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plus -- the great kings and queens of egypt have made it to their final resting place. i'll speak with the egyptian minister. good to have you with us. for a second year in a row people around the world are waking up to an easter sunday impacted by the coronavirus. now lock downs and health guidelines mean scaled back celebrations for oh, so many, and that includes pope francis. the pontif has been leading
services with safety in mind all weekend. we want to go straight to the vatican and our vatican correspondent. she's in front of st. peters square. delia, can you believe it? this is the second easter in lock down for the pope. and if you think of europe, this spring, easter, supposed to be a time of renewal and yet that seems to be such a long way off. what is the pope's message at this point in time when this is the second easter we've been going through this? >> well, you know, it's interesting, paula, because just last night at the easter vigil that was his message, that renewal is possible. he said we can start over. and of course that's in keeping with the theme of easter weekend. obviously for christians the idea of the resurrection of jesus is all about new life. so that's certainly where the pope is putting his emphasis. when we talk about a message from the pope, paula, it's also useful to look at not just what
he says but what he does. and in that sense i think we should look at friday morning he went to a vaccination center and because he's offered to vaccinate 1,200 homeless and marginalized people in this week leading up to easter. and the message there is don't forget the poor in your vaccination roll outs. he's even said that from the beginning to other countries. anybody that might be slipping between the cracks in a health care system shouldn't be forgotten. so i think that's another place where the pope is really putting emphasis this easter weekend especially with the vaccination rollout. paula? >> and the scene it's beautiful behind you, delia, and yet so haunting because it's empty. i know it's early but i'm also struck by everything italy is going through at this point. a very strict lock down and yet italy's churches are still open today. i know there are precautions in those churches but what's the sentiment there in italy? >> reporter: well, what's
happening in italy as far as churches, paula, is that italians are being told to go to the church closest to their home. remember we're in strict national lockdown for these three days, yesterday, today and tomorrow. so italians are told you can go to church. the churches are open, but you should be going to a church near your home. now, if you remember last year at the beginning of lock down they did shut churches here, and there was backlash against that because people -- and not just in italy, by the way. that's been happening all over the world in churches. people saying these churches are big enough to hold people in a socially distanced way. so what happened last year they worked out a way so that churches could remain open, services could be held. but that still is worked out here in italy and other places around the world kind of on a local basis. it depends on the size of your church and what your local leaders at the church want to do. here in the square people are not being allowed to come down.
there will probably obviously be some people who live locally who can come and see, but nothing, paula, like the tourists we're used to seeing. normally at easter this square is filled with beautiful flowers. you can remember not from last year obviously but from the year before, and all the years before that, flowers, people, tourists. this is also the start of the tourist season here in italy, so that's affecting the vatican as well, and of course we'll look at the economic repercussions of all of these lock downs for italy going forward. paula? >> so many ripple effects on what is normally such a sacred holiday. and as you said at the beginning of a celebration really. you'll remain there for us in st. peters square as the pope is getting ready to continue to celebrate easter. delia gagger there, our vatican correspondent, really appreciate it. now coronavirus vaccinations in the u.s. are reaching new heights. the country on saturday reporting more than 4 million
doses given, and that is i want to say a new daily record. that brings the seven-day vaccination average above the 3 million mark for the first time ever. and nearly a third of all americans have received at least one vaccine dose. but that progress doesn't mean the threat is over, of course. cases are headed in the wrong direction in several states. in fact, ahead of the holiday weekend a record of more than 1.5 million people passed through u.s. airports on friday alone. and that's just the latest sign of people abandoning health recommendations. evan mcmoore san turo was in times square earlier once again where people are packing the streets. >> reporter: this is times square on a saturday, and frankly it looks like times square on a saturday which is actually pretty crazy. because not that long ago this place i'm standing now was pretty desolate. well, now as you can see people
feel they're safe to come out again and this crowd has been here all day long. there's a couple reasons for that. one, we're seeing the weather heat up here, kind of a nice day. two, the vaccinations are going well here in new york. we just got a report today, 10 million doses of the vaccine have been administered in new york since the vaccination program began. according to the governor was office currently 1 in 5 new yorkers is now fully vaccinated, a number expected to go up pretty soon because starting tuesday anyone over the age of 16 can sign-up and get an appointment for a vaccine. obviously that's good news. but some of the crowds and stuff we're seeing not necessarily recommended yet. dr. anthony fauci was on cnn earlier today talking about the vaccine, what it means and what it could mean for the future. let's take a listen to that. >> i can't give you a day or a week, but i can tell you as we get more data showing it's going to be extremely unlikely people are going to transmit it you're, going to be seeing recommendations people are not going to have to wear masks.
