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welcome to "today." 7:00 a.m. on the west coast this friday morning. i'm meredith vieira. >> i'm willie geist in for matt. it could be a pivotal day in egypt. one of the largest demonstrations sunday way right now. >> by all accounts it has been very peaceful so far with some parents bringing their children to the square to take part. egypt's defense minister showed up earlier this morning. that could be a sign the military is fighting with anti-mubarak protesters. the white house is now working behind the scenes to pressure the egyptian president to step down. straight to nbc's chief foreign correspondent richard engel with more. richard, good morning to you. >> reporter: good morning. gist returned from the center of the protests. the mood has been joyous. people were welcoming to all of the foreigners who were there, including foreign journalists,
very different atmosphere than we have seen in ki rover the past several days. and there was intense security. i personally must have gone through about nine different checkpoints set up by the army and the protesters themselves. the protesters wanted to de-escalate the hostility and still putting pressure on mubarak. the situation, however, remains very volatile. any time you have such a large crowd gathered in any one place. today is the deadline protesters set for president mubarak to leave egypt. thousands of demonstrators held friday prayers in tahrir square today, a sign of faith and unity. they insist mubarak must not finish out his term. president mubarak has said that he will die in egypt. there's tension in the square because even the protesters don't know what they will do today. but they are braced for a fight. tahrir square has become like a shrewd military base with rocks as weapons and barricades of burned out vehicles and metal
shields. the defenses were put up to fight off attacks by president mubarak's supporters. protesters claimed mubarak's loyalists are paid thugs and undercover policemen. as this video shows, they appear to stop at nothing to break into the square. when the protesters catch mubarak's supporters, they are detained. bound and held in a makeshift prison. at an improvised infirmty medics treat hundreds of wounded protesters that refuse to leave tahrir. for the protesters tahrir has become an alamo and they say they will die here if necessary. the egyptian officials say the chaos in egypt is a plot to bring down president mubarak by agitators and opportunists including foreign journalists and egypt's banned islamic groups. there is a foreign media agenda. a business agenda and a muslim brotherhood agenda, vice president omar suleiman told
state television. i will ask our security forces to pursue those responsible. that message clearly had already been passed to the secret police and mubarak supporters who have been detained, harassed, beat, chased down. dozens of journalists as we have seen for ourselves. the united states has condemned the attacks on journalists. >> strongest terms, attacks on the reporters covering the ongoing situation in egypt. >> reporter: many egyptians believe the government is trying to divert attention from the protests and blame them on outsiders. there were some minor clashes on the outskirts of the protests but in general, it was calm. >> richard, i want to ask you, i understand the anti-government protesters are in the square. we are in the pro-mubarak protesters today? >> reporter: they were nowhere to be seen. and the -- anti- mubarak protesters were in that square as you saw with their shields ready. i saw many people wearing instruction helmets in case they
had to fight off another assault by molotov cocktails and stones. but they didn't show up today. the pro-mubarak protesters weren't there. had they arrived in any case, there was a perimeter set up by the army so it would have been very difficult for them to arrive in the square and start the clashes. >> the fact they didn't show up, does that suggest to you that they were advised by the government? there are questions about the government organized these people. >> reporter: there is no question among the demonstrators this was an organized effort. almost all egyptians know that president mubarak's government, his political party in general, used goon squads before to enforce policy and carried out corrupt elections. what is unclear if president mubarak himself ordered this. he expressed regrets or if it was carried out by some lower official in his party. but they didn't show up today. not even in a large number or not even in small numbers which
does suggest they had been ordered to come and ordered not to come. >> defense minister did show up this morning. what did you make of that? him coming to -- >> reporter: i thought that was quite -- i think that was quite significant. it is legitimizing the demonstrations in a way. it is showing that the people are not just criminal which has been some of the government's rhetoric in the past. he came and visited and wasn't a warm embrace. most there defense minister was looking at the troops to have been called in to the area. getting an assessment of the scene of tahrir square which has become a battleground the last several days. the more important arrive in tahrir was the secretary general of the arab league. he's someone that has considerable popularity here, much more so than elbaradei. it is he is definitely a person to watch. >> if the protesters decide then
want to march on the palace, six miles away from the square, they will be allowed to do so? >> reporter: i think if they did it in a controlled way, coordinated with the army, perhaps even asked permission, they would be allowed. they we don't to appear like a mob. they kept telling us we are not violent, we were attacked and didn't start all this fighting. so i don't think they want to clash with the army. if they are going to march and ask permission the mood on the ground right now, the cooperation between the protesters and army, is very good. it seems they would probably be allowed. >> richard engel, thank you so much for your reporting. we appreciate it. it is 7:07 pacific time. for more here is willie. the obama administration appears to be taking a harder line with president mubarak. deciding he must be replaced now. nbc's chief foreign affairs correspondent andrea mitchell is in washington with details. good morning. >> reporter: good morning. >> what kind of pressure is the white house and the united states government putting on
mubarak behind the scenes? >> a lot of pressure. president obama himself in prooifal suggestions but president mubarak has resisted that pressure. that he step down now. senior officials say the administration is -- to be replaced by a coalition government until elections can be held. officials said there were a number of possible scenarios. a number of conversations with the egyptians. they are talks, not negotiation. the preferred way is negotiation. including the banned muslim brotherhood. vice president biden did talk to suleiman and now as richard engel pointed out speshgtsed former foreign minister as the head of the arab league secretary general showing up at tahrir square could play a major role. i talked to a top official that said that's very significant. they think he's raising his profile and could be a big player. >> clearly the white house
walking a fine line here. doesn't want to appear as though it is driving a coup from the united states. >> they don't want to see this as a an american plan. so they are trying to keep their fingerprints off of it because it has no credibility in jimt or the rest of the arab world if this were perceived to be made in the usa. it is very important that it does not get tagged that way. >> andrea mitchell, thank you. it is 7:09 pacific time. here's meredith. now to the plight of an american woman who lives in tahrir square. we talked to mary thornberry thursday and have been in touch with her family this morning. nbc's lester holt traveled from cairo to ahman, jordan, overnight and has the latest on that story. >> reporter: meredith, good morning. we spoke to her son today who says while she's still in cairo she is now receiving help from an unspecified source is how he put it. she is doing okay. it has been a rough, rough three days for her and fended off mobs trying to get inside of her apartment. this is a woman that's
determined to stand her ground. 76-year-old mary thornberry spent a second night trapped in her apartment in cairo's tahrir square. the situation getting worse. >> i found out i would no longer had water. >> reporter: outside her door, chaos. >> sometimes i just hear the huge sound and sometimes the chant will be mubarak, mubarak, mubarak. sometimes elbaradei. >> reporter: men started beating on mary's door, breaking the glass, and shouting threats. >> i have a sharp knife. i have my walking cane. and i have my rolling pin. that's my armory. >> reporter: back in the u.s., mary's son has been making phone calls from his office near seattle. he contacted nbc news on wednesday after he couldn't get help for his 76-year-old mother. >> it has been a surreal experience. especially with molotov cocktails being thrown off the
roof in her area. especially in her building. >> reporter: early thursday morning we tried to go to mary's apartment, hoping it would be safe enough to get her out. but by the light of day, the danger was clear. we had to turn back. on thursday, mary had this to say. >> i'm displeased with the treatment i have not received from the american embassy. >> reporter: after our story air the u.s. embassy contacted us to ask how to reach mary. in washington, a state department spokesman responded to a question about her situation. >> where we can be helpful, we, of course, will dispatch directly assistance or we will try to work with the host government where we can to help them. >> reporter: with mary, all alone, the violence raging outside, her ire is clearly still up i'm really -- getting quite angry. it is just as well no one can come and stick their face in my broken glass because i'm apt to
who them with my rolling pin. >> reporter: where we stayed last night, we are able to see towards her building and thankfully last night in cairo near tahrir square, it was much, much quieter. again, her family said while she is still in cairo she is receiving unspecified help. they did note it is not coming from the u.s. embassy. >> we wish her the very best. lester holt, thank you very much between want to point out there are demonstrations in other parts of egypt. there are protesters gathering in alexandria as well. >> we hope they get the need they need to get out. let's gait a check on the rest of the morning's top stories. ann curry. good morning. we begin with iran's reaction to the turmoil in egypt. this morning, iran's supreme leader, ayatollah khomeini, praised the massive demonstrations as a quote, islamic liberation movement and called for the uprising to cross the middle east to bring down the united states. a senate committee has found that the fbi and army had enough cause to dismiss major hasan
before he allegedly went on the shooting rampage as ft. hood, texas, killing 13 and wounding 32 others. the finding, unwillingness to confront homegrown islamic extremism, prevented officials from taking action in major hasan's case. mark kely, the husband of gabrielle giffords, will command the final mission of the space shuttle "endeavour" in april. kelly has been by his wife's side ever since she was shot through the head in tucson last month. he will make the official statement later today. now to the nation's unemployment rate. down to 9%. trish regan joins us from cnbc world headquarters. on the surface this seems like very good news. what's behind these numbers? >> you know, ann, very confused by the report. how can you have such a big reduction in the unemployment rate from 9.4% down to 9% when
you are only adding 36,000 jobs? 36,000 jobs is nothing. so the big concern here is that a lot of people have simply thrown in the towel. they are so discouraged, they have been looking for jobs for months and say maybe i will just wait until spring. factor in all the snowstorms. another reason why people may have said i will just wait until spring. so people are discouraged. that's a big reason why we are seeing the decline. >> that's very troubling. trish regan, thank you for breaking that down for us. finally now, the bandit who made off with $1.5 million in chips after a daring heist at the bellagio in las vegas last december is now in custody. the suspect was captured oddly enough as he was gambling at the bellagio. he had been living there off and on ever since the heist, off and on the casino's tab, after a big losses at the tables and turns out that he is the son of a judge in las vegas. not much more you can add to that. back to meredith and willie.
>> he is in trouble. >> with dad. >> can you get me off? >> little problem. >> we missed you, mr. roker. >> good to be back. >> nice to have you back. >> always good to be in chicago. we love chicago. let's check it out and show you what's happening. we got the storm system to talk about out west bringing in more rain into seattle. they have been getting pounded as well. talking about lots going on along the east. they are seeing rain in seattle. and the pacific northwest today. as we take a look, underneath the clouds, show you what's going on. wind why you conditions through the western plains. storm system coming out of the gulf causing icy conditions. morning snow in dallas. picked up five inches of snow this morning. freezing rain in houston, texas. the airports have been a mess there. that ice mess stretches all the way into the mid mississippi river valley. sunny skies back here in the northeast. plenty of sunshine, flurries in northern new england. that wet weather, though, will make its way along the mid atlantic coast. causing a mess as we move into
tonight on into tomorrow. expect plenty of sunshine from the southwest right on into southern california. beautiful day in los angeles today. sunny skies and temperature of 71 degrees. that's what's going on around the country. los angeles, eat your heart out. we are going to see the same up here in the bay area. 70 degrees today in los gatos. 71 in santa cruz. a little bit more mild by the bay. we are talking about 65 degrees for san francisco as we head throughout tomorrow, even warmer. and super bowl sunday, we'll be breaking temperature records across the bay area with forecasted highs in the 70s. 72 degrees on sunday. have a great weekend. and that's your latest weather. >> it was an arrest that outraged the houston community. a 15-year-old burglary suspect allegedly kicked and stomped by police as he was taken into custody. now surveillance tape has been
made public. we should warn you here, the video is graphic. nbc's janet shamlian has the latest. >> reporter: the newly released surveillance tape shows what happened last march when a security camera at a storage facility captured the end of a houston police pursuit. 15-year-old burglary suspect chad holly is seen trying to make a run for it when he's clipped by a police car. on the ground he's seen putting his arms out in a surrender pose. then folds them behind his head as police move in. up to eight officers can be seen kicking and punching him for a minute and a half. >> i was upset. i said who did this to you? he said, the police did it. >> his nose was fractured. >> chad holley who is now 16 was convicted of burglary, but the video wasn't shown as his trial. >> ain't no hiding from this one. there is no sweeping this under
the rug. >> reporter: a federal judge bid for release of the tape and the d.a. said they didn't want the tape out before police officers were put on trial. thursday, the tape was released by the naacp in houston. they are calling for a justice department investigation. >> how many times does this happen and there are no cameras to see this? we hear these stories all the time in our community. all the time. we just happened to have one caught on tape. >> reporter: nine houston p.d. officers were disciplined for their actions. four have been indicted and fired. an attorney for one of the officers says the release of the tape will make it harder for the officers to get a fair trial. for "today" janet shamlian, nbc news. >> ugly videotape there. here's meredith. >> thank you. the rash of storm this is winter have been taxing. now all that snow is pushing buildings to their breaking points. nbc's peter alexander is in connecticut with details. good morning to you. >> reporter: good morning.
