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burrito. how about you? >> sounds good. >> it's national empanata day. i just looked it up. there is a little inspiration. >> yummy. >> thanks for good morning to our viewers in the west and welcome to "cbs this morning." it's thursday, april 8, 2021. i'm gayle king. that's anthony mason and tony dokoupil. we're ready. president biden will take his first actions on guns today in the wake of recent mass shootings. what he's planning to announce and how both sides are already reacting. the governor of texas makes alarming claims of abuse at a border facility for children and teenagers. we have the white house response. plus, our latest report from central america on what's driving immigration to this country. the uk variant is now the dominant covid strain in the united states. what that means for the vaccine
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effort, plus first on "cbs this morning," we speak with the ceo of royal caribbean about covid safety on cruises. and we're learning what caused the crash that severely injured golfer tiger woods. how the sheriff's department is responding to suggestions woods is getting special treatment. first, your "eye opener" for today, your world in 90 seconds. >> it's almost a rate between vaccinating and the surge, now is not the time to declare victory prematurely. >> the far more contagious variant of the coronavirus first identified in the united kingdom is now the dominant strain in the united states. >> the virus now appears to be spreading among younger adults. >> trends are increasing in case numbers and hospitalizations. >> president biden is expected to announce his first executive actions on gun control. >> a move likely to spark another surge in an already-skyrocketing gun sales. >> a key prosecution witness
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said derek chauvin used deadly force when he restrained george floyd. >> the body weight could cause asphyxia, which could cause death. >> it what caused the car crash that nearly killed tiger woods? >> woods was driving nearly 90 miles an hour in a 40-mile-an-hour zone. >> all of that and real-life godzilla moment, giant lizard scales shelves in a grocery store in thailand. >> and all of that matters. >> oh, my god! >> from poet laureate to cover girl, amanda gorman will be on the cover of "vogue" magazine. >> that's my daughter! >> on "cbs this morning." >> new reality show called "space hero" will feature a chance to get a ticket bound for the international space station. when asked what inspired them to make the space cool. sexy people in space?
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why hasn't anyone ever thought of doing that? >> this morning's "eye opener" is presented by progressive. making it easy to bundle insurance. >> i think his point is, it's been done. >> and it worked. >> and it worked. >> you go, stephen colbert. we welcome you to "cbs this morning" and we will begin with this. the president of the united states, joe biden, is taking his first steps on the issues of guns in america. the executive actions include a call for federal reviews on some specific gun safety issues but they're far short of the more sweeping changes that many of the democrats want. sweeping changes many of the democrats want. weijia jiang is at the white house with more. good morning to you. this is important because it comes after a series of mass shootings. what's going to be announced today do you think? >> reporter: good morning to you, gayle. president biden is expected to launch a series of modest measures like directing the justice department to issue new rules and investing in community violence interventions. the white house stressed these
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are only initial steps because, gayle, frankly, there's only so much the president can do by himself. why he is urging lawmakers to do their part, too. among the actions president biden is taking to address gun violence, an order to review federal policy on so-called ghost guns, self-assembled wells that require no serial numbers. another would review the use of stabilizing braces on pistols which turns them into short-barrelled rifles. the president will also ask the justice department to draft model legislation to implement red flag laws at the state level to prevent people facing mental health issues from accessing firearms. president biden also plans to nominate gun violence expert david chipman as the next director of the atf, an agency that has not had a permanent director since 2015. >> i don't need to wait another minute, let alone an hour to
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take common sense steps. >> reporter: recent mass shootings like those in georgia and colorado have once again put gun violence front and center. as a candidate, mr. biden promised legislation including a ban on assault rifles. >> my first day of office i'm going to send a bill to the congress repealing the liability protection for gun manufacturers, closing the background check loopholes, and waiting period. >> reporter: moderate democrats like west virginia's joe manchin have signaled they will not support the sweeping reforms his more liberal colleagues want. >> it is time for congress to act. >> reporter: on "cbs this morning" last month, vice president kamala harris said president biden is prepared to act, but urged congress to take up the issue. >> i served in that body, and i believe that it has to be possible that people agree that these slaughters have to stop.
