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and welcome to this special edition of "today." it's 7:00 a.m. pacific time on a monday. i'm matt lauer. >> and i'm meredith vieira. lester holt is out in tucson, arizona. he's going to bring us update in just a moment. meantime, flags are at half-staff across washington this morning and giffords fights for life in a tucson hospital. >> overnight, her husband, mark kelly, released a statement expressing his gratitude for the outpouring of support they've seen from all around the country. doctors say they're very, very encouraged by her ability to respond to simple commands, which she did again this morning. the accused gunman, with jared loughner, is in federal custody, facing five criminal counts, including an attempted assassination of a member of congress. and at 8:00 a.m. pacific, one hour from now, president obama will lead the nation in a moment
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of silence. nbc news will have live coverage of that event. >> and also ahead this morning, we'll talk to the heroic intern from her staff who likely saved the congresswoman's life with his quick thinking. and more on this tragedy's youngest victim, christina taylor green was killed in the shooting, she was just 9 years old, born on 9/11, and had recently been elected student council president. this morning, we will speak to her father. plus this morning, sarah palin is coming under some criticism. while there is absolutely no evidence that her website featuring a target on giffords' district had anything to do with this attack, some are asking if today's political rhetoric is inspiring the lunatic fringe. we'll have a discussion of that as well. >> but let us begin with the latest on the shooting. nbc's lester holt is in tucson. lest lester, good morning. >> reporter: good morning. jared loughner, the suspected shooter, goes before a federal magistrate in phoenix today to be arraigned on federal charges. those relate to the u.s. government employees who were
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either killed or wounded in the attack. and of course, one of the main charges, the attempted assassination on congresswoman giffords. >> 911, there was a shooting. >> reporter: it was a saturday meet and greet with the local congresswoman at a supermarket parking lot that became a kill zone. >> okay, what do you mean? >> where gabrielle giffords was. and i do believe gabrielle giffords was hit. >> i looked up as it began and see her being shot in the head, and the gunman didn't even pause. he continued to just spray bullets at close range to the people that were there. >> reporter: with congressman gabrielle giffords badly wounded, police say this man, jared loughner, kept firing, hitting 19 others. six were killed. and authorities say if citizens hasn't acted by tackling and helping disarm the shooter, he would have kept on killing. patricia mash told nbc's chris jansing how she tried to prevent him from reloading. >> i was not able to reach the
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gun, but he was pulling a magazine out of his pants pocket with his left hand and i was able to grab the magazine. >> reporter: meantime, giffords' intern of five days, danielle hernandez, was rushing to his boss' aid. >> i started applying pressure to her wound to make sure we could stop as much of the blood loss as possible. >> reporter: doctors are so for a hopeful over giffords' progress. >> congresswoman giffords is able to communicate with us through following of simple commands. and we're very encouraged by that. >> reporter: late sunday, federal charges were filed against loughner. court documents say in his safe, an envelope was found with the words "i planned ahead," "my assassination," and giffords' name. >> he'll be charged with the assault on the congresswoman with the killing of judge roll and the assault on the other staffers. >> reporter: authorities say loughner bought the semi automatic glock pistol legally at this tucson gun store in november. a former college classmate of
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loughner's remembered him as mentally and emotionally unstable. >> jared's behavior was unexplainable in the sense that he was unpredictable. he would disrupt class, shouting things that were, to my mind, paranoid. >> reporter: this morning, officials say they still don't know the motive for the shooting, but they do say a person of interest, a man thought to have arrived at the scene with loughner, has been cleared. investigators say that man had nothing at all to do with the shootings. loughner, they believe, acted alone. >> there is no information at this time to suggest any specific threat remains. >> reporter: the dead range in age from 9 to 79, including federal judge john roll, who had come to see his friend, the congresswoman. one of giffords' staffers, gabriel zimmerman, and a third grader named christina taylor green, born on 9/11, who wanted to learn more about government. >> i think everybody paused when
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they heard christina's birth date, september 11th, 2001. >> she began her life on a tragedy, 9/11, and her life was ended with a tragedy here in arizona. >> reporter: congresswoman giffords is married to astronaut mark kelly, a shuttle astronaut who was training for an upcoming mission. he's issued a statement this morning. it says in part, "on behalf of gabby and our entire family, i wanted to extend our heartfelt gratitude people of arizona and this great nation for their unbelievable outpouring of support. gabby was doing what she loved most, hearing from her constituents, when this tragedy occurred. serving southern arizonians is her passion and nothing makes her more proud than representing them in congress." and matt, he along with the rest of the family, are at the congresswoman's side. >> lester holt for us this morning in tucson.
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thank you very much. earlier this morning, i spoke to danielle hernandez, who had just started working as an intern for representative giffords. his heroic actions are being credited to saving her life. i asked him what he saw when the shotted were fired. >> i raced to her and i noticed there were a few other people who were injured. i tried to assess who was still alive by checking for pulses and for breath. i got to about two or three people when i noticed that the congresswoman had been hit. i then saw that she had been hit in the head. so i prioritized her, because of the severity of her wounds and stayed with her for the rest of the time. >> daniel, the way you speak, it's clear you have some medical training. what's the extent of that training? >> very basic. when i was in high school, i did a course to train as a certified nursing assistant a as a phlebotomist. i spent a little time at a hospital where i did some extra work with into triage and into first aid. >> one of the things you did
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immediately after checking pulses on some of these other shooting victims and getting to congresswoman -- to the congresswoman, was you put her upright and you put her in your lap, because you saw there was an enormous amount of blood, and you didn't want her to choke on her own blood. and you applied this pressure. did you understand the severity of her wound at that time? >> i did. i could tell that she had a pretty severe gunshot, but i was just trying to do my best until the emergency and medical services could arrive. >> what was the scene like until that ambulance got there, daniel? >> other than the people who were immediately next to the congresswoman, my focus was entirely on her and making sure that i was doing everything that i could to take care of her. one thing that definitely sticks out in my mind is the district director, ron barber, making sure that we were with taking care of her. he told me, make sure you stay with gabby. make sure that gabby's okay. >> you did stay with her, when
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the ambulance arrived, you got in the ambulance with her, holding her hand on the ride to the hospital. were you saying anything to her and was she responding at all to you? >> once the emergency medical services arrived, i then took a step back and just saw my job as not being taking care of her medical needs, but taking care of her emotional needs, so trying to comfort her and making sure that she knew that she wasn't alone. soy did that on the scene and also on the ambulance. once in the ambulance, i let her know that i was going to try to contact her parents, who lived here in tucson, and her husband, mark kelly. >> a lot to go through, fifth day on the job as an intern. but daniel, what you did was remarkable. and we want to be thank you for joining us this morning. i want to bring in steve farley as well, he's a democratic state representative from tucson, also a close personal friend of congresswoman giffords. steve, good morning to you. >> thanks for having me, matt. >> you know, you've known her for a long time. you've been by her side at a lot
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of political events, and people are asking a simple, yet incredibly difficult question this morning, steve, why? why would something like this happen? >> this is tough. and i don't think we're going to have all the answers for a while, but the way i'm thinking about this is i'm looking at this as a threshold in which we've just passed over on saturday from the past to a future which we can make so much better. the spirit of the people and the outpouring of people here in arizona. people are not calling for anger, hatred, revenge. they're reacting to this period of love and reconciliation everywhere, all over here. and i think we can take that spirit and heal our dialogue, heal our politics. not only in arizona, but in the entire country. >> let me just interprrupt for second. steve, when you talk politics and say, "heal our politics," it's easy -- the temptation to say this is politically motivated in some way. but this young man, this alleged
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shooter didn't only target a member of congress, he shot a 9-year-old girl. that's not about politics, that's about insanity, isn't it? >> you're absolutely right. this is not about politics in any way. this is about one deranged individual. but in a climate in which we demonize each other on both sides instead of work together to come to a solution for all of our problems, if there's rhetoric that becomes violent and virulent, people who are already unhinged could be pushed over the edge. and we cannot have that happen. there is so much spirit going in the other direction. and here in tucson, we need to seize that and be able to have that power us into becoming one nation once again. >> steve, thank you for joining us. danielle, thank you as well. our thoughts and prayers with you and all the people there in arizona, and of course, with all the victims. thank you very much for joining us. >> thank you, matt. >> thank you, matt. it is 7:11 now.
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here's meredith. >> matt, thank you. this tragedy could have been even worse if some quick-thinking bystanders hand pinned the shooter to the ground. dr. steven rail and joe zimoodio are two of the people who did it. good morning to you both. >> good morning. >> dr. rail, if i can start with you -- can you hear me? >> yes, we can. >> i know you went to the safeway on saturday specifically to meet congresswoman giffords. you'd never met her before. you were a fan. you just wanted to shake her hand. you were standing in line to do just that. at what point did you first see the gunman? >> i came around the table, i first saw congresswoman giffords, and i looked up and i was about ten feet away from him and i saw him as he shot her. and then he -- without hesitating, he just began spraying bullets at random. he was not taking aim at anybody. there was enough people at close quarters that he just shot
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whoever was in front of him. >> but it was clear to you that he was targeting her specifically? >> he shot her first, and yes, he came up, shot her point-blank in the head, and then just turned to everybody who was around. >> dr. rail, how many people were there at the time? >> you know, i estimate in that area, from 25 to maybe 30. >> i know you described it as a confined area. there was this concrete post and then there was the table and people were sort of confined in that particular space. so how were you able to protect yourself? >> you know, that was the -- the concrete post was how i actually, once i sort of saw what was happening and overcame the shock of it, it ducked behind that post very quickly. and then i also laid down on the ground once he began coming around, continuing to shoot. >> so did he literally come around the post where you were lying? >> he came by it, behind it.
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he didn't come towards me, but he came by it. >> and then at some point, i guess when he was changing the magazine on that weapon, he was jumped by some people. and then you also grabbed on to him. had you -- is that correct? >> yes. i'm sorry, the question? >> had you not done that, i think you also grabbed on to his waist to keep him down, had you all not done that, what was your greatest fear? do you think he would have just reloaded the gun and kept going? >> i do think he would have. he had additional ammunition. he seemed very determined and just very coldbloodily was doing this. >> joe, you're at a walgreens getting a pack of cigarettes, you'd gone out to breakfast with your mom. you'd heard the shots fired, you own a weapon yourself, you know the sound of gunshots, and instead of staying away from the area, you ran toward it. why? >> i honestly can't tell you why. i didn't think about it.
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i just heard something and i thought maybe i could help, and i tried to react as best i could, as fast as i could. i came running. >> and when you got to the scene, it wasn't that for a away. what can you see, can you describe it? >> i saw three or four individuals wrestling with him, trying to, you know, control him and subdue him. i just assisted. i'm a pretty big guy, so i put my weight in there and, you know, made sure he wasn't going anywhere. >> did he say anything, joe? >> the only thing i heard him say was about his arm, you know, ow, ow, you're hurting me, you're breaking my arm, or something. we were all laying on him. i mean, he wasn't going anywhere. i'm sure it wasn't comfortable, but it's not really my problem, you know? >> absolutely. did you have an impression of him, looking at him?
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>> i felt like he was very cold. his expression was -- almost a smirk. he seemed to look like it didn't matter. the woman with there was saying things like, how could you? i can't believe what you did. this is so horrible, and it didn't even seem to register. >> you know, it's been almost 48 hours since the shooting, guys, has it registered with you two at all? can you make any sense of this, dr. rail? >> you know, i don't make any sense of it. it's very disturbing and i really am feeling for the poor souls who were shot and killed and injured. it's sinking in more today than it has in the past few days, where i think i was more in shock from it. >> and joe? >> this morning was horrible. yeah, this morning was horrible. waking up to realize this is real and everything was still going on and all these people are hurting and all these lives are destroyed and all the collateral damage, all the
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families, all the people who weren't even there whose whole world is shaken up. i mean, it's just -- it's just a horrible thing that happened. >> it really is a tragedy. and it actually could have been much worse had you not responded in the way that both of you gentleman did. dr. steven rail and dr. joe zimoodio, thank you so much. >> you're welcome. >> thank you. >> it is 7:17 and once again here's matt. >> meredith, thank you. this morning, the president is urging people across the country to observe a moment of silence at 11:00 a.m. eastern time to honor the victims of this attack. nbc's kelly o'donnell's on capitol hill with more on that. kelly, good morning. >> reporter: good morning, matt. president obama and his team will mark that moment on the white house south lawn. i'm told members of congress will also pause to pray and reflect in their districts and states around the country. flags here are already lowered. the president had by proclamation asked americans to fly flags at half-staff around the country. now, all of this has really shaken the community of
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cardiology, members, their staff, families, especially the more than 100 new members. and there's a real look now at security and what steps, if any, need to be taken. at least two members of congress are saying they would publicly be prepared to carry their own personal weapons back in their districts if that was needed as a precaution. there's great concern, of course, about the community within the gabrielle giffords staff. other house offices are providing staffers and personnel to try to help them get through this time and to keep the business of the eighth district of arizona going. so that's one of the things we're seeing already. it has really rattled this capitol hill community. matt? >> understandable. kelly o'donnell on capitol hill, kelly, thanks very much. a note for you. nbc news will cover that moment of silence in washington and across the country during a special report. that's 11:00 a.m. eastern time here on nbc. it's now 18 after the hour. here's meredith. >> matt, thank you. this shooting came with the state of our politics seemingly nastier than ever. and rightly or wrongly, fingers
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are being pointed today and one of those coming under criticism is sarah palin. nbc's andrea mitchell has more on that. andrea, good morning to you. >> good morning, meredith. sarah palin responded to the tragedy in tucson by offering condolences and prayers on her facebook page. and while there is no indication that this suspect was inspired in any way by political speech, the attack has reopened criticism of the way palin targeted gabby giffords' and 19 other democrats in last year's campaign. sarah palin went to gabby giffords' tucson district last year and answered critics of her tough campaign rhetoric. >> we know violence isn't the answer. when we take up our arms, we're talking about our vote. >> reporter: at issue, this map from palin's website, targeting democrats in 20 congressional districts, including giffords. illustrated with the iconic crosshairs of the a gun sight. >> but just bs coming from the lamestream media lately about this society violence. don't let -- don't let the conversation be diverted.
