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deaths. >> reporter: that is week, they had their highest number of covid patients since november of 2020. roughly half of july's patients were under the age of 59, nearly all unvaccinated. around town, venues are welcoming guests in droves. the area attracted scrutiny during the early surge. and now, a year later, many year resist getting vaccinated. >> i wouldn't wish this on anyone. >> reporter: outside the hospital, natalie, who didn't want to share her last name, catches under a tent for more than eight hours a day. on one side of the window are messages of love and support. on the other side is her 71-year-old mother on a ventilator. >> just feel guilt. >> over what? >> that you didn't do more. i respect people's wishes about the vaccine and wearing masks, i
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just ask you to -- >> a cbs news investigation is raising questions about how the nation's oldest animal welfare charity is spending millions in donations. the mission of the aspca, or american society for the prevention of cru animals, is to rescue proshgs tekt and care for animals in need through animal relocation, advocacy, training and veterinary services. the group says the vast ma joy tr of donor dollars goes directly to its mission. jim axelrod has been looking into the group's spending. ♪ ♪ >> reporter: the heartbreaking commercials are almost impossible to ignore. sarah mcbehalf lynn, singing the images of suffering animals and making an appeal for donations to the aspca. >> will you be an angel?
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>> reporter: it is one of the nation's leading animal charities. >> we were happy. >> reporter: joe sullivan was an executive vice president at the aspca when the commercials came out and part of the team that created them. now she works for the spca in houston. >> it is frustrating on this side of the table to realize that a bulk of our time and our staff time is spent trying to explain the difference between national and local. we need our donors and the people in our community to know where their money is going. >> reporter: gary rogers can tell you where donations to the aspca are not going. >> i don't know how they can put their head on a pillow at night, knowing there are so many animals out here that that money can be used for other things. >> reporter: rogers is president of the nassau county, new york spca. they investigate abuse and rescues animals in danger. >> one of the major problems
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that most spcas have is the aspca doesn't fund these agencies. we receive no money from them at all. >> reporter: we spoke to more than two dozen local spcas across the country. a few received grants worth a few thousands from the aspca which they had to apply for. most, like sullivan in houston, had received nothing. >> no spca across the country is part of the aspca. >> i would think a lot of animal lovers, pet lovers, would assume the aspca is some sort of umbrella organization. >> not even close to it. >> reporter: in 2019, the aspca took in nearly $280. the aspca says 77 cents of every dollar goes towards supporting the charity's mission. >> they say 77 cents goes to programming expenses. >> the devil is in the details when one looks at spending. >> reporter: brian mittendorf
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who teaches nonprofit accounting at the ohio state university and says about 40% went to hands on help to animals. >> the big question is, is there a disconnect with what that money is being invested in. >> your monthly gift could mean the difference between life and death. >> reporter: we decided to look at how that $19 donation is being spent. according to the organization's tax forms, we found nearly $8 of each $19 went towards hands on help with animals and z 7 to public education and poll circumstances including telemarketing and direct mailings. another $3.50 went towards other fund-raising. the rest, towards management. in 2019, the aspca's ceo made more than $840,000. that's more than the ceo of the american red cross, a nonprofit ten times bigger than the aspca. >> we urgently need 3,000 new
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donors so we can rescue more animals. >> reporter: outside of new york and three other cities where it offers local services, the aspca has to deploy its animal rescue unitoirec something even tim in stes. pr some local animal welfare groups across the country. of the $2 billion it raised, the aspca gave $146 million, or 7% of the total money raised, to those groups. >> sign up for just 63 cents a day. >> reporter: during that same time period, we found it spent nearly three times that, at least $421 million, on fund raising. >> as an animal lover, you have to ask yourself, do the animals in my community get my donor dollars or my volunteer time or my donation, and is it going to change what i want it to change
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of abontarctica and tokyo. now she's speaking out about her journey in her first network tv interview. here's cbs' catherine herridge. >> when you first set foot on a boat like this, did you man that you would become the vice xh commandant of the coast guard? >> absolutely not. >> reporter: her journey has taken her to all seven continents. >> homeland security, we operate in the home game and the away game. >> reporter: moving past the potomac's shoreline, she described a mission that describes policing with the might of a military service. >> it is about presence in law enforcement, much more than, you know, lethality, like our navy count parts. >> reporter: while addressing
