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all morning. >> he remembered all of the names. >> well, then got it started when he was bring up his fond childhood memories, we just want deep into the weeds. >> then viewers in the west, and welcome to cbs this morning. it's wednesday, july 28th, 2021. i'm gayle king. that's anthony mason. jericka duncan is still here. breaking overnight, simone biles pulls out of another event at the tokyo olympics. we'll talk about the pressure on elite athletes with someone who knows all about it, gold medall winning gymnast dominique dawes. >> a stunning reversal by the cdc on wearing masks. we'll ask the cdc director about who should wear them and when. plus, new guidance for schools. >> and testimony from four police officers who defended
capitol hill from a pro-trump mob on january 6th. how they fought for their lives against rioters they call terrorists. first here's today's eye-opener, it's your world, in 90 seconds. >> why should they trust the same group of health officials who just told them they don't have to wear a mask anymore inside? >> because our goal is to save their lives. >> the cdc now saying vaccinated americans should wear masks again indoors, in certain sections of the country. >> the biden administration announced they will require that all federal employees be vaccinated or be regularly tested. >> if you're not vaccinated, you're not nearly as smart as i thought you were. >> begunmaker remington is offering families of victims of the sandy hook shooting $30 million. >> lawmakers investigating the january 6th insurrection held their first public hearing. >> indifference shown to my colleagues is disgraceful. >> actor bob oden dirk, the scar
of "better call saul" has been hospitalized. >> the trailer is out for "ghostbusters afterlife". >> go, go, go! >> and all that matters. >> yes! >> team usa earned a silver medal in gymnastics after simone biles exited the competition. >> i put mental health first, because if you don't, then you're not going to enjoy your sport. >> on "cbs this morning." >> the greatest female swimmer of all time, katie ledecky, who will win gold. >> swimming superstar katie ledecky making olympic history. she won gold in the first ever olympic women's 1500 meter. >> ledecky's teammate sullivan took silver. >> this morning's eye opener is presented by progressive, making it easy to bundle insurance. >> go team usa. >> yeah. >> a lot to cheer about, which
is good. go katie ledecky. >> we'll be talking about the olympics in a moment. we begin with a major reversal by the cdc. it now recommends that all americans wear masks indoors where covid is surging, fueled by the delta variant. the cdc's guidance affects about 60% of u.s. counties, where there are substantial or high transmission rates. cbs news has also learned that all white house employees, regardless of their vaccination status, are now required to wear masks indoors. and as the new school year approaches, the cdc is also recommending all students, teachers and staff, wear masks. our lead national correspondent, david begnaud is in louisiana. louisiana just saw the biggest spike in hospitalizations since the start of the pandemic. >> reporter: they did, anthony. in fact, here at louisiana's largest hospital they have 119 covid patients this morning. they had 62 last week. it's nearly doubled.
regarding the mask guidance from the cdc, you're going to have some districts around the country that say, whoa, the cdc gave us cover to mandate masks. but you'll have other districts that say, you know what, we're still not going to mandate it. and those districts that do say that may have to answer to mothers like this. >> we're looking for places that will keep them safe. >> reporter: in the south louisiana area, brittany may be one of the most outspoken parents you'll find when it comes to masking. >> i get this feeling that our childrens' safety is coming second to pushback from the community or angry phone calls or politics. >> she speaks from authority. she is a doctor, and so is her husband. they have both treated covid patients for the last year. now, the doctor is planning to pull her kids out of the public school testimony, because in lafayette parish they are not currently requiring masks. >> when the public school system dropped their mask mandate in
june, just as we were starting to see case numbers start to rise, it was very telling that they were not valuing my childrens' safety. >> what happens if you don't find a school in your community? >> then we'll make a school in our home and we are very lucky that we can financially do that. but it really frustrates and angers me that there are so many parents out there who can't do that. >> reporter: she may have found a solution that works for her family. >> you're going into eighth grade? >> fourth. >> this week the doctor and her 8-year-old twins toured a private school that has, throughout the pandemic, followed the cdc's guidance. >> what are you looking for? >> they should be masking indoors. >> reporter: nationwide seven states have banned mask mandates in schools, while six states are still requiring them. the majority of states like louisiana have left that decision up to the local school districts. >> it's really exhausting to go to work every day and be worried and scared for my patients and really want to fight for this community.
i can't control that the community is not getting on board with these very easy mitigation strategies, whether it's vaccination or masking, but i can control if my kids are safe. so i'm going to make sure they are. >> reporter: do you sometimes get a little self-conscious, like maybe i'm being a little too eager beaver with all of this? >> no, because i have to face the real true risks of this disease every day. my colleagues see our pediatric hospitals filling up and kids getting sicker this time around. these are real risks and i am not willing to roll the dice with my kids' health. >> reporter: we interviewed the doctor monday night not knowing what the cdc was going to say. sure enough, they come out tuesday and say kids should be masked at school. and i texted the doctor and said, what do you think, and she said i'm so relieved to finally have definitive messaging that says you need to mask up in schools. by the way, the public school system where her kids were going and are currently going, said, hey, we weren't going to mandate masks, but based on the cdc's new guidance, we're going to take another look.