they're not there yet, but they're getting there. same way with it travel. saying now you can travel. when you travel you don't have to get tested before and after except if your destination demands that. you don't have to get quarantined when you come back from a situation. so more and more you're going to start seeing the advantages of getting vaccinated. >> so dr. fauci saying there getting a vaccine, signing up the best thing you can do to help keep this virus in check and get back to some normal life. we are seeing in new york, though, other signs of normalcy. i'm down here in times gerin the theater district because earlier today two highly acute broadway stars did a quick event for about a hundred people, front line workers and broadway people just showing the first time you've seen people inside a broadway theater. broadway is not open yet. not expected to september, but the sign there are a few people that can go into a thete, sit down and enjoy that, just a big,
big sign-in new york maybe normalcy is around the corner if people get those vaccines and sticking by the rules. >> reporting on really unbelievable scenes from times square. the rising infections some states are seeing makes that an eventual return to something that looks like normal. and we're going to get more from anthony fauci who weighed in more on what's at stake. >> what we're seeing after that big peak we had over christmas holidays and newel years, when it started to come down it plateaued at a disturbingly high level of number of cases per day. and one of the concerns we have is that when you plateau and then start inching up as we are doing as you mentioned just a moment ago in a few of the states -- in fact several of the states. there's a danger, jim, of having a resurgence and another big surge up. like just yesterday we had over
60,000 new cases in a day. that's disturbing. that's what happened in europe and what is happening. and europe for the most part is going through another disturbing surge. so the point she was making is we're not out of the woods yet so don't declare prematurely victory because we're not there yet. that's the sobering news. the good news is what you mentioned just a moment ago. we're getting 3 to 4 and now that today was 4 million doses per day, so it's kind of like a race between getting people vaccinated. and the more people on a daily basis you get vaccinated, the better chance you have of blunting or preventing that surge that we're all concerned about. so it's sobering news mixed with good news. and it's going to be really a race between those two. >> now, the pandemic brought restaurants and bars in the united states to a virtual standstill. a new jobs report shows workers
are now returning but some restauranteurs say they haven't yet received the funding from the latest stimulus package and without that, they could still go under. >> every single month it's like hey we made it another month. >> it's really extraordinary to have made it this far. i feel so unbelievably lucky to be standing on this side of it. >> reporter: three restaurant owners in new york, chicago and los angeles have made it through the pandemic so far. something 110,000 other restaurants can't say. but to keep their doors open they will need access to the new restaurant revitalization fund, part of the $1.9 trillion stimulus bill. how critical do you feel like this grant is for you? >> i won't survive without this grant. >> reporter: amanda cohen has earned dirt candy in new york's lower east side for 13 years. two ppp loan later she's just
hanging on. what's business like these days? >> business is really up and down. you know, we'll do six covers a night, maybe eight covers. >> reporter: so what is 6 to 8 covers a day get you? >> nowhere. >> reporter: which is why the $28.6 billion restaurant fund run by the small business administration is paramount. unlike the ppp loan this grant covers more expenses and doesn't have to be paid back. the sba says it could go live this month but offers no exact date. >> it's extremely important for us to -- this comes in a timely fashion. >> reporter: joe frillman says the grant money would fund his chicago restaurant until october. without it, he makes it to may. some states have lifted indoor dining restrictions but several major cities like chicago still have them in place. >> the physician limitations of the space and restaurant we're actually only operating about 25% capacity from what we can
do. it's been a strain in terms of the amount of revenue we can pull off. >> reporter: at the start of 2020, lynn tah owned two restaurants in los angeles. today she's working to save her remaining one. >> it's tough because it's like choosing between your children, which one are you going to save? >> reporter: even after closing one restaurant she has mounting debt and doesn't think the grant will be enough for all her expenses, but it could bring back some of the nearly 200 people she laid off. >> i think we'll need more, but the hope is you bring back more jobs. >> reporter: hope is on the horizon for these restauranteurs, something that has eluded them for a year. >> once the funds passed i think that was the good nights sleep i had since the pandemic started. >> hopeful for the first time in a long time. sorry. you work your whole life
