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good morning. fever pitch. with just nine days until the midterm elections with the power in congress at stake, both sides on attack as the clock ticks down. we'll have the latest from the campaign trail. >> opening arguments -- nine years after cha disndra levy disappeared, the man charged goes on trial and the former congressman linked to her could be the star witness. >> and heart of gold. meet the 5-year-old boy who gave up his birthday cash to help other kids in need. it's a remarkable child with a grown-up less son for everyone
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it's a remarkable child with a grown-up less son for everyone "today," october 24, 2010. captions paid for by nbc-universal television good morning and welcome to "today" on a sunday morning. i'm lester holt. >> and i'm jenna wolfe. we're just a week away -- >> from halloween. >> what are we going to be? >> i have waited for four years at "today" for halloween to be on a sunday. now that i'm here i can be the annoying person not telling anyone. >> i have to say, it was with remarkable speed. normally it's weeks and weeks. this was easy. >> it's a good one. >> that's all we'll give you. we could go as politicians and we'd have company out there. how's this for a transition? busy day on the campaign trail. midterm elections a week away.
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the president feeling the heat, trying to prevent what could be a seismic shift in power on capitol hill. we're talking strategy, momentum and the race to watch with david gregory. >> tonight is football night in america. it is the vikings versus the packers. all eyes on brett favre whose troubles continue off the field. he's in the middle of the growing sexting scandal, allegedly sending steamy voicemails and text messages to a jets host, also a playboy pinup. >> and celine dion, after years of public struggle to have a larger family, has a double dose of good news this morning. twin boys born this weekend. more coming up. >> and then a feline feat for the record books. this is stewie the cat from nevada. he's now in the guinness book of world records for being the longest cat on the planet at 4'0". he probably has no idea he holds
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the record. >> she's having a heck of a time holding him. that's a long cat. lots to get to. we begin with closing the deal on the midterm elections. nine days away from elections with democrats at risk of losing control, president obama is trying to rally the base as campaigner-in-chief. mike viquera is at the white house for us. >> reporter: it's a brief rest for the president before going back out on the campaign trail. still trying to keep congress in democratic hands. another town, another crowd, another rally for the campaigner-in-chief. this time it's in minnesota. >> you said yes, we can. now in 2010, you have to say, yes, we can. >> reporter: it was a swing through five states. president obama trying to avert election day disaster for his party. the president hopes to light a fire under traditional democratic voters with rallies on college campuses. >> this is a trojan kind of
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welcome right here! >> reporter: including 37,000 friday at usc and focusing on women's issues with a discussion in seattle on challenges they face in the economy. >> all along the way, mr. obama raised millions as he slammed republicans. >> they are clinging to the same worn out, tired, snake oil ideas that they were peddling before. [ cheers and applause ] >> reporter: big rallies or no, polls show republicans are set to make major gains. republicans including sarah palin rallied in saturday. >> that's right. you fire them. you fire pelosi and retire reid and their band of followers. >> reporter: senate candidate marco rubeo leads his race. >> i'm the only one running that would have voted against the
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stimulus package, running to tackle the debt and save social security and will vote to repeal and replace obamacare. >> reporter: the president is still trying to hold back the republican wave. more travel in rhode island tomorrow and then to connecticut. he goes to chicago and a couple of other places over the course of the next nine days until november 2. jenna? >> he has a busy stretch. thanks. david gregory is moderator of "meet the press" good morning. >> good morning. >> president obama was campaigning yesterday. the president won minnesota in 2008 but the state hasn't seen a democratic governor in 20 years. what are dayton's chances here? >> this is an area where the president wants to have a real impact. he's going to states he did win where he has an impact on the traditional pillars of the democratic party coming out to
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vote. he's trying to knock down the idea that change is a good thing, put more onus on republicans for being responsible for the condition of the country and that he's trying to make changes, but it's hard to come. at this point, he's got to try to rally the base. >> it keeps going. he was in nevada campaigning for senate majority leader harry reid in a race against sharron angle who called reid out of touch. that's the same argument made in 2004 against tom daschel. that was a demoralizing loss for the democrats. could it be a demoralizing loss here as well? >> no question. it's a smart reference point. you have that real anti-leadership sentiment going on. it affected daschel. if it affects reid it's a huge prize for the republicans. especially because they don't think it's as realistic to capture the senate as the house.