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>> reporter: that same week, giffords' tucson office was vandalized. the congresswoman then raised it shall of palin's map with savannah guthrie and chuck todd on msnbc. >> for example, we're on sarah palin's targeted list, but the way she has it depicted has the crosshairs of a gun sight over our district. when people do that, they've got to realize there's consequences to that action. >> reporter: palin also used gun rhetoric on twitter last spring, saying "don't retreat, reload." >> don't retreat, reload! and that is not a call for violence. >> reporter: but only hours after saturday's attack, palin's gun sight map suddenly disappeared. palin's team blamed a contractor for not taking it down sooner when the election was over. an aide told conservative radio host tammy bruce -- >> where i come from, the person that is actually shooting is the one that's culpable. you know, and we had nothing whatsoever to do with this. >> i don't think it's fair to connect sarah palin to this
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event, but i do think it's fair to connect sarah palin and others on the left and the right to the climate of violence. >> reporter: some republicans say both sides should dial it back. >> words have consequences. and those consequences can lead to tragedy if you're not careful. you've got to keep everything within bounds. >> reporter: in fact, after giffords was shot, a liberal blogger on the daily kos took down his criticism of palin. he said that she was, quote, dead to him. >> joined now by mr. roker, who's going to give us the monday morning forecast, and it's an interesting one for many parts of the country. >> especially the southeast. got some rough weather going on there. take a look very quickly, you can see frozen precip, that's the area in pink, snow in the white, stretching all the way up to raleigh. we've already picked up almost 7 inches of snow in birmingham, almost 4 inches in atlanta. winter storm watches and
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warnings blanket the southeast. there's snow emergencies, states of emergency from louisiana all the way to georgia, and then we've got more snow coming. we're talking about anywhere from about 2 to 3 more inches in atlanta. we could see as much as 7 inches of snow in some parts of the carolinas. that's what's going on around it's a cold start acrossed the bay area. visibility is looking pretty good. we have fog in the north bay, but overall we have clear conditions the temperatures are very chilly at 25 in santa rosa. 26 in gilroy and 26 if livermore. cloud cover is keeping it more miltd in the peninsula and the south bay. low 50s. it will be cool bring the jacket with you. have a great day. weather. meredith? >> al, thank you very much. and still ahead, remembering the youngest victim of that tragic shooting in tucson, 9-year-old christina taylor green.
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this morning, her father honors her memory as he mourns her loss. we are back in a moment. this is "today" on nbc if. this lighting is awful.
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the bulk of the moisture will come through tomorrow evening and clearing by wednesday. take a look at the saturday temps. 61 degrees lie saturday. a little warm up on the way. let's check the traffic with mike. >> we are hoping. 61 on my maps, but we have a 38 on average coming down the east shore freeway. a half hour is the drive down to the berkry curve. the metering lights are on. the rest of the approach looking good. this portion not so good. 32 mondays and over a half hour out of the pass. the accident at north greenville cleared, but slow into central livermore and continuing to the dublin interchange and sunol with a slow down approaching fremont and the northbound commute directions 101 and all showing speeds in the 40s and 50s except for the red where speeds are below 20.
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>> six defendants will face changes in the richmond high school gang rape case. a contra costa judge decided that the suspect should stand trial for the october 20, 2009 beating and gang rape of a 16-year-old girl at richmond high school. five of the six make them eligible for life sentences. the sixth faces a maximum of years and the judge dropped the charges against the youngest defendant. the "today" show returns in less than a minute. have a great morning.
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7:30 now on this monday morning, the 10th of january, 2011. flags flying at half staff at the white house and the capitol this morning in honor of the victims shoot in tucson, arizona this weekend. including congresswoman gabrielle giffords. president obama will lead the nation in a moment of silence. i'm meredith viera here with matt lauer. six people were killed in that terrible shooting. the youngest 9-year-old christina taylor green whose life was marked by tragedy on both ends. on her short time on earth, she dedicates herself to her friends
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and family. we're going to hear from her father in just a moment. also ahead, a look into the past of the man who's charged with this despicable crime, jerred lee loughner. a woman who took a class with this this last summer thought he might do something like this. let us begin with the tragic death of 9-year-old christina taylor green. kristen welker has more on the little girl who could light up a room. christine, good morning. >> reporter: good morning to you, meredith. community members are grieving all six people who were killed in saturday's shooting, but say the loss of a 9-year-old is especially painful. the day 9-year-old christina green came into the world was much like the day she was taken away, amid headlines of senseless loss of innocent lives. she was born on september 11, 2001.
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>> she began her life with a tragedy of 9/11 and her life was ended with a tragedy here in arizona. but it was nine good years in the middle. so the tragedies were the bookends. the bulk of her life was wonderful. and we loved every minute of it. >> reporter: in that short life, christina enjoyed dancing, singing in her church choir and playing little league. >> she said, dad, i want to be the first woman major league baseball player. >> not surprising, since her grandfather, dallas green was the former manager of the philadelphia phillies and the new york mets and yankees. at the mesa verde elementary school christina was an a-student who had been elected to the city council. the third grader's interest in
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politics began two years ago with the election of president obama who mentioned her in his remarks about the shooting. >> we also know that at least five people lost their lives in this tragedy. among them were a federal judge and a young girl who was barely 9 years old. >> reporter: barely 9, but eager to learn more about the political system. so when a neighbor invited christina to join her at a community meeting saturday with congresswoman gabrielle giffords, her parents gladly accepted. >> my neighbor had invited both of my children to attend and the only reason my son didn't go was because he had a karate lesson. we thought it was going to be a positive experience. >> reporter: thousands of people have visited a facebook page created in christina's memory. she was one of the 50 faces of hope representing babies born on 9/11. >> she looked at 9/11 as a time or a date that we should be
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hopeful, pray, and come together. what can we all do. not look back at the tragedy, just move forward and how can we as a societity of people make it better. >> reporter: and ten people continue to recover here at this tucson hospital. this is where a makeshift memorial continues to grow for christina and those five other people who were killed. meredith? >> john green is christina's father, good morning, john, and your deepest condolences to you. >> good morning, meredith. >> john, i know that you are with us this morning to honor your daughter christina and we want to do that. she sounds like a remarkable little girl, how would you describe her? >> she was very special. she had a zest and spirit for life that's hard to describe. we talked about how tenacious she was, yet had a very good
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awareness and sense for people skills. and, you know, a very good balance because she had a very caring attitude. she -- not only was she competitive and tenacious, yet she also had, you know, a very -- just a -- a very good sense of caring for others. >> i have heard the word kind used to describe her. >> that's a good word. i mean, she loved -- she always took other people's, you know, thoug thoughts in mind when she -- she always thought of others first. and it meant a lot to her to -- especially her brother, they were very close.
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and i remember talking to -- listening to them talk, asking how he feels about things and she would always -- she would always ask how other people would respond to things like that. >> you mentioned other brother dallas who was two years older and christina 11 years old, she was very protective of him. does he understand what's happening? how is he doing? >> he's doing okay. they were such good friends. they were inseparable. so i don't think he understands the permanency of this at this time which is maybe a good thing. but he, you know, he's going to miss her as we all are. >> john, saturday was just like any other day, except for christina, a special one in that she was going to meet congresswoman giffords and get a sense of politics and the way it
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works in this country. you were off i believe fixing up a house that the family was going to rent. when did you get word that something was terribly wrong? >> well, i knew the timining of things during the day. things were unfolding slower than i expected and i got some phone calls from my wife to call her back. i was going to meet her around 11:00 and she asked -- she just told me to meet her at the hospital. and by the time i got a hold of her, she at that time still thought it was a car accident. you would never expect something like this to happen. of course a car accident is always possible. so it sounded serious because we weren't getting any information. but as i drove into the university medical center
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hospital, i knew something very serious was going on, because they had lots of police and lots of extra security. so as i walked into the emergency ward, i -- things began to get graver and graver. i just had a sense of doom as i walked up there. i saw my wife's face and i knew. i knew things weren't as they should b be? >> i know doctors came out and said they had done everything they could, but she had sustained a bullet, i believe to her chest? >> as he described it, yeah, they were very -- really good with my wife and my son until i could arrive. but as i understood, it went through her back and came out her chest.
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in her heart region. she was still alive when they got to the hospital. she's a fighter. but there was nothing we could do. and, you know, i think the only thing as a family we wish we had a chance to be there with her and support her, help her while she was down. >> you did get a chance to see her afterwards, didn't you? >> we did. it's a very difficult situation. when -- you know, not only for parents, but for the sibling, my son, but we thought it was important for him to be able to say goodbye. and both my wife and my son handled everything with grace and they were amazing. they were really amazing. >> i hope you know and i think
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you do that people around the country, the outpouring of love for your family and condolences for your family, anybody that has a child is grieving with you, even if they don't have a child. but i know that even though christina was 9 years old, she leaves behind a legacy, you both feel that, your wife and you, what is that legacy? what do you hope that to be? >> well, there's always been something special about christina and, you know, the way she came into the world, on 9/11 and the way she left the world yesterday is obviously one that everybody else will remember. we're going to remember her for the nine years that we had her. and she was a beautiful, vibrant, young girl. it shouldn't happen in this country or anywhere else.
