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insurance. look at this big mess. this is on interstate 80 in northern california. a load of tomatoes tossed across the roadway after a big rig jackknifed. three people there were hurt, and the mess was mopped up after a few hours. turning now to a troubling new study. more kids are swallowing tiny batteries. that has led to an increase in e.r. visits. the number of such visits doubled from 2010 to 2019. most of the children were under the age of 5, and about 85% of those cases involved button or coin batteries. a now former news anchor's hair is causing controversy in the great white north. ctv national news in canada says
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she was not let go due to her gray hair, but the episode has many well-known canadians seeing red. here's abc's derricke dennis. >> reporter: this morning, growing support for an ousted gray-haired news anchor suddenly dismissed from her job. >> hello, everyone. >> reporter: lisa laflamme, anchor of one of canada's most-watched newscasts and known across the country for decades, saying good-bye on twitter, explaining her employer, bell media, ended her contract after 35 years. her dismissal sparking a public backlash with allegations of age and gender discrimination. >> i was blindsided, and i'm still shocked and saddened by bell media's decision. >> reporter: laflamme's twitter message makes no discrimination claim, but an open letter to bell media signed by several prominent canadians, including singers anne murray and sarah mclachlan, reading "her dismissal appears to be an egregious act of revenge tainted by ageism, sexism, and misogyny." >> it's bringing up the same
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types of questions at other companies. they are really moving the discussion forward on this particular social issue. >> reporter: canada's business community rallying around laflamme. wendy's changing the red hair of its iconic logo to gray with the caption "because a star is a star regardless of hair color." dove launching a campaign with the hashtag #keepthegray. and "sports illustrated" touting its may cover girl, the kbra-haired mother of billionaire of elon musk. >> you can wear a swimsuit and look great at any age. >> reporter: now bell media says its vice president of news, michael melling, is on leave pending the outcome of an investigation. "the globe and mail" newspaper reports melling had asked who approved the decision to, quote, let lisa's hair go gray. bell's ceo saying, "the narrative has been that lisa's age, gender, or gray hair played into the decision. i am satisfied that this is not the case." the company's ceo says laflamme's firing was a resource issue, saying the news industry has changed and resources need to be re-allocated to adjust to
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those changes. rhiannon, andrew. >> all right. more to come. derricke, thank you. drinking just two cups of black tea per day may lower your risk of death. a large study of nearly half a million people found tea drinkers had a reduced mortality of up to 12% even with milk or sugar. tea is high in antioxidants, linked to a lower risk of cardiovascular disease and cancer. researchers say there were no further health benefits after a third cup of black tea. >> i was feeling really good about this story since i'm drinking tea. but it's not black tea. so now i guess it's not doing anything for my health. >> all right. i'm going to need some of that research now on coffee because i'm more of a coffee drinker. >> the coffee thing keeps going back and forth, doesn't it? it's like one day it's really good for you. the next day -- >> it's going to kill you, yeah. >> drink what you like, i guess. coming up, a decades-long journey from hip-hop to the halls of government. a former rapper talks about his unlikely career path.
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here we go. my name is wesley, and i'm with my knucklehead brother. my friend nafi. my boyfriend doug. i thought we'd be on the same page about this and we're not. how do i know the way i'm going to respond to it? there's not that long term research out there yet. i don't want to be on the front line. but you're human. you're going to make a mistake. i'm just saying everyone has a right to make their own decision. but why would you want to take that risk? can you imagine being the person that goes to somebody's house and gives them the virus that kills them? what if you end up in a hospital? yeah. that's what i'm scared of. if you were to die, man... that would literally kill me, man. if it makes you feel that way bro... i will probably do it. can i hug you? yeah. i love you, man. i love you too.
