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they are so adorable. thank you for watc ng tonight ♪ ♪ ♪ captioning sponsored by cbs >> o'donnell: tonight, the death toll rises from that houston concert. a 22-year-old college senior becomes the ninth person to die in the crush. a family's heartbreak. >> i want my baby back. >> reporter: police recordings released, as we see performer travis scott for the first time. all the new details tonight. the mask mandate ban overturned. a federal judge allows texas schools to require masks. what it could mean for your kids. testimony ends, after kyle rittenhouse sobbed on the stand. why lebron james is weighing in. covid and kids, the long-haul in. covid and kids, effects. meet this four-year-old who lost his hair, and couldn't
stand for a month. wild weather. the first blizzard warnings of the season in the upper midwest, and now, that same storm heads east. what you need to know. caught on camera. two teenagers wrongly targeted by chicago police, held at gunpoint and handcuffed. a family now demanding justice. ( shouting ) >> o'donnell: honoring our heroes. in our special veterans day series, how those who served their country are finding new careers on the golf course. and, we salute some of the veterans in your life. this is the "cbs evening news" with norah o'donnell, reporting from the nation's capital. >> o'donnell: good evening to our viewers in the west and thank you for joining us on this veterans day. we want to begin the broadcast with the rising death toll from that crush of people at a concert in houston. we learned today that a 22-year-old texas a&m university senior died from her injuries wednesday night, after fighting
for her life for five days in the hospital. bharti shahani is the ninth victim to die.she we to the conr sister and cousin, and got separated from them in the chaos. a nine-year-old boy who was among hundreds injured remains in a coma. the concert, headlined by rapper travis scott, drew about 50,000 fans to n.r.g. park last friday. many were trampled and struggled to breathe as the crowd surged towards the stage. scott has a history of inciting fans to "rage" at his shows, and there are now dozens of lawsuits against scott and concert organizer live nation. one of them has more than 100 plaintiffs. cbs's lilia luciano leads off our coverage tonight in houston. good evening, lilia. >> reporter: good evening, norah. houston police say they're investigating themselves to understand what more could have been done to stop those deaths, because even with more than 500 officers working that night, it's still unclear why it took so long to act on that escalating catastrophe.
>> reporter: we're hearing for the first time, police radio calls, as chaos set in. >> reporter: cbs news obtained video from a source close to the astroworld festival, showing police near the stage seemingly unaware of the unfolding nightmare. ( screams ) this woman was all too aware. >> i fell on someone. and then two people fell on me. >> reporter: sophie, who doesn't want her last name made public, says she was knocked down ten to 15 feet away from the stage. >> there was this human pile of people. >> reporter: she was pulled to safety and, just three weeks out of nursing school, went right into action. the instinct would be to run away. what made you turn around? >> i just knew that i-- i needed to help. >> reporter: she saw three dead bodies before finding arturo sanchez, barely alive. >> he was just comatose-- i would say he was just comatose, he was just there lying by himself. >> reporter: she worked to revive him for 40 minutes,
begging a paramedic for help. >> and he opened up his little backpack and had water bottles, gauze, and band-aids. ( laughs ) what was i supposed to do with that? >> reporter: the astroworld concert now has a ninth victim. the latest, 22-year-old college student bharti shahani. at an emotional press conference, her sister demanded justice. >> this is our responsibility to make sure that we get justice for this. >> reporter: travis scott, photographed by the "daily mail," is seen for the first time since the concert. >> we were begging him to stop. people were dying. >> reporter: sofia and arturo also want accountability. the two have now been reunited. >> i wouldn't be here without her. i literally owe her my life. >> reporter: in a statement, a representative for travis scott says the artist has been actively exploring ways to connect with the families affected, that he's distraught and desperately wishes to share