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but, you know, it's a free society, we're going to be subject to people like this. so i prefer this to the alternative. >> john green, we thank you so much for being here at such a difficult time for you and your family. our thoughts and prayers are with you. >> thank you, very much. >> and we're back right after this. [ man ] ♪ trouble ♪ trouble, trouble trouble, trouble ♪ ♪ trouble been doggin' my soul ♪ since the day i was born ♪ worry ♪ oh, worry, worry worry, worry ♪
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sleep well, on the wings of lunesta. we're back now at 7:43. the 17-year-old man accused of that shooting in tucson, arizona is due in court this afternoon. he faces five counts, murder and attempted assassination. what could drive someone to do something like that. mike tiabbi has more. >> reporter: the people we spoke to who know jared loughner -- they were worried that the worst was yet to come. at tucson's mountain view high school. jared lee loughner was an unremarkable presence and somewhat shy. >> he was really funny. his laugh was hysterical. >> reporter: by last spring,
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though, don said loughner was no longer funny. he said loughner insulted classmates regularly and delivered his own poems in jarring poignancy -- >> grabbing his crotch, pointing at people, he had a very i don't want to say angry, but very intense look on his face. >> reporter: made everything uncomfortable? >> the women, certainly the women. >> reporter: linda sorensen was so unusual, she e-mailed one of those friends, he's one of those whose picture you see in the news after he's come into class with an automatic weapon. >> he just made the hairs on the back of my neck straighten up. he frightened me. >> reporter: the school expelled loughner pending a mental health clearance showing he was not a danger. then more bad news, when loughner tried to enlist in the army he was rejebcted and
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neighbors say there was growing tension in the tucson neighborhood where he lived. >> i never saw him talk with anyone or interact with anyone. >> reporter: authorities say he bought his gun, a glock semiautomatic at this store. at the same time he was posting rambling dia tribes on youtube. i know who's listening, government officials and people who are unaware of mind control and brainwash meths. a search of loughner's home revealed an envelope on which congress wwoman gifford's name appeared and i planned this. the goal might have been not just assassination, but mass murder. >> she might not be the specific target as a congresswoman, but as a symbol of the government
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that he railed against. >> reporter: now today's "new york daily news" published several photos of the alleged gunman's backyard, including one that looks to be an alter or a shine and a replica human skull. no word from authorities on exactly what that might mean. >> reporter: linda sorensen took a community college class with jared loughner this past summer and feared he might doing something like this. good morning to you. >> gone, matt. >> you had concerns about jared loughner. what was your first impression? >> my first impression was that he was very unstable, mentally and emotionally, he frightened me. >> what was it about his behavior that made you feel that way? >> his behavior was just so inexplicable. he had outbursts that were
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completely nonsensical. his behavior was angry and aggressive. and he -- something about him just fright onned me. >> i know you went to the teacher of this class, i believe it was after that very first day and you said this guy needs to be removed. >> it was. >> were you the only student who had that concern? or were others voicing that same concern? >> i know that others also found him very disruptive. i don't know that the others were as frightens of him as i was. or as wary of him as i was. but he certainly, everyone in the class found him a disruption at the very least. >> what was the response from the teacher and later from the school after you expressed your concern? >> well, i think the teacher to give him credit, he was new at teaching and he hadn't encoun r
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encountered anything like this before and he told me that he would talk to his head of department and also talk to a mentor of his who had been teaching for a number of years and get advice from them. but he did right away address this with the higher ups at the school. >> i'm going to read a couple of e-mails linda and these are e-mails that you wrote. the first one coming on june 1, just after that first day of class. this is an e-mail you wrote, we do have one student in the class that was disruptive today, i'm not certain if he was on drugs as one person surmised. i talked to the teacher afterward, hopefully he'll be out of class very soon and not come back with an automatic weapon. that was after the first day. now two weeks later, on june 14, you ywrote this e-mail, and it' haunting, we have a mentally unstable person in the class
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that scares the living crap out of me. he's one of those pictures you see on the news after he's come into class with an automatic weapon. others would say, yeah, he was in my math class and he was really weird. i sit by the door with my purse handy, if you see it on the news one night, know that i got out fast. i mean this is unbelievable when you consider what jared loughner is now accused of doing. >> it really is. it's the one time that i wish i had been wrong. >> did you ever consider going to law enforcement about this guy? >> i didn't, matt, because he made no overt threats and didn't bring a weapon into class as you can see. but i did as i said, address it with the teacher and i knew that he was addressing it with the college. and they -- one of the counselors and also the campus police came into the class on
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more than one occasion and removed jared from the class and then eventually after a few weeks removed him permanently from the class. >> pending a mem evaluation. >> i just want to know when you heard the name jared loughner attached to it was what? >> you i was incredibly shaken. when i heard about the shooting, the first thought in my mind was i bet you it's jared and i spoke to my husband and my father earlier that morning and said i'm not going to be surprised if i find out that this is who has done this shooting. so when i found out that it was indeed him, i was quite shaken. >> i can only imagine, if you spotted this in this young man after just a couple of minutes of meeting him, there must have been so many other signs along
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good morning. time is 7:56. checking your forecast with christina. >> good morning. it's a cold one. the cold one that people don't like to talk about. cold temperatures in the 20s right now. temperatures are very chilly. 26 degrees in gilroy. 27 in fairfield. we will not warm up all that much as we head throughout the afternoon. it will be on the cool side. we have fog to report as well in the concord area. we have fog and that tule fog from the delta and reduced visibility. good visibility in the north bay and this could interrupt the commute as you wake up in concord. let's talk about where we will end up. high pressure firmly in control
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that will bring the temperatures into the low 50s. 53 in san jose. showers on the way for tomorrow and a warm up. 61 degrees by saturday. let's find out about the fog from mike. >> we will get a slow down over here at east shore freeway. we have the 35-minute drive and the fog advisory. dense fog for the benicia bridge and carquinas bridge. highway 4 shows unusual slowing and a double check with you. dense fog through that portion as well as the antioch bridge with a fog and ice warning for folks heading over the water. that's due to mechanical issues and slow drives through livermore where you might get a patch or two, but things are smooging out better. back to you. >> in a few minutes, the president will lead the nation in i moment of silence.
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we have a live look. members of congress are getting ready they will all take part. the president will take part and the staff will take part. the president expected to speak and get it going in a couple of moments and a moment of silence. flags across the nation are flying at half-staff >> announcer: this is an nbc news special report. "tragedy in tucson." here's matt lauer. >> good morning, everyone. in just about two minutes from right now, president obama and the first lady michelle obama will appear on the south lawn of the white house to lead this nation in a moment of silence to honor the victims of saturday's mass shooting in tucson, arizona. people nationwide, i think it's safe to say, still reeling from this heinous crime. among the wounded congresswoman
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gabrielle giffords. the suspect, 22-year-old jared loughner is due in court today. he faces five counts, including murder and attempted assassination of a member of congress. authorities say he has not said a word to them since his arrest. and the questions continue. what sent this man over the edge? let's go to tucson right now. nbc's brian williams is there. that question of why is one that it may be hard to find an answer to. >> yes, that's right, matt. although here in tucson on local media, about 20 people have come forward with small pieces of this puzzle. one of them, a woman who went to community college with the accused shooter, has produced an e-mail she wrote to a friend saying this man concerned her so deeply she said he's the kind of guy whose picture we'll see on the news some day after he walks into work with a weapon and starts firing. >> all right, brian. thank you very much. we can see the president and
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first lady now exiting the white house, heading out toward the area of the south lawn. this moment of silence will be begun by them. let's be quiet and listen. [ bell tolling ]
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>> the president and first lady observing a moment of silence with all of us here in this country. the president saying yesterday that it would be intended to honor the innocent victims of the senseless tragedy in tucson, arizona, including those still fighting for their lives. we saw images during that moment of silence not only of the president and first lady on the south lawn of the white house but members of congress gathered on the steps of the nation's capital. this, of course, being observed
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in tucson, arizona, as well. chuck todd, our white house correspondent and political director is standing by with more on this. chuck, after the moment of silence, are there any plans at the white house to have the president head out to tucson? >> there is no official plan yet, matt. you can tell he's clearing part of his schedule. he was supposed to go to new york for an event tomorrow. that's been postponed. the question is not if he's going to go, it's when. there is a memorial service. that would be an appropriate moment. at some point it is my understanding he wants to get to tucson and at a minimum visit with congresswoman giffords and also with the families of the fallen victims. >> all right. chuck todd at the white house. that will do it for this nbc special report. we'll have continuing coverage of the condition of congresswoman giffords as well as the court appearance of the suspect. you can follow this all day long on msnbc and tonight on "nbc nightly news" live from tucson. some of you will stay with us on
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"today." others will return to your regularly scheduled programming. i'm matt lauer in new york. thanks for watching. northeastern australia killing at least one woman and leaving others trapped in cars and clinging to trees. 20 police -- 20 police have been killed in southern sudan as voting beginning under international scrutiny. the south is casti south. nearly 70 people have died in a passenger jet crash which landed in northwest iran in a snowstorm. as many as 33 people have reportedly survived that crash. having children less than two years apart may put the second born child at an increased risk of autism for an autism diagnosis according to a new study "today" in the journal of pediatrics. and it is called a virtuous cycle and with consumer
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confidence boosting retail sales because of a consistent decline in retail layoffs. it is now 8:03, let's get a check of the weather with al. "today's" weather is brought to you by carnival cruise line. what do you want to do in 2011? create your list of firsts on carnival's facebook page. >> and good morning, everybody, got a brisk morning out here, clear skies, things will be changing here in the northeast. the storm that's causing so many problems, you just heard from stephanie abrams that's starting to make its way up the coast for today and tomorrow. starting with rain and changing over to all snow. by tomorrow evening, the storm continuing up the coast, bringing more snow and will continue to cause some problems. snowfall amounts, we're basically looking at about three to six inches of snow from new york to philadelphia. one to three in washington, d.c. but some areas of new york could see over almost a foot of snow,
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six to nine inches of snow ending up in charlotte. it's a cold start. you can see the cold air mass overhead. the spotty clouds. filtered sunshine will make for a pretty nice day with temperatures in the low 50s, but we're starting out in the 20s in some locations. 25 in santa roza. warming up to about 52 degrees later on today. watch out for patchy fog in the east bay. 53 in san joseph. >> and that's your latest weather. matt? coming up next, how could anyone survive a bullet through their brain? the surgeon who operated on congresswoman gabrielle giffords the the latest on her condition. that's right after this. not that she'll describe it that way to her book club. she'll probably say something like,
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remains hospitalized in critical condition this morning two days after she was shotpoint blank in the head. one of the doctors who operated on her, good morning to you. >> good morning to you, meredith. >> i know that you have been monitoring the congresswoman throughout the night, can you tell us what her condition is as of early this morning. >> i just came from congresswoman giffords' bedside and she is holding her own. she's doing the same things she was yesterday, and that's the best we can hope for at this time. >> when you say the same things as yesterday, can you be specific? >> responding to verbal commands, following commands, that can be something as simple as raising a thumb, wiggling toes. >> she remains in a medically induceded coma and you're bringing her out of that coma from time to time just to test her response to these commands? >> this morning i asked the
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nurse to back off on her sedation, and within five minutes or so, i was able to obtain that examination. >> do you remain cautiously optimistic about her diagnosis at this point? >> i'm still cautiously optimistic, but she's still in the window where it can go either way. >> i know the next few hours are particularly important, what are you paying the closest attention to, what are the greatest risks that she face at this point? >> the swelling is the greatest risk. and actually the window for swelling is really more around three days rather than 24 hours. in some cases it can go beyond that. that's why we have been saying we're cautiously of t lly optim. >> have you seen more swelling as the hours go by, doctor? >> the swelling is something we see on the c.a.t. scans. i was also able to view her c.a.t. scan which was just done within the hour. and it looks like her condition
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as stabilizeded. >> we have still got some time as you said to monitor her very closely, when might she leave the icu? >> i think it's too early to speculate on that, but i think she's in icu for at least a week, maybe more. >> the bullet penetrated the side of her brain. you say the trajectory for her was a fortunate one. what do you mean? >> well, we know from studies that if the bullets pass through the deep parts of the brain, i if you will the geometric center, patients have a very, very poor prognosis. if the bullet crosses from the left hemispheres to the right hemisphere, the same prognosis. >> the part of the brain that controlling speech among other things and she at this point cannot talk to you, she's on a ventilator, so you have no idea whether her speech has been compromised? >> well, first off, i don't want to say that the area in her case has been compromised.
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what i'm saying in general is that the left hemisphere in most people does have some control of speech. >> meaning that she could make a full recovery is what you're saying? >> i have seen the full gamut possible, from functional recovery to limited recovery. >> dr. michael lamar, we really appreciate you spending some time with us this morning, thank you for your efforts and good luck to you, sir. >> thank you very much. >> thank you. and now let's turn to our chief medical editor dr. nancy snyderman as well as "today" contributor and psychiatrist dr. gail salts. just heard the doctor, he said that congresswoman giffords holding her own, following commands, remains cautiously optimistic but she's not out of the woods by any means? >> there's a window of up to 72 hours, where every hour they're lowering the sedation. she's probably on some kind of medication like propofol.
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they ask her very simple things, open your eyes, squeeze my finger, what they're looking for is a steady state. but then they went her heavily said tated because they want her body to rest and her brain as much as possible. >> the doctor said the swelling seems to have stabilized, that's a good thing. >> that's a very good thing. but 72 hours is the danger zone. we know the bullet went over her left ear into the back part of this temporal lobe and out of her forehead. they have taken out a plate about the side of your hand. they know that this part of the brain is going to swell. they want the brain to swell here, they don't want to brain the swell down into the neck because that's where the breathing area of the brain is and that's what can lead to death. so right now, the trajectory of the bullet that went into the speech area and out through the frontal lobe is the most
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fortuitous things. if this had been a sideways shot or this way, it would have been incompatible with life. >> you think that 90% to 95% of those who get shot in the head do not make it, it's amazing. >> and the fact that this gunman was so close to her. it makes you think does someone hit his hand, did someone say watch out. the fact that this was to the front quarter of her brain, not lower, not across, one inch either way and we would be talking about a very different scenario. >> worst case/best-case scenario. obviously worse case is death. >> and best case is she comes through this, she has some kind of speech problem, she goes into intensive rehabilitation and then every week, month and probably for years is going to be in some sort of rehabilitation to relearn social coups and get her speech back.