this is a real serious problem across the region. two more building collapses in this area alone overnight. one of the most recent examples is just across the street from us. police kept a safe distance away. we'll push in the camera. you can see for yourself this three-story brick building, 120 years old and it literally caved in, the third floor, beneath the weight of all the snow. witnesses say it sounded like an explosion at the time. as we come back out, i want to give you a sense of why this is happening. the parade of recent snowstorms piled up. and if you look down here, this is how hard the snow has become. for people in the northeast it's become too much. it's the threat that's weighing heavily on the entire northeast. among the latest buildings to buckle, this office outside boston. the employees escaped just moments before its roof collapsed following the latest
punishing round of another foot of snow. across the region, dozens of similar scenes. watch this in connecticut where a gas station lost its roof. so did a bowling alley, a tennis club, even this taco bell restaurant. on thursday, dan scaglariani survived his own scare. >> i heard a banging and i checked in the dining room. there was a big hole. i didn't believe it would collapse like this. >> reporter: in new york roofing contractors have been working nonstop for two weeks. >> the thickness on the ice is causing major problems. >> reporter: experts say there are clear warning signs. when you're looking at the roof, how do you know there is a problem? >> well, one thing is when you have a heavy snow load you may see water dripping in. it can work under shingles and rubber membranes and you see ice dams which leads to leaks inside. >> reporter: it doesn't take a mountain of snow. consider this, depending how
much water is in the snow, two feet on a normal-sized roof could weigh 38,000 pounds or 19 tons. if your roof starts creaking like an old wooden ship, get out fast. this elementary school is closed after a partial roof collapse. >> they are out there measuring. the concern was always the safety of the children. we have all flat roofs. >> reporter: in connecticut, several schools cancelled classes today. not a snow day, but a chance to inspect the roofs. with the number of record snow totals piling up, the northeast has already reached its breaking point. there is one way to deal with the snow. it's a roof rake. maybe you have never seen one. they can reach up to 20 feet to pull snow off the top of the home. one business said they normally sell five in a winter. this season they have sold 2,000. a lady in line said it is the biggest craze she's seen since
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the warming trend continues through monday. we are back down to the upper 60s by thursday, but not too shabby with a lot of sunshine. we'll see how we are going on the roadways on a getaway friday morning with mike. christina, you talked about the sunday celebration. celebrate responsibly to make monday easier. the bay bridge is very easy right now. in fact, no meter lights. it is almost 7:30, no metering lights. friday morning light. travel times coming through the maze, a nice, easy drive. the east shore freeway, 20 minutes off the cartinas bridge without incident coming through berkeley and amriville. the tunnels are moving smoothly. 808 past the coliseum, no slowing, but 8:00 we'll see a burst of traffic. watch the speeds there. heading down 880 a smooth drive towards the san mateo bridge. a little slowing at the interchange. across the bay, highway 101, you are going to have the sunny glare there into the south bay. a smooth drive, but the issue right now is the weather is so clear you'll have trouble seeing at times because of the sunshine. back to you. this morning police are
clearly looking for a robber that held up a livermore bank in the middle of the day. we have pick which you shall pictures from the bank of america on railroad avenue. a clear shot of the guy who pointed a handgun at a teller and managed to get away with some cash. it happened yesterday. livermore police and the chp chased the man for a short time. they thought they had him cornered in an oakland apartment building but he got away. another local news update for you in a half hour. the "today" show returns in less than two minutes. have a great friday morning.
7:30 now on this t.g.i.f. morning, february 4th, 2011. our crowd is bundled up on this chilly morning in rockefeller plaza, but still smiling and waving. al says the sun will shine this afternoon. we'll get the forecast in a bit. meanwhile, inside studio 1-a, i'm meredith vieira alongside willie geist. do you watch super bowl for the dme commercials or the football? >> i like football, but i like the commercials, too. you always have a crowd that wants it quiet during the commercials. >> you have seen them? >> i proved some.
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sources tell nbc news nothing is off the table here as far as the cause, including a suicide pact. the hyundai slammed into the school with such force the bricks came apart in a tumbling heap. the car flipped and landed on its nose. matt budessa was driving. all three were killed. all so young. only in their 20s. >> sad. i don't understand why. i just don't understand. >> reporter: investigators confirm they weren't wearing seat belts. there are no signs they tried to stop, no skid marks. consider the excessive speed and the time overnight in the predawn hours in the back of a remote elementary school. law enforcement sources tell nbc news this may have been a suicide pact. >> there are some people saying this may have been intentional,
may have been suicide. what do you make of that? >> he seemed so happy. i hope it's wrong. >> reporter: sources say police found illegal street drugs inside the car. unclear if the victims were under the influence when they barrelled through the wall. >> all factors, everything is being investigated at this point. we have three young people dead. we are investigating every avenue. >> reporter: this summer one of the victims, kimberly, wrote "lonely" on her facebook page. in october she wrote "so tired." receive years ago the driver took to myspace for an anti-government rant. still no clear indication, friends say, they wanted to die. >> if it was a suicide pact, it is rare, if not impossible to believe that three 30-year-olds are not going to leave something behind a voicemail, e-mail, posting or a call to somebody that police will discover in the days to come. >> reporter: whatever happens, this small town in south jersey is grieving. >> this is a very, very sad day
for this area or any area. it's just sad when you see young people's lives go. >> reporter: three young people killed in a horrific accident or perhaps something more mysterious. >> i would love the answer so i can understand why. it's going to be hard to grieve if you don't understand why. we had a whole life ahead of us. >> reporter: the victims' families are too upset to talk. police are trying to piece it together based on the evidence they have. they were hoping there were surveillance tapes rolling in the back of the parking lot, but there are none. so they are working to try to figure out if this was an accident or some kind of bizarre suicide pact. luckily, the only good thing is this happened overnight before school started so there were no little kids around to get hurt. >> still unraveling the mystery of the tragedy. jeff, thank you so much. now a check of the weather from al. >> thanks. we have cold air funneling into the midsection of the country.
15 degrees below normal in kansas city. 33 below normal in dallas. the actual air temperature, as you can see, they have five inches of snow in dallas. it's 19 degrees, 10 in kansas city. 2 in international falls. 61 in orlando. they will get into the 70s in orlando today. but temperatures stay in the 20s from dallas to kansas city. albany, new york, to good morning to you. well, we are starting out with the 30s and 40s across the bay area. a cold start means you'll need a jacket, but something to take off later as temperatures climb towards 70 degrees in oakland. today, 68 for napa. 65 degrees in san francisco. tomorrow we are going to warm up even more so. and sunday looks like the warmest day in the extended period with temperatures between 65 and 70 degrees on the peninsula. a beautiful forecast for super bowl sunday. temperatures staying dry and warm all the way through next week.
don't forget, track your weather all day long. go to weather channel on cable or click on weather.com online. meredith. >> now to the mysterious disappearance of 19-year-old brooke willburger. her case gripped the nation in 2004 and it took years to solve. now seven years later, investigators are wondering if there are more victims like brooke out there. kate snow has details. good morning. >> good morning, meredith. say the name, brooke, in oregon and though it's been years now people remember it like it was only yesterday. as a child growing up outside eugene, oregon, brooke was surrounded by love in a large family. >> we used to have so much fun dressing her up. she was kind of our little toy, if you will. >> i know, let's dress up brooke, right? >> yeah. it was just fun. >> reporter: brooke grew to be an honor student and accomplished athlete, but in may 2004 after finishing her first year of college, brooke was
doing odd jobs at an apartment complex in oregon when she vanished. the only clues to her disappearance, a pair of flip-flops left behind. her mother learned the news from her son. >> i said, where's brooke. he said, we don't know. we can't find her. right then i just had this chill go through my whole body. >> reporter: despite an intense search for weeks, no sign of brooke was ever found. then, six months later and 1,400 miles away, a waitress was driving down the street in albuquerque, new mexico, when she saw a naked woman in a parking lot, a woman who had escaped from a man who had kidnapped her at knife point. >> i told her, get in the car, lock the door. i wouldn't let anybody hurt her. >> reporter: within hours the kidnapper had been caught. joel courtney was a 38-year-old father of three and before long, good police work connected
courtney to oregon and the day brooke disappeared. it would take more than five years, but courtney would eventually plead guilty to murdering brooke. her body was found in the woods outside corvales. now authorities wonder if the women in oregon and new mexico were his only victims. prosecutor teresa watley. >> i know the fbi has been looking. i don't think this is two times in his life he was doing this. i think it's more than that. >> reporter: so if someone knows of a missing woman, blond hair, young, you would say -- >> ask your police department to look at joel courtney. >> reporter: an attorney says the belief that courtney created other crimes fantasyland. he says if police had any evidence they would charge courtney and they have not. still, police have received calls from various agencies regarding unsolved murders and missing women in other parts of the country. they say courtney's dna is on
file and they are willing to share it in any case at any time. >> you can see how broken-hearted her mom still is. >> they are an incredible family. so much grace in waiting for resolution to these things n. the end she shocked people by thanking joel courtney, thanking the killer for helping them get their daughter back ultimately. >> thank you so much. you can see more of kate's report on a special "dateline" tonight on nbc called "bringing brooke home." up next, a sneak peek at thesupe superyr wl ads everyone will be talking about, right after this. [ breathes deeply, wind blows ] ♪ something wrong with your squeegee, kid? uh, i'm a little sick. sick?! you gonna let a sore throat beat you? you're fearless! this building is tough, but it's never seen the likes of you before. are you going to be a champ or a chump? a champ! show me! ahhhhhhhhh!
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hogshead, brand expert and the author of "fascinate: your triggers to captivation." >> let's talk about $3 million. >> $100,000 a second. it's the best bargain in advertising. think about this. it's the single most precious real estate. you have an entire nation glued to the screen, but only if you have a great idea. >> we have a good crop of ads. we have a preview here. matt, give me your impressions starting with the career builder chimps. let's take a look. ♪ >> guy, can you give me a little space here? you parked a little close. come on, guys! i have a meeting. never mind.
>> announcer: stuck between a bad job and a hard place? >> did you notice maybe you clipped me a little bit there? >> announcer: career builder, start building. >> career builder can really introduce itself to the country at the super bowl. >> what's great about the spot is it's a unique way to talk about how people aren't happy in their work environment, to say the least. bringing back a character like that, a campaign that in 2005 and 2006 had so much going on and then pieces of the campaign stayed with this. they have a piece called "monkey mail" that's been out there. they have over 16 million people that continue to use it. this is an example of the brand listening to the consumer and saying, we better bring these people back -- or these chimps back as the case may be. this is the time to bring it back and have a dialogue with consumers. >> the e-trade baby is back. >> love the baby. >> and the budweiser
clydesdales. this is about brand loyalty. >> when in a cluttered environment of the super bowl when somebody brings back, a brand brings back a familiar character or a story line, immediately people lock in and know what the brand is. >> also, twitter playing a big role, something we didn't see five years ago saying the buzz after the game, you say you get an online jury immediately afterward. >> it's amazing. the $3 million make this is a bargain, but the marketer better bring it. people will put it out there. they say 15% of all people watching the game are going to be on facebook and post something. most people who say they will post something say they are more likely to post ads than things about the game. think about that. 100 million people, 15%, people having 100-plus friends. talking about billions of impressions at risk here. $3 million? that's a drop in the bucket for that number of impressions. >> sally, i will jump ahead to
my favorite add. v.w. has one called "the force." watch this. [ theme from "star wars" ] ♪ [ barking ] [ engine starts ] ♪ >> sally, i have little kids. i'm a sucker for the ad. that has to be the best one. >> i dare anyone not to love this ad. not only does it have the nostalg nostalgia, the ultimate villain and a little kid but it passes the crowded bar test. most people will be watching commercials in a party or a bar. with a commercial like this, it's simple enough you can understand what's going on with
the sound off and after a few beers. >> that's the one to beat, i think. v.w. is making a big play here. they have another one where they show beetles. it's not clear what it's for. >> they have been teasing the beetle since they started giving them away on oprah. what's interesting is the car isn't out until fall. last year the new agency came out. they brought back the punch dub and tried to make it a cultural phenomenon. here they are getting the buzz going for a car that won't be released for eight, nine months. they know the value of the game and getting the buzz right. >> sally, there will be a lot of buzz over a skechers ad. we are allowed to show five seconds of it. i don't know what this has to do with sneakers. >> i don't know if this will sell a lot of sneakers, but it sells kim kardashian. the amazing thing about using celebrities is instantly you tap
into what people talk about. there will be a huge push of people going online, talking about the commercial and kim. maybe not the shoes but they will be buying. >> we heard justin bieber and ozzy osbourne are doing an ad together, m & m and go daddy which burst onto the scene with the super bowl. gillian michaels and danica patrick. >> we are not doing it. >> you have done racy commercials before. >> i know. but this is over the top. >> thank you. we're here to promote go daddy, not be part of a crazy stunt. >> we are obligated by contract. ♪ >> go daddy girls coming to set. >> everybody is staring. >> see more now at godaddy.com. >> they leave you hanging a little bit, drive you to the website. >> these are the ones that
pushed from the start ads that were too racy. they started the p.r. buzz of the censors taking the ads but you can see the racy version on the ad. there have been many copy cats that put out spots to be rejected and add to the p.r. again, the buzz around spots now is so big before, after, with social media, with p.r., with shows like this that the impressions are out there. it's big stakes now. go daddy has been playing it for years. >> sally, this is from doritos. >> hey, dude. feed the fish. water the plant. see you thursday. >> welcome back on this beautiful thursday morning -- ♪ [ bubbling ]
>> grandpa! >> mikey? >> that is a powerful chip. is there a theme to the super bowl ads this year? are we seeing anything throughout? >> we have a lot of animals. we have a lot of brilliant storytelling. we have the return of the big, bold, creative idea. i love it. >> it will be a fun super bowl. thank sos much. we appreciate it. >> thank you. >> head to todayshow.com after the game to rate the commercials. we'll break down your favorites monday on "today." much more on the big game and all the hoopla, but first these messages. [ female announcer ] what if your natural beauty could be flawless, too?
