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>> axelrod: breaking news, supreme court justice antonin scalia dead at 79. the high court's conservative anchor found inside his room at a resort in texas. the stage is set in south carolina for tonight's cbs news republican debate. the final six candidates in their last face-to-face showdown before a crucial primary. a deadly pileup on an icy interstate as temperatures in the northeast plummet toward record lows. and why these kids from the class of 2032 have a million reasons to be thankful. captioning sponsored by cbs this is the "cbs evening news." i'm jim axelrod. we begin with breaking news. supreme court justice antonin scalia dead at the age of
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scalia was the longest serving justice of the current supreme court and its conservative. paula reid is in washington with the latest tonight. good evening, paula. >> reporter: i can't hear the broadcast. has it started? >> axelrod: we're having a little trouble with paula right now. this evening, chief justice john roberts released a statement saying scalia was "an extraordinary individual and jurist who was admired and treasured by his colleagues." roberts added, "scalia's passing is a great loss to the court and to the country he served." among justice scalia's most important decisions, he cast a crucial vote in "bush v. gore "the case, of course, that made george w. bush president in 2000, despite his ideological opposition to the perspectives of
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ginsberg, and kagan, he was held in high esteem by them. we will pring in our chief legal correspondent, jan crawford right now. jan, the supreme court is scheduled to go back into session a week from monday, so how does the court move forward? >> reporter: i mean, i think that's one of those almost unimaginable questions. when you think about that seat that justice scalia has held now for 30 years being empty and the role he played on that supreme court and the impact he had on the law. of course, you know, this sparkling intellect, this conservative icon, not always able to persuade even the more conservative justices to go along with him, but always sticking to his guns, willing to write separate dissents, arguing that the law actually should be turning, in a conservative direction. and now, of course, getting that majority on the supreme court many times to go along with him. his absence on this court
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will change potentially the balance of the supreme court. remember, the supreme court now is narrowly divided 5-4, five conservatives, four liberals. justice scalia, of course, of course being that conservative icon. his passing now means the court will be four to four, so the next president or the current president could well change the direction of the supreme court. the question i think you're going to be seeing now in the next days and weeks is will president obama be appointing his third justice to the united states supreme court or will this wait for the next president? already, you're seeing conservatives argue that we should wait. senate majority leader mcconnell calling for this appointment to be made by the next president. you're going to hear democrats saying that's too long. that's a year. i think that will be the next real fight you'll see, starting right away, jim. >> axelrod: all right, jan crawfo,
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our eye on coming of the death of the supreme court justice antonin scalia. we want to go right now to paula reid. she's got the latest on the death of antonin scalia whose body was found this morning. paula, what you can tell us? >> senior u.s. supreme court associate justice antonin scalia has died of natural causes at a ranch in southwest texas. he on an annual trip to the state, spending time with friend, when he did not come down for breakfast he was a devote dwout catholic and sources confirm that a priest from the el paso diocese was called to administer last rites. justice scalia was one of the most influential minds on the court. he led a conservative renaissance. texas governor gregg abbott reflects on how his faith informed his legal opinions. >> his faith was part of his decision-making progress, certainly in interpreting the first amendment of the constitution. >> reporter: in a statement, the court said, "his passing is a agreement loss to the court and the country he so loyally
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served. we extend our deepest condolences to his wife, maureen, and his family." he is survived by nine children and numerous grandchildren. the president was informed of his passing this afternoon, and the white house said the president may have additional reaction later today. >> axelrod: paul athank you very much. as we mentioned at the top of the broadcast, chief justice roberts had confirmed the death of scalia and said at the time he was "an extraordinary individual, jurist, admired and treasured by his colleagues." a fiery conservative, scalia came to the court 30 years ago, appointed in 1986 by president ronald reagan. as a justice, scalia was a leading advocate for a strict interpretation of the constitution. and known for his theatrical flare in the courtroom. his rigid conservatism and jabs directed at colleagues were well known. his sharply worded dissents and caustic attacks on liberal notions had an influence on a ne