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>> among the most disturbing things are these youtube videos that jared lee loughner posted on youtube. i want to read you a couple of excerpts. this video is my introduction to you, my greatest inspiration of my political business information, some of you don't dream, sadly. another one, he says, i can't trust the current government because of fabrications. the government is implying mind control and brainwash on the people by controlling grammar. obviously you have never treated this man, but what do you make of those comments? >> you do have to be evaluated thoroughly with a history of a psychiatrist to make a diagnosis. but when i listen to this, the first one is very rambling and speaks of a simple come callymp thought disorder. that's often a schizophrenia or serious psychosis, basically. the other one that speaks of mind control and brainwashing and the government that can't be
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trusted, that sounds like a paranoid delusion, which also could be consistent with schizophrenia, paranoid schizophrenia, it is consistent with reality and it is what often makes people with this kind of illness, violent, potentially or aggressive. although i have to say that most people with schizophrenia will never commit a violent act like this. >> and do you believe the climate of the times has anything to do with it? very quickly. >> well basically, yes and no. in the sense that anybody with a psychotic disorder can have internal thoughts that make them do something violent, that having to do with what's going on the outside. but, outside stimulus, can affect anybody, including a patient who has a mental illness. >> thank you both so much for being here. up next, politics getting personal. did the ugly mood in arizona and nationwide have roots in this
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i think it's time as a country that we do a little soul-searching. the anger, the hatred, the bigotry that goes on in this country is getting to be outrageous. >> that's pima county, arizona, sheriff, clarence dupnick saying he believes the harsh political climate in this country helped contribute to this weekend's mass shooting in tucson. he's with tom brokaw in washington, gentlemen, thank you both for joining us. sheriff, let me start with you here. there's a question that we may never know the answer to, and that is, is this about the political climate? is this about the vitriol that's
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expressed on a daily basis in this country? or is it simply about the insanity of an individual. why do you seem to think that the rhetoric has contributed to this? >> well let me say first of all, that we're dealing with a troubled personality. but there are thousands of troubled personalities in this country. when you start trying to rationalize, irrational behavior, i think you come up with a zero. conversely, i think most of the experts in the field of psychology would agree that these people are very susceptible to emotions like anger and paranoia and so for the. and i think that the tone of rhetoric that has occurred in this country over the past couple of years affects troubled personalities. that's my feeling. that's my belief. do i have any proof? no. >> can people be held responsible, sheriff, for the
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actions of the .001% of people living in this country, based on something they say? >> i'm not, i'm sorry, i didn't hear the first part of your question. >> i'm saying do we have to completely alter the way we speak in this country and the subject matter we cover because of the .001% of people living in this country? >> well i think people can do as they please. this is a free country. i'm not suggesting that we do anything to try to tamper with free speech. i'm suggesting that the mood of the country is contributing to some of the problems. and there are people in this country who make a living off of anger towards the government. which i think perhaps benefits some people in politics. >> yeah, tom, i think that's a very good point. i think there are people who capitalize on the deep division and the negativist of it. >> it has gone to nuclear mass, the political rhetoric in this country, matt. and it's helped in fact by the
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mechanics of the internet. you can at a keystroke reach a lot of people. the 1960s, the rhetoric on the left spilled over to the violence of the weathermen. so we've gone through these cycles before. i'm in san francisco, where mayor mosconi and harvey milk were killed by dan white, who was a county supervisor who got a gun and went to city hall and killed them. i do think, however, that we are living in a different time now. because the imagery is so vivid. and it can be put on a small screen or a large screen so quickly. and both sides are in fact responsible for that. >> in the 30 seconds i have left, tom, i'll stick with you. so the answer to the question is, is it insanity or is it politics? the simple answer might be yes. >> i think the simple answer is that we don't know the direct cause and effect here. but i hope it's an opportunity for this country to engage in a dialogue about who we are and how we resolve our differences in a much more tempered tone.
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and in arizona, the question is, while the rest of us are going off to buy miniature bottles of shampoo to get on an airplane, you can walk into a gun store and buy a semi checking your monday forecast with christina. >> it's cold out there. temperature wise, we are in the 20s still in several cities across the bay area. but i want to point out more concern. we've got really dense fog coming into the east bay from the delta and you're down to less than a quarter of a mile visibility in concord. otherwise, we have pretty good visibility along the peninsula and south bay. changes on the way tomorrow. right now, we're at 29 degrees in livermore. 34 in santa cruz. we're talking about the 50s
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later today. 53 in san jose and showers for tuesday, but let's talk to mike about how that fog is impacting commuters out there. >> you talked about the fog, then the freezing cold temperatures. right here where they come together to make that bridge closed. just until about 9:00 when things should warm up for the ice to get off the bridge. that's through east bay with the thick fog through concord. here the peninsula moves slowly. more news after this break.
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gavin newsom becomes the new lieutenant governor. he will be sworn in at 1:00. his father will administer the oath of office. the elder newsom is a former associate justice of the state court of appeals in san francisco. the new lieutenant governor will then meet and greet the public in his office. "today" show returns in less than a minute. have a great morning.
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8:30 on this monday morning, cold grips much of the country, especially down in the southeast. we're glad that everybody stopped by and if anyone in the crowd is flying either today on tomorrow, they had better check with their airline. there could be a lot of delays. i'm meredith viera alongside
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matt lauer, ann curry and al roker. coming up in this half hour, figure skater johnny wier. he has a new auto biography called welcome to my world. also a subject near and dear to all of our hearts, children and college and paying for college. a lot of people think, wow, that's when the bills really start. but just thinking about college, the tests you have to take t course you want to them to take, the application fees, it can cost a small fortune. we're going to give you ideas on how to lower that cost. >> and we have got your most pressing real estate questions out there, barbara corcoran our real estate guru will help you answer those questions. there is a moment of silence that's going to be held today
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nationwi nationwide. >> we have got that big storm in the southeast, below normal temperatures for much of the country, above normal in new england and the northern plains and then as we get to the midweek period, wet weather in the great lakes, snow in the mountains. eastern half of the country stays below normal, with snow around the great lakes, rain in the pacific northwest where it will be above normal, much below normal, continuing through the it's cold in our neck of the woods. good morning to you, bay area. we're at 29 degrees. 27 in fairfield and santa rosa, but we're only going climb to the low 50s. just a few high, wis pi clouds. big time changes on the way for tuesday. we're going see a dip in the jet stream and that means light showers in the morning and
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throughout the day. have a great one. >> he's an auburn university fan, auburn takes on oregon for the national championship. >> just like that. >> that's a good deal. >> coming up we're going to catch up with figure skating champion johnny wier. we're going to talk to him about his brand-new
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johnny weir, three u.s. national championships and two olympic berths under his death, now adds the title of author to his accolades. "welcome to my world" chronicles his life on and off the ice. you purposely picked the cover for this book. >> absolutely. >> to make a statement.
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what were you trying to say? >> my story is very pure, i was from a small town and i dreamed of many things and i worked hard to achieve them. i wanted what the public thinks of me -- come away with a completely evolved sense of who johnny weir is. >> people think of you as a little out there, a little crazy. what are we missing? >> nothing. everyone has a million people that live inside them. and my fashion sense can be a bit outlandish and my costumes from crazy and i like things to be excessive. but in no way is that really who i am. i love the simplicity of life. i'm from the country, i love to work hard, i love vacuuming, that's my favorite pass time. >> vacuuming? >> yes, vacuuming.
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i'm a very simple person but i like to have fun with clothes. >> people don't realize as a little boy you loved horse back riding, then you got a pair of skates and started taking lessons at 11, which is pretty old to start skating. did you realize this is my destiny? >> i actually started to skate on a corn field behind my house. i'm from amish country, pennsylvania, quietville. i had no idea what the future would hold for me but i felt like skating was so special. and i was starting to get bored with horse back riding and i was showing almost on a national team and i said no, let's start taking ice skating lessons. and within a week, i knew it was my destiny. the coaches said you have so much natural ability and you need a coach that teaches you every day and within a year i was on the national figure skating team. >> this book has been a hot topic in the news and entertainment programs because for the first time you come out
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and you say that you're gay. why did you do it now? and are you surprised by the reaction? >> i'm very surprised by the reaction. because i'm a person, i have never lived in a closet. i never claimed to be anything -- i never claimed to be straight or gay. i claimed to be johnny weir. i think it's important for anybody in this world to own who you are, regardless of who you're born into. i was born a white gay male. i don't celebrate being white or male, so why should i celebrate being gay? that's my opinion on the whole thing. i know people who have been activists for years and have worked hard and are tireless fl. >> they wanted you to become an activist. >> they certainly want me to be an activisactivist, i'm much mo just a gay man. >> there's a very poignant moment in your book, there's many. but one week after you turned 18, you decided to tell your mom who was your best buddy. she was sitting down watching
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tv, she had fallen asleep, and you came up to her and said i have something to tell you. you said she couldn't speak and suddenly her shoulders went way up towards her ears. her energy dropped as we started to cry. >> having talked about that moment with my mom several times. it wasn't that i was coming out as gay to her, she was so worried for my future and my future happiness and that's all that we have ever talked about. she just wants me to be happy with, a man marying a woman. she thought it would make my road more difficult. which in my cases it has. i mean i was looked at differently in my own sport, in figure skating, which is stereo typically a very flamboyant and gay sport. >> but you pushed some of the members of the federation the wrong way. do you regret any of that?
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>> i don't regret anything. i live my life with absolutely no regrets with anything. i pushed a lot of buttons with the figure skating federation, but i was trying to open them up and teach them, i'm a modern young person, there are things that i like and things that i will do and i don't have to answer to anybody. i make my own path in this world. >> your biggest competitor is -- i know that the judges favored him because he conformed more to what they liked versus you. do you hold any grudging against evan at all? >> i hold no grudges against evan. in my life he was important because he was my biggest rival from the united states n my life now, i have no interaction with evan and he really has no place in my life. and that picture you're showing now is from my book and i thought it was so funny because we're rarely photographed together, where we're smiling and i thought it was the funniest thing to add to my
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book. so it's more of a joke picture than a serious anything. >> so you do hold a little bit of something there, then? >> i just hold -- he's the olympic champion and the world champion and of course i'm jealous of those it tls. but that's the only jealousy or gruj that i hold. >> is this the end of the skating johnny weir? >> i'm actually 36 hours off a plane from moscow, i was there for two weeks performing at shows and visiting friends and celebrating the new year. i'm still skating, i'm going to get back into heavy training in the spring and see if i can get myself into competitive shachpe. i took one year off to eat and rest and not having a million people telling me what to do every day. and try to make my own life. but i do miss competing. >> the book is called "welcome to my world." and johnny will be back in our
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fourth hour skating for kathie lee and hoda in our fourth hour of "today."
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this morning on education nation "today," not only will sending your child to college cost a small foration, but the entire application process can drain your bank account as well. john steinberg is the national education correspondent for the "new york times." most people think, okay, i'm going to send my child to college, that's where the bills begin. and it is a big expense. but we're talking really about the couple of years that even lead up to that process. what are the fees we're talking about? >> you can start with things like the advanced placement
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exam, exampfor example, somethi that will show that they're willing to take college level classes in high school. >> how expensive are they? >> they're about $90. >> hshould all students take them? >> if your school offers it as sort of the toughest course that they have is a course that you might keep in mind. the good news is that you can ask for waivers on the fees for those exams. >> test preparation, a lot of students are going start to come up to those standardized tests, they're going to want some help. they enroll in these study courses r they worth the money? >> you can quite easily spend over $1,000 for an s.a.t. prep course. everybody who's going the take that course should familiarize themselves with the question. but i think you have to know your child in terms of whether a course is necessary. sometimes you can do just as
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well with a book or a dvd. >> are the fees covered in any scholarship programs as well? is there any way to get around that expense for a family in trouble? >> there are certain organizations where there is some free material that is made available. >> now you're going to actually take some of these other tests, the s.a.t.s. >> the s.a.t.s, or the a.c.t.s is going to be just under $50 for each exam. >> most colleges require each one of those. >> there's a list of several hundred colleges that do not require the s.a.t. or the a.c.t. some of those schools may surprise you. there are ways to apply for waivers on the fees for those exams. >> when a student goes about deciding on a college, it's one of the more important decisions that young person will make in his or her life. how do you feel about hiring a college counselor, a person whose job is to lead you in the
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right direction? >> this is a controversial subject in college admissions. i certainly don't think you should have to spend upwards of $10,000 which some counselors do charge and some families do pay. but for a few hundred dollars, particularly if their counselor at their high school is overwhelmed. some college counselors may have a few hundred students. maybe a few hundred dollars to help you refine that list of colleges that you might not have thought of. the college counselor should not under any circumstances write the essay or dictate the essay. >> a lot of students will pick five, six, seven, eight schools, what's the standard application fee for applying to a college today? >> there's an organization called finaid.com. they have close to $50 for many of the applications. some of the iveys may be $100 or more. >> when i was graduating from
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high school, the application fee for harvard was $15. but $15 as compared to maybe under $100. >> but the good news is that you can apply for a waiver, i think on all of these things, parents should know it does not hurt to ask, you may be surprised that some of these fees can be waived and some colleges, there is no application fee at all. >> what about tax deductions? are any of these fees tax deductible? >> they're probably not deductib deductible. but once you get to college, there's a $2,500 federal tax credit that applies to a lot of education expenses once you're in college. >> once you've done the applications and before you're even accepted, a lot of people think you should go on a college tour for lack of a better expression. go out and see the places that you're actually applying to. for a lot of families, that's a big expense. >> i think if you're living on the west coast and applying to schools in the northeast, it's a
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hardship to spend that money, don't spend it. if you get accepted, you can go then and again, ask the college if they might help with your travel costs. they might. >> prior to getting accepted, you can ask if a representative from that college might be coming to your area, that's a good way to get a better feel. share the cost be other students, what do you mean by that? >> i think if a college representative is coming to your school or you know they're coming or even meeting with an awe alumnist. for kids who are applying for next fall, these are the fafsa fees and you need to fill out that form that's critical to getting all the major scholarships. for families that are applying next fall. some state deadlines are february or march and sometimes it's first come, first serve. so really pay attention to those deadlines. >> thanks so much, appreciate
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it. 49 minutes after the hour, words and consequences are politics to blame in part for that shooting out in arizona. we're going to have more in a moment, but first this is "today" hand sanitizers are essential, but the alcohol's drying. [ female announcer ] gold bond hand sanitizer kills germs without alcohol, then moisturizes. kills germs. loves your hands.
