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good morning. breaking news. the u.s. set to announce today that iran has been hiding a secret nuclear facility and there's hard evidence to prove it. but now that we've found it, what can be done about it? the michael jackson tapes. the late singer's revealing thoughts on his painful childhood, his famous friends and his own struggles with success. >> anybody else would probably be dead by now or a junkie or something with what i've been throh. >> this morning, nbc news has obtained the exclusive tapes of
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michael in his own words. and what a find. an unemployed man buys a used metal detector and unearths a buried treasure worth millions. it's one of the most significant finds ever, and it could have you thinking about a new hobby today, friday, september 25th, 2009. captions paid for by nbc-universal television and good morning, everyone. welcome to "today" on a friday morning. i'm matt lauer. >> and i'm meredith vieira. matt, it appears that u.s. intelligence may have caught iran red-handed. >> that's right. president obama along with the leaders of britain and france set to accuse iran today of building a nuclear fuel plant and keeping that facility hidden for years. they'll demand that inspectors be allowed to condu an immediate inspection. >> and let's get the details from nbc's chief foreign affairs
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correspondent andrea mitchell. andrea, good morning to you. and just how significant is this latest information? >> reporter: oh, this is a very significant breakthrough, if correct. and every official is telling us that it is. the united states has long suspected iran was building a secret nuclear plant under ground, but u.s. officials now confirm that they have breached iranian security and have the evidence to prove it. although the plant is not in opation yet, the timeline is relatively short. officials say it could be operational next year. the president has already shared this intelligence with russia's president, and that's one reason why earlier this week the russians expressed willingness for the first time to consider sanctions against iran if tehran does not comply with international treaties and disclose its nuclear program as it's required to do. iran's president did not, of course, mention this nuclear program when he was at the u.n. this week, but tehran knew that the united states was onto its secrets, so belatedly has acknowledged the secret plant to the united nations watchdog
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agency in vienna. >> how do you think this might affect diplomatic talks between iran and the u.s. that are scheduled to get under way very shortly? >> reporter: meredith, this totally strengthens the president's hand in lining up support for tough sanctions against iran. and as i say, for years, russia and china have blocked any action by the u.n. so, this also adds weight to israel's warnings that iran was a lot farther along toward developing nuclear facilities. the decision to go public will put huge pressure on iran as these diplomatic talks, the first with tehran in years, get under way next week, and it will put iran on the defensive. now, of course, the question is what will the regime in tehran do, because it's believed to be badly divided, but will this accusation unite the regime against the west or will it produce the possibility of a breakthrough? meredith? >> andrea mitchell, thank you very much. and for more, here's matt. >> meredith, thank you. nbc's white house correspondent savannah guthrie has traveled with president obama to pittsburgh. savannah, good morning to you. let me pick up on the point that andrea's just making. the president had a huge world
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stage on wednesday, giving an address to the united nations general assembly. why do you think that this information on iran and this secret facility didn't come out in that speech? >> reporter: well, senior aides tell me this is a really fast-moving development. first of all, they just learned of iran's letter to the international atomic energy agency on monday. then they felt they needed to brief the other countries that will be involved in those negotiations next week. so, on the sidelines of the u.n., russia was breached, china was briefed, obviously, the uk and france already knew about that. so they wanted to get all that together. then officials from the uk, france and the u.s. traveled late yesterday afternoon to vienna to brief the atomic energy agency. so, the moment wasn't right until now in the view of the administration, and they really now want to ratchet up the pressure on iran. this is the eve of these very important talks. they want to make clear that iran is not living up to its obligations, and i think we'll
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hear that tone from the president this morning, one of calling out iran and saying you haven't come clean on what you've done. they think this is in clear violation of the nuclear non-proliferation treaty as well as u.n. security council resolutions, matt. >> savannah, thanks very much. savannah guthrie in pittsburgh this morning. david gregory is moderator of "meet the press." david, good morning to you. >> good morning, matt. >> i was going to wrap up the week with you and what was happening diplomatically and i wanted to talk to you about this apparent breakthrough with the russians, in terms of getting them to agree to possibly tougher sanctions against iran. we now have a pretty clear idea as to why they may have agreed to that. >> no question about it, and you now have a sense, as well, of what's been behind the obama administration's policy of engagement toward iran, which is to work on making some overtures to get them to the table while they strengthen their hand behind the scenes, getting some leverage to use against the iranians. and the message will be very simple -- it's time to talk. if you want to talk about giving up your nuclear program, there is a relationship that's possible with the west.
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if you don't, there's going to be real teeth behind some consequences, and now you have the opening created this week by the russians to move toward tougher economic sanctions that could really hurt iran, given the state of its own economy because of the fragile politics of that country and of that regime to have some real impact. so, now is the diplomatic work that has to happen on the part of the administration. and as andrea mitchell said, this strengthens the case. it mes it less likely that ahmadinejad can maneuver around and sort of harang the u.s. on one day and then say he wants to open up negotiations on another. >> all right, let me move on to afghanistan, and obviously, this assessment from general stanley mcchrystal has been leaked to the press, where he basically says, we need more troops in afghanistan now to ensure security, and without those troops, failure might be the outcome of this war. how is the debate over what to do -- the president says he wants to take his time before making this decision. what kind of debate is going on within the administration as to what to do? >> i think it boils down to one
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question, which is, would committing tens of thousands of additional u.s. troops make america safer? and that question is one that the president will have to answer, and there is debate on that question on his national security team. whether or not taking on the taliban in a greater way, whether or not taking on the idea of the insurgency in a grter way actually fights al qaeda, makes the terrorist threat diminished. that's where the debate is. the president faces real political strains within his own party because democrats do not have the stomach or the interest for more troops for a longer period of time. >> right, but remember what the president said, david. he said, look, when i send more troops in, i have got to be -- i am responsible if those troops don't come home. i'm responsible to their families. and i'm wondering how long it's going to be before he gets questions from the family members of the soldiers, the men and women who are already in afghanistan who say, wait a minute, though, if you don't send more troops, then are you risking the safety of my children who are already there? >> it's an important question,
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and it's one that a lot of republicans are asking right now. either send the troops to fight and win or take them all out. the president will say, based on the debate they're having, that it's not as simple as that, that there could be a narrower strategy, a narrower focus on just fighting al qaeda rather than dedicating the resources to try to beat back the taliban, secure the population. what's the key to this? do they have a credible partner in the afghan government? that's a big question right now for the administration. a lot of fears that -- >> they have to be careful not to appear wishy-washy and all of a sudden redefining the mission at this stage. >> that's where the criticism is, you're absolutely right, and that's why the president needs to come down and say either we're going to commit the troops as my commanders want, or we're not going to do that because we're going to fundamentally change the strategy. that's what the president has been saying, is i want to get the strategy set first. he's paving the way for a change of the strategy he talked about in the spring. >> let me go to a local story here in new york. governor david paterson unpopular, at least in the polls. and apparently, the white house
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has said to him he might not be the best democrat to run for a full term in that office. this has sparked a lot of debate and a lot of talk. you've got david paterson on your show sunday. what are you going to ask him? >> well, whether he's going to hang on. i think the sque whether he will fight this out, whether he thinks he's a liability for the democratic party. it's not just the white house. the white house, according to people i'm talking to, are very responsive to the new york congressional delegation, which said we're going to be in trouble here if we don't get david paterson out of the way and have him not run. the white house view was, the president's going to be owning all of this in a midterm election anyway. he's going to be seen as responsible. so they made the decision to intervene. we'll see what the outcome is. >> and we'll watch you on sunday. david, good luck. thanks very much. >> thanks, matt. >> okay. and now let's get a check of the rest of the morning's top stories from ann curry over at the news desk. good morning to you, ann. >> meredith and matt, good morning. good morning, everybody. also in the news today, one of the suspects in that alleged terror plot aimed at new york city earlier this week will be back in court in denver today, and he is charged with conspiracy to use weapons of
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mass destruction. nbc's justice correspondent pete williams has more now. hey, pete, good morning. >> reporter: ann, good morning to you. najibullah zazi of suburban denver is now formally charged of attempting t use bombs in new york. prosecutors say he and at least three other people, so far unnamed, went to denver area beauty products suppliers in july and august, buying gallons of chemicals that can be used to make a powerful explosive. the government says in late august and early september, zazi got a hotel room in the denver area, one with a stove in it, which he used to heat the chemical tease concentrate him. court documents say he had trouble getting the explosive formula to work and was contacting someone for help. law enforcement officials say he did not succeed in making it. now, officials say federal agents are working to identify all the people that zazi was working with and that some of them are now cooperating with investigators, ann. >> all right, pete williams this morning. pete, thanks. in two unrelated developments, two other alleged
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plots were thwarted in the u.s. on thursday. a jordanian man was arrested after officials say he placed what he believed was a car bomb in a parking garage under a dallas skyscraper. and an illinois man was accused of trying to detonate what he thought was a bomb outside a springfield courthouse. five u.s. troops were killed on thursday in southern afghanistan, including three in a roadside bombing. the deaths came as the obama administration debates whether to send more troops to afghanistan. supreme court justice ruth bader ginsburg was hospitalized overnight after becoming ill in her office. she had been treated earlier in the day for an iron deficiency. ginsburg underwent surgery for pancreatic cancer in february. world markets are mostly lower this morning. for wall street, cnbc's melissa lee is at the new york stock exchange with more. hey, melissa, lots of attention on this g-20 summit. >> definitely, ann. so far, they have agreed to keep stimulus programs in place until an economic recovery takes hold. treasury secretary tim geithner also says the group is very close to a consensus that would agree on reducing the reliance of export-driven growth and
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correcting the massive trade imbalances around the world. china, for instance, is an export-driven economy. the u.s., for its part, is a massive buyer of those goods. also on the table today, a possible agreement on bank compensation the meeting does continue on today, so wall street will keep watching, ann. >> all right. melissa lee this morning, thanks so much. and a story we've been following -- an ohio woman implanted with the wrong embryo because of a fertility clinic mix-upave birth on thursday to a baby boy. before the cesarean, carolyn savage said that he shae and her husband wanted a moment to say hellond good-bye before turning the baby over to his biological parents. and the extended nbc family has lost a much-loved member. big russ, the father of our late colleague ti russert, and the subject of the book "big russ and me" died last night from natural causes with his family at his side. timothy russert, "big russ," was 85 years old. so, first thought i had, you guys, was they're together again. it's now 7:12.
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let's go back to matt, meredith and al. remember, there was a "trading places" piece tim did about his father. very poignant. >> our condolences and sympathies go out to the russert family once again. >> absolutely. >> absolutely. >> mr. roker? >> one of the greatest generation. >> absolutely. >> he embodied that. and luke russert there, too. as we look and show you what's going on as far as your width today, all eyes again in the southeast and the midplains. we're looking at heavy rain again, flash flood watches and flood watches from lexington down to atlanta as a front starts to push into the southeast. dry today, but later on, the rain moves back into central and northern georgia. rainfall -- the good news is, the heaviest rain will be north of atlanta, but as you can see, some of those northern and 70s for a brief ç#ç#ç#ç#ç#ç#ç##
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time. by the 60s in mid to late afternoon and into tonight. the afternoon sky may break up a little bit. a little sunshine coming out. a little sunshine tomorrow morning. evening showers. highs in the 60s. drying out sunday afternoon. >> and that's your latest weather. meredith? >> al, thank you. and now to the latest on the mysterious death of a u.s. census worker in rural kentucky. the man was found hanged in the woods, reportedly with the word fed scrawled on his chest. nbc's ron mott has the very latest. ron, good morning to you. >> reporter: hey there, meredith. good morning to you. the official cause of death in this case is asphyxiation, but authorities are stopping short at this point of classifying the death, saying it could be one of three things -- an accident, suicide or murder. published reports indicate the word fed was marked on the chest of 51-year-old census worker bill sparkman, found dead with a
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rope around his neck tied to a tree in the daniel boone national forest in rural southeastern kentucky. friends became worried with fear when the reliable sparkman, also a substitute elementary teacher, missed an appointment at school. >> when he didn't show up, we knew something was wrong. he didn't call, he didn't show up, and we said, hey, there's something bad wrong. >> reporter: the fbi joined kentucky state police, which is leading the investigation for now, to determine if sparkman was targeted because of antigovement hatred. >> if somebody's killed because of their employment with the federal government, that's a federal crime and the fbi would take the lead in this investigation then. >> reporter: the government has since suspended door-to-door census canvassing in the area, which sparkman was conducting, until police uncover more clues. >> this is one of those investigations that's very difficult because we're unable to rule out or discredit any of the rumors that are going around about this. >> reporter: a resident near the scene said he told an investigator about ominous sounds coming from the woods days before sparkman's body was
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found september 12th. >> i told them he was hollering, a few nights before that until 1:00, 2:00, or 3:00 in the morning. >> reporter: sparkman so enjoyed teaching, fries say, he enrolled in college at age 47, hoping to land a full-time position. speaking to fellow graduates at commencement last year. >> for those of us that will become teachers, become a super teacher, and brick walls cannot hurt you. it is too important than the life of a child. >> reporter: adding to the mystery and intrigue is the day police believe this man died. they say it is very likely he passed away the day before his body was discovered, making it september 11th. meredith? >> ron mott, thank you very much. it is 7:16, and once again, here's matt. >> meredith, thank you. have you ever dreamed of finding buried treasure? well, the cache of gold one unlikely treasure hunter found is so big, so magnificent, so valuable that experts say they wept when they saw it. nbc's dawna friesen is in london with details on this.
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dawna, good morning to you. >> reporter: good morning, matt. you know, this is the kind of story metal detector enthusiasts live for. an unemployed man on welfare here in england bought a used metal detector for about $6 and then stumbled on the most amazing find of anglo saxon treasure ever unearthed, about 11 pounds of gold, about 5 pounds of silver, a find, say experts, of unparalleled beauty and thought to be worth millions. it is the stuff of treasure hunters' dreams. unearthed over five days in july from a field in central england, about 1,500 exquisitely crafted, jewel-encrusted pieces of anglo saxon gold and silver, a horde like no other, found by an unemployed metal detector enthusiast named terry herbert. >> it's been more than winning the lottery. still in the ground, is there anything better than this to be found? >> reporter: and for experts, it's awe-inspiring. >> never expected ever to see
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anything like this. it was unimaginable. it's a sword pummel inlaid. >> reporter: most of it is military in origin. this is a cheek piece of a golden helmet. this is an inscription from the bible -- "rise up, oh lord, and scatter your enemies." >> the fragments will be analyzed and looked at, and in sm cases, fit back together again to tell an incredible story. >> reporter: a story of england in the 7th century and the anglo saxon kingdom of mersia. after terry herbert stumbled upon the first few hundred pieces, he called in archeologists,ho kept turning up more, much near the surface of a eventually plowed field. it's what people with a passion for treasure hunting, like steve brooker, look for. >> it happens once in a blue moon, and this guy has hit the jackpot and what a find. you know, this guy is going to change history. >> the desire is not just to take things home and keep them for yourself, but show the world. >> of course it is, yeah.