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>> reporter: the nra is slamming president biden's plans saying they could require law-abiding citizens to surrender lawful property. the association promises to fight. but gun-control advocates like the group every town for gun safety say this is a victory that will save lives. tony? >> everybody can agree you want to save lives. thank you so much. texas governor greg abbott is making incendiary claims about a facility for migrant children and teenagers. he's saying that he's aware of reports of sexual abuse at a makeshift shelter at san antonio's freeman coliseum. >> this facility is a health and safety nightmare. the biden administration is now presiding over the abuse of children to end this abuse. the biden administration must immediately shut down this facility. >> cbs news has been not
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independently confirmed whether abuse allegations have been made. the white house says currently we see no basis for governor abbott's call to shut down the san antonio freeman coliseum. however, it also says that abbott's claims will be looked into and investigationed. this week we've been showing you the roots of the border crisis, why people make the dangerous journey to the u.s. in the first place. manuel bojorquez reports from guatemala on how climate change is forcing many into a difficult choice. >> reporter: it's written in the hillsides as far as ruben chay is concerned. the crops that have supported generations of his family in the highlands are gone. they've never seen it like this before. so this would be full of leaves. [ speaking foreign language ] ad instead it's dry. this is the coffee bean. no good. the coffee and cardemom stood no
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chance. this valley turned into a lake after back-to-back hurricanes slashed the region last year with intensity and rainfall believed to be magnified by climate change. like many here, lured by billboards advertising a farmer's dream, he took out a loan to get the operation running again, but nothing's grown. [ speaking foreign language ] you have a debt, you have no way of repaying it. your crops are ruined. the sign drawing his attention now is a smuggler's, advertising a trip to the u.s. >> climate change is coming on top of previous problems like poverty, food insecurity -- >> reporter: edwin castellanos studies climate change at the government of guatemala. >> the problem is not only we are seeing extreme events in terms of too much rain, we are also seeing the opposite in terms of too little rain. >> reporter: parts of the country are experiencing severe drought. >> we've seen a huge increase in
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extreme events including flooding storms, but also drought. >> reporter: he pointed us to his research showing a dramatic spike in severe weather events here over the last decade compared to those past. you know, there's always a big debate around climate change. some people don't believe in it. you say climate change is a factor that is driving people to the united states? >> uh-huh. yes. i think that if you ask most people here in guatemala, it would be that most people believe in climate change because they have seen the change in the climate. >> reporter: what can be done to keep people here? >> basically, these are families who have lived in extreme poverty for many years. and so they are not really expecting big changes. it's more change, if more amounts of help will make a huge difference for these families. >> reporter: reboubin doesn't w to leave his wife and 5-year-old son, but struggles to enshivisia
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future on the only hillsides he's ever known. >> so many people there making a decision out of pure desperation. >> i never made a connection, though, until manny's report between climate change and immigration. clearly you can see that. >> yeah. >> his little boy with the batman suit, t-shirt. some things are just universal. now to the latest on the coronavirus. the cdc says a more infectious variant first identified in england is now the most common covid strain in this country. so that may explain why the rate of new cases is holding firm at about 64,000 per day even though nearly half of the u.s. adults have received one or two doses of the vaccine. cbs news medical contributor dr. david agus joins us to sort it all out. i think we need a bit of a reality check here. it's really good to see you. you know, it's been said that it's a race between the vaccine and the variant. do you see it that way, too, and if you do, who's winning the race? >> reporter: good morning, gayle.
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yeah, you know, we vaccinated almost half of adults in the united states. that still means there are over 100 million adults to go for vaccination. what we're seeing now is a dramatic rise, particularly younger individuals, kind of 12 to 19 years of age, are becoming more and more infected. so we're letting down our guard, and with this new variant, it's much easier to spread. this is rise of the variants. this is our sequel, if you will. and it is certainly scary. a couple of months from now, we will be in a much better situation with vaccinations. so we just have to hold our guard for another few months. and it worries me because we're not. >> yeah. people are so covid sick, as you know. we're sick of covid, covid is not done with us. and i know there's light at the end of the tunnel, but we're still in the tunnel. i think that's a message that people need to understand. what do you see things where we can finally -- i know it's very hard to put a time on it. i get it. can you give some kind of time frame, people say hold on, but how much longer? what does that mean?
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>> yeah. i really think over the next two months. so over the next two months, we are opening up vaccinations to everyone in the united states 16 years and older. and that will make a huge impact. you know, we're seeing it now, right. we have fewer hospitalizations and fewer deaths. our vulnerable have a very good vaccination rate. we're seeing large numbers of cases. remember, this virus didn't just cause hospitalization and death, it causes problems in anybody who gets it. so we're really worried about the virus, even in young individuals who are piledly symptomatic, they can have long-lasting effects. >> now it's increasing in kids. you know, kids used to be you think immune but that's changing. why? >> well, we're indoor sports, getting together much in larger environments. and we are letting down our guard. and so i think in school is appropriate, and we have to do it safely. we can't do everything we had done prior to the pandemic. we really need to put rules in place to stop the virus' spread
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until weeks vaccinate the kids which will hopefully be this summer. hopefully 12 and above over the next month or two. but after that hopefully six months and above. >> all right, thank you so much for joining us this morning. turning to the derek chauvin murder trial, the fired officer's lawyer used body cam video of angry bystanders to try to counter witnesses who testified that he acted outside police policy. as jamie yuccas reports, the defense also pushed its theory that george floyd's health problems and drug use caused his death. we warn you, this may be hard to wash. >> reporter: derek chauvin's defense attorney played this clip for james ryerson, the special agent leading the investigation into george floyd's death. >> listen to mr. floyd's voice. [ inaudible ] >> did you hear that? >> yes, i did. >> did it appear that mr. floyd
