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the measures taken to keep everyone safe. back in business. but not soon enough. why some nail salons say they won't be able to make up for time lost. good morning everyone, it's wednesday, september 23rd. i'm michelle griego. >> and i'm len kiese. good morning. mary lee starts us off with the forecast and mary, as the week progresses, temperatures are going back up. oh, yeah. as we head through the end of the week, we are going to see offshore winds and another heat wave in store for us. so enjoy today as we're looking at the seasonal temperatures. it's going to be a beautiful day. as we head through the afternoon. good air quality as well. to start off the day and that will be the case as we head through the afternoon today. that clean and fresh air and that ocean breeze that we have to thank. so looking at the daytime highs, a degree or two warmer compared to yesterday. 89 in concord and 84 for san jose and 75 oakland and 68 for san francisco. we will talk about the big time changes as we look to the end of the week with that high fire
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danger as well. could have some more smoke push back into the bay area. talk about that coming up in the full forecast. but now let's check in with gianna and we have the metering lights on for the bay bridge now. yes, we do. and it's already stacked up as you look live here at the bay bridge toll plaza. already busy. so the bulk of the delays, just beyond this 880 overpass heading to the toll plaza. up the incline. past that portion things look better but it certainly slows down heading into san francisco. at least on side near the skyway heading near that fremont exit. drive times in the altamont pass, continue to be pretty hefty this morning. there's a crash stboundi to the commute. it's in the center divide. but some spectator slowing as you work your way through there. and northbound 880, near dakota. traffic just a little slow approaching the scene. anne? i'm anne makovec at the live news desk. and let's go live to the
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supreme court building right now in washington, d.c. where the late justice ruth bader ginsburg will be honored in a private ceremony and then a public viewing. she's going to lie in repose at the top of the building steps this morning before her body is moved on friday to capitol hill where she becomes the first woman to lie in state. and next door at the capitol hill, well, republicans confident they have the votes to fill the vacancy she leaves behind. senate majority leader mitch mcconnell says this will definitely happen this year and only two republicans have voiced opposition to holding the nominating process this close to the election. president trump will announce his nominee this saturday and this morning here, we are awaiting a special report live coverage of the activities going on at the supreme court. and we are going to continue our local news meantime on kbcw. that's 44 cable 12 and online
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and on the app. back to youing len. all right, thank you. alameda, san mateo and solano counties in the red this morning after moving up a notch on the state's color coded coronavirus tracking map. kpix 5's emily turner joins us live from san mateo where gym goers will work out indoors once again. i know they're going to be pretty happy. emily? >> reporter: they are. the folks who have been procrastinating thanks to all the covid rules are not quite so happy but everybody else is really excited and there are some people already getting after it this morning. now in san mateo county, indoor dining, exercising and gyms as well as fitness studio, this in addition to going to a movie theater and church can once again resume but of course that's with modifications. you have to wear a mask and only 10% and all because san mateo moves into the red tier. now people say could not
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have come soon enough. >> 35 minutes to get here, i'm ecstatic. i love the gym, i'm telling you, i'm a gym rat. i'm very excited. it's clean and it's safe. and i'm glad to be here. >> reporter: these are all people who have clearly a lot more motivation than i do. when it comes to working out. but good for them. they are here. you have to make a reservation online. but if you do in fact desire to do so, there is plenty of room for you to come and work out. and the folks who are excited about it, very much excited about being here. reporting live in san mateo, emily turner, kpix 5. alameda county is taking a careful and measured approach to reopening after moving to the red tier yesterday. public help officials say they want to avoid dramatic increases in virus transmission and having to reclose businesses again. there will be no change to
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current allowed or prohibited activities in alameda county. nail salons now have the state okay to reopen indoors everywhere. previously, they could only operate outside in purple tiered counties. local health officials still have the final say but for many, the announcement is already too late. >> do they still have an opportunity to recover or is it too late at this point? >> yeah, we estimate at least 20% of salons have gone under. >> start having a vision of recuperating from what we have lost so much already. it was going to take time. >> more shops may soon be closing. many owners say they're not sure they'll be able to pay thousands in back rent, while following the state's strict guidelines. and for a list of what is reopened in your county and across the bay area, just head to our website. a live look now from san francisco. the city has had the lowest
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covieaanu.y throug most o paemic. that's accoing a physician at zuckerberg general hospital. so far, there has been no major surge at hospitals. so infected patients have received focused personal care. overall, california's coronavirus numbers are headed in the right direction, down. the positive test rate is below 3% for the first time ever. and the daily case count is falling as well. meantime, despite san mateo county's move into the red tier, it's still home to one of bay area's biggest trouble spots. the city of east palo alto. represents just 4% of the county's popula, and 12% of its covid-19 case load. one council member tells us they can't work from home or can't afford to stay home. today santa clara county officials along with organizations will hold a virtual forum. the goal is to educate people and businesses about coronavirus protocols and also provide some resources. the event starts at 11:00 this