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meet with them. because that in the meetings that i had been present in or on social media related to visits i've made there's been criticism of the government or the king. >> really glad you're here to help us get through this because the developments have been really short of nothing but unnerving to say the least. what has the reaction been from jordan and anymore underlying explanation here as to what's going on? >> look, paula, it's a very, very murky situation. a lot of people are trying to make sense of what is going on right now. let me explain to you how this all unfolded. on saturday there were reports that came out, media reports there had been some sort of plot disrupted in jordan, that there were senior officials and figures in the country who had been arrested, that the former
crown prince had been placed under house arrest. and after that we heard from the country's military chief coming out with a statement basically denying that the prince was under any sort of house arrest or restrictions on his movement saying that he was basically told by the military to tone it down, to not take part in any activities or movements that could be exploited to try and undermine the security and stability of jordan as they put it. and they said that this is part of a wider investigation explaining that there have been several arrests including another junior member of the royal family and also a former minister, former royal court chief, someone who was close to king abdula they'd been arrested as part of this investigation. after that we have this stunning
amazing video obtained by the bbc in english, another video in arabic provided to an arabic network in which the prince explains his situation and makes these allegations about what he is going through and talking about the situation in the country. really, really stunning video, paula. >> it's true that it is stunning. and some of the allegations in there included stinging criticism really coming from within the royal family itself. how unusual is all this? >> you know, i think for our international viewers people are looking at this from the outside. what is really shocking about this is seeing a country that is as stable as jordan, one of the most stable countries in the region where something like this is unfolding. these arrests where you have also a former crown prince,
essentially under house arrest. but what i think is truly shocking for jordanians and those following the story closely, paula, as you mentioned is hearing this sort of criticism coming from within the royal family. i have covered jordan for a very long time. i've lived in the country for a very long time. i cannot really tell you how unprecedented this is. this is not something that has happened in this country before. whatever grievances and disputes that might be going on within the royal family, they don't tend to be but out publicly like that. and, you know, listening to this it really -- the claims we heard from the former crown prince talking about the situation in jordan, criticizing the mismanagement of the country by the -- by the country's leadership. he never named king abdula in
that video but really talking about the current state of affairs in jordan. this is something you hear from many jordanians, the kind of discontent where the country is headed, the shrinking space for freedom of expression, the state of the economy, the public services in the country. this is something that has driven jordanians in the past to the streets. and hearing this from a member of the royal family is just stunning, paula. we'll have to wait and see what sort of damage control we're going to be seeing today from jordan. >> and absolutely those western allies will be trying to decipher what's going on as well. really appreciate it the update. israeli prime minister benjamin netanyahu has a tough monday ahead of him. he's been ordered to attend the opening session of the evidentiary phase of his own corruption trial even as he tries to form the next government and stay in power. more from jerusalem. >> reporter: this is what benjamin netanyahu wanted to be doing monday morning, visiting
the head of state, trying to convince the president to give him the mandate to form a governing coalition. >> translator: any other government that is formed that is not a right wing government will be an unstable left wing government formed against a clear and absolute ideology of the majority. >> reporter: instead he'll be back here for the start of the evidentiary phase of the corruption trial. but the two are intimately linked. and if the party achieved success in his absence that could help with his potential success in court said the head of the democracy institute. >> for the past two years the legal clock and political clock are completely intertwined. nothing that happens in israeli politics can be really understood without understanding the time line of netanyahu's trial. netanyahu's key motivation is to dodge the legal process or to try and somehow overcome it. >> reporter: netanyahu faces