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good friday morning to you. it is 7:56 right now. i'm laura garcia-cannon. let's check the forecast with christina. you need the sunglasses if you are headed to the east this morning. we have really great conditions. 35 degrees right now in fairfield. a little chilly, but it is clear out there. we'll see that 35-degree temperature rise towards 65 degrees in fairfield later today. we did have a little cloud cover earlier, but for the most part the clouds have pushed off to the south. for us we'll be left with lots of sunshine later on today. 69 in santa rosa. 65 in san francisco. it just gets better getting into your super bowl sunday. along the peninsula, temperatures are going to range between 65 and 70 degrees. nice and warm. san francisco on sunday, i'm going 67 degrees.
really unusually warm for this time of the year. and the trend continues all the way through monday. the upper 60s tuesday into thursday. we have a beautiful weekend on tap weatherwise. but it looks like we have a couple problems on the roadway. good morning, christina. an interruption to your weather forecast. we have a sigalert jamming up here on 237. very slow. this accident happened just a short time ago. it is really jamming up into mountain view. the rest of your south bay is moving smoothly. we'll have an issue coming southbound through union city in both directions of 880 slow. a new accident approaching the area in the backup from an earlier accident. that's an issue near the san mateo and dumbarton bridges. the maze and the approach to the toll plaza, no problem here. this portion of the upper east bay and heading to the north bay
is a very clear drive. back to you. thank you very much. firefighters are putting out flames at the condo in san jose this morning. it was a two-alarm fire at an apartment complex on warren near santa teresa boulevard. four units in the apartment complex. at one community firefighters had to retreat due to overwhelming heat. one fireman was treated for smoke inhalation. so far no other injuries were reported. that fire is nearly under control. we'll keep tabs on it this morning. 7:58 with another local news update in a half hour. the "today" show returns in a half hour. have a great friday morning. l soothes airways with cooling vapors. new icy hot no-mess vapor gel. [ sighs ]
welcome back at 8:00. at rockefeller plaza, we're pleased to have this crowd out here. i'm meredith vieira along with willie geist and al roker. matt has the day off. hi, guys. >> this family is cheap but they say budgeting is the way to go. when you budget your money you have more to spend on the things
you want. i guess you have to cut down. >> sounds good. and a look at what amounts to modern-day slavery in america happening in some of the most affluent neighborhoods in this country. we'll have one woman's story ahead. >> on a much lighter note we have super bowl xlv coming up. who are you rooting for? >> packers for me. >> packers. >> i know people in pittsburgh, so i'm not saying anything. we'll take you to dallas for the festivities and here in stud-1-a, we have three viewers ready to do battle in our first homemade chili cookoff. >> and it's not whether you win or lose but how you play the game. >> that's funny. >> it's how you cook the chili. >> let's go in for a look at the headlines with ann. it's warmer. >> thanks so much. protesters in egypt are holding
their ground today and declared this the day of departure for hosni mubarak. according to senior u.s. officials the obama administration is in talks trying to get mubarak to step down immediately to be replaced by a transitional government. we have nbc's chief foreign correspondent richard engel following developments joining us by telephone from cairo. what more do we know? >> reporter: i'm on street level very near to the crowd of protesters. the army has put a cordon in place to try to protect this demonstration and contain it potentially. the protesters are going out of their way to say this is a peaceful demonstration. they brought family back for the first time and addressing the crowd was a well known politician here in egypt, the secretary general of the arab league. he is a potential presidential contender with a lot of credibility on the streets of cai cairo. he's a leader that egyptians could coalesce around.
this is the first time we have seen him presenting himself in such a public way. >> richard, thank you so much. be safe out there. in other news this morning, a military offensive is being carried out by pakistan along the border with afghanistan. so far, it has killed an estimated 100 insurgents, 22,000 people who fled are now in camps. overnight a man with a gun attacked a greyhound bus in north carolina. he released the people on board and was arrested at a nearby gas station. officials don't know his motive. lawyers represent iing victims bern any madoff's fraud show executives were come police in the the fraud. one e-mail from 2007 was cited in which a bank employee said madoff's profits appear to be part of a ponzi scheme. >> at least three people were killed when the suv skidded and
crashed through a guardrail falling into an icy river. rescuers managed to save five others. new mexico is under a state of emergency because of cold weather which cause add natural gas shortage. the governor ordered all government offices closed today, understandinged schooled to do the same and advised residents to conserve energy. remember this turkey that kept following and attacking a postal truck in massachusetts? it turned out it could be a kennedy. ethel kennedy said her son bought two birds around thanksgiving and one escaped. it's now 8:04. time for a check of the weather from al. >> that's a magic voice. hey, we have a couple of birthdays. that's your name? >> kylie. >> how old?
>> 22. >> and how old are you? >> 52. >> what's your name? >> melanie. >> want to tell us how old you are? >> i'm 80. >> you look fantastic. god bless. >> i feel like a junior willy. let's check your weather. you can see we ha a lot of frozen precip down through texas. hard to believe. freezing rain down in houston. five inches of snow in dallas. that's all making its way into the mid mississippi river valley and the northeast by tomorrow. rain in the pacific northwest. sunny skies in the northeast and chilly. here's the forecast for dallas. friday, morning snow. tomorrow warms up to 40. super bowl sunday, 47. the retractable dome isn't a problem. 47 degrees is the high at the super bowl. here watching the super bowl from the bay area, we are talk about 70 degrees plus.
67 is the forecasted high on sunday. san francisco, 65 degrees. los gatos, 70 today. 70 in san jose. the east bay will see a beautiful sunday. good barbecuing weather, 70 to 75 degrees. here's what to expect heading through the remainder of the weekend. the warmest day, super bowl sunday. still in the upper 60s next week. man morning television. what's your name? >> matthew. >> like matt lauer. >> yes. >> what's the name of your morning show? >>. [ speaking german ] >> that's what i said. say it five times fast. >> al's big in germany. up next, effective ways to slash your family budget in 2011. we'll get tips peeaamch fristy ils ghafa't ter peam fteriy r aft this. ♪ express yourself ♪ ♪ express yourself
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their children take frugality to the extreme. >> we spend $350 a month for groceries and that includes toiletries, paper goods. >> cleaning products, personal care items and of course the food. >> reporter: it goes well beyond strategic shopping. >> this shirt's $7. >> reporter: for halloween they took the cost out of costume. >> i got this dress for $5.99, this tiara for $2.50. >> reporter: during the holidays they celebrated with cheap cheer. >> every year we make our own wrapping paper. >> reporter: in this household, frugal is fun. >> being known as america's cheapest family means we get the best quality for the least price i. think we're pretty smart. >> if she does say so herself. steve and annette are the authors of "america's cheapest family gets you right on the money and cuts your grocery bill in half." they are here with two of their kids becky and abby who are also
cheap. good morning. we are talking about the family budget. you say it's critical. why is it criticalle to map out the budget in advance. >> this is the single most effective tool for saving money in the world. it's how we paid off our first house in nine years and paid cash for our cars. it works. every business has a budget because they are tasked with turning a profit. american families have to do the same thing. >> girls, you have budgets of your own. though you still live with mom and dad. >> we think of it as a spending plan. most people don't like the word budget but it's taking what we earn every week and allocating, saving in advance for things like a car, car insurance or something like redoing your room. just plan in advance and set aside the money. >> so you have tips to share with people today. easy ways for effective budgeting. steve, the first one has to do with three envelopes. >> the simplest budget for anyone to start with is take the three areas most commonly overspent, food, clothing and
recreation. protect the rest of your earnings by saying, i'm only going to take so much money in cash every paycheck, put it in the nenvelopes and when it's gone, stop spending. >> how do you know how much to put in there? >> a budget is a live thing. if you spend $100 a month and want to save on recreation, try $50. >> because you see the money going out, you know it's a tangible thing. >> beautiful. >> second strategy to jump start the budget is to sell anything that you currently aren't using. you mean anything. >> it could be athletic equipment, musical instruments, books, cds, dvds, all that stuff can be sold online. it's amazing how you can just take things around the house and turn them into cash. >> do you use that rule with clothes if you haven't worn it in a year, you won't wear it? >> depends on the item. with a fancy dress, there isn't
always an occasion. you may want to hold onto it. >> but generate as much cash as you can to fund half a month of your mortgage, food or pay off debt. >> next budget strategy is learn a skill to cut out an expense like learn to cut hair so you don't have to go to the hair dresser. >> absolutely. simple plumbing things like to replace a leaky toilet, leaky faucet. making birthday cakes. if there are four people in an average family and you learn to make a cake you can save $60 a year just with that one strategy. >> if you fix a plumbing problem and don't have to call a plumber you saved $100. if it takes you two hours to fix the toilet you're making $75 an hour. >> do you get a book like plumbing for dummies? >> go to a home improvement store. they will tell you how to do it. >> you say to invest in cost-cutting tools and technology. >> like doing your own yard work, your own house cleaning, your own gardening.
>> get a crock-pot. it saves you money for cooking. instead of going out to dinner you put the meal in the crock-pot in the morning. a freezer banks all the deals. we bought top sirloin at $1.50 a pound, put it in the freezer and anna nicole smith it for three months. >> you say programmable thermostats online. >> yes. if mom and dad work and they are all gone during the day a programmable thermostat adjusts the temperature, drop it is temperature in the house and turns it back up a half hour before you get home. >> we bought two on ebay for $60. they are normally $100 apiece. >> how much does it save you? >> probably $300 a year. >> big difference. you say every family can cut their grocery bill in half. >> absolutely. simple things like plan a menu, shop less at the store. the less you shop the more you
save. learn to cook a few simple things at home. all those things add up. >> how do you parents convince you? what's the trick? other parents are going, how do i get my kids to be good savers and budgeters. >> when we were younger we didn't have a choice. but as we grew up we saw that we could spend all our money on one thing but what if another thing comes up we want to spend money on. what if we want to see a movie with friends? we don't have money and can't go. so then we see that this really is a lifestyle that is beneficial to everyone and i think parents need to embrace that. if they're not excited then their kids won't be excited about it. >> you guys are. >> i have one more thought about budgeting and finance. life is not about how good you look on the outside. it is about how healthy you are on the inside. financial health is an important component for life. >> all right. thank you so much. giving you a little nod. that was a good one.
