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our investigation is looking at everything. nothing is off the table. >> way ahead of schedule. we got a long way to go. >> it's a complicated problem, no doubt about it. >> expect the unexpected! good morning and welcome to "sunday today" on this march 21st, the first sunday of spring. i'm willie geist. there's good reason for hope as we begin a new season this weekend, with vaccinations surging and life creeping back to normal in many places. health officials are warning, we
are not out of the woods yet. this morning, cases are rising in 15 states and the district of columbia with much of the country stuck at a plateau and the coronavirus now has hit the ncaa men's basketball tournament. virginia commonwealth university knocked out before it even got a chance to play because of multiple positive covid-19 tests with officials and fans hoping other teams are not impactcted. we will have a live report on all of it just ahead. our sunday focus on the dramatic rise over the last year in hate crimes against asian-americans across the country. why the shootings in georgia this week brought new attention to an old problem. in our sunday spotlight, we will introduce you to the popular poet, author and activist who has been called the millennial oprah. spreading her message through social media. later, we will re-visit a favorite-in person sunday sitdown with michael j. fox on
an extraordinary life, from "family ties" and "back to the future" and when nearly lost hope. >> i couldn't put a shiny face on it. i was out of the lemonade business. i felt more sorry for myself. i had never done that. i questioned my optimism. >> a sunday sitdown with michael j. fox. plus, another life well lived later in the show. let's begin this morning with the latest on the coronavirus. a trend in infections that has public health officials concerned, despite the increasing number of vaccinations in the country. steve patterson is in los angeles with more. steve, good morning. >> reporter: good morning to you. as the country reopens and people clamor for ways to return to their pre-pandemic routines there are more and more signals that we may be on the edge of another surge. several states are seeing an uptick in infections. now, just like a year ago, the virus is slamming into major
events and our normal lives. march madness now underway. filled with upsets. >> heartbreak for ohio state. >> reporter: the most shocking exit has nothing to do with heroics on the court. saturday's game between oregon and virginia commonwealth canceled. vcu disqualified at multiple positive covid cases were detected in the program. this morning, 15 states and the district of columbia seeing cases on the rise. much of the rest of the nation plateauing instead of declining. >> when you have that plateauing, that's usually the forerunner of another surge. >> our city has become a tinder. >> reporter: officials taking drastic measures to clamp down on out of control spring breakers. mobilizing police, shutting down roads into the city for the next
72 hours. authorities are concerned about overcrowding and violence. it comes with florida the third state in the u.s. to pass 2 million cases. americans are itching to travel. the tsa saw a record 1.5 million travellers friday, more than any time during the pandemic. in fort lauderdale, this brawl broke out after two passengers refused to wear a mask causing the entire plane to de-board. an outburst in germany as protesters clash with police. a response to lockdowns sweeping across europe as the eu struggles with a devastating third wave. new stay at home orders imposed in france, poland and italy as the world health organization this week reported more covid deaths in europe now than in march of last year. with vaccinations picking up, the world's return to normal may now be within reach but we're not there yet. that vcu and oregon game declare
declared a no contest. the league keeping a close eye on what happens next. city leaders in miami beach may hold an emergency meeting to decide the status of their emergency order. willie? >> steve patterson in los angeles this morning. thanks so much. now to the deepening crisis at the southern border where hundreds of unaccompanied children are arriving every day, leading to dangerously overcrowded facilities and a backlog in processing the migrants' cases. dascha burns is near the border with mexico for us. good morning. >> reporter: good morning. the rio grande valley is the epicenter and represents a major challenge for the biden administration that had promised a more humane approach to immigration. while washington plays the blame game, border communities and migrant families are caught in the crossfire. this morning, immigration
agencies overwhelmed. struggling to handle the surging number of migrants at the u.s. border. more than 5,000 unaccompanied minors in custody. total encounters in february up 28% over the previous month. especially in the rio grande valley in texas. this is the border wall. about a quarter mile up the road, customs and border protection set up an area where they are processing the surge of migrants coming to the u.s. from there, they take them on buses. when families are released by border patrol, they are tested for covid. many shelter with local charities before traveling to relatives living across the country. >> in a time of stress, you may become noble and generous and courageous or you may become mean and nasty and freak out. what's happening here is people have become noble. >> reporter: due to capacity issues in mexico, a rising number of families with young children are being allowed to