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whether this weekend's has shooting in tucson, arizona was preventable or not -- here's
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nbc's lee cowan. >> reporter: as the picture of the troubled suspect emerges, the 22-year-old seems barely old enough to be so angry at the government. but just listen to this country's political discourse of late. the sheriff in arizona that could have been fuel enough. >> to try to blame the public on a daily basis, 24 hours a day, seven days a week has himpact o people especially those who are imbalanced. >> reporter: the house gallery has become a place of protest. >> except obama. >> reporter: political civility since then has been torn apart from the edges. >> no government health care. >> we have to be careful not to
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blame one side or the other. both sides are guilty. >> reporter: the crime sparked so much attention on that anti-government rhetoric. that map that -- made gifford nervous even then. >> the crosshairs of a gun sight over our district. when people do that, you've got to realize there's consequences to that action. >> reporter: discord that most of us would pass off as simply silly, may be taken far differently by those already unhinged and that's what worries the sheriff as much as anything. >> we're not going to be able to find reasonable decent people who are willing to subject themselves to serve in public office. >> reporter: he survived tumultuous political environments before, some say the latest crime is democracy's latest test.
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lee cowan, nbc news, los angeles. >> the negative discourse, if you're stable, might not trigger anything, but if you're not, which apparently is the case with this man who did the shooting on saturday, who knows what it could lead to. >> there is an intersection somewhere. i think it's important we do look at these things separately. the fact that this is a man who's clearly -- insane may be too technical a term. he's clearly mentally unhinged. this is a guy who's paranoid, he fears the government, it's currency, he talks about sleep depravation. and he shoots a child after targeting a member of congress. so there's insanity here. can rhetoric get this guy worked up? i don't know. >> the chilling effect it's had, you look at now a member of the congress and senate who con sellsell
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cancelled or postponed public appearances. >> the only thing that stops loss of civility is us. it's not rules, it's not the democracy, it's our own sense of outrage over what acceptable and what's not acceptable. your point is well taken that there's a cause and effect. it's already creating a dialogue about what we will accept and not accept in terms of our incivility. >> but also the dialogue is long lasting. >> when you say us, there are no saints in the media either. often times not only do we parrot these things that were said, we incite them and we like to spur on these types of ferocious debates between people and maybe that has to stop as well. just struck by the fact that i talked to senator mccain last week, i said one piece of advice for new members of congress, he said get out, get home, talk to the people who put you in office. here was a lady who was doing exactly that and look what
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happened. we'll have more after your local news and weath good morning. time now 8:56. checking in and taking a look at the forecast. >> still cold out there. but the good news is these are pretty much our low temperatures for the morning. we are not going to dip down any lower now that the sun is out in full force. 29 degrees in livermore.
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27 for santa rosa. chilly conditions. we've got cloud cover that's going to move through today and that means filtered sunshine and highs in the low 50s. back with more news right after this. [ female announcer ] does your hair color feel as healthy as it looks? it will with natural instincts. it's clinically proven. 80% of women agreed that natural instincts made their hair feel softer. the ammonia-free antioxidant formula actually protects hair from dryness, leaving it softer and healthier looking. fonatural looking color in 10 minutes, get your hands on natural instincts. it's all good. for a rich color experience, try natural instincts 10 rich colocreme shades.
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the man accused of punching, biting and using a stun gun on a female depp it is going to be in court tomorrow morning. he faces 29 charges, including attempted murder and kidnapping. on november 29, the sheriff's deputy took him to a santa cruz hospital. that's when he allegedly attacked and grabbed her gun and fired at a bystander. he escaped from the hospital, r
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then held two people hostage during his man hunt. our first editorial of 2011 targeted the state's spiralling deficit, a 22% dropout rate and our hope new leadership will bring real reform. this struck a never among party lines. time to take the gloves off before the pitch forks come out. until the democrats change their government, california's toast and robert's not alone. what you'll see the next four years is why we passed prop 14. questions the logic in layoffs. all these glorious layoffs we've
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been enjoying should cause the economy to soar while royce says, put your money where your mouth is. i'd like to see a big, big license fe from lobbyists. to leave yourinwne. fac jn us online. we're back now with manager of "today" on a monday morning, 10th of january, 2011. flags flying at half-staff today in washington. that, of course, in the aftermath of the shooting rampage out in arizona over the weekend. the president leading the nation in a moment of silence this morning in honor of the ctims of that tragedy. i'm matt lauer along with ann curry and al roker inside studio 1a. in just a moment, more on the nation in mourning. congresswoman gabrielle giffords is fighting for her life in a hospital today after being shot in the head on saturday. six others lost their lives. 13 others were injured. we're going to go live to tucson for the latest in just a couple of minutes.
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we're also going to hear from the congresswoman's intern, daniel hernandez, who applied pressure to her wound before the ambulances arrived. and he's now being credited with helping to save her life. and the youngest victim of this tragedy, 9-year-old christina taylor green, who went to see representative giffords at her community event because she wanted to learn more about politics and government. we spoke to her father, john, about his tragic loss and his daughter's legacy. you'll hear from him coming up. >> very brave man. let us head out to tucson. lester holt has been there for the past 36 hours or so covering this story. lester, good morning to you. >> reporter: matt, good morning. the accused shooter will go before a federal magistrate in phoenix today facing five federal counts all related to the u.s. government employees who were either killed or wounded. among the accusations, the attempted assassination on the life of congresswoman giffords. >> 911. >> there was a shooting.
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>> reporter: it was a saturday meet-and-greet with a local congresswoman at a supermarket parking lot that became a kill zone. >> okay. what do you mean? >> where gabrielle giffords was. i do believe gabrielle giffords was hit. >> i looked up as it began and saw her being shot in the head. and the gunman didn't even pause, he continued to spray bullets at close range to the people that were there. >> reporter: with congresswoman gabrielle giffords badly wounded, police say this man, jared loughner kept firing. six were killed. authorities said if citizens hint help disarm him, he would have kept killing. this witness told chris jansing how she tried to keep him from reloading. >> he was pulling bullets out with his left hand, and i was able to grab the magazine. >> reporter: meantime, giffords' intern of five days, daniel
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hernandez, was rushing to his boss's aid. >> i started applying pressure to her wound to make sure that we could stop as much of the blood loss as possible. >> reporter: doctors are so far hopeful of giffords' progress. >> congresswoman giffords is able to communicate with us through simple commands, and we're very encouraged by that. >> reporter: late sunday federal charges were filed against loughner. an envelope was funned with "i planned ahead," "my assassination." and giffords' name. >> he'll be charged with assault on the congresswoman with the killing of judge roll and the assault on the other staffers. >> reporter: authorities say loughner bought the semiautomatic glock pistol at this gun store in november. a former classmate of his remembered him as mentally and emotionally unstable. >> jared's behavior was unexplainable in the sense that he was unpredictable.
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he would disrupt class, shouting things that were, to my mind, paranoid. >> reporter: this morning officials say they still don't know the motive for the shooting. but they do say a person of interest, a man thought to have arrived at the scene with loughner, has been cleared. investigators say that man had nothing at all to do with the shootings. loughner, they believe, acted alone. >> there is no information at this time to suggest any specific threat remains. >> reporter: the dead range in age from 9 to 79 including federal judge john roll who had come to see his friend, the congresswoman. one of giffords' staffers, gabriel zimmerman, and a third grader named christina taylor green, born on 9/11, who wanted to learn more about government. >> i think everybody paused when they heard christina's birth date. september 11th. 2001. >> she began her life on a tr
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trage tragedy, 9/11, and her life was ended with a tragedy here in arizona. >> reporter: congresswoman giffords is married to mark kelley, the shuttle astronaut preparing for an upcoming mission. he has issued a statement this morning. it says, "on behalf of gabby and our entire family, i want to extend our heartfelt gratitude to the people of arizona and this great nation for their unbelievable outpouring of support. gabby was doing what she loved most, hearing from her constituents, when this tragedy occurred. serving southern arizonians is her passion, and nothing makes her more proud than representing them in congress." he's by her side this morning, matt. >> lester holt in tucson this morning. as always, thank you very much. ann, you have more on this story and the other headlines of the morning. >> that's true, matt. meantime, 22-year-old jared lee loughner is being charged with attempted assassination of a member of congress.
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mike taibbi joins us from tucson with more on this. give us what we know so far about the suspect. >> reporter: good morning, ann. how are you? we're learning more and more from friends of jared and classmates and acquaintances. they paint a picture of somebody who is a troubled loner, whose may have was more often confusing than frightening. although some who crossed paths with him in the past year say they were convinced that the worst was yet to come. at tucson's mountainview high school, jared lee loughner was somewhat shy. >> he was really funny. his laugh was hysterical. >> reporter: by last spring, though, dawn cora said he was no longer funny. they were in a poetry class together at pima college where she says he insulted classmates regularly and delivered his own poems in jarring performances that always seemed inappropriate. >> jumping around the room, grabbing his crotch, pointing at people. >> reporter: in fact, in another class, loughner's outbursts made
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sorenson so uncomfortable, she e-mailed a friend. he is one of those whose picture you see on the news, after he has come into class with an automatic weapon. >> he made the hairs on the back of my neck stand up. he frightened me. >> reporter: the school expelled him pending a mental health clearance showing he was not a danger. and then more bad news when he tried to enlist in the army, he was rejected. in november, authorities say he bought his gun. a glock semiautomatic at this local sportsman's warehouse. a legal purchase since he had no disqualifying criminal record. a search on his home describes an envelope on which congresswoman giffords' name was handwritten along with the words "i planned ahead" and "my assassination." but at the time of the explosion at 10:11 saturday morning -- >> there is multiple people shot. >> okay. oh, my god. >> reporter: experts say the goal might have been not just assassination, but mass murder.
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"the new york daily news" published six photos in all of loughner's backyard, including one that looks to be an altar or shrine with candles and a replica of a human skull. no report on what exactly that might have meant. ann? >> mike taibbi, thanks for that reporting. the u.s. and china are mending frayed military relations, but china's defense chief warned that continuing could jeopardize any progress. south korea and japan also had military talks for the first time since the end of the second world war. the two nations agreed to greater cooperation despite longstanding differences united by a common threat from north korea. sentencing began today for former u.s. house majority leader tom delay. delay was convicted in november on charges of money laundering. the former texas congressman faces up to life in prison, but his attorneys are asking for probation. having children less than
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two years apart may put the second born child at an increased risk for an autism diagnosis according to a new study today in "the journal pediatrics." researchers say it is the mother is zee pleated of iron and folic acid. siblings born at least three years apart were considered at lower risk no matter the parents' age. federal health officials are recommending that floor i'd levels in drinking water be reduced. this after new research that shows excess floor i'd in early childhood can lead to streaked or spotty teeth. and finally now, "true grit" pulled in $15 million at the box office this weekend, taking the number one spot and knocking "little fockers" down to two. "season of the witch" was third. it is nine minutes past the hour. you're now up to date. >> every time you have to say that one movie title, it's a near-death experience. let's get a check of the weather now from al. >> let's show you what's happening. we've got this big storm in the southeast causing a lot of
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problems. a lot of airport delays through atlanta's hartsfield airport. so far 6 1/2 inches in ch i 1 e. 4 inches in memphis. and we've got winter storm warnings and watches stretching from arkansas into north carolina. this storm system going to be bringing a decent amount of snow. we're talking about anywhere from six to eight inches in atlanta to the north. and we're looking at anywhere from one to three inches as far east as raleigh. and that storm system will reform off the coast and make its way up here and cause some problems in new england and the northeast. that's what's going on around th good morning to you bay area. it is cold out there. temperatures holding strong in the low 30s, but we have a lot of sunshine. what you notice through the the day is filtered sunshine. these high clouds, that's an indication of a very cold air mass that will impact us today and then tuesday, we've got
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showers starting late morning and then rain throughout the day. have a great day. more now on the tragedy in tu skon, earlier this morning, matt spoke with daniel hernandez, an intern of representative giffords' who is being praised for rushing to action to help save her life. matt began by asking what he saw when he rushed to giffords' side. >> when i got to her, the congresswoman was, i noticed a few other people who had been injured. the first thing i started to do was try to assess who was still alive by checking for pulses and for breath. i got to her about two or three people when i noticed that the congresswoman had been hit. i then saw that she had been hit in the head. so i prioritized for her. because of the severity of her wounds and stayed with her for the rest of the time. >> daniel, the way you speak, it's clear you have some medical training. what's the extent of that training? >> it's very basic. when i was in high school i did
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a course to train as a certified nursing assistant as a phlebotomist. i spent a little time in a hospital where i did some extra work in triage and first aid. >> one of the things you did immediately after checking pulses on some of the other shooting victims, and getting to congresswoman giffords, to the congresswoman, was that you put her upright and you put her in your lap because you saw there was an enormous amount of blood. and you didn't want her to choke on her own blood. and you applied this pressure. did you understand the severity of her wound at that time? >> i did. i could tell that she had, had a pretty severe gunshot. but i was just trying to do my best until the emergency medical services could arrive. >> what was the scene like until the ambulance got there, daniel? >> other than the people who were immediately next to the congresswoman, my focus was entirely on her and making sure i was doing everything i could
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to take care of her. one thing that definitely sticks out in my mind was her district director, ron barber, making sure that we were taking care of her. he told me, make sure you stay with gabby, make sure that gabby's okay. >> you did stay with her, when the ambulance arrived, you got into the ambulance with her, holding her hand on the ride to the hospital. were you saying anything to her? and was she responding at all to you? >> once the emergency medical services arrived, i then took a step back and saw my job as not being taking care of her medical needs, but taking care of her emotional needs. trying to comfort her and making sure she knew she wasn't alone. i did did at the scene and also in the ambulance. once in the ambulance i tried to let her know i was going to contact her parents who live here in tucson and her husband, mark kelly. >> that was daniel hernandez speaking to matt earlier this morning. still to come this morning, 9-year-old christina taylor green was among the people killed in the rampage. we'll hear from her father about
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we met with john green and asked him how he would describe his daughter. >> she was very special. she had a zest and spirit for life that's hard to describe. we talked about how tenacious she was, yet had a very good awareness and sense for people skills. and, you know, a very good balance because she had a very caring attitude. she -- not only was she competitive and tenacious, she also had, you know, a very -- a very good sense of caring for others. >> brother dallas who was two years older and christina 11 years old, she was very protexive of him, bu does he fu understand what's happening?
