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we'll see you back here at 6:00. >> that's juliette goodrich and darren peck and that's supposed to be dennis o'donnell. we've got news updates always on see you in 30 minutes. [ captions by: vitac 800-278- 4822 email: ] captioning sponsored by cbs >> duncan: tonight, the party's over in miami beach. a state of emergency is imposed to crackdown on rowdy spring break crowds. swat teams clear streets amid new covid concerns. travel surge and trouble at airports. this brawl between passengers over a refusal to wear a mask. also tonight, border crisis: the government races to house thousands of unaccompanied migrant children and slow the flow. > the messasage is quiuite c. do not c come. >> duncan: plus stanford's tara vanderveer blasts the ncaa
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over inequality. >> as coaches we need to really stick up for more than just dwib elling and shooting. >> duncan: sacred selection. the hunt is on for centuries old oaks to rebuild notre dame cathedral. and and later, "unifying america." a lunch counter that once kept people apart is now bringing them together. >> we've brought people to tears just by the history of the this is the "cbs weekend news" from new york, here's jericka >> duncan: good evening. this first weekend of spring, there's an expectation of change. and with vaccinations surging, life is edging back to normal. at least 81 million people in the u.s. have gotten at least one dose of the vaccine. more than 44 million are fully vaccinated. that's more than 17% of the population. but there could be trouble ahead as spring break crowds spark fears of new infections. cbs' lilia luciano leads us off tonight from santa monica, california.
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lilia, good evening. >> reporter: jericka, covid is still top of mind for people here in santa monica. but in miami beach, for young spring breakers who may think that they're immune, the party is very much over. a state of emergency tonight in miami beach after police and swat teams were called out to clear streets last night of rowdy spring breakers. dan gelber is the city's mayor. >> we don't want to be a super spreader. >> reporter: do you have any idea why it's been so chaotic? >> the whole country has been in lockdown for a year and there are people that want to get out and get somewhere and let loose. >> reporter: and americans are increasingly on the move. 1.4-million fliers went through u.s. airports on friday, setting a pandemic record, but with more travelers, more tension. this fight broke out in fort lauderdale after several passengers got kicked off a flight for refusing to wear masks.
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there's calls for concern, infections are still rising in at least 36 states even as vaccininations accelererate. > we are cocontinuing >> we'e're continunuing to putut prototective immunity into the population. >> oregon advances, the game is not going to be played. >> covid has also hit the ncaa tournament. virginia commonwealth university sent home without playing a game after several team members tested positive. in l.a. in l.a., tourists are back, once again flocking to historic hollywood boulevard. >> we now have reopened those places cautiously with the lessons learned. >> the mayor says this is the most optimistic he's been in a year. one reason for that, jericka, l.a. county's positive iterate is just 1.3 percent right now. >> duncan: wow, lilialusioniano for us, thank you. the top u.s. the top u.s. immigration official said today authorities are expelling the majority of migrants crossing the southern border. but unaccompanied children are not expelled. the migrant surge is a growing political crisis for the biden administration. we get more now from cbs'
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christina ruffini at the white house. christina, good evening. >> reporter: good evening, the white house has so far avoided calling what's happening at the border a crisis, but it is a big problem with the number of migrants on track to reach a 20 year high. hundreds of unaccompanied migrant children are showing up each day at the southern border but president biden says he won't send them back. >> what do you do >> what do you do with an unaccompanied child that comes to the border? you repeat what trump did? we're not doing that. >> reporter: but his administration's compassionate approach to immigration policy has been confused for leniency, and a record 15,000 migrant children are now in u.s. custody. >> the message is quite clear: do not come. the border is closed. the border is closed the border is closed. >> reporter: appearing on multiple sunday shows, department of homeland security secretary alejandro mayorkas defended it's border policy blaming the rocky transition period and actions by of the
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president trump. > >> president trump dismantled the orderly, humane and efficient way of allowing children to make their claims under united states law in their home countries. >> reporter: but republicans say the border is now in "crisis," caused by the dismantling of those tough policies. >> the biden administration keeps saying that somehow trump dismantled the immigration system. that's false. >> when he returned to the white house from camp david this evening president biden was asked why he thought that don't come message wasn't getting through. he said the administration needs to do more but this might be a case of actions speaking louder than words because as long as those unaccompanied minors are allowed to stay in the country, more of them might try to make the journey north. christina ruffini's white house, defense secretary lloyd defense secretary lloyd austin made a surprise trip today to afghanistan, his first as pentagon chief. austin met with afghan president ashraf ghani. u.s. troops have been in the country since 2001. no word from the biden administration on how long they'll remain.