stay in the u.s. 60% in february compared to 38% in january. many fleeing danger back home. >> her father was killed when he was -- when she was 9. >> reporter: some say the new president gave them hope for a life in america. why did you decide to come now? >> take advantage of the opportunities the president has given to the people from central america to come with their families. >> reporter: the mayor says none of this is new. he was in office for surges under obama, trump and now biden. >> it's a similar pattern. first off, we had a trickle. then we had waves coming over. then we had finger pointing in washington. >> reporter: willie, as for the unaccompanied minors, many of them in overcrowded facilities here in the rio grande valley. overnight, health and human services announced they are opening a new facility to help
manage the influx. it will hold 500 with the capacity to expand to 2,000. willie? >> dascha burns along the border in texas. thanks so much. chuck todd is nbc's political director and moderator of "meet the press." good morning. if you ask the white house about this crisis, first of all, they don't want to use the word crisis. they will say, we inherited a mess from the trump administration. as we saw in dascha's piece, many of the migrants who are moving toward the southern border have said, we think it will be easier to get in and stay in the united states once we are here under this administration. what is the biden white house plan? >> right now, their plan is to continue what they're doing, which is they're not going to send back any unaccompanied minor. they are talking about perhaps finding new faciliies away from the southern border. some talk of going up to facilities closer to the canadian border. they are not talking about --
they say eventually, they would like to deal with these asylum applications in country. but this is, i think, the conundrum here. if the united states policy is to take every unaccompanied minor that showed up at the border and they get into the country, even temporarily, how do you incentivize using the asylum system in country? that is their conundrum. that's something they have yet to address. >> it's a big challenge. the other big challenge in front of the white house is the one that joe biden campaigned on, fighting coronavirus and fighting this pandemic. obviously, got the massive package through, $1.9 trillion, last week. is crossing the milestones earlier than they set out, under promise, over deliver. we will get the 100 million vaccinations out well before we had planned. did they get all this done and check all these boxes which is great news, because they knew
this is something big that the country could get behind, knowing that there's tough sledding ahead, beginning with, say, infrastructure? >> i think that they were well aware that this is why joe biden won the presidency. donald trump's handling of covid. your definition of handling of covid could be whether it's the technical aspects, the ethical aspects or sometimes the simple empathy and morality aspects of things. i think that's why they know, everything else becomes harder if they fail at defeating the virus. nothing else gets done without that. no matter -- whatever the ambition is, you cannot meet that ambition unless you solve covid. >> of course, it is right to focus on that. it's what's in front of all of us right now. chuck, thanks so much. we will look for more this morning on "meet the press" when
chuck is joined by homeland security secretary mayorkas. ncaa tournament brackets lie in tatters across the country this morning after some big upsets last night. with less than two seconds to go, 14th seeded abilene christian taking down texas big brother, university of texas, after joe pleasant made a couple of free throws giving the wildcats a lead. setting off a wild celebration. ohio university coming from behind to beat defending national champion virginia by a score of 62-58. the women's ncaa tournament tips off just a few hours from now. number one seed uconn led by a freshman sensation plays tonight without its legendary coach who
is sidelined with covid-19. like the men, the women are playing in their own bubble, in san antonio, texas. the ncaa has come under fire for its facilities for women after university of oregon player prince posted a video on social media comparing the women's weight room, which had a single rack of dumbbells, to the men's, which was fully stocked. they fixed it. they outfitted the women's workout room good sunday morning. chilly start, 45 degrees right now in san francisco. expect a sunny day ahead with temperatures that will run about 5 degrees warmer by the afternoon. 41 degrees right now in san jose, 51 by 10:00 a.m. and there is still a frost advisory in effect for the north bay until 9:00 a.m. it's really cold out there. we've got 30s on the map, but take a look at your afternoon highs. mid and upper 60s for the first
