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the gang war. but the victims are not all gang members. innocent children are being shot. monday mayor rahm emanuel said this: . >> you got two gang bangers, one standing next to a kid. get away from that kid. take your stuff to the alley. don't touch the children of the city of chicago. don't get her near them. >> pelley: the gangs didn't get the message. last night three children were shot-- a 12-year-old girl, a 14-year-old boy and 13-year-old tishona poke. she was shot in a leg in a city park. crime is down in chicago in all categories except this surge in homicides. what's driving the violence? we asked dean reynolds to help us find out. >> almost all of the violence we're seeing now is from the gangs. >> reporter: sergeant matt little leads one of the teams in
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chicago's gang enforcement unit. there are about 200 such officers in the city versus 100,000 gang members. >> when there's a shooting, we'll respond to the shooting. we'll figure out where we believe the most likely area for retaliation is and we'll work that area trying to both prevent retaliation and possibly build a case. >> reporter: we road along with little's team as dusk fell on poor neighborhoods of vacant lots and high anxiety. >> the gangs have lost their hierarchy, so to speak. and without a chan of command there's really nobody keeping things in check. >> reporter: and they lost their hierarchy because those guys got killed? went to prison or... >> both. yes. >> reporter: those left are young, reckless, and often terrible shots. instead of a bullet with somebody's name on it, you get a bullet that reads "to whom it may concern." >> reporter: and that's how you get a little girl shot or a three-year-old child. >> exactly. we care about the grandmother that lives in the gray stone
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raising her grand kids. we care about the guy who's a hardworking stiff who works two jobs. >> reporter: the police are also establishing a database gleand from interviews with the gang members themselves on their whereabouts, grudges, or habits to anticipate trouble before it erupts. some businesses that serve as hideouts will also be shuttered. >> stay in the car. >> reporter: in just two hours, we witnessed repeated stops, searches, and arrests. >> they are smart enough and savvy enough to have people run interference, to have plausible stories, to have a whole system of things they can bring up to try to interfere with us doing our jobs. >> reporter: sergeant little is a decorated veteran of the wars in iraq and afghanistan. parts of chicago, he says, are comparable. >> it's like tribal warfare. it continues to build unless we manage to interdict it and manage to stop it long enough for the blood to stop boiling, the heat to die down.
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>> reporter: the mother of one of the young girls shot overnight spoke for many in this city, scott, when she said the bullets are going everywhere now and the wrong people are getting shot. >> pelley: dean, i wonder, what are some of the other things the chicago police are doing to stop the violence? >> reporter: well, they are really focusing on those corner liquor stores or those businesses that are turning into havens for these gangs, whether they're tolerating them or cooperating with them the city and the police are going after them and they're going to shut them down. >> pelley: dean, thanks very much. some cities in california tonight are fighting financial ruin. san bernardino filed for bankruptcy today, the third california city to do that in two weeks. what happened to these one-time boom towns? ben tracy found out. >> reporter: san bernardino is a city with nearly 16%
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unemployment. the foreclosure rate here is three times the national average. has the recovery come to san bernardino? >> no. >> reporter: patrick morris is the mayor. >> we have a host of our residents who are not working, not paying taxes, don't have disposable income so they're not shopping. that's a problem for us. >> reporter: tax revenues have plummeted and the city now has a $45 million budget hole. it has cash to pay city workers for just one more month. the city work force has already been slashed 20% and employees have been given... have given $10 million in salary and benefit concessions. the city wants to renegotiate its labor agreements. right now san bernardino expects to take in $120 million in revenue this year, but it pays out $126 million to workers and retirees, so before a single city service is performed, san bernardino is already $6 million in the red. the city attorney now says that in 13 of the past 16 years
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budget documents were falsified, masking the depth of the problems. the firefighters' union calls bankruptcy the easy way out. >> i interpret the bankruptcy as them protecting their fiscal mismanagement for years and years and years. it's giving them basically a free bi. >> reporter: how frustrated are you? >> i'm very, very, very frustrated. >> reporter: kathy has lived in san bernardino for ten years. she blames city leaders for not seeing this fiscal cliff coming. >> why weren't you awake? why were you asleep at the wheel? i'm not surprised we here in this dire straits. am i angry? absolutely. >> reporter: despite the tough times facing this city, the mayor here is still relatively upbeat. he must have mentioned at least three times to me today scott that amazon is about to open a new warehouse here. he expects that to create about 1,000 new jobs. >> pelley: ben, thank you. jobs were the focus of mitt romney's address today to african american leaders at the
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n.a.a.c.p. convention and here's why. while unemployment nationally is running 8.2%-- you know that already-- the rate for african americans is nearly double, 14.4%. and for yuc young blacks ages 14 it's more than triple, 30.2% unemployment. romney said he is the man to turn that around but jan crawford tells us that was a very tough sell. what happened, jan? >> reporter: scott, romney took his economic message to the president's most solid most loyal group of supporters and he didn't pull any punches, but the crowd here didn't either. >> if you want to a president who will make things better in the african american community you are looking at him. (smattering of applause). >> reporter: the boos and jeers started about halfway through his speech when romney said he would repeal president obama's signature achievement-- health care reform. >> in order to do that, i'm going to eliminate nonessential
