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i, pete. >> that's it for us. thanks for watching, folks. the next local update is 7:25. a beautiful sunrise. have a great day. dea the racing world is hit by tragedy as this year's indy 500 winner, dan wheldon, is killed in a fiery accident in las vegas. this morning, his fellow drivers remember a special competitor and friend, and are also asking tough questions about the safety of their sport. the occupy wall street protests hit the one-month mark today. it has now reached cities in four continents around the world. but is the message reaching wall street and washington? we'll be live at protests both here and overseas and tell you the next step in this growing confrontation. and a new hampshire woman sat at the south pole for nearly two months after a stroke is finally evacuated. she'll tell you all about the rescue and how she's doing this monday morning, october 17th, 2011. >> from cbs news, it's "the
early show." with erica hill. good monday morning to you. >> chris is off this morning. i remember speaking to dan wheldon right after he won the indy 500 this past may. he was so affable and so energetic. >> so well loved by so many. and not just by fans, but especially in the racing community as well. it's a great loss. >> by everyone and now gone way too soon. that is where we begin this morning. the sudden tragic death of two-time indy 500 champion dan wheldon. it happened in the last race of the year. a huge loss for his family his friends, and the entire racing world. bill whitaker is at the las vegas motor speedway this morning with the latest. good morning. >> reporter: good morning, jeff. english driver dan wheldon was called charming full of life. he began sunday's race in the last position, number 34. but he was determined to make a race of it. he never got the chance. >> here we go.
>> reporter: it was a fiery wreck in turn number two, just minutes after the las vegas 300 began. dan wheldon, driving car number 77, went airborne and crashed into a fence. in all, 15 cars were involved in a massive pileup that one driver described as looking like a scene from "the terminator." wheldon was air lifted from the track to a local hospital. a short time later the announcement. >> dan wheldon has passed away from unsurvivable injuries. >> reporter: during practice runs, some drivers had expressed concerns about the high speeds approaching 225 miles per hour. and one driver said, we all had a bad feeling about this place in particular just because of the high banking and how easy it was to go flat. we knew it could happen, but it's just really sad. >> dan wheldon is going to win the race! >> reporter: dan wheldon won the sport's most prestigious race the indianapolis 500, for the second time this past may.
after the victory, he spoke with "the early show" about his future. >> we want to continue to race in the way that we should. you know, to contend for wins. >> reporter: with wheldon's death, the remainder of sunday's race was cancelled. drivers instead completed five laps in tribute. afterwards, fellow drivers remembered wheldon. >> we lost a good friend, i think, everybody in the indycar series. considered dan a friend. >> reporter: in 2008 wheldon took russ mitchell for a ride in an indycar. >> when you're driving one of these indycars things happen so quickly. but you've got to be very patient, and not slow to react, but very gentle. >> reporter: dan withheldheldon leaves behind his wife susie, and two young sons. he was 33. now this is indycar's first fatality since 2006 when driver paul dano was killed in a practice run in miami.
>> bill thanks. joining us now from las vegas is "sports illustrated" writer bruce harden. he was covering the race. he witnessed this fatal accident. bruce, good morning. >> good morning. >> i know you also covered dan wheldon as well. and you spoke to him before the race. you spoke to him frequently, i know. tell us about what kind of guy he was. >> dan wheldon was probably one of the most likeable guys in recent indycar series history. friends with every driver every other driver in the paddock. i mean, he was a guy who was just always upbeat, always smiling, always happy. you know, real playful guy. was a bit of a prankster. i was speaking to some of the drivers last night. scott dixon said his enthusiasm and his happiness was almost infectious. and that is why the sport has taken his death so hard. he was really -- you know he was one of the guys. he was one of the people that everybody loved to be around. he had a way of making people
feel a lot better just by being around him. >> it does seem like everyone is just stunned by this. bruce, from the folks that you talked to before the race yesterday, was there concern about the track? >> there was total concern about everything. not so much the track. the track really didn't do anything wrong as much as it was the style of race cars that you have in the indycar series on a high-bank speedway they are able to go flat. that means flat to the floor with the accelerator. and by doing that, there was no separation of the field. so you had a pack of 34 cars, all racing in one large group. and a lot of the other ovals, you have a little bit of separation. i they start 33 cars at the indianapolis 500. that's a 2 1/2 mile flat oval. there's a lot of times for the cars to separate, for the good cars to get away from the slower cars. here all the cars were able to run pretty much the same speed. which created a giant pack. there were times early in the race where they almost went four
wide. remember one thing. they were just 11 laps in. it was far too early for something that serious. but everybody kind of expected that there was going to be at least one or two really big crashes in this race. >> bruce i know that some changes are being made. what other changes need to be made so that things like this don't happen again? >> well frankly, the size of the field, in my opinion, i thought was far too big for a mile and a halftrack. a general track on a mile and a halftrack, 26 cars. they had 34 cars on sunday. and considering these cars were going over 220 miles an hour, that basically gives these drivers hardly any time to react when another car crashes. and that's exactly what you saw sunday. >> bruce -- >> once the first couple of cars crashed, the other cars farther
back had nowhere to go. they all drove into it. >> what will dan wheldon's legacy go down as? >> he was a two-time indianapolis 500 winner series champion in 2005. his legacy is going to be how well liked, how well loved he really was by the fans. by his fellow competitors. he was really a tremendous ambassador for the sport of indycar racing. >> bruce martin from "sports illustrated," thank you very much. >> thank you. now here's erica. yesterday marks the one-month anniversary of the occupy wall street protest. the rallies intensified over the weekend, spreading around the globe. elizabeth palmer is following the protests overseas for us. we begin, though here with new york's financial district where it all began. a look this morning at the dozens of demonstrations there and across the u.s. >> the movement is certainly gaining voices and dollars. protesters here just a few blocks away from wall street say
they have raised nearly $300,000 from their website and visitors. and throughout the u.s., momentum is growing despite hundreds of arrests over the weekend. >> occupy wall street! >> occupy wall street! >> reporter: the occupy wall street movement, now 31 days and counting, is tens of thousands of protesters strong. the chants over the weekend heard across the country. but not without clashes with police. in chicago about 175 people were arrested saturday after refusing to leave a city park when it closed. 92 were arrested in new york over the weekend as demonstrators filled times square and surrounded the citibank branch. >> we are the 99%! >> protesters call themselves the 99%, frustrated over economic inequality and what they describe as corporate greed