charges in three separate cases. in case 4,000 netanyahu faces the most serious charge of bribery as well as fraud and breach of trust. prosecutors say netanyahu advanced hundreds of millions of dollars worth of regulatory reforms for a multi-millionaire businessman in exchange for favorable coverage in the businessman's wallah news website. in exchange for limiting the circulation of the paper's main rival. and in case 1,000 prosecutors say netanyahu received gifts such as cigars and champagne from overseas businessmen, something a public servant should not do. >> we created a crime that doesn't exist in the rule books of the united states. >> reporter: netanyahu has denied all the charges and said he wants the case to run its court. >> basically with fake charges, with blackmailing witnesses, unbelievable. erasing documents, creating a
new crime. this is ridiculous. i mean the whole thing is just collapsing. >> reporter: in the political arena netanyahu is facing what many say is an unsurmountable task. trying to call together a 61 seat majority coalition either by trying to convince members who defected from his party to return or by getting a small islamist party to sit along side small right wing and religious parties. the opposition parties are having problems as they fight amongst themselves who should lead a potential hodgepodge coalition. but netanyahu presses on. israel's longest serving prime minister hoping to keep his streak going and keep himself out of jail. cnn, jerusalem. spanish police have arrested 100 gang members they say accused of smuggling drugs from morocco to spain in high powered speed boats. police say they also used describe fruit trucks to drive
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and welcome back to our viewers here in the united states and all around the world. you're watching "cnn newsroom." i'm paula newton. atlanta's mayor is warning georgia's economy will keep paying a steep price for the state's restrictive new voting law. keisha lance bottoms isn't happy major league baseball decided to pull its all-star game out of her city, but she says that's probably just the beginning of the fallout if the law is not changed or repealed. listen. >> i can't say that i like it but i certainly understand it. and it is really probably the first of many boycotts of our state to come. and the consequences of this bill are significant. just as the legislators and the
governor made the decision to go forward with this bill, people are making decisions not to come to our state. >> leaders of atlanta based companies like coca-cola and delta airlines have criticized the law. u.s. president biden has called it jim crow for the 21st century. but the republican governor who signed the law says opponents are spreading falsehoods about what it really does. >> georgians and all americans should know what this decision means. it means cancel culture and partisan activists are coming for your business. major league baseball, coca-cola and delta may be scared of stacey abrams, joe biden and the left. but i am not. i want to be clear. i will not be backing down from this fight. >> now, cnn's natasha chen has more on governor kemp's reaction. >> reporter: on saturday governor kemp doubled down on
this voting law saying major league baseball caved to cancel culture and bent to the left. he said president joe biden and stacey abrams have been lying to the american people about this law. i asked whether lies about the 2020 election had anything to do with the urgency and time line of passing this bill into law. is the timing of this based on your belief that there was some fraud in recent elections in georgia? >> i realize people have all kind of difference of opinions and beliefs about the 2020 election. but make no mistake there were issues that happened on the election like they do in every election. >> reporter: kemp also said mlb should have come to him with specific complaints about the bill and that he would welcome questions about the specifics. so we did ask him things about like banning mobile voting centers, banning the automatic mailing of absentee ballot applications, specifying the number of drop boxes and location.
he chalked up a lot of that to improve election security. of course now you have pro athletes and politicians like former president barack obama chiming in saying they support mlb's decision here. whether youport or oppose it it's local businesses who are really going to hurt from potential lost revenue. cobb county where we're located here estimates there's more than $100 million potentially lost because of mlb relocating this all-star game. mlb has said they'll continue to invest in local organizes in atlanta as part of the all-star legacy broke as originally planned. natasha chen, cnn, cobb county, georgia. >> so georgia's new restrictive voting laws have many up in arms, but it's far from the only state considering some type of changes. the brennen center for justice is tracking voting measures right across the country. it finds that 47 states have legislation in the works that would restrict voter access in some way. texas, georgia and arizona lead in the number of proposals.