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morning and we will have it live for you on cbsn bay area. new this morning, san francisco has approved a $14 billion budget. that includes investments toward the city's african- american community. funds will also be directed toward homelessness and covid- 19 responses. the one supervisor against the proposal says it fails to support small business. this morning, some people in upscale neighborhood in santa clara county say they've had it. with growing homeless encampment and all the crime. people living in campbell say there's been a spike in street crime. including break-ins and car burglar ares. neighbors are blaming a growing homeless encampment near the kohl's parking lot and highway 17. >> about a month ago four of them came over the fence in the middle of the night and they burnt my fence down. >> the city of campbell needs to address this problem. it's affecting their businesses and their residents. >> we will put more patrols out there. yeah. and i have no problem saying
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that we will. >> san jose emergency response team members recently met with some of the residents of the homeless camp and said they refused offers of shelter and services. taking a live look at downtown san jose. where there is something new to celebrate this morning. santa clara just became the first county in california to declare juneteenth an official paid holiday. observed on june 19th, juneteenth marks the end of slavery in the u.s. the paid holiday will apply to all santa clara county employees starting next year. time now is 6:08. a promise from tesla. the newer and cheaper model now in the works. that's next on kpix 5 and streaming on cbsn bay area. got to love our great air quality that clean and fresh air across the bay area. it's going to be a beautiful day today. big time changes ahead as we look to the end of the week off sore winds and that high fire danger.
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details coming up. and the metering lights are on at the bay bridge toll plaza. plus getting word of a new trouble spot coming off the eastshore freeway. i'll have details of that coming up. another look from dc as mourners prepare to say good- bye to justice ruth bader ginsburg. in just a few months, we've learned a lot more about the covid-19 virus. it's real. and it's dangerous. so, on behalf of all of us working on the front lines, please take it seriously. and while we don't yet have a cure or a vaccine, we do know how to keep you and your loved ones safe. wear a mask. wash your hands. stay six feet apart. do your best to stay out of crowded spaces. and get a flu shot, it's even more important this year. we can do this. if we do it together.
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it's 6:12. here's a live look at the supreme court this morning where ruth bader ginsburg will lie in repose today after a private ceremony to honor the late justice. films are returning to theater in the wake of her death. rbg the award-winning documentary and the feature film "on the basis of sex "will be rereleased this friday in about 1,000 u.s. theaters. distributors are donating net oceeo e aclu'swomen's rights project which she co- founded in 1972. new this morning you can get get a tesla for $25,000. it could be reality in three
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years' time. that's according to ceo elon musk. it all depends on advances being made to increase the distance they can travel without needing to be recharged. at the socially distanced shareholder meeting, musk also announced a new so-called tablus battery design. it's faster and cheaper to make. and will offer more range and power. musk says the fremont plan is already churning out thousand of prototypes but won't reach a high volume production for another two years. >> there's a clear path to success. but a ton of work between here and there. >> it's fair to be skeptical. he has been late in the past but you know, this is a road map also. these are things that are leading toward where they're going to be. >> investors didn't seem too excited about it. shares fell almost 6% yesterday. and coming up at 6:30, we'll have a check of the tech
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stocks with cbs money watch reporter diane king hall. san francisco has a new tool to educate parents and teachers on school reopenings. a new online dashboard will provide daily updates on where dozens of private and charter schools are in the waiver application process. younger grades will get first priority. as for san francisco unified schools no timeline yet. the district still has a lot of details to work out with teachers. some students in alameda county have a unique place for distance learning. we're talking a funeral home. lisa bradshaw needed to watch her two sons. so she brought them to work with her. she runs grissom's chapel and mortuary. she set up a makeshift classroom right in there where the caskets. >> i was not doing as well as i was or she was hoping. >> my children are first and foremost. but equally as important are my staff and the community that i serve. >> lisa's co-workers have started bringing their children
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as well. so her sons have some company. a check on traffic now with gianna. and the important key here, is that they're learning. that's the biggest thing. right? >> that's right. and hey, moms and dads, parents, grandparents, doing whatever they can to make it happen. so more power to you. all right, taking a look at the roadways right now. some brake lights, an eye on the nimitz freeway for most of the morning. a trouble spot northbound it's still stuck in the right lane from the early morning crash. however, there's a second accident reported in same area near al have doe row niles. now a bit more of a backup in the area. it was getting a little better but since that second accident has been reported through there, it's once work your wa and improves past there. past dakota and then you have a much better ride working the rest of 880 north of there say heading into union city. elsewhere, the bay bridge, metering lights are on. and traffic is stacked up. you are backed up beyond the 880 overpassing and all approaches starting to slow down just a little bit.