sunday of spring. full forecast at 7:00. the highs and lows of the week, including the stunning performance inside a vaccine clinic after the world's most famous celloist got a shot. tiffany haddish and the speech she gave the children around her. the rise in hate crimes against asian-americans, what is behind it and what is being done to stop it? >> there could be improvement in the education of law enforcement. but also the education of the american public more broadly. t-mobile is upgrading its network at a record pace. we were the first to bring 5g nationwide. and now that sprint is a part of t-mobile,
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>> reporter: of the eight victims killed in the atlanta mass shooting, six were women of asian descent. entrepreneurs, mothers and so much more. while investigators say it's too early to determine the suspect's motive, the tragedy is intensifying an already painful rise of violence against asian-americans over the last year. prompting many members of the community to speak out. >> today i feel grief and rage. >> this is terrorism and it's a hate crime. stop killing us. >> reporter: the deadly violence in atlanta unfolding as anti-asian hate crime rose nearly 150% in america's biggest cities last year. the spike playing out in disturbing videos. >> go back to whatever [ bleep ] asian country you belong in. >> reporter: horrifying violence against asian-americans like this 84-year-old, pushed to his death while on a walk last month in california. experts who testified before congress this week --
>> we're all americans. >> reporter: attribute the increase in part to former president trump's rhetoric. >> kung flu, china plague. >> reporter: as president biden tried to turn the tide on anti-asian hate in atlanta friday. >> words have consequences. >> do you believe president biden is able to reverse that? >> it's going to be hard, because president trump did it for a whole year. >> reporter: no motive has been determined in the atlanta shootings. in the eyes of this representative, chair of the congressional caucus, the tragedy is linked to growing anti-asian hate nationwide. >> to me, this is a hate crime. i'm really concerned that if this is not deemed a hate crime, this will be swept under the rug.
i think it's also a sign of misogyny. >> reporter: they are urging investigates to resist oversimplifying the intent. >> we don't live in a world where we live in a race box and then we live in a world with the gender box. one of the powerful ways in which they overlap is the way in which asian and asian-american women have been stereotyped, fetishized and exoticized as objects of sexual desire. >> reporter: do you think law enforcement is properly equipped to look at this in a way that is multi-layers, that's intersectional? >> there could be improvement in the education of law enforcement but also the education of the american public more broadly. it's so important to center and to listen to asian-american women's voices and experiences. because if we did that, there is
no divorcing race and racism from these acts of misogyny and the murder of women. >> jo joins me live. it's good to see you. asian-american leaders and activists argue race cannot be separated from incidents like the shootings in atlanta this week. is that a suggestion hate crime laws need to be changed or updated? >> good morning. new action on hate crimes is something president biden says he brought up during his meeting with asian-american leaders in atlanta friday. so far, he urged congress to improve the federal response to hate crimes by passing the covid-19 hate crimes act. that could help. at the state level, a hate crime law varies widely. some do cover ethnicity and gender identity. some do not. the killing of six asian women in atlanta, the tragedy there
putting new pressure on lawmakers to change that as soon as possible. >> something has to change. great report. we appreciate it. coming up next, a favorite sunday sitdown with michael j. fox on achieving hollywood immortality through marty mcfly and the reality of his daily fight with parkinson's disease in real life. then a life well lived. the man who inspired millions of people over the years by pushing his son in a wheelchair for 26.2 miles. as we head to break, our photo of the week, a moment for history in washington. deb halland is sworn in as secretary of the interior. she's a member of a tribe and the first native american ever to serve as a cabinet secretary. she's surrounded by her family and wearing a traditional native american ribbon skirt and
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good sunday morning. it is march 21st, 6:26 as we take a live look outside at the san francisco skyline. nice and clear and chilly out there. thank you for starting your sunday with us. we have a quick look at your microclimate forecast. hey, vianay. >> it is clear and it is cold. if you live in the north bay you definitely need a jacket not just there but any of the sheltered areas. there's still a frost advisory in effect for the north bay all the way until 9:00 a.m. because of those cool 30s.