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to knock off reid, sharron angle seemed like she was offering diminishing returns, but that race has something that's reared its head. in nevada, not only is he the majority leader, but the economy, the foreclosure crisis, the areravages are being felt i nevada. >> joe sestak is running against pat toomey. the republicans are concerned. should they be? >> yes. this is a state where the democratic tendencies are coming home. you've got more democrats engaged here who appear more interested in the race. sestak endorsed by the philadelphia enquirer and philadelphia matters. there is a reason the president is going there.
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in pennsylvania, the southeastern part of the state, you get big turnout. 48% in southeastern pennsylvania. you get turnout commensurate with their size and the population and you can turn a race for the state. that's what the president and sestak are focused on. >> nine days to go. we'll see. thank you very much. >> thank you. >> time for a check of the morning's headlines with craig melvin from wrc at the news desk this morning. good morning. >> good morning to you. we start in haiti where aid groups are rushing medical supplies to rural areas to stop cholera from spreading. the death toll topped 200 saturday. nearly 2,700 others are infected. the disease could hit the capital where thousands are still living in tent camps. human remains were found in a park where an illinois student was thought to be heading last
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week. authorities have classified the case as a death investigation and they are still pursuing leads in connection with her disappearance. meanwhile, two georgetown university students and another person were arrested saturday. officials found the suspected drug lab inside a college dorm at georgetown. the three face charges of possession of drug paraphernalia. police thought the lab was producing meth but later thought was to be creating a drug known as dmt. >> and fran crippen may have died of a heart attack. he said he was not feeling well. the waters were unusually warm there, in the mid 80s and several swimmers were treated for heat exhaustion. finally, celine dion has two more reasons for her heart to go on. she gave birth to twin boys at a
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florida hospital. they are five weeks premature but are said to be doing fine. lester, jenna, back to you. >> we're happy for her. janice is here. we're happy for that. >> it's a nice day in the northeast with temperatures in the 60s to near 70 in new york city. it's stormy in other parts of the country. across the upper great lakes and back over the west, too, big storm systems, especially in the northwest with heavy rain from seattle to portland and into northern california. reno, nevada, up around the higher elevations of the sierra will see up to a foot of snow. that will spread east into the rockies. so around denver there will be heavy snow this afternoon and tonight. then another system will bring a risk of severe weather with isolated tornadoes through the mississippi river valley today. meanwhile, it remains pretty dry over florida.
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>> we are off to a nice, quiet start on this sunday. 20 degrees warmer than yesterday when we were talking about frost. now here's lester. >> janice, thanks. up next, the nine-year mystery surrounding chandra levy. now, the case is finally coming to trial. more on it after this. and when my symptoms came back i'd get this tightness in my chest. so i went back to my doctor again. we chose symbicort to help control my asthma symptoms all day and night. [ man ] symbicort improves my lung function, starting within 15 minutes. symbicort will not replace a rescue inhaler for sudden symptoms. it is a combination of two medicines and should not be taken more often than prescribed. symbicort contains formoterol.
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disappearance of the washington, d.c. intern captivated a nation. >> we really couldn't take our eyes off this case for many reasons. it had sex, the mistress, washington politics, a congressman. >> reporter: 24-year-old chandra levy vanished on may 1, 2001. when her parents hadn't heard from her in three days susan and robert levy called the police to report her missing. >> i think it's time for the truth to come out. that's all i can tell you. >> reporter: part of the truth, chandra levy's affair with congressman gary condit. as the investigation continued throughout the summer of 2001, police failed to develop significant leads. finally, a break. a year later a man walking his dog in washington's rock creek park discovered human remains. it was chandra levy. the case now officially a homicide. gary condit was questioned by police about his relationship
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with chandra. though he was never a suspect and denied involvement, he eventually admitted to the affair. >> he never commented publically about whether or not there was an affair with chandra levy. but he clearly answered that question in detail with the police and with the fbi. >> reporter: congressman condit lost his bid for re-election, his political life over. >> it's a shakespearian tragedy what happened to this man. >> reporter: the tragic story of chandra levy's murder would languish in the cold case files for years. now it is back in the spotlight. last year, police charged ingmar guandique with her murder. guandique is serving time for assaulting two women not far from where chandra levy's remains are found. keith alexander is a court reporter for the washington post and has been covering the story. thanks for being with us. >> good morning. >> if i understand it, there is no dna in the case, they have a
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suspect, there is no eyewitness. you have a suspect who passed a polygraph test. what makes them think they have the right guy? >> what makes them think they have the right guy is they have confessions from other inmates who shared a cell with ingmar guandique in california in a prison. they say guandique admitted to them that he raped and killed chandra levy during the spring of 2001. so prosecutors are really basing a lot of their case on that. also, remember, guandique had confessed to attacking two female joggers in rock creek park around the same time that chandra levy went missing. so prosecutors are saying, look, he did it before, he did it again and this is why we think he's our guy. >> this is probably not the strongest case -- as strong a case as they would like. was there some pressure to move forward despite some holes in