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said "i ate too many drugs"? >> yes it did. >> reporter: the prosecution reasked him what he heard. [ inaudible ] >> please, please. >> having heard it in context, are you able to tell what mr. floyd is saying there? >> yes, i believe mr. floyd was saying, "i ain't do no drugs." >> reporter: a central argument for the defense is that floyd's death of the caused by drug use. the prosecution is not refuting that floyd took some drugs but is arguing chauvin's restraint was still the cause of death. cbs news' legal analyst rikki klieman. >> the defense says it was his heart condition plus his ingestion of drugs on that day. so the prosecution knows this is coming and they better head it off at the pass which is what they tried to do today. >> reporter: the defense also came back to one of its central arguments -- the effect the crowd had on the actions when
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questioning lapd sergeant jody stiger. >> you're an officer and engaged with the suspect, right, and somebody now is pacing around and watching you and watching you and calling you names and saying you're a [ bleep ] -- this could be viewed by a reasonable officer as a threat. >> as a potential threat, correct. >> reporter: the prosecution asked specifically about the crowd that was on the scene that day. >> i did not perceive them as being a threat. they were merely filming, and the hampton county medical examiner will testify later this week, and he will classify it as a homicide saying he died of cardiac arrest, complicated by restraints and neck
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ssions. >> but you make the point it will come down to one juror, that's all it takes, to get what they're looking for. thank you very much investigators reveal the cause of tiger woods's car accident back in february. the county sheriff confirmed yesterday woods was driving much too fast at the time he rolled his borrowed suv in an l.a. suburb. carl evans reports now on the questions that are still unanswered. unanswered. >> reporter: when he delivered the news about tiger woods, l.a. county sheriff alex villanueva made one thing clear about the legendary golfer -- >> there's some saying that somehow he received a special or preferential treatment of some kind. that is absolutely false. >> reporter: the sheriff says woods will not be cited because there were no witnesses as required under california law, and there was no probable cause to suggest this was anything other than an accident. >> there was no evidence of any impairment. there was no odor of alcohol. there were no open containers in the vehicle. and there were no narcotics or any evidence of medication in the vehicle. >> reporter: investigators did
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not request woods' toxicology from the hospital, and no phone records were checked to see if he'd been distracted at the time of the crash. the suv's data recorder showed woods didn't even touch the brakes but rather floored the accelerator with 99% pressure. he was going 87 miles per hour in a 45 mile-per-hour zone. investigators believe woods mistakenly hit the gas pedal instead of the brake and then may have overcorrected causing his vhicle to hit the median and a sign before soaring over the road and crashing into a tree. >> the primary causal factor for this traffic collision was driving at a speed unsafe for the road conditions. >> reporter: on wednesday, woods tweeted his thanks to the deputies, paramedics, and good samaritans who helped him adding, "i will continue to focus on my recovery and family." for "cbs this morning," carter evans, los angeles. >> so many questions still about that crash. >> and woods doesn't remember it, doesn't know how it happened. >> yeah. >> he's very lucky no one was
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hurt. that's why he's able to walk away relatively speaking from a legal perspective. >> we're all glad that he's okay. i don't think anybody doubts that it was an accident. but i do think, anthony, it does raise more questions. how do you floor it and it says that the accelerator was flo mi believe it or not. more than a dozen people a year do it. if he did, it's not a legal -- it's an accident. that's what it is. ahead, with the protests planned at the masters over georgia's new voting law, we'll go to augusta and find out why some critics of the law do not support calls to
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producer antoine austin. the incident happened in 2019, but the video was newly released. officers did not have the suspect's description. it turned out that it was a white neighbor next door. but t good morning. 7:26. i am anne makovec. breaking news, an hours' long barricade situation in san francisco has just come to an end. it started around 1:00 this morning at an apartment building on bay street and police have just confirmed that suspect surrendered peacefully. a man accused of killing five people in south carolina apparently has ties to the bay area. a source says the suspect is former nfl pro philip adams. adams previously played for raiders and 49ers.
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santa clara county will allow everyone 16 and older to begin booking vaccine appointments. before today it was only open to those 50 and up and priority groups of course like first responders. a traffic hazard will affect your commute. if you are commuting towards the nimitz it's a little slow. a heads up there, some sort of debris in one of the lanes on the connector road south 880 towards 238. road closure due to building fire, a lot of activity on scene, san jose, store reid. if you are headed elsewhere in san francisco lumbar street in both directions remains closed due to a crash. morning clouds and areas of fog. through the afternoon plenty sunshine with daytime highs warmer compared to yesterday. 60 in san francisco, 66 oakland, 68 for san jose with breezy westerly wind here we go
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welcome back to "cbs this morning." as a growing number of companies speak out against georgia's new voting laws, some activists are denouncing the masters golf tournament for moving forward in the state. round one of the masters begins today at augusta national golf club. it comes after major league baseball recently moved its all-star game out of the state because of the law, and corporations like delta, coca-cola, and our parent company, viacomcbs, have also condemned it. some like vikings activist stacy abrahm and tyler perry whose
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studio is in atlanta have come out against boycotts that could further damage the state's economy. mark strassmann is in augusta with a look at the debate. good morning. >> reporter: good morning. augusta national, of course, has seen controversy before. it did not admit its first black member until 1990 and its first female member until 2012. now once again this year the club faces the spotlight for something other than golf. ♪ >> the return to glory. >> reporter: it's arguably the most prestigious tournament in golf. [ applause ] >> reporter: since 1934, played at the augusta national golf club in georgia. despite growing controversy over the state's new vogue law, augusta's chairman said the tournament will stay put. >> we realize that views and opinions on this law differ. there have been calls for boycotts and other punitive measures.
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unfortunately, those actions often impose the greatest burdens on the most vulnerable in our society. and in this case, that includes our friends and neighbors here in augusta. >> reporter: voter rights advocates say the new law makes it harder for minorities and poorer people to vote and will lead to suppression. the law shortens the time frame for requesting and returning mail-in ballots and limits where drop boxes for those ballots can be located. and at what time voters can access them. >> i believe it seeks to turn back time to a period of jim crow. >> reporter: ame bishop reginald jackson is a critic of the law. on sunday he plans to protest at the masters with other religious leaders. >> georgia and the masters have a history of discrimination, and georgia is probably the capital of voter suppression. one of the reasons why we're going to the masters is because in light of its past history. >> reporter: republicans have said democrats are misrepresenting the law.