gayle? >> david, thank you. cdc director dr. rochelle walensky joins us to discuss the new mask guidance. good morning to you, dr. walensky. >> good morning, gayle. thanks for having me. >> we're glad you're here. you've got a lot to sort through today. we just heard in david's piece a mother thanking the cdc for more definitive guidance about wearing masks. others are saying, what are you doing, cdc, you're confusing all of us. can you just explain, you changed the rules, it seems to me, when you get new information and you get new updated information. is that what has happened here? >> that's exactly right. so where we were in may is we had a country that had mostly alpha variant of this virus, only 1% of the sequenced virus was delta at the time. here we are about ten weeks later, and most of what we're sequencing now is delta variant, and delta is just a different kind of beast, as we say. it is much more contagious. we knew that already. the thing that is important and new data we've seen in the last
several days, but corroborated several times, is that if you are vaccinated and you are one of those rare breakthrough infections, you actually have the capacity to pass it to somebody else. >> it's new, but it's also very scary, because you used to think if you're vaccinated, you're safe. isn't it true that if more people had gotten the vaccine, we wouldn't even be dealing with the delta variant right now? >> you know, i think it's very true to say that the country that has so much disease right now, 80% of our countries with the highest amount of disease have the lowest amount of vaccination in this country, less than 40% of the people vaccinated. so there is no doubt that the reason that we have so much disease right now is because it has gone after those who are unprotected, unvaccinated. and the vast majority of transmission that is happening in this country is happening among unvaccinated people. >> dr. walensky, where do you see this trend going in terms of infections as we head toward the fall? tom frieden was here, one of your predecessors at the cdc
yesterday, and he said we could have 200,000 infections daily by the fall. do you see us actually having to up-mask guidance even further? >> we'll follow the science and have the science lead the recommendations we make. i certainly hope we don't have to be in that situation. what i can tell you is we can halt the train of transmission and we can do something if we unify together and get people vaccinated who are not yet vaccinated, if we mask, we can halt this in the matter of a couple of weeks. >> the cdc also recommends that everyone in schools wear masks, but when you look at the data, 1.3 to 1.6 children have been hospitalized because of children, 0.6 deaths when it comes to children. so when you say parents say why do i need to have my child wear a mask, can you explain that? >> several important things. first of all, we want kids back in school. we want school to be full-time, in-person. we want children to be able to
enjoy the school year. we've seen outbreaks this summer of schools, summer schools, that have not been complying with the guidance and we know that when you have a lot of disease around, it comes in from the community and then it can spread in schools if you don't do what is necessary. we also know we don't have vaccines available yet for children 11 and younger. and there are children who are 12 to 17, only about 30% of them so far going into the school year have been vaccinated. so we know that the majority of children who are entering the school year will not be vaccinated. i know people are saying that children do better, and they do than adults, older adults, with this virus. they tend to be more asymptomatic, they tend to have fewer symptoms. but i do want to emphasize if you compare covid deaths to children this year compared to flu deaths in prior years, it's about twofold more. so it is really important to understand that while children are not getting sick nearly at the rate as adults are, they're
getting sick more than they would during a standard flu season and more deaths, indeed. >> president biden is expected to announce today, or very soon, that he wants all federal workers to get the vaccine. are you hoping that private companies -- i know it's their decision, but are you hoping that private companies will follow suit? >> i am hoping that we will do everything to unify as a country to get more and more people vaccinated, and if that's one strategy in our toolbox, i would be all for it. >> thank you very much, dr. rochelle walensky. we appreciate your time. now to our breaking news out of tokyo, where usa gymnastics has confirmed that simone biles will not be part of tomorrow's individual all-around competition. this comes after biles pulled out of the team final yesterday for mental health reasons. jamie yuccas is in tokyo covering the olympics. it's good to hear she's paying attention to her mental health. what more are we learning? >> reporter: absolutely. but it has been a roller coaster couple of days for the american
gymnastics team, which still managed to win a silver medal yesterday, despite biles departure from the competition. although biles will not have the chance to defend her gold medal tomorrow, she will get an opportunity to spend time nurturing something much more precious, her mental well-being. >> it's the rarest error. there's nobody else occupying it right now and it's got to be a lonely place at times. >> reporter: simone biles decision to pull out of thursday's individual competition shows the olympics take a physical and mental toll. >> she is leaving the floor right now. >> reporter: the move comes after her stunning withdraw from the team gymnastics final yesterday, which had everyone wondering if no crowds, no family support, and the cloud of covid proved to be too much for one of the sport's biggest heroes. >> it does the same thing to elite athletes as all of us. we all have the same brains and hearts. >> what does it say for someone like simone biles to say, you know what, i just need a break? >> it says she's brave and that
she's a role model and it says that she is a human. despite the fact that she's a superhero in gymnastics, she's a human. >> the greatest female swimmer of all time, katie ledecky, to the wall. >> reporter: meanwhile, fellow team usa superstar katie ledecky, the most decorated female swimmer in history, easily won gold in the first-ever olympic women's 1500m freestyle. she finished more than 4 seconds ahead of erica sullivan, who took silver. alex walsh and kate douglass became the fourth and fifth american teenagers to make the podium, winning silver and bronze in the 200 individual medley. ledecky expressed her support for biles and commented on the importance of mental health for top level athletes. >> i hope she continues to do what's best for her and the people around her, her coaches and teammates, continue to support her. >> reporter: the outpouring of support for biles over the last
24 hours has been immense. a spokesman for the ioc said today that the organization has huge respect for the gymnast and many fellow athletes have echoed that same sentiment. the support has not been limited to the sports world. former first lady michelle obama also tweeted that she's proud of biles and is rooting for her. gayle? >> i hope she hears all of the goodwill, the tsunami of love and support that's coming her way. thank you very much. i like what the doctor said, it shows that she's brave and human. it really does show that strong people can be challenged with their mental health. the fact that she's speaking up and sharing it with all of us is huge. >> and that she appeared at a press conference and was incredibly poised about what she was going through. that's very important for everybody, for anybody who goes through that. >> something we talked about during the break, that sport is so difficult and tough. if you're not in the right head space, you don't want to be flipping in the air. you could possibly injure yourself. good for her. >> pulling for her.