amid the country's richest 1%. >> you'll find people from every background, every walk of life, every issue. >> reporter: do you feel like either party is representing you in washington? >> no, i don't. >> reporter: laura and michael, from denver, are newcomers to the cause. they are frustrated over a lack of jobs for their children and worried about losing their pensions. >> reporter: what do you hope comes out of all of this? >> i honestly don't know. i am just glad that the american people are beginning to stand up not only here, but all over the country. >> reporter: while some protesters want the movement to rally around actual goals, many disagree, one man telling me you can't prescribe a solution until you diagnose all the problems. cbs news, new york. occupy wall street is now officially also a worldwide phenomenon. protests were held in dozens of country. and elizabeth palmer is in london. good morning. >> reporter: good morning, erica. i'm standing in front of st. paul's cathedral, which is right next to this city's financial
district. and behind me there are a few dozen tents, and a couple of hundred protesters, die-hards, who are chanting here left over from much larger rallies on the weekend. in fact, all over europe and as you mentioned around the world, thousands of people marched to mark what organizers call a global day of revolution. their complaints the same as they are in the united states. the only place there was real violence was in rome in italy. a small knot of hard-koran arkistark -- hard and it took hours to get things back under control. things here are peaceful as they are in london but it does look as if these protesters are taking a page from the new york occupy wall street protesters. they are here, it looks like, for the long haul. >> elizabeth palmer in london this morning. thank you. and joining us from washington major garrett.
always nice to have you with us. as we look at this one month in now on these protests. and there seems to have been a shift among politicians in the way they are reacting to these protests and even embracing them. who right now seems to be embracing these protesters and their movement? >> well, first thing i would say, erica, is it would be dangerous for washington, anyone in washington, republican or democrat, to say they were there first. the protesters know they were there first. and this appears to be in general a very organic movement. you don't have something happening in 140 or more cities in the states without having an organic base to it. it will be hard for anyone in washington to wrap their arms around it. having said that, democrats are trying to associate themselves more with this frustration and tap into it as a political lever possibly for 2012. republicans are keeping their distance, at least so far. >> you mentioned being careful about just how closely or exactly how they align themselves.
you don't want to try to take credit for something obviously that you didn't do. is there also some concern, though among politicians about embracing the movement in general? are they worried it could backfire? >> politicians are always scared about volatility in american political life. and quite clearly there is at least some component of these protests that has an element of volatility to them. and i would say almost entirely they have been peaceable. there's been substantial communication between the protesters and the cities across the country and their local police. there have been some exceptions to that. when we hear in london the talk in europe about a revolutionary movement, i don't think anyone in america is talking about revolution. what they are talking about is some degree of maybe primal screams scream is a bit too impassioned, but speaking for your own economic future. that seems to be the the core of this. and politicians would like to know what they are asking for before they can adequately respond. >> so a desire to have a voice, as you say. there is still that question about what exactly the message
is. so many different people involved here. where, though, does the movement go from here? one month in clearly some in washington are starting to hear those voices. how do they leverage that? >> well that is the next big step. and the protesters are beginning to understand that that there is a desire here in washington to have someone say, just tell me what you want and then i'll try to satisfy you, either with a speech or piece of legislation. well, these protesters don't know exactly what they want. some would like foreclosure relief. some student debt relief. some jobs. some unemployment benefits. some an end to or reduction in defense spending. it's a wide array of agenda items. i would say based on what i've seen so far, that's not a weakness. that draws a lot of people together. and when you're drawn together, you get attention. leveraging that attention is a big problem for the protesters. but washington is beginning to turn its eye wearily, to what's happening in the streets. >> major garrett, thank you. >> my pleasure. coming up on 14 minutes past
the hour. terrell brown is over at the news desk with another check of the day's headlines. good morning. >> good morning to you both. happy monday. good to see you guys. president obama kicks off a three-day two-state bus tour this morning. white house officials say he is trying to whip up support for his jobs bill. some republicans, though say this is just part of the president's re-election campaign. senior white house correspondent bill plant is at the white house this morning with more. good morning to you. >> reporter: good morning, terrell. you can call this a political two-for, i think. the president is determined to point out that members of congress who voted against his jobs bill have to pay a price. and he's doing this in smalltown north carolina and virginia, two states that he needs in order to win next year. >> i'm going to travel all over the country over the next few weeks so we can remind congress that that's the most important thing. because there's still time to create jobs and grow our economy right now. >> reporter: a growing economy is what the president will need to have any hope of winning north carolina, which he took by less than a percentage point in
2008. first stop today, asheville regional airport, which president obama says would get a much needed runway renovation if congress passes the infrastructure spending in his jobs bill. from there, he'll make several more stops in the state before heading to virginia tomorrow. republicans blocked the 447 billion dollar jobs act last week in the senate and they called the president's trip today political. >> we want the president to work with us. we want him to stop the campaigning. >> reporter: the white house insists this trip is about the president's jobs plan, not his re-election. still, bringing north carolina and virginia into the president's column may not be easy. in recent polls, the president's approval rating is at just 42% in north carolina and 45% in virginia. the argument he'll make as his campaign unfolds is one he previewed at the sunday dedication of the martin luther king jr. memorial. >> so as we think about all the work that we must do rebuilding an economy that can compete on a
global stage, fixing our schools so that every child, not just some but every child gets a world class education, and making sure that our health care system is affordable and accessible to all. >> reporter: the smalltown stops on this bus tour have been carefully selected to target voters that the president needs to energize. those would be african-americans, white working class people, and liberals. terrell? >> bill plant at the white house for us this morning. thank you so much. a new tropical storm could be forming off the coast of florida this morning. forecasters are concerned it could get stronger and then head up the east coast. we get the latest now from cbs news hurricane consultant david bernard, chief meteorologist at our miami station wfor. david, good morning to you. >> good morning. it's been a very stormy night over south florida already flooding raining in key west and parts of miami. and also ft. lauderdale. our satellite picture this morning shows that large area of storms over the southeastern gulf of mexico.