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documentary "traffic: slavery in america." welcome. >> from indentured servitude to working in hotels and factories, slavery is alive and well even in the most affluent areas in the nation. here's one woman's story. across the globe, for those living below the poverty line, america symbolizes the land of hope, of economic promise. but for over 500,000 men, women and children seeking to improve their lives, life in the u.s. means something else. >> i feel like a slave. >> reporter: for four long years a diplomat in suburban san francisco enslaved lily, a native of indonesia. >> i didn't have money, my passport and i don't have anybody. you know, so if i run away, maybe somebody will kill me. >> reporter: in 2002, the family hired lily and promised a steady salary in a nice home. instead, lily says the diplomat
imprisoned her, abused her and forced her to work 20-hour days seven days a week for no pay. >> this is something i would never expect here. i think it's just preposterous. >> reporter: heidi lived just two doors down. shortly after the diplomat and his young family moved in highly couldn't help but notice the frail young girl wearing the same threadbare jogging suit every time she saw her. >> the thing that attracted my attention is she was washing the car every day. every single day whether it was raining or cold or warm and we thought, what a strange thing. why would some young girl have to come out and wash a car every single day? >> reporter: exhausted and alone, lily finally worked up the nerve to speak to a friendly face. heidi would often see lily when she went to pick up the mail. speaking in french, lily began to confide in heidi.
one brief conversation at a time. >> she had to work morning until night, until midnight, 1:00 in the morning, 2:00 in the morning. for 18 hours of work, seven days a week. >> reporter: after years of isolation, physical abuse and humiliation, lily began to fear for her life. one day, shaking with terror,le lily ran to the only friendly face she knew. >> someone knocked at the door. i opened the door and there was lily. >> i was crying. i said, please help me. >> so i took her in. >> reporter: with the diplomat two doors down, heidi lived in constant fear of being discovered by a man they considered dangerous, a man they knew could murder them and never face charges. >> i was very nervous. in fact, there were many nights i lost a lot of sleep. i thought, oh, my heavens, what's going to happen. >> reporter: hiding lily under a blanket, heidi went to police
and local authorities to get help. >> natalie, let's pick up the story there. what happens next? >> local police, the diplomat came looking for her and wanted to have her deported back to indonesia. federal authorities then identified her as a human trafficking victim. unfortunately because this em employer was a diplomat, he has diplomatic immunity so can't be prosecuted. police, in essence, didn't have much they could do. her friend heidi took a huge risk and was able to hire an attorney who then threatened to expose the diplomat. so he fled the country, fearing repercussions and obvious embarrassment to him and his family. >> this took bravery on heidi's part to take her in. you talk about hiding lily under blankets when they left the house. she had nervous moments there. >> very. she lived in hiding for six months just a few doors down with her neighbor, heidi.
the good ynews is she got away and took the first step. thousands can't get away because they live in fear. but there is a happy ending to the story. unfortunately for so many others there aren't happy endings. >> a remarkable story. great work bringing that to the country's attention. you can see the full report sunday night on msnbc at 10:00 p.m. eastern time. we're back after your local news and weather.
good friday morning to you. it is 8:26 right now. i'm laura garcia-cannon. let's check the great looking forecast with christina. it is a little chilly heading out the door this morning, but grab something to take off later as temperatures climb to 70 in oakland today. 66 degrees in san rafael. and today is just one day of warming. we'll see a few more days of warming before this warming trend is said and done. our temperatures will match out at 75 degrees on super bowl sunday in the east bay. 72 in the south bay. and the upper 60s along the
peninsula. let's go to traffic now with mike. we have a much bitter drive, but the sigalert cleared from northbound 101 at moffett boulevard. an injury accident blocked a couple lanes for almost an hour there. still slow heading north. westbound on 280 approaching the interchange into mountain view was slow as well. 280 to northbound 885 is seeing ld overall, friday slow is going to clear this. laura is back after the break.
this morning fire investigators say arson could be to blame for fire that swept through two apartment buildings in san francisco. more than a dozen people are out of their homes in the castro district. two buildings a block away from each other went up in flames. the first on 16th street. the second on 17th. firefighters are looking at cameras across the street from the buildings. so far no one has been arrested for setting the fires. another local news update in a half hour. the "today" show returns in less than a minute. have a great friday morning.
8:30 now on this friday morning, february 4th, 2011. you are looking at cowboys stadium in dallas, site of super bowl xlv, more than 100 million americans are expected to watch the big game sunday. they won't all be there. some will be at home obviously. out here on the plaza -- >> look at the roof.
on the roof of the stadium there, snow. roads there are a mess. hopefully they will be cleaned up. >> are you excited about the game? >> i am. looking forward to the commercials more than the game. >> i'm excited about the snacks. they're usually high calorie and crunchy. >> the game will be a good one. two traditional powers, packers and steelers. going to be fun to watch. >> and the commercials. >> and the black-eyed peas. >> speaking of food, we've got three viewers who -- we have a home cook chili cook-off. three viewers making fantastic chili. >> and we'll hear a hog call that you don't often hear when making chili, but we will hear one today. >> someone not doing a hog call is justin bieber who's stopping
by again today. he was here earlier this week. he'll play a trivia game with kathie lee and hoda. >> that's why i'm here, by the way. it's friday. >> you have bieber fever. >> oh, yeah. [ cheers ] >> i have roker fever. you can finally tell us what's going on. >> if you have roker fever, only cow bell can cure it. let's see what's happening for the weekend. for saturday, rain in the pacific northwest. mild on the west coast. lots of wet weather along the eastern seaboard with icy conditions. sunny and warm in florida. cold and sunny in the upper mississippi river valley and sunday, sunday, super sunday, looking at rain in the pacific northwest. sunny and mild. sunshine in the northeast, but cold. it is going to be brisk through the ohio river valley into the southeast. we've got a super forecast for your super bowl sunday in the bay area.
in fact, we'll see some of the best weather across the entire nation heading into this weekend with temperatures into the 70s. 70 degrees in oakland. and the east bay forecast for super bowl sunday, temperatures are going to range between 70 and 75 degrees. lots of sunshine. 70s continue all the way into monday. a little bit of a drop off tuesday into thursday. but the sunshine stays. hope you have an excellent and safe weekend. if you're got weather fever, only the weather channel can cure it or weather.com online. and then more cow bell. [ cow bell ] >> do you know where we are headed next? >> where? >> to dallas to get ready for sunday's super bowl. first this is "today" on nbc.
all eyes on dallas. we're gearing up for super bowl xlv, the packers and the steelers. we sent "today" national correspondent jenna wolfe to check out the scene. >> reporter: good morning! when i first got this assignment i was like, woo hoo, super bowl, pack your bathing suit, not your parka. it's cold here, but that's okay. i'm not going to complain. we're excited. everyone is gearing up. you can feel the excitement in the air. truth be told, i can't feel much of anything right now. this is what texas wanted you to see. [ howling wind ] >> reporter: this is what we're getting. temperatures in the teens, ice everywhere, even snow. for the green bay packers and the pittsburgh steelers, forced to practice indoors, it just feels like home. it doesn't matter how cold it is t. fans of two of the greatest franchises in nfl history are hot with enthusiasm.
>> having a good time? >> reporter: how could you not want to join the fray? you just have to know which fray to join, when. can i hang out? yeah! let's have some fun! [ booing ] >> reporter: hey, guys. >> oh, my god! >> reporter: while the nfl is big business for adults it's a kids' game at heart. >> do you remember what you were like at that age? >> yeah, just running and i didn't know why. i was like forrest gump. >> reporter: jerry ryan tried to encourage kids to exercise an hour a day and admits he has a childlike passion for the game. >> they like the bling. i remember not being able to sleep before the game. the butterflies. wanting to go out and play your best football knowing this is why we play in the nfl, to get to the super bowl and to win it. >> reporter: and with the hall
of fame wide receiver on the gridiron, i couldn't resist. >> come on. let me see it. >> reporter: don't judge me by the spiral -- okay, here we go. >> what was that? >> reporter: that was the worst pass pattern i have seen. okay, joe montana, i'm not. one thing i do know how to do is kick back. there are parties raging in the big d. we even spotted last year's super bowl mvp drew brees. >> "today" lightens everybody's day. >> reporter: yeah! >> no doubt about it. >> reporter: for true residents of the lone star state it's always a party when you trot out the finest livestock. >> reporter: we are here at a steer beauty pageant. this guy is getting blow dried. is that crazy?
not too crazy. i'm next online. oh, the cow. sorry. i reblow dried my hair after because there was not enough product. all humans and livestock will watch super bowl xlv come sunday. perhaps it will stop snowing which will make it easier and more fun for everybody. back to you. >> you have to go to the miami super bowl. you're at the wrong one. >> reporter: that will be the assignment i don't get. >> thanks so much. we're gearing up here. these are the official super bowl footballs made by wilson. they make them every year. they have been doing it since 1941. >> in ada, ohio. small town. >> go deep. >> here we go. [ cheers ] >> they were nice enough, they sent the ball with our autographs on them. >> you have your name on yours? >> you do, too. >> i have to get it back.
>> and willie's is better. it's wilson geist. >> exactly. they put them on all the balls. thank you very much to the guys at wilson. >> i'm donating mine. >> up next in honor of the big game, are you excited? our very first home made chili cook-off. >> whoo! >> whoa, look. >> this is "today" on nbc.
our judges this morning, sunny anderson host of "cooking for real" and adam richman, author of "america the edible." >> good morning. >> everyone get to their stations. you call yours hog call chili. >> right. >> where did the name come from? >> i won the iowa, illinois and nebraska state hog calling chilies. >> let's hear it? >> sooey, here, pig, pig, pig. [ snorting ] >> get security! what's the key to the recipe? >> the key is i put a lot of spice and herbs and the key ingredients are granny smith apples and vermont maple syrup. >> really?
>> yes. with the meat into the sauce, all of the spices make a well-rounded chili. >> the judges -- oh, you already started. mm-hmm. >> good luck. >> rhonda morrison is next. >> yes, ma'am. >> this is a traditional texas chili. no beans. >> no beans. >> you used a shoulder roast. why is that cut of meat important? >> it's got a great marble of fat in the meat. so it really absorbs the fabulous spices well. so the chili is flavored throughout. >> you add bud light, poblano's and jalapeno. >> the bud light has citrus and coriander in it. >> how did you come up with that? you were drinking a lot of beer and -- >> do you want a taste?
it's good. >> i believe you. there you go. >> somebody had to. >> oh, geez. >> now i made a mess. >> you put in the onions, stir it up. it really is the sweet to my heat and complement this is chili and brings home texas. i think everybody should have it with the texas super bowl. >> those beef chunks are tender, girl. finally, let's get to michael. you consider your recipe heart healthy. >> i do. >> wearing the red for health. >> yes. >> what makes it healthier than other chilies. >> first of all, hi, meredith. >> hi. >> it's healthier because it is made with chicken and turkey. i chose chick and turkey to show the flexibility of the recipe. also it's economical and nutritious as well as delicious. it's delicious --
>> nutritious and delicious. >> i made it delicious by using my own secret ingredients. >> cilantro, poultry seasoning, my famous oyster and barbecue sauce. >> oyster sauce, interesting. how did you come up with it? >> i love oyster sauce. >> oh, okay. >> collard beans, string beans and it can save a meal. take it from ordinary to extraordinary. >> that's what we're talking here. extraordinary chili. >> from ordinary to extraordinary. remember that. >> i will remember it. the judges are tasting. why don't we all move down that way as you deliberate. take your time. >> we're going to deliberate. it's super bowl so we'll have a huddle.
[ whispering ] >> and, break! >> all right. >> the time has come. >> first of all, you guys are the top of the tops. you're here, so you know everything was great. the first one, we love it. nice and sweet. >> kyle's. >> kyle's. the texture was good. >> the second one. rhonda. >> super tender chunks of meat. right where stew and chili meat. >> the third one, oyster sauce, i'm going to try it. >> genius and velvety. >> you couldn't even tell it was in there. >> so -- >> shall we? >> let's go. >> congratulations! >> rhonda gets it. it was tender, spicy. >> congratulations! >> thank you. thank you, michael.
>> did the hog call help or hurt kyle? >> the hog call was hot. i liked it. >> here, pig, pig, pig. >> i come from south carolina. so that was it. >> i'm jewish. it frightened me. like the football. pigskin, right? >> exactly. >> congratulations to all of you. rhonda, congratulations. >> thank you. >> one last pig call. [ snorting ] >> this is "today" on nbc.
back at 8:50. this morning's "american story" comes from portland, oregon, where three people forged a family into a winning team. >> reporter: in the game of life, health plays both ways. melvin jones is not only a basketball star but a top student at portland state university. >> there you go. >> reporter: because casey foyer thinks of him as -- >> a little brother. >> reporter: casey's mom moved to seattle with 50 bucks in her
pocket, just before she was born. >> hi, honey. >> reporter: jennifer annabell worked long hours, struggling to become a teacher and eventually director of a school for children with special needs. >> jennifer, how do you spell "human". >> reporter: all that effort helped spell an end to her marriage. she never gave casey a little brother. >> one night casey said, how would you feel about melvin coming to stay with us. i said, casey -- >> reporter: melvin was 16 at the time. drifting on the streets of seattle. >> every time i took him home, you know, i was taking him somewhere else. we drove around to four, five different places. there were no adults. >> reporter: that bothered casey, melvin's high school basketball coach. >> he had just been shoved out by two high schools already. he came to us with zero credits. >> reporter: even though melvin was a sophomore. >> never had a curfew, never had to do homework, never had to get up and go to school. mom was passing away.