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to israel now, where citizens tuesday will vote in the fourth national election in two years. cbs news chief foreign correspondent elizabeth palmer is in tel aviv. >> reporter: as israelis head to the polls, covid restrictions are mostly gone, and the economy is open. that's the payoff from a vaccination rollout that went forward at breakneck speed. and here's the man who claims the credit: prime minister benjamin netanyahu, who turned his own shot back in february into a photo op. since january, 80% of israelis over 60 have been immunized with to widespread relief and delight-- especially among the elderly. it was an impressive feat, managed by israel's fourur h.m.m.o.'s, but itit also became prime minister's own unofficial election campaign. in onene slapstick video on socl media, he personally debunks
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vaccine disinformatition, then promises israel will beaeat covd before anyone else. but plenty of israelis aren't buying it. huge anti-netanyahu rallies have filled the streets every saturday in jerusalem near the prime minister's home. the demonstrators believe netanyahu is corrupt, and that trumps any good he might have done as a backer of mass vaccination. >> so you don't think netanyahu deserves credit for the vaccines. >> oh no, oh no. i think he deserves jail. >> reporter: but for voters, life returning to normal is a seductive thing. with less than 48 hours to go, the polls say netanyahu's chances of winning re-election are about 50-50. elizabeth palmer, c brrks s >> duncan: thousands gathered at vigils across the country this weekend to condemn violence against asian americans. in pittsburgh, hundreds gathered saturday, where actress sandra
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oh called for support from everyone, regardless of race. and in atlanta, vigils were held in memory of the eight people killed by a gunman last tuesday. the n.c.a.a. women's basketball tournament begins today in texas, and the calls for equality between men's and women's teams are growing louder. >> we need to really stick up for more than just dribbling and shooting. it's bringing attention and bringing conversation and discussion and hopefully change. >> duncan: stanford women's coach tara vanderveer put out a statement overnight saying, "a lot of what we've all seen this week is evidence of blatant sexism. women athletes and coaches are done waiting, not just for upgrades of a weight room, but for equity in every facet of life." and i spoke to the record- breaking coach about another issue in women's college sports: >> passing pat summitt, win number 1,099! >> duncan: that magic number put
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stanford women's basketball coach tara vanderveer in the record books with the most wins of any coach in women's college basketetball histotory.. anand like so o many of f us tht year... >> h hi mom! >> reporteter: ...she markeded e milestonone with her 93-3-year d mothther, over f facetimime. >> i w wish you hahad been hereo see it. you u would haveve loved it. >> d duncan: it t was her momotd father, boboth teachers, who encouraged vanderveer's fearlessness, which ultimately led to coaching. she's been at stanford since 1985, where she's led her team to two national championships. and in 1996, she coached team u.s.a. to gold. >> it's just a fun job. you know, you meet a lot of people. i have traveled the world. i tease and say it beats working for a living. >> duncan: but that type of living hasn't come easy from women. since the passage of title ix in 1972, the percentage of women in head coaching roles for women's n.c.a.a. sports has dropped from more than 90% to 41% by 2019.
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>> why are they dropping off? because a lot of times, you know, administrators don't know. they'll go, you know, they might not know a woman. so, we've got to get them on the administrator's radar. >> duncan: it's why the women's sports foundation created the tara vanderveer fund for the advancement of women in coaching. inspired by vanderveer's legacy, it gives $200,000 each year to ten colleges and universities acrossss the countntry, to suput coachingng fellowships f for won in n.c.a.a. sports. >> this is actually a dream of mine to coach >> duncan: 39 year old mesha levister is a vanderveer fund fellow. she was the first and only woman to play golf at north carolina central university. now she's the men's team's assistant coach. and she's starting a women's team in august. >> if i was a little girl and i saw someone coaching that looked like me, i would be more impressed and more enthused to go ahead and be a coach because some people don't think that's just an avenue that they can go down.