cnn's diane gallagher has the details on those new bills. >> reporter: the texas state senate sent a sweeping election bill over to the house that could change the way people in the lone star state vote. >> we want a system where it's easy to vote and hard to cheat. >> reporter: senate bill 7 seems to target voting in the recent democratic strong hold of harris county, home to houston, one of the country's most diverse cities. and democrats say that it will make it harder for people of color to vote. >> every minority member of the texas senate, all nine of us, believe that this bill will impact minorities negatively by making it more difficult for african-americans and mexican-americans to vote, making it easier for them to be harassed by overzealous poll watchers and diminishing the likelihood election outcomes will represent the preferences of we the people. >> reporter: a new tally by the
left leaning brennen center for justice finds that 361 bills with provisions that would restrict voting have been introduced in 47 states as of march 24th. that's a 43% jump in the number of bills since brennen released its last rrt a little over a month ago. most of the bills target absentee voting. nearly a quarter seek to impose stricter voting i.d. requirements. a handful of states have already acted including georgia where some are calling for economic consequences in response to the state's new voting law. >> this boycott is against coca-cola, delta airlines. >> reporter: georgia's business leaders under public pressure are now speaking out. >> let me be crystal clear and unequivocal, this ledgislation s unacceptable. >> reporter: the ceo of delta, the state's largest private employer blasting the law as based on a lie of 2020 election fraud, saying in a memo, it's evident the bill includes
provisions that will make it harder for many underrepresented voters particularly black voters to exercise their constitutional right to elect their representatives. that is wrong. in response the georgia house passed an amendment revoking delta's jet fuel tax break. >> we're going to start taxing jet fuel after july 1, 2021. >> he took away the delta tax exemption as a retaliation. >> reporter: but it died when the senate failed to take it up. claiming these concerns were not raised during conversations with delta before the bill was signed. >> i'm not going to be bullied by these people, but i'm also not running a public corporation. they'll have to answer to their shareholders. there's a lot of people that have worked for them and done business with them that are very upset. >> reporter: meanwhile in michigan republicans have introduced nearly 40 bills that could make it harder for people to vote. even raising the possibility trying to sidestep an all but
certain veto from the governor. >> theificate affthe matter is this is a solution in search of a problem. so it's unacceptable. if and when those bills get to my desk and aimed at making it harder for people to vote, they will get vetoed. >> reporter: how exactly could potential republicans get around a potential vettee from governor whitmer? there's a law that allows a legislature to enact a measure without a governor's signature if they can obtain 340,000 signatures. democrats have already warned if they try and force through restrictive measures, there will be legal challenge. >> that was our diane gallagher reporting. now, like we were saying there is a good chance your state lawmakers are considering changes that would make it harder to vote. and you should probably get on top of what those changes might be. to find out exactly what's going on, log onto cnn.com/politics. rapper dmx is in the hospital at this hour after
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the latest now on that passenger train derailment in eastern taiwan friday. at least 50 people were killed and dozens more injured. on saturday rescue teams started removing the wreckage from the crash site. meantime the families of the victims are, of course, grieving and struggling to try and come to terms with their new reality. the solemn chants inside the hall of eastern taiwan are echoing the grief of dozens of
families gathered near the site of the country's worst rail disaster in decades. >> translator: i'm full of regret. raising my kid to where he is now. he graduated from college and recently passed an exam for a good company. he was on his way back for tomb sweeping day but ended up like this. >> his son is among the dozens who lost their lives in the crash. >> translator: a lot of people who died from the crash had standing tickets. my son seemed to have one, too. standing ticket passengers usually focus on playing on their cellphones. when the accident happened they wouldn't have been able to react to what was happening and would immediately have been heavily crushed. >> the express train with nearly 500 people onboard derailed in a tunnel after a parked railway maintenance vehicle slipped down an embankment and onto the tracks causing the unthinkable for so many families.
>> translator: during the crash they were all thrown away out of their seats and thrown in the front. after that, sister woke up. after waking up she saw her husband was not breathing and had no heartbeat beside her and her son was not breathing had no heartbeat either. she could not find her daughter. when she yelled she found her daughter was under the iron sheets. she put her effort to move those pieces one by one, but her daughter's voice became quieter and quieter and then there was no response. >> some of the passengers did survive, but for their families the news of the crash and uncertainty of knowing who made it out alive was almost as horrifying. >> translator: well, it's like this. my daughter was lucky. cabin three had not entered into the tunnel. if cabin three entered into the tunnel then it would have been very dangerous. they took a long time to come out because it was so serious. the rescue team couldn't find a way to rescue them.
