mater, south plains college. >> when you set your roots in good old loveland, texas, you know you have a solid foundation. >> she had a photography
business on the side, and volunteered for operation baby watch, caring for hospitalized foster children. her father sonny said she poured her heart and soul in her work and her laugh was the loudest one in the house. because of the pandemic, stephanie and her fiance, jamie bassett, were planning a small november wedding. she posted, all that matters is that i get to marry my best friend, no matter how it looks or how it happens. but the week of their wedding, stephanie tested positive for the coronavirus. she died five days after they were supposed to exchange their vows. jamie said, the thing i loved about her is any feeling a person feels, she would feel ten times harder. she had a big heart. stephanie smith was 29.
>> just five of 500,000 stories now. should note south plains college has established a scholarship in stephanie's name, spent a lot of time raising money for south plains college for scholarships, so her parents feel she's continuing her work. one other note, i grew up watching sonny fox and "wonderama" and dave morris who puts on our microphones every day was in the studio audience of that show as a kid. >> sorry for interrupting, covid has taken so much from so many families. it is amazing how connected you can feel to people you never met. it is the way the team picks up the bites that are chosen, the facial expressions, you really do bring them to life and these people are all dearly loved. >> the families all give us all of these photographs and videos, you can tell. they appreciate that their folks are being honored. >> with a few sentences, a minute of remembrance, their whole lives come back to you. if you did that with all 500,000
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individual and more than $200,000 as a couple. so these are numbers that are really good for families, and i'm very excited about that dependent number because it really helps many more families. >> i'll say. older dependents. you mean over the age of 18 or over the age of 21. >> exactly. all dependents. even if they're in their 20s. if you are in college, you are still going to get that $1,400 check. that's big. if they're in colleg still getting that check. >> let's talk about the unemployment numbers. are there any plans for unemployment benefits here? >> reporter: absolutely, remember, the plan passed in december gave people out of work an extra $300 of federal benefits. that number is set to go up to $400 per week on top of your state unemployment. remember, gang, don't forget, this is taxable income to you. stimulus checks are not. these are taxable dollars. but what's really interesting other stimulus is running out in
march. march 11th. this would take us through probably the end of august for that extra unemployment. that would be great news because a lot of these jobs are not coming back. it's going to take people a longer period of time to find new work. >> you know this, jill, it sort of picks up what you just said, a lot of families are still struggling financially. is there anything else in the bill that would help them? >> reporter: there's a big push to help the people most impacted negatively by covid. and that is, the people who make less than $50,000. there are some really important aspects of this. an expansion of sick and paid you medical leave for families. that will be very important for those people who don't have insurance right now. we also are likely to see an expansion of the child tax credit. up to $3,000 per child. $3600 if your kid's and you the age of 6. then a big piece for this tax season, the earned income tax
credit. this is usually for lower-wage americans. they're going to expand the level, at which you can receive it. so, you put these three things together. that's a lot of help for american families. it's also why the price tag at $1.9 trillion is starting to balloon, because of all of these extras that weren't in previous plans. >> jill, one more point of help potential. a $15 minimum federal wage in the bill will that survive? how hopeful will people feel right now? >> i don't think it's likely to survive. there's a technicality whether this can actually get in through budget reconciliation which is how the democrats are likely to pass this. just remember, $15 minimum wage exists in many places. many states are moving that way. i think we are on the path to getting to a $15 minimum wage. by the way, you think it sounds like a lot of money, it's about 31,000 bucks a year. we're not talking about paying people $100,000 a year. i don't think it gets into this
bill. but the democrats led by bernie sanders are really pushing hard on this one. >> jill schlesinger, thank you very much. i want to tuck in a mention about the stock trading platform robinhood which is increasing customer support after being accused of not giving clients help. in one case that alleged lack of help causing a young man's death. robinhood said it is adding hundreds of financial reps. did it last year, it's going to double that number this year. in a statement, robinhood said, quote, we want to make sure we're there for customers especially in time-sensitive situations. specifically mentioning live phone support, more customers with options issues. now, that is exactly the issue that alex kearns faced. remember, we told you about kearns, he's the 20-year-old who mistakenly believed he lot three quarters of a million dollars in failed options trades. he took his life after year after robinhood did not respond