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the case? >> exactly. this was truly a well documented, well publicized case. this was known around the country and around the world as a quintessential washington story. a young intern comes to washington, tries to make it in the big city. has an affair with a congressman who was 30 years older than she was. she turns up missing and, a year later, she turns up dead. so there is a lot of pressure. this is one of the most publicized cold cases that washington, d.c. has ever had. there was a lot of publicity. >> let's talk about the congressman. will he be a witness and how would he figure in the testimony? >> he was called as a witness. his name was mentioned as a possible witness. now, the prosecution has got to put gary condit on the stand so he can talk about, yes, i was initially viewed as a suspect, but the police and the prosecution eliminated him as a
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suspect. also, don't forget, gary condit was one of the last people to talk to chandra levy. obviously the prosecutors are going to put him on the stand just so he can be dismissed in front of the jury as a potential suspect. >> that makes me wonder if the defense will try to throw him under the bus or muddy the waters as to who the true suspect may or may not be. >> it is believed chandra levy was not alone in her apartment when she went missing. they believe a man was in the apartment. now, the defense had to let the prosecution and the court know as to whether or not they were going to introduce a winfield defense meaning whether or not they would introduce a third person as a possible suspect. they have not done so. what that means is probably they are not going to necessarily say that condit was, indeed, the attacker, but they are going to mention other people who very well could have been involved in the case.
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still to come on "today," brett favre faces off against his former team and fends off new sexting allegations. >> plus, on a lighter note, we're live with stewie, the longest cat in the world. you have to see this thing. first, these messages. i do a lot of different kinds of exercise, but basically, i'm a runner. last year. (oof). i had a bum knee that needed surgery. but it got complicated, because i had an old injury.
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>> good morning. it is 8:25. here is a look at our top
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stories this morning. a 15-year-old man was arrested after he was caught vandalizing campaign signs. this is not the first sign -- the first time that these signs have been vandalized. there were reports of using box cutters on these signs and removing the smaller yard signs. >> it came to a head about one week ago when we noticed that a few hundred over the course of a few nights were vandalized or destroyed. >> the question is over whether or not to approve a slots parlor near the mall in and around pommells. detective brian stephenson was killed one week ago out celebrating what would have been his 30th birthday. he and a group of other men got into a fight of for a parking space, when he was hit in the head with a piece of concrete.
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homecoming festivities went on as planned at the dundack high school. juveniles wearing ski masks were spotted leaving the high school a round saturday morning, but not before the damage was already done. officials say that the vandals to dicks -- did extensive damage. officials say that it has now been cleaned up.
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>> good morning. yesterday at this time we were talking about frost. obviously that is not the case today. we will wind up a good 10 degrees above average for this time of year. the average high temperature is 64. a mixture of clouds in a little bit of sunshine. you will see some clouds cover but no precipitation. temperatures are dropping back into the 50's. the seven-day forecast acts like this, catching up with us tomorrow. showers possible on monday with
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a little bit of rain each day through thursday into the end of the week. >> thank you for joining us. sunday morning news on wbal lavan continues in 25 minutes. we're back on october 24, 2010. it's shaping up to be a beautiful day in new york. unfortunately it's starting chilly. that's where we take over. it's a beautiful morning here with us outside in the plaza. i'm jenna wolfe along with lester holt. still to come this half hour, brett favre playing his old team today, the packers. >> it will be a wild game. lots of folks watching it with a different story in mind. he's out of retirement and into hot water over alleged messages he sent to a sideline reporter. new revelations including a video showing the quarterback
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with exotic dancers. we'll look into that story. >> and did you get the song kung fu fighting stuck in your head? >> fast as lightning. >> kung fu goes back to the 1600s. i got to be trained by the first soon-to-be american grand master of kung fu. that is not a real sword. >> i saw the clip. that's not real. >> yes, my chest is that strong, but the sword is fake. >> i don't want children to find that. >> i'll have fun with keith maza coming up. >> during a tough economic time fewer people are donating to charity, but a 5-year-old boy decided to give something special. basically his birthday money he donated to charity. that's a great lesson for everybody. >> he's adorable. he looks like the little boy from the tom cruise movie "jerry