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but still moving okay off the eastshore freeway. as well as the westbound 580 and 880 connectorsment just a heads-up taking 80 this morning. right around central, we're getting word of a two car crash there. it is over to the right shoulder and you know looking at the sensors in and around that area, not a lot of brake lights heading through there. not the case though through 580. it's been a busy ride most of the morning and still treating at th5 connector. ound 580 traffic is slow going to the area into the altamont pass. so a 40 minute drive time, 205 over to 680. pretty good. we're seeing some extra volume southbound 101 out of marin county. but right now about a 15 minute drive time southbound101 from the richmond-san rafael bridge as you head into san francisco. that's a look at your morning drive. it's 6:16. look at all the green that makes me happy. mary, that means good air quality in the forecast. that's right. gianna, it makes me happy too.
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yeah, feels to good to breathe in the clean and fresh air. that will continue as we head through today and tomorrow but changes as we look to the end of the week. with offshore winds returning. could have a high fire danger t'ow can hazy s ck tthe ba expect. so as we go through the weekend, with those dry and gusty northerly to northeasterly winds, we have a fire weather watch that will be in effect for the areas highlighted in yellow. that's from 11:00 a.m. saturday until 8:00 a.m. monday for the north bay mountains, east bay hills and elevations above 1,000 feet. and also the interior valleys could have gusts up to 50 miles per hour and low relative humidity values critical fire weather conditions definitely keeping a close eye on that as we head through the end of the week. here's a gorgeous look with our salesforce tower camera. those colors in the sky with the sun about to rise. we are looking at 50s and 60s to start 63 in concord and oakland 60 degrees and 56 in livermore and
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57 in san francisco. looking at 59 in san jose and 50 for santa rosa this morning. so we're tracking this low pressure system bringing that much-needed rainfall to the pacific northwest. that beneficial rainfall for them. looking at that se breeze for us here in the bay area, with seasonal temperatures. now daytime highs about a degree or two warmer compared to yesterday. but right around where we should be for this time of year. taking you hour by hour on futurecast, we'll see that sunshine for most of us, i think that cloud cover still kind of hangs around along the coast as we head through at least later on this evening into tomorrow. and then even a little bit cooler as we look to thursday. now for the end of the week, we're tracking those offshore winds with that high fire danger. smoky ies return to the bay area by the end of the week. so that smoke forecast looking good for today, tomorrow and we'll start to see some hazy skies as we look to friday and especially into the weekend. now daytime highs this
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afternoon, looking at 83 in santa clara for the south bay and 84 for san jose and 88 for morgan hill and 85 for you in campbell. for the east bay, topping out at 89 for concord and 88 for pleasant hill and mid- to upper 80s for the tri-valley. as we look around the bay, upper 60s in san francisco. mid 70s in oakland and also for san leandro. upper 60s for alameda for the east bay shoreline and for the north bay. in the low to mid-80s later on today. here's that extended forecast and what you can expect. temperatures just a little bit cooler as we look to tomorrow with that stronger sea breeze kicking in. seasonal on friday. but there we go. heating up another heat wave in store for us as we look to the weekend and early next week. back to you. all right, mary, thank you. on the storm watch now. tropical storm paulette comes back to life. this is video from listen the storm made landfall as a hurricane in bermuda last week. well, then it seemed to have gone away and now it's reformed. the national weather service is calling it a zombie tropical
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storm. fire watch right now. a major milestone for crews batting the czu lightning complex fire. the blaze is now 100% contained. flames broke out last month scorching a total of 135 square miles. in los angeles county, fire crews have made progress on the 109,000-acre bobcat fire. it's now 17% contained. that fire burned its way over the san gabriel mountains into the antelope valley and thousands of homes and foothill areas are still threatened. a tiny home boom. why they are purchasing during the pandemic. that's next on kpix 5 and streaming on cbsn bay area. and here's a live look outside before we head to break. look at that. a beautiful sky over the bay area. 6l
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california home prices have hit a record. more than $700,000 for a single family home in august. that's the first time the median price has broken that amount. according to the report, released by the state department of finance, prices last month were up 6% from july and up almost 15% from last a year ago. during the pandemic, living space is a prized commodity. mini homes are all the rage at the moment. >> one redwood city based company says inte iit ssy dwling units also doubled. the idis perfect for families who are worried about relatives in nursing homes or maybe children are back loam. the brand new buildings come premade and can be freshly installed on a foundation slab