>> reporter: from aids. >> he was loved but not parented. >> reporter: so jennifer made up a room for him. why would a divorced single mom take on such a challenge? she's opened her home to kids before. five when casey was a child. her father was in foster care, her mother in an orphanage. she simply wanted to help children like them. >> one of the hardest things i did in the beginning. >> reporter: because melvin didn't trust her. >> have you tried that fusion stuff? >> no. >> reporter: he stashed groceries she bought under his bed, afraid someone would steal them. >> you leave it in the kitchen somebody will eat it up. >> he was putting so much strain on my mother it was breaking her. >> reporter: until jennifer did the unexpected. she gave melvin her atm card and p.i.n. number. >> i don't know if i have had the number. >> reporter: melvin now held her life in his hands, too. >> i didn't want to be
responsible for melvin not making it. >> they could not be more different and yet they clicked. >> different on the outside. but not different on the inside. >> reporter: so close they were able to tell each other their dreams. >> i told him, i'm not trying to take anybody's place, but you need a mom. >> reporter: she had love enough to help another child. >> are you hungry? >> reporter: at first melvin's sister wasn't happy. >> why do you want to go move with her, she's not family? >> reporter: he needed jennifer to show him how to study. >> she was like slapping at a gnat that wouldn't go away. >> reporter: the high school student who came with no credits now makes good grades. so good he's thinking of graduate school. >> once he bought into the hard work, long hours, family, the changes in his life, he made it. >> that was a good one. >> reporter: life twists and
turns, just like basketball. sometimes you simply have to close your eyes and try a long shot. like melvin did to win this basketball game at the buzzer. >> in a sense, that's what jennifer has done to help you win the game of life. >> do the hail mary. >> reporter: and together they won. for "today" bob dotson, nbc news with an american story in portland, oregon. >> and a great american story. >> wow. >> talk about a hail mary pass. that shot. boy, she took a hail mary with him and it paid off. >> a little bit like the story of "the blind side." >> it's inspiring. >> very much so. >> families come in different shapes and sizes. >> great story. >> meantime, ann -- >> i'm still thinking of the hog calling. >> and the shot!
yeah! >> how many times have you seen that shot in professional basketball? >> never. >> right? >> sign that kid up. give him a contract. >> let's hear your hog call. >> i can't do it. >> can anybody do it? >> i'm under pressure now. [ warbling ] >> what kind of bird is that? >> a loon? >> wow. >> it took me nine months to learn how to do that. i did it to impress a boy. this particular boy was impressed for about 15 minutes. >> that's like our senior producer don gnash learning to ride a unicycle. >> it's still worth it, don. how old was this guy? >> it was in high school. >> okay. >> i liked him. >> she worked on it for nine months. >> my wife makes the hog call at
he was being considered for the chief position in san jose. that went to chris moore earlier this week. now we want to check the forecast with christina. good news for everyone in the bay area. the 70s will stand. today, tomorrow, all the way through monday, temperatures are looking beautiful. even super bowl sunday. temperatures in the north bay between 74 and 79 degrees. the warm, dry trend continues all the way to next week. we are talking about 70s through monday. the upper 60s for the rest e wek the we. have a fektastic day.an
back with more of "today" on this friday morning, february 4th, 2011. cold but clear day here in rockefeller center. our fans all hanging around as we head into super bowl weekend. folks huddling for warmth and bieber fever. he will be on coming on at 10:00. i'm al roker along with nattily morales along with willie geist with "way too early." >> we'll go live, actually, to the middle east for the latest on the situation in egypt where the anti-government protesters have called today for a massive
demonstration, but will the violence continue? >> we'll get an update there. then, switching gears back here in this country, a real estate extravaganza and show you some great homes from florida to california to texas and we'll check out how much house you can buy for $300,000. >> all right. then, of course, with so many celebrities in the news going into rehab like charlie sheen or just out like lindsay lohan why the challenge to stay clean is so difficult whether you're in the spotlight or not. first, let's get a check of what's going on out there and dan curry is at the news desk with the morning news headlines. >> anti-government protesters have imposed for hosni mubarak to step down and tens of thousands of protesters are still holding their ground in and around tahrir square today. meanwhile, according to senior u.s. officials, the obama administration is in talks
trying to get mubarak to step down immediately to be replaced by a transitional government. new numbers out this morning show the nation's unemployment rate has dropped to 9% in january down from 9.4 from the month before. that is the lowest level in nearly two years and is due to more than 500,000 people who were out of work finding jobs, according to the labor departme department. but the country only added 36,000 new jobs, a sign that job growth remains the economy's weakest spot. a senate committee has found that the fbi and the army had enough cause to dismiss major nadidal hasan before he went on shooting rampage at ft. hood, texas, two month ago. the finding that there was an unwillingness to confront home-grown islamic extremism and that prevent officials from taking action in major hassan's case. mark kelly, the husband of wounded congresswoman gabrielle giffords will command the final mission of the space shuttle
"endeavour" in april. closing an official close to the space program. kelly has been by his wife's side ever she was shot last month. verizon customers will have another chance to preorder the highly sought after iphone 4 after it sold out within hours online. the next opportunity for preorders would be next wednesday, the day it is available to the general public at apple and verizon stores. a new home for the heroically loyal dog, eli. he is a bomb-sniffing dog from afghanistan who was serving alongside private first class colton russ. eli crawled on top of him in a last-effort to try to protect him he once wrote home about eli saying whatever is mine is his. his family adopted the black
labdore on friday saying he is family now. if you haven't picked a side for the super bowl this sunday with the green bay packers facing off against the pittsburgh steelers there is a bird brain trying to convince you. ♪ >> one more cheer for the packers. of course, it comes from a cheese head cockatoo who probably doesn't know anything about football, but there you go. it is now four minutes past the hour. let's get a check of the weather now from al. >> thanks, ann. let's check your weather and see what's happening as we head into the weekend. another storm to talk about. wenter storm warnings and winter weather advisories from texas into the mid-atlantic states and, in fact, freezing rain in houston and snow coming to an end in dallas and they already picked up five inches of snow. this system making its way into the northeast over the next 48 hours. louisville, kentucky, one to three inches and cincinnati, same. little rock, one to two inches as we move up along the system,
you'll see as we get on into tomorrow, wooster, mass and allentown, good morning to you. while the sun is now out and our temperatures are climbing. hayward over the past hour climbed to 50 degrees. as we warm the city, all across the bay area we are at 49 degrees in oakland. 47 in san francisco. and it is only 9:00. that's why we are forecasting temperatures closer to 70 degrees today in oakland. that's the forecasted high. 68 in napa. 66 in san rafael. getting even better as we get into the super bowl weekend. 72 on sunday. time for "today's" real estate. what you can get for under $300,000. from a gated community in california to the hip city of austin, texas. you will be surprised how far
your money can go. barbara, good to see you. here we go. this week's picks. we'll start at $250,000 for a home in henderson, nevada. three-bedroom house and you like this one. >> i like it. it's 20 minutes from las vegas. it has 180-degree views of the las vegas strip and the amazing mountains that surround the property. that's a pretty house. neat as a pin on the front side. all of the plantings, by the way, out front are totally waterproof or whatever the world is. >> zeroscaping. >> you got it. this tile floor is throughout the entire house. it has plantation shutters in just about every room and surround sound speakers. i think the gray couches have to go. i can't imagine a gray couch in this environment. but there is a gray sink to go with it in the kitchen. there is a combination of granite countertops, maple cabinets and pendant lights. looks like a western kind of
home. i'm not sure how that happened in nevada, but there you have it. a new kitchen. you don't have to put in an ounce of work there. a pretty little vessel glass sink. people like to look at it. people like the waterfall type fountains, but they are a mess to use. you put the water on and it shoots back up. but it helps to sell the house. it's like a status-y thing people buy into. there's the charm. a sparkling pool with a hot tub and outside the hot tub you have your own putting green. a screened gazebo as well. that's your own putting green. doesn't look to be used that much. probably for the first week or two and then people grow tired of that stuff. you can pull out the holes and flags and you have a nice backyard. you can watch the sunsets from the gazebo. >> gorgeous. next up a four-bedroom home in mandeville, louisiana. >> this house is directly across
the water from new orleans. if you get tired of the quiet backyard and the quiet neighbors you can go across the water and have a good time in new orleans. this was once a popular resort for getting away from new orleans. now it has great schools, great neighbors and people live here full time. that's a pretty living room. i think the tv over the fireplace competes a little bit too much in the room. tvs are a necessary evil, i guess. but look what it does to that beautiful room. plantation shutters much like the last house we saw. there are scored cement floors. that's a little bit unusual. >> will that take away from the value? >> it doesn't really suit the house. they would be better off with wood floors. >> don't drop anything. >> forget it. there's the dining room. odd color choice. looks like executive dining, if you don't mind my saying. there is a kitchen. beautiful windows throughout the kitchen. that entire kitchen is totally
new with clean white cabinets and a breakfast bar. out back, a covered patio which overlooks -- we'll see it in a second. you can't see it in this picture but it overlooks a huge backyard, totally private. >> looks like a park. >> it's perfectly flat. you can throw marbles out there. >> now palm springs, california. two-bedroom home at $286,000. >> everybody knows palm springs. so many people lived there frank sinatra, elizabeth taylor, clark gable and elvis presley. look at the house. that was a quick shot. it has trees growing out of the roof which you never really see. it's a 24/7 guarded community called the seven lakes country club. everybody wants to be there. that's a funny shot of a hallway. there you have a hallway. a fireplace in the living room. bright windows in the dining room that go to the ceiling. >> another tv over a fireplace.
>> that's a little bit smaller, better. there is even a dead palm tree in the corner. that's unusual. but it kind of works, i guess. there's the dining room. maybe not the best choice of table. a little bit different style but you have it there. the country club has an exec tiff golf course, restaurant, bar and once you get out of the kitchen you have access to 15 pools. not bad. there is the dining room in the back on the deck. >> to sarasota, florida, a three-bedroom house. >> you're pushing me along here. okay. >> we want to get them all in. >> sore sociearasota is down in again. it's down 55% since the high. you're looking here at a house that's half price what you would have paid five years ago. a one-story house, nicely landscaped. inside you have tall ceilings, sliding pocket doors into the lanai. the family room has vaulted ceilings with a nice beam across
the top. you could paint those out. there is a bright kitchen. now i'm waiting for you. a den, built in fireplace and shelving. another shot of the living room. >> you like the living room. >> there's the kitchen. >> high ceilings, wood cabinets and granite countertops. the screened lanai has a solar heated pool. that's not the club. that comes with the house. not a bad thing. >> last house in austin, texas, $299,900. >> one of the hippest cities in the u.s. with music, film and art festivals all year around. people love austin. this home has no direct neighbors on any side. it has a green area on one side and a dog park across the street. you don't have to see human beings for weeks. >> looks like a dr. seuss house. >> it's spacious and lovely. looks tall and squeezed in. it's not on the inside. windows on every wall of the
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dr. keith ablow is a psychiatrist and author of "the seven wonders that will change your life." docke nice to have you here. >> thanks for having me. >> unfortunately lindsay lohan is back in the headlines for allegedly possibly stealing a $2500 necklace following two times in rehab. it could be a violation of her parole and could send her back to jail. what will it take for her to clean up her act? >> it takes getting to the y. in other words, yes, she's stealing. yes, she's been involved in substance abuse. what's she running from? why is she stealing? the question is what's been stolen from her in her life? >> usually those behaviors go hand in hand. when you talk about stealing or doing drugs, a lot of times these stars or celebrities or people in general who have these problems are engaging in this behavior because they think they can get away with it.