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georgia's governor, brian kemp, criticized major league baseball for pulling its all-star game from the state. >> they ignored the facts of our new election integrity law, and they ignored the con eventses of their -- consequences of their decision on our local community. >> reporter: professional golf's greats and newcomers weighed in this week, though none went so far as to suggest the masters should be moved. cameron champ, one of the only current pro players of color, criticized the law. >> it really targets certain black communities, makes it harder for them to vote which to me is everybody's right to vote. >> reporter: for local businesses hit hard by covid, the masters brings much-needed relief. >> every single year, the world comes to our city for the same reason. >> reporter: which is why the mayor of augusta doesn't think moving the tournament would be an effective solution. even if he's a staunch critic of the new voting law. >> i anticipate augusta national golf club will lean into the issues of social and racial
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justice or injustices in this case as it relates to voting and say how can we use our influence and to move that toward justice. >> reporter: last year you'll recall that covid concerns postponed the masters from april to november. this year's tournament runs through sunday, and you can see it right here on cbs. tony? >> all right. thank you very much. we also have an update on an investigation of alleged racism here at cbs. two senior executives, peter dunn and david friend, were placed on administrative levee january. that was after allegations of racist, homophobic, and sexist behavior. cbs entertainment group president and ceo george cheek says in a statement, "we have determined that cbs stations president peter dunn and senior vice president of news david friend are not returning to their positions and will be leaving the company. the external investigation is not over and will continue this entire process while sometimes painful and emotional, it is an
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important step forward in living up to our promise of a safe, inclusive, respectful, and equitable workplace for all of us, end quote. now dunn's attorney told cbs news his client's termination is without cause, and he hopes to be fully exonerated. cbs counters that this action is appropriate and necessary at this time, and any decision regarding cause will be made only when the investigation itself is over. an attorney for friend, meanwhile, did not comment. in an earlier statement to the "los angeles times," which you'll recall broke the story, friend said comments made to employees or hires were not dependent on anyone's race or gender. american cruise lines push to resume voyages. first on "cbs this morning," what the ceo of royal caribbean says the u.s. can learn from ships setting sail from other countries. and a reminder, you can always get the news by subscribing to the "cbs this morning" podcast.
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we are learning what cruise ships could be like when they set sail again in american waters. passenger ships have not been allowed to sail in this country for more than a year because of, you know, covid. that's wiped out more than 100,000 american jobs. this week, the cdc said that cruises could potentially, potentially return this summer with some restrictions. first on "cbs this morning," erroll barnett spoke to the ceo of royal caribbean about the company's plans to restart operations. we want to get ourselves going -- >> reporter: in his first sit-down interview since the pandemic began, royal caribbean's ceo richard fain tells cbs news he's pushing to set sail again now that there's more information about how to stop the spread of covid. >> we would like to work closely with the cdc to make sure that we do that in a safe and healthy way. >> reporter: no cruise ship with passengers has left a u.s. port in over a year. last february, a major covid outbreak on board the "diamond princess," run by a separate
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cruise company, left passengers stuck at sea for nearly a month. soon after, there was another outbreak on board the "grand princ princess." in all, more than 800 were infected with covid and more than a dozen people died. in mid-march, the cdc issued a no-sail order, stopping all cruises from the u.s. >> i've done four cruises since covid appeared, and i will be doing another one very soon. >> reporter: but cruises have resumed elsewhere. morgan o'brien is an american travel video blogger living in germany. >> on board the ship we are required to wear a surgical mask at any time we're moving around the ship. >> reporter: and videos like these, he's pushing the cdc to establish protocols cruise ships outside the u.s. are already using. >> people are getting temperature checks every day. we have to be tested 72 hours before the cruise leaves. of course, it has to be a negative pcr test. >> reporter: royal krab has tested those -- caribbean has
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tested those systems aboard with encouraging results. >> the royal caribbean group has carried over 100,000 guests. of that, we've only had ten cas cases. we would like to be treated in a similar way to the airlines and were transportation. >> reporter: last week the cdc unveiled technical steps for cruise operators including trial voyages with volunteers and updating the definition of covid-like illness for reporting. they have not set a specific return date. cruise lines are also choosing to install better filtration systems to clean the air. here in the next few months, should they be able to set sail, what will be different? >> all the cruise lines are working toward best protocols. that includes new ways of circulating air, new filtration. it includes cleanliness, ways to clean areas. it includes testing. >> reporter: the cdc also recommends passengers and crew get vaccines before boarding. some companies are taking it further.
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royal caribbean and norwegian say they will require all passengers and crew to be inoculated. >> nobody can guarantee anybody is safe from covid anywhere in america or anywhere else. actually, the irony is if you go on a ship, you're going to reduce your risk of coming down with the virus. >> reporter: now fain makes that assertion by saying that they will test passengers before, during, and after trips. they will also be able to contact trace with technology they describe as a tracer. a wearable device, tracking device. it has rfid technology so that if there is a positive case on board, they can isolate that individual and let you know if you've come anywhere near them within six feet. really impressive stuff. now the vessel you see behind me, this huge thing, can carry up to 4,500 people. the cruise industry wants to set sail again here in the u.s. by july. but of course, the cdc has not permitted that just yet. and i know, tony, you are a fan of these huge vessels.
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you're among 15 million americans who would have gone on a cruise in this past year. and instead that number has been zero. >> i'm glad you mentioned that. i was going to say that boat looks inviting to me. thank you so much. i'm rooting for the cruise industry not only because 100,000 people work in it but because there is nothing like being out on the open ocean and not seeing land. it really alters your view of the whole planet. >> i've been on a couple of cruise -- holland america and royal caribbean, to name a couple. i think it's great for families because it's something for all ages. you're all in one area. you can come and go as you please. so i think mr. fain makes a good point. of the 100,000 he said -- >> 100,000 passengers, only ten cases. >> that is very appealing -- >> good news. i hope my wife is watching. she holds the swing vote in our household. she's currently no -- >> as shy shoe should. >> i thought she had the only vote. >> you have a baby cruising, so you can't -- >> not for a little while.