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in just one day. >> the benefit of building prefab is it takes the noise and the stress and the hassle and mess of construction out of the backyard. which for typical site build can last 8, 10, 12 months. >> the units come with a bedroom area, full kitchen and bathroom and start at $190,000. it is 6:25 right now. take it down or get kicked out of class. the trump flag fight between teacher and student. that's in our next half hour. >> reporter: and no more excuses in san mateo county. you can now work out in gym. i have that story ju a we saw the cloud of smoke
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and my heart fell. i knew we'd lose our home... and we did. over 24,000 homes have been destroyed by wildfires in the past few years. wildfire victims need help so i'm voting 'yes' on 19. it limits property taxes on wildfire victims so families can move to a replacement home without a tax penalty. you never know what you'll be faced with. please, vote 'yes' on 19.
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that picture says it rt the elaborate ceremonies honoring supreme court justice ruth bader ginsburg are about to get underway this morning in washington. her casket is going to be brought to the supreme court building where pallbearers as you see will lift it up to the steps to its place of honor. justice ginsburg served for 27 years on the high court after a ground breaking career as an advocate for gender equality. she died on friday. >> her death was a sca although been fighting cancer four times over the course of her life. fans of this pop culture icon are grieving and have been for sometime her casket will lie in
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repose so people can pay their respects today and then storm tarting at 9:00 a.m. and that follows a brief service that will begin shortly. >> the white house announced a short time agatha president trump will view it at the supreme court tomorrow. he is choosing a successor and plans to reveal his choice on saturday, one day after she will be honored as the first woman ever to lie in state at the u.s. capitol. january crawford has covered the supreme court for decades. she ihi morning. this is a very striking scene. i believe most of the people in line are her former aids essentially who have all come to honor her. is that right? >> that's right. these are all of her former law clerks and remember the court is a place that's very bound by
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tradition and this is a traditional picture. law clerks when a justice passes always line the steps of the supreme court to act as honorary pallbearers. the justice they work for, their mentor is taken into the great hall of that building. so this has happened before with one difference, they're socially distanced now. typically they lie in repose inside the great hall. we see some differences but mostly this is very much dictated by tradition as justice ginsburg arrives here, supreme court officers will remove her casket from the hears and then begin taking the casket up the front steps of the court into the great hall where this will be a brief ceremony attended by
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her family, close friends, the justices, and some of their spouses and then her casket will be taken out to the top of the steps and the public will be able to file beside it to give their respects. >> it was such a beautiful day. it was such a striking picture to see all the clerks walk out with their black masks to feel tribute to her. what is it feeling like there? i feel it sitting here in the studio in, no noew york. i get goosebumps watching this. >> the crowds have packed up against the barricades that have been set up to give some distance here in front of the building and everyone is holding up phones, iphones to kind of record what is -- a moment of history. it's quite. it's very still. typically there are protests in some of these controversial cases, when i'm out here you hear shouting and music. it's absolutely quite right now. in fact, i almost feel -- i am
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speaking too loudly into the microphone. the moment is -- everyone is aware of the significance of this and the day, it's a beautiful day. not a cloud in the sky because so much will he t like the heav were cooperating today. no clouds, no rain, it's perfect. >> i was reading that there were actually some people that were waiting outside before sun up even. >> that's right. people have been outside here and then of course the line is being assembled over on to the side of the coulinef members of public awaiting to be able to file by the casket as she lies in repose here for the rest of the day into tonight and then again tomorrow until 10:00 p.m. >> it is a beautiful day there, and the absence of the typical protesting that you see outside of the supreme court is ta an as e, the supreme court police officers carrying the casket up the steps there.