we might even see some patchy frost on your windshield. so let's talk about the current temperature right now. look at napa, 35 degrees, concord 37, morgan hill 37 and we're expecting these to get a little chillier within the next hour. but by the afternoon, it's going to be so nice. we're talking 5 degrees warmer compared to yesterday, so upper 60s on the map for today for areas like concord, even up through napa, san francisco will even be in the 60s for this afternoon and a lot of sunshine in the forecast. we're starting a bit of a drying trend heading into the workweek ahead. i'll talk about that plus when we're expecting to see the winds start to pick up around here. i'll have the full details on what to expect for the first official workweek of spring, which i'm excited for. back to you. >> definitely we'll see you for that at 7:00, thanks so much. how much sleep you get could impact how effective your covid vaccine is. researchers at ucsf have launched a study looking into how things like sleep and stress
affect the long-term response of the vaccine. they say there's a small amount of research that shows when you don't get enough rest, your vaccine might not work as well. researchers say this could have a big impact on how future vaccine boosters would work. so far about 200 people have signed up for the study. they need another 200 volunteers volunteers. mayor london breed in san francisco is joining the growing chorus of people calling for a san francisco school board commissioner to resign. it all stems from tweets she posted in 2016. the tweets were posted to commissioner allison collins' account and were dug up by a group working to recall members of the board. one tweet states that many asian americans, quote, use white supremacist thinking to get ahead. mayor breed says she supports calls for collins to step down, adding that, quote, students and the aapi community deserve better. more than a dozen aapi elected and community leaders also issued a joint statement asking
collins to resign. collins tweeted a link to a post on medium that reads a number of tweets and social media posts i made in 2016 have recently been highlighted. they have been taken out of context, both of that specific moment and the nuance of the conversation that took place. it is 6:29 right now. coming up this morning on "today in the bay," new details in the daly city attack on this elderly asian woman. why the neighborhood is now on high alert after they say this wasn't the only attack that day. we'll have that plus all your top stories and the full forecast coming up at 7:00. we hope you join us. right now back to "sunday today" with willie geist.
now, we are going to need a business manager to help us avoid paying taxes. >> what's taxes? >> a tax is a terrible, hairy liberal monitor. >> that's a young michael j. fox. the role earned fox three consecutive emmy awards as outstanding lead actor in a comedy. during that run, michael starred as marty mcfly in the movie
"back to the future" which made him a star around the world. the canadian born actor who will turn 60 in june was 29 when at the peak of that success he was diagnosed with parkinson's. he continued to act in movies, then on showed like "spin city" before stepping away to create his now world renowned parkinson's research foundation. michael and i got together last fall for a sunday sitdown around the release of his best selling book "no time like the future." everyone is like what did you get out of the pandemic? you literally sat down a wrote a book. what was it about this moment and this time that you wanted to sit down and write this? >> i've had parkinson's for 30 years, 40 years, 100 years. i made peace with it. then i had this thing happen, a
tumor on my spine. i had to have surgery. that was preventing being paralyzed. i had to learn to walk again. i did that. >> for three decades since he was diagnosed with parkinson's disease, michael j. fox has projected hope and optimism. in 2018, he nearly lost both. four months after that risky spinal surgery, fox was at home alone when he fell and shattered his arm. >> under the phone, against the kitchen wall on the floor, alone, with a broken arm waiting for the ambulance to show up. i couldn't believe the arm of fury i had for being so careless to do this and let down -- i was so stubborn about being independent. my family had been patient. i started to think about -- i couldn't put a shiny face on it. i couldn't make lemonade out of this. i was out of the lemonade business. i felt more sorry for myself.
i had never done that before. i questioned my optimism. >> for people watching, my father has parkinson's. people watch you and they go, wow, he is optimistic all the time. me as somebody who watched it on the other side, no, every day is a battle. how did you climb out of that? how did you get back in the lemonade business? >> i looked at my family and my friends and my dog and my doctors and i went on this tv binge. westerns. then i realized that this happened before i was born, the shows, most of them. i'm part of the continuum. i'm one of the guys, i will be survived by reruns. >> this is a sin against capitalism. you built a time machine? >> that was a little dash of immortality. all these things were connected. they pointed me toward how grateful i was. my interaction with my kids.