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good morning, everyone. it is 7:25. let's get you caught up on some of the headlines for monday. four people are in the hospital this morning because of gun four at a children's birthday party in pittsburg. one of the victims is a 9-year-old girl. two others are teenaged boys. both in critical condition. they are all expected to survive though. police are looking for two men who wore hoods when they started shooting into an open garage of that home. we expect more details today on a sixth officer-involved shooting this year in san jose. police shot and killed a man on worcester afternoon just before 9:00 yesterday. the officers called to that area about an armed man acting suspiciously. at least five people were arrested overnight in the ongoing occupy san francisco protest, the arrest came after san francisco police removed
continue along 880. we've got a brand new trouble spot to report, southbound 880. a couple of cars tanled up. lanes are blocked. you can see the traffic is crawling along. southbound stays slow pretty much through dixon landing with an earlier accident. and else where as you work your way around 880 northbound not too bad headed to the maze and westbound 80 near san pablo that accident cleared out of lanes and slow and go from highway 4 to the bay bridge toll plaza where you can see metering lights are on. that's traffic. here is kristy siefkin. >> thanks. a beautiful day in store all over the bay area. temperatures warm up in the inland spots. a little bit of cloud cover to deal with first. this afternoon, warming up into the high 80s and low night in our inland spots inside the bay. beautiful as well. high 70s low 80s. coastline readings a little cooler and some cloud cover. cooldown in store for tuesday and even more so for wednesday and then a pretty pleasant rest of the week. and lots of sunshine in store. a few more clouds on friday.
♪ ♪ welcome back to "the early show." half past the hour now. i'm erica hill along with jeff glor. ahead if you travel a lot, specifically flying and you're a member of different mileage programs because you don't want to miss out on the miles no matter which airline you fly on keeping track of them can be a pain at sometimes. >> using them can be a pain! >> more travelers are turning to websites that take basically all of your mileage and loyalty programs and put them in one place you can see them and keep track of them and now when they are going to expire and not sitting well with some airlines. a couple of big airlines are trying to put a stop to these sites. why? we will take a look what is at stake and what is at stake specifically for you.
>> trying to make more in fees? >> whoever ever do that? why would you say an airline is trying to make money in fees? like they were going to charge for you a blanket or something. a hollywood ending for bill clinton's president celebration. he turned 65 in august and had an event in hollywood. lady gaga a marilyn monroe moment. we will more on that in a few minutes on "the early show." we have been reporting on a new hampshire woman in the south pole in need of serious medical treatment. she was trapped there and trying to get out for weeks. a few hours ago, she
about caring more about money. they went back and forth on that. the company said it was too dangerous to go in. why did this become such a bitter fight? >> well, it's interesting. in the previous evacuations, the medicine medevacs they wanted to say and the first time you had someone fighting to get out and fighting to get home. there is sort of a code and a belief among a lot of the poleys as they are known, you signed up for this and that is how it's going to be until the first cargo plane starts arriving when the winter ends. so i don't know. i think there has been a lot of tension. this is a place where you're spending six months in close quarters with a small group of people. it's almost like being on a spaceship. no way off, no way home and something has changed here. >> is there a way you can think
of to prevent this in the future? these sort of fights i'm talking about. >> right. that's an interesting question. i think folks are selected for a lot of reasons to go to the pole. they are selected for their skills. there is also some psychological training too about the kinds of amazing hardships, the solitude that you're going to face. the fact that you are going to have to deal with a small group of people. the little slights that i guess the only thing that could change would be more screening or so forth. >> eric it's been a pleasure to talk with you throughout.