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>> reporter: until now, the most famous find of anglo saxon gold was sutton hu in england 70 years ago, treasures that are now in the british museum. is find is much bigger and terry herbert is still overwhelmed by it. >> find anybody else that goes through something like this, they will understand how big a find this is. >> reporter: a panel of experts will decide what it's worth and sell it to local museums. terry and the land owner will split the money 50/50, which almost certainly means this treasure will turn them into millionaires. and the archeologists involved have pored over every inch of the field where the trufer was found. they haven't found any trace of a grave or a building, so they don't know exactly why it was there, but one theory is that it may have been buried for safe keeping by its owner, maybe a king, because during the dark ages, england was in a state of almost perpetual warfare. what we do know for sure is whoever buried it back then certainly never went back to get
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it. matt? >> dawna, what a remarkable story. dawna friesen in london for us this morning. now here's meredith. >> matt, thank you. just five months before the winter olympics in vancouver, controversial ski bode miller is rejoining the ski team. he says he wants to race again for the medals that alluded him in torino. here's nbc's lee cowan. >> reporter: bode is back. after quitting the u.s. ski team in the wake of his entertaining but controversial performance at the 2006 olympics, the sport's most irreverent step -- >> this is not an arena for me to apologize stuff. i think that stuff will come out as it does. >> reporter: he remains the most accomplished american skier ever with 31 world cup victories. he won double silver in the salt lake olympics, but then came torino. his admission that he partied as hard as he skied was frowned on by olympic officials, and when he left without a single medal,
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it seemed disappointing to everyone but him. >> the intention was to come back and try to make everything positive, you know, so it's not -- so it doesn't turn into, you know, any kind of a regurgitation of the past. >> reporter: despite the antics, he remained a darling of the ski set, and no wonder. >> he is fearless every race is like mr. toe's wild ride. it's incredible what he can do. that's why we watch. >> reporter: he actually paid his own way to the world cup circuit and won his second overall title in 2008. now back with the u.s. team, his focus is again on the world cup series, but the fact that this is also an olympic year isn't lost on anyone, especially the team's coach. >> i think we have fun together and we're cohesive, and having bode come into the environment now is going to be -- is going to take us to the next level. >> it giv the games an entirely new dimension, an entirely more interesting dynamic, because anything with bode in it is more interesting
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than when bode is not in it. >> reporter: he knows he can't undo the past, but he hopes to eclipse it in vancouver with a performance that only bode can deliver. for "today," lee cowan, nbc news, los angeles. >> there's no question he gets people talking about the sport. >> yeah, yeah. >> in one way or another. >> do you think he'll behave this time? >> i have no idea, but i know that we'll be there watching. >> we will be. >> we'll be out there in vancouver, which should be fun. >> i can't believe it's almost happening, almost upon us, for sure. just ahead, michael jackson's secret torment revealed in never-before-heard recordings. >> it was horrible. i don't like -- i never liked it. that why i wish i could never be photographed or seen. >> we will hear more f
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just ahead, some new research that's heating up the spanking debate again. does it actually lower a child's iq? plus, exclusive, secret recordings of michael jackson. .
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good morning, everyone. welcome. on this friday morning, i'm barbara harrison. it's 7:26. three men are charged with planning to murder service members at quantico marine base. daniel patrick boyd was arrested in north carolina. boyd, his 21-year-old son are charged with blotting against quantico. they say the group surveyed the base and had maps of it. at the city council, a
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special meeting in response to this july fire that destroyed the home of well-known washingtonian peggy cooper, a former school board president. the hydrants closest to the home did not work. others in the area did not have enough water pressure to fight the large fire. we will check weather and traffic when we
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good morning. cool with scattered light showers. sun back this afternoon. cool tomorrow afternoon and evening into sunday morning. showers likely. ashley, how is the traffic? 95 northbound very slow from the princeway parkway to lore done.
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7:30 now on this friday morning, septemb 25th, 2009. and we are happy to see so many bright and shiny faces up and out early. meanwhile, inside studio 1a, i'm meredith vieira alongside matt lauer. and coming up in a moment, we're going to hear those michael jackson tapes obtained exclusively by nbc news. more than 30 hours of interviews the late singer recorded with his good friend, rabbi shmuley
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biotaka. we'll hear jackson in his own words and hear what he had to say with rabbi shmuley in just a moment. also ahead, a beautiful, young woman missing in california. the last people to see her alive? well, the sheriff's deputies who had just released her from custody. we're going to hear from her desperate parents in just a little while. also, parents have long debated the pros and cons of spanking. were you spanked as a child? >> i was not. >> you were not? >> no. >> i was not, either. and now there is a new wrinkle to that discipline debate. new research showing an actual link between spanking and a child's iq. we're going to get into that, just ahead. >> that is going to be controversial with a lot of peopl people. but we begin with those recordings of conversations between michael jackson and his friend, rabbi shmuley. you've heard the voice. >> if i sharpen my craft, maybe people will love me more. >> reporter: but never like this. >> weren't for children, i would choose death.
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>> it's a side of michael jackson people never knew, captured in tape recordings never made public until today. >> i don't think michael will ever be looked at the same after people read this book. it's impossible. >> they're being released now along with a book by rabbi shmuley, a former confidante to the king of pop, who recorded the conversations with jackson's permission nine years ago. >> so many of us who look at michael as strange and weird, that's not what i experienced. >> what did you see? >> indescribable pain. ♪ >> in the tapes, jackson recalled his childhood as lead singer of the jackson 5 and his fear of father and manager joe jackson. >> you'd look in the audience and he'd make a face like this. you'd go, oh, i can mess up, he's going to kill us. it would scare the bejesus out of you and you'd be like, everybody's clapping and he's looking at you hard, like, "don't you mess up." and you know, i'm like, "oh,
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gough, i'm in trouble after the show." >> the family has said jackson was hard on them, but they have been inconsistent and joe jackson says he never beat his son. michael told shmuley that as an adult, it became his personal mission to heal suffering children, a mission he seemed to take to an extreme. >> do you feel that god gave you a certain healing power? >> yes. i've seen children just shower all over me with love. they want to just touch me and hug me and just hold on and cry and not let go. >> he so loved children, he told the rabbi that he wanted to be surrounded by them in death. ♪ have you seen my childhood >> i want to be buried right where there's children. i will feel safer that way. i want them next to me. i need their spirit. >> it was a topic he spoke often be. his words ringing eerily today. >> you know, when the body breaks down, you start to
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wrinkle, i think it's so bad. >> do you want to die before that happens? >> i don't want to grow old. >> did he have a death wish? >> he lost the will to live. i think he was just going through the motions of life toward the end. ♪ i was wandering in the rain >> i think all my success and fame, and i've wanted it, i've wanted it. because i wanted to be love d that's all. >> a tragic life cut short, now remembered in his own words. ♪ and rabbi shmuley is with us exclusively. his new book is "the michael jackson tapes: a tragic icon reveals his soul in intimate conversation." good morning to you. >> good morning, meredith. >> a lot of powerful stuff in these tapes, 40 hours worth of recordings. before we play some of the tapes, more of the tapes, you met michael jackson in 1999.
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mentalist yeareler brought you together. over year 2000-2001, you made these recordings with him. you say you were his spiritual adviser during this period. what watjen sis of these tapes? why did he want to make these recordings some. >> well, i have to apologize for my blood-shot eyes because i was contemplating whether to honor michael's wish to have him heard by a public who he knew was deeply suspicious of him, but really to grasp the serious nature of the message he was trying to communicate. and to communicate that through the noise of his existence. he was trying to communicate a deadly serious issue in this book, saying he would rather die than never use fame to help children and he communicates loneliness and pain that staggers imagination. he was walking the streets of encino begging people to speak to him and deadly serious, because amidst the tragedy of his life cut short, an american icon fallen before our eyes, there's been no serious
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introspection in our culture to ask what this means for all of us, a culture that promotes fame without any kind of real foundation and fortune without any spiritual purpose. >> but he was also trying to rebuild his reputation that was part of this as well. >> i think he was trying to reclaim his life. i don't see it manipulative from michael. he felt he had been robbed of something essential and he wanted people to hear how it scarred him for life. how he grabbed onto attention from fans as a substitute for unconditional love from family. >> so he wanted a book published. >> absolutely. this was his desperate wish and it became impossible to release it earlier, because after the 2003 arrest on child molestation, there was no sympathy for michael. michael was really seen as -- no one wanted to hear that voice. but in the wake of his death, i think there's been a ground swell of sympathy of people who want to judge him more charitiably, and he had this life where he learned so much and he wanted to share it. >> let's talk about his life and listen to more of the tapes, because a lot of the conversation he had with you
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revolved around his family, and in particular, his dad, joe jackson. i want the folks at home to hear what michael says he suffered at the hands of his father. >> he was rough. the way he would beat you, you know, was hard, you know? he would make you strip nude first. he would oil you down. it would be a whole ritual. he would oil you down so when the flip of the ironing cord hit you, it would just, you know, and it was just like me dying and you had whips all over your face, your back, everywhere. and i always heard my mother like, "no, joe, you're gonna kill him, you're gonna kill him, no!" and i would just give up, like there was nothing i could do. i hated him for it. hated him. and yet, he also says that he loved his father for what he did to build his career. we reached out to the jackson family for a response, and a family spokesman said to us "we will not dignify this with a comment," but rabbi, what do you think about the experience that he had with his dad?
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how didhat shape the man that he became? >> michael wanted the unconditional acceptance of his father and he always communicated to me that amidst the abusehat he alleges -- and it may not be true -- but amidst that abuse, he wanted his father to reach out to him. he desperately sought a reconciliation, and he thought the day would come when he and his father would meet on common ground. and i really believe that more than any other factor, what led to t death of michael jackson, medicating away this pain that was almost indescribable, was that he could not have the validation of his father. he actually said to me that everything he di in his concerts and albums was in order to obtain his father's approval, and this is an important message for american parents. this is the age of reality tv where kids are prepared to go on television and lose their dignity to obtain celebrity because they're neglected in childhood. >> he says he w looking as a replacement for love, that he saw them as one and the same. and we alluded to earlier, you did, about surrounding himself with mannequins, because
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somehow, they filled a void in his life. let's listen to that first, rabbi. >> i knew something was wrong with me, and it was at that time. but i was -- i needed someone. that's probably why i had the mannequins, i would say, because i felt i needed people, someone, and i didn't have -- i was too shy to be around real people, so i -- and i didn't talk to them. it wasn't like old ladies talking to plants. i always thought about, why do i have these? i love them. it's like real babies and kids and people, but it makes me feel like i'm in a room with people. >> so, you actually saw that as well, right? you saw some -- >> well, we recorded a lot of thes conversations in neverland. these were krsions recorded for the express purpose of publication so michael could be known to the public, and i saw the mannequins. look, so much we dismissed as michael, the weirdness, bizarre antics -- >> some people would think of that as very weird. >> true. but listen to him, you get
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chills down your spine when you hear him saying that. his celebrity created a degree of isolation where he was not comfortable around other people. he felt people wanted something from him. he felt like he was trapped in this cocoon of fame and there was some exploitive relationship with virtually everyone he met. and he wanted people just to understand, i may not be perfect, but before you judge me, know what i've been through. and he also wanted american families to heal based on his example. i think what he shared in these conversations was immensely courageous for a superstar to bear his soul with this degree of honest, a searing honesty, so families would learn. he did all this because he wanted to consecrate his fame to a higher cause. and that cause is, prioritize your kids, don't neglect them. because look what it did to me. >> he also talks to you about his relationships with women, and there was speculation about whether he really liked women or didn't lik women, but he brings up many women in these tapes, including his mom. he calls her a saint. tatum o'neil, he says she was
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his first girlfriend, calls her magic. he called princess diana and let's hear what he had to say about brooke shields. [ inaudible ] >> i went to the academy awards with diana ross and thisirl walked up to me and said, "hi, i'm brooke shields." then she goes, "are you going to the after party?" i go, "yeah." she goes, "good, i'll see you at the party." i'm going, oh, my god, does she know she's all over my room? so, we get to the after party, and she goes, "will you dance with me"? yes, i will dance with you. man, we exchanged numbers and i was up all night singing, spinning around in my room, so happy. >> all those rumors of his sexual orientation, what do you make of his comments about people like brooke? >> michael always expressed attraction to women in my presence. i think that he always was drawn to women and he respected women,
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but he was also suspicious of women, and the reason is -- and he says this in the book -- and again, it's devastating to listen to -- from the age of 5, he was performing in concert halls, many of which were strip tease clubs. so, he began to associate adult sexuality with pruiance, associated women with their ability to gain control over men. so he was drawn to women, but suspicious of them. and virtually every time he brings up women, there's always this prurient, sexual -- i mean, michael was romantic, you can hear it there, but he didn't want it to become something prurient. and he reaches back to his childhood for innocence because he was robbed of it at an early age. and we as parents that let our kids watch anything on television, not knowing the toxic images. michael was saying this because he didn't want children to experience the same destructive influences. >> also if he had a problem with somebody, he wasn't able to talk about it. because he talks about madonna and she doesn't fair so well in the tapes. listen to they. >> they admire you and know you're wonderful and great, but
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they're jealous because they wish they were in your place, wish they were in your shoes. and "m" is one of them -- madonna. hate to say that on tape. she's not a nice -- she doesn't think i'm -- >> she's jealousy. she's jealous. >> absoluty. >> at the end -- go ahead, i'm sorry. >> to be fair to michael, michael was not a gossip and didn't like speaking negatively about people, and you see the way he hesates there, but the thing about madonna was, this was through a stage in her life where she really was out there sexually and michael felt that undermined her as a woman. he wanted to be around ladies. and he says they started dating not just to gain tabloid fodder. they were trying to create a relationship and he felt she was undermining romance by becoming too sexually aggressive, but also, to be fair to madonna, when she became a mother, he said that would change her, bring out a more nurturing quality. >> there is so much i want to talk about but we are out of time on this broadcast. i appreciate, rabbi, you being with us. >> i really hope when people
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hear michael's voice, they will judge him more charitably, understand the pain he went through. >> thank you, rabbi shmuley. you can hear more of the michael jackson tapes on "dateline" tonight at 9:00/8:00 central here on nbc. now let's get a check of the weather from al. thanks a lot, meredith. what's your name? and your husband's the local weather guy? where's he do the weather at? >> san angelo,ç#ç#ç#ç#ç#ç#ç#ç#ç# good morning. we have rain moving through the region coming in out of west virginia moving west to east. it will be with us for about another couple of hours. temperatures are cool. we are only in the mid 60s now around washington. a little bit cooler farther to our west and north. upper 60s around the bay, northern neck and eastern shore. a little sun ought to break out this afternoon. we should make it into the low 70s and drop back into the
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>> and, of course, it's the weekend, and you know what that means. everything stops! nothing should happen on sunday night, because sunday night is "football night in america"! this is a hot one. that's right. we've got the colts in arizona. it's going to be clear and hot. they're closing the roof, turning on the air conditioning. they're going to blow the roof off with the temperatures near 100 degrees! that's right, on sunday night, "football night in america"! meredith. >> i'm deaf. al, thank you very much. up next, a spanking your child actually lower your child's iq. we're going to get into that.