they're all smarter than me, better looking than me, taller than me. i look up to them. >> your wife. >> she's amazing. she's on the front lines with me every day. the other thing she does is, she has the funny thing. let's get to the funny. we will deal with tragic later. i'm going to the store. you are falling down. i'm going to the market. are you okay? i'm getting cheese and i'm getting bread. don't get up. stay there for a second. i'm taking the station wagon. not that you care. >> most people know the story that you met on "family ties." >> hi. alex p. keaton, sophomore hospitality committee. >> congratulations. >> you get married. you have a son sam and a short time after that you are diagnosed with parkinson's. you write about that and coming
home. >> one of the things i will love her for is that moment she didn't blink. >> she hasn't since, has she? >> no. >> it's not the kind of thing -- i know, mike. i know. >> it's funny. >> it's not the kind of thing you can do without a partner. is it? >> no. it's great to have a partner. >> they live in new york city where they raised their four children. >> the hallway of my children. my children at a younger age. >> i couldn't help but notice the real celebrity in the room gus down here. he is a rescue dog. >> he rescued me. i needed male energy. >> a dude in the house. look at this. five emmys. that's 1987, "family ties." this is a pretty incredible
shelf. a grammy. >> had to put it somewhere. didn't want to trip over a grammy. these things are sharp. >> at age 40, with the disease progressing, fox retired from acting and immediately turned his energy towards finding a cure. he created the michael j. fox foundation, now the world's preeminent organization for parkinson's research. >> started the foundation from nothing. >> when you started that, you never could have imagined what you built. >> best people on it doing the best work they can quickly as they can. responsible for 17 active therapies that are being used that we never thought of before. we funded a billion dollars in research. this is our 20th year. if we knew it was 2020, we would have started a year earlier or later. this year blows. >> as the foundation grew and he became the familiar face of parkinson's, michael returned to
acting, incorporating the disease into roles on "the good wife" and "rescue me." the latter earning him a fifth emmy award. >> i'm still in a wheelchair. other than that, i don't have plans. >> fox rediscovered his optimism. as he quite literally takes life one step at a time. >> you have to plant your heel and shift your hips and transfer weight. all this mechanical bio -- you have to go through. you risk falling. >> if you are in a restaurant, okay, i have to get from here to that chair. >> busboy darts in front of you. >> that's right. do you get tired of people asking how you are doing? >> no. it's funny, sometimes i want to go, really, you want to know? pull up a chair. i will give you 45 minutes of it.
if you want the short answer, i'm feeling great. accept it and move on. if you really want to know, find a bench. that's the thing. optimism is a choice but in a way it isn't. i don't know there's any other viable close but to hope for the best and work toward it. >> nobody better. michael's memoir is "no time like the future, an optimist considers mortality." the michael j. fox foundation celebrated its 20th anniversary. i'm proud to say i sit on the board of that foundation, which has done so much good for parkinson's families like ours. subscribe to the sunday sitdown podcast to hear the full interview with michael j. fox, find it on apple podcast or wherever you get yours. next week, a new sunday sitdown and a rare conversation with sharon stone on her new memoir,
a life story that has the heights of hollywood and a near death experience that changed everything. sharon stone next week on "sunday today." ahead, our highs and lows of the week, including the pga tour getting x rated as golfers strip down to play out of a water hazard. up next, the modern author and poet who is drawing lofty
comparisons for her cultural influence over a generation of americans. we are back in just 30 seconds. ♪ this is the first day of my life♪ ♪ i was born right in the doorway♪ ♪ i don't know where i am, ♪ ♪ i don't know where i've been♪ ♪ but i know where i wanna go♪ if you don't know the name cleo wade, ask your kids. the 31-year-old new orleans
native has become a leading voice of her generation, especially over this tumultuous year. her audience and strong connection to her fans led "new york" magazine to ask if she could be the millennial oprah. >> do not be afraid to say, i know i can't do everything, but i can do something. >> reporter: cleo wade, poet, author and activist. known for her uplifting messages of self-love that have gone viral online. reaching hundreds of thousands of followers on instagram. boosted by influential celebrity friends and followers like reese witherspoon and katy perry. >> instagram is an incredible community. had it not been for this community, i don't know that my books or my artwork would have been able to have the reach that it has had.