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you may have have seen some of these travel web sites that help busy travelers keep track of their frequent flyer miles and hotel points and have become increasingly popular. >> two major airlines are trying to put some of those sites out of bounds. regina lewis is here. >> airlines have operated miles programs successful for 30 years. they didn't expect people would say and hand over their passwords, watch these miles for me. they say that poses a security risk. not on the planes but on the actual website and it taxes the system. in technology terms to do that i have to win the website and scrape the data. jeff, you could be checking your miles and erica is trying to buy a ticket. the website may be slower. the website say get over it. the people on the should know what they are worth and we are getting people hungry for miles. >> how much of money are we
talking about? >> a lot. also control is at stake. you want to control the customer relationship. now somebody is in between. if i go to one of these web sites i'm not going to the airline website. and all of the upsell that usually comes with that. >> what is the reasoning be? walk through the web sites and why we want to go there. i'm leery about handing over personal information to yet another website. >> they work generally the same way and we have the list and link to them on cbsnews.com. they will track your miles for you you and alert you when they are going to expire. 20% of miles go unused so that slefg things on the table. third, they change your purchasing decision because now when i go to pick a flight, it will say okay here is what that flight costs but wait a second you have miles you can use. you want to pick this one over that one or you have miles to cover half of it and it influences my purchasing decision by factoring the miles
into the cost. >> so you look at specific flights on the same day and say you can get a better deal on this one. >> correct. the flight without miles could be different than the one you pick using your miles. >> i think people should feel reasonably safe. miles are money and they are currency. the way this works is the average coach ticket is about $350. if you divide that by 25,000 miles, 1.4 cents. can you use your miles on other things, upgrades hotels digital cameras, merchandise. do the math and divide by the number of miles. when you dip below a penny you're devaluing your own currency. if you're new at these before you use the web sites stick with one airline and milk it for all it's worth and usually the fastest way to the finish line. >> regina lewis, thanks. hollywood goes gaga over former president clinton.
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>> reporter: but it was clear clinton was the night's real rock star. >> how cool is it to be 65 and you get lady gaga? come on. and then i wondered, you know, she always kind of goes off the edge. she said she was going to have a marilyn moment and i thought, my god, i get lady gaga and i will have a heart attack celebrating my 65th birthday. >> reporter: part birthday bark and part fund-raiser. it was hosted by the clinton foundation which works on global issues. >> i think it's very honorable he chose to do that instead of going on a long fantastic vacation. ♪ you don't have to carry that ♪ >> reporter: access came at a price. $50 for concert nose bleed seats, a hundred thousand dollars for a vip reception and a cool million for a round of golf with the ex-president. >> he is the only person i can think of that can put together the most influential people in
business and the nonprofit world and in government and force them to get in rooms, brainstorm and come up with resolutions for the world's problems. ♪ >> reporter: ten years after leaving office it seems the clintons love affair with hollywood is still going strong. hattie kauffman, cbs news, los angeles. >> quite a gathering for that concert. >> i would say so. >> a good show. >> what a three-day birthday celebration. >> let's do it for your next birthday. >> and yours took. they are both in july. there we go. >> month long july 2012 birthday month. >> stand by for details on twitter and facebook. still ahead on "the early show," much more to come on the news of the day. we will also look at how people are reacting to things like "occupy wall street" across the country. but i am a voter. so washington... before you even think about cutting my medicare and social security benefits...
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it is 7:55. time for some news headlines from cbs 5. i'm elizabeth wenger. a 9-year-old girl and three teenagers are being treated for gunshot wounds after shooting outside a child's birthday party in pittsburgh. police say two hooded men walked up to a home on ravine drive last night. and fired into an open garage. so far no arrests all four victims are expected to recover. today marks 22 years since the loma prieta earthquake struck northern california. it was october 17, 1989. and the 7.1 magnitude quake devastated several areas from oakland and san francisco. and to santa cruz and watsonville. the quake is blamed for 67 deaths. voting is set to begin today in oakland on three bat measures. including a proposed five-year parcel tax. measure i calls for an $80
through there both directions northbound and southbound. on highway 1. a couple of cars tangled up with injuries. tow crews are headed to the scene. use an alternate in the meantime. 92 not that bad. and slight delays as you work your way along 880 approaching 92. in south 880, there is an accident still blocking some lanes with traffic slow and go. that's a look at the drive. here is the forecast. >> a lot of warm temperatures in store this afternoon. warming up 7 to 15 degrees in some places. and this morning though contending with a little bit of cloud cover out there. we will see clearing for the most part. especially in the inland spots. temperatures there making their way to the high 80s. and even some low 90s by this afternoon. inside the bay, high 70s and low 80s. coastline looking good as well with low 70-degree readings. cooldown in store tuesday even more so for wednesday. and then a slight warmup for your thursday. friday into your weekend looking good. lots of sunshine in store. the whole week long.
zealand. it is about a quarter of one in the morning right now. so, yeah finally going to find out what has happened and we will go from there. >> were you still experiencing symptoms on the plane ride over? >> yes. i still experience the same symptoms that i have had. sometimes difficulty with my speech as well as what i always call the satellite signal. honestly once i arrived and finally got off to christchurch. i was told they had a special bed for me and i totally slept the entire flight. >> as you know this became a bitter public battle. are you surprised at how far it
went? >> i am surprised at how far it went. taking care of any individual and not make hasty decisions even while i was still in the clinic with brain swelling. i do understand the dangers. i would never have one come in to rescue my life. it was just basically the national science foundation following their own policies and procedures. doctors were saying she needs to get out of here right away. >> it was said to us that safety is always a concern. do you feel that if there had been another window weather wise for them to have more safety
coming in? >> absolutely. there were windows that have been opened up and because they didn't bring the planes down from canada and waited until the very last point where they just had regular scheduled flights that i was not afford eded the opportunity. >> so what's next interestfor you? >> today is diagnostic testing and other tests. those images will be sent to the university of texas medical branch folks as well as johns hopkins hospital so that they could take a look at it and make a determination as to what has happened and what is safe enough for me to take the next journey across the pacific ocean.