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back now at 7:47, and a question every parent will face at one time or another -- to spank or not? new research out today shows that children who are spanked have lower iqs. dr. nancy snyderman is nbc's chief medical editor. nancy, good morning. >> hi, matt. >> fill me in on this. this is hard to get my arms around. >> it's not that hard if you look at the incremental research. this is out of the university of new hampshire, and it's basically this -- if you hit your child, it's kind of corporal punishment, and it's corporal punishment meant to inflict a little pain to correct bad behavior, not to cause real damage to a child, but enough to get a kid's attention. for kids ages 2 to 4, children who were not spanked had iqs five points higher. for children 5 to 9 years of age, those who were not spanked had iqs 2.8 points higher. and then looked globally at
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about 32 countries. countries that do not use corporal punishment on their children have overall higher iqs. >> i'm still having a hard time getting my arms around this. >> i know you are. >> are you saying that the spanking in a 2 to 4-year-old then caused a drop in iq? these kids -- >> that's exactly. >> -- is fairly set, isn't it? >> for two reasons, if your child is spanked, it means you're hitting instead of hing a conversation. there's an alteration of verbal about. >> but might that the not have something to do with the iq of parent? >> i can't argue that, but let me take it one step further. if i'm hitting a child and not having a conversation is one thing. if i continually spank or hit, we know that that's a stressor, and what are the two things we want our kids to do? we want them to go to school and do well, and we want them to be kids, but if children are fearfuand they have that angst, they can't do either one, and those stressors have an absolute hit on brain development, much like we know
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from really good research that when we talk to babies in soft words, we make the connections in their brains stronger. >> right. >> so, if speaking makes connections stronger and hitting hurts those connections, that's what this shows. >> right. and let me just say, i'm not in favor of spanking. i was just having a hard time understanding the cause and effect. >> but there is a question of, do you have a lower iq, therefore you hit, or do you hit and therefore you have a lower iq? >> right. >> and i think in that case, there's probably a little bit of both. >> all right, nancy. >> but hitting hurts development. that's the take-home here. >> okay, and that's probably the most important thing to end with. nancy, thanks very much. >> you bet, matt. still ahead, a remarkable new look of america's national parks courtesy of ken burns.
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just ahead, a california woman disappears and her parents say the authorities are responsible. >> we'llalk to them.
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we have rain falling around the region right now. we will check in with tom kierein to find out how long that will last today. 67 degrees here in the nation's capital. good morning. i'm barbara harrison. it is 7:56. in the news, prayers are underway for a muslim prayer service. it will take place at 1:30 this afternoon on the west front of the capital building. the event could cause afternoon traffic problems. no street closures yet. officials say they will shut streets down if the crowd gets too large. despite some of the challenges faced by metro, there will be no change in leadership at the top. metro's board has voted to
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extent the general manager ace contract. metro leaders have been criticized following a deadly train crash, big budget short falls. board members say now is not the time to make a complaining. we are going to come back with a look at forecast for today a
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good morning. our summer in september weather is over tichlts wet and cool. looking at the radar, showers west to east moving out of west virginia, across virginia, maryland and the district of
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columbia. temperatures in the low and mid 60s. now, 66 in washington. we have to get some sunshine back this afternoon. the rain should end in the next couple of hours. we make make it into the low 70s and drop back to the mid 60s. likely showers tomorrow afternoon and evening and into sunday morning. drying out sunday afternoon and warmer. monday, small chance of a passing shower. ashley, how is the friday traffic? as we travel around the area, springfield is jammed. 95 slows off and on, almost soiled, prince william parkway to woodbridge and more delays from newington to get on to 395. 66 eastbound is jammed from manassas and 234 all the way to the beltway with no accidents to report, just heavy volume. barbara? tonight at 5:00, tanning
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8:00 now on a friday morning. it's the 25th day of september 2009. fall in the air here in the northeast. kind of chillier temperatures than we've been having over the last week. we also have a huge crowd here. >> that's right. nice friday crowd. >> thanks to all these people for stopping by out on the plaza. i'm matt lauer along with meredith vieira and al roker. and coming up, a serious story, the disappearance of a beauty queen out in california.
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a southern californiaonors student. she had been arrested, actually, last thursday for failing to pay a bill in a restaurant. she was released several hours later by the sheriff's department and then disappeared. no one's seen anything of her since. >> wow. >> did the sheriff's deparent bear some responsibility? her parents seem to think so. we're going to talk to them in a little while. then on a much, much lighter note, it's something refreshing. there's a trendy fashions, trendy fashions for normal-sized folks, regular-sized people, for the rest of us. >> yeah. she looks beautiful, too. >> yes. >> very, very nice. but now it is time to reveal, "where are we today?" on thursday, we showed you this shot of an undisclosed location. well, if you guessed the scene of the most famous civil war battle, you are right. gettysburg national park. >> ah hah. ♪ >> our camera has been at the monument of the 72nd pennsylvania infantry registmen
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at gettysburg, pennsylvania. dedicated in 1891, the monument is placed on the ground where during the three-day battle the union army rappelled confederate soldiers, what historians call a key turning point in the civil war. each year, about 30 million people visit the site. and you guys, you said you thought you knew what it was. is that what -- >> boom. >> oh, yeah, now because you never said it. >> didn't want to give it away. >> mark -- >> did we is this. >> thank you. >> i'm very impressed. >> thank you. >> well, we'll have another location for you to guess next week. all right, before we go any further, let's go inside. ann is standing by at the news desk with a check of the headlines. ann? >> announcer: "where are we today" is brought to you by comfort suites and the other fine choice hotels. >> all right, thanks a lot, you gu. good morning, once again, everybody. in the news, this morning in pittsburgh, president obama and the leaders of britain and france are accusing iran of building a secret nuclear
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facility for enriching uranium. the president is demanding that iran now immediately open up the facility to international inspectors. this as the president's atte attending the g-20 economic summit, where hundreds of protestors have been staging demonstrations. at least 65 people have been arrested and some 20 businesses have been vandalized. terror suspect najibullah zazi makes a court appearance today in denver after being indicted for conspiracy to use weapons of mass destruction. he is said to have bought supplies from beauty supplies stores to make bombs. separately two arrests were made on thursday, one in dallas and one in springfield, illinois, men allegedly plotting bomb attacks. paul kirk is scheduled to be sworn in today as the newest u.s. senator from massachusetts, temporarily filling the seat of the late senator, ted kennedy. charles manson follower susan atkins died during the night in california after a battle with brain cancer. atkins, who admitted to killing actress sharon tate 40 years ago
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lost her final bid for parole earlier this month. president obama has declared a major disaster in georgia because of this week flooding there. the move makes federal disaster aid available for flood victims. california officials say that they have an army of firefighters battling a big wildfire still burning in ventura county. that fire has burned more than 27 square miles. and in india, an elephant suddenly went on a rampage, charging through trees and knocking over cars. the elephant's trainer was seriously injured. the rampage went on for more than four hours before the animal could be tranquilized. it is now four minutes past the hour. let's go back outside to meredith and matt. >> he's a big elephant. >> said that was a big elephant. >> yes. >> it was a big elephant. >> it was a big elephant. >> yes, it was. >> mr. roker? >> that's right. and we've got these nice ladies. 100 years of friendship? what are your names? >> tavina hughes. >> linda jones. >> jackie richardson.
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>> where are you all from? >> mississippi. >> mississippi. >> st. louis, missouri. >> m&m, mississippi and missouri. 100 years. you could be on a smucker's jar as well. let's check your weather, show you what's happening. boise, idaho, nbc 7. they're looking at hot temperatures, they'll be in the 90s. let's check your weekend, see what we've got for you. and we've got sunny but cool conditions in the northeast. it's going to be hot out west. we are talking toasty. unfortunately, heavy rain working its way down through the gulf coast. then on sunday, sunday, things clear out. we've only got some showers in new england and maybe along the northeast coast. sizzling weather continues through the southwe. and we've got, let's see, grandma, mom and where's your granddaughter? >> she left. >> she left? where'd she go? >> she's cold. >>ç#ç#ç#ç#ç#ç#ç#ç#ç#ç#ç#ç#ç#ç#ç# good morning. we have had some passing light showers for the last few hours. it may continue another couple of hours moving west to east
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this morning around the region out of west virginia. it should taper off and end in another couple of hours. temperatures are cool. we are only in the low and mid 60s now. it is 65 in washington. that little sun should break out by this afternoon. we may make it back into the low 70s and 60s by late this afternoon >> and this lovely young lady, you broke your elbow. how'd you do that? >> i fell in gym class. >> oh in gym class. what's your name? >> bridget. >> bridget, all right. do you still have to go to gym? >> um, no. >> all right. all right! now, let's go back over to meredith. >> al, thank you vy much. up next, a former beauty queen arrested and released, just hours later, in the middle of the night. now she is missing and her parents are angry at the authorities. ♪ look at this man
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contestant, an honor student, and now a missing person. mitrice richardson walked out of the sheriff's office and into a mystery that baffles investigators. last week, richardson entered this exclusive malibu restaurant alone and was later arrested after she couldn't pay her $89 bill. management says the young woman looked sober, but her behavior was described as unusua in her car, police found a small amount of marijuana. >> we cited her for that and then we took her to the station here. >> reporter: the lost hills sheriff's station is in a remote area. richardson was booked, then released at 1:00 a.m. the sheriff's department says they offered her a bed for the night because her car was impounded and she didn't have any money. after richardson made a few phone calls, she simply walked away. the sheriff's department says they couldn't force her to stay. >> i know she's scared and i feel her fear and i'm angry because it didn't have to happen. it didn't have to happen.
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>> reporter: richardson's family gathered this week outside the sheriff's department to demand answers. why would a young woman be left alone to walk into the night in the middle of nowhere? >> if mitrice richardson's name was spears or lohan, they would never let her walk out by herself. they would have escorted her home. >> that's right. >> they would have given her keys to another car. they would have given her an escort. it's a double standard. you draw your own conclusion. >> reporter: among all the swirling questions in this case, one thing is certain, mitrice richardson was last seen leaving this substation a week ago. it was the last confirmed sighting of the 24-year-old. >> she was not intoxicated. she was not disoriented. the l.a. county sheriff's department did not only everything procedurally correct but was morally right. >> reporter: a graduate of cal state fullerton, richardson has no criminal history and was on track to become a substitute teacher. the sheriff's department says they'll launch another expansive search. a hunt for clues as authorities try to figure out how a
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beautiful young woman could simply vanish into the night outside a sheriff's station. r "today," miguel almaguer, nbc news, los angeles. >> mitrice's parents, latisse sutton and michael richardson are with us now along with leo terrell, a civil rights attorney who represents the family. good morning to all of you. thank you for joining us. >> good morning, matt. >> good morning. >> good morning. >> latisse, your daughter made two phone calls before walking out of that sheriff's department. do you have any idea who she calls? have police been able to trace those cas? any leads at all? >> at this time, we are not aware of who she contacted. we do know she did not contact family. the authorities have been unwilling, unable to produce us that information. >> you know -- >> as to who she calls. >> is she someone who's fairly street smart? would you describe her as that? a, we know she had no money, so she couldn't have called a cab and she couldn't have gotten a hotel room.
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is it surprising to you that she would just walk away from that sheriff's department? >> it is absolutely surprising. no, mitrice is not street-savvy. mitrice pretty much had a pretty sheltered upbringing. her parents have kept her sheltered and involved in positive activities all of her life. so, no, she is not street savvy. and i do need to say that although mitrice had money, she did not have money in her possession. >> right. >> and so, her being out there alone is very frightening for me because she is not street savvy. >> michael, the sheriff's department declined to appear in this live interview, but as you saw in that piece, they did grant us an interview on tape yesterday, and they said, look, we did what we were supposed to do. this is a young lady who is not intoxicated. we had no legal grounds to keep her overnight. we offered her a bed and she declined. what more did you want them to do? >> well, that's all
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inconsistencies. i've talked to them several times since my daughter's been missing. the first time they offered her to sleep in the lobby. now they're saying they offered her a bed. i don't know anyone who likes to raise their hand and say they want to stay in jail, first of all. second of all, the jailer, miss cummings, who i spoke with the day that my daughter came up missing, was presented to me as we do not run a babysitting organization. she was free to go. they stated that it was based on overcrowding and they did not have any room to hold her, when in fact, from 3:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. there was only one inmate there. their spokesman for the sheriff's department has changed his statement several times since i spoke with them. >> are you getting enough attention in terms of -- do you think law enforcement -- let's take what happened thursday out of it. do you get the sense that law enforcement officials are doing enough right now to try to find your daughter? >> no. >> no. >> no.