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she will lie in repose on a platform that was originally built for the casket of abraham lincoln which is an amazing detail and we expect speeches. i'm curious what you expect from john roberts this morning. >> this is very bound by tradition. there was a brief religious message and moment of silence. it's not unprecedented to speak during these services. typically, it's a moment of reflection, of gratitude, obviously the chief justice will have a lot to say about her service to this country. remember, when she first appeared here at this cou 1973, that was 47 years ago when she argued her first case before the all male supreme court. that's when she gave that famous quote that, you know, i ask no
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favor for my sex. all she won that case and went on to win five more landmark discrimination cases and 20 years later in 1993, president clinton nominated her and put her on the supreme court. only the second woman to serve. really a legendary trail blazing path breaking career of public service. >> i know the more you read about her and i have been reading every single thing, i have watched both the documentarys last year, it's so clear she was so ahead of her time in a way that we couldn't even anticipate. >> she was thinking almost 5 and 10 years down the road, ahead of us all of us. she framed her arguments as how gender discrimination was harmful to men. and that was an argument that resinated with the male judges that she was trying to convince. so she was able to change the law by anticipating what might
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come ahead of time. that is extraordinary. and we see it in the court. she makes arguments that lead to changes later on. >> this is a woman that even though she ended up being first in her class in law school had trouble being a job. three strikes against me. one i was jewish and i was a woman and i was the mother of a 4-year-old. >> employers assumed she wouldn't want to work that hard even though she had done a bang up job. she was shocked she didn't get a job. she said i thought i did a great e project at eped fou the american civil liberties union and found a different way to make a difference. >> the other thing that's so extraordinary about her is how she was able to reach across the aisle and was still able to
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remain friends with her as it was with her and justice scalia. fight for things that you care about and do it in a way that would lead others to join you. >> she was very close with justice scalia that passed away in 2016. they were both on the federal appeals court here in d.c. they each had enormous respect for each other. their intelligence and witt. they socialized with each others spouses and she said in an interview that you could be friends with people that you might disagree with strongly. it doesn't look like tha would just come true. >> what we're watchingere as the pallbearers place the casket on what's called the lincoln catapult which is just a simple base of rough pine boards nailed together and covered with a black cloth but it was built for
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president lincoln, i'm sorry, for president lincoln's funeral when he layed in state in 1865 and is used traditionally at moments like this still. now we should be able to see the justices. the justices would be on one side with their spouses, friends and family stand on the other side. and this very somber ceremony. >> it's a private ceremony. it's private but we can still see it because they're allowing us to photograph it but it's invitation only is what we're being told. who was invited, janua? >> her friends and family and of course we see all the justices and retired justice anthony kennedy. so all -- it looks like based on what we're seeing here, all 8 of the sitting justices, some with
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their spouses are here. >> several ways that this is different is justices are wearing masks that's difficult to make out everybody's identity as they move into the room here. but i believe -- >> again, if you think about the aging justices on the supreme court, social distancing and masks is crucial. and this is for some, you know, they haven't been going into the building. they have been having their arguments by telephone since the spring. a moment that they're all now gathered together. this may be the first time, certainly, that i'm aware of. >> they have been back together. >> is it correct? my understanding is that when the public comes to pay respects over the next couple of days,
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the justices law clerks will continue to stand by the casket; is that correct? >> that's very much bound by tradition. the members of the public will be required to socially distance and wear masks, all again because of social protocols put in place because of the coronavirus. she was the subject of many of the projects they have to do and how they have been following her life so closely. i can't imagi m a has l for all to hont with you, but certainly to the young girls that are looking at her. >> isn't that so true, gail? think about how many generations, generations of women inspired by justice ginsbut at the beginning of her career, no, you can't. you're a woman, you don't, and she said i will, and she did. >> longest serving woman on the
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supreme court and you get a sense of the length of her stay by seeing how many former law clerks there are streaming out of the front of the building. i know they kept coming. it's an amazing thing. another amazing thing at this particular moment with all of that surrounding this day is although she was known for her decents and many were fiery and incredibly memorable, anger was not an emotion in a she felt served anybody. >> right but she could make her point. her writing could be sharp. i can think of one that leads to changes in the law. >> the ceremony is about to begin. we're going to listen in. >> psalm 23.