>> best of luck and keep us posted. >> in other news, the occupy wall street movement is one month old this morning. elizabeth has more for us. good morning again. >> reporter: good morning again. i am standing in front of st. paul's cathedral. you may be able to see there are several dozen tents and two or three hundred protesters left over from much larger rallies over the weekend, not only here in london but all across europe and around the world. all of them drawing inspiration from the protesters that started in the united states.
it is the "occupant wall street" movement in new york that got the ball rolling. this protest is a month old today' still going strong. in fact, the protesters say they have $300,000 of donations in the bank and plenty of supplies. over the weekend demonstrators turned out in the thousands in cities across the united states and all angry with bank bonuses and bailouts and high unemployment and lack of corporate accountability. in chicago 175 people were arrested and most were later charged with misdemeanors. overall, in the u.s., and across the atlantic in europe, the protests were peaceful but in italy, things got violent when a small, hard-core group of radicals infiltrated and orderly demonstration and burned cars and smashed up banks and businesses in rome in london over the weekend, julian assange joined the demonstrators. >> i've always wanted to say. >> i've always wanted to say. >> we are all individuals. >> we are all individuals.
>> reporter: later, assange was detained for refusing to remove a face mask but he was let go 15 minutes late. it seems so far anyway that the british police are determined to keep this protest peaceful. at the moment, the protesters in the u.s. and those here in london, haven't articulated a list of concrete demands that would convince them to go home. erica? >> elizabeth palmer in london this morning, thanks. what is driving these protests, especially here in the u.s.? >> "time" magazine columnist joe klein took a trip from texas to iowa and asking middle class americans what are on their minds. his story is in the cover of "time" this week. "the silent majority." encourage you to check it out if you get a chance. joe, good morning. >> good morning. >> a couple of numbers from a recent "time" poll. 81% of americans believe america is on the wrong track and intrigued i was in this one in
your article. 9% you call it a staggering wonderfully 89% of politicians should compromise on major issues like the deficit rather than take a hard line. how is it that this great big middle gets lost sometimes? >> it's us. it's our fault. when i talked to average americans out there, they have mixed feelings about the tea party. they don't agree with the tea party politics for the most part, only 11% in that same poll identified themselves as tea party supporters, but they admire the fact that the tea party was able to build a large enough megaphone to influence the debate in washington and they feel we don't have any influence at all. >> you had "occupy wall street" was reeling in its early stages. >> yes. >> as you were wrapping up your trip. was anybody talking about it at that particular time? >> no. there are strong feelings about it. people were talking about the fact that the shenanigans on wall street is what caused their
home values to plummet. and so the feelings are very strong about that. >> what do you make of "occupy wall street" so far? >> well, i think that the substance of it touches a chord that people feel out in the country. >> with these folks that you were talking to? >> yes, yes. but the big question is the style of it. if they are going to, you know, get themselves arrested or do violent things or make a spectacle of themselves, right now, a lot of people approve of this movement and those numbers are going to change dramatically. >> something else that stuck out in the article, you spoke with some people who said they feel people just aren't work as hard as maybe their parents did 60 years ago. i think one woman said so many ups, we don't know how to handle the downs any more. >> right.
>> so you get that. so many people are saying that, but how does that translate on a larger scale? do we have to reset our thinking as a country? >> yeah, we do. we have had this incredible period of peace and prosperity, historic in the history of the world, and i think during that time we lost the habits of citizenship and we also felt that good things were just going to come to us by entitlement. the fact is that -- really amazing thing on this trip is how interspeculative people are becoming saying what is it about our country that is causing this decline? 71% of the people in the country think that america is in a long-term decline. >> scary stuff. >> very un-american. >> it is. >> the article is quite american. again, if you get a chance to check it out, do so. joe, nice to have you joining us. >> thank you. terrell brown is at the news desk with more headlines. good morning. >> good morning to you both
again. dan wheldon being remembered this morning. he was one of the most popular drivers on the racing circuit. wheldon was killed yesterday in a fiery 15-car pileup in las vegas. wheldon was moving up from the rear when he flew over another car and slammed into a retaining wall. earlier bruce martin, who was covering the race for "sports illustrated," told jeff the problem was the cars were bunched together. >> the style of race cars that you have in the izod indy car series on a high bank speedway they are able to go flat. that means flat to the floor with the accelerator. by doing that there was no separation of the field, so you had a pack of 34 cars all racing in one large group. >> three other drivers were injured but not seriously. dan wheldon was 33 years old. government's fast and furious making headlines again this morning.
this time there are questions about the murder of a u.s. border patrol agent who was connected to the program that sent guns from the u.s. to mexico. cbs news investigative correspondent sharyl attkisson is in washington with the latest. good morning. >> reporter: good morning. this morning, the head of the house oversight committee darrell issa plans to send a letter to the fbi this week, to ask about apparent discrepancies of an investigation of a murder related to fast and furious. the murder is that of border that focused blame on the controversial operation that monitored suspects who track the weapons instead of arresting them and seizing the guns. ten months after the murder, there are questions about how many weapons the fbi recovered at the scene and other key details. on sunday's "face the nation," republican darrell issa told bob schieffer there is reason to ask whether is there a third missing weapon.