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♪ ♪ well, it's an unlikely career path from hip-hop to city hall. >> dupré kelly rose up the charts with lords of the underground, but now he's a councilman in newark, new jersey, and the first rap artist elected to office. he spoke with abc's linsey davis. ♪ >> reporter: born and raised in newark, new jersey, dupré "doitall" kelly went from rapping about his 'hood in the
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'90s to repping it nearly three decades later. >> man, how do you follow the mayor of newark, new jersey? >> reporter: kelly, of the legendary rap group lords of the underground, is the first platinum selling hip-hop artist in the country to ever become an elected official. kelly's activism for the community started when he was young with hip-hop culture and his neighborhood serving as the inspiration for the message in his music. his mentor and former manager always encouraged him to pursue his passion. >> remember hip-hop at its inception, at the very beginning, was very political. this is a natural progression from being a frontline artist, an activist artist, you know, to a public servant. >> i'm a son of newark. i know those -- i know those streets. i know those avenues, you know. i came up in that ward. i was born in that ward. >> so this is where it all started? >> yes, this is where it all started. south 19th street, newark, new jersey, the west ward. >> reporter: the first floor of this pale blue childhood home sandwiched between the houses on
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south 19th street is where he used to write rhymes and dream about the possibilities for the future. he was raised by brenda kelly, a single mother who says her son's familiar face in this neighbor helped citizens feel more comfortable about the politician they voted for. >> no one trusts politicians, and rightly so. he gets out there and by him being born there, they trust him. they finally have someone from their home that can represent them. >> i do solemnly swear that i will support the constitution of the united states. >> reporter: on june 14th, he was sworn into office, representing not just his block but newark's west ward after winning with 58% of the vote. >> congratulations, ladies and gentlemen. welcome to ne mark municipal council. >> reporter: food insecurity, affordable housing, child illiteracy are some of the issues that kelly says he'll tackle in his west ward revitalization plan. how important is it, do you think, for the residents here to see somebody who's, as you've been saying, governing where they grew? >> when you grow up here in bad
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times or good times, you're closest to the people who struggle, and that struggle creates passion. and that passion comes from the pain that the people feel. and when you understand the pain, you can address this better. i just believe when you love your city, you can change it. >> reporter: he's gone from rapping about his experience to now trying to beat the rap that politicians rarely make a difference in their communities. >> one thing i can say is all of the money that i've made with hip-hop and all of the accolades that we receive from hip-hop, it doesn't compare to being a giver in your own city, for everything that you're doing in the community. that's bigger than a platinum record. >> wow, just incredible. by the way, he ran for councilman in 2018 and actually lost and then came back, ran again. never give up. >> yeah, and his motto there, his campaign slogan, if you will, was "govern where you grew."
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so not only did he turn his rap career into public office, but now he is serving right where he grew up. ♪
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it does help to have a wingman, even if you're not human. >> what if you're a dolphin? bottlenose dolphins. a new study suggests males form groups of two or three in the hopes of increasing their chances of finding a mate. those groups are then said to form alliances with other like-minded groups to make their odds even better. >> one just swims up and says, "hey, my friend over there thinks you're cute." one of the study's authors says it's the first time a non-human species has demonstrated the ability to form cooperative alliances between groups. cooperative alliances. so that's what it is when a group of guys -- >> when you're a wingman. when a group of guys gets together. >> yeah. >> you think they fight over the females sometimes? >> no. they're friends, right? it's a wingman. >> it's all good. now, this is my favorite video of the day. it's a lesson on how to stay off the menu if you're in shark-infested waters. >> which there seem to be shark-infested waters everywhere this summer, right? in this nail-biting clip, a safety diver in hawaii demonstrates how to handle an
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encounter with a tiger shark, and she shows just how important body language can be. >> let's show you the beginning of the video again. look, she's swimming away. she's splashing. she says this is what you don't want to do because the shark will think you're prey. that's what prey does. it swims away. it acts frantic. instead, she turns towards the shark. she touches its head and pushes it down and redirects it away from her, making eye contact the entire time to show it she is not scared. she is not prey. >> okay. so to recap, if you're about to be attacked by a shark, you pet it? we're not giving that advice. she is. >> that's her advice. >> yeah, that's her advice. hey, it worked. finally, to a bit of fun in the sun for one elephant. >> while staff at the phoenix zoo were busy trying to fill a pool inside their elephant enclosure, one of the playful elephants, look what they're doing. she couldn't wait. she wants to splash around. look at that. >> indu the elephant was spotted cooling off with a sprinkler, sucking in trunks full of water and dunking it along her back. looks like indu knows how to get
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it's live with kelly and ryan. today from the series grown-ish, yara shahidi. plus, actor and author, kal penn. also, the time is now for back to school conversations with kids. all next on live. and now here are kelly ripa and ryan seacrest. "levitating" by dua lipa] ♪ yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah ♪ ♪ i got you, moonlight, you're my starlight ♪ - ♪ i need you ♪ -all right. ♪ come on, dance with me ♪ -wait a minute. -levitating. ♪ you're my starlight ♪ someone has been adjusting the furniture in here. did someone use our desks last night-- someone used our desks. who was in here playing kelly and ryan? and that someone is still here. uh-huh. were the interns playing, "we'll do the show"? they were playing kelly and ryan. hey, guess what? it's monday, august 29th, 2022.


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