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how is he doing. >> he's doing okay, they were such good friends. they were inseparable. i don't think he understands the permanency of this at this time which may be a good thing. but, you know, he -- you know, he's going to miss her as we all are. >> you know, john, saturday was just like any other day expect for christina, a special one in the sense that she was going to meet congresswoman giffords and get a sense of politics and the way it works in this country. you were off i believe fixing up a house that the family was going to rent, when did you get word that something was terribly wrong? >> as i drove into the university medical center hospital, i knew something very serious was going on because there were lots of police and lots of extra security. so as i walked into the emergency ward, things began to get graver and graver. i just had a sense of doom as i
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walked up there. i saw my wife's face and i knew. things weren't as they should be. >> one of the doctors came out there shortly after and said they had done everything they could, that she had sustained a bullet to her chest? >> as he described it, yeah, they were very, very good with my wife and my son until i could arrive. but as i understand it went through her back and came out her chest. her heart region. and they worked very hard. i think she was still alive when she got to the hospital. but she's a fighter, but there's nothing we could do. and, you know, i think the only thing as a family we wish we had a chance to be there with her and support her, help her while
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she was down. >> you did get a chance, though, john, to see her afterwards, didn't you? >> we did. it's a very difficult situation when -- for the sibling, my son, we thought it was important for him to be able to say goodbye. and both my wife and my son handled everything with grace and they were amazing. they were really amazing. >> i hope you know and i think you do, that people around the country, the outpouring of love for your family and condolences for your family, anybody that has a child is grieving with you, even if they don't have a child. but i know that even though christina was nine years old, she leaves behind a legacy, you both feel that, your wife and you, what is that legacy?
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what do you hope that to be? >> well, there's always been something special about christina. the way she came into the world on 9/11 and the way she left the world yesterday is obviously one everybody else will remember. we're going to remember her for the nine years that we had her. and she was this beautiful, young, vibrant girl and that shouldn't happen in this country or anywhere else. >> meredith, earlier with john green green, the father of 9-year-old inch stria taylor. we could do weight watchers online together. it was easy, it was flexible and it worked. ok -- i've got ground turkey, i've got bell peppers so he'd plug it into the recipe builder
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good mompk to morning to you. certainly a cold start to the day. >> oh, yes. everyone's going to get the parka today. you want to get your usage out of it. this morning, we've got fog. it's filtering in through the delta and what's happening is we've got that fog creeping into the east bay, so it's really not widespread. better visibility in the north bay and no problems along the peninsula. we're out of the 20s. 33 in livermore turning to the 50s today. should be a pretty nice day with
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sunshine. rain for tuesday. let's fipd out about your traffic. >> we had a clearing on the east bay, but the peninsula, really slow. very slow getting out of daily city. really a drag coming out of the peninsula. southbound, also slow from san mateo into palo alto. both directions really starting to bunch up. that's starting to look better, even 101. more after this.
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tomorrow's megamillion jackpot will be worth $20 million, but one lucky person who buys their tickets in livermore is nearly $200,000 richer today. he or she bought a ticket that matched five of the six numbers in friday's drawing. numbers -- the meganumber was 20. want to take a moment to recognize the winners of our facebook competition this morning. laura christensen and patricia wilkins spent time sampling wine at the wine competition. looks like you guys had a lot of fun. slept well that night, too. another update in about half an hour. "today" show returns in less than a half a minute. have a great morning.
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the money. she's here to answer your questions coming up. and still ahead, we're also tempted to spoil our kids every now and again. we'll have tips on how to keep your children happy without spoiling them and if you think they're already spoiled, how to unspoil them. and 200 ways, not 201, not 199, but 200 ways to lose 20 pounds. one doctor shows you how to design your own weight loss plan. >> first let's get a check of the weather. >> let's show you what's going on. for tomorrow, we're keeping an eye on this storm, the one that's caused all the problems in morning in the southeast, it's going to be making its way up the coast tomorrow morning, and parking itself off the jersey shore sometime tomorrow eastern and that's going to trigger some decent a lots of snow. snowfall amounts, we're talking winter storm warnings, winter storm watches, extending as far north as boston. snowfall amounts generally about
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six to 12 inches of snow in some parts of new york city, down to philadelphia, they may see four plus, washington, d.c., one to four inches. charlotte kicking in with six to nine inches and beer not even talking about boston yet, but that will be over the next 48 hours. good morning to you. we've got a beautiful day shaping up. live look shows you we have filtered sunshine, but it's not going to warm us up that much. 51 degrees today in concord, 50 in san rafael and 51 in san francisco. now, it's going to be a pretty nice day today considering the amount of sunshine on tap for us, but changes on the way tomorrow. light rain is going to start as early as tomorrow morning, so stay tuned for that. >> and month's -- and that's your latest weather. >> natalie is under the weather.
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hey, daniel, what's your question, dear? >> this is my wife kristen, we just recently bought a house here, a fixer upper, we bought it in a down market, thought it might be a good investment. now that we're done with improvements to the interior, what is a good investment and should we continue into the yard with landscaping? we'll probably have to put it on the rental market when the military moves us away in the not too distant future. >> you have perfect timing, you bought at the absolute bottom of the market and the market has been creeping up about 2.5%. should you decide to sell it or in fact rent it, you'll have no problem renting the unit. because they're renting homes like yours in 10 to 20 days. there are a couple of great military websites that are only open to you and really move houses. this is the front of the house. that there is the front of the
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house. it's saying, please, please, give me some curb appeal. of course, many things have to be changed, but it's a simple matter of landscaping here. it just doesn't look cared for. it's a very easy fix. let's take a look at the back of the house. and all this needs is a little trim. the trim just doesn't match. this should be painted, this should be thick like that trim. probably, i would say, $500, you can make it look like a dream. again, you need landscaping on the back of the house. that's it. you've made a great investment and i wouldn't worry about a thing. >> thanks a lot, daniel, for that question. thank you so much. and now coming up on the phone, we've got jennifer from butler, new jersey, she's on the phone and she's got a real estate question. >> yes, i do. good morning, barbara and ann. how are you? >> great. >> i'm wondering if it will negatively impact the value of our home if we tear down a dilapidated outdoor garage in order to gain more living space on the outside of our property.
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>> if you're going to be living there, i say get rid of the garage so you can have a big, beautiful backyard. but if you want to reappraise your house or sell it, you don't want to be the only house without a garage. it looks like a mess, but all you need to do is merchandise it, paint the garage, do a quick whitewash job to match your actual house. that's all you should be doing. >> caller: great. thank you. >> also back on skype, debby is in miami, florida. she has a question and we have some photographs of her house as well. debby, what's your question? >> my question is that from miami, my daughter moved and she wants to buy, but we don't know the areas, we don't know how good the housing market is. we're looking for something around the $400,000 range. can you help us? >> you should have no problem at all finding something in that area of california, $400,000. the average house price right
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now is $300,000. take a look at this house. it's listed at $317,000, and i say listed, meaning they're asking $317. five years ago, this house sold for $500,000. so your timing couldn't be better right now. that's a nice house, asking $319. you'll have no problem finding a house there. >> all right. thanks so much, debby. i hope that helps you. >> thank you. >> all right. we also have an e-mail from livonia in cincinnati, ohio. she e-mailed us, i have a river view condo in covington -- dayton, kentucky. my condo unit is paid in full and my condo fee is $297 a month. i paid $118,000. should i sell it and what should my lowest list price be in order to sell this unit? >> in cincinnati, ohio, prices have leveled out and the typical condo home is only about $500 or $600 more than yours.
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so you should have no problem selling it, because you're right in the sweet spot of where homes like to be sold. but you should invite three brokers in to price your house and go with the broker that gives you the cheapest price. the reason i say that is that always the honest broker, and in this market, it seems like the lowest estimate you get always ends up being the price you actually sell for. so if you don't get greedy, you'll have no problem selling that condo unit at all. >> that's interesting advice. barbara corcoran, thank you so ti onfor answeringme so aquistionshor tm. ngni >om>> cundg xtinne,p is how to unspoil your kids, after this. me and blur my vision. my eye doctor said there's great news for people with astigmatism. acuvue® oasys for astigmatism. he said it's the only lens of its kind designed to realign naturally with every blink and created with hydraclear® plus. i'm seeing more clearly, crisply, comfortably, all day long. now life doesn't have to be a blur. [ male announcer ] learn more at acuvue.com.
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laura beren is a relationship strategist. good to see you. michelle, 94% of parents say they're worried that they're raising a spoiled kid. even though we don't want to. >> i have yet to hear a parent say i hope my kid turns out spoiled. is problem is it creeps up on you, we love them so much we want to do everything for them. we have this demanding little kid that wants everything their way. there's no gene for spoiled, it's learned and we can unlearn it. >> certainly a lot of parents i know, they want their kids to have what they didn't have. >> yes, certainly, but the parents now need to take responsibility. you know, the child doesn't come out spoiled until you give them a silver spoon from tiffany. >> michelle, what are the long-term effects? >> long-term effects are really damaging. number one, what we realize is
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that little spoiled kid very often grows up to be the entitled grown up. they're never really satisfied because they're given so much. it's that chronic dissatisfaction. but they're more likely to be depressed, anxious, lowered self-esteem. which is fascinating because we think it's going to be the opposite. >> and they don't get along. >> they're not going to get the birthday party invitations as a little guy. >> you deal with young adults who have been spoiled. i would assume it must be much more difficult now that these habits have been ingrained in these kids that are now adults? >> it is, it's very difficult. and these young women don't know how to trust themselves. that is the biggest key that i can share with you. is give them that opportunity to expand their horizons, to know that they are more than their shopping habits. >> do you see any hope? i mean for example, what are some of the things parents,
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older parents obviously can do to help these young adults? >> they need to force freedom. they need to step out of their children's way. what giving your child money really is, and let's be cheer is control. and you are keeping your children like children. they don't know how to make their own decisions, they don't trust their inner voice. >> you say take them off the gravy train. >> absolutely. and if they slide, let them slide. >> what if they invest in something other than the here and the now? >> especially charitable options. especially volunteer your time because that is what is really allowing these kids, these spoiled kids to show that they have got gifts and teaching them compassion. >> michelle, i have been talking with some of my friends who have kids in their 20s, having problems. or even in their teens. one of the things i remember growing up, i didn't do any -- my parents didn't help me get into college. in as much as they didn't fill out the forms, they didn't help
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me write the essays. and i hear my friends saying they've got a second full-time job helping their kids do this. >> and we have a kid that's not really at that point able to handle life, they haven't gotten those skills to be able to stand on their own two feet. this is doable. we can turn this around and it's not going to be pretty, and your kid is going to resist you. but what you really want to do is as parent are basically three things. the first thing is, watch all the attention, taper it. what you want to do is help that child learn that they are not the center of the universe. you're stretching that child from me to we. how would you feel if that happened to you? what do you need in order to feel better? the second thing you can really do in life is start really empathizing your child's inside qualities, spoiled kids base everything on what they own and how they look and so instead, start emphasizing the kindness
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or the respect or the responsibility. you'll have a kid with healthier self-esteem who's basing on character traits from the inside and giving not getting. >> especially with young women who believe that everything is their exterior. they have role models these days that are just face and hair. give them heart. >> you're cut off premiers tonight at 9:00, 8:00 central on vh1. designing your own diet pla
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there's some amount of flexibility in here, and we're talking about not huge changes but small ones that add up. >> the flex diet recognizes the fact that you're an individual that gives you the tools to design your own weight loss plan that's evidence based on medically sound. >> the first one you said is take a photo. >> before you start running you have to know where your starting line is, so document it, it's going to motivate you. i have a flexor in texas who's taking a picture of herself every day and documenting her progress online. >> let's technology be your friend. >> automated text messages has been helpful in changing people's behaviors. >> now this is the one we have been hearing about, drinking a decent amount of water. you say six glasses? >> a lot of people carry around those huge bottles around town,
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you only need four to six glasses, it will keep your full, curb your appetite and the evidence shows that's all you need to lose weight. >> our moms obviously knew something, an apple a day keeps the doctor away and will help you lose weight as well ". >> they're low in sugar, a lot of water content. >> flaxseeds? >> you know, i don't use the word superfoods often. but high in omega threes, high in fiber, if you put them into soups or yogurt orcas roles. >> this is actually a pretty good food? >> my patients love this one. the idea of a cardiologist supporting eggs in a diet is great because they're high in protein, low in carbs and actually help you lose weight. instead of eating that bagel every day, have an egg.