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maguire". >> oh, yeah! >> first, a feline to remember. did you know there are 80 million cats in the u.s. out of all of them there is only one, from nevada, named stewie who is in the guinness book of world records because he measures 48 inches nose to tail. >> how long is that? >> turn around. what's your name? >> olivia. >> stand up for us. you're about 4'0"? this is how long stewie the cat is. >> his feat landed him in a place in the guinness book of world records as the longest cat on the planet and he joins us with his owner robin hendrickson. hi. >> hi there. >> you have a handful there. when did you realize stewie was longer than the average cat. >> probably about the 5 millionth time i heard someone say, wow, he's got to be the
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biggest thing i have ever seen. >> was he just one of those ginormous kittens at birth or did the spurt just happen? >> he was an average-size maine coon kitten. >> do you realize his head and tail are in two different time zones? he's a maine coon and they are typically big cats. is he a gentle giant? is that a good description? >> yes, yes. very much so. >> hey, are you concerned at all that now that stewie is in guinness getting attention on "today" that it might go to his head? are there special cat toys he'll now request and require when he travels? will it be a first-class kind of deal? >> he's already getting so much tuna. >> he can keep growing. >> aw! seriously, the whole crowd goes
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"aw." he's 5 years old and could be growing more. robin, thanks for coming on with stewie. he's a beautiful cat. he is. >> thank you. >> thanks, robin. and now let's get another check of the weather with janice. >> i have no cat but i have a robin. she's on her way to work at american girl. where are you from? >> maine. >> very quietly "maine." ever been to new york? >> yes. >> who's having a birthday? lydia and the 12-year-old twins, 12 minutes apart. happy birthday. >> thank you. >> let's check the weather and see what's going on. we have tropical storm richard headed to the yucatan peninsula south of cancun near honduras. it will be crossing over belize tomorrow morning with 65 miles
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per hour winds. then it should weaken but will enter the southern gulf of mexico or the bay of campeche later on this week. hi, happy birthday. that's what's going on around the >> we are off to a nice, quiet start on this sunday. 20 degrees warmer than yesterday when we were talking about frost. before we go further we have to talk about football. sunday night football and it's a big game tonight. i believe the vikings will visit the green bay packers at lambeau
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field. temperatures mild near 60 degrees. that's on nbc tonight. any time you want weather when we're not here go to >> thanks, janice. there is a match-up fans have been waiting for. brett favre, the vikings headed to green bay where favre will face his old team. favre is at the center of a growing scandal. here's nbc's kevin tibbles. >> reporter: since coming out of retirement, the celebrated quarterback has faced as much if not more controversy off the field. all started by that the former super bowl champ and mvp sent lewd text messages and photos to a number of women. >> as a father, a family man, a grandfather, a solid guy that represents the nfl brand, his brand is in trouble. >> going back to the hotel and just -- just chill.
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so send me a text because i'll be in the building for a couple of hours. >> deadspin says favre, while playing for the jets, left a series of voicemails for jets sideline reporter jen sturger, a one-time pinup. nbc news could not verify the authenticity of the recordings and the nfl says it is still investigating. >> if that's true, he's got to throw himself on the mercy of the public, nfl fans, of women across the country, his wife. >> reporter: now the website radaronline released this video of favre celebrating in a milwaukee bar, seemingly drunk and spewing obscenities with exotic dancers. favre's wife who has battled breast cancer spoke to abc news last week. >> i'm a woman of faith. it's gotten me through difficult struggles and will get me
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through this one. >> reporter: favre has refused comment saying he's focused on tonight's game against his former team. >> once again, you know, that's a league issue. i'll say it again. my focus is solely on green bay. >> reporter: for "today," kevin tibbles, nbc news, chicago. >> you can watch brett favre tonight on football night in america on nbc. up next, boy wonder. a 5-year-old's remarkable act of kindness. that's after these messages. ♪ ♪ ♪ [ male announcer ] every day thousands of people are switching from tylenol® to advil. to learn more and get your special offer,
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crowd put $10,000 cash in the collection box and left without a trace? a donation to the new $300 million 9/11 memorial set to open next year. >> i would love to say "thank you" to the person. it's a shot in the arm to everyone working on the project. >> reporter: fund-raising has been tough because of the economy. charities across the country report receiving less, while people need more. fortunately people are trying to help. stephanie and tamari tillman know about receiving and giving. they now own a graphics design business in kansas city, but a few years ago they hit hard times and had to move to a salvation army homeless shelter. >> it was the realization that, oh, my god, a week ago we got married and this is how we are starting our new life. >> it was embarrassing, made us feel low. >> reporter: slowly, over the years they got life back on track and never forgot the
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people who helped. last month they pledged to give $25,000 to the salvation army over the next five years. >> when they pick you up at your most broken place, i think we'll forever be loyal to them as an agency. >> reporter: as this boy was about to celebrate his 5th birthday -- >> i told my friends to make a small donation to the ronald mcdonald house. >> reporter: he raised $288. several acts of kindness during tough times. one anonymous, one from a grateful family and one from a small boy whose gift, they said, seemed as big as any other. for "today," ron allen, nbc news, new york. >> and that young boy and his father join us from ronald mcdonald house where they are volunteering this morning along with jennifer gooden, the executive director there. good morning. >> good morning.