>> reporter: what wade does with words has been a source of comfort and inspiration, especially during these uncertain times. >> when i let go of who i thought i had to be, i could finally and powerfully become who i really am. i write in a way of i think you need this and i'm going to write this for you. you have been where you have been and i felt the way you felt. >> reporter: out with her fourth book, a children's book, wade is interested in reaching people of all ages with her message of empathy and empowerment. how did the idea come about? >> someone asked me to create a poem for an eighth grade graduation. i took the time to go back to ask myself, what did you need to hear as a child? because of that, i had to sit down and be like, when you felt the most alone and you felt the most lost, what would have helped you? >> reporter: you describe those moments in your childhood when
you felt lonely or you experienced shame, what triggered that? >> if you are a person of color, a little young black girl growing up in a lot of white spaces, or as a biracial child growing up in two households, there's places you get caught between. childhood is hard. that's why i'm so excited to say, when you feel you have these really big questions and you are really scared, there are simple, warm answers to carry you through. >> reporter: wade isn't shy about sharing her views on just about anything. using her experiences as a black woman to lift the voices of others who have long been silenced. her messages have crabbed up everywhere from billboards to black lives matter protests. when you see your poems and words on protest signs, what's going through your mind? >> i'm incredibly proud. i think that whenever my words can help someone vocalize something that they want to be saying or a message they think
is important, and especially when they are doing so to stand up for what is right. >> reporter: highlighting a message of acceptance and connection, she hopes will continue to grow. >> look around you and who is unsafe? every person deserves to be safe in this country and on this planet. that's what we work towards. that's building the community. >> thank you very much. this week, we highlight another life well lived. over a span of more than three decades, no boston marathon was complete until dick hoyt came over heartbreak hill and crossed finish line pushing his son rick. together, the father and son team ran 72 marathons. competed in 256 triathlons. finished more than 1,000 competitions in total. rick is a quadriplegic who was
born with severe cerebral palsy. dick and his wife were told there was little that could be done for rick. they rejected that diagnosis. mom and dad read to their son constantly and taught him as they would any child. dick invested money and pushed engineers to develop a computer that allowed rick to communicate with head movements. at the age of 12, rick stunned his parents with his first words, go bruins. the next year, rick entered public schools and eventually, improbably, graduated from boston university with a degree in special education. rick was a teenager when he asked his dad if he could compete in a local five mile run. together, the pair finished the race with dick pushing his son
in a wheelchair. they quickly became racing stars known as team hoyt, finishing their first of 32 boston marathons in 1980 and breaking new ground forathletes with disabilities around the world. in 2013, a year before the hoyts last boston marathon together, a statue of them was dedicated near the starting line. >> our message is, yes, you can. you can do anything you want to do as long as you make up your mind you can do it. >> dick hoyt, a hero to millions, but most of all to his son, died on wednesday at home in holland, massachusetts. he was 80 years old. alright, guys, no insurance talk on beach day. -i'm down. -yes, please. [ chuckles ] don't get me wrong, i love my rv,
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under that mask is 18-time grammy winner yo yo ma sitting down with his instrument after receiving his second shot at berkshire community college in massachusetts. ma using the 15-minute post-shot observation period to treat the room to a world class cello performance. he brought it inside to play a little bach. >> i'm always happy to respond when people feel like they need music. that's what i'm here for. i'm basically a human boom box. >> new cdc guidelines, every vaccination comes with a live performance from yo yo ma. our first low goes to the
ongoing game of strip poker playing out at this week's pga honda classic whole final round you can see here on nbc. out to the 11th in florida where adam scott's ball found the water off the green. it's playable. the aussie takes off his shoes and socks, slips into a rain jacket to protect against the spray of his swing and gets up and down for par. nicely done. next, similar trouble. he takes off his shirt. best guess from anyone is that he didn't want to ruin the shirt with the mud spray or maybe he wanted to show off that impressive golfer's tan. then on the 6th, pg-13 territory. stripping down to his underwear and tieing up his shirt provocatively to play his shot from the mud. >> what do we have going on here? >> we have seen a lot of dress
downs for water shots. >> i'm going to have a hard time erasing this from my memory. >> brian was 9 over par. he didn't have much to lose, except his pants. he took two swings to get out of the slop. his clean clothes were waiting. i shudder to think where we are headed in the final round. hide the children. our next high goes to newly minted grammy winner tiffany haddish who won the award for best comedy album. she was busy recording her show when the announcement was made. a producer surprised her with the news through her earpiece. >> i just what? >> you won a grammy. >> i just won a grammy? are you serious? >> i'm serious. no lie. this is for real. >> i really won?