>> well, it's distracting. drugs distract you. theft even can take the light away from what might be troubling you and say, oh, we're going to get you involved with the legal system and the question is where is the appetite coming from? why the desire to distract yourself? it takes courage which is why one of the wonders in the book is courage. to say, you know, i will resist it. every time i go toward one of these distractions it's for a reason. i'm avoiding my truth. you have to have the courage to say, you know, it's going to hurt. >> find out who you are. >> it hurts and you have to cope with it. >> we see charlie sheen, another example, unfortunately, of him partying too hard reportedly with porn stars at his mansion. this time it led to him having a health crisis. he seems to be the kind of guy that engages in this behavior over and over again as well. so does he have to have that
sort of self-revelation, that ah-ha moment that is going to lead him to finally get the help he needs? >> charlie sheen needs to realize that if he dies today they have to write "scumbag" on his tombstone. it's your character that's broken. how did it get broken? you weren't a baby born onto the planet for this -- buying love, if you will? using drugs again and again, for what? if you die, charlie, you have never been alive. what was it? were you come den dee-- comandey your actor father? tell me. the guy has too few teeth left to wait long. >> you cowrote the book with glenn beck. he hit bottom and had a lifestyle very much like some of
the celebrities we have seen. was doing drugs, had thoughts of suicide. his turning point was hitting that moment where he thought it was all over for him. >> that moment and believing, you know, i'm going to take a step forward because people are relying on me. once you have kids -- and for glenn, it was about the kids -- it's not about you anymore. that's what charlie sheen doesn't realize. they are looking at you. you're not allowed to pass on this trouble to the next generation. you need to get your life in order and have faith that there is a plan for you. there is actually something you are supposed to do in life. get on with it. >> in the book you talk about having the courage. you say one of the things about finding the courage is finding god. and god helps to clear the way for your purest and best intentions. that's what you said glenn beck found. he found god. why is faith so important in
helping make that turnaround? >> faith is important because in order to defeat these distractions you have to believe there is a reason you're here. you may not know what it is, but there is a plan. maybe it's one of charlie's kids. maybe it's one of lindsay's future children who need to benefit from her or him being present. we don't know, but there is a better way to live that's more consistent with the belief that you're here for a reason. you better be your best. in fact, you're not allowed to be less than your best. >> i know since the book came out people have come and told you their own stories of where they were and how they have turned their lives around. what are some of the things you're hearing? >> this is, like, amazing, right? i'm talking about things like a lawyer making a good living doing that work who said, listen, you know, my heart's never really been in it. it's not me. i want to design homes.
so dan scott design is now the outgrowth of his desire to be true to himself. >> and have the courage to do it. >> that takes so much courage. >> especially when someone is paying you a lot to do something different. >> what's the best advice for people right now who are desperate? desperate times. how can they find that courage? how do they take the risk? >> take one step. that's what the book says to do. that's what i say to do. take a step. you may remember something you said was a dream of yours when you were a kid. people say, oh, come on. it's okay. buy a book about it. all kinds of forces come to your side. i really believe this. the minute you say "that's me" i'm going to move in that direction. it could be a course online. it could be anything to declare i'm going to move according to the plan. the path that's intended for me from all time. i think there is that for each of us. >> everyone has a gift.
it's finding out what the gift is. >> it can take time and that's okay. >> thank you for being here. the book is called "the seven wonders that will change your life." coming up, temperature notwithstanding, getting your style ready for spring on a budget. first, these messages. [ female announcer ] now, transform dry, damaged hair... and give it a whole new life! with the aveeno nourish plus moisturize collection. the only hair care with active naturals wheat formulas, that target even the weakest parts of hair with hydrating proteins to help repair damage in just 3 washes. for softer, stronger... ... hair with life. [ female announcer ] aveeno nourish plus. and for a luxuriously nourishing shower experience, add positively nourishing body washes. visit aveeno.com to save, and discover the power of active naturals.
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and good morning, everybody. the time is 9:26. i'm brent cannon. we are checking your friday weekend forecast with christina. good morning to you. yes, 9:56. already 50 degrees in hayward. 47 degrees in san francisco. 48 in oakland. we are on pace to hit 70 degrees in oakland later today. 70 in los gatos. filtered sunshine with cirrus clouds coming through. later today, clear skies once again. 72 for your super bowl sunday. temperatures dropping off a little bit as we start out next week. but still sunny, dry and warm. we'll find out how your drive is looking this morning with mike inouye. it is really nice. friday light in full effect.
things are clearing in the south bay. we'll take you to the toll bridge plaza where we have not had metering lights on all day. look at the light flow through the please maze. the east shore freeway is close to the limit. 880 is slow past the coliseum. here's a live look at the volume of traffic coming up past the coliseum. speeds are in the 50s there, but very smooth out of hayward and san leano.dr brent is back with more news after this break.
sheriff's deputies say two parents so drunk that could barely stand face charges for driving drunk with four children in the car. the sheriff's deputies say 54-year-old james arthur lee and his wife, 47-year-old wendy maureen lee, started drinking on an outing with their kids at half-moon bay. deputies say say this didn't stop drinking on their way home and pulled over the car to the side of the road twice to drink more beer. during a hearing wednesday both pleaded no contest to felony,
child endangerment charges. it is unclear who is taking care of the kids right now. a uc davis professor says she was beaten half to death by an angry pro-mubarak mob in the streets of cairo. the professor tells the website democracynow that protestors ripped her shirt open when she refused to say if she was or was not a mubarak supporter. the soldiers took her to the hospital to get stitches in her head. she is recovering back in the united states this morning. more local news coming up in a half hour. and the "today" show returns in less than a minute. have a great morning. see you back here in a bit.
you look so thin. >> do i? i'm on this new diet. it's effective. well, i don't eat anything and when i feel i'm about to faint i eat a cube of cheese. >> well, it's working. >> i know. i'm just one stomach flu away from my goal weight. >> i love that line. >> scary. >> those are the women from "the devil wears prada." a lot of women are obsessed with weight and it's not about health but about fashion, style and the culture of celebrity and self-esteem. so we'll take a look at all of the issues coming up on monday here on "today." then the rest of the week for
next week we'll look at the women's obsessions from shoes to gossip to the search for the fountain of youth. it will be all about us, al. >> all about the women. >> man. wow. i'm going out for a cheeseburger. anyway, something i know a little bit about, the snow. and the snow. and just a little bit of snow. the record accumulations are becoming dangerous as buildings collapse under the crushing weight. we'll take a look. >> oh, that's going to be bad. >> they will be cleaning up for a while. >> if you're getting cabin fever -- i think a lot of folks have it with the kids at home from snow days -- we have productive projects for inside the house while stuck inside. lou, what are you writing? >> when are will winter be over! that should be a question mark. >> rest assured.
meantime on "today's style" the much accessories for spring. first we have amy robach. >> it's a touch and go situation overseas right now. we'll have the latest from egypt. we're live in cairo with more on the escalating violence putting the entire region on the brink. then we'll talk about the science of shopping. ever wonder why you end up spending way more than you wanted? we'll show you how supermarkets track your habits and put you in the mood to buy. and meet the super bowl spouses. we'll talk to some of the super bowl wives to see what their lives are like on game day and beyond. that and more when we see you this weekend on "today." >> i would think it would be stressful. >> anyway, let's talk about the weather. is it going to hurt this weekend? >> well depending on where you
are. >> that's the answer. >> here's going to be painful, but not bad. let's check the dallas forecast. we start off today with snow. five inches of it. by tomorrow, 40 degrees. game day, 47. luckry it's a retractable roof. monday, high of 44. for saturday, showers in the pacific northwest. rain on the eastern seaboard. mild out west. on sunday, sunday, we have lots of sunshine but chilly conditions in the northeast into the midatlantic states. frigid in the plains. wet weather in the pacific northwest. mild. california coastline down into kx. good morning to you. now that the sun is out our temperatures are climbing. later on today right around 3:00 p.m., 70 degrees in oakland. we are forecasting 69 for redwood city. and 69 degrees up in fairfield. the big warm up will take place just in time for super bowl sunday. along the peninsula, 65 to 70 degrees. a beautiful day for an outside
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when you're looking at the roof, how do you know there is a problem? >> well, one thing is when you have a heavy snow load you may see water dripping in. it can work under shingles and rubber membranes and you see ice dams which leads to leaks inside. >> reporter: it doesn't take a mountain of snow. consider this, depending how much water is in the snow, two feet on a normal-sized roof could weigh 38,000 pounds or 19 tons. if your roof starts creaking like an old wooden ship, get out fast. this elementary school is closed after a partial roof collapse. >> they are out there measuring. the concern was always the safety of the children. we have all flat roofs. >> reporter: in connecticut, several schools cancelled classes today. not a snow day, but a chance to inspect the roofs. with the number of record snow totals piling up, the northeast has already reached its breaking point.
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this morning on "today's style" must haves for spring. the balmy weather is around the corner. it's the perfect excuse to update everyday accessories. if you're on a budget we have trendy shoes, bags and jewelry for under $75. kate dimik from people style watch joins us. good morning. >> good morning to you. >> you have looked at what's on the runway and distilled it down to real life things people will want in terms of the hot test trends for spring. >> real trend for real women at affordable prices. >> we are talking you need shades for the brightness we're talking here. >> bright, poppy colors which extends to clothing as well. accessories is an easier way to try the trend. the standout colors are orange, pink, green, blue. >> and some yellow.
harder to wear. >> i feel if i had to pick one to invest in, orange is really happening this season. it's so much easier to try the trend with a bag or shoe. give the outfit a little pop. >> you can wear black, gray, white. >> khaki. >> they keep changing the shoes. the flat, high, spike. now thick heels. this feels more comfortable. >> exactly. at least we're giving you ale little support and comfort versus the stiletto. this is so important because it balances out -- there is a big 70s trend with flair paints and the skirts are longer. this shoe balances out the look and makes it chic. i'm in love with this platform shoe from jc penney. $24.99. this is a great versatile color. we have lots of options. this is another trend. this is two-toned. that's another thing to pay attention to. >> do you recommend going bright with the shoes?
maybe that's the way to do the accessory color? >> yeah. again, at this price point, just have fun. try a trend. buy a thick heel in a bright color. you get two trends for one price and you don't spend a lot of money to begin with. >> envelope bags. you need to carry them and you don't have a strap. >> some have a chain strap inside. we are presenting them like day clutches. we have seen structured bags become very important. what i love about this is it's instant polish. you add this to your outfit and look like a million bucks. you look both professional but also like you could head out for the evening. >> this looks like it could hold an ipad. >> this is a great bargain and a beautiful bag. >> all right. >> throw it into your -- i have to throw it in a bigger bag, too. take it out later on and you look great. >> another trend is snakeskin. some people may say, well,
you're using -- it's real, right? >> these options are not. at this price point you will rarely get real snake. >> but the look of snake skin. they are beautiful. >> what i love is it's sexy and sophisticated. you get a lot of style in one quick hit. but it's also a trend that we have seen before in spring. i think it's a good investment. >> here you have the shoe in snake skin. >> two for one. >> you can save a lot of money there. gold jewelry. not thin gold jewelry but massive amounts of gold. >> at people style watch we call them status links. we're talking big, heavy, gold jewelry, layered on. it looks great. it's one of the trends that instantly makes what you're looking -- wearing look much richer. this necklace is $12.
this is really not gold. >> you don't have to break the bank to look like a million. >> it's interesting that gold jewelry is so in when the price of gold is so high. funny. by the way, we want to mention also among the top ten you call these trends floral, peasant blouses, flair pants and pleats. color blocking and the natural look. there is a step back into the 70s. >> mark jacobs blazed the trail. there is a '70s revival. i feel it comes up every few springs. can you believe it for those of us who lived in the '70s? >> i know, but it looks good. it's a more polished look versus the hippy bohemian look. >> thank you so much. it will be fun to shop for spring. >> my pleasure. >> coming up, easy home improvement from projects to do while you're snowed in. first this is "today" on nbc.
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this morning on "today's home" snowy day projects. did this week's snow have you going stir crazy inside the house? why not put your time to good use? we have ideas to keep you busy and upgrade the home. good to see you. >> you as well. >> some of the things you can do. i'm nervous about electrical work. >> right. >> this is stuff you can do yourself. >> this one. this is from worth products. it's as simple as screwing in a lightbulb. if you have recessed can lights. >> how many weather men does it take to screw in -- >> here we go. hey-oh. i'm not going there. say you have recessed can lights over an island in the kitchen or there is an area where you would like to pa zizzazz it up. you uncrew the lightbulb and screw this back in.
this fixture hangs from this piece. >> interesting. >> then when you're done. i was going to show you that. it hangs like this. that piece i was going to have you take apart, these are add-ones. this is about $35. if you would like to add this, you put it on there to kind of dress it up. this is a simple way -- okay. trust me. how many weather men does it take? it's really simple. $35. many styles. >> it could cost an arm and a leg to get an electrician. i just had that -- where were you two weeks ago? >> you had a blizzard. >> we literally just had this done. >> we have information on the website. it's so simple to do and literally that simple and putting those add-ones is easy. >> i love this idea. >> yeah. my daughter carmen's room we have this. this is a dry erase paint from
rustoleum. you think about a dry erase board, how expensive it is. you can paint an entire wall with this stuff if you'd like. the kit costs $25. you can put it on, take it off, put it on, take it off. the whole thing. i have had this in my daughter's room. it's such a hit with her and her friends. i'm leaving it up to do the math homework. >> you could put it in your office. >> you spend $500 on a board, get it mounted. it's never big enough for those meetings. you can do rooms in this. so inexpensive. a two-part system. mix it together. the way it works is you put a coat on, wait 20 minutes, another coat. ultimately, three coats. give it two days to cure. that's it. that's just a piece of drywall. >> you have to make sure your kids use the dry erase markers.