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>> craig, i'm curious how this came about. i understand you and your son were volunteering at the ronald mcdonald house and your son asked if he could donate old toys to some of the people? why did he want to do that? >> well, i think he can answer that pretty well. he is a strong supporter of the community and we have been volunteering at the ronald mcdonald house and we thought it would be great to continue that. it was his idea. >> magnus, what did you tell people when they said, hey, what do you want for your birthday this year? what did you tell them? >> i told them to make a small donation to the ronald mcdonald house. >> why did you want to do that? >> instead of birthday presents. >> why did you want to do that? >> how did that come about?
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how did you get the idea to do it? >> yeah, where did you get the idea from? >> when i was in the ronald mcdonald house in the spring. >> craig, let me ask you, what is it like as a father to see your son so generous at such a young age and to be able to have a big heart? it must make you so proud as a dad. does it not? >> yeah, of course it does. i think it's our job as parents to instill some of our beliefs and foundations on our children and this is something that we believe strongly in. so i thought it was important to have him be a strong supporter of his community. it's something that -- >> hey -- >> something that he's embraced whole heartedly. it makes me happy and makes his family happy. >> jennifer, you get volunteers all the time that make donations big and small.
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what did this gesture mean to you and your organization? >> we were just thrilled. it's pretty amazing to see a little boy willing to give up presents for himself in order to help other people. he knows what it's like to have illness in the family and how it impacts everyone. he just reached out to help other kids and other families. we were just thrilled that he chose to make a gift to ronald mcdonald house. >> let me ask you this. this is what you did for your 5th birthday. do you know what you want for your 6th birthday? >> to donate to the ronald mcdonald house. >> you want them to do the same thing. that's great. you raised $288 which is fantastic. thank you so much. you did a great thing. thank you. >> thank you. >> craig and jennifer, we want to thank you as well. wonderful story. still to come, if you are looking for a great fall book to curl up with, we have just the
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disturbing. >> it is. i have been carrying it around for 15 dais and never before have people stopped me so often. it's getting to much attention. in the way "the color purple" is all about the voice, this is all about the shocking, absorbing voice. it's told from the point of view of a 5-year-old boy and we realize he and his mother are held captive in a room. it is a weird voice and unusual set-up. >> it's disturbing but you can't put it down. >> yeah. >> the next one, "crooked letter, crooked letter." i was puzzling over the title. you explained this is mississippi. >> they say it is a southern thing. but it's how i was taught to spell mississippi, m-i-crooked letter-crooked letter -- et cetera. it's a blend of great writing and great suspense. it opens with a missing girl, a
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murder and it gets juicier from there. lots of twists and turns and surprises. it's a barnes & noble pick for october and an independent book sellers pick. getting tons of attention now. >> stephen king has a collection called "full dark, no stars". >> with a prolific writer there are so many books you don't know if it is a standout book. this is hands-down, a standout book. it's very dark. the opening one is about a farmer who murders his wife and convinces his teenage son to help cover up the crime. it's pretty dark. >> okay. the next book is about a story we didn't know was going on until it was over. it involved the kidnapping of david rohde, a reporter. it's called "a rope and a prayer". >> his wife was the photographer at cosmopolitan where i worked for years.