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>> not at all. >> definitely not. >> and let me also add, when i contacted the sheriff's department when mitrice was being taken into custody and in route to the sheriff's department, i did indicate to the deputy on the phone that i was coming to pick up my daughter. so, if for no other reason, they could have let mitrice know that mom is on the way to get you. >> right. >> i don't get the impression that that was disclosed to her. >> leo -- and i don't, unfortunately, have a lot of time left. you said in that piece, you said there's a double standard he, draw your own conclusion. i mean, are you suggesting that there is a racial element to this? >> matt, i'll let the public decide that. we're going to go to the fbi. but you know as well as i do, when certain cebrities are interacting with the police department, they are escorted. they are treated like queens. mitrice richardson is only askingor the same treatment as a lohan or a spears. i'll let the public draw the conclusion on this issue. >> we will continue to follow this story, and our thoughts are
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>> i needed to think about what i could do for the future in a bad market, basically. good morning. >> barbara is starting over, studying for a new career at queens borough college in downtown new york, which she hopes will help her survive the economic downturn. >> nursing was something i wanted to do for a long time and just made sense. >> reporter: government studies suggest that barbara's career change may be a step in the right direction, since health care is one area where job growth is expected. >> as far as nursing field goes, there will always be opportunities. >> reporter: for barbara, it is one step away from the unemployment line and one step closer to a paycheck. >> i think that what i'm doing now is aolutely an investment in my future. >> rosemary haithner is vice president of human resources at rosemary, good morning to you. >> good morning. >> of the 6.9 million jobs lost since the recession, some industri have been harder hit
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than the others. among the ones hardest hit, manufacturing, construction and finance. then there is hiring actually going on in other industries, especially health care, education, sales and technology. why those? >> well, sales is, you know, it's clearly a need for businesses to get those revenue generators in the door, drive their top-line growth. they need that revenue now. so, that's a short-term focus. long-term, though, technology, i think that surprises people the most. they need to get those technologists in. they're going to drive the innovation, create the products, bring in the revenue in years to come. >> and health care because we'll always need people in that profession? >> we will. we have a fast growing, aging society and we have a shortage of workers that's been pent up for a few years. >> the trick is to take the skills you've learned in a job, in an industry that may be dying right now and transfer those to an industry that is thriving using education to do it. >> absolutely. there are definitely skills right now that you can transfer, but supplement that with education. it's an easier prospect than
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most people realize. >> let's give some examples. if you've been a financial manager, you can take your skills in that job and u them to get a job as a science technician. how do those two relate? >> how do those relate? science technicians, they are typically going to take the principles of science and math and they're going to use those to solve problems in research and development, improve products, processes. it's very analytical, and so, a finance manager typically is very strong in the analysis that needs to be done. so, it's a natural fit. >> and where would you go to re-educate yourself? >> typically, you're going to need at least a two-year associates degree to get in the door. if you're going to go more specific, forensic science, for example, four-year degree, but it's a very transferrable skill set right now witthe analytics. >> another example, you've lost your job in construction. how do you transfer your skills from that job to a job as an environmental engineer? >> green jobs, we're sort of hearing more and more about this. the public is becoming more eco-conscieneco
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eco-conscious, so that's trouble-shooting, building. that's what you'll be doing in the environmental industry. certifications, two-year degrees, a lot of apprenticeship opportunities. so, that's something construction workers should rely look into quickly. >> and finally, you lost your job as a loan officer. how do you transfer those skills to become a medical assistant? >> well, those two fields are all about helping people and you're going to really look at getting a certification, state licensing. it may vary by state, but you can really help people quickly and take a few science classes and that's really what they need to get started. >> let's say i haven't touched on anything that people right now are dealing with. i'm out there i've got a job, i'm losing it, but i want to transfer the skills and don't know to what. how do i find that out? >> first thing, go online. there are a lot of tools out there. take the skills experience you have. it will recommend opportunities. the best resources are the ones that are going to be giving projections for those fast-growing so your education is really going to be spot on. >> so, be open to other things is the key thing. >> absolutely. think broadly. it's key right now. >> rosemary haithner, thank you so much.
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>> sure. still ahead, trendy, new fashions for full-figured women. our time right now is 8:26. 65 degrees. clouds and rain around the region. we will get the forecast coming up. good morning. i'm joe krebs. in the "news 4 today," chopper 4 was over breaking news in prince george's county. take a look at this. police and fire crews on the scene of a car that had crashed into a building. this happened less than an hour ago in the 5100 block of baltimore avenue in hyattsville. fire officials tell us there are no injuries, because of the crash. still unclear at this time. traffic is now getting by in
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that area. quite a mess down there. come back. look at our weather and traffic. stay with us.
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wet and cool on this friday morning. we will taper off and end in another hour and a half. temperatures in the 60s. climbing to near 70 by early afternoon with sunshine breaking out. 50s tomorrow morning. likely afternoon and evening showers saturday into sunday morning. how is the traffic now?
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95 northbound is jammed from the prince william parkway to woodbridge. nor delays, newington to 3 the 5. they continue to the outer loop of the beltway where there was a disabled tractor-trailer at eisenhower which has now been moved. canning dangers. the fall is here. some may turn t
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8:30 on this friday morning, september 25th, 2009. nice-sized crowd enjoying a nice fall morning out in rockefeller plaza. and coming up in this half hour, more than 40% of women in this country are a size 14 or over,
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but it is not always easy for them to find the latest, trendy fashions. just ahead, style guru bobbie thomas gives us her best bets. also ahead, the national treasures that are america's national parks. noted filmmaker ken burns has trained his sights on those, from the everglades to alaska to tell the story of their creation and their magnificence. if you've done some traveling in this country to the national parks, you will agree, they are magnificent, and ken's a good guy to tell their story. we'll talk to him in just a little while. plus, from the big easy to the california coast, barbara corcoran shows us how far your housing dollars can go these days. but first, let us get a check of the weather, and for that, we're going to go outside and say hi to al. >> hey, thank you, guys. and no more teachers, dirty looks. you're retired? >> yes, from michigan. doug and my wife janet. >> jan. >> all the best. that's fantastic. >> thank you. >> let's check out -- happy birthday to you, young lady.
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>> thank you! >> let's check your weather. for today, sunshine up and down the eastern seaboard, rain moving through the central gulf coast, and we are goingo have sunny skies also in new england. as we head on into tomorrow, unfortunately, that heavy rain moves back into the southeast. we could be looking at more flooding throughout georgia, the western two-thirds of the country warm to sizzling. and we've got some cuties back here. what's your name? >> laura, evan, dana, robert. >> all right,ç#ç#ç#ç#ç#ç#ç#ç#ç## good morning. cloudy and grach cloudy and gray. wet and cool. our sup mer m september is over. we have showers moving nortd west to southeast and beginning to break up a bit. will likely end in another hour. temperatures in the low and mid 60s. now, 65 in washington. we ought to get a little sun breaking out this afternoon climbing to near 70. back into the 60s by late afternoon and into the evening. 50s tomorrow morning. clouding up in
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>> that's your latest weather. and for weather any time of the day or night, go to the weather channel on cable or online. meredith? january thank you, al. look who has joined us, "the office's" john. now john is writing, directing and acting in his own film, brief interviews by a hideous man about a woman in search of a relationship after hers ends. good morning. >> good morning, guys. i love being at the news desk. turn around, be like, "good morning." >> you've got every job in this movie, directing, acting. >> that was a complete fluke. >> that's a lot to take on. >> it is a lot to take in. the best way to direct is out of ignorance. when you get to the end of the movie and you're like, that was great, everybody. then they point out all of the things that could have gone wrong and you see this mine field, so. >> i want to talk about the content here. you're basically -- you're picking the brains of guys who
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are not such good guys. >> yes. >> about how they deal with women and things like -- >> right. that's a rarity, by the way. that is a rarity. >> you're giving away -- >> all the secrets. >> -- trade secrets. >> i know matt was very upset in the break, very upset. no, it's -- basically, the only reason why i wanted to direct this film -- i never even wanted to be a director, even write a script, necessarily, and it was this book that got me into acting. i really decided i wanted to do it. it was doing a stage reading of this book in college, and it just moved me so much that i think this author is actually one of the greatest there ever has been, and his name's david foster wallace and he's one of the greats, so, it was all the material driving me the whole way. >> meredith mentioned, there's a lot going on for you. obviously, you've got the new season starting this week. >> yes. >> so -- >> with the wedding coming up. do you have pls some. >> the wedding's coming up. i will be on the space shuttle at the end of the month. no. they actually believed it. >> congratulations. >> thank you very much. >> that's really -- i broug the monkey and i'm going up. >> and on the engagement.
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you lucky man you. >> thank you. thank you very much. >> john, nice to have you. "brief interviews with hideous men" opens in new york today. and of course, you can catch new episodes of "the office" thursday nights at
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in just a moment, president obama along with the leaders of britain and france, will accuse iran of building a secret uranium enrichment facility. >> they're going to make that announcement together ahead of today's meetings at the g-20 summit being held in pittsburgh. nbc's savannah guthrie is at the lawrence center there, and savannah, this is news that you would have expected to hear earlier in the week at the united nations. here it's coming at the g-20 summit. what's the tone of this speech going to be?
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>> reporter: i'm told by a senior aide it will be very direct. they are asking iran to come clean about its nuclear activities. they believe iran has been caught, essentially, redhanded, building this enrichment plant secretly. now, this is something that, in fact, u.s. officials have known for years. the president was briefed about this before he even took office during the transition. but what happened here is iran realized western intelligence was on to this and decided to send a letter to the iaea, the international atomic energy agency, basically trying to say that they're disclosing. it was a very cryptic letter, i'm told, nonspecific. at that point, the u.s. felt, look, we don't want iran to be able to say, we've disclosed, we have nothing more to say, so it set about leading up to this public statement, they wanted to get their diplomatic ducks in a row, so to speak. so, at the u.n., yes, they had the opportunity to make this public statement, but they wanted to get allies briefed and on board. so, they told russia, china,
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germany, the uk and france already were aware of this through their own intelligence avenues. these are the very countries that will sit down with iran next week, the first direct talks with iran in decades. so, once they were briefed, it was then a matter of going to vienna as late as yesterday afternoon to brief the atomic energy agency about the intelligence, all leading up to this statement this morning. the president will speak very briefly, but i'm told it will b a tone of asking iran to come clean. they're trying to ratchet up the pressure on iran in advance of these talks, letting iran know the world is on to them. >> you know, savannah, the agenda for the g-20 summit was supposed to be the world economy. do you think that will change now in light of this information? >> reporter: well, certainly, this is going to really be all of the headlines they're talking about, this issue with iran, but there is, of course, the work of the g-20, the global economic crisis. the leaders will begin that work later this morning. the president will have a news conference later this afternoon. so, they'll still do the work of
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the g-20, but this is really where all the action is o the international stage, really, this nuclear tipping point with iran, what to do about it. will diplomacy work? the president has made clear he prefers engagement. he wants to talk to our enemies as well as our friends. this is where the rubber meets the road for a policy he really campaigned on. so, this is just a critical issue and a critical moment for the u.s. >> all right, savannah guthrie, thank you very much. we're going to bring in nbc's chief foreign affairs correspondent andrea mitchell. andrea, good morning to you. >> good morning, meredith. >> diplomatic talks are scheduled between iran and the u.s. next week. how do you believe this will affect those? >> well, this is going to really be a critical turning point for iran. whether iran engages under pressure now from this disclosure and from a united western front, including russia and china as well, or whether iran gets its backup and decides to strike out and to be defensive about this. so, this question now is whether
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ahmadinejad and his hard line is dominant or whether other elements in iran, particularly the ayatollah, want to engage with the west. what the president will be saying today is that there are huge benefits, economic benefits, for iran if iran does engage diplomatically. >> and this clears something up for us, andrea. this week, i thought one of the big stories was the fact that russia seemed to come on board with endorsing tougher sanctions against iran. >> absolutely. >> you had to think why all of a sudden, why now? but now you know behind closed doors, the u.s. is showing them this evidence, saying we've got a trumped card here. >> and medvedev, the president of russia, speaking in a q&a with the students at the university of pittsburgh yesterday, actually said that they spent a half hour discussing this, and then he went on to praise president obama lavishly, saying he likes him because he doesn't lecture him, and comparing him implicitly, of course, with his predecessor, george w. bush. personal diplomacy also has a loto say about what's going on between president obama and the russian president. >> all right, andrea, thanks very much.
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we are expecting any moment now the president to step before the microphones in pittsburgh, where the g-20 summit is about to get under way. it's still somewhat unclear whether the president will get up and speak alone wr whether he'll be joined by president sarkozy of france and gordon brown of the uk, but clearly, they are going to make this a dramatic announcement to say to the world that we have hard evidence that iran has been deceiving the world and the iaea for several years now, and they're going to make their case. >> and they will certainly hold iran's feet to the fire on this one, as well. >> no question. again, these leaders of the world are set to talk about economic issues, the third time they have gotten together since the world financial crisis struck just over a year ago. this certainly does change the focus after what has been a dramatic week of meetings and speeches at the united nations with the general assembly, not only president obama, but israeli prime minister netanyahu. we had president ahmadinejad of iran speaking before that body
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and moammar gadhafi in a rather >> and they have long suspected that iran was building some sort of nuclear facility. iran had denied it in the past. so, viously, in the weeks leading up to this, they had found hard evidence. >> but again, they have to be so careful, because as we discussed earlier, meredith, there's a tough track record in the past with hard evidence. for example, we all remember colin powell standing at the united nations talking about the hard evidence that iraq was possessing weapons of mass destruction, and that, of course, didn't turn out as well. >> we presume that's why they took t time that they did. >> exactly. >> hopefully, that's why. >> cross the ts and dot all the is. again, we're waiting for president obama to speak, and apparently, we're getting that announcement right now in pittsburgh. >> let's listen in. >> the president and prime minister of great britain and northern ireland.
