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in a league of his own, nfl coach john madden has died we'll look back at the life and legacy of the man who forever changed football we are also remembering a towering fure in american politics democratic deal maker and senate leader harry reid has died the outpouring of capitol hill this morning. ap covid explosion the u.s. hits its highest daily cases ever medical experts worry the worst
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may be yet to come spiderman sweeps to new heights, historic heroics for sony the power of music how a family was reunited through song this holiday season "early today" starts right now and good morning thanks for joining us. i'm stephen romo. >> i'm phillip mena we begin with the league confirming the passing of john madden he was a coach at the age of 33. by 1976, he had led oakland to the super bowl he finished his coaching career with 103 winsened 142 games, making him the winningest coach in raiders' history. a feat that led him to the pro-football hall of fame in 1976. >> i go into the hall of fame as a coach. i know i go into the hall of fame because of my players and what they did.
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and i'm so proud of my family. stand up, take your day. this day, you remember, maybe you remember, you remember big ben davis and you remember all these guys, henry lawrence, all these guys that did all these things and no, no, stay up, stay up this is our day in the sun dog gone it, take it stand up and enjoy the moment. this is ours they can't take it away from us. they can't ever take this away from us. thanks to all of you the whole bunch of you i love you >> a glimpse into his global personally there his contribution to the game stretches way past the playbooks, spanning generations of football fans excited to watch and play the game. after his coaching career, madden stepped into the broadcasting booth his voice gave color to nfl games 30 years, working with the likes of pat summerall and matt
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michaels he called 11 super bowls before his retirement in 2009 for a certain generation, he may best be known for the madden nfl video game franchise that has become a cultural phenomenon. >> and there has been an outpouring of support remembering madden roomer goodell said there was football and there will never be another madden >> vince scully said he was one of the all time greats, calling him kind and delightful. they started last week and streams on peacock next month. here's what some of the greats and madden had to say about a man bigger than football in "all madden." >> football is my life it's something that i say probably but it's complicated >> you can't write the history
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of professional football without john madden. >> he's yelling and screaming at guys. >> who are you trying to do? >> he's the coaching team, downhill, full speed. >> when i was done coaching, i said, i want to be a broadcaster. i knew after i did the first couple of games that that's what i wanted to do this is it >> pull to the right and boom. >> back there in the alley, boom >> john madden had this interview that came to life, they saw a sorts they never seen before >> i was pretty good he just made me better simple as that >> the name synonymous with football john madden was 85-years-old the world of politics ha also lost one of its champions, former democratic leader harry reid president biden served with reid in a statement he said, harry looked at the challenges of the world and
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believed it was within our capacity to do right and do our part former president obama says she asked him to write a letter to read during his battle with cancer president obama said, quote, i think we both saw something of ourselves in each other. couple outsiders who had to fight the odds and knew how to take a punch and dared about the little guy for more on harry reid's legacy, here's nbc news' chris clackum. >> reporter: harry reid was known as a tenacious fighter even before becoming a senator, growing up in poverty, his toughness shined as a scrappy boxer and later as a u.s. capitol police officer he got his political start in nevada politics serving on the state's gaming commission in the late '70s and early '80s then climbed onto the national political stage in 1983 serving two terms in the house and for
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the next 30 years as u.s. senator from nevada, even become senate majority leader in 2007 >> i do hope you will do your constitutional duty. >> during his leadership tenure, reid was a sharp critic of president bush and instrumental in the obama years passing major legislation like the affordable care act throughout his career, reid also championed a cause dear to him, land conservation in nevada. it was a severe entry suffered on exercise equipment january 2015 that eventually led to the fierce fighter losing some punch. although reid refused to admit it at the time >> and is there any situation related to this that kould would cause you to not seek re-election? >> no, at this stage i'm fully
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ready to run >> two months later, they converted mormons, were married more than 60 years they had five children and nearly two dozen grandchildren in 2018 diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, reid went under surgery to remove a tumor and spent the last fight of his life with family back home in nevada chris clackum, nbc news memorials are growing for deadly shooting sflee shocked colorado a. fifth victim died before authorities say he was killed by police a 28-year-old hotel clerk died from her injuries. another victim was the owner of a tattoo shop in lakewood. a neighboring business has provided surveillance video that appears to show the suspected gunman walking into that shop carrying a gun for more on what has been revealed about that suspect, we are joined by maura bar et.