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[ speaking foreign language ] the lord is my shepherd i shall not want. god makes me lie down in green past juro pastures, god leads me beside the stillwaters, god guide me in the straight paths for god's name sake. yea though i walk through the valley of the shadow of death i will fear no evil for you are with me. your rod and your staff, they comfort me. you prepare a table before me in
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the presence of my enemies. you have anointed my head with oil, my cup runs over. surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life and i shall dwel in the house forever. today we stand in mourning of an american hero, justice ruth bader ginsburg. in a moment, i will speak to what she meant to all of us, but first, i would like to turn to her beloved family. the justice was a mother, a grandmother and as we all know had one of the most extraordinary life partners in to eacf yo to the colleagues, to her law clerks, and to her court family the
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country mourns with you and tends you our deepest love and comfort. to be born into a world that does not see you, that does not believe in your potential, that does not give you a path for opportunity or a clear path for education and despite this, to be able to see beyond the world you are in, to imagine that something can be different, that is the job of a prophet. and it is the rare prophet who not only imagines a new world but also makor iit her lifetime. this was the brillance and vision of justice ruth bader ginsburg. the torrent is relentless in reminding and instructing and those thate in the
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12 times we are told to care for the widow and the orphan. this is one of the most important commandments. it is the call to action. and it is also the promise written into our constitution. as justice ginsburg said, and i quote, think back to 1787, who were we the people? they certainly weren't women. they certainly weren't people held in human bond campeage. the genius of our constitution is that now over 200 sometimes turbulent years, that we has expanded and expanded.
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this was justice ginsburg's life's work. to insist that the constitution deliver on its promise. that we the people would idel t. shearhatk oflife. as an advocate arguing six times before this court for equal treatment for women and men. as a judge on the d.c. circuit and as a justice on this court. and as a path marking role model to women and girls of all ages who now know that no office is out of reach for their dreams, whether that is to serve in the highest part of our land or closer to home for me as the rabbi of their community. nothing could stop her devotion to this project.
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not even cancer. justice ginsburg, from generation to generation, we promise to carry forward your legacy. may you rest under the wings knowing that you have tirelessly served us and this great country the united states of america. please rise.speakingoreign lane
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[ speaking foreign lanage ] >> exalted compassionate god, grant infinite rest in your sheltering presence among the holy and the pure to the soul of ruth bader ginsburg who has gon. yournal embrace.ask thaur findp
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maher soul be bound up in the bond of life. may she rest in peace and let us say amen. thank you rabbi for those compelling words. jane, jim, the entire ginsburg family, on behalf of all the justices, the spouses of the justices, and the entirme urt f uth ber ginsburg. o the that loss is widely shared, but we know that it falls most heavily on the family. justice ginsburg's life was one of the many versions of the american dream. her father was an immigrant from
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odessa. her mother was born four months after her family arrived from poland. her mother later worked as a bookkeeper and ruth used to ask what's the difference between a bookkeeper in brooklyn and a supreme court justice? her answer, one generation. it has been said that ruth wanted to be an opera vurtuouso but she chose the law. sud to discrimination in law school and the job market because she was a woman, ruth would grow to become the leading advocate fighting such discrimination in court. she was not an opera star, but she found her stage, right behind me in our courtroom. there she won famous victories that helped move our nation closer to equal justice under law to the extent that women are
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now the majority in law school, not simply a handfull. later she became a star on the bench where she sat for 27 years. her 483 majority opinions will spear if court for decades. they are written with the unaffected grace of precision. the way she spoke, people listened. among the words that best describe ruth, tough, brave, a fighter, a winner, but also thoughtful, careful, compassionate, honest. when it came to opera, insightful, passionate. when it came to sports, clueless. justice ginsburg had many virtues of her own but she also unavo unavo
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unavoidably promoted one particular one, humility in others. for example, on more than a few occasions, someone would approach or call me and describe some upcoming occasion or event that was important to them. and i knew what was coming. could i come and speak? but no, instead, could i pass along an invitation to justice ginsburg and put in a good word. many of you have seen the famous picture of justice scalia and justice ginsburg riding atop an elephant in india. it captured so much of ruth. there she was doing something totally unexpected, just as she had in law school where she was not only one of the few women but a new mother to boot. and in the photograph, she is riding with a dear friend, a friend with totally divergent views. there's no indication in the photo that either was poised to.