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>> green tea. >> we keep this stocked at the heart institute in portland, oregon because it helps you with some of the anti-oxidants. >> take a walk, walk the dog, you say this can make a big difference. >> a lot of people have their kids walk the dog because its teaches responsibility. walk the dog as a family. you'll get outside 20 to 30 minutes every day, people who walk their dog lose weight and have lower blood pressure. >> nonstick sprays with natural oils to help you get the good effects of that? >> canola oil and olive oil, it's all about portion control. you get about 90% less oil if you use these sprays. >> hey. >> the place you eat off of? >> smaller plates mean smaller portions. >> you should be afraid?
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>> you should be very afraid. >> i'm having a really good time right now. >> what are you grooming him? >> i like his hair. >> the book is called the flex diet.
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t. a check of the forecast with christi christina. >> good morning for some chilly,
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if that's wa you have a hankering r for. 32 in livermore. we're not in the 20s any longer. santa rosa hit 25 degrees. fourth time in history it was that cold on this date. 52 in oakland, 51 for redwood city. the rest of the waeek is shapin up. we'll warm up to about 60 on wednesday. mike, any of the fog impacting traffic? >> any advisory has lifted. the bridge has reopened. this is a motorcycle. an accident with the driver down on the side of the road around 237. that will be an issue as well as a couple more incidents. northbound, 101 and southbound 60. a couple of accidents in those directions. coming into the area, 680 and
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880 show slowing and a nice smooth drive at the toll. back to you. >> thank you very much, mike. family and friends will say good-bye to a promising young musician. chris johns is a senior at the school for the arts. he taught hils to play the organ, piano and guitar. he was shot and killed in front of his home. last night at the 7th avenue baptist church, a few hundred friends and family celebrated jones' live. t >> up to the new leadership in the city. the parents and the young people, also, to do a better job of making these young people believe they have a chance to not kill anybody else. >> that's why -- >> the funeral will start at 11:00 this morning in oakland. i'll have another update in about half an hour. hand sanitizers are essential, but the alcohol's drying.
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where she got hit was actually the best place. >> that's a miracle. >> they said everything had to go right for her. she's 40 years old, so everything -- she got into the e.r. within 40 machines. that quick. because it happened on saturday which sounds like -- they don't have planned operations so they were able to get those -- all those people in, including her. >> they're not all fully staffed on weekends, either. are they? >> the doctor said everyone -- there were people on call. they had all their trauma guys standing by and she is being check every hour. she's heavily sedated, being checked every hour to see how she responds to basic commands. >> she's responding which they think is -- meaning that if she understands a command and can give the reaction that they're asking for -- >> right. close your eyes, squeeze my finger. >> they don't know if she can speak. >> she's got a tube down her throat. >> god bless this woman. >> if you think about this guy, loughner, when you think about
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him. it is interesting, isn't it, to listen to what people who have known him over the years and most recently thought of this -- they didn't think just he was a little whacked kid, but a deeply disturbed and potentially dangerous individual. especially the woman -- older woman he was going to college with. lynn is a linda sorenson. she wrote "we have a mentally untable persu unstable person in this class who scared the crap out of me. he's one of those who you see pictured in the news, after he has come into class with an automatic weapon. i sit by the door with my purse handy. if you stee on tee it on the ne night, know that i got out fast. >> she was terrified. if she thought and experienced it and that was only one e-mail. there were several that she sent that he was finally removed. right? was told that he needed a psychiatric evaluation. who along the way -- who else
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saw this and who didn't get this kid either into treatment or -- i guess if you haven't done something wrong yet, they certainly can't arrest you. but where are his parents? >> i've been wanting to hear from them to hear what the story is. it is weird all of the interaction he had with representative giffords. he went to one of her other meetings. >> almost a stalking. >> they had an exchange. he asked her a question and it made no sense according to the friend. she tried to answer it and he was upset that she didn't understand what he was saying. >> so many of his not just e-mails but i guess his rantings on the internet were basically everybody was illiterate, everybody's stupid, nobody gets it, there's mind control. he's the one that sounded like -- he's the one with the problem. >> yeah. >> so he's going to be tried, they're saying, basically for the federal crimes. >> there were six people who died, including that little
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9-year-old girl. >> a federal judge and three elderly people. >> an aide and a young girl who's 9. got bless her family, dallas green's little granddaughter. there is a little 9-year-old that lives at our house named julia. she's just the same way. just precious. that could be anybody's child. she was interested in politics and a friend in the neighborhood said well this would be good for you. she had just been elected to the student council. golly, you can't even go so safeway in your own hometown. would you change your life in any way? should congress change their lives and the way they go about living their lives and doing their business because there are some crazy people in the world. >> i think there are madmen and madwomen out there. i think you just have to live your life. don't you? i think it is one of those things that i'm sure the mother of this young girl who i just -- my heart broke for that entire family because on monday
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everything's fine, on tuesday everything falls apart. just how life can be. >> i don't know how these parents are able to put a sentence together and go on television and articulate their feelings. god bless them all. >> let's talk about something good that happened. this is about we -- we did an "everyone has a story" on thursday. a man named devon. right? >> yes. devon glover is his last name. >> um-hmm. >> he came on. he rapped to shakespeare. he had left school earlier because his family was in a real desperate need and his two younger brothers were sort of going down a tough path and his mother -- he was close to getting his degree. >> he didn't quite get it. >> someone was watching our show and shaw that he had an outstanding bill at college and offered to pay his outstanding bill and to pay for -- he only has a couple of classes left to graduate, to pay for those classes. >> he's going to get his degree in mathematics. there is his mom.
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she was so proud of him. we are delighted to say that the reaction to thursday's show and the reaction to friday's show -- people are losing it. >> we were on the treadmills. remember? the treadmills, the bikes and elliptical thingie. >> thinkie. >> look at seth. >> we were on fire! >> everybody says, kathie lee was rocking her scrunchy. >> brian williams eating the jelly doughnut may have been one of my favorite parts of the entire deal. >> which apparently he does. >> he's in any nominal shape but he is just a junk eater. >> again the calorie totals, as we should bring them up -- i still dispute them but i had 352 burned and you had 423. >> imagine that. >> other people were counting their calories, too. they sent our pictures in. robi walked in place did cardio, she worked out during commercials, too. go, girl.
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>> from tulsa. >> we had another girl face and everybody was on it, everybody was working it! and so we want to thank everyone who played with us on that day. >> i went to a meeting afterwards and something suggested you guys should do that every friday. i went -- ahh! but i felt so good about it afterwards because i rarely work up that much after sweat because of my bad neck and my lazy rear end. over the weekend i thought i got to do that. so i did it again yesterday. full blast. >> when you run -- she was asking me what do you run with that little control thing on. if it says 6.0 that means you're running a 10-minute mile and you were rocking it at 6.0 during that whole interview. >> which was like four minutes. >> it was almost five. >> really? >> and that's a long time to run at that clip. >> well there's a reason to do it. there is a new study out that says exercise makes you -- i can't even say it. >> it makes you, they say, drink
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more alcohol. thy did a study on rats. they put rats on a treadmill or whatever they get on. and then they said that the ones who were on the treadmill drank more alcohol. they probably would have drank more of anything. >> or they didn't realize they were doing it. i don't know. but he exercise about ten minutes more a week than moderate drinkers. >> we always do a little thing about sex. this is our thing about sex today. couples who save sex for marriage are happier. people who wait and have sex until they're married are happier. why do you think? >> i think especially in our world today, too many people are under the covers before they even know somebody's middle name. and i think it is a result, you may be having great sex but are you not developing communication skills that you're going to need for a lifetime of together. because every relationship has
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ups and downs and if it is based on sex, the first problem you have that comes along the way you're not going to have the skills. it is amazing to me how willing people are to be incredibly intimate, physically with somebody, and yet not discuss something else in their life because it just wouldn't be right. >> you're right. that's a great point. >> what have we come to? >> we're embarrassed to talk about things that mean a lot to us but we're not embarrassed to jump for a roll in the hay. >> johnny weir's going to have a song he skates to later called "dirty love." that's the way hoda likes it, dirty love. >> stop it. >> you like this song. >> i do like this song. >> dirty bit. dirty bit. >> i just want to thank all the folks in new orleans -- excuse me. -- i did make it out of -- what are you doing? >> i dropped an nk. it happens, hoda. okay? >> i did make it out in the snowstorm. it was really coming down at 2:00 when the flight took off. >> i was praying for you, hoda
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woman. >> great time in new orleans. want it thank a couple of people from susan g. komen. what was really cool, they had a jazz band that played. called something bone, lone bone or something. >> what's it called? >> bone town. >> watch out for that. >> favorite things? >> favorite things. we have my friends from amway here last week and they went me a gift and i went crazy for it. these are the artistry lip gloss. $15 from amway but look. they have a mirror. but then when you open it up, it lights up. if you're in the theater or in the restaurant, you got the whole thing right there. i love this color. i love that! look how pretty that is. >> i think it's got a little menthol or something in it. >> a lip plumper.
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>> it is not a plumper, i don't think. well then let me put more on. if my lips look like tires at the end of the show, then it has plumper in it. >> this product for hair is a non-oil de-frizzer. i'm all about hair issues. you can put this on wet or dry. there's no oil in it but it still keeps the frizzies -- don't look at mine. >> i'm just looking at how fabulous your hair looks. have you seen pictures of you through the years? you are one hot woman now, hoda. i'd like to think it's because you're with me. >> yes. >> but i don't think that's the reason why. hoda's happy now. >> happy. are you worried about saging? susa suzanne somers is here. >> we love her. what went on with hollywood while were you busy with your weekend. all the buzz right after this. [ man ] each bottle of clorox 2 stain fighter & color booster
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time to fill you in on today's buzz with all the entertainment news that's fit to dish. our dynamic duo is back. bonnie fuller, the editor in chief of hollywoodlife.com. hello. >> hi. >> just this morning we are reading about sandra bullock and ryan reynolds. we have been hearing rumblings, but it's one i would love to see happen. >> me, too. >> she has a vacation home in jackson hole. they spent a few weekends together and they were together on new year's eve. spent that time together. >> the thing you have to be careful of in a situation like that is you don't just lick wounds together. they have been through stuff. it seems soon for both of them to be in a serious relationship, but i hope they are having fun and are nice to one another. >> they are. other good news, zac efron and
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vanessa hudgens are back together, hugging and kissing at a club. >> thank god. i feel like i should be out there playing the field but it's not in my heart, he said. >> they split in december. who knew they would be back together this quickly? >> she made him jealous. >> maybe she did. we heard they were still best friends, weren't over each other and friends expected them to reunite, but not this soon. and also ryan phillippe. >> he worries me. she better be careful. >> he's a terrific actor but certain guys don't seem to be able to keep it together long. >> he visited her on the set of the new movie. >> he does seem to have a type. he likes blonds. though she's a redhead now. >> so reese witherspoon got engaged. tell us more about that.
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that seems quick. was it? >> no, no. they were dating for at least a year. i think she took her time. she's careful. doesn't like to introduce her kids. >> he was not a well known person. so it was under the radar a little bit. >> yeah. >> great news. did you hear about victoria beckham and david beckham? >> another beautiful baby. >> maybe a girl! >> that comes right on the heels of the -- him being accused of being with hookers and threesomes and -- >> no, no. >> i just hear this stuff. i don't buy the magazines. >> how do you hear it then? >> i go to the website. >> all right. >> now a lot of news on tv. we have the sarah palin thing. >> this is interesting.