to several emails for help. we spoke to his parents about it. do you think in robinhood had somebody manning the email account or picking up a phone, that alex would be here today? >> absolutely. >> yeah, i have no doubt. >> he just wanted an answer. >> he just needed a little help. he could have gotten answers to those questions. and there was nobody there to do that for him. >> kearns family has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against robinhood. the trading app said at the time it was devastated by the concerkearns death. this could help other families, but for their family, though -- >> it's not going to help the kearns family. but it does sound like robinhood is listening. >> yeah, definitely taking action. >> what were you going to say, anthony? >> i hope they're listening. there was a demonstration at the congressional hearing where they got a recorded message again. ahead, a california pastor using alcoholics anonymous
♪ ♪ one more time gonna celebrate ♪ that's "one more time" from legendary daft punk. six-time grammy winners who recorded some of the more popular dance songs in the last 30 years made an explosive announcement yesterday. take a look. >> daft punk is no more. this eight-minute video called "epilogue" shows the duo in their trademark robot outfits saying their final good-bye. the two artists formed daft punk in paris in 1983. in 2018, they won four grammys including record of the year with the huge hit "get lucky" which featured pharrell williams
and nieyles rogers. >> it seems very final. >> nothing is ever final. >> if it's an epic introduction to something else, . today alameda county leaders will be announcing a resolution condemning anti asian violence following a string of recent assaults and crimes. in san mateo teachers, farm workers and law enforcement can get the coronavirus vaccine. eligibility also expanded in santa cruz for people in the educational field. emergency people, grocery and farm workers. and the race to become the next san jose police chief is down to four contenders. the finalists are the city's current interim chief, two deputy chiefs and a former
assistant chief from pittsburgh, pennsylvania. feeling more like spring. you will feel that difference for today. even warmer compared to yesterday. 71 in san francisco for a high. 76 in oakland as well as for san jose and concord and 78 for santa rosa. all of that sunshine expected for today. in fact daytime highs running about 10 to 15 degrees above average for this time of year. gusty off shore winds will develop for your wednesday. windsadvisorys for all of the hills mountains and valleys. as we take a look at the ride as you are headed toward the bay bridge metering lights remain on and it's slow. still plan for that as you get ready to head out the door this tuesday morning. once you are past this point gets better across the upper deck there to the city and we are starting to see improvement doing okay as you work past the toll plaza. you will see a few brake lights on the west and the foster city
♪ welcome back to "cbs this morning." it is that time to bring you some of the stories that are the talk of the table this morning. and anthony mason is on. >> i've got a really great story. a former student at morgan state university in baltimore who left because he could not afford to stay in school has pledged a record gift. calvin tyler and his wife tina made a commitment of $15 million to morgan state. that brings their lifetime total pledge to $20 million. believed to be the largest alumni contribution to any historically black college or university. now tyler dropped out of morgan state way back in 1963. and later went to work as a
truck driver for u.p.s. he rose through the ranks there to become its senior vice president of operations and the first black member of the u.p.s. board of directors. in 2004, morgan state awarded tyler an honorary doctorate. he hopes his gift will inspire others to give back, too. even if $10 or $20. >> it's amazing. >> their prior gifts have funded 222 morgan students. 46 full-time scholarships, 176 partial scholarships. he said we were really aware how many student were wavged by the pandemic. >> i love that. >> it shouldn't take this to happen for students to be able to go to college. but it's so great that they're -- >> i will say if he dropped out of college you can't afford it for some reason, you might make a lot of money like he did. he was a truck driver. didn't go to school at all. >> i love of the pictures of mr. and mrs. tyler and their dog. i love that picture. go, tylers.
i love my story, two of the biggest names and politics and music started a podcast on spotify. who do you think that is? how about former president barack obama and bruce, as in springsteen called "renegades born in the usa." >> in the surface, bruce and i don't have a lot in common, he's a white guy born in new jersey. i'm a black guy born in hawaii. not as cool. >> spotify says it's like eavesdropping on an intimate conversation. the two talk about race, fatherhood, marriage and the future of america. they both love this country. their conversations were recorded over the course of a few days in a converted farmhouse on springsteen's property in new jersey. two of the eight episodes were released yesterday. must see, must listen. the podcast is the latest production from higher ground. that's a production company created by former president and michelle obama. mr. obama says in our own ways,
bruce and i have been on parallel journeys trying to understand this country that's given us so much. i think this is one of the coolest thing. i've heard people say i didn't even know the two of them were friends. they're very good friend. >> not enough star power in that podcast. >> i was going to say, i'm going to retract my podcast pitch. put that in my back pocket. >> never mind, great idea. tony, what are you thinking? >> what's going on in my household, katie is now in her third trimester so the baby will be here haven't soon. we've got to come up with a girl's name. >> gayle. >> gayle is not excluded. >> i love that, it's not excluded. >> we're not going to announce a name today. we are going to tell people the name we will not choose, that is the name alexa, unfortunately. amazon, the company, appeared to have ruined the name alexa. their smart speaker alexa came out in 2015. in that year, alexa was a popular name.