moving to capitol hill, it was day one of testimony on the january 6th insurrection. it was intensely emotional. you could really describe it as wrenching. this was very, very difficult to watch. the house select committee investigating the assault, heard testimony from four law enforcement officers about what it was like, really like to battle the pro-trump mob. nikole killion was at the hearing. kevin mccarthy and mitch mcconnell say they did not watch. good morning to you. >> reporter: good morning to you, gayle. they said that they were busy and in meetings, but committee chair benny thompson said he believes the testimony set the right tone for their work ahead. he warned the panel could start issuing subpoenas soon, and the role of the trump white house during the events on january 6th is of high interest. >> telling the truth shouldn't be hard. >> reporter: palpable pain. >> i could feel myself losing oxygen and recall thinking to myself, this is how i'm going to die. >> reporter: and emotion.
>> the indifference shown to my colleagues is disgraceful. >> reporter: from four officers who held the line. >> what were you fighting for that day? >> democracy. >> reporter: one by one they described their experiences january 6th in excruciating detail. >> bashed me in the head and face, rupturing my lip and adding additional injury to my skull. >> reporter: michael fanone suffered a heart attack and traumatic brain injury. >> i was grabbed, beaten, tased, all while being called a traitor to my country. i was at risk of being stripped of and killed with my own firearm. >> reporter: and u.s. capitol police officer harry dunn, who was called racial slurs. >> in the crowd, perhaps around 20 people, joined in screaming, boo [ bleep ]. no one had ever, ever called me [ bleep ] while wearing the uniform of a capitol police
officer. >> reporter: sergeant gonell broke down as he described being beaten with a flagpole and soaked with chemical spray. congresswoman liz cheney asked him about the former president's characterization that the mob was a loving crowd. >> how does that make you feel? >> it's upsetting. >> reporter: the hearing left some members in tears. >> i never expected today to be quite as emotional for me as it has been. >> i have faith, because of folks like you. >> reporter: at the end, a final plea to get to the bottom of what happened. >> i need you guys to address if anyone in power had a role in this. >> reporter: so far, more than 540 defendants have been charged in connection with the capitol attack. the committee has not announced its next hearing, but could be called back over the august recess. >> thank you.
a lot of people obviously upset about having to hear that. >> yes. >> and to hear what they had to say, each of them talking about the personal toll that it's taken, thinking about their daughters, their family, not knowing if they were going to survive. >> my heart went out to all of them. hodges was talking about someone trying to gouge his eyes out and harry dunn who said he had never been called the "n" word while wearing the uniform. the more you hear, the more you realize how bad it was, because i see why people were emotional, because it was a lack of humanity that day. these are americans fighting fellow americans, too. let's not lose sight of that. >> there's only one way to characterize what happened that day. it was a mob assaulting that building. >> exactly. >> and the testimony couldn't have been more powerful than it was. ahead, two colorado police officers are charged after a disturbing incident c
still ahead, former olympian dominique dawes reacts to simone biles' decision to put her mental health first at the tokyo games. what it was like for dawes when she won gold. plus, the latest on actor bob odenkirk who reportedly collapsed on the set of "better call saul." that's coming up on "cbs this morning." ♪ ♪ heading g back to scschool s more excxciting thanan eve. and when k kids have what t they needd to movove forward d together. anything i is possiblele. kohl''s. whwhen it comemes to laundnd eveveryone thihinks their r waye right waway. i justst stuff eveverything i. it hasas to be colold water, itit's better r for the plpla the secretet is, with h tide pot all woworks. ofof course, i it does. no matter r how you wawash, it's gotot to be tidide. ♪ [ sneezizing ]
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welcome back to "cbs this morning." the chief of police in aurora, colorado, is apologizing after a brutal arrest captured on the body cameras of two officers. the footage was released yesterday, and we want to warn you, it is disturbing. kyle vinson was arrested friday on an outstanding warrant charge. within minutes, he was left beaten and bloodied, saying he was fighting for his life. jeff pegues is following this latest controversy for the aurora police department. >> reporter: the body camera video show officers attempting to arrest three men with outstanding felony warrants. when to flee, kyle vinson is
left sitting alone. >> sit down. sit down. stay down. >> what did i do? >> reporter: officer john haubert is seen pointing a gun, ordering vinson to lie face down and show his hands, which he does. >> hands all the way out in front of you. >> okay. >> reporter: the officer hits vinson with his pistol at least seven times. one cut on vinson's head required six stitches. he later holds him by the neck for almost 40 seconds. vinson's father says he was shocked by what he saw. >> i thought he was going to die. he said, "you're killing me." >> on your face -- >> you're killing me. >> get on your face! >> you're killing me! >> reporter: aurora's police chief vanessa wilson cause the arrest a despicable act. >> we're disgusted. we're angry. this is not police work. this is not the aurora police department. this was criminal. >> reporter: since becoming
chief in 2020, wilson has worked to reform the aurora police department. terminating 14 officers for misconduct. the year before she became chief, 23-year-old elijah mcclain died after aurora police put him in a neck hold and paramedics injected him with ketamine after he was stopped while walking home from a convenience store. wilson says as soon as she saw this new video, she ordered an internal affairs investigation. >> if you move, i will shoot you. >> help me. >> reporter: wilson says she supports the quick release of body camera videos which is now required by colorado law within 21 days in incidents where there are complaints. >> and that's why i'm doing it here today. because you have a right to know what happened. >> reporter: officer haubert faces multiple felony charges including second-degree assault and attempted first-degree assault. another officer on the scene, francine martinez, faces misdemeanor charges for failing to intervene or report the use