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>> reporter: we are also learning the shooter has had a path with police there were two repeated investigation, this year and last none led to any charges. police are saying these victims may have been started, either probably relationship with the shooter that we do not have any motive confirmed as of yet as for those victims, we know six have passed away now after the shooting, but we are waiting to confirm all of their identities we also know that a police officer that was injured and is resting after surgery, she might need more surgeries, but she is expected to make a full recovery >> maura bar et with that report for us thanks a new cdc study that examined a household of six people suggests that those previously infected with covid and reinfected with the omicron variant may have milder symptoms they found the incubation period appears to be shorter than
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previous strains this as hospitals are bracing for the post-holiday impact. some already facing staffing and bed shortages, with rhode island seeing the highest percentages of beds in the country our chris pollone has more. >> reporter: with new daily covid cases reaching all time highs, staff in the country are at a breaking point. >> people are tired. it's been a tough two years. >> the cdc seeing shortages issuing new recommendations for people who tpositive, letting a patient leave isolation in five days instead of ten if the person doesn't have any symptoms, requiring this team wear a mask everywhere for five more days. >> we want to make sure that particularly among essential workers that you get people out there much sooner. >> reporter: but some fear the sick will be back out in public too quickly and spread covid to others >> i've had patient who's have had rapid antigen tests test positive beyond the ten-day period so it becks the question,
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how will we know what this infectious period is in order to be safe to return people to work >> reporter: the omicron surge affects young people new york city has seen hospitalization of children rise nearly 400% this month. >> we need to care enough to vaccinate. we care about them enough to mask them. >> reporter: health officials say the vast majority of people treated in the nation's intensive care units are the unvaccinated in arkansas, doctors are having a hard time convincing some to get immunized because of politics. >> people view being vaccinated on one side or the other when it's really a public health issue. >> reporter: a public health issue with no end in sight chris pollone, nbc news, washington here we go many americans facing a nightmare after another thousand flights were cancelled tuesday. dangerous conditions, in seattle, frigid temperatures putting the airport at the top
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of the onenviable list most delays and cancellations in the whole world, ice, snow, freezing rain making it dicey in places like northern california. the sierra mountains shattered, major he's still shut down causing massive traffic jams as officials are scrambling to those e get those roads clear. another storm system moves in. >> get some help with this talk about it with nbc meteorologist michelle grossman in for janessa today. she has been tracking severe weather in the southeast now all right. michelle, how goes it? >> hi there, guys. yeah, we are busy, busy. we will have some traffic jams i am sure over the next couple days because we have the winter weather to the west. we are tracking the potential for severe weather in the south today. let's take a look at an enhanced risk you see the orange in eastern arkansas, northern mississippi, alabama, into tennessee. we could see large hail,
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damaging winds and a few tornadoes. so we will be watching that throughout the afternoon and evening hours. we have very warm hair in place. we have spring-like temperatures and a chance for cold front. tomorrow that moves off to the east and could see light rain and wintry mixeast we have a mix with temperatures in the 30s all right. guys we'll talk more about that snow in the west, we're looking at adding maybe 2 feet of snow today. we'll talk about that coming up. >> all right wow, michelle, that's a lot. thanks for that update let's talk spiderman "no way home" breaking records in cinemales. not bad either it surpassed the $500 million
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mark making it sony's biggest ever domestic hit. that's just in 12 days since it was released it also surpassed star wars to become the 14th highest grossing film ever distributed in u.s. and canada the box office predicts it will crack the top five world wide which made more than a billion dollars. >> it's your part. >> no spoilers, but it was good. >> all right check the fridge coming up, the new recall for a popular salad brand. and the growing outrage over a police shooting at a crowded department store we'll havehe t latest on the incident that leaves a 14-year-old dead it's specially made for wood floors with a microfiber-like pad that's really soft. and it sprays with a light mist that dries in half the time. that dirt and grime gets absorbed and locked away. the coolest part... it prevents streaks and haze better than my old mop.
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and being helped by her mother we want to warn you, some of the video is disturbing. >> reporter: a growing outcry for justice. >> never should this 14-year-old little girl ended up as collateral damage. >> reporter: after a 14-year-old was inadvertently shot and killed by police pursuing a suspect at a store she died in her mother's arms, while dress shopping two days before christmas heart broken parents mourning their loss. the los angeles police department body cam revealing the tense moments before the shooting >> he's breaking things. >> reporter: the suspect with a bike and heavy duty cable lock seen acting strangely inside a burlington store last week before attacking several women
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. the sound of music is going viral this morning a family in illinois getting together this holiday season for the first time in years through song aaron gilchrist has their story. >> reporter: for the online family of edwardsville, illinois, music runs deep. >> in our whole childhood growing up, music was always at family gatherings. >> reporter: but those gatherings put on hold in 2018, gary and brent died four weeks apart >> between that grieving and covid shutdown and his img mun
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system, we have not been together. >> reporter: out of that tragedy, hope, kevin weiss had been on the transplant list for years. kevin offered to give a kidney in the past. >> he was able to donate organs, we check to see if he was a match for kevin. it was an absolute perfect match, every marker. brent wanted him to have that kidney and he, i know he's delighted kevin has that kidney. >> reporter: the transplant a success. >> it has helped a lot in the grieving process, because brent physically is still with us. >> reporter: this year the family gathering together for the holidays in years. >> we found ourselves sing none of us felt like it for some time. >> reporter: even with a few voices missing and a few years without practice, the family harmonizing beautifully.
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♪ >> reporter: those careless posted on tiktok and going viral, racking are up over 12 million views. >> it's a normal thing and we don't think about it but when you get 12 million views, people making comments, wow, we don't do this at our christmas parties. >> reporter: what was once an ordinary family tradition, now an extraordinary moment for us all. >> you think when you lift your voices up together, there is something magical created ♪ christ is born in bethlehem ♪ >> wow >> they got some great pipes there. >> goose bumps >> our thanks to aaron gilchrist for bringing us that story lego fans got to go foot, you saw it, sonic starring in his kit. green hill set the beloved
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heartbreaking loss. the football world and fans are mourning the death of legendary football coach john madden. we have an extraordinary look ahead. plus a surge in covid cases. the guidance ahead of your new year's eve celebrations. this is today in the bay. good wednesday morning. i'm kira klapper. laura has the

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