it's a lot of bumpy roads you cross. it's a lot of times you feel like, am i doing the right thing? is this really -- is this good enough? am i. >> good enough to do this? you have to believe in yourself as much as you can. you just say, i'm going to put my best foot forward and i'm going to give the world the best that i got. right? anything is possible. >> you know she's been through a lot in her life. haddish, who won for her album, is the first black woman to win in that grammy category since whoopi goldberg in 1986. congratulations. we love her. our final low goes to me. foolishly tempting fate by doing this next story about a tv news blooper. lena washington introduced hockey highlights of the sharks. when the tape rolled, she got
sharks, all right. >> took the overtime last night. they were looking to avoid a loss. they have been -- this is not the sharks that we are talking about. the sharks did lose tonight 4-0 the final. we will be back right after this. >> instead of hockey, viewers were treated to video of actual sharks swimming in the ocean. she played it smoothly and later tweeted out the blooper explaining, there was another story in the broadcast about sharks and the videos got mixed up, as they sometimes do. nicely done. i have no further comment so as not to disturb the tv gods and the next tape we roll. will bewe if your dry eye symptoms keep coming back, inflammation in your eye might be to blame. looks like a great day for achy, burning eyes over-the-counter eye drops typically work by lubricating your eyes
and may provide temporary relief. ha! these drops probably won't touch me. xiidra works differently, targeting inflammation that can cause dry eye disease. what is that? xiidra, noooo! it can provide lasting relief. xiidra is the only fda approved treatment specifically for the signs and symptoms of dry eye disease. one drop in each eye, twice a day. don't use if you're allergic to xiidra. common side effects include eye irritation, discomfort or blurred vision when applied to the eye, and unusual taste sensation. don't touch container tip to your eye or any surface. after using xiidra, wait 15 minutes before reinserting contacts. got any room in your eye? talk to an eye doctor about twice-daily xiidra. i prefer you didn't! xiidra. not today, dry eye. i think the sketchy website i bought this turtle from stole all of my info. ooh, have you looked on the bright side? discover never holds you responsible for unauthorized purchases on your card. (giggling) that's my turtle. fraud protection. discover. something brighter.
we got more of your "sunday today" mugshots. across the top, thank you collin in jamaica. calvin sitting next to the jim henson statue. there's adele in minnesota. meg, jason, kit and joe in kansas. getting ready to cheer on the university of illinois men's basketball team against loyola today. along the bottom, raymond in connecticut. happy 100th birthday. tina, a teacher at head start in ohio celebrating her 50th birthday. cynthia and david in california, happy 25th anniversary. look at that shot, chelsea with the northern lights behind her in alaska. beautiful shot. send us a photo with the hash
good morning. it is sunday, march 21st, 7:00 on the dot as we take a live look outside. clear skies from the bay bridge all the way to sutro tower on another chilly morning. we are so grateful to you for starting it with us. i'm kira klapper. vianey joins us with a look at your microclimate forecast. if it's anything like yesterday this chilly morning will give way to a beautiful day. by the way, vianey was working very late last night and bright-eyed and bushy tailed with us this morning.