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>> good morning. we are here to announce that yesterday in vienna, the united states, the united kingdom and france presented detailed evidence to the iaea demonstrating that the islamic republic of iran has been building a covert uranium enrichment facility near qum for several years. earlier this week, the iranian government presented a letter to the iaea that made reference to a new enrichment facility years after they had started its construction. the existence of this facility underscores iran's continuing unwillingness to meet its obligations under u.n. secity council resolutions and iaea requirements. we expect the iaea to immediately investigate this disturbing information and to report to the iaea board of
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governors. w, iran's decision to build yet another nuclear facility without notifying the iaea represents a direct challenge to the basic compact at the center of the non-proliferation regime. these rules are clear -- all nations have the right to peaceful nuclear energy. those nations with nuclear weapons must move towards disarmament. those nations without nuclear weapons must forsake them. that compact has largely held for decades, keeping the world far safer and more secure. and that compact depends on all nations living up to their responsibilities. this site deepens a growing concern that iran is refusing to live up to those international responsibilities, including specifically revealing all nuclear-related activities. as the international community knows, this is not the first
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time that iran has concealed information about its nuclear program. iran has a right to peaceful nuclear power that meets the energy needs of its people, but the size and configuration of this facility is inconsistent with a peaceful program. iran is breaking rules that all nations must follow, endangering the global non-proliferation regime, denying its own people access to the opportunity they deserve, and threatening the stability and security of the region and the world. it is time for iran to act immediately to restore the confidence of the international community by fulfilling its international obligations. we remain committed to serious, meaningful engagement with iran to address the nuclear issue through the p5 plus 1 negotiations. through this dialogue, we are committed to demonstrating that
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international law is not an empty promise, that obligations must be kept and that treaties will be enforced. and that's why there's a sense of urgency about the upcoming meeting on october 1st between iran, the permanent members of the u.n. security council and germany. at that meeting, iran must be prepared to cooperate fully and comprehensively with the iaea to take concrete steps to create confidence and transparency in its nuclear program and to demonstrate that it is committed to establishing its peaceful intentions through meaningful dialogue and concrete actions. to put it simply, iran must comply with u.n. security council resolutions and make clear it is willing to meet its responsibilities as a member of the community of nations. we have offered iran a clear path toward greater international integration if it lives up to its obligations, and
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that offer stands. but the iranian government must now demonstrate through deeds its peaceful intentions or be held accountable to international standards and international law. i should point out that although the united kingdom, france and the united states made a presentation to vienna, that germany, a member of the p5 plus 1 and chancellor merkel in particular, who cod not be here this morning, wished to associate herself with these remarks. i would now like to turn to president sarkozy of france for a brief statement. >> translator: we have met yesterday for a meeting, a summit meeting of the security council on disarmament and nuclear disarmament. i repeated my conviction that iran was taking the international community on a
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dangerous path. i have recalled all the attempts that we have made to offer a negotiated solution to the iranian leaders without any success, which, what has been revealed today is exceptional, following the enrichment plant in 2002, it is now the qum one which is revealed. it was designed and built over the past several years in direct violation of resolutions from the security council and from the iaea. i am expecting from the iaea an exhaustive, strict and rigorous -- >> you're listening to president obama along with prime minister gordon brown and speaking right now, french president nicolas sarkozy, speaking at the lawrence convention center. we're going to bring back in foreign affairs correspondent andrea mitchell. what of what the president said particularly jumped out at you? >> what jumped out was the
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president said the size and configuration of this underground facility are inconsistent with a peaceful plant. he is basically revealing more than has ever revealed before. he's saying, we know what you are doing. this is not the peaceful nuclear energy plant that you are entitled to that iranian people want that speaks to iranian nationalism. he's saying, this is a weapons facility. you are building a weapons facility. you are in violation and we want you by next week, by october 1st, to show your cards and to agree to begin to take this down. that is a very big demand and a short timeline. he's not saying what they will do, what the what-if is. clearly, right now, that would be sancons. >> andrea mitchell, thank you very much. >> and ali is joining us from tehran on the phone. is there any official stance from the iranian government on this subject? after all, they did send a letter to the iaea recently, actually talking about this facility. so, what are they saying now? >> reporter: that's right, matt. the only official thing to come out of iran other than the
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letter they sent to the iaea. it looks like they wanted to send this letter before they were outed, but that seems to have backfired after president obama's speech. it's a crucial time for the iranians when they're heading towards these meetings on october 1st with the p5 plus 1, and they're at a time when nuclear disarmament is high on the agenda. and iranians know that if they had been outed before t, the sanctions would have been probably immediate. this probably lets them bargain a little more heading into this, saying we're talking about it and we're not hiding it. but the fact of the matter is the facility has been hidden for several years now. >> all right, ali arouzi in tehran for us this morning. and i want to mention, we saw an image a little while ago while the president was speaking of iranian president mahmoud ahmadinejad. that was file footage from the general assembly meetings a little bit earlier in the week. i want to make it clear that president ahmadinejad was not in the room while the president was speaking in pittsburgh just a
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couple minutes ago. >> and we're going to have much more throughout the day on msnbc and for most of you, there is more of "today" just ahead. >> and for those of you out on your regularly scheduled to programming. i'm matt lauer along with meredith vieira. this has been an nbc news special report.
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still to come on a friday morning, a tip of the cap to our nation's national parks. and if you've ever spent any time in any of them, you know that they deserve a tip of the hat. ken burns, who is just an extraordinary filmmaker, who has focused his lens on everything from the civil war to jazz and baseball, is now focusing on
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those parks, and his journey will be something we'll be talking about a little later on this morning. >> beautiful images. when you were a little kid, did your parents pack you up to the car, did you go to the parks? >> you know, only local parks. i didn't get to see the national parks until i had this job. we did a show at yosemite one time, which is breath-taking. if you have a chance -- >> i've never been. >> there's a national park in rhode island. isn't there a teeny one in rhode island? >> providence? >> providence plantations, yes. >> i saw that guy with the hat walking around a the time. >> that was the mailman. >> what's he doing here? that was our ranger. i salute you now. >>ore after this.
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8:56 is our time right now. 65 degrees. some clouds still above the nation's capital here. we will get the forecast from meteorologist, tom kierein coming up. good morning. i'm joe krebs. a chief of staff for the d.c. counsel member jim graham is facing bribery charges. he isccused of accepting cash for certain taxi cab legislation. he has pleaded not guilty. graham says he was not aware of any wrongdoing in his office. preparations are underway for a prayer service expected to draw thousands of people to downtown washington. the muslim service will take place at 1:30 on the west front of the capital building. that event could cause some
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afternoon traffic problems. while there are no street closures yet, officials say they will shut down streets if the crowd does get too large. we will take a break and come back and look at our weather and traffic. stay with us.
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cool on this friday morning. shower activities beginning to diminish and break up. continuing to move off to the southeast out of the northwest. we ought to get sunshine back later on today. highs near 70. dropping back into the 60s late
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afternoon into this evening. then, tomorrow, maybe a little sun in the morning in the 50s. afternoon highs in the mid 50s with clouds coming back. likelihood of afternoon and evening showers lingering into sunday morning. ashley, how is the mid morning traffic? we have beltway delays to talk about. we had an earlier disabled tractor-trailer that's been cleared before the woodrow wilson. it will be slow out of springfield. outer loop slow out of college park. inner loop slow on to 66. back to you. thanks a lot. tonight on "news 4 at 5:00," tanning dangers. now that fall is here, some may turn to tanning
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we're back now with more of "today" on a friday morning. it's the 25th day of september 2009. guess what? we're getting ready for the last weekend in september >> that's right. starting to feel more fall-lik >> it is. we've got a brisk breeze out on the plaza. we've also got tamron hall. >> yes. >> of msnbc, joining me and al. >> a fresh breeze. >> tamron filling in while natalie's on assignment. have you had fun this week? >> it's great. i love it.
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>> but it's still early. >> it's still early and i'm still waiting to file a report. >> are you? okay, it's all right. >> it's with human resources. >> personnel, exactly. meanwhile, we're going house hunting in this half hour. >> that's right. barbara corcoran is here to give us an idea of what you can get for $500,000 or less. in fact, in some cases, much less than that. >> that's a cute house. >> it is. new orleans, to the coast and the heartland of new york. >> also, we're talking to ken burns, an emmy award-winning filmmaker. he is trying to remind us of how beautiful this country is, with our national parks and how we should appreciate them. instead of going to a movie, get the family together and witness one of these beautiful natural landmarks in our country. i shouldn't compare it to movies, because that's a lame comparison, but my point is, with the family, you can do so much that's free. >> actually, it's a good comparison. there are a lot of free national parks in here. >> so ken burns is prolific at this and we'll look at his beautiful work. >> we will. >> if you've got a curious kid
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around the house, how about putting that natural enthusiasm for facts to good use? we're looking for "today's kid reporter," that's right, between the age of 8 and 12. we'd like them to report on any story they'd like and submit the tape. >> the video should be no longer than one minute. mail it to today's kid reporter, 30 rockefeller plaza, new york, new york, 10112. the official rules -- because you've got to keep it official -- at >> and ann's standing by now with a look at the headlines. >> hi, guys. in a dramatic development today, president obama and the leaders of france and great britain accused iran of secretly building a second nuclear fuel plant for enriching uranium. >> this is not the first time that iran has concealed information about its nuclear program. iran has a right to peaceful nuclear power that meets the energy needs of its people, but the size and configuration of this facility is inconsistent with a peaceful program.
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iran is breaking rules that all nations must follow. >> the accusation comes as negotiators are preparing for talks between the u.s. and iran next week for the first time in years. a delta 2 rocket thundered into space this morning in florida carrying two missile defense satellites. they are designed to track missiles launched all countries, including north korea and iran. a denver terror suspect goes to trial in federal court today charged with conspiracy to use weapons of mass destruction in new york. prosecutors say najibullah zazi and others bought bomb-making ingredients and that zazi tried to prepare explosives before a recent trip to new york. supreme court justice ruth bader ginsburg spent the night in a washington hospital. a statement from the court said that ginsburg became light-headed and fatigued after a treatment for an iron deficiency, anemia. in february, ginsburg had her spleen removed along with a malignant growth on her pancreas. a new study finds that
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children who are spanked have lower iqs. a professor from the university of new hampshire found that children between the ages of 2 and 4 and 5 and 9 who were spanked had iqs over three to five points lower than kids who were not spanked. and about 30 school teachers are flying high on thursday over albuquerque, getting a chance to ride in a zero-gravity jet. and for art gould, it was a chance to leave his wheelchair, if only for a few moments to float in midair. art says it was the best experience of his life next to the day he got married. it is now four minutes past the hour. let's get another check of the weather from al. >> love that ending. >> i do. i loved it. it's fantastic. >> all right. now let's look at what's going on as for as your weather's concerned. we've got a flood threat back in the southeast again, unfortunately, because of all the heavy rain that's going to be moving in. dry today in atlanta, but it's going to start raining again some time late afternoon into tonight and into tomorrow. look at some of that rainfall. the good news is, the heaviest of the rain will fall up near tennessee and on into kentucky,
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but some of the suburbs to the north and west of atlanta will see anywhere from one to threer# good morning. scattered light showers remain across northern virginia, maryland this morning. these are moving off to the southeast out of the northwest and will diminish and end here in the next hour. temperatures right now are cool. in the low and mid 60s. 64 now in washington. then, after we get a little sun breaking out early afternoon, we may come up to early 70 and drop back into the low 60s by this evening. tomorrow morning, the 50 now on to "today's real estate," and what $500,000 or less might get you. you may not each be in the market for a house, but when you see what real estate contributor barbara corcoran has in her file, you might be ready to
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sign. good to see you. >> good to see you, al. >> after a rise, existing home sales dipped. now, this shows we're clearly not out of the woods yet. >> we're clearly not out of the woods, but you shouldn't take a one-month number so seriously. we've had an upward climb on the number of deals being done as well as prices. recoveries are never nice and smooth. they're always bumpy, so you really have to look at it over a six-month period would be my good advice. >> let's look at some great houses. first, evansville, indiana. this would be a great house for swimmers. it's got two pools? wow. >> two pools and a fish pond, if you get tired of swimming in your pools. this is for swimming, you're right on that. and look at this house. it's one, big house. it's 4,400 square feet. that's a spanish-style home, and it was built in 1915, but don't be misled by the year it was built because it's in really good condition. everything here comes in threes. you mentioned the three bodies of water, three big arches out front, three bedrooms, three-car garage. it's got a formal dining room. that's the indoor pool.
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>> man! >> who wouldn't want that pool? windows on both sides. actually reads like a green house. updated kitchen as well, a living room. tons of arches throughout the home. everything's been meticulously restored. a windowed kitchen, newer appliances, the cabinets are in great shape. this is a house for someone who wants a lot of house for little bit of money. >> now, it's in a hisric preservation area. does that affect what renovations a homeowner can do? >> yeah. it's a funny thing. people love to brag that they're historically preserved, but the fact is, once you try to make changes, it's one big pain in the neck, but this house is in great shape, soou can kind of skip over that concern a bit here. >> let's head down to the big easy, new orleans. $239,000. great food, good jazz, lots of partying. what's not to like? >> nothing about this house not to like. >> oh, how sweet. >> it's like a picture-perfect red-doored house and a lovely yellow color, which is perfect for that house smack in the middle of new orleans. that front porch, i think -- i wish i had that color sense. look at the colors there. looks like a magazine shot,
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doesn't it? >> wow. >> it's got nine-foot ceilings inside, so it's not to be confused with a tiny, little house on the inside. it's got hardwood, ceramic floors throughout, french and arched windows and doors. it's got apass-through from the dining room into that pretty kitchen, and that is one sweet kitchen. i think the person who owns this house has got ton to be an artist. it is really sweet. >> really pretty. >> but it's not small and it's a good deal. >> it's in new orleans, and the owners say it was not flooded. i'm sure the potential buyers are going to want to know about that. >> let me tell you, in new orleans, the most important card there is you're not in a flood zone, and this house isn't. and that in effect makes that house worth so much more. >> now to stamford, new york, the catskills, western catskills region. $298,000 for this. >> and what you get around this house, beyond this giant, painted ladyouse -- >> wow. >> as they call it up there. original victorian house, but inside in great shape. you get scenic paths throughout it, the valleys and the mountains. the whole surround of this house fits the exact look of that
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house. it's a museum quality, queen anne victorian, totally renovated. all of the interior is in natural woods. oak, walnut, chestnut, hickory. i'm not sure there's any other trees to stick in that house. you've got every kind of wood, but it's meticulous. look at the floors, the moldings, trim around the windows. pocket doors, four porches, antique lighting, ten-foot ceilings on the first floor. that's a high ten-foot ceiling in that dining room. it's got the original staircase there and the original butler's pantry, which kids get a load of fun of when you have one of those with your house. >> or you get a butler. >> then it makes the wife of the house happy. >> there you go. >> especially if he's young and good-looking. >> okay, let's move o now, barbara. something more understated. we're going to sunny southern california, long beach. this is for $345,000. >> yeah, and everybody knows where long beach is. it's only 20 minutes south of l.a., but it's probably got the most beautiful weather in all of sunny california. it's picture perfect year-round weather. that's a white painted house.