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the needs of an evolving force. >> i look at some of the policy changes helping us to retain women, the focus on diversity and inclusion, so that we better represent the public that we serve. >> reporter: before getting on the water -- >> we're going to go to the left. >> reporter: -- cbs news spent the morning with the admiral with rare access to the daily operations brief. >> up to 130 miles per hour. >> reporter: okay. >> we always start with the weather. >> reporter: in the ceremonial hall, we sat down for her first network tv interview since starting the job in june. what's the biggest misconception? >> we are globally deployed. that is probably a misconception. you're the coast guard. shouldn't you just be along the coast? >> reporter: that includes responding in cuba and haiti. >> there are 20 people that we know have lost their hives in the last month in those attempts. >> reporter: high-risk missions,
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intercepting drugs. >> it's life saving work. these are narcotics that don't reach the shores of the u.s., and then result in drug overdoses. >> reporter: and ensuring safe passage for global trade. your concern is a cyber attack and the ripple effect on the supply chain. >> absolutely, yes. disruption of the supply chain in a way that begins to impact our just way of life. >> evideeryday consumers. >> yep. the feinikes get here on a ship a container. >> reporter: at 19, she enrolled in the academy. after graduation, fagen nearly got bumped from her first tour. >> at the time, the executive officer was, we thought about canceling your orders. we didn't want only one woman on board. and thankfully they did not and
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it was an incredible first tour for me. really impactful for everything that came after that. >> reporter: women now make up 15%. and minorities roughly 30% of the coast guard's active duty force. but at the morning briefing, we noticed she was still the only woman at the table. >> so we've made a lot of progress in the junior ranks. we do not yet reflect the society whom we serve, and we need to keep working on that. >> reporter: with a daughter serving in the coast guard, it's personal for her, who says assistance with things like relocation and day care are making a difference for this generation. >> as particularly women face career and family choices that we make it easier for them to envision themselves still serving with this incredible organization. >> reporter: as our tour concludes, she reflected on the gravity of her mission. >> i've taken an both to protect
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many americans who lost their jobs during the pandemic are shifting to new careers. an environmental program in new york city is helping people transition to green jobs by providing free training.
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ot a sarven thoug sheas no experience in the field. >> it was a bit intimidating at first. it's a whole new indu building manager in new york. then the pandemic hit. >> i got furloughed due to covid. >> reporter: sarah heard about a program called community power, started by the city of new york along with several environmental groups. it trains public housing residents at no cost to become certified solar panel installers. >> solar jobs, it's a hot market right now, and our public housing residents are a great talent pipeline. >> this is a completed array on the northern side of this building here. >> reporter: the panels sarah installs goes right on the roof of new york's public housing buildings. so not only are people out of work being trained for green jobs, but the power generated by these panels is going right back
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into low-income communities. the buildings get a savings of about $120 on their energy bills. >> this does not come out of our instead, we lease our roof. with the revenue generated from these solar leases, we can invest it back into publicec ha been a god send, and she's excited about her new career. >> it's the future. it's been so rewarding because i feel like i'm making a difference. >> reporter: using the power of people to bring power to the people. michael george, cbs news, new york. and that's the "overnight news" for this tuesday. for some of you, the news continues. for others, che back with us later. and of co, follow us online any time at cbsnews.com. from washington, i'm jan crawford. 3am
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it's tuesday, august 3rd, 2021. this is the "cbs morning news." growing vaccine demand. as more americans get inoculated against covid, health experts issue a new warning beyond the current case surge. under pressure. millions of americans could lose their homes after a federal eviction ban expired. why the white house is blaming states for failing to help struggling renters. grounded. the nightmare for hundreds of travelers who say they were left stranded by spirit airlines. good morning. good to be with you. i'm anne-marie green.

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