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for many years, of course, ruth battled serious illness. she met each of those challenges with a combination of candid assessment and fierce determination. in doing so, she encouraged others who have their own battles with illness, including employees here in the court and she merged victorious time and again against all odds. but finally, the odds won out and now ruth has left us. i mentioned at the outset that ruth's passing weighed most heavily on her family, and that is true, but the court was her family too. this building was her home, too. of course she improved the law and the lives of all of us and yet still ruth is t ment of si refltion.
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>> may she rest in peace. >> the ceremony concluding. we just heard chief justice john roberts. note that justice ginsburg had dreamed of being an opera star.
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he said she was not an opera star, but she found her stage there at the supreme court. she became a rock star. >> yeah. >> and the rabbi called justice ginsburg an american hero and he said to be born into a world that does not see you and does not believe in your potential and to imagine a world where it could be different, that is the job of a prophet. >> and the rabbi, her husband, it turns out, had clerked with ruth bader ginsburg in october of 2014 but it was a short ceremony and so beautifully done, starting with the rabbi, going to the chief justicet a senf humor and also gave us a strong sense of who she was in describing her as brave, tough, fighter, but also sports cluelessme. he had such a nice sense of humor and nice touch. i would imagine that would be comforting to the family.
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nobody has taken the loss bigger than they but everybody is grieving for ruth bader ginsburg. >> he said the supreme court was her family too. >> and one of the things redeemable about both speeches is they recognize there's many different american dreams and many different american lives. chief justice john roberts saying that she lived one of many versions of the american dream. >> i noticed i loved the way he put that. let's go back to jan crawford at the supreme court. your thoughts? >> well, i mean, just seeing the chief justice there giving those remarks, ruth is gone so we grieve. the was her family too. doesn't that speak of the best of our country, that people can come together as a family, these justices, completely in disagreement on some of the controversial cases, b see so much love and affection in that room as they pay their
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last respects to her. >> jan, you could almost hear in the remarks the origins of some of the decisions andhe ments tt justice ginsburg made, saying multiple times to honor the stranger, care for the stranger, and when she sought to expand we the people, she definitely meant we the people in every circumstance, every color, every creed but also every level of income. >> it lead to great changes in the law that made all of us better and more equality for everyone. it was a ceremony that as gail said yout like ynew her and then you got some of those funny behind the scenes stories too. of course the famous picture of justice scalia and justice ginsburg on the elephant in india and how that was part of who she was. she was going to do things her way, and they may be different than what people expected, but so effective. >> we have all seen that very classic picture of her with her
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law school class where she was in the minority as a woman. and the majority of women in law schools are women. i haven't heard one lawyer, one family lawyer that hasn't said i wouldn't be here if it wasn't for ruth bader ginsburg. >> absolutely. and when she started, she enrolled initially at harvard law school before she transferred to columbia. she was one of nine women in her class. just imagine that. and of course as the famous story where one of her professors asked why they were there, they had taken a spot that would have gone otherwise to a man. >> i like to imagine that those decisions and their comments and employers that wouldn't give her a job although she was number one in her class at columbia. another memorable line from justice roberts was a story told in the ginsburg family which is what's the difference between a clerk in brooklyn and a supreme court justice, and her answer being one generation. >> right. that goes to gail's point
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earlier when you think about the generations that she has influenced and encouraged and inspired to find their own way, their own path to make a difference. it was in her case a generation but think of how many generations she influenced and will continue to influence. it's those young girls that will be here today with their mothers and their grandmothers that go on and find their own path to make their own impact in our country. >> influencing women and influencing the law because as justice roberts pointed out she wrote 483 majority concurring or dissenting opinions and he made a point of underlying that number. >> right and of course s was known for her precision of language in those opinions. she was known for getting her work done time. even this past spring when she was in the hospital being treated for her illness, she was there with her law books and briefs doing the oral arguments by telephone from the hospital room. she was the hardest working
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justice and she turned those opinions around quickly and they were perfection. just the precision of her language which is a that she s able to the then change the l and build potentially coalitions down the road because it was about the law, not rhetoric. thank you, jan. the casket now will be moved to the portico at the front steps. >> i love how the chief justice says we all knew about her health challenges and she emerged victorious time and time again. ruth is gone. may she rest in peace. we all feel that. >> yes. >> our coverage will continue on our 24 hour streaming network. watch it on cbs or our cbs news app. there will be more on the life of ruth bader ginsburg coming up on your local news on this cbs station and tonight on the cbs evening news with nora
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