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again, move-in condition. it has a living room with cove ceilings within. that's the back terrace there. again, the yard you can't quite see from here, but it's really lovely, perfectly manicured. there's the charming fireplace which adds charm to that living room setting there. it's got a brand new kitchen. floors, counters, recessed lighting. the doors lead to the patio we saw a moment ago and everything around the house is perfectly landscaped. it's one sweet house. >> now the most expensive house in bozeman, montana, listing at $350,000. >> this is about an hour from big sky, montana, and i don't know if you know, but that is the biggest ski area in the usa, 90 miles from yellowstone park as well. it's constructed on entirely green materials, which a lot of people don't care about, but people will also pay extra for. it's got bamboo floors throughout, big and open, airy layout. there's a big backyard. the person likes guardening there and that certainly helps the value of the house. there is the front road, which looks like a highway, but it's
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not. it's a quiet road, so you don't get anyraffic there. and it's got the latest rage, paperstone counters, which is a status symbol in a kitchen today. and why? because it's made out of recycled paper. >> oh, cool. >> and people kind of like to talk about that. this is also a sweet house. >> looks awfully nice, and you're a sweet lady. >> oh, al, cut it out. >> barbara corcoran, good to see you. coming up next, why ken burns says our national parks are america's best idea. he ain't whistling dixie, right after this.
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from the civil war to jazz and baseball, filmmaker ken burns has tackled some of america's great stories, and now he's focusing on our national parks, a treasure in the new film "the national parks:
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america's best idea," premieres this sunday night on most pbs stations. ken, it's great to have you back. i like looking at you, but i love looking at that photo much more. >> much, much better. >> i mention your resume there. so, why the parks, why now? >> i'm always interested in how our country works, you know, who are we. and our parks are the best idea. for the first time in human history, land was set aside not for kings or noblemen, the rich, as land was disposed, but for everyone for all time. it could have only come from a democratic people. i know establishing a country with a democratic people is our best idea, but once that's established, you'd be hard-pressed to find a better idea than the parks. >> talk about the scope of the project. ten years in the making. >> we filmed from the gates of the arctic in northern alaska to the dry tortugas off the florida keys, from hawaii voluntarily canas to acadia, where the first light of day in maine hits this glorious and complicated republic. >> 53 of the nation's 58 national parks, and your biggest budget to date. >> yes, oh, because of that
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travel. >> oh, sure. >> and the attenuated stuff. we had to film in every season, at every time of day or night at every vantage, straining to look for that thing. but we're not just a travel log. this is not a nature film. it's a history of ideas and individuals. >> again, it's not just about natural beauty, it's these individuals. some of these people who played such an important role in not only the creation of the parks, but then in kind of nurturing them. you talk about people like john mueller. >> this is the wilderness prophet, this scottish-born wandering who walks into yosemite and understands he could find god not with the dogmatic devotion of his father's faith which had whipped him until he memorized most of the old testament and new testament, but in the united states we could worship god on our own as we saw fit in the cathedrals of nature. and he began to write about this and convinced americans at this very critical moment in our history to save these places or we'd lose them. >> you say that a trip to a park should be a transformative experience, and actually, in the process of making this film, you
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were reminded of a transformative experience in your own young life. >> we were filming at yosemite, one of the first shots. i should have been dog tired. i told everybody, this is my first natural national park. i had been to the historic battle fields for the civil war, but i couldn't sleep. and all of a sudden, i realized that in 1959, when i was 6 years old, when my mom was dying of cancer, our house was a dim and demoralized place, my father wasn't a great father, but one day he took me to shenandoah national park, and suddenly, lying away in yosemite, i could remember what his hand felt like in mine, the hike we took, all the songs that he sang to me that i've sung to my three daughters without remembering where they came from. so the parks perform sort of an open-heart surgery. they're not just about that spectacle, but who you see the spectacle with. >> and you hear the expression we'rloving our parks to death. are you worried? >> not at all. >> after completing this project, are you worried we are overusing and straining the resources of these parks? >> those are always good tensions to have in a democracy.
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you know, if we didn't have those tensions, if there weren't people going to the parks, then they'd fall prey to the development they were originally created to provide an antidote to. it's like being in pottersville or bedford's falls. we don't want our grand canyon lined with mansions for the rich. we want it available for our children and ourchildren's children. going there creates some tensions and problems, but those are all good problems to have in a democracy. >> but you have to worry that in a time of recession, when money is so tight and going in so many different directions that smart people will neglect these parks. >> well, you know, they're getting good stimulus money as they did during the depression. they got franklin roosevelt's new deal dollars. and people can't travel that far afield. they're still a deal and they remind us in an intangible way what makes us americans. we all own this property. this is still, as john mere said, the morning of creation. and we have an opportunity not too far from our doorsteps to show ourselves and our children and our posterity why we sing "my country 'tis of thee."
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>> i'm going to sit down with my kids and watch this series, i can tell you that. ken, always great to have you here. >> my pleasure, matt. >> "the national parks: america's best idea" premieres this sunday night, 8:00 p.m./7:00 p.m. central time on pbs. coming up, why one amazingly talented young musician has risen to fame, and it's a miracle.
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we're back now with anthony anderson who plays detective kevin bernard on nbc's "law & order," hitting a record milestone tonight. good morning. >> good morning. >> it's marking its 80th season, tied with "gunsmoke"? that's the longest running -- >> "gunsmoke," yeah.
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>> are you feeling old? >> i haven't been there 20 years, but longest running drama script in history. so i'm excited to be a part of that. >> what is the secret? why has this show persevered where others have come and gone, literally hundreds of shows in this period? >> i think the secret is, one, it starts with the writing. we have a great writing staff. but the chemistry that they've been able to put together along these 20 years. i'm the 26th cast member on this show since its inception, and i think dick wolf knows what he wants and has an eye for that and has an eye for chemistry, and that's what it's about. >> chemistry. >> yeah, and you made a great transition. your fans know you as your comedy act and you're a comedian. in the movies, you made a great transition, but i undetand there are some perks with this job since you've been in new york. have you been breaking the law and getting out of tickets? being a cop has an advantage. >> what are you talking about is this. >> no, i have a fake badge i get to go home with. i can stop traffic. >> how tough is it?
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you get to shoot in new york city. i ee you guys all the time. >> right. >> which, it means all kinds of weather. >it does, it does. new york isn't just a backdrop for the show. it's actually the seventh lead in our show. but i wouldn't want to shoot any other place. the lifeblood in this city, the energy, everything, the people. i mean, you know, we have people when we're shooting on the streets, we walk off the set and people don't care, new yorkers don't care. they walk right through. it i don't give a damn if this is "law & order"! i've got to get to work! >> there was a really fun moment before this interview because a lot of the guys behind the cameras were recounting some scenes, and i love that scene and i love that scene and you were smiling. and you said something interesting. you said you made a pact with yourself at age 9 that you were going to have a life -- >> have a life doing this, but i also wanted to have an effect on people's lives with the work that i do. >> well, you do. anthony anderson. >> tonight at 8:00 p.m. here on nbc. >> look at that handsome man!
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it's a wet day in and around the nation's capital this morning. we will check on the weather coming up. right now, 9:26 on this friday, september 25th, 2009. a car slammed into a building in hyattsville in the 5100 block of baltimore avenue. chopper 4 was over the scene as crews worked to clear the wreckage. fire officials tell us there are no injuries. the cause of the crash is still unclear at this time. and the district's fire
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hydrants are under scrutiny today. the d.c. council is holding a special meeting in response to the fire that destroyed the home of the former school board president. the hydrants closest to the home did not work. others did not have enough water pressure to fight the large fire. wa sa has challenged some of those findings. we'll take a look at weather and traffic for today and the weekend. stay with us.
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good morning. a few lingering and light showers. throughout the rest of the the day, maybe a little sun, near 70. dropping back into the upper 50s tomorrow morning. rain likely tomorrow afternoon and evening into sunday morning. steve, how is the traffic?
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heavy and slow. better now at springfield northbound 95. still heavy but steady but not as bad as it was a few minutes ago. barbara? tonight on "news 4 at 5:00," tanning dangers. now that fall is here, some may turn to tanning
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♪ when somebody needs you, it's no good unless he needs you all the way ♪ we're talking harry connick jr., out once again with a new album. he's going to be here to celebrate that with a live performance. and guess what? it is not a friday, it's a monday here on "today." so, mark your calendars. always fun when he's here. he just kind of makes -- brings the romance, i think, back into life. i'm ann curry along with al
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roker and msnbc's tamron hall, filling in for natalie. been doing a great job. >> thank you, ann. >> it's a party because we've got "weekend today's" amy robach. what's happening this weekend? >> well, is it time to start investing again? the best places to put your money right now. >> and the must-read books you'll want to curl up with this fall. we'll have more on that. >> and this is probably going to be the fun one picturewise. janet, qulerst and i all go back to school to relive our glory days. >> wow. >> let's get to jenna now. what she was like back in college. oh, come on! >> i look just like amy! that's crazy! >> it's punky brewster! >> thank you, ann. >> aww, i love all the hair. '90s. >> looks like you haven't aged. like you're anchoring the news. >> that was my sweater with the unibrow. >> here's the tease. if you want to see what lester looked like, you're going to
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have to tune in this weekend on "today." >> actually, lester looked exactly the same. >> he probably looked just the same, right? who are we kidding? >> we also have a story this hour about triumph over tragedy? >> yeah, it's rachel barton pine's story. she started playing the violin at age 3. leading her to perform with the world's most acclaimed orchestras and to win so many awards, but it was that violin that nearly caused her death and we're going to hear her incredible story, but one of inspiration, too. >> wow. >> it's amazing. yeah. >> and it's time for another meeting of "al's book club for kids," and this morning, members of the club get to meet the author of "39 clues: the black circle." >> ooh. >> we also have a moving story this morning about how a woman has inspired a lot of people to help women caught in brutal conflicts, not just to survive, but also to thrive it's a really interesting thing a lot of women in america are taking up the cause of the women in combat, which is terrific. anyway, let's get a check of the weather. >> all righty. let's see what's going on for your weekend. we've got sunshine up and down
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the west coast. in fact, the western half of the country, sunny and warm. heavy rain, unfortunately, through the mississippi river valley into the southeast. sunday, things dry out there. we've got rain in theç#ç#ç#ç#ç## cooler this morning on radar. we have a few lingering sprinkles in northern montgomery county as well as the eastern shore and scattered across north virginia from ven an doe after valley into culpeper and south of fredericksburg. only in the 60s now. after yesterday's highs in the 80s. highs today near 70. main a little sun breaking out this afternoon. 50s tomorrow morning. rain likely saturday >> and, of course, we've got the weekend, and of course, you know what that means. it's sunday night -- oh, we're not going to do that. anyway, ann? >> thanks, al. what we are going to do is tell you about a violinist who can inspire all of us, and not
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just with her music. hat's after these messages.
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now to an extraordinary story about a young woman who survived a near-fatal accident and now she's a rising star on the concert stage. nbc's peter alexander has her remarkable story. ♪ >> reporter: she's been called a virtuo virtuoso, plays with a passion she brings to her music.
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admired for her ability to connect with audiences. >> i really believe that music, especially classical music, really uplifts us, it really is nourishing to our souls. >> reporter: rachel barton pine began playing the violin at 3 after her parents took her to a church concert. it was love at first sight. >> i started really just as a hobby. i just became absolutely obsessed by it to the point where my parents were saying things like, don't you want to put that thing down and go ride your bike? >> reporter: that obsession paid off. by 10, rachel was already performing with one of the world's most acclaimed orchestras, the chicago symphony. and soon began winning international competitions. stardom seemed certain. that all changed on a january morning in 1995. rachel, then just 20, was getting off a train near chicago when her violin strap got caught in the doors. she was pulled underneath, one leg amputated, the other
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severely damaged. >> i was kind of transported to a place that i guess you would have to call it a near-death experience, and i really had the choice to either stay there or come back. i knew i wanted to come back, because i knew that there were so many things that i still wanted to accomplish with my life. >> reporter: it's been a long and painful recovery, more than 40 surgeries. >> gosh, if somebody had told me 14 years ago that 14 years later they wouldn't have quite finished putting me back together yet, i would have said, you have got to be kidding. that's not possible. >> reporter: barton pine has fought to rebuild her career. she's recorded 15 critically acclaimed albums, her latest "a german bouquet," due out next week, and performs around the globe, traveling as many as 200 days a year. do you ever allow yourself to think what might have been, what you may have lost professionally? >> honestly, i really don't. you know, it's so iso terrok to
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think what would life have been if this hadn't happened? all we can do is the best with what we have and focus on the present and the future and make the most of our lives. ♪ >> reporter: critics say she's playing better than at any point in her career. >> her performances never feel phoned in to me. there is a depth of musicality, a real feeling for phrase, for tone quality that i think is quite unusual. ♪ >> reporter: also unusual, her passion for heavy metal music. ♪ barton pine is as much a fan of metallica and slayer as she is of beethoven andbach, in a heavy metal band. >> i get to improvise in a different way i do in classical music. i'm inventing notes right up there on stage. >> reporter: barton pine says she's enjoying a renaissance
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personally and professionally. she is happily married and has started a foundation to help young musicians in need, a cause close to her heart. >> i knew that i could never fully repay those who helped me when i was a student, but i always dreamed of some day being able to help other students who might be in similar circumstances. >> reporter: visiting schools, she also hopes to inspire a new generation to find its own voic >> i'm learning from them as they're discovering music, and you know, it really just keeps me energized. >> reporter: and determined to be an ambassador of classical music wherever she goes. >> my dreams have come true. i'm playing the music that i love and traveling around the world sharing music with people. i'm learning more new music every day. >> reporter: a dream nearly lost, now fulfilled. ♪ for "today," peter alexander, nbc news, chicago. up next, women empowering women around the world.
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most americans don't know the worst humanitarian crisis since world war ii is happening in congo. we showed you firsthand back in 2007 with b this crisis and introduced you to some of the victims who were struggling to survive. well, there is one woman named zanab zalbi, and she's created a foundation called women for women, that is changing lives in congo. she's helping create a movement connecting women here in this country with women not only in congo but all around the world. good morning to you. >> good morning to you. >> this is so interesting because there is now greater awareness in this country, and you think that the secretary of state clinton, when she went to congo just recently, has changed
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the paradigm of this awareness in some ways. >> absolutely. the war in congo has been going on since '98. there are more than 5 million people killed and hundreds of thousands of women are raped until today. and the change, when she went, when secretary clinton went to congo and said the most important thg there is to end violence against women, that we cannot end this war without ending that particular violence. >> we talk about this war -- what people really sort of need to understand, there is no place that is more dangerous for women on earth than in congo, because not only is rape being used as a matter of war, but the kind of rape, the brutality of the rape can make you just ruined, just make you feel as though your life is ruined. >> absolutely. women are captured as sexual slaves where they are not only raped, but they are forced to cook and carry the ammunition in the war and the food for their captors. even refugees in the refugee camps, they get traded, and especially as they go to the forest and collect wood just for their cooking or their fire.