as the popularity of the speaker has gone up. the popularity of the name for people has gone down a lot. >> you can understand that. >> well, you know, if there's alexa in the house you're saying alexa, and the thing goes, yes? and. >> the daughter says ignoring parents. >> my sister's name is alexis, if i ever say, alexis, alexa says -- good-bye. >> it was top in 2015 now out of the top 100. >> where is gayle on that list, do you know? >> not in the top -- >> yeah, way, way -- not even in the hundreds. >> it might be. >> it ain't. >> i'll check it out. >> we'll work on a comeback. i want to turn to an important story out of california. a pastor has been using an unconventional method to deal with racism for the last years. he's treating it like an addiction. the pastor was inspired by the teachings of alcoholics anonymous.
and using the very same methods in the story part of the series "unifying america. "recognizing people trying to right justices and bring people together. carter evans has more. >> i'm tiffany, i'm a racist. >> reporter: it's surprising to hear. >> hi, i'm pam, i'm a racist. >> reporter: and even harder to admit. >> reporter: doug who asked us to use only his first name is a member of racist anonymous. a 12-step program like aa. >> i'm a racist. >> reporter: he joined last summer after the police raid that killed breonna taylor in his hometown. he said he was part of the problem. what are some of the racist behaviors you see in yourself? >> i makee judgments of people based on the color of their skin. i do it all the time. >> reporter: is it just african-americans? >> anyone other than me, really. >> it's sort of built into our society to look down on certain
people who are different. and we often seem to mistreat people based on those differences. >> reporter: pastor ron buford started racists anonymous six years ago. cbs news visited his sunningdale church in 2016. >> there are a number of black people and some of them have weird names. somehow, i just can't remember those weird names. and i feel very bad about it. >> you might want to use unique or difference. because i don't think the mother would like you to say her child has a weird name. >> reporter: what racists anonymous is about is about getting more aware of the fact that it's not just some people who do that. we all do that, to some degree. >> would you say you're racist? >> yep, absolutely. i say it every week in the meeting. so, let's begin. >> reporter: moving the conversation online during the pandemic opened up the meetings to people beyond this north
california town. and inspired dozens of similar groups around the world. >> i can't breathe! >> reporter: here at home, amid one of the most racially turbulent sometime times since racists anonymous is more important than ever. nancy joined six months ago to better understand prejudice she learned from her parents. do you think you still have racist tendencies? >> i do, because to this day, if i see someone with, like, a head scarf -- >> reporter: like hijab? >> yeah. my heart just kind of clenches. >> reporter: how do you feel when you react that way now? >> now, terrible. but also better. it's helped me to identify all of these feelings that i had just bottled up. >> breonna taylor! >> reporter: they're challenging racial turmoil by first cont
confronting themselves. >> i made a calculation this is worth it. so maybe they inspire to do something about themselves and potential transform society it's worth owning what i just owned. what are do you get out of declaring in front of other people that you're a racist? >> well, it see sensitizes it. it brings the fear level down of admitting that you're wrong. >> i hope it becomes common for people to think of themselves as being racist. them. it takes a discipline. it takes work. it takes thinking. >> reporter: and just starting the conversation. >> virginia, welcome. >> reporter: for "cbs this morning," carter evans, sunnyvale, california. >> wow, carter evans. wow. it was hard to hear somebody say my name is tiffany and i'm a
racist. i appreciate the candor. they all admitted. >> including the pastor himself. >> including pastor ron. >> can't make an acknowledgement like that, we're all grown up in this country -- if you can't make that acknowledgement, then you can't make change. >> but your piece a few months back pointed out, you know, a lot of people saw the problem with race but didn't want to touch that words. >> word shuts down conversations. if you of decent tize people as she said, very effective. >> and to do it full face too. what's the question, anthony you say about racism -- you don't say are you racist? you had a good phrase, you said don't some people if they're racist, you should ask -- >> i remember chad wolf from the trump administration. >> do you remember it? >> it was a different approach. for so many white people that word is very loaded. >> yeah. >> and they're scared of it because they think it means you're in the ku klux klan. >> yeah. >> you're going to be left out
of society. >> right. >> but that word is so much more subtle. there's so many more subtle ways you can be racist which is what many of those people are speaking to. >> there was a really good phrase. we'll have to find it. it was good. as we celebrate black history month. we'll look at the hit show "bridgerton." one of the actors tells us while
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. good morning. today california will update it's tiered reopening. san francisco, san mateo and marin could all move into the red tier. it would be the first time since november. black owned businesses affected by the pandemic can get help in san francisco. the city is tripling it's loan program to $6.3 million. eligible businesses can apply for a 0 interest loan. today san francisco's muni will start offering free round trips to vaccination sites. riders just need to show their appointment confor medication
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