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♪ it's thursday, april 8th, 2021. we welcome you back to "cbs this morning." i'm gayle king, that's tony dokoupil and anthony mason. covid-19 sufferers may have neurological distress. we will hear what to look out for. the masters begin under new protocols and amid controversy over georgia's voting laws. we'll take you to augusta for the official start. a more perfect union. how the grammy dominated duo black violin is inspiring students to believe the impossible is possible. >> they're so good but first
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here's today's "eye opener" at 8:00. president biden taking his first steps today on guns but far short of the changes many democrats want. these are only initial steps because frankly there's lonely so much the president can do by himself. why he is urging lawmakers to do their part too. >> what can be done to keep people here? >> they are not really expecting big changes. small amount of help would make a huge difference for these families. >> i know it's very hard to put a time on it. i get it but can you give some kind of time frame? people say hold on but how much longer? what does that mean? >> yeah, i really think over the next two months. over the next two months we are opening up vaccinations to everyone in the united states, 16 years and older and that will make a huge impact. >> this is an interesting new study. according to researchers, babies really do prefer baby talk and
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pay more attention when people speak to them in an exaggerated sing-song voice. this study, of course, is brought to you by the california -- [ talking baby talk ] >> that's so true, though. >> it works. >> why do we do that? it's almost instinctive. you just start talking -- >> i think that's why we do it. it helps them learn. >> watch their face light up. that's why you do it. >> i know. i like that. >> i got about a month before i'll be doing it a lot. >> so excited for you. we'll begin with very concerning news. it's all about the coronavirus. the cdc now says a more contagious and potentially more deadly strain of the virus first discovered in the uk is the dominant variant in the u.s. and while we know the pandemic has taken a terrible, terrible toll on people's physical health, new research shows how it's affecting people's mental well-being.
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a uk study looking mostly at american patients finds that one in three covid survivors suffers neurological or mental disorders within six months of infection. >> wow, among patients treated in the icu, 7% suffered a stroke and nearly 2% were diagnosed with dementia. researchers also found 17% of patients developed anxiety and 14% experienced mood disorders. one covid survivor told ian lee about his life-altering experiences. >> discovered things, you know, it's allowed me to see things i wouldn't have otherwise seen. >> reporter: he has his dream job traveling the world as an adventure photographer. there wasn't much that scared him. that was before he caught covid last fall. >> that really, really worried me because i have three small children and my wife, of course, and i didn't want them to get sick. >> reporter: weeks later the 50-year-old from seattle thought he recovered. that's when his world changed. >> it instantly like a light switch i felt this intense
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paranoia hit me. i couldn't escape it. it kept every single person that i saw would trigger this intense fear. >> reporter: what was more terrifying, he recognized the mental illness as it was happening? >> my rational mind was still intact. this is crazy. this isn't real. this can't be real. >> reporter: doctors eventually linked his condition to covid and he's not alone. >> a third of the patients in our 230,000 patients after covid, one or more psychiatric neurological diagnoses. >> reporter: he found covid patients were treated more often for a range of disorders from common ones like anxiety and deep vein thrombosis to rare conditions like dementia and in ivan's case kye coast cyst. >> it was absolutely the most terrifying thing i've ever experienced in my life. >> what would you say is the turning point? >> two weeks ago when i started feeling good after i had my
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vaccination. >> ivan's back at work but still worries. >> how long is this going to stay with me? >> reporter: he hopes by sharing his story, others will also find the courage to ask for help. for "cbs this morning," ian lee in london. >> and psychiatrist dr. sue varma joins us now. this was such a disturbing study when i initially read the story. what's the biggest impact is having on mental health? >> we're seeing that people, 13% of people who have never had psychiatric illnesses before, neurological problems before are getting this for the first time and seeing anxiety being the most common, followed by deep vein thrombosis, followed by insomnia, substance abuse and in very rare cases even psychosis. >> who is at risk? >> the people that are most at risk are the ones who were the sickest, the hospitalized patients, the ones who were in the icu, those are the ones more at risk for the more serious conditions we talked about, the strokes and dementia.
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and the delirium which is a waxing and waning of consciousness but the scariest part are people who didn't even have covid symptoms or very mild covid symptoms that resolved or prior psychiatric known illnesses, they too are at risk for the anxiety and the deep vein thrombosis and, you know, it's hard to tease apart is it because of the hospitalization and just the fear and economic impact and all the layers of the pandemic, or was there something also medical going on and that's what the study picked up, there was something medical going on in the brain? >> talking about people who never experienced symptoms like this before in many cases. >> precisely and that is so scary, especially when you're hearing voices or the voices are telling you to harm yourself or other people or other people are out to get you. >> so these type of symptom, are they ever linked to other kinds of viral infections? >> you know, they are but, you know, not to the manifestation, not to the extent it is. when they compared that study to -- covid to the flu or covid to other control group, other
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respiratory symptoms, you saw that covid was twice as likely to produce neuropsychiatric problems as compared to the flu. so this is something really unique and the fact that people can have mild covid symptom, mild respiratory symptoms and yet major mental health and major neuropsychiatric problems. >> ivan noted in the story that he started feeling better after he got the vaccination. what should people do in this case? >> yes, so the first thing is never underestimate or minimize your mental health concerns because they very much may be linked to the inflammation that covid caused in the body. i think of covid really as a multiorgan system illness. many doctors understand this because of the blood pressures injured. we have inflammation, neurotoxins in the brain and need to be able to talk to both the primary care doctor, sometimes their long-term care centers dedicated to covid and also speak to behavioral health specialists and talk to your family about developing a care
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plan. a lot are having brain fog, memory problems and affecting their ability to function at home and with the family. have a conversation with a behavioral health specialist and your doctor. >> dr. sue, thank y
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it's honoring lee elder, 86 years old, in 1975 elder became the first black man to compete in the tournament. that was a monumental moment for the sport. augusta national club chairman fred ridley began the tournament along with golf greats gary player, jack nicklaus and lee elder. starter ceremony. >> there's so much iconic about this -- >> good morning on. behalf of the membership of augusta national golf club, william to the 2021 masters tournament. [ applause ] wherever you may be watching around the world, we are grateful to have you with us. i want to extend a special welcome to our friends at pane college. and of course, the many family and friends of our guests, honorary starter, mr. lee elder.