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conservatives. he had a deep effect on the law. born in trenton, new jersey, raised in queens, the son of italian immigrants was a high school valedictorian who studied at georgetown university and got his law degree at harvard. he issued thundererous dissents when the court upheld the right to abortion and in 2003 when it struck down the laws that targeted gays and lesbians. scalia came under fire last december when he made controversial comments about an affirmative action case at the university of texas at austin. he said: what may have been his most important majority-- in what may have his most important jamadaya jort opinion, scalia spoke for the court in 2008, declaring for the first time that the second amendment gave americans the right to own a gun for self-defense. he always played a key role in a series o
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struck down campaign finance laws, and said all americans, including corporations and unions ha free speech right to spend their money on election ads. scalia's death is expected to change the tone of tonight's republican debate in south carolina. major garrett, who is on the cbs news debate panel, joins us now from south carolina. major, what are the candidates saying in the immediate aftermath of news the justify scalia's passing? >> reporter: jim, when he was on the high court, justice schaefs a passioned defender of free speech in all of its forms. it's not surprising the very first candidate reaction came on twitter, a social media communication device not oinl unimaginable to scalia when he was appointed but for most of his time on the high court. donald trump tweeted as follows, "to the totally unexpected loss of supreme court justice antonin scalia is a massive setback for the conservative movement and our country." ted cruz also on twitter, "scalia was an american here pope we owe it to him and the nation for the senate to ensure that the next president, not
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president name his replacement." marco rubio, john kasich, ands have also reacted in ways you might expect. and you alluded to earlier, jim, that most conservatives -- in fact all conservatives -- revere scalia as a passionate defender not only of free speech but original intent of the constitution and relied on his brilliance as a writer of opinions on the supreme court to not only guide the supreme court but to inform the conservative movement writ large in this country. so in that sense, this casts an enormous pall over want proceedings here in greenville. >> axelrod: major, that could go a couple of ways, i suppose. it could not only change the content of what's discussed, but also the tone in which it's discussed. >> reporter: certainly. and i will tell you our debate team was prepared to ask all of these candidates their or yepitation to the supreme court, what characteristics they would look for in a potential nominee, because even before justice scalia's shocking pazzing, it was anticipated that the next president of the united states would have one,
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three vacancies. so that was an issue that we were going to raise anyway. it now takes on much greater significance tonight. also brupgz up the issue of the unexpected nature of crises and the american presidency and being able to deal with those and respond to them on the fly. lastly, it may actually on the podiums tonight, jim, change the atmosphere. candidates who might have come to this debate before the news of scalia's passing with an intent to mix if up a bit more aggressively might lay back a little bit because they don't want to appear to be taking advantage of this very somber moment of national unity. >> axelrod: major garrett, we will see out panel tonight. the debate begins at 9:00 eastern time, 8:00 central, 6:00 in the west, right here on cbs. we invite you to tweet us your questions using the hashtag #gopdebate. the day has been cold and the night getting colder in the northeast. in many places conditio aren't just unpleasant. they are dangerous. here's marlie hall. >> reporter: sunday wind gusts
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this massive 50-vehicle pileup on the pennsylvania interstate this morning. authorities say at least three people died. >> it sounded like two bombs went off. >> this truck driver had never seen anything like it. >> it was total destruction. >> reporter: further south, in fayetville, north carolina, the winter wreaked havoc on roads not accustomed to snow and ice. >> once you get three inches, it's gridlock. >> reporter: in scranton, pennsylvania, a busted water main combined with frigid temperatures left homes frozen in time. >> the city is facing some of the coldest temperatures and wind chills we've seen in the last 20 years. >> reporter: in new york, mayor bill de blasio warned reads the area is facing single-digit temps and up to 30-mile-per-hour winds, especially dangerous for the homeless. how many people do you estimate are at risk? >> we have 3,000 to 4,000 people who we know broadly from the research that's been done have spent time on the streets on a regular basis. >> we have street sheets