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>> duncan: perhaps one of the first people coach vanderveer inspired was her younger sister, heidi. >> hi heidi >> hi tara. >> duncan: head coach of the women's basketball program at u.c. san diego. what is it about your sister that you think makes her so special and sets her apart from most coaches? >> she has a tremendous passion for, for not just basketball, but for, for seeing other people be successful. >> duncan: something coach tara doesn't take for granted. >> the influence and the impact of coaching is lifelong. and it's fun to be part of someone's life, to be an important part of someone's life. >> duncan: you can find more of my interview with coach vanderveer on her career, and her effort to bring more attention to social issues on straight ahead on the "cbs weekend news," in utah the battle lines are drawn between energy and the environment. and later, the search for towering trees so notre dame's spire can soar again.
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>> duncan: president biden signed an executive order in january to temporarily halt oil and gas leasing on federal lands. it's part of his action to slow climate change. but as cbs' ed o'keefe reports, it's being met with resistance-- not only by the oil industry, but in communities that rely on energy development for their economic survival. >> reporter: rigs like these taxpayer-owned land in utah, are on a fraction of the 26 million acres currently leased to oil and gas companies-- some paying as little as $1.50 an acre annually, a price set a century ago when president woodrow wilson signed the law allowing oil and gas leasing on public lands. with few updates to the law since, president biden is taking aim, with an executive order signed in january that temporarily pauses any new
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leasing. >> r & w jones trucking benefited ever since the leasing began. >> we specialize in >> we specialize in tearing down oil rigs and moving them and putting them back up. >> reporter: the vernal, utah, company was started by his ryan grandfather: >> 50-60 families depend upon me to provide a living, and when the oil field is going, i am able to provide a better-than- average living. >> reporter: vernal, population 10,000, borders the leased lands and caters to oil and gas >> reporter: it affects, it affects eventually everyone. but it's your retail stores, your restaurants. it's your grocery stores. >> reporter: dave everett, a waiter by day at betty's café, is also a vernal city councilman, and heard plenty about mister biden's executive order. >> i don't know that i can repeat it, but it was it was a, it was an attitude of just dismay. >> i said, well, that's crap. when a man can come in with one swipe of a pen and already tear our economy apart. >> reporter: gina mccarthy is the first-ever white house national climate advisor.
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climate adviser overseeing implimentation of the executive order. >> i'm not in a fight against fossil fuels and certainly the president is not in that fight. we are looking at grabbing the future for our workers and for our kids. >> reporter: but utah's republican governor, spencer cox, and 16 other g.o.p. governors, oppose the biden executive order. they worry it will "drastically hinder the ability of the oil and gas industry to recover" and say any restrictions on drilling on public land "jeopardizes our national security interests and strips away the opportunity for americans to be energy independent." for now, expect little change. >> if there was drilling going on some why under a existing permit. >> that drilling continues. >> we are. >> but in vernal more time may be what is needed. >> i don't understand at what point in time oil & gas became so evil. can we work together. can we find a solution. >> reporter: that question may be answered this coming week when those oil and gas rigs in administration is bringing together industry leaders and environmental activists hoping
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they can come up with ways to fight climate change and grow ed o'keefe, cbs news, the white house. >> duncan: still ahead on the cbs weekend news, the search for the perfect trees to rebuild notre dame cathedral.