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[ applause ] lee elder is the first black man to compete in the masters. and in doing so, blazed a trail that will inspire the game of golf and future generations of players. we are delighted today to have with us a number of black golf professionals who are proud members of the pga of america. they undoubtedly were inspired by lee elder. and his message that the game of golf belongs to everyone. today, lee elder will inspire us and make history once more. not with a drive but with his presence, strength, and
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character. lee, it is my privilege to say you have the honors. [ applause ] [ applause ] >> thank you, lee. it is now my honor to introduce two great legends who combined for nine green jackets.
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joining lee on the first tee, the winner of three masters tournaments, including 60 years ago this week when he became the masters' first international champion. ladies and gentlemen, please welcome golf's preeminent global ambassador, mr. gary player. [ cheers and applause ] gary, play away, please. [ applause ]
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>> and finally, joining lee and gary is a man who is celebrating the 35th anniversary of his historic sixth green jacket. [ applause ] his performance in 1986 was legendary and widely celebrated as one of the greatest victories in the history of the game. ladies and gentlemen, mr. jack nicklaus. [ cheers and applause ] jack, the tee is yours. >> okay.
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>> that was the hardest part. [ laughter ] >> all right! [ applause ] >> thank you, lee, gary, and jack. the 2021 masters is now officially under way. enjoy the tournament, everyone. [ cheers and
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tweeting that maybe she could have helped george floyd. local news coming up next. good morning. it's 8:25. i am len kiese. an hours' long barricade situation in san francisco has come to an end. it started around 1:00 this morning at an apartment building on bay street. the suspect surrendered peacefully. a man accused of killing five people in south carolina has ties to the bay area. associated press reports the suspect is former nfl pro philip adams. he previously played for raiders and 49ers. governor newsom will tour some work underway in fresno to prepare for wildfire season. he is expected to highlight state's emergency early action
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to boost firefighter support. it's slow on some major freeways west bound 580 into the altamont pass. a new trouble spot near airway, 32 minutes from 205 to 680. highway 4 west bound from antioch towards 80, that will take 47 minutes. there is a crash at railroad over to the shoulder. it looks like the south way is getting better, no major issues along 101. bay bridge metering lights remain on, still slow towards that area and san mateo bridge crowded west bound heading towards 101. already catching sunshine in spots as we head through our afternoon, breezy westerly winds, daytime highs warmer compared to yesterday, 60 san francisco, mid 60s in oakland, low 70s for concord. to show you sunshine that we are expecting as we head through our day today, temperatures for tomorrow are just a little bit cooler. we'll have the stronger ocean
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welcome back to "cbs this morning." it is time to bring you some of the stories that are "talk of the table" this morning. and mr. mason is up first. >> and i have some really good news. new york's lincoln center had its first live music event since the pandemic started. and boy, was it great to be there. members of the new york fi philharmonic played an outdoor concert for an audience of 120 health care workers. we talked to trumpet player tom smith. what does it feel like to be playing music again?
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>> it feels wonderful. words can't describe what's going to happen when we finish our first piece and i get to hear applause -- hopefully -- for first time in 13 months. >> 13 months. >> yes. >> kerry cook, a physician's assistant, was also happy to be in the audience. how are you feeling about things right now in terms of where we are coming out of this? >> this was a milestone for me. you know, seeing my mom for the first time was a millstone. going out -- milestone. going out to outdoor dinner, this feels like another step toward my old life and toward the things that i love about new york city. >> lincoln center has a 16-acre campus, as you know. and they plan to create ten outdoor performance and rehearsal spaces so that people can share the music out there in the open. it's such a great place. the goal is to get their theaters, the metropolitan opera, the new york philharmonic, the city ballet up by the fall. that's what they're aiming for. >> how are you feel being it? that's your back yard.