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she had this reality show. >> "sarah palin's alaska." did very well. >> now it's cancelled. >> well, it's supposed to be. >> couple of things. maybe she wants to run for president in 2012. if she's on television, her candidacy may not be taken as seriously. number two, if she's still on the air with "sarah palin's alaska" then what does the network have to do about other candidates in terms of equal time. >> yeah. >> it can get sticky if you want to keep a political agenda out there. >> does she think she wants to do it or did they -- >> what was interesting last night on the finale is she said if she's going to run, she's going to announce it on her favorite morning talk show in anchorage, "bob and mark." i think is the name of the show. she promised them they get the news. if she doesn't give it to them, they are giving her a noogie. >> all right. >> so katie holmes was supposed to be playing jackie o. in this
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production. now we hear the project is off. >> yeah. they're saying it is not appropriate for the history channel even though this is the most expensive mini series they have ever produced. it is being shot for showtime. >> why? >> it's interesting. it turns out that -- okay, history channel is owned by disney. they have a book company and the book company is supposed to be producing a 50-year anniversary book about the kennedys penned by caroline. >> i trust there was one of the producers was one of the few hardline conservatives in hollywood. so it was quite negative in many ways. job i don't know if that's true or not. >> but you didn't buy the magazine. >> i didn't buy the magazine. >> we have to roll. >> "jersey shore" had a tremendous -- >> that's for tomorrow!
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>> snooki's on tomorrow. i need a good night's sleep. >> you do. >> we've got to go! >> all right. fan of the week coming up waiting to be revealed. >> the sexy suzanne summers says if you have a weight problem it could be a food allergy. we'll get to that. ♪
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week." >> there are so many to choose from! making it a very difficult decision every week for the lovely miss sara. yet she manages to find that very special one. how do you do that? >> that's right. it is always tough decision but i was able to narrow it down to one devoted fan. without further ado, drum roll, please. vaness va's from irving, texas and she watches every day on her computer. >> how adorable is she. >> she works as a blek berry specialist and enjoys doing pencil drawings. >> is that wine? >> what is she thinking? >> her favorite part of the show are the "ambush makeovers" and she tries to make her own version at home before she gross to work. this is cute. this is her makeshift. she even does the reaction afterwards. >> wowza! >> but she watches klg and hoda because it helps her start her day laughing. >> she is adorable.
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thank you. >> thingamajig. >> her husband is clearly -- that was cute. >> isn't that adorable? >> vanessa, thank you for watching. >> logon to klgandhoda.com for your chance to become our "fan of the week." still to come, the gadgets you'll need to stay warm and safe in the cold winter. plus, one of our favorite ladies, suzanne somers here for secrets to staying sexy. and the science she says behind dropping the pounds. and one guy who loves the cold, olympic skater johnny weir is with us. he'll take his talents to the ice and tell us a little bit about his new book and skate to his new song that hoda love called "dirty love." oh, i am not ready. can i have a couple weeks? [ female announcer ] but with yoplait light's two week tune up, you could be ready. you could lose 5 pounds in 2 weeks when you replace breakfast and lunch with a fruit, grain, and yoplait light. betsy bets. you haven't changed a bit.
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both served with asiago filled tortelloni. along with our unlimited fresh salad and warm breadsticks. this is like being back at the kids' table. [ laughter ] olive garden. when you're here, you're family. olive garden. when you're here, you're family. good morning. we'll check the forecast with christina. i'm looking for a warm-up. >> you and everybody else. you know what? it is cold. i've got your warm-up. just wait one second. 41 degrees now in oakland. we are going to end up in the 50s today. 53 in san jose. 55 in gilroy and 61 degrees by saturday, but that's about as warm as we're going to get. mike, any problems on the roads? >> things are pretty smooth, pretty cool, i guess you could say. we have a little slowing out of san mateo.
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92 coming over the water shows you how clear and nice it is. crossing the bay here, just fine. the bay bridge toll plaza, we had a back-up until about five minutes ago. nice, smooth drive here. ngea.cl we have more news coming up right after this.
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this afternoon, gavin newsom becomes california's new lieutenant governor.
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he will be sworn in at 1:00. his father will administer the oath of office. the elder newsom is a former associate justice of the state court of appeal in san francisco. right after he's sworn in, the new lieutenant governor will meet and greet the public. startling news for raiders fans. he is no longer with the raiders. he was fired though his contract was not up. the contract had rare clauses because he has not participated in more than 20 plays, the contract is void. he add fewer interceptions. to his credit, he did spend a lot of time with under privilaged children. he is a four-time probowler. the highest defensive player in the league. 28 million these last two years. he would have made 18 until next year. another update in about a half
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an hour. it's not. i think it's time for us to say good-bye and hope you join us tomorrow morning. have a great day. we're back on this fun-day with more of "today" and the sexy suzanne somers who 38 years ago was spotted as the mystery blonde in "american graffiti." it was after that america fell in love with her on the long-running tv comedy "three's company" playing christy snow who got into some crazy situations with her roommate. she's sold millions of books and thigh masters and boob lifters. >> that's next. >> her latest book is called "sexy forever," how to fight fat after 40. >> it starts at 40.
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everything starts falling apart. because of the end of your reproductive years. really in biology, the brain would like to get rid of us a after we're gone. >> it's our culture. get the heck out of town. >> what good are we? >> women say this -- kathie says it a lot, too. at our age we eat crumbs and salad and crackers and stand on the scale and we're up a few pounds. we're thinking what is wrong. >> i know what's wrong. >> tell us. >> because everybody is out with diets right now. diets work, you'll lose weight but it is going to come back. the reason is because the planet has changed. we are living in the greatest environmental assault in the history of mankind so every day you're exposed or on a regular basis 80,000 different chemicals, 200 by the time you finish your morning ritual. now -- >> you're out exercising in polluted air. >> but you are sleeping on a mattress with tuline, we have to
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put fire retardant on our mattresses, you breathe that in, breathe it in your food, rubbing it on your skin. >> what should we do? >> when you take in toxins, everything you put in your mouth has to be used, stored or eliminate pd. if it is good nutrition we can lose it. but if it is a toxin and we're over 40, we no longer have our master antioxidant so our body doesn't know what to do with the toxins so it stores it in the fat for you. it is like a closet with too many clothes in it. the more clothes you have and you want to buy something new, you have to detox. you got to balance your hormones and find out if you have food intolerances. >> which is something -- that was interesting. you had an allergy to eggs. you don't know about. you lost weight after discovering -- >> ten pounds just by giving up my eggs. i'm writing about my husband
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who's gluten intolerant. this is the way you talk. my granddaughter is allergic to everything, gluten, wheat, soy, yeast, avocados, peaches -- brown rice. organic protein, butter, olive oil and vegetables. that's it. >> now people who have a blew then intolerance they've got a puffy face and your belly gets puffy and it's from gluten. for me i was carrying this weight through my upper abdomen and i'm writing about -- my husbai said that's me. i had fried ononions, a vegetable salad. it must be the eggs. i gave up the eggs and took the test i wrote about in the book. >> what is the test? >> ew, stool test. but honestly, it is so accurate. it comes back like a graph and shows you a little bit of this. a little bit of that. two lines went across the page,
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egg whites, egg yolks. i'm violently allergic. >> your body didn't say throw it up. >> no. but it all gathers in here. this after 40 and after 60 this is really tough for women to get rid of. maybe it is the food that you're eating. >> this is chock-full of information. >> recipes -- there's a program i'm not even talking about how you lose weight but you first have to address the toxins. your toxic burden, balance your hormones. get eight hours of sleep a night. without drugs. sex. >> we're all going to have lots and lots of sex with you. >> okay, we got to roll. >> suzanne's sore moahormones. there's enough to share.
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snow, ice, sleet and hail. >> for some it is a winter wonderland, but for many who struggle to stay warm and dry, it is a nightmare. >> steve greenberg is here with the best winter gadgets to keep you safe, warm and dry. >> a lot of people are slipping and falling and this could be the ticket. >> you just attach this to your stairs and walkway. when it is about to snow, turn it on, the snow doesn't stick to your sidewalk. >> that's smart. >> we actually have a thing under our driveway that heats -- we would never -- >> you do? >> that was there when we bought the house but it was a smart thing. >> this is magnetic shield cover. you put this outside the car on your windshield. this sticks to the outside of the car. when snow falls on it, just pull it off. just on the windshield. you don't have to use a scraper. >> i think this may be the
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smartest thing. if your battery goes dead, steve has the solution. >> you plug this into the cigarette lighter, wait ten minutes and you can start your car again. you don't use jumper cables. >> 30 bucks. it's nothing. >> oh, my gosh. >> it always works, no matter what? >> unless the battery is completely to the point where you can't save it anymore. but as long as you can get it, you will save it. this is a telescoping snow shovel. it folds up, goes into the trunk of your car. $13. >> your gloves and boots sometimes get soaked all the way through. >> this is dry guy. you just put this right on there, boots in there. it blows out air. pretty neat. >> i got to get that. >> overstock.com. >> this is from hammacher schlemmer. >> skocool stuff. >> takes a "d" battery.
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when you go skiing, keeps you nice and warm. i think you're familiar with this. these are -- >> those are the things you snap -- >> we'll do live on tv. >> you find that little snappy thing. >> one, two, three. watch what happens. >> why isn't it working? i did it. i snapped it. i know my snapper. it gets hot immediately. i need this for my next. how many times are you supposed to do this? my thing that i used on my next was supposed to use ten times. it worked like 30. i used it over and over again. you have to boil it. >> these are smart touch gloves. they have little metal fibers in the thumb and on the pointer finger so that you can control your touch screen device. >> this would be good in the park with your ipod. you have gloves on, you can't -- >> this lets you touch a touch screen. >> smart!
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isotoner. i don't know why that's funny. but okay. this is from kodak, their play sport camera. it is weather-proof, shock-proof and water-proof up to ten feet. great for outdoors having some phone. it is a digital camera. >> i thought you said vegetable. >> no. digital camera and video camera. it also slices, dices your vegetables as well. >> of course it does! >> from kodak. this is a combination, sort of a bmx bike meets a snowboarder. it is for going down a hill. this is the arctic bunker from igloo. you can build your own fort real easily. every kid that wants a fort? >> good stuff, steve. thank you so much. stay warm, everybody.
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because everyone deserves a lifetime. we're here in rockefeller center with three-time national champion and two-time oolympian johnny weir. >> he's souout with a brand-new autobiography, "welcome to my world." how are you? >> i'm gorgeous. >> a lot of people when you ask them who is johnny weir, they think immediately about your outfits and sort of -- how would you describe it? >> extravagant. >> but that's not really all there is to you at all. >> absolutely not. i'm a very simple person, from a small town in pennsylvania. wanted bigger things. worked really hard to get them. that's what i think of myself. of course i love mixing makeup and sparkles with some fur.
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that gives people their impression of my flam bounce. >> there are layers and layers to every human being. >> onions. we are all onion. >> what are you, mr. onion, going to do for us today? >> i'm performing for the first time to my single that i recorded called "dirty love." >> you sing it? >> yeah. >> get that jacket off. >> we're looking forward to this, johnny. >> it's cold! >> take it off. suck it up and do it, baby. there you go, doll. johnny weir, everybody. ♪
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time for "today's style" an how to dress for winter without
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all that bulk. >> whether you need a new coat or feel like you pack on five pounds every time you pile on a layer, we have the style expert for the online shopping expert, the find. hello, allison. >> what are we wearing? >> you have a fabulous ann taylor coat. i just love the faux fur. adds more of fifi fsophisticati. >> you have a version from lord & taylor. belting at the waist defines it so you don't feel like you're carrying extra pounds. >> we have real women models. >> jill's the first one. this is about taking that modern version of your winter coat. this shawl collar, this is from lord & taylor. it is a fabulous coat. i love again talking about cinching at the waist. you are creating that waist.
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>> is that cashmere. >> it's kind of aen gongora woo. that's $125. coats today can cost upwards over $1,000. if you spend the money, keeping you warm and dry and it is going to last. >> moving on to the warm coats, gina. >> i love this one. this is actually green puffer coat. i love the little sheen to it. it is a thin puffer so it is still going to keep you warm but has insulation. this is available at t.j. max. you don't look like the mitch lynn tir heat tech jeans. jeans that keep you warm throughout the winter. boots ideal for winter we just had. >> the winter's coming to new york. i like that, gina.
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thanks. >> talking about layering with sweaters and all that stuff. >> carrie ann. >> whoa! shaking her money maker. >> we love all these wraps but so many times you put on these wraps you don't know how to wear them. add the belt at the waist. >> really cute. >> the animal print, little rowr! that's an infinity scarf. there is no end to it. you can wrap it multiple times. gives you more comforts. i like it. it is a little more stylized. no fringe. the boots are also from espriri. very sporty. >> thank you. >> this is how you take those multi-layers and still keep yourself looking slender.
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first layer is a white button-down shirt. it has spandex in it so it stretches and hugs your body. makes it look slimming. those are thinner layers. >> let's bring out chelsea. come on. that's the fur vest. >> this is your faux fur vest from kohl's. you layer it so you don't like bulky. you love a faux fur vest because you can wear it indoors or out. >> home run. >> thanks so much. coming up tomorrow -- >> we have susan sarandon and snooki. >> and the best kid cook around. i love that kid! >> he's 12. to owinsane. morr e' see you tomorrow because it will be booze-day. god bless you, everybody. [ female announcer ] for a limited time, get sizzler's
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