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expensive program i can find. that includes obamacare, and i'm going to work to reform and save... (boos) >> reporter: that's a talking point in all of romney's speeches and part of his plan to jump start the economy. but the crowd didn't like it or any of romney's criticism of president obama. shirley rivens smith of washington, d.c. was one of those who booed. >> he made it very clear he was going to try to bring jobs to the black community to the tphao *pt and i thought that was a lie. >> reporter: but there were some moments of polite applause as when romney talked about helping the middle-class. >> and i don't just mean for those who are middle-class now. i also mean for those who have waited so long for their chance to join the middle-class. (applause) >> reporter: romney isn't the first republican presidential contender to address the n.a.a.c.p., but for nominees like john mccain it didn't translate into votes, running against mr. obama four years ago, john mccain got 4% of the african american vote-- well below the 11% george w. bush
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received when he received when he ran against john kerry in 2004. now the president continues to have strong support, high approval ratings among african americans but some democrats are worried about turnout and, scott, romney is hoping that his economic message will resonate at least to the point that voters aren't motivated to turn out against him. >> pelley: jan, thanks very much. today the house of representatives voted to repeal president obama's health care law. it is the 33rd time that house republicans have done that even though they know the repeal won't go anywhere, it won't be considered by the senate-- which is controlled by the democrats-- and, of course, the president would veto it. with so much urgent business before the house, why spend so much time voting to repeal the law over and over again? we asked nancy cordes to look into it. >> the bill is passed. >> reporter: house republicans have now held so many repeal votes lawmakers are losing
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track. >> this is the 31st repeal vote. >> today's 32nd repeal vote of health care. >> reporter: in fact, it is the 33rd vote to repeal all or part of the president's health care law, a republican effort that, according to a cbs news tally, has taken up at least 80 hours on the house floor. that's two full work weeks since early 2011. texas republican lamar smith. >> obamacare is a massive tax hike on the middle-class. >> the bill is passed. >> reporter: but today's measure will suffer the same fate as the other full repeal efforts which sailed through the republican-controlled house but died, predictably, in the democratically controlled senate. michigan democrat john dingle. >> i say shame. you're wasting the time of the american people. you're wasting the time of the congress. >> reporter: and time is precious on capitol hill where house leaders have scheduled only 42 more working days between now and the end of the year when critical deadlines
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loom. the bush-era tax cuts are set to expire then for everyone and steep across-the-board spending cuts will kick in. there's been little attempt to seek common ground on those issues or on funding the government which must be done by october or on tacking the nation's 8.2% unemployment rate. republican leader eric cantor spearheaded today's repeal effort: you've held something like 33 votes already about repealing the president's health care law. haven't you made your point already? why keep holding these votes, keep conducting these debates? >> we want to try and get it right. again, the american people have rejected obamacare. you know, they don't want washington telling them what kind of health care they should have. >> reporter: but are you proposing something else? >> in fact, absolutely. all along the process during which obamacare was being discussed here on capitol hill we posited an alternative. >> reporter: republicans did release a short outline of their health care priorities back in
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2009 but have crafted no formal replacement for the president's health care law and have no immediate plans to do so. scott, one of the main goals for republicans of holding these votes over and over again is really to tie vulnerable democrats to an unpopular law in an election year. >> pelley: nancy, thank you. we wondered how much it cost taxpayers for the house to repeal the law again and again. you can't be exact about these things, but the congressional research service tells us that the house of representatives costs us $24 million a week. so with two weeks spent repealing the law, that comes to a little under $50 million. a researcher's mission to find a treatment for alzheimer's turns into a story of personal courage. a last-minute scramble for more security at the london olympics. and the sky lit up for miles around after a train explosion when the "cbs evening news" continues.
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>> pelley: a study in the journal "nature" today really got our attention. researchers have found a genetic mutation that seems to low terrific of alzehimer's disease. mutations are very rare, fewer than 1% of people have it, but it could help doctors develop future treatments. in another story about alzheimer's tonight, dr. jon lapook has met with a leading researcher who has been working on a cure for alzehimer's
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disease and for her the search for that cure has become very personal. >> reporter: rae lyn burke has helped develop treatments for h.i.v., herpes and h.i.v. in the 1990s as one of the world's foremost vaccine researchers she turned her attention to alzehimer's disease and was on the team that created an experimental drug. >> i believed it was going to work. >> you saw it work in mice. >> i saw it work in mice. >> reporter: who it works by clearing the plaques in the brain that are the hallmarks of alzehimer's disease. dr. lennart mulke of the gladstone institute remembers burke's passion. >> you have to have a certain level of obsession so you will be doing things in your mind under the shower, while you drive to work and i think the way lynn was exactly in that mold. >> reporter: it was that very personality trait that made her realize something was terribly wrong. >> one of the things i did while commuting was, you know, play with numbers in my head.