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they tell it from her view at home and what happened to him when he was kidnapped and his daring escape. >> he was kidnapped in afghanistan. >> yes, by the taliban. it's a gripping read. sort of an unusual way to tell the story. >> the next book -- >> we're lightening up a bit. >> just the cover makes me smile. it's called "you had me at woof". >> how dogs taught me the secret of happiness. i found this writer on twitter. she's really funny. it's a story about getting a dog turned into something enchanting. she fell in love with this dog. she said, i wish he were a man but with eyes that looked straight ahead and less gas. it's a very funny read. >> you have a humor essay? >> "half empty," it's a very smart, witty, sarcastic read. by david sarkoff. he worked for a best-selling
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writer who didn't treat him nicely. it's like "the devil wears prada" and that sort of thing. >> a fantasy book for young adults? >> "the lost hero." i'm not a big fantasy reader but this is getting buzz and it's good for young adults. three kids, one wakes up on a field trip. doesn't know how he got there. a girl with a famous father who goes missing and a boy who sees ghosts. there is a lot going on there. i think teens will love it. >> the next book you don't have because there is a book, a video and it's george bush's book, decision points. >> i mentioned on facebook that george bush was coming out with a book. people started mudslinging. "is it a pop-up book?" no, it's a real book. instead of a chronological story
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he started with pivotal points including quitting drinking at 40, running for president. >> 9/11 and the wars will all be in there? >> yes. there is a mix of personal and political stuff. i haven't seen it yet. they are not showing anyone. but it's out in a week and is obviously going to be one of the biggest books of the fall. >> thank you very much. here's jenna. >> all right, lester, thanks. my only insight into the ancient art of kung fu was watching chuck norris films -- and not many of them. so i learned from a master and please don't try this at home. >> reporter: as you span the history of sports, there is one that goes back -- way back -- and not just through the decades but through the centuries. kung fu. ♪ everybody was kung fu fighting ♪ >> reporter: if you thought every kung fu master lives in china, you would be wrong. meet keith maza.
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>> nobody just throws one, nobody. >> reporter: a born and raised new yorker, 100% italian and set to become the first american ever named grandmaster of the wing chung style of kung fu. is the grandmaster in charge of the entire practice? >> yes. there is one chief and a bunch of idiots. >> reporter: keith grew up in chinatown and started learning at age 5. 27 years ago he began training with the current grandmaster william chung. you may have heard of one of his other students -- bruce lee. so you taught me a move and i would be being taught by the person who was taught by the person who taught bruce lee? >> right. >> reporter: all the money, talent and skill in the movies, why were they so poorly dubbed? >> i know. the dubbing is terrible. ha, ha, ha. >> yes. just awful, ha, ha, ha.
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>> do you do it at night. >> most of the time i do it in the afternoon. >> so does everybody wang chung tonight? >> excuse me? >> sounded good for me. time for anchor to become grasshopper. >> put it down. >> really? i don't want to hit you. your face is beautiful. >> oh, stop. high rack, low rack. >> did i hurt you? >> yeah. i'm going home now. >> so this looks exactly like a person. >> good training partner. never talks back. never talks too much. >> okay. lock, cut. >> reporter: it's a very stressful practice. i don't generally walk down the street with two large steak knives. >> but you do have a magazine. >> hey, what you got? >> nothing. hold on a second. now, what do you got? i'm ready. ♪ you're the best around
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>> what's up? >> same to you. >> sweep the leg. >> reporter: and sweep the front hallway. it's really dusty over there, so just when you get a chance. >> push! [ grunting ] >> reporter: this is going to snap back up and kill me. >> no! you did awesome. >> reporter: thank you. i appreciate it. >> put your hands out. we bow. >> reporter: what is that? oh, that's english. we had a great time. >> you brought some weapons. >> these are plastic. >> no, no, no. >> this is the real weapon, "food & wine" magazine. you never want to play with knives but a magazine is just as dangerous -- or self-defensing
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he always sides with the polluters, one of the worst environmental records in the senate. and harris was the only one to vote against extending education for special needs kids. no wonder his republican colleagues think he's too extreme. we can't afford his extreme ideas. i'm frank kratovil and i approve this message let's check in with david gregory to see what's coming up on "meet the press." >> good morning, lester. with only nine days before the midterm elections are voters preparing to send a gop wave to washington and what role will the tea party play? with us the leader of the republican national committee michael steele. >> we'll see you shortly, david. >> that will do it for us. thank you very much. guess what next weekend is! >> halloween! >> come down to the plaza. >> we'll be dressed in our
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