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have information about places where you can go, come indoors, maybe get a meal somewhere. >> reporter: this is one of 160 outreach teams trying to make sure those living on the streets are sheltered from wind chills expected to reach 25 degrees below zero tonight. stefan russo works with goddard riverside community center. >> the last thing we want to see is somebody, you know, die on the street. people are in tremendous risk when it is-- when it is this cold. >> reporter: so cold, freezing temps forced the cancellation of central park's ice festival and turned this fountip at bryant park into an icy work of art. the bone-chilling cold will continue through tomorrow. jim. >> axelrod: marlie hall in a frigid new york. thank you. for more on the frigid temperatures let's bring in eric fisher, chief meteorologist at tbhbz boston. eric, we had record warming on the carter evans, and now potentially record cold on
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>> reporter: some of the same areas that were sniffing 70 on christmas eve go subzero tonight and the wind is a big factor, wind chill warnings emcompassing much of the northeast. forecasting 0 in central park. that will break a record that has stood for 100 years. in boston, breaking the daily record set back in 1934. it also would be the first time we've had a new record in the city of boston in the month of february, since 1967. take a look across the northeast, cold valentine's day but then things start to change as we look towards the end of the week. if you're wondering where the warmth is, it is in the west. san francisco a shot at 80 by monday. l.a. with the marathon on sunday, dangerously hot temperatures, close to 90. in peex they have set record highs later, our chance for the earliest 90s ever recorded on wednesday. also tracking snow into the ohio valley sunday. this becomes a wintry mess. as we start the week on the east coast air, lot of travel delays on monday into tuesday. >> axelrod:
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academy schools in new york city. the charter schools have been amongst the highest performing on state tests in new york seven years in a row. >> i think this video is 100% a reflection of the culture at that school. >> reporter: former success academy teacher ayanna legros says some teachers would rip up work if it wasn't good enough. >> the purpose of rip and redo, in my opinion, was to cause the student to feel a level of embarrassment and not necessarily make that same mistake. >> reporter: success academy c.e.o. eva moskowitz says this was an isolated incident. >> however, i am not going to throw charlotte dial under the bus. to smear all teachers and to represent this as the ethos of success academies, that is unfair and it is wrong. >> reporter: last month, a group of parents filed a federal complaint against the schools. they say success academy repeatedly suspended
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needs students in an attempt to push them out. but despite complawnt and the video, many parents continue to support the teachers, including natasha shannon. >> i've never witnessed anything like that video before, and i do believe that it's a one-time incident. >> reporter: success academy says dial was suspended for a week and also completed a week of retraining. she is now back in the classroom. demarco morgan, cbs news, new york. >> axelrod:um next, new measures in the fight against the zika virus. another day, and i'm still struggling with my diabetes. i do my best to manage. but it's hard to keep up with it. your body and your diabetes change over time. your treatment plan may too. know your options. once-daily toujeo® is a long-acting insulin from the makers of lantus®. it releases slowly to provide consistent insulin levels for a full 24 hours. toujeo® also provides proven full 24-hour blood sugar control and significant a1c reduction.
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generosity. a man in california saved up his whole life for a dream retirement, only to redefine his dream and invest in the futures of 26 cibters. here's teri okita. >> reporter: 5 minus 2 is a far cry from advanced calculus, but rio vista elementary school elementary school puts a big emphasis on college. >> it's not too young for them to start now. >> no. >> reporter: but the cost of tuition makes that dream elusive, and each of these 26 kids would be the first in their families to attend college, which is where marty and seon chun-burbank come in. along-time volunteers they have donated plenty of supplies and sweatshirts. but recently he said he had an announcement. >> i was thinking a pizza party or maybe tebs pencils and he offers a game changer for their life. >> reporter: it was a game changer for marpty as well. a lifelong sailor, who even got married at sea, he w
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retire on until a sunday church sermon on charity made him think twice. so prior to that sermon, you had ever intention of sailing off into the sunset ( laughing ). >> that's right. >> reporter: but then something bigger came along. >> yes. >> he says to the kids, "i'm going to pay forever your college tuition and everything you need to get through." >> we've come up with a number of $1.182 million. >> reporter: wow. so will you have to postpone your retirement then? >> hopefully not, but i'm prepared to. >> reporter: the money goes into a trust. the only condition is that these students have to send them a picture or an essay every year. >> i want them to visualize their goal, visualizing what life is going to be hike as a college graduate. you're going to be a teacher? >> for him to remove that roadblock, it infuses them with a realistic hope. like, this isn't just some pipe dream ane.
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