of force. >> help! help -- i didn't do anything. >> reporter: authorities have yet to say whether vinson will face charges for an outstanding warrant on a probation violation. >> didn't do anything, dude. i was just fighting for my life, man. >> reporter: officer haubert is on administrative leave without pay. his lawyer would not comment but says that he will zealously defend his client. officer martinez is on leave with pay which is department policy when charged with a non-felony. we are seeking comment from her or her attorney, but so far we have not heard back. >> wow, jeff. that video is hard to watch. once again, video holding officers accountable. thank you. and a reminder -- you can always get the morning's news by subscribing to the "cbs this morning" podcast. hear today's top stories in less than 20 minutes. up next, we take you back to
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the drama of the tokyo olympics comes as the city faces new challenges in this pandemic. the number of new covid cases there just topped 3,000 for the very first time. as lucy craft reports from tokyo, it's not the olympics experience that many were hoping for. >> reporter: no one was more stoked about the tokyo olympics
than super fan and pub owner mamoro takaka. when tokyo won the bid to host the olympics, i was thrilled, he said, and as a sports bar owner, i was like, yeah. i was full of high hopes. takaka's big screen tvs are tuned to the games, but his olympic dream has become a nightmare. to control the pandemic during the olympics and summer vacations, tokyo has banned alcohol service at bars and requires them to close early. so instead of drawing hundreds of fans, takaka's bar barely earns enough to keep the lights on. he said, "i can't sleep wondering if i'll be able to pay my rent. can i make payroll? can i pay my suppliers?" while the majority of japanese favored canceling or postponing the olympics, the opening ceremony drew unusually strong viewership here. the highest for any olympics since the first tokyo games in 1964.
japan's early neve ill hall has helped drive up interest. this college student who may not get a vaccine reservation for months said she feels torn between pandemic anxiety and wanting to be a good sport. she said, "we got to the point where it was too late to cancel the olympics. i think people became resigned to it. it feels like there was no choice." at this major tokyo hospital, the delta variant now accounts for 70% of all cases. so virulent even young patients are filling up the wards. hospital director dr. hiro sagara says the spooirolympics partly to blame. even though spectators have been banned at olympic events, crowds are gathering outside venues so we can assume cases will rise, he said. spiraling cases could force them to start turning away patients. with cases spiking and beds filling up, medical system collapse is a real possibility,
he said. japanese authorities argue that with most senior citizens here now fully vaccinated and more people staying at home, the risk to public health is lower than in the past. canceling the olympics, they say, is not on the table. for "cbs this morning," lucy craft, tokyo. >> interesting the viewership was so high. >> i was surprised to hear that, too. that doesn't seem to be the case here. it i feel for that bar owner who thought this was going to be a gold mine for him. and you look at his bar -- must be tough to have a bar where you don't serve alcohol. >> yes. >> i think that's a little bit of a problem. >> that is a problem. ahead, gold medal winner dominique dawes on simone biles' decision to focus on her mental health and the olympic games so far. next, vlad duthiers has the stories yo
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here's vlad. >> hard to compete with justin bieber. >> you get your peeps down in georgia? >> all over the country, everywhere. >> okay. you're a married man. >> i am a married man. got them peaches, though. here are a few stories we think you'll be talking about today -- all right. a serious story here because we're all rooting for actor bob odenkirk who's in hospital after suddenly collapsed on the set of his hit show "better call saul." the 58-year-old was shooting a scene on location in new mexico when it happened. tmz says crew members immediately called for an ambulance. it's unclear whether he was conscious when he was transported or what his condition is now. odenkirt is currently filming the final season of the spinoff to "breaking bad." we've reached out for comment but have not heard back. obviously we very much hope he's okay. >> i don't like not hearing back. >> i know. >> i don't like that. i hope he's okay. >> michael mckeon, his co-star, they've been friends for a very long time, tweeted, "you got
this. we're all rooting for you." hopefully we'll get more information. i'm a huge fan of "better call saul." i thought he was the best character from breaking bad." >> it's the prequel. i always said i was going watch it. it's good? >> you should totally watch. it's really, really, really good. it's how he becomes saul. it's good. hoping that he is aheaded back to the set very soon. we're rooting for him. the head of the governing body for international athletics says the rules on the use of cannabis should be revised. you will recall the track star sha'carri richardson was banned from the poibs after testing positive for the substance. she took responsibility for her actions but said she was dealing with the news of her mom's de death. she took the drug in oregon where it is legal. the world athletics chief told supporters it is not -- reporters, it is not an
unreasonable moment to reconsider the rule. i think this is a big deal. >> i think so, too. the world olympic agents took cbd off the list not too long ago. now with cbd, i think it's .3% of thc that you can have in the cbd. the point is certain things were on the list that are no longer banned. this could potentially be something else that we see happen. >> it seems as if as more and more states legalize marijuana, attitudes have not caught up to what's happening legally. and so that's another sort of -- in the sports world specifically. >> we keep hearing it's not a performance-enhancing drug. it just makes you want doritos. >> yes. i never would have imagined that pot would be performance enhancing. >> yeah. >> it would be the opposite. if -- from what i'm told, you know. that's what i hear. right, klaus? look over at our steady cam operator. >> klaus looks like he knows. >> right, klaus?