his condolences and aid, but also wants to be respectful of their wishes. norah. >> o'donnell: lilia luciano, thank you. well, tonight, we could be nearing a verdict in the kyle rittenhouse murder trial. the defense and prosecution wrapped up their cases today, and the jury is expected to begin deliberations on monday. rittenhouse, now 18, could get life in prison if convicted of the most serious charges. as cbs's nancy chen reports, basketball superstar lebron james is now weighing in. >> reporter: kyle rittenhouse's lawyers tried to drive home the point, he was acting in self-defense, when he killed two protestors and wounded another at a police shooting protest in kenosha, wisconsin last summer. today, the final three witnesses took the stand, including a video expert to break down footage. >> what is the total amount of time of this event? >> two minutes and 55 seconds, approximately. it's calculated out, there's a bunch of variables in there. >> reporter: this comes a day after an emotional rittenhouse broke down when asked about the
shooting. >> there were... people right there. ( crying ) >> reporter: those tears, the subject of debate today, with even basketball star lebron james weighing in, raising doubt, and saying to "knock it off." cbs news legal analyst rikki klieman. >> emotional impact is really critical in a case of self-defense. >> reporter: with testimony now over, jurors will hear closing arguments on monday, and they will likely get the case that afternoon. norah. >> o'donnell: nancy chen, thank you. we want to turn now to the latest in the fight over former president donald trump's documents related to the january 6 insurrection. a federal appeals court today temporarily blocked them from being released, and it came just a day before a friday deadline when a house committee investigating the deadly assault on the capital was set to get call logs, visitor logs, and drafts of speeches from that day.
arguments in the case are scheduled now for november 30. all right, the issues of kids and wearing masks in schools is a flashpoint again tonight, after a federal judge ordered a halt to a ban on mask mandates in texas. we get more on the ruling, and what it means for other states, from cbs's mireya villarreal. >> reporter: after months of protests and intense school board meetings, a federal judge struck down part of a texas executive order banning mask mandates in school. >> if a person with a disability needs you to wear a mask to keep them safe, it's just like needing a ramp to access the school building. >> reporter: the order cites the growing number of covid cases among texas students, more than 211,000 testing positive since august. the judge found the order conflicts with federal law protecting the disabled, and that the state must make "reasonable modifications" to the ban to "avoid subjecting students with disabilities to
unlawful discrimination." >> we felt really stuck. >> reporter: julia longoria's daughter has moderate to severe asthma, considered a risk factor for developing severe covid. she joined the lawsuit with 13 other parents. >> it doesn't matter. she will continue to wear masks, because it's not about our own risks, it's about ending this. >> reporter: for those people who are not living in texas, what does this mean to them? >> we have seen very similar lawsuits pop up in other states. we certainly hope that it helps our friends across the country who are fighting for a safe return to school for students with disabilities in their states as well. >> reporter: and on the testing front, the f.d.a. is expanding its recall of the ellume at-home test because of a growing number of false positives. we did reach out to governor greg abbott's office, but have yet to hear back. texas attorney general ken paxton tweeted out last night that they are looking at every avenue right now to possibly challenge this decision. norah. >> o'donnell: mireya villarreal, thank you. and there are alarming new
numbers tonight on kids and covid. more than 100,000 children have now tested positive for covid every week for the past 13 weeks, and now, there are growing concerns about the long-term impacts of covid on children. we get more on this from cbs's meg oliver. >> it feels a little scary, like i just can't breathe. >> reporter: 14-year-old madison foor is a competitive dancer. she was healthy before she got covid in january. now, ten months later, she needs an inhaler daily. >> things are still a little bit off. >> reporter: this week, madison returned to university of michigan's children's hospital to check her lung function. the clinic is studying so-called long-haul symptoms in kids. >> my heart starts pumping really fast, and my lungs, it's just like, constant need for air. >> reporter: a recent study in the u.k. found that covid affects one in seven children months after infection. symptoms can include headaches, anxiety, lung issues, and fatigue. are you seeing an increase in the number of kids with long- haul symptoms?