>> and make sure they know only on that wall. bedrooms are typically a different color. then you have a nice white wall and it's really fun. >> closet space. they are always a mess. >> now in particular we are closed in. this is a great way to upgrade. this is from the container store. i like the system. it's so simple to install. i don't know. can you look up there with the camera? see the metal bar? that's how the whole thing starts. people are always concerned about closet organizers. how do you find where it's solid? where the wall meets the ceiling there is a piece of wood there. that gets mounted -- are they bowling up stairs? >> i think so. >> then the whole system hangs from it. >> so the weight of the system keeps it down. >> right. this one has drawers you can slide out. you can configure it any way. this particular configuration costs about $500.
but it's so easy and i like that you can change it. so say you decide, boy, i wish i had more hanging space. if you build out a closet permanently with rods and shelves you have to tear everything out. you can take these shels off of here. now i can reconfigure if i want more space. you can add on. it's really the best way to go. do one at a time. it can be expensive. but you will get more organized. >> good ideas. >> hey! how are you? >> more details about lou's project and ask a question about your own home dilemma go to todayshow.com. >> thanks for stopping by, lou. justin bieber is here. >> you're a fan. >> i love it. >> he wants your hair cut. >> kathie lee and hoda will talk to him in a little bit after your local news.
i hate to say it, but it is going to be a super forecast. 70 degrees in oakland. 70 in los gatos. 70 degrees in livermore. warming up even more so for the big weekend. along the peninsula, temperatures will range between 65 and 70 degrees. the forecasted high for the city of san francisco on sunday is 67 degrees. unprecedented for this time of the year. we'll be breaking numerous records. and i think that will be the case all the way until monday. let's find out how your drive is looking with mike. overall, christina, friday light on the freeways, but we have a closure for pleasanton/sunol road at highway 85. an earlier accident took out the roadway in both directions. maybe you can get by on the shoulder, but plan for slowing near sunol grade. northbound 280 near saratoga has cleared. we have slowing off the 880 interchange. slow on 101 through mountain view as well. otherwise the freeways are looking good through the south bay, but heading over to the
summit, reports of a horse and lama on the roadway. a temporary fix to a dangerous san francisco interchange has worked so well that it could now become permanent. two temporary right turns have been in place at the intersection of sixth and tenth streets since january of last year. that pilot project showed that the turns made the street safer for walking, biking and public transit. there will be a public hearing at 10:00 this morning. then the proposal could go on to the board to make a permanent change. the mta board has to make the approval on that. to the chinese, this is the year of the rabbit, but to the vietnamese it is the year of the cat. this weekend tens of thousands of people will converge on the south bay for the annual northern california hotek festival. as many as 70,000 people are expected at the santa clara county fairgrounds saturday and sunday. it will feature table tennis and martial arts. the grand opening is tomorrow at 10:30. more news coming up in a half
from nbc news, this is "today" with kathie lee gifford and hoda kotb, live from studio 1a in rockefeller plaza. >> okay, everybody, we made it to dry-day friday. it is february 4, and we're all excited about the big weekend coming up, but we have a great show today. it's national wear red day created by the national heart association. >> we're going to have a couple s segments on that. we have cheryl hines here in the house. >> and justin bieber was supposed to be with us today.
we have a biebertini in honor of him. >> this is a drink, and if you add pop rocks -- careful -- >> they can go in your eyes. oh, like it just did. because he's 16, a child, obviously, and i guess that's -- >> a lollypop. >> a blow pop. >> he's not feeling well, and let me tell you how his network of young girls is connected. we go downstairs and understand he's not feeling well, he's in his hotel. before we knew, the girls downstairs who have been camping out all day saying they're calling each other saying, he hasn't left the hotel, he hasn't left the hotel. there are people here all communicating knowing he was in bed and not feeling well, but we're going to talk to him by phone. >> all the girls who try to grab
him and lick him like a puppy -- >> ooh. >> -- they're all going to get germs. >> that boy is a hot ticket. his movie comes out on may 11. >> his mom, was a great, great lady. i was looking guaforward to meeg her, too. >> our beach party yesterday -- i n't know iúut we broke outhe bathing suits. look at your strip tease act. you are gosh, i i canan't b bel i did that. frank basically said, why don't you do that at home? why do you do that for millions of people and not for me? we didn't know they were going to do that, but the music -- >> you didn't caar acted 20 yea.
wowowowow. thatat's q quite --uh-ohoh, at' ugly! with the ball in front of me, you can't see i have anything on. >> do we have aa& c clipp at a all w withh the network pe having been there? >> we don't have anything. we don't have justin bieber, we don't have clips. >> but you know who is on the phone right now? justin bieber is on the phone. >> hi, justin! >> hi, how are you? >> look at your little voice. how are you feeling, hon? >> well, i woke up, like, in the middle of the night, like 2:00, and like, i couldn't -- it was really hard to breathe and my throat -- i can hardly swallow, so my mom said -- made the executive decision to make me sleep in so i can feel better. >> you don't like mornings, anyway, right? mornings are tough for you. >> they are, but i usually get
up, anyway. >> can i tell you something? your picture subpoeis up on the screen. the girls are outside the studio and we could hear the screaming up stairs from the girls who are downstairs. >> there they are. they know what hotel you're in, so i doubt you got too much sleep up at 2:00 in the morning because they're yelling for you. does that get old for you? >> i'm up on the top floor so i can't hear them, but i have so many amazing fans that always support me, and i'm sorry i couldn't get down there. >> will you give us a raincheck, please, sweetie, and come back next time you're in new york and give us an extra long interview time with you? >> absolutely. >> we love your movie. it's 3-d. it really shows a side of you that i didn't know existed. i'm not 14, but i love you, too. do you like older women?
>> yes! >> you're adorable. feel better. you better go get a throat culture, sweetheart. >> thank you so much. >> speaking of older women, yesterday i couldn't believe this happened. i don't know if i should tell this story. >> you might as well. >> i went out to lunch with bobbi, a young friend. we were going to be interning with her. >> why wasn't i invited to the lunch? >> because it was not a lunch for you or me, it was a lunch so bobby and andrea could meet. my friend also wants to be in the fashion world. i said, you know what, i'll introduce you to bobbi. they were having a lovely lunch and getting along great. they didn't need me, so i got up to leave. i had a wine spritzer. all of a sudden another wine spritzer arrives, and they set it down in front of me. the waiter, matt says, no, no, it's from the gentleman at the
bar. he wanted to give a round. wait a minute, hoda, don't get ahead of the story. this is not da"dateline." >> who did it? who killed her? go on. >> that's yours, by the way. anyway, i'm leaving and i put my coat on ready to get out in the cold, so i go over to say thank you for the wine i'm not drinking, i was leaving. i took my hand out to shake it, he pulls me to him, puts his big old arms around me, gives me a kiss here and a kiss there, and he looks at me and goes, could you be any hotter? >> who was it? >> i said, really? i was so stunned. he said, i want to see you again. i go, i come here a lot. >> who was he? >> a guy named roger. and as i'm leaving, i'm going, oh, my gosh, he was hitting on me! that's the first time in 26 years anyone has hit on me. i'm so stupid, i didn't even
know. i told frank this story. frank was going to take him apart. and he had just fallen on the ice, you know, so he's like this: i'll take that guy! yeah, you'll take him. >> i'll tell you something about frank. i was at an outing and somebody was whispering something in her ear while frank was there, and he was jealous still. he's like, what was that about? it's cute. >> it is not cute. he knocked over a little old lady that hugged me too hard. he manhandled her and put her in her place. put her right back in her walker, yes, he did. >> it's the super bowl and we have our wilson footballs here. we were going to throw them, but we're up here in the studio for a reason. >> if you guys love the super bowl ads, and there are some new
ones -- >> justin bieber has one. >> justin bieber does have one. these ads go for 3 million for 30 seconds. let's watch this one. >> you know what's cheesy about this? they got that one for free. it's going to cost $3 million to see that very same one. they got it for free because we're talking about it. >> 8 zillion people are not watching. >> 3 million people are hoda.
>> yeah, we're hot tickets. >> my friend came all the way here. they went to virginia tech together. >> that's what we were basically saying on our facebook yesterday. we look good for our age. >> and people were sending pictures. i guess people took the beach theme to heart in their own houses. they had a little beach party. >> lorraine. sandy. they're in hawaii watching us, but -- >> they're like, it's like this every day. please. >> and jennifer sends in to hoda, twit pick. that's her and her daughter in a restaurant. that's cute. >> and a snowman in a bikini. that looks a little like terry yesterday. >> wait, wait, you need to rephrase because tara looked hot. >> tara looked totally hot. it just reminded me of her
little bikini. we can't see her in the dark. bobbi, looking fine, miss bobbi girl. >> let's talk about your dress. >> miss kathie lee dressed me today. i even have your tank. >> she forgot it was red day and came in a blue dress. >> people are talking about some great finds for entertaining. have you ever seen a ziploc as a pizza saver. these are really great. i love these plates. they're like buddha belly plates, so you can hold them while you're on the couch or you can mingle and munch. they have bowls, too. this is a salsa bowl, so it helps you keep the salsa on your chips. the lip will help you prevent
from losing it. last but not least, rack-a-stackr. you can keep beers on there and they won't roll around. they have them for wine bottles, too. >> you're picking on my little friend andrea. >> i love any opportunity to help someone else. >> you really are a mentor. you take young girls -- >> she's a professional girlfriend. >> now all young girls will be calling bobbi. >> i'm listening to the story. we missed that whole part. >> they were so deep in conversation, i don't think they even knew that i left. i picked up the bill, but they were talking like crazy. love you! up next, mirror, mirror, on the wall. >> we're going to find the fairest of them all. the results of our ambush makeover, coming up after that.
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bieber fans. but there were others, too, in the mix. >> we did try a few. and we found guests in need of ma makeovers, attractive women who just had not taken care of themselves. >> let's get started with amy joe soder. she's 45 from pennsylvania. she's only won eye shadow twice in her life, once at her prom and once at her wedding. let's take a look at her story. >> well, i know today is an emotional day for you because you're here celebrating your neighbor pat. i know you take care of him. tell me about pat. >> pat lost his wife three years ago. he's had heart issues all his life. he's been rejected from the army because of his heart when he was young. he's, you know, been ostrasized in school because he had heart issues, and he lost his wife three years ago and he has just been -- i've just been his caregicar
caregiver and tried to help him and make his life as good as it can be. >> you're an amazing woman. >> thank you. >> i know he'll want this for you. are you ready to go? >> i'm ready. >> they sil -- silently go about doing good deeds for people. >> here is amy jo before. amy jo, let's see the new you! [ applause ] >> oh, my gosh! stay right there. are you ready? are you ready, brittany? take off your blindfold, sweetie. >> hold on a second. amy jo, why don't you turn around and take a look at yourself. >> oh, my god! ten years ago!
>> tell us what you did. >> the first thing i did is her skin color and hair color were almost exactly the same color so i left the golden highlights popping through to keep it natural. i didn't want it to look opaque and dull. there is a whole kick when you go dark. jennifer lawrence gave her these great layers and just made her hair fluffy. >> really busting. brittany, what do you think of your mom? >> you're so pretty. >> adorable. >> the red matches your justin bieber bracelet now. but we wanted to give her red, obviously, for all her hard work. this is a great alternative to the little black dress. i know you don't have anything like this. >> darling! our second lady is shirley canela. she's 51 from indiana. she's had the same ponytail for 50 years. after her grandfather died of a heart attack, she discovered
that heart disease runs in her family. let's listen to her story. >> i know today you're honori i your grandfather. tell me about him. >> i used to be really close to my grandfather. he died about 30 years ago of a heart attack, so i like to remember heart disease and everyone should be aware of it. it does run in my family. >> do you think he would want this for you? >> oh, sure. >> are you ready to cut off this hair and get a whole new look? >> after 50 years, yes. >> wow! she's hereith her husband jim. let's take one last look at shirley before. jim, keep that blindfold on. let's bring out the new shirley canelli. ♪ >> all right, shirley! jim, you ready to look at her? all right, darling, take it off. >> unbelievable. >> you ready to look? turn around, hon. >> put your glasses on.
you're allowed. you look beautiful. >> i love what they've done with the hair. jim is a happy man. >> jim is a happy camper. >> tell us what you did. >> of course, we cut it off. and thank god, shirley, you're not a client because after 50 years, i'd go broke. jennifer gave her this great hair color which immediately gave her fine hair color back. i softened the color, and the combination of the color and the cut worked together. notice she softened the makeup and just made her beautiful. >> and that outfit couldn't be chicer. we wanted to give her a red pop. red is a great piece to have in your wardrobe from talbott's. and the dress is from macey's. >> congratulations, everybody.