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i couldn't do that like i used to do it. and i said oh, this is... this is odd. >> reporter: the formal diagnosis came in 2008: alzheimer's. how old are you? >> gosh, um... how old am i? (laughs) 60 something. >> reporter: she's 64 and now even the easiest math is impossible. >> it's one of those incredible ironies of life, isn't it? you never know what the end game's going to be. >> reporter: but burke never lost her passion for discovery so she decided to help test the very drug she helped create. every three months she takes the short trip to the university of california, san francisco, where the trial is based and receives the injection. do yo you think it's making you
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better or slowing the decline? >> i think it's slowing the decline. i don't think it's making me better. >> reporter: burke struggles with simple tasks like counting money and making coffee. >> i need the filter cone. oh, i've got it here. >> reporter: but with the support of her husband reg kelly, she lives an active life. this is a particularly cruel part of the disease, right? where you're still with it enough to remember what you've lost and yet you fear what you're going to lose still. >> it is cruel. it is cruel. >> reporter: rae lyn burke is almost like two people-- the scientist trying to figure out how to treat this disease and the patient who knows she's losing more and more each day. >> pelley: courageous woman. john, thank you very much. in klum columbus, ohio, night turned into day when a freight train derailed and exploded overnight. some of the cars were carrying ethanol and flames shot 30 feet into the air. firefighters decided to let it burn out. two people suffered minor injuries. everyone who lived within a mile was evacuated.
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>> pelley: britain put more troops on stand by today for olympic security. the britts will have more military personnel at the london games than they have in afghanistan. bob orr has been following olympic security and, bob, is there any known threat to the olympics? >> well, not as far as we know right now, scott. u.s. and british sources tell us that they have no specific
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information at the moment about any possible terror threat aimed at the olympics. but the games, which obviously will attract huge crowds and worldwide attention, are a target. so u.k. officials now are standing up their biggest peacetime security operation in history. antiaircraft missile batteries, for example, are stationed on roof tops in london and in public squares near the olympic venues. we're told more than 40,000 security forces-- troops, police, private guards-- will be on duty when the games begin. >> pelley: is there anything that makes london particularly vulnerable? >> well, a couple of things. terrorists, as we know, have already proven they can hit that city. more than 50 people tragically were killed seven years ago in what has been known as the 7/7 transit bombings. also, london has a large population of suspected his lomb i can radicals, many of them with ties to terror hot spots like pakistan. finally, on top of that, scott, intelligence sources remind us that al qaeda in the arabian peninsula continues to plot attacks against the west. now a.q.a.p. wants to hit the u.s. but the u.k. has to be
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considered a top target. >> pelley: olympics starting up later in the month. bob, thanks very much. there was a moving ceremony today in bosnia on the 17th anniversary of the slaughter at srebrenica. 520 of the victims of that slaughter were buried. they were identified just recently through d.n.a. analysis. about 8,000 muslim men and boys were murdered by bosnian serbs at srebrenica, europe's worst massacre since world war ii. the most memorable moments in the past half century of television. the results of a survey next. if there was a pill
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>> reporter: the new survey asked viewers not just whether they watched the events or programs but if they could recall where they'd seen them and had talked about them with others. rounding out the top five were coverage of hurricane katrina in 2005, the verdict in the o.j. simpson trial in 1995, the 1986 explosion of the space shuttle "challenger" and the death of osama bin laden last year. some cultural milestones made the list. >> ladies and gentlemen, the beatles! >> reporter: the beatles appearance on "the ed sullivan show" in 1964 came in at number 43. the t.v. images with the most enduring impact, though, were usually news events and the importance viewers gave them often differed sharply by age and gender. women, for example, ranked the funeral of princess diana as the fourth most memorable. among men it placed only 23rd. >> president kennedy died at
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1:00 p.m. >> reporter: among people 55 and over, the assassination of john f. kennedy was the second-most memorable moment. for those between 18 and 34, it was the death of bin laden. for younger viewers, the landing on the moon in 1969 was distant history. overall, it ranked 21st. the internet and social media may have redefined the delivery of news, but television remains the window through which we view history. anthony mason, cbs news, new york. >> pelley: and that's the "cbs evening news" for tonight. for all of us at cbs news all around the world, good night. !
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