not performance enhancing. all right. moving on to this now -- walmart will now pick up the full tab for employees who want to further their education. america's largest retailer says it will fully cover 100% of college tuition and books at a short list of schools for its part-time and full-time associates who are enrolled in the college tuition program. previously the workers were responsible for a $1-a-day tuition bill, that is removed. they won't have to pay for textbooks. the company says the benefit is available to around 1.5 million employees. >> go walmart. >> yeah. >> i remember when -- >> applications coming in for walmart. >> here's the thing -- you -- >> they did something similar. when you look at how much people make, it's -- it's a really great opportunity and something that you almost feel like should be -- so many young people -- >> it's a short list of schools. university of arizona -- >> you have to go to certain -- >> you have to go to certain schools. still, it's --
>> it's a big deal. and it highlights the shortage of workers. i mean, what's happening is amazon, walmart, starbucks, are competing for workers. >> they have to incentivize your -- >> exactly -- >> you want -- >> exactly right. we've got a couple of love stories here. >> we love love. >> we need that. >> two good love stories. here's what happened -- the ex-girlfriend of a new zealand t triathlete -- this is good -- so he won a medal in the olympics, and his ex-girlfriend had this confession -- listen -- >> i went to primary school with him. and he's grown so much. yeah, real -- real proud. >> what would you like to say to him? he's over in tokyo -- >> i regret breaking up with you. >> i mean, don't we all want that? don't we all want that to be able to say, you know, here i am have the -- >> now you want to be with me. >> right. >> now i got the medal. >> jericka is not sold, vlad. >> i'm with jericka on that.
that's no love story. >> you're on top of the world and all your exes are like, man, i should have zigged instead of zagged. after he scored a bronze medal in the men's triathlon sunday, wild told the reporter he planned to call his current girlfriend with the news of the win. >> yeah. >> all right. here's my second love story because we all love around here. >> yes. >> we love love. >> better than the last one? >> a little bittetter. a little cold blooded. if you know what i mean. this is hugo. let's show hugo. hugo is a tortoise. she's face timing -- face timing -- >> wow -- >> with estrella for the first time. endangered reptiles were supposed to meet last year but could not due to covid restrictions. it could be -- look at anthony's face. they seem smitten with each other. opening their mouths and gazing lovingly into their partner's eyes through the phones. of course, that's also just how tortoises look. hugo has been at the australian
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♪ it's wednesday, hump day, july 28th, 2021. and i'm gale king. a major reversal from the cdc on wearing masks indoors. why you may need to even if you're vaccinated. simone biles has pulled out of another day of competition. gold medal gymnast, dominic dawes will tell us what it's like under the global spotlight. why it's a lot more than just beginner's luck. >> i'll say but first here's
today's eye opener at 8:00. the cdc now recommends all americans wear masks indoors, where covid is surging. >> you're going to have districts around the country that say whew, cdc gave us cover. but other districts will say we're not going to mandate it. >> if we unify together, get people vaccinated not yet vaccinated, if we mask in the interment, we can halt this in a couple of weeks. >> he believes the testimony set the right tone and the role of the trump white house during the events on january 6th is of high interest. >> i remember thinking to myself this is how i'm going to die. although biles will not have a chance to defend her gold medal tomorrow, she'll get a chance to nurture something much more precious, her mental well being.
a toddler getting lots of attention for her analysis of the weight lifting competition. >> if that doesn't inspire you, i don't know what will. this is why you should watch the olympics with your kid. >> she is the winner. >> she is the winner. >> that's what i love about little kids. they are so innocent and full of joy. they take everything so literally. >> and honest. >> sometimes too honest. i'm having flashbacks. we're going to begin with this. in a major huv the cdc is upgrading guidelines amid a surge in covid cases. they say now even people who are vaccinated against covid-19 should wear your mask indoors in areas of substantial and high transmission. that accounts for 63% of counties in the country and they're recommending students,
teachers, and staff in grades k through 12, wear masks. earlier this mornling, cdc director told us that vaccinated people are able to spread the delta variant, leading to the change in guidance. >> if you're vaccinated and one of those rare breakthrough infections, you have the capacity to pass it to someone else. that's new. we thought it was important for vaccinated people to understand. >> again she says it's rare but can happen. the highly infectious delta variant is fuelling the surge in cases. there have been about 400,000 new covid cases in the past week and nearly 35,000 new hospitalizations. breaking overnight from the tokyo olympics, simone biles, one of the most high profile u.s. athletes of all time has withdrawn from another competition, siting mental
health concerns. she announced she's not competing tomorrow in the women's all-around competition, where she's the defending champion. she withdrew from the team competition yesterday. this is another huge decision for biles. >> reporter: it really is, especially given how much time and effort biels and all these athletes put into training for the games. she had already qualified in first place and won gold back in rio 2016. biles' decision came shortly after she pulled out of the team finals after an uncharacterestically poor vault. >> i just never felt like this going into a competition before. i tried to have fun and warm up in the back went a little better but once i came out here i was like no. mental's not there. so, i need to let the girls do it and focus on myself.