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haines. everything is live and uncensored on the air. what do you have for us, hon? >> i'm here with jeannie from pittsburgh who has a question about everyday health. >> hi, i'm a nurse from pittsburgh, pennsylvania. my name is jamie, and i was wondering, what do you do on a daily basis to try to keep up your cardiac health since it is women's awareness for cardiac health? >> i try to get on that stairmaster, the one that you actually have to climb the stairs. that will kill you. i do that for three minutes and then i go to the steam room. >> we do so many stairs here. we get a workout in the morning. i try to do 30 minutes every day on the treadmill. or 30 minutes on my little pilates machine. but we try. >> we try. >> i also take lipitor because i had an elevated cholesterol level. >> really? i didn't know that. >> very little, but heart disease does run in my family so
you have to be careful. >> next i'm with emily from miami and they have a question about "everyone has a story." >> this is my favorite segment and my mom watches the show religiously. how do you choose the people you write about? >> you have to apply for it, and david and i and our producer jamie, we look at all the letters and read every one, and we decide which one moves us the most and which one we think has something in the letter that can inspire me as the lir cyyricist i write the words and i give the lyrics to david, and he's a brilliant man who can write the music in minutes. we choose a broadway star to perform it, and we let the person come in to the studio and hear it. yesterday leet let the woman
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and good morning, everyone. 10:26 on a friday morning. i'm brent cannon. let's check the forecast with christina. the weekend is looking really nice. really, really nice. especially when you put things in perspective, san mateo, 56 degrees already. one degree shy of san mateo's average high this time of the year. we'll take our temperatures to 70 degrees this afternoon. more cloud cover will keep things warmer overnight. we'll end up even warmer tomorrow afternoon as a result. 69 degrees in redwood city today. 70 in oakland. we are talking about a warming trend that lasts all the way to monday. 72 degrees.
really nice start to next week. staying really nice all the way through next thursday. let's find out if we have any nice things happening on the roadways. it is very pleasant right now. in the south bay we have slowing right here northbound at 280. the only accident remaining in the system is past 880. that's an issue getting to valley fair. going to oak ridge, that's tonight when christina will be at the fashion show. keep that in mind. huge crowds expected there. we are looking over highwayle 84, smooth drive through niles off 680. a live look at the bay bridge toll plaza shows friday light. no metering lights registered at the toll plaza all morning. that's great stuff getting into the city there as well as the golden gate bridge. we expect to see traffic build at both of the bridges over the next half hour as folks head a. a wmoonrfre newul weekend. more news after this.
south bay police are on the lookout for a man they say tried to kidnap a girl on her way to class. the botched abduction happened in milpitas yesterday morning not far from the san jose border near caleberas high school. the 17-year-old man who spoke spanish began to follow her and chased her. she managed to get to the school to get help, but the man got away. meantime, milpitas police are investigating two attempted kidnappings that happened on january 24th. one was on everglades drive and the other one was on north park victoria drive. officers do not think those cases are related to yesterday's attempted kidnapping, but if you have any information, you are
asked to call milpitas police. thank you for joining us this morning. the "today" show continues coming up next. have a great weekend. we'll see you back here monday. >> we're back on this national wear red day with today's healthy heart and a woman who is doing something to beat heart disease. >> actress cheryl hines, we love her. she is best known as april's curb your enthusiasm. she has become the new spokesperson for the go red for women campaign. >> hello, ladies. >> hello. >> i wore one dress that was a little too short, and that was a long time ago, and you will
never let me -- >> -- forget it. we had our way with you, and it was fun. you were easy. >> tell us why you decided to be a spokesperson for this cause. >> well, you know, my father had a heart attack a few years ago, and it was very dramatic, of course, and -- >> traumatic, too. >> very sweet. >> he's fine now, though? >> he's fine now. he had open heart surgery and we found out he had heart disease, and he stopped smoking. stopped smoking and is taking care of himself now, and now we're back on the golf course. >> did he stop because of the heart attack? is that what made him stop? >> he had to. >> yes. when something like that happens to you and you literally almost die, i think you really evaluate your life and your lifestyle and say, is it worth it? >> yeah, how much do i want to smoke versus how much do i want to live? >> exactly. >> when you hear that heart disease is the number one killer among women, i still think people find that amazing.
>> it surprised me. i didn't realize that. then when my father had his heart attack, i really had to look at my heart health, and i have to really watch things. >> like what? >> like cholesterol, my cholesterol is really high -- >> you probably are on one of those drugs. >> i'm on it. i watch it, you know, and i exercise. >> you look fantastic. >> what kind of exercise do you do? >> well, i make myself walk on the treadmill. yeah. >> do you do the incline? >> yes, incline. and i make myself do a mile and sometimes i stay -- i don't do much. >> that's it? and you look like that? >> well, i do other stuff. i like to get out there and -- >> you mix it up. you golf, you say. do you carry your own bags? >> let's not get crazy. but i like to dance with my daughter. we put a little disco ball in the living room. >> you have a disco ball in the living room. how attractive is that?
she's darling. >> how old is she? >> she's six. she's about to be seven. >> she's going to lose those teeth pretty soon. >> yeah. >> let's talk about curb. there's talk about the new season of "curb your enthusiasm," you guys are going to get back together. what's going on? >> i don't know. >> you do know. you just can't tell. >> first of all, larry would kill me. i think i might have even signed a -- >> a non-disclosure. >> yeah, so i can't say anything about anything. >> why in the heck did you ask her that? >> why am i even here? >> we're talking about heart disease with the woman. >> and for women to tell five of their friends to check your heart, because it can be prevented, heart disease. >> and you need to know if it's in your family history as well. >> it's the number one killer and it can be prevented. that's what's important. >> so first of all, stop
smoking. get a little bit of exercise every day. give us one other thing. >> well, to eat right. i know, the oatmeal and all that is actually good for you. >> we got nothing against oatmeal. we like oatmeal. >> let me ask you one other thing about curb. >> watch what you eat. >> will there be a season nine, do you think? >> i have no idea. i never know. i would do it every year until i die. i love the show, and i love and adore larry. i hate to elaborate on how many ways i love and adore larry, so we'll leave it at that. >> bye, sweetie. >> she's off to beautiful california. >> i know she is. up next up , next, one in three of has some form of heart disease. we'll tell you the signs, right
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coffey is a heart doctor. >> people say heart disease can be prevented. the key thing is you have to know you're at risk, low cholesterol, no diabetes, so you have to start moving. the heart association with its go red campaign want women to know that we have to be empowered. knowledge is power. go to your doctor, talk about your risk for heart disease and you'll hear amazing stories. >> when you hear linda's story, i'm sorry, but yours blew me away. you had a heart transplant and this is after -- i think every female member of your family died of heart disease. >> right, right. actually, today is the 11th anniversary of my transplant. >> unbelievable. >> tell us how the transplant came about. >> when i was 26, i was diagnosed with congestive heart failure during childbirth.
it was a shock. but i should have known because my mother died when she was 35. and several of my aunts. but when you're young, you don't think it could ever happen to you. >> you don't put yourself in the future like that. >> and you didn't know. how have you felt since then? >> i had my transplant when i was 35, so since then, i've been doing great. but it's a struggle. but you have to learn how to make healthy choices. >> and one of your sisters passed away, too, of heart disease and you're caring for her children as well, right? >> right, right. i actually moved closer to her so she could take care of me and then she died within a year of heart disease. >> any men in your family or just all the females? >> my brother just had a heart transplant a few months ago. >> oh, my gosh. >> so in linda's case, there is a family history of most likely die lated cardio myopathy. this is where the pump doesn't work very well.
we have identified ten genes of predisposed family to have this cardiomyopathy, so the pump fails at an early age. in your mother's case and sister's case, they didn't know they had it. so the key is here, family history is really important. go to your doctor, talk about your family history. a mother dying at age 35, powerful, powerful risk factor. and the fact that linda and her siblings will have some sort of heart disease. >> katie, your story is also astonishing to me. three months before you were supposed to run a marathon, you had a heart attack. you must have been in terrific shape, but you did have some family history as well. >> i was a marathoner and i had run actually three weeks before i had my heart attack race, and then my father, when i was six months old, had open heart surgery. he had a triple bypass for coronary artery disease. so it's been a big factor in my life growing up. >> after being in such terrific shape, were you shocked? you would think you would be the last person who would. >> i was stunned, and i think
that was the hardest thing for me is that i had done absolutely everything right. i had eaten a heart healthy diet all my life because my mom implemented that while we were growing up. being 28 years old, i was about to start a master's program for school. >> women's symptoms are different. did you know immediately you were having a heart attack and had to go to the hospital? >> i'm a nurse and had always worked with patients in the cardiac and thoracic intensive care unit, and as soon as i woke up at 4:00 in the morning, i knew i was having a heart attack. >> doctor, what should we be aware of? >> we still have to watch out for chest discomfort, shortness of breath, pain above the nec-- the neck. you can have back pain, an uneasy feeling in the stomach. it can mimic indigestion. just not feeling well,
fatigue -- if you live in new york and you can walk five blocks or four blocks with no trouble, if you walk one block and you're short of breath, something could be wrong. the key is we have to understand. what's great about kathy and linda sharing their stories, the family history was the powerful thing. >> and listen to your own body. be proactive about your health. >> before we go, i have to say congratulations to hoda who is getting the women's wearing red day award for her effort. >> i didn't even know she put me in there. >> i'm very proud of you miss hoda. up next -- >> we're going to have some heart healthy meals from the two super bowl cities. ♪ black and yellow, black and yellow ♪ 0içg
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we have a super bowl cookoff as the pittsburgh steelers prepare to take on the green bay packers. we're hosting a culinary cookoff creole's restaurant in green bay. and he's from church brew works. >> we're going to have a little cookoff, kind of. nicole -- you want is to take here for a little bit? >> we're going to start off with a beer mustard wing with a little parmesan. we paired a beer up with everyone. try it all. >> that is good.
oh, my gosh, that's good, cory. >> we did the trifecta pittsburgh here. we took black and gold and de n devonshire that was created in pittsburgh, and there is a beer to go with these as well with pierogies. >> i don't even know what a pierogie is. >> this is a cheddar, bacon and mashed potato. >> what are we eating with it? >> this is our paya sumcho. >> kind of heart healthy. >> we have a heart healthy meal here. we left off the fries and cheese. in pittsburgh years ago, truck drivers started smashing their sandwiches to eat them on the roadside. it became a pittsburgh thing.
we have our beer-mayrinaded chicken. this ambrosia ale we bottle and had made it just for you ladies. >> do we drink from the bottle? >> yeah. >> geez, this is nasty. >> it went right up my nose. >> that is sweet. that's a sweet beer. cory, loved all of the things. i'm not biased at all. i just want you to know. >> let's go to the next one. hi, honey. go, packs, go. >> first we're going to start off with something that's safe for every wisconsin tailgate. you have to have beer. have to have it. i have lienenkugels. this is a honeyweiss. i'm going to have you drink the
spotted cow with the cheese curds that are coming out. those are fried cheese. >> what is this -- i'm sorry, cory. how rude of me. a cheese ball. >> this is everything i'm not allowed to have. >> that's really good. what about these? >> these are wisconsin bratwurst. i have them here and i know you don't like onions so these are without onions on it. >> i like it with this stuff, though. >> sourkraut. >> that's good. that's good. >> you might need these because they're a little messy. >> is this a hamburger? >> yes, this is our original burger. we've been making these for four
generations. my grandma and grandpa started it. >> we don't have all day. >> it is a patty with horse butter. there's butter on everything. >> eat the bread. my gosh. >> that's really good. >> this is going to our heart healthy option. we've been making this for years and years also. and so it's a little bit more heart healthy. takes out the butter, the cheese, a lot of stuff that we always want to eat. >> so this is a chili. >> yeah. >> oh, my gosh. >> so we're supposed to vote, aren't we? >> yeah. >> okay. come on. >> i want to go grab some pierogies. >> we decided that the winner of the trophy -- come over here --
we have two special guests who are here from the morning waiting for justin bieber. lily is here and her friend. >> he couldn't make it. have you recovered? >> kind of. >> i was really sad and wanted to cry. >> what would you have told him if he had been here? >> that i think he's amazing and i love him and i hope he feels better. i wanted his number. >> we wanted his number. we had a big date planned for tonight.
>> they wanted to be his private nurse. i like her. >> i'm only 14. >> nurses take care of people. they're a very important part of this culture of ours. it's a good thing to be a nurse. you have a dirty mind. >> speaking of that, it's time for my friday funny. >> do it. >> one year i decided to buy my mother-in-law a cemetary plot as a christmas gift. the next year i didn't buy her a gift. when she asked me why, i replied, well, you still haven't used the one i got you last year. ba dum ba. that's when the fight started. >> coming up next week, guys, we're going to have "jersey shor
shore" jay wow. she wrote a book. my second diagnosis-- i was told to go home, retire, and enjoy the time i had left. to say it was a shock is just a complete understatement. i mean, i don't think there are words. she had put up a really good fight, but it was her time. you... don't have a choice of getting breast cancer. i had no choice. i wanted to do something bigger than myself. that 3-day gave me that opportunity. and i can actually do something to help. i think it's a very bold thing to do. 60 miles in 3 days-- i can do that. i'm sure if it was 100 miles, we'd still walk it. it was a big statement for me of... (voice breaks) i'm alive. we can do this. we can do this. we can rid the world of this terrible disease... so that no mother... granddaughter... sister... daughter... mother... go through what my wife had to go through.
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