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♪ in this morning's in this morning's healthwatch, a growing number of facilities are combining physical and mental exercises for their older clients. >> cbs reports the goal is to hold off diseases like alzheimer's for as long as possible. >> at 90 years old. >> a couple more minutes. >> it's a daily struggle for albert to stay active. >> doing great. >> physically and mentally. >> we need to be careful using this. >> some say both are necessary to slow alzheimer's he was diagnosed with three years ago. >> we can't reverse anything that was there but definitely slow it down all the way to the end. >> in august physical therapy mateo martinez opened the gym that offers physical exercise usually covered by insurance and mental exercise the cost of $19
per session. >> do you think it's helping your ability to remember things? >> yes, i think so. it's fun, you know. i enjoy it. >> martinez believes his dual program, which includes memory quizzes and puzzles could slow down the effects of dementia on the elderly. >> the mind is a large component of mobility. it's that will power to do something. for a lot of individuals that are in that geriatric population there are cognitive deficits. >> reporter: his brain gym is one of several popping up around the country, like nifty after fifty, which has a dozen locations in southern california alone. >> it challenges your brain a lot and makes you think, pay attention, focus. like any kind of exercise, physical or mental if you don't use it it's out of shape. so it's as important as doing
the physical. >> reporter: with nearly 5.5 million americans diagnosed with alzheimer's, one every 69 s.e.c. the gyms could have broad appeal. dr. lowen stein, university of miami warns studies on effectiveness of combined mind and bodyworkouts are still preliminary. >> my concern is that we go slowly. i'm excited about the research that's coming up but i think we have to be very cautious as to how we sell it. >> reporter: absent'slbert's wife ina doesn't want to wait. >> there's improvement, even if small it's better than nothing. >> reporter: twice a week albert works on his brain and brawn and hopes his memory stays as sharp as his wit. >> don't forts to send me 100 copies for all my fans. >> the doctor says you don't
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good morning. it is 8:25. let's get you caught up on some of the bay area headlines, gun fire at a baby's birthday party last night in pittsburgh and two hooded men walked up to a home on ravine drive and opened fire in a garage. a 9-year-old girl and three teenaged boys were wounded. two of the teenagers have critical injuries but expected to survive. at least five occupy san francisco protesters are under arrest for blocking streets downtown and refused to remove camping equipment from the plaza and the police dismantled the camp and loaded the tent in the truck. some of the protesters blocked those vehicles as they tried to leave the area. and you can see what happened there. and the two suspects in the murder of an east oakland boy are expected to have a pretrial hearing today. 3-year-old carlos nava was killed this past august.
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just north of there past the coliseum. a slow and go ride into the maze. southbound looking a little bit better and working your way toward the south bay and busy ride off the east shore freeway and 44 minutes westbound 880 from the carquinez bridge to the maze. once you get to the maze you're crawling along working your way to the pay gates at the toll plaza. up the incline and into san francisco. bay bridge not too bad. it looks like it is looking pretty nice out of marin county to the pay gate there. that is traffic. here is the weather. >> thanks. you can see in the shots the sunshine gleaming off the windshields and a preview of what we will see more of this afternoon. warming up temperatures. pretty nice. a little bit of cloud cover at the coastline. we will see that into the afternoon. high 80s and low 90s in the inland spots today. high 70s and low 80s inside the bay. and coastline readings in the high 60s and low 70s. and cooling down into tuesday and even more so for wednesday. but still sunshine inland and slight warmup for your thursday and by the end of the week, seeing nice fall-like temperatures in the high 70s and
getting back up on your feet in the movie business. we will take a look and see if hollywood is ready to give mel gibson a second chance. first, here this morning, more on the tragic death of indy car driver dan wheldon yesterday. this morning, the racing world is mourning the man who won two indy 500s and who was pretty much universally regarded as a great guy and cheerleader for the sport. cbs news bit whil customer has more. >> reporter: in may he was on top of the world having won his second indianapolis 500. on sunday, indy car driver dan wheldon was killed in a fiery wreck involving 15 cars at the las vegas 300. out of control, wheldon's number 77 car went airborne and crashed into a fence.
drivers described it as one of the worst wrecks they had ever seen. he was air-lifted from the track to a local hospital. >> dan wheldon was passed away from unsurvivable injury. >> reporter: the remainder of sunday's race was canceled. in a tribute to wheldon, drivers made five laps around the track. >> a little bit of everybody in indy car racing died today. >> reporter: after practice runs some drivers had expressed concern about high speeds approaching 225 miles per hour. one driver said we all had a bad feeling about this place in particular just because of the high bank willinging and how easy it was to go flat. we knew it could happen but it's just really sad. >> dan wheldon is going to win the race! >> reporter: five months ago, daned wheldon won the indy 55. following the victory, he spoke with "the early show" about his future. >> we want to continue to race in the way that we should. you know, to contend for wins.