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>> i walk through there almost every day on my way home from work. it's been silent for 13 months, as he said. it was just so sweet to hear the sounds again. >> you were on one of your walks and you go, "where's my camera?" >> we knew. we've been waiting. >> i know you have. >> to see a place like that go silent in the -- in the pandemic was just really heartbreaking in so many ways. great to see them back. >> so pretty there, too. really nice. mine is about cher. she's apologizing for a tweet about george floyd. she wrote it last week. and this is what she said -- was talking with mom and she said, i watched trial of the policeman who killed george floyd and cried. and i said, mom, i know this is going to sound crazy, but i kept thinking maybe if i'd been there i could have helped. well, there was immediate backlash. so cher deleted the tweet and apologized. she tweeted this -- i'm truly sorry if i upset anyone in the black community. i know my heart. on tuesday, just -- two days ago, cher apologized again
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saying these last days have been hard, soul searching, painful ones because she got hammered on line. >> yeah. >> and i just looked at that, guys, and thought, it -- it made me so sad in a way that she felt she had to apologize. see, i didn't read it as i'm cher, i can save it. she was accused of being a white savior, white privilege, all the people there couldn't do anything. what makes you think you could do something because you're cher? that's one way of looking at it. i looked at it as someone who -- who has been in -- has talked to chef and knows chef tweets a lot about -- cher tweets a lot. and she was compassionate and thought wished i had been there, wish i could have helped. i didn't feel anything wrong with what she said -- >> sometimes you have to believe their heart's in the right place. you may not like the way they express it, but i think her heart was in the right place. >> i think it was poorly worded. she pointed out if you're feeling that emotional maybe the wise move is not to tweet. i not that's general advice we could -- i think that's general
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advice we could all use. >> i look at it as i care, i wanted to let people know i care. i hear you it. we live in such a world today -- don't get me started -- you say one thing and it's off to the races and you're instantly condemned. >> i agree with you. i wish it was say situation where you could say something, be wrong, be okay to be wrong. >> you can't be wrong these days. >> sometimes when you're limited to a few words, it's -- you know, it's very easy to take them in the wrong way. >> i think cher, to your point, her heart was in the right place about what she was trying to do. >> a lot of people may need a drink after that escapade. i have news on the drinking front. >> very good transition, tony dokoupil. >> this is not news for you, of course. but you don't drink at all. anthony, i know you're a beer drinker, not really a wine drinker. for people who care about wine and french wine in particular, you'll want to know it is so cold now in the wine regions of france that they are doing this -- that is a shot of giant barrels of wax being burned in a vineyard to keep the air warm
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enough for the grapes to survive. >> oh. >> not only are delighting these fires, they're also lighting straw bales on fire and using giant heaters and wind machines all in a desperate attempt to save the crops. this happened in 2017 also. got below freezing during the key moment for the crops. and it was the lowest output in the history of tracking french production of wine. >> so it has to be warm, the grapes -- >> it's got to be above freezing. they can't freed at that point. an outage or -- if you care about french wine you might want to stock up. >> i'm sorry it's come to that, but it is quite beautiful to see. >> they didn't intend it to be romantic and beautiful. but i would have had a glass of wine and lambchop next to that -- >> when all else files, there's martinelli's sparkling apple cider. delicious. >> is that french? >> yes, oui, oui. switching gears now. as many schools continue remote
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learning and arts, budgets face big cuts. two grammy-nominated musicians are stepping up to the plate to help. black violin is a group, they're teaching kids around the country to, greater than what divides us. ♪ we can do anything ♪ >> reporter: chances are you haven't heard classical music that sounds like this -- ♪ >> okay. >> you don't need a cello -- >> reporter: the sound of black violin, the genre duo working to help students like those attending their old school, parkway middle, in florida follow in their footsteps. ♪ what made you guys pick up this instrument? >> they inspired me. one time i saw them at my elementary school, and i started
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freestyling, whatever they usually do. and i was like, wow, they sound great. >> all the way up -- >> you right there. >> reporter: black violin's kev marcus and wil baptiste grew up in working class neighborhoods in ft. lauderdale. at first, neither had any interest in playing a string instrument. >> i wanted to play the saxophone. they put me in the wrong class. true story. i was stuck in the class for two weeks. and i just -- you know, after like the first week, i really started really falling in love with this instrument. >> i remember well after class he would hop around and stuff. then like every now and then he would hop around and play chords on the piano. then he'll sing brian mcknight. that was his thing. eventually, you know, like i kind of started playing, and like all of the other people in the orchestra room started kind of trying to collaborate. that's i think when it started kind of the beginning. ♪ >> reporter: those early orchestra jams blending hip-hop and classical music became the
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hallmark of black violin's sound. launching a career that's seen them perform for the obama family. and with the national symphony orchestra, with marcus and baptiste shattering stereotypes along the way. >> i mean, we're big black guys, you know. we're like -- we should be playing basketball or football. like no one ever expects us to play violin. and so when you do something that you're not supposed to do, people -- you can change the way people see you. ♪ music saved us in a lot of ways. now i think we pay that forward. ♪ >> nice. >> reporter: to pay it forward, the duo conducts workshops for students from low-income backgrounds. ♪ >> see, there we go. ♪ >> reporter: their foundation also provides grants and financial assistance to aspiring artists. >> without the foundation, i wouldn't have been able to pay for precollege. ♪ >> it really enabled me to be able to have summer lessons and
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participate in a summer program. without their funds, i don't know how that would have been possible for me. ♪ >> reporter: and during the pandemic, the two are hosting virtual events for students across the nation. >> thank you. >> really amazing music. i loved it. >> amazing to describe the type of music i just heard. >> we're showing representation, we're showing creativity. and then they react that way. it's almost sort of just a reminder of how important what we do is. >> reporter: do you see yourselves reflected in these kids? >> absolutely. and that's why we wake up in the morning and perform for these kids because we see ourselves in these kids, and they see temselves in us. to be at this level, doing something you love and travel the world and able to inspire and uplift the world, i mean, it's just -- you know, a dream come true for sure. >> reporter: for "cbs this morning," manuel bojorquez. >> gosh, thank you, will and kev. i loved -- i think it was will
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who said he was put in the wrong class. sometimes you get in the wrong class and good things happen. >> yeah. >> there's so much joy in what they do. and you can see how it spreads so easily. >> you can also see those kids, little sponges, just soaking it up. >> absolutely. >> nice, nice, nice job. >> going places as a result of the exposure. >> kev says it's best when you do something you're not supposed to do, people can see you differently, and it can change things. you're so right about that. nicely done. nicely done, guys. ahead, "48 hours" investigates the death of an
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this week's "48 hours" investigates the death of an alabama woman with an active following on a site known for its adult content. kat west posted suggestive pictures of herself for her only fan subscribers who pay to see exclusive pictures and videos. police scoured her social media accounts for possible clues after her body was found outside her home. "48 hours" correspondent maureen maher takes us inside the case. >> reporter: kat west was not your average stay-at-home mom. she put the social in social media. her only fans account had hundreds of subscribers. >> it's sort of the happy medium between porn and the "brady bunch." >> reporter: the case caught the attention of reporter and cbs news consultant carol robinson.