>> she sounds very sure of the decision there. in a statement, u.s.a. gymnastics said we whole heartedly support her decision and applaud her bravery in prioritizing her well being. her courage shows. the gold medalist said the news of biles' mental health, quote, broke his heart. unclear if she'll return for any of the other individual events she's already qualified for. >> simone biles' decision is intensifying a decision about mental health in sports, especially on the world stage. three-time olympic gymnast, dominic dawes knows what it's like to be in the spotlight. she helped the team win the gold medal, earning the nickname, the
magnificent seven. so good to see you. and you had to face your own obstacles at that time. you're the first african-american individual medal winner in artistic gymnastics. you have to, in some ways, i'm guessing, relate to what simone biles is going through. were you shocked of the news is that she pulled out? >> i can relate wholeheartedly. i remember stepping out before the 1996 olympic games and having an emotional breakdown, just feeling all the pressure that team u.s.a. felt from need tooling make history. so, when i awoke to learn she pulled out of the competition, i did not think it was mental issues. i thought it was for an injury. then when i heard it was a decision she made after having a mental block, i could relate to that because i had a lot of mental blocks. i commend her for listening to her inner voice and doing what's
best for simone biles. we're trained to be robots. we don't listen to our inner voice. er for it's been muted. i love the fact she listened to herself and did what's best for her mental health as well as ward off any possible injuries. >> what did you hear when she said she felt the whole weight of the world on her shoulders. my heart went out to her knowing she was feeling such tremendous pressure. >> the sport of gymnastics is filled with a great deal of intimidation and pressure. for her, the goat, the greatest of all time, doing an interview with a goat, i was like that's enough and very ballsy. but she's human. she's going to feel, hurt, be wounded and now, as a mother of four and standing in my own gymnastics gym in maryland,
dominic dawes gymnastics academy, it's about having an environment without pressure. >> do you think the effect of not having family and friends in the stands what role that must play? she said it's the first time she's done it without them and she's used to looking up at them. >> her support system is so important. i love the fact she leans on her catholic faith but her mom and dad are so important. as you can see online she has a boyfriend, friends. the young girls on this team seem like they get along and support one another. you need that atmosphere of your family and friends in the stands. they add to the pressure, i will say that but it's a comfort if you're used to seeing them there. >> we saw naomi osaka withdraw
from tennis events. do you think this is a turning point for athletes in looking after their mental health more and being vocal about it? >> i think this was created from the #me too movement and in 2016, with regard to the olympic team doctor who sexually abused hundreds of young women, now we're speaking of the unhealthy culture in the sport of gymnastics and the importance of mental health. as you mentioned michael phelps' piece on hbo talking about depression and things of that nature. this is a wonderful platform for athletes to express what they've been feeling with regards to pressure, anxiety. i love that they're listening to their inner voice and doing what's best for them. >> and how much of an impact do you think that plays on simone biles psyche, because she felt this was an organization that didn't do enough and here she is
on this stage that she feels didn't protect her and the other athletes? >> i respect her more for speaking her truth than her amazing prowess. she's generations above her competition. the fact she's on the floor, and she's said this, as the only survivor on the floor, she felt as though u.s.a. gymnastics would brush all the unhealthy aspects of the culture under the rug if she was not out there. that, to me, was quite curages. and the fact she had to endure that shows how strong she is.
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as a country graph else with the covid pandemic, another public health crisis is getting worse. homicides involving firearms rose 33% from 1999 to 2019, and unofficial data shows 2020 likely had the highest rate of gun deaths in the past two decades. that was during the pandemic when we're on lockdown. researchers -- research shows that community intervention programs can reduce gun violence by up to 60%. the biden administration has earmarked $5 billion from the american jobs plan for those programs. the president made that announcement back in april in front of violence prevention leaders like erica ford. our dr. tara narula shows us how ford's nonprofit in new york is trying to make a difference. tara, good morning. >> good morning, gayle. instead of debating gun control and the second amendment, erica ford's nonprofit called life camp, focused on fixing the root causes of gun violence by offering community support and
positive alternatives. through sunny playgrounds and shadowy corners of south jamaica queens, this bright orange peace mobile helps with words -- ♪ or without. >> life camp believes that a healthy mind and a healthy body, healthy spirit can lead to a peaceful life. >> reporter: for more than 30 years, erica ford and her nonprofit life camp program have intervened in moments of conflict and provided peaceful alternatives to picking up to a gun. >> there's tools and things we can use to cool off when things get tough. we have to get the right medicine to a person. so if it's a job, yoga, meditation, if it's therapy, there's various different prescriptions. >> reporter: 45 people were shot
in this neighborhood last year. the most since 2012. growing up here, ford saw the need for a response that took aim at the roots of gun violence. >> trauma is in the beginning, the middle, and the end of violence. and so no one wants to pick up a weapon and bring harm to somebody. it is something happening inside of a person that triggers them to make the wrong decision. >> reporter: why do you think it's important for people in the neighborhood to be part of solving this problem? >> those who are closest to the problem are closest to the solution. >> reporter: so you go wherever the need is. >> wherever the need is. >> reporter: when you drive in and interrupt an incident and park your peace mobile in between, what's the reaction that you get? >> first of all, it's shock. and then they'll tell us, oh, we don't want to hear that peace stuff. we're not hearing that peace stuff. and i got you. but we can't have more gunshots. >> reporter: carl fuller is the driver and driving force behind life camp's vessel of hope.
>> all we're asking you to do is not shoot. for that one moment that you get somebody not to shoot, it's a success. this spot we're standing at now is the very spot where my son was killed. >> reporter: fuller's son, carl jr., was shot and killed in 2007 just after graduating high school. >> my wife died eight months later of a broken heart. >> reporter: fuller turned his grief into activism to save other families from gun violence and its ripple effects. >> a lot of farmerspeople aren' willing to share their pain. in this community a man is not allowed to cry. the only thing that's tolerated for me in this community is anger. >> there was a man coming around the corner with a gun, and before i could do anything, he had shot my son. >> reporter: seven years ago, right before her eyes, a stranger shot carolyn dixon's son, darrell lynch, in a dispute over a parking spot. >> did you fall asleep?