>> reporter: and in 2008 wheldon took cbs news' russ mitchell in a drive in a indy car. >> when you drive in one of these indy cars things happen so quickly and you have to be patient and not slow to react but very gentle. >> reporter: dan wheldon leaves behind a wife and two young sons. he was 33. bill whitaker cbs news las vegas. joining us is former indy car driver lyn st. james. good morning. >> good morning. >> dan wheldon was very popular not just with the fans but with his fellow drivers. i know you met him a few times. tell us about him. >> well, he was a unique driver that had so many people that liked him. he drove for many teams and so he had crew members and team owners, you know, that were really almost across the board in the series. so he has been around actually a long time, even though he is a young guy, he is 33 years old. but just somebody that, you know just really touched a lot
of people because he had this infectious personality. passionate about racing. worked really hard to get where he got and everybody respected that, and so, you know, he was -- he used to give everybody a little bit of a very once in a while too so he got everybody's attention and was loved by everybody. >> we heard he did like to tease people a little bit. you called this crash the reaction of a perfect storm. what does that mean? >> no one thing that caused it or created it. it was just this multiple number of things that if it had not all come together i don't think it would not have had that result. i've heard some of the other comments buf got one and a half mile track with 34 cars on it which we run 33 at indy but we also run that at two and a half mile track. las vegas is very wide track. and that has high banking, 20-degrees of banking in the corners and 9% in the straightaway and 9 degrees is the most banking we have at indy. you have the down force that we have and we have in the izod
indy car series and you're able to sustain that speed and build momentum. the fact they run three or four wide and then the domino effect when the track basically got blocked so it was just this multiple of things, you know that came together at one time. >> were there too many drivers in this race? >> i don't think there were too many. you know, i think also that the high focus on the promotion and you take, you know of a $5 million bonus and put somebody who is a capable driver that had to start at the back and he's a hard charging champion. we get in the cars and drive them to the absolute maximum. at those speeds with those number of cars you don't have the time to react, but, at the same time, you know, i think that want additional element i think added to the perfect stermt. >> you have been around this sport a long time and you've seen a lot of good and bad. how will the racing world remember dan wheldon? >> we will remember dan as a champion. i think the last vision i had was television yesterday when they showed him drinking the
milk at the 500, winning that 500 the second time. he had a lot of dreams a lot of vision and a lot of passion for what he wanted to yet to accomplish but at least he was able to accomplish some of those by winning indy twice and winning championships and being the great person that he was. so i've never seen such an outpouring from every level of the sport in such a short amount of time and i think i hope his family appreciates that. it's going to be very hard the grieving of his wife, his parents, his children. i think that is where the real sensitivity is. at least he went out as a championship and able to achieve some of his dreams. not everybody gets to do that. >> a affable guy with as you mentioned, a wife and two kids. lyn st. james, thank you. >> yeah. >> the kids are 2 and 7 months old. >> so hard to think of that as family. terrell brown is here with another check of other headlines we are following.
a sick american engineer stranded at the south pole was evacuated to new zeedaland this morning. she suffered an apparent stroke i have difficult reading, talking. i tend to jumble words sometimes. i make up new words. >> douceur said she could have been flown out earlier. she will be in new zealand at least the end of the week. the dedication for martin luther king sr. was dedicated yesterday. president obama presided over the ceremony. it was delayed because of hurricane irene back in august. >> a black preacher. no official rank or
you can't begrudge someone asking forgiveness for his friend. he is courageous and standing by his friend. look at the history here. mel gibson helped out roblet downey jr. in 2003 no one would hire him and it was mel gibson that put up the insurance bond money so robert downey jr. could work and get his career back on track. >> i think the history with gibson is dealing with two separate things he needs to climb back from. the vicious threats against his ex-wife and also this despicable rant that he went off on the police. which one is more difficult to get over? >> it's a double whammy. you have the anti-semitic comments he made and then the tape. you hear him again and all of a sudden this feeling sort of go up in you again and it's difficult, absolutely difficult. >> ultimately you set it up there, but if someone is able to forgive in this case it's tough to forget. >> i think it's a -- there is two things that mel gibson has to get over.
robert downy jr. was asking hollywood to forgive. we saw that. he also now needs awed yensudiences to forget. they want to be taken away to the character and when you ask them to think about this stuff it's difficult. >> you don't want to feel bad to buy a ticket. you want them to want to spend their money. >> exactly right. >> there seems to be a swell here. robert downey jr. coming to support him and donald trump, for what it's worth. >> getting in the mix. >> he twatedeet the following. first of all that is the first time he saw "braveheart "i? >> i think that mel gibson's hope is that this helps. like you said, jeff it's another step and that his ultimate hope is that he will eventually get to a place where he can be director producer
and star in movies that hollywood will allow him to make and audiences will want to see. >> is there something specific he needs toed to get to that place, or is it simply waiting it out. >> a little bit of both. it's waiting it out and staying low and it's, you know being humble. it's being humbled and acting huvenl and not having huvenl. >> we have to see where it goes next. we are a nation that does like to ultimately forgive. we are forgiving people and there is a lot to forgive here. >> he is working a new movie by the way and for what it's worth, he is relating back to religious waters. >> this is a project he's had in the line for a while actually believe it or not. this is not an i'm sorry project so to speak but it's only -- there is a script being penned and a long way from making it to the screen. we will have to see what happens.
>> he may have competition as i understand it. some people other are trying to make the story. >> another project. we have two snow white projects now and see where it shakes out. >> dalton ross thanks very much. >> absolutely. coffee lovers get ready for a jolt. a group of scientists believes your morning cup might be heading toward extinction. >> that's good news on a monday morning. there is some good news here. that news isn't being welcomed by millions of bleary-eyed folks who depend on the cup of joe every day. >> there is no other coffee like the 100% colombian. >> reporter: try to imagine a world without coffee. for millions of early risers that morning cup of joe is part of a daily ritual. >> without my morning coffee i would probably be cranky. >> i love my coffee this morning. it makes me happier in the day. >> reporter: but the reality is no laughing matter.