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the partially dressed body of a woman was found outside of her home in an alabama suburb. she'd suffered a head injury, and the scene appeared to be staged. a bottle of absinthe was on the cell phone. >> that bottle was placed on the phone like this. >> reporter: she learned kat west, whose fans knew her as kitty kat west, had a husband, jeff, and a daughter, lola. family friend brittany driesler says the wests were an unlikely couple. >> i know opposites attract, but i was like, that guy? pulled that girl? >> you would not describe this as a conventional marriage? >> definitely not. >> reporter: she says kat was a flamboyant marilyn monroe devotee. jeff was a former army recruiter, buttoned down and squared away. police sergeant mike milhof said at the scene he was oddly reserved. >> everybody grieves in a
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different way. that was something i kept telling myself. >> reporter: jeff told police they had gone to dinner that night and then stopped to buy liquor on the way home where he had photographed kat for her online fans. you never saw an ounce of jealousy from him? >> never. never. >> reporter: police wondered if one of her internet fans could have killed her. >> we were concerned that, you know, do we have somebody out there that's actually killing people. >> reporter: they say they scoured kat's online accounts but didn't find any viable suspects. on february 22nd, 2018 -- >> william jeffrey west, the victim's husband, has been arrested and charged with the murder. >> reporter: defense attorney john robins -- >> there was nothing on his clothes. no liquor, no blood, no bodily fluid, no tissue, no hair. >> reporter: did you ever consider the possibility that maybe this guy just snapped one night? >> but there's no evidence to that. i mean, that's not how -- does not have a history of violence.
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>> jeff could not have possibly done it. >> reporter: had you heard of only fans? >> no, ma'am. there's a lot of things try to make sure that they were going down the right path. >> yeah. sounds like a difficult investigation. maureen maher, thank you very much. you can see maureen's full report "the mysterious death of kat west" on "48 hours" saturday at 10:00, 9:00 central here on cbs. on today's "cbs this morning" podcast, hear from cnn
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thank you for being here. it's a real treat for us. now, who do we have here? how are you? >> the kangaroo is a unique animal. you can see now, small obviously, the pouch. they're marsupial. you know what that means, right? >> yeah, totally. >> that is beloved animal expert jungle jack hanna who has been teaching us about animals for more than 40 years on shows like ""the late show with stephen colbert" show w-- with james co" he's retiring from public life. the 74-year-old has been diagnosed with dementia. if you don't know him, hanna became famous in dozens of late-night talk show appearances. and he latest hosted his own
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animal tv shows including the emmy award-winning show "jack hanna's into the wild." he served as director of the columbus zoo in ohio for nearly 20 years. >> thousands -- >> a terrific human being. >> thousands of appearances. i've been watching him forever. >> yeah. >> he taught us all a long. >> he sure did. >> that clip there with james corden has five million views. >> i believe it. >> on youtube. >> people like jack hanna. >> i'll let people know -- after that introduction of the baby kangaroo, hanna goes on to explain about the pouch, and -- we're getting -- wait. we're getting the big good-bye. i thought i had one minute left. >> we have another story. >> there's a rare peek inside a kangaroo's pouch. that's why the clip has five million views. >> i was wondering why you were talking. we've got another story. >> i saw the one minute. i've got a lot of time here. >> we'll go with this. we're going to leave you with this -- gorgeousness because it's amanda gorman on the new cover of "vogue" magazine. she's a former national youth
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poet laureate. remember her? a pair of beautiful portraits. she gave a candid interview and revealed what she wrote in her journal after the inauguration. >> beautiful, i'm sorry i stepped on it. >> very proud of her
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good morning. it's 8:55. an hours' long barricade situation in san francisco has come to an end. it started around 1:00 this morning in an amount building on bay street. police confirm the suspect surrendered peacefully. alameda will start to administer vaccines to people 16 and older in 12 hard hit zip codes in oakland, hayward, san leandro, san lorenza. today santa clara will allow everyone 16 and over to begin booking vaccine appointments. before today it was only open to those 50 and up and priority
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groups like first responders. we've got brake lights as you work across richmond san rafael bridge. there is a broken down vehicle causing a bit of a slow down as you head through mostly on the west end. we are not seeing issues near the toll plaza. you will see brake lights across the upper deck of the bay bridge. there is an accident underway, an investigation as well on lumbar street both directions. it remains closed between bucanan and pierce street. plan for that. at the bay bridge toll plaza, slight delays there and san mateo bridge is looking better. >> happy thursday to you. you are catching a bit of sunshine this morning. through the day we'll catch clearing for all of us. we are looking at temperatures a little bit warmer compared to yesterday, 60 in san francisco, mid 60s oakland, upper 60s san jose and low 70s for concord with breezy westerly friends.
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