>> reporter: life camp's therapists helped dixon process her grief. why is it so important to take that holistic approach? >> because you can't fix one part of the body without fixing all. everything comes together as a whole. >> reporter: at their dream cafe, juquille johnston and jaytaun mcmillan used ford's lessons to help neighbors heal from the inside out. >> so we had our fair share of violence. we had our fair share of bad -- ultimately it's a tradition, you know -- >> reporter: when they were teens, life camp introduced the lifelong friends to a healthier and safer lifestyle. now they're paying it forward. >> i lost my dad, and not only my dad, i lost plenty of friends, as well, like to gun violence, you know. >> you have to create solutions instead of complaining. and waiting for somebody to change the community that we're from. >> they were able to change the narrative and what was cool in their community. so people went from the chicken
gre greasy spot to eating healthy and doing yoga as opposed to shooting each other or selling drugs. the people in our community have a right to live free from suffering, they have a right to live free from violence. >> reporter: she's looking to replicate her program across the country and create what she calls an industry of peace. she hopes her work can inspire other programs tobuild holistic approaches to ending the cycle of violence. ford told me that she chose the color orange for her work because it is bright, and told us when you see so much blood running through the streets, you want something to give light to people. >> yeah. you're representing the orange today. thank you, erica ford, and mr. fuller and the dream cafe. you think it's important that we see gun violence as a public health issue, right? >> absolutely, gayle. and there are so many people leading this crusade to get us to depoliticize this issue. the same way that we tackled car crashes and car safety, for example, with science and funding and all the people who need to be at the table talking
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welcome back. ♪ we like this song. welcome back to "cbs this morning." time to bring some of the stories that are "talk of the table" this morning. anthony, she likes music the way we do. that first -- >> i'm with her on this song. ♪ >> i know. bruno -- >> let it play. >> favorite song of the year. and speaking of music, i've got the first story here. lollapalooza, the huge music festival, starts in chicago tomorrow. while cases in chicago are starting to surge as they are in so many places, covid cases. so the organizers of the festival have said you'll need to show proof of vaccination to attend this year or show proof of a negative covid test within
72 hours which means, of course, you'll need two tests if you're going for all four days of the festival. now it is an outdoor event, but as we said, it typically draws hundreds of thousands of fans. last year it was virtual. this year's lineup includes dozens of artists including miley cyrus, journey, and foo fighters. it runs tomorrow through sunday. chicago's health commissioner has said that almost certainly it will be associated with some people getting coronavirus. >> yeah. >> he says the organizers are taking -- the protocols very seriously. and he's hopeful. she's hopeful. >> people take the protocols seriously, please. i'm also talking about covid-19, too. there's a new viral video on why it's important to get vaccinated. now, it comes from a man who goes by the name drew comments. i like this guy. he got the moderna vaccine, and he talks very fast. so listen very closely. he wants people to get any kind of vaccine that they can. and i'll let him speak for
himself. >> why did i do it? pretty simple. there's a peandemic, i ain't trying to die. physicians look like me, my mind was made up. there's not a good enough reason ton do it. you don't remember tuskegee? black men were refused treatment. they didn't test it. they started phase one of human trials for moderna in mid-march, fw 2020. funding, man powter, where to start. these are the factors on this go into dating, but that's a conversation for another time. medical research costs money. most of the time the biggest one is getting grants. with the exception of the state of georgia, the whole world closed down and research had access to all the money which leads into the next advantage they had. incredible manpower. usually the research groups are small with a handful of folks. covid taking top priority in the world, the global medical community researched it together. at the same time and shared notes. that with 100,000 people pretty much immediately volunteering for trials, they had more manpower than the comments
section of the video. third start is mrna that's new but it ain't that new. >> listen, i like his whole look. >> ever beything about it. >> he's done videos before, topics on encouraging monogamy, yes, we're for that. that's a whole other video. dating during the coronavirus and marriage. but i think, let's not miss the point. when they said what's in it, he proceeds to list all the ingredients that's in it. it's very well done. so i thank you -- >> smart talk there. >> yes. it is. >> people need to hear it. people have a lot of questions about the development of the vaccine. he said, they put the whole world on it. >> drew comments and your doctor, talk to them. >> yeah. >> he had a lot to say. >> jericka, your turn. former president barack obama is teaming up with the nba to expand its presence in africa. take a listen. >> one of the things i've loved most about basketball is the fact that it brings people together and empowers young people everywhere. by investing in communities,
promoting gender equality, and cultivating the love of the game of basketball, i believe that nba africa can make a difference for so many of africa's young people. >> mr. obama announced he's partnering with nba africa. he'll have a minority stake in the deal and use the cash to help fund obama youth and leadership programs across africa. at one point, rapper jay cole joined the basketball africa league briefly to play in rwanda for the rwanda patriots bbc. the league which is run by nba africa is actually brand new. it just made its debut in may. i think there is great just because you look -- i think this is great just because you look at the athletes that have come out of africa directly or indirectly, and being able to share the sport and, you know, potentially bring more funding and money to the cockpntinent. >> a good partnership. >> great partnership. >> we know how much the former president likes basketball. used to play, i'm told, at the white house. turning back to the olympics where team usa is off to a very strong start in the pool.
usa swimming has one of its youngest losters in decades. 11 of the swimmers came to the games while they were still teenagers. jamie yuccas joins us from tokyo with how the teams' youth could help their chances at winning the gold. jamie, we like the young peoples. good morning to you again. >> reporter: yes, we do. 35 of the 53-member usa swim team with olympic first timers. think about that. but they're certainly not swimming like it. one of the most decorated olympians in american history tells us the inexperience might actually be an advantage, and all these teams including 17-year-old lydia jacobi from alaska, might be helping prove the point. >> lydia jacoby, the 17-year-old. city has an olympic gold medalist. >> reporter: here in tokyo -- she's going to win gold for the united states. >> reporter: usa swimming picked up -- >> the americans can celebrate gold! >> reporter: right where it left off five summers ago.