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>> duncan: nearly two years have passed since fire devastated notre dame cathedral in paris. as cbs' elaine cobbe shows us, the hunt is on for the perfect trees to rebuild it. >> reporter: the forest of villefermoy, outside 56 miles paris, used to belong to the catholic church, before the french revolution. now some of its oak trees are returning to the church, on a very special mission. this tree, felled last week, is
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destined to become part of the new spire of notre dame cathedral in paris. that spire collapsed in flames during the terrible fire in april two years ago that destroyed the roof of the 12th century church. the world looked on in shock as the famous landmark was engulfed by the fire that raged through the night. astonishingly, most of the structure stayed standing. but the spire, built in the 19th french president macron de-- de creed the spire would be rebuilt as it had been before the fire. the call for oaktrees at least a century old went out to public and private woodlands including some that had once been royal or ecclesiastical forests. the architect had specific requirements requesting tree trunks at least 40 feet long. they will now be left to dry out for 12 to 18 month before they can be used. >> this forest
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sylvain jannaire is a forestry technician in villefermoy. just one of dozens of forests that has donated trees to rebuild the spire of notre dame. in all a thousand trees were chosen. 59 of them from here. sill van jannaire is a forestry technician in villefermoy, he was involved in choosing the trees from those already ear-marked to be cut down for lumber. he says is he proud to know that some of histories will be part of the new spire. the 59 felled trees from this forest will soon reach up to the sky again as part of the new spire of notre dame. elaine cobbe, cbs news, villefermoy forest, france. >> duncan: what a process. next on cbs weekend news, the horrifying moment a dad takes his toddler into an elephant enclosure. look at that.
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>> duncan: a "once in a century"
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flood is swamping southeastern australia. thousands have been evacuated. it's a disaster for one couple, whose house was swept away by floodwaters. there it is-- still fully intact. the couple was supposed to be married there this weekend. well, a san diego man is facing multiple charges-- including child cruelty- after a dangerous encounter at the city's zoo. jose navarrete crossed two fences to enter the elephant enclosure with his two-year-old daughter. he apparently wanted a selfie, but the elephant wasn't having it. remarkably, the father and daughter-- and the elephant-- were unharmed. well, when we come back, a lunch counter serves up a piece of civil rights history.
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>> duncan: we end tonight in south carolina, where a restaurant with a painful legacy
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is now honoring its history. cbs' mark strassmann continues our series, "unifying america." >> reporter: chef rob masone named his new restaurant "kounter," because this one makes you think. one set the stage for a moment in american history. >> we have brought people to tears just by telling them the story, the history of the counter. people are definitely moved by it. >> january 1961, rock hill, south carolina. nine black protestors wanted to right a wrong at the old mccrory's five & dine including 18 year old david williamson. >> we came here to sit down at t >> we came in and sat down at the counter to be served. >> reporter: did they say something? >> "we don't serve so-and-so." and before they could get it all the way out, they have you up and out of your seat and taking you back to arrest you. >> reporter: instead of posting bail, the "friendship nine" sat in jail for a month, a new tactic for civil rights protestors. >> we turned it all around on
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the state, city and county. they had to take care of us >> reporter: masone leased this space last year without a plan for the counter until he met williamson. >> he was just talking to me and rubbin' his hands on the counter. >> reporter: meeting him was a game-changer. >> game-changer. we are not covering this thing up. we are gonna showcase it in its raw form. >> reporter: with its original pink formica top, stained by coffee, honored by courage. the restaurant's first customer last december, david williamson. >> i like to sit back over there, and watch the people. you see them, wow, it really happened. >> this is real. >> so real rock hills motto today, no room for racism. mark strassmann, cbs news, rock hill, south carolina. >> duncan: and always room for reflection and growth. to the friendship nine, we thank you. that's the cbs weekend news for this sunday. i'm jericka duncan in new york.
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thankers for watching, have a great night. live from the cbs bay area studios, this is kpix 5 news. now, from san francisco to the south bay, a huge show of solidarity opposing asian hate. >> can you hear us? >> we expect action and tangible results. this is not okay. >> reporter: the state of california is not getting back to any form of normalcy on till underserved communities are vaccinated. this clinic may be taking a big step toward that. we will have that story coming up. the bay area could really start opening up this week. the counties that could turn orange within days.
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eat, drink, and make money. the bay area winery offering a six-figure job that comes with free rent. good evening. >> we begin with an impassioned rally in san jose calling for an end to asian hate. it brought out a large crowd of people who say they are fed up with the minority label and they will no longer stay silent. we are in san jose with what demonstrators say are demanding. >> reporter: the rally goers say their intention is to be loud because being quiet won't stop the hateful attacks. >> this is our response to being called a minority and what do we say? no more. >> reporter: speakers and rally participants say they are tired of being the pandemic scapegoat. >>


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