>> we are. >> reporter: dr. katharine clouser and her team at hackensack meridian health in new jersey opened one of the first pediatric covid recovery centers in the state last spring. do you think that now that the vaccine's available to younger children, that's going to start to decrease? >> i certainly hope so. there has been some anecdotal kind of evidence that their symptoms do improve. >> reporter: one of her patients is four-year-old aaron estrada. he was healthy till he got covid a year ago, then developed multi-system inflammatory syndrome, and lost his hair and couldn't walk or stand for a month. do you remember, after you got sick, how it made your legs feel? >> bad. >> reporter: bad? aaron needed months of physical therapy to learn how to walk again. they made you better, right? >> mm-hmm. >> reporter: how does that make you feel? thumbs up. after 12 months of treatment, aaron's doctors are hopeful he will make a full recovery. aaron doesn't turn five until next spring, but his doctors
here will vaccinate him early, this month, because his symptoms were so severe. norah. >> o'donnell: all right, meg oliver, thank you for the story. and tonight, we are getting a look at newly-released and disturbing police body-cam video out of chicago. it shows an innocent black teenager being stopped four times in 20 minutes, handcuffed twice, and guns being pointed at him and his 13-year-old brother. here's dave savini of our cbs chicago station, wbbm. >> reporter: it is 8:09 p.m. on christmas eve, 2019, and a couple of officers from chicago p.d. are banging on jaylin stiger's door. >> reporter: stiger was 16 years old, and had done nothing wrong. >> reporter: handguns are pointed at his head as police barge into his family's apartment, without a warrant. >> i very easily could have been killed that night.
>> reporter: the frightened teen was wrongly targeted, and feared officers would harm his little brother. >> reporter: at gunpoint, they order lazerick, who was 13 years old, to the floor. what were you feeling at that moment? >> honestly, i was scared. because i was like, okay, anything can happen at this moment. >> reporter: stiger's encounter with police started nearly 20 minutes earlier. he had already been stopped three other times by different officers. >> reporter: they eventually uncuff him and let him go. >> reporter: stiger, a standout >> reporter: stiger, a standout high school football player, was stopped again. >> reporter: police responded to a 911 call about a group of black males who were up to no good. some officers were caught on camera admitting they weren't sure who they were looking for. camera admittin >> reporter: stiger says he was disgusted by the way police treated him.
>> that was because of what they do to people like me, so-- >> reporter: people like you? >> yeah. well, black teenagers. >> reporter: after the final confrontation, the boys asked why they used force. police told them this: >> reporter: this case is being investigated by the civilian office of police accountability. dave savini, cbs news, chicago. >> o'donnell: and let's turn now to some dangerous weather. millions of people in the upper midwest and northern plains are bracing for the first blast of winter weather. heavy rain and high winds are expected to batter the east. cbs's lonnie quinn has the forecast and joins us. lonnie, good evening. >> reporter: good evening, norah. yeah, we're talking snow. for some folks, for the first time this season. let's go right to the radar picture, and you're going to find that right now, snow is falling for the dakotas, portions of minnesota as well. heavy rain otherwise, from the ohio valley into the tennessee valley. and all of this, whether its rain or snow, comes with a possibility for severe weather. a high wind warning for portions of the plains. winter weather advisory for portions of minnesota.