on friday, the director of sustainability for starbucks said that climate change is threatening the world's coffee supply telling the "guardian" newspaper what we are seeing as a company as we look 10 to 30 years down the road if conditions continue as they are is a potentially significant risk to our supply chain which is this coffee bean. >> coffee likes narrow range of temperature and one of the hallmarks is increased extremes in temperatures. >> reporter: scientists say climate change will cause heavier rains and longer periods of drought and higher rates of insect infestation. in the tropical areas where coffee is grown and that could have a devastating effect on future coffee production. >> those of you who enjoy our morning coffee, we may not realize the future climate due to increased temperatures and extreme precipitation could, in some ways, put that at risk. >> reporter: increased carbon emissions have been linked to global climate change. for people waking up without
their morning brew could be a wake-up call to lead a more ecofriendly life. >> tara is with us now. >> you're using up the whole coffee supply? thanks a lot. >> guilty as charged. thought of it being around people who haven't had their morning fix. are you both coffee drinkers? >> we both do but i limit myself on a couple of a day. maybe in some ways this could be good for us and wean us off our addictions to the coffee a little bit. >> i'm not sure i could do that. i find it amuseing you're doing it with a straw. >> this is actually water. i cut myself off. >> you don't do the straw with coffee? >> i do. don't tell anybody. >> you do? >> yes, yes, exactly. >> why? >> it's all about the tea. wait. you were telling us in the break it's not coffee that may be affected? >> yes. chocolate production is also being affected. >> if you it tell me is there a problem with red wine you are
out of here! >> not yet but the year 2050 certain areas around the globe will not sustain growing cocoa because of climate change. >> it's serious stuff. >> chicken wing production is down significantly. >> i haven't heard that jeff. >> distressing. >> i don't like chicken wings? >> what? are you serious? >> the only person in america. i think they are gross. >> me too. >>! >> come on! have you had them extra crispy? buffalo style? >> cut it out. >> take you to the dumps. we are going. tara, thanks. up next the funniest writers ever according to andy borowitz who i would say is pretty
twitter these days. >> you are seeing the fresh prince theme song in the break. >> i love it. one of my favorites. >> andy has a new book out celebrating what makes him laugh called "the 50 funniest american wrirs according to andy borowitz, an anthology of humor from mark twain to the onion." the idea came from? >> the library of america. nonprofit select. the money goes to charity which is a cool thing. but i think their attitude was like we are living in really tough times and what is the one thing that makes you feel better forgiving mel gibson? but once you have done that laughter. laughter is really good. we tried to put together really the funniest writers of all time in america and i think we have done it. >> definitely mel gibson did not make your book? >> he did not, although he has had some hilarious moments. >> that will be your book of moments. >> exactly. >> since these are writers how do you narrow it down? >> obvious choices.
you do a book you have to have mark twain in there and i think dave barry and nora ephron and the onion and i love all of those people but also woody allen and some other great people, garrison keeler. it's a great list. it's pretty rock solid. >> i love it. >> you mentioned mark twain first and foremost. what makes him so timeless? >> he is like our shakespeare in a way. i don't want to turn people off because they think shakespeare, it probably won't be too funny. mark twain understands human nature and stuff he wrote a hundred years ago is still cool. i think he could tweet if he were around. a line i like suppose you're an idiot and suppose you're in congress but i repeat myself. i think that could be a tweet nowadays. i would re-tweet it. he is sort of the exception because he is somebody you can look back a hundred years and he still funny and cool. >> what is the funniest right
now? this is a tough time in american history. where do you find the most humor? >> well, i mean, besides michele bachmann, i think that the onion is great. i think that -- i love some of the younger writers like sloan crosley is a woman who has written a couple of books who is hilarious and a guy like larry willmore is money known as the senior black correspondent. the stuff is contemporary' and goes up through the past decade. i think twitter and the internet has brought out a chance for people to say something funny. >> you say you have to be first if you're putting it on a twitter. >> i like to live tweet things and i will live tweet political debates and it is terrible because you're like in this room with everybody else in america trying to be funny. it's very annoying but it's fun and cool to do. >> "time" magazine said you have the top twitter account in the world? >> well, they had a poll. >> how about that? >> that's true.
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headlines... for the fifth time in 2 weeks, police have shot a suspect in silicon valley good morning. it is 8:55. i'm elizabeth wenger with your cbs5 headlines. for the fist time in two weeks police have shot a suspect in silicon valley. it happened on worcester avenue. police responded to calls about a man with a weapon at the park side terrace apartments, officers say something happened that prompted one officer to open fire and kill him. oakland police are investigating three murders that happened over the weekend. two men were shot to death just before midnight friday at an apartment in the 130 block of mcarthur boulevard. another man was shot during a carjacking on olive street. this have been 94 murders in oakland this year. apple plans a celebration of steve jobs' life on wednesday at company headquarters in cupertino, for
apple employees only. he died october 5th and was buried during a private service. another service was held yesterday at stanford. traffic and weather, would he have coming right up. and over a million lives. we've done a good job. but even if you were born today, you'd still grow up in a world where tobacco kills more people... than aids, drugs, alcohol, murder and car crashes...
before the pay amalgamate. they pushed it over to the right shoulder, generallily stacked up through there. 42 minutes to go from the car teen as bridge to the place a on 80. one of our bright spots, traffic doing okay through that portion. highway 1 through half moon bay, an accident at verde, looks like lanes may be blocked through there. heavy congestion in that area, give yourselves extra time. no delays for bart, everything looks good. here is christie with the weather. >> thanks a lot deanna, going to see lots of sunny skies in those inland locations, pretty nice day, a little bit of cloud cover we're contending with this morning. we'll see sun inside the bay today. also in those inland spots, reaching high 80s, low 90s, bay stores reaching high 70s, low 80s, coastline, big cool down in store as we make our way into tuesday and more so into wednesday. much more like fall weather. slight warm up for thirst, end
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