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they are getting raped on a daily basis. >> so, you're reaching out in your organization. and here's what's really phenomenal -- your organization has -- actually, there's enough interest in this country, in america now, to have seven marathons to help these women and raise money to help them. what specifically, how are you helping them? >> we're asking every american woman to join the run for congo. go to our website,, join a run and run and we raise money for congolese women to get ducation, to learn about women's rights, to get health care, to learn a vocational skill and get a job at the end of a year program. >> it's kind of like the women's liberation movement in america. those of us who benefited from that, trying to extend those human rights to the women in other places. look, you can see there's a joyful moment there of singing and hope in that particular moment. you know, i've heard about dinners now that have been arranged. i know eve ensler's very involved in raising awareness about that. it's interesting that in this
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place that seems so far away, so many women in america seem to be making this connection. >> absolutely. we have more than 200,000 american women who have sponsored congolese women in the program where we ask every woman to sponsor one woman at a time by sending her $27 a month and exchange letters with her and communicate directly with her. and we have thousands of american women corresponding to congolese women, rwandaese women, iraqi, afghan women, and that's the thing of our taking honorship of our voices and connecting to our sisters. >> that message is one that your mother taught you. you actually have an interesting personal story. you were raised in iraq and your father was saddam hussein's personal pilot and there was a lot of difficulties in your life growing up, but your mother helped you with one specific message. what did she say? >> my mother always told me that i have to be strong, i he to be independent, that i actually have to help other women in the world and i should never tolerate anybody abusing me or talking to me in the wrong way
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and always stand up on my own two feet. and she also taught me to dance and enjoy life and the congolese women have taught me that. they have been through hell and still manage to pick up for their kids' sake and dance and sing and say we are -- in that singing, they were singing thank you for bringing the movement to us. and i was so deeply touched that they know that they are part of a larger women's movement. >> zainab salni, your mother taught you well and the influence obviously still grows. good luck and best wishes to your work. we'll have a link on our website so people can join the run if they'd like to. up
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and this morning on "al's book club for kids," "39 clues:
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the black circle." dan and amy cahill are on a steak for clues about their family's fortune. it's in "39 clues: the black circle." patrick's here with our kids ian goldstein, also treasure melvin, danielle alzalene, spencer wong in the back, dellroy brocket and tatiana perry. good to see you guys, and patrick, good to see you. >> good morning. thank you. >> so, this is a great series in that every book is written by a different author. why did you want to be part of this? >> you know, i was a very easily distracted kid, and i think today kids -- there's even more to distract kids, and when i heard about this series where they took a big, giant adventure, put it in ten books. they included, you know, collectible trading cards and an online game and put it together. i thought, man, i would have loved this as a kid. this is what would have gotten me back into reading books. so i wanted to be a part of it. >> this one takes place in moscow, hence the faux fur hats
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our readers are wearing. and it actually focuses on a real-life mystery of princess anastasia and ras piuten. >> yeah, i love those characters. the thing about russia that you learn when you research a book like this is it's huge and it's old. there's so much to focus on. but those characters, rasputen, the royal family and tons of great stuff. >> and we've got some of the playing cards out here. your daughter's been playing along. how old is she? >> she's 12. >> what does she think of it? >> she loves. it she's much better at the game part of it than i am. >> which is the way it should be. let's get to the questions. ian, what's your question for patrick? >> how did you like get your own special twist in the book? because of the other authors in the group. how did you get your own special twist is there. >> well, russia was sort of my own country to do whatever i needed to do, so i wanted to make it really exciting for kids. so i put them on a clock, so there's only so much time to
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find the clock so that's how i made it my own. good question. >> treasure? >> my question is, if the book was extended, what would you write next? >> if i got to write north another one, if i could keep going? >> mm-hmm. >> well, there's actually seven authors in ten books and i know everything that happens. i know a lot of secrets, but i can't give you more. i know it's going to australia next. that's all i can tell you. >> another tip there. >> i would have loved to have gone to australia. >> did you have to go by a script or do your own thing for the book? >> i got to pretty much do my own thing, but the characters were so drawn by the time i got to them. picking up with them and going turned out to be easy. so i got to make my own choices for what i did in russia with them. >> spencer, what's your question? >> well, i wanted to know if it's easier for you to continue someone else's series or is it
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easier to continue your own series? >> well, this is the only time i've ever done this, worked within a series with different writers, and it was kind of challenging, but again, you've got a lot of back story and you sort of knew where the story was going to go and they gave you a lot of freedom in the middle to do your part. so i actually really liked it. a will the of the work was done for me, but i got to do the fun part of driving the story for a while. >> how did you come up with the clues? >> well, i didn't have to come up with the clues. i knew one clue i was going to release in my book. i just had to figure out how they were going to get it. >> and tatiana? >> what made you make the setting in russia? >> again, i didn't get to pick the setting, but i'm so glad they did pick russia. there is just an amazing amount of stuff to look for. and russia's a lot like texas. everything's big in russia, so big characters, big places like the kremlin. there's a giant statue that's about twice as tall as the statue of liberty. you get to go up inside of. so yeah, i didn't get to pick it, but i'm sure glad.
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it's a great country. >> patrick and the book club kids, thank you very much. the book is "39 clues: the black circle," and our next book is "magyk" by angie sage and we'll be back next month to talk with the author. still to come, one of the stars of "law & order," plus, "ambush makeovers." that and more, but first your local news and weather.
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9:56 is our time right now. 64 degrees. a little breeze blowing out there this morning. looks like we still have some clouds above us this morning. probably not so much rain now. we will find out from tom kierein. good rng month. i'm joe krebs on this friday, the 25th day of september. in the news today, preparations underway for a muslim prayer service expected to draw thousands of people to downtown washington today. that service will take place at 1:30 this afternoon on the west front of the capital building. the event could cause some afternoon traffic problems. while there are no street closures, officials say they will shut down the streets if the crowd gets too large. now, let's check that forecast. here is meteorologist, tom kierein. still cloudy here. a little sun breaking out 30
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miles north of washington. some of that dry air should be pushing in and pushing theain away which is now break up as we look at the radar. for the rest of the afternoon, we may climb back to near 70. right now, in the 50s. rain likely saturday afternoon and evening. steve, how is the late morning traffic? trying to clear up on the beltway. here we are on the inner loop at route 50 where there was a vehicle fire. fortunately, nothing is blocked right now. back to you. tonight, on "news 4 at 5:00," tanning dangers. now that fall is here, some may be turning to tanning beds to get that bronze gloechlt we are going
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captions paid for by nbc-universal television hey, everybody. it is friday, september 25th, 2009. i'm kotb alongside donny deutsch. so glad to have you with us again. survived yesterday. >> survived yesterday. had a great time.
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let me ask you a question, is this a black cocktail dress? >> this is a black, what would you call it? i think it's a little black dress. >> you look gorgeous in it, i'm just wondering if that's an evening ensemble. it's very elegant. >> sometimes i wear it evening and sometimes i wear it daytime. all right, so we were in the makeup room today, donny and me and michael jackson came up on the screen and at first when you hear michael jackson you say i sort of heard and know all of that stuff -- >> are we supposed to acknowledge -- >> everyone can hear it? >> you have not lost your mind. there is nbc news. >> i thought it was just us. what is going on, just so you guys know, it gets a little complicated sometimes. we have multiple control rooms and shows working all at once.
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we have us -- >> who screwed up? i am running this joint. >> meredith and matt are downstairs doing what they do and everybody is busy working from different control rooms. it's unbelievable. >> nbc news juggernaut. >> we're a little speck. >> i'm thrilled to be here. >> today, there was a deal with michael jackson and it came up and i sort of, when i first saw it, i thought more michael jackson stuff. this stuff is really riveting. a guy that is a frequent guest on our show he interviewed michael jackson for multiple, multiple hours and wanted to write a book with him and he kept telling us the stuff is unbelievable, it's riveting but we haven't heard any of it until today. he sat down with meredith and one thing he talked about, he claimed there was physical abuse, his dad hurt him. we heard him say that, but not in detail. let's take a listen to this.
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>> he was rough. the way he would beat you, you know, was hard. he would make you srip nude first. he would oil you down. it would be a whole ritual. he would oil you down so when the flip of the ironing cord hit you, you know, and it was just like me dying and you had whips all over your face, your back. and i always heard my mother like, no,io, you're gonna kill them. you're going to kill them. and i hated him for it. hated him. >> we talked to mackenzie phillips yesterday about a different kind of abuse. i don't know what goes in these parents. this little boy and what approves is whatever issues that he was accused of later in his life, heartbreaking. >> when you see joe jackson now,
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o, there's something inside you. he's everywhere and gets very disturbing to watch him. >> animals don't do it to themselves in the jungle. what is wrong with people that hurt their children? >> i think it's horrible. there's also something interesting, there was a tribute to michael jackson at the vmas and madonna gave a long speech about her connection with michael jackson and their closeness and what not. he talks about madonna and he describes her as not a nice person that was jealous of him. let's listen to what he had to say. >> they admire you and know you're wonderful and great but they wish they were in your shoes. and m and is one of them. madonna. hate to say that on tape. she's not a nice, she hasn't been kind. >> she's jealous? >> absolutely. >> the whole deal, meredith
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talked to him and the whole thing will be on "dateline" tonight. >> he is releasing these tapes because there was something he was writing a book on. >> he was planning to write a book with smooly. >> you hear this kind of stuff and you're back in. just yuck. >> last night i put on a dress -- >> a cocktail dress? >> a different one. you're into dresses. there was this thing and cool event called the dream ball. what it is, a group called look good, feel better. they find cancer survivors and puff them up. they were all women selected around the country and they were chosen they looked better and felt better. they were awesome people, terrific, so great. it was really sweet. >> one thing about breast cancer and the job they've done
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educating cancer. my ex-wife is going through chemo and i'm involved with this group tickled pink, young teens, women are so empowered where they just take it right on. take it on. men, we can't do this. >> we're stronger than you guys, not a question. >> not even close. >> can i just show you one other picture that we talked over. the exact same dress. her name's allison. wait, look, like i saw her and -- >> glamour don't. >> why is it a glamour don't? >> before we get off this thing before women being superior. give me a woman and a man of the same talent -- >> why? >> if you watch a saturday tv commercial for toys a boy goes, i won. we bring so much more stupid emotional baggage to the table we have to win, we have to have the bigger office and women want to get paid fairly and get e job done.
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eight of my ten senior partners were women. >> why not more women ceos? >> more women than men in college. it is happening. as a weaker man, you are the securest species. it's true. >> donny is in adverting, guys. we'll ask his opinion on this. a commercial out that has some people talking, some people up in arms, some people think it's great. it comes from a canadian group and supposed to mark breast cancer awareness month. let's watch the quote/unquote controversial ad. ♪ ♪ the girl is mine ♪ the girl is mine >> the hot dog part was a little too much, i think. >> a lot of people go, it's a
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sensitive subject. my attitude is anything that brings attention to a cause. if that gets a younger audience in thinking about it earlier, as a former ad guy i go, we're talking about it. 30 more seconds on breast cancser a good thing. >> a lot of women that are breast cancer survivors there are shirts that say save the tatas. >> not making light of a disease. people used to say cancer. she has cancer and now that we can talk aboutt and commercial that is a little bit loilther, that is the way you sell curing a disease. >> the other thing donny and i were talking about in the makeup room is there is a study out about spanking and whether or not you should spank kids. kids that were spanked more often had lower iqs and we were questioning the idea of that because they went to lower income areas and whether or not lower income kids are spanked or not, what are your thoughts on whether or not kids should be
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spanked? >> clearly kids should not be hit and spanked. i'm a mush ball as a dad, but there's nothing that drives me more crazy when i see a kid out of control and a parent going, let's discuss this. as opposed to getting the kid by the hand and yanking them out of the restaurant. my little girls have me wrapped around their finger. it is a dictatorship, no negotia negotiation. sometimes a little toughness is okay. >> i've been on a plane before and the kid behind you kicking the seat and you find yourself having to say something to the parent or the kid. when my mom was disciplining us, i don't remember getting hit but i remember when she would hold my hand and she would rub the knuckles together. that hurts. >> kids like structure, they need it. they feel safer. >> have you ever swatted your kids? >> i never swatted but sometimes i would hold a hand and it would
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get tighter. i do scream. >> you? >> the only way a kid would know the difference don't touch the stove or it's messy. the volume. i'm not an expert, just a parent learning as i go. kids resnd. none of this, let's analyze it together. >> so, we got to talk about this. we had this on the set for two days. this is a blanket and this is a blanket and this is a scarf. i'm not going to wear it. >> i am. i feel pretty, oh, so pretty. >> you look good in that. you do look good in that. >> donny will be modeling. >> donny, just so you know that is made of somebody's dog's hair. you are just so into yourself. look at how you're looking at yourself. >> somebody help me. >> there is a company that says if you collect all your dog's hair or your cat's hair, i think yours might be cat hair and you send it in and they'll make a blanket for you. >> i'm a dog, i have two dogs at
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home, i love petting my dog, but i don't want to wear my dog. >> you're wearing someone's dog right now. >> people are crazy. what do you think about we almost talked about this yesterday, people who bring their dogs to restaurants. >> i think that's ridiculous. they have restaurants now that are pet friendly, but inside. for the restaurant, leave your pet at home. let's check in with miss sara. >> we're talking about spanking your kids. >> how hard were you spanked? >> it was a swat. >> there is a difference between spank and swat. >> strong influence creates smarter children. >> perfect example, very low i.q., successful guy. >> you have a low i.q.? >> guess who is in the house, standing right by sara, anthony anderson. >> i want to talk about my spanking later, too!