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a 21-gun salute in egypt's capital saturday to welcome new residents to the area. 22 ancient egyptian mummies, 18 kings and 4 queens to be exact, are moving from the country's museum in tahrir square to the natural museum of egyptian civilization. that was just a glimpse of the lavish parade held for the ancient pharaohs. michael holmes has a look at all the pomp and circumstance. >> reporter: a royal procession through cairo.
some of the great kings and queens of egypt who reigned more than 3,000 years ago still know how to draw a crowd. the land has changed. so, too, the people. but these mummies are timeless. 18 kings and 4 queens embodying the ancient lure of egypt, when it was once one of the great seats of power in the world. >> it is a poignant moment to think of so many of egypt's royalty going through the streets of this modern capital. and in fact, they're going back to an ancient capital. >> reporter: the theatrical five-kilometer journey lined with lights, chariots, and costumed actors could be watched live and were shown along with singers and an orchestra worthy of an epic sound transaction. the mummies were trapted on vehicles that looked like barges to their final resting place at the national museum of egyptian
civilization, where they were received by the egyptian president el sisi. seti i and ramses the great were some of the best known, encased in capsules filled with nitrogen and lined to protect them from damage. organizers hope the multimillion-dollar display, "the pharaohs golden parade," is a reminder for tourists of the treasures waiting for them in egypt. the tourism industry crumbled because of coronavirus, numbers dropping to 3.5 million from more than 13 million the year before. >> the message is very important. we are going to take the people through the parade of the mummies, egypt is safe. we need people to come back. >> reporter: a throwback to the country's past to help revive its modern economy, and a chance for egypt's eternal kings and queens to bask in glory once again.
now to a completely different kind of relic, a super mario brothers video game. this antique just sold at auction for, drumroll please, $660,000. smashing the previous record for the most ever paid for a video game. according to the official auction website, this specific game is the finest copy known to have been professionally graded for auction. apparently the classic nintendo game was purchased in 1986 as a christmas gift but left untouched for 35 years until it was found earlier this year. most people miss special things from their prepandemic lives. for some it could, of course, be something like dancing at a music festival. the netherlands is conducting experiments, they'll call it, on ways to safely bring back live events. zain asher has the story.
>> reporter: a win for orange topped off a special night for some fans in the netherlands, back in the stadium again for a world cup qualifying match between the dutch national team and latvia very excited. it's a good occasion to dress up again. and to be able to share it with so many people, with my friends. we always watch the games together. >> reporter: the match is one of several experiments organized by the dutch government and sports and entertainment groups to research how to safely hold live events. only 5,000 spectators were allowed to attend the match. each had to test negative before it and get tested again afterwards. inside the venue, participants were divided into sections. some told to wear masks and social distance, and others given more freedoms. researchers hoping to gain insight into how transmissions occur. the group leading the study, field lab events, has not yet published any conclusive
results, but so far says the data looks promising for the return of live events. >> a big difference that is people over here obviously have far more contact, but they're all pretested. at home, with your visitors, you have less contact, but with people that are nontested. so in the end, what we -- what our hypothesis for this research was, that the risk you run at home is identical to the risk you run here. >> reporter: other trials have revived more prepandemic fun. remember dancing at festivals? 1,500 people did just that at this outdoor concert, using the same protocols as the football match. >> translator: of course i miss this, who didn't, right? >> reporter: what happens when the party is indoors? that, too, was studied when 1,300 people danced to tunes spun by live deejays in amsterdam's biggest music call. >> we're human beings, we need
to let go, socialize. it's very important to keep our mental health. >> reporter: the data from these trials is set to help officials decide how and when to lift lockdown restrictions, though the government recently extended nearly all coronavirus restrictions until april 20th. a dutch tour company is also helping to fill the void, offering a test holiday to greece for 187 people, to stay on the island of rhodes under conditions they don't leave the location and quarantine upon return. so far, 25,000 people have applied for it. the lucky few will be chosen by criteria set by the dutch government. the rest will have to wait. like everyone else, for the slow return to normal. zain asher, cnn, new york. mojo with that cane. what better reason to celebrate than to be finally getting
vaccinated? and that lady there was certainly getting her groove back with mexico's wrestlers, the noche libre wrestlers. they have not returned to the ring because of the pandemic so they turned attention to fighting it, helping the elderly get their shots at a vaccination site in mexico city. adorable. an epic three-point shot at the buzzer has the stage set for the biggest night in men's college basketball, take a look. >> gonzaga has time to do something. suggs for the win -- oh, yes! oh, yes! unbelievable! >> yeah, you bet, right at the buzzer, jalen suggs of gonzaga banking it at the end to seal the deal and win over ucla 93-90. zaga will take on baylor in monday night's final. baylor beat houston 78-59.