but this team looks a lot different than it did in rio. >> 23rd time gold medal has been put around michael phelps' neck. >> reporter: michael phelps, he's now retired. ryan lochte failed to qualify at june's olympic trials. missy franklin retired at just 23 years old following a shoulder injury. >> i was just like in shock, i had no idea what was going on. >> it will be -- 15 years old! >> reporter: that's opened the door for a new generation of american talent including 15-year-old katie grimes. she's one of 11 teenagers on the team, and the youngest athlete representing the united states here in tokyo. grimes tells us she used the time during the pandemic to train harder. >> try to work on things, you know, glass half full. i got a whole other year to train and be prepared for the trials. who knows, maybe i wouldn't have
made the team if it happened when it was supposed to. >> reporter: 68% of the swimmers on the team have never been to an olympic games before. it's not just the youth. it's also the inexperience. >> 17-year-old dara torres -- >> reporter: in 1984 and not yet a senior in high school, dara torres won gold with team usa. torres would go on to collect 12 olympic medals, becoming first american swimmer to appear in five olympic games. what are some of the benefits of having so many young swimmers? >> when you go to the olympic games, it's the biggest event you've ever been to. all the best athletes in the world are going to be there. but with that said, there's no spectators, there's no crowd, and when you're at an olympic games like that, you feed off the atmosphere. and so going into an empty arena might actually work to an advantage to the younger kids because there's not as much pressure. >> reporter: here in tokyo, grimes will swim the 800 freestyle. alongside superstar teammate
katie ledecky. >> she's only 19 years of age -- >> reporter: ledecky, now 24, won gold in the vent at the rio olympics and made a golden debut in london in 2012 at only 15 years old. the same age as grimes. >> she's been so welcoming. she's so incredibly kind. and with me being the same age that she was when she made it, i think that she can really relate on a lot of things that i'm probably going through. she's such an awesome person. i'm so glad to be her teammate and go through this with her. >> reporter: don't we love when women support women? katie grimes and katie ledecky will race later in the prelims for the 800 freestyle. they will be racing in the same heat, only two lanes apart from one another. the final will come on saturday, and as for that other big name in usa swimming we've been talking about, caeleb dressel, he has one gold medal and is hoping to reach the finals later this week in the 50 and 100 free
events he is favored in. anthony? >> wow. jamie, it's so cool. i mean, this team -- it never disappoint, and there are always surprises. i thought what dara torres said was interesting about this idea that because they haven't been there before they don't feel the pressure in quite the same way. maybe with the crowds this year it's -- without the crowds it's easier. >> they have nothing to compare it to. we're all lamenting it must be hard with no crowds. i think you raised a good point. you're right, jamie, we like women supporting women. i can't wait to see the two of them in the pool later on. that's a very great, great match-up. >> reporter: it will be a lot of fun. >> all right. ahead, an update on our doctor and a nurse with a unique bond more than
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this morning we have an update on a story we shared about a doctor and a nurse in california with a unique bond. we met nurse vilma wong and dr. brandon seminatore in 2018. they work in the neo-natal intensive care unit at the lucille packard children's hospital in stanford. they first met there decades earlier under very different circumstances. mireya villarreal has the story. my parents would always tell
me about how little i was, how scared they were for me. >> reporter: born about three months premature, brandon seminatore weighed less than 2.5 pounds when he was moved to the neo-natal intensive care unit or nicu back in 1990. now, over three decades later, he's treating patients at the same hospital where he spent the first days of his life. >> coming here for residency is just like the cherry on top honestly. to be able a doctor in the hospital i was born in. >> reporter: he was doing his rounds when he ran into a nurse who told him his name sounded familiar. >> and then i said, was your father a police officer? and then it was a big silence and that's when he said to me, are you vilma? >> reporter: for years, seminatore's parents had told him about nurse vilma. vilma wong had cared for him when he was a newborn. >> i had to text my parents. i had to be like, i think i met this person who is the person you keep telling me about.
and then they sent the picture. >> reporter: you see the picture, what was your reaction? >> i was in shock. i was smiling. we could look at each other and go -- i can't believe that. >> it just didn't seem real. like how -- how could this be the nurse that was helping take care of me? >> reporter: what was it that surprised you the most about that picture? >> it was just the hair and the glasses. looking back, oh, my god, we all had big hair. >> reporter: seminatore's parents had their chance to reconnect. >> so shocked. >> reporter: it happened at an event the hospital holds every year designed to bring together nicu patients with their doctors and nurses. seminatore's parents hope their son can have the same connection with the families he helps. >> it's amazing that he did come full circle. but i'm hoping that he will make an impact on future families the way that vilma has made an impact on our family.
>> reporter: to hear a mom talk about you now, it's got to feel like you truly made an impact. >> it feels amazing. i mean, i can't describe it. it's just this deep joy and happiness. >> reporter: wong and seminatore's unexpected bond continues to grow stronger as the two have occasion dinners together. both hope their fateful meeting will inspire other nicu families to see that the most fulfilled lives can come from the most humble beginnings. >> i think he's a role model for a patient. it is good to say, you know, i took care of brandon, he's a doctor. just to give a little ray of hope. that's important. >> reporter: for "cbs this morning," mireya villarreal.
it's just wonderful. >> his parents looked very young we were thinking. >> everybody looks young -- >> yes -- >> everybody looks so young now, anthony. that was a great, great, great story. well, ahead we'll show you another great story. an nfl player's octane entrance to training camp. you're watching "cbs this morning." stay with us.
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