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"law & order" will make television history tying it with "gun smoke" the longest running drama on tv. >> anti-episode begin as they often do with a murder victim, of course, and this case is much bigger than it appears. plays detective robert brawn. >> before we get to the "law &
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order" stuff, we were talking earlier about getting spanked. were you spanked? >> i was beat. is there a statue of limitations on getting beat by your mom and dad because, if so, my mom is about to go serve some time. my mother would strip me naked and then tie my hands together and then she would tie -- we used to get group beatings and then my hands to my brother's hands and throw the piece of rope across our bunk beds and hoist us up and then she would come in th an extension cord, a broom, a bat and a fan belt from the '56 chevy. >> shout out to mom. >> hey, mom -- if you ask my mother what happened, she says, it made you the man you are today. thank you for the beatings, mama. >> there are some videos we have to talk about, you can bust a move.
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>> move them away from the set. >> look at that. oh, look at that! >> that is not pretty, man. >> look at me spin on my head. there you go. >> this was at a knicks game. the camera was on you. you brought down the house. >> i represent for the husky brothers. look at that split. bam! >> i got to tell you, you got no excuse for that. >> a white guy ain't never had nothing like that. >> how is "law & order"? >>t's great. this is my second full season on the show now, i'm having a ball there. >> sometimes it must be tough with all the actors that follow, it is the new york circle of great acting and on the one hand, a great club to be in and intimidati at the same time, also. >> it can be. but they welcome me with open arms and i come over to the show and it is just like a big family
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there. we have a ball there. >> how do you keep it fresh, though? i feel like i watched every episode of "law & order" you continue to make it fresh, how do you do it? >> exactly. rip from the headlines. as ng as americans continue to commit crime, we'll have the show on the air, i'll have a jobpen. >> you were great in "the departed." nickelson, leonardo dicaprio, give us one jack nicholson story. >> he cleared the set out and wanted to work alone. no, i'm kidding i don't have a great jack nicholson story. >> can you make one up? do you want me to tie you up and beat you? >> we had a ball. you know, working with martin scorsese and the rest of those guys was just a blessing for me. >> all right. we wish you such great luck. >> love your work.
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>> tonight's the big night, right? >> tonight's the big night. 8:00 p.m. on friday. september 23rd is now "law & order" day. september 23rd is "law & order" day. every cop in the world can get coughy and doughnuts for free. >> the season premiere tonight 8:00, 7 central. up next, the accidental house wife explains why you should have plenty of potatoes in your house if your kids like to get dirty.
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now that it has been reported that our shower heads are full of bacteria and the fall is here and kids are coming home dirty, we have terrific household remedies for you. >> you want to know why we're wearing red gloves. the accidental housewife, your guide to a clean enough house. welcome, miss julie. >> i love the gloves. >> don't you love the show? >> this is a theme that is happening throughout the show. i'm not comfortable with it. >> your kids got mud on his or her shirt, you want to get rid of it, what should we do? >> use a spud for mud. >> a potat this is pretty gross-looking mud, isn't it? >> you scrape off the excess. >> i don't know the scientific reason. it acts like a sponge. it will start to lift it. >> julie, how does it happen. who sat down one day and said, i got it, potatoes on mud.
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how does that happen? >> mr. potato head. i don't know. >> now, julie, we rubbed it in and then what? >> you put one half in the microwave and eat it and this you keep doing it depending on how dirty it is and also, by the way, the potato, a potato also helps the light bulb -- >> you have to work hard. >> i'll be back in a half hour. >> if you sweat in the summertime, which i know donny does not. >> the yellow things. two to four aspirin in warm water and then you let this soak in it for a couple hours. >> who said, i got it, aspirin. >> take two and call me in the morning if it doesn't work. >> how long do you soak that? >> two hours. >> does it really clean it up? >> it really does. >> when you see someone on the street and they have that going on, don't you have a loved one
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to point that out to you. >> all right, so, a lot of us put on deodorant with an all-black outfit and you get marks from deodorant on your shirt. what should i do? >> use foam rubber. >> oh, these things. >> see, see how it starts to come off and, again t depends how badly you've done it. but it will rub out. >> what about water? >> this works better. you know what will work, panty hose. donny, you may not have a pair, but we'll lend you a pair. >> all right. by the way, i feel like the biggest dork all the time. >> we did this lasteek on shower heads and we thought this was weird, somehow the water that comes through your shower head is filled with bacteria. >> but, it was 45 showers they did this on and, anyway, a few things you can do. if you have a metal show head, much better because the bacteria will not stick or adhere as well. also change your shower heads
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twice a year. >> how do you clean them up if you want to clean them? >> there's no set way. they're not sure bleach works. this is another thing. a lot of people think white and blue stuff is mold, it's not, it's mineral deposit. you soak some vinegar and also water and then you take, you know me, i like taking whatever is around my house. a scrunchy or hair clip and you wrap this. >> the average american spends five years of their life cleaning. just fun cleaning facts. >> well, i'm trying to limit that. >> that's why you're -- >> you wrap it and leave it overnight. >> all right, now, one of our viewers wrote in and said what happens if you get ink on a tie, how do you get it out? >> don't put ink on the tie. hair spray. >> thanks for coming. come back.
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. right now, leaders meeting about the city's fire hydrants. problems in the home of a well-known washingtonian went up in flames in july. not enough water pressure to fight the fire. we will have a live report. good morning. i'm joe krebs. will the weekend be a washout? find out on "news 4 midday"
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we're back on this friday with more of "today" and the results of our ambush makeover. louis licari and jill martin scoured our crowd for two lovely ladies in need of becoming maybe a little lovier. >> and guess what, they found them and now it is time, folks, to reveal the results. >> doesn't donny look great? >> he looks great. >> don't you like doing these fashion things? >> i have my fashion perspective. >> how was it, louis.
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people know it's on fridays now. what is it like? >> when we walked out there and jill and i being suckers for fans and when we heard jill, louis we were like, here we are, here we are. >> like the jonas brothers. >> we compare -- >> in our own mind. >> brenda berg is our first one, 54 years old from grand rapids, michigan. she has been dating this guy rick for 11 years and has not changed her look since they met. after working at a mortgage industry for five years she now fall volunteers her time at a shelter for abandoned cats. she claims she is one of our biggest fans and she showed up yesterday for the ambush makeover and since it wasn't yesterday she came back today. let's listen to her story. >> well, you lured me in because i went to the university of michigan, yo wrote that on the sign and you're from there, but i know you really want a
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makeover. tell us why. >> i watch the show every week and i sit down on the floor and i'm so happy for these ladies, amazing makeovers and i sit on the floor and i cry and i'm so happy for them because i think they look so beautiful and you guys do a fantastic job that i would be honored for you to make me over. >> you ready to get rid of this gray hair? >> i am. we love brenda already. brenda's significant other, rick, is smiling. let's look at brenda's before picture. all right, brenda, come on out. >> wow! wow! how do you do it? >> hold on. you ready, rick? you ready? rick, take off that blindfold. >> oh. >> you ready to see yourself? >> yes.
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>> turn around. >> oh, my gosh! oh, my goodness. i can't even believe it. >> you look gorgeous. >> rick, i'm in love with you. tell us about the hair. >> well, first of all, rick, you better get her a rock. >> i colored her hair with a very translucent color her hair was gray and now looks like a highlights and she can just do it with her hands and made the eyes pop with a little bit of depth around the eyes and gave her depth. you look so gorgeous. i mean -- >> rick, what do you think? >> i always thought she was beautiful anyway. i have known her since birth and i really have, we were neighbors and i just, she's just stunning. >> yijill, when you walked out, that outfit just popped. >> did you know about this body? >> that i knew about.
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>> and the earrings are patricia miller. >> all right, thank you. >> all right, now, let's get to gloria. okay. we ready for gloria? there she is. gloria had been married to richard for 48 years, four children, 11 grandchildren and worked as a coector for 30 years and now spends her free time in the garden. she always dreamed of a professional cut and color and she swed up on the plaza with her daughters who are desperate for their mom to have a younger look. she's here with her two daughters. >> let's hear her story. >> you are begging us out there for this makeover for your mom. tell us why you want one? >> our mom is so beautiful. we brought her out here for her birthday for her first time to be in new york. we wanted her to be treated like a queen. she's gorgeous, she is going to be 68 and look how beautiful she is. she is just gorgeous. >> we're going to take ten years
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off, are you ready? >> yes, very much so. he out. >> hold on, hold on. let's look at her before. we have to see what she looks like. look at her posse. they have their blindfolds on. here's the before again. >> all right, you go, girl, strut it. >> wow! wow! >> all right, girls. get rid of those blindfolds. >> oh, my gosh! oh, my gosh! >> are you ready to see yourself? >> yes. >> are you sure? all right, spin around. here's the mirror behind you. >> i love it! >> you look gorgeous. >> thank you. thank you. >> number one, just beautiful color made it into a glamorous color and added a hint of red, the layers, again, easy to handle and, again, a little bit of lift for color.
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>> outfit available at macy's and every woman should have a pair of high black boots. >> brenda, come out. come here. come here. come here. >> she's so beautiful. >> yes, you get a hug. >> all right. get them t-shirts. coming up next, we'll talk nutrition.
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we are back to feed you the truth about snack foods. >> hoda and i are about to go head-to-head in a trivia contest covering everything from chips nd dips to fruits. >> madeline, we love your game. tell us about the game, what are we playing? >> we will talk about snack foods and we all love them but they are loaded with fat and calories. heart healthy, really good, this dish of nuts. these are almonds. this is a contest and not a competition. a fight to the end. who wants to take the nut question. >> do we both take it? >> no. >> you take it. >> this little thing of nuts, does this have more or less than 12 grams of fat in this serving? >> more. >> you're right. 15 grams, 170 calories. >> you got nothing. >> i got zero. >> we're going to talk about
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potato chips here. baked versus fried. do the regular chips have 30% more calories, 50% more calories or 100% more, double? >> 50. >> you're both wrong. 100. >> that was not my question. can we get a ruling from the judge? no, okay. >> 1-0. >> this is you. we'll move on to sodium. soups can be a good snack, but high in sodium. how high is the sodium in this bowl of soup? >> tomato soup. >> 450, 650 or 850? >> i got 850. >> that's what you got and you're right. >> you got nothing. hoda's going down. >> are you cheating? do you have the answers on your card. >> plenty of time. >> trying to help you. >> you guys are too good.
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we'll rearrange from lowest to highest. these are all dips. this is hummus, light ranch, salsa and guacamole. >> lowest calories. lowest calories. >> hummus, light ranch, salsagu. >> done, done. i know it's right. i know it's right. >> why don't you try again. >> hummus is probably the most. this is definitely the least. wait, wait, wait. done. wait, done. done. >> wrong. >> no, we have salsa and then we have guacamole. >> it's second. >> hums and then light ranch is the highest. >> you must feel really bad. >> this is double or nothing. >> double or nothing. >> now we have the ice cream. this is something, jerry garcia
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ice cream and frozen yogurt. for a cup of each of these, okay, how much difference do we have in calories in one cup. 80, 120 or 160 calories. the difference in the serving. >> i would probably say it's actually 80 calories. >> you're wrong. >> losing. >> so now we're tied. >> we're not tied, it's 2-1. >> 5, 8 or 11. stick with that. you're right. >> 11. >> this is the tiebreaker. >> rearrange this from the lowest calories to the highest calories. >> lowest calories to the highest calories. >> i don't think so. that's definitely not. >> i'm confused. >> lowest to highest. >> you're so wrong. >> you know what, i fell apart. like i said, women are stronger
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than men. >> yes, i want my prize. >> there she is. miss nutrition. >> you can go to our website. okay, up next, a live performance from honor society.
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group called honor society. >> you may know them from music from the movies or perhaps caught their opening act with the jonas brothers. >> now, honor society is touring on their own with their debut album "fashionably late." hello, guys. >> way to go. >> you opened for the jonas brothers. >> we did. >> that has to be quite a
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thrill. >> it was incredible summer. played in arena all summer long and we became really good friends with jordin sparks who was on the tour. our new album, "fashionably late" came out last week. >> i love how you tweet and facebook with your friends. >> we're all pretty competitive, no fights. >> rock the house, guys. >> what are you playing for us? >> "over you" from our new album that is in stores now. >> take it away, guys. ♪ ♪ got another question that i need answered ♪ ♪ but you won't speak to me ♪ ♪ got another problem that i need solving ♪
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♪ when you gonna see don't act like you don't car ♪ ♪ cause i know you do yeah you do ♪ ♪ but i just can't figure it out ♪ ♪ i'm not over you over you ♪ ♪ and i just can't leave it alone i'm not over you ♪ ♪ what happened to the days when i knew all the ways to make your body move ♪ ♪ tried to get it back but the distance grows i know you feel it, too ♪ ♪ i can't act like i don't care ♪ ♪ cause i do yeah i do ♪ ♪ but i just can't figure it out ♪ ♪ i'm not over you over you ♪ ♪ and i just can't leave it alone
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i'm not over you over you ♪ ♪ and you just won't pi pick up the phone ♪ ♪ i'm not over you over you ♪ ♪ and i know i'll never get through ♪ ♪ i'm not over you over you ♪ ♪ ripped up the pictures of you and me ♪ ♪ i tried seeing other girls ♪ ♪ but they were just a distraction never the same astraction ♪ ♪ going crazy over you, yes, i am ♪ ♪ and i just can't figure it out ♪ ♪ i'm not over you over you ♪ ♪ and i just can't leave it alone ♪ ♪ i'm not over you
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no i'm not, baby ♪ ♪ and i just won't pick up the phone ♪ ♪ i'm not over you over you ♪ ♪ and i know i'll never get through ♪ ♪ i'm not over you over you ♪ ♪ i'm not over you i'm not over you ♪ ♪ i'm not over you over you ♪ ♪ i'm not over you i'm not over i'm not over you ♪ >> honor society. we go
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before we go, we have a quick correction to make. we had brooke shields on and she made a couple, there were no
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side effects seen in the clinical trials of latisse it is used to grow eyelashes and there were side effects, people should go to for full safety information on that. meantime, donny, what a treat it's been with you for the last few days. >> i have something very special for you. that piers was on and he gave you flowers. >> roses. >> i would like to give you shoes. everything i learned about women, this is the order. anybody can do flowers. dude, you don't understand, women love shoes. >> hold on, let me look. >> for any guys watching at home -- >> oh, no you didn't. >> i did. and who's your love? >> you're my man, baby. come back ne week we have harry connick jr. and kathie lee will be back on monday.
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you guys, have a great weekend. >> you're a doll. >> guess who is with us today? sean kingston. >> mr. donny deutsch. >> i'm not kathie lee gifford. >> you are not. you are a baby. >> most ridiculous thing i've seen in my life. >> okay, all right. >> you're a loser, you're a punk. you're not comi back.
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