and right smack-dab in between those two, we have a blizzard warning, the first one of the season. this is for south dakota, and for portions of the state until 6:00 p.m. tomorrow. i want to show you how the whole thing is going to progress. the computers show us by 10:00 tomorrow morning, snow in portions of wisconsin, illinois, you've got rain along the eastern seaboard, some of that rain is going to be heavy as well. and by tomorrow evening, a lot of that rain is wound down. but boston, portions of maine, still some rain out there. snow showers in chicago. saturday, a little burst into the adirondacks and the catskills. mostly, this is going to end up being rain and wind as it pushes to the east. rain, wind, in the fall, blowing leafs off the trees, norah. rain on top of it, clogging the gutters and drains-- flooding could be a bit of a problem. >> o'donnell: all good info. lonnie quinn, thank you so much. all right, on this veterans day, we're honoring all who have served in the u.s. armed forces. president biden today laid a wreath at the tomb of the unknown soldier at arlington national cemetery. it's the first time in two decades when the country hasn't been at war. later, he praised the nation's veterans as "the spine of america." mr. biden's late son beau served
in iraq. the biden administration is stepping up efforts to treat medical conditions suffered by troops exposed to toxins from burn pits. we wanted to look at one of the most pressing issues veterans face when they leave the military-- that's transitioning into the civilian workforce. for some, p.t.s.d. and injuries sustained during their service make it extremely difficult. but, one group in georgia wants to honor our heroes by helping them and teaching them new skills. >> oh, my gosh! bombed it! >> reporter: army veteran marykatharine gorlich says, right here on the golf course is where she feels at home. the go what is it about golf that you think is therapy? >> you can be broken and still play. ( laughs ) >> reporter: broken physically and mentally from eight years in the army. >> it doesn't look like anything is-- is wrong, per se. it's invisible disabilities that people don't understand. >> reporter: invisible disabilities. >> absolutely. >> reporter: something not
always understood in the civilian world. but at operation double eagle, your disability doesn't matter, and your service dog is welcome. it's a job-training program in georgia where vets learn golf course maintenance. >> a lot of us are disabled, and we have our little quirks on what we can do and what we can't, and there's no judgment there. it's, like, oh, okay, hold on, back spasming, need a break. and-- and there's no issue. they understand. >> reporter: matt weber understands. the army vet was homeless before he joined the course. >> i finally found something i'm decent at, and i enjoy, and vets looking out for vets, nothing really better than that. >> o'donnell: after the nine-week program, operation double eagle will help find jobs for those who want to work on a golf course. what's your favorite part of the program? >> i love the mowing. ( laughs ) >> o'donnell: the mowing? ( laughter ) gorelick plans to start her own business, and hire other vets. >> get up there! oh, beautiful! >> o'donnell: what's it done for your mental health, for your
state of being? >> i'm outside, i'm surrounded by other veterans, so i have that camaraderie that means so much to veterans. >> o'donnell: there are so many ways to help our veterans. well, still ahead on tonight's "cbs evening news," a river of trouble turns into a river of life.rns into a river f and, breaking news on a rendezvous in space! nd wagonneer. just like the men and women who wear it on their uniforms and the country it represents. they're all only meant to move one direction which is why we fly it this way on the flanks of the all-new grand wagoneer. moving boldly and unstoppably forward.
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>> o'donnell: all this week, we have been honoring our heroes, and asking you to tell us about the hero in your life. but we were overwhelmed with the hundreds of photos and stories of amazing veterans. like sergeant major howard brown from south carolina, who dedicated 26 years to the u.s. army and still teaches r.o.t.c. at the age of 75. and, army veteran benjamin portaro. he escaped nazi captivity by running away during a forced march. his daughter tells us he loves sharing his stories with young people. and finally, joyce levinson. she was one of the few women who enlisted in the marines during world r ii. joyce passed away just a few days ago, at 97 years old. so, on this veterans day, we salute all our heroes and thank them for their service and sacrifice. we'll be right back.
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right now at 7:00 -- breaking news, police on the lookout for this car stolen 30 minutes ago with the child inside. the 2007 chevy tahoe with black rims, a mexico sticker on the rear window, license plate number five vs k465. if you see it, call 911 immediately. we have a crew on the way and will keep you updated. we are staying on top of breaking news on the golden gate bridge. a big protest against vaccine mandates prompts a chain reaction crash. traffic an absolute mess, we will show you what is going on right now point neighbors russian to distinguish a deadly apartment
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